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PT. 2: LYNDSEY HIGHLANDER KICKS OFF “THE STOMP”

In this second installment of our story on “The Stomp,” the new concert series dedicated to raising the profile of female Country artists, founder/performer Lyndsey Highlander reflects on who she hopes these monthly shows will…Read full article…

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

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…

Brian Collins: Debut Spotlight

Take elements of Eli Young Band, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen and Marc Broussard, and the results point the way toward Brian Collins. His broad range of influences have enabled him to share stages with KISS,…Read full article…

Brothers Osborne: Debut Spotlight

Growing up the sons of a working-class mother and father, T.J. and John Osborne learned at an early age how to make do with what they had. Their blue-collar rural Maryland upbringing was far from…Read full article…

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BRINGS LEE BRICE SONG TO LIFE

In the Aug/Sept 2014 issue of CMA Close Up, Lee Brice described “Girls in Bikinis,” a track from his new I Don’t Dance album, as “a very universal subject to write a song about.” His writing partners Rodney…Read full article…

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…

MITCH GOUDY: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Born and raised in rural Bloomfield, Iowa, Mitch Goudy faced a personal crisis early in his life when a knee injury permanently limited his ability to play sports. To help him get through this difficult…Read full article…

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 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…

DANIEL LEE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

“I’m Country as cornbread,” said Daniel Lee, laughing. “I grew up on everything, gospel music, rock, rap … There’s not one genre that I don’t listen to. But the first song I ever picked on…Read full article…

PT 1: LYNDSEY HIGHLANDER STOMPS FOR FEMALE COUNTRY ARTISTS

Let’s say you’re an up-and-coming Country star. You’ve got talent, ambition and a strong sense for what’s right and wrong. You’re feisty and opinionated and not afraid to look a problem squarely in the eye…Read full article…

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…

BRANDON CHASE SHARES CMA FEST DIARY

No artist ever forgets what it’s like to perform for the first time at CMA Music Festival. But as Brandon Chase prepared for this milestone in 2014, he made sure the memories would always be…Read full article…

JOHN RICH LAUNCHES HIS “REDNECK RIVIERA” LIFESTYLE BRAND

Appropriately, the Redneck Riviera brand debuted with a splash on Florida’s Panama City Beach. On March 18, a press conference at Spinnaker preceded a blowout party involving thousands of spring break revelers, with music provided…Read full article…

RONNIE DUNN, PART 2: CELEBRATING PEACE LOVE AND COUNTRY MUSIC

Though much is happening in Dunn’s career at the moment, we figured we’d begin our conversation by looking briefly back to his earlier years, beginning with his arrival in Nashville, where he found a place…Read full article…

RONNIE DUNN, PART 1: CELEBRATING PEACE LOVE AND COUNTRY MUSIC

Following his epic run in Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn has charted his own course through two albums. Arista released his self-titled, self-produced solo debut in 2011. And on April 8, he followed with Peace…Read full article…

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: DAN + SHAY

Early in 2013, Dan Smyers threw a party at his place. Among the folks who showed up was Shay Mooney. They’d never met, though both had been drawn to Nashville to take their chances in…Read full article…

LIVE AT LAST: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS RELEASE THEIR FIRST CONCERT ALBUM, PART 1

With all the miles traveled over their four decades together, doing around 150 concerts each year, The Oak Ridge Boys have entertained countless Country and gospel enthusiasts from several generations. That’s why it’s almost a…Read full article…

HUNTER HAYES TARGETS 24-HOUR CONCERT RECORD

In a campaign to battle child hunger, 2013 CMA New Artist Award winner Hunter Hayes is teaming with ConAgra Foods and planning a grueling 24-hour concert marathon in May. “Hunter Hayes’ 24 Hour Road Race…Read full article…