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Right now, in a dingy bar or a suburban basement, some aspiring musician is performing “Wagon Wheel.” The Old Crow Medicine Show tune (written around a 40-year-old Bob Dylan chorus ... Read More
George is bidding goodbye to the traveling life after 2014, hence the fitting monicker of his last series of shows, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. Read More
In the past, country music videos were created to, in some way, enhance the songs they were made for. Sometimes the interpretations are literal and sometimes they’re conceptual—artsy ... Read More
At 76, Kris still has the soul of a poet and a writer’s observational skills, as finely demonstrated on Feeling Mortal, his first new album of original material in four years. Read More
After a highly publicized battle with his former label, Tim McGraw won the right to make his new album with Big Machine Records (home of Taylor Swift) and the result is Two Lanes of Freedom. The ... Read More
Blake’s colorful TV presence on The Voice and controversy-stirring tweets often obscure the fact that the guy can really sing.Here, Blake’s voice is truly rich and expressive on what ... Read More
Just when you thought there couldn’t be another posthumous Townes Van Zandt release, that all of his music in every possible configuration had been released, another album has surfaced. But ... Read More
Performing someone else’s songs is a bit like acting—you have to display a deep understanding of a character’s motivations for it to really work. Yet when a skilled actor like ... Read More
When it comes to “live” TV performances, there are often a lot of shortcuts—even on a show like Hee Haw. But the cornfield comedy’s shortcut is the fan’s gain, as ... Read More
The title perfectly sums up the album’s ambitions as Gary freely roams a stylistic gamut, from blues (“It Ain’t the Whiskey”) to jazz (“Drop”) and even a little ... Read More
Nashville’s country music insiders have known for some time that Randy Houser is one of the finest male vocalists the community has ever welcomed. The authenticity in his voice reveals ... Read More
Katie Armiger has had the unenviable task of growing up in the spotlight. The 21-year-old Texas native released her first album at 15 and now, on her fourth album, Fall Into Me, it’s clear ... Read More
How do you give a grade to Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection that is anything less than excellent? It’s like penalizing an overachieving English student for turning in 35 ... Read More
There’s absolutely nothing not to like about Terri Clark’s newest release, Classic. Period. If left at that, this could very well be the shortest review ever. But it’s worth ... Read More
Back in 2002, on the quintessential CMT Crossroads with Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr., the rap-rock bad boy borrowed a cowboy hat from a fan and cheesily proclaimed himself “Kid ... Read More
Well, the female narrator doesn’t overtly threaten to do away with her husband, but the guy can’t say he wasn’t warned—as stated right before the chorus, ’Cause ... Read More
Unless you’re an extreme audiophile who listens to music to critique equalization, amplification, digital-to-analog, blah, blah, blah . . . most listeners latch onto a song because of a ... Read More
Bobby emerges from semi-retirement with a collection of true “folk songs,” along with his take on more modern classics such as U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What ... Read More
If you’re looking for subtlety and nuance, you’ve come to the wrong spot. Here’s to the Good Times lives up to its title, as practically every cut declares, in a bold and ... Read More
Brad Paisley has a definite knack for bringing his songs to life through videos, never getting too artsy or ethereal, but leaning more to literal interpretations with clever touches. Read More

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