Thirty-one years ago today, on Jan. 9, 1990, Willie Nelson‘s Stardust album was certified quadruple platinum, for sales in excess of 4 million units. Stardust, released in 1978, includes two No. 1 hits, “Georgia on My Mind” and “Blue Skies.” The 10-track record features classics from all genres, including “Unchained Melody,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”
Garth. Wynonna. George. Fans can recognize most of their favorite country and Americana artists by one name alone. Their music is so ingrained in us that we know the words to every song and the notes to every melody … but do we know the names of their backing bands? Believe it or not, lots of your
Robyn Ottolini brings some serious 2014-Sam Hunt swagger to her heartache during “F-150.” Rare is the song that’s as well written as it is produced, but the Canadian singer’s debut is a true double threat. If she can rock a stage, then get the heck out of her way and let her blow up biggy-big.
Brandi Carlile and her wife of more than eight years, Catherine Shepherd, are raising two young daughters in rural Washington State — but when things get a bit hectic, they’ve got family and friends nearby to help. Truly, the couple don’t have to go far to see some of their loved ones: Carlile’s bandmates —
After a bear of a year in 2020, there’s a glimmer of promise early in 2021. And if you ask us, these up-and-coming artists are shining pretty dang bright. The Boot’s 2021 artists to watch vary in genre, style, influence and background, but these country, Americana, folk and bluegrass newcomers are all poised to have breakout years.
Lady A‘s Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell are celebrating nine years as a married couple on Jan. 7, 2021 — and so far, it’s been quite the adventure. The two met while on a Tim McGraw tour in 2010, and a proposal soon followed. “Chris proposed exactly the way I’ve always dreamed,” Scott recalls. “Our families were
Chris Stapleton lends heartbroken harmonies — and then some — to Morgan Wallen‘s new song “Only Thing That’s Gone.” The brand-new song, from Wallen’s new double album, Dangerous, has a modern edge, but with plenty of traditional tinge to place it in Stapleton’s wheelhouse, too. Wallen co-wrote “Only Thing That’s Gone” with Matt Dragstrem, Chase McGill and Josh Thompson.
Miranda Lambert gets a little groovy with Barry Gibb and Rival Sons member Jay Buchanan on a new version of “Jive Talkin’,” a 1970s hit from Gibb’s band the Bee Gees. Lambert leads a number of lines in the collaboration, though she also offers harmonies throughout the track. Her voice is instantly recognizable and lends a new
Nashville singer-songwriter Jamie O’Hara, who wrote hit for the Judds and many more, has died. According to his wife, Lola White, O’Hara died on Thursday (Jan. 7) after a battle with a very aggressive cancer. He was 70 years old. “It is with a broken heart that I must tell you that my husband, friend and love
Thirty-eight years ago today, on Jan. 8, 1983, Reba McEntire earned her first No. 1 hit with “Can’t Even Get the Blues.” The song, McEntire’s 14th single, was from her fifth studio album, Unlimited, which was released on Mercury Records. “Can’t Even Get the Blues,” which was written by Tom Damphier and Rick Carnes, was one
The Simpsons has attracted more than its fair share of extremely famous guest stars over the years, but Johnny Cash‘s appearance was one that the show’s creator really treasured. Cash lent his voice to an episode titled “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer,” which translates to “The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer,” according to SimpsonsWiki.com.
Thirty-six years ago today (Jan. 5, 1985), George Strait was starting a new year on a high note. It was on that date that his single “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” soared to the top of the charts. “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind,” which was Strait’s sixth No. 1 hit, was the title track of
Morgan Wallen found out that a big business has been playing fast and hard with the thing that’s most precious to him — his new album — and he’s ready to play hardball in return. After the singer discovered that Walmart had put some copies of his new double album, Dangerous, out for sale a whole
The 2021 Grammy Awards have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will now take place on March 14. The news was confirmed via a press release from the Recording Academy, which arrived Tuesday evening (Jan. 5), after Rolling Stone published the news, as confirmed via multiple sources. “After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum didn’t have to look far for inspiration this time around. The venerable bluegrass club the Station Inn sits less than a mile away from the Hall of Fame and will soon be the subject of its very own exhibit. Opening on Jan. 15, The Station Inn: Bluegrass Beacon will spotlight
Dolly Parton has often found inspiration in unexpected places: graveyards. Whether she’s pulling lyrics directly from their residents or simply enjoying the peace and quiet they afford her, the country icon says cemeteries are some of her favorite spots to visit. “In fact, my niece and I had a picnic in a graveyard three days ago,”
Some albums, everyone needs to hear at least once, whether you’re a fan of the artist of not — heck, whether you’re a fan of the musical genre or not! The Boot’s list of 50 Country Albums Everyone Must Hear Before They Die contains both all-time classics and underrated fan favorites. Naturally, the best-selling country
Florida Georgia Line singer Tyler Hubbard is stepping outside of the superstar country duo for an upcoming collaboration with Tim McGraw. Hubbard and McGraw join musical forces on a song titled “Undivided,” which is set for release on Jan. 13. Hubbard co-wrote the song with Chris Loocke during a time of introspection while he was
Kid Rock has donated $100,000 to help small businesses, and he’s hoping others with money may do the same. In a tweet, the country music rap-rocker announced he was donating to the Barstool Fund. The Barstool Fund is a crowdsourcing platform that aims to raise money for small businesses in need. It’s set up through
In 2021, we’ll get to see how country music’s best artists have spent their time in quarantine. This list of 36 highly anticipated country albums includes projects from superstars such as Eric Church and Carrie Underwood and relative newcomers including Midland and Willie Jones. Is your favorite artist planning on releasing a new album this year? The first batch of