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Single Review: Blake Shelton, “Neon Light”

“Neon Light” Blake Shelton Written by Andrew Dorff, Mark Irwin, and Josh Kear Brooks & Dunn made an entire career out of honky tonk puns and play on words.  “Neon Light” is a throwback to those songs, with Blake Shelton … Continue reading ?

2014 CMA Nominations

This year’s CMA nominees are the best in years, with multiple nominations for Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Brandy Clark.  Country radio may still be shunning women, but their embrace by CMA voters suggests that the industry knows who is … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Garth Brooks, “People Loving People”

“People Loving People” Garth Brooks Written by Michael Busbee, Lee Thomas Miller & Chris Wallin There is no nuanced way to say it. Garth Brooks’ long and greatly anticipated comeback single is really bad with a little bit of good … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #1. Merle Haggard

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List The Poet of the Common Man.  Merle Haggard emerged from the Bakersfield music scene in the mid-sixties, and over the course of time, became the greatest man in the history of country music. Born … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #2. George Jones

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Quite possibly country music’s most distinctive vocalist, George Jones wrapped his distinguished vocals around great songs for more than five decades. Jones was born and raised in Texas, and his earliest musical tastes were … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #3. Willie Nelson

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List He started out as an unconventional songwriter trying to be a conventional artist.  But when Willie Nelson let his hair down, he became a country legend for the ages. Nelson was raised by his … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #4. Johnny Cash

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Known affectionately as the Man in Black, Johnny Cash is a figure who has towered over popular music, casting a long shadow over the history of both country and rock and roll. He was … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #5. Hank Williams

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List So epic was his life story, and so tragic its ending, that it’s easy to forget a simple truth: Hank Williams was one of the strongest vocalists and songwriters to ever grace the country … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #6. Jimmie Rodgers

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List All of country music history is connected by its tradition, with the artists of one generation tracing their sound back to the generations that came before.  For male country singers, all roads eventually lead … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #7. Buck Owens

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List For many Americans, he was the guitar-slinging comedian that co-hosted Hee Haw.  But before he signed up for that popular show, he had already amassed a body of work that defined the sound of … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #8. Lefty Frizzell

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Lefty Frizzell just may be the most influential vocalist in country music history.  His signature honky-tonk style has been the foundational template for several generations of traditional country vocalists, smoothing out the twangy edges … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #9. Bob Wills

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Few styles of country music have been more hugely influential than Western Swing.   As the embodiment of that style, Bob Wills became one of the most influential country artists in history. Born and raised … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #10. George Strait

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Country music has undergone drastic changes in the three decades that George Strait has been a recording artist.  While everything was changing all around him, he became the most consistently successful country artist in … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #11. Waylon Jennings

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Waylon Jennings was the very embodiment of the country music outlaw movement in the seventies, demonstrating that legendary music can be made if artists are liberated to create it in the way that they … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #12. Eddy Arnold

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List With a sweeping career that spanned six decades, Eddy Arnold was a pivotal force in country music as it grew from a regionally popular musical style into a genre popular throughout the country. Arnold … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #13. Bill Monroe

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Few artists can claim creative ownership over an entire genre of music.   Bill Monroe is one of those few artists, as the Father of Bluegrass led the way for a vibrant subgenre of country … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #14. Ray Price

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List One of the few traditionalists who was able to successfully transition into the smoother Nashville Sound style, Ray Price was a defining artist in two completely different eras of country music history. A small … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #15. Conway Twitty

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List He started out as a pop teen idol, but Conway Twitty’s powerful vocals and smart taste in material made him one of country music’s longest reigning superstars. Twitty was born in Mississippi and raised … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #16. Marty Robbins

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List A pioneer in both country and rock and roll music, and the father of the country music concept album, Marty Robbins expanded the both the scope and reach of country music throughout his four … Continue reading ?

100 Greatest Men: #17. Kenny Rogers

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List The biggest crossover star that country music has ever known, Kenny Rogers was among the biggest stars of any genre in the seventies and eighties, becoming a worldwide icon and one of the genre’s … Continue reading ?

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