American Sniper Still Generating Controversy

Saturday, January 24, 2015 -- 3:11 pm EST

As the controversy surrounding American Sniper continues to swirl, Kid Rock has offered some unkind words for Michael Moore, Blake Shelton has elaborated on a tweet he issued earlier in the week and Rolling Stone is taking heat from its readers. All along, the Clint Eastwood-directed film starring Bradley Cooper is one of the biggest... Read more »


Kenny Chesney’s “Til It’s Gone” Is Country’s Most Played Song

Saturday, January 24, 2015 -- 7:00 am EST

Capping a 17-week climb, Kenny Chesney’s “Til It’s Gone” now stands at No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay charts. Equally inspiring is the fact that Sam Hunt’s Montevallo returns to the top of the country albums chart 12 weeks after it debuted at No. 1. For several intervening weeks, Montevallo slipped entirely from the Top... Read more »


State of the Union: Brooks & Dunn’s “Only in America”

Saturday, January 24, 2015 -- 12:35 am EST

Regardless of what you think about the state of the union or President Obama’s State of the Union address earlier this week, at least country music has a lengthy history of offering optimism to Americans. A case in point is Brooks & Dunn’s “Only in America,” which seemed like just another catchy single when it... Read more »


Blake Shelton Figures He’s a Natural for SNL

Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 4:49 pm EST

The prestigious hosting job on Saturday Night Live has been filled with some of the biggest names in entertainment through the years, and this weekend, Blake Shelton will become part of the legendary list. The gig comes as a great honor for anyone but especially for the handful of country artists who have been offered... Read more »


Photo Throwback: Country Music on SNL

Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 4:40 pm EST

Blake Shelton will appear as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live (Jan. 24), marking his first attempt at either gig. These are rare roles among country artists, judging from the relatively few appearances of the genre’s stars over the show’s 40 years. The stars that do appear are big ones, and some... Read more »


Carrie Underwood Will Watch Grammys at Home

Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 4:37 pm EST

Carrie Underwood won’t be at the Grammys this year. I mean, she’ll be there in spirit. She just can’t be there in person. She told Now With Ryan Fox she wishes she could go to Los Angeles for the show, but the timing’s not right. (She is, I think, in her third trimester.) “Traveling at... Read more »


Country Songwriters Throw Lines and Hooks in Florida

Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 3:31 pm EST

Angaleena Presley felt right at home during her big debut at the recent 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, Florida. “Being around songwriters is my favorite thing in the world because we’re just … all of us are crazy,” she admitted. “We’re just a different breed. It’s good to get to hang out with all... Read more »


Ryan Bingham Looks Fear in the Eye

Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 1:00 pm EST

Ryan Bingham’s tried on plenty of hats over the years, from bull-riding rodeo kid to day laborer and troubadour by night, recording artist on a label roster that boasted Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams, and owner of a Golden Globe, Grammy and Oscar for “The Weary Kind” from the 2009 film, Crazy Heart. On the... Read more »


Luke Bryan Announces Final Spring Break Concert and EP

Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 11:02 am EST

This year will mark the end of an era for Luke Bryan, as he raises a final beer to the fans of his long-running spring break concert series. For the past six years, Bryan has been throwing a massive, free beach concert at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City, Florida. Last year, the two-day event... Read more »


Gotta See This: Tom Brady Talks Balls and More

Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 7:50 am EST

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called a press conference to address “deflategate,” and the results are pretty hilarious. Last Lap for Jeff Gordon Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon announced he will retire as a full-time driver after the 2015 season. The 43-year old spent his entire career in the iconic No. 24 car and... Read more »