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Single Review: Joe Nichols, “Hard to Be Cool”

“Hard to Be Cool” Joe Nichols Written by Rob Hatch and Jason Sellers I’m always rooting for Joe Nichols. He’s got a smooth twang, two qualities that usually don’t go together.  He’s made some solid music over the years, too. … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Terri Clark, “I Cheated on You”

“I Cheated on You” Terri Clark Written by Brent Anderson, Brandy Clark, and Forrest Whitehead “I Cheated on You” is likely to be the best country single of 2015 that barely gets heard south of the Canadian border. Terri Clark’s … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Blake Shelton, “Sangria”

“Sangria” Blake Shelton Written by J.T. Harding, Josh Osborne, and Trevor Rosen This is Shelton’s best single an a good long while. It’s smooth and seductive, without sounding overly coy or even the least bit tacky. The Sangria angle is … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Jason Aldean, “Tonight Looks Good on You”

“Tonight Looks Good on You” Jason Aldean Written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ashley Gorley Great artists start trends, and when everybody else is catching up to what they started, they’ve already moved on to something fresh. Jason Aldean … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Dustin Lynch, “Hell of a Night”

“Hell of a Night” Dustin Lynch Written by Jaron Boyer, Zach Crowell, and Adam Sanders I’m starting to believe that the “bro-country” movement doesn’t even exist, and it’s really just an attempt to ascribe meaning to a trend as old … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Aaron Watson, The Underdog

Aaron Watson The Underdog The narrative surrounding Aaron Watson’s The Underdog makes it an album that is easy to root for: Buoyed by more than a decade of goodwill and fan support and a deft pre-release promotional push, the album … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Kelsea Ballerini, “Love Me Like You Mean It”

“Love Me Like You Mean It” Kelsea Ballerini Written by Kelsea Ballerini, Lance Carpenter, Josh Kerr, and Forest Glen Whitehead This sounds like a demo recording for a Taylor Swift album that will never be recorded. Credit to Kelsea Ballerini … Continue reading ?

Album Review: The Mavericks, Mono

The Mavericks Mono For all of their commercial successes and industry recognition, The Mavericks were never a band that bowed to popular trends in country music. On Mono, the second album of their full-fledged revival, they play even faster and … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Gretchen Peters, Blackbirds

Gretchen Peters Blackbirds More so than her artfully-turned phrases and her novel, evocative imagery, perhaps Gretchen Peters’ greatest gift as a songwriter is her mastery of perspective. Peters’ ability to shift her narrative voice to create fully realized, authentic characters … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Gary Allan, “Hangover Tonight”

“Hangover Tonight” Gary Allan Written by Gary Allan, Cary Barlowe, Jesse Frasure, and Chris Stapleton With its play on the word “hangover” and its playful production, Allan’s latest single has a happy and silly vibe with an infectious swampy groove. … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Michael Ray, “Kiss You in the Morning”

“Kiss You in the Morning” Michael Ray Written by Larry Michael White and Justin Tyler Wilson Launching a new artist with this generic a single does a tremendous disservice to their budding career. “Kiss You in the Morning” sounds exactly … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Lady Antebellum, “Long Stretch of Love”

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Single Review: Florida Georgia Line, “Sippin’ on Fire”

“Sippin’ on Fire” Florida Georgia Line Written by Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, and Cole Taylor There isn’t much logic in hoping for a successful act to abandon the formula that has gotten them where they are today.   Why fix what … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “Games”

“Games” Luke Bryan Written by Luke Bryan and Ashley Gorley Luke Bryan’s latest (and apparently final) Spring Break compilation is being promoted with the new single, “Games.”   Thematically, it doesn’t connect much to the Spring Break concept, unless you just … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Kacey Musgraves, “Biscuits”

“Biscuits” Kacey Musgraves Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves If you’re already a fan of Kacey Musgraves, you’ve heard most of this before. “Biscuits” combines elements of “Follow Your Arrow” and “The Trailer Song”, advocating being yourself … Continue reading ?

Six Pack: Classic Country Songs for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day.   Historically speaking, country music has never enjoyed a reputation for being socially progressive. For the general public, the definitive statement the genre made was “Stand By Your Man.”  That Tammy Wynette classic is often cited … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Frankie Ballard, “Young & Crazy”

“Young & Crazy” Frankie Ballard Written by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally “Young & Crazy” is like a used car that’s been refurbished by a crack team of mechanics.   From a distance, it can look brand new, but … Continue reading ?

Single Review: RaeLynn, “For a Boy”

“For a Boy” RaeLynn Written by RaeLynn and Laura Veltz More childlike than childish, there’s a sweetness to RaeLynn that reminds me of a young Taylor Swift.  The talent is there but the life experience is still trailing behind. She’s … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Lee Ann Womack, “Send it On Down”

“Send It On Down” Lee Ann Womack Written by Chris Knight and David Leone The centerpiece of the excellent The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack’s “Send It On Down” is an understated but brilliantly drawn character sketch that is … Continue reading ?

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