Single Review: Jana Kramer, “Said No One Ever”

January 22, 2016 Ben Foster 7

Jana Kramer’s long list of quotations attributed to “no one ever” includes, but is by no means limited to, “Wish you’d talk more about yourself”, “Sucks to be rich”, “I don’t need your love and affection”, “I don’t need to be your one and only,” “Love is always real on reality TV”, “Don’t want love to last forever”, and “My Heisman and my Grammy came so damn easy”.

Single Review: Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope, “Think of You”

January 19, 2016 Ben Foster 8

Chris Young’s new duet single portrays a recently broken up man and woman revisiting the stomping grounds they once shared as a couple. The verses are laced with small details that make it easy for the listener to picture the scene. Young notes the “same old bar, same burned out lights,” while asking “Why in the hell does it feel like a different place?”

Album Review: K.T. Oslin, Simply

December 10, 2015 Ben Foster 2

On her first new release in 14 years, K.T. Oslin offers one new song and eight re-imagined incarnations of past singles and album cuts from throughout her thirty year career.

2015 CMA Live Blog

November 4, 2015 Ben Foster 31

Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan Male Vocalist: Chris Stapleton Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert Vocal Group: Little Big Town Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller Vocal Duo: Florida Georgia Line New Artist: Chris Stapleton Song: “Girl Crush” – Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey

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Single Review: Jennifer Nettles, “Sugar”

July 24, 2015 Ben Foster 18

“Sugar” Jennifer Nettles Written by Brandy Clark, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Jennifer Nettles A remarkable performance elevates an unremarkable song. If “Sugar” given a perfunctory performance by a lesser vocalist, I might not enjoy it at all.

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Daily Top Five: Kentucky Country

June 5, 2015 Ben Foster 11

This week in 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to join the union. It’s also the state that two Country Universe writers – Jonathan Keefe and myself – call home. Kentucky is well known as the

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