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Jessica Phillips  |  September 30, 2009

IBMA Week is heaven for bluegrass performers. Pickers can attend over 100 bluegrass showcases over the course of this week, attend sessions to help them hone their musical skills and stage presence, learn the craft of bluegrass songwriting, and even attend a seminar on how to keep in shape on the [...]

Continue reading "International Bluegrass Music Association Week: Songs and Seminars"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 28, 2009

The Grascals unveiled a new set of wheels and a new sponsorship during a media event as part of IBMA's World of Bluegrass Week in Nashville, TN. A nominee for Entertainer of the Year during Thursday night's IBMA Awards, The Grascals excitedly announced that they will be sponsored by [...]

Continue reading "The Grascals Unveil Mobil Delvac Sponsorship During World of Bluegrass Week"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 28, 2009

Well, maybe you won't get a face-to-face private guitar lesson, but you can watch Lady Antebellum's guitarist Dave Haywood teach you how to play the group's latest single, "Need You Now." Just you, Dave, a couple of guitars, and the magic of Youtube. What if you love [...]

Continue reading "Get A Private Guitar Lesson From Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 25, 2009

Reigning IBMA Entertainer of the Year, duo Dailey & Vincent, have some of the finest, tightest harmonies in bluegrass music. They also have two of the biggest hearts for helping people out. Dailey & Vincent will release a collection of a cappella songs, Singing From the Heart, on October [...]

Continue reading "Dailey & Vincent Record A Cappella Gospel CD For Tennessee Bible College"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 25, 2009

It is amazing how much change a year brings. It was this time last year that Dierks Bentley announced the birth of his daughter, Evalyn Day, just hours prior to his Miles & Music for Kids concert in Nashville. The charity event was in its third year, with singers like Charles Kelley of Lady [...]

Continue reading "Dierks Bentley Adds More Music (and Miles) to Motorcycle Charity Event"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 25, 2009

In his song "Love Your Love The Most," Eric Church sings about his love for all things country, including spending time at the racetrack. It comes as no surprise that Church jumped at the chance to perform during the pre-race festivities for the NASCAR Banking 500 race from Bank of [...]

Continue reading "Eric Church Reaches Top 10, Sings for NASCAR"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 23, 2009

Sweet Carrie Underwood seems to be following in the footsteps of other pop-country acts like Faith Hill and Leann Rimes. Remember the fresh-faced and down-home country girl on American Idol? She switched from casual All-American Girl tees and jeans to polished and dramatic dresses (think her [...]

Continue reading "Carrie Underwood heats it up in new promo pics"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 23, 2009

( Carrie Underwood and James Otto were on hand to pay tribute to Randy Travis during last night's ACM Honors. Otto performed a polished version of "Deeper Than the Holler," giving it a cool laid-back groove. "What an honor to be here tonight to honor one of my [...]

Continue reading "Underwood Sings for Randy Travis at ACM Honors "

Jessica Phillips  |  September 23, 2009

During the ACM Honors event last night, country music legends Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and Merle Haggard were saluted for their long-standing careers in the country music industry. As each artist was honored, performance clips from throughout the years were rolled across a [...]

Continue reading "Travis, Parton, Haggard honored at ACM Honors"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 23, 2009

Carrie Underwood, Joe Nichols, Kellie Pickler, The Grascals, and more lit up the red carpet inside Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center last night to pay tribute to the evening's ACM Honors recipients. Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton,Hank Williams, Jr., and [...]

Continue reading "Underwood, Travis, Pickler Walk Red Carpet at ACM Honors Event"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 16, 2009

Kenny Chesney has announced that he will not be touring in 2010. His September 19th show in Indianapolis, IN will be the last big stadium show this year. Chesney opened up that his relentless schedule of touring, recording, opening a clothing line, and overseeing a massive business seems to be [...]

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen Inspires Kenny Chesney To Take Time Off"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 15, 2009

Wife Nicole Kidman has inspired several of the tunes off Keith Urban's latest album, Defying Gravity, including his current single, "Kiss A Girl." Urban relates, "Ultimately, for me, the love of my wife was a huge influence on the record... It takes an enormous amount of [...]

Continue reading "Kidman inspires Urban's My Heart Is Open"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 15, 2009

So, are four apologies from Kanye West enough for Taylor Swift and her legions of fans? For Swift herself, yes. For her fans? We'll see. By now, everyone knows that Kanye West blogged what seemed to be a semi-apology to Taylor Swift after stealing the spotlight from her at Sunday [...]

Continue reading "Kanye West Calls and Apologizes to Taylor Swift "

Jessica Phillips  |  September 14, 2009

Taylor Swift's fans were not the only ones left in a Twitter after Kanye West rudely stole Swift's shining moment for winning Best Female Video for "You Belong With Me" last night at the MTV Video Music Awards. West took the microphone from her mid-speech and began ranting that [...]

Continue reading "Country stars come out swinging after Kanye disses Taylor Swift"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 10, 2009

Bluegrass fiddler-turned-classical violinist Mark O'Connor was recently profiled in The New Yorker. Calling O'Connor's playing method a "rival to the Suzuki method, the profile captures the heart of O'Connor's musical style, and introduces readers to a [...]

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Jessica Phillips  |  September 10, 2009

The CMA nominations this year should make for an exciting awards show in November. CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley leads the nominations with six nods (Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album (American Saturday Night), Single and Song of the Year (Then), and Music Video (Start A Band with Keith [...]

Continue reading "CMA Awards noms full of fresh faces and comebacks"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 10, 2009

When I attended Belmont University, I learned the ins and outs of the music industry from professors who had worked as music journalists, publicists, music lawyers, former label execs, and songwriters--all positions that allowed the professors to work closely (and professionally) with several [...]

Continue reading "Wynonna Launches Professional-In-Residence at Belmont University"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 3, 2009

Well, not exactly. There are still good-guy cowboys who will tip their hat, smile, and ride off with you into the sunset. According to Carrie Underwood, It's those other kind of cowboys you gotta look out for. "He's a good time cowboy casanova/ Leaning up against the record [...]

Continue reading "Carrie Underwood's Advice: Beware of Cowboys"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 2, 2009

Chris Thile has grown from one-third of the wonderkids bluegrass ensemble Nickel Creek into a revered solo instrumentalist in the genre. While both his work with the Creek, his latest band The Punch Brothers, and his solo material have often blurred lines into other styles of music (the White [...]

Continue reading "Chris Thile pens 'Mandolin Concerto'"

Jessica Phillips  |  September 2, 2009

A frenzy for tickets to the "Keith Urban and Friends All For the Hall" event in Nashville, TN has begun. This wonderful idea brings together artists like Brad Paisley,Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town. Other surprise artists are sure to be [...]

Continue reading "All For The Hall Tickets Re-Sold for Exorbitant Prices on E-Bay"

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