10 Best Female Country Music Ballads

When you examine the breadth of country music, women tend to dig quite deep into their emotional arsenal of stories and themes–often breaking ground on topics not previously explored. From the early work of Kitty Wells to the more recent stylistic approach of Lee Ann Womack, you can find a wide range of musical influences … Read more

Dan + Shay’s Debut Album ‘Where It All Began’ Is Perfectly Sunbaked Pop-Country

Breakout duo Dan + Shay are making country music fans crazy about them, especially as their debut single “19 You + Me” is rising on the radio charts. If that single is any indication, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are poised to become the next superstars of Nashville. What they’ve managed to do on their … Read more

10 Country Music Songs That Should Have Been Hits

Country music is most certainly not exempt from the ebbs and flows of the entertainment industry. Just like its pop, rap and R&B counterparts, it changes with the tide, sometimes leaning more traditional, sometimes far more commercial. It can make it a hard pill to swallow when you look at some of your favorite country … Read more

10 Country Music Collaborations We’d Like to See

Country music is as rooted in collaboration as it is fiddle and steel guitar instruments. It is just the nature of the beast and what makes the genre so wonderfully made. When you look back at history, plenty of collaborations stand out: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers (“Islands In The … Read more

Eric Church’s ‘The Outsiders’ Tests The Limits Of Country

When it comes to creative freedom, Eric Church isn’t afraid to test the boundaries in fresh, electric new ways. Up until this point, he’s stayed within the confines of tradition, with only a slight dusting of southern rock. On Sinners Like Me(2006), Carolina (2009) and Chief (2011), the modern-day outlaw only hinted at his ambition, … Read more

Top 10 Inspiring Miranda Lambert Lyrics

Miranda Lambert has cultivated quite a loyal following over the years. Since her stint on Nashville Star a few years back, this plucky singer-songwriter has exposed some truly interesting facets of human nature, often revealing incredibly personal things about herself. While on the hit (but now-canceled) USA singing competition, Lambert quickly showcased her Texas-dirt lyricism … Read more