UMG Nashville's sixth annual CRS showcase featured over a dozen performers from the label group's four core labels (Mercury, MCA, Capitol and EMI), spanning talents brand-new (Canaan Smith, Josh Turner, Mickey Guyton), hipster-cool (Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton), on the rise (David Nail, Easton Corbin), time-tested (Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Billy Currington, Kip Moore), arena-level (Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church) and even one living legend (Vince Gill).
County musician and songwriter Bobby Emmons, who wrote hits for Waylon Jennings and George Strait and played on more than 100 chart hits as a session musician, has died. Emmons passed away Monday in a Nashville hospital. He was 72.
Friday night's New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville will feature five very talented and diverse performers who have made their mark on the format in the past year. When you look at the radio-voted lineup, it's hard to disagree with Sam Hunt's placement on the list. His debut album, Montevallo, has been a consistent seller since its release in October, and the set's first two singles, "Leave the Night On" and "Take Your Time," have both topped the Hot Country Songs chart.
This week marks the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. As usual, the yearly event closes with the prestigious New Faces Show, in which the participants are chosen by the program and music directors at country radio. Each day this week, we will feature a different performer from the show.
The country duo Love And Theft recently released their third album, 'Whiskey On My Breath,' which debuted at No. 26 on the Top Country Albums chart. But getting this record out wasn't easy: the duo comprised of Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles was more than halfway done with an album on RCA when the label dropped them.