Even Dierks Bentley didn't believe it. After his ACM Awards rehearsal last weekend, when I caught up with him backstage, I congratulated him on the 15-year anniversary of his debut. “Seriously,” he asked in disbelief. I assured him that, yes, his first single “What Was I Thinkin'” had come out in mid-April of 2003. In... » [...]
Thu, Apr 19, 2018
I knew that Maren Morris had a backstory; that she'd started writing poems before she was even a teenager, and that those poems turned into songs once she got a guitar. What I didn't know is that Morris looks back fondly at those first attempts at writing. And while that appreciation for her early works... » [...]
Thu, Apr 19, 2018
The five guys that makeup Old Dominion have won awards before. But never like this. After they picked up their ACM Award for vocal group of the year on Sunday (April 15), they came backstage to share how it felt to be able to sprint up to the show's main stage. “To stand there at... » [...]
Thu, Apr 19, 2018
The Americana Music Association announced its initial lineup for Nashville's 2018 AmericanaFest: The Americana Music Festival & Conference on Thursday (April 19). Brandy Clark, Jaime Wyatt, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Lee Ann Womack are among first 74 acts confirmed to perform during the six-day event, which has more than 250 acts participating. Embedded... » [...]
Thu, Apr 19, 2018
The ACM's reigning entertainer of the year, Jason Aldean, and self-proclaimed American badass, Kid Rock, will join Lynyrd Skynyrd for a special homecoming show in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 2. Original member Gary Rossington will be joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington... » [...]
Thu, Apr 19, 2018
Producer, guitarist, songwriter and studio owner Randy Scruggs died Tuesday (April 17) after a short illness at the age of 64. He was the son of banjo master Earl Scruggs and the inspiration for one of the elder Scruggs' most famous tunes, “Randy Lynn Rag.” Scruggs was nine years old when he made his first... » [...]
Wed, Apr 18, 2018
It's cool to look back on what you've accomplished, but Brett Young is committed to looking ahead. After winning the ACM Award for new male vocalist, Young came backstage on Sunday night (April 15) to talk about what he's been up to since then 2016 release of his self-titled debut album. And more importantly, about... » [...]
Wed, Apr 18, 2018
I was not about to ask the country artists who walked the red carpet at Sunday's (April 15) ACM Awards who they were wearing. Instead, we talked about what they were thinking. Because while the vibe in Las Vegas is usually one of carefree celebration, this year was different; especially for anyone with ties to... » [...]
Wed, Apr 18, 2018
As word of Barbara Bush's passing on Tuesday (April 17) started to spread around the world, so did the messages, condolences and social media posts. Bush, 92, was not only the wife of one POTUS but the mother of another POTUS. And like Brad Paisley said in his tweet shortly after she died, hers was... » [...]
Wed, Apr 18, 2018
Chris and Morgane Stapleton have no plans to announce the names of their new twin boys. But the couple reports they are happy and healthy at home. Reba McEntire announced their arrival live during Sunday's (April 15) ACM Awards in Las Vegas. The babies made their social media debut in black and white while snuggled... » [...]
Tue, Apr 17, 2018