Category Archives: country

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

Top 40 of 2016: #2

My #2 single of the year has the lyrical cleverness of a Shane McAnally co-write with the likes of Brandy Clark and/or Kacey Musgraves, but Thompson’s attitude harkens to Gretchen Wilson. This is witty, sassy, and super sing-a-long-able. She only … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, country, lists