Hey, We’re A Year Old! Thank You For Reading!

A year ago today the very first post ever on Country Perspective was published. That review? It was Tim McGraw’s “City Lights.” Not a very memorable song, but I chose it because I wanted to start with something in the middle of the road. The next review though was a lot more important, as I reviewed Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Quite the step up, huh? Before I started this blog I had done several other blogs and every single one of them I ended up abandoning. I lost interest or enough time to maintain them. So going into making this blog I didn’t think I would stick to this one either, but then again I wasn’t as passionate about those other blogs as I am with this one. Obviously I stuck with it. Those first few months were the toughest, as it takes a while to get your blog off the ground and building readership. After a few months I realized that to grow the site more I should add another writer. I think I put something up on the site looking for a new writer in late July. Now for a fun fact I have never disclosed before: the first week of August in 2014 I was on vacation. Yet I had a blog post each day, Monday through Friday that week. Well I wrote an entire week of posts before leaving and scheduled them out. So for those that were reading the site then, the site basically was ran unmanned for an entire week and it didn’t burn down. In a weird way this amused me, but also reinforced the fact that I needed another writer. Luckily, Derek came on-board not too long after and he has been an excellent addition to Country Perspective. You have no idea how helpful it has been to have an extra set of eyes and another voice for the site. Not just for posts, but behind the scenes. I’m always bouncing ideas off of Derek and he’s been extremely helpful. So thank you Derek for helping me take this site to another level.

The amount of growth this site has experienced in a year’s time absolutely blows my mind. I never fathomed getting so many hits and visitors a month to the site. But while numbers are nice, what I appreciate more is you the readers voicing your opinion on the site and on social media. There are some days where I just don’t want to write or I’m not motivated, but then I’ll get a shout out from somebody thanking me for introducing them to new music and it gives me a boost. I’ve gotten messages from fans, artists and people within the industry who praise the site and it makes me very happy to know that people out there appreciate our work. So thank you for all of your kind words, support and words of encouragement. It does not go unnoticed and it’s very much appreciated by yours truly.

I’ve also come across a lot of great music and artists myself while I’ve been running this site. My music library has expanded a lot and I’m never without new, awesome music to listen to. What’s been even cooler is artists reading my reviews and thanking me. I remember the first significant artist to share one of my reviews was Sunny Sweeney and I’ll never forget it because I felt like that was the moment I felt country music is willing to give me a chance. People always think that it’s these sites that need to give artists a chance. Well these artists also need to give writers like me a chance. They won’t just share or read any blog’s stuff. When an artist of Sweeney’s caliber shares your material, it’s a good sign. Since then I’ve had numerous other artists reach out and share my work. I really freaked out when Sturgill Simpson retweeted my album of the year post on him, as I simply couldn’t believe it. So thank you country artists for giving me a chance and accepting Country Perspective.

Of course I also want to take a moment to give a shout out to all of the people who have left hateful comments on my blog and towards me on social media. You guys get to see some of these comments, but the most vulgar and explicit ones don’t get through because they look like they came straight from the YouTube comments section. Trust me I have a collage of these comments. But I actually get a lot of amusement and humor from these comments. So thank you for the laughs, especially you Florida Georgia Line fans, you delusional morons. You are relentless in your defense of the Nickelback of country music. You need to step up your game, RaeLynn fans!

So in conclusion thank you to everyone who visits this site and reads our material! I’m truly grateful. I look forward to many more great memories and moments right here on Country Perspective.

Josh Schott, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

32 thoughts on “Hey, We’re A Year Old! Thank You For Reading!

  1. Raymond May 22, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Congrats Josh: Fun Fact. I saw this site when you had the infamous FGL review of their terrible album. Ever since then I’ve enjoyed reading. While we might disagree (particularly on Kelsea Ballerini which I’d like to apologize for how I handled that yesterday) I still respect your opinion.Since then I’ve actually commented on CountryUniverse and I recently decided to join Pulse Music Board (for me a place I’ve recently loved. Thanks Zack for that place). I do wish I’d comment sooner cause when I saw the ranking of mainstream and noticed the lack of Gloriana Kip Moore and Jana Kramer I wanted to comment but I backed out.

    But I’m not a crazy Kelsea Ballerini fan.

    Also I don’t have one of those explicit terrible comments right. But I do have to disagree with saying about fans. I think if a fan likes an artists music good for them (Raelynn FGL Thomas Rhett) good for them trust me some people don’t see talent in Sturgill Simpson I know it’s frustrating. It’s like me with Gloriana when I see those songs bashed I respect their opinion and move on.

    One last thing you’ll hear me defend Kelsea until I’m too tired to ever type.

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    • Josh Schott May 22, 2015 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks for reading Raymond. And it’s no problem. No you’re not one of those comments. Hey I have no problem with people like FGL and RaeLynn. What I was referring to up above and what I have a problem with is the absolute despicable comments. Only Derek and me see these ones, as they’re completely inappropriate for the site and go against the rules. The ones all of you see are disagreeing comments I’m fine with because they didn’t break the rules and were somewhat respectful at the very least. No, I’ve been called every vulgar name in the book by FGL fans (unspeakable words that should never be used in any context) and it got so ridiculous I had to shut the comments section down for that album review. That’s why I have disdain towards most of those fans. There have been some that are completely respectful and nice, and I welcome them to the site with open arms. I love when people disagree, as it makes for good conversation. It wouldn’t be any fun if everyone agreed with me all the time.

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      • Raymond May 22, 2015 / 1:37 pm

        Aw man I was thinking of trashing that awful album. Trust me I know I’m a Kelsea Ballerini fan but I’m trying to come off professional and not a fan-boy of hers.

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  2. Derek Hudgin May 22, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Woo hoo!! Congrats on the milestone, Josh! Having tried a few blogs myself before jumping on board here, I know how tough it can be to stay motivated to write posts and build readership while having virtually no one for a few weeks. Hitting that year mark is a huge deal and a cause for celebration. And if I may say so myself, I think it was a successful year. (The stats tell me it averages to just over 500 daily overs, which is obviously skewered seeing as some days broke quadruple digits).

    And thank you, Josh, for bringing me on as a writer. I’ve enjoyed covering country music, the good and the bad. šŸ˜‰ It’s a great privilege to be a part of this site and watch behind the scenes as its grown and gained more respect in the country world. I can’t remember what post exactly brought me to Country Perspective the first time, but it was clearly good enough to return to the site and read more!

    Here’s to a great second year!

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    • Raymond May 22, 2015 / 1:36 pm

      Sorry for off-topic I’ll make this quick. Derek have you listened to Kelsea’s album and if so can I expect the review to be here this weekend.

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      • Derek Hudgin May 22, 2015 / 1:37 pm

        I just saw that Josh scheduled the review to post on Wednesday. This is one of those rare moments where we have a ton of articles queued up to publish!

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      • Raymond May 22, 2015 / 1:39 pm

        Oh ok then early prediction 4/10. I was way off on the Tyler prediction.

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    • Josh Schott May 22, 2015 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you! And thank you for coming on as a writer! As I said above you’ve been a great help and are very much a part of the growth of the site. Yes, here’s to an even better year two!

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  3. Zack May 22, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Congrats Josh! I recently started looking back at the old reviews and noticed that the first review was May 22nd so I figured you might have something up šŸ™‚

    Also, thank you for introducing me to a TON of great artists, there’s a whole world of music out there to be explored, and the fact that you guys helped unlocked the door for me means a lot. I’ve read a lot of blogs, but there are honestly none that I like better than this one. Neither you nor Derek are afraid to express your true opinions and I really respect that. What makes you guys different is that you don’t just do reviews, you have the Hodgepodge, the Pulse, things that give the site it’s own uniqueness.

    And while it didn’t last, I thank you guys for inspiring me to make my own reviews. Perhaps one day I’ll try again haha.

    Looking forward to many more years! And honestly keep doing what you guys are doing, It’s nice to see people who aren’t afraid to give an artist the grade they deserve.

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    • Josh Schott May 22, 2015 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks Zach! Haha good eye!

      I’m glad to hear we’ve introduced you to a lot of great artists and that you enjoy our work. It’s always great to hear this.

      I hope you give writing a shot again one day and I’m glad we inspired you to give it a shot. Thank you for reading!

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  4. jb May 22, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    You guys do good work here. I am not sure precisely when I discovered you, but it couldn’t have been long after you started. Congratulations on the anniversary.

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    • Josh Schott May 22, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks jb!

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  5. Lorenzo May 22, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    congratulations guys! I remember with a mix of sadness and disgust back when I used to read taste of country and their stupid reviews (songs by aldean, FGL and lady antebellum could always get at least three stars out of five while Alan Jackson’s You Go Your Way got two stars out of five). I started wondering where country music critics were going. I’m so glad I found this blog, I can finally get some honest reviews and interesting articles and discussions about country music! thank you so much and congratulations on your work guys! you and SavingCountryMusic are the last blog I can trust in!

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    • Lorenzo May 22, 2015 / 5:46 pm

      *blogs

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    • Josh Schott May 22, 2015 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks for reading Lorenzo! I appreciate the kind words!

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  6. Pete Marshall May 22, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Congratulations Josh I have been a follower since last July.

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    • Josh Schott May 22, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks Pete!

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  7. Ron May 23, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Congrats. I found your site by googling homegrown honey awful because after hearing the song I figured someone else must agree with me that it was a truly horrible song. And your site came up first šŸ™‚

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    • Josh Schott May 23, 2015 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks! Haha that’s great to hear! That song is truly awful.

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  8. Kuzco May 23, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Congrats on the one year mark! I discovered the site last fall searching for a review on the Big & Rich album – I wanted to know if it was worth my time and you guys were the first well-written review I found. Since then I’ve been a regular reader and occasional commenter. I appreciate how regular and consistent you guys are with content! Along with Saving Country Music, you guys are the most consistent country music site I’ve found (not counting the jokes like Taste of Country which are just there to promote mainstream and sell adspace). Well done, guys. Keep it up!

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    • Josh Schott May 23, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      Thanks Kuzco! We appreciate all the kind words!

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  9. bob May 23, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Congratulations on 1 year. I’ve only been following this site for a few months but I like what I’ve seen so far. Keep up the good work.

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    • Josh Schott May 23, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks Bob!

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  10. theknightswhosayni4 May 24, 2015 / 5:11 am

    Wait…RaeLynn has fans?!

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    • Josh Schott May 24, 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Yes and I’ve pissed them off many times. Haha!

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  11. ellie May 26, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    I was curious if you were going to review the new Brantley Gilbert songs from the Platinum album. I have to say Just as I am is a good song and it takes me back to his Modern day Prodigal son album,

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    • Josh Schott May 26, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      Honestly not likely. We have a ton of stuff to review coming out right now. However if Gilbert releases any singles from those new tracks they will be reviewed.

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      • Raymond May 26, 2015 / 5:10 pm

        Are you reviewing Gloriana’s new album now that it’s official.

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        • Josh Schott May 26, 2015 / 5:14 pm

          Hopefully. There’s a lot of stuff we want to review.

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      • Raymond May 26, 2015 / 6:22 pm

        You promised for June 2nd release dates it would be 4th. Don’t renege

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        • Josh Schott May 26, 2015 / 6:33 pm

          Hey if I or Derek don’t have time, it may not get reviewed. You have no idea how long our review list is. I don’t list everything we review in the Hodgepodge. I definitely wouldn’t count on a review coming out the next week, possibly even two weeks.

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      • Raymond May 26, 2015 / 7:03 pm

        It’s fine I can wait just as long as it happens eventually.

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