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”

Album Review: Lucie Silvas – ‘E.G.O.’

The short version: Lucie Silvas’ ‘E.G.O.’ is a daring effort with many highlights. It’s only issue is that it’s a tad inconsistent. Otherwise, this is a really interesting listen. The long version: It’s rare that you see artists come “full circle,” so to speak. Lucie Silvas may have started in pop over a decade ago… Read More Album Review: Lucie Silvas – ‘E.G.O.’

Album Review: Tucker Beathard – ‘Nobody’s Everything’

The short version: ‘Nobody’s Everything’ is a fairly strong debut album that showcases Tucker Beathard’s strengths in a way his previous material didn’t.  The long version: First impressions in the music criticism field can be dangerous. On one hand, it’s fair to judge an artist based on their debut single. It’s their way of telling… Read More Album Review: Tucker Beathard – ‘Nobody’s Everything’

Album Review: Whitey Morgan And The 78’s – ‘Hard Times and White Lines’

The short version: Whitey Morgan may not offer anything new and exciting on ‘Hard Times and White Lines’ but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The long version: Artists can only do one of two things on their next albums – evolve or deliver more of the same material. We tend to view the latter… Read More Album Review: Whitey Morgan And The 78’s – ‘Hard Times and White Lines’

Album Review: Colter Wall – ‘Songs Of The Plains’

The short version: While the concept for ‘Songs Of The Plains’ isn’t as fleshed out as it could have been, this album nonetheless showcases Colter Wall’s style better than his debut album did. The long version: To say I’ve got a complicated relationship with Colter Wall’s music would be underselling it. When he entered in… Read More Album Review: Colter Wall – ‘Songs Of The Plains’

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

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… Read More Album Review: Lucero – ‘Among The Ghosts’

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

Album Review: Bri Bagwell – ‘In My Defense’

This is a re-uploaded post.  It’s not uncommon for artists to say how their new album “is the most personal thing they’ve ever done” or “their best work yet,” but in the independent scene, it’s at least a (somewhat more) understandable expression, especially for Bri Bagwell. Ever since she appeared on CMT’s Next Superstar in… Read More Album Review: Bri Bagwell – ‘In My Defense’