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What is country music? Who knows anymore? I sure don’t. Sam Hunt shook the format to the rafters with the release of Montevallo, an incredibly successful and musically diverse collection ... Read More
Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison (1968) and At San Quentin (1969) albums, recorded live at their namesake penitentiaries, reinvigorated his career and cemented his image as a defender of the ... Read More
For a record utilizing three producers who each come in with differing strengths, this is a remarkably cohesive work. As the title more than amply implies, every cut on the album actually tells a ... Read More
Eleven—That’s the number of tracks on Tim McGraw’s 14th studio album, Damn Country Music. Also, on a scale of one to 10—10 being the highest, loudest and best—in the ... Read More
Though he’s a smoldering balladeer stuck in a world that values ephemeral party jams, Chris Young has defied the odds to become one of country’s most consistent, relatable voices. On ... Read More
Nestled amidst the abundant crop of releases from country music’s much-maligned wunderkinder is Joe Nichols’ most recent effort—a sturdy mid-tempo anthem that strays far from the ... Read More
Clint Black excels at a sort of musical comfort food—simple, uplifting sentiments baked into a sonic casserole that doesn’t provoke or antagonize. That is both strength and weakness ... Read More
Country music is taking a great deal of pride in calling itself more diverse as pop- and urban-influenced tunes are taking up the majority of the space on radio playlists these days. But it would ... Read More
No disrespect to the smattering of male/female duets in the past decade, but it’s been a while since country music has produced a collaboration that delivers the kind of goosebumps that ... Read More
The trouble with playing Spot the Influence is that it gives pretentious music critics (ahem) the ability to dissect an artist’s taste and whether or not it’s been meticulously ... Read More
Luke has vowed to reach beyond the depths of bro-country drinking and sex romps to include more adult (meaning “grown-up”) material with this album. And on a few occasions, he does ... Read More
Michael Ray’s “Kiss You in the Morning” is a bona fide hit, a swaggering three-minute ode to a one-night stand with a beautiful woman.Too bad the rest of his self-titled debut ... Read More
Radio play or not, country’s women are steadily putting out some of the genre’s most compelling stuff.Like Clare Dunn, whose new single, “Move On,” and its cutting-edge ... Read More
There’s a bit of a tonal uncertainty at play here, as it’s part bluegrass, part folk and a big helping of country wrapped into about three and a half minutes. The tune might remind ... Read More
Dueling string-driven duo Striking Matches—comprised of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann—is back with picks at the ready with a new single, “Miss Me More,” from their ... Read More
It’s been entirely too long since James Otto’s husky pipes graced radio airwaves with the über-sexy 2008 hit “Just Got Started Lovin’ You.”Why the absence? Who ... Read More
There is just something inherently likeable about Cole Swindell, which makes you want to like all of the songs he releases.Fortunately, he’s made that task pretty simple with his newest ... Read More
David Nail is back on the airwaves with a new single, “Night’s on Fire,” the first offering from his as-of-yet-untitled fourth studio album.The new tune, written by Jonathan ... Read More
The final song on Kip’s long-awaited sophomore album, Wild Ones, is an anthemic number titled “Comeback Kid” that describes a hard-nosed fighter of a guy who gets knocked down ... Read More
Need more proof that Kelsea Ballerini is Taylor Swift’s pop-country heir apparent? Her new single, “Dibs,” has all the playful, sassy bite and melodic spark of early T. Swift ... Read More

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