CMA Flashback: Horizon Award and New Artist (2022 Edition)
Every #1 Country Single of the Nineties: Dan Seals, “Good Times”
Every #1 Country Single of the Nineties: Dan Seals, “Love On Arrival”
Hall Worthy: 2021 Expanded Edition
Top Fifty CMA Single of the Year Winners, Part Two: #40-#31
Daily Top Five: Favorite Friend Songs
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Album Review: Blake Shelton, Red River Blue
Red River Blue
It’s hard to dispute that Blake Shelton possesses one of the strongest and distinctive male voices in country music today. Likewise, he has proven to be a more than capable interpreter of the songs that he writes and chooses to record. He knows when to sing with soft sensitivity and he knows when to sing loud and hard.
100 Greatest Men: #90. John Denver
His sweet AM radio sound resonated across genre boundaries, but for traditionalists, John Denver was where they would draw the line.
That such inoffensive music could ever cause such controversy may seem silly today, but Denver’s crossover success in the country market reached its peak with a 1975 CMA win for Entertainer of the Year.
Coming one short year after the hotly contested Olivia Newton-John win for Female Vocalist, presenter Charlie Rich may not have been in the right frame of mind when he lit the envelope on fire before announcing Denver’s win, but he certainly spoke for the wide dissent felt among the industry’s rank for these genre carpetbaggers.