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This recently reissued collection is a classic example of media cross-marketing—an album designed to capitalize on Clint Eastwood’s early-’60s success as character Rowdy Yates on ... Read More
As Johnny Cash states in Cash: The Autobiography, “There was never any dividing line between Johnny Cash the Christian and plain old Johnny Cash.” If that wasn’t already clear ... Read More
Ray Stevens is no fool. The savvy businessman has been rerecording his best-loved comedy songs for rerelease on his own Clyde Records, named for the camel that sent him on his now-five-decade trek ... Read More
If you’re reading this, we’ll assume that this album’s scrawled cover image and potentially offensive title didn’t send you scurrying to a page that looked safer. Good. ... Read More
In 2001, Texas singer/songwriters Pat Green and Cory Morrow put their own musical spin on a collection of solid tunes with Songs We Wish We’d Written. Nearly a dozen years later, ... Read More
From the first trio of songs on this Grammy winner’s fourth album, including current single “Good Girl,” it’s clear that Carrie has matured and grown more comfortable with ... Read More
Evidently, the love that inspired the newly engaged Lee to propose to his fiancée also inspired several tunes on his latest album.The mellow lead-off single, “A Woman Like You,” is a ... Read More
This left-of-center singer/songwriter, whose parents are Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell, follows in her folks’ (and grandfather Johnny Cash’s) footsteps only in the sense that her ... Read More
While threads of R&B, rap and rock run through country radio airwaves, this Georgia native’s music has more in common with that of heartland rockers Bruce Springsteen and John ... Read More
The brainchild of producer, songwriter, musician and Emmylou Harris band member Phil Madeira, this album brings together a diverse lineup of artists for a collection that promotes the message that ... Read More
It’s been 20 years since Clinton Gregory last touched the Top 30, itself a rare feat for an independent-label artist. In what might be Nashville’s Rip Van Winkle story of the decade, ... Read More
Marty has long kept the flame of traditional country music burning with some of the most creative albums in the past 30-plus years. On his latest, Marty meshes country with Memphis rockabilly and ... Read More
Co-starring with his real-life family on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966), Rick (then Ricky) Nelson launched a volley of hit songs by performing them on the TV show—a ... Read More
When this Tokyo performance was recorded in May of 1975, Glen Campbell’s chart activity and airplay were anemic at best. Glen had maintained a presence on TV and the concert stage, but his ... Read More
If Lyle’s disinclination toward mainstream country-star status wasn’t evident from his urbane, tailored suits and tousled, upside-down-cake hairdo, his 25-year recorded output clearly ... Read More
On their second effort for Big Machine, Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus have arena-ready country-rock covered with the power ballad “Hurry Baby,” the infectious “Hot ... Read More
Tribute albums can out and out suck. You’ve heard the ones I’m talking about. Artists, either unwilling or too awestruck, don’t want to put their own stamp on their hero’s ... Read More
For his 12th studio album, Neal McCoy turned to powerhouse couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, as well as ace session guitarist Brent Rowan, for production duties. However, Blake and ... Read More
Hey, isn’t “Dixieland” another way of saying “the South,” like in Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight”? And isn’t the South synonymous with country ... Read More
Nearly half this album references family, but the portrait presented here is hardly ideal—the Southern-rock-flavored “Southern Family Anthem” chronicles interfamily marriage, ... Read More

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