Update

I can’t believe I forgot to post this, but I recently relaunched my country music review blog, The Musical Divide. I’m mainly posting this for the rare chance that anyone who didn’t read that website reads this one. While I have uploaded a few reviews here, they have been moved over to there. This outlet is not shutting down though. Truthfully it’s just been hard … Continue reading Update

Classic Album Review: Gary Stewart – ‘Out Of Hand’

Some associate the term “honky-tonk” with a location – a bar where country music is played. That’s the right definition, for sure, but in country music, honky-tonk symbolizes a sound and a feeling captured by very few artists. Sometimes it’s raucous fun as evidenced by Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya,” and other times it’s downright tragic and depressing like on … well shoot, where do I start? … Continue reading Classic Album Review: Gary Stewart – ‘Out Of Hand’

Johnny Cash at Folsom

The Magic And Controversy Behind “Folsom Prison Blues”

In the movie, Walk The Line, Joaquin Phoenix Johnny Cash performs “Folsom Prison Blues” after Sam Phillips tells him to sing a song that actually matters. It’s quite the contrast from what country music is today. Of course, “Folsom Prison Blues” didn’t actually stem from Cash’s audition with Sun Records, but there is an element of truth to the scene. Cash was at his best … Continue reading The Magic And Controversy Behind “Folsom Prison Blues”

Loretta Lynn

Album Review: Loretta Lynn – ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’

All artists should strive to maintain four attributes as they grow older. They should strive to have the pure charisma still evident in John Prine. They should strive to have the drive and energy still evident in Willie Nelson. They should strive to have the humor and wit still evident in Dolly Parton. Lastly, they should strive to have the pure, raw vocal power still … Continue reading Album Review: Loretta Lynn – ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’

Dale Watson

The Birth Of Alt-Country And (Some Of) The Artists Involved

Warning: Language (Trying To Define) Alt-Country And The Punk-Rock/Country Fusion There’s always been darkness on the edge of the “country music town” so to speak. For one, it’s hard to pin it down to one exact definition. Travis Tritt for example may speak of fighting for true country music, but he was also an artist who pulled from rock music back in his day, a … Continue reading The Birth Of Alt-Country And (Some Of) The Artists Involved

bill monroe

Blood On The Bluegrass

Author’s preface: I should start off this piece explaining what it is and isn’t. What this isn’t is a complete history of bluegrass. That’s just not something you can do for a blog post. What this is is a study of the bluegrass genre and a slight history of its roots, formation, troubles and finally, Gothic qualities and what actually makes bluegrass “bluegrass.” This piece … Continue reading Blood On The Bluegrass

Album Review: Aaron Watson – ‘Live At The World’s Biggest Rodeo Show’

While Aaron Watson appropriately named his 2015 album The Underdog, Watson’s ironically gotten more chances to be an underdog in the past two years than ever before in his career. “Outta Style” managed to become his first top 10 hit on the Billboard charts, and the release of his next album, Vaquero was quite successful too. For Watson, live albums almost feel like a time … Continue reading Album Review: Aaron Watson – ‘Live At The World’s Biggest Rodeo Show’

Opinion: 2018 CMA Awards – Thoughts and Predicitions

It’s that time of the year again. Nominations for the 52nd Annual CMA Awards were announced Tuesday, Aug. 28 on Good Morning America.  Once again the CMA Awards will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley and will air Nov. 14 on ABC. For the first time ever, I will be giving my own thoughts and predictions on this year’s awards below. I encourage you to … Continue reading Opinion: 2018 CMA Awards – Thoughts and Predicitions

night life

Classic Album Review: Ray Price – ‘Night Life’

Imagine this – it’s 2018. You can have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and whatever else there is all at your fingertips. Your favorite artists are right there and ready to interact with you as if you’re meeting them face to face. You can be best friends! If this sounds like a new phenomenon, it’s really not. The only thing that’s changed is the way we … Continue reading Classic Album Review: Ray Price – ‘Night Life’

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Movie Review – ‘9 to 5’

Warning: Spoilers ahead! It is recommended you do not read ahead unless you have seen this movie before or simply do not care about spoilers. I will also go over various plot lines assuming that you, the audience member, have seen this movie before, so if you’re looking for an easy summary, this may not be for you.  “What a way to make a living, … Continue reading Movie Review – ‘9 to 5’