- 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.
- Our Country13 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.
- Chris Willman at Our Country15 days ago
In a genre that prides itself on being real, Dierks Bentley remains among the real-est, whether he’s doin’ a lot of leavin’ or a lot of rising. With this week’s release of his seventh album, "Riser," Bentley again proves himself one of the best and most relate-able country stars we’ve got. It’s a collection that covers even more territory than usual, including the subjects of being a parent, losing a parent…and, not to stray too far from the country music zeitgeist, partying.
We sat down with Bentley in Nashville last week for a conversation about the new album and how it changed direction mid-stream (or almost at the end of the stream, actually). In the first installment of our two-part interview, he talks about how a project that started out being heavily influenced by his father’s death ultimately came to be a more upbeat affair, for reasons both commercial and personal.
RAM COUNTRY: Speaking of "risers," your single “I Hold On” has been a riser on the chart.
BENTLEY: Yeah. A slow riser. That’s the way I am. That describes me perfectly.
- Chris Willman at Our Country19 days ago
It's a perennial question in Nashville: Who's gonna fill their shoes? But with the focus more than ever on hunky young talent, the question these days is really: Who's gonna fill Florida Georgia Line's shoes?
If there's a good answer to that, you're sure to find it at the annual New Faces show at the Nashville Convention Center. Traditionally the climax of the Country Radio Seminar conference, this dinner concert with arena-ready production values showcases the five freshman acts that radio programmers have voted the most likely to succeed. It's an honor nearly as coveted as winning Best New Artist at the CMAs or ACMs. And it's also a chance to prove to the FM gatekeepers that they'll beat the sophomore jinx.
For 2014, four of the five performing honorees — Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, and Thomas Rhett — were male, showing the continued difficulty women are having breaking through in the genre. The fifth, Cassadee Pope, further established that TV contest boosts remain the best bet for females trying to break the bro-country ceiling.
- Chris Willman at Our Country19 days ago
Blake Shelton is definitely “Doin’ What She Likes,” if we can refer to the collective country music listenership as a big ole she . He’s currently tied with Brad Paisley for the longest streak of consecutive No. 1 country singles, with 10… and he’s poised to break that record if “Doin’ What She Likes,” currently sitting at No. 8 on Billboard’s country airplay chart, continues its inevitable trajectory and becomes his 11 th chart topper in a row.
“You almost feel guilty sometimes,” says Shelton. (And if you believe that, you’ll believe Pure B.S., to cite one of his album titles.) “But it’s easy to get over that when I think about back in the day where I was just struggling to get something on the radio.” Now, his problem is finding time in-between tapings of The Voice to fly back into Nashville for No. 1 parties, like the one this week that celebrated his two most recent toppers, “Boys ‘Round Here” and “Mine Would Be You.”
- Our Country20 days ago
This week marks the 40th anniversary of a major country music break-up — one that ultimately led to one of the best-selling hits of all time: The Dolly Parton classic, "I Will Always Love You."
It was this week in February 1974 when Parton announced that, after seven years, she was ending her professional partnership with Porter Wagoner. Parton landed a big break in 1967 when Wagoner asked the then-obscure singer to be a part of his weekly television show.
The two went on for the next six years to record several hit duets, including "The Last Thing on My Mind" and "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" — but eventually began butting heads behind the scenes. Although Parton has always been very vocal about her respect and gratitude for Wagoner, she's also revealed candid details about their tumultuous working relationship.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country21 days ago
Although Frankie Ballard has just released his sophomore album, "Sunshine & Whiskey," and is having absolutely no trouble distinguishing himself in country-music central Nashville, he still finds himself having to explain one thing: His Great Lake State heritage.
True, Michigan is a region that's better known for Eminem than Ernest Tubb. "A lot of people ask me 'Frankie, what do you know about country music, man? You’re from Michigan!' And here’s what I always tell em: 'First of all, I’m from southern Michigan," he jokes.
But in all seriousness: "People think of Detroit when they think of Michigan; and the truth is, right outside of Detroit there’s a lot of farms, a lot of farmers, a of blue-collars," he explains. "Country music to me is blue-collar music. They love country music up there!"
- Our Country22 days ago
When CeeLo Green mentioned his exit from "The Voice" on Ellen DeGeneres's show, he wasn't faking the spontaneity of the announcement. At least some of his fellow judges were caught unawares, including Blake Shelton. "He said that?" Shelton responded, when asked about it at a small radio roundtable in Nashville Wednesday afternoon. The country star had just gotten off a plane with his wife, Miranda Lambert, and no one had alerted them to the news yet. But his reaction was more mildly surprised than shocked, and he made it clear he'd seen it coming.
- Our Country27 days ago
Think that love and work are a bad mix? Not these country musicians who found true romance on the job — specifically, meeting their significant others during the filming of music videos.
Take Brad Paisley. He had long harbored a crush on "Father of the Bride" actress Kimberly Williams — so he decided to make a big move. The singer phoned her camp in 2002, asking if she would like to be in the video for his hit "I'm Gonna Miss Her."
"When I called, I definitely had other motives," Brad recalled in a Washington Postinterview. Williams agreed to appear — and the rest is a happily ever after. The two have been married now for more than a decade, and are parents to two young sons.