Hey, country Music fans… how are y’all doing today? I’m doing well… especially after hearing Sugarland’s new CD. A lot of the CD is just fun and makes you smile when you hear it. One of those feel good songs is “Steve Earl”. It’s a very country/almost bluegrassy song where Jennifer asks the man to write a song for her. The best part comes near the end where she launches into a crazy-fan type rant about their wedding and the kids needing to go to college. Trust me… you’ll get a kick out of this one!

One of the stand out songs (besides the “Life in a Northern Town” cover) is “Very Last Country Song.” It has Jennifer taking on the role of an older woman using her birthday as an excuse to go through old photos and reflect on her life. She muses about how there would be no more country songs if life was perfect and nothing ever went wrong.
Other stand out songs are “Joey”, “Genevieve”, “Fall into Me”, “Wishing” and “Come On Get Higher”. I had heard some talk before I got the disc that it was going to have simpler production along the lines of “Stay”. They were right. I think the less is more approach really help the lyrics and Jennifer’s voice to stand out and that’s alright with me.
In other not-so-good news, it’s time for my weekly thoughts on Nashville Star. First, let me say I am completely shocked Ashley was voted off. She seemed to be a favorite and usually got lots of praise thrown her way. I’m not even going to get started on Coffey and his song, titled “Inserting Sterotypes to Prove Myself”. One I did like was Shawn… I thought her original song was good and internet posters are right: she made a great move when she dropped John Rich. Jeffery Steele has helped her quite a bit. While we’re speaking of him… what a voice! I loved watching him perform those songs. He (and most of the contestants) wiped the floor with Jewel. I pretty much ignored John’s part of the show. Everything else? Well.. I don’t have much at all to say. Suffice it to say, I’m not sure this show should get renewed in it’s current form.
Well, that’s about all for now. If you heard the new Sugarland CD or you are a Nashville Star viewer, share your thoughts with me… I’d love to hear em! Same goes for anyone else. Take care and see ya next time!