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The Bros. Landreth blasted through their concert at Mercy Lounge on Thurs. (Feb. 5) with a stormy (but collected) calm. Swelling each and every lyric with a gritty, passionate and driving emotion, lead vocalist Joey Landreth's nuanced approach rivals that of any current mainstream superstar (Zac Brown, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw). But what he possesses is that innate ability to slice the noise with his voice, splattering the country backdrop with so much rich and colorful oil that each song is like a portrait or a stunning landscape. Of course, it helps when he's backed by such a talented and... Continue reading
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When ABC greenlit their now-wildly success drama Nashville a few years ago, there was cause for concern that such a high-glam spotlight would only be another avenue for the pop-country mainstream. But what the Nashville on the Record franchise has done, elevating what the show has already mastered, is refocus the attention on traditional country music and the format's talented and severely undervalued songwriters. Continue reading
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It's a shame when such a distinctive vocalist as RaeLynn dismisses thoughtful storytelling for merely surface-level, artistically-ineffective tropes. Continue reading
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Lucy Angel have spent the past 12 years developing their smooth muscianship and slick-backed pop-country blend. Their harmonies aren't the only things that keep their music laced together. As a mother-daughter trio—comprised of Kate, Emily and Lindsay Anderton—it's their loyalty, unconditional love and charming passion that has kept their careers on an upward trajectory. In their brand-new 13-episode docu-series Discovering Lucy Angel (produced by Emmy Award-winner J.T. Taylor), Lucy Angel peel back the layers of what it means to be a working musician in Nashville. The show premieres on Tuesday (Jan. 13) an AXS-TV. "We've been on the road doing... Continue reading
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There's a reason Reba has charted hits in four decades. She's not only one of the finest storytellers in country music history, but she sets trends along the way. While her brand-new single (and her first offering since 2010's All The Woman I Am disc) "Going Out Like That" succumbs to the female trends of breakups and rock-pop production, but itt contains all the necessary sass and fiery grit. Penned by hit-makers Ben Hayslip (Brantly Gilbert's "Small Town Throwdown"), Rhett Akins (Chase Rice's "Ready Set Roll") and Jason Sellers (Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's "Don't You Wanna Stay"), the uptempo... Continue reading
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Often referred to as an "entreprenartist," Australian-born singer-songwriter Kane Harrison is a jack-of-all-trades. Continue reading
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Newcomer Jackie Lee witnessed his debut single "She Does" bow at No. 1 on the most-added playlist upon its release earlier this year. That already places him far ahead most aspiring country singers, and he's absolutely blown away by the success so far. Continue reading
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Cledus T. Judd brought the comedy and a blazing shirt to the red carpet at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards Mon. (Dec. 22). Cracking a joke every step of the way, NashvilleGab caught up with the star to chat about his upcoming music, which includes a Blake Shelton parody of the No. 1 hit "Neon Light." Previously, he made headlines earlier this fall with his hilarious re-invention of "Blurred Lines" (by Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams) called "Luke Bryan." On his next creation: "I'm gonna do another record, sometime in the spring. We'll see if they'll have me... Continue reading
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Chase Bryant, who just landed his first-ever Top 10 radio hit with debut single "Take It On Back," was among the artists on the red carpet at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards Mon. (Dec. 22). Dashing in a slicked-back solid-black suit, he was equally laid back, when NashvilleGab caught up with the rising star to talk about the success of his single and his all-time favorite country songs. "It's been great. It's definitely a humbling experience. I'm blessed and glad to be having all the success," he shared, smiling ear-to-ear. The single serves as the lead sampling from his... Continue reading
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Katie Armiger was one of many artists on the red carpet at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards Mon. (Dec. 20). Sizzling in a gold-speckled dress, with her vibrant red hair just so, the singer caught up with NashvilleGab about her plucky new single "One Night Between Friends" and what it was like to record in the iconic Abbey Road Studios earlier this year. "I really like it because it's fun. It's lighthearted. It's really relatable. I think everybody's had a friend that they want to be more than friends with," she shared of the new single. During her first-ever... Continue reading
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Former Voice finalist and rising country star Gwen Sebastian dazzled in a slender silver dress on the red carpet at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards Mon. (Dec. 20). Following the release of her 2013 self-titled LP, she teamed up with Blake Shelton for one of 2014's standout hits, the romantc "My Eyes." NashvilleGab had the chance to chat with the singer about how it feels to have a No. 1 radio hit. "It's a complete blessing. To have my name next to his and we're up for an award, it's pretty cool to say. It's all due to him.... Continue reading
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With his signature cowboy hat, traditionalist Ray Scott graced the red carpet at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards Mon. (Dec. 20). With the release of his latest self-titled album, the singer fights for substance, admist the plethora of party tracks at mainstream country radio. Many reviews called the record one of his best cohesive records yet and a 2014 standout, and NashvilleGab had the chance to catch up with him on the carpet. On his post-album success, he said, "It's feel great. I released in Europe and the states. It's done really well. I had a No. 1 song... Continue reading
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West Virginia native Mark Cline Bates is a daring traditionalist, whose music is roughly-hewn masterpieces cut from an emotional cloth. He vividly writes about the life he knows, prompting him to lift straight out of his small-town sensibility and big-city dreaming. Continue reading
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Draped in a stunning black-lace dress, Meghan Linsey (most known for her work as one half of Steel Magnolia) strutted down the red carpet at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards Mon. (Dec. 15). Continue reading
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Emily Kinney, who made us feel with her deep-rooted portrayal of wide-eyed optimist Beth Greene on The Walking Dead, was one of the brightest stars to stun on the American Country Countdown Awards red carpet Mon. (Dec. 15). Continue reading
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The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, replacing the previous American Country Awards franchise, brought to life 2014's biggest party-hardy hits in literal ways. Not only was there a bar on stage, much to the satisfaction of the show's tattooed hosts Florida Georgia Line, but most of the night's most light-fused, high-caliber performances celebrated weekend binge drinking on a massive scale. From Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's mid-show galavant of their new slinky single "Sun Daze" to Lady Antebellum's "Freestyle," there was enough for the crowd to sip on. In between jokes about Bad Santas, big sacks and The Walking Dead,... Continue reading
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When you think honky-tonk and old time music, West Virginia native Mark Cline Bates is a surprising, and rather refreshing, addition to the modern country landscape. Continue reading
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Singer-songwriter Annie Bosko shoots from the hip on her brand new single "Crooked Halo," a co-write with Nelly Joy and the song's producer Danny Myrick (Jason Aldean's "She's Country"). Continue reading
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Pierce Avenue isn't your typical mainstream duo: they're far more Patty Loveless and Merle Haggard than Nelly or Drake. Their understanding of country music's roots is heartily felt on their new self-titled EP, a meager five track project that zigs and zags between captivating tradition and roots-driven melodies and southern honky-tonk. Comprised of Tony and Jaime Pierce, the husband-wife pairing is enrapturing—piecing together authentic country heartbreak and real life lessons into a complete journey. "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" is a particularly interesting track, in throwback style to Loveless' Honky Tonk Angel. Jaime leading the song was a... Continue reading
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There's something about a country song that speaks to the heart. For Dustin Lynch, "Where It's At" is the kind of song that gives the listener a reprieve from reality for a handful of minutes. With its funky beats and sunny atmosphere, it's the kind of song that defines a career. Holding back the flood gates, Lynch took to the podium to offer up a bit of advice and heartfelt appreciation for the song's esteemed songwriters, during the No. 1 celebration on Monday night (Nov. 24). "All these doors that shut, bring people together in this town," he said. "[But]... Continue reading
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Newcomer Kelsea Ballerini, recently named one of CMT's Next Women Of Country, dropped her highly-anticipated self-titled EP on Mon. (Nov. 24) through iTunes. Continue reading
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Austin Webb's latest single "All Country On You" is a playful commentary on romantic entanglements. Co-written by some of Nashville's finest (Mark Irwin, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins), the slicked-back pop-country mid-tempo isn't your typical breezy affair. Continue reading
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Country newcomer Nate Green is laying out the Road Map for his debut EP, officially setting a Jan. 13 streetdate. Featuring his current single "Back Road" (with a music video coming soon), the seven-track project documents his journey all over the world—piecing together the musical culture in various countries (including Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain). In fact, he even recorded the songs during his worldwide travels, also writing all the songs himself. "When I set out on my travels to complete this EP, I really just wanted to take in as much music as I possibly could and immerse myself... Continue reading
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Lucy Angel might be a little crazy. After packing up their entire lives, the trio—consisting of mother Kate Anderton and her two daughters Lindsay and Emily—set about chasing their dreams, nearly 10 years ago. As they set their sights on their debut album, the red dirt-leaning, Arizona-bred band have premiered their hot new single "Crazy Too," Continue reading
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The holidays came early at this year's Jennifer Nettles-hosted CMA Country Christmas. Live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, the biggest and brightest names in country music gathered to ring in the holiday season. Continue reading