Artist Profile

Ray Price, Pt. 1: The Final Days

Janie Price finished out her 43 years, six months and eight days as Ray Price’s wife, confidante and pickup-riding friend by doing what she always did: taking care of her husband, tending to his grooming,...Read full article... »

Jim Ed Brown Ends 30-Year Recording Hiatus

Jim Ed Brown Ends 30-Year Recording Hiatus

Loyal audiences at the Grand Ole Opry have never thought of Jim Ed Brown as out of style. If anything, they embrace him as an exemplar of classic Nashville values: sincerity, melodiousness and tradition. For...Read full article... »

Miranda Lambert’s Red Carpet Strategies

Miranda Lambert’s Red Carpet Strategies

It’s easy to picture Miranda Lambert on her farm, in a T-shirt and cutoffs. But when the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year walks the Red Carpet, it’s time for her to shine. Not...Read full article... »

Country Headliners Join The Doobie Brothers’ <em>Southbound</em> Ride

Country Headliners Join The Doobie Brothers’ Southbound Ride

On Nov. 4, Arista Nashville will release Southbound, an album destined to stand out in The Doobie Brothers’ long and illustrious catalog. The titles in Southbound are familiar. What makes their performance different is the...Read full article... »

Pt. 2 Angaleena Presley on Dignity, Struggle and Survival

Pt. 2 Angaleena Presley on Dignity, Struggle and Survival

It used to be that the middle class represented the broadest category of society in the United States. These days, that demographic is feeling squeezed from both sides. But the story of those who aspired...Read full article... »

PART 2: GUTHRIE TRAPP PULLS THE VEIL FROM NASHVILLE SESSIONS

PART 2: GUTHRIE TRAPP PULLS THE VEIL FROM NASHVILLE SESSIONS

In the first part of our conversation with Guthrie Trapp for CMACloseUp.com, the guitarist spoke candidly about what it takes to break into Nashville’s most exclusive club – top-call session musicians. Here, he draws from...Read full article... »

LITTLE BIG TOWN PUSHES THE LIMITS … AGAIN

LITTLE BIG TOWN PUSHES THE LIMITS … AGAIN

Jimi Westbrook has been singing next to Kimberly Schlapman for over 16 years with Little Big Town. Yet it wasn’t until the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year was recording its sixth studio album...Read full article... »

Pt. 1: Angaleena Presley Celebrates the American Middle Class

Pt. 1: Angaleena Presley Celebrates the American Middle Class

Is the American Middle Class really vanishing? If so, then Angaleena Presley’s solo album debut is its requiem. Titled American Middle Class and released Oct. 14 by Slate Creek Records, it also pays tribute to...Read full article... »

Guitar Ace Guthrie Trapp Opens Up on Nashville Sessions

Guitar Ace Guthrie Trapp Opens Up on Nashville Sessions

Computers and layering have become the norm in pop music recording pretty much everywhere except in Nashville. Traditions die hard here, especially those that honor the song and celebrate the magic of musicians playing together...Read full article... »

PT 2: BILLY JOE SHAVER REFLECTS ON FAME AND FAITH

PT 2: BILLY JOE SHAVER REFLECTS ON FAME AND FAITH

In Part 1 (CLICK HERE), as his friend and ex-wife Wanda Lynn Shaver tended to his ailing knee, Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver reminisced for CMACloseUp.com about his emergence as a songwriter through Waylon Jennings’...Read full article... »

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