An essay for Country Universe as well as a little something on “Highway 40 Blues”… Read More Identity Through Imaging (For Country Universe)
The 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards air Wednesday, Nov. 13 on ABC. Below, you’ll find The Musical Divide’s thoughts, picks and predictions for the awards presented. (Note: Underline = chosen pick) ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Will win: Garth Brooks Eric Church Chris Stapleton Carrie Underwood Keith Urban Should win: Garth Brooks Eric Church – (tie) Chris… Read More 2019 CMA Awards Thoughts, Picks And Predictions
If these artists aren’t on your radar yet, they should be… Read More 2019: Year Of The Debut Album
A look at country music’s representation in mainstream media and stereotypes which will forever plague the genre. … Read More Opinion: A Historical Look At Country Music Representation In The Media
Warning: Language The early 1980s produced a source of financial pressure on Nashville’s country music record divisions. The Urban Cowboy phenomenon, named for a movie that glorified a honky tonk and cowboy lifestyle, spread country music’s brand image to an urban society long thought immune to the charms of rural culture. Notice, though, that I… Read More Opinion: Country Music Is Back In The ‘Urban Cowboy’ Phase
Megan Bledsoe of Country Exclusive and I recently teamed up to write a collaboration on the importance of writing about mainstream country artists. You can find the piece here, and be sure to check out Megan’s other work.
I’m sure no one wants to hear the “real country” debate get brought up again. To some, this issue is about the sound of the country music genre and little more. From a broad perspective, it also looks at representation. Therefore, whether artists identify as “country,” “Americana,” “roots,” or whatever else, it doesn’t exclude them… Read More By The Way, Brandi Carlile Is Dominating 2019
Julian Spivey of The Word kindly asked me to contribute to a piece where we, along with Nathan Kanuch of Shore2Shore Country and Megan Bledsoe of Country Exclusive, gave our opinions on who should be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. You can find the piece here, and make sure to check… Read More Country Music Hall Of Fame Picks And Prognostications
Look, I had very little faith in a show called “Real Country” when it was first announced, especially when the judges were Travis Tritt, Jake Owen and Shania Twain – an odd pairing if there ever was one. But if I’ve learned anything from years of writing album reviews, it’s that you can’t judge something… Read More Opinion: ‘Real Country’ Starts Off Strong On First Episode
This year’s CMA Awards were … interesting to say the least. If anything, it feels like the divide in country music is cutting deeper than ever before, with the best moments of the show feeling like true standouts and the worst moments feeling like embarrassments for the genre. I’m going to give my thoughts on… Read More Opinion: Thoughts On The 52nd Annual CMA Awards
This post originally appeared at Niagara Wire in a much shorter format. What was the role of “the critic” in a pre-streaming world? Was it to dictate what music constituted as good and bad? Was it to offer insight into the music so that consumers could make their own choices and spend their money wisely?… Read More Opinion: Why Review Music In 2018?
Liner notes matter no more than ever before… Read More Thank You, Jason Eady
Write your own songs? I think not, at least not in every instance… Read More Discussion: Cover Songs