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Single Review: Gloriana, “Trouble”

“Trouble” Gloriana Written by Ross Copperman, Mike Gossin, Jon Nite, and Rachel Reinert I’m starting to think there’s a group of guys in Nashville who have only two things going for them: the ability to sing “whoa-oh-whoa” and enough dirt … Continue reading ?

Album Review: LeAnn Rimes, All-Time Greatest Hits

LeAnn Rimes All-Time Greatest Hits In the eleven years since the release of LeAnn Rimes’ first Greatest Hits package, she’s certainly released enough material to fill out a second installment. But the song selections of her new All-Time Greatest Hits clearly … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Carrie Underwood, “Little Toy Guns”

“Little Toy Guns” Carrie Underwood Written by Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, and Carrie Underwood With her latest single, Carrie Underwood once again reaffirms that she is among the best and most compelling artists of modern country music. A depiction of … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Reba McEntire, “Going Out Like That”

“Going Out Like That” Reba McEntire Written by Rhett Akins, Ben Haslip, and Jason Sellers Reba McEntire is one of the genre’s all-time greatest storytellers.  Her best material captures both the strength and vulnerability of the everyday woman, and “Going … Continue reading ?

Single Review: RaeLynn, “God Made Girls”

“God Made Girls” RaeLynn Written by RaeLynn, Nicolle Galyon, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna In hearing this song, my mind is constantly asking one simple question: What were they thinking? The lyric regurgitates a series of mindless cliches that are tired at best … Continue reading ?

Single Review: The Band Perry, “Gentle On My Mind”

“Gentle On My Mind The Band Perry Written by John Hartford The Band Perry’s Grammy-nominated cover of Glen Campbell’s classic “Gentle On My Mind” (the trio’s contribution to the soundtrack of the recent I’ll Be Me documentary on Campbell) is … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow is My Turn

Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow is My Turn Although Rhiannon Giddens has been a fixture on the Americana circuit as the frontwoman for the terrific Carolina Chocolate Drops, it’s on her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, that Giddens truly announces herself … Continue reading ?

Starter Kit: Jason Isbell

In early February, Zac Brown Band kicked off a brief cycle of Twitter Outrage when they performed a cover of Jason Isbell’s “Dress Blues,” which they are rumored to have cut for their upcoming album, during a high-profile ESPN gig. … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Punch Brothers, The Phosphorescent Blues

Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues In reviewing their 2010 album, Antifogmatic, I noted that Punch Brothers were “rapidly evolving into a string-band version of Radiohead.” That assessment comes to full fruition on The Phosphorescent Blues, at once the band’s most … Continue reading ?

Artist Spotlight: Suzanne Jarvie

The songs on Suzanne Jarvie’s debut album sound like they come from an experienced songwriter. They don’t settle for trite sentiment or easy topics; a couple drift into the realm of the metaphysical. As it happens, they all were written … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Brad Paisley, “Crushin’ It”

“Crushin’ It” Brad Paisley Written by Kelly Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller, and Brad Paisley A half-hearted attempt by Brad Paisley to meld his signature form of humor with the partying lyrics that make up most of the radio dial today, … Continue reading ?

Single Review: The Swon Brothers, “Pray For You”

“Pray For You” The Swon Brothers Written by Jessi Alexander, Tommy Lee James, and Eric Paslay If you thought the only thing missing from today’s warmed-over, wannabe rock but we’re calling it country was mixing it with the worst of … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Tyler Farr, “A Guy Walks into a Bar”

“A Guy Walks into a Bar” Tyler Farr Written by Melissa Peirce, Jonathan Singleton, and Brad Tursi Tyler Farr previews his second studio album with “A Guy Walks into a Bar”, which uses the classic joke setup to instead tell the … Continue reading ?

2015 Grammy Awards: Open Thread

Winners will be posted here as they are announced, starting with the pre-telecast winners. Tonight’s show will feature solo performances by Eric Church and Miranda Lambert, along with a pairing between Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam. Share your thoughts on … Continue reading ?

2015 Grammy Awards: Predictions & Personal Picks

This year’s Grammy Awards air on Sunday, February 8, and country music will be represented with performances Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and the tantalizing pairing of Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam.   Most of the awards will be handed out before … Continue reading ?

2015 ACM Awards: Nominations & Analysis

The third most prestigious country music industry award nominations – but the most important ones handed out in the spring – have been announced.  Here’s a rundown of all the major categories, along with some back-of-the-envelope analysis: Entertainer Jason Aldean … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Carrie Underwood, Greatest Hits: Decade #1

Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Hits compilations have become an odd thing in the digital age, as they give both hardcore and casual fans little reason to purchase. The new tracks can be downloaded if you’re interested. The hits … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Jon Pardi, Write You a Song

Jon Pardi Write You a Song A surprisingly entertaining debut effort, Jon Pardi’s relentless enthusiasm infuses even mediocre material with enough energy to make it listenable. Of course, that’s the advantage of a debut album. Even if the material isn’t … Continue reading ?

Album Review: David Nail, I’m a Fire

David Nail I’m a Fire If he’s a fire, it’s one that doesn’t burn nearly enough. Three albums in, Nail continues to pair great potential with middling results. Despite having better pipes than most of his contemporaries and a knack … Continue reading ?

Kicking the Canon: Jonathan Keefe on Trisha Yearwood’s Hearts in Armor

Country Universe writer and editor Jonathan Keefe has contributed to an awesome new project called Kicking the Canon.  Put together by In Review Online, Kicking the Canon attempts to expand on what has traditionally been considered the definitive music and … Continue reading ?

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