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Nashville Night & Day

Maybe it’s a byproduct of country music’s coming of age, a decades-long emergence from the fringes of American music to mainstream dominance that ultimately put its capital on the must-see map. Maybe it’s the eponymous hit ABC television drama filmed on its streets and celebrating its grit-meets-glitz spirit and style. Show More Summary

50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own - 50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own | Rolling Stone

57 minutes agoNews : Huffington Post

For decades, rockers have looked to country music when they grew tired of brash flash or deafening volume — or they simply heard a George Jones record that blew their heads back with its sheer devastation. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. Show More Summary

Country Music’s Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of June 3, 2015

1 hour agoMusic / Country : Rough Stock

Little Big Town and Luke Bryan Swap places on the top of the chart this week, giving Girl Crush" yet another week at #1. New tracks from Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert and Hunter Hayes make their debut. The post Country Music’s Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of June 3, 2015 appeared first on RoughStock.

Flashback: Little Richard and Tanya Tucker Spice Up the CMA Awards

For generations of aspiring musicians from the Deep South, country music and R&B are inextricably linked. That was part of the inspiration for a unique blending of performers from both genres for a duets album and corresponding PBS TV special in March of 1994. Rhythm, Country and Blues, released on...

Lecturer sought for ETSU Bluegrass

The Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University is accepting applications now for a lecturer spot in their program. This is a non-tenure track, contract position. Here is the official announcement: The Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State […]

50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own

For decades, rockers have looked to country music when they grew tired of brash flash or deafening volume — or they simply heard a George Jones record that blew their heads back with its sheer devastation. Country's core strengths — intimate storytelling, realistic adult emotion, accomplished musicianship — have appealed to artists...

"My stations win by taking females out. Sometimes that’s enough to go from the number three station to the number one station in a market."

Said country music consultant Keith Hill, who has advised stations to play fewer songs by female artists. Criticized for discriminating against women, Hill wields metaphor and irony:Metaphor: "They’re just not the lettuce in our salad. Show More Summary

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard are country kin on 'Django and Jimmie'

When Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard last got together in a recording studio, it was with their fellow country music veteran Ray Price for the 2007 album "Last of the Breed."

Willie Nelson Speaks Out Against Anti-LGBT Discrimination: VIDEO

23 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Country music legend Willie Nelson has joined a campaign to end anti-LGBT discrimination in Texas. From the Texas Wins campaign: On discrimination, the outspoken musician said, “Discrimination against the LGBT community in not what Texas is all about. And that’s...

Primavera Sound Made Me Get Over My Bias Against European Music

Despite the fact that in many parts of the country I’d be considered a bomb-throwing radical lefty terrorist, I’m actually a pretty patriotic person. The United States of America may have a flawed system of government, a dementedly warped...Show More Summary

Why Is Country Radio So Afraid of Women?

Brandy Clark does not have time for your shit / photo courtesy of the artist At this point, the word “sexism” has become synonymous with country music. As the genre has slowly plodded through the decades, it has remained unfriendly to women, especially the female artists who are fighting for their own place on the charts and country radio. Show More Summary

Colt Ford Joins Toby Keith’s Tour

Rural Rap pioneer joins country music icon for select tour dates this summer. The post Colt Ford Joins Toby Keith’s Tour appeared first on RoughStock.

Akon Launches “Solar Academy” That Will Supply Electricity To 600 Million People in Africa

When he’s not singing or producing music, Akon is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it, with the launch of a Solar Academy.

The Ultimate Country Music Wedding Playlist

Hoping to bring some honky-tonk personality to your wedding? With a mix of new and classic hits by Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, and more, we're highlighting the best country songs to play for a fun, memorable reception. Show More Summary

Country Music Release Dates: June 2015

2 days agoMusic / Country : Rough Stock

Kacey Musgraves leads a group of new releases hitting stores the first month of summer with Canaan Smith, A Thousand Horses, Sammy Kershaw and Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard among the artists also issuing projects. The post Country Music Release Dates: June 2015 appeared first on RoughStock.

Flashback: Watch Dolly Parton's Rare Duet With Marty Stuart

On June 1st, 1994, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the revered Mother Church of Country Music, hosted an invitation-only event to celebrate its reopening as a music venue after two decades of falling into disrepair. Twenty years earlier, in 1974, it just barely sidestepped the wrecking ball and was supplanted by the all-new...

See Love and Theft's Redemptive 'Whiskey on My Breath' Video

Love and Theft's latest single "Whiskey on My Breath" is the antidote for today's glut of drinking songs. Instead of celebrating booze, it takes the approach of old-school country music and casts a harsh light on what it's like to be in the grip of alcoholism. And the video for...

5 June Music Festivals To Check Out

Sure, spring is wonderful, but there is no season more dedicated to fun than summer. June is a great month for seeing live music outdoors, and there are almost too many options for festivals around the country and across the globe. It can be tempting to spend all of your [...]

Garth Brooks Cancels Tampa Tour Dates Due To Stanley Cup Final

Country music megastar Garth Brooks announced the cancellation of a series of concerts on his comeback world tour that were slated to take place in Tampa, FL due to the Tampa Bay Lightning earning a spot in the championship series of the Stanley Cup Final. Show More Summary

The Country Kerfuffle

It’s a ROCK format! So, are those heirloom or cherry tomatoes? Today it even made the L.A. “Times,” the statement by country music consultant Keith Hill that he advises stations not to play two women in a row, that males are the lettuce and women are the tomatoes in the salad. And the women are […] The post The Country Kerfuffle appeared first on Lefsetz Letter.

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