Jordan Feliz rocked the contemporary Christian Music Market with his 2016 album "The River," which solidified him as one of CCM's fastest-rising artists and earned him a Dove Award for Best New Artist. The title track, which was his debut single, reached Gold status recently, selling 500,000 units. The song was also a No. 1 radio hit and received a GMA Dove Award nomination for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year" and a K-LOVE (a contemporary Christian music radio programming service) ... read more
Note: Ok, this is not country. But it is a cool interview with Gary Link, bassist for John Kay & Steppenwolf.
Gary Link was 17 years old when he saw the rock band Steppenwolf in concert at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. Row one, center stage. It was quite a night, one he shared with his older brother, Wayne, who had every Steppenwolf album.
So imagine Gary's surprise when he, many years later, checked his answering machine at his home in L.A. and heard a message from John Kay, founding ... read more
Scotty McCreery knows what it's like to be on top of the world. He also knows what's like to be knocked off.
The Season 10 "American Idol" (2011) winner was riding a wave of newfound celebrity and fans. His first album, "Clear as Day," debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 that year and reached the top on five separate Billboard charts. He had won multiple music awards, toured with Brad Paisley, released his sophomore album, "See You Tonight," which also debuted at No. 1 as did ... read more
When Charlie Daniels was working on his fourth book, "Never Look at the Empty Seats," the project took about 20 years.
"I couldn't find a place to stop," said Daniels in a recent phone interview. He finally did find an ending to the book which is the story of his life and career (so far!), but there are plenty more chapters that could be added. Like writing the book, Daniels, who will be 82 in October, just doesn't see a time to end his music career.
The Charlie Daniels Band will take ... read more
You could say Chris Stapleton was a really big winner April 15. It was his 40th birthday, he won the Academy of Country Music award for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year, and his wife, Morgan, gave birth to twin boys. I don't know how he will be able to top this date in personal history.
Here's the list of winners:
Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers ... read more
Sawyer Brown may sing about "Six Days on the Road," but for this country band it's been more like 37 years — and counting — on the road.
"I live my life in pencil," said Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, keyboardist for the band. With touring, recording and other commitments, nothing is set in stone when it comes to scheduling.
Sawyer Brown is scheduled for one show at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22. (We're writing that in ink!) ... read more
The Country Music Association announced on March 27 the 2018 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame — Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West. Gimble will be inducted in the Recording and/or Touring Musician category; Skaggs will be in the Modern Era Artist; and West will be inducted in the Veterans Era Artist category. That will bring the Country Music Hall of Fame membership to 136. The CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961. You can read more about these artists at www.cmaworld.com.
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