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  • 12 Songs About Doing Time

    All Country News
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Back when country music was the artistic province of poor, uneducated white people, there were lots of songs about folks landing in jail or on chain gangs or even on Death Row.
  • 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…
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    NYT > Country Music
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our quirky, discerning picks for the most interesting things to do around the state this week.
  • Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Remain at No. 1 on Top 20

    GAC News & Notes
    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…
  • NASCAR Changes: Race, Gender, Youth Fan Base Growth Key To Sport’s Financial Future

    Country Music News
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    … 's the same dilemma country music experienced decades ago: How to … 's the same dilemma country music experienced decades ago: how to …
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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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    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our quirky, discerning picks for the most interesting things to do around the state this week.
  • Jimmy C. Newman, Country Singer, Dies at 86

    22 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Newman, who had hits in the 1950s and 1960s, combined country music with the Cajun idioms of his native Louisiana.
  • Willie Nelson Rode on Bus but Called Another Home

    7 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Craigslist ad listed a vehicle as a former tour bus of Willie Nelson, but it turns out that the bus belonged to Paul English, his drummer, which its buyers knew.
  • A Country Negotiation in Brooklyn

    6 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The country singer Michaela Anne performed on Thursday at Hill Country, a restaurant and live music venue in Brooklyn.
  • When California Sang Country

    25 May 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The film “Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound” explores a singer-songwriter in California who did more than almost any other to challenge Nashville’s dominance of the country music scene.
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    GAC News & Notes

  • 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…
  • Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Elvis Granola

    Sarah Herron
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal. You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s also super talented in the kitchen? Krystal’s been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country!
  • The Secret Sisters to Release New Album Through Cracker Barrel

    Sarah Wyland
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Secret Sisters will release their new album, Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition, exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The project, out August 4, will include two brand-new tracks that were not available on the regular edition of the album, which was released in April. “We grew up eating homegrown, Southern comfort food made mostly by our grandmothers,” the duo said. “Cracker Barrel has always been a top choice for us, because eating there reminds us of home and the meals we shared so often with our family. We both have a soft spot for meals at Cracker Barrel,…
  • Scotty McCreery and Kenny Chesney Debut on Top 20

    Sarah Wyland
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville. It’s finally Friday, which means a new episode of Top 20 Country Countdown! On tonight’s episode, Kenny Chesney and Scotty McCreery make their countdown debuts with their latest videos. Host Nan Kelley is taking fans from No. 20, all the way to No. 1. Top 20 Photo Gallery » Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad” has spent the last two weeks at the top of the charts? Can the duo it again? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week. Check this weekend’s Full Schedule »…
  • Miranda Lambert Helps an Animal Shelter in Need

    Sarah Wyland
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Miranda Lambert’s love of animals is well-known, especially her passion for rescuing dogs. She recently shared her emotional story of helping a pet shelter in Tishomingo, Okla. where she lives with husband Blake Shelton. The yellow lab her parents had when she was born started it all. “He slept under my crib and I think he was the one who started my love of dogs,” she said. “I feel like they love you for you, you know. That’s why I have six.” Watch Miranda Lambert’s story below: Click here to view the embedded video.
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  • Has Gaza coverage been fair?

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Correspondents respond to criticism levied by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer about CNN's Middle East coverage.
  • 1919 treaty still affects U.S. policy

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Ruth Teitel says assigning a costly and humiliating "collective guilt" to Germany after WWI helped pave the way to WWII. That backfire changed how the global community lays blame for war crimes today: on individuals, not nations
  • OSCE: Passports weren't here before

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    With the site still not secure, nations such as Netherlands are pressing to send their own police and investigators. But the rebels are growing restless.
  • Photos: Mourning

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
  • Photos: Crash aftermath

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Photos: Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine
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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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  • 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…
  • Album Review: Ashley Ray – Ashley Ray EP

    C.M. Wilcox
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    Originally published at The 9513 in May 2010. As best I can tell, Ray is now without a record deal but still playing around town. She has yet to release a full album. Someday, someone will let Ashley Ray release a full album. The Kansas-bred singer-songwriter first appeared with a four-song digital EP on Capitol Nashville in 2007. At some point, she moved over to Universal South, then survived the merger with Show Dog to release this new five-song EP on Show Dog Universal. Soundwise, it’s another thick-yet-effective Jay Joyce production, similar in texture to the producer’s…
  • Country Haiku #512

    Country Haiku
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Girls in country songs Will have their day, if only Money can be made
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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 promoted to Fifth-Degree Black Belt (4/28/14) (@TaeKwonDoe Times)

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm On April 28, 2014, Wilie Nelson – the musician who’s known for his renditions of On the Road Again, To All the girls I’ve Loved Before and Always on My Mind, among other songs — received his fifth-degree black belt in the modern Korean martial art of gong kwon yu sul. the ceremony took place at Master Martial Arts in Austin, Texas, a studio operated by Sam Um. The following day, the country music legend turned 81. Nelson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has practiced martial arts for much of his life.  He began with Kung Fu lessons…
  • Farm Aid 2014 in Raleigh, NC (Sept. 13, 2014)

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am Farm Aid is coming to Raleigh, North Carolina’s Walnut Creek Ampitheater on September 13th, and this year Jack White will be joining board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews on the bill. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots are also playing. Tickets go on sale August 1st at 10:00 am EST. Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson Triumph At Soggy Farm Aid “In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family…
  • Willie Nelson and John Varvatos

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am photographed by Danny Clinch / interview by Alex Scordelis “Willie would like to see you on his bus now.”For a country music fan, those words are the equivalent of inviting a Trekkie to spend time with Captain Kirk on the starship Enterprise. In terms of famous vehicles, Willie Nelson’s bus, the Honeysuckle Rose, is up there with the Pequod from Moby-Dick and the Batmobile. When the “Red Headed Stranger” just can’t wait to get on the road again, this is his trusty ride.It’s a Sunday afternoon in West Hollywood, and…
  • Happy Shoeshine Friday! See you at Farm Aid (9/13/2014)

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
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  • Farm Aid 2014 in Raleigh, NC (September 13, 2014) (Tickets on sale July 25!)

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:31 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…
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  • 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?” 
  • Don't Get it Twisted: Making Balloon Animals Takes Lots of Practice

    Kate McGee
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    It’s time for another edition of KUT’s Summer School! Every Friday this summer, we head out to learn new skills from people in Austin who are experts in their field. Today’s subject? Balloon Twisting.  KUT’s Kate McGee teaches us how to learns the squeaky, yet delicate art of creating shapes out of balloons.
  • How Austin Can Help Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

    Reynaldo Leanos
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Unaccompanied minors and other immigrants continue to arrive at the border, creating a national dialogue on immigration reform.President Obama is expected to meet with the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras today to discuss the humanitarian crisis along the border.Organizations and faith-based groups around the country are doing what they can to assist the minors. Austin is no exception – several organizations and churches are currently accepting donations. Here’s a roundup:
  • See 'Bright Now Beyond' at Salvage Vanguard Theater

    Mike Lee
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Starting July 31, Salvage Vanguard Theater will present the world premiere of the new musical Bright Now Beyond. It's an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1904 book The Marvelous Land of Oz (which was the second in the author's long-running series of Oz books).Bright Now Beyond is set decades after the events of The Wizard of Oz, and features a few characters  from that story (the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and Glinda the Good all make appearences) along with many  new characters not seen in the classic film. Co-writer Daniel Alexander Jones sees all the characters…
  • Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast!

    Nathan Bernier
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    KUT Weekend brings you our favorite stories from the KUT newsroom. Updated Fridays!Subscribe in iTunesSubscribe via RSSSubscribe via SoundcloudSubscribe in Stitcher
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    Jaye Albright's Breakfast Blog

  • 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…
  • Are Station Promotions "News?"

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    No, not normally, but if anything out of the ordinary ever happens as you execute contests, special events, remotes, social media interactions and phone contact with listeners I hereby vote that they are.Remind everyone on your team that “news” is defined as relevant new info carrying a story your target cares about.Your best source for news stories meeting that criterion?Local sources of things listeners won’t see on national or cable news, Twitter, the wire, the internet, Facebook, government agencies, You Tube, your music format, movies, TV, sports, weather of course, but never…
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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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  • John Rich's Songwriting Tips #71

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Look, sex sells. I'm living proof of that. I mean, I'm a pretty damn good songwriter, but if it weren't for my dashing good looks and ass that won't quit, I'd be just another Jamey Johnson. All that said, it's okay to put a little booty in your country song. Times have changed and you ain't gotta be shy about a good f**kin' song. Now, you can't say "f**kin'" or anything but you can use euphemisms and innuendo to your advantage. Instead of saying "I wanna put my big ol' c*** in your ****y," you might soften it a little like "Let me churn your waters with my outboard motor." Or, instead of…
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