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  • Sara Evans: My 10 Favorite Duets

    Sara Evans: My 10 Favorite Duets | ARTICLE

    It's been more than 15 years since Sara Evans scored her first chart-topping hit with "No Place That Far," a country tearjerker featuring Vince Gill on backup vocals. Since then, she's collaborated on outside tracks with...

    July 29, 2014 3:16 PM ET
  • Songwriter Spotlight: Jaren Johnston

    Songwriter Spotlight: Jaren Johnston | ARTICLE

    Some country songwriters prefer to remain behind the scenes. Others, like Jaren Johnston, are working musicians who front their own bands. As the driving force behind the Cadillac Three (recently named one of Rolling Stone Country's "

    July 29, 2014 12:16 PM ET
  • Jenny Lewis Shares Nashville Inspiration for New Album

    Jenny Lewis Shares Nashville Inspiration for New Album | ARTICLE

    Last summer, when Jenny Lewis left her Laurel Canyon home and hit the road for the Postal Service's 10-year anniversary tour, she'd already been working on her third solo album for nearly half a decade. Her father...

    July 28, 2014 4:36 PM ET
  • Watch Video of Brett Eldredge Shark Diving

    Watch Video of Brett Eldredge Shark Diving | VIDEO

    Brett Eldredge knows how to party. On July 17th — one month after "Beat of the Music" climbed to the top of the country charts, giving the country singer his second consecutive Number One hit —...

    July 22, 2014 3:21 PM ET
  • Songwriter Spotlight: Richard Marx

    Songwriter Spotlight: Richard Marx | ARTICLE

    Richard Marx dominated pop radio during the late Eighties and early Nineties, sending his first seven singles — including "Should've Known Better, "Endless Summer Nights" and the mother of all piano-propelled power ballads, "Right Here Waiting"...

    July 16, 2014 2:35 PM ET
  • Dolly Parton Gay-Friendly Dance Album on the Way?

    Dolly Parton Gay-Friendly Dance Album on the Way? | ARTICLE

    Four decades after writing "Coat of Many Colors," Dolly Parton is showing some more love for the rainbow. On a conference call last week, the country icon spoke about an unreleased track called "Just a...

    July 15, 2014 5:25 PM ET
  • Kip Moore Confronts ESPN Radio Host Over Ticket Scalpers

    Kip Moore Confronts ESPN Radio Host Over Ticket Scalpers | ARTICLE

    Months before the release of his second album, Kip Moore is waging a battle with ticket scalpers, many of whom have been buying tickets to the country singer's headlining tour — which launches on September 25, following...

    July 15, 2014 4:35 PM ET
  • Carrie Underwood's 'Music' Receives Four Emmy Nods

    Carrie Underwood's 'Music' Receives Four Emmy Nods | ARTICLE

     The Sound of Music Live, starring Carrie Underwood in the lead role of Maria, was nominated for four Emmy awards Thursday: Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Special Class Program...

    July 11, 2014 8:44 AM ET
  • 7 Reasons Why Hootie Was Country All Along

    7 Reasons Why Hootie Was Country All Along | ARTICLE

    Long before he rebranded himself as a chart-topping country singer, Darius Rucker built his reputation as "Hootie," the baritone-voiced frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish. The group specialized in pop songs disguised as bar-band tunes —...

    July 10, 2014 9:20 AM ET
  • Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson Duet With Teen Prodigy

    Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson Duet With Teen Prodigy | ARTICLE

    Yesterday, Mary Sarah turned 19 years old. Today, she's releasing Bridges, a duet-filled album featuring cameos by some of the biggest living legends of country music. See Where Dolly Parton Lands on Our...

    July 8, 2014 3:30 PM ET
  • Johnny Cash Meets Future Wife

    Johnny Cash Meets Future Wife | VIDEO

    On July 7, 1956, Johnny Cash walked onto the Grand Ole Opry's stage for the first time,  armed with an acoustic guitar, his Tennessee Two bandmates and his soon-to-be iconic black suit. "I Walk the...

    July 7, 2014 3:00 PM ET
  • Dierks Bentley, Secret Sisters Salute Jack Clement — Song Premiere

    Dierks Bentley, Secret Sisters Salute Jack Clement — Song Premiere | ARTICLE

    As a solo artist, Cowboy Jack Clement didn't record many albums. The man could sing, play guitar and write hit songs, but he preferred to do most of his work behind the soundboard, where he recorded...

    July 7, 2014 12:32 PM ET
  • RCA Studio A Owner Responds to Ben Folds' Plea

    RCA Studio A Owner Responds to Ben Folds' Plea | ARTICLE

    It's been a hot (and heated) summer on Music Row, the Nashville neighborhood that houses many of the city's recording studios and record labels. RCA Studio A, whose potential sale to a Tennessee-based development...

    July 2, 2014 12:05 PM ET
  • Cory Branan Recruits Jason Isbell for 'You Make Me' — Song Premiere

    Cory Branan Recruits Jason Isbell for 'You Make Me' — Song Premiere | ARTICLE

    A country boy with a punk-rock heart, Cory Branan fires twin barrels of barroom boogie woogie and honky-tonk twang on "You Make Me," the kickoff track from his upcoming release, The No-Hit Wonder.

    July 1, 2014 11:22 AM ET
  • Doobie Brothers Help Zac Brown Band Bring 'Funky Dixieland' to Boston

    Doobie Brothers Help Zac Brown Band Bring 'Funky Dixieland' to Boston | ARTICLE

    Zac Brown Band kicked off a two-night stand at Boston's Fenway Park last weekend by rolling out a few surprises, including a rare cover of the Doobie Brothers' chart-topping classic, "Black Water" — performed with...

    June 30, 2014 3:40 PM ET
  • 'Band of Brothers' Shoots Shotgun Willie to Top of the Charts

    'Band of Brothers' Shoots Shotgun Willie to Top of the Charts | ARTICLE

    Willie Nelson is riding high on the Billboard charts this week. Band of Brothers, his newest album, sold 37,000 copies during its first week of release, sending the record to the top...

    June 25, 2014 4:07 PM ET
  • Nashville's Historic RCA Studio A to Be Sold

    Nashville's Historic RCA Studio A to Be Sold | ARTICLE

    The Nashville building that houses RCA Studio A, one of the most historic, active studios in country music history, is being sold to a development company that specializes in residential properties. Rolling Stone's...

    June 25, 2014 1:34 PM ET
  • New Musical Brings Country Music to Off-Broadway

    New Musical Brings Country Music to Off-Broadway | ARTICLE

    Over the past decade, Broadway has seen its share of musicals based on the country songbook. The short-lived Ring of Fire wove its story around the hits of Johnny Cash. Million Dollar Quartet focused on songs by Cash,

    June 23, 2014 1:25 PM ET
  • Dot Records Expands Roster With Drake White

    Dot Records Expands Roster With Drake White | ARTICLE

    Weeks after howling his way through one of Rolling Stone Country's favorite sets at CMA Music Fest 2014, country-soul songwriter Drake White has signed with Dot Records, the historic Tennessee-based label that launched in...

    June 23, 2014 9:30 AM ET
  • Dierks Bentley Writes Theme Song for Biker Show

    Dierks Bentley Writes Theme Song for Biker Show | ARTICLE

    Biker Battleground Phoenix premieres on History on July 1st, bringing viewers into the world of motorcycle machismo and customized bike construction with a little help from Dierks Bentley, who sings the reality show's theme song.

    June 20, 2014 11:14 AM ET
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