Depending on my situation and mood, artists and songs often fill different purposes for me. If I need to hear a good weeper, I have my go to songs and even artists that I can count on. The same goes for if I need to be inspired. Likewise, there are certain songs that will instantly make me feel happy no matter how many times I’ve heard them. As you’ll see on my list, the songs that make me feel simple happiness aren’t lyrically groundbreaking, but have fun productions and addictive beats. What songs can you rely on to make you feel happy? Shovels and Rope, “Birmingham” Shovels and Rope, “Hail Hail” Brandi Carlile, “Hard Way Home” Sugarland, “It Happens” The Little Willies, “Tennessee Stud”
We’ve all got ’em. What are the five albums from artist you love that you try to pretend didn’t happen? (Or at least just don’t copy over to your iPod) Here’s my list: Sugarland, The Incredible Machine Tim McGraw, Emotional Traffic Trisha Yearwood, Where Your Road Leads Dolly Parton, Rainbow Randy Travis, Full Circle
Kristian Bush Southern Gravity Although there is already a long list of great albums that have been released this year, Southern Gravity, Kristian Bush’s first solo album apart from Sugarland, just may end up being the most pleasant surprise of 2015. First of all, lets address some of the elephants in the room. Frankly, the biggest surprise of the album is the discovery that Kristian Bush can actually sing. Without the long shadow of the Powerhouse Jennifer Nettles, Bush has a chance to find his literal and figurative voice and it’s a good one. Additionally, whether it was deserved or not, Bush had developed the reputation of being the intense, mysterious half of Sugarland. So, another surprise is that the album is relaxed and accessible and avoids drowning in over thinking or overproduction. With that said, the final surprise is that the album is more country than we had heard Read More
Kristian Bush of Sugarland released his debut solo album this year, and the buzz on it has been good. Good enough, in fact, to inspire its own Daily Top Five! What are your favorite solo singles by artists famous for being in a duo or group? For my list, I stuck to singles from their first solo projects, but feel free to break that rule! Radney Foster, “Nobody Wins” (Foster & Lloyd) Wynonna, “She is His Only Need” (The Judds) Larry Stewart, “Alright Already” (Restless Heart) Ronnie Dunn, “Bleed Red” (Brooks & Dunn) Heidi Newfield, “What am I Waiting For?” (Trick Pony)
We’ve been way too upbeat lately with our Daily Fives! Today, we’re asking a different question about your favorite artists. What are the five albums from artists you usually love that really disappointed you? The ones that are lucky to have a handful of tracks that are still on your iPod, or made you think twice before you bought the album that followed? Here’s My Top Five: Mary Chapin Carpenter, A Place in the World Sugarland, The Incredible Machine Trisha Yearwood, Where Your Road Leads Todd Snider, Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables Lori McKenna, Numbered Doors What’s your top five?
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! Entertainer 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 Read More
This year’s CMA nominees are the best in years, with multiple nominations for Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Brandy Clark. Country radio may still be shunning women, but their embrace by CMA voters suggests that the industry knows who is really leading the way in the genre these days. Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban Who’s In: Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Who’s Out: Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift George Strait, a surprise winner last year, is nominated again in a year that includes his record-shattering final concert. Miranda Lambert’s domination of this year’s nominations extends to the big category, where she competes for the first time since 2010.
“Trailer Hitch” Kristian Bush Written by Brandon Bush, Kristian Bush, and Tim Owen It’s not entirely without precedent. When Diana Ross left the Supremes, their first single without her did better than her first solo release. Ringo Starr managed to score two #1 pop hits before John Lennon reached the top as a solo act. Peter Gabriel was supposed to be the indispensable talent of Genesis, but they did better when they gave Phil Collins the mic. Even country acts like Highway 101 and Restless Heart have seen the same phenomenon occur.