As soon as the weather hits “sunny and 75”, Northeastern country music fans are itching to kick off the summer with Luke Bryan tickets, a Miranda Lambert concert, or Jason Aldean tour tickets. And, like most concert rituals, tailgating in the lot outside the venue is a given. Fans will post the obligatory status update to kick off the party, “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime,” in honor of Kenny Chesney. Most of the not-originally-from-the-South redneck wannabes will... [Read more]
I was a bit surprised to learn that Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are going on tour together in 2015 because their styles are drastically different. Chesney is classic country – his voice is soulful, his songs make you feel good. Chesney won Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs four out of five years from 2004-2008. Aldean, however, is new era – his style aligns more with rock and hip-hop, his songs are rougher. Aldean has only won two CMAs, one of which was for a duet with Kelly Clarkson where ... [Read more]
Which Garth Brooks hits do you want to hear on his comeback tour? We know it's been a while since Garth Brooks last took the stage, so don't worry if you're a little rusty. Check out some of Garth Brooks' career changing tracks that made him into one of the greatest country artists of all time.
1. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" Garth Brooks, 1989
This track was Garth Brooks' first single released off his debut album, also marking his first Top 10 hit.
2. "We Shall Be Free" The Ch... [Read more]
Has the time finally come!? Since Garth Brooks announced his retirement in 2000, country fans have been anxiously awaiting the day when Garth would return to the stage! Sure, he released some minor records like The Lost Sessions in 2006, some “hits” albums, and performed at a benfit here and there, but Garth took his retirement and family life seriously and wasn’t releasing much new material. In 2009, Garth came out of retirement to do a few weekend Las Vegas performances from time to time and h... [Read more]
Garth Brooks is going on a worldwide tour -- but when? [Read more]
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]
I'm the product of a mixed marriage. My father was pure Connecticut Yankee, from the roots of his gingery hair to the tips of his Sperry Topsiders®. Mom was born in Oklahoma.
Dad didn't approve of country music, which he referred to as "that gawdawful yodeling," and wouldn't have it on the radio. But when Dad was out of the house, Mom would tune in to the country station. She loved to sing along and I'd harmonize, singing soprano to her deep alto. Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Patti Page (Mo... [Read more]
Johnny Cash, the magnificent Man in Black, is to have his life honored later this year when a museum dedicated to his memory will open in country capital Nashville, TN. Cash, whose life was immortalized in the 2005 movie Walk the Line, would have been 80 this month. He died aged 71 in 2003. Cash's inevitable descent into the dark world of the artist began when he was a child living in Arkansas, picking cotton and singing with his family at the tender of five. His immersion in gospel music led to... [Read more]