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Grammy Fever – Part 1

January 30, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 1

The Grammy Awards are just two weeks away. I won’t bother to predict the winners, but I’m happy to begin sharing my preferences. Here’s a rundown of the country vocal categories. My picks are in

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Nashville Scene Critics Poll

January 30, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 0

Weekly indie paper Nashville Scene has announced the results of its annual country music critics poll. Unsurprisingly, Loretta Lynn has topped nearly every list. I was surprised to see how many of my favorite albums

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Single Reviews: January 17, 2005

January 17, 2005 Kevin John Coyne 0

Mark my words – 2005 is going to be a landmark year for great country music that will rival the 1991-1997 artistic explosion that has overshadowed everything released in the genre since. Already, there are

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Best Albums of 2004

December 30, 2004 Kevin John Coyne 2

Best Country Albums of 2004 1. Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying A stunning mainstream country album that manages to challenge the listener while still pleasing radio. There are too many high points to

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The Best Singles of 2004

December 26, 2004 Kevin John Coyne 1

2004 produced some of the best country singles in years; many of them were actually hits. Topping the list is the stunning preview to Lee Ann Womack’s upcoming masterpiece There’s More Where That Came From.

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Single Reviews: Oct. 20, 2004

October 20, 2004 Kevin John Coyne 1

This has been one of the best years for mainstream country in a long time. If you’re looking to catch up, go to AllAccess and take a listen to the following great singles, and one

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Food for Thought: Martina McBride

August 15, 2004 Kevin John Coyne 0

As reported in The Tennessean: I don’t feel the need to talk about politics. Maybe it’s a Midwestern thing, but I was raised where your political party is kind of private. It’s nobody’s business. There

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