Album Review: Bonnie Montgomery – Forever

Artist: Bonnie Montgomery Album: Forever Year: 2018 Label: Independent Genre: Honky Tonk, Classic Country This week’s album, Forever, is actually an unlikely review candidate. One I’ve had on the list for a very long time, but found myself skipping over week after week. To get to the root of why, I took it upon myself to tackle this album head on because it wasn’t that I didn’t like it. Not at all! I actually quite enjoyed the production, style,

Concert Review: Double Feature – The Story of the Hag & The Legend of George Jones

“Who’s gonna give their heart and soul to get to me and you? Lord, I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes?” There are so many artists I’ll never get the opportunity to see live as they’ve already passed on, but with these hard-working folks that take their tributes and impersonations on the road, their spirits are still there. For that, each and every tribute show and story told touches me just a little bit deeper than

Album Review: Ronnie Milsap – The Duets

Artist: Ronnie Milsap Album: The Duets Year: 2019 Label: G-Force Music/ Riser House Records Genre: Country, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop, Urban Cowboy, Southern Rock, Southern Blues This week’s review was slightly challenging for me. I’ve loved Ronnie Milsap for a long time and was incredibly excited that he’d released a duets album earlier this month, however, I was doubting whether or not I should review it. I didn’t really know any of the artists he’d paired up with outside

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

Artist: Cody Johnson Album: Ain’t Nothin’ To It Year: 2019 Label: CoJo Music/Warner Music Nashville Genre: Texas Country Aaaaand, we’re back! Cody Johnson’s full-length album dropped last Friday and we haven’t stopped listening to it yet. While the five-song EP was fantastic, the fifteen-track album totally surpasses it. Records like Ain’t Nothin’ To It make my heart sing. It’s got story songs, life lessons, love songs, and honky tonkers. That’s what country music is all about and Johnson has nailed

Concert Review: Bill Anderson & T.G. Sheppard, River Cree Casino | January 11th, 2019

The best shows I’ve seen in country music didn’t have any gaudy lights, smoke screens, or wild pyrotechnics. They were stripped right down to the heart and soul of the music. The musicians didn’t need all the glitz and glamour to grab anyone’s attention. They had nothing to prove and nobody to impress because they'd already carved themselves a place in this world with their talent alone. If you’re an adrenalin-fueled concert junkie, then

Album Review: Randy Houser – Magnolia

Artist: Randy Houser Album: Magnolia Year: 2019 Label: Broken Bow Records’ Stony Creek Imprint Genre: Country Blues Lately, I’ve been finding myself more and more hesitant to listen to all these new albums put out by artists I’ve still been calling “mainstream” due to the whole bro-country movement even if we haven’t heard anything from them in a few years. In my defence, I gave up on modern country music back in 2013 and retreated to the internet archives for

Album Review: Martha Spencer

Artist: Martha Spencer Album: Martha Spencer Year: 2018 Label: Independent Genre: Appalachian, Bluegrass, Country Folk Take one quick listen to Martha Spencer and it’s impossible to think of anything other than deep-rooted, classic Appalachian country music. This is true blue mountain music, folks, and it’s nestled between the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where Spencer grew up surrounded by family who played music not so different from what she now brings to life. Spencer’s self-titled debut

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