BY Liz Galvao
on Aug 11, 2015
(The Grand Tour/Last Gang Records)
There’s a big divide between the two sides of mainstream country music today: Corporate country, and the real stuff, Americana. The former seems to be littered with overblown, overproduced, and overrated stars. In the midst of all this, Canadian singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega returns with her fourth full-length album, Faded Gloryville, on which she successfully continues her quest to keep country real—and cool.
The songs assembled on this smokin’ new release run the gamut of country styles. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 30, 2014
Brand new country duo Maddie & Tae are calling out the crazy-high levels of sexism in the music genre known as “Bro Country”—the hyper-masculine, woman-objectifying trope that has come to dominate modern country music. They use their new song, “Girl in a Country Song” to point out the ridiculousness of portraying every woman as an overly sexual yet faceless being. Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 09, 2014
“Something Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood should be on in the background as you read this piece. Something bad has been happening in country music, and as usual, it’s hurting the ladies.
It seems that booze, parking lot parties, and getting laid are what it is all about nowadays. Recently, country music has been dominated by men with a very specific agenda. Artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Lee Brice seem to dominate the charts with songs explicitly dehumanizing and objectifying women. Read More
BY Abigail Nutter
on Apr 28, 2014
Viewers of QVC had the awesome opportunity yesterday to watch a full hour of Dolly Parton, and purchase her new album 20 days before it’s official release on May 13th. Audiences soaked up some Dolly, as she answered questions, joked with the interviewer, and delighted the world with her bubbly antics and larger than life persona.
Dolly performed live in front of a Nashville audience with new songs off of “Blue Smoke,” as well as classics “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Oct 15, 2013
Country music darling, Taylor Swift, sometimes referred to as Tswift or Tswizzle (O.K. that one was all me..), unveiled her own learning center in Nashville, this past Saturday morning. The building aptly named, Taylor Swift Education Center is now located at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It will be home to classes, workshops, and an instrument room.
With all the negative press surrounding pop stars today, it is nice to see one star doing something positive for her community. Read More
There has been a lot of talk about Miley Cyrus lately, and not surprisingly, a lot of it centers around her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. This kind of talk is concerning; it’s as if the American public has chosen to express their disapproval of Miley’s sexual expression by implying that Billy Ray must be appalled. The public is crying, “That’s not my little girl.” And the thing is that she isn’t our little girl at all; she is a woman growing up and finding out who she is and how she wants to express that. Read More
The queen of everything country, Dolly Parton, recently chatted with Alecia Davis of “Extra” and confronted issues she’s had to deal with her whole professional career: rumors and gossip. Parton is remarkably composed and eloquent when asked about the circulating whispers of an esophageal cancer scare, smiling and firmly stating, “I will not make comment on some story in a rag magazine! I’m fine!” And she certainly seems it, perfectly coiffed and totally at home in her Dollywood theme park. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Aug 21, 2013
"Jolene" by Dolly Parton is one of my all-time favorite songs. (Editor's note: I cry every time I hear "Jolene" - also one of my favorites.) Dolly’s voice is high yet controlled; there is just enough bounce and twang between her voice and the instrumentals to cement "Jolene"'s status as a country classic. The lyrics are so raw and powerful that the tension Parton sets up with the beauty of the melody feels like the listener's own tension.
But enough has been said about how amazing this song is (and it's been covered enough times to prove it). Read More
BY Daisy Becerra
on Jun 18, 2013
(Of all time!)
When the web gives us wonders like Feminist Ryan Gosling, Feminist Harry Potter, and now the ultra-viral Feminist Taylor Swift account, it seems like the whole cyberverse explodes—and for good reason. Feminist Taylor Swift is probably my favorite parody to come out this year, and it’s all thanks to Brown University student Clara Beyer, whose quest for lyrical justice began like most movements: out of frustration. Read More
BY Intern Mimi
on Nov 07, 2012
Recently, when Taylor Swift was asked the question, “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” she responded, “I don't really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.” In other words, “I think men and women are equal, but I’m not about to declare myself a feminist. Read More