“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...

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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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Good Ol’ Boys Sing Their Appreciation

Randy Travis hit a home run almost 30 years ago with “Forever and Ever, Amen,” winning 1987’s Grammy for “Best Country Song” and what worked for Randy Travis then seems to be working for singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley, now. Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” and...

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“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”

What could be mellower than a Country song about the calm and comfort of home? Elton John’s singing and Berne Taupin’s lyrics made it work in 1970 with "Country Comfort" and now Kenny Chesney, and his buddy, A-level Nashville writer and Baby Boomer (59-y/o) David Lee...

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A Medley of Hits by Artists Who Died in 2017

Nashville was freezing on New Years Eve, but that’d didn’t prevent Keith Urban from entertaining 100,000 party revelers for"Music City Midnight." One highlight was this 9+ minute medley of hits from music icons who died in 2017—all formats were honored, beginning with...

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Believing in Mankind’s Good. Country Style.

The songs in today’s post carry a message that’s right for our time-- a much needed positive worldview. Luke Bryan’s “Most People Are Good” is officially launched, and within a few weeks it'll be airing on Country stations nationwide. The words are—terrific—poetic and...

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Taylor Swift Sings a Heartfelt Song A La Carole King

  Ha, you don’t even need a calendar to know it’s the Christmas season, just listen to the radio or check out the slew of recent holiday albums including releases by Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, Blake Shelton, and Kelsea Ballerini. One of the most anticipated...

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A Light-Hearted Romantic Song For Country Music Fans

  Here’s Easton Corbin singing “A Girl Like You,” a bright, upbeat expression of good fortune in love that’s already in “top 10” territory on the Country chart. It’s a safe bet that the late Mel McDaniel influenced this song’s sound, melody and down home...

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