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Jessica Phillips  |  October 29, 2009

It's not hard to spot country stars here in Nashville. You see them shopping at Target or in line at the movies. You see them hanging with their families at local restaurants. Rarely do they bring attention to themselves when they are out and about-until now. The Middle Tennesse area is [...]

Continue reading "Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Del McCoury Band Make In-Store Appearances"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 28, 2009

Montgomery Gentry may have made their way into the comic strip Nancy, but Trace Adkins has taken it to a new level. On November 11, 12 Gauge Comics will release the first of a four-part comic series, Luke McBain. The series' publisher used Adkins' look and attitude as the basis for [...]

Continue reading "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's....Trace Adkins"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 26, 2009

Mountain Heart brought some magical harmonies to the Martinsville Speedway on October 25th. It is especially touching that 24-year-old Mountain Heart lead singer Josh Shilling is from the area. There is always something beautiful about hearing the Anthem performed (particularly when it is [...]

Continue reading "Mountain Heart Performs for NASCAR"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 26, 2009

Taylor Swift may look like a free-spirited party-girl in the pics from her YOU Magazine photo shoot (above and below), but Swift insists that she's not fond of clubbing, drinking, and other wild child antics like so many young starlets. Swift says,"I've been given the freedom to [...]

Continue reading "Taylor Swift: Free Spirit, But No Wild Child"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 21, 2009

Since first attending an album release event for bluegrass group The SteelDrivers, I loved their bluesy, soulful version of bluegrass music. I've been lucky enough to see them at places like the Ryman Auditorium and Station Inn. Lead singer Chris Stapleton could sing the paint off a house, and [...]

Continue reading "The SteelDrivers put more blues in my bluegrass"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 20, 2009

Garth Brooks says a move to the Big Apple might be a possibility...in about 5 years. It seems that after Garth's youngest daughter goes to college, Trisha Yearwood has her sights set on a move to New York to pursue some time on Broadway. "Ms. Yearwood has put aside her dreams of doing [...]

Continue reading "Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Moving to New York?"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 19, 2009

Before being honored for writing ten years worth of hit songs at the Nashville Songwriters Associational International's Hall of Fame Dinner on Sunday evening, Toby Keith recalled that although he was recognized as a talented writer in grade school, he almost didn't become a writer. [...]

Continue reading "Creative Writing Class Sparked Toby Keith's Songwriting Career"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 19, 2009

Just before being named Songwriter-Artist of the Year during a Nashville Songwriters Association International ceremony held in Nashville, Taylor Swift spoke of the people and things that inspire her popular hits like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me." "Artists [...]

Continue reading "Taylor Swift Still Inspired by Love and Relationships"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 15, 2009

Rhonda Vincent still seems honored to have been named the "New Queen of Bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal back in 2000. "It's a great honor ... and it has kind of stuck," Vincent said. "It's wonderful to be thought of like that and know that you are [...]

Continue reading "Bluegrass 'Queen' Rhonda Vincent Has Her Sights Set on Opry"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 15, 2009

Joe Nichols' song "An Old Friend of Mine," which addresses his own well-publicized bout with alcohol addiction, has inspired a new website aimed at reaching people who are going through various kinds of addictions. Nichols has partnered with The Hopeline to create a community for [...]

Continue reading "Joe Nichols Partners with Addiction Outreach Group The Hopeline"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 15, 2009

I could learn a thing or two about time managment from Brad Paisley. He has a rigorous touring schedule, two young boys at home, and he still finds time to perform at the White House, sing at the "All For The Hall" charity event, and host the CMA Awards. On top of all this, he has [...]

Continue reading "Brad Paisley to Co-Produce TV Drama Series Nashville"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 15, 2009

Vince Gill knows no boundaries with his music. He plays country, bluegrass, jazz, and rock. He has performed with everyone from The Grascals to Reba McEntire to Barbara Streisand. He will team up with American Idol rocker Daughtry during the CMA Awards this year to perform "Tennessee [...]

Continue reading "Vince Gill to Perform with rocker Daughtry on CMA Awards"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 15, 2009

Garth Brooks announced that he is coming out of retirement during a press conference this morning at the Grand Ole Opry house. No specific performance or venue plans were mentioned during the roughly half-hour press conference. He did say that he will not be touring or making an album for at [...]

Continue reading "GARTH BROOKS IS BACK!"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 14, 2009

Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook shared the news that they are expecting their first child. "Yep, it's true...excited to finally tell the news...Jimi and I are having a little one." Fairchild shared via Twitter yesterday during rehearsals for the All For [...]

Continue reading "Little Big Town Members Expecting a Little One"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 14, 2009

By now, most Keith Urban fans know that he tries everything he can to make sure everyone who comes to an arena show has a good time. He performs an acoustic set on a stage in the back for those in the nosebleed section, walks around the arena playing his guitar for those on the floor, and even [...]

Continue reading "Brad Paisley, Keith Urban give upclose guitar lesson at All For The Hall"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 13, 2009

For those who could not get tickets for tonight's "All For The Hall" event featuring Keith Urban, take note: you can still have some of the best seats in the house--kind of. The show will stream live at the [www.countrymusichalloffame.com Country Music Hall of Fame] and [...]

Continue reading "Keith Urban All For The Hall event to stream LIVE tonight"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 13, 2009

Tim McGraw's southern drawl will be all over the television this month as he promotes his new album, Southern Voice. You can listen to the title track above. He performed a "Live on Letterman" webcast in New York City last night, and is scheduled to do an interview and [...]

Continue reading "Tim McGraw Taking Over the Tube for Southern Voice"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 13, 2009

Rumors are swirling about the possibility of Garth Brooks coming out of retirement to perform several shows in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Weekly claims that Garth is set to headline shows at the Encore/ Casino and Resort. We will find out for certain when Garth Brooks himself makes the announcement [...]

Continue reading "Will Garth Brooks Headline a String of Vegas Shows?"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 13, 2009

Alison Krauss & Union Station performed last night at the Grand Ole Opry as part of the Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Celebration. A highlight of the evening was when Alison, surrounded at one mic by Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Ron Block, and Barry Bales, sang "A Living Prayer." [...]

Continue reading "Alison Krauss takes the Opry to church with A Living Prayer"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 12, 2009

Lady Antebellum and Kenny Rogers both had some interesting firsts while they performed at the 21st Gstaad festival in Switzerland. Having celebrated the release of their latest single, "Need You Now," here in the States, Lady Antebellum were overjoyed to hear the single being played [...]

Continue reading "Kenny Rogers, Lady Antebellum Perform in Switzerland"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 5, 2009

Could Taylor Swift be following in Julianne Hough's (choreographed) footsteps? It is uncertain whether Swift has the dancing chops to keep up with Dancing With The Star's current contestants (although she could probably turn out a fine slow dance from her "Love Story" [...]

Continue reading "Is Taylor Swift Following in Julianne Hough's footsteps?"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 2, 2009

The girls get dramatic, while the guys take it live in this array of new music videos from country music's most famous faces. I'M ALIVE---For fans who will miss Kenny Chesney while he takes time off in 2010, Chesney gives them another look at some of his live shows over the past [...]

Continue reading "New Videos from McGraw, McEntire, Underwood, Sugarland, Chesney"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 2, 2009

Kellie Pickler, Gloriana, and Carrie Underwood will join pop stars Colbie Caillat, Sean Kingston, Charice, Vanessa Hudgens, and more on the upcoming November 24th CD release of A Very Special Christmas: Volume 7 . Kellie Pickler will sing "Santa Baby," while Gloriana will contribute [...]

Continue reading "Kellie Pickler, Gloriana, Carrie Underwood have a Special Christmas"

Jessica Phillips  |  October 1, 2009

Rock acts go country, and country acts go...bluegrass? Country music seems to have become a pasture for artists who are no longer making big hit songs in the pop/rock charts (for example, Jessica Simpson, Jon Bon Jovi, and Darius Rucker). Of course, some artists (like Rucker) have had more [...]

Continue reading "Joe Diffie, Patty Loveless, Dolly Parton Go Bluegrass"

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