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[Listen] Country Air Podcast, Episode 6: Reality TV Singing Competitions, Tim Tebow on "The Bachelor" and Where Do the Ball Gowns Come From?

During this episode of the One Country Country Air Podcast, we're taking a deep dive into reality TV. Will "American Idol" make it all the way back to the top? Could an actual famous person, like Tim Tebow, be on "The Bachelor"? Will "The Voice" ever produce a big-time star? If Drew was a judge on "The Voice," who would he turn around for?

Also, could Drew and I make it on reality TV? Where would we get our ball gowns?

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[Listen] Country Air Podcast, Episode 4: Some Songs Just Need A Sequel

During this episode of the podcast we discuss a few songs so rich in a story, that we can't help but wonder-- what happened after the song ended? Did Fancy really become a great woman? If Papa was in the pen and Mama was in the graveyard, where did the kids go? Some songs just need sequels.



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[Listen] Country Air Podcast, Episode 3: Did Carrie Underwood Turn Nashville Into a Hockey Town? How Did the Preds Get Their Name?

Is Nashville a hockey city? It sure seems like it is. We discuss Carrie Underwood's impact on the Nashville sports scene, why Lauren hates the Predators as a mascot, and the strange way cities decide to name their teams.

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[Listen] Country Air Podcast, Episode 1: Songs We First Loved, Songs That Never Get Old and a Deep Dive Into Garth Brooks' "That Summer"

During this episode of the podcast, our first, we take a deep dive into music-- particularly, songs we've always loved, the songs we first loved and songs that never grow old. And yes, things turn colorful when Drew and I discovered are common interest in Garth Brooks' No. 1 hit, "That Summer."



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Jason Aldean and Wife Brittany are Back With More Carpool Karaoke

I think what I love the most about these videos is the banter.

Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany Layne are back with their carpool karaoke.

These two banter like an old married couple and I think it's great. I love those kind of relationships. If you're not having fun with your significant other, then what's the point?

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9 Worst Country Music Singles of 2016

As we near the end of 2016, it's only fitting that One Country shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we're putting our own spin on a few!

Normally, I wouldn't write about the worst of anything, unless it's really bad. And sometimes, in an effort to pave the way for where you're going, you have to remember where you've been. In 2016, country music turned a corner-- a big one-- listeners took note of artistry over pageantry and wanted more from their favorite singers. Mostly, we got better, but we also got some bad ones. Let's remember them and leave them behind in 2016.

9 Worst Country Music Singles of 2016:

1. "Move" // Luke Bryan
Bryan moved this one to the top of the charts, but it followed a heartfelt, feel-good "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day." It felt like a regression for him and it was. The spelling of "M-O-V-E" was particularly bad. At least Fergie and Gwen Stefani spelled long words like "glamorous" and "bananas."

2. "Vacation" // Thomas Rhett
Without a doubt, 2016 was the year of Thomas Rhett. He's a bonafide country music star these days. He should take this song and erase it from the Internet and his catalog entirely. He'll thank himself in 20 years when CMT gives him some kind of lifetime achievement award.

3. "Whisper" // Chase Rice
Rice released "Whisper" along with 371 words to fans promising "more depth." Basically, he released this song and apologized for it in advance. I needed closer to 500 words to make up for this.

4. "Thunder in the Rain" // Kane Brown
No.

5. "Real Men Love Jesus" // Michael Ray
For Ray, it's an ode to his grandfather and father, whom he absolutely adores. For the world, it's pandering and theologically off. Ray's gonna be okay though because he's a great songwriter, the nicest guy in town and has a smile that'll make you forget the pandering.

6. "Comeback Kid" // The Band Perry
If these siblings would retreat back to their country roots they'd be unstoppable. But, also this song was a little whiny, that's the problem here. Among other things. I think Katy Perry could release this and win a GRAMMY.

7. "She's Got a Way With Words" // Blake Shelton
There's a reason this was Shelton's first single to not top the charts in 7 years-- it's negative, pretty rude and yeah, when he sings it, it's about Miranda Lambert.

8. "Beautiful Drug" // Zac Brown Band
This one is definitely the Hyde from the band's JEKYLL + HYDE. Every single time I hear it, I think-- WHY?

9. "RED, WHITE & YOU" // Steven Tyler
Thankfully, we still have Tyler's Aerosmith catalog to listen to, because this is seriously bad. Kind of makes you love him more though for some reason-- he's just trying to make new music. Really, it's the lyrics. No, really.

You pulling me a little bit closer
Heart beating like a big bass drum
We spinning on a roller coaster
A free fallin' into your yum yum
All the bad girls rockin' those cut off jeans
And good old boys driving big machines
And you can kiss my ass, can't help but say
It's good to be "born in the USA"

Bang bang, baby, like the Fourth of July
A lightning strike in the midnight sky
Don't give a damn about the summertime blues
All I need is red white and you
Peel off those colors babe
Tell me you're gonna stay
American girls making dreams come true



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11 Country Artists To Watch In 2017

2016 has had its intoxicating highs and its devastating lows. After taking stock of the year's finest songs and albums, it is that time to look forward to what bubbling-under artists could and should break out in a big way in the new year. Ranging from songwriters transitioning to full-time artists and youthful new harmony trio, One Country takes a look at 10 singers, songwriters and musicians who will be 2017's superstar class.

1. Midland

Their self-titled debut EP is a polished, contemporary record with a hearty traditional tilt. Their debut single "Drinkin' Problem" tips its hat to '90s Mark Chestnut and George Strait but offers up a very distinctive sound and perspective. Mark Wystrach (lead vocals, guitar), Cameron Duddy (bass,vocals) and Jess Carson (lead guitar, vocals) also make sure to keep their harmonies sweet and tight. "Burn Out" and "This Old Heart" are must-listens, too. An all-male trio is particularly rare these days, and with Big Machine in their corner, their future is lookin' good.


2. Carly Pearce

Ever since Pearce dropped "Every Little Thing" last month, her star has been growing brighter and brighter. The rather musically progressive piano track is built upon a haunting melody and smokey lead vocal and anchored with piano, lonesome guitar and even gritty dobro. The song leads her forthcoming, long-awaited, new EP, and by all accounts, 2017 will be her year.


3. Candi Carpenter

Carpenter is lighting up country music with her smoldering new track "Burn the Bed." After she discovers a cheating lover, she resolves to get revenge in the best way possible. Instead of trashing his little ole four-wheel drive like Carrie Underwood, she sets on setting the bed on fire (and not just the sheets), much like Miranda Lambert did in her hit single "Kerosene." But "Burn the Bed" is a bit more moody and less rock-influenced. Carpenter's vocal, too, is soaked with bitterness and conjures with a distinct atmospheric quality. If this is any indication of what is it come, sign us up for a full-length album, STAT!


4. Runaway June

The trio recently netted their first-ever Top 30 hit. "Lipstick" marks an important time in country music--they become the first all-female trio in 10 years to shatter the Top 30 threshold since SheDaisy. The song is empowering (and not just for women) and samples their forthcoming debut project, which is shaping up to be one of 2017's most anticipated releases.


5. Erik Dylan

With a bevy of major label cuts under his belt, including Kip Moore's "Comeback Kid," this gravelly voiced singer is poised to have a breakout moment of his very own. Off the heat of his acclaimed debut album, The Heart of a Flatland Boy, he has proved he can stand with the big dogs. Songs like "Fishing Alone," "Map Dot Town" and "Pink Flamingoes" are among the year's best cuts and indicate Dylan has even more up his sleeve. And we absolutely can not wait to see what he does next.


6. Dustin Hensley

Hensley is one of the few genre-benders of the bunch. He mixes pop and EDM with down-home country songwriting; on paper, it might not work, but execution is everything. He might not be everyone's cup of tea, but he will certainly turn some heads in the new year. His new single "Nobody but You" frames his forward-thinking around glossy R&B and neon lights.


7. Ryan Hurd

With a string of on-off singles this year, Hurd has proved his streaming power, as well as his musical range. "We Do Us" is a pop-leaning anthem, while "Love in a Bar" is more intimate. After co-writing the No. 1 hit "Lonely Tonight" (Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe), he has made the transition to full-blown artist rather effortlessly. He is expected to drop his debut album in the new year.


8. Temecula Road

The young up-and-coming trio have mastered the art of covers, including their most recent 2016 mash-up which features major hits from a wide range of mainstream artists. The video, not surprising, has netted well over three million views on Facebook. That benchmark alone is a testament to their talents; their is an audience ready and willing to support them.



9. Magnolia Wind

Kristen Brassel and Chris Butler's debut EP, Take One, overflows with smooth melodies, gripping harmonies and gutsy songwriting. Standouts such as "Ghosts" and "Heal Our Souls" are the kind of impactful recordings which cement careers and will undoubtedly take them to the next level. 2017, you better get ready.


10. Caitlyn Smith

The songwriter behind such hits as Megan Trainor and John Legend's "Like I'm Going to Lose You" and Cassadee Pope's "Wasting All These Tears" is aiming to takeover 2017 with her long-awaited new album. Earlier this year, she sampled the project with an EP titled Starfire which includes soul-inspired numbers like "Before You Called Me Baby" and the powerful "This Town is Killing Me."


11. Jillian Jacqueline

Coming off her self-titled debut EP is no easy task, but Jacqueline is more than up to the task. Armed with "Prime" and "Kids These Days," she frames her diversity with confidence and is poised to take 2017 by storm.

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7 Country Music Moments That Made Us Love Country Music Even More in 2016

As we near the end of 2016, it's only fitting that One Country shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we're putting our own spin on a few!

This year was full of, well, everything-- we lost Merle Haggard, Beyonce appeared at the CMA Awards, and Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year. You name it and it happened. Through each of these moments, sad or joyful, we fell more and more in love with country music this year. But, yes, a few captured our hearts and attention a little more than others.

7 Country Music Moments That Made Us Love Country Music Even More in 2016:

1. "Forever Country"
The "Forever Country" video was hands down the most magical thing to happen to country music this year and just about any year before it. Thirty artists, three songs and one incredible video. It just doesn't get any better than this.


2. George Strait at Gruene Hall
I was lucky enough to be apart of the small crowd for George Strait's first show at Gruene Hall in 34 years. I've never experienced anything like it. They call him The King for a reason and seeing him live at such a small, iconic venue made me love him and country music a lot.


3. Carrie Underwood's Drum Solo
This was Carrie Underwood's year from start to finish, but her performance of "Church Bells" during the ACM Awards was one of her best live performances of all-time. She commanded the stage and stole the show. I will be talking about this drum solo for years to come. What's not to love about it?



4. Sharing the Stage With Dierks Bentley
Sometimes, you get to go to a Dierks Bentley show and sometimes, Dierks invites you out on stage. Even fewer times, Dierks takes your selfie stick and takes a video of himself. Dierks' show was energetic, fun and just plain entertaining. I was a Dierks fan before, but probably became a lifer after getting to sing on stage with him.


5. Eric Church's Cover of "Hallelujah"
Don't get me wrong, 2016 featured several amazing performances from Eric Church singing his own stuff, but his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" stopped me in my tracks more than once.


6. Lori McKenna Winning Song of the Year (Again)
Lori McKenna is not only an incredible songwriter, she's the living embodiment of being "Humble and Kind." With her win for CMA Song of the Year this year, she became the first female to ever win back-to-back Song of the Year trophies. She's the first solo writer to win since 2011 and the first repeat winner since Vince Gill did it in 1991 and 1992. McKenna is the ultimate success story and someone you can't help but love and cheer on. On top of that, she released a top notch solo album, The Bird and the Rifle, that'll also make you love country music.



7. Brad Paisley's Tribute to Randy Travis

Few people love and respect country music and those who came before him like Brad Paisley, so it was only fitting that he help pay tribute to Randy Travis during the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Paisley's performance of "Forever and Ever, Amen" was reverent, touching and good.