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Joe Nichols Staying True To Country Sound

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by Chris

Joe Nichols is working on new music, and says he’ll stay true to the truest of country sounds.

He says while it’s important to grow on what he did with “Sunny and 75″ it’s important to him to keep an element of traditional country alive.

“I think that’s what distinguishes me a little bit from other people,” he tells Taste of Country, “As long as I can stay true to that somewhat, I think it gives us a shot to be at least unique.”

While he admits it’s hard to avoid the temptation to cut music that will get radio play, he says he wants to make quality music that is country at its core.

“This is probably the biggest success I’ve ever enjoyed,” speaking of his last album ‘Crickets’. “If there was ever a formula for how to have success, I’m not it. I don’t know that there’s been a story written quite like mine, and I’m proud of that. It’s not an everyday story, and I’m very thankful.”

Joe will play Juna’s Pagodas and Sailor’s Grill‘s Beach Blast this Saturday on Navarre Beach.

Source: Taste Of Country

Brothers Osborne Get Revenge On Eric Church

Posted on: April 30th, 2015 by Chris

Brothers Osborne got revenge on Eric Church in a prank war to wrap up their tour.

The brothers have been on the Outsiders would tour, and Eric gave them a parting gift to remember their time together on their last day on the tour. Well, John and TJ weren’t going to let it go without retaliation.

Now that The Outsiders tour has wrapped, they are preparing to head back out on the road as part of Darius Rucker’s summer tour. But, before that, they will be in Cat Country at Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach next Wednesday (May 6) for a Cat Country Close Up.

Thompson Square Flooded Out Of Home

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Chris

Thompson Square are rebuilding their Alabama home after flooding destroyed it when they were on the road and left it unnoticed for six days.

A leak in the upstairs bathroom is to blame. Keifer Thompson told ABC News Radio that Shawna’s mother went to the house to let someone in and stepped into ankle-deep water.

Furniture and rugs were ruined, as were envelopes announcing their ACM and CMA Award wins.

More damage happened when the cleaning crew backed a truck into the front porch, destroying it.

This was just another knot in the line of bad luck for them recently. In addition to the flooding, a bus carrying their crew was involved in an accident in Denver just days before the ACM Awards. They were not on the bus at the time and their crew on the bus escaped unharmed.

Source: Taste Of Country

Is Blake Shelton The New ‘Face’ Of Country

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Chris

Blake Shelton could be country’s latest greatest export according to the Washington Post.

They suggest he could very well be kind of the new Taylor Swift. She’s not making country music at this moment, so it makes sense that country music would need a new face. These are the reasons they say he’s the best option:

1. His massive mainstream success on ‘The Voice’ has earned him fans outside the country bubble.

2. His country-boy-in-the-big-city image works, and it is not an act.

3. The way he’s stayed true to his image: the hard-drinking partier — which is “universally relatable.”

4. He’s open about his drinking. Super open. The guy has no shame and nothing to hide.

5. He can’t believe he’s as famous as he is.

6. Nashville needs Shelton.

Billy Currington Ready To Release New Album

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Chris

Billy Currington may remember this summer as one that lasts well beyond it’s dates on a calendar as he will release his next album, ‘Summer Forever’, in June.

Billy work with his longtime producer friend Dann Huff to roll out what will be 12-tracks that will include his current song, “Don’t It”.

“Making this album was such a blast for me. I put a lot of love into this project and couldn’t be more excited for fans to hear the new music,” he says. “‘Summer Forever’ for me represents a positive, happy, good time lifestyle and that’s what I hope the fans feel when they hear this record.’

Source: Taste Of Country

Brett Eldredge’s First Kiss Was Watching ‘Toy Story’

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by Chris

Brett Eldredge, who usually keeps his personal life to himself, opened up to People magazine about his first “heavy-duty” encounter with the opposite sex.

“I got my first kiss during some sort of animated movie — it might have been ‘Toy Story’. Probably when Buzz Lightyear came to the rescue, because, you know, I like to rescue people,” he joked. “I was rescuing her heart, I was stealing it away.”

When asked what advice he’d give his 13-year-old self, “lay a smack on those lips and sing her a song,” although he says his technique may not have been quite up to par at that age. “You’re so nervous on that first kiss, you know, I don’t think it went too well, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Brett admits serenading the ladies is still one of his “favorite sports,” name-checking John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” as his go-to tune.

Brett is working on his second album currently.

The Band Perry Taking A New Direction

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by Chris

The Band Perry is putting wraps on new music and will have it out by the summer. They’re eyeing June.

“Apparently everybody is saying that date,” Kimberly tells Taste of Country. “Which I think is basically our team of people saying, ‘Hey, we just told everybody, y’all got to be done by June.’ So now it’s on record”, which shouldn’t be hard to do. They say they are most of the way through the recording it. “Depending on which one you ask I think we’re 75 percent finished,” says Kimberly. Neil disagrees saying, “Anywhere from 75 to 90. So we agree on 82.”

They also say the album is a step in a different direction for them and they took advice from country radio. “When we sat down to make this record, we got to hang out with a lot of our country radio friends, and we asked them, ‘Okay, you know everything we’ve put out, you know your fans and your listeners. What advice would you give us right now?’” Kimberly recalls. “And all they said was, ‘We always expect the Band Perry to do something we don’t expect.’ So I would say that we’re following suit with that advice. This collection of songs I would say is our favorite ones that we’ve ever gotten to write and be a part of.”

The Beat Controlled Brett’s Mind On New Song

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by Chris

Brett Eldredge’s new song, “Lose My Mind,” is all about the way a love interest can totally take over your thoughts, which is exactly what the song’s groove did when it came to Brett.

He says, “I’d been laying in bed, one of those laying in bed [up] all night kinda things, and this groove was in my head. I was going nuts. It was like, ‘What is this?’” The next day at his songwriting meeting, Brett shared that groove with his co-writers and told them “Let’s just get wacky with this.” He tells ABC News, “You feel like you’re losing your mind when you’re listening to it, and that’s what I wanted. I grew up listening to soul and bluesy kind of music, and I love Ray Charles, and there’s a little part in there that has a little Ray Charles-esque kinda thing to it.”

Brett premiered the video for the song the same day it was released (April 21). It takes place in a mental hospital with Brett wearing a straitjacket and seeing visions of his sexy co-star, Victoria’s Secret model Rachel Hilbert, who plays a nurse, a therapist, a janitor and a fellow patient.

The song will be on his next album, which is due out this fall.

Miranda Among ‘Most Beautiful’

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by Chris

Miranda Lambert has been chosen as one of People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful Women.’

For her featured picture, Miranda chose to go without makeup as she says that’s how she would be around her home (see the picture here). “I don’t wear a lot of makeup at home,” she told the magazine. “When I’m just off and hanging out I just put on some tinted moisturizer and sunscreen and mascara — and lip gloss! It’s kind of an addiction.”

Even on tour she keeps it simple, saying she does it herself. She only calls in experts for big events, like award shows. “On tour I do my own hair and makeup. That’s my time to focus and calm down, listen to music and warm up a little bit. I have a product bag the size of Texas – just makeup and hair stuff and curling irons.”

The issue is out today (April 23) and has Sandra Bullock on the cover.

Justin Moore’s Take On The Classic “What A Wonderful World”

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by Chris

The great Satchmo would be proud of Justin Moore and his new rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”

Justin sings the iconic Louis Armstrong song for a new commercial for outdoor store Cabela’s in an effort to get everyone to disconnect from their electronic devices for a day and enjoy the world outside.

Cabela’s says the average American boy or girl spends more than seven hours in front of an electronic screen every day.