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Top Five Country Albums of 2013

2013 was a great year for country music, particularly when it comes to mainstream success. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert continued their unofficial reign as country’s king-and-queen, picking up many of the year’s top awards, Luke Bryan continued to weaken female knees and energize partygoers, and newcomer duo Florida Georgia Line skyrocketed to the top with their crossover hit “Cruise.” That said, when you see my picks for the top […]

American Country Awards

American Country Awards 2013: The Winners List

Every year about this time, I start to feel a little bombarded with country music awards shows. (We just had the CMA Awards, didn’t we?) But the American Country Awards bills itself as “the show for the next generation of country music fans,” and that definitely serves a purpose in this genre by giving fans a chance to vote directly for their favorites online. Tuesday night, as Trace Adkins and […]

Country Act to Watch: Gwen Sebastian

If you’ve heard the name Gwen Sebastian tossed around a few times in the past several months, it’s not surprising. After the country artist was eliminated just before the live shows in The Voice Season 2, her mentor Blake Shelton apparently saw something more in her; Sebastian went on to be part of touring bands for both Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert, was a featured vocalist on the song “My […]

Oklahoma Benefit Concert Update: Usher, Darius Rucker and Others To Perform

Blake Shelton’s fellow The Voice coach Usher and Darius Rucker are the latest in a growing list of artists to sign on for performances at the upcoming “Healing In the Heartland” concert benefitting victims of the tornado that slammed into Moore, Oklahoma last week, killing 24 (including 9 children), injuring hundreds more, and leaving thousands homeless. Spearheaded by Shelton, the benefit show to be held in Oklahoma City was already […]

Music News Week in Review: May 25 Edition

If you’re like most people (not me, ‘cause I’m at work right now), you’re just now waking up, grabbing a cup of coffee and enjoying the beginning of a long holiday weekend. (Well, the coffee part—that is me. After all, I’m at work.) Anyhow, to help you wake up, here are a few music news headlines from the past week that you might have missed.   BLAKE SHELTON TO HOST […]

Academy of Country Music Awards 2013 Preview

Contrary to public belief, awards season did not end with the Oscars. The annual Academy of Country Music Awards, one of the biggest nights in country music, will be broadcast this Sunday, April 7 on CBS at 8PM EDT from Las Vegas. Not to be confused with the CMA Awards (the Country Music Association is based in Nashville), the Academy of Country Music (ACM) was established in 1964, and was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Music News Week In Review (Nov. 3 Edition)

It’s been a few weeks since we did a Music News recap, but there’s been a lot going on this week. Here are a few of the more notable headlines and happenings, in case you missed them.   MUSICAL STARS PERFORM HURRICANE SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT Of course, dominating the news this week was the remarkable mega-storm that left much of New York City and the mid-Atlantic coast in ruins. With […]

A Guide to Holiday Music for 2012

‘Tis the season. Well, it’s still a bit early to hang out the holly, but where the music industry is concerned, this is prime time to put out new holiday releases by your favorite artists. If you are looking for some fresh spins on the old favorites, here’s a synopsis of a few of the notable holiday albums available this season, guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood.   […]

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 […]

Top Five Country Music Movers and Shakers

While country music has been going through a sort of identity crisis in recent years, there are a few acts that are helping re-focus or re-define the genre, to help take country into the next generation. Sometimes these “movers and shakers” are impacting country mucis by their crossover appeal, occasionally blending elements of pop and rock into the mix (if you’ve read me at all, you know I’m a “purist” […]