Not sure if he’s misunderstood so much as underappreciated, but that’s beside the point, isn’t?
The 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards will be handed out on Wednesday, November 4. Once again, the ceremony is hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Here are the personal picks and predictions from the Country Universe staff.
Since Country Universe launched eleven years ago, there have only been a handful of new country artists that I’ve truly enjoyed. Out of all of them, there hasn’t been another artist I’ve consistently enjoyed as much as Carrie Underwood.
“Damn Country Music” comes damn close to being a damn good song about chasing the country music dream.
A haunting, evocative album closer that I can’t believe is being sent to radio, “Beautiful Stranger” showcases Toby Keith’s often overlooked talents as a vocalist and as a songwriter.
She was one of those artists that my parents listened to in the car. The CD was always Hits: 1979-1989. My dad loved “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train” and my mom, “Tennessee Flat-Top Box.” They both loved “Seven Year Ache.”
But by the time I was listening to country music independently, with CMT as my primary conduit for new music, Cash had already left country music behind. Given that she was never big on making music videos in the first place, I saw the clip for “The Wheel” a few times, and that was it.
The Telegraph, a United Kingdom publication, has ranked the thirty best Dolly Parton songs. It’s an interesting list that balances classics with lesser-known album cuts.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
George Strait has released a new album that is consistently good, with strong vocal performances that elevate even the middling material.
It isn’t easy to follow up a universally praised debut album, especially when you don’t have the novelty of the new in your corner. Sometimes what sounds so fresh is just by the virtue of being the first time your voice has been heard. The second time around, you can only rely on the strength of your material. Being different is no longer enough.
Django and Jimmie derives its title from the names of two of the biggest influences of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.