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Joe Nichols, who released a greatest-hits album earlier this year, kicks off the next chapter of his career with his eighth studio album. Much like fellow traditionalist George Strait, Joe sticks ... Read More
Once the precocious tyke who sang “Jambalaya” onstage with Hank Williams Jr. at age 4, Hunter Hayes is all grown up. He has matured into a multi-instrumentalist who commanded more than ... Read More
More than a year after Rascal Flatts found a new recording home with Big Machine Records (home to Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire), the group’s former label home makes good with live versions ... Read More
Four albums into her career, Miranda Lambert knows who she is, and with that comes a confidence that allows her to explore her boundaries.  Read More
Connie Smith has made heartbreak sound irresistible ever since her 1964 debut hit, “Once a Day,” which manages to carry an eternal ache inside an impossibly upbeat shuffle.On her first ... Read More
The 16-year-old American Idol runner-up’s debut album puts her in the company of pop-country songstresses such as Carrie Underwood and LeAnn Rimes. Still, she appreciates both the ... Read More
Album title aside, one shouldn’t expect self-absorbed guitar soloing or extended axe-hashing on Vince’s latest release. In a manner reminiscent of Chet Atkins, Vince’s subtle ... Read More
The men of Montgomery Gentry have taken some hard knocks in the past year, but with their latest album, it’s clear they know how to take a punch and keep the good-time tunes rolling.Eddie ... Read More
Over the past several months, nearly 20 discs’ worth of archival Hank Williams recordings have been issued. And while nothing can rival an audio resurrection of one of country’s most ... Read More
Eleven’s numerical-based title means this: It’s Martina’s 11th studio album, released Oct. 11, and it features 11 tracks. (The 15-track special edition, available only through ... Read More
Sunny Sweeney breaks into the boys’ club that country radio has largely become over the past several months with enough tough-chick twang to rival country’s current purveyor Miranda ... Read More
On 2009’s Twang, fans heard George Strait the songwriter for the first and only time since his sole writing contribution on 1982’s Strait From the Heart album. This time around, George ... Read More
While country elder Gene Watson has been quietly and determinedly plying his traditionalist trade on small independent labels, Rhonda Vincent has built a bluegrass empire over the last decade by ... Read More
Teen American Idol winner Scotty McCreery takes a page out of Taylor Swift’s playbook on his debut by adhering to songs about high school love, small-town life and other themes that align ... Read More
Serendipitously, Robert Earl Keen’s last name happens to describe his sense of humor and wordplay, characteristics that often dominate his work. His latest musical mixed bag is no exception, ... Read More
It’s been 150 years since the Civil War began with a shot on Fort Sumter, S.C., and yet it’s not uncommon today to see the Rebel flag displayed in America’s southern regions. The ... Read More
Recording the follow-up to an album that produced three chart-topping singles and sold 3 million copies is wrought with temptations—to veer off the rails in an attempt to create something ... Read More
Starting in the late 1960s, when raucous rock and long hair ruled youth culture, Glen Campbell brought a conservative country-boy sensibility to popular music and enjoyed a virtually all-ages ... Read More
Though her biggest hits as an artist came in the 1980s (“Baby I Lied,” “I’ve Been Wrong Before”) Deborah Allen is well-versed in the country sound of the 1990s, ... Read More
In the 1980s, Ricky Skaggs was a major force in bringing back homespun traditionalism to a country music industry that had undergone near-total Urban Cowboy-ization. His currently circulating ... Read More

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