Category Archives: country

Pop top 40 summer nights super-special: 7/21/79

Not just the pop top 40 from this week 40 years ago, but the country top 10, too, because just look at it. All but two of these are in the accompanying playlist. Hot 100:1 1 BAD GIRLS –•– Donna … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, charts, country, disco, pop, R&B, rock

Cowboy Troy took the old town road first

As “Old Town Road” finishes its 11th week as the #1 song in the U.S. and Lil Nas X releases his debut EP (which most definitely isn’t a country record save its single), I’m reminded that back in 2005, I … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, Stylus

These are a few of my favorite things: on Jerry Lee Lewis

[On Lewis’s “comeback” album, 2006’s Last Man Standing. Originally published at Stylus on 12/12/06.] Yes, I know: another duets-cum-tribute album? But you’d be wrong in making that assumption, so wrong like Patrick Simmons. There’s a few significant differences between Last … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, favorite things, rock, Stylus

My favorite songs: “I Just Wanna Be Mad”

Canadian country singer/guitarist Terri Clark has never gotten the credit she deserves. From 1995-2004 she notched 10 top 10 country singles in the US, seven of those going top three (including a pair of #1s), but today she seems to have … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl”

It’s appropriate that this Brooks & Dunn #3 country hit from 2003 is about a honky tonky woman, because this is by far the Stones-iest single of their career. The inspiration here is crystal clear, and it’s all the better … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, my favorite songs

Country music’s biggest night: CMAs liveblog

The CMAs are live east coast, but tape-delayed west coast. I’ve purposefully avoided the internet since 5pm PST so I wouldn’t know what’s to come. 8pm: Well, goddamn, that’s a way to start: Eric Church singing “Amazing Grace” a cappella got … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, awards, country

CMAs 2017: preview

Yay, it’s CMA Awards time! The 51st edition of what’s truthfully advertised as “country music’s biggest night” takes place Wednesday, 11/8, with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting the proceedings for a 10th consecutive year. I dearly love the down-home pomp … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, awards, country

It was 60 years ago today: the pop/country/R&B top 10s, 6/5/57

I wanted to do something different this week, so let’s look at the top 10 on the pop (The Top 100), country (C&W Best Sellers in Stores), and R&B (R&B Best Sellers in Stores) charts for this week, 60 years … Continue reading

Posted in 1950s, charts, country, pop, R&B

Nashville Scene 2016: ballot

Today, Pazz & Jop is out. Tomorrow, the Nashville Scene Country Music Critics Poll gets released. (The results are embargoed until 5am Thursday.) In anticipation, here’s my ballot, which I haven’t previously shared. TOP TEN COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2016: Big Day in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, country, lists

Top 40 of 2016: #1

5 months on from the release of “Vice,” over a month since The Weight of These Wings came out, I could write plenty more, different words about the song that’s been my single of 2016 pretty much from first listen. But … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, country, lists