Keith Anderson

iPod Check: Recommend Ten Songs Redux

September 25, 2009 // 24 Comments

ipod2It’s time for another iPod (or any other music player) check. Last time, I asked you to put your music device on shuffle and then tell us the first ten songs that you would recommend. This time, I want you to do the same thing, but then jot down your initial thoughts on the songs as your ten recommended songs play. Then share your informal thoughts in the comments.

I’ll play along too, but I’ll spare you the Christmas songs that will inevitably come up in my shuffle, which I’d heartily recommend if I wasn’t keenly aware that it’s still only September.

John Anderson, “I’d Love You Again”

Nice, sweet song from the rough voice guy who’s still able to sing a tender song with the best of them.

Todd Snider, “Alright Guy”

I love how Snider really seems to be pondering this question: “I’m an alright guy? Right? Right?”

Ashley Monroe, “Can’t Let Go”

Peppy…reminds me of a Garth Brooks type song.

A Conversation with Katie Cook

August 21, 2009 // 7 Comments

KCookKatie Cook has been a staple on Country Music Television since 2002, hosting various series and specials such as CMT Most Wanted Live, the MWL concert series, MWL Star, MWL Stacked and the popular weekly entertainment magazine show, CMT Insider.

But her experience with country music is actually three-fold: along with being embedded in the industry as a television host and interviewer, she’s also the daughter of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Roger Cook, and she’s both a singer and songwriter herself – she released an album in 2000 as part of a band called Reno and continues to hone her songwriting skills. Cook took some time to share with Country Universe her opinions on the state of country music, the evolution of CMT and her recent White House visit, among other topics.

Single Review: Keith Anderson, “She Could’ve Been Mine”

January 5, 2009 // 7 Comments

A slow-tempo song rehashing an old romance, “She Could’ve Been Mine” is an exhibition of Keith Anderson’s range; his falsettos that accompany its final fade are impressive, if superfluous. But a little dollop will do ya, and Anderson lays it on thicker than the sugary icing slapped on a Publix bakery cake. Saving the vocal acrobatics would’ve made a more sonically-pleasing effort. The “Lost in This Moment” singer and co-writer actually loses himself in this moment; his light, airy voice sounds like a stiff wind would come and blow it away. The twist in the second verse shows some inspiration, but most of “She Could’ve Been Mine” sounds like a sequel of his signature hit, “Every Time I Hear Your Name.” Grade: C Written by Keith Anderson and Chuck Cannon Listen: She Could’ve Been Mine Buy: She Could’ve Been Mine

Kevin J. Coyne’s Top Singles of 2008

December 28, 2008 // 14 Comments

Gone are the days where this would just be called the Country Universe’s Top Singles of 2008.   The collective tastes of our writers makes for more distinguished lists, but thankfully, there’s still a place for my personal favorites.   Here are the twenty singles of 2008 that I enjoyed the most. #20: Reba McEntire & Kenny Chesney, “Every Other Weekend” A welcome return to domestic themes, which have often provided McEntire with her best work.   This plays out the like the epilogue to “Somebody Should Leave.” #19: Sara Evans, “Low” Triumph in the face of adversity, as the surrounding negative energy is rejected in favor of a positive and determined move toward the future.  Plus, it’s a little bluegrassy, which just sounds cool. #18: Keith Urban, “You Look Good in My Shirt” Even Conway Twitty wasn’t so good at slipping in mature themes so skillfully.    There are children across the country Read More

Best Country Singles of 2008, Part 1: #40-#31

December 15, 2008 // 8 Comments

Starting today, the Country Universe staff will be revealing our Top 40 Singles of 2008.   This list has been compiled through a combination of four individual Top 20 lists by Leeann, Blake, Dan and myself, wherein a certain number of “points” was delegated to a single each time it was mentioned on one of the lists. The final list reflects the total number of points that each single received between the four lists. Those lists will be revealed along with other individual writer content next week as part of our continuing coverage of the Best of 2008. #40 Trisha Yearwood, “They Call it Falling For a Reason” This song really sounds like it could fit perfectly with Yearwood’s music of the ‘90s. The production is both modest and interesting at the same time. Furthermore, the lyrics are light without seeming inane. As we will lament about many singles on this Read More

Keith Anderson, “Somebody Needs A Hug”

September 3, 2008 // 10 Comments

Listen, country songwriters of the world: not every semi-popular catchphrase requires its own song. Some things just don’t really need to have music written about them, and hugging out someone else’s case of “the Mondays” is one of them. I kept waiting for the twist in this number, sure that the narrative couldn’t possibly begin and end at Anderson entreating his addressee to give him “a big ol’ teddy bear squeeze,” but no. It really is exactly what the title says, and nothing more. Worse, though, is the fact that the song never really embraces the silliness suggested by its theme. There are some cute lines here and there (“I’d be wise to disappear if I had any sense, but I don’t”), but all-in-all, it’s a novelty song without much novelty. Written by Keith Anderson, Bob DiPiero, & David Lee Murphy Grade: D Listen: Somebody Needs A Hug Buy: Somebody Read More

Keith Anderson, “I Still Miss You”

January 15, 2008 // 18 Comments

I like the lyric. Like it quite a bit, actually. It doesn’t sound like a country record to me, though. I’m not a purist by any means, but I literally don’t hear anything that sounds remotely like country music here. Sounds more like Adult Top 40. So, good grade for the single, because it’s solid. I’m just not sure that it’s country. Written by Keith Anderson, Tim Nichols & Jason Sellers Grade: B Listen: I Still Miss You