2016 Grammy Nominations

December 8, 2015 Kevin John Coyne 3

Country music is well represented in the major categories – numerically, at least – and the overall nominee list proves once again that NARAS voters have the widest, most diverse, and yes, best taste of all industry award voters.

Here are this year’s nominees in the big four and all country and country-related categories. It’s worth noting that because Miranda Lambert won Best Country Album last year for Platinum, nothing from that set was eligible in any of the Country categories.

Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists: Rosanne Cash, Part Two

October 18, 2015 Kevin John Coyne 4

She was one of those artists that my parents listened to in the car. The CD was always Hits: 1979-1989. My dad loved “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train” and my mom, “Tennessee Flat-Top Box.” They both loved “Seven Year Ache.”

But by the time I was listening to country music independently, with CMT as my primary conduit for new music, Cash had already left country music behind. Given that she was never big on making music videos in the first place, I saw the clip for “The Wheel” a few times, and that was it.

Introducing Larry Rogowin

August 12, 2015 Larry Rogowin 10

Please join me in welcoming our newest staff writer, Mr. Larry Rogowin.  Welcome aboard, Larry! – KJC I can’t say I grew up listening to country music. Actually, I can’t say I had a very

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Daily Top Five: Rodney Crowell

May 12, 2015 Kevin John Coyne 9

Today’s Daily Top Five is the promised Rodney Crowell edition. He’s such a legendary songwriter that I’m putting up three Top Fives – albums, singles, and songs written by him that were recorded by others!

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For the Love of Guy Clark

May 11, 2015 Sam Gazdziak 1

A fundraising campaign to raise money for a documentary on the legendary songwriter is a smashing success. If anyone’s life is interesting enough to be turned into a full-length film, Guy Clark would be at

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Daily Top Five: Emmylou Harris

May 11, 2015 Kevin John Coyne 12

Tomorrow, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell release their second collaborative album, The Travelin’ Kind.   They waited almost four decades to finally do their first album together, 2013’s Grammy-winning Old Yellow Moon.   Kinda cool

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