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“The Outsiders,” the title track and lead single from Eric Church’s new album, may have strayed too much into the realm of metal for its own good, but it served as a strong mission statement. Like him or not, Church is one of the few...Show More Summary
Country Universe favorite Dierks Bentley has just released his seventh Capitol studio set Riser, and we're pleased to offer an autographed copy to give away to one of our readers.
Have you heard about the Miranda Lambert third single rule? It goes like this. The first single will be alright, the second will be better, but you won't get a great one until the third time around.
A cool sounding record that is ultimately undermined by a juvenile delivery. As is often the case with the Band Perry, the arrangement is interesting. This is one of their more distinctive records in that sense, with enough changes in mood and sonics to give you aural whiplash. But the vocal is so childish that […]
The awesomeness of this release has a definite air of inevitability. If Don Gibson wrote it, and Mandy Barnett and Alison Krauss sing it, it's pretty hard to imagine it not being great.
Better than it has any right to be. The mind-numbingly dull lyric has nothing new to offer, with details that sound more like a pitch for an Axe commercial than an actual documentation of a realistic human experience. The band also phones it in, with nothing more distinctive than a Karaoke backing track.
Tyler Farr’s debut single, “Redneck Crazy,” became a hit in spite of the fact that it was about a good ol’ country boy stalking his ex-girlfriend, along with public drunkenness, loitering and probably half a dozen other punishable offenses. As good ol’ country boys do when they get dumped.
A surprisingly philosophical take on the "drinking in the country with a girl" theme that is apparently the only thing that new male artists are allowed to sing about.
Any time a country single not only reminds you of Rebecca Black's "Friday", but also falls short of it in charm and vocal delivery, something has gone horribly wrong.
Unless the Dixie Chicks suddenly decide to put out some new music, Nickel Creek just nailed down the title for most exciting reunion of the year. In February.
Dierks Bentley has done a lot of growing up since his young man's anthem, "What Was I Thinkin'", launched him to stardom.
Hunter Hayes scored a killer Grammy performance slot to debut this song, which has all of the necessary components to become a career record. Showing solidarity with the outcasts in high school halls is as timely as ever, and his youth helps him be the ideal vessel for the heartwarming message. Show More Summary
A month of single reviews into 2014, I've never been more aware of just how many songs there really are about partying with a girl out in the country.
Having had just enough time to catch our breath after the Grammys, we now find ourselves gearing up for ACM season. This year's Academy of Country Music Award nominees have just been announced today. Not surprisingly, this year's nominees are wildly uneven, with "bro country" scoring ample representation. Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead with seven nominations each.
Pretty Little Liars actress turned country newcomer Lucy Hale cites Shania Twain and Martina McBride as major musical influences, and to a degree it's perceptible on her debut single "You Sound Good to Me." The track begins with a light,...Show More Summary
Rhonda Vincent Only Me Modern bluegrass legend Rhonda Vincent shows off two sides of her musical repertoire with her delightful new album Only Me, which is split across two six-track discs. The first disc is a collection of bluegrass songs, while the second showcases Vincent's prowess in performing traditional country music.
This year's Grammy winners will be posted here as they are announced. Here are the awards, in the order of presentation: Pre-Telecast Winners: Americana Roots Song: Americana Album: Bluegrass Album: Folk Album: Regional Roots Music Album: Country...Show More Summary
The Country Universe staff has picked and predicted the 2014 Grammy Awards below, strange bunch that they are. Chime in with your thoughts, and catch the show on Sunday at 7 p.m. CST. Album of the Year Should Win: Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest Daft Punk, Random Access Memories - Kevin Kendrick Lamar, good kid m.A.A.d. Show More Summary
Much like they dominated the Country Universe lists, Nashville Scene's 14th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll finds Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Ashley Monroe on top. This year, six of our seven Country Universe writers voted in the poll, with Sam Gazdziak featuring heavily in the comments section!
Using the word rewind in 2014 is a bit dated and quaint, don't you think?