Country Perspective’s Best Music Reviewed in April

Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide To Earth

Normally we publish our best of monthly playlist with our thoughts in this spot. But most people didn’t seem to care about it, so it’s scrapped. So instead for the few who actually appreciated it we’re running instead a monthly recap post of all the great albums we reviewed on the blog in case you missed it or just came across our humble, little blog. So check this music out if you haven’t already.


Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter 



Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day

Flatland Cavalry – Humble Folks



Wheeler Walker Jr. – Redneck Shit

Robbie Fulks – Upland Stories 

Sunny Ozell – Take It With Me

7 thoughts on “Country Perspective’s Best Music Reviewed in April

  1. Zackary Kephart May 2, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Hmm, I’m disappointed to see the playlist go but I understand.

    As for me, my picks would go something like this:


    Sturgill Simpson – “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth”
    Robbie Fulks – “Upland Stories”
    Michael Martin Murphey – “High Stakes: Cowboy Songs VII”


    Margo Price – “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter”


    Flatland Cavalry – “Humble Folks”


    Hayes Carll – “Lovers and Leavers”

    Haven’t heard the rest yet to decide (well, I’ve heard Wheeler’s but I’m not sure what grade to give that haha)


  2. Robert May 2, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I enjoy reading the reviews, even though this is my first post here.
    I think Margo delivered a good, retro “honky tonk” sound. I’ll have to explore the rest in greater detail.


  3. OlaR May 2, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    April was a good month for my taste of country music. No, the new FGL single is not on the list.

    Margo Price, Kaylens Rain (“In Our Blood”), Lainey Wilson (“Tougher”) & Mathew Ewing (“I Can’t Keep My Eyes Off Of You”) are my picks for best albums of the month. Not forgetting Bri Bagwell & her 2015 album “When A Heart Breaks” with the best song of the month “Half As Good”. The track is still climbing the “Billboard Texas Regional Radio Report” (5-4). Glad to see Bri Bagwell is not the only female artist now. Breelan Angel is on 18 with “Rhinestone World”.

    My current single & track list:
    Bri Bagwell – “Half As Good”
    Kaylens Rain – “Catching Red Lights”
    Kaylens Rain – “Go There”
    Kaylens Rain – “Living On Love”
    Rebecca Lee Nye – “You, Me, Love (On A Saturday Night)”
    Mathew Ewing – “Better Version Of Me”
    Mathew Ewing – “I Can’t Keep My Eyes Off Of You”
    Lainey Wilson – “Tougher”
    Lainey Wilson – Two Sides Of Bad”
    Chelsea Gill – “Dirt Road”
    Bobby Wills – “Tougher Than Love”
    Marie Osmond – “Music Is Medicine”
    Corey Cox – “Mistakes You Don’t Make”
    James Robert Webb – “Pictures”

    Kaylens Rain is a sister/brother country-duo from Australia. “Outta Here” was my favourite song of 2012 & is still high on my playlist. The new album is a 10/10. Great modern country music & i love Kaylee’s voice & the harmony vocals by her brother Glen. Glen sings lead vocals too.
    Rebecca Lee Nye is a country singer from “Down Under”. The single is a 10/10. “You, Me, Love (On A Saturday Night” is a traditional cut with sing-a-long chorus. The song went to No. 2 on the “Australian Country Tracks Top 40”. Can’t wait for her new album “Gypsy Heart”.
    Videos of Kaylens Rain & Rebecca Lee Nye can be found on “YouTube” & the songs are on iTunes, Google Play & Co..

    According to “Billboard”:
    Chris Stapleton is back on No. 1 with “Traveller”. The Wheeler Walker Jr. album is up to 11.
    FGL is the “Hot Shot Debut” with the new song (26). Young & Pope are the new No. 1 (Country Airplay).

    I really like the reviews & playlists. The Parker Millsap album is one of the next albums on my list.

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    • Robert May 3, 2016 / 12:13 am

      That’s a nice list of music to check out. Speaking of Australians who released new music in April, Kristy Cox’s album is really good. She’s toward the bluegrass side of country, which suits me just fine.


      • OlaR May 3, 2016 / 4:29 am

        So far i have one Kristy Cox album “Miles & Timezones”. I love “Her Past Is Looking Brighter”, “Life Is A Mystery” & “Miles & Timezones”. She is really good. Will listen to her new album “Part Of Me” soon.
        Kirsty Lee Akers released a new album too: “Burn Baby Burn”. But her voice is so annoying.

        My album/ep list for the next weeks:
        – Parker Millsap
        – Runaway Angel (a female trio)
        – Madeline Merlo
        – Meghan Patrick (sounds good)
        – Kirsty Cox
        – Jason Owen (low expectations)
        – older O’Shea stuff
        – Jennifer Nettles (well…not really)
        – Keith Urban
        – Travis Collins (“Just Another Girl” is a great first single)
        & some older stuff like Orrall & Wright, the Robert Ellis Orrall solo album & Marsha “A Bottle Of Wine & Patsy Cline” Thornton.


        • Robert May 3, 2016 / 9:20 am

          Wow, that’s quite a list to check into. It’s great to see that there are such avid music fans out there. A new bluegrass one that I really like is Del McCoury’s “Del and Woody” tribute to Woody Guthrie. It’s funny and very old-fashioned – perhaps too old-fashioned so for most mainstream country fans’ tastes, but I’m an old guy who grew up hearing a lot of old-timey stuff, so I dig it.


  4. OlaR May 3, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I don’t think bluegrass music is old fashioned. It’s timeless & there is no reason to change the foundation of the music. It makes bluegrass very special. We all know what happened to mainstream country music. The sound was changed. The look is important, not the talent to write & sing songs. It’s a chance for bluegrass: remember the roots & keep it fresh & simple.
    The “Del & Woody” album is a good example. I like “The Government Road” & “Californy Gold”.


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