10 Bests of Windy City Smokeout
Jul28

10 Bests of Windy City Smokeout

The fifth annual Windy City Smokeout kicked off a three-day weekend full of the best BBQ, beer, and country music, nestled by the Chicago River and offering beautiful views of the Chicago skyline. Though there are several country music festivals throughout the nation, the Windy City Smokeout isn’t another cookie-cutter country music festival; it is known to non-stop WOW all of your senses and you’ll leave feeling...

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Gracie Carol Interview: ‘Living on the Moon’
Jul26

Gracie Carol Interview: ‘Living on the Moon’

Cincinnati, Ohio, native Gracie Carol Aufderbeck is in her last year at Belmont University in Nashville, studying commercial music-voice. You may have met her as your singing server at the Opry Backstage Grill. No doubt you’ll take notice of the 21-year-old when you hear her sing – just as Keith Urban did four years ago. Singing a duet in concert with Keith Urban at 17. Check. What ran through your head when you heard that you...

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#BreakingTheIce: CJ Solar
Jul15

#BreakingTheIce: CJ Solar

Baton Rouge native and southern rock badass CJ Solar made huge waves on country radio when his current single “Airplane” landed. His authentic vocals and musical talent stands out from the rest. Solar is 50 percent southern rock and 50 percent straight country. He is a special gem that has been getting attention over the last year. His music is raw and gritty, it’s real art. Where are you answering these questions...

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Justin Adams’ Latest EP Will Expand Your Musical “Horizon”
Jul11

Justin Adams’ Latest EP Will Expand Your Musical “Horizon”

If you’re on the search for something less “bro country” sounding, then Justin Adams’ latest EP, Horizon, might be your new favorite. You’ll find an eight-song collection of tunes that mesh 90’s country music with a contemporary feel. Part of that composition comes from Justin Adams’ voice, which is a little bit of modern country with a dab of traditional country; a familiar, yet unique sound which is prevalent all throughout this EP....

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The Top 8 Lakeshake Memories of 2018
Jul03

The Top 8 Lakeshake Memories of 2018

The fourth-annual Country Lakeshake set a record-high attendance for itself and was perhaps the wettest, muddiest, and most fun year yet. For those who aren’t familiar, Country Lakeshake is Chicago’s country music festival that boasts the city’s skyline backdrop, which was seen clearest from the lawn area or up high on the chair swings, all set to the hottest live country music playlist. The headliners this year were Blake...

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#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Anna Vaus
Jun25

#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Anna Vaus

Can you share a brief overview of your career to date for our readers?  “Absolutely! I feel like the best place to introduce myself is to say that I’m a California kid. I was born and raised in a town called Poway. I was pretty much enamored with country music from day one, but it wasn’t until I was in high school that I realized I could actually write songs for a living. As soon as I graduated from Poway High, I packed up my...

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