The past few years has seen an explosion in the popularity of country music. In the 90's it was "alternative" music, the aughts saw the rise of hip hop as the mainstream's biggest music genre, and if the first few years of the teens hold up, this could be the decade of country music. If you need further proof, Rolling Stone just launched RollingStoneCountry.com.
Sure, there were some big country music stars in the past, but with the rise of Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert, plus a c... [Read more]
George Strait rode off into the sunset of all sunsets this weekend. A record of approximately 105,000 concert-goers attended Strait's concert at AT&T Stadium in Dallas to watch the final show of Strait's last tour -- marking the last time the country superstar will ever perform a concert of his own.
The number is almost mind-numbingly high. 105,000 people inside AT&T Stadium for a concert -- but it wasn't just Strait there -- Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, M... [Read more]
1. George Strait
George Strait joined the U.S. Army in 1971, and was later honorably discharged. He then landed a role in a terrorist action film called "The Soldier" in 1982.
2. Tim McGraw
One of Tim McGraw's favorite past times is quail hunting.
3. Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton designed his own tattoo on his arm, and thinks it's one of the crappiest out there. The images of deer tracks are usually mistaken for ladybugs.
4. Toby Keith
Toby Keith's real last name is actually Covel.
5. Luke Br... [Read more]
What do Billy Joel, Cher, The Eagles, Elton John, George Strait, Paul Simon, Sting and Van Morrison have in common? For one, they’re all AARP eligible by 11 years on the low end and 22 years on the high end. You might never think that George Strait, whose last tour date ever is coming up in 2014, would be the youngest of the bunch at age 61, or that Cher, Billy Joel and Elton John have been active the longest, with Cher beginning in ‘63 and edging the other two out by a year. More curiously, ... [Read more]
I expect musicians to keep performing until their voices fail (which Strait's shows no sign of doing) or some other physical malady prevents them from being able to sing. When George Jones died in April of this year at age 81, he was in the middle of a tour. So, I'm sorry, but I don't actually believe that this particular cowboy is actually riding away for good. [Read more]