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 … Continue reading Classic Album Review: Ray Price – ‘Night Life’

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EP Review: Dee White – ‘Southern Gentleman’ (Side A)

What a coincidence. Just two weeks ago, I saw Alan Jackson live in Canandaigua, New York. His opener was a guy by the name of Dee White. He was sort of quiet and didn’t talk much other than to introduce songs or say that his band was from Nashville. I scratched my head just figuring out his name. Did he say “Dean?” Is it just … Continue reading EP Review: Dee White – ‘Southern Gentleman’ (Side A)

sammy kershaw

Opinion: Some Artists That Don’t (And Didn’t) Need Your Rocking Chairs

I revisited Sammy Kershaw’s 2017 album, Swamp Poppin’ the other night and thought “wow, how has he not gotten more recognition for his post-major label material?” Heck, I think I was the only blogger/writer who covered that album as well as his 2016 blues album, The Blues Got Me at other outlets. Kershaw, who was known primarily throughout the ’90s for classic country hits such as “Cadillac Style,” “Yard … Continue reading Opinion: Some Artists That Don’t (And Didn’t) Need Your Rocking Chairs

randy, dwight, steve

The Class Of 1986: The Heart, Future, And Spirit Of Country Music

Editor’s note: This is a re-upload from a previous blog. Originally, I had planned to update this to include Lyle Lovett’s debut, self-titled album. Ultimately I decided against it because after going through most of his discography, in my opinion it’s not really his best work, nor did it have the same historical impact these three albums did. With that said, I have updated this … Continue reading The Class Of 1986: The Heart, Future, And Spirit Of Country Music