Ashley Monroe Is “Unhappily Married”

Ashley Monroe backed by Striking Matches, doing a song first heard on the 2013 Pistol Annies release Annie Up. This video comes from YouTube user Miranda Carpenter, who has a bunch of other songs from the same April 11 concert posted to her channel. (Thanks to Karlie J. for the tip.) You can debate the merits of having what looks to be a full fan-shot show available online, but I will say that the strength of these live clips sent me in a beeline toward Ashley Monroe's tour schedule... … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 04/21/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Jake's a genuine country fan. He can get up there and do Merle Haggard. He can do T.G. Sheppard. He can do all those old greats, and he does it every day at soundcheck for, like, eight hours. ‚óŹ - - Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three) says Jake Owen is a genuine country fan and also has the world's longest soundchecks. I'm still at that point where I'm trying to uncondition myself to listen with radio ears. I catch myself going there … [Read more...]

Backtrack: Larry Cordle, “Sometimes a Man Takes a Drink”

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This review was originally published at The 9513 in February 2011. Songwriters: Larry Cordle and Amanda Martin As a cut on Trace Adkins' well-received X in 2008, "Sometimes a Man Takes a Drink" sounded like a brawny, neotraditional album highlight. In the hands of songwriter Larry Cordle, it sounds like a certifiable country-bluegrass classic - the rare modern composition that would have been right at home on an album by George Jones or the Louvin Brothers half a century ago. In a word, it … [Read more...]