The Best Hit Country Songs Of 1982

In the early 1980s, country music benefited from the release of the film Urban Cowboy, enough to where one could label it a boom era for the genre. Commercially, the movement was great, but stylistically, artists may have dressed the part (almost too much), but the actual music was too syrupy and glossy to resemble anything… Continue reading The Best Hit Country Songs Of 1982

The Musical Divide’s 2019 Midyear Report

As we approach the midway point of 2019, it’s time to reflect on what the best music of the calendar year has been thus far. At this point, The Musical Divide has reviewed over 50 albums and EPs this year, with many of them finding a spot on this list. As far as quality is… Continue reading The Musical Divide’s 2019 Midyear Report

Album Review: George Strait – ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’

The short version: While it’s scattershot in some places, ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’ is nonetheless a welcome return for King George Strait. Favorite tracks: “Some Days,” “Sometimes Love,” “Blue Water,” “Old Violin,” “Sing One With Willie (w/ Willie Nelson)” Least favorite track: “Código” Rating: 7/10 The long version: Sadly, an eventual exclusion of country music… Continue reading Album Review: George Strait – ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’

The Best Hit Country Songs Of 1981

The ’80s were a strange time period for country music. In some ways, I’d argue it mirrors country music today, namely in how it’s all over the place. The outlaw movement was over, and with country music’s Hollywood exposure through movies such as Urban Cowboy, Honeysuckle Rose, 9 to 5 and Coal Miner’s Daughter, country… Continue reading The Best Hit Country Songs Of 1981

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,… Continue reading Song Review: George Strait – “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”

Song Review: George Strait – “God And Country Music”

The short version: … George Strait is back! Writers: Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna Rating: 6/10 The long version: We might have had to wait a little while for new George Strait music, but all feels right in the country music world now that it’s here. Granted, while Strait hasn’t quite been as… Continue reading Song Review: George Strait – “God And Country Music”

Song Review: Brad Paisley – “Bucked Off”

The short version: It’s good to have the old Brad Paisley back. The long version: After many album eras of experimentation, maybe it’s good to have the old Brad Paisley back. Despite his unfortunate waning chart success, Paisley has quietly been one of the most interesting artists of the genre. He’s managed to stay true… Continue reading Song Review: Brad Paisley – “Bucked Off”