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CSO Reviews & Interviews 2006
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Looking Back at Country Music in 2006
A retrospective by Cheryl Harvey Hill
This has been a very interesting year for country music. A lot of change has taken place within the industry and the myspace.com phenomenon has opened a brand new door between the country music fans and countless independent artists; many of them on par with, or even superior to, major label artists. We've always been champions of the indie artists here at CountryStarsOnline.com so we were pleased as punch when Chris Young garnered the title of Nashville Star... 
The Year That Was... Almost
By George Peden
2007 has been a great year for music. It’s been great in the sense of diversity and the arrival of so many new acts – and those who had the strength of character and vision to reinvent themselves...
Brad Paisley - Christmas
By: Penny Rondinella
In Closing, The Best Of '06
By: Jim Moulton
Looking back at all of the albums I reviewed this year, it seems like such a long year...
Mark Knopfler And Emmylou Harris: Real Live Roadrunning Concert DVD
Review By: Penny Rondinella
Erin Hay 
"When it’s too country for everyone else, it’s just right for me". George Peden reviews her new CD The Collection.
Sugarland - Enjoy The Ride
By: Amy Ross
Kellie Pickler is no stranger to American living rooms thanks to her success on Idol, but how's the debut CD doing? Jim Moulton has some answers.
Keith Urban - Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing
By: Brianna Nightingale
Kristen McNamara has proven her abilities long before Nashville Star. Find out more about her debut CD, by Penny Rondinella.
Vince Gill - These Days
By: Jim Moulton
Ryan Baysden
From Idol finalist  to debut CD titled, What Turns You On, Amy Ross gets us caught up.
Kickin' Out The Footlights... Again
Jones Sings Haggard, Haggard Sings Jones
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Ronnie Milsap, Danielle Peck and Cledus T. Judd concert review. By Jolene Downs
Royal Wade Kimes
Strikin' Matches

By: George Peden
Pete Wilke is Down From Montana with what he calls "Brown Grass", got your interest yet? By George Peden
Mark Chesnutt 
Heard It In A Love Song

By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Gaylyn Robinson: "We all know that Texan's think they are the biggest and best of everything; well, when it comes to this album, they have every right to brag." 
By Cheryl Harvey Hill
Craig Morgan - Little Bit Of Life
By: George Peden
Marshall Tucker Band is out with their only live recording of the all-original MTB. 
By: Jim Moulton
Emerson Drive

By: Penny Rondinella
Montgomery Gentry "Some People Change is an apt title. And while it suggests a new direction, MG has proven to be reliable with a hot blend of what they deliver best –country with gritty attitude." By George Peden
Alan Jackson - Like Red On A Rose
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Darryl Worley is about to pass another milestone with the release of the powerful song "Just Came Back From A War" from his new album Here and Now. By Penny Rondinella
Steve Holy - Brand New Girlfriend
By: Brianna Nightingale
MySpace is the Place
By Robert L. Doerschuk
Tracy Byrd - Different Things
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Songs Of The Year - Some of your favorite artists singing some of the best ever country songs. By Amy Ross
Danielle Peck - Self Titled Debut
By: George Peden
Taylor Swift She’s new. She’s exciting. And you may not have to write her name down to remember it. George Peden has the scoop.
Aaron Tippin - Now & Then
Album Review By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Dierks Bentley’s new album Long Trip Alone is in stores now, CSO's Amy Ross has more.
Brian McComas - Back Up Again
The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia (yes, that Jerry Garcia) is in stores now and our Jim Moulton takes a musicians listen.
Neal McCoy - Live!
Album Review By: Jolene Downs
Zachary Hunter's latest CD titled In Your Dreams is in stores now and George Peden has your preview.
Freddy Fender Battles Cancer Tom Wurth's self-titled debut CD is in stores now, Jolene Downs takes a look and listen. 
Allison Moorer - The Definitive Collection
Review By Jim Moulton
Eric Agnew's debut CD is out titled No Limits, and Amy Ross got a bad case of the happy feet... read on.
Ronnie Milsap - My Life
Album Review by Jolene Downs
Toby Keith's Broken Bridges Soundtrack has a little for everyone. Brianna Nightingale has more.
Rodney Atkins
If You're Going Through Hell

Album Review by Cheryl Harvey Hill
Jerry Lee Lewis, the Killer is still knockin' 'em dead after all these years. George Peden has details on Last Man Standing
I Don't Need A Record Deal!: 
Your Survival Guide For The Indie Music Revolution 
by Daylle Deanna Schwartz
Book Review by Cheryl Harvey Hill
Joan Osborne jumps off into a country album titled Pretty Little Stranger, and does it very well indeed. Jim Moulton has more.
Willie Nelson
The Complete Atlantic Sessions

By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Tracy Byrd releases his latest album this week titled Different Things. Cheryl Harvey Hill has what you need to know.
Hank Williams Jr.
That's How They Do It In Dixie

By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
When the lights went down in Melbourne, Dwight cranked up the country, read all about the recent Dwight Yoakam concert down under. By George Peden
Blue Collar Comedy Tour
One For The Road

By: Jim Weaver
Kameron Ross has a demo CD out and our Amy Ross (no relation) gives you a preview of a star in the making.

Mark Knopfler And Emmylou Harris:
  All The Roadrunning

By: George Peden

Plus Video Interview!

Guy Clark is back with album number... umpteenth, titled Workbench Songs, and our Jim Moulton has a preview.

Dixie Chicks - Taking The Long Way
Review By Jim Moulton


Tracey K. Houston does a great tribute to Loretta Lynn, our Amy Ross has more details...

Rhonda Vincent - All American Bluegrass Girl 
Review By Jim Moulton


Billy Ray Cyrus' latest CD is in stores now, titled Wanna Be Your Joe. George Peden takes a listen. 
Phil Vassar - Greatest Hits Volume 1
By Brianna Nightingale   

Phil Vassar puts on one heck of a show, our Brianna Nightingale caught one recently ...
Rockie Lynne - Self Titled Debut
By Jim Weaver  
Josh Turner Sings from the Heart
By Robert L. Doerschuk
The Changing World Of Brad Paisley
By Michael McCall   
Sugar Hill Records - A Retrospective
Jim Moulton says you're in for a treat.
Toby Keith - White Trash With Money
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Local boys done good... Heartland's debut CD, I Loved Her First, is out and Penny Rondinella has a look.
Rascal Flatts - Me & My Gang
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Chris Young's big label debut is in stores now, Penny Rondinella is a fan. Read on...
Jamey Johnson - The Dollar
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
New Artist Spotlight: 
Henry Cho
By Peter Cronin
Tim McGraw - Hits Volume 2: Reflected
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Dionne Chinn
Does originality mean anything any more? Listen to Where Does Love Go From Here and we have our immediate answer – yes! 
By George Peden 

SHeDAISY - FortuneTellers Melody
By: Jim Weaver


Rhonda Vincent's first Christmas CD is in stores later this month titled Beautiful Star: A Christmas Collection. Jim Moulton has a preview.
Alan Jackson - Precious Memories
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Every October, bull riders and bulls converge on Las Vegas to decide who's the best bull rider of the year... 
RANK - a documentary review, by Jim Weaver.

Shannon Brown - Corn Fed 
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill

Carrie Underwood’s Wild Ride
By Peter Cronin
Josh Turner - Your Man
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill 
New Artist Spotlight: 
Lost Trailers
By Peter Cronin
Kathy Mattea - Right Out Of Nowhere
By: George Peden
We go North of the border to introduce you to a young country artist named Alysha Brooke and her debut CD, I Talk Country.
By George Peden
James Talley - Got No Bread.. 30th Anniversary Edition
By: George Peden
Staying up in the cold North we have the debut release of Traci Kennedy titled, How Many Hearts... by Jim Weaver.
Van Zant - Get Right With The Man
By: George Peden 
Steven Clawson - His Southern Soul is still Restless
Interview by: Melissa Loncaric Miller

Meet Carrie Underwood
By: Gary Voorhies  

New Artist Spotlight: 
Gary Nichols

By Peter Cronin 
Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Four great albums are now two great CDs... The Best Of Linda Ronstadt - The Capitol Years, and Jim Moulton has your preview.
Collin Raye
  Twenty Years And Change
By: George Peden
Rockie Lynne holds our troops in the highest regard, and his actions do speak louder than words. Read all about the Tribute To The Troops, by Helen Peterson and Leah Anderson.
Looking Back at Country Music in 2005 Mary Sue Englund has released her latest simply titled Free. George Peden has the well deserved glowing review.
  Mindy Smith releases her sophomore effort in October titled Long Island Shores, Jim Moulton has your preview.
  Eric Church's debut CD on Capitol Nashville Records is in stores now titled Sinners Like Me, Brianna Nightingale has more.
  Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens Share Insights with Some of Today's Hottest Artists
By Peter Cronin
  David & Howard? Noooo... it's Jesse & Noah, with their debut album titled Nowhere Revisited. Read more from George Peden here...
  The Duhks are gearing up for the release of their new CD titled Migrations, Jim Moulton has the scoop!
  Amanda Wilson's new CD is out, titled Small Town Girl, find out more from Jim Weaver.
  The Road to Sugarland
By Peter Cronin
  Lantana's debut CD hits the store shelves Tuesday, September 5th. George Peden has your preview.
  Jessi Colter Moves On
By Rick Kelly
  Chicago was not one of those recently canceled  so the Dixie Chicks play on, our Brianna Nightingale was there.
  Bobby Cage takes the stage with his 2004 offering titled Wrong Side Of Love, by Jim Weaver
  Danielle Peck is labeled as one of the sexiest women in modern country music, George Peden agrees... and the music on her self titled debut CD? Read on...
  Dearl Hardy is back with another spiritual journey captured on CD and Jim Moulton has the scoop.
  The Fearless Artistry of Radney Foster
By Bobby Reed 
  Ashley Gearing is back and ready to take on the world with Maybe It's Time... by Jim Weaver
  The cream really does rise to the top. Check out the new CD by JC Andersen titled When The Tide Rolls In... by George Peden
  Kate Campbell has a new gospel CD on the way and Jim Moulton has a preview.
  Ashley Gearing is back and ready to take on the world with Maybe It's Time... by Jim Weaver
  From a caller to a radio show to a great interview, George Peden shares a conversation with Tunesmith Mike Dekle.
  Revamped and cookin', The Derailers make their triumphant return with Soldiers Of Love. George Peden has the details.
  Randy Scruggs 1998 masterpiece, Crown Of Jewels, is re-visited by our own Jim Moulton.
  Pat Green's new CD, Cannonball hits stores later this month. Recently our Melissa Loncaric Miller sat down with Pat for this CSO Interview.
  An Evening With a Legend - Roy Clark By Helen Peterson
By Peter Cronin
  "He’s part poet, part troubadour, but mainly an honest storyteller", that's how George Peden describes Billy Joe Shaver. Read all about his latest DVD titled Live From Austin TX.
  Putting most of the politics aside, are the Chicks Still Country? Jim Moulton compares their latest CD to previous works to get his answer.
  Meet Travis Rush, Penny Rondinella has the scoop this week about his debut CD, so Come And Get It.
  Concert Review: Ty Herndon plays Michigan and our very own Christy Cowan-Baker was there.
  Sure he’s more rock than county, but George Peden had to bring this one to you anyway. Check out the latest from John Fogerty.
  What an interesting collaboration, Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy team up for Adieu False Heart and Jim Moulton has the scoop.
  Revealing more hidden talent from across the pond, meet country music singer Karin Wright from Oslo, Norway.
  New Artist Spotlight: Ashley Monroe
By Peter Cronin  
  Curiosity led George Peden to this weeks introduction, Big Rain and their self titled CD.
  Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp together are The Wreckers. Jim Moulton has a take on their debut CD, Stand Still, Look Pretty.
  George Peden with introduction #2 this week, Michael ONeill and his latest CD, Who's Bad Now.
  No Depression Magazine has released What It Sounds Like Vol 2. Our Jim Moulton is all over it.
By Peter Cronin 
  One more from the CMA Music Festival! Leah Anderson and Helen Peterson's interview with Rockie Lynne.
  Tracy Lawrence: Loving Life
By Rob Patterson
  Christy Cowan-Baker caught up with Ty Herndon at the CMA Music Fest to find out about his upcoming CD.
  Julie Roberts' new CD titled Men & Mascara is in stores this week. Check out a little preview from Penny Rondinella.
  George Peden follows up on a... follow up, Texas Unplugged Volume 2 from Palo Duro Records.
  Singer, songwriter, musician Darrell Scott releases album number six, The Invisible Man, by Jim Moulton.
  Are you ready for the next Aussie on the country music hit parade? It could be Natalie Howard, George Peden has details.
  Christy Cowan-Baker does some catching-up with Kelly Lang at the 2006 CMA Music Festival. 
  Talented Canadian Codie Prevost is ready to break out as we check out his debut CD titled The Road Ahead. By George Peden 
  Tresa Jordan is set to make her self-titled debut CD a reality in July, and Jim Moulton got his hands on a copy!
  Paulette Carlson is back with a new album and It's About Time. By George Peden
  CSO invites you to meet country newcomer Joni Compretta and her debut CD Out Of Mississippi. By George Peden
  Brianna Nightingale reviews newcomer Shevy Smith and her debut CD titled Blueprint.
  Canada’s Jason McCoy Goes Global
By Todd Sterling  
  Concert Review: Craig Morgan and Steve Azar put on a show, and our own  Brianna Nightingale was there.
  Proving once again that country music knows no borders, meet Rodrigo Haddad. By George Peden
  Bobby Bare: The Return Of The Quiet Outlaw
By Rick Kelly
  George Peden takes a look at the new Rascal Flatts CD, Me And My Gang.
  The Wreckers are breaking the rules and making it work. Check out their debut CD, Stand Still, Look Pretty, by Penny Rondinella.
  We Have A Winner - It's the latest CD from Dave Jorgensen, and George Peden has the scoop.
  George Peden gives us a sneak peek at Kate Russell and "Powerful Stuff".
  Jim Moulton gets a great sneak peek at the upcoming new release from Allison Moorer titled Getting Something

Nashville Star Update:

And the Winner is...

Chris Young!


  George Peden says this is "Good"... (sorry) Karen Taylor Good releases her latest CD titled How Many Women.
  New Artist Spotlight: Susan Haynes
  Georgia native Randy Archer releases his debut CD titled Shots In The Dark and George Peden is all over it.
  Jim Moulton takes a look at a recent re-issue of the Grateful Dead's Truckin' Up To Buffalo... yes, that Grateful Dead. Read On!
  Country Music Hall Of Fame Member Dolly Parton Is Busier Than Ever - By Deborah Evans Price
  It's different, but there's no denying the talent, check out the upcoming CD from fiddler extraordinaire Casey Driessen titled 3D.
  Texas Music artist and song writer Bruce Robison has a new CD out titled Eleven Stories,  by Jim Moulton
  They have been together for over 10 years so their debut CD is titled Looking Back, meet the duo of Cook-Lamborn, by George Peden.
  Trent Tomlinson is working the charts and getting the airplay, have you checked out his debut CD yet? Jim Weaver has, find out about Country Is My Rock now.
  Can a master telecaster country guitar picker actually be from England? You bet he can, meet Albert Lee and his latest CD titled Road Runner,  by Jim Moulton
  Interview with Canadian artist Peter Myles.
  CMA Closeup: Learn about and meet newcomer John Corbett, by Gary Voorhies.
  A band on the verge, of what you ask? Find out about Desert Heat and their debut CD Forever Road by George Peden.
  CMA Closeup: Learn about and meet newcomer Rockie Lynne, by Gary Voorhies.
  As a musician you never know what night it's all going to come together, but when it does... Check out Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives - Live At The Ryman, by Jim Moulton
  CMA Closeup: Learn about and meet newcomer Joey Martin, by Gary Voorhies.
  Picker extraordinaire Bryan Sutton has a new CD out titled Not Too Far From The Tree, Jim Moulton has the scoop.  
  George Peden introduces us all to Robert Bacon and his debut album titled Seeing Someone New.
  CMA Closeup: Learn about and meet newcomer Brice Long, by Gary Voorhies.
  Songwriter Mike Dekle has released his fourth album aptly titled Tunesmith and George Peden tell s all about it.
  Radney Foster has a new CD slated for April 4th release titled This World We Live In, our Jim Moulton has a sneak peak for you right here. 
  CMA Closeup: Read all about songwriter/performer Rivers Rutherford by Gary Voorhies.
  Jim Moulton has made a discovery, her name is Lori Willcuts and her new CD is titled Black-eyed Susan's. Find out about her now.
  The “must watch” country band of 2006 just might be Pinmonkey. So says George Peden as he reviews their upcoming CD, Big Shiny Cars.
  Cheryl Harvey Hill concurs with the statement; "Pride will carry you back to places you'll remember, and whisk you away to places you will long to be", as she reviews the new CD from Stephen Pride titled, Pride On The Wild Side
  CD Preview
3rd CD is due in stores March 14. Check out some videos and streaming audio from the album titled; FortuneTeller's Melody
  Nashville Star season four begins March 14th on USA Network. Get up to date on who's in, who's judging, and who's hosting right here. PLUS - We have a chance for you to win tickets, T-Shirts and more!
  Jim Moulton reviews the upcoming release from Garrison Starr titled; The Sound Of You And Me
  Introducing Ray Scott by CMA staff writer Gary Voorhies.
  George Peden re- introduces a redone 1996 treasure form Tresa Street titled Baby It's You.

Gary Voorhies  introduces you to a new artist named Luke Stricklin.  


  Angela Howell gets us all caught up with the lovely, talented and rejuvenated Kelly Lang.
  Jim Moulton reviews the upcoming CD from Jessi Colter titled Out Of The Ashes.

Gary Voorhies  introduces you to a new artist named Shane Owens.  


  Congratulations to Michelle Rene, winner of the 24th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National 
! Click here for more details
  Jack Ingram is staying true to himself and it's finally paying dividends, Cheryl Harvey Hill reviews the new live album titled, Wherever You Are
  George Peden introduces us to a little country music from Norway... really! Read up on Arly Karlsen.
  Jim Moulton reviews the new Blue Grass CD from the Gibson Brothers titled, Red Letter Day .
  Jim Moulton checks out the new reissue of The Duhks, Your Daughters And Your Sons.
  Country Music Wraps 2005 On Strong Note - The read the report right here from our friends at the CMA.
  Meet Erika Jo,
By Gary Voorhies
  Roger Murrah Is A Stellar Songwriter And Savvy Businessman,
By Bobby Reed
  The Rider... The what, the who, the why? George Peden begins to unravel the mystery.


  2005 In Retrospect - By Jim Moulton

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