Articles tagged: country music


On Higher, Chris Stapleton’s signature sound stays steady

Higher is a solid album, consistent with Stapleton’s well-established reputation in the country music sphere.


On his self-titled album, establishment-rejecting singer-songwriter Zach Bryan turns inward

Bryan’s second official album is a triumph of authenticity and self-examination in a concise format.

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If you go down, I’m goin’ down too

Solidarity—standing up for a group you do not belong to and putting your own comfort aside in the process—is the linchpin to social justice. Historically, however, celebrities have dropped the... Read more


Taylor Swift dives “headfirst, fearless” into the re-recording process with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

On the heels of Taylor Swift’s historic Grammy triumph, where she received her third Album of the Year award, fans celebrate the re-recording of her first AOTY-winning album. Fearless (Taylor’s... Read more

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“Old Town Road” Signals a Shift in the Music Industry

The music industry has a new reason to worry, and it’s all because of a certain country-rap meme song. Lil Nas X, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who was virtually unknown a... Read more

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The 61st Annual Grammy Awards: the Good, the Bad, and the Unlistenable

As we approach the dreaded/celebrated season in which celebrities gather in expensive outfits to recognize the best in television, film, and music, the Grammy Awards often stand out as the... Read more


The Weekly List: Jason Isbell Highlights

At the age of 22, Jason Isbell joined the rock band The Drive-By Truckers, kickstarting an impressive country music career with the band. After dangerous habits including excessive drinking drove... Read more


Critical Voices: Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

Life Changes is country pop act Thomas Rhett’s third studio album since his 2013 debut. It is reminiscent of the transition seen in Taylor Swift’s Red, with the sound caught... Read more

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Country Music Can Be Yours, Too

Five years ago, I would have laughed at the thought of writing this article. Country was one of my least favorite music genres. Though I’d hardly listened to it, I... Read more