Rest in peace, Chet Flippo


News is coming across the wires that respected music writer Chet Flippo, known for his many decades of work at publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly to Billboard and - where his eminently sensible, straight-talking "Nashville Skyline" column has been a longtime attraction - has passed away at the age of 69. Since his arrival at CMT in 2001 coincided with the beginning of my own absolute immersion into the world of country music, I count his column there as a … [Read more...]

The Road Ahead: Exciting Stuff to Come in 2013

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Now that the dust has pretty much settled on 2012, nobody say a word about Best of 2013 lists until after Thanksgiving. I haven't even heard any of this music yet and I'm already overwhelmed. (For more upcoming music, see our Album Release Calendar or bookmark the Country Music Start Page.) Gary Allan - Set You Free (January 22) The ninth studio album from one of contemporary country's best voices arrives January 22 on MCA Nashville. Allan tells The Boot: "Looking at song titles, when I … [Read more...]

Reboot the Blog: Progress Report

Here in America, we voted last week. That meant making a good faith effort to survey the range of issues faced by our nation and register our opinions about how they should be handled, in one decisive act of voting on one day. November 6. Months (nay, years) of campaigning led to one day, then to one highlight reel of moments when the winners and losers of this latest election became clear. We voted, and now we're done. Some people are pleased and others aren't, but the voting part is over. … [Read more...]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012 Guidebook

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The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is happening this Friday through Sunday at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Late last week, the full festival schedule (with set times!) was finally posted on the event website. With dozens of acts performing on multiple stages each day, though, it can be confusing to figure out where to go and what to see next. Fear not, good friends: I'm more than happy to boss you around. Here's what I'd make a point to see if headed down to San Francisco this … [Read more...]

New Country Album Releases for February 7

Dierks Bentley - Home

Dierks Bentley - Home Various Artists - Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Part 2 Various Artists - Hearts Across Texas (includes Aaron Watson/Elizabeth Cook duet) Glen Campbell - Meet Glen Campbell (reissued with bonus tracks) … [Read more...]