Smoke’n with Billy Currington in the Windy City
Jul29

Smoke’n with Billy Currington in the Windy City

If you could bottle up the warmth, radiance, and spontaneity that is the essence of summer and turn it into a person, you would have Billy Currington. During the Windy City Smokeout (July 15-17, 2016) in Chicago, I caught up with Currington backstage. We talked about the changes in musical direction over the years, surfing with sharks, his current favorite songwriter, and more. As the debate surrounding the direction of country music...

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All Night Party  with Casey Donahew
Jul28

All Night Party with Casey Donahew

Casey Donahew is set to release his fourth album All Night Party on August 19, 2016. For this album Donahew teamed with country music producer Josh Leo who has quite the reputation for producing No. 1 hit country songs. The album has 10 true country songs. There’s mention of honkytonks, belt buckles, rodeos, cowboys, tequila and barbwire fences mixed in with love stories and country life. Donahew must have written “College Years” for...

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Get Ready for “The Weekend” with Brantley Gilbert
Jul28

Get Ready for “The Weekend” with Brantley Gilbert

Country music’s bad boy and all around rocker Brantley Gilbert just released his new single on July 22nd titled “The Weekend.” The track will be the first single from his upcoming studio album, set to be out sometime this fall. Although the track was written by Gilbert and Andrew DeRobert, fans seem to think the song is a little left field for the twice platinum singer. “The Weekend” is an ode to...

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7 Things I Learned at Windy City Smokeout 2016
Jul27

7 Things I Learned at Windy City Smokeout 2016

The weather was beautiful, the air smelled of “BBQ and cookies” (as stated by country artist and Sunday’s performer, Maren Morris) and the Windy City Smokeout was a sizzling success. It’s quite a task to narrow down and highlight three days’ worth of unforgettable moments at a festival of craft beer, top notch BBQ joints, and an astounding country music lineup, but here are 7 things I learned at the Windy City Smokeout 2016. –...

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“Looking Back To See” Kim McAbee and Ty Herndon
Jul26

“Looking Back To See” Kim McAbee and Ty Herndon

I love it when someone comes out with something that sounds fresh, fun, new – and has been around for a while. I think it speaks to the timeliness of music. “Looking Back To See” is one of those songs. Originally written by Jim Ed and Maxine Brown, Justin Tubb – the son of “The Texas Troubadour” enjoyed a hit with the song in 1954 with Goldie Hill. That also didn’t stop the brother and sister duo (before Bonnie joined the family...

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