As much as country music has become about partying, girls, and drinking beer it’s days like these when the genres’ roots shine through. Before it was about all that, country music was about family, doing what’s right, and honoring those that have served. Nowadays songs with those messages are few and far between. Artists such as Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, and Justin Moore stand apart when it comes to such music. Both Moore and Gilbert have singles on radio now honoring those who have served. Justin Moore’s “This Kind of Town” includes the line, “Tie a yellow ribbon on a tree to say thank you,” a sentiment to a common southern gesture to show support for the troops. Moore’s “One Hell of an Amen” opens with a verse honoring a man who’s died in battle, “Preacher said he died too young, over there totin’ that gun, for Uncle Sam and our freedom.” Country music needs more songs with these messages. So on Veteran’s Day it’s important to remember to thank those who have given their lives for this country.
This week is highlighted by the return of Garth Brooks. His new album Man Against Machine is available for download on Ghost Tunes and can also be purchased in stores. Additionally Zac Brown Band released their first greatest hits album which includes their 14 biggest hits to date. George Strait released the deluxe version of The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium which includes bonus footage from the concert. Finally, Big & Rich released their Greatest hits album which includes a variety of songs throughout their career.
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Brantley Gilbert’s new album, ‘Just As I Am’ was released digitally Monday. Prior to the release he had a message, “My fans know I’m a straight shooter so I didn’t leave anything out. I think there is something for everyone – from my party side to the gentler stuff.” Artists often make promises about upcoming releases, but few come through the way Gilbert does on this album . Continue reading Brantley Gilbert Excels on his Sophomore Album