Happy New Year! 2016 is now here and a whole new year of country and Americana music waits. I can’t wait to dive into the new music! But first I wanted to welcome everyone back, in addition to taking care of some news and notes.
- First and foremost we are proud to announce we’ve added a brand new writer to Country Perspective and many of you regular readers should recognize him. Longtime commenter and writer of This is Country Music, Zack Kephart, has joined Country Perspective and will be writing reviews and doing features. Derek and myself are glad to have him aboard. With the addition of Zack we will be able to bring even more reviews and features to you in 2016.
- The biggest change to the site we’re making in 2016 is the grading system for our reviews. Reviews are of course the bread and butter of Country Perspective. I realized by the end of 2015 that the current way we graded music just wasn’t satisfactory and didn’t do a good enough job of distinguishing the quality of music. There were way too many 10/10 grades handed out in 2015 and this largely falls on my own shoulders, as I got carried away at times.
- So two new tweaks have been made to our grading system. The first change is all 10/10 reviews from here on out will be based on a collaborative agreement between Derek, Zack and myself. All three of us must agree an album is 10/10 for it to get it. If we can’t come to a unanimous decision, it will not be a 10/10. Only the truly phenomenal albums will get a 10/10. The second change is there will no longer be any .5 grades. In other words only whole numbers, 0-10, will be used to grade the music. Here is also a definition of what each number means:
10 – Phenomenal
9 – Great
8 – Really Good
7 – Good
6 – Decent/Above Average
5 – Average/Middle of the Road
4 – Mediocre
3 – Bad
2 – Terrible
1 – Horrendous
0 – Horrifically Bad & The Worst of the Worst
This grading system should be more clearly defined for everyone and help you understand where we’re coming from with our grades. If you have any questions about this, just ask in the comments below and I would be happy to answer them.
The Hodgepodge, The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music and Americana Rundown all return in 2016 and continue on their current schedule. All three of us though are discussing new ideas and features for the future and hope to bring some to light soon. We’ll be sure to let you know when those are ready. And if you have any suggestions we would be glad to hear them.
That’s all I have. As I said above I can’t wait to dive into new music. Tomorrow expect a post where I detail all of the confirmed and rumored projects in country and Americana in the upcoming year. As always thanks for reading Country Perspective! Let’s have a great 2016!