All posts in December 2017

There were three dozen reasons to love country music in 2017 – Rare Country


Rare Country

There were three dozen reasons to love country music in 2017
Rare Country
... flowers were in full bloom as Zac Brown Band's Jimmy De Martini and wife Stacey brought home the first blossom of the month with their fourth child, baby girl Jonelle, on April 4. A few days later, on April 7, High Valley's Curtis Rempel and his ...

New Year’s Eve: Who’s Playing Where

If rocking out to live country music sounds like a good way to ring in 2018, country fans have several options for New Year’s Eve concerts. Nashville, New York City and Texas are just a few of the destinations that will kick off the new year with shows by some of the top artists in... Read more »

CMT Hot 20: Top Videos of 2017 Revealed

When Cole Swindell was in Las Vegas for his last show of 2017, he made a special visit to the Clark County Fire Department Station No. 18 to sing for firefighters; among them were first responders at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. On the final night of the sold-out October event, 58 people were killed,... Read more »

Why Haven’t Blake Shelton’s Winners Been Winning?

A contestant from Blake Shelton‘s team recently won The Voice. Again. He has amassed six wins in the 13 seasons of the TV talent show, more than any other one coach. And yet, not one of those champions have gone on to true fame and fortune yet. “My last two winners never even had an... Read more »

Maybe 2017 Wasn’t So Bad After All

There were some rough spots in 2017, to be sure. But leave it to the country artists to find all kinds of silver linings. There were babies born, awards won, records broken, collaborations made, marriages celebrated, and bucket list experiences checked off. Maren Morris was one of the first to share a collection of pictures... Read more »

Nashville’s 17 best albums of 2017: Jason Isbell, Kesha, Chris Stapleton and more – The Tennessean


The Tennessean

Nashville's 17 best albums of 2017: Jason Isbell, Kesha, Chris Stapleton and more
The Tennessean
On "Freedom Highway," the classically trained opera singer turned roots music great (and "Nashville" cast member) takes an unflinching look at some of the darkest moments in American history. "Julie" and album opener "At the Purchaser's Option" were ...

Nashville’s 17 best albums of 2017: Jason Isbell, Kesha, Chris Stapleton and more – The Tennessean


The Tennessean

Nashville's 17 best albums of 2017: Jason Isbell, Kesha, Chris Stapleton and more
The Tennessean
Kip Moore — 'Slowheart'. Kip Moore made a name for himself in country music with No. 1 hit “Somethin' 'Bout a Truck.” Then he spent the next five years proving he's deeper than a song about beer and skinny-dipping. “Slowheart,” Moore's sexy ...

“Be It Resolved That in 2018, I Will Get More Out My Live Music Experiences” – A Journal of Musical Things (blog)


A Journal of Musical Things (blog)

“Be It Resolved That in 2018, I Will Get More Out My Live Music Experiences”
A Journal of Musical Things (blog)
Country music star Kip Moore has a reputation of calling out cell phone users at his gigs. It has now become a normal part of live events to record the whole thing on a smartphone before uploading it to social media. However, if you do this, you won't ...

Recalling a year of inspiration in London – OurLondon.ca


OurLondon.ca

Recalling a year of inspiration in London
OurLondon.ca
From Dallas Smith to Brett Kissel, Thomas Rhett to Kip Moore, there was no shortage of talent at this summer's Trackside Music Festival. And while getting the chance to rock out to some of the biggest names in country was absolutely a blast, it was a ...

Trace Adkins’ “Still a Soldier” Video Stars Army Veteran

There aren’t enough thank you’s in the world to express the gratitude America has for those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. That’s what makes songs like Trace Adkins‘ “Still a Soldier” so important. In the official music video, there are no actors. Instead, the clip stars Army Spc. Brian Gerwitz in a mini-movie... Read more »