Jones, 81, was admitted to a Nashville-area facility after a routine checkup revealed he was running a slight fever with irregular blood pressure, according to a post on his official website.Read More »from Get Well Soon! George Jones Hospitalized in Nashville
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Fri, Apr 19, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Thu, Apr 18, 2013 5:40 PM EDT
Brad Paisley (Photo: Taylor Hill)It may seem as if spring has just sprung, but before you know it, we'll be moving into summer, hot temps, and school vacations. If you're one of those who love the season, here's the perfect video to get you into the mood.
Brad Paisley's "Beat This Summer" features the sweetest summer love story of all—one with the familiar elements of a beachy day and a budding romance. However, this one also includes Oreo cookies, milk in stemmed glassware…and a curfew! Watch and reminisce about your own elementary-school crush days (and try not to get a case of cuteness overload from the young actor who plays Brad in this clip).Read More »from Get Into a Sunny Mood With Brad Paisley’s ‘Beat This Summer’
Gretchen Wilson Talks Triple-Release 2013, Being Her Own Boss, and Nearly a Decade of Being the ‘Redneck Woman’By Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, Apr 17, 2013 3:14 PM EDT
Gretchen Wilson (Photo: NBC)Gretchen Wilson put out her last album, I Got Your Country Right Here, three years ago--but the famous Redneck Woman has hardly been resting on her laurels during all that time. In the interim, she's moved homes, solidified plans for three--yes, three--albums to be released in 2013, and found her footing as a record label owner (Wilson founded her own Redneck Records in 2009 after parting ways with original label Sony).
Wilson, who has a well-documented history of ups and downs with her former label--where she released her star-making debut in 2004--says that she's comfortable being in control now.
"I've never been happier than I am right now, being the boss," she says. "I always felt a little bit everything was too big before. I always felt like it felt wrong that I didn't know everyone that was working with me by name. A lot of times I just felt like that got in the way and sometimes was a hindrance as far as just letting the music and the creative take its role."Read More »from Gretchen Wilson Talks Triple-Release 2013, Being Her Own Boss, and Nearly a Decade of Being the ‘Redneck Woman’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, Apr 16, 2013 3:26 PM EDT
Garth Brooks (Photo: Ethan Miller)Garth Brooks has a new lawsuit slapped on his radar: It's from a former friend, and it goes to "low places" indeed. In addition to levying serious charges against the singer, it also attacks his character--calling him "paranoid, angry, deceitful, and vindictive."
The suit was filed Monday by Brooks's former production partner Lisa Sanderson, who attests that over 20 years Brooks repeatedly messed up deal after deal she tried to strike for him in the film and television realms--as well as failed to pay her the full percentage of producer fees they'd agreed on when she signed up to work for his company Red Strokes Entertainment.Read More »from Colorful Lawsuit Claims Garth Brooks Turned Down Parts in Spielberg Smash Hits
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 12:49 PM EDT
Faith Hill (Photo: Ethan Miller)In a move that will no doubt disappoint countless male viewers, Faith Hill announced Monday morning that she is ending her six-year run as the sexy opening number for NBC's Sunday Night Football.
"Amazing 2 have been part of SNF--an honor. I've just let everyone there know it's time 2 let someone else rock the open," the country superstar tweeted. "Difficult decision. Kinda emotional. Love all u guys at SNF--I'll b watching!!!"Read More »from Faith Hill Says Goodbye to ‘Sunday Night Football’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 12:01 PM EDT
Like it or hate it, everyone is talking about Brad Paisley's duet with LL Cool J, "Accidental Racist"--and, there's no better proof of the ballad's current pop-culture weight than the fact that it was parodied on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.
The skit took wicked aim at Paisley's statement-making song, which many are calling an over-simplified, disingenuous take on racial relations. Jason Sudeikis played Paisley, while Kenan Thompson took on the role of LL--both with appropriate headgear, of course.Read More »from Brad Paisley’s ‘Accidental Racist’ Gets ‘Saturday Night Live’ Spoof Treatment
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 3:48 PM EDT
Every artist in Nashville comes to town with a story to tell--but Jaida Dreyer has a particularly interesting one of her own. The blond newcomer, who originally came to town to be a songwriter but has since evolved into a seasoned performer, found her way into her career via a thorny road worthy of a ballad in itself.
The Canadian-born Dreyer, whose parents split up when she was 12, found herself leading a nomadic life with her mom--living in seven states by the time she turned 18. Throughout this, she pursued her first love: Showing horses competitively, an interest she'd cultivated since she was a very small child.Read More »from Nashville Newcomer Jaida Dreyer Talks About Her Unusual Path To Performing
- Our Country – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 1:50 PM EDT
Kevin McGuire and Taylor Swift at the ACMs [Photo: Kevin McGuire/Twitter]Country superstar Taylor Swift was centerstage at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night. She was a vision in her gold and silver mesh dress on the red carpet, and she floored the audience with her performance of “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. But Swift’s greatest ACMs moment came before the event started: Instead of showing up with some big-shot celebrity, Swift invited a 19-year-old fan named Kevin McGuire, who had been battling leukemia, to escort her to the show.Read More »from Taylor Swift Takes Lucky Cancer Survivor As Her ACMs Date!
- Breanne L. Heldman | Our Country – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 12:34 PM EDT
(Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images)You'd think the collaboration between a country star like Brad Paisley and a rapper like LL Cool J would have everyone applauding such a genre mash-up. Instead, the song, "Accidental Racist," has people up in arms.Read More »from Brad Paisley Explains ‘Accidental Racism’ on ‘Ellen’
Thankfully, Paisley paid a visit to "Ellen," where he was able to clear the air.
But first, let's rewind for a sec. In the nearly six-minute track, the two create a dialogue about race relations in America. Paisley, 40, describes being a white man in the South as "walking on eggshells" and details an experience at a coffee shop while wearing a Confederate flag on his shirt. "[I'm] just a proud rebel son with an 'ol can of worms/Lookin' like I got a lot to learn," he sings.
LL Cool J, 45, responds, "If you don't judge my do-rag … I won't judge your red flag … If you don’t judge my gold chains … I’ll forget the iron chains."
"I don’t know if any of you noticed but there is some racial tension here and there," Paisley explained to Ellen DeGeneres. "[The song] kind of
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, Apr 8, 2013 4:18 PM EDT
Moore rocks out on Fremont Street stage (Photo: Frazer Harrison)Kip Moore is certainly no stranger to the stage--he's currently one of the hardest-working artists out on the road these past few months, racking up date after date--but he admits that his Las Vegas set as part of the Academy of Country Music's 2013 Fremont Street Experience had a special feel to it.
"It was kind of like a rowdy club show," he smiles. "It's a little different from my shows, where people are there just to see me. This is almost like word-of-mouth: 'Hey, there's a party going on at Fremont!"Read More »from Kip Moore Talks New Music, Writing On The Road, And Why He Feels Lucky In Vegas
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- Pop singer Miley Cyrus named MTV's best artist of 2013
Miley Cyrus, the pop star who caused a sensation with her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, was named best artist of 2013 by the cable TV network on Tuesday. MTV said the singer dominated the music charts and the headlines with the release of her album "Bangerz," her jaw-dropping performances at awards shows and her hosting stint on the television sketch show "Saturday Night Live." "She is the third artist to receive the distinction of being named MTV's Best Artist of the Year with past honorees including Katy Perry (2012) and One Direction (2011)," MTV said in a statement announcing the results. Cyrus, 21, was also ranked MTV.com top artist, based on fan visits to the site, and had the most watched video of 2013 with her live performance with singer Robin Thicke at the VMAs. In an MTV documentary released in October, the "We Can't Stop" singer admitted that she was out to shock and to push the boundaries.
- Obama and Castro shake hands, Zuma humiliated at Mandela memorial
By Stella Mapenzauswa and Steve Holland JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuba's Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, a rare gesture between the leaders of two ideological opponents that reflected the anti-apartheid hero's spirit of reconciliation. But the peace and harmony did not stretch to South African President Jacob Zuma, whom the crowd at the rain-soaked Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg booed and jeered as he prepared to give his closing address. Mandela's death at the age of 95 has diverted attention from a slew of corruption scandals in Zuma's administration, while underscoring the gulf between South Africa's first black president, a giant of the 20th century, and its fourth. "But what Zuma speaks, he doesn't live.
- Newly found Johnny Cash recordings to be released 30 years later
A dozen newly discovered recordings made by late American country singer Johnny Cash three decades ago will be released next year as an album, Sony Music's Legacy Recordings said on Tuesday. "Out Among the Stars" will be released on March 25, the record label said, marking the first time the recordings will be available to the public. The 12 songs, which include two written by Cash, were recorded for Columbia Records in Nashville, Tenn., in 1981 and in 1984, but the record company passed on releasing them before dropping Cash from the label in 1986. The recordings were found in 2012 when Cash's son, John Carter Cash, and Cash experts were cataloging the "Folsom Prison Blues" singer's song archive.
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