Chuck Dauphin

Country News Columnist, Billboard.com

Country News Editor and The 615 columnist for Billboard.com, Chuck Dauphin has also been a contributor to outlets such as Roughstock and At Home Tennessee. Dauphin has also enjoyed a twenty-year run in the Nashville area as a radio personality, currently with WNKX / Centerville.

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt Talks the 'Power of Country Radio' Before Nashville's New Faces Show

Friday night's New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville will feature five very talented and diverse performers who have made their mark on the format in the past year. When you look at the radio-voted lineup, it's hard to disagree with Sam Hunt's placement on the list. His debut album, Montevallo, has been a consistent seller since its release in October, and the set's first two singles, "Leave the Night On" and "Take Your Time," have both topped the Hot Country Songs chart.
Frankie Ballad

Frankie Ballard on Radio Support & Hearing His Music on the Air for the First Time

This week marks the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. As usual, the yearly event closes with the prestigious New Faces Show, in which the participants are chosen by the program and music directors at country radio. Each day this week, we will feature a different performer from the show.
Minton Sparks on Universal Storytelling, Pulling From Family's Tales

Minton Sparks on Universal Storytelling, Pulling From Family's Tales

How does one go about defining the work of Minton Sparks? If one can – it's not typically something that can be done very easy. Musician? Lyricist? Poet? No matter what you call her, the spoken word artist certainly strikes a chord in her audience.
Justin Moore

Justin Moore Is Looking for a Hero

Though Justin Moore has been a chart presence for seven years now, the Valory Music Co. recording artist is rather easy to take for granted. A trip to see the Arkansas native in concert will definitely change that thought process, as it did this writer in January at Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena, where he was opening for Miranda Lambert as part of her Platinum tour.

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