- Wendy Geller at Our Country21 hrs ago
Eric Paslay knows a thing or two about songwriting: In addition to his self-titled debut album, released in February and which boasts every single song written or co-written by himself, the country musician has written for fellow luminaries including Jake Owen, the Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts, and Lady Antebellum.
Paslay recently stopped by the Ram Country studios to deliver not only his latest single, the moody/infectious "Song About A Girl," but also his cover of a favorite Sheryl Crow tune —1993's "I Shall Believe," which he describes as could equally be a "love song or a prayer to God."
Paslay is currently touring with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett and will appear at California's famed Stagecoach festival on Friday. You can keep up with his schedule here.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country2 days ago
Love "Nashville"? Who doesn't , right? Here's an extra treat for super-fans of the show: A one-hour TV special, "Nashville: On The Record," will be airing Wednesday April 23. The series' first-ever concert special features all your favorite songs as performed by cast members including Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio.
We at Yahoo Music have obtained an exclusive first peek at series lead actress Panettiere's performance — a power-packed rendition of "Don't Throw Dirt on My Grave Just Yet." Panettiere is delivering it straight from Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium!
Inspired by ABC Music Lounge’s weekly web series "Nashville: On The Record," the special will also feature the cast performing acoustic numbers and discussing the music in another famed Nashville locale: The Bluebird Cafe. The songwriters of the tunes, including the Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe and others, will also join to share stories on the special.
- 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 our second installment of 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 pleased to continue our series (you can find the first chapter here) in which Parton talks about the next four tracks on her new album. A highlight: She covers the Bon Jovi classic "Lay Your Hands on Me"!
Stay tuned each week as Parton reveals even more stories, until we've counted down the entire setlist! We'll have all her stories, all the way up to "Blue Smoke"'s official release date.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country3 days ago
Kevin Sharp, the "Nobody Knows" singer who refused to let a cancer diagnosis keep him from inspiring hundreds via the Make-A-Wish Foundation, died Saturday. His family said the hitmaker and motivational speaker succumbed to complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. He was 43.
"He had a strong heart, that's what kept him alive," said his sister Mary Huston, who had been caring for him in the final days prior to his death. "[But] I'm so happy for him, that there's no more suffering."
Sharp is one of the rare people who have worked with Make-A-Wish as both a recipient of the foundation's goodwill and a participant. Diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer as a teen, he asked Make-A-Wish to introduce him to famed producer-performer David Foster.
When Sharp's cancer unexpectedly went into remission in 1991, Foster helped Sharp launch a country music career, which spawned several albums and the chart-topping 1996 hit "Nobody Knows."
- Laura Ferreiro at Our Country6 days 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 Country6 days 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 Country8 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 Country8 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 Country9 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 Country9 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."