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  • Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker Continue to Top Country Charts

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    Edward Morris
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Are we eyeing an impending song of the year nomination this early in the year? The Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown” is piling up some strong creds for that honor as it spends its third consecutive week at the top of Billboard’s country airplay charts. Also staying strong on the albums rankings is Darius Rucker’s turn... Read more »
  • John Moreland’s Tortured Love Letter to His Home State

    cmtedge.com
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    John Moreland has lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for most of his life, but a few years ago, he decided it was time for a change. He moved a few hours southwest to Norman and began working on material for his follow-up album to In the Throes. That album, released in 2013, had been his first record to garner some serious praise and attention outside of the local Oklahoma music community. The resulting album, High on Tulsa Heat, is a tortured love-letter to Moreland’s home state that finds the 29-year-old singer homesick and lovesick, questioning the comforts of familiar faces and places.
  • Bill Arhos, Founder of ‘Austin City Limits,’ Dies at 80

    NYT > Country Music
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Arhos convinced public broadcasting stations in 1975 that the nation was ready for a TV show devoted to the non-Nashville variety of country.
  • Q&A With the Salvage Dawgs

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    Sadee Hanson
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    In Great American Country’s new series, Salvage Dawgs, the guys at Virginia-based Black Dog Salvage are on a mission to find and repurpose the treasures hidden inside historic structures. The series premieres with two back-to-back episodes on Monday, April 20 at 10/9c, and if you haven’t jumped on the upcycling bandwagon yet, you’re about to. Mike and Robert with Sally, their company’s namesake Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, founders and co-owners of the architectural salvage company Black Dog Salvage, are passionate about giving a second life to vintage pieces of America’s…
  • nominee, host and Lambert cheerleader at ACMs

    Country Music News
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    … going into the Academy of Country Music Awards as a host, performer … Monday, Nov. 23, 2014 photo, country singer Sam Hunt poses for a … she cleaned house at the Country Music Association Awards in November, winning …
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  • Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker Continue to Top Country Charts

    Edward Morris
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Are we eyeing an impending song of the year nomination this early in the year? The Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown” is piling up some strong creds for that honor as it spends its third consecutive week at the top of Billboard’s country airplay charts. Also staying strong on the albums rankings is Darius Rucker’s turn... Read more »
  • ACM Entertainer of the Year Nominees on CMT Hot 20 Countdown

    Darrell Hughes
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    The Academy of Country Music Awards are taking place Sunday night (April 19) in Arlington, Texas, and on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown, we sit down with all five nominees for the most coveted prize — entertainer of the year. The competition is tough, but Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line... Read more »
  • Reba Recalls the Red Dress That Grabbed Headlines

    CMT.com Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    CMT honors the great Reba McEntire when “We Love Reba Takeover Weekend” launches Saturday (April 18). The two-day celebration will include a special concert featuring an outstanding lineup of her friends and her guest host spot on an all-new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown. In honor of her latest hit single, “Going Out Like... Read more »
  • Momentum Builds for A Thousand Horses

    CMT.com Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Momentum continues to build for A Thousand Horses. With roots in South Carolina and Georgia, the band’s debut single, “Smoke,” has steadily risen on the charts, entering the Top 10 of Billboard’s hot country songs chart just last week. The group, whose sound is infused with Southern rock influences, will release their first album, Southernality,... Read more »
  • Tim McGraw Under Fire for Charity Concert to Curtail Gun Violence

    Alison Bonaguro
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Tim McGraw is trying to do the right thing — a charitable thing, a good thing. And some people are outraged. McGraw is playing a benefit concert in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 17, and the proceeds will benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission of protecting children from gun violence. This, after... Read more »
 
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  • John Moreland’s Tortured Love Letter to His Home State

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    John Moreland has lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for most of his life, but a few years ago, he decided it was time for a change. He moved a few hours southwest to Norman and began working on material for his follow-up album to In the Throes. That album, released in 2013, had been his first record to garner some serious praise and attention outside of the local Oklahoma music community. The resulting album, High on Tulsa Heat, is a tortured love-letter to Moreland’s home state that finds the 29-year-old singer homesick and lovesick, questioning the comforts of familiar faces and places.
  • Rani Arbo Finds Her Rhythm in “Walk Around the Wheel”

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Rani Arbo and her band, daisy mayhem, deserve a dozen red roses for their 15th anniversary celebration this year. But instead they’re offering Violets Are Blue, a new album arriving March 31 on Signature Sounds. The collections might strike some listeners as a little more studio-polished than their others, yet it retains the bright, immediate feeling you’d expect from a veteran band. Listen to one of the new songs, “Walk Around the Wheel,” then read a Q&A with Arbo, the band’s fiddle player who also wrote the song, below the player. CMT Edge: I like the sense of…
  • William Elliott Whitmore Brings Radium Death to Life

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    William Elliott Whitmore‘s Radium Death fortifies broad universal themes (“Healing to Do”) with acutely personal narratives (“Ain’t Gone Yet”). CMT Edge spoke with the Iowa musician about his writing influences and his evolution from stark folk to a fuller rock sound. “It took a little longer than normal — a couple years to get this written and recorded — but it came together in a nice way,” Whitmore says. “I recorded in Iowa City with my cousin Luke because we have a studio there. We took our time to make something we thought was interesting.” CMT…
  • Caroline Spence Has a Taste for “Whiskey Watered Down”

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Caroline Spence is a bright spot on Nashville’s local music scene. A native of Virginia, Spence has been winning songwriting competitions in prominent festivals like Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and Kerrville Folk Festival. She also claimed the grand prize among all song submissions to American Songwriter in 2013. With a sweet voice and a disarming honesty in her music, it isn’t a surprise that she’s racking up the awards so early in her promising career. Spence’s next gig is in Nashville on Thursday (April 2) at 3rd & Lindsley, followed by a string of shows that…
  • 5 Questions With Brandi Carlile

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Brandi Carlile and her family made a quick detour through Nashville on their way to SXSW a few weeks ago. She was still riding high on the instant success of her latest album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, and eager to talk about the new music. Check out the CMT Edge Q&A with Carlile, then take a look at “The Eye.”
 
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  • Q&A With the Salvage Dawgs

    Sadee Hanson
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    In Great American Country’s new series, Salvage Dawgs, the guys at Virginia-based Black Dog Salvage are on a mission to find and repurpose the treasures hidden inside historic structures. The series premieres with two back-to-back episodes on Monday, April 20 at 10/9c, and if you haven’t jumped on the upcycling bandwagon yet, you’re about to. Mike and Robert with Sally, their company’s namesake Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, founders and co-owners of the architectural salvage company Black Dog Salvage, are passionate about giving a second life to vintage pieces of America’s…
  • Spring Festivals in Bloom

    Molly Spining
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Photo courtesy of CelebrateKnoxville.com. Spring should be officially titled the “season of festivals” due to the number of outdoor events that take place during its three-month stretch. The days last longer; people stay out later; music plays louder; the drinks taste better. Yes, spring has sprung in all its glory. Most of us look for excuses to get outside, eat good food and saunter with no agenda. Festivals lend themselves to this leisurely lifestyle quite well. And while it seems like music festivals get all the attention this time of year, cities are also putting their…
  • Miranda Has Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

    Sarah Wyland
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Miranda pairs up with her favorite canine costar in “Little Red Wagon.” An avid dog lover, she is the founder of MuttNation Foundation to end animal cruelty, and href=”http://blog.gactv.com/?p=61397″>Redemption Ranch, a no-kill shelter in her home state of Oklahoma. Miranda Lambert makes it two weeks at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Little Red Wagon,” but she had some serious competition! Carrie Underwood remained at No. 2 with “Little Toy Guns,” while Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, made it to the list with “Sangria,” coming in at No.
  • Spring Travel: 7 Savory Festivals

    Sadee Hanson
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Music festivals aren’t the only noteworthy events to add to your travel itinerary this spring. All across the U.S., you can find celebrations that highlight local cuisine and will satisfy any foodie’s palate. From fresh strawberries in Virginia Beach to buttery biscuits in Knoxville, Tenn., we’ve rounded up the best (and most outrageous) spring food festivals to add to your road-trip bucket list. Crawfish Music Festival Biloxi, Mississippi April 16-19, April 23-26 Spanning two weekends, this event brings nearly 40,000 guests to the Magnolia State to enjoy live music and a whole lot of…
  • Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Italian Breakfast Pasta

    Krystal Keith
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith. Who doesn’t love a fancy brunch? This dish is one of my favorites. OK, I say that about a lot of my dishes…so, I guess I have a lot of favorites…but this one ranks pretty high on the list. I love to serve this to overnight guests because it is always so unexpected. The rich, flavorful yolk creates the perfect sauce for the fettuccini, and the spinach, pancetta and roasted peppers are the perfect complement to the dish. This is the ultimate comfort food brunch, so I highly recommend you host one and serve this dish. You and your guests will…
 
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  • Quotable Country – 04/12/15 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. It took everything I had not to go kick that guy’s teeth in. ● — Jason Aldean, after having security eject a guy who threw a cup of beer at his face during a concert. As a genre, we’ve forgotten who loves our music, and for the most part that’s middle America, just regular people. I think in an effort to be cool, the fashionable thing, the hip thing, we’ve kind of forgotten that that’s our bread and butter. We’re country music; we represent the common man and woman. […] I think country was…
  • Quotable Country – 04/06/15 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I’m just an old jock, and I approach this [music] business the same way that I did the game. I’m going to run down the field on the kickoff and I’m going to knock somebody’s head off. When I can’t do that anymore, I’ll go home. ● — Trace Adkins is terrifying. We went through an era of big hit songs that no one is going to listen to 10 years from now. And we’re about to hit a decade of country that I think is going to be played for a long time. It’s about to hit the same stride it hit…
  • Quotable Country – 03/29/15 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Every song I’ve written in the last couple of years, I was always thinking of who’s recording now, or who’s looking for songs, or what I could do to write for somebody else and get another ‘Truck Yeah.’ ● — Actual thing said by “Buy Me a Boat” singer Chris Janson. Dear God. I really do believe the music should be first. That’s what people come to see and hear, their favorite songs. If we get that music first, then the other stuff is just gravy. I’ve said over the years…
  • Quotable Country – 03/22/15 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. This is the best day ever – I’ve got my girl here, my friends, my family – it’s the best day ever! ● — Jason Aldean at his Mexican wedding to ‘girl’ Brittany Kerr. If you look at her career, she’s in a space that, historically, I don’t know that anybody’s ever been in. Everybody always compares her to Madonna, but I don’t know, man. Madonna at 25, was she at this spot? No, I don’t think so, especially if you look at what she’s done in country prior to kind of moving into pop. She has such a unique…
  • Country Haiku #533

    Country Haiku
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Rings and old barstools Are incompatible as First-cousin love songs
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  • Tim McGraw’s Sandy Hook Benefit Spurs Controversy

    Matt Bjorke
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Billy Currington, the star behind hits like “Hey Girl,” “Walk A Little Straighter” and “Don’t It” has bailed from his part on Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour stop in Connecticut later this year after learning that it was going to have all of McGraw’s proceeds benefit the Sandy Hook Promise foundation. A foundation, that’s PRO 2nd Amendment but also sensible gun ownership, that was founded out of the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy a few years ago. The sensationalist “conservative” website Breitbart.com stirred…
  • Sam Hunt’s “Montevallo” Certified Gold by RIAA

    Matt Bjorke
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Sam Hunt’s career is certainly in overdrive. After being released in October, Montevallo has taken roughly six months to be certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. The album, which features 10 songs all written or co-written by Hunt, was released by MCA Records and was produced by Shane McAnally and Zach Crowell. The album’s lead single “Leave The Night On” has sold over 1,000,000 copies to be certified Platinum while his current single “Take Your Time” has spent 12 weeks at #1 on the Digital Country Singles chart and it, too, is now Platinum. The single also leads…
  • The Daily Buzz: April 17, 2015

    Alanna Conaway
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    We know that it’s sometimes hard to follow every tweet or every site for what’s happening around the world of country music, we’ve got you covered with: The Daily Buzz: April 17, 2015: What’s Happening in country music, our daily feature which brings you the latest country music news from around the internet! Jimmy Wayne continues to put that big, beautiful heart to good use. Check out his latest endeavors for Orphan Outreach in Dallas, Texas. Reba McEntire is standing up for her daughter-in-law (aka Kelly Clarkson) after receiving some harsh criticism over her weight. Fans in the…
  • Willie Nelson’s Memoir “It’s a Long Story” Coming May 5

    Alanna Conaway
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    With more than six decades in the music industry, well over 100 albums, 10 Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the Country Music Hall of Fame induction-add high-profile activism for the legalization of marijuana and hemp, the founding of a groundbreaking philanthropic organization, and a much-publicized personal life-Willie Nelson’s story is like no other. He now shares all, with his memoir It’s a Long Story: My Life, set for release on May 5, 2015. Nelson shares his soaring highs and painful lows. Fans will read about the candid history of Nashville in the ’60s, where…
  • The Cadillac Three Release New Single “White Lightning”

    Alanna Conaway
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    This week, The Cadillac Three premiered their new single “White Lightning” on SiriusXM The Highway. The Nashville natives explained the unique “faster-than” country metaphors for falling in love to host Storme Warren and treated listeners to an acoustic set that also included previous singles “Party Like You” and “The South.” Grammy-nominated frontman Jaren Johnston penned “White Lightning,” while longtime friends and bandmates Kelby Ray and Neil Mason collaborate on the band’s signature sound. The trio’s latest installment on Big Machine Records will be…
 
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  • Little Big Town doesn’t take ACM Acknowledgment for granted

    Ashley Anne-Helene
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    With all the buzz about Little Big Town‘s amazing song ‘Girl Crush’, the world will get to hear it performed TONIGHT(4/19) on the ACM’s.  It is apart of their album, Pain Killer, which is up for Album of the Year. AND they were nominated in the  Vocal Group of the Year …
  • What will the ACM’s be like without Carrie Underwood in attendence?

    Ashley Anne-Helene
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    If Carrie Underwood does indeed not show up to the ACM’s, which let’s face it…she’s a new mom AND she didn’t get awarded a Milestone award(which was total BS), so if she really doesn’t …we can’t exactly blame her. But let’s show you what it will be like without Carrie …
  • Chase Bryant sticking with Tim McGraw on Sandy Hook Benefit

    Ashley Anne-Helene
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
      What a week it has been for the Sandy Hook Benefit concert that Tim McGraw and fellow country singers Billy Currington and Chase Bryant were going to perform at. What started as a gesture of good doing quickly went down hill when people were claiming Tim was risking our …
  • Thompson Square involved in bus crash!

    Ashley Anne-Helene
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Wow this is crazy!  Just a day after Lady A’s Hillary Scott’s bus scare a singer called Twin Shadow had a tour bus go out of control on a Colorado road and that had a snow ball effect that ended up hitting Thompson Square’s tour bus! The patrol said the …
  • Did you know actress Andie MacDowell’s daughter sings country music?

    Ashley Anne-Helene
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Andie MacDowell’s daughter Rainey Qualley is not only a ridiculously pretty model, but she’s also an aspiring country singer.   She’s got a pretty good voice. And by pretty good I mean above average but we’ve seen how this plays out with other actresses or models wanting to break into …
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  • Fracking Bill Gets Tentative OK from Texas House

    Veronica Zaragovia
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    A bill that would override local fracking bans in Texas was approved by members of the House, after several hours of debate. The bill is aimed at blocking cities from banning activities like hydraulic fracturing. Last year, voters in the city of Denton approved a ban on fracking in their city limits.State Rep. Drew Darby, a Republican from San Angelo and the bill's author, says it’s intended to preserve the state government’s right to regulate oil and gas activity.
  • Austin Tries to Head Off Another Lifeguard Shortage

    Audrey McGlinchy
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Last year, we met Redding McArdle outside Hyde Park’s Shipe Pool. The two-year-old wore blue arm floats and a bathing suit, but the gates to the pool were locked, and McArdle had a slightly dejected look on his face.
  • Drunk Driving Awareness March

    Anthony Green
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Austin police Chief Art Acevedo and Texas state representative Jason Villalba joined AAA Texas, community members and leaders Friday in honoring local lives lost to drinking and driving. A press conference was followed by a silent march around a cloud-covered Texas Capitol for the city's third annual March for Change. Last year, Texas drivers experienced more than 24,000 alcohol related crashes that resulted in over 1,000 deaths, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast!

    Nathan Bernier
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
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  • Agenda Texas: Here's a Look at This Session's Buffet of Tax Cut Proposals

    Ben Philpott
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    There's a buffet of tax cuts lying before state lawmakers this session, and cut supporters say the state wins no matter what gets put on its plate.Lawmakers have served up plans to cut business franchise taxes, slice sales tax rates and even nibbled around the idea of a proposal to phase out property taxes entirely. While some of these proposals won’t make the plate this session, the state is prepped to approve billions in tax cuts before the legislature’s regular session gavels out in six weeks.
 
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  • The Best "Worst Job"

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    You can't deny that it's true:Careercast is getting quite a bit of PR today on their annual best/worst jobs lists and as usual they make a good case for their reasons for putting "broadcaster" down at the bottom with newspaper reporter, lumberjack and enlisted military (which actually seems like pretty good company to me!).No doubt, if you want low risk, there are plenty of other careers for you.  However, I want to place this finding in context.It has always been thus!I went into high school in 1957, having decided I wanted to follow in fellow-Ohioan Hugh Downs' footsteps as smart…
  • Competition

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Each time a station I've worked with over the years has been directly attacked I have publicly said:  "Competition makes us better."For the listeners and the air staff, that's true.But, generally, from a business point of view I have to privately admit it's simply not, especially in markets where media buyers generally refuse to buy two country stations at good rates.Doubly so in PPM measurment markets where direct format competition has often driven down shares, making point levels shrink. This was reinforced for me in September 1999 when longtime Detroit incumbant W4 Country typically…
  • “Woof, Woof, Woof. Bow, Wow, Wow. Arf, Bark, Arf, Bark, Woof!”

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Ever since dogs started barking “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” Christmas music has given country (and rock) format programmers and personalities a big headache.   Thanks to PPM panel measurement which can follow the same group of people’s radio usage for many months and years, we now know some things about what drives the country format’s annual fall swoon at the expense of Adult Contemporary and Christian stations going “all Christmas music.”1.  As Mike O’Malley told Inside Radio last week, studies of country listeners going back more…
  • May Your Stuffing Be Tasty...

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    May your turkey plump,May your potatoes and gravyHave nary a lump.May your yams be deliciousAnd your pies take the prize,And may your Thanksgiving dinnerStay off your thighs!-- Grandpa Jones---------------------------------------------- Website: http://www.albrightandomalley.com
  • Time For Programmers To Learn A New Language

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    This development is not at all surprising.As usual, they want us to cut our inventories while refusing to pay anything more when we do it, in spite of considerable data proving radio's impact.If the only way they will pay more is when "cost per point" hits media buyer wishes and dreams, it's crucial that the people creating content fully understand which quarter hours and programming tactics have the highest potential to get target GRPs, ultimately ARPs, as high as possible.Let's stop worrying about 6+ average quarter hour shares, replacing those with the highest payoff target points.That's…
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  • 50th Annual ACM Awards on Country Music News Blog!

    Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    As a huge fan of country music I am honored to help bring you everything you need to know to follow along with the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards which are being aired LIVE this Sunday on CBS! Of course, as technology grows, so do your options of how you follow along, so we’ve gathered up all the resources you need to be in the know. Here are just some of the ways you can keep up with what’s happening on this year’s ACM’s: Twitter: The easiest way to get a play by play of the ACM awards is by following along on Twitter! Text “Follow @ACMAwards” to…
  • Garth Brooks in Tampa and Birmingham!

    Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    The next TWO cities in Garth Brooks‘ Tour have officially been announced! Birmingham, AL and Tampa, FL are about to go on sale this weekend with at least four Garth Brooks tour dates in June. And while we’re on the Garth Brooks kick, fans, don’t forget to get your votes in for Garth as the ACM Entertainer of the Year for 2015!
  • It’s all about the music… right?

    Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Many times in country music history a major country star has gotten themselves in a load of trouble for stepping outside of the marital lines. From Johnny Cash to Willie Nelson, and more recently Garth Brooks to Leann Rimes. Now before I go any further I will point out that I am of the absolute opinion that dishonesty, infidelity, and disrespect like that has no place in a marriage and is a terrible trait in a human being. But to the point I want to make today: Is it really any of our business? As I watch yet another country artist who had risen to the top after years of hard work and a few…
  • See Shania Twain Live… Almost

    Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Can’t make it out to see Shania Twain in concert? Well have no fear, her Vegas show is coming to a living room near you! New York, NY (March 11, 2015)– International superstar Shania Twain wrapped up her successful two-year residency in Las Vegas, NV as her SHANIA: Still the One stage show came to a close in December. The five-time GRAMMY winner entertained concert-goers from all over the world at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace during the course of her 105 performances and now, fans have an opportunity to bring the Vegas production home with the release of Twain’s live Blu-ray and…
  • Brad Paisley, FGL, Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift and more honored in the 2015 YouTube Music Awards

    Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift are among the many artists who will be honored later this month at the YouTube Music Awards. These YTMA artists were chosen by the fans. The winning artists showed the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months on YouTube. That’s what makes them artists to watch on YouTube in 2015, and YTMA winners. These artists prove that YouTube is not only a place to launch new music and be discovered by fans around the world, but also where artists and fans truly connect. At its best, music is about the full experience of sight, sound and…
 
 
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  • Billboard Top 25 Country Albums This Week [April 25]

    Josh Schott
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Darius Rucker – Southern Style (Grade: 5.5/10) Sam Hunt – Montevallo  (Grade: 1/10) Various Artists – NOW That’s What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years  Luke Bryan – Spring Break…Checkin’ Out (Grade: 2.5/10) Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes (Grade: 0/10) Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt (Grade: 3/10) Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance (Grade: 5/10) Eric Church […]
  • Album Review – Dwight Yoakam’s ‘Second Hand Heart’

    Josh Schott
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    When looking back at the history of country music, I consider Dwight Yoakam one of the biggest influencers of the genre. When Yoakam started his career, the urban cowboy movement was in full swing in Nashville. Yoakam’s honky-tonk, “hillbilly” music was considered not marketable and no label would give him a look. So he headed […]
  • Predictions For The 2015 ACM Awards: The Winners, The Losers & Maybe Some Country Music?

    Josh Schott
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Well here we are; another country music awards show is here. The 50th ACM Awards show has arrived. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will once again host the show, which will air on Sunday on CBS at 8 pm ET from Dallas. It’ll be held in Cowboys Stadium, aka Jerry Jones’ Death Star. Also with […]
  • The Hodgepodge: The Resurgence of Vinyl & Why I Love It

    Josh Schott
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s no secret that music sales have seen a dip in recent years. This is especially the case when it comes to albums. Unless your Taylor Swift, artists struggle to get albums sold and as a result more emphasis has been put on singles. Another reason singles have been getting more emphasis than albums is […]
  • The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [April 25]

    Josh Schott
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Each week I take a look the Billboard Country Airplay chart and grade the top 30 songs. The grading format I use each week is every song will receive either a +1, -1 or a 0. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the current top thirty country songs, […]
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