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  • Dierks Bentley: Brave Enough for “Riser”

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    Alison Bonaguro
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    If you ask Dierks Bentley, his new single, “Riser,” is one everyone needs to hear. And when you analyze the lyrics, here’s why: The world is cold, mean, hard and tough. But a riser is someone who fights, survives, works, prays and gets out alive. “‘Riser’ is one of those songs that everyone sings back,”... Read more »
  • Country Music Finds a Home Far From Home, in Kenya

    NYT > Country Music
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A very American genre has taken root in East Africa, with homegrown performers who idolize artists like Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Don Williams.
  • DIY Wedding Photo Booth

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    Molly Spining
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Photo booth from HGTV.com When you hear “DIY wedding,” your first thought is either A) “UGH, never! That’s why wedding planners exist,” or B) “Let’s get started! I’m all about crafting.” Whichever camp you fall into, a DIY photo booth project is one that every type of bride can handle. With all of the apps and selfie sticks available, there is really no need to rent a photo booth. Plus, making your own photo booth saves you money, earns you bragging rights and adds a personal touch to your wedding. With the help of my bridesmaids and…
  • Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub d...

    Country Music News
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    … characters in and around the country music business. It landed five Oscar …
  • News Roundup: Luke Bryan Sings the National Anthem, Brandy Clark Talks New Music

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    Angela Stefano
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The Boot rounds up today's top stories from our news partners. Continue reading…
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  • Dierks Bentley: Brave Enough for “Riser”

    Alison Bonaguro
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    If you ask Dierks Bentley, his new single, “Riser,” is one everyone needs to hear. And when you analyze the lyrics, here’s why: The world is cold, mean, hard and tough. But a riser is someone who fights, survives, works, prays and gets out alive. “‘Riser’ is one of those songs that everyone sings back,”... Read more »
  • Kenny Chensey Visits No Shoes Reefs in Florida

    Samantha Stephens
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    During a recent trip to Jacksonville, Florida, Kenny Chesney paid a visit to the first two No Shoes Reefs on the St. John River. The man-made reefs, named the Coastal Conservation Association and George Holt Reefs, were designed to promote better quality of aquatic life and built through the support of Chesney’s ongoing partnership with... Read more »
  • See Where Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw” Was Born

    Alison Bonaguro
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    One look at Taylor Swift‘s current real estate portfolio — thanks, Glamour magazine — and it’s obvious how far she’s come since she was just a budding singer-songwriter putting pen to paper in her bedroom in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. A bedroom that you can see in this timeline the magazine put together of the... Read more »
  • Kacey Musgraves’ Pageant Material Parades In as No. 1 Album

    Edward Morris
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Kacey Musgraves’ Pageant Material lives up to its title by debuting at No. 1 this week on Billboard’s country albums chart. It achieves that eminence via first-week sales of 54,752 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That total was sufficient to secure Musgraves the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings. And another round... Read more »
  • Fourth of July: A Short Playlist

    CMT.com Staff
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    What’s on your Fourth of July playlist? Maybe it’s Lee Greenwood‘s durable “God Bless the U.S.A.” and Elvis Presley’s take on Mickey Newbury’s arrangement of “American Trilogy.” Or maybe it’s the two very different takes following the attacks of 9/11 — Toby Keith’s no-holds-barred “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” and... Read more »
 
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  • DIY Wedding Photo Booth

    Molly Spining
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Photo booth from HGTV.com When you hear “DIY wedding,” your first thought is either A) “UGH, never! That’s why wedding planners exist,” or B) “Let’s get started! I’m all about crafting.” Whichever camp you fall into, a DIY photo booth project is one that every type of bride can handle. With all of the apps and selfie sticks available, there is really no need to rent a photo booth. Plus, making your own photo booth saves you money, earns you bragging rights and adds a personal touch to your wedding. With the help of my bridesmaids and…
  • Interview: The Junk Gypsies Talk Their Latest Projects

    Sadee Hanson
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    If you know (and love) the Junk Gypsies as much as we do, then you probably can’t get enough of their newest season on Great American Country. Sisters Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes-Smith bring their rebellious spirit and colorful imagination to “gypsify” what most would consider garbage. Their unusual design masterpieces this season bring life to celebrities’ Airstream campers, a friend’s home and plain ol’ junk that they restore to sell in the Junk Gypsy Store. We had the chance to interview Amie and Jolie about their projects so far this season, what’s coming up next and advice…
  • Your Ultimate Summer Activity Checklist

    Molly Spining
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Ah, summer — the season of lazy pool days, spontaneous road trips and day drinking on patios. Unfortunately, we only have three months to fit in the aforementioned activities plus hundreds more. This year, we’re determined to make the most of June, July and August. So, come September, we have no regrets, only tan lines. To keep you on track this summer, we created the ultimate summer fun checklist. Follow along with us, and tell us how many items you checked off the list! Make a killer playlist that you can listen to in the car, at the beach or during a backyard barbecue Read a new…
  • 6 of Nashville’s Best Honky Tonks

    Sarah Wyland
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    They don’t call Nashville ‘Music City’ for nothing! Not only is it home to the infamous ‘Music Row,’ a street of recording studios and record labels where some of the best music ever recorded was made and produced, it is also home to some of the best venues to hear live music. Here are six of the best honky tonks and juke joints in Music City. The Bluebird Cafe. Blink and you might miss The Bluebird Cafe. It is located in an old strip mall, but don’t let that fool you. The listening room is steeped in country music history and is a favorite of songwriters. Vince Gill cut his teeth…
  • 6 Best Fourth of July Destinations

    Sadee Hanson
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Fourth of July in Nashville – Photo courtesy of Travel Channel Fourth of July celebrations are one of my favorite parts of the summer. The birth of our nation goes hand in hand with family time, hours spent on a lake, barbecues, camping trips and spectacular fireworks shows. With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, it’s the perfect time to take a long weekend and explore the patriotic traditions in a different part of the country. We’ve rounded up some of America’s best destinations for the Fourth of July to help you plan your holiday road trip. Nashville,…
 
 
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  • Quotable Country – 07/06/15 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Excuse the tardiness after a long holiday weekend, and… wait for it… Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Some people want to talk about being patriotic but they don’t really know what the hell they’re talking about. They just say it like it’s a buzzword. Like a lot of these country guys do, but when it comes down to it they can’t really discuss deeply what it means to them. ● — Whitey Morgan with a truth bomb. Go listen to Sonic Ranch if you haven’t yet. Bryan’s good looks appeal to female fans, and his everyman demeanor and rocking tunes…
  • Rest in Peace, Red Lane; Garth Makes Highest-Paid List; Hank Williams Biopic Gets Release Date

    C.M. Wilcox
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Red Lane (“‘Til I Get It Right,” “The Eagle,” “My Own Kind of Hat,” “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa”) passed away Wednesday after a lengthy bout with cancer. Lane, who was also a friend and bandmate of Merle Haggard’s, was 76. Forbes figures Garth Brooks has earned about $90 million in the past year, enough to put him ahead of author James Patterson on its list of “The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities.” The Houston Press’ William Michael Smith has a nice Chris Stapleton…
  • Carlene Carter Remembers June Carter Cash; Emi Sunshine with Holly Williams; Carrie Underwood Raps

    C.M. Wilcox
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Reba reportedly sold her Beverly Hills estate for a cool $22.5 million. Jewly Hight did a nice Chris Stapleton feature for NPR. Also listenable online from NPR: Dale Watson chatted with Scott Simon. Too late for another article on women in country? Grantland has a good one. Kip Moore wishes you’d stop asking him about bro country. 5 Signs You’re Obsessed with Sam Hunt. Whew, looks like I’m in the clear. Carrie Underwood raps, kinda. When Dolly Parton’s July 31 acoustic concert at the Ryman Auditorium sold out in minutes, she scheduled another for August 1. For the…
  • Quotable Country – 06/28/15 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. “Person who’s drinking from small bottles, puking and falling on people.” #scannerquawk #trifecta ● — From Doug Schneider’s police scanner tweets during the Chesney/Aldean show at Lambeau Field. Also, my experience at pretty much every arena/amphitheater show I’ve ever been to. I love to laugh and love idiots like me. ● — Shall we take him at his word? Dustin Lynch to Glamour. I’m definitely filled with mixed emotions when I look back at my old pictures, phases and the lessons I’ve learned…
  • Gut-Wrenching Jason Isbell Songs; See Ray Wylie Hubbard Sing “Stone Blind Horses”; Kelsea Ballerini Hits #1

    C.M. Wilcox
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Grantland’s Steven Hyden counted down his 10 most gut-wrenching Jason Isbell songs and solicited Isbell’s own commentary on each of them. Kacey Musgraves modeled some of her facial expressions for BuzzFeed. I don’t know why. Congratulations(?) to Kelsea Ballerini on hitting #1 with “Love Me Like You Mean It.” If you want to work for country-rap king Mikel Knight, fill out this application and throw it at someone who doesn’t care in a parking lot. Saving Country Music has a list of the 10 Summer Music Festival Archetypes, including you. Country…
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  • The Week’s Most-Added Songs At Radio: July 14, 2015

    Matt Bjorke
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This week newcomer Cam edges out Kenny Chesney for the top spot on the Most-Added Songs at Radio: July 14, 2015 list with 51 adds bringing her to 87 stations on board during the first official week at country radio for the song we’ve hailed as one of 2015′s best. Kenny Chesney’s “Save It For A Rainy Day” has 107 total adds on its official launch date. The song was written by RCA Nashville’s Matt Ramsey and Trevor Rosen (of Old Dominion) with Andrew Dorff. It’s Chesney’s fourth single from his The Big Revival album. Dierks Bentley sits at #3 for…
  • David Nail Issues New Single “Night’s On Fire”

    Matt Bjorke
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    With a string of successful hits from his first three albums, David Nail is set to launch his fourth album later this year or early next year via MCA Nashville. And like his first three, we can certainly expect his album to feature some emotive, introspective kinds of songs, even as he’s generally becoming a happier, more content man. As such, David has delivered today his first new single, “Night’s On Fire,” for the forthcoming album via MCA Nashville. The song is written by Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan and talks about first love and teenage romance. It’s…
  • CMA Announces 49th Annual CMA Awards Date

    Matt Bjorke
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The CMA Balloting season has begun as today the CMA Announced the 49th annual CMA Awards program to be broadcast in early November on ABC TV. NASHVILLE – Balloting for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” began today. “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” airs liveWednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. “Balloting season is an exciting time for CMA and our community as we look back over the past year, reflect on our successes as a format, and prepare for the biggest night in the industry,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief…
  • David Nail – “Night’s On Fire”

    Matt Bjorke
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Cue the music out the driveway Slow summer on a Friday Here we go again, wild in the wind Mama knows she’s gonna be late Hit the party just to watch her dance Good to go when she grabs your hand Like a shot from a gun, it’s a dead run The first leg of a getaway plan You burn rubber when you smoke them tires Day’s gone and the night’s on fire She’s telling you turn off the highway The sunset melts all the blue away Blackbird watching on the telephone wire Whiskey on her lips and the night’s on fire Littered with stars close enough to touch July promise in the back of that truck Her…
  • Carissa Leigh – “Pack That Bag”

    Matt Bjorke
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    Take a listen to the talented Carissa Leigh’s brand new single “Pack That Bag” here. Currently available at iTunes, the song feels like it might be a sweet love song at first glance but it’s actually about getting out of a bad, maybe an abusive relationship with a guy who doesn’t care for her the way he should. It’s an important kind of song to showcase because oftentimes younger girls stay with guys who are all kinds of wrong for them because they think there’s something to the relationship than there really is. “Pack That Bag” talks…
 
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  • Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on the Fourth of July 2015

    LindaLee
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    photo: Janis Tillerson Willie Nelson thrilled the picnic crowd when he joined Merle Haggard at the end of his set and sang, “Poncho and Lefty” and “It’s All Going to Pot”, and one other song I can’t remember right now. photo: Janis Tillerson photo: Janis from Texas photo: Janis Tillerson
  • Willie Nelson’s Picnic Crowd

    LindaLee
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
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  • Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic 2015

    LindaLee
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    photo:  Erika Rich See more great photos from Erika here. http://music.blog.austin360.com by: Peter Blackstock For a solid 10 hours, everything went off without a hitch Saturday at the first Picnic at the Racetrack. Returning to Austin for the first time in five years, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic booked a remarkably strong lineup at Circuit of the Americas, and around 20,000 fans turned out to join in the celebration. After the sun went down, though, everything went a little haywire. The Picnic crew had made it through 20 acts without ever falling more than 10 minutes behind,…
  • Willie Nelson Guitar Pick of the Day – 4th of July 2015

    LindaLee
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Thanks, Guthrie Thomas, for sharing photos of the beaufiful guitar pick for this year’s Fourth of July Picnic. Pick design by Budrock Prewitt, and the Art was done by Artist, Marsha Gerhardt.
  • Good Morning, American, How Are You? Happy Fourth of July!

    LindaLee
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
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  • Texas Observer Reports Mass Graves Investigation May Have Been Botched

    Rhonda Fanning
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    From Texas Standard:John Carlos Frey, a reporter with the Texas Observer, joins the Texas Standard to talk about the wrong-doings he found while looking into an inquiry led by the Texas Rangers.
  • Corruption On The Border: Dismantling Misconduct In The Rio Grande Valley

    John Burnett, NPR
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up pervasive misconduct by public servants in the Rio Grande Valley. But as NPR's John Burnett and Marisa Penaloza report, the problems are entrenched.The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a world apart, isolated by empty ranch land to the north, the Gulf to the east, and Mexico to the south.
  • In So-Called 'Mix-Up,' Detained Immigrant Kids Get Adult Dose of Hepatitis A Vaccine

    Joy Diaz
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    About 250 children at a South Texas immigrant detention center were administered adult-size doses of a Hepatitis A vaccine, officials say. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is calling the mistake a "mix-up." ICE spokesperson Richard Rocha said this weekend health professionals are monitoring the children who received the wrong dosage of the vaccine.The kids are detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, southwest of San Antonio. The facility is an immigrant detention center for mothers and their children, and it's run by a private prison company called…
  • ACC Opens Center to Help Reduce 'Summer Melt'

    Kate McGee
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Students heading to college have many steps to take before they can enroll. Some of those steps, like navigating the financial aid system, choosing which courses to take and finally scheduling classes, can be daunting for some students. Austin Community College is trying to make the process easier for students by establishing a new center to help shepherd struggling students through the process.
  • Why Emotional Pain Feels Different from Physical Pain

    Rebecca McInroy & Whitney Woodington
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    Pain can range from barely noticeable to excruciating. Yet pain, in all its forms, is important. It is how the body communicates there is a problem.Physical pain in the ankle may ask us to stop walking so fast or demand a pair of crutches immediately. Likewise, emotional pain may indicate that we need to talk about a problem with our partner or severe the relationship entirely.In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, add to the series on pain and the brain, with a discussion on emotional pain and memory.
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  • SPEND THE WEEKEND WITH HUNTER HAYES AND PARTY LIKE YOU’RE “21”

    Country Music News
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    CMT, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Palladia and CMT Canada band together to launch Hunter Hayes “21” Weekend as the video for Hayes’ hot new single premieres worldwide on Saturday, June 27 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 27, 2015) – Hunter Hayes is taking the world by storm with his anthemic new single, “21,” already racking up nearly 9 million streams and entering the Top 40 on Billboard country charts since the song debuted just weeks ago via streaming and digital services in what Billboard called “country’s biggest digital experiment to date.”…
  • KENNY CHESNEY VISITS FIRST COASTAL CONSERVATION REEFS IN ST. JOHN RIVER

    Country Music News
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    Jacksonville, Fla. (June 29, 2015) — Kenny Chesney got to do something very special before his sold-out Florida Country Superfest show June 14: the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar visited the first two No Shoes Reefs in Jacksonville’s St. John River. Named the Coastal Conservation Association and George Holt Reefs, the man-made reefs – designed to promote quality of aquatic life – were built through the support of Chesney’s ongoing partnership with Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and The Coastal Conservation Association/Building Conservation Trust. “It’s…
  • Amber Hayes Releases New Song, “Hero’s Heart,” in Honor of Her Uncle and Medal of Honor Recipient, Bennie G. Adkins

    Country Music News
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    (Nashville, Tenn. – June 30, 2015) – Country artist Amber Hayes has written and recorded a new song titled, “Hero’s Heart” in honor of her uncle, Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014. Hayes was in attendance at the White House with her uncle when he was presented with the award, which is the United States of America’s highest military honor. Hayes commented of her inspiration to write the song, saying, “Watching my Uncle Bennie, who is so humble, receive the Medal of Honor at the White House and be…
  • A THOUSAND HORSES’ CHART-TOPPING HIT “SMOKE” OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED GOLD

    Country Music News
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:53 am
    Will Debut New Single, “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on June 24 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 17, 2015) – Another week, another reason to celebrate for breakout Country rockers A Thousand Horses. And it seems like it’s been a non-stop celebration for months now. Just seven days after their debut album SOUTHERNALITY was released, their first single “Smoke” has officially been RIAA-certified GOLD. SOUTHERNALITY also debuts at No. 3 this week on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The Dave Cobb-produced album is…
  • John Anderson Gears Up For Whirlwind Summer Tour Following The Release Of His New Album, Goldmine

    Country Music News
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    (Nashville, Tenn. – June 17, 2015) – Country Music legend John Anderson is gearing up to take his rhythm to the road as he amps up for a whirlwind summer tour. On the heels of his latest album release, Goldmine, which was released May 26, the stateside tour will kick-off this week and will take Anderson to numerous venues across the country. In a recent interview with Billboard 615, Anderson commented about taking his new material to the road to perform for fans across the country, “It is an appreciation to the fans. I’ve seen them standing in the pouring rain, in the…
 
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  • Kenny Chesney Drops “Save It For A Rainy Day”

    Marti Clayton
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Most Added Single 1st Week Follows Big Revival’s Three Consecutive No. 1s NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 6, 2015) — Having gone three-for-three with No. 1 singles from The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney knew he wanted his next single to do some very specific things. After the multi-week, GRAMMY-nominated “American Kids” – with its double hook and three different rhythms, the rocking invitation to live completely “Til It’s Gone” and his female positive ballad “Wild Child” – featuring Grace Potter, the focus was life-affirming reality embodied with summer’s freewheeling feeling.
  • Lee Brice – That Don’t Sound Like You (Official Music Video)

    Marti Clayton
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    “That Don’t Sound Like You” is the third single from Lee Brice’s latest album, I Don’t Dance. The album has already produced two number one singles in “Drinking Class” and the title track, “I Don’t Dance” which Lee wrote as the first dance for his own wedding. “That Don’t Sound Like You” is available now at: http://smarturl.it/LBrice
  • KENNY CHESNEY VISITS FIRST COASTAL CONSERVATION REEFS IN ST. JOHN RIVER

    Marti Clayton
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:07 am
    Funds for the Two Reefs Were Raised Via Partnership with Chesney and Costa Sunglasses   Jacksonville, Fla. (June 29, 2015) — Kenny Chesney got to do something very special before his sold-out Florida Country Superfest show June 14: the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar visited the first two No Shoes Reefs in Jacksonville’s St. John River. Named the Coastal Conservation Association and George Holt Reefs, the man-made reefs – designed to promote quality of aquatic life – were built through the support of Chesney’s ongoing partnership with Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and The…
  • Dean Brody – Bring Down the House (Official Music Video)

    Marti Clayton
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
      “Y’all hashtag this” #BringDownTheHouse Download on iTunes: http://hyperurl.co/BDTH http://www.deanbrody.com http://twitter.com/deanbrody http://facebook.com/deanbrody
  • Rod Stewart Announces October 23 Release of New Album “Another Country”

    Marti Clayton
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
    All Digital Pre-order Includes a Free Download of “Love Is” To share this release:      http://bit.ly/1KfiUvG   Toronto, ON – 25 June 2015 — Rod Stewart has finished work on his eagerly anticipated new album, Another Country, to be released on October 23 via Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading Music Company.  Stewart made the announcement in London, UK as he debuted the first single ‘Love Is’ on Radio 2.  Another Country continues a prolific new chapter in Stewart’s storied career that began with 2013’s, Time, his landmark last album…
 
 
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  • Album Review – Easton Corbin’s ‘About To Get Real’

    Josh Schott
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you were born with a golden voice tailor-made for country music, wouldn’t you use it for good? Most people aren’t born with a fantastic voice like country artist Easton Corbin. As I’ve said on the site before, the first time I ever heard Easton Corbin’s voice I thought it was George Strait. There aren’t […]
  • Josh’s Top Ten Country Songs – June 2015

    Josh Schott
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Was it just me or did June feel like it was a long month? It feels like ages since the beginning of June. Anyway the month of June for country music releases was certainly an interesting one. At the beginning of the month two legends released a stellar album. Then an urban cowboy out of […]
  • Derek’s Top Ten Country Songs – June 2015

    Derek Hudgin
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’ve just come to the conclusion that 2015 will continue to be a great year for country music behind the curtain of Nashville’s rollout of non-country pop and R&B wave. The first half of the year has been incredible with great album released after great album, and June continued the trend. You can also expect […]
  • The Hodgepodge: Q&A Open Thread Plus Some Site News

    Josh Schott
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    With the holiday weekend coming up, I have plans to do stuff and I’m sure you do too. So instead of an opener in the Hodgepodge this week, I’ve decided to do another Q&A open thread. I did one a few months back and you guys seemed to like it, so why not do another […]
  • The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [July 11]

    Josh Schott
    1 Jul 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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  • ‘Rowdie’ Mitch Goudy

    Chuck Dauphin
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    There are two different sides to newcomer Mitch Goudy. One is the singer who goes by his given name – a shy, quiet Iowa native who is currently trying to make a mark with such emotional songs as “My Girl’s Hand,” his current single. But, get him on stage, and another persona comes into play – “Rowdie” Goudy. He tells #CMChat that the name says it all. “I actually have had that name since I was really young. It’s really just the way I go about life. It’s not necessarily that I’m gung-ho and crazy, it’s just my lifestyle. The way I go about things is all out. I demand…
  • Video Review: @CortCarpenter – Let Me See Your Koozie

    Tiera Bolt
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    If you’re searching for the perfect Summertime country music jam to add to your playlist, look no further! Cort Carpenter’s “Let Me See Your Koozie” oozes summertime vibes. Lyrics like “Your hands will stay warm, your drink will stay cool, ain’t no drops drippin’, collectin’ in the pool” accompany a bubbly tempo that creates the ideal poolside scene. Carpenter penned the raw concept on his own, but it wasn’t until a co-write this past March, marrying his version with the expertise of Ryan Sorestad, when the final product of…
  • Easton Corbin

    Jessica Northey
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    In case you missed it, here is our #CMchat Twitterview Wrapup from our Twitter Q&A Chat with Easton Corbin. It was a Twitter event that was well over 4 years in the making, and we had an amazing evening talking about his new album, ‘About To Get Real,’ touring, his musical stylings and everything else that came up!  Thanks everyone who submitted questions.  Monday wouldn’t be my favorite day of the week without you. ENJOY getting to know Easton better! Q1 If you were introducing someone to Country Music for the first time, what artists/music would you recommend?
  • INTRODUCING: #HeySTAR! & WELCOME Celebrity Chef & Restaurateur Scott Conant @ConantNYC for a Twitterview

    Jessica Northey
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    HEY STARS!   It was amazing to see such a great turn out for our first-ever #HeyStar Twitterview last week with Ricki Lake. In less than an hour, we had over 2500 tweets, made nearly 75 million impressions, 3+ Million reach and hundreds of participants. Happy to call it a success by any measure, thank you so much for supporting #HeyStar, the next generation of online Entertainment. #HeyStar is a brand new Twitter Hashtag Chat aka Twitterview Q&A featuring Celebrities including Television and Movie Stars, Athletes, Musicians, High Profile Personalities, hosted by me…
  • Ricki Lake

    Jessica Northey
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    In case you missed our first ever #HeyStar! Twitterview with Ricki Lake, here is the Recap. Needless to say Ricki was amazing and most definitely set the bar high for the future of our Celebrity Twitterviews. I'm honored to be the 1st! From a kid, I always love and wanted to be 1st with everything! https://t.co/Q66D5plf6o — Ricki Lake (@RickiLake) June 25, 2015 Some of you may know Ricki Lake from her talk show or from John Water’s “Hairspray” or her first documentary The Business of Being Born. Lake is currently working on films including Weed the…
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