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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
Let’s get this out of the way: Red is not a country album. And don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise. No, Taylor Swift’s latest, her fourth, is a pop album through and ... Read More
On Change My Mind, Billy Ray shows off the bluesy, barrelhouse rocking style that really suits him best. Particularly on the title track and “Once Again,” Billy Ray’s smoky ... Read More
Take an artist who knows his wheelhouse but isn’t afraid to stretch beyond boundaries, add the confidence that comes from having more than a dozen hits, and you’ve got the newest ... Read More
There are labors of love and then there are albums like Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, in which an artist is so fully committed to a project—or, in this case, to a ... Read More
"Free the music, Forth Worth!" The message was clear and country when Jerrod Niemann and his band took the stage at Academy of Country Music Nightclub of the Year Billy Bob's Texas, ... Read More
For those of us who reside in Music City, there's always a “cringe factor” when a TV network or movie studio announces plans to portray Nashville and the country music industry. ... Read More
The Ryman Auditorium is magnificent in both history and structure, but the 2,000-plus seat venue felt as intimate as a supper club when Martina McBride and her band took the stage Friday night ... Read More
Fans of Jerrod Niemann’s major-label debut, Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, are familiar with the country star’s rather cerebral way of putting together an album. So they’ll ... Read More
The wind began to switch and Bridgestone Arena began to pitch Sunday (Sept. 23) when Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Tour stopped into the Nashville landmark for a hometown show. Read More
Ricky’s latest should be music to the ears of fans who have been longing for him to record more straight-up country. Music to My Ears offers up an even mixture of bluegrass—where Ricky ... Read More
Dwight Yoakam sounds as fresh as ever on his first album of new material in seven years, 3 Pears.From the first line of opening track “Take Hold of My Hand,” co-written with Kid Rock, ... Read More
For anyone who thinks there’s not enough “country” in country music, Easton Corbin has taken both hands off the wheel for his newest release. Easton gives fans of traditional ... Read More
After taking a brief hiatus to each pursue solo records, Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich return with the first Big & Rich studio album in five years, the Force-fully titled Hillbilly ... Read More
The Nashville club phenomenon (the group’s shows are regular sell-outs) makes the jump, if you will, to a national scale with this collection of Western swing and traditional tunes.Insiders ... Read More

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