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Single Reviews: August 22, 2005

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ALAN JACKSON “USA Today” (Arista) Not exactly Alan at his best, but entertaining enough. AMBER DOTSON “I Ain’t Your Mama” (Capitol) A funny little post-honeymoon reflection. BLAKE SHELTON “Nobody But Me” (Warner Bros.) Uh-oh.  I’m

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Single Reviews: August 4, 2005

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Terri Clark has the best single this time around. BUDDY JEWELL “So Gone” (Columbia) Competent. CATHERINE BRITT & ELTON JOHN “Where We Say Goodbye” (RCA) A satisfying pairing between a pop legend and a country

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Top Twelve Songs about America

July 4, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 2

We’ve been a bit overwhelmed in country music with patriotic songs since 9/11, and many of them have the stench of expolitation, poor taste, or just plain bad songwriting. In my opinion, the best songs

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Single Reviews: June 4, 2005

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This week, the clear leader of the pack is Sawyer Brown, with their best single in a good decade. CLINT BLACK “Rainbow In The Rain” (Equity) Back in his prime, his name could’ve carried a

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Dwight Yoakam, Blame the Vain

June 4, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 0

Dwight Yoakam Blame The Vain When Dwight Yoakam releases a new album, one thing is certain: you’re going to hear a lot of different variations on the singular theme of heartbreak. In just about every

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Single Reviews: May 21, 2005

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BRICE LONG “It’s Only Monday” (Columbia) Another new artist. The song is solid, but the production is anemic. BROOKS & DUNN “Play Something Country” (Arista) When the hook is Ronnie Dunn howling like a dog,

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Single Reviews: May 16, 2005

May 16, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 0

Wow, there’s a lot of songs out there right now. It’s going to take two posts to catch up. Here’s the first half of the alphabet. ALAN JACKSON “The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues” (Arista) Clever

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Top 12 Songs of Faith

May 1, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 6

When CMT announced it would be counting down country music’s “Greatest Songs of Faith”, I was intrigued. Few genres are as rich in such songs as country music, and I was hoping for a list

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Top 12 Career-Slowing Albums

April 24, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 3

When an artist is riding high, it only takes one bad move for it to all come crumbling down. Often, one album is blamed for slowing down a strong career, if not stopping it completely.

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