Song Review: High Valley – “Single Man”

The short version: High Valley continue doing what they do best on “Single Man.” Writers: Brad Rempel, Curtis Rempel Derick Southerland, Jordan Schmidt Rating: 7/10 The long version: You know, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” isn’t always the worst model to adopt. Ever since High Valley crossed over into the United States, they’ve… Read More Song Review: High Valley – “Single Man”

Collaborative Album Review: Molly Tuttle – ‘When You’re Ready’ (w/ Country Exclusive)

The short version: Megan Bledsoe of Country Exclusive and I team up to discuss the debut album from Molly Tuttle, ‘When You’re Ready.’ Zack’s favorite tracks: “When You’re Ready,” “Clue,” “Sleepwalking,” “Million Miles” Least favorite track: “Sit Back and Watch It Roll” Rating: 6/10 Megan’s favorite tracks: “When You’re Ready,” “Don’t Let Go,” “Light Came… Read More Collaborative Album Review: Molly Tuttle – ‘When You’re Ready’ (w/ Country Exclusive)

EP Review: King Calaway – ‘King Calaway’

The short version: (insert fire emoji here later) Favorite tracks: All of them! Least favorite track: None of them! Rating: 10/10 The long version: Y’all. Let’s put aside those authenticity arguments away for this particular review, because today, we’re dealing with something special. No, there were no recordings or YouTube videos of King Calaway prior… Read More EP Review: King Calaway – ‘King Calaway’

Album Review: Maren Morris – ‘GIRL’

The short version: Most of the problems from ‘HERO’ carry over to Maren Morris’ sophomore album, ‘GIRL.’ Favorite tracks: “Great Ones,” “A Song For Everything,” “GIRL,” “Shade” Least favorite tracks: “RSVP,” “Make Out With Me” Rating: 5/10 The long version: Maren Morris. To some, that name is synonymous with everything wrong with current mainstream country… Read More Album Review: Maren Morris – ‘GIRL’

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”

Album Review: The Cactus Blossoms – ‘Easy Way’

The short version: Despite featuring a more refined sonic palette, ‘Easy Way’ by the Cactus Blossoms doesn’t offer much of anything interesting. Favorite tracks: “Easy Way,” “Got A Lotta Love,” “Please Don’t Call Me Crazy” Least favorite track: “See It Through” Rating: 5/10 The long version: In a way, artists being compared to their influences… Read More Album Review: The Cactus Blossoms – ‘Easy Way’

Album Review: Yola – ‘Walk Through Fire’

The short version: Through compelling performances and stellar songs, Yola’s ‘Walk Through Fire’ is incredibly easy to like. Favorite tracks: “Lonely The Night,” “Ride Out In The Country,” “Faraway Look,” “Rock Me Gently,” “Still Gone” Least favorite track: “Walk Through Fire” Rating: 8/10 The long version: While it’s not uncommon to hear artists adopt retro… Read More Album Review: Yola – ‘Walk Through Fire’

Album Review: Robert Ellis – ‘Texas Piano Man’

The short version: Robert Ellis pivots into piano-pop for one of his lightest, most accessible albums to date. Favorite tracks: “Father,” “Lullaby,” “Let Me In,” “Passive Aggressive” Least favorite track: “Fucking Crazy” Rating: 7/10 The long version: Being predictable isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. For as bold of a move Robert Ellis’ Texas Piano… Read More Album Review: Robert Ellis – ‘Texas Piano Man’

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: Amanda Shires – ‘To The Sunset’

The short version: I admire Amanda Shires’ experiment into electronic and rock music, but the album doesn’t quite completely stick the landing despite a few great moments. The long version: Can artists ditch their signature sound and still make it work? Amanda Shires promised something different on her new album, To The Sunset, leaving most… Read More Album Review: Amanda Shires – ‘To The Sunset’

Album Review: Carrie Underwood – ‘Cry Pretty’

This is a re-uploaded post.  Carrie Underwood’s label switch from Sony Music Nashville to Capitol Records Nashville was a crucial and mysterious move. As the country music industry continues to succumb to ongoing misogynistic problems, Underwood is one of few female artists to continue pushing against those boundaries. So far it’s worked. While the song,… Read More Album Review: Carrie Underwood – ‘Cry Pretty’