Category Archives: NCD Feature Stories

Hayley Orrantia Carves Her Own Path in Music City

Hayley Orrantia Carves Her Own Path in Music City

She may best be known for her role as Erica Goldberg on ABC’s hit comedy series, The Goldbergs, but Hayley Orrantia was singing and writing songs long before she ever became an actress. “I started out singing when I was 9,” Erica tells Nash Country Daily. “For me, music’s always been that thing that you…MORE

Nash Next Winner Todd O’Neill Releases First Single, “Love Again”

Nash Next Winner Todd O’Neill Releases First Single, “Love Again”

“The winner of the 2017 Nash Next Challenge is . . . Todd O’Neill.” Those were the words Todd heard in October 2016 after he beat out hundreds of competitors in a four-month-long competition to become the last man standing in the Nash Next Challenge, which was created by Cumulus Media and sponsored by Country…MORE

In Honor of Loretta Lynn’s 85th Birthday, We’ve Got 8.5 of Her Best Songs That Prove She’s the Baddest Woman in Country Music History

In Honor of Loretta Lynn’s 85th Birthday, We’ve Got 8.5 of Her Best Songs That Prove She’s the Baddest Woman in Country Music History

Few country music artists can claim a career spanning 50-plus years, but golden gal Loretta Lynn sure can. Since releasing her debut album, Loretta Lynn Sings, in 1963, the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” has been hard at work for more than a half-century doing what she loves: making music. Loretta’s songs about the domestic hardships of…MORE

Check Out More Than 70 Pics From Our 2017 ACM Awards Red Carpet Photo Gallery

Check Out More Than 70 Pics From Our 2017 ACM Awards Red Carpet Photo Gallery

Check out some great photos from the ACM Awards red carpet, featuring Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Joe Walsh, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Frankie Ballard and many more.MORE

With New Album, “Something’s Going On,” Trace Adkins Isn’t Raising Cane, But He’s Not Ready to Be Put Out to Pasture, Either

With New Album, “Something’s Going On,” Trace Adkins Isn’t Raising Cane, But He’s Not Ready to Be Put Out to Pasture, Either

After more than 20 years in the music business, 55-year-old Trace Adkins is slated to drop his 12th studio album, Something’s Going On, on March 31. The 12-song offering, which was produced by Mickey Jack Cones, features Trace’s current single, “Watered Down.” Trace stopped by the Nash Country Daily studio earlier this month for a…MORE

Vote Now: 3rd Annual Nash Music Madness Finals—Blake Shelton vs. Dolly Parton

Vote Now: 3rd Annual Nash Music Madness Finals—Blake Shelton vs. Dolly Parton

In honor of college basketball’s craziest month, I created a bracket with 16 of the hottest acts in country music. I seeded them based on the strength of their current “season,” which ran from the ACM Awards in April 2016 to the Grammy Awards in February 2017. After more than 6,000 votes were cast in…MORE

The Essential 2017 Country Music Festival Guide

The Essential 2017 Country Music Festival Guide

From coast to coast, there’s a festival for everyone, boasting the biggest names in the format, from hot contemporary stars to classic country legends. But don’t forget, these festivals are also a great opportunity to meet and hear some of the brightest up-and-coming local, regional and national talent, so get there early. And check, check,…MORE

The 10 Most Controversial Songs in Country Music History

The 10 Most Controversial Songs in Country Music History

Controversy can be a double-edged sword in country music. On the one hand, some spirited conversation about a song or album can elevate an artist’s profile, particularly in our present on-demand world. On the other, there’s a real risk of being banished from radio. Here are 10 of country music’s most controversial tunes, in order…MORE

Year in Review: Country Stars We Lost in 2016

Year in Review: Country Stars We Lost in 2016

It’s never easy to lose someone and it’s especially hard when those people have made an impact on our lives. 2016 saw the passing of 10 country artists who have touched our lives with their music, including legendary artists Merle Haggard and Ralph Stanley and those we lost way too soon like Joey Feek and…MORE

Vote Now: Best Single of 2016

Vote Now: Best Single of 2016

From Maren and Miranda to Sturgill and Stapleton—and everyone in between—2016 was a stellar year for country singles. We managed to narrow our list down to 10 of the best singles, and now it’s up to you to help us decide who has the supreme single of 2016. Keep in mind, the single had to…MORE

Vote Now: Best Country Album of 2016

Vote Now: Best Country Album of 2016

With more than 150 new country albums dropping in 2016, Nash Country Daily had its hands full trying to pick the best ones. We narrowed the list down to 10 albums, and now it’s up to you to help us decide who reigns supreme. Vote now for your favorite album of 2016. Polls close on…MORE

Holiday Playlist: The 10 Manliest Christmas Songs This Side of Paradise

Holiday Playlist: The 10 Manliest Christmas Songs This Side of Paradise

What would the Christmas season be without music? It’s the soundtrack for trimming the tree, wrapping presents and cooking Christmas dinner. While those activities are fun for a lot of folks and Martina McBride’s White Christmas is must-have musical accompaniment, I decided to create the manliest of holiday playlists, perfect for listening to while splitting…MORE

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Nashville New Year

Nashville New Year

You can ring in the New Year in Nashville with a free show featuring Keith Urban, Brett Young, Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian and Fisk Jubilee Singers. The free event—dubbed the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville—will take place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT on Dec. 31.