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15 Country Artists to Watch in 2015

Brittany Hodak | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

2014 was a big year for country music. It saw the return of the genre's all-time best-selling artist in Garth Brooks, the exodus of its biggest superstar to pop stations, and more than a few breakout stars, including Cole Swindell, Chase Rice, and Parmalee.

What We Ain't Got

Lynn O'Rourke Hayes | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel
Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

More fresh air, art, music and poetry. More time listening to snow fall (I know), children giggling, waves lapping on the beach and wind in the trees. More time sharing stories with those we love.

Steven Lee Olsen: Nashville's Next Big Thing?

Brittany Hodak | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Olsen is no stranger to Music City. He made the move from Canada almost a decade ago to pursue his dream of becoming a country singer-songwriter.

Top 10 Reasons to Watch the 'American Country Countdown Awards'

Florida Georgia Line | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Florida Georgia Line

Listen up, America, on Monday night, we -- Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard -- are hosting the first-ever American Country Countdown Awards. It's going to be a badass two-hour musical party, and we wanted to cordially invite you all to attend.

#Rowdie: Introducing Mitch Goudy, Plus Andre Costello and The Cool Minors' 'She Took My Hand' Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Mitch Goudy: Somebody gave me this advice along the way: In music, you have to have a thick skin, a short memory and an insane work ethic. Those words right there have really helped me out along the way...

Taylor Swift Left Nashville a Long Time Ago Folks

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 11.21.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

It seems Taylor Swift is everywhere these days except Nashville. The guy selling newspapers on the corner in the nation's capital listening to gospel tunes through his ear buds has heard her newest ditty "Shake It Off," even if it was a muffled version in a passing car.

You Can't Take the Country out of Brooklyn!

Steph Thompson | Posted 11.10.2014 | New York
Steph Thompson

The borough may be best known as a hub of hip-hop and artsy indie rock, but Kings County is also home to a vibrant country music community, made up of both urban musicians with Southern roots and city-slickers who just have something to croon about.

Dylan Scott and Where It All Comes From

Johnny Nevin | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

Dylan Scott says he's fired up, but even if he didn't say so, that's the impression you would have gotten anyway. He's so enthusiastic about so many different things that you could get the exact same impression, whether he was talking about songwriting, touring, recording, or even just being back home in Louisiana.

Chris Young: Country Music's Superstar Next Door

Brittany Hodak | Posted 10.30.2014 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Unassuming country music star Chris Young describes himself as "a normal dude who just happens to have a really freakin' cool job." While the "cool job" part is clear-he's toured with everyone from George Strait to Miranda Lambert-Young's accomplishments place him squarely ahead of the "normal dude" pack.

15 Fantastic Things to Do in Southwestern Virginia, the Birthplace of Moonshine and Country Music

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 10.29.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Landmarks in Southwest Virginia towns tend to be identified by the reoccurring themes of time-honored country music songs.

I'll Be Me: The Long Farewell of Glen Campbell

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

Campbell's life is much more complex and interesting than this film could ever hope to cover. His eldest daughter, Debby, writes that she was unceremoniously fired from the touring band. She also calls to task how Glen has been treated since the end of a grueling tour.

How I Dodged Barbies and Boy Bands

Mara Menachem | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Mara Menachem

My diverse taste in music, art and film is due to their influence, and my natural sense of style created out of these components. It wasn't intentional, but my big brothers made me pretty darn cool.

Montgomery Gentry's Message to Female Fans: "Check Your Headlights"

Brittany Hodak | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Brittany Hodak

What do you get when you take one of country music's most successful duos, add a new hit song, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the female anatomy, and a philanthropic focus? Montgomery Gentry's "Check Your Headlights" bundle on new digital music service GhostTunes.com.

Miranda Lambert Tears Up While Singing Emotional Song To Young Fan With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.18.2014 | Good News

Miranda Lambert couldn't help but let her guard down for one fan battling cancer. On Saturday, the country superstar performed a show in Corpus Ch...

Country Star Arrested After DUI Crash

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Weird News

I beg your pardon, I never promised you I wouldn't drive after a cocktail of booze and pills. That's what police say Lynn Anderson -- a country sin...

Trisha Yearwood Lights Up Allstate Arena on First Night of World Tour

Brittany Hodak | Posted 11.05.2014 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

A few hours before the kickoff of his world tour on September 4, Garth Brooks gushed about his wife and tour mate, Trisha Yearwood, in a pre-show press conference.

Hannah Thomas Is a Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock and Roll

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 10.25.2014 | Entertainment
Lauren Warnecke

I was tempted to call Hannah Thomas an emerging singer/songwriter, and then I heard her sing.

Country Music and the Rise of the Binge-Drinking Bro

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick R. Krill

Spend an hour listening to any country music station these days and you may quickly notice that most songs make at least some reference to booze. Currently more than 10 percent of the top country songs contain drinking references in the title alone.

Actress/Singer MacKenzie Porter Is on AMC's Hell on Wheels

Ilana Rapp | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Ahhh, the gorgeous MacKenzie Porter. MacKenzie is a self-starter who has entertainment in her genes. Music, acting and I'm sure there will be something else she takes on during her career!

I'm Not That Girl In The Country Song

Mandy Stewart, Ph. D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Women
Mandy Stewart, Ph. D.

I'm a liberal college professor who has lived in a major city for all of my adult life. I have never owned guns or pickup trucks. Perhaps the old adage is true; You can take the girl out of the country, but...

Cate Matthews

These Girls In A Country Song Won't Stay Quiet Anymore

HuffingtonPost.com | Cate Matthews | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women

"We used to get a little respect / Now we're lucky if we even get / To climb up in your truck, keep our mouth shut and ride along / And be the girl in...

Tired of Taylor Swift? Marie Miller Is Just What You Need

Hugh McIntyre | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Hugh McIntyre

While Ms. Swift may be very talented, sometimes you just need something new. If you've spun your copy of Red an embarrassing number of times and if you're tired of dancing alone in your room to "You Belong With Me," don't fret.

Dolly Parton Talks Fame, Fans and Dance Music

Chris Sosa | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

Country music has but one queen, and she has no intention to abdicate the throne. Dolly Parton has entered a new phase of increasing cultural relevance.

Garth Brooks, Superfans, and Millennials: Why the World Will be Watching Garth's "Comeback"

Brittany Hodak | Posted 09.13.2014 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I always felt that if a man hailing from a town just a few miles from where I was born could become a beloved, industry-changing international superstar, then it wasn't too far-fetched that I, too, could make my living in the entertainment industry.

Uncle Si Finds Independence Day That Song Makes You Proud To Be An American

Brian Horn | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
Brian Horn

Their sound is a combination of acoustic country mixed with modern, and a traditional rootsy twist. It is a mix of sweet family harmony with deep emotion and, at times, thought provoking.