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A Breakdown of the NASH Icon Playlist (AKA Merle Haggard’s Back on the Radio)

August 28, 2014 - Podcasting/Radio -- 14 Comments
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“What will NASH Icon be, and will it make a significant improvement to country radio?” This has been the question on the mind of many country music fans ever since NASH Icon was announced. Now that there are actually radio stations broadcasting the new NASH Icon format, we can listen in and hear just exactly what NASH Icon is.

Aug
27

Album Review – Brad Paisley’s “Moonshine In The Trunk”

August 27, 2014 - Reviews -- 32 Comments
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The occasion of Brad Paisley’s new album release finds the singer and guitar player at a crossroads in his career. The three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and a man responsible for over 12 million records sold is in that precarious position of an artist trying to hold on to his mainstream prominence as the young pups all around are nipping at his heels…

Aug
27

Kelsey Waldon’s “The Gold Mine” Delivers Traditional Country Gold

August 27, 2014 - Reviews -- 19 Comments
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If you’re looking for the country music female revolution’s representative for true neotraditional country, Kelsey Waldon might just be your perfect match. If this album was released in the 70′s, it would have birthed a slew of indelible country standards. Such inconsolable heartbreak, such sorrow-drenched insight is captured on these tracks and then embellished with tasteful production…

Aug
26

Free Music Now Seen as an Inalienable Right by Consumers

August 26, 2014 - Random Notes -- 58 Comments
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The underlying problem is that free music is quickly becoming seen as an inalienable right for all Americans, and all of the world’s consumers, if we haven’t reached that dangerous plateau already. And the even more dangerous step of expecting musicians to pay to have their music heard is becoming more of a reality every day—evidenced by this Super Bowl Halftime news.

Aug
26

Cumulus Media: “It’s Time For Country To Fragment”

August 26, 2014 - Podcasting/Radio -- 45 Comments
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Ever since the partnership between radio owner Cumulus Media and the Big Machine Label Group called NASH Icon was proposed, the big question has been if it will it result in the country music radio format splitting in two. It is time for country to fragment,” John Dickey said plainly on the conference call, while offering more detailed insight than ever into exactly what NASH Icon will look like.

Aug
25

The True Life “Deadman’s Blues” of Matt Woods

August 25, 2014 - Random Notes -- 5 Comments
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At the end of the “Deadman’s Blues” video (spoiler alert), it shows Matt passed out, and being resuscitated unsuccessfully by paramedics. The downward spiral the video portrays very much mirrors the real life stories of many musicians, and almost mirrored that of Matt Woods. “Apparently, blood pressure isn’t like pinball. High scores are frowned upon,”

Aug
25

Did Blake Shelton Really Compare “Neon Light” to George Jones?

August 25, 2014 - Reviews -- 66 Comments
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On August 18th, he released his latest single called “Neon Light” from his upcoming Bringing Back The Sun album. As a rather sedated, nondescript, somewhat country, but ultimately sort of boring offering, it was really hard to get worked up about it one way or the other. Sure it has a banjo and a somewhat country setting, but it’s no “Tear In My Beer.”

Aug
25

Finland Band Steve ‘N’ Seagulls Melts Faces with Acoustic AC/DC Cover

August 25, 2014 - Random Notes -- 26 Comments
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Then they decided to cover “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, and all hell broke loose. “We knew to expect some following on YouTube thanks to our previous videos, but this much attention came as a bit of a surprise,” says Pukki Kaalinen. At the time of posing, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls’ “Thunderstruck” cover has received over 5 million views and counting.

Aug
24

Merle Haggard Slams The “Boogie Boogie Wham-Bam” in Country

August 24, 2014 - Random Notes -- 26 Comments
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Call it Bro-Country, call it just plain bad, but Merle Haggard apparently prefers to call the puss oozing from the open sore that is modern-day radio country “Boogie Boogie Wham-Bam.” And hey, he’s Merle freaking Haggard, so he can call it whatever the hell he wants. “Too much boogie boogie wham-bam and not enough substance. It’s all the same musicians, too,” Merle said.

Aug
23

Review – Justin Payne’s “No Place Lower Than High”

August 23, 2014 - Reviews -- 31 Comments
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From the fertile Outlaw country ground that comprises the hills and hollers of Boone County, West Virginia comes a homespun, but inspired and deftly-written insight into the American experience called No Place Lower Than High. Composed and performed by the virtual unknown singer and songwriter Justin Payne, this no budget project cut in a 100-year-old coal camp house is rough-hewn…

Aug
22

More Waylon Jennings Artifacts Revealed in Estate Auction

August 22, 2014 - Outlaw History -- 3 Comments
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In early August it was revealed that Guernsey’s Auctions out of New York City was preparing to auction off 2,000 items from the Waylon Jennings estate in Chandler, Arizona, with the proceeds going to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Now even more details of the auction items have been revealed as the auction house has made a detailed auction guide available for pre-order.

Aug
22

Album Review – Sunny Sweeney’s “Provoked”

August 22, 2014 - Reviews -- 24 Comments
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Sunny Sweeney is an east Texas girl at her core, and no matter what Nashville does, it’s never possible to completely quiet those jangling spurs or smooth out that accent. She very much fits that mold of the Texas country artist that got big enough to be recognized by Music Row, but always felt just a little too authentic to do much more than experience that world from the outside looking in.

Aug
21

Austin Lucas Invites Friends On ‘Minimum Overdrive’ Tour

August 21, 2014 - News -- 10 Comments
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New West recording artist Austin Lucas has just announced a string of new tour dates across the United States and a few stops in Canada, but this won’t be your garden variety Austin Lucas tour. Joining him on stage in acoustic collaborations will be mandolin extraordinaire Jayke Orvis, Jon Snodgrass, Canadian singer/songwriter Northcote, and Caleb Caudle for select dates.

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