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  • CMT All-Time Top 40: Hank Williams Jr.

    All Country News
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Hank Williams Jr. stepped out of his father's long shadow to become one of the most popular country stars of the 1970s and 1980s. He lands at No. 21 on CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice.
  • Dwight Yoakam: 10 Essential Songs
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the second season of Stephen King’s television series Under the Dome, Dwight Yoakam shows up as a mysterious barber who hums a few bars of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” It’s sly casting, especially considering Yoakam just released a cover of that song as his new single. It’s also his first release on Reprise Records in more than a decade, hinting at a new project that is still under wraps. Since the release of Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. in 1986, Yoakam has proven himself to be one of country’s most adventurous artists, smartly updating old…
  • With Rent Up, It’s Quittin’ Time for a Honky-Tonk

    NYT > Country Music
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    After 27 years of holding out, Alamo style, against rising rents and marching chain stores, the Rodeo Bar on the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street closed on Sunday.
  • Taylor Swift Gives Young Fan Advice on Unrequited Love

    GAC News & Notes
    Sarah Wyland
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Taylor Swift is known for her songs about love – falling in love, out of love, and everything in between. She has also been involved in some high-profile relationships with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and Harry Styles. So, when a young fan reached out to her via Instagram for relationship advice, Swift offered her some sage words of wisdom. “@taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you,” wrote Hannah, who went on to explain that she was in love with a guy who had a girlfriend and would never like her back. After complimenting Hannah’s eyes, Swift…
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Monty Python top this week's new music

    Country Music News
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    … . Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music HHHH Cosmic American music for …
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  • Dwight Yoakam: 10 Essential Songs

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the second season of Stephen King’s television series Under the Dome, Dwight Yoakam shows up as a mysterious barber who hums a few bars of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” It’s sly casting, especially considering Yoakam just released a cover of that song as his new single. It’s also his first release on Reprise Records in more than a decade, hinting at a new project that is still under wraps. Since the release of Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. in 1986, Yoakam has proven himself to be one of country’s most adventurous artists, smartly updating old…
  • Jean Shepard Shares Her Life Story in New Book

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jean Shepard, the hardcore country singer, Grand Ole Opry institution and ‘50s and ‘60s chart presence, has long been known for speaking her mind. Jean Shepard, the autobiographer, doesn’t disappoint in that regard either. The Country Music Hall of Fame member’s new book Down Through the Years offers candid opinions and colorful stories aplenty. There’s the one where a pre-fame, cash-strapped Buck Owens chased her car begging for session work. And the one where a well-lubricated Little Jimmy Dickens wouldn’t stop coming at her with sloppy come-ons until both her husband Benny…
  • Stoney LaRue Promises to Change in “First One to Know”

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A veteran of the Texas/Oklahoma songwriting community, Stoney LaRue offers a heartfelt concession about his own shortcomings in his new video for “First One to Know.” Sung in a warm, even vocal, LaRue stays close to the traditional country mold while admitting he hasn’t been himself lately. It’s quiet and contemplative and impressively self-aware. Arriving on his upcoming album Aviator, LaRue says the mellow sound is a continuation of his last effort, Velvet. “With Velvet, it was more of kind of like establishing a direction,” he told The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City.
  • Sean Rowe Lives the Natural Life of a “Madman”

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    With a rumbling baritone of a voice, nature-loving songwriter Sean Rowe delivers a thoughtful expression of his true self in “Madman,” the title track of his new album arriving Sept. 9. Like he says in the opening line, “You can call me a madman, but I’m spoken for.” “It’s a celebration into the madness of doing what I love,” Rowe tells CMT Edge via email. “Musically giving everything I’ve got to give to the world and, at the same time, being the deepest family man I can be. Trying to find a place where the rivers meet. It’s mad, but it’s where I’m…
  • Rose’s Pawn Shop Self-Medicate in “Go Get Gone”

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In “Go Get Gone” from Rose’s Pawn Shop’s upcoming album Gravity Well, the California folk-rock outfit tap into some seriously heavy heartbreak. Singer Paul Givant’s main character is so distraught that self-destruction seems like the only course of action. “Just on the surface of it, I meant (‘Go Get Gone’) as going to go get so f**ked-up and drunk that essentially I can’t feel anything, I’d just be out of my head and gone,” Givant tells CMT Edge. “Which is how people deal with difficult stuff sometimes. I’ve been guilty of that in the past.” The song captures the…
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    GAC News & Notes

  • Taylor Swift Gives Young Fan Advice on Unrequited Love

    Sarah Wyland
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Taylor Swift is known for her songs about love – falling in love, out of love, and everything in between. She has also been involved in some high-profile relationships with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and Harry Styles. So, when a young fan reached out to her via Instagram for relationship advice, Swift offered her some sage words of wisdom. “@taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you,” wrote Hannah, who went on to explain that she was in love with a guy who had a girlfriend and would never like her back. After complimenting Hannah’s eyes, Swift…
  • Randy Travis to Release Influences Vol. 2: The Man I Am on August 19

    Sarah Wyland
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Randy Travis photo courtesy of Webster & Associates. Randy Travis will release Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am on August 19. The album follows last year’s Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, which included songs by Travis’ musical heroes Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Lefty Frizzell, among others. Vol. 2 follows in the same vein. “We had such a great time putting together Influence Vol. 1, but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor,” Travis said in a press release. “We had no choice but to release a second…
  • Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke – The Best Of Certified Gold

    Sarah Wyland
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records. Dolly Parton has struck Gold once more. Her Blue Smoke – The Best Of collection has been certified Gold in the United Kingdom for sales of more than 500,000. The collection includes her latest album, Blue Smoke, as well as a second album of some of her biggest hits. “Dolly could not be any happier,” her manager Danny Nozell said. “She has worked very hard over the past several years to create the momentum that we have going. Everyone at Dolly Records and Sony Music has done an outstanding job with making Dolly’s new music available, and…
  • Taylor Swift and Eric Church Set for iHeartRadio Music Festival

    Sarah Wyland
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public. Taylor Swift, Eric Church and Zac Brown Band are among the artists who will perform during the all-genre 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival. None of them are strangers to the festival. Swift performed at the 2012 event while Church was in the lineup of the first iHeartRadio Country Festival in March. Additional artists scheduled to take part in the iHeartRadio Music Festival include Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki. The iHeartRadio…
  • Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Remain at No. 1 on Top 20

    Sarah Wyland
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwoodhave made it three weeks at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Somethin’ Bad!” Scotty McCreery made a big countdown debut, entering the chart at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It.” Kenny Chesney’s“American Kids” also debuted on the countdown, coming in at No. 19. Top 20 Photo Gallery » Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos…
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  • Team tries to enter M17 crash site again

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Uncertainty hangs over an international effort to retrieve human remains from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine.
  • Best impression of this guy EVER??

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Frank Caliendo impersonates Morgan Freeman while reading LeBron James' letter about returning to Cleveland.
  • 100 pounds lost with plant-based diet

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    For years Benji Kurtz tried diet after diet. Then the solution to his weight loss problem found him.
  • Israeli official: 'The equation is simple'

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    The Palestinian and Israeli ambassadors to the U.N. expressed disappointment over a Security Council statement, which included calling for an immediate cease-fire.
  • Israel-Gaza crisis

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    With more than 1,000 people killed in the Israel-Hamas conflict, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York early Monday to push for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza."
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    Engine 145

  • Charlie Worsham and Ashley Monroe Collaborate; Kasey Anderson Sentenced; Dolly Participates in Tenn. Tourism Campaign

    Juli Thanki
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Americana singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson was sentenced to nearly four years in prison; he must also pay nearly $600,000 in restitution after bilking investors for a nonexistent charity album. Here’s Dolly Parton performing “My Tennessee Mountain Home” for the state’s new tourism campaign. (warning: autoplay) Eric Banister interviewed Michael Jarrett, author of Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings. Laura Cantrell to The Chicago Sun-Times: “For me country music is a type of soul music…The emotional content, whether it’s heartache or joy or longing for…
  • Friday Five: Cop Shows

    Juli Thanki
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Lately it’s been too hot to venture outside my apartment; this would be unfortunate if it weren’t for the 200 channels of reruns keeping me company. Every now and again I’ll catch a familiar face on one of those shows, which is why today’s Friday Five celebrates country stars who’ve guest starred on police procedurals. Stay tuned for a future edition about country singers appearing on law dramas. Chung-CHUNG 5. Rascal Flatts – CSI The pop-country band guest starred on “Unshockable,” a 2010 episode in which Jay DeMarcus is mysteriously – and hilariously…
  • Compass Records to Release Jean Ritchie Tribute; Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers HoF Exhibits to Open in August; Ralph Stanley Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    Juli Thanki
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Ralph Stanley, Al Pacino, Annie Proulx, Robert Reich, and Robert Ballard: the world’s most interesting dinner party or a few of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ newly elected fellows? (It’s the latter. Stanley, Pacino, et al. will be officially inducted into the Academy on October 11.) “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ it Country” will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 29 and run through March 2015. (via press release) The HoF’s Kenny Rogers exhibit, “Through the Years,” will open on August 15. A day later, Rogers will participate in a…
  • Album Review: Kelley Mickwee — You Used to Live Here

    Juli Thanki
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Though she’s resided in Austin for several years now, for her debut solo album, singer-songwriter Kelley Mickwee returned home to Memphis, not just physically (recording in a home studio set up in a midtown mansion that used to belong to the late historian Shelby Foote), but sonically as well. Mickwee quickly sets the scene on the soulful opening song “River Girl,” as she sings, “I come from the cotton, I come from the mud / And I know what this river can do when she floods.” You Used to Live Here is quite different from Mickwee’s output with the currently on hiatus Americana band…
  • George Riddle Passes Away; Shel Silverstein Biopic in Development; Swift, Church to Play iHeartRadio Fest

    Juli Thanki
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    George Riddle, one of George Jones’ Jones Boys and the writer of songs like “Hall of Shame,” passed away. He was 78 years old. Robert K. Oermann wrote an obituary for Riddle that’s published at Variety reports that there’s a Shel Silverstein biopic in the works. The film, currently under development by Wonderland Sound and Vision, will be based on Lisa Rogak’s biography A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein. Here’s Low covering “I’m on Fire” for Dead Man’s Town, the forthcoming Americana salute to Springsteen’s Born in the USA. Happy…
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    The Boot

  • 12 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Hits No. 1 With 'The Good Stuff'

    Gayle Thompson
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    12 years ago today, on July 27, 2002, Kenny Chesney added another No. 1 hit to his growing list of good stuff that was happening in his career. It was on this day that the singer soared to the top of the charts with his song, 'The Good Stuff,' where it held reign for seven straight weeks. Continue reading…
  • Buffalo Clover Releasing Studio and Live Album in August

    Gayle Thompson
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Southern rock band Buffalo Clover are releasing not one, but two albums this August. The group, headed by married couple Margo Price and Jeremy Ivey, will release their sophomore album, 'Test Your Love,' on Aug. 12, as well as their live album, 'Live at the Five.' Continue reading…
  • Shel Silverstein Biopic in Development

    Gayle Thompson
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    The life of renowned children's author and songwriter Shel Silverstein, who passed away in 1999, will be remembered in an upcoming biopic. Continue reading…
  • 28 Years Ago: Randy Travis Hits No. 1 With 'On the Other Hand'

    Gayle Thompson
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    28 years ago today, on July 26, 1986, Randy Travis was undoubtedly doing plenty of celebrating. It was on this day that the singer earned his first No. 1 single, for 'On the Other Hand,' from his freshman 'Storms of Life' album. Continue reading…
  • New Quiet Life EP Features Cary Ann Hearst, Jim James

    Hannahlee Allers
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Quiet Life are set to release their new EP, featuring Jim James and Shovels & Rope's Cary Ann Hearst. Continue reading…
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    Country California

  • Quotable Country – 07/27/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I’ve got a girl, she just turned 4, and my daughter plays into my thought process on that. There’s a little bit more [to love] than just dancing on the tailgate. Oddly enough, I played it for a friend of mine who’s got a daughter who, I believe, is 16. She heard it and was like, ‘Yes! I am not the girl that looks good in cutoff jeans.’ She feels awkward in them. That’s why she gravitated toward the song. ● — “Girl in a Country Song” co-writer Aaron Scherz to Billboard’s Tom Roland. I’ve kept an open…
  • Awesome Stuff Department: The Devil Makes Three at Newport Folk Festival

    C.M. Wilcox
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    NPR Music has The Devil Makes Three’s full set from yesterday (Friday, July 25) at the Newport Folk Festival available for online listening. That’s 48 minutes, hot off the presses recording devices, of the rootsy California trio in its natural element. Playing music described as “garage-y ragtime, punkified blues, old n’ new timey without settling upon a particular era, inspired as much by mountain music as by Preservation Hall jazz,” The Devil Makes Three put out its New West Records debut I’m a Stranger Here last year. But longtime readers knew about them…
  • Maddie and Tae Are Having a Moment

    C.M. Wilcox
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    By now, you are almost certainly aware of Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song.” Just in case you’re not, though… Two teenage girls newly signed to Big Machine’s Dot Records imprint have released a ‘bro country’ answer song – calling out all the familiar tropes and many of the specific songs – that’s so on-the-nose and of-the-moment that it has Yahoo Music, NPR, The Washington Post, Saving Country Music, Farce the Music, Rolling Stone, Country Weekly, Taste of Country, and most other country media outlets talking. As a…
  • One Truck Still Doesn’t Have a Country Song Written About It

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    One of Brenda’s more fortunate classmates. A single 1974 Dodge Club Cab pickup in Oak Vale, Mississippi, has somehow escaped the gaze and thoughtful tune-smithing of country music songwriters. The sky blue four-speed vehicle resting beneath the spreading boughs of a 61-year-old magnolia tree to the side of retired farmer Clyde Henderson’s modest home has never once been the lyrical setting of a tailgate party, mudding adventure, or late night tryst. Henderson says he feels bad for “Brenda” (his affectionate name for the Dodge) because even though she has taken part in…
  • Quotable Country – 07/21/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Don’t be a difficult person to be around, whether you’re a songwriter or a business person. There’s just too much going on. There are too many people here that you don’t wanna rub the wrong way. It’s a small town in a lot of ways. You don’t have to hang out with everybody, or be friends with everybody, but people like to work with people they can get along with. ● — Jim Lauderdale on survival in Nashville. Q: You typically write alone. I wonder how much co-writing affects the sound of country, because if you have two…
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  • Garth Brooks Adds 9 More Chicago Shows

    Matt Bjorke
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    You gotta hand it to Garth Brooks. The man knows how to keep the fans happy. Rather than give them one show at a time, he’s found a city that’ll allow him to play 10 shows (probably some will be matinee type shows) as he builds up his world tour (which is supposed to go over 3 years). 3 hours ago, Garth Brooks had 1 concert booked in Chicago. Now he has 10: — Tennessean Music (@TNMusicNews) July 25, 2014 For those not in the know, Garth Brooks has often done such things in years past. He kept adding shows on top of shows so all…
  • Country Single Recap: July 25, 2014

    Matt Bjorke
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This week we take a look at 10 new singles that have recently been released to radio and give you our usual quick-hit responses to these new songs, including songs from Native Run, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Sara Evans, Canaan Smith, Lindsay Ell, Brett Eldredge and more. Lindsay Ell – Shut Me Up (Stoney Creek Records) “Shut me up” has a retro 80s Country/Rock feel to the melody along with a strong vocal presence from the Canadian vocalist. “Shut Me Up” recalls the kind of “boy, you’re gonna regret cheating” song that Carrie Underwood,…
  • Leah Turner “My Finger”

    Matt Bjorke
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    Just announced as the new single from her self-titled EP, “My Finger” is a slice of sassy, modern country music that should very easily become something for fans to enjoy. “My Finger” finds Leah Turner telling her cheating man where to go. Unlike her previous singles “Take The Keys” and “Pull Me Back,” This one is most definitely not about trying to keep a relationship going. Instead, we find Leah Turner showcasing a side to herself previously unknown on a national scale. While the first two singles were stellar, this one really has the makings…
  • Garth Brooks’ Digital Music Play

    Matt Bjorke
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    One thing Garth Brooks has always been known for is his ability to market himself. He’s also fiercely known for wanting fans to experience all of his music, not just the hit singles, so that the talented songwriters will also get to share in the earnings. It’s a decidedly different than the modern ways of getting music, which is often consumed via iTunes, streaming services like Spotify and socially via YouTube and other video/audio streaming sites.  So when he finally announced he was going to make all of his music available digitally at his Press Conference in Nashville last week,…
  • Shane Lee “Joyride” World Premiere

    Matt Bjorke
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Newcomer Shane Lee has just released the iTunes Pre-sale for his upcoming EP Joyride. Shane Lee’s title track for the EP, “Joyride”, is written Rick Beato (Parmalee’s “Carolina”) and The Warren Brothers (“Highway Don’t Care”). “Joyride” is one of the two upcoming instant download tracks set to be available from Shane’s Pre-sale on iTunes. Joyride follows Shane Lee’s debut EP Kissin’ in the Tail Lights was independently released in October of last year and has sold over 20,000 downloads to date, a remarkable…
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    NashvilleGab - Country music news and Nashville celebrity gossip

  • Joe Nichols doesn't miss a beat despite undergoing back surgery

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Holy smokes. Talk about dedication! Joe Nichols has kept up a busy tour schedule and hasn't missed a single date despite revealing that he recently underwent back surgery. Joe tells The Country Vibe that back at the end of June he had back surgery for an injury in the lower part of his back caused by lots of long distance running. Doctors had to cut...
  • Texas singer Ali Dee talks 'Broken Heart,' Miranda Lambert influence & happiness: Exclusive

    Jason Scott
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    For Texas powerhouse Ali Dee, rock is just as important country tradition. On her latest Sweet Southern EP, the singer peppers in enough mainstream appeal to stretch the widest demographic, but she clings to the things of the past. So, it's no wonder that she cites Dolly Parton and Dwight Yoakam as some of her influences. "Those sounds are so important," she shares in an...
  • Garth Brooks to stick around Chicago for a while, adds additional shows

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Photo: Good news Chicago fans, Garth Brooks has just added five more shows to go along with his previously announced September 4 show at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. According to, Garth has added six additional days: Friday, September 5 Saturday, September 6 (two shows) Thursday, September 11 Friday, September 12 (two shows) Saturday, September 13 (two shows) Sunday, September 14 These...
  • Beachin' remix featuring T-Pain and Mike Posner

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Jake Owen's continuing the trend of everyone remixin' their songs with everyone else with his new Beachin' remix featuring T-Pain and Mike Posner. Check it out and let us know what you think.
  • Dolly Parton's Dollywood is now on Google Street View

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Hey, hey, hey! Now here's a fun way to waste a few hours this weekend. The Google Street View team recently headed to Tennessee and mapped Dolly Parton's theme park Dollywood. That means fans can now visit the park virtually and check out what they've been missing. If theme parks are your thing, Disneyland Paris and Legoland California are both also available to visit from...
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  • Willie Nelson & Family, Woodstock, NY (1999)

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
  • How’s Budrock “the Illuminator” Prewitt doing?

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    “I miss my job. I miss the entire road Family. I miss my bus. I miss setting up the lights and hanging the flag. I miss Dinner at 5:30. I miss my routine. I miss the excitement of the crowd at their first sight of Willie as he strolls onstage, I miss seeing the Texas Flag coming out of it’s bag at the beginning of the show. I miss telling the spotlight operators to make sure and get a good shot of Bobbie when she does her piano solos and to get ready because Mickey is next and to watch out because he does not stand still. I miss lighting up the audience and letting Willie see…
  • Support Family Farmers! Get your Ticket to Farm Aid 2014

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am Farm Aid is coming to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 13! The concert lineup features Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack White and more. Get Your Tickets Farm Aid 2014 Ticket Presale Our ticket presale starts at noon EDT on Friday, July 25 at A $50 Farm Aid Presale Pass (replacing our membership program*) gets you access to buy the best seats in the house a week before they go on sale to the public. Farm Aid 2014 Ticket Sale Tickets for Farm Aid…
  • Willie Nelson on guitar

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
  • This day in Willie Nelson History: President Jimmy Carter joins Willie Nelson on stage in Georgia (7/27/2008)

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    On July 27, 2008,  Jimmy Carter joined Willie Nelson and Family on stage and played harmonica on “Georgia On My Mind” during a concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta. “Five different times I’ve been on the stage with Willie Nelson,” Carter said. “He always calls me up on his final number, which is usually ‘Amazing Grace,’ and we sing a duet together. He’s very careful to turn the microphone completely away from my voice.” – Jimmy Carter Former President Jimmy Carter once told Rolling Stone magazine that “all the good things I did as president,…
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  • When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

    Nina Totenberg, NPR
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes.
  • One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents

    NPR Staff
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied, undocumented minors immigrating across the border has left tens of thousands of children waiting in limbo. But thousands of children who are already American citizens also face an uncertain future — because their parents are not in the country legally.If their parents get deported, those minors could end up in foster care, or adopted by strangers.Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of 817 American children of undocumented immigrants. Should a parent be deported, Sandigo steps in to arrange care for the children they leave behind.
  • How Much Has Texas Shaped Modern Art?

    ChinLin Pan, David Brown & Rhonda Fanning
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    When you think of modern art, does Texas come to mind? According to Katie Robinson Edwards, curator of Austin's Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, it should.
  • U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

    Scott Neuman
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET.The U.S. has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security, with rival militant factions battling in the capital, Tripoli."Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S.
  • How Can You Measure the Success of National Guard Troops on the Border?

    David Brown & Josie MacLean
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The eyes of the nation are focused on the Texas-Mexico border, due to the humanitarian crisis involving undocumented and unaccompanied minors. This week, Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard Troops to the border.Politically speaking, Gov. Perry’s message is that the Federal Government is failing in its duties. But in a story set to be published in Sunday’s Austin American-Statesman, investigative reporters Jeremy Schwartz and Eric Dexheimer pose a question: just what constitutes “mission accomplished?” 
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    Jaye Albright's Breakfast Blog

  • A “Job” That Gets Done Whether There’s A Person Doing It Or Not

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    It used to be that owners with just one or two radio stations billing less than a million dollars annually simply couldn’t afford a full time Production/Creative Director.A good thing about the clustering of stations that began in the mid-90’s is that now even those stations have at least one person in the position.  Of course, that one individual is now charged with overseeing all of the production and writing - both imaging and commercials - for as many radio stations as humanly possible.Wouldn't you know?The job is not quite programming and not quite sales.  Responsibilities…
  • Directing Traffic

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    If you build and maintain daily logs scheduling everything on your radio station other than music, I’d say that you and your station's music director are the "de facto" programmer and sales manager.Most sales directors “get” this and the most skilled among them work hard to make the traffic person feel like they work for sales.A great seller can close a deal, a terrific SM can manage the rate the client agrees to pay, BUT no money comes in until the spot runs, the account gets billed and the money collected.  The traffic department is the place where that all starts.  For this…
  • The Hardest Jobs

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Two jobs at any radio station require the folks assigned to them to be more efficient and diplomatic than almost any others.They both fall into a gray area, not quite sales, not quite programming, not quite management with responsibilities which fall into all departments, even public affairs, community involvement and creative.Traffic and production.It takes a very special person to handle the all of the responsibilities they are expected to deal with every day from people skills, working to deadlines, honesty, judgment, organization, prioritization, just to name a few.A bad fit in either…
  • War

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    It’s not a pleasant subject, but if you haven’t already done so, it’s past time to be sure your radio station is ready.  It's time to think through and write a plan of action in the event the scary events of the last week continue to escalate to the point our nation needs to commit troops.1.  Instruct all talent to check your news service at least hours.2.  Get them in the habit of checking for bulletins.  Then, make sure they know who should be phoned, what should be announced on your air.  How will you handle it?3.  If you have a network affiliation, do…
  • The New Newsperson

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    “A drone owned by in Kelowna and being operated by a news editor was grounded after a fire information officer said it flew too close to a Peachland, B.C. wildfire. The officer cited the dangers of a drone coming into contact with aviation related to the fire fight as well as distracting crews on the ground. The use of drones is controlled by Transport Canada, which issues Special Flight Operating Certificates for approved operations.”    — Broadcast Dialogue  Wakeup call to news people who "read stories" from "the radio newsroom:"  a website - not a TV…
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    Country Music News
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    NASHVILLE, TN (July 16, 2014) – RPME Records powerhouse vocalist Maggie Rose is gearing up for the release of her brand new single, “Girl In Your Truck Song,” to Country radio nationwide. Fans can get an exclusive online preview through Rolling Stone Country. The song highlights a girl’s positive perspective on some of country music’s latest hits. “This song brings to life the girl featured in today’s most popular country songs,” shares Maggie. “It was fun for me to lyrically shift the point of view and put a new twist on music that already resonates with many of my fans.”…
  • Garth Brooks Chicago Concert Tour Kickoff

    Shauna Castorena
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    I know, I know, we’ve been all about the Garth around here lately, but let’s be honest… what other artist is making the headlines as big as he is right now? Anyhow, yesterday team Garth let it be known that Garth Brooks is kicking off his world tour in Chicago. It will be the first time Garth has played Chicago in 17 years. The concert will be Thursday, September 4th, 7:30 PM at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. “As an entertainer, you get asked a lot ‘what are the best cities to play?’ Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play and that list…
  • Garth Brooks Five Ireland Shows CANCELLED

    Shauna Castorena
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The official word is out; Garth Brooks five consecutive concerts in Dublin, Ireland at the end of this month have been cancelled. In a statement released today Garth’s team confirmed that the 18 semi’s loaded with all their production gear and stage rigging are currently on a ship heading home.  Details about how to get refunds for the nearly 400,000 tickets that were already sold will be issued by Ticketmaster tomorrow morning. In other news, the first concert of Garth’s comeback tour is expected to be held in Chicago, with full details on that coming from Camp Garth…
  • Kenny Chesney Reveals Big Revival Cover Today

    Country Music News
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Hollywood Reporter & Share Exclusive Peek NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 14, 2014) — It took Kenny Chesney time to find the songs that would become The Big Revival. But given the success of “American Kids” topping the Soundscan Digital Country Songs chart for the last two weeks since and hitting country radio hard, it’s obvious forging new paths is working for the man who’s been called “The People’s Superstar” by The Los Angeles Times. With an eye toward fresh and different, Chesney wanted an album cover to reflect just that. Not…
  • Garth Brooks Press Conference

    Shauna Castorena
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Garth Brooks Announces a full force comeback complete with new music! In an online press conference held at 11am Central today, July 10th, 2014, Garth Brooks announced that he is teaming up with Sony Music Group Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, began by announcing a record deal between Garth Brooks and Sony Music. He offered a recap of Garth’s accomplishments, then introduced Garth Brooks to the stage. Garth described this stage of his life as “the second half of his career”. Garth confirmed new music IS coming, and he will be working with producer Mark Miller,…
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