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The 10 Best Country Albums of 2010

The synthesis of the past, present, and future was so much of what country music was about in 2010. Country was still fairly male-dominated in the era, although the changing winds, wherein women would create the most forward-looking music, were already beginning to blow.

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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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Is Hero Worship All There Is to Country Music?

All of the albums that critics/fans who fancy themselves “pure” country defenders have praised as the best of 2012 carry a heavy aura of the past about them. But how much can country music progress if it’s spending all of its time looking back?

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Jamey Johnson: Livin’ for a Song – A Tribute to Hank Cochran

No one makes you think of Hank Cochran or country music differently. The point is to get people thinking about Cochran, period, and to think of all these other stars and re-enjoy them and their music.

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Chuck Mead: Back at the Quonset Hut

Former BR5-49 frontman recruits a roster of old-school Nashville session players and current country stars, and gets down to covering songs from classic country artists. It's an effort that pays off nicely.

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George Strait: Here for a Good Time

While Strait spends about half the album doling out sunbeams, the other half is all shadows and pain, firmly in the old-country tradition of hard luck songs.

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Blind Boys of Alabama: Take the High Road

Few surprises, but there's no moment of this album that doesn't sound good.

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Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown: 21 June 2011 - Red Rocks Amphitheater

The smell of chewing tobacco, and the sight of cowboy hats and cut-off jean shorts were enough to make even the most weathered cowboy say something along the lines of, “Well, my God, this is a party”.

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Guessing the Grammys

Predictions on who will win what in the biggest categories, based on industry hype and a little guessing about the academy’s voters.

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Jamey Johnson: The Guitar Song

The Guitar Song quite firmly cements Johnson’s place at the forefront of today’s country music songwriters, performers, and singers.

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Jamey Johnson: That Lonesome Song

Hurt is universal, and that lonesome tune just keeps carrying on, passed from generation to generation like a spirit.

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