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Jessica Phillips  |  July 30, 2009

Some people don't understand southern hospitality. Southerners are famous for their ability to chat with, engage, butter up, and even bat a few eyelashes at anyone and everyone they meet. In short, they are natural social butterflies. They hug, pat a shoulder, laugh, or even bring you a drink. [...]

Continue reading "Kenny Chesney: No Flirting with Jessica Simpson"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 29, 2009

Kenny Chesney is back to his old tricks again. He's teamed up to duet with everyone from George Strait and Tim McGraw to Uncle Kracker and The Wailers. Now he's teaming up with Dave Matthews for his new single, "I'm Alive." The track's a mid-tempo reminder to be [...]

Continue reading "Kenny Chesney teams with Dave Matthews"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 28, 2009

A Statement from Sony Music Nashville: Gretchen Wilson and her longtime record label group, Sony Music Nashville, have mutually decided to part ways. The Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and Best Selling author, who exploded on to the country music scene and the national spotlight in [...]

Continue reading "Gretchen Wilson and Sony Music Part Ways"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 28, 2009

I wonder if she will also hawk some pieces from her clothing line, too. Reba McEntire will be on QVC on July 31st at 7:00pm ET to sing songs from her new album, Keep On Loving You. During the live performance, entitled Q Sessions Live featuring Reba McEntire, viewers will find the iconic [...]

Continue reading "Reba Unveils New Album with Live Performance on QVC"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 27, 2009

The outspoken Charlie Daniels and his ace band are performing at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN on Thursday, August 27th as part of the Nashville Songwriter Association International's benefit series. This marks the first time that the Charlie Daniels band has performed a full concert [...]

Continue reading "The Charlie Daniels band to perform at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 27, 2009

It looks like Alan Jackson isn't the only country star putting his home out to pasture. LeAnn Rimes put her 5.22 acre home in Franklin, TN on the market recently. Unfortunately, this adds fuel to the gossip mill of a recent separation between the country star and her husband. The [...]

Continue reading "LeAnn Rimes puts $7.5 million dollar mansion on the market"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 24, 2009

I now have one more reason to like Brad Paisley. Besides his terrific singing, ace guitar skills, and poetic songs, it seems he and wife Kimberly are fans (and friends) of one of my favorite radio hosts. Pictured here with Total Money Makeover financial guru and host Dave Ramsey, and Ramsey's [...]

Continue reading "Has Paisley had a Total Money Makeover?"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 22, 2009

The country music industry is still maddeningly predictable, and here is yet another piece of evidence. Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift launched her career with the name-dropping sing-along, "Tim McGraw," and it became a hit. I'm sure that the impact of having radio listeners hear Mr. [...]

Continue reading "Tyler Dean gives Taylor Swift a song of her own"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 20, 2009

The young, upbeat quartet Gloriana probably doesn't mind being compared to other popular harmony-based groups like Little Big Town or Lady Antebellum, but they are keen on trying to get out of the "four voices and a poppy song" box that was their first single, "Wild at [...]

Continue reading "Gloriana: Love, Ambition, and all that Jazz"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 14, 2009

It's no secret that Keith Urban is a musical encyclopedia. During any given concert, you might find him pulling out Steve Forbert's 1979 hit, "Romeo's Tune," Tom Petty's "Freefallin'," or Third Day's "Call My Name." So it was no [...]

Continue reading "Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley take it to the limit"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 13, 2009

Ah, Monday, the day that kicks off a five-day countdown, mornings of extra-strong coffee, and overflowing inboxes. I could give into the temptation to download The Mamas and the Papas' "Monday, Monday," The Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays," or The Hag's [...]

Continue reading "A Little Music Mojo for your Monday"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 9, 2009

by Martina Mcbride (Note: Martina blogged for MSNBC recently about the secret to her 21-year marriage to her husband, John. Martina's latest single, "I Just Call You Mine," is a beautiful tribute song that she performed on The Today Show). I am going to New York City to [...]

Continue reading "Martina McBride: The secret to my 21-year marriage"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 9, 2009

It's no secret that Carrie Underwood does what she can to support our troops. She donned a uniform for her "All American Girl" video, and beautifully portrayed the girlfriend of a fallen soldier in her heartbreaking video for "Just a Dream." That video has to be one of the [...]

Continue reading "All-American Carrie Underwood to earn her Stars and Stripes"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 8, 2009

In 1973, Johnny Cash gave his then-rising star and singer/songwriter daughter a list he entitled the "100 Essential Country Songs." "The List was far-ranging and thorough," Cash says. "There were old Appalachian folk ballads, and the songs of Jimmie Rodgers and Woody [...]

Continue reading "Rosanne Cash album: 100 Essential Country Songs"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 8, 2009

You know you've gone to a great concert if you still feel the urge to listen to those same songs days after the show is over, or if you find yourself looking up new concert footage on Youtube to help you relive the experience. Maybe you find yourself looking up new concert dates to see when [...]

Continue reading "Catch Keith Urban onstage and off"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 8, 2009

I love holidays. It doesn't matter whether it's Thanksgiving, Labor Day, New Year's Day, or the Fourth of July. While they all celebrate different ideals and occasions, they all (usually) mean one thing: time spent with friends and family. Like many, I enjoyed a great cookout with [...]

Continue reading "Martina's July 4th Moments"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 2, 2009

The King of Pop had Neverland, and the King of Rock & Roll had Graceland, but country music icons don't do too shabby, either. Alan Jackson recently put his 19,000 square foot SweetBriar estate, nestled just outside of Nashville near the beautiful Harpeth River, on the market. With six [...]

Continue reading "A Look Inside Alan Jackson's $38 Million Dollar Mansion"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 1, 2009

American Idol rocker Daughtry decided to mix things up for his new album, Leave This Town, and he added one of country music's best voices to the project. The singer behind the hit "Home" (not to be confused with Blake Shelton's song of the same name), wrote [...]

Continue reading "Rocker Daughtry and Vince Gill Walk the Line"

Jessica Phillips  |  July 1, 2009

Taylor Swift's (a.k.a. T-Swizzle) popular songs and girly fashion sense have landed her the cover slot for the latest issue of Glamour Magazine. In the article, the top-selling artist and CMA Album of the Year recipient says she still has plenty of goals to reach. "I still have lots [...]

Continue reading "Taylor Swift speaks out on Goals, her MySpace blog, and Being a Rebel"

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