1. Country's Fascination With Water Gets Smart Makeover With Eli Young Band's 'Gospel'

    July 22, 2016 8:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Saltwater Gospel" connects the sea with spirituality. Country has had a fascination with the water in recent years, evident in such major titles as  Dierks Bentley ’s “Somewhere on a Beach,”  Little Big Town ’s “Pontoon” and  Jake Owen ’s ...

  2. Country Radio Gatekeepers Support Pop Star Collaborations (In Moderation)

    July 19, 2016 12:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Scattered among the usual suspects in the top 20 on the Country Airplay chart are two names closely associated with pop music: Demi Lovato and Elle King . They appear in the list’s top tier thanks to their hit duets with Brad Paisley (“Without a Fig ...

  3. Dierks Bentley Takes a 'Different' Route With Elle King Duet

    June 17, 2016 2:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 The follow-up to "Somewhere On A Beach" provides a full picture of Bentley's new album Black. One of the key lines in Dierks Bentley ’s recent No. 1 single “Somewhere on a Beach” finds the character bragging about his all-night partie ...

  4. Real-World Issues Bring CMA Music Festival to a Somber Close

    June 15, 2016 3:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Country Music Association’s annual soiree, the CMA Music Festival, started in its usual mode on June 9, with modern country filling the streets of downtown Nashville and plenty of tourists filling the bars on lower Broadway. But by the time the ...

  5. Life After Radio: Former PD Ken Boesen Now Flying High as a Commercial Pilot

    June 09, 2016 11:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country radio veteran Ken Boesen has enjoyed flying as a hobby for two decades, but after getting merged out of a job at WKIS Miami last summer following a station swap that transferred ownership from Beasley Broadcasting to CBS Radio, he decided to ...

  6. All the CMT Music Awards 2016 Performances Ranked Worst to Best

    June 08, 2016 10:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 2016 CMT Awards aimed to achieve big TV moments through team play: seven of the major performances involved multiple singers, and many of these were cross-genre collaborations. Some were more successful than others (every collaboration is not ne ...

  7. Dierks Bentley on Collaborating With Elle King on New Album 'Black' and Why 'Women Are More Evolved Than Men'

    May 27, 2016 5:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 A lot has changed in the thirteen years since Dierks Bentley first hit the charts with “What Was I Thinkin.” In a conversation surrounding Black , his new album, the country star doubts whether he could have approached the subject matter on the new ...

  8. High Valley's 'Progressive-Meets-Old-School' Sound Piques Interest of Atlantic/WMN, Spotify

    May 04, 2016 12:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 The members of High Valley can be forgiven for drawing a blank on a few pop culture references here and there. Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel grew up in a remote wheat and canola farming community in Alberta, Canada. They didn’t have a TV — just on ...

  9. Country Radio Programmers Debate Surplus of Slow Songs For Spring

    April 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As warm spring weather arrives in most of the states, country radio fans might be tuning in expecting to hear more of the uptempo fare that typically populates playlists from this time of year through the end of summer. Instead, they’re hearing more ...

  10. Country Stars Pick Secret Service Code Names for Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley

    Country Stars Pick Secret Service Code Names for Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley

    April 19, 2016 3:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country Stars Pick Secret Service Code Names for Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley Videos Luke Bryan Dierks Bentley Brightcove ...

  11. ACM Awards 2016: Jason Aldean Named Entertainer of the Year, Chris Stapleton Rules the Night

    April 04, 2016 12:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 The  Chris Stapleton train continues to roll along in the country music world at a first-class rate. Sunday’s 51 st  Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were proof of this, as the singer added four more awards to his mantle -- new male vocalist, ...

  12. Watch Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley & James Corden Clown Around for Brit-Themed 'Honky Tonk' Song

    April 01, 2016 5:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley shook-off any pre-Academy of Country Music Awards nerves with a jolly good appearance overnight on The Late Late Show .  In an attempt to help further the country genre in the U.K., Bryan, Bentley and James Corden got i ...

  13. Dierks Bentley Reveals His ACM Awards Hosting Fear (and It Involves Him Being Naked)

    March 28, 2016 12:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 A nominee, performer and first-time co-host alongside Luke Bryan , Dierks Bentley will be a triple threat at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, airing on CBS on April 3 live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The “Somewhere on a Beach” s ...

  14. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Alive and Circlin' At 50 Years

    March 11, 2016 1:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Jackson Browne, Vince Gill help the influential band celebrate in an upcoming PBS special. It’s rare that a solo artist can extend a career 50 years. Even harder for a band to make it that long without imploding over creative differences, leadership ...

  15. Dierks Bentley's Grimy 'Beach' Is Just Another 'Plane' Ol' Hit

    March 07, 2016 8:45 AM EST 0 0 0 New Single Flies Into Top 20 In A Scant Six Weeks Dierks Bentley didn’t originally think of “Somewhere on a Beach” as a sequel to “Drunk on a Plane,” but the similarities between the two songs were pretty obvious to many around him. Both center on t ...

  16. Hot Country Songs Chart Shows Its Value In Measuring an Evolving Marketplace

    February 03, 2016 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Sam Hunt and Little Big Town's power is evident when all sources -- including airplay and streaming -- are combined. If the Hot Country Songs chart were an actual human being, it would have had plenty of cause for celebration when 2015 came to ...

  17. Drake White's 'Livin' The Dream': 
A Gracious Message for a Harsh Time

    January 26, 2016 11:22 AM EST 0 0 0 The new country artist hopes his optimistic track is his breakthrough. “When you wake up in the morning,” says Dot singer-songwriter Drake White , “you have a choice whether you want to live a happy day or a sad day.” It’s not as easy as it sounds. ...

  18. Inside Country Music's Very Real Sales Dip in 2015

    January 14, 2016 1:51 PM EST 0 0 0 With the rise of streaming, sales of country albums fell 12 percent while song downloads dropped 16 percent. As the recorded-music business continues its transition from an ownership economy to a digital streaming model, sales of country albums and ...

  19. Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley to Host 2016 ACM Awards

    December 15, 2015 11:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Luke Bryan will return for the fourth time to co-host next year's Academy of Country Music Awards, alongside Dierks Bentley , who will be co-hosting for the first time. Bryan, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, made the announcement Tues ...

  20. Mary Hilliard Harrington Joins Red Light Management Team: Exclusive

    December 15, 2015 4:20 PM EST Red Light Management is beefing up its already significant Nashville presence with the hiring of Mary Hilliard Harrington in a senior management capacity. Harrington, who begins her new role effective in early January, brings four additional empl ...

  21. 2016 Grammy Nominations: Chris Stapleton and Other Country Artists Poised to Win Big

    December 07, 2015 2:14 PM EST 0 0 0 In looking at the country nominees for the upcoming 58 th Annual Grammy Awards, there were no major surprises. But, as is often the case, there were a few curveballs that might have thrown some industry insiders for something of a loop -- along with ...

  22. Dierks Bentley at Miles & Music for Kids 2015: 'Everyone Had a Great Time'

    November 01, 2015 8:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Sunday afternoon might not have been weather sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, but CMA nominee Dierks Bentley had no complaints as his 10th annual Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert went off wi ...

  23. Old Dominion Takes an Unusual Path to Country's Top 10

    October 07, 2015 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The title to Old Dominion ’s debut album tells the story. In a genre where most projects are named after a key track, Meat and Candy is nowhere to be found in the 11-song list. In fact, Meat and Candy sounds more like the name of a new wave album by ...

  24. Taylor Swift's Latest Concert Cameo Is Dierks Bentley: Watch Their Duet

    September 22, 2015 8:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Swift pays homage to her country beginnings at Kansas City show. At this point, everyone knows the drill: A new Taylor Swift concert means a new concert cameo, and this time, it was a rendezvous with her country past. Swift brought country star  Die ...

  25. Little Big Town Talk Nerves and Laughs Ahead of CMA Music Festival TV Special

    August 04, 2015 2:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Little Big Town are seasoned professionals -- when it comes to performing. Their interview skills, however, are something else entirely. The band serves as the host of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock , tonight on ABC, and Kimberly Schlap ...

  26. Nashville's Biggest Songwriters Speak Out About the Lack of Women on Country Radio and the Songs They Wish They Wrote

    July 23, 2015 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hitmakers are the lifeblood of country music. “Songwriting is sort of a 9-to-5 job in Nashville,” says Michael Dulaney, who has collaborated on singles with  Tanya Tucker and Jason Aldean . Unlike in other genres, where artists and producers disappe ...

  27. Dierks Bentley Dishes on His Bumpy Road to Stardom: 'I Didn't See It Working Out for Me'

    July 23, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 By mixing bro-pleasing songs about carousing and boozing with more sober lamentations on fatherhood and death, "country's hottest guy" has -- finally -- grown into a bona fide star. "My career has been like that ramp," Dierk ...

  28. Fourth of July Music on TV: Where to See Ed Sheeran & More on Independence Day

    July 03, 2015 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's no better way to celebrate America's independence then by kicking your feet up in front of the TV -- hot dog in hand -- while watching some of your favorite artists sing on screen. NBC's annual Macy's 4th of July Firework ...

  29. Major Country in Major Cities: Behind New York's FarmBorough and Chicago's Lake Shake

    June 30, 2015 6:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 New York’s FarmBorough, Chicago’s Lake Shake both launch successfully, as Live Nation brings country music fests to major markets. Live Nation’s country music division barnstormed the major markets of Chicago and New York on consecutive weekends, la ...

  30. Brett Eldredge Teams with Snagajob to Find America's Most Musically Talented Hourly Worker

    June 19, 2015 12:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brett Eldredge has been in a reflective mood as of late. The singer -- who has had three No. 1 singles in a row -- made his very first appearance on the LP Field Stage during last week’s CMA Music Festival. However, it wasn’t always such a fast pace ...

  31. Dierks Bentley Explains Why New Single 'Riser' Is a 'Once In a Career' Song

    June 15, 2015 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dierks Bentley ’s against-all-odds new single "Riser" may be the album’s fifth, but it’s been at the forefront of the singer’s mind since the day he heard it. “I was searching for that one song that gives the album context, and when I hear ...

  32. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's Firs ...

  33. Tale of Two Festivals: Bonnaroo and CMA Music Fest Share Tennessee But Little Else

    June 09, 2015 11:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 Some 200,000 music fans and 200-plus artists, along with scores of agents, managers, label execs, and other music industry players, will stream into Middle Tennessee this week as two of the highest-profile music festivals in the world launch within ...

  34. Dierks Bentley Previews Sounds of Summer Tour: 'We Just Kind of Went There'

    June 02, 2015 6:30 PM EDT Dierks Bentley has been deep in rehearsal mode over the past week at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, preparing for his upcoming Sounds of Summer tour, which kicks off Friday night in Raleigh, North Carolina. On Monday, the Capitol Nashville ...

  35. Inside the Nashville Yoga Mecca Where LeAnn Rimes, Dierks Bentley Are Finding Inner Peace

    May 27, 2015 5:14 PM EDT Top yoga destinations: New York, Los Angeles... and Nashville? “The scene has really exploded,” says Daphne Larkin, who founded Sanctuary for Yoga nearly a decade ago with partner Tom Larkin. The studio, which specializes in vinyasa flow, has don ...

  36. Chart Highlights: Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do' Tops Another Tally

    May 04, 2015 6:20 PM EDT Adult Pop Songs becomes the latest list that the song has conquered. Plus, new No. 1s for Jodeci, Florence & the Machine, Nicky Jam, Enrique Iglesias & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts eve ...

  37. Dierks Bentley Talks About “Drunk On A Plane”

    Dierks Bentley Talks About “Drunk On A Plane”

    April 30, 2015 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dierks Bentley takes us into the recording studio and out onstage while sharing thoughts on and performing his new song, “Drunk On a Plane”. music , country weekly , new music , interview , Dierks Bentley , country music , 5minmedia , interviews , h ...

  38. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson Crowns Dance Club Songs With 'Heartbeat Song'

    April 27, 2015 6:35 PM EDT 25.192 k 90 31 Clarkson collects her fifth No. 1 on the chart. Plus, new No. 1s for AWOLNATION, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Victor Manuelle & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All chart ...

  39. ACM Awards 2015: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big

    April 20, 2015 12:17 AM EDT 1.259 k 127 37 In what has become the norm for country music award shows, the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards could aptly be titled the " Miranda Lambert Show" as the superstar bagged a haul that included song of the year, album of the year ...

  40. ACMs 2015: Dierks Bentley Performs 'Riser'

    ACMs 2015: Dierks Bentley Performs 'Riser'

    April 19, 2015 8:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 The country star sings the hit off his album 'Riser' at the 50th annual ACM Awards. Videos Dierks Bentley ...

  41. Dierks Bentley Leads Charity Motorcycle Ride Ahead of ACM Awards

    April 19, 2015 2:36 PM EDT With Lady Antebellum 's bus fire and Thompson Square 's tour accident in the background, Dierks Bentley led a posse of road warriors on a trek through north Texas Saturday (April 18) that closed with a sun-baked parking lot party in t ...

  42. ACM Awards Predictions: Who Will Win?

    April 17, 2015 5:29 PM EDT There’s an old saying that everything is bigger in Texas. The world of country music will get a taste of that Lone Star hospitality as the 50 th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this coming Sunday from AT&T Stadium in Arlin ...

  43. SiriusXM & Country Stars Remember Billboard Senior Chart Manager Wade Jessen

    March 06, 2015 3:00 PM EST 1.046 k 80 16 SiriusXM's Willie's Roadhouse to pay tribute with special shows Friday & Sunday night, while some of Nashville's biggest stars honor the journalist & on-air talent. SiriusXM channel Willie's Roadhouse will pay res ...

  44. Dierks Bentley Recruits Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Charles Kelley for '90s Cover Band

    February 26, 2015 9:58 PM EST As the annual Country Radio Seminar industry conference that kicked off in Nashville Wednesday night, there was one much hyped band performing with a name few recognized.  Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations That was a ...

  45. Maddie & Tae on Their No. 1 Hit 'Girl In A Country Song': 'Everyone Was Just Ready for That Message'

    February 25, 2015 11:30 AM EST Tae Dye of rising country duo Maddie & Tae will always remember the week that led up to finding out that their debut single "A Girl In A Country Song" hit number one. "All week long, people had been telling us that it was going t ...

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