Interviews

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The McCrary Sisters - Living "The Journey"

The musical path of the McCrary Sisters has taken them to the heights of the Gospel Music world over their career, and their latest disc, Our Journey, is a reminder of that. In an interview for MNN, Regina McCrary said their father was very much a part of the sessions. “It was definitely a dream he had for us,” she said. “All of us girls looked at each other and said ‘Let’s go for it.’ We started out writing songs and picking out others, and doing what came naturally. It’s something...
 
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The Kentucky Headhunters – Back To The Future!

Just like Randy Travis is no doubt asked about his landmark 1986 album Storms Of Life, the Kentucky Headhunters still hear comments from fans about their equally legendary 1990 platter Pickin’ On Nashville. The sales numbers, award tallies, and impact on the fans were not planned that way, says the band’s Fred Young. “You can’t be a band, and put that type of album out and expect that type of success,” he tells MNN. It’s like lightning striking. We almost had to step away from that whole scene in a sense. It was...
 
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Kelly Lang – Gets Personal With "11-11"

One thing that you will hear an artist invariably say when he or she releases a new album is ‘This album is more me than anyone ever before.’ When Kelly Lang says it, you can believe it. Her new album 11 – 11 is very much a personal project right down to the title. “11-11 - when I was a little girl - my dad would always make a point whenever he would see the clock roll over – wherever he was on the planet, he would call us kids, and say it’s 11:11. I love you. It was a special bond between all of us. We would...
 
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Coy Taylor – A Man On The Move!

Country newcomer Coy Taylor has been seeing a lot of the United States on his recent radio tour, and just like Hank Snow’s classic, he’s been everywhere. Taylor has been visiting radio stations to promote his debut single, “Fall For You.” Taylor says things have gone very well. “We’ve been doing some radio tours at the Music Row / Billboard / Indicator stations, and we’re excited about that,” he told MusicNewsNashville.com. “They’ve been treating us really good out there, so it’s been fun getting out there...
 
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The Oak Ridge Boys + Cracker Barrel = A "Natural" Combination

There have been some great business partnerships throughout Country Music history. Eddy Arnold & Log Cabin Syrup. Loretta Lynn & Crisco. George Strait & Wrangler. Oak Ridge Boys bass singer Richard Sterban is very proud of the new marketing association that the Oaks have entered into with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for their new album It’s Only Natural and thinks that the association fits just as well. “It’s a great thing,’ he said in an exclusive interview for MNN. “We have respected Cracker Barrel...
 
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Tom Hambridge Goes “Boom”

Take a listen to Boom!, the latest disc from Tom Hambridge, and you will hear a dash of Country, a smidgen of Southern Rock, and a sprinkle of Pop Music. That’s the way he prefers it. “I guess that I threw together all the stuff that I grew up listening to and that I still love. I try not to put it in a box. Whatever I’m feeling, I go for – you know,” he tells MusicNewsNashville.com. Hambridge’s talent is evident as a songwriter, a singer, a player, and a producer. Which one does he prefer? “Boy...
 
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Mac McAnally Goes Live!

A talk with the legendary Mac McAnally is like a conversation with an old friend. In my eighteen years of doing interviews, I can honestly say that I have never felt as comfortable in talking with an entertainer. Recently, MNN had a chance to chat with the artist about his brand new album Live In Muscle Shoals. The first ever live album from McAnally, he said that the adrenaline flow from playing in front of an audience is something you can’t experience from the studios where he usually records. “That’s true,” he...
 
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Kenny Lee - Burnin' Up The Nashville Scene

Country music singer/songwriter Kenny Lee is burnin’ up the Nashville scene with a radio show, several hot new songs, and a new video that features a member of country music’s favorite first families. Lee calls the style of music in his new video “I’m Onto You” as “Big Band Country.” Jimmie VanZant and Roni Stoneman star in the production which can be viewed on Youtube. Stoneman, once a regular the television show Hee Haw, wrote and played...
 
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Reckless Kelly's Willy Braun Opens Up With Q&A

For fifteen years Reckless Kelly has been doing things their way, bucking the mainstream system and playing by their own rules, straddling the fence between country and rock as if they built it themselves. Throughout the years their old school approach to recording has always adhered to one main objective: make each record better than the last. Their latest effort, “Good Luck & True Love” is no exception to this rule.
 
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Dailey & Vincent – Taking The Bluegrass Overseas!

It’s a long way from Gainesboro, TN to Europe and Ireland, but the Bluegrass super duo Dailey and Vincent, but their recent debut overseas was nothing short of a resounding success. “We were in Europe for two weeks,” reports the duo’s Jamie Dailey. “We were over there in Ireland by ourselves, and had sold-out shows every night. We were very thankful for that. Then, we went to Switzerland and were there with Laura Bell Bundy and Trace Adkins, and had sold out shows there. It was...
 
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The Roys – Enjoying The Ride

It goes without saying that it is a good time to be Lee and Elaine Roy these days. The sibling duo is having, without a doubt, the best year of their career. Their debut project for Rural Rhythm, Lonesome Whistle, has put them in front of many new fans this year. And, for them, that’s a very good thing indeed. Elaine says the disc wasn’t what they originally had planned, as they had just released a new CD last summer. But, it all came together.
 
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Mike Aiken - A Way To Give Back!

Mike Aiken has been fortunate to enjoy some success in the music business. The popular entertainer has found a way to give back a little with his 6th Annual Smithfield Music's Aiken & Friends Fest, which takes place in Smithfield, VA September 30 – October 1. It’s an event that is near and dear to the singer’s heart. He shared with MNN about the beginnings of the event. “My idea to start this festival happened when I was sailing from the Bahamas to the Chesapeake Bay,” he...
 
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Phil Collen Bringing Def Leppard To His Own Backyard

How did one of hard rock's most successful acts decide to make its first-ever live album? In the case of Def Leppard, the answer was not to even think about it. “The reason we've never recorded a live album before is because we've either been in tour mode or we're recording a (studio album), so a live album was never really a priority,” said guitarist Phil Collen, who recently invited me to his Laguna Hills home to talk about Def Leppard’s newly released CD/DVD collection...
 
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Sunny Sweeney – A Year To Remember!

Sunny Sweeney says that if you see her after a show, or at Walmart for that matter, it’s ok. Come on up an say hi! It’s why she does what she does. “I would be upset if nobody asked me to do any of this,” she told MusicNewsNashville. “This is what any of us want when we start out. You want people to come to the shows, I want promoters to bring me to their shows. I want to sign things for fans are that are at my shows, so I’m completely – without sounding like a drama queen...
 
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The Wagons – Welcome To The U.S.A.

In the “Land Down Under,” the music of the Wagons is among the most popular around. Now, with the release of their new CD Rumble, Shake, & Tumble, the band has set their sights on crossing over to a new audience – one based in the United States! MNN recently had the chance to catch up with leader of the band, Henry Wagons, and he proved to be a very interesting interview. One of the first questions asked to him was the fact that some have described the music of The Wagons as “Dr. Suess...
 
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