Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

Blame it on the Mistletoe: A Very CMP Christmas

Blame it on the Mistletoe: A Very CMP Christmas

At Country Music Pride, we love the holidays. We love all holidays. Any excuse to be happy is a good one. And one of our big guilty pleasures (and I’m sure it’s yours, too) is seasonal Christmas music, so our gift to you this year is our holiday playlist. Taylor Swift – “Last Christmas” T-Swift […]

Review: Van Meter – "Should've Been A Weathergirl" (Van Meter)

Review: Van Meter – "Should've Been A Weathergirl" (Van Meter)

If you’re currently in a bad relationship, recently escaped one, are thinking about leaving one, or have ever been dumped, made a horrible one-night-stand mistake, or gotten a tattoo you regret, then this is the album for you! If not, the well-trod ground of heartbreak and loss will wear very thin after a few songs. […]

The 2010 Lilith Fair Lineup is Kind of Awesome.

The 2010 Lilith Fair Lineup is Kind of Awesome.

Remember Lilith Fair? The Sarah McLachlan-curated touring festival/gathering of womanly vibes that took America by storm in the ’90s? Well, it’s back. And we’re excited. The festival, which includes female artists from the rock, pop, country, folk, hip-hop and R&B worlds coming together, announced their initial lineup this week, and there are plenty of CMP-approved […]

Oh snap, we're BreakThru Radio's Blog of the Week!

Oh snap, we're BreakThru Radio's Blog of the Week!

Country Music Pride was BreakThru Radio’s Blog of the Week! Naturally, we’re stoked. Jason played DJ this week on BreakThru Radio’s “Anatomy of a Blogger,” discussed the history of the site with the BTR team and spun choice new tracks from Elliott Brood, Silver Jews, Curtis Harvey and more. You can listen to the show […]

The Greencards – "Fascination" (Sugar Hill Records)

The Greencards – "Fascination" (Sugar Hill Records)

This is not your father’s bluegrass. Progressive isn’t a strong enough description for The Greencards: otherworldly is more suitable. The trio at the core of this band consists of two Aussies and a Brit who originally met in Austin, Texas, but now call Nashville home. As for the band’s quirky name, I suppose Greencards sounds […]

That Band Billy Bob Thornton is In is Touring Again

That Band Billy Bob Thornton is In is Touring Again

That’s right, friends. William Robert Thornton, of Sling Blade fame, is going back on the road with his rockabilly band, The Boxmasters. Fun fact: he goes by “Bud” while on tour. The group is touring on their last album, Modbilly, which topped the Americana Radio Chart for two weeks, and on their Christmas comp, Christmas […]

Hank Williams “Revealed: The Unreleased Recordings” Time Life

Hank Williams “Revealed: The Unreleased Recordings” Time Life

This set is not for the uninitiated, looking for a primer on Hank Williams.  This is not a balanced overview of his career (Given it was recorded a couple of years before he died, there were a lot of major songs he had yet to record.), but it does have a dozen of his better-known […]

CMP Talks with Rosanne Cash about life, her legendary father and her extraordinary new album.

CMP Talks with Rosanne Cash about life, her legendary father and her extraordinary new album.

Rosanne Cash’s new album, The List, could be called the Dead Sea Scrolls of country music. A strange analogy, but an entirely apt one for a disc with twelve tracks by Cash from a list of 100 essential country and roots songs compiled for her by her father, the legendary Johnny Cash, when she was […]

Amy Farris Tribute-McCabe’s, 11/8/09 (Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Stan Ridgeway, I See Hawks)

Amy Farris Tribute-McCabe’s, 11/8/09 (Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Stan Ridgeway, I See Hawks)

On October 20 a memorial/tribute for Amy Farris was held in her home town of Austin, featuring Dave Alvin and numerous associates of Amy’s over the years. Last night Dave put together a tribute in Amy’s adopted home town of LA, and what a tribute it was. Though I’ve never been enamored of Amy’s songwriting […]

Say hi to Davie Gayle and the kids at Flour Fusion…another tale about the long tail

Say hi to Davie Gayle and the kids at Flour Fusion…another tale about the long tail

Originally posted at www.nodepression.com A few months ago on a hot September night I got a call from my friend John who asked if I wanted to go down to a little coffee shop in our neck of the woods that was having an open mic night for singer-songwriters called Friday Night Writers. Neither of […]

James McMurtry "Live in Europe" Lightning Rod

James McMurtry "Live in Europe" Lightning Rod

(Note: This review has been altered.  For various reasons, the album was originally reviewed without the bonus DVD.  When McMurtry’s people caught wind, they got a copy of the DVD to me because they felt it was important.  They were right.) It’s only been five years since the release of the well received “Live in […]

Cayamo 2010: A Journey Through Song

Cayamo 2010: A Journey Through Song

What’s better than a five-day cruise from Miami to Belize and Costa Maya? A cruise that includes performances by Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, John Hiatt, Steve Earl! All aboard for Cayamo 2010: A Journey Through Song, an experience by Sixthman. The cruise leaves Miami on February 21 and returns on February 26. For […]

Taylor Holingsworth "Life With a Slow Ear" – Review

Taylor Holingsworth "Life With a Slow Ear" – Review

Taylor Holingsworth, guitarist of Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band, has slowly but surely made his own way into an Oberst-like spotlight. Growing up in Alabama, Taylor was hired as a back-up guitarist for several bands. In these bands, he mastered both the art of rhythmic rock tunes and the title of a young […]

Songs for the World Series

Songs for the World Series

October is over, and so is baseball season. CMP was barely aware of this since we stopped paying attention once our teams were all eliminated. Nevertheless, here’s our World Series playlist for those who are still cracking open Buds and cheering on the Phillies (or that other team CMP refuses to acknowledge): Trace Adkins – […]