Song Review: Blake Shelton – “God’s Country”

The short version: It may take a few listens to warm up to, but “God’s Country” is a welcome return to form for Blake Shelton. Writers: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt Rating: 7/10 The long version: I’ll admit I’ve been one of Blake Shelton’s harsher critics. Of course, it’s not like that criticism was… Read More Song Review: Blake Shelton – “God’s Country”

Song Review: Brad Paisley – “My Miracle”

The short version: Brad Paisley’s new single is fairly predictable all around, but you could certainly do worse I guess.   Writers: Brad Paisley, Gary Nicholson Rating: 6/10 The long version: As a fan, it’s sad watching Brad Paisley’s recent radio struggles. As a critic, it’s understandable and happens to everyone, but it doesn’t make it… Read More Song Review: Brad Paisley – “My Miracle”

Song Review: Dustin Lynch – “Ridin’ Roads”

The short version: “Ridin’ Roads” resumes Dustin Lynch’s hot streak of mediocrity, but at least there’s some passable elements to this. Writers: Dustin Lynch, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley Rating: 4/10 The long version: I’m not one to question artistic intentions, but at this point, it’s clear Dustin Lynch is aiming to release country music backed… Read More Song Review: Dustin Lynch – “Ridin’ Roads”

Song Review: Runaway June – “Buy My Own Drinks”

The short version: Runaway June prove that not all fun songs have to center around mind-numbing drivel on “Buy My Own Drinks.” Writers: Naomi Cooke, Jennifer Wayne, Hannah Mulholland, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Kear Rating: 7/10 The long version: It’s a shame that an act like Runaway June haven’t quite caught on yet. Granted, this is… Read More Song Review: Runaway June – “Buy My Own Drinks”

Song Review: Thomas Rhett – “Look What God Gave Her”

The short version: While not a disaster like his pre-‘Life Changes’ material, “Look What God Gave Her” nonetheless finds Thomas Rhett beating a long-dead horse.  Writers: Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, J Kash, John Henry Ryan Rating: 4/10 The long version: Thomas Rhett’s well isn’t running dry anytime soon as far as commercial relevance is concerned,… Read More Song Review: Thomas Rhett – “Look What God Gave Her”

Song Review: Reba McEntire – “Stronger Than The Truth”

The short version: “Stronger Than The Truth” just may be Reba McEntire’s strongest single in years. Writers: Autumn McEntire, Hannah Blaylock Rating: 8/10 The long version: With the return of legends like George Strait, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire to the country music format this year, these artists are blatantly telling us fans they… Read More Song Review: Reba McEntire – “Stronger Than The Truth”

Song Review: George Strait – “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”

The short version: George Strait’s “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” feels like a familiar friend to his catalog, for better or worse.  Writers: George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon Rating: 6/10 The long version: It may be hard to know exactly what George Strait is up to these days, but at the very least,… Read More Song Review: George Strait – “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”

Song Review: Chris Janson – “Good Vibes”

The short version: Despite some good intentions, “Good Vibes” comes across as lazy rather than fun. Writers: Chris Janson, Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell Rating: 5/10 The long version: If you’re a fan of consistency, Chris Janson may not be the artist for you. Granted, it’s not like the strategy has failed him yet. For every… Read More Song Review: Chris Janson – “Good Vibes”

Song Review: Easton Corbin – “Somebody’s Gotta Be Country”

The short version: Easton Corbin makes his return with a song that, while not bad, is still below his talent level. Writers: Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins Rating: 6/10 The long version: If the next trend we see in country music is artists proclaiming how country they are, count me out. Granted, songs like… Read More Song Review: Easton Corbin – “Somebody’s Gotta Be Country”

Song Review: Travis Denning – “After A Few”

The short version: “After A Few” finds Travis Denning playing to more generic territory than his solid debut single. Despite this, “After A Few” still somehow works well. Writers: Travis Denning, Kelly Archerback Rating: 6/10 The long version: Let’s be honest – it’s (usually) not that exciting anymore to hear a new male artist has… Read More Song Review: Travis Denning – “After A Few”

Song Review: Eric Church – “Some Of It”

The short version: “Some Of It” is intentionally simple, and that just may be its greatest asset. Writers: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Clint Daniels, Bobby Pinson Rating: 7/10 The long version: The thing with Eric Church is that, while he will occasionally stretch his wings into new territory (like his last single, “Desperate Man”), he’ll… Read More Song Review: Eric Church – “Some Of It”

Song Review: Chris Young – “Raised On Country”

The short version: “Raised On Country” is the latest addition to a long line of singles addressing authenticity concerns. Chris Young may make the track go down smoother than similar artists due to his stellar voice, but “Raised On Country” is more of a name-drop contest than a fitting tribute to musical heroes. Writers: Chris… Read More Song Review: Chris Young – “Raised On Country”

Song Review: Aaron Watson – “Kiss That Girl Goodbye”

The short version: Aaron Watson continues to be one of few artists in current mainstream music who can blend modern and traditional elements in a good way. Writer: Aaron Watson Rating: 7/10 The long version: I’m starting to think Aaron Watson doesn’t get enough credit. Ever since he attained legitimate success as a mainstream country… Read More Song Review: Aaron Watson – “Kiss That Girl Goodbye”

Song Review: Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell – “What Happens In A Small Town”

The short version: “What Happens In A Small Town” is no masterpiece lyrically, but the other elements are solid enough to call this a decent track. Writers: Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Josh Dunne, Rhett Akins Rating: 6/10 The long version: A combination of Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell actually doesn’t sound so far-fetched when you… Read More Song Review: Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell – “What Happens In A Small Town”

Song Review: Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”

With the unfortunate chart runs behind both “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” and “Radioland,” let’s hope that third time is the charm with “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.” Released as the album’s third single, Ashley McBryde and her team are taking a big risk releasing a bare-bones acoustic ballad to the airwaves. It’s all for our… Read More Song Review: Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”