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Willie Jones Talks Celebrating Juneteenth By Covering Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”

Embedded from embed.music.apple.com. Any conversation with singer-songwriter Willie Jones these days feels like a moment wherein you’re watching an artist once foreign to a space becoming increasingly comfortable with being their best, authentic self there. 2021 has already seen the Shreveport, Louisiana-born artist shine a light on the modern civil rights movement via the single... Read more » ... Continue Reading

PREMIERE: Brittney Spencer’s “Sober & Skinny” Is An “Emotional” Anthem

Embedded from www.youtube.com. “Sober & Skinny” — talented singer-songwriter Brittney Spencer’s latest single — presents the most direct personal presentation to date of her creative style and voice. “The passion and the theatrics displayed throughout the video amplify the emotion in the song. The video gave me an opportunity to act out the emotions that... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Frank Ray Blends Country, Latin Vibes With “Streetlights”

Embedded from www.youtube.com. In 2017, after spending a decade working in law enforcement in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Frank Ray (real name: Francisco Gomez) knew it was time to give his first love–singing and performing country music–a real shot. “I didn’t go to college or anything like that. I worked a bunch of different odd... Read more » ... Continue Reading

PREMIERE: Nelly Joy’s “I Don’t Give A Truck” Gives Heartbreak An Uplifting Twist

Embedded from www.youtube.com. Abilene, Texas-born singer-songwriter Nelly Joy’s “I Don’t Give A Truck” offers a note on tough times that leans deep into the sweeter than the bitter side of contemplating heartbreak and moving on. “My dream for this song was to pair the heartbreak cheating lyrical narrative with a fun and upbeat line dance... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Offer More Details on Their Summer-Planned Wedding

The anticipation for the long-planned nuptials between country and pop superstars Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have included everything from who’s performing and what they’ll perform at the ceremony to exactly when it will occur. While we’re still unsure if Shelton’s fellow The Voice judge Adam Levine will grace the ceremony with his voice or... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Kenny Chesney Announces 2022 Stadium Tour

In 2022, Kenny Chesney will return to headlining some of the biggest venues in the country, on his 2022 Stadium Tour, the Blue Chair Bay Rum Presents Here And Now 2022 Fueled by Marathon. Chesney’s previous outing, 2020’s Chillaxification Tour, was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming stadium tour will launch April 23,... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill To Appear On New Charlie Daniels ‘Duets’ Project

The legacy of iconic country music superstar Charlie Daniels continues to be fondly celebrated. The latest news is that Duets — an album of unreleased collaborations between the “Devil Went Down To Georgia” singer and a plethora of country stars — is due out on July 16, one year after Daniels’ death, available exclusively at... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Jimmie Allen To Perform For ‘Juneteenth: Together We Triumph’ Television Special

Jimmie Allen is set to join the ABC special event Juneteenth: Together We Triumph-A ’Soul of a Nation,’ which will air Friday, June 18. The event will honor the observance of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. Allen will join fellow performers Leon Bridges and... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Tim McGraw Recalls The Personal, Traumatic Roots Of “Live Like You Were Dying”

On a forthcoming Father’s Day appearance by Matthew McConaughey on Tim McGraw’s Beyond The Influence Radio show on Apple Music Country, the vocalist and host shares a story regarding how “Live Like You Were Dying” — his 2004-released classic — was developed. Written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, the song notes how realizing that... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Kelsea Ballerini Has “the Courage and Confidence” To Continue Pushing Genre Boundaries

While on stage and accepting the CMT Performance of the Year trophy for her Halsey duet “The Other Girl” at the 2021 CMT Music Awards, Kelsea Ballerini made a pointed statement in regards to her desire to continue to blend country with a multitude of other musical genres: “There was a lot of chatter on... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Premiere: Presley & Taylor Reveal “Don’t Even Know Your Mama” Video

Embedded from www.youtube.com. Sister duo Presley & Taylor return with a dramatic new track, “Don’t Even Know Your Mama,” penned by Tenille Arts and Adam Wheeler. The song’s protagonist ponders why she and her significant other too often relay between petty arguments and tender moments in their unsteady relationship–after all, as the duo sings, I... Read more » ... Continue Reading

WATCH: Kelly Clarkson Covers This Joe Diffie Classic Hit

Embedded from www.youtube.com. During her run on the first season of American Idol, where she became the very first winner of the televised talent competition, Kelly Clarkson showcased the incredible range of her vocal instrument, covering songs from Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin. Since her talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show debuted in 2019, the... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Michael Ray, Jake Hoot, Lily Rose Added to 2021 Concert for Love and Acceptance

Country music artist and philanthropist Ty Herndon, in partnership with CMT, has revealed new additions to the lineup for the 2021 Concert for Love and Acceptance, set to take place on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Produced by Herndon’s charitable foundation, The Foundation for Love & Acceptance, the event returns as a star-studded online event, co-hosted... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Toby Keith, Loretta Lynn, Luke Combs Among ACM Honors Winners

The Academy of Country Music has revealed the recipients of its Special Awards for the Academy of Country Music Awards, to be feted at this year’s ACM Honors ceremony. Several artists, including Luke Combs, Toby Keith, Loretta Lynn, Dan+Shay, country trio Lady A and Rascal Flatts, are among the honorees. The ACM Honors will be... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Tim McGraw Is A “Proud Pop” As His Daughter, Maggie, Receives Her Master’s Degree

When not enjoying the successful April release of the “Ultimate Edition” of his 2020-released, sixteenth studio album Here on Earth, iconic country vocalist Tim McGraw has other reasons for joy. A recent educational accomplishment by his daughter caused the “I Called Mama” vocalist to take to Twitter exuberantly: “We are so incredibly proud of our... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Luke Bryan Almost Sang Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”

Sure, after nearly a decade since its 2012 release, it’s impossible to imagine anyone other than Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard harmonizing that a love they’re pining for is like “a song,” and makes them “wanna roll [their] windows down.” However, in a recent interview for A Taste of Country’s “Secret History”... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Chris Young Enlists “Famous Friends” Lauren Alaina And Dan + Shay For New Album

It turns out that Chris Young’s “Famous Friends” duet with Kane Brown was only scratching the surface of the personal, good-time vibes he’s been preparing for his new album — also entitled Famous Friends — due out on Aug. 6. “For me, this album feels like I’m putting my arms around a whole lot of... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Rissi Palmer Says Race Relations Are “Improving” in Country Music, Advocates for More Progress

Whether tuned in to CMT’s Top 20 Countdown, listening to Apple Music’s Color Me Country podcast or eagerly anticipating her promised, forthcoming new album, groundbreaking country performer and broadcaster Rissi Palmer’s unusually busy — but awfully easy to find — these days. Noteworthy as well is her work as an advocate for modern era BIPOC... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Niko Moon Wants “No Sad Songs”: “I’m on a Mission of Happiness”

Embedded from www.youtube.com. Earlier this year, Niko Moon’s chart-topping debut single “Good Time” managed a feat no other song has done since Sam Hunt’s “Keep The Night On” in 2014: it simultaneously topped both Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and Hot Country Songs chart. When the infectious earworm was sent to country radio, Moon celebrated by... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Garth Brooks Will Bring His Stadium Tour to Nashville

There is not much in the music industry that Garth Brooks hasn’t conquered, with his legendary catalog of hits and his ability to put on a show that is both high-energy, yet maintains an intense connection with fans, whether they are in the front row or the very back of the venue. However, Brooks just... Read more » ... Continue Reading