• Video:  Sheryl Crow on Going Country

    March 28, 2014 1:45 PM ET

    Some may have been surprised when superstar Sheryl Crow -- who's best known for her pop-oriented slateof hits, such as "All I Want to Do" and "Soak Up the Sun" -- decided to make a move to country music with her latest album, "Feels Like Home," which has pushed her firmly into the ranks of country awards shows, peer recognition, and a new fanbase. Turns out that the genre has never been far from the Missouri native's heart: "I've just never been interested in the whole format ...  | More »

  • Video: Billy Ray Cyrus and Dionne Warwick

    March 19, 2014 11:05 AM ET

    "It was all about timing and purpose." That's how Billy Ray Cyrus explains his -- surprising to some -- collaboration with vocal legend Dionne Warwick. The pair have released a moving ballad, "Hope is Just Ahead" which has been charming fans of all genres of music, in great part to the unexpectedly seamless way the two very different singers' voices meld together. As it turns out, Cyrus and Warwick were brought together by Warwick's son, who heard the song while Cyrus was tapi...  | More »

  • Video: You Really Can't Slow Sara Evans Down

    March 12, 2014 9:55 AM ET

    Sara Evans has been having a very busy day. By the time she arrives at the Ram Country studios to perform music from her brand-new album, she's already done five straight hours of radio interviews, and is understandably feeling a little bit on the wilted side. Given that, one can't begrudge her the red solo cup in her hand...which she admits, with a smile and without apology, contains a beer. It's this sort of casual, down-to-earth attitude that makes Evans adorable -- and ac...  | More »

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

    March 11, 2014 5:51 PM ET
     |  Chris Willman

    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 again proves himself one of the best and most relate-able country stars we’ve got. It’s a collection that covers even more territory than usual, including the subjects of being a parent, losing a parent…and, not to stray too far from the country ...  | More »

  • Video: The Eli Young Band On Their New Album

    March 5, 2014 10:25 AM ET

    The Eli Young Band have seen a lot of things happen since meeting each other in college some time ago: Number one hits, major label deals, career-defining album releases, marriage, fatherhood. Still, the main thing that matters is that they've hung in there all this time...together. "We’re the same four dudes," singer Mike Eli asserts. "We’re just living different; we’re in different places in our lives." Guitarist James Young agrees, explaining that the journey the b...  | More »

  • Video: Frankie Ballard on Detroit's Influences

    February 21, 2014 10:30 AM ET

    Although Frankie Ballard has just released his sophomore album, "Sunshine & Whiskey," and is having absolutely no trouble distinguishing himself in country-music central Nashville, he still finds himself having to explain one thing: His Great Lake State heritage. True, Michigan is a region that's better known for Eminem than Ernest Tubb. "A lot of people ask me 'Frankie, what do you know about country music, man? You’re from Michigan!' And here’s what I always ...  | More »

  • Are You Ready to "Party" With Jon Pardi?

    February 13, 2014 11:45 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    There are plenty of talented young songwriters in Nashville, so suffice to say that it's not an easy task standing out in Music City. That didn't scare or intimidate rising star Jon Pardi, however, who says he came to the town to write some good ol' raucous country. The California native (he was raised in a city just a short distance from the state capitol) grew up listening to his grandma's favorite classic country, and knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue mus...  | More »

  • Jennifer Nettles Details All The Facets of 'That Girl'

    February 5, 2014 11:25 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    One would be forgiven in thinking that Jennifer Nettles had simply decided to take a break. For most of the past year, the Sugarland vocalist had laid low in terms of career moves -- but, then again, a multitude of activity was humming in her personal life. She had recently gotten married, started a family (baby boy Magnus was born in December 2012), and, like many new moms, seemed to be merely enjoying a bit of domestic time out of the spotlight.  Turns out that Nettles was up to far ...  | More »

  • Mötley Crüe Announces Country Tribute Album

    January 29, 2014 4:15 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    When veteran rockers Mötley Crüe teased fans with the news that they'd have a very, very big announcement to come in January, most music lovers correctly guessed the band was planning on anouncing their retirement. That indeed happened on Tuesday, with the group promising a blowout farewell tour to usher their three-plus decades of metal into history.  What wasn't quite expected, however, was another little bit of info. The Crüe informed a press gathering that t...  | More »

  • Nashville's Outlaw Grammy Winners

    January 24, 2014 11:45 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Kacey Musgraves, who is up for a remarkable four Grammy Awards on Sunday, has been shaking things up not only on the Nashville scene, but also attracting attention on a  level rarely achieved so quickly by a new artist. The young Grammy nominee has bewitched music critics not only for her genuine talent, but on an equal level for delivering messages that run on the somewhat counter — for Tennessee, anyway — culture side. If you're not familiar (where have you been, by t...  | More »

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