OFFSTAGE: 10 Ways to Get Toby Keith’s Work Ethic

When the Hartford Courant newspaper in Rhode Island asked Toby Keith about the secret to his success, he said he just works hard.

OFFSTAGE: Chris Young’s Friend Uses Laughter as the Best Medicine

There was nothing funny about Chris Young's recent hospital stay after he was rushed to Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver on Aug. 13 for a dangerous bacterial infection.

OFFSTAGE: Kenny Loggins Shares Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Memories

I think it's safe to say that most country fans are big on story songs. But I'm also really big on the stories behind those story songs.

OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood’s Six Seconds of Tire Time

Carrie Underwood is only on the tire swing for six seconds, but I can spend about 10 times that making observations about the cute little Vine video she posted Monday night (Aug. 26) on Twitter.

OFFSTAGE: Brett Eldredge on Cool Feelings of Taylor Swift Tour

"I came to Nashville, and I saw people sitting onstage at these little writers' nights playing songs that they wrote, and I was like, 'Whoa, so this is something that you actually can do for a living?'"

OFFSTAGE: Kacey Musgraves: Honesty Becomes Her

I'm not sure all country singers could get away with being this candid in interviews. For Kacey Musgraves, this kind of honesty works.

OFFSTAGE: Luke Bryan’s Career Tips for Country Girls

Luke Bryan has some advice for the country girls out there.

OFFSTAGE: Miley Cyrus on VMAs Gets Tongues Wagging

What's the talk now, on the Monday (Aug. 26) after the MTV VMAs? That would be Miley Cyrus.

OFFSTAGE: Lauren Alaina’s Worst Boyfriend Inspired Best Song

Now that Lauren Alaina has started writing country songs for herself, she knows what all the best songwriters know: "You can take a bad situation and make a great song out of it," she said in a video interview with

OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift on the Red Carpet at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift took a few minutes on the red carpet to talk to MTV's Sway about her nominations and how she's preparing for her new album.