Interviews

Darius Rucker Goes Two For Two!

Many people wondered whether Darius Rucker's attempt at recording Country Music would be a successful one or not. After all, as the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, the South Carolina native had success in another genre --- something that Music City doesn't always take too kindly to. However, with the chart-topping success of his tender Capitol Nashville ballad "It Won't Be...
 

Chris Young - Talking About Being Number One

In 2006, Murfreesboro, TN native Chris Young won the popular ‘Nashville Star” competition, which included a recording deal with Sony. His first album did reasonably well, but with his second disc, THE MAN I WANT TO BE, it appears that he has hit the mother lode. The album’s second single...
 

Billy Currington - Still Doin' Something Right

I was recently attacked by a sidewalk. I say attacked, but I really mean I was a klutz, fell down, and messed up my ankle so badly that I couldn’t go to Billy Currington’s concert at Cowboys in Kennesaw, Georgia. I was most aggravated at the thought at not getting to get to meet him for our scheduled interview when, suddenly, the phone rang...
 

Alecia Nugent Keeps On Keepin' On!

Nashville has many treasures, and one of those is WSM evening personality Eddie Stubbs. Though there have been many changes at the "Air Castle Of The South" over the years, most Country fans hold the former CMA winner in the highest of esteem. One such person would be Bluegrass star Alecia Nugent. Stubbs was an early champion of the Louisiana native ...
 

Aaron Tippin Goes "In Overdrive" To Please Fans

If you were to re-visit the decades of the 50s and 60s in Country Music, you would notice one difference between now and then---the “Truck Driving” song. Once a fixture of the airwaves, the songs about the big rigs have just about disappeared from the radio. Aaron Tippin wants to bring them back...
 

Nashville Welcomes The Soul Man

You can’t learn to sing with soul. You either have it or you don’t. And if you do, it only comes from one place: the heart. The legendary “Soul Man” Sam Moore receives the Music of the Heart Award at the Lili Claire Foundation’s 1st Annual “Everyone’s A Miracle” benefit concert at...
 

Sam Bush - A Little Bit Of Everything

Sam Bush hosted the 2007 IBMA Awards show at the Grand Old Opry house in Nashville TN as well as performing with his band. I caught up with him backstage to get a glimpse of the man and his music...
 

Rebecca Lynn Howard - Playing By Her Own Rules

The music business is aptly titled, because for all the creativity that goes into a project….it is just that, a business. No one knows this any better than Rebecca Lynn Howard. Signed to her first Nashville record label deal in 1997, she actually didn’t release an album until her vastly underrated self-titled album for MCA. After her second album, 2002’s FORGIVE, and the...
 

Rhonda Vincent - Good Thing Going

Her musical career started as a child in her family's band, The Sally Mountain Show, and has spanned almost four decades. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) accorded her its Female Vocalist of the Year award for the years 2000 - 2006. She's been dubbed the "Queen of Bluegrass," and Rhonda Vincent has just released a new album, GOOD THING GOING...
 

Randy Travis: Going "Around The Bend"

Let’s go back in the Country Music time machine 22 years to 1986: Listeners were just starting to get acquainted with a new singer by the name of Randy Travis. It was a pretty quick introduction. STORMS OF LIFE, his debut album, sold well over two million copies, and helped to make him a household name among Country fans. Still, that album continues to find its’ way on lists...
 

Rachel Williams Serves Up The Music

Last year, for this website, I had the chance to review an album by Rachel Williams. In my almost two years of reviewing projects for Music News Nashville, I don’t think I have came across one any better. Recently, we had the chance to catch up with this stunning singer, who I think is destined for big things in this industry...
 

Rodney Atkins: “These Are My People”

A few months back, Rodney Atkins and Dave Berg sat down with the media at ASCAP to talk about "These Are My People," rodney's third consecutive #1 hit from his last CD. Music News Nashville was on hand to take part in the interview and transcribed the afternoon...
 

Phil Stacey - Just A Kentucky Boy 'Idol"

One of the biggest hits at Country Radio this spring is the debut single from former “American Idol” contestant Phil Stacey, “If You Didn’t Love Me.” It’s the first hit from his self-titled album for Lyric Street, and fans have been reacting strongly to both the single and the album. MNN recently had a chance to talk with this very busy newcomer about all that is going on with him as of late……
 

Neal McCoy: Giving Fans His “Very Best”

The release of the latest Neal McCoy project could not be timelier. The Rhino-released collection THE VERY BEST OF NEAL McCOY hits stores the same week as the CMA Music Festival, where thousands of Country Music fans from all around the world come to rub elbows with their favorites. After all, nineteen of the twenty cuts on the album made the top-40, thanks to….
 

Melissa Jones - Red, White & Blue Night In Georgia

Melissa Jones, a thirt-something mom with a close connection to the military is following her heart and her childhood dreams. What started as a home-made gift for her father has grown into a full blown country music career and she is excited and ready to share her music with the world. I was invited...
 
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