I throw up every time I hear of an artist “keeping it real” or “keeping it country”, and that’s because all this authenticity marketing is meant to do is feed you a line of gibberish on why you should like an artist. The truth is, trying to judge an artist’s authenticity is just dumb, mostly … More Can We Just Get Rid Of The Word “Authentic” When It Comes To Music?
It’s always been my thought that reviewing “bad” independent country or Americana acts is a waste of time. After all, who cares anyway right? Well, I’ve revised that, and there really isn’t a better example to start that with than the latest album from the Country Side of Harmonica Sam titled A Drink After Midnight. My … More Review – The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam’s ‘A Drink After Midnight’
May 5th just wasn’t a good day to release an album if you ask me. Sure, it was good for artists like Chris Stapleton and John Moreland, but for the other artists out there? You had a hell of a competition to grab everyone else’s attention. And that’s a shame, because those two aforementioned artists … More Review – Tony Jackson’s Self-Titled Album
Tommy Jones of “I’m So Country Yeehaw” is shocked. “I was all set up in Mom’s basement ready to tear into this new singer because he sucked, and I was all ready for the haters to come my way”. Unfortunately for Tommy, the haters never showed despite him giving new singer Bobby Craig a “negative … More Hometown Folks Couldn’t Care Less About Emerging Singer
You don’t know how long I stared at a blank computer screen figuring out how to open this piece. I mean, it’s Chris Stapleton, what all do I say? You don’t need a rehash of his Wikipedia page, and unless you live on the planet of Zepnar you already know about the whole CMA thing. … More Review – Chris Stapleton’s ‘From A Room Vol. 1’
I covered new songs from Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, Jon Pardi, and Chris Janson over at This Is Country Music. Read that here.
Last week for this feature I talked about one album from last year that really connected with me on a personal level, and in all honesty I’ve been looking to explore that again. While I would have liked to space them out a little better, I honestly can’t, mostly because the moment will be gone … More Country Confessional: My Actual Opinion On Zac Brown Band’s ‘Jekyll + Hyde’
When we think of great lyricists in the indie country or Americana scene, almost all eyes towards the usual suspects, you know, the Jason Isbell and James McMurtrys of the world. However, one name that has quietly ranked just as high as them is John Moreland. Sure, he’s not the flashiest or most marketable performer … More Review: John Moreland’s ‘Big Bad Luv’
Again, not into the whole sharing videos thing, but I made an exception here (again). “It Ain’t My Fault” by Brothers Osborne is a kickass song, and no matter where your political opinions lean towards, there’s a lot of fun to be had with all candidates in the video. Check it out here (or actually … More Watch: Brothers Osborne’s ‘It Ain’t My Fault’
I don’t know if I want this feature to stick, but I’ve been thinking of having some type of system that will allow me to revisit albums that I’ve covered throughout the month in order to reorganize my thoughts on them. It all started when I gave a re-listen to Marty Stuart’s last album, and … More Revisiting Great Music Released In April 2017