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  • Dierks Bentley: A Q&A About Life, Death, and Picking Singles

    Dierks Bentley: A Q&A About Life, Death, and Picking Singles | ARTICLE

    In a genre that prides itself on being real, Dierks Bentley remains among the real-est, whether he’s doin’ a lot of leavin’ or a lot of rising. With this week’s release of his seventh album, "Riser," Bentley...

    March 11, 2014 5:51 PM ET
  • CMAs Backstage: Miranda Discusses Getting Skinny; Taylor Talks Strait

    CMAs Backstage: Miranda Discusses Getting Skinny; Taylor Talks Strait | ARTICLE

    Backstage at the CMA Awards, there was the usual amount of discussion about who got statues and why. But one of the other big topics was how Miranda Lambert got either more or less (depending on your...

    November 6, 2013 5:45 PM ET
  • CMA Races to Watch

    CMA Races to Watch | ARTICLE

    History may be made in several categories when the 47th annual Country Music Assn. Awards are telecast on Nov. 6. Taylor Swift is vying to become the first female to win Entertainer of the Year three times....

    September 11, 2013 5:55 PM ET
  • Taylor Swift Duets With Sara Bareilles, Cher Lloyd at L.A. Opening

    Taylor Swift Duets With Sara Bareilles, Cher Lloyd at L.A. Opening | ARTICLE

    Every time Taylor Swift is in the audience at an awards show, directors love cutting away to her during other artists' performances, because she's mouthing the words to everyone else's songs. She's as much a superfan as...

    August 19, 2013 6:05 PM ET
  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Get Steely With ‘Bakersfield’ Salute

    Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Get Steely With ‘Bakersfield’ Salute | ARTICLE

    It’s not always simple to tell who’s honoring who. Bakersfield, the just-released album by Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin, consists of half Merle Haggard covers and half Buck Owens tunes. Haggard loves it enough to...

    August 1, 2013 6:10 PM ET
  • Court Yard Hounds Perform Live

    Court Yard Hounds Perform Live | VIDEO

    "Nobody has one band anymore," laughs Martie Maguire. "They’ve got two and three and four!" By today's promiscuous musical standards, then, she and sister Emily Robison are actually playing it pretty conservative by keeping it to just...

    July 17, 2013 3:27 PM ET
  • Lady Antebellum On Going 'Downtown'

    Lady Antebellum On Going 'Downtown' | VIDEO

    Lady Antebellum have been enjoying the spunkiest and sauciest hit of their career with the chart-topping single "Downtown," even as the videos and promotional appearances for it feature Hillary Scott looking ever-so-more pregnant. As the band takes...

    June 12, 2013 1:52 PM ET
  • Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale: Alt-Country’s Dream Team

    Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale: Alt-Country’s Dream Team | ARTICLE

    It’s been a great season for alt-country duets records, as evidenced by three pairs of singers who just got nominated for favorite duo at the Americana Awards: Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison,...

    May 15, 2013 9:50 AM ET
  • Blake Shelton Previews A Rowdier New Album And A More Competitive New ‘Voice’ Season

    Blake Shelton Previews A Rowdier New Album And A More Competitive New ‘Voice’ Season | ARTICLE

    Blake Shelton may seem like a laconic fellow, but behind that casual country ‘tude, there’s obviously a lot of drive that lets him keep three irons in the fire—namely, the imminent arrivals of a new album, a...

    March 7, 2013 5:10 PM ET
  • Scotty, Lauren, Dierks, Luke Bryan, Many Others Debut Unreleased Tunes In Nashville Showcase

    Scotty, Lauren, Dierks, Luke Bryan, Many Others Debut Unreleased Tunes In Nashville Showcase | ARTICLE

    Outside of an awards show, it's hard to imagine a more star-studded concert than the one put on by Universal Music Group at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday. Get a gander at this bill: George Strait, Lady...

    March 1, 2013 10:26 AM ET
  • Jerrod Niemann Performs for Yahoo!

    Jerrod Niemann Performs for Yahoo! | VIDEO

    With his breakout No. 1 hit a couple of years back, Jerrod Niemann complained: "Lover, lover, you don't treat me no good no more." His brand new single, "Only God Could Love You More," is another break-up...

    January 10, 2013 5:55 PM ET
  • Aerosmith's Carrie Underwood Duet: Did Every Member Consider It A Match Made In Country 'Rocks' Heaven?

    Aerosmith's Carrie Underwood Duet: Did Every Member Consider It A Match Made In Country 'Rocks' Heaven? | ARTICLE

    Bon Jovi already went Nashville a while ago, but is the world ready for a country-fied Aerosmith? That's what they'll be getting with a Steven Tyler/Carrie Underwood that appears on the group's new album, Music From Another...

    November 1, 2012 11:10 AM ET
  • Swift Analysis: The (Almost) Definitive Guide to the Subjects of All 19 ‘Red’ Songs

    Swift Analysis: The (Almost) Definitive Guide to the Subjects of All 19 ‘Red’ Songs | ARTICLE

    Reading through the lyric booklet of Taylor Swift's Red, you may be surprised to come across the secret message that reads: P-A-U-L-I-S D-E-A-D. Just kidding. But not since the late '60s, when worried Beatlemaniacs scanned every microscopic bit of...

    October 23, 2012 9:15 AM ET
  • Pinkerton' Comes Alive at Weezer Tour Opener

    Pinkerton' Comes Alive at Weezer Tour Opener | ARTICLE

    During intermission at Weezer's Saturday night show at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheatre — the second, Pinkerton-centered night of the band's first pair of shows in the "Memories" tour — a slideshow of artifacts related to the album was...

    November 29, 2010 6:15 PM ET
  • Paul McCartney Revisits Beatles Classics, Solo Gems at Hollywood Bowl Marathon

    Paul McCartney Revisits Beatles Classics, Solo Gems at Hollywood Bowl Marathon | ARTICLE

    Has Paul McCartney been borrowing Bruce Springsteen's trainer? At 67, the former Beatle seems determined to suddenly turn his gigs into E Street-style marathons. When McCartney did an American mini-tour last spring and summer, fans (and,

    March 31, 2010 12:52 PM ET
  • How Gibbard and Farrar Turned Kerouac Folk on "One Fast Move or I'm Gone" Soundtrack

    How Gibbard and Farrar Turned Kerouac Folk on "One Fast Move or I'm Gone" Soundtrack | ARTICLE

    If you imagine a soundtrack for 1950s-60s beat writer Jack Kerouac, it's surely bebop, not country-folk. But that didn't stop Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard and Son Volt's Jay Farrar from collaborating on One Fast Move...

    November 16, 2009 11:34 AM ET
  • Michael Jackson Fans Flood to L.A. Landmarks to Remember King of Pop

    Michael Jackson Fans Flood to L.A. Landmarks to Remember King of Pop | ARTICLE

    Soon after word of Michael Jackson's death got around his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, bereft fans began looking for a focal point to gather and join in group-sings of "You Are Not Alone," "Remember the...

    June 26, 2009 6:29 AM ET
  • On the Scene at Coachella: Fans on What's Hot, Who Fizzled and Surviving the Campgrounds

    On the Scene at Coachella: Fans on What's Hot, Who Fizzled and Surviving the Campgrounds | ARTICLE

    Attend enough festivals, and eventually you will experience strange occurrences you never would have imagined — like being elbowed and shoved aside by sweaty, half-naked 20-year-olds rudely rushing the stage for a better look at Leonard Cohen....

    April 20, 2009 2:26 PM ET
  • Prince Pulls Out Three Different Sets for L.A. Triple-Gig Marathon

    Prince Pulls Out Three Different Sets for L.A. Triple-Gig Marathon | ARTICLE

    Ever since he gave up the glyph and shaved off those "slave" sideburns, Prince has focused on a higher class of gimmick, making all his newfangled publicity stunts revolve around his unchallenged brilliance as a live performer....

    March 30, 2009 9:26 AM ET
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