The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>
To begin a remembrance of George Jones, one need look no further than his song lyrics. "He stopped loving her today, they placed a wreath upon his door." "Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone, and so are you." Jones died this morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after being hospitalized the ... More >>
It seems odd we'd ever find occasion to offer the following advice: Don't do what Willie did. But as tax day approaches, it's the wisest advice we can offer. Don't leave the management of your finances to Price Waterhouse, if they turn around and advise you to utilize shady tax shelters. That's what ... More >>
Thirty years ago today, something big happened in country music. On March 7, 1983, just two years after MTV and the Buggles ushered onto our television sets a consistent -- well, for a time -- rotation of pop music programming, The Nashville Network premiered. It revolutionized the country music vid ... More >>
Country music has given us some of the sappiest most godawful finest, most touching love songs of the last several decades, but when it comes to break-up songs, that's where the genre truly earns its keep on the charts. We picked the most vengeful, the most spiteful, the most downright angry country ... More >>
When it comes to political touchstones, country music is all about po' folks and old time religion, issues that largely resonate with folks no matter where they sit on the political spectrum. As we gear up for the November election, it's important to think about what you support -- not just politi ... More >>
See also: Randy Travis, unedited. So... what's new with Randy Travis? Well, he's set to perform at Mystic Lake Casino on September 21, and the next day he'll be at Black Bear. He's got a new album for sale at the Cracker Barrel, and last year, several of his friends -- Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johns ... More >>
A fresh take on a traditional sound
Stephen Colbert approves of Bachmann buying the Ames Straw Poll.Michele Bachmann's dominant showing at the Ames Straw Poll is a great achievement -- unless you think about how she did it. Bachmann bought 6,000 straw poll tickets, which cost $30 each, and handed them out to supporters. She also u ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerRosanne Cash August 31, 2010 Minnesota State Fair, Leinie Lodge Bandshell On a summer night that brought two of music's biggest female artists to stages in St. Paul - Carrie Underwood at the State Fair Grandstand, and Lady Gaga at the Xcel Energy Center - it was on a thi ... More >>
Had my father truly loved me, he would have forced Davy Jones to marry me at gunpoint. Today, I've got love on my mind. Is it because I've been invited to a wedding every goddamned weekend the month of July, and so love has been striking in the form of RSVP cards, Target gift registries, swea ... More >>
No, we're not making fun of Carrie Underwood.
New music from M.anifest and Brother Ali, No Bird Sing interviewed & audio from Chris Koza State Fair performance.
Today I head back from my hometown's county fair; cheap Sparks and heckling Blake Shelton made for a rough three nights.
Working an hour behind the scenes for every minute on the mic, Lil Buddy strives to make it big
Now that Music Row has gone mainstream, an industry insider describes the nation's newest company town.
Music-wise, this weekend's Mill City Festival looks like a winner. Business-wise, it's a $1.7 million gamble.