Articles by Kevin John Coyne

The Best Singles of 1993, Part One: #40-#31

July 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

How strong a year for country music was 1993? Well, if our Best Albums list revealed how many great artists were overlooked, our Best Singles list reveals why there is so little room at the inn. Out of the forty singles ranked among our best, all but five reached the top twenty of the Billboard country singles chart.    Ten of them made it all the way to #1, and another nine of them stopped at #2.   Country radio in 1993 was good. Our list kicks off today with the first ten entries of the top forty.  We’ll reveal ten more every day until we get to the top of the list on Tuesday. Under each entry, you’ll see each single’s peak position on the Billboard chart and the individual ranking for each writer who included it on their own top forty list. #40 “On the Road” Lee Roy Parnell Written Read More

Daily Top Five: Miranda Lambert

July 23, 2015 // 13 Comments

Later today, we will publish our latest edition of Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists.  The newest entry in our long running series is written by Leeann Ward and will focus on Miranda Lambert. To whet our appetites, today’s top five asks you to list your five favorite tracks from the award-winning artist. Here’s my list: Mama’s Broken Heart Little Red Wagon Gunpowder & Lead Guilty in Here Two Rings Shy  

Daily Top Five: Country Reissue Wish List

July 15, 2015 // 15 Comments

There are so many new concepts going on in country music reissues.  Two disc deluxe editions of classic albums.  Box sets of an entire artist’s catalog, with the CD’s in miniature LP replica sleeves.  Digital issues of concert recordings.  (Wolfgang’s Vault is a thing.  Check it out.)  Two albums on one CD, or carefully curated collections of singles.   Bear Family box sets that give you everything.  Even 180 gram vinyl records are coming out at a rapid clip. So I’m wondering what your wish list is.  What reissues would you rush out to buy or download on day one? Here’s my top five list: Dolly Parton, The Complete RCA Albums Collection: 1968-1986 Willie Nelson,  Deluxe Editions of Nineties Classics: Across the Borderline, Spirit, Teatro Shania Twain, The Complete International Remix Collection: 1995-2006 Kay T. Oslin, Clean Your Own Tables: The Early Years Trisha Yearwood, Rarities and Unreleased Tracks: 1992-2012  

The Best Albums of 1993, Part 2: #10-#1

July 12, 2015 // 15 Comments

The combined efforts of nine women and three men form the upper echelon of our Best Albums list from 1993. This embarrassment of riches showcases just how much great music there was to choose from that year, especially given how many of the genre’s biggest and most acclaimed stars – Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Pam Tillis, just to name a few – were between albums that year. It was also a strong and diverse enough year that despite some overall consensus among the lists of all of the writers, each one of us has a different album at #1 on our personal lists. Enjoy the second half of our list, and look for the Singles list to kick off next weekend. #10 Uncle Tupelo Anodyne #1 – JK | #3 – SG In jumping to a major label, Uncle Tupelo was supposed to give Read More

The Best Albums of 1993, Part One: #20-#11

July 11, 2015 // 9 Comments

Today, we kick off our Best of 1993 feature with the first part of our album retrospective.  Included in this list are the debut albums of two underrated singer-songwriters, confident projects from the genre’s leading ladies, and highlights from legends of both the mainstream and alternative country landscapes. When our writers wax rhapsodic about the glory days of the nineties, one reason why is that albums as great as this aren’t even among the top ten albums of the year. Look for the conclusion of the albums list tomorrow and the singles list next weekend! #20 Lari White Lead Me Not #9 – JK | #19 – KJC Rather than establishing a clear identity for Lari White as an artist, Lead Me Not made for an eclectic debut, as White and producer Rodney Crowell explored styles ranging from traditional country and jazzy torch ballads to torrid Southern gospel and even Read More

Daily Double Top Five: Most Played Tracks

July 7, 2015 // 14 Comments

Back in the day, we used to do iPod checks.   Seemed so current at the time! Now, we’re gonna ask you to go to Spotify or your phone or whatever, and just let us know what you’re listening to the most. Two Daily Top Fives Today:  Your five most played songs from a 2015 album, and your most played country songs of all time. Here are my lists, sticking to one song per artist:

Single Review: Bret Michaels, “Girls on Bars”

July 7, 2015 // 12 Comments

“Girls on Bars” Bret Michaels Written by Luke Laird and Bret Michaels I’m a few years too young to have taken Poison seriously. Now, I always leaned more toward pop and country anyway, but I listened to the rock and the hip-hop of my day, too.  So if I was five years older, I probably would’ve listened to Poison.

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