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  • Blake Shelton Organizing Benefit for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

    May 21, 2013 5:30 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Native Oklahoman Blake Shelton isn't just giving lip service to the devastation his home state has suffered this week. "The Voice" coach has sprung into action, telling Billboard that he's already organizing a benefit concert for tornado relief. Shelton, who revealed his plans after Tuesday's "Voice" episode, noted that details are still forthcoming. However, "I'm hoping it will raise a lot of money," he noted. "Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickl...  | More »

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

    May 15, 2013 9:50 AM ET
     |  Chris Willman

    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, and Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale. All these recorded pairings have been in the makings for decades, and it’s just a coincidence of timing—maybe overseen by the Louvin Brothers from up above—that these projects all finally came to fruition ...  | More »

  • Carrie Underwood Named New Opener for ‘Sunday Night Football’

    May 9, 2013 5:15 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Countless male football fans were disappointed last month when Faith Hill made the announcement she'd be retiring as the sexy opening number for NBC's "Sunday Night Football." However, they'll no doubt perk right up again when they hear who her replacement is--it's yet another country-music beauty, Carrie Underwood. The six-time Grammy Award winner and "American Idol," who was officially named the new "SNF" opener on Tuesday, says she's "thrilled" and "honored" that ...  | More »

  • Kellie Pickler Has Touching Reunion With Injured Drummer Onstage

    May 1, 2013 9:10 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    "American Idol" alum and "Dancing With The Stars" favorite Kellie Pickler received the surprise of a lifetime on Friday night when her drummer Gregg Lohman--who just two months ago was badly injured in a car accident--joined her unexpectedly onstage in Illinois. Picker and her crew were playing in Lohman's hometown of Effingham, and the singer knew he was in the audience with his family watching the show. What she didn't expect, however, was to find him sitting behind the drums all...  | More »

  • Video: The Band Perry Talks New Album

    April 24, 2013 11:40 AM ET

    When sibling trio The Band Perry entered the Ram Country studios to perform some of their new tunes, the atmosphere was considerably jubilant. The sibling trio had just come off a very successful release week for their new album, Pioneer, which entered the country albums chart at No. 1 and the all-genre Billboard 200 at No. 2. This would be fantastic news at any time, but it's especially sweet for the young band, who were in the enviable-but-stressful position of following up their mass...  | More »

  • Say What? Sophomore Slump? No Way: The Band Perry Talks ‘Pioneer’-ing New Album

    April 24, 2013 9:40 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    When sibling trio The Band Perry entered the Ram Country studios to perform some of their new tunes, the atmosphere was considerably jubilant. The sibling trio had just come off a very successful release week for their new album, Pioneer, which entered the country albums chart at No. 1 and the all-genre Billboard 200 at No. 2. This would be fantastic news at any time, but it's especially sweet for the young band, who were in the enviable-but-stressful position of following up their mass...  | More »

  • Gretchen Wilson Talks Triple-Release 2013, Being Her Own Boss, and Nearly a Decade of Being the ‘Redneck Woman’

    April 17, 2013 4:20 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Gretchen Wilson put out her last album, I Got Your Country Right Here, three years ago--but the famous Redneck Woman has hardly been resting on her laurels during all that time. In the interim, she's moved homes, solidified plans for three--yes, three--albums to be released in 2013, and found her footing as a record label owner (Wilson founded her own Redneck Records in 2009 after parting ways with original label Sony). Wilson, who has a well-documented history of ups and downs with her...  | More »

  • Nashville Newcomer Jaida Dreyer Talks About Her Unusual Path To Performing

    April 11, 2013 9:15 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Every artist in Nashville comes to town with a story to tell--but Jaida Dreyer has a particularly interesting one of her own. The blond newcomer, who originally came to town to be a songwriter but has since evolved into a seasoned performer, found her way into her career via a thorny road worthy of a ballad in itself. The Canadian-born Dreyer, whose parents split up when she was 12, found herself leading a nomadic life with her mom--living in seven states by the time she turned 18. Throughou...  | More »

  • Brad Paisley Explains ‘Accidental Racism’ on ‘Ellen’

    April 9, 2013 5:40 PM ET
     |  Breanne L. Heldman

    You'd think the collaboration between a country star like Brad Paisley and a rapper like LL Cool J would have everyone applauding such a genre mash-up. Instead, the song, "Accidental Racist," has people up in arms.Thankfully, Paisley paid a visit to "Ellen," where he was able to clear the air.But first, let's rewind for a sec. In the nearly six-minute track, the two create a dialogue about race relations in America. Paisley, 40, describes being a white man in the South as "walk...  | More »

  • Blake Shelton Talks Tabloids, ACMs and Beauty Pageant Days!

    April 5, 2013 9:20 AM ET
     |  Tiffany Lee

    Before country singer Blake Shelton became a chart-topping superstar and TV judge, Shelton took any chance he could get to perform on stage. One of those chances? A Valentine's Day-themed beauty pageant in 1985 when he was just 8 or 9 years old! Cue the awwwws. The eager mini Shelton bounced around the stage like a little Elvis singing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" as the audience clapped along. In an interview, Shelton told CBS This Morning's Gayle King, "Because I ...  | More »

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