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Lil’ Wednesday WTF

March 16, 2011 // 16 Comments

“If I Die Young”…pop remix.

To the Perrys’ credit, I guess, the song is too deeply country-folky to convince as a straight-ahead pop ballad. Not to the Perrys’ credit…what would be so bad about a little string-band action on Top 40?


The Civil Wars: A New Music Discovery

August 10, 2009 // 4 Comments

The Civil WarsOut 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.

My friend linked to their cover of “Billie Jean”, which is charming in its own right, but it was the discovery of their live album that made me fall head over heels for this band. You can download their entire album for free at their website, or by following the link below. Here’s a clip of them singing one of my favorite songs from their album, “Poison & Wine,” which features the memorable chorus “I don’t love you but I always will”:

Sound Off: Patty Loveless, Sleepless Nights

August 22, 2008 // 8 Comments

Roger Newcomb sent us the following videos that are being used for promotion of the upcoming Patty Loveless album, Sleepless Nights.    This is one of the most anticipated albums at Country Universe this fall.  Let us know what you think in the comments.

Sound Off: Alex Woodard featuring Sara Watkins, “Reno”

August 19, 2008 // 5 Comments

Today we’re featuring Alex Woodard, as this is the release date of his new album, Alex Woodard.  The song for download, “Reno”, features Sara Watkins, who is most known for her work in Nickel Creek.   Longtime readers know how much we dig Nickel Creek in these parts, so check this one out. Here’s the press release: Singer/songwriter Alex Woodard will release his new, self-titled album tomorrow, August 19, on Woodshack Music/Adrenaline Music Group. With his undeniable, story-driven songwriting, Woodard tackles universal themes like love, loss, hope, and struggle, tapping into a rich vein of country-rock that George Varga, Music Editor of the San Diego Union Tribune, calls, “An accomplished collection that suggests broader success is close at hand…Woodard’s well-crafted songs are cut from the same cloth as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp, whose music eloquently captures earthy truths about living, loving and growing older without losing the dreams Read More

Sound Off: Glen Campbell, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

August 14, 2008 // 22 Comments

In a surprising move, music legend and Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell has chosen contemporary material for his upcoming covers album, Meet Glen Campbell.   One of the songs included is the modern standard  “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”, originally recorded by Green Day. Here's the press release: In a legendary music career that spans more than five decades, Glen Campbell has achieved chart-topping, platinum-selling pop and country success singing everyday tales of life, love, work and heartache. For Meet Glen Campbell, his inspired, dynamic new studio album, the music icon has returned to his longtime label home, Capitol Records. Meet Glen Campbell will be released on August 19 on CD, limited edition vinyl and digitally. The songs on the album all strike a personal and musical chord with Campbell. He has reinterpreted and re-imagined both older and contemporary songs with his own signature vocal and guitar arrangements. Read More

Sound Off: The McClymonts

August 7, 2008 // 7 Comments

Our occasional feature spotlighting new artists continues today, as we turn our attention to another Aussie country act:  The McClymonts.  This sister act has already gained popularity in their home country. Here's a bit of their bio from their official website: “The McClymont sisters Brooke, Samantha and Mollie McClymont unleashed their musical alchemy and soaring vocal perfection when they released their first self-titled EP in June 06 through Universal Music. They toured Australia performing to full houses every night supporting multi award winner Lee Kernaghan plus music festivals across the land. As the word spread fast the industry quickly noticed their increasing popularity. The media became involved and they were invited on popular Radio and Television shows promoting their EP and public events. They where excited to be invited by Channel 9’s high rating show ‘Getaway’ to present their hometown of Grafton (NSW) to the Nation. Another honor was being Read More

Sound Off: Danielle Blakey, "Driving Song"

July 22, 2008 // 51 Comments

Today's featured artist is Danielle Blakey, another talent from Australia. Here's a bit of her bio: Young, fresh and gorgeous, DANIELLE BLAKEY has already come to the attention of Star Maker judges, US TV producers and even SHANIA TWAIN’s former guitarist DAVID MALACHOWSKI. Her sound is refreshing and pop-py; seriously modern contemporary. Danielle has written nine of the ten tracks along with producer PETER NORTHCOTE. The tenth is Anybody Listening, the track that landed a spot on the hit US TV show Smallville. The tracks are vital and alive. Opening track Back Home tells of missing the country life. Driving Song is totally hot with an irresistible rocky beat. Tell Me is delightful; about that first moment when love hits so hard it knocks the words out of your mouth. The Kiss is foot-tappingly catchy. Alright has a youthful country sweetness. Back To You is unadulterated unapologetically swinging jazz. Danielle’s Read More

Sound Off: Jonah’s Road, “Counting Down the Days”

July 21, 2008 // 4 Comments

At Country Universe, we are often offered the opportunity to showcase new and rising artists.  Today, we’re beginning a feature called “Sound Off.”  Each entry in this feature will showcase a different artist, sharing a bit of their biography and music. Our first featured artist is the band Jonah’s Road. Here’s a bit of their bio from their official website: Sydney based band, Jonah’s Road, has developed a significant following in the Australian music scene over the past few years. The contemporary sound is a feature gaining them many new fans and the respect of their peers thanks to fantastic live shows, tight vocal harmonies and great songwriting. The highly anticipated new album, Counting Down The Days, was released in January 2007 and is expected to repeat the success of the band..s multi-award winning first album Hold On. Jay, John & Rodney spent most of 2006 writing and recording the Read More