Music Reviews

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Post Monroe’s Self Titled Debut EP — REVIEW

If you haven’t heard of the up-and-coming female country trio, Post Monroe, you’re not alone. I hadn’t heard anything about the trio until stumbling across their debut EP on iTunes’ new releases list, but I’m glad I found them! After listening to the EP and falling in love with it, I did a little research on the trio. So here’s the scoop: Ashlee Hewitt, Whitney Duncan, and Shelby McLeod make up Post Monroe. The trio’s harmonies are tight and spot on, and are paired with acoustic-driven, catchy melodies to make an extremely enjoyable EP. ... read more!

Hillary Scott’s “Thy Will” — Single Review

Earlier last year (2015) country music group, Lady Antebellum announced that they would be taking a much needed break to rejuvenate and recharge. Shortly after that announcement, group member, Charles Kelley revealed that he was working on a solo project. Kelley released his solo debut album, The Driver, earlier this year and received a great deal of praise from critics and peers alike. In November of 2015, Hillary Scott announced that she was also planning a solo project, a gospel album. Since then, we haven’t heard much or really anything about that project. 3 days ago, on April 23rd, Hillary posted a handwritten letter to fans on her Instagram and Twitter accounts announcing the first single from the record and giving more details on the record itself. ... read more!

Chris Stapleton’s “Parachute” — Single Review

Chris Stapleton skyrocketed to fame after his huge CMA night in 2015. His smash performance with Justin Timberlake coupled with his surprise wins pushed Stapleton to the forefront of everyone’s minds. Stapleton’s debut solo album, Traveller, was one of 2015’s most lauded albums, and continues to hold a place on the charts and be talked about. As far as the majority of mainstream music fans are concerned, Stapleton was an overnight star that just came out of nowhere, but to those of us who are attuned to the whole genre, shadows and all, we knew different. Stapleton has been in the music business for over a decade, both as a songwriter and an artist. ... read more!

Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells” — Single Review

Carrie Underwood has been on fire the last two years and shows no sign of going out any time soon. Arguably the most successful country artist currently, Carrie has garnered 7 Grammy awards, 17 Billboard Music awards, 11 Academy of Country Music awards, 5 Country Music Association awards, and 10 BMI awards, among others. Underwood released her 5th studio album, Storyteller, in October 2015. It officially kicked off a new era in her career, an era that has already proven to be the biggest one yet! Fans and critics alike have said that Underwood’s Storyteller tour is by far the best of Underwood’s tours, and the numbers back them up. ... read more!

Music Video Monday Featuring Josh Kelley – “It’s Your Move” With Album Review Bonus

Josh Kelley is the older brother of Lady Antebellum front man Charles Kelley, but if you are looking for that same sound in Josh that is not what you will find. What you will find is a raw talent all his own with a smooth focused yet edgy side that pulls you in. Josh has just released his first new music in five years and the first for Sugar Hill, “New Lane Road,” to outstanding reviews landing a No. 2 spot on the charts. ... read more!

Local Southern California Country Artist Kathryn Cloward Makes An Impression

Not all country talent is residing in Nashville. Every state has its Music City and local country singer songwriter Kathryn Cloward has made San Diego, CA hers. She is the creator, author, and songwriter of the “Kathryn the Grape” series of award-winning children’s books and music CD’s. The series features and “everyday girl” who helps kids of all ages develop self-love. In 2015 Kathryn released two albums, “Free To Fly,” and “A Soft Place To Fall,” to rave reviews. ... read more!