With his new studio album ‘Thirty Miles West,’ Alan Jackson returns to the forefront of country music. His label home may have changed since the release of his last project more than two years ago, but Jackson’s reputation for constructing quality country albums remains intact 15 albums into his iconic recording career.
After a promising start with her two hopefuls, J Rome and John Glosson, expectations were high for Jennifer Nettles going into the second week of competition for ‘Duets.’ Did country music’s sole celebrity mentor tackle some of America’s greatest duets with the same energy and charisma? Considering her tied first place finish with J Rome and a fourth place finish with Glosson, Sugarland‘s leading lady is still the mentor to beat.
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are two of the performers set to take the Nationwide Insurance stage during the 2012 CMT Music Awards, which air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 6. The ‘American Idol’ alums, along with fellow country newcomers Casey James, Jana Kramer, the Farm and Kip Moore, will provide performances on a special stage that will be spotlighted throughout the star-studded awards ceremony.
Hank Williams, Jr. has set a release date for his latest studio album, ‘Old School, New Rules.’ The new tunes — the entertainer’s first studio effort since his 2009 album ’127 Rose Avenue’ — will hit store shelves and digital retailers on July 10.
After a very bitter public battle with his former record label, Tim McGraw and Curb Records parted ways last year just before the release of McGraw’s 11th studio album, ‘Emotional Traffic.’ The project — which McGraw often cites as his most creative album — was a rather appropriate title given the creative turmoil in his career, and the split left industry insiders speculating what McGraw’s next career move would be.
Note to the paparazzi: If you are on the lookout for celebrity public display of affections, Carrie Underwood and her hockey player hubby Mike Fisher are not the couple to pursue. According to the country superstar, her conservative husband steers clear from any form of PDA outside the comfort of their own home.
With a recent pair of high-profile network performances on Sunday night’s (May 20) Billboard Music Awards and the season finale of the wildly popular ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ it’s hard not to notice a more trim and toned Kelly Clarkson. What is the catalyst behind the the weight loss? According to a recent interview with PEOPLE, her new man is a driving force behind her more slender figure.
With just weeks until the launch of his Brothers of the Sun Tour with pal Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney has wrapped rehearsals for the all-arena outing. The country entertainer feels confident and prepared to take the stage show on the road, and admits the tour has been anything but a rushed project.
“Patsy Cline is an American music icon and perhaps the most accessible artist in country music history,” says Country Music Hall of Fame and museum director Kyle Young (quote via GAC). “Though she recorded for only eight years and made her last record nearly 50 years ago, her body of work — those classic torch songs and ballads of heartache — have continued to resonate with music fans of all genres.”
“I’m not coming into this hoping for 1st runner-up,” said a confident Jennifer Nettles right before taking the stage for the first time as a ‘Duets‘ celebrity mentor. The Sugarland lead singer, along with superstar singers Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and John Legend, scoured the country to find the best voices in America for the new ABC reality singing competition. And exactly does the big-voiced Georgia native look for in the perfect duet partner?
Jennifer Nettles scoured the entire country to find her second contestant for ‘Duets,’ but the Georgia native found the lucky singer in her own backyard — literally. It was at a hometown 4H ceremony honoring Nettles as Alumni of the Year that the Sugarland lead singer had the idea to audition members of Clovers & Company, a 4H singing group which actually gave Nettles her first taste of success.
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