Young in his Longhorns cap (Photo: Frederick Breedon IV)If you happen to be a country music artist, it's pretty hard to top a week in which you discover you've been nominated for four American Country Awards--as Chris Young learned a couple days ago. It's also pretty difficult to top a fall season overall that sees the start of your first headlining tour (a milestone Young says was definitely on his "bucket list"). However, there is something that has Young pumped up nearly as much as these career highlights. What could that be? Football, of course!Read More »from Chris Young Loves One Thing As Much As Music–Football!
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Fri, Oct 12, 2012 3:54 PM EDT
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, Oct 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT
Courtesy Country WeeklyHey girls! It's that time of year again that we all love...no, not Halloween, although there are some "treats" involved (har, har). It's time for Country Weekly's annual Country Music's Sexiest Man contest!
As the publication aptly notes, "Country's hot male singers all have heart-melting voices, handsome faces and a unique brand of onstage charisma, but who is the sexiest of them all?" There's plenty of choices to ponder, ranging from the usual suspects--Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Blake Shelton--to some of country's newer faces.Read More »from Who Is Country Music’s ‘Sexiest Man’? You Decide The Winner!
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, Oct 10, 2012 3:34 PM EDT
Luke Bryan (Photo: C Flanigan)Wow, what a week this is shaping up to be for Luke Bryan! The singer learned earlier this week that he was tied with Carrie Underwood for most country nominations at this year's all-genre American Music Awards. Then, on Wednesday, it was announced he led the pack in nods for the third annual American Country Awards--a staggering seven notches on his belt.Read More »from Luke Bryan Scoops Up Awards Nominations In Banner Week
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, Oct 9, 2012 6:33 PM EDT
Taylor Swift (Photo: Mike Marsland)It's no news here: Taylor Swift's been veering further and further out of her home genre of country with each subesquent release. However, she absolutely has taken a walk out of the park with the latest single off her upcoming album Red, "I Knew You Were Trouble"--which eschews all traces of twang in favor of electronic dubstep.
For those not familiar with the genre, it's really something you'd expect from a blond singer with the last name Stefani, not Swift. (Or heck, forget blond females--Grammy-winning producer Skrillex, if you know who he is.) Anyway, dubstep is firmly in the dance genre and relies on bass and drums for its kick; in other words, it's not something one would automatically associate even the most pop-leaning of Swift songs with.Read More »from Move Over Skrillex: Taylor Swift Tries Dubstep On New Single
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, Oct 9, 2012 10:49 AM EDT
Jason Aldean and wife Jessica (Photo: Frazer Harrison)One thing can be said about Jason Aldean: When he screws up, he's brave enough to own up to it. When the country star was caught getting a bit too friendly with former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr in a Hollywood bar a little over a week ago, he immediately admitted he'd done wrong and apologized to any fans he may have disappointed.
However, some fans responded by saying Aldean should apologize to his wife, not them--but Aldean appears to have done that, as well. He told CMT on Monday that he and his family are doing okay.Read More »from Jason Aldean Addresses Cheating Scandal; Says Family Is Doing Okay
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, Oct 8, 2012 2:21 PM EDT
If you can't get enough of Dwight Yoakam's stellar new album 3 Pears, you're not alone--so we are extra happy to show off the first official video from the project, "A Heart Like Mine."Read More »from Dwight Yoakam Gets Psychedelic With New Video, ‘A Heart Like Mine’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, Oct 8, 2012 1:33 PM EDT
Kellie Pickler (Photo: Frederick Breedon IV)Kellie Pickler has been in the news lately for her new hairstyle (she recently shaved off all her locks to support a friend with cancer)--and now she's got a new record label as well. The American Idol alum, who left her original label Sony Music Nashville in June, just inked a deal with indie Black River Entertainment.Read More »from Kellie Pickler Finds New Label Home; Eager To Begin Recording
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Thu, Oct 4, 2012 3:26 PM EDT
Garth Brooks (Photo: Kevin Winter)It's hard to believe, but it's been 3 years since Garth Brooks came out of retirement and onto the stage at the Wynn Las Vegas. And now, it seems the show is about to drop the curtain.
Brooks's residency in Sin City, which started in 2009, will wrap on November 17. There are only a few shows before that, so if you're lucky enough to hold tickets, be sure to hang on to them tight!Read More »from Garth Brooks’s Three-Year Run In Vegas Comes To An End
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Thu, Oct 4, 2012 10:47 AM EDT
The first: He's a perfectionist. The 55-year-old singer-songwriter, who's recorded more than 20 albums and sold about a million or so times that, sat down to play a flawless version of his new tune, "Nothing But Love." After finishing, he asked for another take. And another. And another.
In fact, every performance you are about to watch here, took multiple takes--and by my own unprofessional estimation, sounded crystal clear from the very beginning. But what do I know? Nothing, except that Yoakam doesn't rest until it's perfect to his own specifications.Read More »from Dwight Yoakam Discusses First Original-Material Album In Years, ’3 Pears’
Darius Rucker (Photo: Chris McKay)Darius Rucker is no doubt one happy country superstar this week, as he received the surprise of a lifetime Tuesday evening. After playing a few songs on the Grand Ole Opry stage, he was asked if he'd like to join the exclusive club himself.
Rucker, who was extended the invite by Brad Paisley, at first thought the notorious jokester was about to pull one over on him. Paisley stood up during a question-and-answer session with the audience, and first asked Rucker if he was still a lousy poker player. Following that, he asked him if he'd like to join the Opry. (Rucker answered in the affirmative to both.)
"When Brad stood up, I thought, 'Does he owe me one?' That really was my first thought--'Did I get him last,' because he's the prankster of all pranksters," explained Rucker. "I thought here comes something that's gonna be very, very funny. I was just hoping it wasn't slime or anything, and I didn't think it was gonna be 'You wanna join the Grand Ole Opry?'"Read More »from Darius Rucker Invited To Join Grand Ole Opry
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