Country music fans from the 1990s through early 2000s know the name Tracy Lawrence. (It was the "hat" era of male country music artists, which was replaced by the "cap" era.)
He's won a slew of CMA and ACM awards, a Grammy nomination, had 22 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts including "Time Marches On," "Alibis," "Can't Break It to My Heart," "If the World Had a Front Porch," "Texas Tornado" and his first No. 1 song (25 years ago), "Sticks and Stones."
The 1980s and '90s were "such a ... read more
In his nearly 60-year career, Charlie Daniels has made albums that were country, bluegrass, Southern rock, Christian, songs for kids and, most recently, cowboy songs. But the soon-to-be 81 singer, songwriter and fiddler will tell you he doesn't label his music as anything other than the "Charlie Daniels Band sound."
"I do my music when I want to do it and the way I want to do it," said Daniels, who has a home studio and his own music label, Blue Hat, in Tennessee. "Otherwise I don't worry ... read more
Cole Swindell remembers the first time he played a concert in Frederick. It was the Fourth of July and he vividly remembers watching the fireworks through the back window of his bus.
"Back then, we only had one bus," Swindell said in a recent phone interview from Fredericksburg, Virginia.
A lot has changed for Swindell since that visit in 2014, including the number of buses he tours with. "Now we have three," he said.
Those buses will be rolling into Frederick on Sunday, Sept. 17, as Swindell ... read more
Dan Whitney gave up a job he loved to do standup comedy full time 29 years ago.
“I was a bellhop at a hotel,” Whitney said. “I loved it! I like people and it was an opportunity to talk to a lot of people, interesting people. I made big bucks and had a lot of job offers.”
But comedy won.
Whitney’s character Larry the Cable Guy is one of the most recognized in standup comedy as he always wears a ball cap, a plaid flannel shirt with the sleeves torn off with jeans and talks with ... read more
Sunny Sweeney at The Blue Side Restaurant & Bar in Frederick 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Tickets start at $10, www.mdtix.com. Sunny kicks off the East Coast run of her current tour here. Her new album, “Trophy,” drops March 10.
Multi-platinum selling country music icon Clint Black will be at the Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for two shows: 9 p.m. Friday, March 31, and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1. He has topped the charts with nearly 25 No. 1 hit singles including "A Better Man," "Like the Rain," "Killin' Time," "Nothin' But the Tailights" and "When I Said I Do," which featured his wife, actor Lisa Hartman Black.
In September 2015, Black released his first new studio album in a decade, "On Purpose." ... read more
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Look out bro-country music, because bra-country is on the move. And that makes country artist Sara Evans happy.
Evans came to stardom in the 1990s, the days when the power songs of Reba McEntire, Faith Hill and even Evans defined country music. After the recent years of songs about partying, pickup trucks, beer and girls (aka bro-country) country music is slowing changing its tune with more women artists (aka bra-country) filling the airwaves again.
The timing is perfect for Evans who is ... read more
"We dig deep, we go long/ Where we come from is strong/ We are changers with the timers/ We are lovers, we are fighters/ Yeah, we came here to stay, ain't never gonna walk away .../ We are, we are, we are Never enders"
The lyrics to "Never Enders" are about never-ending love, but the song penned by Marv Green, and Richie McDonald and Dean Sams, of Lonestar, could be Lonestar's anthem.
The veteran country band of McDonald (lead vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitar and backing vocals), Keech Rainwater ... read more
Andy Timko is living on the edge.
The McDonald, Ohio, singer-songwriter is working hard to expand his fan base in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and into Maryland and Delaware. He's been to Nashville, but when the 27-year-old makes his move, he wants to be Nashville ready.
"Every single night I'm out playing I'm trying to answer that question," Timko said in a late-night phone interview from home. "We feel that pull there. We'll go down and write with people and play here and play there. ... read more