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

george strait

The Best Hit Songs Of 1987

  This feature of the “best hit songs” has been something I’ve been promising to do for quite a few months now. Back in April when I wrote somewhere else, Kyle of Kyle’s Korner Blog requested me to take a look at this particular year. For those who don’t know, I’ve usually based these lists off of whatever Billboard shows for its year end charts. For the … Continue reading The Best Hit Songs Of 1987

Alan Jackson

Concert Review: Alan Jackson Live In Canandaigua, New York

It’s fun to entertain the idea of a “Mount Rushmore” of country music. Of course, there are all sorts of ways you can go about doing it. You can frame it objectively by either electing the actual first four country recording artists, or you can do it based off of who’s contributed the most to the genre over its near-100-year history (and of course, a … Continue reading Concert Review: Alan Jackson Live In Canandaigua, New York

Hell Or High Water

Movie Review – ‘Hell Or High Water’

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.  “What does this have to do with the history of country music?” Honestly? Not a whole lot. I just wanted to do something different. Toward the end of Steve Earle’s “Billy Austin,” off his 1990 album, The Hard Way, the narrator … Continue reading Movie Review – ‘Hell Or High Water’

cindy walker

Cindy Walker – A Songwriter Who Knew An Artist’s Personality

When discussing country music history, it’s easy to focus on the biggest artists of every era as well as the significant events and trends. Writers, producers and other affiliates working in the background are sometimes only mentioned if they go on to have their own successful careers (Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson for example). Thankfully, history has shined a spotlight on one particular songwriter who broke … Continue reading Cindy Walker – A Songwriter Who Knew An Artist’s Personality

Elvis Presley

Let’s Talk Business … The Country Music Business

Warning: Language Imagine this – you’re a country music scholar looking to answer the question, “what is country music?” Is it the moan of the steel guitar that makes a country song? Do you have to be southern born and raised? Do you have to mention mama, trucks, trains and alcohol? You don’t really know, but you’re determined and well on your way to finding … Continue reading Let’s Talk Business … The Country Music Business

Lifers

Album Review: Cody Jinks – ‘Lifers’

Warning: Language When Cody Jinks’ 2016 album, I’m Not The Devil made a splash in the country music industry that his previous albums hadn’t before, it was no surprise to see Jinks’ name getting passed around a fair bit more beyond just the indie country and Texas country circuits. After signing with Rounder Records (the first time he’s worked with a record label), it seems … Continue reading Album Review: Cody Jinks – ‘Lifers’

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Classic Album Review: John Anderson – ‘Seminole Wind’

As we’ve seen with far too many artists in mainstream country these days, the industry simply isn’t allowing its artists to develop into something more (a recent example is Cam unfortunately). These days a single that misses the top twenty or worse is a sign of trouble. Furthermore, for a genre that celebrates its roots, authenticity and tradition, it’s certainly the first one to throw … Continue reading Classic Album Review: John Anderson – ‘Seminole Wind’