Artist Profile

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... »

PT 2: WHAT SAMMY KERSHAW LEARNED FROM GEORGE JONES

PT 2: WHAT SAMMY KERSHAW LEARNED FROM GEORGE JONES

In Part 1 of our interview with Sammy Kershaw, the celebrated Country traditionalist reflected on the high bar he set for himself with Do You Know Me? – A Tribute to George Jones. Released July...Read full article... »

PT 1: SAMMY KERSHAW HONORS GEORGE JONES

PT 1: SAMMY KERSHAW HONORS GEORGE JONES

You can’t set a higher bar for excellence in Country singing than the one set by George Jones. No artist in this genre deserves more to be honored – yet because of his unique artistry,...Read full article... »

PT 2: COWBOY JACK CLEMENT — THE TIMELESS TOUCH

PT 2: COWBOY JACK CLEMENT — THE TIMELESS TOUCH

On July 15, the new I.R.S. Records Nashville label debuted with For Once and For All, the third and final album from Cowboy Jack Clement, recorded just months before he died at age 82 on...Read full article... »

PT 1: BILLY JOE SHAVER EMBRACES HIS OUTCAST PAST

PT 1: BILLY JOE SHAVER EMBRACES HIS OUTCAST PAST

Billy Joe Shaver is being nursed by his most recent three-times-ex-wife, Wanda Lynn Shaver. He needs to get healthy enough to hit the road for what he’s sure will be a hit album, one that...Read full article... »

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