Classic Country: Heartbreak. Whiskey. A Honky-Tonk.

  Tim McGraw just released "Neon Church," his first solo single in two years, and it's already top 25 on the Country chart. I need a neon church with a jukebox choir Full of honky-tonk angels With their wings on fire *** In a neon church with the party crowd...

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Turning 16: One of Life’s Great Milestones

Turning “16” has been a big deal in pop and rock since the early days of Top 40 radio--"Only 16," "Sweet Little Sixteen", “16 Candles” (the song and the movie). It worked for Johnny Burnette with "You're Sixteen" (1960) and again in 1974 when Ringo Starr's cover...

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Long-Time Love Affair: Country Music & The Pick-Up Truck

Never knew my old man's truck could even run like that Should've known better than to take that curve so fast Daddy pulled up, I was down in a ditch He asked me why I did what I did I was out of my mind, she was out of this world There was this girl As almost 30-year...

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Midland’s “Burn Out” Is My New Favorite Country Song

  Had the world on a string And then I lost everything And that's how I wound up here Watchin' cigarettes burn out 'Til all the neon gets turned ou Midland is a Texas trio that plays traditional Country music, with attitude.  A great bar band. Almost two years...

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All Hail the Honky-Tonk!

If honky-tonks didn’t exist, County music would have had to invent them, because they are one of the genre's most popular tropes, a cycle supported by the writers and singers who write and sing about honky-tonks, and the listeners who listen. Enter "Down To The Honky...

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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...

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