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Year-End Rodeo 2015: The Master Lists

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

As 2015 winds down, we’ll be unveiling the Country Universe crew’s Top 30 Singles and Top 20 Albums, along with our writers’ individual ballots. Because everyone loves lists. And lists of lists. But, despite all of the “You forgot to...Show More Summary

Sunday Selections: December 13, 2015

10 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

This week’s round-up is a bit light on Chris Stapleton news… if only because we already have a post about the Grammy nominations, where he scored a total of 4 nods, including the all-genre Album Of The Year award. But there are someShow More Summary

Single Review: Carrie Underwood, “Heartbeat”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

"Heartbeat" has been stuck in my head for days, which isn't surprising, really. It has a solid hook that Underwood delivers with charm and sincerity, two qualities that I always find abundant in her work. It's a beautiful song, too. Romantic, heartfelt, and chock full of the specific details that make a song with a well-tread theme sound fresh and interesting.

Album Review: K.T. Oslin, Simply

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

On her first new release in 14 years, K.T. Oslin offers one new song and eight re-imagined incarnations of past singles and album cuts from throughout her thirty year career.

Single Review: Reba McEntire, “Until They Don’t Love You”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

The sophomore single from Reba McEntire’s current album Love Somebody is built around an age-old conceit: sometimes you don’t know what you have until you’ve lost it. Or as it’s here put, “Sometimes you don’t love somebody until they don’t love you”. Show More Summary

2016 Grammy Nominations

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Country music is well represented in the major categories - numerically, at least - and the overall nominee list proves once again that NARAS voters have the widest, most diverse, and yes, best taste of all industry award voters. Here are this year's nominees in the big four and all country and country-related categories. Show More Summary

Sunday Selections: December 6, 2015

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

The year of Chris Stapleton rolls on unabated. The reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year– which is still an amazing thing to type!– figures prominently in the country music news this week. But there are plenty of other things besides...Show More Summary

Sunday Selections: November 29, 2015

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Despite the fact that it’s the year’s biggest shopping weekend, this week offers a fairly paltry slate of new releases to get excited about. Fortunately, there are still plenty of newsworthy items to discuss after the tryptophan stupor...Show More Summary

Artist Spotlight: Dianna Corcoran

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

It’s hard to describe Dianna Corcoran as a “new” artist, as she’s a well-established star in her native Australia, complete with #1 albums and songs and plenty of awards. However, Corcoran is taking 2016 to introduce herself and her five-octave vocal range to American audiences with a new album, appropriately titled In America, on Krian Music Group/Universal Music.

Sunday Selections: November 22, 2015

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Earlier this week, writer and friend-of-Country Universe C.M. Wilcox announced that he was shuttering his blog, Country California. The crew here have long been admirers of the sharp, insightful writing and wry humor that Country California brought to the country music blogosphere, and we all wish Chris the best in his new ventures.

Single Review: Rascal Flatts, “I Like the Sound of That”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

A solid chorus and a pleasantly twangy arrangement make the new Rascal Flatts single listenable.

Single Review: Jason Aldean, “Gonna Know We Were Here”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Trite, pointless radio filler that doesn't bother to make an attempt at originality or substance.

Happy Veterans Day

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

In honor of my late father, a U.S. Navy veteran, here is his favorite soldier song.

Single Review: Keith Urban, “Break on Me”

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

I feel like I've heard this a million times before, and that the thrill of discovery that used to be an integral part of hearing new Keith Urban music is well behind us now.

Single Review: Eric Church, “Mr. Misunderstood”

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Not sure if he's misunderstood so much as underappreciated, but that's beside the point, isn't?

2015 CMA Live Blog

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Winners Entertainer: Male Vocalist: Female Vocalist: Vocal Group: Album: New Artist: Vocal Duo: Song: Single: Music Video: Maddie & Tae, “Girl in a Country Song” Musical Event: Keith Urban featuring Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up”

CMA Awards 2015 – Staff Picks & Predictions

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

The 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards will be handed out on Wednesday, November 4. Once again, the ceremony is hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Here are the personal picks and predictions from the Country Universe staff.

Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists: Carrie Underwood

Since Country Universe launched eleven years ago, there have only been a handful of new country artists that I've truly enjoyed. Out of all of them, there hasn't been another artist I've consistently enjoyed as much as Carrie Underw...

Carrie Underwood Through the Years: 20 Acoustic Performances

It’s been 10 years this month since Carrie Underwood released “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” a song that would define her early on as a wholesome, powerhouse vocalist with mass appeal. It was a fitting label at the time, but it fell short of what I knew her to be: a deeply emotive artist who understood humanity.

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