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A Guide to the Global Release Day for Independent Artists (and their fans)

March 28, 2015 - Random Notes -- 15 Comments
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Nothing is more important for an independent music artist or band than the day they release an album. Despite all the adversities independent artists face in their effort to get the attention of the listening public, the release of an album can act like a great equalizer, if the band does their job, has a good track record with their fans, and gets the word out.

Mar
27

Country Music Already a Big Factor in Upcoming Presidential Election

March 27, 2015 - Random Notes -- 164 Comments
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Ted Cruz says he became a country music fan after 9/11, while the digital editor of ‘Ebony’ responded with “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music,” forcing MSNBC to have to publicly distance from the comments. Meanwhile a super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton released a pro-Hillary country song. Here’s how country listeners will be targeted like never before in the upcoming election.

Mar
26

Album Review – Allison Moorer’s “Down to Believing”

March 26, 2015 - Reviews -- 19 Comments
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Down to Believing nestles right down in that classic alt-country approach of building up from a country foundation, but then striking out with a decidedly rock and roll sound. It’s a bold, full experience that in some ways reminds one of the nascent alt-country period when the sounds were still fresh and renewed, yet still had the essence of what made you a country fan to begin with.

Mar
26

Willie Nelson-Branded Marijuana Products & Stores Coming

March 26, 2015 - News -- 15 Comments
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It was only a matter of time before marijuana started to become big business, and apparently Willie Nelson is trying to beat the bigger companies to the punch by developing a signature marijuana brand that is scheduled to include storefronts, products such as bongs and vaporizers, and specific strains and blends of marijuana to sell in the states that make possession of the plant legal.

Mar
26

ACM Awards: “Here Taylor Swift, a Milestone Award! Please Show Up!”

March 26, 2015 - Random Notes -- 82 Comments
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Even though Taylor Swift has 86’d country and said she wants nothing to do with the awards specifically, the ACM’s have minted a special 50th Anniversary “Milestone Award” crafted by noted jewelry designer David Yurman to be handed out to Swift and a few select others. The Milestone Award trophy is made up of more than 1,010 grams of sterling silver, with the top edged with 4.16 carats of black diamonds.

Mar
25

Keith Urban Wears Sturgill Simpson Shirt on American Idol

March 25, 2015 - News -- 65 Comments
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If you’re anything like me, you hate how these stupid television reality show singing competitions are doing their level best to suck independent music fans into their diabolical fold. Either it shows how desperate they are for new viewers, or shows how independent music is truly permeating culture in ways never seen before. If it’s the latter, then I guess we should take it as a positive sign.

Mar
25

Hilarious Craigslist Ad Seeks Major Label Talent in Nashville

March 25, 2015 - Down with Pop Country -- 22 Comments
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Whether the author is some major label lackey with a rabid lack of self-awareness, or some huckster looking to lampoon the current state of country music, an ad posted on the Nashville subset of Craigslist has been causing a stir and putting people in stitches after being posted Tuesday night (3-24). Professing to be a major label looking for a new star, the ad…

Mar
25

Country Music Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

March 25, 2015 - News -- 66 Comments
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On Wednesday morning (3-25) the Country Music Hall of Fame announced their 2015 inductees in a press conference held in the Country Music Hall of Fame rotunda. Country Hall of Famer Brenda Lee hosted the event. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are selected through a committee process appointed by the Country Music Association, or CMA. Since 2010, the selection process has been split up into 3 categories.

Mar
24

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Stirs Controversy – Like It Was Built To

March 24, 2015 - Random Notes -- 69 Comments
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Little Big Town’s latest single called “Girl Crush” is stirring a little bit of controversy from what some perceive as racy, lesbian themes, while others are acting shocked that the song could be misconceived in such a way, making “Girl Crush” a country music battleground for conservative values being fought in the shadow of country music’s big coming out party lately.

Mar
24

Chris Janson’s Embarrassing “Buy Me A Boat” Becomes Hit

March 24, 2015 - Reviews -- 55 Comments
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Chris Janson becomes the perfect pitchman for exuberant and unhealthy American consumerism in the wholly-unoriginal, culturally-deprecated, and easily-forgettable Bro-Country track “Buy Me A Boat.” Burying any of the wisdom found embedded in countless American music standards about how things such as love and hard work are the way to true fulfillment and happiness.

Mar
24

Country Radio in a Tailspin with a Key Demographic

March 24, 2015 - Podcasting/Radio -- 58 Comments
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Things are going from bad to worse in country music radio rankings, and now were starting see the lengths country radio is willing to go to in an attempt to rekindle the magic. Just six short months ago it looked like popular country music was poised to take over the music world and take down pop as the most dominant genre. Now the ratings for country radio’s key demographic continues its precipitous slide.

Mar
23

Composer Named for Hank Williams “I Saw The Light” Movie Score

March 23, 2015 - News -- 17 Comments
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The highly-anticipated biopic film on the life of Hank Williams that is set to be released later this year has announced who will compose the music score. San Diego native Aaron Zigman, most noted for his work on films such as The Notebook and Sex and the City will be in charge of the score for I Saw The Light, a film based off the Hank Williams biography by Colin Escott.

Mar
23

Kelsea Ballerini Seeks Breakout with “Love Me Like You Mean It”

March 23, 2015 - Reviews -- 85 Comments
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Just what country needed—a cute little pop girl pretending to be country, and pushing all the female singers who actually are country yet another step towards the back of a line that they’re already being crowded out of because of the sausage fest at the top of the country charts. Oh, and give an assist to country expat Taylor Swift who tweeted out her admiration for this song.

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