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Top Five Country Music Movers and Shakers [2012 In Review]

We’re reviewing some of the more interesting and insightful post on MIMO in 2012. Back in April, our country music writer Rob Burkhardt shared his list of country music movers and shakers. Several months and multiple awards shows later, it’s interesting to see how right Rob was about some of his picks–how many of them are truly reshaping the country genre. Have a look! –Ed While country music has been […]


Country/Pop Icon Patti Page Passes Away

Country music lost one of its icons yesterday, as Patti Page passed away in Encinitas, California of causes yet unreported. She was 85. If you have not heard of Patti Page, you have certainly heard her songs at some point—most likely “(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window” and “Tennessee Waltz”, the latter of which is widely considered to be one of the best-selling singles of all time (it […]


Best Country Albums of 2012

2012 was really a year for the guys, as far as country music is concerned. While the females seem to have dominated the spotlight in recent years, male acts have dominated the country charts this year—and for good reason. On my list of best country albums for 2012, you’ll find quite a few of them, especially the up-and-coming younger guys, who I believe are set to shape the future of […]


American Country Awards 2012—Recap and Commentary

Watching the 2012 American Country Awards last night on Fox, I have to admit I had some mixed emotions—not about the winners (which we’ll go into below), but mainly about the show itself. After all, there are not one, not two, but three other major awards shows celebrating country music (the ACMs, the CMAs, and the CMTs); do we really need a fourth one? But then I consider that the ACAs (established by […]


Florida Georgia Line “Here’s To the Good Times”: Album Review

Universal Republic Nashville (2012)

After a few weeks’ lull in new country releases (perhaps no one wanted to compete with Taylor Swift?), newcomer country duo Florida Georgia Line steps up to the plate with their debut full-length, Here’s To the Good Times. If you’re a die-hard country fan, you’re probably already familiar with FGL, as they’ve been burning up the country charts with their single “Cruise.” You may recall that I profiled the duo […]


Cassadee Pope’s Surprise Hit with “Over You”

“Over You,” the touching song written by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert about the untimely death of Blake’s brother Richie when Blake was still a teen, has been traversing an interesting path. After Miranda Lambert recorded it, not only did it top the country charts as a single, but it garnered the country music power couple the “Song Of the Year” award at the CMAs. Now, “Over You” is making […]


CMA Awards Show Preview

Tonight, November 1,  many of country music’s biggest stars (and fans) will descend upon Nashville, TN for what is billed as the biggest night in country music. The 46th Annual CMA Awards, scheduled to air live tonight on ABC, promises to offer fans the best of what they love about country music—including live performances from both new and iconic country stars and the Country Music Association’s annual honoring of achievements […]

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Toby Keith “Hope On the Rocks”: Album Review

Show Dog - Universal Music (2012)

Ain’t no doubt about it: beer has been mighty good to Toby Keith. He’s managed to build a rock-solid career (not to mention a restaurant chain) on songs celebrating the swilling of hops and the honky-tonk lifestyle that goes along with it. Keith has also apparently learned that you dance with the one that brung you. It’s no surprise, then, that he continues the party vibe with his latest release […]


Taylor Swift “Red”: Does It Live Up to the Hype?

Big Machine Records (2012)

One would think it was Superbowl weekend. Let’s just say when retailers like Walgreens use their marquis to count down the days until Taylor Swift’s Red is available, it’s a sign of just how much hype has surrounded the release of the latest album by country music’s hottest young superstar. The pitfall with this much PR, of course is, that there is a huge expectation that the album must live […]


Country Acts to Watch: Florida Georgia Line

Move over, Brooks & Dunn. (Oh, wait, they already did.) Anyhow, there’s a new male country duo in town destined to light up the charts.   Florida Georgia Line is made up of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard (hailing from Florida and Georgia, respectively) who first started putting out their own material in 2010, releasing two EPs, Anything Like Me and It’z Just What We Do. The success of the […]


“Christmas with Scotty McCreery” Brings Early Yuletide Greetings

19 Records (2012)

Okay, so I’m no Grinch—Christmas is actually my favorite time of year—but when a musical artist (particularly a new one) releases a Christmas album, I get a bit skeptical that it might be a “phone-in”, a label ploy to shove a mediocre product on the market and squeeze a little extra money from the fans. Thankfully, newcomer Scotty McCreery doesn’t fall into the “phone in” category; he’s actually turned in […]


Jason Aldean “Night Train”: Album Review

Broken Bow (2012)

Country superstar Jason Aldean has never been one to shirk from risk-taking, and taking a first listen to his upcoming release Night Train (due out next week), it’s obvious that he’s not planning to curb that trend anytime soon. Let’s face it: whether or not you like the idea of blending rap with country, when a mainstream country artist has the cajones to attempt it on a radio single, you […]

Reba McEntire To Step Down as ACM Host

Someone’s gotta say it—the Academy of Country Music Awards just won’t be the same without Reba McEntire. In an interview published this week by Country Weekly, Reba let it be known that she is ending her 14-year run as host of the annual ACM Awards, opting to “pass the torch” to Blake Shelton, who has co-hosted the show with her for the past couple of years. The news actually comes […]


Easton Corbin’s “All Over the Road” Stays Between the Lines

Mercury (2012)

It’s a clever title for Easton Corbin’s sophomore release: All Over the Road. The title track is also a bit clever lyrically, as Corbin tries to explain to a police officer that his erratic driving was due to his girlfriend’s hand on his knee. But the irony is that, despite the catchy title and song, and even the second track and lead single “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” this record is […]


Big & Rich “Hillbilly Jedi”: Album Review

Warner Bros. (2012)

“Did you miss me? Well I ain’t been gone / I been makin’ little babies, I been writin’ big songs.” With these lyrics on “Born Again,” the opening track on Hillbilly Jedi, Big & Rich speak directly to their audience to announce their, um, triumphant return. After a five-year break during which Big Kenny and John Rich worked on their own stuff for awhile, Big & Rich (with occasional help […]

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