Browsing articles tagged with " Carrie Underwood"
Feb
21

Song Review – Ashley Monroe’s “On To Something Good”

February 21, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  33 Comments

Ashley Monroe has all the assets that it takes to be a top tier female country music star, and in an environment where the industry seems to be desperately looking to anoint them. A beautiful, astounding singer, excellent songwriter, yet three years into her major label deal and she still feels like the consummate critical darling/commercial outsider.

Feb
8

A 57th Annual Grammy Awards Complete Preview

February 8, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  29 Comments

All you need to know about the 2015 Grammy Awards. Despite the country genre rising to become arguably the biggest genre in popular music right now, there’s just not a whole lot of country to be featured on the show this year. This year’s country performance slots are cut in half, with the only collaboration being between Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam.

Feb
2

Song Review – Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns”

February 2, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  22 Comments

Told from the perspective of a young girl facing the emotional toll rendered from listening to mommy and daddy fighting, “Little Toy Guns” puts the listener in a place most any human from an American family has found themselves in, yet we seem to be unable to extricate ourselves from replicating this same foolish and unfortunate behavior with our own families as adults.

Jan
26

Is Country Music Finally Improving? Aaron Tippin Thinks So.

January 26, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  71 Comments

As Tippin says, country music appears to be shifting away from so-called “Bro-Country” to music of a little more substance lately, and though there still seems to be much more work to be done and a few more Bro-Country hits could still materialize (or something even worse to take its place), positive signs that country is moving in a more positive direction are appearing.

Jan
26

“Something In The Water” Becomes Bro-Country’s Coffin Nail

January 26, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  87 Comments

But what “Something In The Water” had that no other song that could offer battle to Bro-Country had previously was substance, and one of the most powerful performances we’ve heard from a country artist in the last few years. This is what was needed to defeat Bro-Country. It wasn’t going to take pandering. Leadership is what was needed, and an exhibition of raw talent that could not be denied.

Jan
6

The Opry Trends Older As Newer Stars Shirk Obligations

January 6, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  73 Comments

Out of the 67 current members of the Opry, only 25 of them fulfilled their 10 appearance obligation, and three of those died during the year. 11 members didn’t make any appearances at all. But what may be more interesting is who is appearing on the Opry to take up the slack. Of the Top 11 performing members at the Grand Ole Opry in 2014, the average age was 79-years-old.

Dec
23

Single Review – Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon”

December 23, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  77 Comments

If you’re looking for the female equivalent to Bro-Country songs, i.e. something featuring lower brow formulaic songwriting, however less frequently they may find their way onto your radio, the proper comparison would be the “attitude song.” That’s what Miranda Lambert calls it. Miranda Lambert’s latest attitude song is called “Little Red Wagon,” and it has been announced as her latest single.

Dec
18

Equal Time – The Best in Mainstream Country Music in 2014

December 18, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  66 Comments

Independent music fans love to say “90% of what they play on the radio is crap!” Well then it would stand to reason that 10% actually has some value. And in the interest of pragmatism and inclusiveness that is vital to the charge of Saving Country Music, it is important to not ignore when Music Row and mainstream artists get it right, but to celebrate these moments.

Dec
8

Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” Makes History By Hitting #1

December 8, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Podcasting/Radio  //  47 Comments

Scott Borchetta’s gamble has paid off, and “Girl In A Country Song” is now #1 on country radio according to Mediabase. The distinction shatters a slew of dubious distinctions for the country format, and helps to slay the absolute dearth of female representation on country radio. It means that country radio has its very first female-led act to hit number one on country radio in over 2 years.

Nov
24

“Nashville is alcohol-poisoning the minds of our young people.”

November 24, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  63 Comments

CBS Evening News reporter Steve Hartman took a deeper look into how his two young kids were computing the lyrics of country songs in their developing brains as they sat and listened to popular country music in the family motor carriage. His conclusion? “I’ve got some sobering news — Nashville is alcohol-poisoning the minds of our young people,” he says in his report.

Oct
20

Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Play the CMA Awards

October 20, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  78 Comments

The Country Music Association Awards, or CMA’s are nigh upon us, and set to transpire on Wednesday, November 5th. And to get you all horny for the festivities, it’s been announced that ultra pop star Ariana Grande, and “All About That Bass” overnight sensation Meghan Trainor will be part of this year’s presentation. Because you know, a country presentation devoid of pop stars would be boring.

Sep
30

Review – Carrie Underwood’s “Something In The Water”

September 30, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  117 Comments

A wide, sweeping undertaking, “Something In The Water” sees Carrie Underwood carve out the sweet spot for her voice and make an inspiring and faith-based composition the vessel to illustrate the mighty ferocity of her God-given vocal prowess, along with instilling the moments with an elegance and grace that in unison swell to achieve one awe-inspiring performance height.

Sep
16

Steelism’s “615 To Fame” Puts Sidemen in the Spotlight

September 16, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  8 Comments

If you have a strong penchant towards wondering about the untold stories of music’s most adept sidemen like I do, then perhaps you have already pondered upon Telecaster player Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel player Spencer Cullum Jr. from seeing them on stage with artists like Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs, and Jonny Fritz just to name a few.

Aug
26

Free Music Now Seen as an Inalienable Right by Consumers

August 26, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  63 Comments

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
11

Sirius XM’s “Fresh Female Voices” Looks to Return Girl Power to Radio

August 11, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  34 Comments

The virtual disappearance of female country music stars on American radio is a dilemma that has now stretched out for nearly half a decade. Now the senior director of music programming at SiriusXM is looking to try and do something about the problem and hopefully create interest around some of country music’s undiscovered and worthy female talent.

Aug
11

Kira Isabella Tackles Date Rape in “Quarterback”

August 11, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  50 Comments

“Quarterback” is a song by female Canadian country star Kira Isabella. The song tells the story of a young girl from the high school freshman class who is seduced by the star quarterback of the football team. After being disarmed by some sips of alcohol, the freshman girl ends up having unwanted sex with the quarterback in the back of a truck

Jul
21

Women Going About Battling Bro-Country All Wrong

July 21, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  21 Comments

Last year about this time, music periodicals left and right were falling over themselves to declare 2013 the “Year of the Woman” in country music. Music Row in Nashville may be dumb, but it’s not stupid. They saw the need to ramp up the female quotient to restore some diversity. Here in the summer of 2014, we’re very much seeing the results of those efforts. And unfortunately, it’s not very pretty.

Jul
1

Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” Anti Bro-Country?

July 1, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  44 Comments

Make no mistake about it, “Girl In A Country Song” will be a huge hit, because Scott Borchetta will make it that way. The pretty faces help, and so does the fact they they can write and sing a little bit—just exactly how much though has yet to be truly battle tested. But this one song is good enough apparently to give the duo a green light. Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is the brave new world of country music.

Jun
17

The Worst “Country” Songs of 2014 So Far

June 17, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  91 Comments

The middle point of 2014 finds so called “bro-country” in full throat, with its death grips around the neck of the country music genre and threatening to throttle the very life out of it with no prayer for resuscitation. As you can expect, the assailants are the usual suspects of putrid country music specimens selling out to the lowest common denominator for commercial success.

Jun
9

Southern Accents Make a Comeback in Country, But Are They Real?

June 9, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  54 Comments

Southern twang is back in a big way baby, as bro-country dominates the format, and female performers try and turn up the sass to compete. As opposed to trying to apologize for their Southern roots, today’s country artists can’t shut the hell up about them, regularly reinforcing all things country in laundry list form with elongated drawls. This has seen the rise of the Southern accent once again.

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