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Tyler Farr ‘Withdrawals’ – Single Review

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“They don’t have a rehab for heartbreak.”

Tyler Farr has toyed with his given pigeon hole ever since he first came on the scene back in 2013. His first single ‘Redneck Crazy’ drew much criticism for its bro-country alignment, creepy lyric and general crappiness, while the subsequent album had more than its fair share of bro offerings. Still, his second single ‘Whiskey In My Water’ was a more generic country pop/rock release, and despite both going to #1, his team were ahead of the curve with bro-country and decided it would be best to move onto a new project. ‘A Guy Walks Into A Bar’, the lead single from his sophomore album, was a smart, dryly humorous country pop smash with a catchy hook, and many of his detractors changed their tune. Cue another #1, his new album ‘Suffer In Peace’ debuting, and plenty of new narratives that saw him as a purveyor of heartbreak songs (despite the fact the new album included several more “bro” ish entries).

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Saladgate: Do We Even Need A Salad?

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It’s been a strange ol’ week so far. The FBI have clearly got bored and have decided that FIFA is apparently corrupt (who knew?!), and salad is being used, not as part of Gordon Ramsey’s latest recipe, but as a disparaging analogy used to describe women’s placement on country radio.

In case you have been living under a rock, or stuck in an FBI cell, #saladgate (it’s never a crisis unless it has ‘gate’ attached) is the uproar as a result of controversial comments made in industry magazine ‘Country Aircheck Weekly’ by Keith Hill the apparent “Leading authority on music scheduling”. He has stated that “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out“, and that country radio is “A principally male format”, finally concluding “They’re just not the lettuce of our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, the tomatoes of our salad are females.”

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Sarah Jane Scouten To Tour The UK In June/July

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Fresh off her two nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2014, Sarah Jane Scouten is headed to the UK to play a string of shows in June and July 2015. The Montreal-based songstress turned heads and pleased critics with her sophomore album ‘The Cape’, which was released last year, and now she is set to play a number of the tracks to UK audiences. Sarah Jane became known in the city she calls her home for being the leader of its finest folk act, a string band with flavors of Lucinda Williams, Iris DeMent, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music. However, while her songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition, they often spill over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, from homelessness to midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana.

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Steven Tyler ‘Love Is Your Name’ – Single Review

    
Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead singer of the legendary rock band Aerosmith. Tyler has been dubbed the “Demon of Screamin’” due to his high screams and wide vocal range. On March 31, 2015, Tyler announced that he was working on his first solo country album, and on April 6th it was announced that he had signed a record deal with Dot Records. Tyler has recently released (on May 13th) his lead single, “Love Is Your Name”, from his forthcoming debut country album.
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Analyzing The Decline of Country Radio: Do The Women Even Need Airplay?

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In the May 26, 2015 edition of Country Aircheck, radio consultant Keith Hill was quoted as saying “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.” Social media blew up. Female artists were (rightfully) outraged. Articles from every major media outlet popped up, taking sides. After expressing outrage myself, the wheels in my head began to turn, leaving me with this thought: with radio having no more of a healthy heartbeat than female songs on radio, do female country artists even need radio to be successful?

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Logan Mize ‘Pawn Shop Guitar’ – EP Review

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I first came across Logan Mize when he was supporting LeAnn Rimes on her UK tour in 2013, and I was very impressed by his acoustic set that showcased the best of his songwriting skills. His last album, ‘Nobody In Nashville’ (released in 2012 under Big Yellow Dog Music), was a fine piece of Heartland country rock, and when I spoke to him in 2014 about making music and an being independent act, the descendent of the legendary Billy Mize seemed thoroughly humble and down-to-Earth. I was glad, therefore, to see him sign with Arista Nashville last November; I felt that this would be a great platform for him to springboard from a moderate loyal fanbase to a mass-reaching one. From the outset, however, they stalled on his first single (a re-release of his song ‘Can’t Get Away From A Good Time’ was initially scheduled for January, before finally hitting radio at the end of March), and the track skimmed #60 before falling off again.

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