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Little Big Town Arrives Like a “Tornado”

Capitol Nashville (2012)

World, meet Little Big Town. With their fifth studio release Tornado, this four-part, previously underrated country vocal act is finally hitting their stride with a record that is certain to take them all the way to the top. Apparently, the fifth time’s a charm. We’ve seen promise from this band for years. Despite having a clear lead vocalist to help drive the public image, Little Big Town’s harmony-driven sound has […]


Country Acts to Watch: Hunter Hayes

At the tender age of 20, country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes sounds as though he’s been singing country all his life. That’s because he has, pretty much. He’s been making appearances on television since he was knee-high to a grasshopper, and at the age of 13 he competed on the short-lived David Coulier-hosted talent competition America’s Most Talented Kids. Before his “debut,” self-titled album was released last year on Atlantic Nashville, […]


Dustin Lynch Breaks Into the Charts with Self-Titled Debut

Broken Bow (2012)

Just when you thought the market was saturated with young, handsome country music heartthrobs—apparently there is room for one more. Or maybe Dustin Lynch is just pushing past the pack. If you listen to country radio, chances are you’ve already heard Dustin Lynch. “Cowboys and Angels”, the heartwarming first single off his self-titled debut album, is currently set to break the Top Ten on the Billboard country charts. And it’s […]


Willie Nelson Taken to Hospital in Colorado, Misses Fundraising Concert

In Castle Pines Village just south of Denver, Colorado, everything was set for country icon Willie Nelson to perform for a fundraiser Saturday evening for the Denver Dumb Friends League, an animal shelter. The band and backup singers arrived on schedule, but Nelson never made it, according to local television station KUSA (9 News). Instead, Nelson, 79, was transported to a local hospital due to respiratory problems caused by the […]


George Jones Plans Farewell Tour for 2013

There are few country music icons, alive or dead, who have had a greater reach or influence than George Jones. Many (if not most) country artists today will cite Jones as an inspiration, and many have called him the greatest country artist alive today. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956, and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and became a […]


Taylor Swift Releases New Single, Announces New Album “Red”

During a Google+ Hangout live chat on Monday, country superstar Taylor Swift surprised and delighted fans with an announcement of her new album Red, to be released October 22. She also announced the release of the first single from the album this week, titled “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Surprise. It’s about an ex. Anyhow… Swift said during the chat that she had been working on material for […]


Joey + Rory Release “His and Hers”: Album Review

Sugar Hill/Vanguard (2012)

Up-and-coming husband/wife country duo Joey + Rory have taken a bit of a risk with their third studio release His and Hers, released last month on Sugar Hill/Vanguard Records. The jury is still out on whether the risk is going to pay off. Let’s provide a bit of context to let you know the dynamic of what’s going on with this record. Joey + Rory is one of those duos […]


Gloriana Moves Ahead with “A Thousand Miles Left Behind”

Emblem Records (2012)

Ever since their 2009 self-titled album garnered them a gold record and an AMA Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Gloriana has been a country band with a lot of promise. Their long-awaited sophomore effort A Thousand Miles Left Behind is certain to take this promising band to the next level. Sometimes the road between first and second albums can be a rocky one. For Gloriana, that rocky road […]


And Then There Were Two: Love and Theft

RCA Nashville (2012)

If something looks different on the cover of Love and Theft’s eponymous sophomore release, you’re not counting wrong. The former trio is now a duo. Two years after the band’s debut release World Wide Open, founding member Brian Bandas decided to exit. Rather than replace him, Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles decided to continue as a twosome. Now rebooting under a new label, the band officially releases Love and […]


Chesney/McGraw “Brothers Of the Sun” Tour Tops Summer Ticket Sales

Country music fans ought to feel proud right about now. Yahoo! Music reports that according to Pollstar, among the numerous music tours by major artists this summer, the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw collaborative “Brothers of the Sun” tour is currently beating out all others in gross sales—by a wide margin. The mega-show has topped Pollstar’s list of Top 20 Concert Tours, raking in an average of over $4.7 million per show […]


Old Crow Medicine Show Return with “Carry Me Back”

When old-time Americana band Old Crow Medicine Show announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus last summer, it left plenty of fans wondering if the band was falling silent for good. Thankfully, the hiatus was short-lived, and the band’s new release Carry Me Back is full of fresh energy. Bands don’t always give the details about the inside relationships between bandmates, but 2012 brought some personnel changes for OCMS […]


Hank Williams, Jr.: “Old School New Rules” Album Review

Bocephus Records (2012)

Old School New Rules, the latest effort from Hank Williams, Jr., is a fantastic, old-school country record—that is, if you can ignore the lyrics. Which you probably can’t. Okay, so I have my political views, just like everyone else, and I don’t want to mess with anyone’s freedom of speech. Hell, I don’t even mind that someone’s viewpoint comes out in their songs once in awhile. But there’s a difference […]


Zac Brown Band “Uncaged”: An Exercise in Genre-Bending

Southern Ground/Atlantic (2012)

Zac Brown Band’s much-anticipated new release Uncaged has a title that is surprisingly appropriate; it’s as though the band has said, “F*** it—we’re not gonna be caged by country music anymore.” The resulting album is one of the riskiest efforts released by a “country” act (I use that term loosely) so far this year. To be honest, I think if any band could pull this off, it’s this one. Zac […]


Chris Cagle is “Back In the Saddle”

Bigger Picture (2012)

Chris Cagle is one of those underrated country artists who has found moderate success and built a decent fan base over the past fifteen years without actually becoming what could be considered a household name. He’s had a couple of gold records, had a couple of records hit No. 1 on the country sales charts, but he’s never had the name recognition of superstars like Kenny Chesney or Jason Aldean. […]


Jana Kramer Tries Her Hand at Country

Warner Music Nashville (2012)

If this keeps up, One Tree Hill is gonna be known as the TV show of actors-turning-recording-stars. Following on the heels of co-star Tyler Hilton (who released his album Forget the Storm in April), Jana Kramer released her own, self-titled country album last week, promoting its release with a live performance on Fox and Friends. Unlike her OTH counterpart, who was a singer/songwriter long before trying his hand at acting, […]

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