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2010 ACM Nominations

March 2, 2010 // 38 Comments

You know the drill. For each of the categories, we’ll look at who’s broken in since last year, who’s been excused, and then make a totally judgy statement about what it all means.

The Worst Singles of the Decade, Part 4: #20-#11

October 31, 2009 // 60 Comments

homer_the_screamTime’s running short. If your personal least favorite wasn’t in Part 1, Part 2 , or Part 3, perhaps it will turn up now.

The Worst Singles of the Decade, Part 4: #20-#11

#20
The Lost Trailers, “Holler Back”

If your response to hearing “Holler Back” is to brag that you’ve got a holler back in the woods, I suggest that you and your music stay there.

#19
Trailer Choir, “Rockin’ the Beer Gut”

I appreciate the sincerity, but it can’t overcome the fact that he’s rockin’ the Autotune and singin’ the most ridiculous lyric of the year.

#18
Bucky Covington, “A Different World”

Bucky and I are roughly the same age, and I know for a fact that we grew up with seat belts, video games, and remote controls. What’s next, Taylor Swift singing about growing up without the internet?

ACM Awards: Predicted Winners

April 3, 2009 // 17 Comments

As we gear up for the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards, the writing staff of Country Universe have prepared our predicted winners among this year’s nominees. Check out our Personal Picks as well, and share your own predictions in the comments. As always, we’ll be live-blogging the festivities this Sunday, starting at 8 EST.

ACM 2009: Country Universe Predicts the Winners

Entertainer of the Year

* Kenny Chesney – Dan
* Brad Paisley
* George Strait
* Carrie Underwood – Kevin, Leeann, Lynn
* Keith Urban

Kevin: For as much as the industry favors male acts, it’s the female acts who really post the big numbers. I think that the fans having a say will put Underwood over the top, though the industry is certainly behind her, too. The depth and breadth of her appeal warrants the win.

Leeann: I know how zealous Carrie Underwood fans are. So, I’d be shocked if she doesn’t win it. I like the way Lynn said it though.

Dan: You know, I really have no idea. It’s not going to be George Strait, and I probably wouldn’t anticipate a win for Keith Urban this year. I’ll say Chesney again, but either Paisley or Underwood could conceivably take him down with the help of the fan voting.

Lynn: If the fans are truly allowed to have their say…Ms. Underwood, please watch your step on the way up to receive your first Entertainer of the Year award.

ACM Awards: Personal Picks

April 3, 2009 // 6 Comments

As we gear up for the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards, the writing staff of Country Universe have prepared our personal picks among this year’s nominees. Check out our Predicted Winners as well, and share your own personal picks in the comments. As always, we’ll be live-blogging the festivities this Sunday, starting at 8 EST.

ACM 2009: Country Universe’s Personal Picks

Entertainer of the Year

* Kenny Chesney
* Brad Paisley – Leeann
* George Strait – Lynn
* Carrie Underwood – Kevin, Dan
* Keith Urban

Kevin: I haven’t been as happy with the standard-bearing superstar of country music since the heyday of the Dixie Chicks, so I’m definitely pulling for Carrie Underwood. She strikes the perfect balance of contemporary relevance and reverence for tradition.

Leeann: I’m always pulling for Paisley to win an Entertainer award, but I’d be happy to see a female win it as well, especially since Underwood’s not undeserving at this point.

Dan: None of these artists has impressed me recently from an artistic standpoint, although Strait has been less grating than the rest. But I think I’m going to say Carrie Underwood, simply because it’d be cool to see a woman win.

Lynn: I’m pulling for Strait to win this year. The ACMs put out a promo the other day that was essentially a glamour magazine photo shoot with three cute blonde singers. I’ll be honest…I didn’t want to watch the show after seeing that. Maybe I’m the odd one out, but I’d be more interested in watching the show if the promo had Strait sitting in a chair singing one of his classic tunes. I’m tired of the promotion of style over substance. Paisley, Underwood and Urban aren’t necessarily guilty of this, but I hope Strait wins just to remind everyone to keep it real.

ACM Top New Artist Winners

March 29, 2009 // 13 Comments

The winners have been announced for three of the Top New Artist categories at this year’s ACM Awards: Top New Male Vocalist: Jake Owen Top New Female Vocalist: Julianne Hough Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Zac Brown Band Jake Owen’s victory is something of an upset, as he was nominated against James Otto and Jamey Johnson, two men who received multiple Grammy nominations. Johnson still has a shot at some ACM awards this year, as he’s nominated in three other categories: Single, Song and Album of the Year. Owen is nominated for Vocal Event for his part in Sugarland’s multi-artist “Life in a Northern Town.” Julianne Hough was chosen over Sarah Buxton and Ashton Shepherd, while Zac Brown Band won over the Eli Young Band and the Lost Trailers. Owen, Hough and Zac Brown Band will compete for the Top New Artist award during the three-hour telecast on Sunday, Read More

The 44th Annual ACM Awards Reaction, Part Two (Fail Blog)

February 11, 2009 // 10 Comments

In honor of FAIL Blog (the perfect workday distraction), here’s my take on the Academy of Country Music Awards nominations. Opinions expressed belong solely to the author, and do not represent the views of other contributors to Country Universe. WIN- Carrie Underwood, Entertainer of the Year A Grand Ole Opry induction, four No. 1 singles and best-seller status on the concert trail. Serious credentials for the reigning female vocalist, ensuring her a well-deserved Entertainer nod. WIN- Miranda Lambert, Single of the Year (“Gunpowder and Lead”) Lambert’s vengeful stand against domestic violence is amply rewarded with an appearance in the Single category. Her spicy snarl is an intimidating match for a clever, caustic lyric.

44th Annual ACM Awards Nominations Announcement

February 11, 2009 // 18 Comments

The Academy of Country Music announced nominees for their 44th annual awards ceremony this morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Julianne Hough, Kellie Pickler, Leann Rimes and Jessica Simpson were on hand to present this year’s nominees. More analysis to follow. Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney Brad Paisley George Strait Carrie Underwood Keith Urban

Review: The Lost Trailers, “How ‘Bout You Don’t”

January 12, 2009 // 2 Comments

“How about you don’t”, as in “how about you don’t leave me” seems like an arrogantly feeble argument to try to get someone to stay, don’t you think? Well, that’s the point of The Lost Trailer’s latest single.The couple is fighting too much, the woman makes the proactive steps to leave and the man, somehow, thinks that saying “How about you don’t…” will diffuse the situation. He says: “But how about you don’t slam that door/Call it quits, throw your suitcase in that old Ford/Back the car out, make that right, hit the highway/Say goodbye, how about you don’t.” That hardly seems like a sincere plea for reconciliation. Instead, it feels more like a half-hearted attempt at best. Moreover, it’s just not going to work on anyone with a shred of self confidence. In fact, it’s likely an attitude similar to this that landed him in this trouble in the Read More

The Lost Trailers, Holler Back

September 15, 2008 // 24 Comments

The Lost Trailers Holler Back In retrospect, the news that The Lost Trailers had recorded their own version of “Chicken Fried” should have been a warning. It turns out that the group’s fifth studio album is chock-full of banal odes to small-town life that would have fit just perfectly alongside that Zac Brown Band number – or maybe made it look better. Truly, Holler Back is the rare sort of musical work that manages to say almost nothing unique or interesting about any one of its well-worn subjects. It’s a collection of songs which seem to serve no individual purposes except to check another country music cliche off the list, whether it’s the pleasures of youthful rebellion (“Blacktop Road,” “Hey Baby”), the nostalgic value of lost innocence and love gone by (“Summer of Love”), or, of course, the merits of simple, rural living (“Country Folks (Livin’ Loud),” “Things You Don’t Read More