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ACM New Artist of the Year Nominee Cole Swindell

Brittany Hodak | Posted 04.10.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

There's no denying that Cole Swindell is on a roll. In the past six weeks alone, the Georgia native charted his third consecutive number-one single ...

Make No "Mistake," Cam Is One to Watch!

Brittany Hodak | Posted 04.01.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

It's notoriously hard for new female artists to break through at country radio, but Sony's Arista Nashville is betting big on its newest singer/songwriter, Cam, and her upbeat debut "My Mistake" to be the exception to the rule.

Dolly Parton Duets With Superfan Who Has Down Syndrome, Dazzles Him With Her Kindness

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.26.2015 | Good News

A country music legend just made one of her superfans feel like a star. Gage Blackwell of Lynnville, Tennessee, who has Down syndrome, is a huge f...

What Garth Brooks Taught Me About Parenting

Alishia Osborn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

I saw him in Vegas a few years ago and it was an amazing experience, so I vowed if I ever got the chance to see him again, I would sell everything to do it. (I like dramatics.)

The Lomax Connection

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 03.20.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

The group's challenge was familiar to anyone in traditional music: interpret source recordings in an interesting way while remaining true to the spirit of the originals.

Country Music Singer/Songwriter Strikes a Chord With St. Jude Patient

Melissa Fenton | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Melissa Fenton

Like all good parents, when Anna and Jason first noticed unusual behavior in their young son Ian, they visited their pediatrician. Perhaps his irritability and rapid eye movements could simply meant he needed glasses. Instead, what they found out they were about to face is every parent's worst nightmare.

9 to See at SXSW and a Wu Tang Rumor

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 03.19.2015 | Entertainment
Josh Rosenblum

On top of the thousands of must-see bands and acts for those attending South by Southwest / SXSW in 2015, I've compiled another list that attendees might find useful as we plot out our days and nights of many music genres playing across Austin next week.

Ruthie Collins: Discovering the Old and the New Together

Johnny Nevin | Posted 03.12.2015 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

It probably won't matter very much how somebody first starts discovering Ruthie Collins. Her ability to balance what inspires her, old or new, is so natural and so engaging that whatever you first discover about her is likely to lead to all of the other things that make her so unique.

Kelsea Ballerini: Artist to Watch

Brittany Hodak | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Dozens of country artists were in Nashville last week for the annual Country Radio Seminar conference, but few shone as brightly as rising star Kelsea Ballerini.

Hot Albums Before Folk Alliance 2015

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Two of the Alt's members live and work in the U.S., and they recorded the album here, making them part of the long story of Irish music and song in America. Another piece of that puzzle is provided by Brian Miller and Randy Gosa on their release The Falling of the Pine.

Country Singer Inspired By Gay Best Friend To Write Song About Jesus' Love

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices

Rachel Potter, best known for her appearances on Broadway in "The Addams Family" and "Evita," as well as competing on "The X-Factor," is gearing up to...

Exclusive Interview: Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman on 'Girl Crush,' the Grand Ole Opry, and What's Next for the Band

Brittany Hodak | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

There have been almost too many sweet days to count for Little Big Town lately. The end of 2014 saw the release of the band's critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, Pain Killer, an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.

WATCH: 'All-American' Hunk Gets Intimate For New Album

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Out singer-songwriter Steve Grand, who shot to viral fame in 2013 with the smash single "All-American Boy," will release his hotly-anticipated debut a...

Mickey Guyton And The Trailblazing Black Women Of Country Music

The Guardian | Grady Smith | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

Mickey Guyton’s debut single Better Than You Left Me has the country music world all abuzz. The ballad scored the biggest radio debut in country mus...

Positive Thinking: The Key to Parmalee's Wild Ride

Daleen Berry | Posted 03.28.2015 | Entertainment
Daleen Berry

Parmalee has had a wild ride over the last four years, one that almost didn't happen, after the Thomas brothers became victims of an attempted robbery in September 2010. "They had me at gunpoint and they fired on us," Matt said, "and Scott was basically just protecting (us)."

A Ringmaster Goes Country

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was suddenly at ease and excited. This appealed to me. For a good song is a good story, and even with my minimum knowledge of the music I knew no genre tells better stories than country, and the circus has plenty of stories.

What It's Like to Be a Gay Country Singer in Nashville

Kevin Thornton | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I love Nashville. For the most part, Nashville has loved me. I've had an on-again-off-again love affair with this town for almost two decades. But I do sometimes wonder if things would have played out differently had I pretended for the public.

Brad Paisley Knows the Secret of Success

Daleen Berry | Posted 03.25.2015 | Celebrity
Daleen Berry

If you're a young person who hails from West Virginia, where so many people live below the poverty level the U.S. Census Bureau ranks it sixth in the nation, having goals -- or what hit recording artist Brad Paisley calls dreams -- is crucial.

'Country Nation World Tour' Kicks Off in Morgantown, W.Va.

Daleen Berry | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment
Daleen Berry

Paisley is a West Virginian through and through, and is definitely proud of being from this region of Appalachia. He kicked off the final leg of his "Country Nation World Tour" at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.

Real Music, Real Country, And What's Important to Mo Pitney

Johnny Nevin | Posted 03.20.2015 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

Mo Pitney knows a couple of really important things about being Country, real Country. One of them is that he knows who he is, and that's always going to be important, because it's the only way anyone can keep becoming the person they really want to be.

Goin' Down to Bitsyland

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 03.13.2015 | Fifty
Marshall P. Duke

There are ways to deal with the post-holiday doldrums, but they require our active participation. First of all, we must realize that "downs" are natural aspects of life. Everyone experiences them. But there are ways to ease them.

Here's Proof That Most Pop Country Music Is Basically The Same Song

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.09.2015 | Comedy

We all long suspected, and now we know the truth. If you have ears and are human, you've probably thought that a lot of pop country music sounds pr...

15 Country Artists to Watch in 2015

Brittany Hodak | Posted 02.21.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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.