Josh Kear

Single Review: Lady Antebellum, “Long Stretch of Love”

March 16, 2015 // 5 Comments

“Long Stretch of Love” Lady Antebellum Written by David Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott A woefully anemic rocker. Lady Antebellum have never exactly been known for over-the-top emoting, but this might be the most listless I’ve ever heard the band.

Single Review: Lee Brice, “Drinking Class”

February 28, 2015 // 6 Comments

“Drinking Class” Lee Brice Written by David Frasier, Ed Hill, and Josh Kear I’m always going to prefer a drinking anthem written for people who actually work for a living.    “Drinking Class” is all about going out on Friday night to let off steam after a long work week.

Single Review: Blake Shelton, “Neon Light”

September 28, 2014 // 6 Comments

“Neon Light” Blake Shelton Written by Andrew Dorff, Mark Irwin, and Josh Kear Brooks & Dunn made an entire career out of honky tonk puns and play on words.  “Neon Light” is a throwback to those songs, with Blake Shelton previewing his new album with a song built around there being “a neon light at the end of the tunnel.” To his credit, Shelton plays it subtle, with the song not having that arena-in-mind noisiness that has come to define today’s country music.  But the song never quite gets out of first gear, either.  Sure, the song didn’t need power chords and hair band chants.   But it certainly would benefit from more aggressive fiddle and steel guitar.

Grammy Pre-Telecast Winners

February 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

55th Grammy Awards

Grammy Pre-Telecast Winners

Here are the winners in country and country-related categories, including all-genre categories that include a country-related nominee:

Best Long Form Music Video: Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Easy Express

Song Written for Visual Media: T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, “Safe and Sound”

Americana Album: Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Bluegrass Album: Steep Canyon Rangers, Nobody Knows You

Folk Album: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Country Duo/Group Vocal Performance: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”

Country Song: Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, “Blown Away”


Single Review: Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

July 5, 2012 // 49 Comments

Four albums into her career, Carrie Underwood’s career growth has been fairly stunning.

It’s hard to imagine that the talent-show winner who sang “Jesus Take the Wheel” would morph into a fully fledged pop superstar with speaker-rattling pop-rock songs like “Good Girl” and “Blown Away.”

While the evolution has been fascinating to watch, the problem is that someone who was thought of as the next female country superstar has effectively left country music behind and moved on to bigger things, and it’s a loss for the genre.