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Hear John Anderson's New Bluegrass Take on 'Seminole Wind'

Aug 20, 2016 -- 9:47am



In 1992, John Anderson released the album Seminole Wind, a project that landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country Albums chart on the strength of tracks like "Straight Tequila Night," "Steamy Windows" and the evocative title track. The song, a Number Two hit, is a tribute to Anderson's home state of Florida and has become synonymous with the singer and Sunshine State country music.

Recently, with help from bluegrass group Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Anderson recut "Seminole Wind" for Jordan's album Country Grass. The project assembles some of country's most famous voices for string-based versions of their hits. Along with Anderson, Country Grassfeatures songs by Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, John Conlee, Marty Raybon, Eddy Raven and the Kentucky Headhunters. Jim Ed Brown and Lynn Anderson, who both died last year, also appear.

While promoting his 2015 album Goldmine, Anderson recalled how his record label at the time worried that "Seminole Wind" wouldn't work outside of Florida. But when he debuted the song onstage in Seattle, where it was met with a standing ovation, he knew he had a universal hit. 

Along with the bluegrass version of "Seminole Wind," Anderson and Carolina Road filmed a new performance video, with Anderson and Jordan bathed in golden light. Watch the premiere above.

In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone Country, Anderson reflected on the state of country music. "The sounds of the fiddle and the steel has all changed so much, that in some ways at this point, I'm really worried about my particular kind of country music becoming extinct," he said. "I've never really been a guy to stand up and go so much in one direction this way or that way, but this traditional country sound does mean a whole lot to me. It's been my whole life."

Dierks Bentley Sings Different For Girls With 7-Year-Old Daughter (Watch)

Aug 16, 2016 -- 2:37pm



Dierks Bentley stepped back and watched, becoming just another fan as his daughter Evie sang Elle King‘s part of “Different for Girls” in Indianapolis over the weekend. The 7-year-old proved her daddy wasn’t just joking when he said his girls knew all the words to his songs.

Read More: Dierks Bentley’s Daughter Sings Different for Girls | http://tasteofcountry.com/dierks-bentleys-daughter-evie-sings-different-for-girls-video/?trackback=tsmclip

Football Team Parody Luke Bryan Hit in Hilarious New Video [Watch]

Aug 15, 2016 -- 3:17pm





Punters are people, too. At least that’s what Brigham Young University football players are hoping to explain in their hilarious new Luke Bryan parody, “Puntin’, Kickin’ and Lovin’ Every Day.”


Inspired by Bryan’s No. 1 single “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” the football team put their own spin on the song with catchy lyrics that will likely have viewers laughing along.


“If I could make a livin’ of kickin’ up balls / And never worry about returning calls / On the side of the field, waitin’ for my chance to shine,” they sing.


In the video, shot in the BYU stadium and locker room, the players show love for those who aren’t in the limelight as much as quarterbacks and receivers.


“If you play on special teams, you know you never get any love. This song is dedicated to all specialists,” the players captioned the clip on YouTube. “A huge thanks to all those who helped in the making of this video, and a special thanks to country legend, Luke Bryan who inspired this parody with his original song: ‘Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day.’”


2016 USA Olympic Swim Team Go Country for Carpool Karaoke [Watch]

Aug 05, 2016 -- 4:05pm



The USA Olympic swim team are making their way down to Rio for this year’s games, and what’s a road trip without a few singalongs?
During their own take on carpool karaoke, the Olympians jam out to a hodgepodge of songs, including Zac Brown Band‘s 2008 hit, “Chicken Fried,” a track that recently came in at No. 28 on Taste of Country’s countdown of the top songs of the century.

“I thank god for my life / And for the stars and stripes / May freedom forever fly, let it ring / Salute the ones who died / And the ones that gave their lives so we don’t have to sacrifice / All the things we love / Like our chicken fried,” the swimmers sing, while those in the back seat proudly hold up the American flag.

The shoutout to country music and American pride part of the video is our favorite, but we highly suggest you watch the whole thing for a good laugh. Songs from artists including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Carly Pearce and many more make an appearance, as well as iconic theme songs from television shows Friends and That ’70s Show.

So maybe the Olympians flew down to Rio, as opposed to carpooling all the way down to Brazil — after all, they would need one major playlist for a journey that long by car. Either way, we’ll support the American athletes while they compete for Olympic gold starting Friday night (Aug. 5).


Listen to my interview with Ronnie Milsap (Audio)

Aug 04, 2016 -- 4:15pm

Ronnie Milsap will perform at the Fofum in Rome on Friday, Aug. 12.  I got a chance to speak to him earlier this week.

Tickets are on sale now at the Forum Box Office or online at http://www.ronniemilsap.com/ or http://www.forumevents.org/.

Hope to see you at the Forum August 12.


Watch the Pistol Annies Reunite (Again) at a Miranda Lambert Concert

Jul 18, 2016 -- 5:20pm



The Pistol Annies just can’t stay away from the stage: The country trio made up of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley performed together on Friday night (July 15), during Lambert’s Keeper of the Flame Tour stop in Rogers, Ark.

Early into her set at the Walmart AMP, Lambert welcomed Monroe and Presley to the stage to sing “Hell on Heels” and “Takin’ Pills,” both from 2011’s Hell on Heels album. Readers can press play on the video above to watch a snippet of their performance of “Hell on Heels.”

The Annies have been known to show up at Lambert’s shows: In October of 2015, they performed together at an Augusta, Ga., stop on Lambert’s Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour; however, they haven’t released any new music since their sophomore disc, Annie Up, in 2013. That June, the trio abruptly canceled all of their upcoming concerts, and rumors of a breakup began swirling, but all three artists have denied the rumors of tension among them.

“We’ve been missing each other a lot,” Monroe said in November of 2015, adding that a reunion is “definitely brewing.”

“We have a lot of song ideas going,” she said at the time. “I feel like it’s soon.”

Still, Monroe explains, they “never want to force it.”

“You know, Pistol Annies started out that it was just organic: Me and Miranda thought of it on a couch; she had never met Angaleena, and we called her and got started,” Monroe recalls. “… If we’re too busy, then don’t force it. There’ll be a time when things let up a little bit, then we’ll make more music.”
In the years since Pistol Annies’ last album, Lambert, Monroe and Presley have all released solo projects. Lambert is set to release a brand-new single, “Vice,” on Monday (July 18).


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