Sweethearts of the Rodeo

CU's Top Albums of 2012

January 2, 2013 // 39 Comments

As reflected by the title of our web site, our choices for Top 40 Albums of 2012 span the farthest reaches of the country music universe.  In previous years, the Country Universe staff has counted down twenty albums and forty singles, but this year our album picks included such a wide variety that we were able to stretch our Top Albums countdown to a full forty slots.  What did we miss?  That’s where you, our readers, come in.  Please join in the discussion, and share which albums you had in heavy rotation over the past year.


The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake

Martha Redbone Roots Project

CMA Flashback: Horizon Award (New Artist)

November 9, 2008 // 14 Comments

For a look back at the other major categories, visit our CMA Awards page. 2010 Luke Bryan Easton Corbin Jerrod Neimann Chris Young Zac Brown Band Usually there isn’t this much turnover in this race unless most of last year’s nominees are ineligible.  This year, only one of the four eligible nominees from last year – Zac Brown Band – earns a nomination.  With their massive success and their multiple nominations, they’ve got an excellent shot at winning. Then again, Easton Corbin is elsewhere on the ballot, too. It could be a horse race. 2009 Randy Houser Jamey Johnson Jake Owen Darius Rucker Zac Brown Band Thirteen years after winning the Best New Artist Grammy as part of Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker won the country music equivalent, adding an exclamation point to the most successful pop-to-country crossover in a generation. 2008 Jason Aldean Rodney Atkins Lady Antebellum James Read More

100 Greatest Women, #93: Sweethearts of the Rodeo

March 24, 2008 // 7 Comments

100 Greatest Women #93 Sweethearts of the Rodeo When you name your duo after a seminal country-rock album, you’re making a big statement about both where you came from and where you’re planning to go with your music. The Byrds released the classic Sweetheart of the Rodeo in 1969, when their fellow Californians Janis & Kristine Oliver were in middle school. After many years of performing as the Oliver Sisters, they settled on the name Sweethearts of the Rodeo. With tight sibling harmonies that rivaled fellow female family acts of their time, like The Judds and the Forester Sisters, Sweethearts of the Rodeo carved out a cool little niche on country radio during the latter half of the eighties. With elements of both rockabilly and bluegrass in their musical style, they strung together seven consecutive top ten hits, starting with the Foster & Lloyd composition “Since I Found You” in Read More