Luke Combs: Modern Take on Traditional Country

2017 has been Country singer/songwriter Luke Combs year. His "Hurricane" went to #1, and so is his follow-up, “When It Rains, It Pours” which is a straight ahead Country sound with a clever, lighthearted story line-- no heartbreak or hardship here--rather he wins $100...

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If You Can’t Love–Than At Least Don’t Hate

I’m not objective about “Dear Hate” by Maren Morris because she’s Country, and I love Country, and I hope you don’t disregard this message because you don’t like that format—the DELIVERY is Country but the MESSAGE is universal. Remember Jackie DeShannon’s 1965 hit...

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Emotional Love Songs: What Would We Do Without Them?

When you hear “Everything I Own” (1972, Bread), do you ever wonder “has a sadder song ever been written?” I would give anything I own Give up my life, my heart, my home I would give ev’rthing I own Just to have you back again So emotional. “Greatest Love Story” by...

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Thomas Rhett, Country-Pop Super-Star

  Remember Rod Serling narrating “The Twilight Zone?” He’d be off to the side, beckoning you with his intimate and commanding voice, prepping you for the “journey ahead…?” Now imagine him saying: Consider Thomas Rhett, winner of the gene pool lottery. A Grand...

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Is “Happy Country” an Oxymoron?

  Aaron Watson, who’s been on the brink of Country stardom for 20 years or so, is riding high on the biggest hit of his dues paying career. The takeaway:  Watson took his wife of ten years out to dinner, realized how deep his feelings for her are, and, when they...

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You Go Girl, Country Style

When listening to Old Dominion, it’s best to toss aside preconceived notions of Country music—that way you can more readily “get” that this band, which is one of Nashville's hottest hit makers, is not a traditional band, rather, it’s five super-successful songwriters...

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Nostalgia Just Ain’t What It Used To Be…

  Maybe baseball great Yogi Berra coined that phrase, and maybe he didn’t, but no matter, nostalgia almost always works well in a song. Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ‘69” (from 1985), touched on several key points of youth Americana: the five & dime, high school...

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A Sunny “Summer Song”…Country Style

For 20+ years, Country superstar Kenny Chesney has been cranking out hits, and, simultaneously, cultivating his image and brand, with an emphasis on his fondness for sun, surf and summer via brilliant marketing, such as his "No Shoes Nation" store for sunglasses and...

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