Faith Hill found success in Nashville soon after she moved from Mississippi in the late 1980s, but she spent some time flipping burgers at McDonald’s prior to her Music City experience. “Fries, burgers, cash register — I did it all,” Hill said. “I hated it. God bless the people that work there.”
On Tuesday night Keith Urban was asked to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Vince Gill popped the question during his annual benefit show for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum — could there be a more fitting place to reward an artist for his or her commitment to country music?
The New Songs on the Radio list for April 2012 is a hot one, as country music got a rock and roll infusion early in the month with the release of new music from Kenny Chesney and Montgomery Gentry. Both artists put out new singles that lean heavily on loud, electric guitars — what could be more perfect as we look forward to the summer concert season?
Much like Johnny Cash on ‘Hurt,’ Willie Nelson makes fans aware of his fragile mortality with an evocative cover of Pearl Jam‘s ‘Just Breathe.’ The famous country singer is joined by his son Lukas on this first listen of music from the upcoming ‘Heroes’ album. Together, they silence the room. Only a stone will keep from fighting tears after a few listens.
While the majority of country music’s top men hide beneath cowboy hats, more and more are tossing the lid aside. Chris Young made the decision last year, but other stars like Keith Urban and Jake Owen have regularly showcased their long, flowing locks to adoring fans.
Over the last decade, once reliable country superstars like Clint Black, Travis Tritt and Shania Twain have all but vanished. Sure, they may pop up on reality television or record an occasional duet, but with each passing year, fans are left hungry for new music from these former icons.
Seventeen-year-old Savannah Berry has played for millions of people, yet she’s never headlined a concert stadium or even officially released a song of her own — until now. The Houston, Texas singer and YouTube sensation is ready to make an impression on country music with her first single, ‘Love Me Like You Mean It.’ Taste of Country has your exclusive first look at the music video.
Legal issues continue to plague country legend Randy Travis. Elizabeth Travis — the singer’s ex-wife and manager — filed a lawsuit last Thursday (April 5) alleging breach of contract in matters pertaining to their post-divorce agreement.
Two weeks ago, Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Good Girl’ took down Miranda Lambert‘s ‘Over You’ to win the Taste of Country Showdown championship belt. But this week, Underwood will have to get through the other half of country music’s favorite couple to continue her march toward the Showdown Hall of Fame. Blake Shelton‘s ‘Drink on It’ will battle the blonde country superstar for fan votes.
Merle Haggard is 75-years-old today! On what should be a national holiday — at least for fans of country music — we encourage you to pull out your old Haggard vinyls, or discover this legend for the first time by downloading a few of his greatest hits. His career is an important cornerstone at the base of the tall building that is country music.
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