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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
Windy City crowd toasts new dad during tour stop. Read More
Leesburg, Ga., was in the house—or in the field—when Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour made its final stop for this year’s run in Macon, Ga. And if 16,000 screaming fans weren’t ... Read More
There is absolutely no sound reason that Uncle Kracker, a former rapper and DJ in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, should find success in country music. Yet here he is, charting Top 10 ... Read More
Country music has very little to do with geography and a whole lot to do with lifestyle and lyric—even more so with authenticity. And Aaron Lewis is mostly on the mark with his first ... Read More
Luke Bryan has come a long way from his 2007 debut album, I’ll Stay Me. Not only have his songwriting and song choices become more mature, so has his voice. With more depth and texture, ... Read More
With the exception of guilty pleasures such as “Red Solo Cup”—which will never be mistaken for high art—there has been a distinct maturity to Toby Keith’s recorded ... Read More
For those unfamiliar with Corey Smith’s music, now might be the time to get to know this gifted singer/songwriter. Read More

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