Album Review: Little Big Town Sparkle On ‘The Breaker’

The influence of Wanderlust is inherently subtle on the Little Big Town’s eighth studio album. The Pharrell Williams-produced pop record drew upon tropical house, psychedelia and a dash of Justin Bieber schooling of Top 40. As soon as it dropped last summer, all promotion vanished– the tragicness of such an immersive pop record falling by … Read more

12 Albums You Should’ve Listened To 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! In 2016, mainstream country music was packed … Read more

7 Best Country Music Albums of the Year

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 for One Country’s Best Country … Read more

Album Review: Kacey Musgraves’ ‘A Very Kacey Christmas’ is a Real Holiday Treat

Any honest reviewer of any type of material should always be honest about any conflict of interests they have with the subject matter. I loathe Christmas music (minus Amy Grant’s A Christmas Album, Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and most versions of “O Holy Night.”) Especially, I don’t like Christmas music anytime before … Read more

Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Surprise With ‘Dig Your Roots’

In a bid to be taken more seriously and dissuade criticism, Florida Georgia Line are finally taking themselves seriously with their third studio album Dig Your Roots. Looking back now, 2014’s smash hit “Dirt” stands as a watershed moment for the hit-making duo, whose rollicking “Cruise”-like conveyor belt began to rip and tear and unleashed … Read more

7 Best Lines from Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Dig Your Roots’

After what seems like years and years of talking about it, Florida Georgia Line‘s third studio album, Dig Your Roots, is finally here. During every interview the reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year has given over the past year, they have promised a deeper, more meaningful, more spiritual album. Overall, I think Brian Kelley … Read more

Album Review: Dolly Parton Is Just ‘Pure And Simple’

In the hands of any other interpreter, an album as pure and simple as Dolly Parton’s 43rd studio album would fall flatter than a flapjack (without syrup) on the sidewalk. But the living legend’s pristine and feathery vocal delivers stunning honesty and timeless melodies as golden and raw as those in her heyday. “Can’t Be … Read more

Album Review: Jake Owen Rocks ‘N Rolls With ‘American Love’

Heartbreak can often be the impetus for an artist’s creative breakthrough or a return to their roots. For Jake Owen, his divorce from his wife of 3 years last summer propelled him to re-examine his songwriting craft and music-making in immeasurable ways. That’s where American Love comes in — the singer’s fifth studio album is … Read more

3 Reasons You Should Absolutely Be Listening to Lori McKenna’s ‘The Bird & The Rifle’

For the last 18 months or so, you’ve heard a lot of Lori McKenna. First, with Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and then, most recently, with Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.” McKenna co-wrote the LBT GRAMMY-winning hit with friends and songwriting partners, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey. The No. 1 “Humble and Kind” was a … Read more

7 Best Albums Of 2016 (So Far)

It is hard to believe 2016 is already half over. The year has been emotional, vibrant, life-affirming, confusing and everything in between. When the world continues to come to terms with daily tragedies, music continues to prove its profound healing power. Country music has been especially uplifting and utterly moving in the way it unapologetically … Read more

Album Review: Frankie Ballard Thrills With ‘El Rio’

Much like the album cover, Frankie Ballard’s El Rio feels dusty, as if an artifact from the old Hollywood ruled by Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe. His leather jacket is a signifier of a more rebellious era in cinematography, seeped in the romanticism of the ’40s and ’50s — a time when the very mystique … Read more

Album Review: Maren Morris is a Country Music Hero With Debut Album ‘Hero’

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like for Sheryl Crow and Kacey Musgraves to record an album with the vibe and grooves of some ’90s R&B, you don’t have to wonder any longer. Maren Morris‘ major label debut, Hero, is here and it’s uniquely country, but also throws most genre labels out the … Read more