Posts Tagged ‘ Country ’

Taylor Swift – ‘Red’: A Review

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October 18, 2012
Taylor Swift – ‘Red’: A Review

“We Are Never Ever Gettting Back Together” explodes of moving on big time. Big hit, great song. What else do we have here?  ”22″ is the do it all and see what happens song. This will have mixed results at best. More rock than country here. “Treacherous” is more laid back, but the edge...
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Kenny Chesney — ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’: A Review

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July 16, 2012
Kenny Chesney - Welcome to the Fishbowl

The song ”Like a Rock Star”, a duet with Tim McGraw off of Kenny Chesney’s newest release Welcome to the Fishbowl, stands out as an instant big hit. The title track paints the picture of how you can be shown in a bad way quickly in the modern world. Fortunately, there is much more variety on here...
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Tim McGraw – ‘Emotional Traffic’: A Review

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January 30, 2012
Tim McGraw - Emotional Traffic

Missing the big Christmas music blast wasn’t a bad thing for Tim McGraw. With big name releases being few and far between early in the year, his new release ‘Emotional Traffic’ really stands out. I liked the title of this right away. “Felt Good on My Lips” has an interesting alternative guitar sound. One...
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Miranda Lambert – ‘Four the Record’: A Review

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November 19, 2011
Miranda Lambert - Four the Record

The first single off of Miranda Lambert’s new release ‘Four the Record’ has been available for awhile. “Baggage Claim” has a pretty good beat. It is about carrying the load in a relationship. “Fine Tune” is a slow, lazy Country Blues song. I like this one quite a bit. “All Kinds of Kinds” is a...
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Rich McCready – ‘Ride On’: A Review

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August 18, 2011
Rich McCready - Ride On

Rich McCready’s Ride On is my pick for obscure Country release of the year. Seeing him at the County Fair in Crawford County, Kansas a few years ago was a good time. This is feel good drinking music on a weekend. Hailing from Seneca, Missouri and never really hitting the big time, McCreaady is the...
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John Hiatt – ‘Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns’: A Review

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August 10, 2011
John Hiatt - Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns

John Hiatt is better known as a songwriter covered by Roseanne Cash, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Three Dog Night. Jeff Healy Band’s version of Hiatt’s “Angel Eyes” is well known as well. The straight forward rocker “Damn This Town” is a pretty awesome start to John Hiatt’s latest release Dirty Jeans and Mudlside Hymns....
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America – ‘Back Pages’: A Review

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August 4, 2011
America - Back Pages

You may say “Oh no, not another cover release!”, but outside of  the Christmas release ”Holiday Harmony” or “California Dreaming”, previous America efforts contain mostly the band’s own self penned songs. Back Pages starts out intriguing from the start. Joining Bad Company with a song named the same as the artist, “America” is really very well...
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Eric Church – ‘Chief’: A Review

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July 30, 2011
Eric Church - Chief

Eric Church wanted to do something different while the short window of opportunity to be heard was open. There are indeed a few pushing the envelope songs here. ” Creepin’” has a nice dobro sound on it and the beat is pretty nice. “Drink in My Hand” is more mainstream Country subject drinking music....
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Neil Young – ‘A Treasure’: A Review

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June 14, 2011
Neil Young - A Treasure

Neil Young’s new release A Treasure features live recordings from the mid 80′s and many songs from Old Ways. Also included are songs previously rejected by Geffen records, and there are more still in the can. “Amber Jean” is a country flavored gem that was recorded on Nashville Now. All songs except the last three are...
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Brad Paisley – ‘This is Country Music’: A Review

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May 26, 2011
Brad Paisley - This is Country Music

It may be Brad Paisley is too good on the guitar. Never shy about doing blazing hot solos, they are in abundance on his brand new album This is Country Music. He really does shine on “Eastwood” which features Clint Eastwood. Western it is, and features a jaw dropping solo in the middle of the...
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Steve Earle Releases ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’: A Review

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April 26, 2011
Steve Earle Releases ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’: A Review

By Kenneth E. Oquist Steve Earle’s tribute to Townes Van Zant I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive hits the street. ”Waiting on the Sky” starts the release out quite infectiously and Townes Van Zant would appreciate it immensely. “Little Emperor” is very Folk sounding, with alot of fiddles and mandolin driving this song. “The...
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Thompson Square Releases Self-Titled Debut: A Review

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February 16, 2011
Thompson Square Releases Self-Titled Debut: A Review

The single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” is a good song and in heavy rotation on country stations. Don’t make an assumption based on this one song. The husband/wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson are considerably deeper than this song suggests. Sure, it’s the kind of song we get on the...
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The Decemberists’ New Album ‘The King Is Dead’ Released January 18th, 2011

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January 18, 2011
The Decemberists’ New Album ‘The King Is Dead’ Released January 18th, 2011

The single “Down By The Water” from the Decemberists’ new album The King Is Dead has an obvious single feel to it, that and it is simply just a darn good song. The two bareboned songs “January Hymn” and “June Hymn” have a drowsy feel to them. “Don’t Carry It All” instantly reminded me of...
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