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Filed Under:Music / Country
Posts on Regator:1642
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Archived Since:April 1, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Single Review: Keith Urban, “Cop Car”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

One hallmark of a great singer is the ability to suspend the listener's disbelief. The storyline of "Cop Car" is very far-fetched, one of those Nashville compositions that takes fantastical lengths to try and tell the story of a young couple falling in love. Show More Summary

Single Review: David Nail, “Whatever She’s Got”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Is "Whatever She's Got" really just David Nail doing whatever he's got to do to stay in the game? Nail is one of the most distinctive and substantive new voices to emerge in recent years, especially among the crop of younger male artists. Show More Summary

Single Review: Jason Aldean, “When She Says Baby”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

When Jason Aldean wraps his voice around compelling material, the results are magical. But more often than not, Aldean is delivering mediocre material. "When She Says Baby" is a great example of how he can take a pedestrian, paint-by-numbers song and make it a little more interesting.

Single Review: Brad Paisley, “The Mona Lisa”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Now this is how you write a love song! Brad Paisley's had a lot of hit love songs over the years, many of which I've found irritating because they are either blithely condescending ("To the world, you're nothing, but to me, you're the world!") or downright insulting ("I love the little moments where you do something stupid!")

Single Review: Eric Paslay, “Friday Night”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

A breakthrough single that's as notable for what it isn't as for what it is. "Friday Night" is nothing special in terms of lyrical content, and while Paslay is a competent singer, there's nothing on the track that indicates he's the next Keith Urban, or even the next Blake Shelton. Show More Summary

Country Universe’s Best Singles of 2013, Part Two: #20-#1

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

If this year's singles list leaves you with a familiar feeling, it's not your imagination. For the first time in Country Universe history, an artist has topped the year end list for two years in a row, and there are plenty of repeat appearances from CU favorites. Show More Summary

Single Review: Jamie Lynn Spears, “How Could I Want More”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

So… this is coming from pop idol Britney Spears’ 22-year-old younger sister who starred in a teen sitcom on Nickelodeon, and who became a tabloid favorite thanks to a controversial teen pregnancy. By all immediate expectations, her debut country single should be a disaster, and I should be making a stale pun out of the song’s title, right?

Country Universe’s Best Albums of 2013, Part Two: #20-#1

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

2013 turned out to be a banner year for new music, full of powerful songwriting, inspired collaborations, and truly cohesive albums that would rank among the best releases in any given year. Many of this year's top twenty would've ranked...Show More Summary

Country Universe’s Best Albums of 2013, Part One: #40-#21

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

For the second year, Country Universe is publishing a 40-deep list of the year's best albums. Part One includes releases from talented newcomers, genre legends, and quite a few entries from the outskirts of country music. As usual, that's...Show More Summary

Country Universe’s Best Singles of 2013, Part One: #40-#21

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

For the second year in a row, our seven writers – Kevin Coyne, Leeann Ward, Dan Milliken, Tara Seetharam, Ben Foster, Jonathan Keefe, and Sam Gazdziak – individually listed our twenty favorite albums and singles of the year. It's a diverse...Show More Summary

In Memoriam: Ray Price (1926-2013)

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87.

Linda Ronstadt elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Country-rock pioneer and Country Universe favorite Linda Ronstadt will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

Single Review: Parmalee, “Carolina”

11 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

11 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”

12 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”

12 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”

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”

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

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

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