Browsing articles tagged with " country"

Mo Pitney Reveals Great Promise with “Country” Single

December 17, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  44 Comments

If you’re looking for names to populate your most anticipated projects to be released in 2015, putting Mo Pitney at or near the top would be a savvy choice. With a one in a million country voice conveyed in a smoothness we haven’t heard since Don Williams, Mo Pitney is a chill-inducing traditional country artist with a succulent pentameter and delivery, and a songwriter’s pen engorged with stories.


Justin Bieber Thinks It’s Cute to Mock Country

September 2, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  67 Comments

Last week Bieber, shirtless and bored, and joined by B-level rapping prospects—like he always seems to have hanging around him in an attempt to make it look like he has friends and any semblance of street cred—decided to take to Instagram and post a snippet of his mocking rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Then later he posted a picture of himself wearing a cowboy hat sideways…


Tommy Ramone’s Country Music Love Ran Deep

July 12, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  6 Comments

In the mid 2000’s, Tommy Ramone formed an old-time band with Claudia Tienan of the band The Simplistics called Uncle Monk. They released a self-titled album in March of 2006, and did numerous shows and tours around the country. Tommy played mandolin and some banjo, and in the old-school style, would lean into the microphone for solos instead of playing through a pickup.


Ke$ha & Pitbull Blend A Country Vibe Into “Timber” Hit

January 11, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  41 Comments

Back in July of 2012, I placed my chips on the square that said that sometime in the future pop star Ke$ha would be a big player in the country music realm, and that when she did, she would be huge. Ke$ha’s mom is country songwriter Pebe Sebert that wrote the #1 hit “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle To You)” for Dolly Parton amongst other notable compositions, and Ke$ha has professed her love for country music in the past.


Justin Timberlake Not Just “Blowing Smoke” About Country Move

December 20, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  44 Comments

Last month Justin Timberlake got the country music universe titillated when he said he may take a stab at country music in the future. Well now Timberlake is doubling down, and delving even deeper into the country music conversation, and what he’s saying is hinting that his move would be a more “adult” approach to country, even more akin to the classic modes of country he grew up with


Jamie Lynn Spears Surprises w/ “How Could I Want More”

November 27, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  49 Comments

There still is a very long way to go here, and much more to be revealed. I still remain speculative of the platinum blonde hair and where Jamie Lynn’s heart truly lies, and how easy it would be for her to make the first single one that allows her to slide past the guard of the country music gatekeepers only to later spring a big pop surprise. But I’ll be damned if her first single “How Could I Want More” is not bad at all.


Sheryl Crow: “Country Is More Pop Than Pop Was When I Came Up”

September 2, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  38 Comments

“The country format is more pop than pop was when I came up two decades ago,” Sheryl explained to Reuters late last week when being interviewed about her new album, illustrating the degree of country’s move to pop in recent years. Of course Sheryl isn’t saying anything that some country fans haven’t been clamoring about for years, but Crow’s perspective and honesty speaks to the degree of change in country.


Hank3 Says “Brothers of the 4×4″ is a Traditional Country Record

August 23, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  30 Comments

Over the last few years, country fans have come to expect a mixed bag from Hank3, whose veered more towards punk and heavy metal as time has gone on. His first two albums became staples of the early 2000’s neo-traditionalist movement, while 2006’s “Straight to Hell” was the beginning of a much harder sound. Hank3 is calling his upcoming album “Brothers of the 4×4″ a traditional country record.


Beastie Boys ‘Paul’s Boutique’ Broke Ground w/ Country Influence

May 4, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  33 Comments

Where the country world comes in is in the heavy-handed and stark use of country and Southern influences in Paul’s Boutique, made by hip-hop pioneers from New York City. In many ways, country and Southern sounds and themes are the foundation for Paul’s Boutique. The problem with Paul’s Boutique was that it was not very popular in its time, and was considered a flop compared to License to Ill.


Record Store Day 2012 Country Music Field Guide

April 17, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  9 Comments

This Saturday, April 21st with be the 2012 installment of Record Store Day, the annual event started in 2007 to help the struggling independent record store. 2012 will go down as the year when country came busting through the Record Store Day scene with full representation, with so many projects being released taking stock of it all can be dizzying. So here is your 2012 Country Music Record Store Day Field Guide.



October 28, 2011 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  30 Comments

As simply as I can put it, making the case that spoken word and rapping in music are the same thing is an ignorance-based insult to the artistic integrity and creativity of both spoken word and rap artists, and to the intelligence of anyone who that case is being made to. Battling the infiltration of country rap is hard enough without revising history.


Ryan Bingham Burns Country Bridge

August 31, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  31 Comments

Hey Ryan, it’s me, Country Music. I’ve been hearing some interesting things lately, about how you’re eager to dispel that your music is country. This puts me in a weird position, because I’m used to people using my name to call things “country” that are not. But I heard your first two albums, and though I wouldn’t say they are solidly country…


Snow Patrol & REM “Go Country”

May 18, 2010 - By Trigger  //  News  //  4 Comments

Well, at least REM guitarist Peter Buck, and Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. And hell, throw in movie starlet Zooey Deschanel as well, why not, and you […]


Miley Cyrus Trashes Pop Country ?

March 19, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  19 Comments

I love that pop country has become so contrived and transparent, that even other pop stars and people like Kid Rock can see right through the sham. […]


Shooter Jennings New Album “Black Ribbons”

November 21, 2009 - By Trigger  //  News  //  19 Comments

On March 3rd, Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings will be releasing his fourth album, and it will be about as country as concrete fields. It is […]


Not An Expert, Just a Fan.

June 30, 2009 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  7 Comments

When Newsweek published an article calling out pop country a while back, I declared this was an important moment: a mainstream news outlet shining a big light […]


Conclusion: Six Gun Britt & American Idol

June 20, 2009 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  1 Comment

In my last post I talked about how singer/songwriter Six Gun Britt had decided to try out for American Idol. Inspired by her residents and co-workers at […]


“Country” Warped Tour in the Works

May 14, 2009 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  5 Comments

When I think about a good way to personify pop country, I think of a pig; a big, bloated, lazy, garish and gluttonous pig laying around in […]


Wake Up! Shooter Jennings Has Gone Rock.

May 11, 2009 - By Trigger  //  News  //  13 Comments

When I first asserted that Shooter Jennings was quitting country music, there were some that said good riddance, others saying “say it ain’t so,” some that outright […]


Shooter Jennings Quitting Country Music?

April 26, 2009 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  24 Comments

First thoughts that Shooter Jennings might be calling country music quits surfaced when Shooter’s label, Universal South announced that they were releasing a Greatest Hits album, Bad […]

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