Fans have been as supportive of Thomas Rhett‘s second single as they were his debut effort, ‘Something to Do With My Hands.’ ‘Beer With Jesus’ sets a different tone than the fun Top 20 hit, but it strikes a deep chord with fans of country music. With two Showdown wins behind him, the singer will take on another newcomer in Greg Bates and ‘Did It for the Girl.’
EPs are often like movie sequels in that they often feel like a ploy to make a few dollars instead of a chance for an artist to expand upon a theme. Much like ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ and more recently, ‘Toy Story 2′, Dierks Bentley‘s ‘Country and Cold Cans’ proves to be an exception.
In just a few short seconds, Florida Georgia Line make a memorable impression on ‘Cruise,’ their debut single with Republic Nashville. The duo have been performing together since graduating from Belmont University, and their formal training shows in the tight execution of this lyric-heavy summer song. It’s Tyler Hubbard’s unique voice that stands out immediately.
Country newcomer Thomas Rhett‘s fans gave his new song ‘Beer With Jesus’ the boost he needed yesterday and last night during the Showdown on Taste of Country Nights. The reflective ballad topped Maggie Rose‘s sexy hit. ‘I Ain’t Your Mama,’ meaning Rhett advances to round No. 2 today.
JT Hodges‘ collision of varied influences make his self-titled, debut album a strange — but not unenjoyable — listen. Lyrically, the best songs on ‘JT Hodges’ feel strange and somehow forbidden, like a journey through the wardrobe, or adventure to a new world. He teeters on the axis of cool and too cool for the room.
At his best, Dustin Lynch falls in line with the George Strait tradition of good, solid country music sung with enviable ease. The newcomer doesn’t have a dynamic voice, but he’s certainly not a hum-drum bore. Highlights from his self-titled debut album are melodic and in control.
To celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, which is August 21, we thought we’d look ahead to how country music’s top stars will look when they get closer to becoming AARP members. Many — like Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer — promise to age gracefully. Others… well, not so much. Sorry about that, Taylor Swift!
Newcomer Maggie Rose‘s steamy new song ‘I Ain’t Your Mama’ squeaked by the weekend Showdown champion on Monday. Her new song was too much for Justin Moore‘s ”Til My Last Day,’ meaning her track will move on to face a new challenger today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio.
Wynonna Judd‘s husband, Cactus Moser, suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night (August 18). Now, it’s becoming clear just how serious those injuries are. TMZ reports that Moser has had his left leg amputated at the Rapid City Regional Hospital as a result of the crash.
Legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller died Monday morning (August 20) in her Los Angeles home at the age of 95. Country stars were among the many celebrities who paid respects to her life and career using their social media platforms. Billy Ray Cyrus and Reba McEntire were the first to share their thoughts.
Kix Brooks‘ solo material has a Bad Blake quality to it. He hasn’t lived quite the same wayward life as the ‘Crazy Heart’ (2009) character (played by Jeff Bridges), but songs like his second single, ‘Bring It on Home,’ share similar pacing and sincerity.
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