Kelly Lang’s “Obsession” Gives Nod to the Greats of Country Music
Nov29

Kelly Lang’s “Obsession” Gives Nod to the Greats of Country Music

Country Music has become one of the most-listened-to genres in America – that’s a fact. But, it’s also true that fans who were glued to their radios in the 1970s and 1980s listening to music like Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, and Crystal Gayle might still long to hear some of those great emotional moments that made those artists household names. While everyone knows who they are, you might not be as aware of people like Tom Collins,...

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2018 Country-ish Grammy Nominations
Nov28

2018 Country-ish Grammy Nominations

Here are the 2018 GRAMMY Awards Nominations in the Country (ish) Category, and I use -ish for a few reasons, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Backroad”, a decent pop song, is not really country, nor is “You Look Good,” albeit another great single, feels more R&B than Country but I guess since it’s sung by Lady Antebellum, its Country, right? The other reason is that I included Americana, Gospel, Roots,...

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Country Music Comradery and Gratitude Shined at Stars and Strings
Nov27

Country Music Comradery and Gratitude Shined at Stars and Strings

On November 15, 2017, CBS Radio’s third annual Stars and Strings took over the Chicago Theatre for a much-needed night of country music in an atmosphere of unity. The stars featured this year were Lindsay Ell, Kelsea Ballerini, Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and Sam Hunt. The stripped-down acoustic music format mixed with the comradery between the artists and the abundant gratitude towards our veterans made...

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Cherish Lee Shows Missteps and Discovery in “Tequila Cowgirl”
Nov26

Cherish Lee Shows Missteps and Discovery in “Tequila Cowgirl”

When you hear the words and music of newcomer Cherish Lee, you are struck by an unbelievable talent – and a story that is relatable to many listeners. There’s a light and easy feel to this tender ballad about a woman who is still in search of who she is, and the California native handles the song with a great deal of warmth. The lyrics of this song reflect a restless spirit of a person that knows she just might make a few mistakes...

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#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Darius Rucker
Nov22

#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Darius Rucker

Just one month ago,Capitol Records Nashville recording artist, Darius Rucker, released his fifth country album, When Was The Last Time. Rucker recently made a trip to Chicago to perform at CBS Radio’s Stars and Strings, a star-studded performance for Veteran’s Day. I caught up with Darius before his show and picked his brain about his music, success, and the authenticity of the country music industry. Before you released your...

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