Paying Your Dues in Nashville Can Be a Very Rough Gig

Paying Your Dues in Nashville Can Be a Very Rough Gig

What's it like paying dues to make it in the highly competitive Nashville music scene? Ask newcomer Caylee Hammack. She's 25-years old, and has been singing and writing songs since she was 13.  At 19, she moved to Nashville, kicked around, lived a few weeks out of her...

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Pop Star Justin Bieber & Country Duo Dan + Shay Have a Hit.

Pop Star Justin Bieber & Country Duo Dan + Shay Have a Hit.

Music genres sometimes blur, and here’s a doozy:  Justin Bieber, one of the world’s top Pop stars, and Country duo Dan & Shay, have a hit:  "10,000 Hours” is romantic, so-sweet, upbeat, charming, clever and just a little bit Country, with a cutesy-catchy hook. I'd...

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A Little Gem with a Wise Message

A Little Gem with a Wise Message

  "More Hearts Than Mine" by Ingrid Andress is currently one of the most played songs on Country radio, charting top #25 and climbing. It's a lyrical gem, achingly tender and sweet, sung with sensitivity and emotion, with a plaintive story-line that's a far cry...

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Country Music is Having a Moment

Country Music is Having a Moment

  "Country Music: A  Ken Burns Film," an 8-part/16-hour series, debuts Sunday night on PBS. That said... Songs about  family are fodder for all music formats, from Paul Peterson's "My Dad" to Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father"  to The Judds' "Grandpa Tell Me...

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Miranda Lambert, Saucy as Ever

Miranda Lambert, Saucy as Ever

Survival, overcoming obstacles, moving on ... those moments in life we'd like to forget... Miranda Lambert's first single since 2017's "Tin Man" is upbeat, and so Country.  The title says it all: "It All Comes Out in the Wash." You got frisky with your boss at the...

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Memories: From Elvis to Thomas Rhett

Memories: From Elvis to Thomas Rhett

This is Thomas Rhett's moment; he's hot-hot-hot, unstoppable, a massive success, with a string of hit Country songs in his wake, (several even crossed over into Pop.) His newest single: "Remember You Young" is engaging and touching, the vocals are heartfelt, and the...

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“Beautiful People:”  Same Names, Different Songs

“Beautiful People:”  Same Names, Different Songs

  1967’s "Beautiful People" by the late singer/songwriter Kenny O'Dell is cute--lots of  bouncy “I love you” and “la-la -la.” Fast forward to 2019. “Beautiful People” by Ed Sheeran, the  number one streamed artist in the world, who already has two songs on the...

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