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Other CDs

  • Thirty Miles West (Alan Jackson Music, 2012)

Articles and Interviews

The Best of 2008 (Jan 2009)
Putting together a best of list gives a chance to revisit CDs good and bad that came out during the year. And the compilation, of course, is far from definitive. While some may be hamstrung by a "Top 10," Country Standard Time is not. As a result, our best of consists of the "Top 18" plus honorable mentions. The list includes some tried and true country stars, an artist going back to her West Virginia roots, a comeback album, some great bluegrass albums, even an unknown band from Brooklyn (Yes, there is country music in Brooklyn). Who avoided the sophomore slump? Who's the best new artist? And what took home the Kiss of Death award?... more
 

Editorials and Country Musings

Looking back at 2006 (Dec 2006)
2006 proved to be another difficult year for the entire music industry. The same culprits - downloading and at times unexciting music - contributed to a less than stellar bottom line. But despite belt tightening, not all was glum country- wise. Several acts moved onwards and upwards in 2006. Brad Paisley gained more of the acclaim he richly deserved. Alan Jackson earned credit for going against the grain once again with musically spare albums ("Like Red on a Rose" and "Precious Memories")... more
 
Random thoughts from a guy who thinks about country a lot (Nov 2006)
How bad is it to be a one (or two) hit wonder? It must be pretty unpleasant, considering that Mindy McCready would rather spend her time in court, in jail and doing community service rather than sing "Ten Thousand Angels" and "Guys Do It All The Time" every night. I swear, it's gotten to where I'm afraid to check out the country news because I don't know what this poor lost child is going to do next. She's already been in trouble for drugs, driving under the influence, identity theft and kidnapping. And she has attempted suicide. Me, I'd rather live in Branson.... more
 
The different sounds of country music (Jun 2005)
Alan Jackson has released a video of "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues," Dennis Linde's song taken from his latest album about hiring song fixers to do touch up and make it sound like something Nashville and radio would eat up. In the hands of Jackson, one of the finest purveyors of country music there is, of course, it's poking fun. The song also makes a listener wonder about trends in country music. Country music certainly has gone through a number of phases in the past decade or so. After the... more
 
Alan Jackson helps the world turn (Mar 2002)
A number of songs were written, recorded and/or released in the wake of the terrorist attack in September. But probably none of them cuts to the emotional core as much as Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Aaron Tippin, Charlie Daniels and Neil Young may have vented their emotions in their respective songs, “Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly,” “This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag" and “Let’s Roll,” but Jackson takes a closer look at life in the wake of the attack.... more
 

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