Author: Leon Blair
So I was browsing around the ol' Internet as I'm known to do, and I came across this thread on Pulse Music Board titled "Top 20 Songs That Never Went Top 20". The whole idea surroudning the thread was to list your twenty favorite songs that never went top twenty on either the Mediabase or Billboard Country Airplay charts. Well, that's what this post will be about. Yes, I did post in that particular thread, but after thinking about this a little bit more I decided to revise my list somewhat. So here you are, my twenty favorite songs that never saw the justice they desevred at country radio. Keep in mind, these are all solely my picks and I invite you to make your own list down below! Also keep in mind that I am only including songs that came from the 2000's or 2010's. I might do another one of these in the future with 90's country songs or even before that era, but I want to do some more research into that before I proceed.
Also, some more inspiration from this list came from Farce The Music's "The Kiss Of Commercial Death".
Author: Leon Blair
Here it is folks, our final award for 2016 – album of the year.
It's been a strange year for music. There are some who think that this has been a fantastic year for Country and Americana as a whole, especially with the mainstream finally starting to churn out the most quality it's had in a LONG time. On the other hand, you will have people argue that this has been a down year in terms of top tier stellar projects, and I think there's good points hidden within both sides.
Now, I'm somewhere in the middle on this whole dilemma. In terms of quantity, yeah, I'm not sure we had an abundance of truly stellar projects, but I would argue that we had a ton of great ones. Plus, in terms of quality I think everything has held up fine. Heck, just look at our song of the year candidates and winner if you want more proof of that.
Many people love to clamor about how there's no clear cut winner for this award this year for any music outlet. Really though, years such as 2014 when Sturgill Simpson completely dominated the field are years that are rare to find. Most years feature a diverse selection of the best albums throughout a calendar year, and while we know that some have received more of the spotlight than others, we're not running a popularity contest here. The winner of Country Music Minds' 2016 Album Of The Year is one that really had to connect in all areas.
Fans have been debating what country music is and what it should sound like probably for as long as the concept of "country music" has existed. Between the Nashville Sound and Chet Atkins, the outlaw backlash, the Urban Cowboy fad, the neotraditional movement, the Garth/Shania boom years, "Murder on Music Row", the rise of alt-country and Americana, Taylor Swift winning Entertainer of the Year, "old farts and jackasses", the emergence of bro-country, the out-of-nowhere success of Chris Stapleton and all the other notable events and eras, I'm sure you've heard all the arguments and back-and-forths by now. At this point, rehashing this whole debate is not beating a dead horse, it's exhuming the body and lighting it on fire. But if you'll indulge me, I'd like to give my thoughts on this subject.
I guess the question we have to ask ourselves is, "What exactly is country music?" The biggest issue surrounding this whole debate is that there's no official, objective criteria that determines what is or isn't country. It's not like a deity has descended from the heavens to inscribe the one true definition of country music onto a stone tablet, nor have scientists discovered a new theorem that can be used to irrefutably prove whether a piece of music is or isn't country. Webster and Wikipedia are vague, and talk more about country music's influences and places of origin than what it actually sounds like. Ultimately, it seems people's conceptions of country music vary depending on when they were born, what music they've been exposed to, and what they like.
Author: Leon Blair
The best moments in music, especially country music have never been made alone. Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings are cited as the fathers of the outlaw movement, and guys like George Strait, Randy Travis, and Dwight Yoakam are known for bringing back integrity to a genre that was once thought doomed. Even now, we look to guys like Chris Stapleton, Jon Pardi, William Michael Morgan, and Mo Pitney to bring back a traditional country sound to the forefront of the mainstream. The theme of unity in country music isn't just prevalent in the songs submerged in its history, it's embodied within the artists themselves as well.
When Dave Cobb announced the birth of his super project, “Southern Family”, it seemed way too good to be true. The tracklist boasted arguably some of the best artists out there, and to have them all on one album? Yeah, my excitement for this was a tad high. So how is “Southern Family” anyway?