For the Love of Guy Clark

May 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

A fundraising campaign to raise money for a documentary on the legendary songwriter is a smashing success. If anyone’s life is interesting enough to be turned into a full-length film, Guy Clark would be at or near the top of the list. The only problem would be, where to start? There’s his 40-year career as an award-winning singer and songwriter and a craftsman-like approach to writing that stands almost in direct contract to the Nashville commercial music machine. There’s his circle of friends, which reads like a Who’s Who of Twentieth-Century Songwriters. There’s the complicated relationship dynamics between Clark, his longtime friend Townes Van Zandt and his wife Susanna, herself an artist and songwriter who never really got over Van Zandt’s death in 1997. That’s certainly enough for a film. Or ten. Fortunately, the person who’s taken on the task of telling Clark’s life in a documentary is the person Read More

Kicking the Canon: Jonathan Keefe on Trisha Yearwood’s Hearts in Armor

January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Country Universe writer and editor Jonathan Keefe has contributed to an awesome new project called Kicking the Canon.  Put together by In Review Online, Kicking the Canon attempts to expand on what has traditionally been considered the definitive music and films of eras gone by. Keefe’s take on Trisha Yearwood’s landmark 1992 set, Hearts in Armor has gone live: Her self-titled debut may have spawned four top-ten singles, but it was on Hearts in Armor that Trisha Yearwood properly announced herself as one of the finest country artists of her generation. Informed by the end of her first marriage, the album explores both the subtle and the dramatic ways that a relationship can dissolve, and it allows Yearwood to lay bare hard-earned truths that lesser vocalists might have left hidden. And that’s just the beginning!  You can read the whole thing here. The only other country album  featured so far Read More

Miranda Lambert, Sturgill Simpson Dominate Nashville Scene Critics Poll

January 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

The results are in: Nashville Scene’s 15th Annual Country Music Critics Poll Miranda Lambert and Sturgill Simpson dominated this year’s results, with Maddie & Tae topping the Singles list for their progressive and timely hit, “Girl in a Country Song.” Be sure to check out the Critic’s Comments, which feature some choice quotes from our very own Sam Gazdziak!

CU10 Flashback: The Civil Wars – A New Music Discovery

August 5, 2014 // 1 Comment

News broke today that the Civil Wars have officially broken up, after a year-long hiatus. It was just under five years ago that we first wrote about the Grammy winning duo, back when they were still without a label.  – KJC   The Civil Wars – A New Music Discovery August 10, 2009 Out of all the writers at Country Universe, I’m probably the one who is least likely to discover an unsigned artist’s music online and fall in love with it. But thanks to a friend’s shout-out on Facebook, I’ve discovered The Civil Wars, a Nashville-based duo that is nothing short of completely awesome.

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