Alex Preston is one of 12 remaining singers on this 13th season of 'American Idol.' He hasn't shown country aspirations, but he's connected to Nashville. Preston is Jo Dee Messina's cousin -- and she is a superfan through and through.
Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways.
Blake Shelton is one of my favorite country stars and the reason for that is because he's just so silly! Not only that, but he doesn't try to hide behind a fake personality. The silliness you see is who Blake is.
Fans of Justin Moore will really dig JJ Lawhorn and his new song 'Good Ol' Boys Like Us.' The two singers share a producer (Jeremy Stover discovered Lawhorn on YouTube) and -- at least on this song -- share a talent for revealing a country boy's soft side.
Sugarland was hardly Jennifer Nettles' first successful musical enterprise. She fronted the Jennifer Nettles Band prior to becoming part of the now-famous group. But before that, she was one-half of a duo that MTV called "the next big band from Athens, Ga." There are some stunning similarities and differences between her current sound and the music she created as part of Soul Miner's Daughter.
Taylor Swift is, without a doubt, a worldwide superstar. Her Red Tour has impacted North America, Australia, New Zealand, London and Berlin, and she's just announced the run will be heading to Asia in June!
Nearly a dozen others refused, but Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson and Kid Rock have taken the stage to play SeaWorld's Bands, Brews & BBQ concert series, despite heavy protest from a controversy started after a documentary called 'Blackfish' aired. Should those who play be demonized?
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