Since our last roundup, a handful of articles have ruminated on the country music pendulum's swing away from a pop sound and toward a more traditional one. Certainly, brisk first-week sales from such blue-collar, down-home boys as Eric Church, Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins could indicate a trend, but what's more impressive (in my humble opinion, of course) is the 40-plus weeks on the sales charts racked up by Zac Brown, Jason Aldean and The Band Perry. That, my country-loving friends, is truly indicative of a trend!
With this in mind, it's hard not to notice the more traditional slant to the majority of the new releases from the past three weeks or so. Fresh efforts from the Pistol Annies, Kevin Fowler and Sunny Sweeney (hello, Texas!) have rocked our world. Ditto the new albums from country stalwart Trace Adkins and bluegrass great Guy Clark. And honey, we haven't even gotten to the alt country section yet.