New Look Country Has Widespread Crossover Appeal 


“The new guard’s so different from the old.” Ah, so true, so true. The context of this “new guard” here is that the country music of old is not what’s dominating the genre’s landscape. Sure, someone like Alan Jackson will always be a king in country music, but his heyday in the limelight have come…

Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up – Review


Thomas Rhett Totally ‘Kills It’ on Tangled Up – #Winning Thomas Rhett • Tangled Up • Valory • Release Date: September 25, 2015 “And this is the verse where you don’t know the words / and you don’t give a damn cause it feels good.” Right on Thomas Rhett – right on! On album number…

Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Rises On Billboard 200


A new week, another Billboard 200 chart to analyze – Here it goes – enough said! 1) “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate,” but Taylor Swift keeps on selling like crazy. 1989 is the ‘second coming’ – of album sales that is. 2) Pentatonix continues to win America’s hearts as That’s Christmas To Me is…

Review: Luke Bryan, ‘Spring Break 6…Like We Ain’t Ever’


Luke Bryan’s Spring Break series rolls right along…for a sixth time Luke Bryan • Spring Break 6…Like We Ain’t Ever • Capitol Nashville • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 Spring break is a rite of passage of sorts for many college-aged kids.  The ever youthful Luke Bryan, however, continues to place himself back in his…

Review: Johnny Cash, ‘Out Among the Stars’


Among the Stars doesn’t supplant Cash’s best, but serves reminder of his legendary status Johnny Cash • Out Among the Stars • Columbia Nashville Legacy • US Release Date: March 25, 2014 Usually, the words ‘lost albums’ signal nothing short of a personal sentiment of ‘don’t waste your time’. However, when a legend posthumously releases…

Eric Church Gets It Done At No. 1 Once More


Let the “Church” say yes… Corny, I know.  But one of country’s rising stars, Eric Church, just continues to rise.  The Outsiders gives Church his second no. 1 album, selling a healthy 288,000 copies.  Sub 100K weeks are done, at least this week.   How does The Outsiders’ numbers compare to the numbers that greeted Chief?…

Review: Luke Bryan, ‘Crash My Party’


Does Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’ do just that?  Luke Bryan⎪Crash My Party⎪Capitol Records Nashville⎪⎪US Album Release Date: August 13, 2013 The best way I can think to describe country singer Luke Bryan is by a song – specifically the beloved Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Simple Man”.  Luke Bryan is the epitomization of a simple man, and…

Steve Grand Still Has Folks Talkin’


Being openly gay and a country artist seems like two completely different worlds, but Steve Grand manages to be both of those things.  A few weeks ago, “All American Boy” was the song/video everyone was buzzing about. Yeah, yeah, I know, “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke) and “We Can’t Stop” (Miley Cyrus) were actually what was making noise…

Steve Grand Bravely Delivers on “All American Boy”


Steve Grand⎪ “All American Boy” single ⎪ Grand Nation Music⎪⎪ Release Date: July 04, 2013 “I’m nervous/excited/horrified/anxious about the implications of all of the choices I am making (and have made throughout my journey of discovering myself as a man and as a n artist) will have on my future.  This is the story I’ve…