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  • Doug Seegers Goes From Street Singer to Swedish Star
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Doug Seegers’ life has all the makings of a great human interest story. He’s overcome addiction, transitioned out of homelessness and seen long-deferred dreams realized. What’s more, the 62-year-old singer-songwriter was “discovered” at a Nashville food pantry by the makers of a Swedish music documentary, who set him up to become an instant star in their native country. And in the process of recording the first proper album of his career, he was reunited with a former bandmate, who happens to be the busy singer-guitarist-producer Buddy Miller. The story has been enough to garner the…
  • 10 Country Songs About Ghostly Occurrences

    All Country News
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Here are 10 country tunes about spirits, apparitions, religious miracles and kindred chill-inducing experiences. So cross your fingers and dive in.
  • Where the Hills and Hollows Are Alive With Music

    NYT > Country Music
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An area in southern Appalachia, regarded by some as the original capital of country music, still moves to its own lively soundtrack.
  • Country Stars Share Favorite Halloween Memories

    GAC News & Notes
    Sarah Wyland
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott shared this Halloween photo from her childhood. Halloween — typically, jack-o’-lanterns, witches, and, of course, candy come to mind at the mention of this holiday. But one country star associates Halloween with fireworks. “When I was a kid, I was all into fireworks,” Dierks Bentley said. “Growing up in Arizona, we couldn’t get them, so we’d have them shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we’d call. His name was Joe, and he’d ship them in a package with no writing on them. We were all about M-80s…
  • Why Taylor Swift's Social Media Team Deserve A Platinum Round Of Applause

    Country Music News
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    … still predominantly defined as a country artist. But with her previous album …
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    All Country News

  • 10 Country Songs About Ghostly Occurrences

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Here are 10 country tunes about spirits, apparitions, religious miracles and kindred chill-inducing experiences. So cross your fingers and dive in.
  • Keith Urban Walks the Walk

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Nicole Kidman lost her father Dr. Anthony Kidman last month, and throughout her mourning, it sounds like one of her biggest comforts has been her husband, Keith Urban.
  • Halloween Crowd Toasts Lady Antebellum's "Bartender"

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    It was all treats and no tricks for the Music Row throng that gathered Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 29) at Nashville's City Winery to celebrate the chart-crowning success of Lady Antebellum's recent single, "Bartender."
  • Is Sam Hunt Bending Country Music's Rules?

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    When you think of country outlaws, you probably think of the usual and rightful suspects such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash -- all defiant and definitive icons and legends.
  • Hear Garth Brooks' New Music on Halloween

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Early Thursday morning (Oct. 30), Garth Brooks sent an email to his fans. First, he apologized.
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  • Doug Seegers Goes From Street Singer to Swedish Star

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Doug Seegers’ life has all the makings of a great human interest story. He’s overcome addiction, transitioned out of homelessness and seen long-deferred dreams realized. What’s more, the 62-year-old singer-songwriter was “discovered” at a Nashville food pantry by the makers of a Swedish music documentary, who set him up to become an instant star in their native country. And in the process of recording the first proper album of his career, he was reunited with a former bandmate, who happens to be the busy singer-guitarist-producer Buddy Miller. The story has been enough to garner the…
  • Parker Millsap Rigs Up a Church in “Truck Stop Gospel”

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Parker Millsap – Erika Goldring/Getty Images Parker Millsap is saving souls at 70 miles per hour in his new video for “Truck Stop Gospel.” With all the wild spiritual fervor of a young Jerry Lee Lewis, Millsap brings the rapid-fire stomper to life in the back of a tractor-trailer-turned-chapel. “‘Truck Stop Gospel’ is a song about a traveling Bible salesman, but he doesn’t sell ‘em. He just runs around with an 18-wheeler full of those New Testaments with Psalms and Proverbs and yells at people at truck stops,” Millsap told CMT Edge last year. “Where I’m from in…
  • Front Country’s “Sake of the Sound” Shakes Up Bluegrass

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the spirit of Halloween, here’s a spooky number from San Francisco-based bluegrass ensemble Front Country. Read a Q&A with bandleader-songwriter Melody Walker, then hear “Sake of the Sound” — the title track of their brand new album — rumbling at the bottom. CMT Edge: I’m imagining the phrase “feel the room shake” could be taken a few different ways. What kind of imagery was on your mind when you wrote “Sake of the Sound”? Walker: It was sort of an impressionistic set of senses that came to mind when trying to describe the power of music. Like the ecstatic…
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff Speak Out in “The Body Electric”

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hurray for the Riff Raff bandleader Alynda Lee Segarra is making a bold statement with “The Body Electric,” one of the band’s most vivid songs from 2013’s Small Town Heroes. “When I was writing ‘The Body Electric,’ I was originally writing it from a woman’s perspective after hearing a murder ballad song,” she tells CMT Edge. “But it’s really grown to be so much more. It comes from reading the paper every day, just feeling like we’re living in a culture that is so violent.” As the story unfolds, Segarra rescues a battered woman who’s left for dead. It’s a bleak…
  • Pieta Brown, Amos Lee Duet on “Do You Know”

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    On “Do You Know,” singer-songwriters Pieta Brown and Amos Lee team up for a serene and seductive duet dedicated to the positive parts of this crazy world — namely, love. “The spark was that simple feeling of looking around at all the troubles in the world and in a flash recognizing all the beauty that exists, too,” Brown told CMT Edge. “When I’m down or overwhelmed, it’s always love that sees me through. The song will always keep that meaning for me.” Brown, whose father is folk musician Greg Brown, says she wrote most of the daydreamy track while chasing her future…
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    GAC News & Notes

  • Country Stars Share Favorite Halloween Memories

    Sarah Wyland
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott shared this Halloween photo from her childhood. Halloween — typically, jack-o’-lanterns, witches, and, of course, candy come to mind at the mention of this holiday. But one country star associates Halloween with fireworks. “When I was a kid, I was all into fireworks,” Dierks Bentley said. “Growing up in Arizona, we couldn’t get them, so we’d have them shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we’d call. His name was Joe, and he’d ship them in a package with no writing on them. We were all about M-80s…
  • AT&T U-verse Presents My Opry Debut on Country Deep App

    Sarah Wyland
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Photo courtesy of The Grand Ole Opry and AT&T U-verse have teamed up to give customers an exclusive backstage look at six country music rising stars as they make their Opry debuts. My Opry Debut, available exclusively on the AT&T U-verse Country Deep app and, features Jamie Lynn Spears, The Cadillac Three, Sam Hunt, Chase Bryant, Maddie & Tae, and Cole Swindell as they step onto the historic stage for the first time. “U-verse has always been about delighting our customers with compelling content, and My Opry Debut is the perfect addition to our Country…
  • Brantley Gilbert, Maddie & Tae Share Favorite Costumes

    Sarah Wyland
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Brantley Gilbert photo by James Minchin, courtesy of BMLG. When Halloween rolls around, it’s not uncommon to see people dressed up like their favorite celebrities. While Brantley Gilbert will not be dressing up like any of his musical heroes since he has a show scheduled for Halloween, he does have a favorite costume memory, which happened just last year. “I got a picture from a brother of mine and my godson actually dressed up like me,” he said. “That was pretty cool. It was pretty funny.” Last-Minute Inspiration: Celebrity Halloween Costumes » Don’t Forget Your Furry Friend(s):…
  • Miranda Lambert Raises Over $600,000 for MuttNation Foundation

    Sarah Wyland
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Photo courtesy of Miranda Lambert is giving her money to the dogs. She raised $628,148 during her 7th Annual Cause for the Paws show, which took place at the inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Proceeds went to her MuttNation Foundation. Country Stars and Their Pets Photo Gallery » Pets in Halloween Costumes >> “I always have a great time in Vegas, but being able to save dogs along the way was probably the best,” Lambert said. “Getting to do what I love and help the cause that’s closest to my heart, and do it in Vegas, it doesn’t get any…
  • Luke Bryan and David Nail Know “Good” Halloween Candy

    Sarah Wyland
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Luke Bryan photo courtesy of CMA; David Nail photo courtesy of ACM. If you happen to live in Luke Bryan’s neighborhood, be prepared to hand out the “good candy” when he brings his two boys to your door to trick-or-treat. He uses the opportunity to take sons Bo and Tate door-to-door to learn more about his neighbors. Print a Luke Bryan Pumpkin Carving Template » “We’re looking forward to trick-or-treating, and doing it in our neighborhood,” he said. “You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. “Like full bars of Snickers bars and Reese’s…
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  • J.K. Rowling's new 'Harry Potter' tale

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    In honor of Halloween, J.K. Rowling is delving into the back story of one of "Harry Potter's" more twisted Hogwarts professors.
  • How America is hurting itself

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Despite the tireless efforts of many health professionals, progress against Ebola and other diseases has been slowed by federal budget cuts. To boost our efforts to prevent epidemics, federal investment in biomedical research should be revived.
  • What politicians want us to fear

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Politicians in both parties might have seriously miscalculated. The election returns aren't in yet, so we can't know for sure. Still, if trends continue, this could turn out to be a bad year for fear.
  • What does justice mean for Ferguson?

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Michael Brown case has great significance because it is yet another in a growing line of tragedies that further demand a conversation about our civil liberties within the criminal justice system.
  • Rocket operator hit destruct button

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    After it became apparent there was a problem with the launch of the NASA-contracted Antares rocket, the company that operated the flight hit the destruct button, a spokesman said Thursday.
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    Engine 145

  • Dixie Hall Diagnosed with Brain Tumor; Brad Paisley to Appear on College GameDay; Parker Millsap Releases “Truck Stop Gospel” Video

    Juli Thanki
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Chris Jones of Bluegrass Today reports that “a source close to Tom T. and Dixie Hall has disclosed that Miss Dixie has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, and is suffering from dementia as a result.” Dixie, one of the most-recorded songwriters in bluegrass, has recently released her first single, called “Sunnyflower One,” a song that is intended as a benefit for the basset hound rescue organization Belly Rubs. Best wishes to Miss Dixie and Tom T. at this time. Check out Parker Millsap’s new video for “Truck Stop Gospel.”  (warning: autoplay) Brad Paisley will serve as a…
  • Friday Five: Frankenstein’s Monster

    Juli Thanki
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus was published nearly 200 years ago, but it remains a vital part of pop culture (a new movie version starring Daniel Radcliffe and Sybil from Downton Abbey is slated to come out next year to accompany the billionty films, television programs, and plays that have already based on Shelley’s book). For today’s Friday Five, we’re looking at a handful of songs and videos that reference the mad scientist and his monster. 5. Jimmy Buffett – “Another Saturday Night” In this Sam Cooke cover, Buffett complains that the fine…
  • GhostTunes Previews New Garth Album; Sturgill Simpson Plays The Tonight Show; CMT Debuts New Angaleena Presley Video

    Juli Thanki
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Larry Cordle, Doc Hopkins, and Pete Stamper are part of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. They’ll be inducted on April 10. (via press release) If you’re at work, you should probably put on headphones before you listen to Dean Miller’s masturbation song. Robert Earl Keen talks about his forthcoming bluegrass record, Happy Prisoner (out February 10), in this interview posted on An edited, hour-long version of last month’s IBMA Awards will be broadcast as part of PBS’ Music City Roots television series in late February or early March of 2015.
  • NYC Gets Country Fest; Tompkins Square Records Celebrates Nine Years; Angaleena Presley, Nadine Hubbs Discuss Country Music Classism

    Juli Thanki
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Jewly Hight did a fantastic piece for Wondering Sound in which she talks with Angaleena Presley and scholar Nadine Hubbs (author of Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music) about class and country music. Your other piece of mandatory reading: this Cuepoint feature in which Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis’ child bride, now 70, tells the story of her relationship with the Killer. Maddie & Tae are the first female duo in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart since The Wreckers in 2007. New York City is getting its own country music festival. Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley are…
  • George Strait to Perform at CMA Awards; Ryman Undergoes Renovations; New Album Releases

    Juli Thanki
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    George Strait will perform at the CMA Awards next week; it will be his 24th performance on the CMAs. Next Tuesday, go get newly updated ebook versions of Peter Guralnick’s Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm & Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom and his Sam Cooke book, Dream Boogie. The enhanced ebooks include interviews with Ray Charles and Solomon Burke as well as new chapters. On November 22, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will hold a special program called “From Hillbilly to Rockabilly” that celebrates the country roots of rock ‘n’ roll. (via press release) There was a…
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    Country California

  • Album Review: Cale Tyson – Cheater’s Wine

    C.M. Wilcox
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Sounding like a young graduate of the Gary Stewart School of Honky Tonk Heartache, Cale Tyson offers up a potent 21 minutes of the good stuff on his six-song Cheater’s Wine EP. Texas-born and Nashville-based, the singer-songwriter – who also produces – easily masters the ’70s country aesthetic suggested by his album cover, with a studio band highlighted by rising star Robert Ellis on guitar and liberal application of Brett Resnick’s pedal steel. As a songwriter, Tyson favors emotional directness cut with sly self-deprecation. He might not object to being…
  • Quotable Country – 10/26/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I love Brandy’s songwriting. There’s a song on her album [12 Stories] “In Some Corner” that I thought about covering on the new album. I really studied it. It’s written from a girl’s perspective, and I couldn’t figure out a clean way to make it come from a guy. She’s really a talented singer. She sounds new and old at the same time. ● — Alan Jackson on Brandy Clark, who will be a supporting act on his 2015 tour. Perfect. I don’t believe that it was an easy pass for anyone. Most of…
  • Country Haiku #520

    Country Haiku
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    I’ll be your payback! Unless you prefer a guy Less old and skeezy (h/t Farce the Music)
  • Quotable Country – 10/19/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. We’re songwriters at heart, first and foremost. ● — Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. All I want to do today is wear my favorite shades and get stoned. ● — Brian Kelley statement that prompted Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze.” I just wanted to go kind of retro. It sounds like ‘I Love This Bar’ and ‘American Ride’ had a child, and ‘Beers Ago’ is their drunk uncle. ● — Toby Keith on new single “Drunk Americans.” There’s a huge throwback revival going on.
  • Quotable Country – 10/12/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. The first time we ever wrote together, we were finishing each other’s sentences. No record label, no one other than the man upstairs, can put something like that together. ● — Tyler Hubbard says Florida Georgia Line is God’s gift to humankind. ‘Dirt’ is our favorite song we’ve ever heard, or one of them. Even if you’re not a songwriter, everyone wished they wrote it. We got to the end of that hook, and it was chill-bump city is what we call it. We’ll talk about that forever. That song is a…
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  • Jake Owen’s Powerful “What We Ain’t Got” is Making Waves

    Matt Bjorke
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Jake Owen’s “What We Ain’t Got” may be taking a slower ride up the charts than he’s used to but for the star vocalist, it’s well worth the slow ride. Written by Travis Jerome Goff and Travis Meadows, “What We Ain’t Got” comes from Meadows own hardscrabble life story and Owen, who owned Meadows album “Killin’ Uncle Buzzy” and was passionate enough to record the song and then request that his label allow him to release the song as a single. It has sold pretty well for a traditional-leaning ballad and it’s also started to gain praise from fans via the Bullseye Audience…
  • Steve Wariner Helps O’Shea Score #1 Single In Australia

    Matt Bjorke
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Australian duo O’Shea has topped the charts of their home country’s Country Music Channel (CMC)’s Top 50 Chart this week with the inventive “Bad Day Good” music video. The seventh #1 video for O’Shea, the song also is the first chart-topping video for Steve Wariner in Australia. Wariner co-wrote the song with Mark and Jay O’Shea and played guitar on the single. He also appeared in the video. “Wow! I’m thrilled that the fans in Australia have enjoyed ‘Bad Day Good,’” said Wariner. “I truly am the lucky one… getting to write, then record, with the…
  • World Premiere Video: Brandon Rhyder “That’s Just Me”

    Matt Bjorke
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Roughstock’s proud to partner with Brandon Rhyder to world premiere his brand new music video “That’s Just Me.” The title track to his most-recent album That’s Just Me, the song showcases the Texas-based singer/songwriter’s way with words and his incisive and personal storytelling style. The video features cameos with folks like Alexis Bloomer, Junk Gypsy, Robby Ross, Aaron Watson, Stephen McGee, Justin Rackley, Fallon Taylor, Davy Vines, Tuf Cooper, Shayne Hollinger, and Michael Middleton. The post World Premiere Video: Brandon Rhyder “That’s Just…
  • Garth Brooks & Ghost Tunes Offer Album Preview

    Matt Bjorke
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    The superstar is set to return with his first all-new album since retiring in 2002 to raise his daughters. Garth Brooks last night sent out a letter to his fans announcing his upcoming album for Pearl/RCA Nashville will be available to listen to (via snippets and stories behind the songs) for one day, on Halloween on GhostTunes. Below is Garth’s letter to his fans Hey everyone, I so appreciate you trusting us with your email and I try not to abuse our direct connection with you. I have a couple of things I would like to make you aware of…first and foremost, our family lost our…
  • Mac Powell – “Red Boots”

    Matt Bjorke
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Mac Powell, the frontman of Grammy-winning Third Day has been working in the country Music field with his 2012 self-titled release Mac Powell and his follow-up to that record, the recently released Southpaw. The gritty and soulful vocalist wrote all but one of the tracks on Southpaw. One of two self-penned tracks, “Red Boots” showcases the singer’s new rootsy style and serves up a strong dose of Country/Soul Music. Take a listen to “Red Boots” here. Tomorrow, we’ll be showcasing “Mountain” from Southpaw. The post Mac Powell –…
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    NashvilleGab - Country music news and Nashville celebrity gossip

  • Check out Shania Twain's newly recorded duet of "You're Still The One"

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Well here's a nice surprise for your Thursday evening. Shania Twain recently joined Brazilian singer Paula Fernandes to record a lovely version of her hit You're Still The One in English and Portuguese. Enjoy.
  • Luke Bryan teams up with Cabela's for new clothing line

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hey, hey, hey, look who's releasing a new line of clothing this weekend ... it's Luke Bryan. The rump shaker extraordinaire is continuing his partnership with Cabela’s with the launch of his brand new 32 Bridge clothing line debuting this Saturday, November 1st, exclusively at Cabela's. According to the video...
  • This Taylor Swift/Lion King mash-up is really great

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Photos: Instagram/Disney Who knew Taylor Swift and The Lion King would go together so well? Check out this mash-up of Taylor's Out of the Woods and The Lion King's Circle of Life. Amazing. [Via Tumblr/Teen Vogue] Chambaland - Out of the Pride Lands (Taylor Swift vs. The Lion King) Shared...
  • Garth Brooks previewing his new album online starting tonight at midnight

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    After the release of People Loving People, I think most fans are probably wondering what the rest of Garth's new music on his upcoming "Man Against Machine" will sound like. Well, for 24 hours starting tonight at midnight on GhostTunes you will get your chance to find out. Here's an...
  • Did Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr get married already?

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Photo: Instagram Are congrats in order for Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr? Well you be the judge. Earlier this month a report from one of the tabloids came out that said Jason planned to elope with his lady love, Brittany, to avoid the normal internet backlash that their relationship tends...
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  • Willie Nelson and Family

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Thanks, Phil Weisman, I love these  stage shots.
  • Micah Nelson: Expect the Unexpected (Texas Music Magazine) (Fall 2014)

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Texas Music November 2014 Micah Nelson:  When It Comes to Willie Nelson’s Youngest Son, expect the unexpected by Steve Uhler Micah Nelson has been screwing with everyone’s expectations since before he was even born. His dad originally wanted to name him Jake — a “cowboy name” — but the still-gestating prodigy had other ideas.  “Apparently, when my mother was pregnant with me, she had a dream in which I came to her and said, “Hey, listen.  I’m gonna be showing up soon, so I want to let you know ahead of time.  My name is Micah.  You…
  • “Just Breathe” (Eddie Vedder, Lukas Nelson)

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    photo:  Jay Blakesburg Lukas Nelson and Eddie Vedder sing, “Just Breathe”, at Bridge Concert 2014.
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  • This day in Willie Nelson history: “Come Early Morning” soundtrack (10/31/06)

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    On November 10, 2006, the Ashley Judd movie “Come Early Morning” debuts in theaters. The soundtrack features Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Eddy Raven, Don Gibson, Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan, Jim Chesnut, Emmylou Harris and Billy Joe Shaver. Nov 10, 2006 Tracklisting 1. Killing the Blues – The Malcolm Holcombe Group 2. End of the Wine – Misty Morgan/Jack Blanchard 3. Going to See Cal 4. The Way I Am – Merle Haggard 5. Don’t Knock – Taylor Grocery Band 6. An Invitation and a Kiss 7. Silver Wings – Merle Haggard 8. Frog Leg Champ 9. I Got Mexico – Eddy Raven 10.
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  • Before You Vote: 5 Things to Know About the Texas Governor's Race

    Ben Philpott
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis are in the home stretch of their battle to become the next Texas Governor. And by now, the candidates have done pretty much all they can to make sure voters know who they are and what their plans for are for the state. But just in case you weren't sure, here's a look at the differences, and similarities, between the two on 5 specific issues.Let's start with education, specifically K-12 public schools.Here, and you might see a pattern throughout this story, both candidates say they want Texas to have an elite public school system.
  • Are Wendy Davis' Book Sales That Bad?

    Nathan Bernier
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Democrat for Texas Governor Wendy Davis sold at least 4,450 hard copies of her memoir Forgetting to Be Afraid since it was published on September 9th, Nielsen BookScan reports. Conservatives have bashed the number as dismal, but some independent book industry veterans say the sales figure is actually respectable.
  • New members power KUT and KUTX fall membership drive

    Erin Geisler
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    New members power KUT and KUTX fall membership driveAUSTIN, Texas — Oct. 30. 2014 — A record 50 percent of the donations made to KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, during the fall membership drive were from new members, surpassing the stations’ goal and raising more than $625,000 for programming.
  • The Long-Term Problems of Short-Term Rentals in District 9

    Joy Diaz
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Austinites are voting in 10 different geographically drawn city council districts this election. We’ve been taking a look at each of those districts.Today, we’ll a look at District 9, a compact district that touches Oltorf and goes up through downtown and the UT campus to just south of U.S. Highway 290.At its heart is the Clarksville neighborhood, with its historic freedman's homes. It’s one of many district neighborhoods dealing with a problem some say robs the city of revenue, disrupts neighborhoods and lowers property values in the much-coveted, centrally-located district: short term…
  • District 4 Council Candidate Laura Pressley's Views Include 9/11 Conspiracy

    Terrence Henry
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Austin City Council District 4 Candidate Laura Pressley has come under scrutiny for some of her views, including a 'Fluoride Free' campaign for the city's drinking water and claims that electricity smart meters cause her legs to twitch.These and several other views of Pressley's were cataloged this week by the Austin Chronicle. And there's another wrinkle to the candidate's perspectives: A newly-discovered recording shows that Pressley also claims that the attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were actually a controlled demolition.Pressley…
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    Jaye Albright's Breakfast Blog

  • A Willing Buyer, A Willing Seller And A Clever Idea

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    .. but I have a few concerns before we go too much farther down this road.Whether Colorado Broadcasters Association President/CEO Justin Sasso or a Nielsen researcher/affiliate rep came up with the concept, it's a brilliant win-win in any case, as 300+ Colorado broadcasters this week at the Doubletree in Grand Junction got a look at some of the latest information from Nielsen on the use of television, radio and other media sources.Sasso highlighted the value of television and radio as sources that many throughout the state continue to use in receiving their news -- despite of the many newer…
  • Are You Still Programming Like It Was 2008?

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    For eight years nearly a hundred A&O&B clients have participated in the annual online "Roadmap" study, tracking trends in music, tech, non-music elements and other aspects of usage and images.The attitudes change every year.  For example, just seven years ago the average listener ranked country leadership and giving away big contest prizes as the #1 and #2 reasons to pick a favorite.  Music quantity out-rated music quality.Eight months ago, when we tabbed the 2014 results, the most important parameters in choosing a favorite changed radically:Is your emphasis on key images…
  • There Is No "Average Country Radio Station"

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    It's never a good idea to program your radio station using "national average" research trends.A few years ago, A&O&B asked the listeners to almost all of our client stations:Just for fun, I went back to that study and pulled out the local data for the ten top-ranked morning shows in their local ratings.  No two of them mirrored the averages.The one with the highest "DJ's" score's audience (24.41%) gave music 13.95% and "both" 61.65%.The one with the highest "music" score (23.89%) had 16.38% DJ's and 59.73% "both."The one with the highest "both" score (71.56%) had 16.64 primarily…
  • Is Country Radio Too Dependent On Music?

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    NuVooDoo's strategic researchers have been sharing their radio format national perceptual trending on their blog for several years.  Recently, they've been probing the aspects of programming which "delight" the typical format listener.If you ask what it was that surprised them other than a song, the answers tend to be contest prizes and funny morning show bits.  Well-designed contests hit the mark, as does genuinely humorous comedy.  While listeners rarely cite being pleasantly surprised by station imaging, we’re certain that there are instances of that among the 37% overall…
  • Thank You, Supreme Court

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    There are two kinds of consulting clients and A&O&B has our share of both, thankfully.1.  Those who are aggressive and always want to know the latest tactics and strategies that will help them gain an "unfair/stealth" advantage over their competition.2.  Management who does a great job selling marketing to others but believes radio is a terrific marketing medium which doesn't require any money be spent on external marketing beyond the "free" word of mouth that can be created by great over-the-air content and social media.We love them both and have hundreds of case studies…
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    27 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean join their two hot tours together for a special ten night stadium run! The forecast for summer 2015 just got a little bit hotter as we find out heavy headliners Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are teaming up for TEN stadium shows together! The Burn It Down Tour and The Big Revival Tour presented by Corona Light, will meet up for 10 stadium shows next summer. The first shows to go on sale for the unprecedented pairing are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015 and San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium on May 2, 2015. More on-sale information and…

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    22 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Alan Jackson Launches 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR Tour Kicks Off In Fort Myers, FL On January 8 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 20, 2014) Country superstar Alan Jackson rings in 2015 with the continuation of the multi-faceted 25th anniversary celebration and the launch of his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR. Sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, the tour kicks off in Fort Myers (Estero), FL on January 8 and will culminate at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver (Morrison), CO on May 17, 2015. Joining Jackson on his KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR will be Capitol Records…

    Country Music News
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    FIRST OF ITS KIND, UNPRECEDENTED WORLD TOUR ACROSS FIVE CONTINENTS TO AIR ON COMEDY CENTRAL® NOV. 16; AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY, DVD, AND DOWNLOAD NOV. 18 Dunham’s Las Vegas Residency to Commence November 28 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thursday, Oct. 9– Being named the top comedian in North America wasn’t enough for Jeff Dunham and his iconic creations, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, José Jalapeño, Bubba J and Walter – the ventriloquist set out in early 2014 to embark on an unprecedented world tour where he…

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    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Church’s New Single “Talladega” is the No. 1 Most Added Song at Country Radio Celebrating Four CMA Nominations, Church Will Return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Oct. 15, 2014 Nashville, TN – (Oct. 2, 2014) – With just a handful of shows into his jaunt, Eric Church’s “The Outsiders World Tour” has already drawn more than 100,000 fans to see what Jon Bream of Minneapolis’ Star-Tribune called “country’s most compelling live act.” Having launched in Bossier City, LA on Sept. 11, the tour puts a spotlight on…

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    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Rolling Stone Has Exclusive Debut 10/13 @ 8:00 AM ET With 94 Stations BEFORE Add Week, This Is One for the No Shoes Nation New York/Nashville/Athens, GA: Kenny Chesney took the stage at Athens, Georgia’s historic Georgia Theater to share a surprise night of music – classics, covers and new songs – with the No Shoes Nation. With less than 1,000 people on hand for the surprise show filmed for CMT Instant Jam, the energy, the heat and the love was palpable, especially after the high impact performer had taken the year off to concentrate on making The Big Revival. “In…
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