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Daily Top Five: Drinking Songs

John Anderson Seminole WindDrinking is among the biggest themes in country music.   What are your five favorite drinking songs?

Here’s my list:

  1. John Anderson, “Straight Tequila Night”
  2. Merle Haggard, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
  3. Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, “Whiskey Lullaby”
  4. Martina McBride, “Cheap Whiskey”
  5. Clint Black, “Killin’ Time”

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Daily Top Five: Back to Work

Sawyer Brown Cafe on the CornerSo with the site up and running again, we’re back to work.   What better way to kick things off than with a Daily Top Five of your favorite songs about work?

Here’s my list:

  1. Sawyer Brown, “Cafe on the Corner”
  2. Alabama, “40 Hour Week (For a Livin’)”
  3. Dolly Parton, “He’s a Go Getter”
  4. Martina McBride, “Goin’ to Work”
  5. Aaron Tippin, “I Got it Honest”

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Say What? – Keith Hill

SaladUPDATE: Check out the impeccably researched work of Deb B, also known as Windmills, over at MJ’s Big Blog:

Country Radio & The Anti-Female Female Myth: A Data-Based Look

ORIGINAL POST:

Via Terri Clark’s Twitter, this gem from radio consultant Keith Hill:

This One’s Not For The Girls: Finally, Hill cautions against playing too many females. And playing them back to back, he says, is a no-no. “If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out,” he asserts. “The reason is mainstream Country radio generates more quarter hours from female listeners at the rate of 70 to 75%, and women like male artists. I’m basing that not only on music tests from over the years, but more than 300 client radio stations. The expectation is we’re principally a male format with a smaller female component. I’ve got about 40 music databases in front of me and the percentage of females in the one with the most is 19%. Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”

Tossed salad imagery aside, in what other professional setting would such blatant gender discrimination be openly advocated?  The breathtaking condescension toward female listeners in country music is nothing new, but it’s been more than twenty years since any such case could be supported by sales numbers.

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Daily Top Five: Pre-Fame Releases

Carlene Carter Carlene CarterFrom longtime reader Six String Richie.

What are your favorite pre-fame releases?  You can pick singles and/or albums.  Whatever works for you.

Here’s my Top Five:

  1. Patty Loveless, “I Did”
  2. Shania Twain, “Dance With the One That Brought You”
  3. Kenny Chesney, “Whatever it Takes”
  4. Carlene Carter, “Never Together but Close Sometimes”
  5. Martina McBride, “Cheap Whiskey”

 

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Daily Top Five: Story Songs

George JonesToday’s Daily Top Five was suggested by reader caj:

What are your favorite story songs?

Here are mine:

  1. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia  (Vicki Lawrence, Reba McEntire)
  2. Independence Day (Martina McBride)
  3. He Stopped Loving Her Today (George Jones)
  4. Three Wooden Crosses (Randy Travis)
  5. Lucille (Kenny Rogers)

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Album Review: Reba McEntire, Love Somebody

Reba McEntire Love Somebody

Reba McEntire
Love Somebody

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This is the strongest album Reba McEntire has released in more than twenty years.

Listening to Love Somebody is hearing a legend of the genre rediscover her own voice. She’s always been an excellent singer, but after making her name as both a heartbreak queen and the common folk’s Everywoman, she had tremendous difficulty navigating the post-Shania Twain landscape of female empowerment anthems.

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2015 ACM Awards: Country Universe Viewer’s Guide

The fiftieth annual Academy of Country Music Awards air tonight, and Country Universe has you covered!  Here’s a rundown of all of the major categories, along with some commentary from our writers about who should win, who will, and what the nominations as a whole say about the current state of country music.

Share your thoughts about this year’s show in the comments, and check back for a list of winners when it’s all said and done.

Update: Join the CU crew on Twitter (@CountryUniverse) during the show to share your thoughts as things unfold!

Garth Brooks 3Entertainer of the Year

Should Win:

  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks – Jonathan
  • Luke Bryan – Sam
  • Florida-Georgia Line
  • Miranda Lambert – Ben, Kevin

Will Win:

  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Miranda Lambert – Jonathan, Ben, Sam, Kevin

BF: I think Lambert is due, but I could get on board with a win for Brooks, whose comeback tour certainly warrants recognition. Those are about the only two possible victories I could swallow.

SG: This is fan-voted, so it really comes down to who can most mobilize their fan base. I give Miranda the nod, simply because she and her husband can both rally the troops. As to who deserves it, it’s hard to deny the impact that Luke Bryan has had on country music, love him or loathe him. He also seems like a fair entertainer, whether it’s shimmying around the stage or falling off them.

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Single Review: Mickey Guyton, “Better Than You Left Me”

Mickey Guyton Better Than You Left Me

“Better Than You Left Me”
Mickey Guyton

Written by Mickey Guyton, Jennifer Hanson, and Jenn Schott

This is pretty much how a country ballad is supposed to sound, as far as I’m concerned.  Nothing says heartache like a steel guitar, and if you’re going to sing with vulnerability, it’ll do a lot of the heavy lifting for you.   All you need to do is show up with a decent lyric, not let the production get in the way, sing the song well, and you’re done.

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2015 ACM Awards: Nominations & Analysis

The third most prestigious country music industry award nominations – but the most important ones handed out in the spring – have been announced.  Here’s a rundown of all the major categories, along with some back-of-the-envelope analysis:

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  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Miranda Lambert

Who’s In: Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line

Who’s Out: Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Last year’s winner, George Strait, didn’t get a return invitation, but Garth Brooks, who has won this award six times before, returns to the competition.  Much like Strait’s farewell tour was a reminder of his extensive popularity, Garth’s ability to sell out several dates per city overshadows the lukewarm reception to his new material at radio and retail.   Taylor Swift’s exit is directly tied to her cutting ties with the genre. Jason Aldean’s return makes logical sense, but it’s quite the mystery to see Blake Shelton gone and Florida Georgia Line in.

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Best Singles of 1994, Part 4: #10-#1

The countdown concludes with a wide range of classics, including breakthrough hits, signature songs, and exciting later career gems from long-established icons of the genre.

Alan jackson Who Says You Can't Have it All#10
“(Who Says) You Can’t Have it All”
Alan Jackson

Written by Alan Jackson and Jim McBride

LW #10 | BF #5 | JK #38

What makes a better country song than a stark naked light bulb, one lonely pillow on a double bed, a mournful fiddle and steel guitar? Jackson’s “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All” is one of the finest exhibits to present as the answer to that question. – Leeann Ward

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