Exclusive Interview: Jewel
Sep22

Exclusive Interview: Jewel

2015 marks two decades since Jewel released Pieces Of You – which kicked off her musical career with a bang, selling 12 million copies in the United States alone. Even then, longevity was something she had in mind. “My goal when I started was to have a 40 or 50 year career,” she tells CMChatLive. “I didn’t know if was possible, but I knew I wanted that. Some of my favorite jazz singers kept singing great, but a lot of the pop and rock...

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An Open Letter to Brantley Gilbert
Sep17

An Open Letter to Brantley Gilbert

Brantley, Over the past few years, I have been blessed to cover your career in various settings. That being said, what you pulled off on the evening of September 16 in downtown Chattanooga stands as perhaps your greatest accomplishment yet – and that’s saying something. I made the trip to Chattanooga for the Unite concert, which was held to salute the memory – as well as the legacies of five military personnel shot down in cold blood...

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Album Review: Alabama – Southern Drawl
Sep10

Album Review: Alabama – Southern Drawl

Do you remember back in 1985 when the Coca-Cola Company unveiled the “New Coke.” It didn’t last long – as most of the soft drink’s longtime customers were perfectly content with what was. I hate to say it, but there are times that on Southern Drawl – Alabama’s first all-new studio record since 2001 – that I am reminded of “New Coke.” On some of the tracks, there’s a new Alabama sound – I guess you might call it a little more modern....

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Album Review: Ashley Monroe – The Blade
Jul24

Album Review: Ashley Monroe – The Blade

I will simply start this review by saying if you haven’t bought this CD yet – or are having any doubts as to whether you will or not – Stop. Go to your local retailer that sells music, or log on to your favorite online site and get this disc – NOW. OK. With that out of the way, I will start this review with a little bit of a confession. Earlier this year, Warner released a new single from Ashley Monroe titled “On To Something Good.”...

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‘Rowdie’ Mitch Goudy
Jul06

‘Rowdie’ Mitch Goudy

There are two different sides to newcomer Mitch Goudy. One is the singer who goes by his given name – a shy, quiet Iowa native who is currently trying to make a mark with such emotional songs as “My Girl’s Hand,” his current single. But, get him on stage, and another persona comes into play – “Rowdie” Goudy. He tells #CMChat that the name says it all. “I actually have had that name since I was really young. It’s really just the way I...

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