Three Chords and the Truth

Joe Nichols: Life is like sunny and 75

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It's always "Sunny and 75" at Joe Nichols' house. The country singer's recent hit is a favorite of his youngest daughter, who often breaks into the "sunny and 75" chorus around the house. Nichols' newest single is "Undone." "It's doing good. I think the initial response from everyone is good," Nichols said in a recent phone interview from Columbus, Ohio, where he was later scheduled to do a show. "And radio likes it. I don't think I can ask for anymore than that." The four-time Grammy ... read more

LOCASH to headline Rally in the Valley July 30

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Boots broke in, driving a truck across the railroad track, a fresh-cut field with a first frost on, a small town world, a Friday night, the sound of an old dirt road runnin' through my mind, that little white church out on 109 … LOCASH sing about all that in "I Love This Life." You can now add to that list of things for LOCASH that has them loving life: A No. 1 song on the country charts, a second single, "I Know Somebody," climbing the charts, making their national TV debut on the "Today Show," ... read more

CMT picks up ‘Nashville’

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Now that CMT has picked up "Nashville," the TV show that chronicles the lives, the music and the craziness that is Nashville in the series formerly on ABC, we can look forward to Season 5  of the show … and the music. That's good news for the cast, viewers and, of course, songwriters. "Nashville: Season 4, Volume 2" released in May (on Big Machine Label Group) with 17 songs that are as varied as the cast of "Nashville" and as country music is today — from the rocking "Can't Say No ... read more

Jennifer Nettles lights up some emotion in new album

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Thank you Jennifer Nettles for making me laugh, cry, feel empowered and feel like dancing. "Playing With Fire" released on May 13 and right from the opening title track, I was all in. It's a song about letting loose, "Well, I'm tired of being perfect … I've had my fill of actin' like I should …" I've been, you've been there. Nettles co-wrote 10 of the 12 tracks with songwriters including Brandy Clark, Bill Sherman, Jesse Jo Dillon, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Jennifer Lopez, Julio Reyes ... read more

New music from Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise

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It's Act III for Wynonna Judd. In the 1980s, she and mother Naomi topped the country music charts as The Judds, ("Love Can Build A Bridge," "Mama He's Crazy," "Young Love," "Why Not Me"), selling more than 20 million records, including 14 No. 1 songs. When the duo broke up due to Naomi's bout of hepatitis C in 1991, Wynonna went on with a solo career. Now, she's got a band, The Big Noise, and her latest album, the first in seven years, has Wynonna singing the electric blues, along with Americana, ... read more

Thomas Rhett joins GFF lineup; performs Sept. 18

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Country music singer and songwriter Thomas Rhett rounds out the grandstand entertainment for The Great Frederick Fair. Rhett will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Rhett, the son of country singer Rhett Atkins, has released two albums, "It Goes Like This" and "Tangled Up," which produced eight singles with five reaching No. 1. The video for "Die a Happy Man" is nominated for a CMT Music Award for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year. Rhett's other charting singles include "Crash ... read more

Get to know Scotty McCreery in “Go Big or Go Home”

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Scotty McCreery has been on an incredible journey for the past six years. That can happen when you when "American Idol." McCreery can talk about his life before "AI" and after "AI," and though life changed drastically, the things that make Scotty McCreery who he is haven't. He was just a typical teenager in a small southern town, who loved his family, faith and baseball … and Elvis Presley. He had a passion for music and singing that catapulted him from small town teen to American idol. Fans ... read more

Peter Cetera: Former Chicago frontman to play in Charles Town

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If rock star Peter Cetera's mother and the nuns at the Catholic school he attended in his hometown of Chicago had their way, Cetera would be a priest or a polka-playing accordionist today. And a frustrated rocker to boot. "My mother and the nuns talked me into seminary my first year in high school. I realized my real love was music and I didn't want to be a priest," said Cetera in a recent phone interview from Boulder, Colorado, where he was "not at home and not touring," just chillin'. "So, ... read more

Merle Haggard dies at 79

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One of country music's biggest bigger than life singer/songrwriters has died. Merle Haggard died April 6, 2016. He was also born on this date in 1937. He was 79. Haggard was scheduled to play the Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, in Charles Town, West Virginia, on May 13 and 14. Refunds are available to ticket holders of either show. Back in 2010, his show at The Great Frederick Fair was canceled due to a respiratory infection. Haggard, a lung cancer survivor, died from ... read more

Bo Bice on BS&T, music and life

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If Blood, Sweat & Tears calls and says, "Hey man, you wanna do a couple of shows with us?" what do you say? If you're Bo Bice, you say, "Yeah man!" Three years ago, Bice got that call and those couple of shows turned into five, then eight, then three years later you're still the lead singer for BS&T. The gig came about through his performance of BS&T's hit "Spinning Wheel" when he was a contestant on "American Idol." Carrie Underwood won that year, but, hey, I don't think she's ... read more