2019 CMA Awards Thoughts, Picks And Predictions

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

Opinion: Country Music Is Back In The ‘Urban Cowboy’ Phase

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

By The Way, Brandi Carlile Is Dominating 2019

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

Opinion: ‘Real Country’ Starts Off Strong On First Episode

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