It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We looked at top albums yesterday, now let's track the genre's best singles, from odes to The Boss and water sports to great bar ballads to ear candy from a true "Idol." We're sure you'll disagree on some of this, so sound off in the comments below.
Gary Allan cracks the Country Airplay top 10 for the first time in five years, Kenny Chesney scores his 44th top 10 and "The Voice" champ Cassadee Pope earns a No. 1 on Country Digital Songs with "Stupid Boy."
This week, you can consider the 615 Spotlight a preview of an act who just might be one of the "Next Big Things" for 2013 -- The Lone Bellow. A trio consisting of lead singer Zach Williams, mandolin player Kanene Pipkin, and guitarist Brian Elmquist, The Lone Bellow will be releasing their self-titled album on January 22, and to say there's a great deal of buzz about them -- and their single "You Never Need Nobody" is something of an understatement.
Fans of classic country music will be excited to learn of a new series of releases from Omnivore Recordings that will take them back in time a few years. The company recently released four vinyl EP's from four of the format's greatest stars of all time. Included in the list are Capitol Rarities from Merle Haggard, United Artists Rarities from George Jones, and Wanda Jackson's Capitol Rarities. The releases include alternate takes by the artists that have never been released.
Rascal Flatts recently released a documentary titled: "All Access & Uncovered: The Making of Changed and Beyond." The DVD follows the country superstars through the making of their eighth studio album, "Changed," as well as provides fans with a glimpse of home footage and candid interviews. The documentary, according to frontman Gary LeVox, tackles a variety of uncensored realities and dynamics within the band – some of which the guys were a bit uncertain about releasing to the public.
Grammy winning trio Lady Antebellum have announced a new charitable initiative called LadyAID, a philanthropic effort created to bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally and globally.
On an afternoon that qualified as one of the coldest of the fall and winter season, Music City celebrated one of its' warmest hearts at the Governor's Mansion this past Tuesday. Amy Grant was presented with the 2012 Cecil Scaife Visionary Award by Tennessee First Lady Chrissy Haslam.
In the first turnover atop Billboard's Country Songs chart since the ranking's formula changed from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming and expanded radio panel hybrid, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" sails 2-1. The song halts Taylor Swift's nine-week reign with her country-turned-pop crossover hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Colt Ford is definitely something of an unorthodox person, when it comes to maintaining his career. That different way seems to be working, as his most recent album, "Declaration of Independence," debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart. He hopes to give his fans something else just as unique during the holiday season with "An Average Joe's Muddy Christmas," a disc that features Ford, as well as many of the artists associated with his label.