No one-star reviews here.
This week, we had to type the word, “songwriterly,” because some country stars are bad at talking and having opinions.
We’re saving this week’s best story for last.
To paraphrase Beyonce: Sorry, we ain’t sorry.
Country radio needs to be “Fix”ed.
Mr. Misunderstood has finally broken his silence.
We just kind of can’t with this year’s ACM nominees.
In an ideal world, Jason Isbell would somehow be able to switch the titles of his two most recent albums. While his previous effort, Southeastern, chronicled his struggle toward sobriety and found liberation in the powers of redemption and self-worth, Isbell’s latest, Something More Than Free digs deep into the foundations of the contemporary South. In terms of tone and theme for each of these exceptional records, the titles would be more fitting were they swapped, and it’s simply remarkable that slight misnomers are as close as Isbell comes on either album to striking a false note.