Andy Griffith never had a No. 1 hit or a gold record, but he was a voice generations of country music artists and fans revered and respected. The actor, best know as the star of ‘Matlock’ and ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ died Tuesday morning at his home in eastern North Carolina.
It’s already been a great year for Jake Owen, but it just got a lot better. The country singer has announced that his wife Lacey Buchanan Owen is pregnant with the couple’s first child. The couple is expecting a little girl to arrive this November.
America didn’t learn about the Band Perry until late 2009, but the sibling trio will be celebrating their 14th year together this October. Neil and Reid Perry started off backing up their older sister Kimberly before she let them join the band officially. Jump forward to 2012, where you’ll find that the 2011 CMA New Artist of the Year is the hottest thing in Nashville, having just notched a fourth straight Top 10 hit from their self-titled debut album.
A new name in radio begins with a familiar voice on Monday night, July 2. Taste of Country Nights will air nightly from 7PM to midnight on 34 country stations nationwide Monday through Friday. Host Jeremy Robinson promises a house party atmosphere on his new show, with people dropping by at any moment with (or without) an invite.
You now have a chance to decide the best new songs in country music every day! Starting July 2, the Taste of Country Showdown will run online and on the air daily. With the launch of Taste of Country Nights on 34 radio stations across America, you’ll get to hear even more of the hottest hits from the hottest artists in country music. Today’s challengers are Blake Shelton and his new song ‘Over’ against Zac Brown Band and their latest, ‘The Wind.’
With singles from his new album ‘Back in the Saddle,’ Chris Cagle is successfully reinventing himself as a country bad boy. ‘Let There Be Cowgirls’ picks up the loud and rowdy that dropped ‘Got My Country On’ in the Top 20. The spirit of this rock-country jam gets one past a clunky melody.
It has seemed like Jennifer Nettles has been extra bubbly during her first season of ‘Duets’ on ABC. The Sugarland singer and reality television judge is close to five months pregnant! The band’s manager broke the news to People on Monday morning.
Gretchen Wilson may not be one of country music’s top female vocalists any longer. No, she’s transcended the genre, in a way Alison Krauss did hers years ago. Except Wilson’s not getting any of the recognition, until maybe now. ‘One Good Friend’ is a brilliant ballad about the meaning of friendship. However, it’s perhaps too professional to fit between the stars on modern country radio — a problem Krauss, and more recently Vince Gill, know very well.
There’s a thread of instability that weaves in and out of each song on ‘Edens Edge’ that makes it an album you look forward to finding in the morning. Lead vocalist Hannah Blaylock tells stories like a woman who’s lived through a few too many bad boyfriends, but still wants to show her friends she can smile about it. She’s all over the place — country’s equivalent of Jess from ‘New Girl’ on Fox.
Hunter Hayes‘ new song ‘Wanted’ continues to prove itself to fans and those who’ve yet to buy into the hysteria surrounding this 20-year-old. Last week, the song thumped ‘Postcard From Paris,’ the Band Perry‘s new single. The country song is halfway to the Showdown Hall of Fame, but Hunter’s got one tall hurdle to get past this week.
One lucky Taste of Country reader has just over two weeks to clear a space on his wall for a picture of himself hanging out with Lady Antebellum. Phillip Lawrence of Kansas City, Mo. was chosen as the winner of last month’s flyaway to see the band. He and a guest will fly to St. Louis for the once in a lifetime event later this month.
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