Pop Goes The Country Vol. 21: Johnny Horton – “The Battle Of New Orleans” (1959)

Pop Goes The Country is an ongoing series where I explore country music’s biggest crossover hits. If you’ve kept up with this series, you know that we’re currently discussing the rage of saga songs on ‘Pop Goes The Country.’ Thus far, we’ve discussed how they came to be and their popularity, but we haven’t discussed… Read More Pop Goes The Country Vol. 21: Johnny Horton – “The Battle Of New Orleans” (1959)

Album Review: Ian Noe – ‘Between The Country’

The short version: Ian Noe’s ‘Between The Country’ is a stunning portrayal of southern living framed by excellent storytelling, passionate performances and equally great production. For a debut, this is exceptional, though, this is exceptional in any capacity. In other words, it’s one of the best albums of 2019 thus far. Favorite tracks: “Letter To… Read More Album Review: Ian Noe – ‘Between The Country’

Pop Goes The Country Vol. 20: Stonewall Jackson – “Waterloo” (1959)

Pop Goes The Country is an ongoing series where I explore country music’s biggest crossover hits. Last time on ‘Pop Goes The Country,’ we discussed the advent of “saga songs” in the country music format. In short, they were story songs that stretched the limits of imagination, or, in some instances, put a new spin… Read More Pop Goes The Country Vol. 20: Stonewall Jackson – “Waterloo” (1959)

Pop Goes The Country Vol. 19: Marty Robbins – “El Paso” (1959)

Pop Goes The Country is an ongoing series where I explore country music’s biggest crossover hits. When we last discussed Marty Robbins on ‘Pop Goes The Country,’ we looked at his foray into teenage love songs with “A White Sport Coat.” But as previously mentioned in that piece, Robbins was one of the most versatile… Read More Pop Goes The Country Vol. 19: Marty Robbins – “El Paso” (1959)

Song Review: Jon Pardi – “Heartache Medication”

The short version: Twenty years ago, “Heartache Medication” wouldn’t have stood out much from the pack. In 2019, it’s exactly what the country music genre needs. Writers: Jon Pardi, Natalie Hemby, Barry Dean Rating: 7/10 The long version: Now this is what I was hoping to hear more of from Jon Pardi. Pardi may have… Read More Song Review: Jon Pardi – “Heartache Medication”

EP Review: Charlie Marie – Self-Titled

The short version: EPs generally fail to offer much of anything substantial, but this is a great exception to that rule.  Favorite tracks: “Rhinestones,” “Countryside,” “Rodeo” Least favorite track: “Shot In The Dark” Rating: 8/10 The long version: In 2019, it’s harder than ever for artists to cut through the clutter. Yes, the Internet has… Read More EP Review: Charlie Marie – Self-Titled