Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore — together known as the Flatlanders — are not only bandmates, but friends, who have known each other for more than five decades. They share various common interests; they trade book recommendations. But, when you get right down to it, it’s music that’s the basis of their strongest bond.
Country superstar Luke Combs delivers again with his new single “Cold as You.” The king of solid lyrical hooks surprises listeners when he sings this one: “drinkin’ beer almost as cold as you.” According to the song, the go-to move for a guy who’s been hurt by a girl is to take up residence in
From Minnie Pearl and Mother Maybelle Carter to Kacey Musgraves and Margo Price, women have often been center stage in country music (even if you have to look beyond country radio to hear them). And, to put a spin on the old saying, behind every good woman is a community of other women. At least,
LeAnn Rimes first experienced stardom much younger than most: She was just 13 years old when she released her debut album, Blue. The 11-song record, named for its award-winning lead single, arrived 25 years ago, on July 9, 1996. Rimes — who grew up as an only child in Jackson, Miss., then Garland, Texas — has been performing on
Dennis Quaid joins the Bellamy Brothers for a thoroughly enjoyable new cover of the Billy Swan classic “I Can Help.” The actor and musician teamed with the classic country sibling duo of David and Howard Bellamy for the spirited new track, which arrived on Friday (July 9) as the lead single from the Bellamys’ upcoming covers project,
Zac Brown Band got an assist from another famous name on their two newly released songs. Luke Combs is one of the co-writers on both “Out in the Middle” and “Old Love Song,” released on Friday (July 9). Ben Simonetti and Jonathan Singleton joined Zac Brown and Combs to co-write both of the brand-new songs.
Thirty-eight years ago today (July 9, 1983) was a memorable day for Ricky Skaggs: It was on that date that the singer soared to the top of the charts with his single “Highway 40 Blues,” from his No. 1 Highways & Heartaches album. “Highway 40 Blues” was written by veteran songwriter Larry Cordle, but Skaggs changed one
Chris Young is ready for a good time in his new song “One of Them Nights.” Released on Friday (July 9), it’s an upbeat, party-perfect track with just the right amount of guitar. “It feels like one of them nights / It’s finally Friday, gonna get right,” Young sings in the chorus of “One of Them Nights.”
RC & the Ambers‘ new song “Drunk, High and Loud” should be a thrill for Turnpike Troubadours fans. Prior to going on “indefinite hiatus” in 2019, the band made the song a staple of their live shows, and when Turnpike founding member and bassist RC Edwards and his group recorded their debut album, they included
Rare is the carefree, summer song that doesn’t lean heavy on rhyme, but Walker Hayes has one with his viral smash, “Fancy Like.” There more brand references than actual rhymes in this song, but that doesn’t mean his phrasing won’t stick in your ears until the leaves fall. Take the first verse, where “bangin'” and “maintenance” are coupled.
The CMT Music Awards are making a big move in 2022. Not only will the annual awards show move to a new network, it’ll take place two months earlier than usual. CBS, the new home of the CMT Music Awards, announced on Thursday (July 8) that the 2022 CMT Music Awards will take place on
Marty Stuart and Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith have a rather unorthodox love story, but it’s one with a very happy ending. Stuart is 17 years Smith’s junior, and he was just 12 years old when he first met her. His mom introduced them — she took Stuart to see Smith live in concert
Thirteen festival-goers and four staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after attending Country Jam in Mack, Colo., last month. The area was a hotspot for the Delta variant of the virus prior to the festival, and officials worry the three-day event could have accelerated the spread. A list of 50 new (since early June) and active
Tracy Lawrence knows the price of fame, but for the music video for a song called “Price of Fame,” the hitmaker wanted a friend who knows the cost as well — if not better — to join him. Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry makes a cameo on the new song and video. Lawrence and Montgomery go
Laine Hardy brought his new single to reality TV this week. The Season 17 American Idol winner performed “Memorize You” on a different ABC show, The Bachelorette. The plot of Monday night’s (July 5) episode found Bachelorette Katie Thurston overseeing a game of sport ball. We’re not being dismissive — the game looked to have
“Girl in It,” Ray Fulcher‘s debut single as a Black River Entertainment signee, reflects both the highs and lows of love — often caused by the same person. As he sings in each chorus, “If you’re going out of your mind, I bet there’s a girl in it.“ That’s a hook singer-songwriter Erik Dylan brought into the
When you’re a country star, you can celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day almost any day. And when you’re a country star’s kid … well, your experience of hanging out while Mom or Dad works is way cooler than most people’s! Country music is a family-focused genre, which means plenty of big-name country stars have
Southwest Nebraska native Ro Myra grew up watching her father struggle to keep alive the family farm that had been passed down for generations. Falling corn and wheat prices, and rough weather, made it hard to make ends meet as an independent and organic-focused farmer. “If you want to know what it’s like to be a farmer,
Hunter Thomas finds freedom and clarity in his brand-new song “Go for a Drive.” Press play below to hear the brand-new track, premiering exclusively via The Boot. Thomas explains that he found the inspiration for the peaceful, fiddle-flecked “Go for a Drive” on a summer night. Alone, he wrote the song “about that moment when you
Garth Brooks has added a stop at Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium to his 2021 Stadium Tour. The country superstar will play the venue in Foxborough, outside of Boston, this fall. Brooks’ Gillette Stadium concert is set for Oct. 9 at 7PM. It will be his first-ever concert at the venue, and his first major concert in