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Album Review: Kimmie Rhodes, Cowgirl Boudoir

Kimmie Rhodes Cowgirl Boudoir Though she’s recorded steadily since the late 80s, Texas singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes hasn’t enjoyed either the commercial or critical cachet of many of the other alt-country and Americana acts. Both Wynonna and Trisha Yearwood have recorded … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Eric Church, “Talladega”

“Talladega” Eric Church Written by Eric Church and Luke Laird Nostalgia works a lot better when the one indulging in it has put some time and distance between them and the memories. “Talladega” celebrates the memories of a youthful road … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Chase Bryant, “Take it On Back”

“Take it On Back” Chase Bryant Written by Dylan Altman, Chase Bryant, and Tommy Lee James How many times can the title be repeated in a song? I thought Little Texas had answered that question definitely with “My Love”, but … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Dierks Bentley, “Say You Do”

“Say You Do” Dierks Bentley Written by Shane McAnally, Matt Ramsey, and Trevor Rosen Dierks Bentley’s at the top of his game right now. “Say You Do” demonstrates why. It’s subtle, it’s smart, and it’s self-aware. It’s the type of … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Randy Houser, “Like a Cowboy”

“Like a Cowboy” Randy Houser Written by Randy Houser and Brice Long It’s hard not to be impressed by Randy Houser’s resilience.    His ability to build an audience with a reasonably country sound, all while switching from the majors to … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Tim McGraw with Catherine Dunn, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”

“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” Tim McGraw with Catherine Dunn Written by Barry Dean, Luke Laird, and Jonathan Singleton Tim McGraw should be applauded for finally meeting the potential that many of us had hoped for after he left the … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Jason Aldean, “Just Gettin’ Started”

“Just Gettin’ Started” Jason Aldean Written by Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley Competently performed.  Creatively stagnant. Completely unnecessary. Grade: D

Single Review: Eric Paslay, “She Don’t Love You”

“She Don’t Love You” Eric Paslay Written by Eric Paslay and Jennifer Wayne Any time a new country single invites comparisons to “Life Turned Her That Way”,  you know you’re in for something good. “She Don’t Love You”  is a … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Cole Swindell, “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey”

“Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” Cole Swindell Written by Josh Martin, Adam Sanders, and Cole Swindell Cole Swindell makes the case to the lady that burned him that there are a ton of good reasons he might be out drinking tonight.  … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Lee Brice, “Drinking Class”

“Drinking Class” Lee Brice Written by David Frasier, Ed Hill, and Josh Kear I’m always going to prefer a drinking anthem written for people who actually work for a living.    “Drinking Class” is all about going out on Friday night … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Darius Rucker, “Homegrown Honey”

“Homegrown Honey” Darius Rucker Written by Nathan Chapman, Charles Kelley, and Darius Rucker Darius Rucker still seems more committed to keeping the country elements present in his country music than all of his contemporaries that didn’t crossover from the nineties … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Trisha Yearwood, “I Remember You”

“I Remember You” Trisha Yearwood Written by Kelly Archer, Ben Carver, and Brad Rempel After the anthemic “Prize Fighter”, Trisha Yearwood softens things with the emotional “I Remember You.” With just an acoustic guitar and simple strings, “I Remember You” … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Thomas Rhett, “Make Me Wanna”

“Make Me Wanna” Thomas Rhett Written by Bart Butler, Larry McCoy, and Thomas Rhett “Make Me Wanna” is what country music might have sounded like in the nineties if the new traditionalist movement never happened. The twang is there. How … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Ashley Monroe, “On to Something Good”

“On to Something Good” Ashley Monroe Written by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Ashley Monroe Happily, Ashley Monroe has announced a new album that will, once again, be produced by Vince Gill with the help of Justin Niebank. The lead … Continue reading ?

Single Review: A Thousand Horses, “Smoke”

“Smoke” A Thousand Horses Written by Ross Copperman, Michael Hobby, and Jon Nite Your tolerance for this song will be completely dependent on your tolerance for a woman being compared to nicotine addiction. If you’re on board with that, perhaps … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Brantley Gilbert, “One Hell of an Amen”

“One Hell of an Amen” Brantley Gilbert Written by Brian Davis, Mike Dekle, and Brantley Gilbert I actually feel kind of bad for Brantley Gilbert.  His heart is totally in the right place.   But the execution is absolutely horrendous. Attempting … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Chase Rice, “Gonna Wanna Tonight”

“Gonna Wanna Tonight” Chase Rice Written by Shane McAnally, Jon Nite, and Jimmy Robbins Here’s what I don’t understand. Let’s put all of the clichés to the side for a minute.   Going out, drinking, fishing dock, pretty red lips, yada … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Jana Kramer, “I Got the Boy”

“I Got the Boy” Jana Kramer Written by Connie Harrington, Tim Nichols, and Jamie Lynn Spears The sentiment is quite poignant.   “I got the boy. She got the man.”   A high school sweetheart reminisces as she sees her boyfriend from … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Dwight Yoakam, “Second Hand Heart”

“Second Hand Heart” Dwight Yoakam Written by Dwight Yoakam Easily his strongest single since “The Back of Your Hand”,  Dwight Yoakam is at his best on his new release, “Second Hand Heart.” Returning to the weathered heartache territory that he … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “I See You”

“I See You” Luke Bryan Written by Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley, and Luke Laird This is the sound of an artist that’s struggling against the confines of the niche he’s been assigned, but not being willing to give up enough … Continue reading ?

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