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!
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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!
Jenny Gill has been singing since she was a little girl so the release of her EP “The House Sessions,” out September 8th, is particularly sweet for the singer/songwriter. This project features 6 songs, 5 of which are written or co-written by Jenny and recorded in her dad’s home studio affectionately called “The House.” While Jenny has been on plenty of stages singing background vocals for her dad, Vince Gill, and her step mom Amy Grant, this EP is finally her turn to take the bull by the horns and jump into center stage. Fans that have seen her sing live have been clamoring for this release and it is no wonder why. Jenny isn’t just the daughter of a famous singer, she is a talent in her own right and this EP BEYOND demonstrates that. ... read more!