Album reviews

Valory Music Group

Album Review: Off the Beaten Path – Justin Moore

September 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

If you’re looking for profound lyrics and veiled song meanings, then this isn’t an album for you. Off the Beaten Path is what you see is what you get, take it or leave it. From what I know about Justin Moore, that attitude sums up who he is as well. […]

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Rural Rhythm

Album Review: Gypsy Runaway Train – The Roys

August 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

The Roys are a bluegrass duo hailing all the way from New Brunswick, Canada. You might be thinking, “Canada, eh?” Well, don’t let their place of origin fool you. Siblings Elaine and Lee Roy grew up on “roots music.” The brother and sister duet developed a deep passion for sweet […]

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Vanguard

Album Review: Last of the Great Pretenders – Matt Nathanson

August 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson returns with Last of the Great Pretenders, his third studio album with current label Vanguard. Feeling like the sonically logical progression from his 2011 Modern Love album, this is his most accomplished, expansive, and bold collection so far. After the most attention-grabbing opening line I have heard […]

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Momentum Label Group

Album Review: Rachele Lynae – Party Pack Digital EP

July 14, 2013 at 9:14 am

“With a voice as bold, expansive and deeply hued as the Alaskan sky that blanketed her childhood, Rachele Lynae is an impressive new artist whose talent, drive and creative range are quickly distinguishing her from other country newcomers.” When I first listened to Rachele Lynae’s Party Pack Digital EP, my […]

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Average Joes Entertainment

Album Review: ‘LoCash Cowboys’ – LoCash Cowboys

May 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

When duo LoCash Cowboys signed with Average Joes Entertainment at the end of last year, the deal not only landed them with a label that understood what they had been trying to do, but also linked them with the producers their project needed. Surrounded by the right people, Preston Brust […]

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Show Dog Universal

Album Review: Love Will… – Trace Adkins

May 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Love Will… – Trace Adkins (Show Dog-Universal, 2013) When you first hear the title of Trace Adkins brand new album, Love Will…, your first thought might be, well, it’s an album of love songs, and you would be right; however these are not your typical mushy, warm and fuzzy love […]

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Hike the Stone Music

Album Review: great big sky – Daryl Wayne Dasher

April 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm

great big sky – Daryl Wayne Dasher (April 23, 2013 – Hike the Stone Music) (by UCN contributor Deb Bose) These days, pop culture references to “Country & Western” evoke a quaint and bygone era in which songs about the cowboy’s life out in the open range were a defining […]

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Mercury

Album Review: Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves

March 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Mugraves (Mercury, 2013)   With her folksy major label debut, Kacey Musgraves may have stayed away from the polish and sheen of most modern country music, but there is plenty on Same Trailer Different Park that sparkles brightly. The album was produced by Luke […]

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Streamsound Records

Album Review: I Am Jaida Dreyer – Jaida Dreyer

February 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I Am Jaida Dreyer – Jaida Dreyer (Streamsound, 2013)   When Jaida Dreyer arrived in Nashville, she thought that the career path before her was songwriting rather than performing. Considering how many talented young people move here specifically to become a recording artist, for Dreyer to still be picked out […]

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Album Review: That’s Just The Way That It Goes – Ty Brando

Album Review: That’s Just The Way That It Goes – Ty Brando

February 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

That’s Just the Way that it Goes – Ty Brando (2013) Many will recognize Ty Brando as a fixture on the writer’s night scene here in Nashville. He hass hosted many over the years, but as he doesn’t often play at them, you don’t often get to hear some of […]

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