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2016 CMA Nominations

This year’s CMA Nominations have been announced, and there are some major changes afoot, including some surprising inclusions (Maren Morris!) and even more surprising omissions [...]

Album Review Roundup: Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Sierra Hull, Josh Kelley

It’s hard to believe, but we’re nearing the end of 2016. School is back in session, a wave of pumpkin spice lattes is about to sweep the land, and websites are going to start prepping their “Best of 2016” lists.

Sunday Selections: August 28, 2016

We’re saving this week’s best story for last. Seriously. We’re not even going to tip our hand with the set “featured image” for the post. [...]

If We Ran The CMA Awards…

It’s like fantasy football, but for country music bloggers. Earlier this week, the Country Music Association posted its “CMA Nominee Showcase,” which featured the results [...]

Sunday Selections: August 21, 2016

To paraphrase Beyonce: Sorry, we ain’t sorry. When we posted last week’s Sunday Selections feature, the controversy surrounding some comments Blake Shelton had made on [...]

Single Review: Aaron Lewis, “That Ain’t Country”

Rocker Aaron Lewis effectively schools current mainstream country radio on country music. By declaring that what's being accepted as country music isn't actually country, he demonstrates what country music is.

Sunday Selections: August 13, 2016

Country radio needs to be “Fix”ed. We took a week off from Sunday Selections, and we ended up missing the ascent of Eric Church’s “Record [...]

Sunday Selections: July 31, 2016

You say, “tomato,” we say… actually, we’ll let Margo Price fill in the rest. It’s been a while since the #TomatoGate controversy reared its head, [...]

Single Review: Miranda Lambert, “Vice”

"When it hurts this good, you've got to play it twice."

Sunday Selections: July 24, 2016

If you need us, we’ll be where our reputations don’t precede us. Which is a way of saying that we’re listening to Miranda Lambert’s new [...]

Album Review: Brandy Clark, Big Day in a Small Town

One of the rare concept albums that lives up to its conceit while each song still able to stand on its own, Big Day in a Small Town demonstrates as well that Brandy Clark's debut album wasn't a fluke. She really is this good.

Artist Spotlight: Jeremy Nail

Texas singer/songwriter puts a health scare behind him with a stellar new album.

Single Review: Eric Church, “Record Year”

"Record Year" is cleverly written, intertwining turns of phrase with musical references that will satisfy everyone from the casual country fan (Red Headed Stranger) to the scholarly one (New Grass Revival.)

Single Review: Jason Aldean, “Lights Come On”

Perhaps this is a song best heard in its proper context.

Sunday Selections: July 10, 2016

With so much to get caught up on, there’s no time for a snarky one-liner. If you’ve been eagerly anticipating new music from some of [...]

Dixie Chicks Revisited: Home

Recorded in Texas during their standoff with their record label, Home threw out the rulebook completely.

Say What? – Cam on the Unifying Power of Music

Earlier this month, Cam gave an incisive NPR interview to Country Universe favorite Jewly Hight, in which the former psychology grad student shared her thoughts on the unifying power of music.

Sunday Selections: June 26, 2016

2016 has claimed yet another icon in “Doctor” Ralph Stanley. As the true giants of popular music continue to age, their passings are only going [...]

Sunday Selections: June 12, 2016

What would the Dixie Chicks’ first US tour in a decade be without at least a little bit of controversy? Really, is it any surprise [...]

Single Review: Keith Urban, “Wasted Time”

“Wasted Time” Keith Urban Written by James Abrahart, Keith Urban, and Greg Wells To his credit, you can tell a Keith Urban record is a [...]

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