Photo: Adam TaylorFirst, she won hearts on "American Idol," but only finished in sixth place. Now, Kellie Pickler has another reality show accolade to her name, and this time she's right on top. Pickler was crowned winner of "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday, taking home the mirrorball trophy after narrowly beating out Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman for the honor.Read More »from Kellie Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – 18 hours ago
Toby Keith, who grew up in Moore and whose name is on the Moore water tower, says that although the damage is terrible, he has faith that his home town will be able to rebuild itself.
"This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in. I rode my bike through those neighborhoods," he observed in a statement issued on Monday. "I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much."Read More »from Toby Keith Expresses Sorrow Over Hometown Tornado Devastation
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – 21 hours ago
First of all, the King of Country, George Strait, will be taking the stage. That should be enough for anyone — but to add to the fun, he'll be joined by Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum!Read More »from Exclusive! Second Round of CMT Awards Performers Announced
Photo: Jerod HarrisGiven his remarkable success in the genre, it's safe to say that most country fans enjoy Darius Rucker's music. However, the Grand Ole Opry member was the target of a racist tweet over the weekend that, understandably, set off his ire.
"@dariusrucker Leave country to the white folk," read the tweet, from a user identified as @pqkullman (the account has since been deactivated).Read More »from Darius Rucker Fires Back at Racist Tweet
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Fri, May 17, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
Photo: Jon KopaloffJennifer Nettles apparently has been enjoying an unusually productive maternity leave. The Sugarland singer, who has been (seemingly) laying low since the birth of her son in December, has announced she'll be releasing a solo album with a target date of Fall 2013.
But wait, there's more--Nettles will be working with famed producer Rick Rubin for the new project. Rubin has helmed releases by a score of storied artists, including Johnny Cash, the Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, and many others.
"I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick Rubin on my new solo album," Nettles stated on Friday. "“If you ask any musician who is on their producer 'bucket list’, Rick would be on each and every one."Read More »from Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Working on Solo Album With Rick Rubin
- Chris Willman | Our Country – Tue, May 14, 2013 10:32 PM EDT
Lauderdale and Miller react to being nominated for best duo for the 2013 Americana Honors [Photo by Chris Willman]It’s been a great season for alt-country duets records, as evidenced by three pairs of singers who just got nominated for favorite duo at the Americana Awards: Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, and Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale. All these recorded pairings have been in the makings for decades, and it’s just a coincidence of timing—maybe overseen by the Louvin Brothers from up above—that these projects all finally came to fruition in the last six months.
The Buddy and Jim album is a particular delight, bringing together two of roots-rock’s most celebrated journeymen at last. It’s not as if they hadn’t already spent seemingly half their lives together, but somehow, getting those three joint days in the studio to cut an LP proved tougher than touring together for years, as backing cats or co-headliners. We can thank SiriusXM for half-forcing the collaboration by signing Miller and Lauderdale up to do a weekly satellite show on the Outlaw Country channel.
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- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, May 14, 2013 3:19 PM EDT
Dakota BradleyCountry newcomer Dakota Bradley may have the perfect pedigree for Nashville success--he's just 18 years old and already has an insanely catchy debut single co-produced by none less than Tim McGraw--but this is one musician who learned his chops in a totally different genre.
"When I was 12, I picked up my first guitar," Bradley explains. The first song he learned how to play? "Stranglehold, by Ted Nugent."
Bradley's breakout single "Somethin' Like Somethin'" doesn't sound a whole lot like the Motor City Madman. In fact, the summery, upbeat tune sounds like something McGraw himself might record. But just so you know where this kid's roots lie…!Read More »from Nashville Newcomer Dakota Bradley is Really ‘Somethin”!
George Strait (photo: Ethan Miller)George Strait may have set the country music world reeling last September when he announced he'd be retiring from the road. However, he did assure fans that he was by no means retiring from the recording studio--and he's made good on that promise with his new album, Love Is Everything.
Although this marks his 40th (!) studio full-length, Strait insists that he's still out to create the very best album of his life every time he steps into the studio.Read More »from George Strait Discusses His New–and 40th!–Album
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, May 13, 2013 2:26 PM EDT
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, who gave birth to her first child in December, has been generous with funny new-mom chatter on Twitter--musing about nipple cream, postpartum dieting, and other baby-related subjects. What she has been a little stingy with, however, is photos of her new arrival.
So, what better day than Mother's Day to debut an absolutely adorable shot of her baby son Magnus?
"So much love and joy on my first Mother's Day! A very Happy Mother's Day to all the Mamas," tweeted the proud mom.Read More »from Jennifer Nettles Shows Off First Photo of Baby Boy
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, May 13, 2013 12:51 PM EDT
Everyone knows that America's sweetheart, Taylor Swift, can play the good-girl role to a tee. But who knew she could also rock a startlingly grown-up, almost naughty side as well? The singer showed off both of these dueling devil-angel styles during her Sunday night show in Washington D.C.
"Bad" Taylor took the stage dressed in an outfit quite divergent from her usual floaty, ethereal costumes--a black bra-style top and satin hotpants, accessorized with knee-high boots and wildly tousled hair. Appropriately, a troupe of masked male dancers fell at her feet.
Read More »from Angel or Devil? Taylor Swift Shows Off Dueling Looks During Show
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