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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More Than 100 Acts Announced for MerleFest 2018
Nov15

More Than 100 Acts Announced for MerleFest 2018

MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26 – 29. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2018 will be announced over the next few months. Today’s first lineup announcement...

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Tracy Lawrence Kicks Off WFRE Rewind Series in Maryland
Oct23

Tracy Lawrence Kicks Off WFRE Rewind Series in Maryland

One of the biggest Country Music hitmakers in the 90s was Tracy Lawrence.  Lawrence, a Texas native, specializes in country music that mixes classic honky-tonk and rock. In over twenty years, he has had forty-five singles with eighteen of them reaching number #1 on the country charts. On Sunday, October 22nd Tracy Lawrence came to perform for a nearly sold-out show at the Weinberg Center in Frederick, Maryland, to kick off the WFRE...

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Medicine Stone: Oklahoma’s Premier Outdoor Red Dirt Music Event
Aug03

Medicine Stone: Oklahoma’s Premier Outdoor Red Dirt Music Event

Within the Americana landscape lives a slew of alternative sub-genres including the Red Dirt music sound, a unique genre made of motley sounds cultivated out of Oklahoma soil. There are many artists cited as the founding forefathers of the sound like Jimmy LaFave, Robert Earl Keen, Bob Childers and Tom Skinner, but it was a band called The Great Divide that brought the sound to a national audience when they signed to Atlantic Records...

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The Smokin’ Best Moments of Windy City Smokeout 2017
Jul21

The Smokin’ Best Moments of Windy City Smokeout 2017

Brandon Lancaster, of LANco, described the Windy City Smokeout best when he looked out into the crowd in awe during his Friday night performance, “This is so great. A bunch of strangers gathered together to share one love – music.” The three-day festival was held in the heart of Chicago, backed up to the Chicago River, and was enhanced by the Chicago skyline. It delivered the very best in craft beer, top-notch BBQ joints from all over...

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