Rolling Country 2023

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As usual, let's roll out the barrel with Chuck Eddy's country picks:

dow, Monday, 2 January 2023 19:22 (one month ago) link

He said I could do whatever I wanted to with these posts from his blog, so here's the intro to and comments on his singles picks(with link to whole thing)---he didn't do a sep list x comments for top albums, but I've boldfaced the ones he mentions in passing here:

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40+ Best Country Singles of 2022

From what I’ve read, 2022 is supposed to be the year that neo-traditionalism (i.e., singers trying to sound like Travis and Strait and McEntire trying to sound like Haggard and Jones and Wynette) returned to country radio while everybody showed how much they missed to the ’90s (i.e., Twain and Brooks and Brooks & Dunn.)

I apparently wasn’t paying close enough attention to notice much of. the former, though I definitely caught glimpses of the latter, which you’ll find below. But seems like mostly what caught my ear were (sometimes blatantly ’90s styled, sometimes not) dance songs, as often as not by women without major label recording contracts, or maybe recording contracts at all — not nearly purist enough for “alt-country”; maybe not purist enough for commercial country. In fact a couple feel flat-out disco. But then again sometimes I think I live for category errors — When I told my wife that Anna Vaus’s “Didn’t Even Date” is my favorite country single of the year, she quickly replied “it doesn’t sound country!,” and I’m fine with that. Vaus brands herself as “honest girl pop country,” and Big Machine signed her to to a publishing (why not recording?) deal in August. So who am I to argue?

If Nashville Scene still sent out country critics poll ballots, my top 10 albums this year would have probably looked something like: Miranda Lambert, Ingrid Andress, Anna Vaus’s EP, Kimberly Kelly, Ashley McBryde, Breland, Lainey Wilson, Pillbox Patti, Willie Nelson, Brennan Leigh, or maybe Alela Diane if I decided she qualified. Either way, 80% women. Singles might be even more lopsided, gender-wise.

I didn’t number the songs below because it seemed most efficient to pair multiple singles by a few of the artists with each other instead of splitting them up, and numerically that would’ve just confused things. So let’s just say these are listed in roughly approximate order of how much I enjoyed them, with other songs I liked slightly less or didn’t have as much to say about affixed alphabetically at the end. There are…more or less 40. I keep losing count. Feel free to build a playlist.

Anna Vaus “Didn’t Even Date” and “Kinda Don’t Ever.” I liked this unjustly slept-on Southern California via Nashville hopeful’s evidently self-released (Epola Road Records) 2018 EP The California Kid and put “Day Job” on my Nashville Scene ballot that year, and I like her even more now, even if the ambiguity of feeling “some kind of way” will always get on my nerves and I’m not sure “we were golden with an ocean view” means anything at all, except maybe that she’s still got Pacific Coast connections. “Didn’t Even Date” is more blue-eyed r&b c&w with all sorts of vocal tricks built in (breathiness, chuckling, mini-melisma); “Kinda Don’t Ever” more old-school Taylor Swift. Not saying it’s better than anything on Midnights, but not saying it’s not.

Megan McKenna “Single” and “DNA.” The “English TV personality” (as her wiki page puts it) put out 14 singles in 2022; I liked two a lot. Both affirm the resilience of unpartnered women; both use what I’d call Europop-Mediterranean semi-flamenco guitar strums in a pop-country context. I also just learned that the “LBD” she says she slips on is a “little black dress.” Wrote more about her songs (and Anna Vaus) here.

Chris Lane feat. Lauren Alaina “Dancing in the Moonlight.” Seventeen years ago, I initiated a King Harvest vs. Starbuck thread on the I Love Music board, wondering which band’s proto-disco-country soft-rock moonlight smash was better — the former’s #13 ’72 “Dancing in the Moonlight” or the latter’s #3 ’76 “Moonlight Feels Right”? Still not sure which I’d pick, but at least for now, Nashville seems to have made a choice — not as a cover version, per sé; more like a rewrite hitching recognizable remnants of the original chorus to stuff about “heaven with your hands on me” and “boys passing something from Kentucky.” @KingHarvestMusic, on you tube: “No words to describe what an absolute pleasure it is to hear a country rewrite of our hit from 1973. Great vocals! Great production! Here’s hoping you guys take it all the way to the top.” Not only did it not climb to the top; it didn’t chart at all. Maybe all the ’70s (Lane’s pornstache) and non-’70s (Alaina’s flapper outfit) referents in the video confused people chronologically.

Kassi Ashton “Dates in Pickup Trucks.” She of the fullest and huskiest woman’s voice in current country also has the best pants; an episode of something called The Look has her taking us into her closet and telling us she personally handcut her dungarees’ fringe. Youtube viewers who claim to have no use for country say they love the song — which stayed on Billboard‘s country airplay chart for eight weeks but never got higher than #57 — regardless, and people make interesting comparisons. @toddritter5612: “Got a nice Amy Winehouse vibe to it.” @kimvann8246: “I’m ALL east coast, S. Philly and S. Jersey (yeah, Jersey shore and all. But real old school 80’s). I was broken hearted when we lost Lady T., plus I’m now in Cali. Then I hear this vibe under CM. [sic?] Wait, Backup, What’s this I’m hearing? Hallelujah! I’ve been rescued. Your voice is lovely so keep bringing the joy. Be blessed.” Somebody on WikiCelebs: “This is the reason she posts a photo in a bikini on social media and tagged the boy, who said that she had a flat-shaped figure like a pencil for taking revenge.” I’d also vouch for 2021’s “Heavyweight,” which earns its title amid bragging that Ashton’s “a full grown woman,” and her 2020 version of “Hard Candy Christmas.” And I hope not all her pickup truck dates involve having to watch her boyfriend’s bros wrestle in dirt. A possible red flag, maybe?

Melanie Dyer “Dumb Decisions” (with Caitlyn Shadbolt) and “Cheap Moscato.” Two upbeat and catchy songs about how poor momentary life choices involving alcohol can be worth it anyway, for the stories and memories they spawn. Dyer and Shadbolt are both Australian (Sydney and Gympie respectively), which seems to free country singers of the uptight ideological baggage that weighs down so many of their American counterparts. In “Dumb Decisions” girls get crazy and flirty when sipping on tequila or a “Buffy” (dark rum, passoã, lime and orange juice, simple syrup, passionfruit); in “Cheap Moscato” clothes and hopeless hearts wind up all over the floor. Furniture and interior decoration in the latter video seem decidedly high-end and kind of trendy, suggesting a down-under market for country less rural, younger and freer of quasi-populist class delusions than what we got here. (By the way, an entirely different Melanie Dyer put out a terrific avant-jazz-meets-African-American-fiddle-band album with her improvising sextet WeFree Strings in 2022. Check out them, too!)

Priscilla Block “My Bar.” Wednesday night regular at local watering hole ’cause she digs the band sends ex-boyfriend back to his side of town. An actual hit — #50 Hot Country Singles, #26 Country Airplay, which again hints that, no matter how unadventurous country radio is, country fans might be worse. In the video she divides time between said tavern, the stage, and for some incongruous reason a huge red tractor with a snowplow. Inspiring how Block has no qualms showing off her zaftig figure, even more overtly in 2021’s ”Thick Thighs“: “I can’t be the only one who likes extra fries over exercise….You can’t spell ‘diet’ without ‘die.'” She even twerks! Breland needs to work her into his song “Thick,” which already shouts out to Lizzo, Megan Trainor, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley McBryde (or Graham?) and Serena Williams.

Abby Anderson “Juicy.” More curvaceous body positivity: “full figure, full figure, you’re gonna need both your hands.” Spelling lesson: “Jay! You! I see why! You wanna squeeze me.” Till the juice runs down… In the tradition of Robert Johnson, Led Zeppelin, Mtume, Oaktown’s 357 and Notorious B.I.G., except more disco than any of them. Abby Anderson from the outskirts of Dallas sang some patriotic corn on Glenn Beck’s show as a 17-year-old in 2014 and wound up in the top 10 of Billboard‘s Christian chart; four years later, “Make Him Wait” just barely squeeeezed into country’s Airplay top 60. She claims K.T. Oslin and Freddy Fedder among her influences — about time somebody did! Later in 2022 she released “M.I.A.,” apparently from a “podcast musical” called Make It Up As We Go, and she recited its three-letter title in the same notes Stacey Q used to do the title of “Two of Hearts.”

Dozzi “Messy.” More optimistic un-neurotic Aussie sheilas praising cut-rate booze (“cheap champagne” in this case), sister trio (mandolin Andrea and guitar Jesse and keyboard Nina) with a Bo Diddley beat, like SheDaisy crossed with Westworld or identical Twains if that’s easier to grasp, tell some lucky bloke to “put your hands in my hair give me face to face.” Of all their outfits, I definitely prefer the sailor suits.

Blake Shelton “No Body.” According to Wide Open Country, “No Body” (was) part of a nostalgia-driven trend in 2022 that also brought us such ’90s homages as Lainey Wilson’s ‘Watermelon Moonshine,’ Kane Brown’s ‘Like I Love Country Music‘ and Cole Swindell’s ‘She Had Me at Heads Carolina‘; he even grew his mullet back to revive his early “hat act” look. WOC also points out that “No Body” (#34 Country Songs, #21 Country Airplay) isn’t part of the deluxe version of Body Language — which makes perfect sense, if you look at their titles! Anyway, it’s a total boot-scoot-throwback dance floor stomper.

Kimberly Kelly “Summers Like That” and “Blue Jean Country Queen” (featuring Steve Wariner.) Talk about ’90s homages. In “Summers Like That,” this former schoolteacher with a Master’s in Speech Pathology from Texas Woman’s University directly references Trisha Yearwood’s “Walkaway Joe,” Pam Tillis’s “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon,” Tracy Byrd’s “The Keeper of the Stars” and especially (most prominently) Deana Carter’s great “Strawberry Wine,” all from ’91 to ’96, the last of which makes this nostalgia for nostalgia. Plenty of cassette tapes in the video too, and that Kelly remembers sitting on the hood of an “’02 model Mustang” is a bit confusing but the sound’s perfect. Actually I doubt in a blindfold test I’d guess ‘90s, but I get that all those bygone decades blur together for non-senior-citizens out there. Wonder what 1961-born Toby Keith, who put out Kelly’s album on his Show Dog label, thinks. Dancing queen in dance tune “Blue Jean Country Queen” has a “Farah Fawcett smile,” so “girls are all glarin’,” boys are all starin’, the 1970s called.” Why quibble?

Kate Underwood “Mascara.” Song about the love of one’s life winding up happily married to a different woman and how that makes one’s Maybelline streak, as classic sounding as anything by Kimberly Kelly — Absolutely could’ve been a hit for, say, Lynne Anderson or somebody a half-century ago. But googling not only the title but chunks of the lyrics turns up nothing, and searches for the singer’s name come up blank as well. Australia has a singer named Katie Underwood, but this is clearly not her. Carrie Underwood seems to have two sisters, both much older, and two sons, both much younger. The video has a grand total of one youtube thumbs-up, which for all I know could be Kate herself….But wait!!! If you hunt long enough you finally find a very sparsely posted-on Kate Underwood Music facebook page. And Kate Underwood Bowman’s personal page tells us “I was a songwriter in Nashville for over a decade and lately I am really missing it!” Turns out “Mascara” is an original number, produced by Lari White, the mid-level ’90s country hitmaker and self-proclaimed Green Eyed Soulster who also produced Toby Keith’s best album, White Tra$h With Money. Him again, wtf?

Much more of those here, with links and pix:
https://accidentalevolution.wordpress.com/2022/12/19/40-best-country-singles-of-2022/

dow, Monday, 2 January 2023 19:42 (one month ago) link

Good to see some Pillbox Patti there but surprised he didn’t incl “Eat, Pray, Drugs”

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Monday, 2 January 2023 23:02 (one month ago) link

I hadn't heard of that one, will check.
Also hadn't heard of Nashville Country Music Magazine, but here tis, with Mackenzie Phipps on cover:
Free PDF Of January 2023 Magazine Click on Cover to Download
https://preview.mailerlite.com/r2o8n5k3b8/2119183324881623576/z1p1/

dow, Monday, 2 January 2023 23:38 (one month ago) link

from reputable email sources, so I guess it's okay.

dow, Monday, 2 January 2023 23:39 (one month ago) link

These are the country and country-adjacent (*) albums and tracks that I nominated in the ILM poll:

ALBUMS
Kaitlin Butts - What Else Can She Do
Miranda Lambert - Palomino
Zach Bryan - American Heartbreak
Brennen Leigh - Obsessed with the West
Willie Nelson - A Beautiful Time
*Anais Mitchell - Anais Mitchell

TRACKS
Kaitlin Butts - Blood
Emily Scott Robinson - When It Don't Come Easy
Tyler Childers - Way of the Tribune God (Jubilee Version)
Anna Tivel - Heroes
Caitlin Rose - Only Lies
Maren Morris - Circles Around This Town
*Hurray for the Riff Raff - SAGA
*Joan Shelley - Amberlit Morning

Indexed, Tuesday, 3 January 2023 15:18 (one month ago) link

Didn't have room but should have nominated this MUNA track, which is the best country song by a non-country artist I've heard in a long time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDOiWGAaT8E

Indexed, Tuesday, 3 January 2023 15:20 (one month ago) link

Have spent more time with Adeem -- can't shake this feeling that a few of his tunes are straight Lori McKenna knock offs.

― Indexed, Sunday, January 1, 2023


Which of his are knock-offs of which of hers? Do you have anything that specific in mind? I'd go check without asking, except she's got a lotta tunes!

dow, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 01:35 (one month ago) link

what percentage of songwriters do you think would *love* to write a few songs good enough to be called Lori McKenna knock-offs?

alpine static, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 07:43 (one month ago) link

Ha, so true! I don't know McKenna's work well enough to identify which songs but I hear it most clearly on the chorus of "Carolina" and on "Books & Records." My comment read as more pejorative than I meant it -- he traverses a lot of different territory, songwriting-wise, and it's actually rather impressive that it all works quite well.

Indexed, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 16:26 (one month ago) link

Will do a bit of self-promotion and share the consensus picks from the panel at Country Universe for the Top 10 Albums and Top 20 Singles of 2022.

New Shania Twain single out this week immediately reminds me of how great Laura Bell Bundy was / presumably still is, and how her "Giddy On Up" was so ahead of it's time that, 12 years on, it's still a hell of a lot better than Shania's "Giddy Up."

At least a little bit intrigued by "Bets On Us" by Cheat Codes f Dolly Parton. It's in the same realm as those Avicii - Dan Tyminski collabs from several years back, but I'm not sure it does anything novel in that regard.

jon_oh, Saturday, 7 January 2023 16:45 (four weeks ago) link

Thanks! I don't keep up with singles so well, but some intriguing picks there, also here: https://www.countryuniverse.net/2023/01/06/the-best-albums-of-2022/

dow, Saturday, 7 January 2023 18:34 (four weeks ago) link

Not seeing Lainey Wilson or Amanda Shires here

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 7 January 2023 18:35 (four weeks ago) link

Both got a couple of stray votes but didn't make the consensus lists...

jon_oh, Saturday, 7 January 2023 18:42 (four weeks ago) link

Surprising! Lainey Wilson is damn good again, ditto what I've heard of the Shires, thanks for reminder to check out whole thing.

dow, Saturday, 7 January 2023 18:51 (four weeks ago) link

(Also: Willie, Miranda, Ingrid Andress, Pillbox Patti, Billy Joe Shaver trib among the missing albs---good to see Kaitlin Butts and Akeem on there though)

dow, Saturday, 7 January 2023 18:58 (four weeks ago) link

I'll say I liked both of them well enough but didn't have either in contention for the 20 albums I voted for personally for our poll. Among the country / Americana circles I run in, the Shires album was pretty divisive, but Wilson has popped up on a lot of other year-end lists I've seen.

jon_oh, Saturday, 7 January 2023 19:01 (four weeks ago) link

Good news about Wilson. Also good to see Sunny Sweeney on the CU Top Ten, though I haven't quite made up my mind about hers, or sev others.

dow, Saturday, 7 January 2023 19:05 (four weeks ago) link

ReallY?! Divisive? In my circles it's her best album; to my ears her other albums had strong intentions and weak songwriting.

xpost.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 7 January 2023 19:05 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, I'd say it's a pretty even split among the writers I run with; either they agree with your take on it or find it to be her least successful. It hasn't gotten much love on a lot of other year-end lists I've read, either. Sampling biases play into all of that, for sure.

jon_oh, Saturday, 7 January 2023 19:16 (four weeks ago) link

I am behind on my listening but I caught up on Hailey Whitters ‘Raised’ and dow, I think I def align with your earlier assesment re her triteness

Like, her songs are well phrased & hooky as hell but i can’t find any “there” there other than fishing & drinkin, highschool & hometown, raising hell and raising babies

like a corny uncreative two-dollar Maren idk

But I fucking LOVE Ashley Monroe’s Lindeyville, I have listened to that a few times now & it’s so good. Vivid characters & the worldbuilding is so well thought out, and of course the songs are so damn good. Love her!

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 15 January 2023 05:01 (three weeks ago) link

oh and I am fully Margo Price pilled - we’re seeing her in SF in Feb

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 15 January 2023 05:25 (three weeks ago) link

Oh cool! Her Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman is a really good live album---the "imperfect" part to me is mostly when she's using Ike & Tina's arrangement of "Proud Mary," but otherwise ace.
You mean Ashley McBryde, not Monrow--wish she was on there too! Lots of Ashleys these days, and I have trouble with all the Lukes and Zachs nd Zaks.
Lindeville is so far seeming kinda uneven to me, but this is awes:
Ashley McBryde w Pillbox Patti: "The Girl in the Picture"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfe93xj6ly4

Also! McB's contribution to the John Anderson trib, "Straight Tequila Night"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgH09g7hVmw

dow, Sunday, 15 January 2023 22:01 (three weeks ago) link

The Sierra Ferrell track on that comp is fantastic

Indexed, Sunday, 15 January 2023 22:45 (three weeks ago) link

ugh yes Ashley McBride lol thx sorry

def too many ashleys & whatnot

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 15 January 2023 23:09 (three weeks ago) link

Why do parents do that? To protect their children from ridicule for abnormal names maybe, so rooms full o' Heathers, Ashleys, Lukes, Zaks, Justins, Dylans, though some of those may be decade-markers?
Yeah I like most of the Anderson trib though Brent Cobb and Jamey Johnson aren't quite up to snuff (their bands try to get them there), & could live w/o The Brothers Osborne's cover of Anderson's cover of "You Can't Judge A Book etc.". And where's "Swingin'"?
But several people I don't usually give about one way or the other surely rise to the occasion, and yeah Ferrell and McBryde are among those who do better than that, keeping to their high standards---also cool to have a good prev. unreleased Prine that is not just a demo.

dow, Monday, 16 January 2023 01:46 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks for the heads up on that Ashley McBride album... lots of Brandy Clark on there!

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 17 January 2023 15:19 (two weeks ago) link

Haven't heard the new Margo Price but I've heard it's great. Honestly, though, I still have so much trouble with all the great artists with first or last or both names that with M. Margo Price, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, Morgan Wade, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Ashley McBride, Ashley Monroe ...

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 21 January 2023 16:04 (two weeks ago) link

Margo’s new album is great imo. This might sound kinda basic, like a lot of music is like this, but thing I love about her is that her songwriting is excellent & the musicianship is too, so with each song there’s so many layers of interest … and she expresses herself in creative uncliched ways & the sounds are not just the same old sounds idk idk

it’s good!

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 21 January 2023 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

xps Mike and the Moonpies!

Indexed, Monday, 23 January 2023 16:00 (two weeks ago) link

Folks, so excited for our first #StatesofCountry show of the year at @sidgoldsreqroom Weds Jan 25 celebrating the music of Minnesota with some experts @liannesmithee @salmaas @MarcellusHall https://t.co/NSlKRMg12I see you there? You betcha! pic.twitter.com/PR9n0PfFvl

— Laura Cantrell (@LauraRCantrell) January 20, 2023

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 13:48 (one week ago) link

Laura Cantrell in NYC for first of a monthly series celebrating country music from different states. For some reason she’s starting with Minnesota

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 13:50 (one week ago) link

Sids is a fun room to do that in.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 13:51 (one week ago) link

Once in a lifetime lineup: pic.twitter.com/sEODAhlWqc

— Andy Langer (@Andylanger) January 24, 2023

Whoa

Indexed, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:00 (one week ago) link

cool

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 19:16 (one week ago) link

Does xgau's EOY list usually have this much country on it?

https://robertchristgau.substack.com/p/deans-list-2022

Delighted to see Willie's album as high as it is. It is a gem.

Indexed, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 16:20 (one week ago) link

lol, top 84.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 16:26 (one week ago) link

Yeah, he's pretty reliable for including country and country-adjacent stuff and has been for a good long while. Also delighted to see his high ranking for the Willie Nelson album. And, fwiw xp, he included Amanda Shires in his t20 but also didn't go for Lainey Wilson.

jon_oh, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 20:05 (one week ago) link

Yeah, he's been useful re country since early 70s (pro tip for Consumer Guide look-ups: they Merle Haggard *and* Merle Haggard and the Strangers: maybe duh, but took me a while). He's being pretty obtuse about Lainey, though.
I can see why your friends are divided on Shires: good songs, and I think I got basically the right idea before finally checking lyrics, but then I saw lots of important detail that weren't coming through. There are exceptions, esp. that one time she adds a little echo and then goes to double-tracking: THANK YOU JESUS. If she only would (more than could) deal with her vocal limits as well as she does everything else here.

dow, Thursday, 26 January 2023 00:46 (one week ago) link

He's okay on country; as usual he prefers sexually aggressive women. If they code as "genteel" for him, he's out the door.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 January 2023 00:46 (one week ago) link

Lee Ann Womack's recorded some of the best albums of the last 20 years by anybody but he doesn't care.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 January 2023 00:47 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah he's ridic on her.

dow, Thursday, 26 January 2023 00:49 (one week ago) link

deal with her vocal limits as well as she does everything else here. Well sometimes the weak link voice does seem like evidence of brave vulnerability, "Here I am..." But the most striking moments tend to pass, and she's still singing. On the other hand, I've listened to it more than any other album in 2022 or early '23---and not hate-listened, but it's----maddening at times.

dow, Thursday, 26 January 2023 01:45 (one week ago) link

most striking moments re vocals, that is; otherwise, the tracks can thrive. I'm learning, being taught, to listen around the voice, as with some ancient Tom Waits and Henry Rollins albums.

dow, Thursday, 26 January 2023 01:50 (one week ago) link

I mean sometimes it works anyway, or the voice even does its bit all the way through: one for my Singles/Tracks list will be "Empty Cups," referring to her hands. I picture them as red solo cups, and think also of the Toby Keith song.

dow, Thursday, 26 January 2023 02:24 (one week ago) link

Will prob put it in Honorable Mentions---the singing is the one thing that keeps me from full acceptance/enjoyment.

dow, Thursday, 26 January 2023 18:51 (one week ago) link

So it's got me in semi-detached art appreciation, like this year's Charley Crockett.

dow, Thursday, 26 January 2023 18:52 (one week ago) link

2022's Charley Crockett, that is.

dow, Thursday, 26 January 2023 18:53 (one week ago) link

xp Xgau

as usual he prefers sexually aggressive women. If they code as "genteel" for him, he's out the door.

Alfred's spot on here.

It's why, in addition to Womack, he completely missed the boat on the genre's mainstream women in the 90s and aughts. Rarely gave the time of day to anyone on the Yearwood/Loveless/Tillis/Wynonna/Rimes axis and ends up with massive blind spots because of it. Was weirdly dismissive of a lot of the women of the 90s alt-country boom other than Lucinda and Iris, too.

But hey, he quoted me by name in a review once for being over-the-top in my praise for Miranda Lambert in the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, so what do I know.

Speaking of Iris: Two new singles out in advance of her new album. Both are fantastic.

jon_oh, Thursday, 26 January 2023 22:14 (one week ago) link

Can't wait

Indexed, Thursday, 26 January 2023 22:16 (one week ago) link


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