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

10 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

10 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”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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”

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

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.

Win a Signed Copy of Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

UPDATE: Contest closed. Congratulations to our winner, the second of the two commenters named John. Do you love bluegrass music? Do you love Alan Jackson? Or do you just love great music? We sure do here at Country Universe, so it'sShow More Summary

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “That’s My Kind of Night”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Let’s start with the positives. It has a banjo. I like banjo.

A Conversation with Lynn Anderson

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Lynn Anderson was born the daughter of songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, and went on to become one of country music's brightest stars in the 60's and 70's. Over the course of sixteen years, she amassed an impressive string of eighteen...Show More Summary

2013 CMA Nominations

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

This year's CMA nominees were just announced this morning by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. This year's crop features many of the usual suspects, as well as a few surprising inclusions and exclusions. Show More Summary

Single Review: American Young, “Love is War”

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

There's a country radio station in NYC proper for the first time in nearly twenty years. The last one went off the air before I was old enough to drive, so when I found out it existed, I immediately checked it out. Then I immediately checked out. Show More Summary

Single Review: Chris Stapleton, “What Are You Listening To?”

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Best known as the former frontman of The SteelDrivers and a prolific songwriter, Chris Stapleton is carving out an impressive niche on country radio, far from the band's bluegrass sound. His first single blends blues and soul, nodding to the record era with Tony Brown's subdued, crackling production.

Album Review: Tammy Wynette, The Essential Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynette The Essential Tammy Wynette The legendary First Lady of Country Music is the subject of a generous new forty-track double-disc career retrospective in Legacy Recordings’ Essential series.

Single Review: Kellie Pickler, “Little Bit Gypsy”

I concluded my previous Kellie Pickler review with the conjecture that "Someone Somewhere Tonight" "would seem to confirm that Pickler's pandering days are indeed over." Now, with the aforementioned single having missed the Top 40 entirely, here comes her new single "Little Bit Gypsy" to make me eat my words.

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