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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
I’ll take “American Icons” for $800, Alex. Come on, play with us! Grab a pen and start making a list of cultural icons, that’s what songwriters Shane McAnally, Ross ... Read More
Amid all of the aging rock stars and screechy guitar- and drum-loop-laden, rap-inspired tracks muddying Nashville’s country music scene, Ashley Monroe cuts through the mire with her newest, ... Read More
Finally, one year and four months after the release of Dierks Bentley’s album Riser, the collection’s centerpiece title track is now an official single. Penned by Travis Meadows and ... Read More
Alan Jackson has had a busy year. In addition to his 25th anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour and his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Newnan, Georgia’s favorite ... Read More
Jason Isbell has a reporter’s eye for detail and a poet’s gift for a beautifully crafted turn of phrase. Read More
We won’t get into the debate about the lack of women on country radio. We can’t stop listening to the amazing debut album from Rainey Qualley, Turn Down the Lights. And we could go on ... Read More
They were “Moonshine” before moonshine became a thing. And they’ve been mashing, mixing and blending straight-up country and rock ’n’ roll with a dash of rebellion ... Read More

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