Monthly Archives: September 2010

JN’s Top 10 (George Strait’s Chances Edition)

JN’s Top 10 (George Strait’s Chances Edition)

I know George Strait’s only at #15, and there’s plenty of time for him to show us whether or not he’ll reach the top 10 with The Breath You Take. But it’s a question that a lot of his serious fans are already asking, so I thought I’d devote part of this edition of the…Read More

JN’s Top 10 (Year-End Song Lists, Part I)

JN’s Top 10 (Year-End Song Lists, Part I)

I’m going to get away from my usual list-of-ten-items format today and look at methods the leading year-end charts use to compile their annual lists. And for good measure I will explain my own method. I realize CountryChartTalk is not (yet) as important a media outpost as Billboard or Mediabase, nor am I a legend…Read More

Zac Brown Band — You Get What You Give

Zac Brown Band — You Get What You Give

Zac Brown Band first splashed onto the country music scene in 2008 with Chicken Fried, a catchy, radio-friendly debut single about the simple things in life.  The song soared up the charts, and became their first #1 hit.  However, the rest of their debut album, The Foundation, contained much different material than the typical pop-country…Read More

JN’s Top 10 (New Releases, Big Stars Edition)

JN’s Top 10 (New Releases, Big Stars Edition)

  We’re having a terrible drought where I live, but someone has turned the faucet on and left it on. Not for the garden hose, but whatever faucet governs new releases from big stars. I mentioned Tim McGraw last week but now we have an even newer song, Bullets In The Gun, the second single…Read More

Jaron Finds Audience, Friendships On “Long Road” To Country Music

Jaron Finds Audience, Friendships On “Long Road” To Country Music

One of the unlikeliest hits played by country radio in 2010 has to be Pray For You, by the one-man band Jaron And The Long Road To Love. Irony isn’t the most common tone found in country song lyrics. Now, in an even bigger irony, we discover that the writer and singer of Pray For…Read More

Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar’s unbounded energy and limitless talent have proven him, again and again, as one of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars. His resume boasts six #1 hits for country artists including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and three more as an artist in his own right. He’s been named…Read More

Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram

When Jack Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist,” thousands of people in the audience had to be smiling to themselves about that whole “new” thing. They knew the thirty-something, steel-eyed veteran accepting that trophy on that stage in Vegas had been rocking roadhouses, theaters and stadiums relentlessly…Read More

Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band

The Eli Young Band’s music has all the hallmarks of youth: passion, energy, excitement. The band’s story is the definition of commitment: years spent honing its sound while building up to their first national album launch. The band combined a range of elements—vocalist Mike Eli’s ingratiating resonance, guitarist James Young’s elastic bag of sounds, bass…Read More

Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio

For longtime Diamond Rio fans wondering why their favorite country band decided to record a Christian record, the answer lies in the music. As the lyric above from “The Reason” illustrates, this was no casual decision, but a cherished opportunity by a group of believers looking to share their faith and celebrate God’s grace and…Read More

Kevin Fowler

Kevin Fowler

From pubs to arenas, from dance halls to county fairs, the name Kevin Fowler always means a full house and cheering crowds. With his new CD Bring It On , Kevin delivers 100% Texan country with style. And if there’s something different about Kevin, it’s that inside his pearl-buttoned Western shirt beats a heart of…Read More


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