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Country brodown: Every truck, beer, jeans, moonlight, and 'girl' reference on the current chart

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Just how bro is “bro country” right now? It’s pretty bro, bro.

In case you haven’t heard, the whole country music genre has been fighting a civil war lately over the rise of “bro country” in popular Nashville-produced music. Coined by New York Magazine‘s Jody Rosen, the term “bro country” refers to “music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude… If [Florida Georgia Line's smash] ‘Cruise’ were a guy at a bar, he would sidle up to the hottest blonde in the room, laugh loudly at his own jokes, and, after crashing and burning with a couple of lame pickup lines, ask, ‘Have you heard this awesome song?’ Whereupon he would whip out his iPhone and dial up the video for Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise.’”

“Cruise” may have crystallized the “bro country” phenomenon — but Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” has become its unofficial representative thanks to Zac Brown, who last month called the No. 1 single the “worst song I’ve ever heard,” and added, “If I hear one more tailgate-in-the-moonlight, daisy dukes song, I’m gonna throw up.” Brown’s not the only star unhappy with the state of modern country music, either — this year, Alan Jackson, Gary Allan, Kacey Musgraves, and Naomi Judd have all spoken out about it as well. (Read more on that here.)

But surely, “bro country” can’t be that widespread. Not every artist is singing about trucks and beers…right?

Actually, it might be worse than you thought. READ FULL STORY

CMA nominations 2013: The snubs and surprises

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Now that the 47th Annual CMA award nominations have been announced, here are a few thoughts on who made the cut, who was sorely left out — and the things that just don’t make much sense:

SURPRISE! Kacey Musgraves The Nashville newcomer scored six nominations (five for her own music, one for co-writing Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), which tied pack-leader Taylor Swift. Musgraves may not have the sales power of Swift, but she clearly has the industry support. Not many Best New Artist nominees also find themselves competing for awards like Best Female Artist or Album of the Year, a category that her disc Same Trailer Different Park absolutely deserves to win.

SNUB: Carrie Underwood An acclaimed album, four number one singles, and a 110-date arena tour (not to mention her new Sunday Night Football duties) were not enough to finally earn the perennial CMA Awards host her first Entertainer of the Year nomination. Annoyingly, this snub has been going on for a while. Methinks there must be record label politics holding her back. How else do you explain Jason Aldean, whose recent singles have floundered, sneaking into the category ahead of her? READ FULL STORY

CMT Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

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The real winners were announced last night at the 2013 CMT Music Awards, a fan-voted program that technically honors country-music videos. Still, here are a few more honors from the unremarkable telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:

Worst hosts: With dead eyes and a stiff posture, Jason Aldean left returnee Kristen Bell to once again try way too hard to elicit laughter from the crowd. Their ongoing gag about which duet to sing together (a thinly veiled attempt to get people to use the #CMTawards hashtag) was downright painful — and frequent teleprompter issues didn’t help. These two were no Brad and Carrie. They were no Blake and Reba, either. Heck, they were no Blake and Luke — and that’s saying something. READ FULL STORY

'Duck Dynasty' warms up to the country community in new music video -- EXCLUSIVE

Country music fans that tune in to A&E’s cable smash Duck Dynasty have every reason to be happy, happy, happy lately.

Willie, Si, and the rest of the crew have made a point of inserting themselves into the country music scene. Not only did the boys show up in the clip for Darius Rucker’s hit single “Wagon Wheel” last month, but Willie gets rough and muddy with singers Lee Brice and Colt Ford in the music video for Tyler Farr‘s new single “Redneck Crazy,” which EW can exclusively preview below. READ FULL STORY

Best and Worst 2012: The year in country music

Ah, what a year in music it’s been! Here at EW, we’ve been in retrospective overdrive, looking back at the best and worst albums, singles, lyrics, and soundtracks that 2012 had to offer.

But since I’m already primed to hop onto a plane and head home down South for the holidays, I thought it might be fun to take let my music tastes do the same and take a deep-dive into the country music world. Here’s my take on the year that was — country music style:

BEST: Little Big Town The hard-working quartet has always had the respect of Nashville for their on-point harmonies and sumptuous live performances, so it was nice to see them find true mainstream success in 2012. “Pontoon” was a fresh, tongue-in-cheek summer smash that motorboated all the way to No. 1.

BEST: Eric Church With a sand-papery voice, a trademark baseball cap (which have now officially replaced cowboy hats), a drink in his hand, and some genuinely great melodies, Eric Church joined country’s A-list this year. “Springsteen” was a wide-open crossover hit that gave his confidently country disc Chief the mainstream appeal it deserved. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Chief won the CMA Award for Album of the Year, either. READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards: Eric Church leads noms (and Snoop Dogg's in the house!)

Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY

Little Big Town's 'Pontoon' cover ropes in a parade of country stars -- VIDEO

You’re not the only one who can’t get Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” out of your head. The country quartet has released a video of fellow stars — including Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies — singing along to the song, which has been on the charts 15 weeks and counting. The takeaway: We’d like to hear Wynonna Judd and Sara Evans cover the song for real. We’re off to watch another video of Luke Bryan dancing. And okay, we’re not the only ones who get that “motorboatin’” imagery in our head (thanks, Scott Wolf and cousin Josh Wolf). READ FULL STORY

CMT Music Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The actual winners were announced last night at the CMT Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Overall Performance Willie Nelson assembled an all-star crew to help him sing the hilarious “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” The ponytailed veteran was joined by Darius Rucker, Toby Keith, Zac Brown, and Jamey Johnson, all of whom looked delighted to be sharing the stage with the legendary toker.

(Honorable Mention Little Big Town, who always sound fantastic, delivered a fun rendition of their summer single “Pontoon.” On a night when A-listers like Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, and Luke Bryan delivered competent but forgettable performances, theirs might legitimately have earned the quartet a few new listeners. Also, props to Kellie Pickler for her “Motorboatin’” introduction.) READ FULL STORY

White House celebrates country music with PBS special -- featuring the Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, James Taylor and more

In Performance at the White House, a concert series created by Michelle Obama, turns its ear to country music in a new PBS special premiering Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings).

Artists gathered in the East Room of the White House Monday to tape the intimate show, with the President and First Lady sitting in the front row. According to USA Today, the president explained that traveling the country, he’s gained an appreciation for how much country music and its storytelling mean to so many Americans (and also told the audience “Hootie’s in the house!” referring to Darius Rucker, who was among the performers).

Dierks Bentley opened the evening with his inspirational hit “Home,” a song he was inspired to write after Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting in his native Arizona. Bentley also performed “Always on My Mind” with American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina and “Me and Bobby McGee” with Kris Kristofferson and the rest of the cast, which included Allison Krauss, James Taylor, The Band Perry, and Lyle Lovett.

Find the full setlist below:

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CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Hosts: Obviously, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are the only people eligible for this honor, but haven’t they become quite a dynamic duo? I can’t think of any pair I’d rather see overseeing an awards show. They’re funny and saucy without being mean, and they keep the show moving.

Between the Hank Williams Jr. parody and the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw anatomy check that opened the show, Underwood and Paisley had me literally tearing up with laughter. And just when you think they can’t endear you to themselves any more, they deliver a powerhouse vocal on “Remind Me.” Hey, Oscars, are you watching?

Best performance: Near the end of the show, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Vince Gill performed a touching medley of tunes in honor of country icon Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The seasoned veteran, clearly moved by the kind gesture, watched proudly from his seat, even giving the trio a thumbs-up when Paisley began to sing “Galveston.” It was the night’s sweetest moment: READ FULL STORY

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