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49th ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Big Winners at ACM Awards 2014

(plus full winner's list)

Some folks might be getting tired of hearing the name Miranda Lambert at these country music awards shows, but get used to it—the girl is apparently just getting started. For an unprecedented fifth consecutive year, Lambert took home the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday night in Las Vegas.  “I cannot believe this—I really didn’t expect it,” went the obligatory […]


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 […]

Pistol Annies

Pistol Annies “Annie Up” (Album Review)

Sony Music Entertainment (2013)

When you think about it, it would be difficult to lose with a combination like Pistol Annies. Three beautiful country girls loaded with sass and attitude, and voices to match—including the better half of country’s reigning power couple, Miranda Lambert—singing songs that are equal parts naughty and nice. It’s a recipe for success all around, at least in the country market. After the backdoor success of their debut Hell On […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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” […]