1. Ashton Shepherd Blazes Own Path on 'This Is America'

    July 09, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Ashton Shepherd knows people wonder about her voice. She says she totally gets it.  "I have had some people – and I understand where they're coming from – who say 'Do you really sound like that. Are you trying to sound that country?' I really do sound like this. I'm…

  2. Country Music's Top 10 Albums of 2011

    December 28, 2011 2:00 PM EST Last week The 615 listed our top country music singles of 2011 , from Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" to Kenny Chesney's " You and Tequila." Now, it's time to recognize achievements in that beleaguered format, the "album."…

  3. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcomers Thompson Square , who scored seven…

  4. Sugarland: Triple Threat

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Exactly!" Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles exclaims when asked if "Beyoncé to Bill Anderson" is a fair assessment of the duo's music. "Exactly!" Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles exclaims when asked if "Beyoncé to Bill Anderson" is a…

  5. Chart Beat Chat

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Sheena Easton, Kristine W, Juanes and more! WHICH CAME FIRST, THE 'MORNING' OR THE 'MODERN'? Hi Fred, I love your Chart Beat column. This week you stated that Sheena Easton was the second solo female U.K. act to hit No. 1 with a debut single (…

  6. Alan Jackson Bests Janet To Top Billboard 200

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his new set "Good Time." The Arista Nashville set sold 119,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Country king Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his new…