Interviews

Rory Feek and Joey Martin at Marcy Joe?s Mealhouse.

Joey + Rory Choose Honesty as a Success Strategy

One morning at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, the meat-and-three restaurant owned by Rory Feek's wife Joey Martin and Rory’s sister Marcy Gary in unincorporated Pottsville, Tenn., Joey was running late because she was trying to rescue a neighbor’s calf who had wandered onto their farm. “I saw Joey go out this morning, and I came outside about 15 minutes later and I couldn’t see her anywhere. Then way over the ridge, I see her head pop up every few seconds and she was stripping,” Rory said, with a laugh. “When I went out...
 
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Isaac Slade of The Fray: Scars and Stories - Part 2

Isaac Slade of The Fray recently sat down and talked with Dan Harr of Music News Nashville about their new tour and music, songwriting, an interesting obstacle to touring in China, family and friends, the road and more. Find out what Isaac likes about being in the band, being on the road and how he balances it with home and family life.
 
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Joe Bonamassa - The Unknown Guitar God

Joe Bonamassa is among our greatest living guitar players, and you may not even know who he is. Such is the peril of the blues. The difference in units sold between the No. 1 album on the pop charts vs. the blues charts can be in the hundreds of thousands. As a blues mainstay, five of his 12 albums have debuted at No. 1 and seven have reached the top spot. The 34-year old West Hartford, NY native regularly opened for B.B. King as a teenager. He has since sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall and shared the...
 
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Styx - Takin' It To The Fans

2012 marks four decades since the release of the very first album from Styx, and there is no slowdown in sight. The band still remains a huge crowd favorite on the road, as evidenced by the numbers from their recent tour – along with REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent. According to member Lawrence Gowan, who has been with the band since 1999, it all makes for a great combination at the stadiums. “We’ve done shows with REO Speedwagon in the past, and that’s a great relationship...
 
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Isaac Slade of The Fray: Scars and Stories

Isaac Slade of The Fray recently sat down and talked with Dan Harr of Music News Nashville about their new tour and music, songwriting, an interesting obstacle to touring in China, family and friends, the road and more. Find out what Isaac likes about being in the band, being on the road and how he balances it with home and family life.
 
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A 12-Pack With Mark Wayne Glasmire

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"). "I'm in a really good place right now," says the personable singer/songwriter. "I'm spending a lot more time on my music - a luxury I've never had before." Recently, industry veteran Preshias Harris posed a 12-pack of questions to the up and coming artist.
 
INDIO, CA - APRIL 28:  Musician/actor Steve Martin performs onstage during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on April 28, 2012 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

Stagecoach 2012: Checking In With Steve Martin

Imagine my surprise when I was invited to have a brief sit-down chat with Steve Martin at Stagecoach prior to his just-finished, (initially) packed-tent performance with the Steep Canyon Rangers on the Mustang Stage. Lounging inside the group’s comfortable tour bus, the personable actor, writer and longtime banjo virtuoso spoke about his growing excitement to play major events like Stagecoach after several runs through many of the country’s posher theaters. “I’m loving this,” Martin said. “I’ve been playing...
 
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Girls Like Us - Donna Frost In Austin

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a writer. The novelist George Eliot (who was a woman by the way) said, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Even though my next door neighbor told me the other day “just because you have a blog that doesn’t make you a WRITER” (and in all fairness this was in reference to whether I need to get a “regular” job or not), what does a writer do except write? And so I tap, tap, tap away on my keyboard because as far as...
 
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Bri Bagwell - Tackling The Music Business 'Hands On'

One of the fastest rising new talents on the Country Music scene is Texan Bri Bagwell. She has it all – talent, looks, and determination. The latter comes into play when you realize that the stunning songstress has taken a very much hands-on approach to her career, doing much of the work herself. “I think sometimes it’s tough,” she says candidly. “We’re at a weird place. It’s pretty neat, because I have Chris who helps me with my PR, and William Morris with my booking. But, I don’t have a manager...
 
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Catching Up With Squeeze As They Head To Indio

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook began writing songs together as teenage friends in South London in the mid-’70s. The duo would later be dubbed the “new Lennon and McCartney” and, aided by a rotating roster of talented players, would go on to craft some of the most timeless power pop of the New Wave era as Squeeze. The band stood apart in the ’80s by delivering energetic shows anchored by a seemingly endless supply of marvelous songs – “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Tempted,” “Another Nail for My ...
 
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Michelle Turley - Continuing To Grow!

For any artist in any genre, recording an album is only half the battle. The true moment of truth comes when the album is released, as many things can happen between the recording of and release of a project – much of which is out of the control of the artist. That being said, Michelle Turley will breathe a sigh of relief this Tuesday when her sophomore album, Lovely In Blue, is released. It’s something she has been waiting on for a while! “We’re real excited about it,” she told MNN. “It’s been about two years in the making. It was difficult to get everyone’s schedules together, and as everyone knows, time flies. The band also plays with some other...
 
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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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