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Filed Under:Music / Country
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Archived Since:April 1, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Single Review: Parmalee, “Carolina”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

I think I've discovered a virtue of rock bands that choose to go country. They feel a need to dial it back a bit, so we end up with a less cluttered, more straightforward performance.

2014 Grammy Nominees

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

The nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Taylor Swift has the top nomination connected to country music, earning her second nomination for Album of the Year. She took home the award four years ago for Fearless. Here...Show More Summary

Single Review: Chase Rice, “Ready Set Roll”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

He may have been the runner-up on one of the weakest seasons of Survivor (finishing second to his strategic powerhouse), but Chase Rice has beaten tough competition from the likes of Jason Aldean's "1994," Parmalee's "Carolina," Ashton...Show More Summary

Single Review: Brett Eldredge, “Beat of the Music”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Brett Eldredge caught the critics’ attention with 2010’s heartstring-tugging ballad “Raymond,” and caught radio’s and fans’ attention with his gold-selling number-one single “Don’t Ya," while a coveted opening slot on Taylor Swift's Red Tour certainly didn't hurt. Show More Summary

Single Review: Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

I remember you both, and I wish you still were. Five years ago, if someone said that Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert were going to do a duet, there'd be good reason to be excited. An A-list superstar pairing with an up-and-comer, both of whom were making some of the most interesting and innovative music under the country umbrella? What could possibly go wrong?

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “Drink a Beer”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Judge by the title, and you'll think you're getting just another mindless rave-up. Sure, it will be catchier than most of them because of Luke Bryan's irrepressible vocal charm, but a mindless rave-up is a mindless rave-up. It's tempting...Show More Summary

CMA Live Blog

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

The festivities begin at 8 PM. Refresh for updates and check for winners above the fold: Winners: Single: "Cruise" - Florida Georgia Line Music Video: "Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; director: Shane Drake Musical Event: "Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

CMA Live Blog

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

The festivities begin at 8 PM. Refresh for updates and check for winners above the fold: Winners: Music Video: "Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; director: Shane Drake Musical Event: "Highway Don't Care"...Show More Summary

CMA Awards: Entertainer of the Year (1967-2013)

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Since its inception, the top honor an artist could be given at the Country Music Association awards is this one: Entertainer of the Year. Originally a revolving door of winners, the winner in early years was often not even nominated the following year. Show More Summary

2013 CMA Awards: Staff Picks & Predictions

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

They're as hope-dangling and ridiculous as they've ever been, those Country Music Association voters, and the CU staff has picked and predicted their 2013 awards below. Let us know what you think, and check back for our live blog on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Show More Summary

Single Review: Thompson Square, “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”

Thompson Square opts for form over content with their new single “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.” The song’s verses function only a vehicle to get to the earworm chorus, with the lyrical concept never quite reaching the third dimension.

Single Review: Eric Church, “The Outsiders”

A fun and catchy anthem for rebels who aren't rebelling against anything in particular. If Eric Church is anyone's successor these days, it's probably Hank Williams, Jr. There's no specific ideology or established enemy in Church's latest single, but it's such a barn raiser that it's very easy to side with him anyway. Show More Summary

Single Review: Jake Owen, “Days of Gold”

It sounds like even Jake Owen got bored singing songs about girls and trucks and summer days and nights. How else to explain the rapid fire delivery and fierce banjo and guitar on "Days of Gold", which has him spitting out every country summer song cliché as quickly as he can get them out of his mouth?

Single Review: Little Big Town, “Sober”

The “Pontoon” phenomenon may have been primarily responsible for putting Little Big Town back on the map in such a big way, but it’s their new single “Sober” that deserves to be a career hit for the talented country quartet.

Round Table Album Review: Brandy Clark, 12 Stories

Brandy Clark 12 Stories Our Brandy Clark coverage continues with a round table review of her hotly anticipated debut album, which is out this today. She teased us earlier this year with “Stripes,” which I proudly awarded a solid A in...Show More Summary

Getting to Know Brandy Clark

As a general rule, you can scan the credits of any new country album and assume that if Brandy Clark is a writer on one of the songs, it's the best song on the album. As Clark readies the release of 12 Stories, her debut album as an artist, it's a great time for fans of that remarkable set to get caught up on Clark's work to date. Believe the hype. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Tributes: Alabama

Various Artists Alabama & Friends To recognize the impact that Alabama has had on modern country music, you could consider their millions of albums sold, their hundreds of awards, their many #1 songs or their induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Show More Summary

Single Review: Zac Brown Band, “Sweet Annie”

Zac Brown Band's laid back approach can make it easy to miss when they are actually digging deeper with their lyrics. Their music often sounds designed to fade into the background, particularly on their radio singles, which usually land somewhere between faceless and mildly interesting, but rarely compelling in any meaningful way.

Single Review: Ty Herndon, “Lies I Told Myself”

I'd imagine that to young fans who have discovered country music in the last couple of years, the new Ty Herndon single will sound remarkably dated.

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