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Chris Willman


  • Kacey Musgraves's 'Biscuits' are Gravy at Industry Showcase

    Musgraves is joined by Eric Church, Keith Urban and more in a showcase of new and hit material.

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  • Dylan's Bloody-Best Album: 40 Facts About the 40-Year-Old 'Blood on the Tracks'

    Blood on the Tracks has left a 40-year blood trail back to the moment when rock’s most celebrated singer/songwriter released what stands as arguably the finest album of his career. Bob Dylan hardly faced an impossibly high bar when the album was released on January 20, 1975, since he’d been on an artistic downturn since […]

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  • Trisha Yearwood On Family, Food, 'PrizeFight'-ing, and Touring With Garth

    Trisha Yearwood’s new album, PrizeFighter, might be the result of a seven-year itch. It’s been that long since her previous project came out, and there are several reasons for that: The singer suddenly found herself full-time in Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, her hit Food Network show, as well as dealing with the bestselling cookbooks (and, now, […]

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  • Keith Urban, Other Country Stars Pay Tribute to Vince Gill at BMI Awards

    If you’re looking for great country music bromances, look no further than the one between Vince Gill and Keith Urban. Gill was honored at Tuesday night’s annual BMI Awards in Nashville with the “Icon” lifetime achievement award, and the highlight of this dinner every year is the all-star musical tribute to the honoree. Urban led […]

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

    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 […]

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  • CMAs Backstage: Miranda Discusses Getting Skinny; Taylor Talks Strait

    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 viewpoint)… statuesque. In three words: Girlfriend is slim. "I just feel like I needed to get ahead of […]

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  • CMA Races to Watch

    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. She is currently tied with Barbara Mandrell as one of only two women to have won the award […]

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

    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 superstar. Monday night, she got to play both gracious hostess and humble pop devotee as she brought out […]

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

    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 have written liner notes for the project. But maybe Hag shouldn’t feel too excessively flattered, because although it’s […]

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  • Court Yard Hounds Barking Up the Right Country-Rock Tree

    "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 a couple — one of which, Court Yard Hounds, has a sophomore album, Amelita, out this week. Their […]

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