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Colorado folk band, The Widow's Bane
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March Blog Rodeo: Why Country Music Is Like the Zombie Apocalypse

March 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

When I first read this month’s Blog Rodeo topic, “Why does the mainstream media seem to be so in love with country music right now?”, I immediately prepared my seven-word reply: because that is where the money is. Too cynical? Anything that achieves mass popularity does so by first being […]

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Mercury

What Young Musicians Can Learn from Jamey Johnson

February 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Shortly before the 2013 GRAMMY Awards, Rolling Stone magazine caught up with some of the nominees. A very patient journalist, Dan Hyman, went to interview Country Album of the Year nominee Jamey Johnson in Chicago. The conversation was almost painful to read and it holds a valuable lesson that I […]

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billboard.biz

The Age of the Internet Meme: Billboard Includes YouTube Data in Charts

February 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

For the second time in a few months, Billboard has made a major change to its chart methodology. In October 2012, the leading music chart authority announced it was adding several new streams to the way the charts were compiled. What met with the most resistance was the inclusion of […]

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Country Music Blog Rodeo – Roots Revival: the Most Exciting Music Trend of 2013

Country Music Blog Rodeo – Roots Revival: the Most Exciting Music Trend of 2013

January 22, 2013 at 6:00 am

  One thing that has remained the same about country music over the years, is that it always changes. Trends have come and gone, artists reviled and then celebrated for putting a new spin on the genre. It seems that every few years, the popular sonic template adjusts itself, sometimes […]

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Year in Review: UCN’s Favorite Album Releases of 2012

Year in Review: UCN’s Favorite Album Releases of 2012

December 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

The closing of a year always invites lists of favorites of all sorts of things, so this is the perfect time to share a few country music releases which especially impressed in 2012. This is not a ranked countdown but just a couple of albums which I believe should be […]

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