The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>
I have exactly two commercially manufactured CDs in my car, and both are by Garth Brooks. I have his 1989 eponymous debut and the seminal No Fences. When nothing else sounds right, Garth always does. Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001. After touring relentlessly for years, he want ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week emphatically kicks off with a new video from the Cloak Ox, drawn from their new album, Shoot the Dog. We're also featuring a bevy of terrific new clips from Hastin ... More >>
The country music world's been abuzz all week with Idol chit-chat about - cue Ryan Seacrest voice - Who will be... the next American Idol judge. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have vacated their seats, with Mariah Carey joining tenured judge Randy Jackson for the program's twelfth season, and rumor ... More >>
This week in Eighties Superstars You Forgot All About News: Lionel Richie has gone country, and is actually quite good at it. Yes, that Lionel Richie. The Lionel Richie of the Commodores. The Lionel Richie who once Danced on Ceilings. This week, his country duets album Tuskegee -- named after the pl ... More >>
You've been here before, haven't you? Killer chorus, solid hook, great pick-up, inspired singing, and then, bam: lame, bullshit verses. Verses so dire and undercooked that it'd have been better had the singer pulled a reverse-engineered version of Crash Test Dummies' "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm." Here are a co ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images Country music fans were abuzz last night about the CMT Music Awards, but not necessarily on account of the winners.
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