- Wendy Geller at Our Country1 day ago
Looks like talent runs in the Tim McGraw-Faith Hill household. A few months ago, a video surfaced of their 12-year-old daughter, Audrey, doing an acoustic set before one of her dad's shows in Arkansas. And, it probably doesn't come as much of a surprise given her super-talented parents — the girl can sing !
Yahoo Music caught up with McGraw this week as he was promoting his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, and he shared his touching reaction to seeing his youngest daughter nail that performance.
"Audrey's probably the one who really takes singing the most serious and really wants to be a singer," he related. "[When she] asked if she could come to my pre-show and sing, I was shocked. She'd never done anything outside of her comfort zone like that. And of course I'd let her do that. [But] we're very private too, so we've always protected our kids and tried to keep them out of photographs and all kind of things like that."
"So it took a minute to adjust to, it but I thought at the end of the day, if that's what she wants to do and she really wants to do it, I don't want to stop her from doing it," McGraw says.
Americana Awards Honor Loretta Lynn and Jackson Browne Alongside Fresh Faces Jason Isbell and Sturgill SimpsonChris Willman at Our Country2 days ago
It’s not very often that the Americana Music Awards result in anything that can be described as a “sweep,” since they only give out six awards total. (None of that stretching things out by breaking categories into “best male” and “female” for these progressive types.) So Jason Isbell came as close as humanly possible to a grand slam Wednesday night when he won all three prizes for which he could have contended: artist of the year, album of the year ( Southeastern ), and song of the year (“Cover Me Up”).
Now that he’s been unofficially crowned the King of Americana, Isbell must be feeling pretty good about his decision to leave the Drive-By Truckers right about now, if at any point he wasn’t in the seven years since his departure from that band left the Americana world rattled and shaken. He’s become such a universal favorite among fans of roots-oriented singer/songwriters that even Lucinda Williams, who presented Isbell his final award, had to break impartiality and signal her approval.
“I’m glad of this award,” Williams blurted after Isbell gave his acceptance speech. “His album is stupendous and beautiful!”
- Wendy Geller at Our Country3 days ago
"I’m here for the right reasons," says Dallas Smith, who is best-known for fronting Canadian alt-rock band Default...but is now getting ready to play a set at a country music festival. That's right, the multi-talented rocker has embarked on a country career, and he couldn't be more pleased with how things are going in this new direction.
"What's going on right now is the perfect storm of my influences growing up," Smith explains. "My household was a very musical household. There’s a lot of different musical influences in there -- my Dad was Zepplin and Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughn; a lot of classic rock. And my Mom was just non-stop country music. I grew up with a lot of Reba and the Judds," he notes.
"In my early 20s we formed the band Default and did a lot of cool stuff. Travelled the world, it was a great experience," he says. However, as he got older and discovered the direction country music was evolving in ("A little more guitars - guys like Keith Urban, Jason Aldean"), Smith found himself more and more drawn to the format.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country4 days ago
Tim McGraw admitted he felt a rush of creative ambition when making 2013 album Two Lanes of Freedom , which could be attributed to his new start on a brand-new label, plus the realization that he is only midway through his career with years and years of music ahead of him.
Fans are no doubt delighted that this well of creativity has continued flowing, resulting in his latest release, Sundown Heaven Town, just a year later. "it's quick for me," McGraw says with a smile, regarding his timeframe for putting out the new record. "You can't go in and try to force it...but you can't ignore it when it's there. So that's why it came so quickly."
"It wraps its arms around what I've done from the very beginning of making music to where I'm headed at the middle of my career making music. That's why there's 18 songs, because it just tells a long story about my career."
- Wendy Geller at Our Country8 days ago
This week, Dolly Parton fans were abuzz regarding a delightful interview she gave to Southern Living , in which the country icon discusses such topics as her new album, trademark image, and growing up a "hillbilly."
Hidden in that interview, however, Parton is asked an often-wondered-but-unanswered question: Why the gregarious, warm, and loving singer never chose motherhood.
"I feel more like a godmother, like a fairy godmother, than I do like a real mother," Parton says. "I think probably I make a better godmother and an aunt than I would a mother because I was always so involved in my own things."
- Wendy Geller at Our Country9 days ago
Whiskey Myers describe their music as being "honest," and — honestly — that's a pretty good way to put it. The Texas-bred band blends a no-holds-barred mixture of Southern rock, country, blues, and a bit of soul that has been rapidly attracting a fanbase over the past six years since the release of their debut in 2008.
The band released their latest album,, earlier this year; the set was helmed by noted producer Dave Cobb (whose credits include Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, and both Waylon and Shooter Jennings). Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the lyric video for the title track, exclusively for fans to enjoy.
Whiskey Myers kept playing played hundreds of shows in the past year, including a headlining spot at Texas Thunder Fest and a slot opening for their heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd in Houston. If you'd like to keep up with their schedule, check here.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country10 days ago
Out of all genres of music, country may just be 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 this year with its own uniquely country-friendly version.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country11 days ago
Rising country sensations Annabelle Road describe themselves as "Carrie Underwood-meets-Johnny Cash-by way of-Skynyrd" which sounds like one heck of a rep to live up to. However, if there is any band out there that could claim that admittedly eclectic mash-up, it's this one. The members come respectively from years of playing rock, pop, blues, and country.
" I wasn’t really country when we started doing it," notes drummer Donovan Tarjeft, who along with his cousin/guitarist Jeremy Temple has honky-tonk music in his bloodstream (both granddad and great-uncle played the Grand Ole Opry!), but chose to play rock n' roll intitally instead. Turns out it was easy to change his mind: "Jeremy’s like, 'listen the amount of girls to guys [in the country audience] is like 10 to 1!'" he laughs.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country12 days ago
Sure, Gunnar Nyblad would love it if you rocked out to his band's uber-catchy single, "Standard American." Or perhaps stopped by one of his shows to let him know how much you like his music. However, he does have a very important directive that he wants to make sure fans get front and center.
What's that? Turns out it has to do with, well, fruit . "Eat Michigan apples," the singer-songwriter bellows. "Michigan apples are the best thing on this Earth!"
OK, don't worry, this guy hasn't gone off his rocker, nor is he a health nut on a Steve Jobs-esque fruitiarian diet. As a matter of fact, when Nyblad isn't playing music, he's working for his family's fruit farm. The Michigan native has an agricultural degree from Michigan State University and spends a good amount of waking hours tending to thousands of apple trees ... so when he says his apples are the best, it's probably best to believe his expert opinion!
"I planted 14,000 Fuji apple trees this spring," he notes. "it’s nice having your dad as your boss because he obviously believes in the music, but he has a hard time firing me too!"
- Wendy Geller at Our Country16 days ago
Ahhh, what we love about country girls! Country newcomer Kelleigh Bannen self-describes as the "girl next door," but adds the caveat, "if your next-door neighbor loves a good shot of whiskey, plays a mean classical violin, and prowls the stage like a woman on a mission."
Sound intriguing? That's a pretty good description of Bannen, and if you'd like to hear more about her, Yahoo Music is delighted to premiere her fun lyric video for the single "You Are What You Love."
As for the song itself, which is available here, Bannen notes, "I don't remember how the concept came to me, but at some point last fall I wrote that title down, and brought it into a writing session with [co-writers] Jaren Johnston and Jenn Schott. I was just sort of talking through some lyric ideas and Jaren suggested making the verses kind of 'spoken,'" she explains.