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

Opinion: Thoughts On The 52nd Annual CMA Awards

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… Continue reading Opinion: Thoughts On The 52nd Annual CMA Awards

Album Review: Pistol Annies – ‘Interstate Gospel’

The short version: ‘Interstate Gospel’ may be bogged down by a few gimmicky tracks, but this is overall the trio’s most mature, realized record to date.  The long version: There was a time when a Pistol Annies album almost made too much sense. Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe may have differed stylistically at the time, but their… Continue reading Album Review: Pistol Annies – ‘Interstate Gospel’

Album Review: Kane Brown – ‘Experiment’

The short version: While Kane Brown has some work to do in improving his lyrical content, ‘Experiment’ is an improvement in nearly every area for the young artist.  The long version: Declaring that Kane Brown is the future of country music is no longer an opinion. The only new artist out there currently acting as… Continue reading Album Review: Kane Brown – ‘Experiment’

Song Review: Zac Brown Band – “Someone I Used To Know”

The short version: While it’s unclear what the band’s intentions with this song are, “Someone I Used To Know” is nonetheless a good track.  The long version: I’d like to call this a good case of the Zac Brown Band keeping their fans on their toes, but at this point, frontman Zac Brown has created… Continue reading Song Review: Zac Brown Band – “Someone I Used To Know”

Album Review: Eric Church – ‘Desperate Man’

This article originally appeared in Niagara Wire.  Eric Church has never been content with making the same album twice. From the beginning of his career, Church has shown the marks of someone who does it his own way. His new album that released Oct. 5, Desperate Man, shows Church marrying his simpler side evident on earlier… Continue reading Album Review: Eric Church – ‘Desperate Man’

Album Review: Lucero – ‘Among The Ghosts’

This is a re-uploaded post.  Let’s face it – there’s a certain formula to a band or artist’s career. Either their debut album catapults them into stardom to heights they’ll never attain again, or they’ll slowly build on each release and maintain a level of consistency before people complain about them getting stale. After 20… Continue reading Album Review: Lucero – ‘Among The Ghosts’

Album Review: Karen Jonas – ‘Butter’

This is a re-uploaded post.  The best kind of artists are the ones who can evolve their sound while simultaneously staying true to what made them great in the first place. With Oklahoma Lottery, Karen Jonas brought a raw, fiery edge to the forefront that appeared on many “best of” lists for 2014. With Country Songs, Jonas… Continue reading Album Review: Karen Jonas – ‘Butter’

Album Review: Loretta Lynn – ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’

This is a re-uploaded post. All artists should strive to maintain four attributes as they grow older. They should strive to have the pure charisma still evident in John Prine. They should strive to have the drive and energy still evident in Willie Nelson. They should strive to have the humor and wit still evident… Continue reading Album Review: Loretta Lynn – ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’