If Kelsea Ballerini succeeds in country music with a pop album, where does traditional country belong?
Unapologetically is such a perfect name for Ballerini's second record. She released The First Time, dealt with all the 'not-country' criticism, and made it to the other side of that battlefield with three number one singles. So safe to say, she should feel unapologetic about her sound and her music, because it's working. She's found success.
From the four year long wait between Danielle Bradbery's first record and even hints of a second record, to Cassadee Pope being dropped from Big Machine, right now is not a great time for female records in country music. But, here are some albums expected to come out at some point that country music needs now. Right now.
A little bit more than halfway through the year, and the women of country music are already putting out some of the best music I've heard in a while. Even though this is a list of strictly female artists, I firmly believe that even if the men were included, these are still five of the best records released this year. In no particular order, here we go.
Before Maren Morris was taking the music industry by storm, she was in Texas, writing songs and charting on Texas radio. She released three records before her major label debut Hero, titled Walk On, All That it Takes, and Live Wire, so there's a fair bit of older music from her floating around the internet.
In the two years since her debut record The First Time, pop-country singer Kelsea Ballerini has transitioned from a brand new artist to one of the biggest female stars in the genre. Her sophomore record, due out this year, is set to be a career-defining moment for her, and here's all the info we have so far.
It's been about ten months since we last heard new music from Mickey Guyton, and just so no one forgets how talented and incredible she is, here are 5 of Guyton's best performances.
It feels like it's been years since we've heard from Maddie & Tae, especially since their last fairly successful radio single was "Fly" in 2015. But even though they haven't put out anything new recently, and their label situation is a bit murky currently, they've been working on some awesome new music. This is just one of the songs they've been playing out recently, and it's a great one.
As everybody in Nashville is currently obsessing over Carly Pearce, I thought it would be fitting to throw it back to a song that Pearce wrote and recorded a few years ago.
If you don't know songwriter Lori McKenna, get out from under the rock you've been living under. Winning Country Song of the Year at the Grammys two years in a row, and writing some of the best songs in the genre, McKenna is not a songwriter to be overlooked. McKenna is an incredible singer in her own right, but here are three artists that took the words that McKenna wrote and transformed them into something new and beautiful.
Over the years, YouTube has become the home to unreleased songs by various artists. Some new additions to that collection of rare cuts are the unreleased songs of Kelsea Ballerini. Today's find is "Teach Me," a song that is baby Ballerini at her best.