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George Jones

Nashville Bids Farewell to George Jones in All-Star Tribute

Over 100 notable musical artists converged on Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday night to offer a final tribute to country legend George Jones. Billed as “Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show,” (referencing two of Jones’ lifetime nicknames), the concert was supposed to have been the final date of the icon’s farewell tour. After Jones passed away in April of this year, the decision was made to keep the date as a […]

Billie Joe and Norah Foreverly

Billie Joe Armstrong, Norah Jones Tease “Foreverly”

On paper, it looks like the most unlikely pairing of voices in the most unlikely of genres for the most unlikely approach to a tribute record we’ve ever heard of. But it’s actually these unlikelihoods surrounding Billie Joe Armstrong’s teaming with Norah Jones on Foreverly that might just make it work. In the late 1950s, the Everly Brothers were established hitmakers, making their mark on the burgeoning rock scene by […]

Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am

Kellie Pickler “The Woman I Am” –Album Review

Black River Entertainment (2013)

Despite her good looks, an endearing personality, a captivating story to tell, and the open embrace of the country music community, it seems like Kellie Pickler has always flown somewhere in the middle of the flock, barely visible. After finishing sixth in Season 5 of American Idol, she’s seen only modest success after three records with 19 Records/Sony Nashville, and high chart placement has continued to elude her. Even 2011’s […]

CMA Awards 2013

Highlights From the 2013 CMA Awards

George Strait wins Entertainer of the Year

During last night’s broadcast of the 47th CMA Awards on ABC, live audio difficulties throughout the evening were the only real snafu in a 3-hour show that went off pretty much without a hitch otherwise. After a respectable opening performance by Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood took to their typical opening comic banter, which was entertaining as usual, if not a little campy. […]

CMA Awards 2013

CMA Awards 2013 Preview

What to watch for on Wednesday night's broadcast

Tonight on the ABC network, the popular hosting team of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are back for their sixth round, hosting the 47th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves lead the nominations at tonight’s awards show with six nominations each—and Swift is guaranteed at least one win. She is slated to receive the CMA Pinnacle Award tonight for […]

Brandy Clark

Country Artist To Watch: Brandy Clark

If you’re a country fan, you’ve likely been singing along to the songs of Brandy Clark even without knowing who she is. An established Nashville songwriter, she’s penned tunes for everyone from Reba to Keith Urban to Sheryl Crow. That “Better Dig Two” number by The Band Perry? Yep, she co-wrote that. And Miranda’s hit “Mama’s Broken Heart?” She’s got writing credits on that one, too—not to mention a CMA […]

Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This

Thomas Rhett “It Goes Like This” –Album Review

The Valory Music Co. (2013)

If you are already familiar with the midtempo love song “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett, that’s no accident. While Rhett’s first two singles “Something To Do With My Hand” and “Beer With Jesus” flew mainly under the radar—the first because he was an unknown, and the second because the title belied the song’s meaning—his third single is now fighting Luke Bryan for the Number 1 slot on the […]

Cassadee Pope Frame By Frame

Cassadee Pope “Frame By Frame” –Album Review

Universal Republic Nashville (2013)

You have to believe that Blake Shelton, and indeed the entire franchise of The Voice, have to be pinning a lot of hope on Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope as their first possible charting success story. Her debut album Frame By Frame is certainly well crafted, well produced and well written (with a combination of Pope co-writes and contributions from numerous music industry A-list songsmiths). It also certainly demonstrates that […]

Tyler Farr Redneck Crazy

Country Artist to Watch: Tyler Farr

Seems like the third time’s a charm for Tyler Farr, the rasp-voiced country newcomer whose single “Redneck Crazy” currently sits at a comfortable No. 2 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. His first two singles, “Hot Mess” and “Hello, Goodbye,” both released last year, received only modest airplay attention, but were apparently enough to get him on the radar of a growing group of country fans. Indeed, Farr’s grit-ridden, guitar-driven, […]

Billy Currington We Are Tonight

Billy Currington “We Are Tonight” –Album Review

Over the years, quite present in the Nashville scene but frequently flying just under the radar, Billy Currington has established a niche for himself as a solid country singer-songwriter with just a touch of blue-eyed soul. With the release of We Are Tonight, Currington’s fifth studio effort (and his first in three years), he appears poised to take his  much-deserved place in the spotlight. Indeed, considering that the lead single […]

Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park

CMA 2013 Awards Nominees Announced

Swift, Musgraves lead with six each

As the 47th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards nominees were announced Tuesday morning in New York City (by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line, in case you were interested), two surprise names led the pack for largest number of nods: Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves, who landed six nominations each. Musgraves is a bit of a surprise mainly because she is such a newcomer, but her edgy album Same […]

Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home

Sheryl Crow Dives Headlong Into Country with “Feels Like Home”

Warner Music Nashville (2013)

Surprise, surprise. Roots-rocker Sheryl Crow has been maintaining an ongoing flirtation with the country scene for years—you know, hanging out in Nashville, showing up on country music awards shows, collaborating with country stars, etc., etc. So when it came out that her latest effort Feels Like Home would be decidedly a country album, the collective reaction was less shock-and-awe and more “it’s about damn time.” The thing is, between the […]

Charlie Worsham Rubberband

Country Act to Watch: Charlie Worsham

Hard-core fans of modern are probably familiar with Charlie Worsham’s music, if not his name. His debut single “Could It Be” has climbed to No. 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart since its January release, and concert goers have seen him open shows for the likes of Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. This week, Worsham’s debut album Rubberband released on the Warner Bros. label with plenty of buzz […]

Glen Campbell See You There

Glen Campbell Says Goodbye to Fans with “See You There”

In what is likely to be the Glen Campbell’s last studio album, the country icon has given fans an intimate remake of some of his classic hits in See You There. Released this week, it’s a piece of music history that is likely to resonate with Campbell fans much like Johnny Cash’s American series did with his. The story behind the making of this record is almost as compelling as […]

Luke Bryan Crash My Party

Luke Bryan “Crash My Party” Album Review

Capitol Nashville (2013)

I’m just going to say this: when one of the hottest tickets in country music releases a new album, there’s an unspoken pressure put on reviewers like me to give it a free pass. After all, if that person/band is at the top of his/her/their game, everything must be going right. Right? So it’s with a bit of apprehension that I have to speak up and say I’m a bit […]

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