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...

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Sam Hunt: Country Star With Pop Appeal

  Although he’s only been big on the music scene since 2014, young, virile, handsome Country star Sam Hunt has already racked up four #1 hits and has millions of fans, and not just Country fans, as he also appeals to Pop audiences. “Body Like a Back Road” belongs...

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Misery At Its Best: A Country Diva’s Broken Heart

  A top-of-the-line Country music tear-jerker is as good as misery can get, and “Tin Man” is the latest in the long standing tradition of stories that tell of a woman’s broken heart. Nothing tops honest emotion, and honest emotion is what you get in Miranda...

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The First “Feel Good” Song of the Season

  Add some zippy, finger snappin’ music to these opening lines, and you’ll have the feel good song of the season: Happy people don’t cheat Happy people don’t lie They don’t judge or hold a grudge They don’t criticize Happy people don’t hate Happy people don’t...

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The First Really Good Drinkin’ Song In A Long Time

    Let’s not be cliché, but let’s do remember that along with trains, prison and mama etc. drinking is an essential story-line in the Country Music Songbook, and that the really fine drinking songs take a while to emerge. Here’s a brand new one,  that’s...

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Lipstick: The Good, The Bad, & Just The Right Shade of Red

What to make of Runaway Jane, a new Country-pop “Blond Band”…three gorgeous young women wearing “Daisy Dukes” and cowboy boots, who sound like the Dixie Chicks if the Dixie Chicks were proper young ladies instead of rebels, or Gretchen Wilson, if she was a Tri-Delt...

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Couples With Chemistry

  The lines between music genres continues to blur, as seen at last week's Grammy Awards, when Country superstars Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood debuted "The Fighter," a high energy, pop leaning, crowd pleasing duet about a guy pledging his devotion, that...

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Sturgill Simpson, Music’s Mystery Man

  The mystery singer/songwriter of the moment, Sturgill Simpson, just won a Grammy for “Best Country Album” despite the fact that he’s not really Country, and hardly anyone has ever heard of him. Difficult as it is to pinpoint his style, we’re going with...

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A Sizzling Country/Pop Blend From Lady Antebellum

  Right from the get-go, the trio known as Lady Antebellum have been Country Superstars. They began carving out their new and original sound a decade ago, and now they’ve got a catalog of diverse songs, with brilliant lyrics. Their latest is the up-tempo "You...

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