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Features

Tuesday, December 15 2009

The Best Country Music of 2009

Country music purists may be stockpiling vinyl and dry goods for the Swiftocalypse, but all things considered, 2009 was a pretty good year for country music.


Thursday, December 13 2007

The Best Country Music of 2007

Whatever your taste in music, be it Country or Western, 2007 has been something of a disappointment when compared with recent years. You have to look a little harder to find the diamonds in the Van Lear coal-mine that was the year that was, but they're there.


Thursday, December 13 2007

The Best Pop-Country of 2007

Purists may turn up their noses at pop-country, but it produced more top-shelf music this past year than the stricter formal traditions on which it draws.


Columns

Thursday, June 6 2013

Good Intentions but No Imagination: The Schlock of 'Accidental Racist'

In "Accidental Racist", history is a generic blob, a "back then" that can safely take the blame for vague injustices while more recent history is overlooked in order to soothe one's own ego. 'Cause these days, it's All About You.


Reviews

Monday, April 8 2013

Brad Paisley: Wheelhouse

If this resembles a big summertime blockbuster film, the concept behind it is to blow up outside your comfort zone while also thoroughly embodying it; change without changing too much.


Wednesday, August 29 2012

Carrie Underwood: Blown Away

Underwood's fourth album cements her pop music divinity; this has its downside.


Thursday, June 23 2011

Brad Paisley: This Is Country Music

When folks start calling you the greatest country artist of your generation, you’d better deliver. This Is Country Music does.


Tuesday, November 30 2010

Brad Paisley: Hits Alive

This is part of today's music business model: find ways to give fans more than they're expecting for their dollar. Find new ways to sell old material.


Wednesday, August 5 2009

Brad Paisley: American Saturday Night

That hopeful melody returns at the middle and end of the album, marking this as a concept album about hope, about the past, present, and future and the paths between them.


News

Friday, July 25 2014

Country music’s twang heard around the world

Country musician Brad Paisley’s first tour of the United Kingdom in 2000 didn’t leave him much to write home to West Virginia about. Paisley


Monday, May 23 2011

New from Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley and Joseph Arthur

LADY GAGA "Born This Way" Grade: A-minus Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album is straight-up crazy. By now, we've all heard the title track that


Friday, January 15 2010

Brad Paisley gets patriotic on 'Saturday Night'

MINNEAPOLIS — Cold Coronas, Canadian bacon pizza, Beatles music — sounds like somebody's recipe for a party, doesn't it? Those are among the ingredients mentioned in country


Monday, August 20 2007

With humor and a hot guitar, Paisley stakes his country claim

Stop me if you've heard this: Man walks into a bar, pulls out a guitar and takes the stage. "My wife didn't think this song


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