Country fans like to debate on whether George Strait or Alan Jackson is better. They’ve both earned their success over the course of long careers. At the same time, they’ve both recorded some of the most memorable country songs of the last few decades. For many, it’s a tough question. However, I think we can put that aside for the day. After all, it’s AJ’s 63rd birthday. Besides, I think both Jackson and Strait are at their best when they work together.
The 9-year-old "boy" who inspired Elvie Shane's "My Boy" is now in high school and plenty old enough to recognize how the song changed his family's life. He's also not shy about asking for his share. Shane's wife Mandi was raising Caleb when she met her husband-to-be, which technically makes...
HARDY has a good thing going with his Hixtape series. The first one was a smash and the next is shaping up to be just as good, if not better. The records combine the spirit of an old-school hip-hop mixtape with solid country music. Many would agree that hip-hop and country go together like oil and water. However, there’s a link in the spirit of the music. Community sits at the heart of both genres and these tapes help to build and highlight that community. For the most part, the collaborations come from artists who have either worked together before or operate in the same circles. However, the latest single from the upcoming Hixtape Vol 2, is a little different. It features Marty Stuart and Midland on a killer honky tonk-inspired track.
Unlike his peers Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Faith Hill, who offered a more traditional sound on their early recordings, Keith Urban started out as a soft rock- and R&B-loving pop-country pace-setter. Fans could hear it all the way back in 1999, on his self-titled American debut (not to be confused with his lesser-known Australian debut from 1991), released 22 years ago, on Oct. 19 of that year.
Hardy, whose given name is Michael Hardy, has risen up the country music ranks quickly within the past two years. Originally from Philadelphia, Mississippi, Hardy began his career as a songwriter after graduating with a degree in songwriting from Middle Tennessee State University outside Nashville. He soon began writing among country stars like Florida Georgia Line, and he co-wrote FGL's smash hit with Morgan Wallen, "Up Down." After the success of that song, Hardy was signed to Big Loud records and began making his own music. He released his Hixtape, Vol. 1 EP in 2019, which features duets with Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and many more. His full-length debut album, A Rock, was then released in 2020. In September 2021, Hardy announced that Hixtape, Vol. 2 will be released over the coming months.
The 1980s were an interesting time for country music. A host of influences, from pop to outlaw, shaped the genre and produced a truly wide array of songs, perfect for both traditionalists and pop-country fans alike. Flip through the gallery below for a look at the decade's most iconic country...
NSW country music singer-songwriter Blake Dantier writes lyrics that make compelling listening because they come from left field. The title of his earlier single ‘Wish You Were My Beer’ came from a line in a Brad Paisley song. It was further flamed by his interest in home brewing. He even...
Like many of music's greatest songwriters, Eric Church has knack for portraying the unique feeling of young love and the wild sense of adventure that goes along with it. In his 2011 hit "Springsteen," Church finds himself nostalgically looking back on a relationship that has ended, but in "Hell of a View," the characters in the song make their love work against all odds, living a "Toes hangin' off the edge" kind of life.
He played today's Classic County songs when they were hits years ago on three Tri-State stations – B105, The Beaver and The Rebel. For the past 23 years, DJ Larry B has played some of those same tunes on Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) in Dry Ridge. He's also recorded songs in Nashville, and appeared on Hee Haw and other TV shows.
So many artist have their own clothing lines, perfumes or restaurants, and some have their own liquors, which is very fitting for country music, since it's pretty much all about drinking. How many country songs involve seeing the bottom of a whiskey glass or all the wild things tequila makes them do. Here is a list of country artist that have their own liquors.