She’s beautiful and talented, but where Jana Kramer really shines on her debut country album is in her ability to select songs. Not only has she found 12 tightly-packaged, colorful ballads and pop-country cuts to make her own, but she’s found songs that fit her like the perfect pair of broken-in cowboy boots.
The 2012 CMT Music Awards winners will undoubtedly be the best of the best, as the show honors country music’s top videos — mostly decided by fans. Female artists dominate the nominees, with Carrie Underwood leading the way with five and Miranda Lambert close behind with four. Eight total awards will be decided by the fan vote. Who do you think will win each award at the 2012 CMT Music Awards?
Kenny Chesney's new single makes a Top 10 debut on the Taste of Country list of the Top 40 Country Songs of June 2012. 'Come Over' is one of three songs about 'Over' — including 'Over' by Blake Shelton and 'Over You' by Miranda Lambert — to make this list. None of those three are in the Top 5 however. Those positions go to songs that are at the top of sales, Billboard and request charts.
Happy birthday to Ronnie Dunn! The singer and one-half of country’s greatest duo turns 59-years-old today. During a career that’s lasted over 20 years, Dunn has proven to be amongst the most versatile and talented vocalists in Nashville. He and partner Kix Brooks charted 26 No. 1 singles before separating to pursue solo careers. Which Brooks & Dunn song is your all-time favorite?
Happy birthday to Wynonna! The country singer and one-half of the legendary duo the Judds celebrates her 48th year of life today (May 30). Since 1983, Wynonna has been one of the most successful and influential female vocalists in country music. She may be best known for her work with Naomi Judd, but beginning in 1992, the younger Judd scored a number of memorable solo hits. Which Wynonna song is your favorite?
Country music has a long tradition of supporting the troops, with stars like Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler and Darryl Worley taking frequent trips overseas to play for the men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course, before the Gulf Wars, country musicians were quick to join the USO to play for troops stationed just about anywhere. While only a minority of Nashville’s best served in the military, more than a few on this list may surprise you.
The ‘American Idol’ finale is almost as hot of a red carpet party as any major award show. Stars from all over the world of music and movies turned up to get a glimpse of this year’s winner being crowned ‘American Idol’ champion. The honor went to Phillip Phillips this year, but a familiar face to country fans was on stage to do the honors.
Someone upset Jason Aldean this week, causing him to lash out on Twitter. Joe Nichols received bad news, but was sort of happy with it. Find both of these stories — in addition to an update on George Jones‘ condition — in today’s Daily Roundup.
Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift are now labelmates. Just this morning McGraw announced that he signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records. In a press release, the country music legend explained how the deal — signed on May 9 — is the start of his next chapter.
There isn’t an artist in country music who’s been as successful for as long as George Strait. He’s charted at least one song every year since his debut single ‘Unwound’ hit in 1981. Strait got his start in an unusual way, however. In fact, there are a number of quirks about the legend’s life you might find surprising.
Fans got a peek at Reba McEntire‘s new sitcom today. The country great shared a trailer of ‘Malibu Country,’ a show that stars the redhead as an aging, aspiring country star who’s trying to begin a career after a divorce from a country legend. She isn’t the only superstar to appear on the small screen, however. Carrie Underwood was on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and Taylor Swift‘s ‘Mean’ got the ‘Glee’ treatment yesterday. Find video of both in the Daily Roundup.
Happy first anniversary to Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert! The country couple celebrate one year of matrimonial bliss today (May 14). Professionally, they have soared with multiple awards and perhaps the best albums of their careers in the past year. But their strong bond has been tested with periods of personal sadness and controversy, too.
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