John Anderson, “A Woman Knows” After hearing a Bucky Covington record, listening to new music from John Anderson is a ritual cleansing – musical purification, if you will. This is a great song about what
Bucky Covington, “A Different World” Okay, that’s enough. I’m sick of this crap. The song is terrible. He’s too damn young to legitimately have nostalgia for the days before video games, unleaded paint and remote
Dixie Chicks, “The Long Way Around” The Chicks pen and deliver their very own emancipation proclamation with this phenomenal single. Opening with an acoustic guitar hook that borrows heavily from “Go Your Own Way”, the
Carrie Underwood, “Wasted” The fourth official country single from the mega-selling Some Hearts is also the album-opener, and it’s a strongly written declaration that life must have a purpose, or it will have been wasted.
Heartland, “Built to Last” A beautiful tribute inspired by a 50th Anniversary party, this is the kind of record that raises the collective dignity of country music. Not sappy, devoid of cliche – just honest,
Sugarland, “Settlin’” Lead singer Jennifer Nettles is absolutely on fire here, turning in a scorching performance that almost makes you forget that this is basically a rewrite of “Something More”, right down to the obligatory
Carolina Rain, “Isn’t She” They’re a great vocal group doing an unfortunate Rascal Flatts impression. To their credit, they sound better than the supergroup – none of the annoying nasal whining that defines RF’s sound