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Jessica Phillips  |  June 30, 2009

I've heard nothing but good buzz about Brad Paisley's new album, American Saturday Night, which already boasts the Number One single, "Then." The album drops today, and features plenty of the witty lines and clean guitar work that Paisley is known for, and shows alot of [...]

Continue reading "Hear tracks from Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 29, 2009

Congratulations are in order to Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley and his wife, Nashville publicist Cassie McConnell. The couple was married last week in a private Nashville ceremony. Lady A's publicist (not Cassie), told AOL's The Boot that the ceremony was a "legal [...]

Continue reading "Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Gets Hitched!"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 29, 2009

The "King of Pop" may never have made much foray into the country music world, but his music and onstage performances inspired many of country music's own. (Incidentally, the superstar lineup for his 1985 USA For Africa charity single, "We Are the World" included Waylon [...]

Continue reading "Country Artists Join in Mourning the King of Pop"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 25, 2009

Country stars sure love their food. I wrote about Joey+Rory's love of a good meat-and-three, and now Paisley has made known his love of some good huevos rancheros. How would the guitar slinger spend a perfect day? Chasing down some of his favorite vittles. "If money were no object, [...]

Continue reading "All Brad Paisley Needs: Family, Music, and Food"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 25, 2009

Wish you could catch a country cutie? Chuck Wicks opened up to OK! Magazine about what made the "Stealing Cinderella" singer fall hard for singer/dancer Julianne Hough. Turns out it wasn't the hard core dancing or glitzy costumes of Dancing with the Stars that caught his eye. [...]

Continue reading "Wanna Date a Country Star?"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 24, 2009

After competing on CMT's Can You Duet, cranking out a couple of saucy singles ("Cheater, Cheater" and "Play the Song"), and playing concerts around the country, you'd think Joey+Rory would want to kick back and take a breather. Instead, songstress Joey trades her [...]

Continue reading "Joey+Rory Cook Up More than Music"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 24, 2009

Fans in Indianapolis paid big money for a big Chesney show last year, only to come away disappointed in the sound quality at Lucas Oil Stadium. Now the stadium's management, along with Chesney's production crew, is putting in about $700,000 towards sound improvements at the stadium in [...]

Continue reading "Big Star Chesney Spends Big Bucks on Stadium Show"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 22, 2009

Ex-Wrecker Jessica Harp seems to have taken a cue from the old Confederate Railroad song---they say opposites attract, but she doesn't agree. She wants a boy just like her. Now she wants to help you find your match, too. Girls, you go for the "Mr. Nice Guy"? Guys, how about the [...]

Continue reading "Jessica Harp helps find a boy (or girl) like you"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 18, 2009

I've always liked Jason Aldean's blend of country-rock, with his attitude and strong backbeats. His debut single "Hicktown," and "Johnny Cash" are still a regular part of my music rotation. Aldean's music has always reminded me a bit of Aussie Keith Urban, [...]

Continue reading "Urban heats up Aldean's Country"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 16, 2009

Hmmm...is this rap's T-Pain with some model from one of his videos? Nope. Look closely and you will see that it is country music's own teen queen Taylor Swift sans her prom dresses or sundress-and-boots attire. Even more shocking is that this pic was taken during rehearsals for [...]

Continue reading "Taylor Swift goes from Sweet to Street"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 15, 2009

Ahh, the wonders of technology. Back in the '80s and '90s, fans would brave crowded lines for hours with their trusty 8x10s and Sharpies to have a brief conversation with superstars like Reba McEntire and The Oak Ridge Boys ; now fans can find out the most minute details of the [...]

Continue reading "Lady Antebellum, Reba, Oak Ridge Boys blog it up"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 3, 2009

Note to all Front Porch readers! I will be gone until mid-June and will not be contributing Front Porch articles during this time. Unfortunately, this means I will miss out on all the exciting CMA Music Festival activities. Any Front Porch readers who are lucky enough to attend the festivities [...]

Continue reading "Note to All Front Porch Readers!"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 3, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with all the former employees of Radio and Records Magazine, which is shutting its doors after over 30 years. This magazine has been a staple for people in the music industry---a must-read and a credible source industry news, especially for radio programmers. In the [...]

Continue reading "R&R, Performing Songwriter update"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 2, 2009

While leading such a public life filled with so many opportunities for messups---numerous onstage performances (what if she forgets the words?), photo shoots (what will the fashion critics say?), red carpets and award shows (what if she trips on the way to accepting those awards?), one would think [...]

Continue reading "Taylor Swift still gets embarrassed by dear old Dad"

Jessica Phillips  |  June 1, 2009

I've got the scoop on a special Nashville show featuring Jack Ingram, for any of you who might be attending the CMT Music Awards show soon. There are sure to be alot of "Barefoot and Crazy" fans in the audience when the proud Texan headlines the "RHAPSODY ROCKS THE CMT [...]

Continue reading "Nashville concert with Jack Ingram, Gloriana, Luke Bryan and Caitlin & Will"

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