Aaron McDonnell on His Muse, His Musical Upbringing, and New Projects

When it comes to country music, the best material comes from the most genuine people in the business. It’s artists that have a respect for more than just the artists that have come before them. It’s artists that have a deep understanding of the history and technicality of the genre from the songwriting to the production. One will not find a more studied, talented, genuine, and humble musician in country music than Aaron McDonnell. He’s

EP Review: Cody Johnson – Ain’t Nothin’ To It

Artist: Cody Johnson Album: Ain’t Nothin’ To It Year: 2018 Label: CoJo Music/Warner Genre: Texas Country, Red Dirt Happy New Year! This week’s review is going to be the very first review of 2019, so I’ve decided to ring it in with an artist who is finally getting the recognition he deserves out there in the mainstream country music scene. If you don’t know who Cody Johnson is yet, let me point you in the direction of his

Album Review: Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox

Artist: Joshua Hedley Album: Mr. Jukebox Year: 2018 Label: Third Man Records Genre: Classic Country, Traditional Country Well, we’ve come to the very last review of the year, folks! I’d tell you I have another good one for you, but who am I kidding? I’d never give y’all an album I wouldn’t listen to personally, so here’s one of my absolute favourites. From its album art to its production, Mr. Jukebox is bound to send you into a

Album Review: JP Harris – Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing

Artist: JP Harris Album: Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing Year: 2018 Label: Free Dirt Records Genre: Outlaw, Alt-Country, Country This week I bring to you an album that was introduced to me by a new friend—thanks, Devon! Montgomery born, Nashville based JP Harris is certainly more than meets the eye. This man has lived every country song. The more I find out about him, the more drawn to his life story I become. He left home after finishing the eighth

Getting on Track this Christmas with the CP Holiday Train

2018 marks the twentieth year for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Trains and their efforts to raise money, food, and awareness for local food banks and food shelves across Canada and the Northern USA. “As a Canadian company that operates in Canada and the U.S., CP is proud to display the flags of both countries on the Holiday Trains.” Canadian Pacific states on their website. For the locomotively educated, the two GP20C 2200 series engines, built

Album Review: Cody Jinks – Lifers

Artist: Cody Jinks Album: Lifers Year: 2018 Label: Rounder Records Genre: Country, Outlaw Country, Alternate Country Looks like I might be a little behind the masses when it comes to Cody Jinks’ newest record. I’ve seen plenty of reviews on it, but I’ve never been one to follow the status quo. So, here’s my review, five months later. Lifers is Jinks’ eighth solo album, released this July with Rounder Records.  It peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard 200,

Album Review: Cliff Westfall – Baby You Win

Artist: Cliff Westfall Album: Baby You Win Year: 2018 Label: Independent Genre: 50s/60s Rock and Roll, Bakersfield Sound, Americana This week’s review is for Kentucky native and now New York-based, Cliff Westfall’s most recent album Baby You Win. Baby You Win is a cheeky album all about relationships—heartache, falling in and out of love, Mr. Rights, Mr. Wrongs, and Mr. Right Nows. The album art is fantastic. Lately, artists like Colter Wall, Joshua Hedley, Zephaniah OHora, Whitney Rose, Aaron McDonnell,

Concert Review: The Danny Hooper Show

Rain or shine, I’d travel to the ends of the earth for a good country performance, so a blustery night with freezing rain and snow didn’t stop me from making it to The Danny Hooper Show on November 15th at my favourite venue, The Horizon Stage. Hooper packed the house, making it a solid three for three following Lisa Brokop and Gil Grand back in October. Being a first-timer, by the time the stage lights went out

Album Review: Belle Plaine – Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath

Artist: Belle Plaine Album: Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath Year: 2018 Label: Independent Genre: Canadian Country, Americana, Swing-Jazz, Folk Belle Plaine is a singer/songwriter raised in the  Canadian prairies near Fosston, Saskatchewan, Canada. If you thought you grew up in a small town, Fosston has a staggering population of just 45 people. Produced by Jason Plumb [Colter Wall, The Dead South], Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath is Plaine’s third full-length album and with it, she has crafted for herself

Concert Review: One Night With Conway Featuring Gil Grand

Well, Happy Second Thanksgiving everybody! Yes, being Canadian means that, for me, Thanksgiving was a month ago, but I’ll be in The United States for the Thanksgiving weekend and I wanted to take part in the festivities for a second time! Both Jasmine Rochelle and I have chosen one of the many concerts we’ve attended this year to laud as the one we are most thankful for and it seems that us girls here at