- Laura Ferreiro at Our Country6 hrs ago
The premiere of Glen Campbell's farewell concert documentary at the Nashville Film Festival on Friday will be a bittersweet affair. The 77-year-old country crooner will not be able to attend the screening because he was recently moved into an Alzheimer's care facility.
The film, "Glen Campbell… I'll Be Me," chronicles the emotional twists and turns of the country singer's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease two years ago, when he was told by doctors to hang up his guitar. Instead, he and his wife, Kim, publicly announced the diagnosis and embarked on the highly successful Goodbye Tour, which saw Campbell and his family band playing sold-out shows across the country.
During his concerts, the multiple-Grammy-winning performer would occasionally forget the words to his songs or lose his place, but his band would gently remind him. Campbell handled things with grace and humor, joking with the audience, "I forget a lot lately, y'all ever get that?"
- Lyndsey Parker at Our Country7 hrs ago
We're very excited for the upcoming release of Dolly Parton's 42nd — that's right, forty-second — studio album, "Blue Smoke." Not only does it feature a song with Willie Nelson and covers of classics by Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi, but it also reunites Dolly with her dear pal Kenny Rogers on a duet called "You Can't Make Old Friends."
The song reflects the pair's 30-plus years of friendship. Some sample lyrics:
What will I do when you are gone? Who's gonna tell me the truth? Who's gonna finish the stories I start, The way you always do? You can't make old friends Can't make old friends It was you and me, since way back when. But you can't make old friends.
Dolly gave Yahoo Music an exclusive look at the new record — and here's what she had to say about her musical reunion with Kenny:
- Craig Rosen at Our Country2 days ago
That crazy T. Swizzle is at it again. Taylor Swift hasn't recorded a video blog entry in two years, but she lifted her self-imposed moratorium after receiving an invitation from a fan to her wedding and bridal shower.
The resulting video made its way to the world via a post by the singer today on Facebook and Twitter. As Swift notes in the video blog, she couldn't make it to the actual wedding, but she's "never been to a bridal shower," so off she went.
The advantage of being Taylor Swift is not having to RSVP to bridal showers, so her appearance came as a surprise to the bride and her friends and family. "Gena has no idea that we're coming, none of her friends know we're coming, so we're going to go surprise her," Swift says.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country2 days ago
Dolly Parton is poised to release her 42nd studio album, "Blue Smoke," which will hit the streets on May 13. In this exclusive series of clips, the country legend discusses her inspirations, creative influences, and background behind each of the songs on her new set.
We at Yahoo Music are excited to premiere the first four "tales" from "Blue Smoke." Two of the highlights on "Blue Smoke" include Parton's cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice," as well as a duet with her friend Kenny Rogers on his "You Can't Make Old Friends"...both of which she discusses for Yahoo Music.
However, that's not all. Stay tuned each week as Parton reveals even more stories, until we've counted down the entire setlist!
- Wendy Geller at Our Country3 days ago
Florida may not be the first place that comes to mind when one considers southern living, country music, and farming lifestyles. However, native son Easton Corbin is quick to point out that his Sunshine State goes far beyond Miami and Orlando.
" I think a lot of people when they think of Florida, they think of palm trees and beaches; or Miami, you know that whole thing," he says. "It's so much more than that!
"You go up near Northern Florida or Central Florida and the Pan Handle, and there’s a lot of farming. I think its one of the biggest cattle producers in the United States compared to Texas or Kansas or any of those states," he explains, adding that he is from a f arming background himself. "My grandfather had a small cattle farm and I grew up showing cattle. My other grandpa, he made his living as well through farming."
- Wendy Geller at Our Country3 days ago
Fans of the iconic Oak Ridge Boys have been requesting a live album of hits for quite some years now, but as the band explained, "For some reason or another, the time never seemed right.”
However, that's all changed: In early 2013, the band was able to get its hands on some top quality remote recording equipment, and promptly began capturing performances of their current show (dubbed “Boys Night Out"). The result is a brand-new live album of the same name, comprising 14 of the Oaks' greatest hits and bringing the thrilling stage experience home for their loyal fanbase.
Yahoo Music is excited to offer a first listen to one of the most beloved classics included on the set, none other than the song that the Oaks are perhaps most famous for: "Elvira."
As bass singer Richard Sterban explains of the hit: "We’d had 10 Number One records when we went back into the studio for what would become our 'Fancy Free' project. All of the songs were selected, and the session was set for the first two weeks of January 1981, since the month after Christmas was, typically, a downtime for the Oak Ridge Boys."
Meet Manuel, the Famous 'Rhinestone Rembrandt' Who Created Looks for Elvis, Cash, The Beatles, and MoreWendy Geller at Our Country7 days ago
When the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awardswere held in Las Vegas last weekend, plenty of stars were looking good on the red carpet — but it was newcomer Frankie Ballard who made quite the splash, dressed to kill in a unique brightly embroidered suit that caught everyone's eye.
Turns out there's a long story behind the cool threads. Ballard's suit was created by legendary tailor Manuel. If the name doesn't sound familiar, rest assured — you’ve definitely seen his work. The 80-year-old designer, known as the “Rhinestone Rembrandt,” is responsible for some of the most iconic looks in music, from Elvis Presley’s over-the-top jumpsuits to the outfits that eventually led to Johnny Cash’s most famous nickname.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country9 days ago
David Nail has been setting Nashville on fire with his latest set, "I'm a Fire," which debuted last month and hit No. 3 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The country star has made waves with initial singles "Whatever She's Got" and "Kiss You Tonight," but we at Yahoo Music are especially fond of his passionate tune "Burnin' Bed."
That said, we're excited to offer the first look at an exclusive acoustic version of this song, which boasts a hotshot pedigree (country it-girl Brandy Clark is one of the songwriters). Let us know what you think of this new and different take on the tune.
Nail is currently on tour through the spring and summer: You can keep up with his schedule here.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country9 days ago
Hot country duo Dan + Shay are starting off the month of April with a string of accolades: The pair released its debut, "Where It All Began," on the first of the month...then followed that up with a trip to Las Vegas for the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, where they were nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year.
They also had a little time amid all that fun to stop by the Ram Country studios to perform this exclusive acoustic rendition of their single "19 You + Me." Oh wait, they weren't in the studio. They decided to do it outdoors ! Enjoy!
The two are currently on a tour with Hunter Hayes, and will be joining Blake Shelton on the road this summer. Keep up with their schedule here.
- Paul Grein at Our Country10 days ago
Having an album shelved by your record company is the ultimate indignity for an artist. Your own label believes that your work isn't good enough, or commercial enough, to release. The great Johnny Cash had such a humbling experience in 1984, when Columbia Records, his record label since 1958, mothballed an album Cash recorded with famed country producer Billy Sherrill.
Cash died in 2003, but this week he scored some sweet vindication. That album, "Out Among the Stars," entered Billboard's Top Country Albums chart at No. 1, dislodging an album by current hot-shot Eric Church. On the main Billboard 200, the Cash album arrived at No. 3, just behind two monster hits, the "Frozen" soundtrack and Shakira's "Shakira."
Cash has had posthumous successes before. The last two albums in his career-rejuvenating "American Recordings" series with producer Rick Rubin were released after Cash died. But Rubin, who didn't begin working with Cash until the early 1990s, had nothing to do with "Out Among the Stars."