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Blake Shelton Based On a True Story

Blake Shelton “Based On a True Story…” –Album Review

Warner Bros (2013)

As a country artist, Blake Shelton has been no stranger to charting hits and Gold records since his debut album in 2001. But it was landing a seat as a coach on hit talent show The Voice that really introduced the world to who he is as a person—his personality, charm, his wit, his mischievous sense of humor. We already knew he was a great singer/songwriter; his personality is what […]


Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer, Different Park” –Album Review

Mercury Nashville (2013)

Set against a backdrop of big-voiced, bigger-than-life female country singers like Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves has spent the last several years releasing independent records, flying under the radar with her midtempo Americana style and understated alto voice. However, with her new release on Mercury Nashville, Same Trailer, Different Park, it appears that this talented young vocalist is set to show up on a lot more […]


County Legend Jack Greene Passes Away

The “Jolly Green Giant” is no more. Country music fans haven’t heard a whole lot from Jack Greene in many years, but old-school aficionados remember him as the tall, deep voiced Grand Ole Opry singer who was nicknamed the “Jolly Green Giant.” Yesterday, the Grand Ole Opry announced that Greene passed away March 15 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. He was 83. Greene was born in 1930 in Maryville, Tennessee, […]

"The Other Life"

Shooter Jennings “The Other Life” – Album Review

It’s gotta be tough to try finding your own persona outside the shadow of your famous last name, and Shooter Jennings has taken a long and winding road to find his amid a slew of experimental, fringe country albums over the years. But with his latest release The Other Life, Jennings appears to be coming full-circle back to his outlaw country roots. Granted, you wouldn’t know that listening just to […]

Ashley Monroe Like a Rose

Ashley Monroe “Like a Rose”—Album Review

Warner Bros (2013)

If you’re a country fan, you’ve likely seen/heard Ashley Monroe, even if you don’t know her name. Although her new release Like a Rose is not her first effort, these days she’s perhaps best known as “Hippie Annie”, the “other” blonde girl in the sassy country super-trio Pistol Annies. However, I predict that the release of this album will change things a bit for this talented vocalist, and a lot […]


Luke Bryan Releases “Spring Break…Here To Party” Compilation

Every year since 2009, Luke Bryan has released a new Spring Break-themed EP, geared around his annual spring break shows in Panama City. The idea back then was that this was an outlet for Bryan to play some party-themed songs that wouldn’t necessarily make it on the track list of his mainstream releases. As it turns out, these highly sing-able songs have become something of a country-rock soundtrack for spring […]


Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Team Up for “Old Yellow Moon”

Nonesuch Records (2013)

Long-time readers of this column—can you guess why I like Old Yellow Moon, the latest collaborative effort from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell? Think about it…I’ll wait…. Right. It’s old-school country, just the way I like it. This partnership is not really all that surprising. Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris have had a natural musical chemistry since Crowell joined Harris’ “Hot Band” in the 1970s. After having a long and […]


Country Singer Mindy McCready Found Dead

This is the kind of story we wish we didn’t have to tell. CNN and other sources report that country singer Mindy McCready, beleaguered with legal and personal problems over the past few years, was found dead Sunday afternoon at her Arkansas home from an apparent suicide. She was 37. According to reports, neighbors phoned police after hearing gunshots. McCready was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The […]


Country Act to Watch: Holly Williams

Country singer/songwriter Holly Williams is certainly no stranger to country music. Growing up in Nashville as the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. (and by extension, the granddaughter of Sr.), Williams has previously released two studio albums on major labels, and even seen some chart success. With all the buzz now surrounding her new independent release The Highway, it’s quite possible that going the “indie” route may provide her with her […]


Tim McGraw “Two Lanes of Freedom”- Album Review

Big Machine Records (2013)

Five years sober (as he recently revealed), and free from a two-decade relationship with former label Curb Records, country icon Tim McGraw is understandably in a mood to celebrate freedom on a variety of levels. That jubilation comes out clearly in his new release Two Lanes of Freedom, both in its overall atmosphere and in McGraw’s frequent explorations with the boundaries of his genre. Of course, McGraw has never been […]


Gary Allan Poised for Personal Best on “Set You Free”

MCA Nashville (2013)

It’s safe to say it has been a road of ups and downs for country music veteran Gary Allan, both personally and professionally speaking. But after a drought of several years without much in the way of chart success, he’s set to break all personal barriers with his latest release Set You Free. With the record currently topping the Billboard 200 chart after only a week on the market, and […]


Why George Strait Keeps Selling Records [2012 In Review]

We’re just about to wrap up our month-long review of some of MIMO’s more intriguing pieces from last year, but we didn’t want to finish without pulling out this gem from our country writer Rob Burkhardt. Rob has some interesting insights on George Strait’s undying popularity, which could be food for thought for some of the genre’s current up-and-comers. Enjoy! –Ed. The long career of George Strait, the undisputed reigning “King […]

howcountry feels

Randy Houser “How Country Feels”—Album Review

Stoney Creek Records (2012)

After releasing two albums over the last five years that have met with moderate success, Randy Houser is poised to take things to the next level with his third release, How Country Feels. How far it will take him remains to be seen, since the album itself presents mixture of brilliant moments and missed opportunities. It’s a good sign for Houser that the title track is currently topping country radio […]


Acts to Watch: The Lone Bellow

If you haven’t heard about The Lone Bellow yet, get ready, because chances are you’re going to hear their name a lot this year. The latest in a string of acts to emerge in the new-folk vein, this Brooklyn-based trio is poised to hit it big with their self-titled debut, already available on iTunes and set for wide release next week. With the momentum already created by the likes of […]


The Band Perry To Release Sophomore Album In April

For those of us who have been waiting…and waiting…for new music from rising country stars The Band Perry, the wait is just about over. The sibling trio announced on Thursday that their new record will drop on April 2. The Band Perry has been steadily making waves since their debut self-titled release in 2010, which went platinum and produced five top-ten hits for them. Their breakout hit “If I Die […]

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