Monthly archives: May, 2016

Jennifer Nettles – Playing With Fire


The first time Jennifer Nettles stepped away from Sugarland she teamed with producer Rick Rubin for That Girl, an album that leaned hard on her earthy rock underpinnings. Playing With Fire, her new set delivered two years later, is the flip side of the coin. Produced by Dann Huff – a Nashville veteran with a…

Keith Urban – Ripcord


As something of an outsider to Nashville, Keith Urban has the latitude to experiment, an opportunity he seizes with new album Ripcord. The album’s very title suggests he’s diving into the great wide open and he makes no attempt to disguise the record’s heavy hip-hop and electronic influence. “Sun Don’t Let Me Down,” a collaboration…

Martina McBride – Reckless


Reckless isn’t exactly an accurate title for Martina McBride’s first album for Nash Icon, the classy home for old Nashville pros constructed by Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta. As her first full-fledged country album since Eleven, Reckless proceeds carefully, conscious of the constraints of commercial country radio and her role as a veteran. All through the…