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

Concert Review: Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty in A Salute to Conway and Loretta

With Lula's first birthday right around the corner our team got to thinking about how we could celebrate all we're thankful for on this crazy ride we now call our careers. After discussing how best to celebrate the holiday, we decided we wanted to highlight performers who encompass the spirit of the industry we know and love with their talent, heart, and dedication to the history of country music. It is not lost on me that

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,

Concert Review: Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas

Country music is, at its core, about connection. There is nothing better than when an artist goes out of their way to make a genuine connection with the folks who believe in them the most - their fans. There are laughter and tears and by the end of the night, something unforgettable has been exchanged. Last week I had the pleasure of sitting in on Reba, Brooks and Dunn: Together in Vegas for several shows.