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Single Review: Garth Brooks, “Mom”

“Mom” Garth Brooks Written by Don Sampson and Wynn Varble Simply put, “Mom” is the best single that Garth Brooks has released since the first term of the Bill Clinton administration. Got your head around that yet?  Good.   Now process … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Rodney Atkins, “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat”

“Eat Sleep Love You Repeat” Rodney Atkins Written by Ryan Bizarri and Walker Hayes I don’t think anybody does “Aw, Shucks” country better than Rodney Atkins. Whether that’s a compliment or an indictment depends on your level of appreciation for … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Trisha Yearwood, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit

Trisha Yearwood PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit PrizeFighter: Hit after Hit includes the first set of new material from Trisha Yearwood in seven years.  That new material, six tracks in total, is uniformly excellent and often extraordinary, adding to her already … Continue reading ?

The Best of 1994: The Ballot

As part of our tenth anniversary, the staff of Country Universe decided to celebrate a year that came ten years before our decade-old website: 1994.   What can we say? We always look forward to looking backward! Over the next few … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Brett Eldredge, “Mean to Me”

“Mean to Me” Brett Eldredge Written by Scooter Carusoe and Brett Eldredge Winning a major award seems as good a time as any to pay closer attention to an artist.   Brett Eldredge collected his New Artist award at last week’s … Continue reading ?

CMA 2014: The Winners, and The Good, the Bad, and the Whaaaat??

The 2014 CMA Awards show had more great moments than any telecast in years, pulling off the rare feat of making the genre appear far healthier and more appealing than it actually is!  Here is a complete list of winners, … Continue reading ?

CMA Awards 2014: Staff Predictions and Picks

Despite the Grammys and even the ACM’s demonstrating more consistent taste over the past few years, the CMA’s remain the most significant industry awards that honor country music.  This year’s slate of nominees gives the organization an opportunity to build … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Florida Georgia Line, “Sun Daze”

“Sun Daze” Florida Georgia Line Written by Cary Barlowe, Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure, Tyler Hubbard, and Brian Kelley Apparently, this is the real second single from Florida Georgia Line’s new album.  “Anything Goes”, which we reviewed last month, was just … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Keith Urban, “Somewhere in My Car”

“Somewhere in My Car” Keith Urban Written by J.T. Harding and Keith Urban First off, let’s give Keith Urban a tremendous amount of credit for his sleight of hand song craft here. The core of “Somewhere in My Car” is … Continue readi...

Single Review: Toby Keith, “Drunk Americans”

“Drunk Americans” Toby Keith Written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally The most successful records Toby Keith has had lately have been about drinking or about being American.  It’s easy to see the title of “Drunk Americans” and … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Kenny Chesney, “Til it’s Gone”

“‘Til it’s Gone” Kenny Chesney Written by Rodney Clawson, David Lee Murphy, and Jimmy Yeary There were a lot of great singer-songwriters that didn’t quite make it to stardom in the nineties, especially once the market was saturated.  It’s good … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Trisha Yearwood, “Prize Fighter” (with Kelly Clarkson)

“Prize Fighter” (with Kelly Clarkson) Trisha Yearwood Written by Jessi Alexander, Sarah Buxton, and Ross Copperman Yes, it’s been more than seven years since Trisha Yearwood has released a proper single.  Yes, it was worth the wait. “Prize Fighter” is … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Tim McGraw, Sundown Heaven Town

Tim McGraw Sundown Heaven Town Tim McGraw returning to form is the musical equivalent of reconnecting with an old friend, where spending a little time with them suddenly reminds you why you were such good friends in the first place. … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Josh Turner, “Lay Low”

“Lay Low” Josh Turner Written by Ross Copperman, Tony Martin and Mark Nesler Good for Josh Turner for sticking with his neo-traditional country sound, even though he’s in the oft talked about minority nowadays. I don’t listen to country radio … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”

“Something in the Water” Carrie Underwood Written by Chris DeStefano, Brett James, and Carrie Underwood If anybody’s going to sing a song about the power of the water to cleanse your soul, it should be Carrie Underwood.   Her voice and … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Florida Georgia Line, “Anything Goes”

“Anything Goes” Florida Georgia Line Written by Felix McTeigue, Chris Tompkins, and Craig Wiseman A piece of trash so shamelessly awful that it is beyond parody.   Beyond comprehension.  Almost beyond comment. To observe that Florida Georgia Line’s work barely qualifies … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Tim McGraw, “Shotgun Rider”

“Shotgun Rider” Tim McGraw Written by Marv Green, Hillary Lindsey, and Troy Verges Tim McGraw’s been getting his groove back lately.  Much of his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, recalls the sound of his biggest turn-of-the-century hits without sounding dated. … Continue reading ?

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 ?

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