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Cowboy Jack Clement

Country Music Icon “Cowboy” Jack Clement Passes Away

Yet another icon of country music has passed away. “Cowboy” Jack Clement, known and respected throughout the music industry for his work as a songwriter and producer, died in his Nashville home on Thursday after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 82. Clement’s nickname was an anomaly, to say the least, since he preferred Hawaiian shirts and never liked horses. He started being called “Cowboy” from his role […]

Vince Gill Paul Franklin Bakersfield

Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Pay Tribute to “Bakersfield”

Here’s an interesting tidbit of country history, known mainly to old-school aficionados like me: besides Nashville, one of country’s biggest hotspots was once…Bakersfield. Yes, Bakersfield. From the late 1950s into the 1970s, Bakersfield, California formed a solid reputation for its particular take on Western Swing, known throughout the industry as the “Bakersfield Sound.” Local country icons Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, along with their bands, became the poster boys for […]

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars Live In the Tension on New Self-Titled Album (review)

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For the record, Joy Williams and John Paul White (known collectively as The Civil Wars) are still not getting along. In fact, last month Williams admitted to the Associated Press that she and her bandmate aren’t even speaking right now. When the duo unceremoniously and abruptly called off their tour last fall citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition,” it was unclear whether we’d ever hear from them again. […]

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” To the Top: Can They Stay There?

Few would dispute the notion that country duo Florida Georgia Line is currently the hottest act going in country music right now. Their hit song “Cruise”, according to Billboard, recently broke the record for consecutive number of months on the Hot Country Songs chart, sitting comfortably in that slot for the last 22 weeks. Not to mention that since “Cruise” was released, the whole get-a-hot-girl-into-your-pickup-truck theme has become a “thing” […]

Randy Travis

Randy Travis Released from Hospital, Heads for Physical Therapy

Good news yesterday for Randy Travis fans: after three weeks in the hospital due to congestive heart failure, followed by a stroke, the 54-year-old singer has been released from The Heart Hospital Plano in the Dallas, Texas area. His next stop is an undisclosed physical therapy center where he will undergo extended treatment. Travis was admitted to the hospital on July 7 for what was described as “complications from recently […]

Lizzie Sider

Country Act to Watch: Lizzie Sider

While the pressing music news on my beat lately has obviously been about Randy Travis’ condition, there have been some new country artists recently bubbling up on the scene which I think deserve to be on your radar. One of these is a high schooler from Florida named Lizzie Sider. Sider started making waves last year with her single “Butterfly” (penned with Jamie O’Neal), along with her EP of the […]

Randy Travis

Randy Travis Update: Singer Stabilized, Long Recovery Anticipated

First, the good news: according to Baylor doctors who posted a video update via YouTube, Randy Travis’s medical condition has stabilized after being hospitalized last week for a heart condition, followed by a stroke requiring emergency surgery to relieve pressure on the country singer’s brain. He is still listed in critical condition, but stable, and is awake and responsive to voices. The bad news, however, is that Travis still faces […]

Randy Travis

Randy Travis Update: Country Singer Undergoes Emergency Surgery for Stroke

UPDATE 7/13/13: The latest reports on country singer Randy Travis’ condition, according to Travis’ publicist (via Billboard and CNN), are that the country singer is “heavily sedated” but is “resting comfortably” after surgery on Wednesday. Travis remains in critical condition, however, and the family is continuing to ask for prayers from his fans. –ED Unfortunately, the health problems of country icon Randy Travis have apparently gotten even more complicated. After […]


Randy Travis In Critical Condition in Texas Hospital

Country legend Randy Travis is in critical condition in an unnamed Texas hospital. According to a written statement released Monday from publicist Kirt Webster, the singer was admitted to the hospital on Sunday due to complications from “recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.” Viral cardiomyopathy is an infection of the heart muscle which can be caused by any of a number of different viruses. Symptoms can include fever, headache, and chest pain […]

Chris Stapleton, What Are You Listening To

Country Act to Watch: Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton is one of those long-time music industry veterans that not a lot of people have heard of, basically because most of his success to date has been found behind the scenes. Stapleton has penned no less than 150 songs that have been performed on label releases by the likes of George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Adele, Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley, to name a few. As a performer, he […]


Country Act to Watch: Gwen Sebastian

If you’ve heard the name Gwen Sebastian tossed around a few times in the past several months, it’s not surprising. After the country artist was eliminated just before the live shows in The Voice Season 2, her mentor Blake Shelton apparently saw something more in her; Sebastian went on to be part of touring bands for both Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert, was a featured vocalist on the song “My […]


Country Act To Watch: Brett Eldredge

This spring, while most of country music’s attention has been riveted toward current chart dominators like Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry, a dark horse named Brett Eldredge has been quietly climbing the charts. His single “Don’t Ya” is currently sitting at Number 13 on the Billboard Country charts, just above Kip Moore and Miranda Lambert. Eldredge’s story is a fairly familiar one: Midwestern boy figures out […]


The Civil Wars Unveil Advance Single “The One That Got Away”

After a brilliant rise to fame thanks to a rustic, country/folky sound with impeccable harmonies; after their debut album Barton Hollow went gold and went on to win two Grammys; at the end of 2012, it suddenly appeared that the duo known as The Civil Wars were unfortunately living up to their name. Fans were shocked when the band announced on their Facebook page that they were abruptly cancelling their […]


CMT Music Awards 2013 Recap

Last night’s fan-voted CMT Music Awards (effectively country music’s answer to the MTV Video Awards) didn’t upset any apple carts—no real surprises and no shockers. At the same time, this year’s awards weren’t monopolized by one or two artists, but were spread fairly evenly across the board as the country fans voted, with only two artists taking home more than one buckle for the night. Who were the two artists? […]


New Johnny Cash Museum Now Open in Nashville

After Johnny Cash passed away in 2003 (a few months after his wife June Carter passed), his famous home in Hendersonville, TN became the “House of Cash” museum, a place for fans to come and remember. The museum was closed when the property was sold to a developer; then the house itself burned down in 2007, leaving fans with no place to remember his legacy. Thanks to family friends Bill […]

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