1. Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Stay a Step Ahead of the Bros on ‘Anything Goes'

    October 14, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It's appropriate that Florida Georgia Line took its name from both sides of a boundary, because the duo (Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29) used its multiformat smash "Cruise," and the party-themed album Here's to the Good Times , to…

  2. Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November

    October 06, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers . The sports documentary -- centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent -- will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the…

  3. Lady Antebellum on Staying True to Their Roots: ‘Country Is Who We Are’

    October 03, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Lady Antebellum is trying something new. The trio (Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood) has risen to the top of Nashville's ranks thanks to its country-pop blend, winning the record and song of the year Grammys in 2011 for the title track to its second LP, Need You Now . For…

  4. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  5. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  6. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  7. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  8. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  9. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT These are the top selling country albums & digital songs of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The mid-year sales stats give Luke Bryan plenty of reason to flash his trademark ivory smile once more -- he's featured on the two most-downloaded country songs thus far in 2014,…

  10. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  11. Luke Bryan No. 1 'Again' On Hot Country Songs, Lee Brice 'Dance's Into Top 10

    June 05, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Bryan extends the reign of 'Play It Again' to eight weeks. Plus, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer soar Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, marking the fourth-most weeks at the…

  12. Josh Thompson Breakup Inspires Snarling Party Single, 'Wanted Me Gone'

    May 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." Painter Chuck Close's creative philosophy suggests Josh Thompson and the team around him must be a bunch of pros, because they were able to build a grinding, energetic single, "Wanted Me Gone,…

  13. 'Supermensch' Shep Gordon Talks Maui Parties, Rap Music and Dishes Management Advice At Tribeca

    April 28, 2014 6:22 AM EDT Shep Gordon is a man who got punched by Janis Joplin while she was making love to Jimi Hendrix, shared custody of his cat with neighbor Cary Grant and smoked pot many times with Willie Nelson – just a few of the compiled stories that make up the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep…

  14. Kanye West, Rick Rubin Thank Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards For Roland 808s Honor: Watch

    April 24, 2014 11:18 AM EDT The pair teamed to create an unusual thank-you video that will be shown at the ceremony. Kanye West and legendary producer Rick Rubin will be honored with the Roland 808's award for their contributions to hip-hop during the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, to be held April 25 at the…

  15. Yep, Yep: Dustin Lynch's 'Where It's At' Starts Its Chart Trip, Trip

    April 08, 2014 2:30 PM EDT "Yep, yep." It's a two-word throw-away phrase, dropped seven times into Dustin Lynch's new single, "Where It's At," and yet it's the crucial identifier for the song. Before he ever recorded it, Lynch played it for some of his trusted advisers to get…

  16. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  17. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  18. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  19. Eric Paslay’s ‘Song About A Girl’ Makes Clichés Sound Fresh

    March 13, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Pickup trucks, tailgates, back roads, bonfires and alcohol: commercial country has been obsessed with a handful of topics for several years, and just about every sector of the business -- from the songwriters to the labels to radio -- has voiced some level of frustration about what seems…

  20. SXSW: Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Car Crash

    March 13, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Festival also launches SXSW Cares Fund for Austin victims. Following last night's deadly car crash outside of the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's on Austin's Red River Street, the planned South By Southwest shows at those two venues will be going on as scheduled on Thursday night…

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