- Wendy Geller at Our Country6 hrs ago
Dolly Parton has a new interview in the U.K.'s Guardian where she reveals that not only has she been busy at work on a movie about her life, she's already got her sights set on a specific actress: Scarlett Johansson !
The country superstar says that she began considering Johansson for the part a few years ago, when the project was first conceived, noting the curvacious actress has the right attitude and physique.
See, there's one very specific need for the lead: "I think they would have to have some big boobs," says the ever-candid Parton.
Johansson, of course, has more than curve appeal going for her. She actually has legitimate musical talent, having proven her vocal prowess on two studio albums.
As far as we know, however, there is no offer on the table for ScarJo to play Parton. But if the deal went down, Johansson would be the latest A-lister to play a country star on screen or stage.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country3 days ago
Reba McEntire hasn't put out a song in nearly four years, so fans probably figure she has plenty to say in her new material.
Turns out she has just a single sentiment. However, it's a powerful one.
Her newest tune is called simply "Pray for Peace," and that's exactly what she repeats — over and over again. The song goes for nearly two minutes before McEntire sings anything else.
The repetitive effect is stark, dramatic, and — in its own way — uplifting. McEntire underscored her message by filming a touching video for the song, featuring people from all over the world joining her in the simple plea for perhaps the most difficult thing on Earth to achieve.
It's also a rather unusual statement in the overall country lexicon, a musical genre that tends to frame references to peace in either a patriotic or Judeo-Christian context. McEntire's pleas for prayer do not mention any particular higher power, do not mention America or Americans, and the supplementary lyrics suggest universally oriented concerns such as "pray for your mother, father, family, and yourself."
- Wendy Geller at Our Country4 days ago
Out of all genres of music, country is arguably the one with the most purist reputation. Country fans, although tolerant of other types of tunes, generally want to keep their country just like that: Country .
Make no mistake: Attending a country music event these days will certainly satisfy your hankerin' for good ol' fashioned redneck fun. However, even the most country of the country fests these days are adding current trends that have made waves at multigenre gatherings such as Coachella and Bonnaroo.
A good example? Coachella caught flak this year for itsgrowing emphasis on electronic dance music, with EDM tents attracting far more fans than the good old-fashioned rock stars on the main stage. While it's doubtful we'll be seeing Skrillex spinning next to Tim McGraw anytime soon, the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan did bow into this hot trend with its own, country-friendly version.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country5 days ago
If your idea of camping involves a tent, backpack, cooler, and a bag of marshmallows — you're distinctly behind the times. Proof positive: Just visit Brooklyn, Michigan's Faster Horses Festival, a three-day country music extravaganza which offers, along with a superstar-studded artist lineup, campgrounds for partiers to express themselves via crazy, colorful, and personalized campsites.
Ram Country's girl on the scene, Cornelia Rowe, traveled the campgrounds surrounding the Michigan International Speedway, where the fest was held July 18-20. She found plenty of prize-worthy campsites ... and campers excited to discuss their "homes away from home" for the weekend.
A particularly eyecatching group explained their unique abode — created from the front end of an actual semi-trailer ! The bright-red vehicle, dubbed "Big Red," was donated by one guy's grandfather, who together with some hunting buddies created a livable space out of the rig, complete with bunks and a working kitchen.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country6 days ago
If you thought that country music was limited to the Southern states, Texas, Oklahoma, and Music City Tennessee--think again! Turns out that the hottest place to catch country music this summer is actually the midwest ...Michigan, to be exact. The Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, held July 18-20, converted the Mitten State into the Music State for a long weekend rivalring the best and biggest summer music fests out there nationwide.
Fans descended in droves to the grounds of Brooklyn, Mich.'s Michigan International Speedway on Friday to kick off the party and enjoy three days of some of the best country music around, with artists ranging from superstars such as Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Miranda Lambert all the way to the buzziest up-and-coming new names such as Drake White, Annabelle Road, and Natalie Stovall & the Drive.
Camping was also part of the experience, with campsites available on the Speedway grounds and also scattered throughout the surrounding and beautiful Irish Hills region.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country9 days ago
"Poet" is an elusive term that, arguably, any songwriter would eagerly aspire to. However, ironically for such a creative pool, very few musicians actually can claim – or even merely accept – this title.
Although Rodney Crowell, who despite four critically acclaimed decades in the music business exudes a remarkably down-to-earth personality, may not trumpet the claim that he is in this coveted category, fans of his work certainly are quick to affirm that he is. That's no exception for the 63-year-old singer-songwriter's latest solo work, Tarpaper Sky , which follows two storied collaborations: The album Kin which he created with his literary confidant, author Mary Karr; and the Grammy-winning Old Yellow Moon with fellow legend Emmylou Harris. He also managed to write a book during this collaborative period, the 2011 memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks , which details his Texas upbringing.
"I cannot say I’m a poet," Crowell admits, with a pleasant shrug. "That's for someone when they take in consideration where they can bestow 'poet' on. I can’t do it. But I would be disingenuous if I didn’t say that my intention is poetry.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country14 days ago
Who says there is a shortage of female power in country music these days? Despite the sheer volume of male singers on the charts lately — a phenomenon that has been garnering a lot of buzz in Nashville — there are plenty of girls with lots to say in Music City these days.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country15 days ago
Garth Brooks, historically one of digital music's most stalwart holdouts, startled fans during a Nashville press conference Thursday by announcing he would finally be offering his music for download.
Brooks did not make clear whether his catalog would be sold at iTunes, Amazon, or other services, but did state that music would be available via hisofficial websitein two to three weeks.
The 52-year-old country icon is one of the very last artists who shuns the digital marketplace, having expressed disagreement with iTunes's marketing strategies, and has become almost as famous for this particular standoff as he is for his music itself. Other top-selling holdouts like AC/DC and the Beatles eventually broke down and put their catalogs online, but Brooks has stuck to his guns until now.
Brooks is also one of the few superstars who has managed to avoid social media, but he noted that he is figuring it out and plans to ease into both Facebook and Twitter accounts... eventually.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country16 days ago
"It is an interesting thing when you're called a new artist...when you’ve been doing it for a really long time," smiles new-but-not- really -new Nashville phenomenon Natalie Stovall. "I keep hearing that it takes 10 years to become an overnight success and we’ve been at this for about nine years, as a band together. So I keep hoping that that’s true because that means in one more year we're an 'overnight success.'"
If this is the first you've heard of Stovall, rest assured that she actually has been at this music game for a while, along with her longtime band the Drive. Although they are currently ratcheting up tons of attention for the hit single "Baby Come On With It," Stovall, a Tennessee native, began playing the fiddle at an early age, eventually going professional at just 10 years old. She made her Opry debut at 12, and went on to rack up further impressive notches on her resume, such as an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country23 days ago
Summer is the season of sun, good times, and fireworks — and your favorite country stars are just as ready as you to start the beach balls rolling. If you're wondering what some of their plans might be, plenty of them will be out there playing shows for the fans during the Fourth of July weekend. However, many have other ideas for fun on this year's holiday.
Which new artists are hitting the road this summer with a country superstar? What female singer is bikini shopping for her long-awaited Hawaiian vacation? Who is keeping it classic by traveling to the beach, taking a fishing trip on the river, or just hanging out with friends? And, of course...who is looking forward to the fireworks? Find out now!
Whatever your plans may be for the Fourth of July, be safe, stay cool, and be sure to crank up some country tunes!