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The Best Singles of 1993, Part One: #40-#31

How strong a year for country music was 1993? Well, if our Best Albums list revealed how many great artists were overlooked, our Best Singles list reveals why there is so little room at the inn. Out of the forty … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Dog Songs

In tribute to my wonderful old dog who will be turning 14 in October, here are five of my favorite dog songs. Tom T. Hall, “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine” Pirates of the Mississippi, “feed Jake” Hank Williams, “Move … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Jennifer Nettles, “Sugar”

“Sugar” Jennifer Nettles Written by Brandy Clark, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Jennifer Nettles A remarkable performance elevates an unremarkable song. If “Sugar” given a perfunctory performance by a lesser vocalist, I might not enjoy it at all. It’s a bit fluffy, especially … Continue reading ?

Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists: Miranda Lambert

It would be futile of us to ignore the recent sad news of Miranda Lambert’s and Blake Shelton’s divorce announcement, since it is a reality. We, however, have no desire to participate in the speculation or sensationalism of the news. … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Miranda Lambert

Later today, we will publish our latest edition of Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists.  The newest entry in our long running series is written by Leeann Ward and will focus on Miranda Lambert. To whet our appetites, today’s top five … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Favorite Tribute Albums

Some of my favorite albums are tribute albums, because I enjoy hearing artists cover or reinterpret songs that I know and love. Country music artists have participated in a wide range of tribute albums and these are five of my … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town, “Smokin’ and Drinkin'”

“Smokin’ and Drinkin'” Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town Written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally Despite its title, Miranda Lambert’s “Smokin’ And Drinkin'” is not a rousing drinking party anthem. Instead, it is a quiet, wistful look … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Favorite Friend Songs

Whether they’re about lovers and friends or simply platonic friendships,  country music has a ton of songs about friends and tributes to friends. What are some of your favorite friend songs? Here’s my list: Dan Seals, “One Friend” Vince Gill, … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Pat Green, “While I Was Away”

“While I Was Away” Pat Green Written by Zane Williams Pat Green forgoes the big productions of his big label days and blessedly revisits a more organic sound on “While I Was Away.” From the perspective of a father to … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Single Fathers

What are some of your favorite songs about single fathers? The songs that I’m listing for this post are specifically about situations where mothers are no longer in the picture, but don’t feel that you have to limit yourself to … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Favorite YouTube Finds

What are some of your favorite music Youtube finds? Here are five of mine. 1. Vince Gill & Patty Loveless, “Go Rest High on that Mountain” This is from George Jones’ memorial service from a couple of years ago. The … Continue readin...

Daily Top Five: Country Reissue Wish List

There are so many new concepts going on in country music reissues.  Two disc deluxe editions of classic albums.  Box sets of an entire artist’s catalog, with the CD’s in miniature LP replica sleeves.  Digital issues of concert recordings.  (Wolfgang’s … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Uncle Ezra Ray featuring Mark McGrath, Uncle Kracker and Kevin Griffin, “B.Y.H.B. (Bring Your Hot Body)”

“B.Y.H.B. (Bring Your Hot Body)” Uncle Ezra Ray featuring Mark McGrath, Uncle Kracker, and Kevin Griffin) No. Grade: F    

Single Review: Kelsea Ballerini, “Dibs”

“Dibs” Kelsea Ballerini Written by Kelsea Ballerini, Jason Duke, Ryan Griffin, and Josh Kerr So.  “Dibs.” What is there to say about “Dibs?” It uses the voice of a younger person well.  She doesn’t sound like an older person trying … Continue reading ?

The Best Albums of 1993, Part 2: #10-#1

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

The combined efforts of nine women and three men form the upper echelon of our Best Albums list from 1993. This embarrassment of riches showcases just how much great music there was to choose from that year, especially given how … Continue reading ?

The Best Albums of 1993, Part One: #20-#11

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Today, we kick off our Best of 1993 feature with the first part of our album retrospective.  Included in this list are the debut albums of two underrated singer-songwriters, confident projects from the genre’s leading ladies, and highlights from legends … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Sophomore Successes

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

We’ve all heard of the Sophomore Slump. It’s the phenomenon where an artist’s second album isn’t as good as their first album. This presumably happens because they’ve had more time to choose or write songs for their first album than … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Songs with Social Commentary

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

The last few weeks have been full of discussions, debates and even steps and leaps toward major social changes. Songs that most easily hit my sweet spot are songs with thoughtful social commentary. Happily, even with its stereotypes of drinking, … Continue reading ?

Daily Double Top Five: Most Played Tracks

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Back in the day, we used to do iPod checks.   Seemed so current at the time! Now, we’re gonna ask you to go to Spotify or your phone or whatever, and just let us know what you’re listening to the … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Bret Michaels, “Girls on Bars”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

“Girls on Bars” Bret Michaels Written by Luke Laird and Bret Michaels I’m a few years too young to have taken Poison seriously. Now, I always leaned more toward pop and country anyway, but I listened to the rock and … Continue readi...

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