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Any new artist with a successful debut album will tell you that they fear their follow-up won’t compare. Having your entire life to write your first collection and just months to write the ... Read More
Since becoming a bona fide TV star, Blake Shelton’s time has been stretched to the max. Unfortunately, you can’t help but hear a little of that when listening to his latest album, ... Read More
Not every song needs to be Garth Brooks’ “Standing Outside the Fire” or Martina McBride’s “Independence Day” with big arrangements or social commentary. ... Read More
In a country music world of oversingers, Kacey Musgraves is a breath of fresh air. Pure and natural, at times ethereal, Kacey has opted to not compete with power singers like Carrie Underwood and ... Read More
“Easy” marks Sheryl’s first single from her upcoming new album, which will reportedly be more country-flavored than her previous works.As such, “Easy” would fit right ... Read More
Before Zac Brown Band hit the big time on country radio with “Chicken Fried,” they were a hard-touring outfit with a large following on the same jam-band circuit that adores Dave ... Read More
In the last five years, contemporary Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman has been on a journey that would test the strength of anyone. Through the prism of his last two albums, he has publicly ... Read More
Imagine Randy Travis classics like "Deeper Than the Holler" and "Forever and Ever, Amen" backed by a lovely string section. What's this, the "Nashville Sound" ... Read More
The rock 'n' roll co-writer of "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" endears himself to country fans. Read More
Merle’s B-sides stand up just as forcefully to his A-side hits, as this unique compilation deftly proves. The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles is a true representation of the era of ... Read More
Spoiler alert! Josh Turner is arguably one of the most consistent artists in country music. His songs are typically upbeat, positive or inspiring in content, and his videos follow suit.Fans could ... Read More
If Holly Williams’ third album, The Highway, her first released without major-label support, were any more haunting, it could double as the soundtrack of Syfy’s Ghost Hunters. This is ... Read More
Ashley Monroe is among a new crop of country artists who are passing on glossy production in favor of earthier arrangements. The difference is that the Pistol Annies member has raised that bar ... Read More
As terrific as Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are on their own, they also make a captivating tandem. The husband-and-wife team’s collaborative album serves up a lucky 13-pack of straight-up ... Read More
The odds are pretty good that if a country song contains fire, revenge or mental instability, Miranda Lambert will be the voice behind it. The difference with her new single, “Mama’s ... Read More
After releasing the most serious, substantial work of his career—the dazzling “You and Tequila,” “Come Over” and “El Cerrito Place”—Kenny Chesney ... Read More
The romantic notion of “love” is that as long as you’re together, it will all work out OK. Which is a wonderful idea, of course, but it deeply discounts the need for silly ... Read More
Hee Haw alum Lulu Roman has a voice as large as her personality. But on At Last, “a collection of standards and classics,” she succeeds by reining it in, interpreting such gems as ... Read More
It’s been 10 years since The Mavericks have released a new album. But with their latest project, In Time, they return better than ever.  Read More

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