Review – A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke”

Smoke

With every new year, there’s always going to be new country acts emerging. It’s still quite early in 2015 and we’ve already been introduced to some new acts. One of them is band called A Thousand Horses. They’re signed to the major label Republic Nashville and they’re releasing their debut album Southernality on June 9. The band consists of Michael Hobby (lead vocalist), Bill Satcher (lead guitarist), Zach Brown (guitarist/vocalist) and Graham DeLoach (bass/vocalist). They describe their sound as a combination of southern rock and country (as they mention on their site, they say Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers influence their sound). Their lead single “Smoke” has rocketed up the Country Airplay chart quickly, placing 26th on last week’s chart. This surprising surge in popularity has certainly caught my attention, so let’s take a look at “Smoke.”

Right from the beginning of the song you can hear the steel guitar and the mandolin, which provides a nice sound. This is pretty much consistent throughout the song. It’s a nice sound, but it’s also very safe and radio friendly. There isn’t an edge at all. No risks are taken instrumentation wise, which isn’t surprising with a lead single. When it comes to an act’s first single they want to play it as safe as possible to appeal to the largest amount of people possible. So I completely understand this. With that being said though, it makes for just a decent performance.

As for the lyrics in this song, they’re also pretty safe. Hobby sings about a woman in his life, which he compares to smoke. Here’s the chorus lyrics, which are repeated ad nauseam:

She’s smoke

I pull her in nice and slow/She’s a habit that I can’t let go

Blowing rings around my heart

Once she stole, watching her sway and glow

It’s killing me and I know/I can’t stop her once she starts

She’s smoke

These lyrics aren’t terrible and at least it isn’t another song comparing a woman to alcohol. Then again these aren’t great lyrics either. Just like the instrumentation these are very safe, in-between lyrics that won’t offend anybody nor make people cry “bro country.” Basically what this song is saying is the man in it is addicted to this woman and can’t her out of his head. It’s a simple, straight forward love story. At least that’s what the story that is being told by just listening to the song.

As for the music video for “Smoke,” which you’ll see below, it tells a slightly different story. In the music video the band hits a club. And in this club there’s a woman who is on stage stripping, which has caught the eye of lead vocalist Hobby. Oh and one more thing. The name of the stripper is “Smoke,” as you’ll see in the video she walks into her dressing room and there’s a sign that says “Smoke.” So what I thought was just a harmless love story before is now a story about a man becoming enamored with a stripper named “Smoke.” Now music videos don’t have an effect on my grades of songs, but it’s really hard to shake the image this video gave me of this song after watching it. I don’t think Florida Georgia Line has even put strippers in their music videos.

If I was grading this music video, I would give it a 0/10 because it’s unoriginal, dumb and once again a country song objectified women. These are the kind of things that impede mainstream country music from moving forward. But fortunately for A Thousand Horses I’m only reviewing the song. It’s certainly better than the video, but this song doesn’t leave me in awe like the band was with the stripper in the video. It bores me more than anything and at best makes neutral background music. I think this band’s talented and has potential. They’re certainly capable of much more. I hope their album is better and I’ll certainly give it a chance. But when it comes to “Smoke” it’s just meh for me. This is just another average country song.

Grade: 5/10 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Initial Thoughts on the 2015 ACM Award Nominations

2015 ACM Awards

Due to Winter Storm Juno, the 2015 ACM Award nominations were pushed back from Tuesday this past week to yesterday morning (much to the chagrin of country music outlets looking for stuff to write about). There aren’t a lot of surprises for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show. Miranda Lambert leads all artists in nominations with nine, which shocks nobody. Dierks Bentley follows with seven nominations and Florida Georgia Line after that with five nominations. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will once again host the show, which will air on Sunday, April 19 on CBS at 8 pm ET. Without further ado let’s take a look at the nominations.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Jason Aldean
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line

In a fair world Sturgill Simpson wins this awards hands down. None of these nominations really impressed me in 2014. Garth has bombed at radio, but his concert sales top everyone. Regardless I think everyone knows this is Luke Bryan’s to lose. It would be nice to see Garth pull off the upset, but I would be surprised.

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Blake Shelton
  • Brad Paisley
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan

Due to a tie we get six nominations here. How the hell does Brad Paisley get nominated and not Tim McGraw? McGraw’s album was not only much better, but his singles performed better too. McGraw is also nominated for a Grammy. Even though it’s a joke Paisley is nominated, he has a snowball’s chance of hell in winning so it’s not worth getting too upset about. Bryan is the front-runner to win this too, but if they’re giving him Entertainer of the Year then maybe somebody else will probably win. If that’s the case I see Blake winning.

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Brandy Clark
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Martina McBride
  • Miranda Lambert

I’m 99.9% sure Miranda is winning this one. Martina McBride is just there to fill the fifth spot. Personally I would choose Carrie Underwood to win this, but her case isn’t strong enough to overcome Miranda. Brandy Clark being nominated is a nice gesture. Musgraves will have a much better chance to win next year after releasing her second album this year.

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • The Swon Brothers

AKA the Florida Georgia Line award. Maybe Maddie & Tae have a shot next year, but they have no chance of overthrowing the bros yet. Florida Georgia Line wins and I continue to listen to way more talented country duos.

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band has more talent than the other four combined, but they didn’t release an album last year so they have no chance of winning. The Band Perry put out an awesome Glen Campbell cover, but they’re just here to fill a spot. Rascal Flatts still make music? This will come down to Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town, but I think the latter is the favorite to win. Their album has received an unusually high amount of praise for its blatant pop rock music.

Album of the Year

  • Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt
  • Little Big Town – Pain Killer
  • Miranda Lambert – Platinum
  • Dierks Bentley – Riser
  • Eric Church – The Outsiders

Every single 2014 Country Perspective Album of the Year candidate is light-years better than these nominations. I mean sure Dierks Bentley’s Riser is good, but it’s not album of the year worthy. It also has no chance of winning. My gut tells me Eric Church should win this one, but I think Miranda and Aldean have a good shot to win too. I’ll need to think about my prediction for this award.

Single Record of the Year

  • “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
  • “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice

This is another award for Miranda to lose. But you may surprised who I think should win and that is “Dirt.” It’s clearly the best song of this bunch and Florida Georgia Line actually put out a song of substance for once. So for once I think Florida Georgia Line should win for doing something good. I’ll wait and see on this.

Song of the Year

  • “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan
  • “Follow Your Arrow” – Kacey Musgraves
  • “Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
  • “I Hold On” – Dierks Bentley

Just like Male Vocalist of the Year we have six nominations for Song of the Year due to a tie. It’s not a very impressive field of songs though. Once again Dierks has a good nomination, but it’s not worthy of the award. I hate this Eric Church song. “Follow Your Arrow” is probably one of the weakest songs on her album, but it has a great message and has already won numerous awards. Luke and Miranda’s offerings are lukewarm to me and “American Kids” gets way too much credit. This one is a toss-up.

Video of the Year

  • “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Cop Car” – Keith Urban
  • “Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell
  • “Somethin’ Bad” – Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert

I really don’t care about this award, but I hope Glen Campbell wins. He probably will as a thank you for his career. He’s certainly the most deserving of these five.

Vocal Event of the Year

  • “Lonely Tonight” – Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe
  • “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  • “Somethin’ Bad” – Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood
  • “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line & Luke Bryan
  • “The South” – The Cadillac Three, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli

If you’re saying “what the hell?” to the last nomination, you’re not alone. There’s only one thing to explain it: politics. I think the first four nominations all have a shot of winning. It’s really a tossup. If I had to choose between them, I would go with “Lonely Tonight” just because I would like to see Monroe get some damn recognition for once. We would also have to swallow Blake winning, but it would be worth it in my mind.

Songwriter of the Year

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Chris Tompkins
  • Josh Osborne
  • Luke Laird
  • Rodney Clawson

No Dallas Davidson! That’s what I was happy about with these nominations. These writers have pretty much written all of the hits you hear on radio in the last year and are only nominated on this basis. It’s a shame the truly great songwriters aren’t recognized here.

So what do you think of the nominations? Be sure to weigh in below! 

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [Feb. 7]

 

Each week I take a look the Billboard Country Airplay chart and grade the top 30 songs. The grading format I use each week is every song will receive either a +1, -1 or a 0. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the current top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +30 and the lowest possible score being a -30. The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the current state of mainstream country music and determine if it’s improving or getting worse. To see the full list of the top 30 country airplay songs for this week, click here. Let’s take a look at this week’s top thirty.  

  1. Eric Church – “Talladega” +1 (Up 1)
  2. Luke Bryan – “I See You” -1 (Up 1)
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water” +1 (Up 1)
  4. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze” -1 (Up 1)
  5. Kenny Chesney – “Til It’s Gone” (Down 4)
  6. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna” -1 (Up 2)
  7. Randy Houser – “Like A Cowboy” +1  
  8. Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight” +1 (Up 2)
  9. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started” -1 
  10. Brett Eldredge – “Mean To Me” (Up 2)
  11. Chase Bryant – “Take It On Back” -1 (Up 2)
  12. Darius Rucker – “Homegrown Honey” -1 (Up 2)
  13. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class” +1 (Up 2)
  14. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes” (Up 2)
  15. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” -1 (Up 2)
  16. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls” -1 (Re-enters Top 30 this week)
  17. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle” -1 (Up 2)
  18. Jake Owen – “What We Ain’t Got” +1 (Up 2)
  19. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do” +1 (Up 2)
  20. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time” -1 (Up 5)
  21. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” +1 (Up 3)
  22. Kristian Bush – “Trailer Hitch” +1 
  23. Zac Brown Band – “Homegrown” +1  
  24. A Thousand Horses – “Smoke” (Up 2)
  25. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1 (Up 2)
  26. Eric Paslay – “She Don’t Love You” +1 (Up 2)
  27. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon” -1 (New to Top 30)
  28. Billy Currington – “Don’t It” -1 (Up 2)
  29. Toby Keith – “Drunk Americans” -1 
  30. Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It” -1 (New to Top 30)

Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm” fell from #6 to out of the top 30.

Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” fell from #11 to out of the top 30.

David Nail’s “Kiss You Goodnight” fell from #18 to out of the top 30.

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -4

And we’re back in the negative! Last week, after being in the positive for the first time ever in the history of The Pulse it has dropped this week from +1 to -4. Why the big drop off? Well two positive songs (Paisley’s “Perfect Storm” and McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider”) and a neutral song (Nail’s “Kiss You Goodnight”) fell out of the top 30 all together. Both Paisley and McGraw are pushing new singles so this isn’t surprising. Nail dropping out was surprising to me. These three songs were replaced by all negative songs. For the first time in her career Kelsea Ballerini enters the top 30 of the country airplay chart. It’s great to see another female country artist, but this song is absolutely terrible. Miranda Lambert is back in the top 30 with her most recent single “Little Red Wagon,” which is a terrible single choice. And just when I thought we were rid of her, RaeLynn has risen back to where she was a couple of weeks ago in the top 30. I would love to know what’s going on with this song.

Eric Church is the new #1 on the chart, but I don’t see it lasting too long with some fast-rising songs behind it. The biggest gainers were “Little Red Wagon” which moved up 11 spots, “Love Me Like You Mean It” moved up six spots and Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” moved up five spots. The biggest losers were Paisley, McGraw and Nail. My overall thought on this week’s chart? This sucks.

Be sure to weigh in on this week’s chart in the comments below!

Photo Credit: ericchurch.com

Album Review – The Lone Bellow’s Then Came The Morning is Phenomenal

The Lone Bellow

Why didn’t I listen to The Lone Bellow sooner? That was my thought after listening to their new album. For those who don’t know who The Lone Bellow are they are a trio from Brooklyn, New York. It’s comprised of Zach Williams (lead vocalist and guitarist), Kanene Pipkin (vocalist and mandolin player) and Brian Elmquist (vocalist and guitarist). Their music is really hard to describe because they dabble with so many different genres. The best I could describe it is alt-country mixed with blues, rock, roots and pop. Their songs are a melting pot of genres. Normally I save my recommendation thoughts at the end of a review, but I just want to get it out-of-the-way now. Go buy The Lone Bellow’s Then Came The Morning album. It’s simply fantastic and I’m going to do my best to tell you why every song on this album is damn good.

The album starts off with the upbeat and gospel influenced “Then Came the Morning.” The combination of the harmony interludes along with the hints of horn production give this song an infectious harmony that makes you want to listen to it over and over again. It immediately draws the listener into the album. Needless to say, this is an excellent start to the record. This is followed by the heartbreak song, “Fake Roses.” It’s about a woman who had her heart-broken and as a result has shut herself away from the rest of the world. She tries to get lost in watching television. Williams does a great job establishing the somber attitude of the song in the beginning and then the harmonizing at the end really drives it home.

“Marietta” is a love song where a man tries to win a woman named Marietta’s love back. He pleads to her and says that he’ll let her back into his heart, as he can’t shake his love for her. This is a love song with real emotion and heart that will appeal to a lot of people. And the vocal performance in this song is dynamite. It’s arguably the best song on the album, amongst many great songs. Next is another pleading love song in “Take My Love.” This song is more straightforward and not as emotional. It’s as if it’s a follow-up to “Marietta” after the man has got the woman’s attention and is now just begging for her to take his love. The hook in this song will definitely get stuck in your head and that’s a good thing.

Once again the harmonies shine in “Call To War.” It’s a song about a woman who lost her husband to war and how she won’t rest until he’s found. No matter what though her love will triumph over it all. The best line of the song is “remember when the mountains fell like pennies down a wishing well.” It’s really the punctuation mark of this song. Really though Kanene Pipkin’s vocal performance is what makes this song stand out. “Watch Over Us” is one of the more mellow tracks on the album. The acoustic guitar is the only instrumentation used in the song, so the trio’s vocals are front and center. This is probably the weakest song on the album, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad song. It’s actually good. When this is the worst song on an album, you know you’re listening to something pretty special.

This is followed by another stand out song, “Diners.” The lead vocals on this song are spectacular and really set the emotion. The setting of this song takes place in a diner late at night where a man laments letting love, using comparisons to jukeboxes. And of course the harmonies are stellar again. The Lone Bellow kicks the tempo up on “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home.” This is the kind of song that will get you to stand up and dance. I dare you to try to listen to this song and not move your head as you listen. You can’t because it’s impossible. I can imagine the band had as much fun recording this one, as the fans have listening to it. “If You Don’t Love Me” is a bluesy country rock song about giving an ultimatum to a significant other that they can leave or let you go if they don’t love you. It’s an upbeat song with a “tell it like it is” attitude. It’s one of the less serious tracks on the album.

The quietest track on the album is “Telluride.” The song is about a small mountain town in Colorado named Telluride. The town became well-known during the gold rush in the earlier years of America. Many called it “to hell you ride” and there are two meanings behind this phrase. One because it was dangerous to ride their on horseback (I’m assuming Hickory is referring to a horse possibly in the song) and two because it was infamous for it’s bars and brothels, which miners blew their money on. It’s a really neat story and this song does a great job telling it. This is followed by the shortest track on the album, “To The Woods.” It’s a nice little folksy ditty that can breeze right by if you don’t pay attention. It feels like an epilogue to “Telluride.”

The most rocking and dynamic sounding song on the album is “Cold As It Is.” This is a fantastic fusion of blues, country and rock. Just like “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home,” this song will make you want to move your feet. As for the theme, it’s about not leaving your significant other no matter how cold the relationship can be. I know this is a song I will be playing over and over for a while. It’s so damn good and one of the best on an album full of great songs. The album ends with “I Let You Go,” a heartbreak love song about letting love go in hopes that they would come back to you. It kind of plays on the saying of “if you love something you will let it go.” Your brain is saying letting go is the best thing to do, but your heart wants the opposite. It’s a beautiful harmony that concludes a phenomenal album.

The Lone Bellow’s Then Came The Morning simply blows me away. The year is still new, but this album will hold up as one of the best in country music all year. I don’t think it would be a stretch to call this trio one of the most dynamic in music. If you’re looking for a comparison, I would say the closest is Shovels & Rope, except more bluesy and not quite as dark. So if you love Shovels & Rope, you’ll love this group. Some may say this isn’t a country album, but I don’t care what genre you put it under. This is just great music that everyone should hear. This is without a doubt a strong contender for Country Perspective’s 2015 Album of the Year.

Grade: 10/10

Hodgepodge of Country Stuff: Bro Country is Fading, Sam Hunt is Rising & Country Music is Shattering Into Pieces

The Division of Country Music

The Hodgepodge of Country Stuff is a weekly column where I discuss some country stuff, non-country stuff and maybe even stuff in-between. So that’s a lot of stuff! I’m sure you’ll find some stuff you even like. So welcome! 

Over the past few years country music has been dominated by a sub-genre called bro country. If you’re a music fan who hasn’t been living under a rock, you’re well aware (even non-country fans). It was coined by writer Jody Rosen and it refers to party songs that rely on the same old tropes of drinking, trucks, tailgates, river banks, moonlight, fields and most of the time involves a bro trying to get some sex from a girl. Most of the time the “girls” in these songs (they’re never called women) are treated like crap and are referred to in a derogatory manner. Bro country been the bane of existence for traditional country fans. It’s dominated radios, charts and in my opinion dragged the good name of country through the mud several times.

Those days are coming to an end. Bro country is on it’s very last legs and is no longer the popular taste of the month in country music. Sure there are a few songs of this nature on the charts and playing on radio, but they aren’t as widespread as before. Now just because bro country is on its death bed doesn’t mean it’s not going to fight until the end. The artists who have gained the most from it will fight tooth and nail to keep it alive. I’m looking at you Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Chase Rice and Jason Aldean. To me the final litmus test for this will be Luke Bryan’s new album later this year. Will it feature a lot of bro country and if so will it be popular? We’ll have to wait and see.

On top of this a lot of bro country is being replaced by quality music. Tim McGraw finally woke up and realized trying to keep up with the bros wasn’t going to fly with his fans and went back to his old late 90s and early 2000s sound. It’s paid dividends as “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” and “Shotgun Rider” both became #1 songs. He also netted a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song. Maddie & Tae’s debut EP was a nice sample of traditional country music and continue to gain more popularity. Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” has been a hugely popular songs on the Billboard and iTunes charts. Mickey Guyton has caught everyone’s attention early in 2015 with her country waltz single “Better Than You Left Me.” Even Jake Owen, who benefitted greatly from the bro country fad, put out a great single in “What We Ain’t Got.” On top of this Sturgill Simpson signed with major label Atlantic Records recently.

Things are going great for traditional country fans, right? Well there’s one big elephant in the room you’re kind of forgetting. While a good bit of bro country has been replaced by more quality country songs, the rest has been replaced with something arguably worse. I’m of course referring to Sam Hunt. While independent country fans point to the aforementioned Simpson’s meteoric rise in the last year, mainstream country fans will point to Hunt’s own impressive rise. Last year at this time hardly anyone knew Sam Hunt. He was just another songwriter in Nashville. Then his single “Leave The Night On” came out and became a huge hit. I hoped he was just a flash in the pan and just a one-hit wonder. But at the same time I knew this was naive. When something shows any success in country music, everyone else will rush to copy it and ride the trend.

Jason Aldean surely did as his single “Burnin’ It Down” became one of the biggest hits of 2014. Half of his album featured EDM and heavy pop influences similar to Hunt’s album. I can say the same of Chase Rice and Florida Georgie Line’s albums. Meanwhile Sam Hunt has four songs in the top 40 of iTunes. That’s insane. Each song is also a straight pop song and people are eating it right up. What’s the deal? Well last week I really explored the review sections on Sam Hunt’s Montevallo album and there was a comment I saw a lot that stood out to me. “I usually hate country music, but I love this album and Hunt’s music.” In other words, they like this country music because it isn’t country music. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Sturgill Simpson gets the same exact comment from people and has said as much in interviews. Another similarity both Hunt and Simpson share is they get showers of love from the critics.

So what we got here are two completely different artists with completely different music with both sides claiming it’s country music. It’s truly a sight to behold. Country music is in a war right now. In one corner you have the bro country fans touting the success of Florida Georgia Line and have a legitimate claim. Then you have the traditional country fans who can preach the success of Sturgill Simpson. And of course the pop/EDM country fans who have their poster-boy Sam Hunt. All are having success and gaining more fans by the day.

So you’re probably wondering who’s going to win? Well right now all of them. In the future, all of them can win too. Remember the splitting of country music is coming. It’s pretty much inevitable because I find it impossible to have all of these different sounding acts under one genre. The fans and critics can’t stand it. The labels know there’s money in a split too. But there’s one thing I do disagree with about this whole split. Everyone says it will simply split into two parts, but I find that to be unbelievable. There isn’t a lot of crossover between Sam Hunt fans and Luke Bryan fans. There are many on each side that despise the other. Go read message boards and comments sections. Country music is going to split into multiple sub-genres similar to rock music. You could conceivably have traditional country, rock country, pop country, bro country, EDM country, hip-hop country and even more.

This could be a good thing. No more quarreling amongst opposing fans of what is and isn’t country music. A possibility of a fair platform for all artists of all kinds. This could also be a bad thing. Look at how divided rock music is with its hundreds of sub-genres and it’s presence in the mainstream. It’s an absolute mess and country music could end up in the same boat. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but everyone will have a side in this fight. I know one thing for certain: It’s going to be entertaining. So grab your popcorn and get ready. Also go traditional country!

Upcoming/Recent Country Music Releases

  • The Lone Bellow just released their new album Then Came The Morning. They performed on Letterman the album’s title track on Letterman this past week and it was a fantastic performance. I already wrote a review for the album and trust me you don’t want to miss this one.
  • Carrie Underwood announced her next single will be “Little Toy Guns.” It was the second new song she released on her greatest hits album released last November along with “Something in the Water.” It was only announced a few days ago and it’s already in the top 20 of the iTunes country chart. We’ll have a review on this one soon.
  • Lindi Ortega teased her new upcoming 2015 album on Instagram this past week. If you haven’t heard it yet, click here to hear it. Based on this small sample, we have another great country album to look forward to. 2015 is going to be a great year to be a country music fan.
  • Maddie & Tae recently released their second single “Fly.” I would’ve personally released “Sierra” as the second single as it’s a better song with more of an edge. “Fly” could be successful though because it’s an inspirational song that appeals to younger women. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares on the charts and the radio.

Throwback Thursday Song

 

Brad Paisley, George Jones and Bill Anderson – “Too Country.” One of the many great songs off of Brad Paisley’s Part II album. Nothing would please me more if did another album like this one. My other favorite from that album is his cover of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” It’s kind of funny looking back at this now after his latest album.

My Non-Country Song of the Week

 

Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman.” Yeah yeah I know it’s a mindless pop song, but sometimes I like to take a break from the more substantial stuff and listen to something upbeat. In my opinion, Fall Out Boy used to be a pretty good band. Their quality lately however has slipped and there are several bad tracks on their new album. But “Uma Thurman” works for me and I’m a sucker for a song that samples The Munsters’ theme song.

Tweet of the Week

The Brothers Osborne are definitely one of the most underrated follows on country music Twitter. And this tweet is proof.

A Google Play Review That Will Make You Face Palm

RaeLynn Google Play Review

This was left under RaeLynn’s Me EP on Google Play. I shit you not. I think this wins the prize for most ridiculous review to date.

That’s it for the Hodgepodge this week! Be sure to sound off in the comments! 

Photo Credit: SturgillSimpson.com/MCA Nashville/Republic Nashville. Special thanks to PicMonkey.