Interviews

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Bucky Covington - Ready To Roll In 2012!

Last week was an exciting one in the life and career of Bucky Covington. Over 2,500 radio and media personalities descended upon Nashville for the annual Country Radio Seminar, and Covington was glad to see them. ‘I absolutely love this week when radio and media come to town,” he said, “and getting to visit with everyone. It’s almost like a vacation. It’s a great way to go around the country in one week.” Of course, it’s even better when you have new music to promote – and Covington is very excited about his new batch of tunes. “We do have a new record coming out,” he says, smiling. “We signed with E1 Entertainment, which is a label out of...
 
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The 'Magic' of the Oak Ridge Boys

Just like a fine wine, the Oak Ridge Boys are one musical act that seems to get only better with time. Their latest album, It’s Only Natural, has benefited from a marketing agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and the album’s current single, “Whatcha Gonna Do,” has become their most played new single in quite some time. The legendary group made an appearance last week in Nashville at the Country Radio Seminar to promote the new music. “A lot of good people have ...
 
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Frizzell "Pays It Forward" With New Release

Country singer David Frizzell has been performing for well over five decades. He went on the road with his brother Lefty at times. In the 1970s, he was part of the Buck Owens show. Then, there was his commercial peak in the early to mid 1980s, both as a solo artist and in duets with Shelly West. However, Frizzell might just have released his most important recording yet with his new single, “Say Hello To Heaven.” “I’ve been lucky in my career to have come across some great songs,” the singer told Music News Nashville. “Buddy Hyatt wrote the song, and he...
 
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Ben Rector – Finding His Way To The A-List

Rocker and songwriter Ben Rector definitely has what it takes to be a star: talent, talent and more talent. Hailing from Nashville, otherwise known as Music City, Rector has already found success as both a songwriter and performer. His most recent release, Something Like This, topped the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart while also reaching #4 on the overall albums chart, bested only by Adele, Coldplay and Lady Antebellum. Those are some significant names to be competing ...
 
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The Resurrection of Mitch Ryder

On the cusp of his 67th birthday, legendary rock ‘n’ soul artist Mitch Ryder shows no signs of slowing down now. In December, he released his first book – the warts-and-all autobiography, “Devils & Blue Dresses,” and the explosive singer is making the rounds promoting it. After an absence of nearly thirty years from the U.S. market, he’s coming out with “The Promise” – an album of new songs that was previously released overseas. Later this month, he’s off to Europe for a...
 
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Randy Travis: 25 Years & Going Strong!

Last year, when recording his 25th Anniversary album, Randy Travis admits that there was somewhat of a role reversal when he was in the studio with Jamey Johnson on the remake of “A Few Old Country Boys.” The song was a top ten record in 1990 for Travis and George Jones. Being the veteran in the song was a little different, says Travis – but not because he was older. “Once you’ve heard George Jones sing something, it’s hard not to emulate what he does vocally,” said...
 
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Kellie Pickler: Tough and True on “100 Proof”

“I was born in the wrong generation,” said Kellie Pickler, looking through the windows at Sony Music Nashville’s offices toward somewhere far south of town. “I wish I would have been in the generation before Twitter and cell phones, when there was that mysteriousness about being an artist. I wish I could have been a part of that generation where you’d go to the Ryman and sing and then walk out the back door and go honky-tonkin’. Well, we do that anyway...
 
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Mark Wayne Glasmire - Ready For The Big Time

Mark Wayne Glasmire is happier than he's ever been. His new, seven-song EP, GOING HOME, is due out this Fall, and the project has already given the resident of Arlington, Texas a #1 European single ("I Like You"). For Glasmire, the extra hours spent advancing his career are exciting and invigorating. Recently, he sat down with Michael Ragogna and talked about his career and what comes next. Mark, you've had an international hit for 9 weeks with "I Like You." Why do you...
 
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Kari Jobe - Where I Find You

After being established as one of the industry’s premier worship leaders with her Dove Award-winning, self-titled debut, Kari Jobe continues to serve as a worship pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, and will release her highly anticipated follow-up album, Where I Find You (Sparrow) on January 24, 2012. Produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Chris August) and Matt Bronleewe (Natalie Imbruglia, Josh Wilson), Where I Find You, which includes Kari’s new hit radio single “We Are,” is an...
 
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New Album A Personal One For Dwight

Music is an emotional tool that sometimes helps us through a difficult time in life. Nobody knows that better than California native Shane Dwight. The singer has just released his latest album, A Hundred White Lies, and to call it an intensely personal one would be nothing short of an understatement. The songs on the disc reflect Dwight’s mood during the separation and eventual divorce from his wife. All but one of the songs on the disc stem from the emotions that the couple...
 
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Nils Lofgren Reflects On Life At 60 and the Loss of Clarence Clemons

Timing is everything. When I spoke with guitarist Nils Lofgren on Nov. 9, he was candid about his recovery following a double-hip replacement and turning 60 on June 21, as well as the loss of his close friend, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, just a few days earlier.But not once during our phone chat did Lofgren tip his hand about Bruce Springsteen and the band’s 2012 tour, news of which the Boss revealed on his website a week later. Still, it was clear in the interview...
 
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Timothy B. Schmit - Soaring Without The Eagles For Solo Project

This fall, groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT-- well-known for his work as a member of THE EAGLES and with the country rock group Poco--is gearing up for a U.S. tour. For the month-long trek (see dates below), TIMOTHY and his full band will perform songs from his fifth solo effort EXPANDO (2009, Lost Highway/Universal) as well as gems by THE EAGLES and Poco. Written and produced by Schmit, Expando presents...
 
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Slash and the First Solo

On July 24 of this year, guitar legend Slash played Stoke-on-Trent, England, the day after his birthday. This concert held a special significance for him, because he was born in Hampstead (he was known as Saul Hudson before he was Slash) and he had grown up in the area until he turned 6. It’s fitting then that he played a career-spanning set, covering his work in Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, and his recent Slash CD, which he recorded for posterity’s sake on...
 
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Jimmy White Remembers A 'Friend' Named 'Smoke'

God puts angels into our paths at exact times for exact reasons. Jimmy White knows this for a fact. Long an animal lover, White had always been more of a dog person. Until, “Smoke” came along. “I had a cat – actually, it was the first cat I ever had. We were very close,” he recalls fondly. “I had a job where I worked out of my home. He was diabetic. Between spending big parts of every day with him and caring for him – giving him insulin shots every day, I got to be real close to this cat. His name was Smoke. I began...
 
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Brandon Rhyder – Live & Cookin!

In a sense, Texas Music is a very wide musical format. There’s a little bit of something for everyone. One artist who has had a lot of success in the state is Brandon Rhyder. How would he define the format? “People call is Red Dirt Music. They call it Texas Music. When people ask me what kind of music I play, I just tell them Country Music. It might not fit in the box of is considered mainstream Country Music, but it’s still in the realm. It’s on the fringe.” Rhyder, enjoying success with his new CD / DVD set...
 
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