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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: 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…

PT. 1: BACKSTAGE AT CMA FEST WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD

The most action-packed night on the Country Music calendar begins at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT on Tuesday, August 5. For three solid hours, ABC Network Television will broadcast “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,”…Read full article…

DUSTIN LYNCH PREVIEWS HIS SOPHOMORE ALBUM

The first single, “Where It’s At” (written by Cary Barlowe, Zach Crowell and Matt Jenkins), from Dustin Lynch’s anticipated sophomore album, started off with a bang, being added by 79 radio stations the first week…Read full article…

PT. 1: COWBOY JACK CLEMENT’S EARLY YEARS

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…

LEAH TURNER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Leah Turner was raised in California’s Morongo Valley, the daughter of a rodeo champion. She was just 3 when she began sitting at her grandmother’s piano, trying to make real chords. When she was 5,…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…

DEBUT SPOTLIGHT: SUSAN TONEY

In November 2003, the night of her birthday, Susan Toney miraculously survived a rollover car crash. Suffering from internal bleeding, skull fractures, with external wounds on her forehead, ears, nose and mouth, and multiple broken…Read full article…

PHOTOS: BIG SMO VISITS CMA

Warner Music Nashville artist Big Smo stopped by CMA Friday as he prepares to release his new album, Kuntry Livin’ in June. A Middle Tennessee native, Big Smo describes his sound as a unique blend…Read full article…