Sep 30, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
From Aug. 29, 2011
Fantasy Football Teams of the Country Stars III
Fantasy football seems to get more and more popular every year and most FF leagues are drafting over the next few days (if they haven't already). It's become such a favorite pastime that even some country stars have gotten into the act ...and FTM has gotten hold of some more of the team names and logos from several of Nashville's biggest acts.
Dave Haywood (of Lady Antebellum)
Sep 28, 2012
I've wanted to come up with something like this for a while... a rankings list of crap, kind of the opposite of ESPN NFL Power Rankings. Which country artists or bands suck the most in FTM's book right now? Well, you're about to find out. I'll update this monthly or whenever a change is necessary.
Sep 27, 2012
Here's a cool animated video for Dwight Yoakam's Roger Miller-esque "Waterfall," from his stellar new 3 Pears album. I don't think this is the official video (contest entry, I think), but it probably should be.
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
I get a ton of albums for review by both snail mail and digital means, many passing my tolerance standards for less than 4 songs, so it's always a treat when something I didn't personally seek out… finds me.
That was the case with John D. Hale Band's More Than I Can Handle. Before I got the CD in the mail, I'd heard of the band but never heard a note of their music. I'm happy to say I've finally made the acquaintance.
More Than I Can Handle is an intelligent, well-crafted collection of songs that runs the thematic gambit of the joys and hardships of real country people. The title song weighs in on the difficulties of farming without painting in the broad, romantic strokes that only someone who doesn't really listen to music likes.
"Sin for Sin" is an outlaw anthem that never once says the word. "My unrestrained morals have sentenced me to roam"…think you'd ever hear Justin Moore sing that line?
"Desperate People" chronicles the tragedy of a man with "a mind like a loaded gun" who plans to rob an old man who'd never notice the money gone. Things of course don't go as intended because "desperate people do desperate things."
Across 8 originals and 2 covers, the John D. Hale Band never once bends to commercial whims or lets their artistry slip. The vocals are excellent and the playing is superb. More Than I Can Handle is a powerful country album with red dirt leanings that should give it broad appeal. It also immediately makes the band a force to be reckoned with on the Americana scene.
Highly recommended if you enjoy any of these artists even a little: Mike Ethan Messick, Justin Haigh, Charlie Robison, Clay Walker, Chris Knight, Jason Eady.