2016 CMA Nominations

August 31, 2016 Kevin John Coyne 14






This year’s CMA Nominations have been announced, and there are some major changes afoot, including some surprising inclusions (Maren Morris!) and even more surprising omissions […]

2016 ACM Awards: Personal Picks & Predictions

April 3, 2016 Kevin John Coyne 17






Tonight’s ACM Awards will be hosted by Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan. Slated performances include a collaboration between Dolly Parton and Katy Perry, and Miranda Lambert joining up with Billy Gibbons and Keith Urban to cover the ZZ Top song, “Tush.”

Country music in 2016, y’all.






2016 Grammy Awards: Staff Picks & Predictions

February 14, 2016 Kevin John Coyne 19






The good folks at NARAS know how to keep things interesting, producing yet another diverse crop of nominees in the general, country, and country-adjacent fields.

Here are the personal picks from some of our contributing staff, along with who we predict will take home the gold tomorrow.






Sunday Selections: January 31, 2016

January 31, 2016 Ben Foster 7






The final week of January was a big one for Aubrie Sellers, who gave her first television performance, released her first album, and appears poised for an outstanding 2016. Elsewhere a fairly light news week which includes a short but solid list of new releases as well as troubles for Jamey Johnson, Tyler Farr and Katie Armiger.






Single Review: Chris Lane, “Fix”

January 11, 2016 Jonathan Keefe 26






Combining the absolute worst lyrical tropes of peak bro-country with the faux R&B production Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett have popularized, Chris Lane’s “Fix” is the harbinger of another dreadful year at country radio.






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