Seeing as my iTunes collection is comprised of thousands and thousands of country hits (and not so hits) from the many, many decades of Country Music, it is really the only type of music that I can critique with any kind of knowledge.

We’re already half way through the summer and the country music charts are filled with songs that will definitely be the soundtrack to the summer of 2013.

My question is; which deserves to be forever engraved as a chart topper and which shouldn’t have left the recording studio




Blowin’ Smoke/Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves
I might be in love with this 24 year old Texas native, but It’s not just her looks, her music is incredibly genuine and authentic.
You’ll hear both of her current singles climbing the country charts this summer, and with good reason, her whole album is the type of album that you can put on while drinking a beer on the back patio.


Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton has solidified his position as the new superstar of country music, and for good reason.
Boys ‘Round Here is a country song that harkens back to the days of a rockin’ 70’s Country hit.
Boys ‘Round Here is quotable, memorable and fun without moving into an idiotic territory.

Little Bit of Everything – Keith Urban
Just as Blake does, Keith proved he can churn out a great country hit even when bogged down by an incredibly demanding reality TV show.
It’s been two years since his last album, and it feels longer. Urban’s kept us waiting for a new song but the wait was worth it. I’m loving this ditty, which honestly reminds me of “Days Go By” or “You’re My Better Half”



Done/Better Dig Two – The Band Perry
I thought “If I Die young” was going to be a one hit wonder for this trio, but I am happily mistaken.
Two awesome hits on the radio right now, and a sophomore album that may be better than their first, The Band Perry isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of country music; I love their uniqueness and spirit.



Goodbye Town – Lady Antebellum 
I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of Lady A’s third album “Own The Night”, but I was listening to their fourth album “Golden” the day it came out and I’m so happy to say that I LOVE it, it may be their best yet.
Goodbye Town may be the best song off their fourth album, its haunting and beautiful, and a bit different then what we’re used to from a Lady A hit!

            Also…


– See You Again – Carrie Underwood
– Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw ft. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
– Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
– Anywhere With You – Jake Owen
– Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
– Like Jesus Does – Eric Church


The Best Newcomers 
-Redneck Crazy – Tyler Farr

-‘Till it’s Gone – Tebey

-Could it Be – Charlie Worsham

-Wasting All These Tears – Cassadee Pope



‘Round Here – Florida Georgia Line
“Cruise” was good, “Get Your Shine on” was okay, and ‘Round Here is just terrible. This duo and song is the epitome of what I hate about country music right now. Am I the only one who thinks this duo is “Fake Country”? They sing with what sounds like a fake country accent, and their songs are just a bunch of country stereotypes slung together.
Florida Georgia Line has officially worn their welcome.



Beat This Summer – Brad Paisley 
Oh Brad, you’re the sweetest guy in country music  but your music has become incredibly worse and worse. Wheelhouse, the latest album from Paisley, is pretty much a wreck.
Beat This Summer feels like a bunch of Brads pervious hits turned into a completely forgettable Summer (Sure to be) hit.


Chillin’ It – Cole Swindel 
What a terrible, terrible song from a guy trying to imitate the success of Luke Bryan or Florida Georgia Line.
This is another example of a guy stringing together a bunch of country cliche’s, this time talking about how he’s okay if a girl doesn’t want to bang him, he’s okay with just “Chillin’ it”

SMH

Not Bad, But Not Good
-Can’t Shake You – Gloriana

-I Want Crazy – Hunter Hays

-All Over The Road – Kip Moore

-Nothing But Summer – Dallas Smith



Thanks For Reading,
Mitch

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