Black River Entertainment Signs Abby Anderson As Artist And Writer

Black River Entertainment has added singer-songwriter Abby Anderson to its artist and publishing [...]

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Black River Entertainment has added singer-songwriter Abby Anderson to its artist and publishing [...]

Young Willie Nelson Enchants With Captivating Cover Of ‘Making Believe’

For years, Willie Nelson has embodied the image of the country music outlaw. With his long braids and scruffy beard, many people can’t even begin to imagine Nelson looking any different. But when Nelson first got his start in the music industry he didn’t look anything like he does today. With short, perfectly groomed hair […]

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For years, Willie Nelson has embodied the image of the country music outlaw. With his long braids and scruffy beard, many people can’t even begin to imagine Nelson looking any different. But when Nelson first got his start in the music industry he didn’t look anything like he does today. With short, perfectly groomed hair […]

NASCAR Settles Massive Lawsuit From Crash That Injured 30 Fans

When the car went airborne and slammed violently into the protective fence, shrapnel exploded into the stands sending multiple people to the hospital and injuring more than 30 fans attending the race. This was one of the worst crashes in NASCAR and it occurred during the final lap of the 2013 DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona […]

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When the car went airborne and slammed violently into the protective fence, shrapnel exploded into the stands sending multiple people to the hospital and injuring more than 30 fans attending the race. This was one of the worst crashes in NASCAR and it occurred during the final lap of the 2013 DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona […]

Song Review – Luke Combs’ “Hurricane”

You want to like Luke Combs. He one of us, not one of them. At least that's what you think, or that's what you thought, or that's what you want to think. Let's face it, he's no matinee idol. He's a big ol' corn fed boy from North Carolina with a scruffy Amish beard and a cheap haircut tucked under a properly-aligned baseball cap.

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You want to like Luke Combs. He one of us, not one of them. At least that's what you think, or that's what you thought, or that's what you want to think. Let's face it, he's no matinee idol. He's a big ol' corn fed boy from North Carolina with a scruffy Amish beard and a cheap haircut tucked under a properly-aligned baseball cap.

Vince Gill Fights Tears Singing ‘Go Rest High’ At Fallen Officer’s Funeral

The past few days have been hard on the city of Nashville, as the entire community has mourned the loss of one of its biggest heroes. Officer Eric Mumaw was an 18-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department. As a beloved member of the community, his tragic death rocked Nashville to its core. According […]

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The past few days have been hard on the city of Nashville, as the entire community has mourned the loss of one of its biggest heroes. Officer Eric Mumaw was an 18-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department. As a beloved member of the community, his tragic death rocked Nashville to its core. According […]

Keep Your Eyes On Me by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (@TheTimMcGraw)

Tim McGraw

The King & Queen of Country are back with a new song.

It’s always big news when Tim McGraw and Faith Hill release a new duet. They have a new song out and it seems to be having some early success with country fans.

The song comes from the soundtrack of a new film that Tim is part of called, The Shack.

Tim has picked some pretty good movies in the past to act in. He seems to have found a nice blend of being an actor while also still having great success with his music career. You could argue that he’s having as much or more success now than he’s ever had.

Let’s check this one out.

Keep Your Eyes On Me – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

They sound as good together as ever. Faith can still really sing and it’s great to hear her voice on record again. I know that she’s had a few singles out over the last few years, but nothing like the consistency she had in the ’90s and early ’00s.

There seem to be some Christian elements to the song and I think that’s what the movie also includes. It’s a beautiful song with a production that makes you feel like this song is uplifting and inspirational. But the production doesn’t overpower the vocal performance, which Tim and Faith really nail.

It’s great to have these two together again. I don’t know what the plan is for this song at radio. I’m hoping it’s a hit at country, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Chart Estimate: #25

CML Points: 86/100

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Tim McGraw

The King & Queen of Country are back with a new song.

It’s always big news when Tim McGraw and Faith Hill release a new duet. They have a new song out and it seems to be having some early success with country fans.

The song comes from the soundtrack of a new film that Tim is part of called, The Shack.

Tim has picked some pretty good movies in the past to act in. He seems to have found a nice blend of being an actor while also still having great success with his music career. You could argue that he’s having as much or more success now than he’s ever had.

Let’s check this one out.

Keep Your Eyes On Me – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

They sound as good together as ever. Faith can still really sing and it’s great to hear her voice on record again. I know that she’s had a few singles out over the last few years, but nothing like the consistency she had in the ’90s and early ’00s.

There seem to be some Christian elements to the song and I think that’s what the movie also includes. It’s a beautiful song with a production that makes you feel like this song is uplifting and inspirational. But the production doesn’t overpower the vocal performance, which Tim and Faith really nail.

It’s great to have these two together again. I don’t know what the plan is for this song at radio. I’m hoping it’s a hit at country, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Chart Estimate: #25

CML Points: 86/100

Single Review: Zac Brown Band, “My Old Man”

“My Old Man”
Zac Brown Band

Intimate and heartfelt, “My Old Man” is a refreshing showcase of the raw talent that Zac Brown has at his disposal.

The simplistic arrangement allows Brown’s vocals and lyrics to shine, which requires that both be strong enough to carry an entire record.  They both are.

Brown’s ode to his late father unfolds organically, with the first verse focusing on his own childhood and the second on his understanding his father more once he reached adulthood. It’s the third verse that elevates the song into greatness, and Brown deftly connects his own experiences as a dad to the impact of his own father on his life, and he reveals that his father is hearing this tribute from heaven, not earth.

Having lived each verse of this in my own way, from the tensions between finding my own identity while living up to my father’s example, to now trying to show a similar combination of loving support and encouraging challenge to my own son, I appreciate Brown’s ability to capture deep and difficult feelings without descending into maudlin sentimentality. I think he gets at an essential truth about losing a parent. In one way, they’re gone, but in another way, they’re more present than they’ve ever been, because they are always in your mind and in your heart.

It’s among my greatest sorrows that my own father never got to meet my son, and I don’t have any doubt that he would love him as much as I do. But Brown understands the great unknown, the great unanswered question, the greatest desire related to losing a parent: “I hope he’s proud of who I am.”

I don’t experience this feeling often in regards to music, but it applies here: I am thankful for this record.

Grade: A

 

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“My Old Man”
Zac Brown Band

Intimate and heartfelt, “My Old Man” is a refreshing showcase of the raw talent that Zac Brown has at his disposal.

The simplistic arrangement allows Brown’s vocals and lyrics to shine, which requires that both be strong enough to carry an entire record.  They both are.

Brown’s ode to his late father unfolds organically, with the first verse focusing on his own childhood and the second on his understanding his father more once he reached adulthood. It’s the third verse that elevates the song into greatness, and Brown deftly connects his own experiences as a dad to the impact of his own father on his life, and he reveals that his father is hearing this tribute from heaven, not earth.

Having lived each verse of this in my own way, from the tensions between finding my own identity while living up to my father’s example, to now trying to show a similar combination of loving support and encouraging challenge to my own son, I appreciate Brown’s ability to capture deep and difficult feelings without descending into maudlin sentimentality. I think he gets at an essential truth about losing a parent. In one way, they’re gone, but in another way, they’re more present than they’ve ever been, because they are always in your mind and in your heart.

It’s among my greatest sorrows that my own father never got to meet my son, and I don’t have any doubt that he would love him as much as I do. But Brown understands the great unknown, the great unanswered question, the greatest desire related to losing a parent: “I hope he’s proud of who I am.”

I don’t experience this feeling often in regards to music, but it applies here: I am thankful for this record.

Grade: A

 

Willie Nelson Cancels Even More Shows Due To Undisclosed Illness

Willie Nelson had fans worried when he canceled shows at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas on January 27th and 28th due to an undisclosed illness, and now he's canceled three more. Ticket holders for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night shows (2-6 thru 2-8) at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.

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Willie Nelson had fans worried when he canceled shows at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas on January 27th and 28th due to an undisclosed illness, and now he's canceled three more. Ticket holders for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night shows (2-6 thru 2-8) at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Trace’s Upcoming Album ‘Something’s Going On’

On January 24, Trace Adkins sent country fans into a frenzy when he announced the release of his upcoming album, Something’s Going On. The album will be Adkins’ first release in nearly four years, with his most recent record being Love Will. Adkins’ album announcement came with a handful of other goodies as well. He […]

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On January 24, Trace Adkins sent country fans into a frenzy when he announced the release of his upcoming album, Something’s Going On. The album will be Adkins’ first release in nearly four years, with his most recent record being Love Will. Adkins’ album announcement came with a handful of other goodies as well. He […]

7 Things You Never Knew About Garth Brooks

In 1989 a man by the name of Garth Brooks released his debut album, and country music was never the same. Over the years, Brooks has provided us with some of the most iconic hits in country music history, including “Unanswered Prayers,” “The Dance,” and “Friends in Low Places.” Known for his fiery stage presence, […]

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In 1989 a man by the name of Garth Brooks released his debut album, and country music was never the same. Over the years, Brooks has provided us with some of the most iconic hits in country music history, including “Unanswered Prayers,” “The Dance,” and “Friends in Low Places.” Known for his fiery stage presence, […]
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