August 9th, 2013

Ballads and Beer: The Sounds of Country Music

The Comparison of Old And New Country Music
Why are the country purists so upset with how new country music has progressed over the years? It seems that the trends have gone from the traditional country sounds of Hank Williams, Buck Owens and Willie Nelson into a much more mainstream and commercially successful avenue. What does this mean for country music at large? Essentially, country music has fused with commercial pop. In this light, country music has evolved in an interesting way. For instance, the production on newer country music seems to attract pop music fans, instead of hardcore country music fanatics.

What Is This Great Divide In The Country Music World?
The trend of country has changed more than any other genre of music. Some critics have argued that traditional hip hop has transformed into rap, which is a harder and more aggressive genre of music. However, the same could be said for country music. By this, I mean that the old sounds of country have transformed into a more universally accepted and commercially successful music genre. It is no wonder why this has cause such a controversy within the traditional country music scene, but the evolution of country music continues to become more and more pop.

June 23rd, 2013

The Patriotic Sounds of County Music

The Patriotic Sounds of County Music

How Country Has Risen To The Top of The Charts
Country music is one of the fastest growing genres in music history. Although country music has evolved slowly, it has risen to be one of the most popular genres of music today. Artists like Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney have become household names. In this fashion, country music is becoming one of the most economically sustainable styles of music in history. In a music industry where everyone is complaining of change and financial instability, country music artists have become the fastest grossing musicians on the planet.

The Popularity of Country Music In Modern Times
The popularity of country music is unprecedented in musical history. By this, I mean country music is one of the few musical genres that have become an instant form of success. Likewise, early hip hop transitioned into rap music, which has maintained a leading figure in the world of music commerce. What is it about country music that people are going crazy over? Is it the patriotic themes or is the multi-million dollar marketing machine of country that is pulling in new listeners every year?

May 7th, 2013

Kenny Chesney How to Live in the Spotlight

No one has mastered living the good life quite like Kenny Chesney. His Jimmy Buffet influence is apparent in this beach bums music and shows, but he definitely is not lazy by any means. He has toured heavily since 2001 and has won the Billboard Touring Award six of those years. With just under twenty albums to his name, he has plenty of material to choose from for his shows.

Fans pile into arenas and stadiums year after year to come to a good-time party show. He has toured with Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Montgomery Gentry, Sara Evans, Gary Allan, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, and, most recently, Eric Church and Eli Young Band. Chesney has recorded songs with Tim McGraw, Tracy Lawrence, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and George Strait.

While Kenny Chesney has been in the spotlight for many years now, he could not manage to mix marriage with fame. His 2005 marriage to actress Renee Zellweger ended after just four months. While this triggered some rumors about Chesney, he managed to pull through the annulment and move on with his life stating he really did not fully understand what marriage involved.

October 26th, 2012

Country Music off the Beaten Path

The problem with country music is that it can all get a little "samey." Beyond the stars that really stand out like Carrie Underwood and Kenny Rogers, you have the artists and the songs that pretty much fulfill the stereotype of country music. Songs that literally run through the checklist of country music tropes like cars breaking down, wives leaving, dogs dying.

If you're starting to lose that passion for country music, I would invite you to take a look off the beaten path at some artists who you might not have heard about.

We'll start with Kimber Sparks. While her music and her style are clearly evocative of the stereotypical country music tropes, one need only listen to her lyrics to understand there is a darker, underlying meaning. The pain and darkness in her stories are palpable and real.

Next we have Kelly Kenning, a man of many talents that go far beyond song. His mother sang country and the influence is clear in Kenning's performance and delivery of some of the most recognizable songs. Despite his success, Kenning isn't afraid to get his hands dirty and spends most of his time performing live instead of stuffed in some recording booth.

If you look hard enough and you get a good internet service through or something similar, you'll find that these people are everywhere - redefining country by putting their own fresh spin on the legendary genre.

September 9th, 2012

Favorite New Country Bands and Their Sounds

The Farm - You will be seeing a lot from this dynamic trio in 2012. Their unique sound brings different genres such as r&b and pop to a new and refreshing country sound. The Farm's first album is set to debut in 2012 and their first single; "Home Sweet Home" is number 38 on Billboards chart. Kip Moore - This Georgia boy is sure to be a country super star. Kip's star is rising fast with his second released single, "Somethin' bout a truck" from his debut album, "Drive Me Crazy." He is currently set to tour with Billy Currington in 2012. Jana Kramer - You may know her as Alex on the CW's television series, "One Tree Hill" but her newest gig is one of country superstar. Her first single, "Why Ya Wanna" is climbing the charts and it looks like we have a new star on the horizon. Dustin Lynch - We have a new country heartthrob and his name is Dustin Lynch. Dustin just signed on with Jason Aldean's label and his debut single, "Cowboys and Angels" is climbing the country charts. His cowboy good looks and his strong, rich voice is taking the country music scene by storm.

September 8th, 2012

The Summer’s Great New Country Love Songs

With every new summer each year comes an entirely evolved stampede of chart topping hits from both new artists and those we have already come to love. Each of this summer's great new country love songs are home to some of the deepest emotional concepts and grappling realities which only grow with time. What makes a summer country love song great? There isn't an exact recipe to throwing together a new hit track. Artists and sound designers from all corners of the globe face that probing question each day. Making and actually breaking new ground is a necessity concept to make it in the industry. Somehow each summer an elite crowd of both new and seasoned artists produce the latest and greatest country love songs. Jake Owen has been making some waves as he treads through some new waters. Love is a crazy word that's filled with many spontaneous, ridiculous emotions! The heart of this chart topping country music artist complexly resonates around mistakes of his past and is artistically displayed through the track of "The One That Got Away". Don't let his beautiful new song fool you - Jake is now a happily married, successful American country music artist! What's 1 more click? Your boss isn't watching... Country Chart News: Top 30 Digital Singles: The Week of August 22, 2012 - Taylor Swift Rules The Charts

September 5th, 2012

Taylor Swift, Her Inspirations and Aspirations

Taylor Swift has some very lofty goals and aspirations for her career. She is obviously interested in acting and singing. She has a passion for the arts and a love for giving to others.

When people hear about her tours some people are surprised to know that she makes, on average, about a 1,000,000 per concert. This may seem insane, but when the numbers are averaged out this is what it comes down to.

Someone that has this type of power over an audience must realize their ability to help others. Taylor has recognized a higher calling to help other people that are in need. She has been giving to organizations and meeting with fans that are sick with terminal diseases. Taylor Swift has made dreams come true for many people. Her work has given her the chance to become so deeply ingrained in the lives of others.

On the lighter side of things Taylor has been part of the cast for movies like Valentine's Day. She has also been given a shot as the guest host on Saturday Night Live. Taylor Swift's ability to sing and act gave the show some funny skits and great musical performances.

September 3rd, 2012

The Summers’s Best Country Chart Toppers

The country's love for country music has been drastically growing over the past few years. Country is no longer associated with break ups and depressing themes. Today, country is viewed as a fun genre of music. Its songs include groups of individuals getting together for a good old time. Along with having fun, country music also focuses on the important things in life, such as family and love. This summer, country music has impressed everyone with all the great hits that have taken over the music charts. These country songs have had hundreds of thousands of people dancing and singing along. This helps explain it more. One of the great hits of the summer is Luke Bryan's hit single, "Drunk On You." This song is about a man singing about the girl of his dreams. He describes her power over him, comparing it to being drunk. His lyrics, along with the beat, made this song an instant hit. Another chart topper this summer was Eric Church's song "Springsteen." This song is about a guy thinking back to his teenage years. He mentions his love at the time, and talks about all the memories they have had. He questions whether or not she thinks about him as well.

September 1st, 2012

Meet the Members of The Band Perry

The Band Perry is an up and coming country music band. They are made up of siblings Kimberly Perry (lead vocals and lead guitar), Neil Perry (drums) and Reid Perry (bass guitar). Their sound is a sleek combination of classic country with a touch of rock and soul. In early 2012 their single "All Your Life" reached No. 1 on the charts and helped their debut album reach platinum status. Their quadruple platinum single, "If I Die Young," has reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs and the Adult Contemporary charts. It is included on their self-titled album which was released in October, 2010. As a teenager, Kimberly started singing in her own band. Soon after, the brothers formed their own band and began opening for big sister Kimberly. The siblings came together to from The Band Perry in 2005 and joined the New Faces of Country tour that same year. They were signed to the Republic Nashville label in 2009 and released their debut single titled "Hip to My Heart." The single did well, peaking at No. 20 on the Country charts. In 2001 the group received the CMA Award for Single of the Year. Currently, the band is working with super-producer Rick Ruben on their second album.