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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Summer Fun, Country Style

In  2015, singer/songwriter Chris Janson hit it big with his clever #1 Country hit "Buy Me A Boat." Now, just in time for summer, he is on track to repeat that success with his newest single  "Fix A Drink” which screams summertime fluff. As the lyrics explain, Jenson...

read more

A Hard-Core Country Love Song

  There are love songs and then there are “Country Music” love songs;  “Makin’ Me Look Good Again,” by Drake White, is definitely the latter. He’s a rising star who has been compared to Chris Stapleton, meaning he’s got a  “traditional” or even “hard core”...

read more

For Those of You Who Like (Very) Traditional Country

Few, besides Nashville insiders, had heard of Chris Stapleton until several months after his 2015 feature in Rolling Stone, and then, just a few months after that, he won three CMA awards (Country Music Association):  Album Of The Year, New Artist Of The Year, and...

read more