Interviews

Little Big Town - Music Is "The Reason Why"

What is “The Reason Why” some bands survive and thrive? It is not likely one thing, but many. In the case of Little Big Town, the reasons are plenty. They have sold over 1.5 million records and garnered 3 Grammy nominations, including The Road to Here’s nomination for album of the year. CMA and...
 

KC Johns: Keeping Her Goals In Sight

KC Johns is a 20-year-old country music singer and songwriter from Hernando, MS. passion for country music was prevalent at a very young age. At the age of 3, KC would climb on her mother’s coffee table and sing "Achy Breaky Heart" to her family. At age 8, KC knew she was destined to share her talent through singing and songwriting, after her mother took her to see the Grand...
 

John McLeod: Northern Country Blues

John McLeod is a Northern Canadian Metis Indian from the Ojibwa tribe born in The Pas, Manitoba. For the last thirty years he has been writing and performing a unique style of country blues music. He's a world traveler and his original songs reflect his experiences with different cultures and ethnicities. He's also a bush pilot who now happily...
 

Joey+Rory: Looking Ahead To Album # 2

2010 has been a whirlwind for husband and wife duo Joey + Rory, and the year isn’t even halfway through yet. Music News Nashville caught up with the duo at the CMA Music Festival recently, on a day where they were coming off of a very late night. Make no mistake about it however, they were happy about it. Since March, they have been touring with the Zac Brown Band...
 

Joe Nichols - Three Weeks At #1 With Gimmie That Girl

Monday, June 14 was a day of celebration at the Nashville office of ASCAP. The reason for the festive atmosphere was the number one success of Joe Nichols’ recent hit, “Gimme That Girl.” Joe took some of his busy time to chat with media before the party, and MNN was on hand to ask some of the questions...
 

Jeremy Miller Band: Taking Texas Radio By Storm

Formed in 2006, the Jeremy Miller Band is Austin’s latest and most intriguing contribution to a booming Red Dirt scene. The native Texas quartet belts out a raw, gritty, uncompromising blend of pure country and power rock, placing them in the same tier as contemporaries Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers, Reckless Kelly, Brandon Rhyder, Roger Creager, Bleu Edmondson...
 

The Jefferson Get An Introduction To Nashville

Right now, even as you are reading this, there is someone getting off of an airplane, a bus, or someone crossing into Davidson County in Middle Tennessee who is getting their first taste of the unique musical melting pot that is Nashville. Known as “Music City, U.S.A.,” the town has a reputation for being at the forefront of ...
 

The Gibson Interview: Jeff Beck

Very few people in any profession can truly be considered a master. Michelangelo, Ted Williams, Lenny Bruce, Laurence Olivier – it is a stratosphere that few can ever hope to reach, because true mastery requires an almost impossible innate ability coupled with a relentless drive to succeed. Many people have one of those ...
 

Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Music, The Road and More

Fronted by singer-songwriter-guitarist Jason Boland, the band has independently released five studio albums and two live discs including 2010’s High In The Rockies: A Live Album. They’ve sold 200,000 albums while amassing critical acclaim for their distinctive, hard-charging brew of country and rock with roots in artists like Waylon Jennings. Their most recent studio album is 2008’s...
 

Jason Sturgeon - A Hands On Approach To The Music Business

There’s an old saying that can be attributed to many industries, “Keep It Simple.” That’s a philosophy that newcomer Jason Sturgeon firmly believes in. His new single, “Simple Life,” reflects that mentality, and he’s taking a simple approach in promoting his career---he’s doing it all himself. Record label? It’s his. Publishing company? It’s his...
 

Hellsingland Underground - Country Music In From The Cold

Things you think you know about Sweden: In Sweden you can zig zag between the polar bears and all the suicidal swedes into the closest IKEA (located in every street corner in all cities of Sweden), ask the big breasted (drunk) blonde in the counter about the beds in store, and she will seductively ask you to come and try some of them out with her in a back room...
 

Gretchen Christopher - Looking Back And Looking Ahead

It has been an amazing ride for Gretchen Christopher. From a legendary career with the Fleetwoods, one of Pop music’s biggest groups of the 50s and 60s, to a long stint instructing others in the art, the Washington resident has seen it all during her life----and she’s still living and living well today, thank you very much...
 

Easton Corbin - In One Word….Country!

Many of today’s newer Country singers talk of their love of the format, but Mercury Records sensation Easton Corbin makes no bones about his love for Country Music. While some performers name check The Eagles or ZZ Top, Saturday nights for Corbin as a youngster meant old school, as the singer said he had fond memories of watching Hee Haw with his family...
 

Melanie Dunea Gets Education With "My Country"

For author / photographer Melanie Dunea, her new release My Country: 50 Musicians On God, America & The Songs They Love (Rodale Books) served as both an introduction and an education into the world of Country Music. It was something that admittedly, she didn’t know a lot about...
 

Diamond Rio: The Reason for "The Reason"

In a career that has spanned over twenty years, the group known as Diamond Rio have endured many peaks and valleys together---over twenty top ten singles, four CMA trophies for Vocal Group of the Year, and membership in the Grand Ole Opry. That’s the good. There’s been a little trouble on the waters over the years, as well. Many of the members...
 
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