First things first, I have to admit, I’ve never been a RaeLynn fan. I remember watching her on The Voice, and thought she was cute and kind of like a watered down, baby Miranda Lambert. She seems like a sweet young woman with a fun personality, but as far as her vocal abilities go, I’ve never been impressed. I’ve felt that she needed more coaching and to achieve more control over her vocals. I’ve always said that she has a unique voice, one that could really be something will more practice and precision. I’m also not a huge fan of her sound, but then again, that’s probably more Big Machine pushing the current trends than her. All that said, I will give credit where credit is due. RaeLynn seems to be coming into her own and learning how to properly use her voice, at least that’s what I hear when I listen to her new single, “Insecure”. ... read more!
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Ronnie Dunn is back with a new album and boy, is it a goodun! He has been pretty good about striking a balance between sticking to Country Music’s roots and keeping up mainstream appeal, though as a solo artist, we’ve seen Ronnie lean towards making music that he likes and identifies with, rather than what radio likes, which is all the more reason to love him. ... read more!
For a total Christmas lover like me, the fact that there were so many Christmas records being released this year was very exciting! Christmas came early, or at least that’s what I was thinking when the announcements first came out. We expect a Christmas album to either be moving and done with reverence, or fun, jolly, and enjoyable, or a little bit of both. Jennifer Nettles’ entered the picture with her record and gave us what we needed. ... read more!
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the best Christmas record to come out this year…. heck it’s the best one to come out in a few, if I’m totally honest. Now, for those that don’t already know, I’m a HUGE fanatic when it comes to Christmas. I love all things Christmas, to the point where I listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies all year round. So, let’s just say I have pretty high standards when it comes to Christmas albums, and Brett Eldredge has exceeded those standards. “Glow” is a top-notch record, one that will, without a doubt, get you in full holiday mode. ... read more!
There’s been a great deal of rumblings and dissecting of Aaron Lewis and his new record, “Sinner.” Most stemming from comments he made on stage a while ago, in which he essentially said that artists like Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and others were “choking the life out of country music” (For the record, and this is solely my opinion, I agree!). Well, those remarks didn’t sit well with quite a few people and there was some controversy over it, though it clearly hasn’t hurt the artist any, considering that “Sinner” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. ... read more!
Well folks, let me introduce you to one of the best records to come out this year. John Prine’s “For Better, or Worse” should be, without a doubt, on everyone’s Best of 2016 lists. The veteran songwriter teams up with a range of female artists, yet again, and pulls it off beautifully. If you’re looking for pure country goodness, look no further, you’ve found it. ... read more!