Interviews

Jenny and Ashley - Making the 'Songs About You'

All American girls Jenny (16) and Ashley (15) are a vibrant pop country singing sister duo. They've lived, worked or performed in nearly every state. Born in Wisconsin they followed their dreams of acting and singing to California and then their love for lyrics and boots to Tennessee. While in Nashville they recorded the Songs About You EP on the renowned Music Row with Tim McGraw's co-producer Darran Smith and industry veterans, the Dance Hall Doctors. Although their parents call Miami home now, Jenny & Ashley feel home is on the...
 

Liana Conway Enjoys Having 'Beautiful Days'

Singer/songwriter Liana Conway would probably be the first person to tell you that she has had a series of “Beautiful Days” recently – not so coincidentally, the name of the first single off her forthcoming album, Sunrise. Relentlessly upbeat, Conway wouldn’t want it any other way. She tries to see the bright side of each day and firmly believes in living in the present moment. Her attitude translates to her music, which can be best described as positive but truthful, hopeful but realistic. Sunrise is an unabashed album, a youthful ...
 

Success of 'AM Country Heaven' Surprised Jason Eady

One of the biggest surprises on the Billboard Country Albums chart this year was the top-40 debut of Texas singer-songwriter Jason Eady’s disc AM Country Heaven – a collection of material that hearkens back to the genre’s sounds of the late 70s and early 80s. What made the debut so impressive was that it was on the basis of word-of-mouth from Eady’s fans rather than a single on the airwaves driving sales. Nobody was more surprised than --- Jason Eady himself! “It really surprised me,” he...
 

Singer / Songwriter Ed Hale Answers 20 Questions

Singer / songwriter / recording artist Ed Hale's latest single "Scene in San Francisco” from his current solo album, Ballad On Third Avenue, quickly climbed atop Billboard's Top 40 in the Adult Contemporary format reaching #25, making Hale the #1 Most Active Independent Artist eight weeks straight. The song also reached #13 on FMQB's Adult Contemporary Chart. His alter-ego, the Britpop/Indie-rock outfit Ed Hale and the Transcendence just released their fifth album, the epic rock-opera styled All Your Heroes Become Villains to...
 

Bucky Covington - No Regrets And Here To Stay

If Bucky Covington has any regrets, pursuing a music career isn’t one of them. When thinking about trying out for American Idol, his said that he didn’t want to wake up one day and “kick himself in the pants” for something he wanted to do but never tried. As it happens, his decision turned out pretty well. After placing eighth in season five, his 2007 self-titled debut opened at No. 1 on the country charts, selling 61,000 units its first week and over 400,000 to date. His second album, “I’m Alright” is slated for release later this summer. He...
 

Introducing Pete Kennedy

Pete Kennedy is starting to get a lot of attention with his music, and the Irish-born performer could definitely be seen a lot of places during the recent CMA Music Festival. He definitely has fond memories from the event, held earlier this month in Nashville. “CMA Fest has blown my mind,” the singer tells MNN. “This is my first time to have been a part of the event, so it’s very humbling and astonishing.” Kennedy expressed admiration both for the fans, and also to the CMA – for the job they do in scheduling
 

Carrie Hassler – Going The Distance!

There has been a lot of excitement in the Bluegrass and Country communities about the spring release of The Distance, the newest disc from Rural Rhythm recording artist Carrie Hassler. But, with as many people buzzing about the album – nobody has been as pumped as the beautiful songstress herself. “I am so excited about this album,” she tells MNN. “It was so long awaited. It had been a couple of years since my last project, and I couldn’t wait to get this one finished,” she says gleefully...
 

K-Flay- Spreading The Music!

How does one define the music of style of K-Flay? The artist herself says those words are hard to come by. “Sometimes, I don’t really know how to describe it,” she tells MNN. “It definitely has a hip hop / rap foundation to it, with a little bit of indie rock and electronic music. It’s still evolving. On the last EP, we started to hone in on the sound I wanted, but it’s still a work in progress,” she says. K-Flay, who is currently on the southern swing of her tour, will be hitting Atlanta’s Drunken Unicorn on Monday. She says she’s excited to come back ...
 

Rhett Miller Detours Away From Old 97′s Once More

Rhett Miller delves deeper into traditional country and '60s folk-rock on his latest album. Last week, Rhett Miller, who has fronted alt-country rockers Old 97’s since the mid-’90s, released The Dreamer, his fifth solo studio effort but his first-ever self-produced album. The 13-track disc is actually something of a radical departure for the transplanted Texan, who lives in New York these days. Whereas previous outings were more rock- and pop-oriented – a deliberate shift from his main group’s distinct Americana ...
 

A Conversation with Creed – Part 2

Grammy award-winning rockers Creed recently made a stop in Atlanta at The Tabernacle. While there, Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips sat down with Dan Harr and had a conversation about new material (for both the band and Mark Treminti’s new solo album), life on the road and some of their favorite things to do while on tour. Click on the video below to view PART 2 of the conversation.
 

A Conversation with Creed - Part 1

Grammy award-winning rockers Creed recently made a stop in Atlanta at The Tabernacle. While there, Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips sat down with Dan Harr and had a conversation about new material (for both the band and Mark Treminti's new solo album), life on the road and some of their favorite things to do while on tour. Click on the video below to view PART 1 of the conversation.
 

McCartney - The Next Generation

Because the Beatles remain the single most significant force in the history of popular music, it’s no wonder that all things related to the Fab Four continue to fascinate music fans more than four decades after the quartet called it quits. One of the most intriguing things about that is the reaction when children of John, Paul, George and Ringo perform. The world has long heard from the offspring of Lennon (half-brothers Julian and Sean), Harrison (whose son Dhani records as Thenewno2) and Starr (Zak Starkey, who has drummed...
 

Craig Morgan - This Ole Boy and More

What do you get when you cross a soldier and a country music singer? You get Craig Morgan. The ten year army veteran is basking in the Top 5 debut of his latest release, This Ole Boy. Once dubbed “country music’s champion of the Everyman,” he is best known for monster hits that espouse the core values of the genre: faith (“That’s What I Love About Sunday”), good times, (“Redneck Yacht Club”) and helping others (“Almost Home”), for which he was awarded the Songwriter Achievement Award. Between his TV show, touring...
 

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...
 

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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