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Feb
16

Metro-Politan: Country Music’s New Cancer

February 16, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  113 Comments

The next menace was country rap, symbolized by Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” becoming the biggest country single in all of 2011. Then country rap gave way to Bro-Country—the most dominant torment to country music arguably in the genre’s entire history. Now what looks to depose Bro-Country as the next malevolent hyper-trend? Let’s just call it “Metro-Politan.”

Feb
5

“Bro-Country” Defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as a New Word

February 5, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  66 Comments

“Bro-Country”—the much-maligned sub-genre of country music that is defined most purely by acts such as Florida Georgia Line, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and a host of others, was recently featured on the Cambridge Dictionary’s “New Words” blog as a neologism, or newly-coined word. And it couldn’t come at a better time since many of Bro-Country’s perpetrators profess ignorance at the word’s meaning.

Feb
4

Album Review – American Aquarium’s ‘Wolves”

February 4, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  16 Comments

2015 just might be the year of American Aquarium, or that’s at least the popular sentiment being kicked around in certain circles. Written and recorded after a long hiatus between releases, American Aquarium took their time with this one, letting the songs maturate, and allowing a stylistic shift in their sound to emerge, something that would hopefully get them over that hump.

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
7

Mashup Illustrates How Many Country Hits Are The Same

January 7, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  143 Comments

We complain all the time about how today’s popular country music pretty much all sounds the same, but is this really true from a technical standpoint? That is what one enterprising Audiophile and songwriter set out to illustrate by making a mashup of some of Bro-Country’s biggest singles over the last couple of years in a pretty mind-blowing and revealing video.

Dec
29

The Biggest Stories of 2014

December 29, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  10 Comments

2014 was a year of great flux in country music. Where 2013 was dominated by public feuds and outcries by many country performers about the direction of the music, 2014 became the year things began to be done about many of the problems plaguing the genre. With Bro-Country as the battleground, the fight to return some balance to the country format began to make headway.

Dec
20

American Aquarium Named “Most Active” Act of 2014 by Bandsintown

December 20, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  6 Comments

Raleigh, NC’s American Aquarium was the hardest working, hardest touring band in 2014 from any genre according to the concert-finding app Bandsintown which presides over the largest database of music touring data. The announcement was made Thursday after Bandintown was able to aggregate 206 tour dates for the band in 2014—more than any other band or artist registered in their database.

Dec
19

Saving Country Music’s Best Videos of 2014

December 19, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  34 Comments

From crude videos taken on somebody’s phone, to full production videos with scripts and actors and sets, to animated shorts and everything in between, you never know what’s going to capture the imagination and become the perfect compliment to a song in the visual form. what breaks through the crush of visual material to be called the best in 2014?

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
16

Abysmal Ratings for the American Country Countdown Awards

December 16, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  29 Comments

Monday night (12-15) was the inaugural airing of what is attempting to be country music’s 4th awards show called the American Country Countdown Awards, or ACCA’s, and the ratings couldn’t have been worse. A big media push prior to the awards couldn’t account for an overcrowded awards show space and a lackluster presentation, and the overnight ratings for the show were abysmal.

Dec
13

Album Review – Cody Johnson’s “Cowboy Like Me”

December 13, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  98 Comments

I’ve received more requests to comment on Cody Johnson’s music in 2014 than any other artist. Meanwhile my status of staying mum on him has caused some to question whether I actually care about country music, others to question the legitimacy of of flying the “Saving Country Music” banner, and still others have come out saying point blank Saving Country Music must be a fraud for not discussing the Texas singer.

Dec
10

Country Music’s Biggest Winners & Losers in 2014

December 10, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  87 Comments

2014 has been a year of great flux in country music, with some legendary successes by independent artists and new mainstream artists, and the shuffling out of other artists and the fumbling of what once were legendary, high flying careers. Here’s a run down of the five biggest winners and losers in the greater country music world in 2014.

Dec
8

Saving Country Music’s Worst Country Songs of 2014

December 8, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  107 Comments

The downward spiral for mainstream country music continues as evidenced by the following list of some of the most horrible offerings of 2014. With how terrible these selections are, you could consider this not only the worst songs of 2014, but arguably a list of the majority of the worst songs in the history of country music. And with such a crowded field, only the worst of the worst were selected.

Dec
3

Scott Borchetta Selectively Forgets “American Idol” Sentiments

December 3, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  29 Comments

As first reported on Tuesday (12-3) and then confirmed Wednesday afternoon, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta has partnered with American Idol to become the show’s new “mentor.” All of this news comes in stark contrast to how Scott Borchetta felt about the show in 2010 in the aftermath of Taylor Swift’s now legendary off-key performance at the Grammy Awards.

Dec
2

Report: Country Music’s Scott Borchetta Coming to American Idol

December 2, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  18 Comments

That’s right, the The Country Music Antichrist, aka President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta is in talks to become the newest mentor on the singing reality show competition American Idol. He would be replacing Randy “Dog” Jackson—the only member of the show’s original cast aside from host Ryan Seacrest.

Dec
2

Sam Hunt Goes On Media Charm Offensive, & Succeeds

December 2, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  46 Comments

Move over Jamey Johnson and Kacey Musgraves. There’s a new critical darling in country music, and he’s neither country nor worthy of critical acclaim. Yes, I’m talking about the suave-haired cocaine club EDM-fueled country music marketing colossus and Svengali of the country music public named Sam Hunt. Sam Hunt and his music have nothing to do with country…

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.

Nov
21

The Mavericks to Release New Album “Mono”

November 21, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  12 Comments

Saving Country Music’s 2013 Album of the Year was not Jason Isbell’s breathtaking Southeastern, or Sturgill Simpson’s breakout High Top Mountain, but the comeback record from the Latin-inspired Raul Malo and The Mavericks called “In Time.” Now The Mavericks have announced that they’ve been in the studio again and will release the followup to In Time called “Mono.”

Nov
13

The American Country Countdown Awards Already Suck

November 13, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  47 Comments

The only thing worse than a country music awards show is four of them. It feels like these annual earaches are multiplying like a pestilence in country music and the music world beyond, and now we have yet another machination of forced television pageantry to contend with. Say hello to the “American Country Countdown Awards”—the Busch League of country music award shows.

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