Country curmudgeons looking to blame hip-hop for what they see as the fall of country music have it wrong. Sure, acts like Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean are quick to drop rappers alongside country legends when listing influences, but it’s the aggressive, unapologetically loud guitar riffs of the ‘80s that are truly shaping the format today.
Just when you think this little dude is through with his interpretation of the 'The Gambler' by Kenny Rogers, he breaks into the next verse and another round of the chorus. That's pretty good for a kid so young. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from this hit, and little Liam seems to have a handle on them at a young age.
The Swon Brothers are the first male contestants from 'The Voice' to try their hand at country radio with the release of their debut single, ‘Later On.’ To date, Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope have been the show’s biggest successes, both releasing fairly mainstream pop-country songs. These Oklahoma boys show their rock roots early and often in this cut.
Two very talented guitar players will take one stage to help honor the Beatles during a 2014 Grammys special event. Keith Urban will join forces with John Mayer to pay tribute to the seven-time Grammy winning group.
Lucy Hale’s country career begins with the official release of her single ‘You Sound Good to Me.’ The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star chose a song written by three of the top songwriters in Nashville and quickly made it her own with an energetic, syncopated love story that soon turns into a party-jam.
Florida Georgia Line started out the new year with news that they cruised to the top of the Country Digital Sales chart. The duo's 'Cruise' is now the No. 1 best selling country digital single of all time.
Little Big Town has some big plans in 2014, which include a brand-new album. Hopefully this album will have the same success that their last, 'Tornado', did -- it helped them score two CMA Vocal Group Of The Year Awards.
Eric Church’s new song ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ seems to fill in the answer to a question proposed last month through a short series of cryptic videos. The first video promised: “One will rise , one will fall," and then another indicated the first wasn't meant as an attack on Taylor Swift. It's not clear why footage of Swift was used at all, although this new song does explore themes the 24-year-old is famous for singing about.
The two competing sides of Brantley Gilbert's personality make him one of the more fascinating artists walking around Nashville. He's a rebel who writes his own rule book on and off stage. He's also a sensitive songwriter, willing to reveal his broken heart or darkest memories to a room full of beer-swilling fans.
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