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The 10 Best Country Albums of 2018

As our 2018 list demonstrates, women continue to make some of today's most spectacular country music, regardless of what gets played on the radio.

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Eric Church: The Outsiders

Eric Church is not as hard as he wants you to think, but his softness is what makes him interesting.

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Guessing the 2013 Grammys

It’s the Super Bowl of music, and we’re guessing who will be the MVPs.

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Country Music Hollers Back at Hip-Hop

One of the easiest ways to set about explaining who you are is to explain who you are not. So why has popular country music valorizing rural life been appropriating elements of hip-hop culture and rap music?

Carrie Allen Tipton
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Bruce Springsteen, Country Music Idol?

Country singers of all stripes have covered or referenced Bruce Springsteen in their songs, yet the reasons they do so, and what they see in his songs, is not as easy to read as you might expect.

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Guessing the 2012 Grammys

Predictions on who will be honored on “music’s biggest night”, based on a mixture of rumors, critical acclaim, and the academy’s voters.

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The Best Country Music of 2011

At first it seemed like an especially quiet year in country music, and in some ways it might have been. At the same time, country is country: it rolls on.

Jedd Beaudoin, Dave Heaton, Josh Langhoff, and Jonathan Sanders
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Eric Church: Carolina

It’s a testament to the quality of the songwriting that, of Eric Church's two albums, Carolina actually qualifies as the more distinctive one and the better one.

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