Shock! A Pro-Sober Country Song!

I've been sober since you broke my heart in two 'Cause drunk me can't get over you "Drunk Me," by native Nashville songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny is an intense, emotive Country song that  touts sobriety, bucking the genre's long-standing tradition of endorsing drinking...

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He’s No Steve Earle, But Dierks Bentley Will Have To Do

Dierks Bentley has had 17 #1 Country hits. Obviously talented, he's also ruggedly handsome, projects a bit of an outsider image, and sounds very "Country." If you like modern Country music, or Country music in general, or are just curious, then you'll probably want to...

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BIGGER & LOUDER vs. Old Fashion & Simple

  We live in an age of High! Tech!  Events are Bigger, Louder and Ever More Spectacular!! Simplicity isn’t even in the conversation! Except… that… Florida Georgia Line is whistling and strumming their way up the Country chart with " Simple” described by one half of...

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Location, Location, Location.

There’s always a place at the Country music table for men crying in their beer after losing a good woman--it’s just a question of modernization and packaging. And just like real estate, a lot has to do with location, location, location. For George Strait it was that...

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The More Things Change, The More They Change

At one time Country music’s image was of rugged, tanned drunks who loved their mothers and then went to prison. Today’s Country is much fluffier—if hit-bound “Hotel Key” by Old Dominion, one of Nashville’s most popular, talented, and successful bands, was a color, it...

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Peace, Love & Understanding, Country Style

From Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy” to The Youngbloods “Get Together” (a song with so much appeal it charted twice, in 1967 and 1969) to Kenny Chesney’s brand new “Get Along,” human nature always has been, and remains, hopeful. It’s the artists and their interpreters who...

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The Newest Couple In Town: Country & Pop

Both Pop and Country fans are loving Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line’s "Meant To Be" which is charting on both formats, and following in that same path is Country’s Chris Lane’s duet with popster Tori Kelly on "Take Back Home Girl," climbing the Country chart as we...

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“Jack & Diane” Updated. Sort of.

Pop music has had its share of “couple songs:” Romeo & Juliet, Paul & Paula, even Lesley Gore’s Johnny & Judy--they were popular but the ne plus ultra of “couple songs,” “Jack & Diane,” has become part of American pop culture, even though no-one is exactly sure what...

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What’s Old Is New Again

Come summertime 2018 it’s likely you’ll hear "I Hate Love Songs" by Kelsea Ballerini. She’s young-- 24-years old, but her singing style has a distinctly old school/traditional sound.  ”I Hate Love Songs” has roots in Patsy Cline’s 1961 ballad “Crazy*”—they have a...

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