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Rascal Flatts Goes Deeper with “Changed”: Album Review

Apparently, country power-trio Rascal Flatts feels a bit more reflective these days. Changed, the band’s eighth studio record, which dropped this week, cuts back (a little bit) on the uber-production, and lyrically delves into more emotional territory than they’ve been known for previously. Changed, as it turns out, is an appropriate theme, not only for the record, but for the band itself. In the past couple of years, Rascal Flatts […]


Lionel Richie Does Country?

Lionel Richie Does Country?

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit tired of country music being used as pastureland for aging artists from other genres. The latest grazer in said pasture is apparently Lionel Richie, who this week released Tuskegee, a countrified collection of his greatest hits. What do I mean by that opening statement? Okay, let’s start with The Eagles, pioneers in rock & roll. Their 2007 release Long Road […]


Why The Band Perry May Be the Future of Country

Why The Band Perry May Be the Future of Country

With the buzz currently going on in country music circles over The Band Perry, you might think they had just come on the scene. But although this all-sibling group is young (the youngest is a scant 21), it’s actually been a slow ride to the limelight for them. The Band Perry officially formed in 2005, when Kimberly Perry was 21, and brothers Reid and Neil were both still in their […]


Why George Strait Keeps Selling Records

Why George Strait Keeps Selling Records

The long career of George Strait, the undisputed reigning “King of Country,” is a perfect example of the extreme loyalty of country music fans. After more than 30 years playing “old school,” western-swing country music, Strait still packs out major venues and sells plenty of records, and his singles are still consistently hitting near the top of the country charts. (Last year’s release Here for a Good Time was Strait’s […]


Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and “Pig” Robbins to Be Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and ‘Pig’ Robbins Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, March 6, the Country Music Association in Nashville, TN announced three new inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame for 2012: country superstar Garth Brooks; legendary country singer Connie Smith; and country pianist Hargus “Pig” Robbins. The three inductees were named in the Modern Era Artist, Veterans Era, and Recording/Touring Musicians categories, respectively. The official induction will occur in a ceremony planned for later this year. Connie Smith, […]


Lady Antebellum to Play at Prom? PHOTO CREDIT: Miranda Penn Turin

Lady Antebellum to Play at Prom?

As if country superstar band Lady Antebellum isn’t busy enough, what with collecting all their awards and touring almost every major city on the planet and all—they’re going to do a live 45-minute set at the prom of some lucky high school this spring. On March 8, Lady A announced the “Own the Night With Lady A” contest on their website, inviting students to upload YouTube videos creatively explaining why their […]


Album Review: Dierks Bentley “Home”

Album Review: Dierks Bentley ‘Home’

Speaking in terms of financial success, country singer Dierks Bentley has come a long way since releasing his first record nearly a decade ago. His latest CD Home (released February 2012) debuted near the top of the Billboard 200 chart, and the title cut (which is also the first single) is getting plenty of airplay. From a purely music business standpoint, it would seem that Dierks Bentley has “arrived.” Buuutt…(sigh) […]


Carolina Chocolate Drops “Leaving Eden” Brings String Band Music Back Into the Limelight

Carolina Chocolate Drops ‘Leaving Eden’ Brings String Band Music Back Into the Limelight

If you’ve never listened to old-time string band music, you’re missing out on one of the best parts of Americana. The new album Leaving Eden by Carolina Chocolate Drops should remedy that for you. Old-time music is a style of North American folk that draws from traditional English, Irish, Scottish, and African influences (essentially the main people groups out of which America itself was formed). Next to Native American music, it […]


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Blake Shelton’s “Red River Blue”-Album Review

These days, many people identify Blake Shelton with his “other” jobs, like being a judge on NBC’s The Voice, or being “Miranda Lambert’s husband.” But Blake Shelton is, first and foremost, a country singer—and a darn good one. His 2011 release Red River Blue has been hailed by many as the best recording of Shelton’s ten-year career thus far, garnering three Grammy and CMA nods—not to mention landing him honors […]


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