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Single Review: The Band Perry, “Live Forever”

The review contrasting "Live Forever" with "If I Die Young" writes itself. Vulnerable sincerity versus bombastic arrogance. Mortality versus immortality. Acoustic country versus amped up rock. By every measurable standard, "Live Forever" is the polar opposite of "If I Die Young."

Single Review: Ashley Monroe, “The Blade”

“The Blade” sets a new standard for breakup songs. The title track from Ashley Monroe’s terrific new album is built around a brilliant metaphor. Singing as the jilted lover, Monroe tells her ex, “You caught it by the handle/ And I caught it by the blade.”

Top Five: Favorite Food Songs

This list may or may not be inspired by some unreasonable hunger pangs that I've had today. What are some of your favorite songs that mention food?

Single Review: Carrie Underwood, “Smoke Break”

“Smoke Break” Carrie Underwood Written by Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, and Carrie Underwood “Smoke Break” is a remarkably good attempt at a working class anthem. It’s so stylistically different from the “rah rah, let’s party this weekend” approach that has made drinking synonymous with adolescent behavior in modern country music. Show More Summary

Daily Top Five: Carrie Underwood Singles and Tracks

I've been at this whole Country Universe thing for eleven years now, and one of the early highlights of my time doing this was the arrival of Carrie Underwood. She was so, so good on American Idol, but it didn't quite prepare me for how much I would love hearing her do original material.

Daily Top Five: Kinda Hits

Seems as good a topic as any for the day of the week known as Throwback Thursday. While listening to a Pam Tillis hits playlist, "It's Lonely Out There" came up early, just after some of her biggest hits and before a few other big h...

Album Review: Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free

In an ideal world, Jason Isbell would somehow be able to switch the titles of his two most recent albums. While his previous effort, Southeastern, chronicled his struggle toward sobriety and found liberation in the powers of redemption...Show More Summary

Daily Top Five: Favorite Quirky Love Songs

A tender love ballad is always nice, but it’s sometimes those weird love songs  that make you laugh or even creep you out a little (I’m looking at you Sara Watkins and Fiona Apple!) that are most memorable. What are some of your favorite...Show More Summary

Daily Top Five: Texas Songs

Texas is the most sung about state in country music. Musicians and singers can even make a good living by just touring around Texas. So, it’s no wonder that even those of us who have no  physical or emotional connection to Texas might still have numerous Texas related songs that we love. Show More Summary

Introducing Larry Rogowin

Please join me in welcoming our newest staff writer, Mr. Larry Rogowin.  Welcome aboard, Larry! – KJC I can’t say I grew up listening to country music. Actually, I can’t say I had a very meaningful musical youth. My parents played a lot of Beatles, Motown and Sinatra but I was more interested in what the cool kids played. Show More Summary

Daily Top Five: Favorite Country Name Drop Songs

Ah…Remember the days when  a name drop of a country singer actually meant something and made sense within the context of the song? Before Jason Aldean’s gratuitous and inane name checks of Johnny Cash, Alabama and even Joe Diffie? Those...Show More Summary

Daily Top Five: Autobiographical Songs

Jonathan posted an excellent review of “Dime Store Cowgirl” today, which is an autobiographical song by Kacey Musgraves. Today’s top five asks you to share your favorite autobiographical country songs, the ones where the artist/writer tells their own story in song. Show More Summary

Single Review: Kacey Musgraves, “Dime Store Cowgirl”

“Dime Store Cowgirl” Kacey Musgraves Written by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves Despite a slew of industry awards and sales figures that dwarf those of male artists who receive ten times the airplay, Kacey Musgraves has yet to connect with country radio. Show More Summary

Daily Top Five: Songs That Make You Happy

Depending on my situation and mood, artists and songs often fill different purposes for me. If I need to hear a good weeper, I have my go to songs and even artists that I can count on. The same goes for if I need to be inspired. Likewise, there are certain songs that will instantly make me feel happy no matter how many times I’ve heard them. Show More Summary

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “Strip it Down”

“Strip it Down” Luke Bryan Written by Luke Bryan, Ross Copperman and Jon Nite How many ways are there to say that a song doesn’t sound remotely country? I wish I knew of a few more, because I’ve been having to make this most common criticism for so long now that I feel like there is no new or creative way to say it anymore. Show More Summary

Daily Top Five: Songs About Sunday

Just as country music corners the market on drinking and cheating songs, it also expertly explores the emotions that often accompany slowing down on Sundays. Iconic classics like “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and even modern hits such...Show More Summary

Daily Top Five: One Word Songs

Sometimes, just one word is enough to convey a message or intention. When a song has a one-word title, it usually either captures the intent of the song or the most memorable part of the song. What are some of your favorite one-wordShow More Summary

Single Review: James Otto, “Somewhere Tonight”

“Somewhere Tonight” James Otto Written by Patrick Russell Davis, Corey Crowder and James Slater James Otto’s name and voice will likely be familiar to anyone who was listening to country radio in the latter half of 2007, but hearingShow More Summary

Single Review: Ronnie Dunn, “Ain’t No Trucks in Texas”

“Ain’t No Trucks in Texas” Ronnie Dunn Written by Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher With Texas as its central point, Dunn takes a pass at expressing his indifference toward an ex by using anti-factual details of common Texas tropes. Show More Summary

Single Review: Blake Shelton, “Gonna”

“Gonna” Blake Shelton Written by Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman “Gonna” is a mix of the old and the more recent Blake Shelton. It has shades of his current music trends, but also calls back to his more relaxed country … Continue readi...

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