“Shut Up Train,” Little Big Town

There has been a recent trend in country music when it comes to nearly acoustic singles. In 2007 Sugarland gave us “Stay” while 2010 was all about Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” This year we’ve already seen Kenny Chesney score a hit with the fantastic “You and Tequila” which features Grace Potter and…

Who Done It Better: “A Showman’s Life”

Lately it seems like artists are recording their own versions of songs that have either been previously released or have appeared on another artist’s album. So, as a fun new feature on ATC, I’ve decided to bring you our Who Done It Better reviews where I’ll compare two artists’ versions of the same song. I’ve…

Aldean, Paisley, Shelton and Swift Top CMA Nominations

It’s official! The nominations for the 45th Annual CMA Awards have been revealed and I’m proud to say we weren’t crazy wrong in most of the categories we predicted. Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift are all tied as the leading nominees with five nominations a piece, including Entertainer of the Year….

CMA’s For Your Consideration: Entertainer of the Year

Tomorrow morning nearly every country music artist will be up early to watch the announcement of the 45th Annual CMA Awards nominees. The Band Perry and Jake Owen will appear live on ABC’s Good Morning America to announce the big categories while Thompson Square, The JaneDear Girls, and Jerrod Niemann will announce the remaining categories…

CMA’s For Your Consideration: Female Vocalist of the Year

For the better part of the past decade the Female Vocalist of the Year category has been won by a clear favorite. Last year, Miranda Lambert was the overwhelming favorite and claimed her first win in the category after four nominations. However, this year the race for the trophy isn’t as clear cut. In fact,…

CMA’s For Your Consideration: Male Vocalist of the Year

Last year the CMA’s finally restructured the nominees in this category by adding two new nominees in Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton. When awards night came is the underdog Shelton who pulled off the upset to win his first CMA Male Vocalist of the Year trophy. This year has seen plenty of male vocalists who…

CMA’s For Your Consideration: Single and Song of the Year

The CMA Single and Song of the Year categories have honored some fantastic songs throughout the awards show’s 44 year history. Last year Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” took home Single of the Year honors while Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” was named Song of the Year. This year has seen plenty of…

CMA’s For Your Consideration: Album of the Year

Last year’s Album of the Year category had five outstanding nominees, but it was essentially a two horse race between Lady Antebellum’s massive selling Need You Now and Miranda Lambert’s brilliant Revolution. As we all know it was Lambert’s project that claimed the title that night becoming 2010’s ACM and CMA Album of the Year…

CMA’s For Your Consideration: New Artist of the Year

With the nominees for the 2011 CMA Awards set to be announced on September 6, ATC is going to do our usual predicting of the nominees in the major categories. Last year we saw some major shakeups in a few of the big categories and I have a feeling this year will be the same….