Author Archives: Liz

About Liz

Writer and Social Media Manager. Grew up on Traditional and Classic Country, also love Americana.
Apr
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William Michael Morgan – EP Review

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Mississippi native William Michael Morgan is an up and coming country artist who has already made quite the impression on the industry and critics alike with his debut single, “I Met A Girl”, which has reached number 34 on the Country Airplay chart. The song was written and performed by Sam Hunt, but Morgan made it his own and can lay claim to the best version. The single is a sweet, slow building love song, made even better by Morgan’s rich, pure country vocals. Morgan recently released his debut self-titled EP earlier this month. The record is a breath of fresh traditional country air in a scene that is currently clogged up with R&B and hip-hop influences.

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Mar
31

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Natalie Stovall and The Drive ‘Heartbreak’ – EP Review

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In case you haven’t heard, Natalie Stovall and The Drive is an up and coming country music group composed of Natalie Stovall (lead vocals, fiddle), Miguel Cancino (guitar), Zach Morse (bass), Joel Dormer (guitar, vocals), and James Bavendam (drums). Natalie is a firebrand who plays a mean fiddle, one who has already made a name for herself. Their debut single, “Baby Come On with It”, was released in February 2014 after receiving airplay on Sirius XM Radio. Stovall was raised in Columbia, Tennessee, and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and The Oprah Winfrey Show. The group’s EP, Heartbreak, was recently released earlier this month.

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Mar
31

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Dave Cobb ‘Southern Family’– Album Review

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Probably the most anticipated, talked about record of 2016 is ACM producer of the year, Dave Cobb’s concept record, Southern Family. Featuring some of the biggest artists in Country AND Americana, including Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, Jason Isbell, Morgane Stapleton (with Chris Stapleton), and Holly Williams, the record was expected to be a heavy hitter. I admit, that it was on my personal list of most anticipated records for this year and one that I thought for sure would top my Best Albums of 2016 (even though it’s only March, I was THAT confident). Being able to listen to Miranda’s “Sweet By and By”, John Paul White’s “Simple Song”, Anderson East’s “Learning”, Morgane Stapleton’s “You Are My Sunshine”, and Zac Brown’s “Grandma’s Garden” ahead of the album’s release only heightened my anticipation. So when the record was finally released, I immediately delved into it.

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Mar
26

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Wade Bowen ‘Then Sings My Soul… Songs For My Mother’ – Album Review

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Texas country singer Wade Bowen released his first Gospel album Then My Sings My Soul… Songs For My Mother earlier this month. Bowen wanted the album to be a gift for his mother, her friends and family, but with such great response and positive feedback, Bowen says he decided to release the album for his fans. “I am at such a good spot in my career right now with a lot of freedom, so this felt like the perfect time to release such a meaningful project.” The idea of the album came from Bowen’s father. “My dad came to me a few years ago and really wanted me to record a gospel album. It sounded like a fun idea but I didn’t put much thought into it because my schedule was so crazy busy. This past year he came to me again and asked if I would finally make the album so we could give it to my mother for a combination 70th birthday and Christmas present.

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Mar
17

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Loretta Lynn ‘Full Circle’ – Album Review

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When I first heard that Miss Loretta Lynn was releasing a brand new record, I was ecstatic. I was fortunate enough to grow up with parents who exposed me to classic country music. My mother adored Loretta and Conway, along with Tammy, George, and the others, but she loved Loretta the best, and that love has been passed down to me. I use to fall asleep listening to Loretta’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “Here In Topeka”, and “Fist City”. I’m not the only one who grew up idolizing Miss Loretta; the country music legend has been an inspiration and an idol to many artists, from multiple generations, including Miranda Lambert. Loretta paved the way in country music for females. She was the one who took the risks and kicked in the doors, and blazed the trail for the rest to follow.  I know that the title of “Queen of Country Music” has been thrown around so many times, people giving the title to everyone from Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire to Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, but we all know that Loretta is the real reigning Queen of Country Music, as she was the first.

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Mar
17

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The Infamous Stringdusters ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’ – Album Review

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In case you haven’t heard of them, the Infamous Stringdusters are a bluegrass band comprised of Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (double bass). The band broke onto the music scene in 2007 with the acclaimed album Fork in the Road on Sugar Hill Records. The band has made a name for themselves with their distinctive, complex, and groove-friendly sound coupled with a bluegrass theme. The band has won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards 2007, including Emerging Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Fork in the Road. The band was also nominated for 2011 Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and their “Magic No. 9” was nominated for a 2011 Grammy award for Best Country Instrumental.

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Mar
1

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High Valley ‘Make You Mine’ – Single Review

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Canadian country duo High Valley has recently released a new single to US radio. The duo is composed of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel who hail from Blumenort, Alberta, and grew up in a family-oriented Mennonite community. High Valley has released three studio albums. Their Broken Borders record won Album of the year at the 2007 GMA Canada Covenant Awards while their song “Back To You” was awarded Country Song of the Year. In 2011, the duo won five GMA Canada Covenant Awards, including Artist of the Year and Group of the Year. They’ve also had the privilege of opening for the likes of Shania Twain, Little Big Town, and Alan Jackson.

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Mar
1

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Randy Rogers Band ‘Neon Blues’ – Single Review

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Ah, there’s something so nostalgic, comforting, and pure about Texas Country music. It’s real and raw; it’s the barebones of country music. As soon as you start listening, you find yourself transported back to a simpler, seemingly happier time period, one when people still waltzed the night away on barroom and dancehall floors. The Randy Rogers Band is the embodiment of what Texas Country is all about. The Texas-based band consists of Randy Rogers, Geoffrey Hill, John Richardson, Brady Black, and Les Lawless. They have recorded four studio albums and two live albums, and have charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. And here they are now, back with a recently released record and a brand new single.

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