Posts by Wendy Geller
- Our Country3 days ago
Time certainly flies: This month marks the 20th anniversary of superstar Tim McGraw's very first hit single, “Indian Outlaw,” which cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Country Singles charts in March of 1994 and also became a crossover hit.
Until then, McGraw had been trying to make it in Nashville for roughly four years. “Indian Outlaw” cracked Music City open for him, and eventually led to his first No. 1 album, "Not A Moment Too Soon." However, this success didn’t come without a little controversy.
Or, make that a lot of controversy. Namely, in the form of serious criticism from Native American groups who said that the lyrics -- which included references to wigwams and tomahawks -- promoted stereotypes. The then-chief of the Cherokee Nation said the tune was “offensive,” resulting in a few radio stations taking it off the air.
The producer of the song, James Stroud, himself was originally wary of releasing it as a single. He related to Great American Country in 2011 that he initially urged McGraw not to even cut it.
- Our Country5 days ago
David Nail released his much-anticipated third album, "I'm A Fire" this week to rave reviews from critics and fans. The singer offered up his thoughts on the set's moving title track exclusively to Yahoo Music, explaining that it's a "bona fide love song" and essentially an ode to his wife of nearly 5 years, Catherine.
"It was really inspired by the relationship that I have with my wife," Nail notes. "To me, 'I’m a fire' means, 'You made me a better man…I am what I am because of you. This feeling I have for you burns because of what you are."
Nail further details how life on the road can sometimes put wear and tear on a marriage, but that he and his spouse manage to work things out every time due to this special "fire" they have for each other.
Rounding out Nail's romantic words are glimpses of his actual wife watching him work in the studio. Enjoy this exclusive and intimate look behind-the-scenes of Nail's real life!
If you'd like to catch Nail on tour, you can keep up with his schedule here.
- Our Country5 days ago
The Eli Young Band have seen a lot of things happen since meeting each other in college some time ago: Number one hits, major label deals, career-defining album releases, marriage, fatherhood. Still, the main thing that matters is that they've hung in there all this time... together .
"We’re the same four dudes," singer Mike Eli asserts. "We’re just living different; we’re in different places in our lives."
Guitarist James Young agrees, explaining that the journey the band has taken has allowed them the unique ability to mature together, all the way up to their latest release, the highly anticipated "10,000 Towns," which hit the streets March 4. "We all grew up together, and I think we all grew up recording together too, from the first record to where we are now. This new record, it really feels more reflective and kinda looking back on the past, to where we are right now.
"We’re just in such a great place and we’re all very blessed with the success we’ve been given. I think that really comes across in our newer music."
- Yahoo Music5 days ago
Lightning-hot producer Ryan Lewis — who, of course, is best-known for his collaboration with Macklemore, 2013's Grammy-winning album "The Heist" — definitely has more than $20 in his pocket, as evidenced by the stunning new home he's just purchased in his hometown of Seattle.
According to real-estate blog Zillow, Lewis's new pad is (ahem) out of the "thrift shop" price range — he paid $3.3 million for the four-bedroom, four-bathroom estate, which measures up at 7,610 square feet and rests waterfront in the city's prestigious Magnolia section. Lewis's new address on Perkins Lane puts him in the neighborhood of some of Seattle's finest and most private properties.
As you can see: The house is all about its soothing and breathtaking views of Puget Sound, highlighted by a living room that opens out to a scenic deck. The master bedroom also faces the water, and there's a deck upstairs as well. Lewis will enjoy 150 feet of private waterfront access
- Our Country6 days ago
Music City is about to get a treat! Country power couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert,who were voted "Most Desirable Celebrity Neighbors" in real estate blog Zillow's annual poll last year, are moving to town.
Shelton and Lambert, who are famous for holding fast to their Oklahoma residency, finally decided to make the plunge and purchase a house in Nashville. We haven't seen photos of the new abode, but we're willing to bet Mr. and Mrs. Lambert-Shelton will be able to relax in style while working on their respective new releases.
It probably comes as a big surprise to most fans that the couple have never put down roots in Nashville -- seeing as they've staked their claim on Music City. The pair have firmly established themselves as the reigning king and queen couple of country, having won the Country Music Association's male/female artist of the year awards four consecutive years in a row. However, they've chose instead to make Shelton's native Oklahoma home base since their 2010 wedding.
- Yahoo Music6 days ago
The group may take their name from a French national holiday (founder Dan Smith was born on Bastille Day), but Bastille is actually a British alt-rock sensation; and one that's flying high and burning bright as the fireworks and airplanes launched around Europe on July 14. The quartet -- which released its debut studio album, "Bad Blood," last year -- recently won Breakthrough Act at the 2014 Brit Awards, as well as racked up three other nominations at the prestigious ceremonies.
Additionally, they hit No. 1 on the U.K. albums charts with "Bad Blood," which came as a happy surprise to the band "We just wanted to release an album," Smith explains. "We never, ever imagined we'd come near the charts...We found ourselves in a chart battle between us, Justin Timberlake, and One Direction. Just even saying that sentence is so obscenely absurd!" (That's not meant in a negative way: If you've heard Bastille's music, you're simply sure to agree it's a bit of an odd grouping for them to be in!)
- Yahoo Music6 days ago
What do you get when you combine three classically trained cellists with a percussionist and a totally rocking attitude? Something different, that's for sure! The band Break of Reality is just that, featuring cellos played in a manner you're probably not used to hearing. The group explains that their approach to the instruments comes from their combined history of studying classical music by day, and going to rock clubs at night.
Intrigued by this mix? Yahoo Music is pleased to offer the first listen to a track off the band's fourth album, "TEN." Check out "Star" right here!
The band's Patrick Laird told Yahoo Music this about the track: "'Star' is one of my favorite tracks on 'TEN.' It’s uplifting and it contrasts well with some of the darker tunes on the album. It’s also quite cinematic, and we find it evokes strong imagery from the listener – the song depicts the struggle and dedication that go into achieving something extraordinary. We hope to see this song in a movie one day."
- Yahoo Music6 days ago
Inglewood, Calif.-bred rapper Damani Nkosi is one of the few artists out there with an authentically self-made pedigree: Raised with a passion for the culture, he worked his way through Los Angeles's hip-hop underground, eventually attracting attention from some of the scene's biggest and brightest. He's worked with greats including Dr. Dre and Swizz Beatz, released a mixtape in 2002, traveled abroad, and is currently shaping up to release his first independent album.
Sound cool? Yahoo Music is excited to offer the first look at the video for "Now That's Love," which is the first single off his forthcoming album, "Thoughtful King." On this track produced by Warryn Campbell, Nkosi is joined by Grammy-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper and Grammy nominated R&B sensation Musiq Soulchild, who recreates the chorus from DeBarge's 1983 hit "Love Me in a Special Way." Quite an awesome combo! This takes us back to A Tribe Called Quest, early 1990s era.
- Our Country10 days ago
Country stars are known for having big hearts when it comes to giving back, helping out, or lending a hand, and Gary Allan is no exception. The singer is coming to the aid of a 3-year-old Louisiana cancer patient with an unusually twisted story: Her family was scammed by someone claiming to be friends with another country star, Jason Aldean.
Addilyn Roberts was diagnosed with leukemia last fall. A high-school acquaintance of her father's, Kyle Nunn, offered to help raise money for Addilyn's medical treatment, claiming he had connections to Aldean and could plan a benefit concert featuring the musician. He even recruited a local Louisville bar, Baxter's 942, to help.
However, Nunn was arrested on January 31st: Police say he pocketed the $9,000 that had been raised so far and was never planning any kind of benefit show. He was charged with two felony counts of theft by deception. Aldean had no knowledge of the incident and has not commented publicly regarding it.
- Yahoo Music11 days ago
Have you heard of Grizfolk yet? Plenty of music fans definitely have, as this up-and-coming band is quickly notching up a roster of sold-out shows. The Venice, Calif. group has been attracting attention for its groove-ready mix of danceable tunes and atmospheric effects, as evidenced in this clip, which was filmed to an adoring and packed house at Los Angeles's Troubadour.
We at Yahoo Music are pleased to offer the premiere of the live video for "Waiting For You," which we hope will serve as an introduction to Grizfolk, as well as a special treat for fans who are already more than familiar with the band's infectious sound.
Grizfolk's debut EP, "Spark," was released on February 25. The band is embarking on a U.S. tour followed by a hop across the pond to trek Europe. You can keep up with their schedule here.