The country music community is stunned today following the death of Mindy McCready, a troubled star who burst onto the scene in the mid-1990s, scoring a hit album before falling into a pattern of substance abuse-fueled scandals.
Mindy McCready began her career in church. Like many country artists, she headed to Nashville as a teen to pursue her dream. It wasn't until she turned 20 that she struck gold, though. Her very first single made its way onto the country charts and she quickly became a household name in the mid-1990s.
What began as an artist retreat at Mayne Island in Vancouver, BC, soon snowballed into "The Sea In Between," a feature-length documentary from Mason Jar Music giving an inside look into Josh Garrels' life and music alongside the stunning backdrop of the island.
Zac Brown Band delivered a commanding two-hour set that spanned their catalog of hits and jaw-dropping covers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Whether it was cover songs or their original music, ZBB showcased their signature sound and standout musicianship with minute long instrumental features and unyielding energy.
Last summer Kenny Chesney broke a 29-year-old record for most country tickets sold in the New York/New Jersey area held by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Linda Ronstadt who drew more than 51,000 in 1983. This past Saturday Chesney, Tim McGraw, Grace Potter and Jake Owen surpassed that number.