Album Review: Mo Pitney – Behind This Guitar

Artist: Mo Pitney Album: Behind This Guitar Year: 2016 Label: Curb Records Genre: Neo-Traditional Country Would you ever hitch a ride to Music City Just to see an Opry show? Would you drive across the country, Just to listen to some country? As a graduate fresh outta high school, I didn’t know much, but I knew damn well that that was a country song if I’d ever heard one. Who was that guy? Did he have an album? Where did he come from? Well,

Album Review: Tony Jackson – Self-Titled Debut

Tony Jackson

Artist: Tony Jackson Album: Tony Jackson Year: 2017 Label: DDS Entertainment/Sony-Red Genre: Traditional Country/Classic Country Old Country has found a new voice in Tony Jackson. His debut album feels anything but with the names this Virginia Navy boy has on the roster. Recorded mostly at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tony Jackson features appearances by Country Music Hall of Famer and Opry Member Vince Gill, Paul Franklin a former member Barbara Mandrell’s road band back in the 70s, and current steel

Album Review: Ags Connolly – Nothin’ Unexpected

Artist: Ags Connolly Album: Nothin’ Unexpected Year: 2017 Label: At The Helm Records Genre: Traditional Country Another Thursday, another album review! Sharing my favourite music finds is the best part of my job. This week I’ve got one for you that, given the name of the album, is quite ironic. Ags Connolly’s Nothin’ Unexpected is actually very unexpected. Having stumbled upon it like I do most albums--through Spotify--I was completely taken off guard to find that Connolly hails from Oxfordshire,

Introducing: Reverie Lane

Reverie, a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream. Spencer Bartoletti and Presley Tucker of Reverie Lane’s dreamlike harmonies are like a breath of fresh air to country music. Though Reverie Lane isn’t a household name just yet, they’re bound to be. With influences like Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker, both women are undeniably country as individual artists, but they come together with unique and traditional harmonies to

EP Review: Joe Nichols – Never Gets Old: Traditional Country Series

Artist: Joe Nichols Album: Never Gets Old: Traditional Country Series Year: 2018 Label: Broken Bow Records Genre: Traditional Country If there were ever a voice that was made for a traditional style of country music, it’s Joe Nichols. Never Gets Old: Traditional Country Series is the Joe Nichols project I’ve been waiting for. I knew the moment his cover of Don Williams’ “Good Ole Boys” dropped that there was some kind of a classics album to follow. The excitement continued

Album Review: Daryle Singletary – There’s Still A Little Country Left

Artist: Daryle Singletary Album: There’s Still A Little Country Left Year: 2015 Label: AGR Television Records Genre: Neotraditional country There are so many mixed feelings that go along with this week’s album review. Sorrow. Pride. Admiration. Saudade. Heartache. Back in February when we lost Daryle Singletary, I found myself on my kitchen floor in a mess of shock and tears. Forty-six. He was just forty-six years old. Far too young to be leaving behind a beautiful wife and four young

Concert Review: Lisa Brokop – Legendary Ladies of Country

Artist: Lisa Brokop Venue: Horizon Stage, Spruce Grove, Alberta Show: Lisa Brokop Presents: Legendary Ladies of Country Time: 7:30pm, October 1st, 2018 Having been to many, many country music concerts in my twenty-two years, I thought I knew exactly what to expect last Monday night when I attended a tribute show of some of Country Music’s greatest female legends presented by one of my favourite Canadian country music artists—Lisa Brokop. Being not just a Lisa Brokop fan, but

Album Review: Loretta Lynn – Wouldn’t It Be Great

Artist: Loretta Lynn Album: Wouldn’t It Be Great Year: 2018 Label: Sony Legacy Genre: Classic Country, Traditional Country Here it is, Folks, the album the world’s been needing. Miss Loretta Lynn has released the record we’ve all been patiently waiting for. Lynn’s forty-first studio album dropped on September 28th after being postponed due to complications with her health. “Because this record is so special for me, it deserves me at my best,” Lynn revealed as she spent the majority of

Album Review: Billie Joe & Norah Jones – Foreverly

Artist: Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong Album: Foreverly Year: 2013 Label: Reprise Records Genre: Folk, Alternative, Indie, Alternative Country This week I’m excited to share a sort of unorthodox throwback record from 2013. Foreverly is a beautiful reinterpretation of The Everly Brothers' 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Billie Joe Armstrong of punk/rock band Green Day had the idea to remake the brother’s record in its entirety. He listened to the album quite frequently and wanted more people

Album Review: Bill Anderson – Anderson

Artist: Bill Anderson Album: Anderson Year: 2018 Label: TWI Records Genre: Traditional Country Writing this week’s review makes me feel incredibly honoured. Bill Anderson is one of my favourite songwriters. Many of his songs have graced the airwaves and the charts over the past seven consecutive decades, including Joe Nichols' "I"ll Wait For You," Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss' "Whiskey Lullaby," Kenny Chesney's "A Lot of Things Different," Sugarland's "Joey," Steve Wariner's "Two Teardrops," and George Strait's "Give It Away"