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Daily Top Five: Reader’s Choice

What are your Top Five choices for Daily Top Five topics? (We’re feeling super creative today.)  

Daily Top Five: Rodney Crowell

Today’s Daily Top Five is the promised Rodney Crowell edition. He’s such a legendary songwriter that I’m putting up three Top Fives – albums, singles, and songs written by him that were recorded by others! Share yours in the comments.  … Continue reading ?

For the Love of Guy Clark

A fundraising campaign to raise money for a documentary on the legendary songwriter is a smashing success. If anyone’s life is interesting enough to be turned into a full-length film, Guy Clark would be at or near the top of … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Emmylou Harris

Tomorrow, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell release their second collaborative album, The Travelin’ Kind.   They waited almost four decades to finally do their first album together, 2013’s Grammy-winning Old Yellow Moon.   Kinda cool that we’re getting another album … Continue reading ?

The Best of 1993: The Ballot

Last winter, we counted down the best albums and singles of 1994.   Now, we’re getting ready to share with you what we think were the best albums of the year before that. 1993 is the year that longtime writer Leeann … Continue readi...

Daily Top Five (by Five): Fan Favorites

We haven’t done a Daily Top Five for a few days, so the original post is going to be lengthier than usual. Loyal fans of an artist usually love album cuts and rarities as much as they do the singles, … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Chris Janson, “Buy Me a Boat”

“Buy Me a Boat” Chris Janson Written by Chris DuBois and Chris Janson It’s about time that Eric Church’s sound started showing up on other people’s records. Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” is lyrically something you would’ve expected from … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Recommend a Track

Today, we combine a classic feature with our latest one. What are your Top Five Track Recommendations? They don’t have to be that recent, but should be something that wasn’t a single. Here are my Top Five: Reba McEntire, “She … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Country Convert Albums

Today’s Daily Top Five asks you to pick the five albums you would use to make a case for country music to the unconverted listener. Here are the five albums I would lend/rip/share in to someone willing to … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”

“Traveller” Chris Stapleton Written by Chris Stapleton With all of the lamenting that many of us do regarding mainstream country music, those of us who are practical are aware of the conflict of knowing that the songs that we would … Continue reading ?

Daily Double Top Five: Best & Worst Cover Songs

Again, we play catch up with a daily double top five, and this one focuses on cover songs. So many great songs have been re-recorded over time.  Sometimes the new versions are so good that you discover something new about … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Zac Brown Band, “Loving You Easy”

“Loving You Easy” Zac Brown Band Written by Al Anderson, Zac Brown, and Niko Moon Zac Brown Band’s groove was in danger of becoming a rut, and their new album, Jekyll + Hyde, is their game attempt to expand their … Continue reading ...

Daily Double Top Five: Best Duets and Harmony Vocals

Once again, technical difficulties derailed yesterday’s Daily Top Five.  So we’re doubling down today. Ever notice how the Vocal Event categories at country award shows honor harmony vocals as much as they do real, full-fledged duets?  The spiritual godfather of … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s all Going to Pot”

“It’s all Going to Pot” Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard Written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson, and Larry Shell Let’s answer all of the burning questions right away. 1. Do these two legends still sound great?  Yes. 2. Is it … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Reba McEntire, Love Somebody

Reba McEntire Love Somebody This is the strongest album Reba McEntire has released in more than twenty years. Listening to Love Somebody is hearing a legend of the genre rediscover her own voice. She’s always been an excellent singer, but … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Favorite Debut Albums

As we’re prepping our 1993 lists, there have been many debut albums in consideration.   That year brought the first studio sets from big stars  like Tracy Byrd, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw,  Shania Twain, and Clay Walker.    Also, sentimental favorites of … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Favorites from your Least Favorites

If we’re honest with ourselves, we don’t like every single music choice that even our very favorite artists make, which  is what inspired  us to share our least favorite albums from our favorite artists. In that same spirit, there are … Continue reading ?

Daily Five: Least Favorites from Your Favorites

We’ve been way too upbeat lately with our Daily Fives!  Today, we’re asking a different question about your favorite artists. What are the five albums from artists you usually love that really disappointed you?  The ones that are lucky to … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Big & Rich, “Run Away With You”

“Run Away With You” Big & Rich Written by Michael Ray and John Rich One thing’s for sure about Big & Rich:  They’re pros at what they do. They’ve correctly assessed the general sound and lyrical themes that brought them … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Canaan Smith, “Love You Like That”

“Love You Like That” Canaan Smith Written by Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, and Canaan Smith Do you want to write a love song or do you want to write a lust song? There’s a big difference between the two, and … Continue reading ?

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