About Country California

Established in April of 2008, Country California offers a wry survey of the modern country music landscape through a combination of editorials, recommendations, satirical news, and whatever else we can think up. Since we’re basically in it for the love of music, we have a lot of freedom in terms of what we cover and how we cover it. We’re just trying to write the sort of country music blog that we would want to read.

The Staff

  • C.M. Wilcox – Founder/Editor/Author
    Born and raised in Santa Cruz County, a Haggard-obsessed twentysomething now residing in the country music mecca of Sacramento. Likes music, writing, technology, humor, green tea. Loves hearing from readers (hint, hint). Available for freelance work.
  • Corey “Trailer” Parkman – Fake News Correspondent
    Nice fella. Lives in Mississippi. Also authors the music satire blog Farce the Music.

What they’re saying…

“I think C.M. Wilcox is, at best, showing signs of an overactive imagination.”
- – Commenter at The 9513.

“insightful and often wickedly funny”
- – Chris Neal in Country Weekly.

“Absolutely terrible review! I spit at its feet, as well as the author.”
- – Commenter at The 9513.

“… like Chicken Soup for the Country Fan’s Soul.”
- – Dan Milliken of Country Universe.

“He is family oriented, which is a good thing. I also loved Mr. Mom too. Families today need good clean music to listen too, and that is what you find in Richie McDonald’s songs. I thought this review was not real fair to Richie!!”
- – Commenter at The 9513.

“I almost fell off my own chair. You are effin’ hilarious.”
- – J.R. Journey of My Kind of Country.

“Your site is stupid and meaningless and isn’t that well done. Have a good day.”
- – Steve vonBrandt, 1998 Big Bass World Champ and Hall of Fame angler.

“[Country California] features a “Fake News” section that has become something like country music’s version of farcical newspaper The Onion, or like an all-country online cousin to The Daily Show.”
- – Peter Cooper in The Tennessean.

“I advise the writer of this review to please grow up for goodness sakes.”
- – Commenter at The 9513.

“Love your site!”
- – Patrick Shields of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 radio program.

“I love Danny Gokey’s voice. [...] By the way, his heart is a lot purer than your dark one.”
- – Danny Gokey fan.

“Full of fake country news, rife with sarcasm, and downright hilarious, Country California is the blog to check out if you’re looking for a laugh.”
- – GoTickets.com’s 15 Top Country Music Blogs.

“Like the mailman, C.M. always delivers.”
- – Commenter Andrew Leprich.


Country California takes its editorial independence very seriously, which means:

  • We keep ads to a bare minimum as a matter of course. Any ads or affiliate links present exist to offset the costs of running the site – usually, to recoup money already spent. Nobody is getting rich quick.
  • The fact that labels sometimes provide us with free music for review purposes has no bearing on how that music gets written about on the site. In fact, we don’t even write about most of the stuff we receive.
  • We can moderate (edit, delete, sanitize) your comments to whatever extent we deem necessary to maintain a civil and welcoming environment for all site visitors, but prefer to exercise this privilege as little as possible. Just keep things relatively clean and respectful and you’ll never have to worry about it.
  • Except where otherwise noted, Country California claims no rights to any images featured on the site. If you do own rights and want an image taken down, contact us and we’ll happily oblige.