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  • Miranda Lambert: The Silver Lining

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    Alison Bonaguro
    29 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    You can criticize the critic. You can stir up trouble. You can even lash out at the backlash. But Miranda Lambert? She’s got the right idea: Stay positive and use your power for good. After the pot was stirred (or the salad tossed) this week over a radio consultant’s comments about putting fewer female singers... Read more »
  • Emmylou Harris Flexes Songwriting Muscles on The Traveling Kind

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    13 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris‘ <I>The Traveling Kind</I> offers equal measures grace (the title track) and groove (“The Weight of the World”). The result is an endlessly elegant modern country masterwork. Harris recently spoke with CMT about the compelling new collection. “It came together pretty fast,” the legendary singer-songwriter says of the album released Tuesday (May 12). “We were in the middle of the tour (supporting their Grammy-winning 2013 collaboration <em>Big Yellow Moon</em>) when Rodney said, ‘Do you want to do another…
  • Mower Meets Moonshine at a Museum for Country Star George Jones

    NYT > Country Music
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The George Jones Museum has one boot in the old Nashville and one in the new, reflecting a city being remade with gleaming towers and one where country music is part of the DNA.
  • Jana Kramer’s Rustic Wedding

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    Sarah Wyland
    28 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Jana Kramer got the boy! Kramer married NFL tight-end Michael Caussin on May 22 at a ceremony at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. The ceremony took place outside, with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop. Like a lot of brides, Kramer found her wedding inspiration on Pinterest. She went with a rustic wedding that included a lilac color scheme, lots of candles, and, of course, Mason jars. Initially, though, Kramer wanted to skip the whole “wedding” thing. “In the beginning I honestly just wanted to go to the courthouse and do this whole Sarah Jessica…
  • It’s a festival high note for former Squeeze frontman Glenn

    Country Music News
    29 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    … September 12. The line-up includes country music duo My Darling Clementine, the …
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  • Miranda Lambert: The Silver Lining

    Alison Bonaguro
    29 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    You can criticize the critic. You can stir up trouble. You can even lash out at the backlash. But Miranda Lambert? She’s got the right idea: Stay positive and use your power for good. After the pot was stirred (or the salad tossed) this week over a radio consultant’s comments about putting fewer female singers... Read more »
  • Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow Will Host 2015 CMT Music Awards

    CMT.com Staff
    29 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews and Pitch Perfect star Brittany Snow will co-host the 2015 CMT Music Awards airing live June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Andrews recently wrapped up her third season as co-host of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars as ratings soared to all-time highs... Read more »
  • Recap: Party Down South 2: Girls Night!

    Sarah Essary
    29 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    In the recent episode of Party Down South 2, the girls kick things off with a good old fashioned girls night. The guys promise to stay home only if they do the same for their guys night when Duke gets back from visiting home. Deal. Before heading out, Raven confesses she might even want to... Read more »
  • Willie Nelson Tells His Own Story

    CMT.com Staff
    29 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Willie Nelson says it feels good to share his life in a new memoir — or, in his words, “flush out your system a little bit.” The Country Music Hall of Fame member co-wrote It’s a Long Story: My Life with veteran biographer David Ritz. It’s filled with new revelations and new recollections of some... Read more »
  • Would You Like Your Salad Dressing on the Side?

    Calvin Gilbert
    28 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    (Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) Country radio consultant Keith Hill stirred up a proverbial hornets’ nest this week when he told a Nashville-based industry trade publication, “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.” That was incendiary enough, but he also equated... Read more »
 
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  • Emmylou Harris Flexes Songwriting Muscles on The Traveling Kind

    13 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris‘ <I>The Traveling Kind</I> offers equal measures grace (the title track) and groove (“The Weight of the World”). The result is an endlessly elegant modern country masterwork. Harris recently spoke with CMT about the compelling new collection. “It came together pretty fast,” the legendary singer-songwriter says of the album released Tuesday (May 12). “We were in the middle of the tour (supporting their Grammy-winning 2013 collaboration <em>Big Yellow Moon</em>) when Rodney said, ‘Do you want to do another…
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Blues Run Deep in The Ruffian’s Misfortune

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s latest album, The Ruffian’s Misfortune, backs deep blues (“Down by the River”) with rich narratives (“Stone Blind Horses”). CMT Edge spoke with the Austin, Texas-area songwriter about escaping a “honky-tonk fog,” his writing process and the excellent new collection. “He has a style that just seems to roll out of him,” folk-rocker William Elliott Whitmore recently told CMT Edge. “Those lyrics just seem to flow so effortlessly from him and they tell such concise story. Nothing seems pretentious. It’s just natural.” CMT Edge: Describe…
  • John Moreland’s Tortured Love Letter to His Home State

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:24 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…
 
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  • Jana Kramer’s Rustic Wedding

    Sarah Wyland
    28 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Jana Kramer got the boy! Kramer married NFL tight-end Michael Caussin on May 22 at a ceremony at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. The ceremony took place outside, with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop. Like a lot of brides, Kramer found her wedding inspiration on Pinterest. She went with a rustic wedding that included a lilac color scheme, lots of candles, and, of course, Mason jars. Initially, though, Kramer wanted to skip the whole “wedding” thing. “In the beginning I honestly just wanted to go to the courthouse and do this whole Sarah Jessica…
  • The HGTV Lodge is Returning to CMA Fest June 11-14

    Sadee Hanson
    28 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    CMA Music Festival is any country music fan’s favorite time of the year. For four days straight, Nashville’s streets are flooded with devoted fans, aspiring artists and everyone who’s anyone in the country music industry. The event hosts countless live performances, meet and greets and autograph signings, but any CMA Fest regular knows that the HGTV Lodge is the hottest ticket in town. The HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014 The HGTV Lodge, the festival’s most intimate venue, is returning to CMA Fest June 11 – June 14 with a bigger and better lineup to give festival-goers the…
  • 6 Quirky Attractions in Texas

    Sarah Wyland
    24 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    As the second largest state in our country, the great state of Texas guarantees an adventure for everyone. From giant cowboy statues and multi-genre music festivals to quirky museums and interesting roadside art, every member of the family will be able to find a favorite attraction in the Lone Star State. Photo courtesy of Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau Big Tex. A 55-foot figure wearing a cowboy hat and boots welcomes visitors to Dallas and the annual State Fair of Texas with the words, “Howdy folks, I’m Big Tex.” Originally constructed in 1952, this giant-sized Texan was…
  • Simple, Inexpensive Wedding Table Decorations

    Molly Spining
    22 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Photo courtesy of SomethingWinnderful.com With my wedding less than a month away, I’m currently in panic/excitement/what-have-I-gotten-myself-into mode. On top of dealing with conflicting emotions, I need to address last-minute details, finalize the guest list and (try torelax. So, the game plan right now is keep it simple, under-budget and functional, which is easier said than done. Photo courtesy of HGTV.com My immediate focus this week and the next concerns table decorations, which often include flowers. Last week I wrote about wedding flowers and how choosing seasonal blooms often…
  • Little Big Town Gets Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

    Sarah Wyland
    22 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Fans kept crushing on Little Big Town, giving them a second week at No. 1 with “Girl Crush” on Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Keith Urban with Eric Church rounded out the Top 3, with Lady Antebellum making their countdown debut with their latest video, “Long Stretch of Love.” Plus, host Nan Kelley headed to Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, home of Bush’s Beans. After a VIP visit – including a meet-and-greet with Duke the dog! – she traveled to the Beans ’N Cornbread Festival in nearby Gatlinburg. Find out if Duke spilled the beans on the Bush family’s secret…
 
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  • Kellie Pickler to Receive First-Ever Chris Kyle Patriot Award

    Hannahlee Allers
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Kellie Pickler is receiving recognition for her support of U.S. military members. The eight-time USO Tour veteran is set to be honored as the first recipient of the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award. Continue reading…
  • Sam Hunt Performs 'Leave the Night On' at 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival [WATCH]

    Christina Vinson
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    With No. 1 hits, a definite stage presence and adoring fans, country singer Sam Hunt is making a name for himself, and he proved it at the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival with a high-energy performance of "Leave the Night On." Continue reading…
  • Chris Young Shares 'I'm Comin' Over' Music Video

    Gayle Thompson
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Chris Young has released a music video for his latest single, "I'm Comin' Over." The song is the debut single from his upcoming new studio album. Continue reading…
  • Story Behind the Song: Gretchen Wilson, 'Work Hard, Play Harder'

    The Boot Staff
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    In October of 2009, Gretchen Wilson released "Work Hard, Play Harder" as the lead single from her 2010 album, I Got Your Country Right Here. The tune reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (No. 18) in June of 2010, becoming her first Top 20 single since 2005. Inside, Wilson tells The Boot about co-writing "Work Hard, Play Harder" with John Rich and Vickey McGehee. Continue reading…
  • Everything We Know About Mongomery Gentry's 'Folks Like Us'

    Christina Vinson
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry announced their new album, Folks Like Us, at the beginning of April, and since then, fans have been ravenous for more details. Continue reading…
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  • Lettuce Reconsider Sexism; “Kick the Dust Up” Gets Rave Review; Harlan Howard Stories

    C.M. Wilcox
    28 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    We were all having a perfectly good time (actually, not so much those of us wanting to hear better songs on the radio) and then some dunderheaded data jockey said a thing about tomatoes (on Page 8, under the “This One’s Not For The Girls” subhead)… … and then the internet exploded, with enough social media outrage to wilt the entire planet’s lettuce supply and Saving Country Music, The Tennessean, CMT, The Guardian, E! Online, and every other site weighing in. Much more on this in Sunday’s quote roundup, I’m sure… … but one favorite…
  • Golf and Guitars 2015: Boys and Girls

    C.M. Wilcox
    27 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Were it not for radio-ready Southern rock(ish) ensemble A Thousand Horses’ trio of sashaying background vocalists, you wouldn’t have seen one female performer take the stage at last Tuesday night’s Golf & Guitars Children’s Charity Concert at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento. There were plenty of women in the audience, though, and plenty of men eager to sing to them from the stage. A Thousand Horses professed true, non-inebriated love with “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial.” The reunited-just-for-this-event trio of One Flew South bonded over a woman who was…
  • Story Behind the Song: Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up”

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    26 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Luke Bryan released his next #1 smash single, “Kick the Dust Up,” last week and we at Country California were very curious about the story behind this complex and original work of art. Luckily, we were able to speak with all three writers of the song as they took a break from a grueling half-hour writing session this morning. “It’s a funny story,” starts Chris DeStefano. “Dallas showed up three hours late with a bottle of Southern Comfort Caramel in one hand and his iPad in the other and said ‘Let’s write, bitches!'” Ashley Gorley…
  • Miranda’s Roots and Wings; Ben Dorcy Documentary in the Works; First Listen to ‘Django and Jimmie’

    C.M. Wilcox
    26 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    Hell of a weekend, huh? Prayers to our friends in Texas and Oklahoma right now. There’s now an official Johnny Cash YouTube channel. It hasn’t posted any videos yet. A Kickstarter campaign is under way to fund the completion of King of the Roadies, a feature-length documentary on 90-year-old Ben Dorcy – the world’s oldest and, by most accounts, first roadie. Dorcy was on the road with John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, etc., and continues to tour with Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson…
  • Country Haiku #540

    Country Haiku
    25 May 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Can’t be old and wise Until I’m young and crazy In focus-grouped ways
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  • Brian Collins Announces Sophomore Single

    Matt Bjorke
    29 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    After the success of his debut single “Never Really Left,” Brian Collins is set to issue his sophomore single for country radio. “Shine A Little Love” will come from his debut album Healing Highway, an album which made RoughStock’s 10 Best Albums of 2014 list. The album, which also features the first single, will hit retail brick and mortar stores nationwide after an exclusive digital launch late last year. As a part of an exclusive, Brian gave Country Weekly an inside scoop into the writing process: “It was everything we wanted to say to the world and we meant every word of…
  • Chris Young – “I’m Comin’ Over”

    Matt Bjorke
    29 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Chris Young has found a new production partner in Corey Crowder and it’s easy to see why he decided to work with the songwriter. “I’m Comin’ Over” feels fresh while also not abandoning the sound that has helped Chris Young carve out his nice within country music. “I’m Comin’ Over” describes the time in a relationship where a couple feels like its ending only to realize that the flame still burns for each other so Young’s narrator character decides to take care of the problem buy getting his ass over to her house to rectify the…
  • The Daily Buzz: May 29, 2015

    Alanna Conaway
    29 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    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 this week’s The Daily Buzz for all that’s happening in country music! Jake Owen recently opened up with E! to talk about his new single “Real Life” and his favorite date nights with one very special little girl. Nice work, ladies. Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery lend a helping hand for Second Harvest. Jana Kramer is a married woman! Us Magazine has the scoop. Sam Hunt dishes on success as a songwriter compared…
  • Kip Moore “Wild Ones” Tracklist & Cover Art

    Matt Bjorke
    29 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    It’s finally time, y’all. After months of wonder, Kip Moore’s fans now have a day to go to stores (or iTunes) and pick up their copy of his second album. Titled Wild Ones, the album is pure Kip Moore as it captures his life and thoughts on record. The album, which features 13 tracks, is top-lined by the lead single “I’m To Blame,” currently Top 30 and rising. The album is inspired by the grit, grind and glamour of the live shows that have helped the rising star become a fan favorite. “WILD ONES really encompasses everything I’ve been through out on the road since the first…
  • Country Album Chart Report For May 27, 2015

    Matt Bjorke
    28 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am sits at #1 and now has scanned 802k to date. The move back to #1 is on the heels of the refreshed “Platinum Edition” release of the album with a handful of new tracks featured. Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll+Hyde slides down to #2 with another 24k copies scanned. sitting at #3 is  Sam Hunt’s Gold-certified Montevallo. Kelsea Ballerini scores 13.5k debut to tie Sam Hunt at #3 while. Reba McEntire rounds out the Top 5 with Love Somebody.  It has now scanned 122k+ in its short time on the charts to round out the Top 5 of the…
 
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  • Kip Moore announces new album “Wild Ones”

    Shannon
    29 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    If you were one of my readers who guessed that Kip Moore's secret that I wrote about a couple of days ago was his new album called Wild Ones, give yourself a pat on the back because you, my friend, were 100% right.
  • CMT announces Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow as hosts for this year’s CMT Music Awards

    Shannon
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    CMT announced the hosts for this year's CMT Music Awards and let's just say that their choice is a bit, um, puzzling.
  • Taylor Swift to bring Congress together

    Shannon
    29 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Lawmakers in Washington D.C. may not be able to agree on much as a rule, but they do apparently agree on the fact that Taylor Swift is GREAT for fundraising.
  • Where did Dierks Bentley get his name?

    Ashley Anne-Helene
    29 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Dierks isn’t exactly a common name. I mean I doubt there are any keychains with his name on there. And Dierks Bentley explains the struggle with a name like that. “I’ve seen it spelled and pronounced wrong so many times,” Dierks told Glamour. So where did this unique name come …
  • Kacey Musgraves throws shade in Fader interview

    Ashley Anne-Helene
    29 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    Kacey Musgraves continues her reign as Sass Queen with her latest interview for Fader. And this may be her sassiest yet.
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  • Willie Nelson @ Colorado

    LindaLee
    29 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Just one more Red Rocks photo, I’m just missing getting to see the band at Red Rocks.   This photo is from book by G. Brown, “Colorado Rocks”.
  • Willie Nelson, Red Rocks, September 5, 2010

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    29 May 2015 | 7:43 am
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    29 May 2015 | 7:38 am
  • Willie Nelson at Red Rocks Amphitheater

    LindaLee
    29 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    2008 photo:  Lana Nelson www.WillieNelson.com “We drove 550 miles overnight to get here but it was so worth it. No music star has ever out shined the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Its sheer beauty and perfect acoustics make it the ultimate American venue. We were all happy to be here on the warmest night we’ve ever seen at The Rocks. Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses followed Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the real. Brother Lukas later  joined Dad on stage for a classy ending to a classic evening.” — Lana Nelson Share Willie Nelson received this  Hall of Fame award from the City of…
  • Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell

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    29 May 2015 | 7:29 am
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  • As Public Housing Availability Dwindles, A Family Struggles to Stay in Travis Heights

    Kate McGee
    29 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Victoria Hernandez and her son Jayden wake up at 5 a.m. each day for Jayden’s pre-kindergarten class at Travis Heights Elementary School. They get ready at their apartment complex on Stassney Lane, four miles away from Travis Heights. Then, they walk to the bus stop to wait for the number one bus.By the time they embark, it’s about 6:30 in the morning — the sun has just started to rise.
  • Volunteers Help Rebuild San Marcos, One House at a Time

    Veronica Zaragovia
    29 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    We’ve been reporting on the damage caused to communities like San Marcos and Wimberley after record flooding along the Blanco River.Since then, volunteers have come out in force to help people dealing with the aftermath.At a former Target in San Marcos, instead of aisle after aisle of merchandise, table after table is covered in donations. Diane Insley, the coordinator at this donation center, lists off all of the donations they have."Cleaning supplies, mops, tools to rip out sheet rock that’s been damaged. We also have basic food, non perishable food items, a lot of bottled water, some…
  • Flash Flood Watch Expires

    Matt Largey
    28 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    UPDATE: 7:44 a.m.: The flash flood watch for Central Texas has expired.Overnight storms brought over an inch of rain to pockets of East Austin, but the majority of the rain fell northwest of the Austin area, forcing LCRA to open up flood gates at both the Starcke and Wirtz dams. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Llano County until early Saturday morning. Last night's rains have brought the Llano River up to 11.95 feet, though officials say the rise won't cause any damage to properties in the area. 
  • The Ticket: Carly Fiorina & Writer Chris Cillizza

    Ben Philpott & Jay Root
    28 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    This week on The Ticket: We continue our review of presidential contenders with an analysis of the Carly Fiorina campaign on Stump Interrupted. And with candidate announcements falling from the sky like rain from a Texas thunderstorm, we talk with Washington Post writer and The Fix blogger Chris Cillizza about how the 2016 race is shaping up.
  • Texas Drought 'Effectively' Over, But Aquifers Are Slow to Recharge

    Laura Rice
    28 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    From Texas Standard:The ground is saturated, the grass is green and the state climatologist has declared the statewide drought as we’ve known it since 2010 effectively over.But there’s at least one piece of the puzzle that’s not quite there yet: some of the state’s water supplies – including the lakes that supply much of the Austin area.John Hoffman is with the Lower Colorado River Authority. He says the lakes are now more than 50 percent full – that’s up about 20 percent from where the lakes were earlier this year – but it isn’t enough.
 
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  • #thefutureofradioisatstake‬

    15 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    Fred Jacobs' latest blog post, as usual, inspired me into action, especially after I read the response to it by legendary LA GM Roy Laughlin (click the link to read that too). I wrote: There’s no question that Roy Laughlin is a genius and built a lasting dynasty that continues to dominate the Southland thanks to the amazing teams he managed over the years, but before we do a complete 180 lets really study how our streaming listeners use us across all our platforms.Now that Voltair has “proven” (to me at least) that PPM technology misses a lot of usage, it is tempting to go backward…
  • 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
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  • OLD DOMINION TAKES COUNTRY RADIO BY STORM

    Country Music News
    13 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    DEBUT SINGLE “BREAK UP WITH HIM” NO. 1 MOST ADDED SINGLE, 76 REPORTING STATIONS SPINNING THE SONG ACROSS AMERICA Rising stars, Old Dominion, have taken Country Radio and America by storm with their debut single “Break Up With Him.” This week Old Dominion’s first single was the No. 1 most added song at country radio with 42 new playlist “adds” and 76 first week reporting stations spinning the song by the band Rolling Stone Country, Billboard, Country Weekly and the Huffington Post agree are a “band to watch.” “The support that Country Radio has shown us out of the gate…
  • Country Legend John Anderson Collaborates With Keith Urban On “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets”

    Country Music News
    13 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Special To Air May 15 On CBS The legendary John Anderson is scheduled to join Keith Urban for a collaborative performance on “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets,” a CBS special featuring Country music luminaries and chart-topping artists. The two-hour musical event will air on Friday, May 15. “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets” was taped during the recent 50th Annual ACM Awards in Arlington, TX, and features an evening of unforgettable collaborations between country legends and modern acts. In addition to the upcoming “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets” on May 15, Anderson will join Keith…
  • No Pool? No Problem!

    Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
    12 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Never underestimate the power of redneck innovation when it comes to solving a problem! We know sometimes it takes a little more than duct tape and bailing wire to come to the rescue in some dire situations, but when it comes to beating the summer heat, these champions of resourcefulness take the trophy!
  • Summer Fun and Redneck Inventions!

    Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
    11 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Summer’s right on top of us so we thought we’d have a little fun! We’re throwing together some of our favorite “redneck inventions” for YOU to vote on! Set a spell and tell us what you like!
  • Presenting the Winners of the 2015 ACM Awards!

    Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    The ACM Awards always bring out the big debates in country music: Who is “real country” and who is not? What does “entertainer of the year” really mean? Will Taylor Swift ever stop getting nominated now that she’s “off the country wagon”? No matter the question, our readers are sure to have an answer, and of course to help you with that, we’ve got your list of 2015 ACM Award nominees and winners right here at CountryMusicNewsBlog.com! SONG OF THE YEAR American Kids – Kenny Chesney **WINNER: Automatic – Miranda Lambert Drink A Beer – Luke…
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  • The Vinny Golf Tournament Announces Players May 31 – June 1, 2015

    Marti Clayton
    28 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    WHAT: The 23nd Annual Vinny Pro-Celebrity-Junior Golf Invitational WHEN: Sunday, May 31 & Monday, June 1, 2015 WHERE: The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs CHARITY: The First Tee & Junior Golf Programs in Tennessee Sunday, May 31                      Celebrity-Junior-Am The Golf Club of Tennessee Four Amateurs + Celebrity & Junior Shotgun start – 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Presentation of Gibson guitars to all 26 juniors. Monday, June 1                       Pro-Celebrity Am The Golf Club of Tennessee Four Amateurs + Professional & Celebrity Shotgun…
  • LEE GREENWOOD TOPS THREE AMAZON CHARTS WITH BEST-SELLING PATRIOTIC CHILDREN’S BOOK, PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

    Marti Clayton
    28 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Colorful, Fully-Illustrated Hardback is named A Bestseller Following Memorial Day Release NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 27, 2015) – Lee Greenwood is taking the Amazon charts by leaps and bounds as a children’s book author following the release of his patriotic, fully-illustrated hardback, Proud To Be An American, over the Memorial Day weekend. Debuting at No. 1 on the “Movers and Shakers” chart and named one of Amazon’s top “Hot New Releases,” the book comes in as the No. 1 best-seller on both Amazon’s “Children’s Books On The U.S.” and “Children’s Multicultural Story…
  • Sammy Kershaw’s new album I WON’T BACK DOWN to be released June 9, 2015

    Marti Clayton
    27 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    NASHVILLE, TN (May 27, 2015) – On June 9th, Cleopatra Records will release Sammy Kershaw’s first album of new country material in five years, I WON’T BACK DOWN. The Louisiana country crooner was a mainstay on country radio throughout the 90’s with hits like “Cadillac Style,” “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” and “Third Rate Romance.” Kershaw has more recently recorded a tribute album to his friend and childhood idol George Jones, a Christmas album and a compilation album with Aaron Tippin and Joe Diffie. With a legacy that stretches across three decades, encompasses…
  • Carrie Underwood – Little Toy Guns

    Marti Clayton
    27 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    “Little Toy Guns” appears on Carrie Underwood’s album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, available in stores, on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/cughdecade1 & AmazonMP3: http://smarturl.it/amzmp3cugh
  • Kenny Chesney – Wild Child

    Marti Clayton
    27 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    Music video by Kenny Chesney performing Wild Child. (C) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
 
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    Farce the Music

  • How to Know Summer is Here

    Farcer
    29 May 2015 | 9:30 am
     How to Know Summer is HereKid Rock is being played on every format. (Except rock and rap)Green Peace begins lecturing all new recruits on not rolling Gary Levox back intothe water if he's encountered on the beach.Female country singers become more popular to bros. Because cutoffs. Every package of Gold Bond medicated powder includes a downloadof the latest Luke Bryan Spring Break album.Wynonna's orange glow becomes more of a grapefruit color.The amount of nighttime that Scott Borchetta has for feeding is reduced significantly.Trailer starts bitching about his yard needing mowed…
  • Luke, FGL, Aldean Memes to Ruin Your Friday

    Farcer
    29 May 2015 | 8:30 am
     
  • T-Shirts FTM Will Never Sell: Sam Hunt, Willie, etc.

    Farcer
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    But FTM will sell you shirts like this!Just click here for these and many other hatin' t-shirts!
  • Eddie Vedder on Letterman

    Farcer
    28 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs "Better Man" with the CBS Orchestraon one of Dave's final shows.
  • You Knew This #saladgate Joke Was Coming

    Farcer
    28 May 2015 | 9:30 am
 
 
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    Country Perspective

  • Review – Jake Owen’s “Real Life” is a Real Let Down

    Josh Schott
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Oh Jake, I had such high hopes for this new single. I thought you did too, as you said in numerous interviews that you would like to start putting out deeper material and not be known as the “Beachin'” guy. Owen backed this up on his last single, “What We Ain’t Got,” which I thought […]
  • The Hodgepodge: Hey Taste of Country, Music Reviews Still Matter!

    Josh Schott
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    When it comes to the corporate country blog Taste of Country, I like to generally ignore it because I have no respect for the blog, as I outlined in this piece months ago. They bring zero journalistic integrity to the table and are a glorified public relations arm for artists and labels. Today I want […]
  • The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [June 6]

    Josh Schott
    27 May 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, […]
  • Album Review – ‘The First Time’ Proves that Kelsea Ballerini is Another Pop Singer Trying to be Country

    Derek Hudgin
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    My first post for Country Perspective was my opinion on who could replace the gaping hole left by Taylor Swift after her official move to pop music. Included on my list were names like Kellie Pickler, Brandy Clark, and Sunny Sweeney as I was hoping, and still am hoping, to hear more classic sounding country […]
  • Album Review – Jon Pardi’s ‘The B-Sides, 2011-2014′ EP

    Josh Schott
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Start paying attention to Jon Pardi. I feel like I need to get on a rooftop and shout this out through a megaphone. Last year Pardi introduced himself to the country music world with his debut album Write You A Song, a solid country album that I rightly praised. It was quietly one of the […]
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  • .@GlorianaTheBand Country Music’s #CMchat #FashionFriday

    Tiera Bolt
    28 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Days are getting longer, nights are warming up, and it’s the season for fashion to be casual and effortless. Gloriana, this upcoming Monday night’s Twitterview guests and this week’s #FashionFriday inspiration, have an effortless, class style that is perfect for the spring season. Brothers Tom and Mike Gossin of Gloriana have the right idea when it comes to fashion, for anything from bonfires to the stage! Lightweight button up shirts are just the right amount of casual and polished. I like this Rock & Roll Cowboy Button Up $56.95 at Country Outfitter. Flowy, bohemian…
  • #BreakingTheIce with Clay Sharpe from @TheLacsMusic #BreakingTheIce

    Brittany Vance
    28 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Clay and Brian known as The Lacs have been defying odds in the hick hop community. Signed with Average Joes Entertainment, the fellas have been on a roll in the studio lately. Their new album “Outlaw In Me” was just released on May 26th 2015. They continue to make music their fans love and have consistently delivered raw material . The Lacs are also known for putting on one hell of a show all over the U.S. Check out my interview below with one part of the reckless duo, Clay Sharpe. 1. Where are you answering these questions from? My house in Baxley, GA. 2. What is your title and…
  • New Video: @ChrisYoungMusic “I’m Comin’ Over” (WATCH)

    Jessica Northey
    28 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Three little words, just like the three word song, describe Chris Young’s new video for I’m Comin’ Over:  HOT. HOT. HOT. One thing is absolutely certain, Chris Young “left it ALL on the ‘stage,'” in one of the most provocative videos I’ve seen since Rascal Flatts “I Melt” or Blake Shelton’s “Sangria.” Jokingly, I told a friend that after I watched it,  I had to take a shower. But I wasn’t kidding, the video treatment is muy caliente about a former couple who can’t stay away from each other….in any…
  • New Video: @LauraBellBundy Debuts ‘I Am What I Am’

    Scott Colvin
    28 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    As the country world awaits the June 9th release of Laura Bell Bundy’s latest album Another Piece of Me, her Big Machine Records debut, the actress, Broadway star and country singer has taken to social media to give fans insights into her world. Laura Bell Bundy’s latest gift came this week with the debut of the video for the album’s first single, the bold and inspirational “I Am What I Am,” a song written by Caitlyn Smith, Gordie Sampson and Troy Verges. The song is a beautiful lesson in accepting, embracing and loving who you are, faults and all. Gorgeously shot, the video…
  • .@GlorianaTheBand stops by for #THREE-some Twitterview Mon 6/1

    Jessica Northey
    27 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Very pleased to announce, that after a couple years of wanting to have the band Gloriana for a Twitterview, we finally got em! Gloriana has been on my most wanted for a Country Music #CMchat list for forever and then some. For reals…so this Monday June 1st at 6pm PT/9pm PT, the band Gloriana will be dropping by Twitter, and bringing their 3rd studio album, fittingly named Three with them. That’s right!  Brothers Tom and Mike Gossin, along with brunette bombshell Rachel Reinert are stopping by to talk about their newest album Three, touring, life, their upcoming single…
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