Ladies First – History Will be Made at Chicago’s Country Lakeshake Festival
Feb22

Ladies First – History Will be Made at Chicago’s Country Lakeshake Festival

As one of the hottest festivals in Chicago, Country Lakeshake Festival will be bringing a brand new meaning to the phrase, “ladies first.” On Friday, June 21, 2019, Country Lakeshake Festival will make history as the first major country music festival EVER to dedicate an entire day to female artists. SAY WHAT?! In a time where females are getting controversially less radio airplay than their male counterparts, it’s...

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#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Lewis Brice
Apr23

#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Lewis Brice

“With a sound rooted at the intersection of country, rhythm, and blues, and southern rock, Lewis Brice comes at you with high-energy stories; sounds that catch the ear and make you want to move.” With a Stagecoach Festival set just weeks away, singer/songwriter Brice has been spending time on the road. His self-titled EP debuted in the Top 15 on iTunes country charts when it was released last year. After being named as one of...

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Toby Keith Celebrates First Hit With Milestone Tour
Feb23

Toby Keith Celebrates First Hit With Milestone Tour

The song that started it all comes full circle in 2018 with the Toby Keith Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV presented by Ford F-Series. Released to radio 25 years ago this month and went on to be the most played country song of that decade, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” kicked off a multi-platinum career that – appropriately since it was written solely by Keith – eventually led to his induction in the...

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The California Desert’s City of Festivals to Host Stagecoach
Feb23

The California Desert’s City of Festivals to Host Stagecoach

It all began in 2007, the year of the inaugural Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Founded by Paul Tollett, the creator of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, the Festival is primarily country, but artists from folk, bluegrass, roots rock, and alternative country will also perform. The complete festival information is located here. For the 12th annual event, the lineup is as impressive as...

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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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