Posts by Wendy Geller
- Wendy Geller at Our Country1 hr ago
Sara Evans's new album, "Slow Me Down," is notable for many good reasons -- not the least of which being her selection of duet partners for several of the set's songs. The country star can be heard here matching her pipes with Gavin DeGraw, Vince Gill, and Isaac Slade of the Fray.
In this exclusive clip, Evans details what it was like to work with Fray frontman Slade on the tune "Can't Stop Loving You."
"I've always loved the Fray," Evans explains. "I'm just madly in love with their music, and Isaac Slade's voice." Check out how the studio session went, above!
Evans compares the song to Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" in that it has a progressing sense of passion; and, like that tune, she's predicting her duet with Slade will also be a huge crossover hit. What do you think?
- Wendy Geller at Yahoo Music20 hrs ago
One of the most anticipated performances at 2014's South by Southwest festival is from the iconic punk pioneers Blondie, who will be appearing at Yahoo's Brazos Hall Thursday night to rock out the crowd with their extensive catalog of ageless hits.
However, if you aren't able to catch a plane to Austin today, you can still enjoy the show from the comfort of your home: It'll be livestreamed via Yahoo Screen starting at around 12:45 a.m. ET. If you're out and about in the night hours, you can even watch it on your mobile!
Blondie's livestreamed concert is being sponsored by the Smithsonian Channel in conjunction with the upcoming cable-TV premiere of the documentary "Blondie’s New York", which details the band’s rise to stardom and the recording of its breakout 1978 album "Parallel Lines." "Blondie's New York" will debut on the network on March 21 at 10 p.m. ET.
- Our Country1 day ago
Sara Evans has been having a very busy day. By the time she arrives at the Ram Country studios to perform music from her brand-new album, she's already done five straight hours of radio interviews, and is understandably feeling a little bit on the wilted side.
Given that, one can't begrudge her the red solo cup in her hand...which she admits, with a smile and without apology, contains a beer.
It's this sort of casual, down-to-earth attitude that makes Evans adorable -- and accessible -- to a wide range of fans. It would be all too easy for the singer to come off as intimidating: She is extraordinarily beautiful, has a mighty vocal range (after a few sips of her liquid refreshment, Evans manages to shake the studio roof with her vocals, then dash off for an Opry appearance shortly after), and balances a Superwoman's slate of career/family responsiblities with apparent ease. However, there is a consistent real-girl charm to her that has followed throughout her 17-year career, all the way up to latest release "Slow Me Down."
- Our Country2 days ago
When Eric Church sang his single "Give Me Back My Hometown" last month, we're sure he meant it in a literal fashion. The country star took on an ambitious promotional feat for the February 11 release of fourth album "The Outsiders" -- playing six clubs in six cities in a mere two days , with the shows ranging as far north as Indianapolis all the way south to Atlanta.
So, what's it like to cram all that music, travel, and fan adoration into just 48 hours? Church offers Yahoo Music this exclusive clip which gives a virtual impression of the whirlwind trek he took. This is clearly a performer who isn't concerned with the ordinary way of doing things -- in short, they don't slap the "outlaw" tag on this original singer for nothin'!
- Our Country6 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 Country8 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 Country8 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 Music8 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 Country9 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 Music9 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!)