Sometimes, artists will refer to an album project as being a "long time in the making." For Mark Collie's latest album, "Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary," that expression proves true. "Alive" dates back more than ten years, to October 17, 2001.
Nicki Minaj isn't the only musician to star in a major ad for PepsiCo this week. Lady Antebellum debuted new 30-second TV spots for Lipton Tea & Honey and Lipton 100% Natural, a new product created in partnership by Pepsi and Unilever. In the CGI-laden spot, created with ad agency DDB, the band lights up -- literally -- with the drink's "100% natural" ingredients just before it performs hit single "We Owned The Night" to a sold-out crowd.
Warner Bros. Records and Kenny Rogers and Warner Bros. Records officially announced today (May 10) that the singer has signed a long-term deal with the label. He spent many years with the label earlier in his career, beginning in 1967.
The career of Lori Smith has seen as many twists and turns as some of the winding roads have around Music City. Talent, grit, and determination are a huge part of her story, and a huge part of the reason that she is starting to reap the benefits of some of her hard work. With her single, "What's In It For Me," making progress at radio stations across the country, Smith feels the best is yet to come.
Things are moving very fast in the world of Thomas Rhett these days. The Georgia native is watching as his debut single, "Something To Do With My Hands," continues to make an impact on the Country Songs chart (No. 32 this week). Rhett emphasizes that things are happening at such a pace that it's hard to comprehend it all.
Wade Bowen, who recently made it to the top 40 on the Country Songs chart with "Saturday Night," has some very loyal fans. Nobody knows that any more than him. He laughs just a little bit when he is reminded that it has been four years since he last released a studio album, 2008's "If We Ever Make It Home."
The Oak Ridge Boys have a new album, "Back Home Again," out May 22. It's a mixture of country classics, new material, and Gospel songs that take them back -- many years. Our chat with members Duane Allen and Joe Bonsall.
The 3rd annual L.A. Bluegrass Situation will be taking place this weekend. Conceived by Largo proprietor Mark Flanagan and comic actor Ed Helms, the last two years have featured performances by Vince Gill, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. This year Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, John C. Reilly and of course Helms himself will be performing. It promises to be a twangin' good time. Sorry. Helms spoke to Billboard about his passion for bluegrass music, the longevity (and music) of the "Hangover" movies and whether "The Office" has run out of toner.