Country Music Dude: In Radio, Female Performers Are Basically Garnishes

Country Aircheck Weekly is a trade publication devoted to country radio news, not exactly a popular read for most households. But their latest issue has drawn the attention of star Martina McBride because of an interview with music consultant Keith Hill, who said if country music is a salad, men are the lettuce and… » 5/28/15 12:45pm Thursday 12:45pm

RaeLynn's 'For A Boy' Is Some Cool Old-Fashioned Gender Essentialism

RaeLynn, the artist behind “God Made Girls” (and a former The Voice contestant) is back, and her latest song is full of just as many boring assumptions about the differences between men and women as the last. It’s aptly titled “For A Boy” (subtitle “You Sure Are Sensitive!” not included). » 5/11/15 7:00pm 5/11/15 7:00pm

Little Big Town's 'Girl Crush': a Perfect Storm of Country Controversy

In December, the band Little Big Town released "Girl Crush," the second single off their album Pain Killer. The track title wasn't exactly going to endear it to those who chafe at the term "girl crush." But the song's subject matter has also alienated the very people who should love it, because it flirts with… » 3/26/15 4:50pm 3/26/15 4:50pm

​Miley Cyrus Should and Probably Will Do a Country Album 

Miley Cyrus's musical and literal roots are in country/rock music (ahem, godmother Dolly Parton and dad Billy Rae Cyrus), so it wasn't much of a surprise to see her cover Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" during SNL's 40th anniversary special this weekend. But the degree to which she killed it, displaying… » 2/17/15 6:10pm 2/17/15 6:10pm

A Moment of Appreciation for the Glorious Country Fashions of the '90s

On Wednesday night, I had a grand old time watching the CMA Awards, inexplicable Ariana Grande appearance and all. But around the time Loretta Lynn showed up wearing ten tons of sequins and they ran that supercut of classic Vince Gill moments, I began to long for the fabulous country music fashions of the 1990s. » 11/06/14 3:50pm 11/06/14 3:50pm

One Dude Shows How You Can Actually Help Women in Country Music

Though there's been newfound attention paid to whether country music's female artists are getting their due, it's been hard to tell whether the industry is reacting accordingly. Well, now it looks like a small portion of it is: SiriusXM plans to actually play more records by women on its airwaves – at least for this… » 8/11/14 5:20pm 8/11/14 5:20pm

This Country Song About Date Rape Was Inspired by Steubenville

Earlier this year, country artist Kira Isabella released "Quarterback," a radio friendly country song that takes some tired modern tropes of pop country — a nerdy freshman girl who plays trumpet in the marching band pining after the quarterback she never thought would notice her — and turns them on their head when… » 8/02/14 2:15pm 8/02/14 2:15pm

Keith Urban Fans Watch as Man Rapes 17-Year-Old At Outdoor Concert

Over the weekend, a 17-year-old girl attending a rowdy Keith Urban concert outside of Boston broke away from her friends with a man she'd just met. Minutes later, the man was sexually assaulting her out in the open as more than a dozen passersby watched, with some even taking cell phone videos. » 7/30/14 5:40pm 7/30/14 5:40pm

The Video for 'Girl In A Country Song' Puts the Dudes in Short-Shorts

Quickly capitalizing off the success of "Girl In A Country Song", country duo newcomers Maddie & Tae have released the video for their "groundbreaking" new pop song. As they promised, the video is a play on the country music videos their song lambasts: Maddie & Tae have switched things up and put some dudes in "… » 7/28/14 11:50am 7/28/14 11:50am

Country Music Eager to Give Women Awards, Hesitant To Play Their Songs

This year's Country Music Award nominees were announced on Tuesday, and, if a person were to judge the state of country music from the list — dominated by the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift — they'd probably think that maybe these women were getting country stations to play their damn… » 9/11/13 5:50pm 9/11/13 5:50pm

Kacey Musgraves is Your New Favorite 'Country' Singer, Especially If…

She's 24. She's low-key. She's from Sulphur Springs, Texas. She used to yodel. She sings about regular women and their regular concerns and feelings, and yet, in its own quiet, catchy way, something about her work feels utterly revolutionary. Maybe it's that the songs on Same Trailer Different Park feel notably… » 3/13/13 6:30pm 3/13/13 6:30pm

Here's That Toby Keith Song About Red Solo Cups You Didn't Ask For

From the mind of Toby Keith comes "Red Solo Cup," a tune that is sure to be the most popular music single about plastic cups this year! It's pretty much exactly what you would expect an homage to an inanimate party object to be, but be warned: This song is incredibly infectious and after watching, you just may have… » 10/11/11 6:55pm 10/11/11 6:55pm