Category Archives: NCD Feature Stories

Who’s New: Post Monroe

Who’s New: Post Monroe

Members: Whitney Duncan, Ashlee Hewitt, Shelby McLeod Current Single: “Red Hot American Summer” Current EP: Post Monroe Inside Scoop: Describing their sound as “organic” and “rootsy,” these three ladies, with diverse backgrounds and beautiful harmonies, make up the new trio Post Monroe. Their self-titled EP is available now on iTunes along with their debut single,…MORE

Brandy Clark Shows Her True Character(s) With New Album, “Big Day in a Small Town”

Brandy Clark Shows Her True Character(s) With New Album, “Big Day in a Small Town”

In 1994’s Pulp Fiction, Harvey Keitel’s character, Winston Wolf, tells his girlfriend “Just because you are a character doesn’t mean that you have character.” Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Brandy Clark is a character . . . who has character . . . who loves to create characters. Brandy’s sophomore album, Big Day in a Small Town (June…MORE

Jennifer Nettles Charts Her Own Course of Personal Exploration With Fiery New Album

Jennifer Nettles Charts Her Own Course of Personal Exploration With Fiery New Album

Jennifer Nettles is still discovering herself. That’s a scary thought when you take into consideration everything the 41-year-old has already accomplished in her career. It’s even scarier when you look at what she’s done in the last two years. The female half of the Grammy-winning duo Sugarland topped the Billboard Country Albums chart in 2014…MORE

Kane Brown Is Changing Country Music’s Rules

Kane Brown Is Changing Country Music’s Rules

Never before has country music witnessed a rising star born from the Internet like Kane Brown, who has become a viral sensation after posting videos of himself singing covers of other artists hits, including Chris Young’s “Getting You Home” and Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance.” Kane is making noise in the country music industry, and we’re…MORE

Hayes Carll Becomes the Magic Man

Hayes Carll Becomes the Magic Man

It’s been more than five years since Hayes Carll, one of the current torchbearers of Texas troubadoury, released his 2011 album, KMAG YOYO, a razor-sharp-witted alt-country throw-down. Five years is not a long stretch in the Stephen Hawking understanding of time, but it is when you’re trying to stay relevant in Texas and abroad (America,…MORE

Keith Urban Cooks Up an Electro-Country Feast With Ripcord

Keith Urban Cooks Up an Electro-Country Feast With Ripcord

There’s been an obvious trend in country music lately — the growing influence of electronic dance music (EDM) and all the synthesizers and thumping beats that come with it. Much of it has felt hokey, honestly, but that was before Keith Urban got involved. Keith’s new album Ripcord is out today (May 6), and never before has…MORE

Cole Swindell Gets “Serious” About His New Album and Avoiding the Sophomore Slump

Cole Swindell Gets “Serious” About His New Album and Avoiding the Sophomore Slump

Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut album in 2014 set the bar pretty high for the Georgia native. In addition to featuring four singles (“Chillin’ It,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” and “Let Me See You Girl”) that went to the top of the Billboard and/or Mediabase charts, the album was recently certified…MORE

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott on the “Most Unexpected Blessing” of Motherhood

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott on the “Most Unexpected Blessing” of Motherhood

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrell (Lady A’s drummer) welcomed the birth of their daughter, Eisele, in July 2013. The toddler soon joined mom and dad on the road for Lady A’s 2014 Take Me Downtown Tour and 2015 Wheels Up Tour, and she became a very camera-friendly addition to Hillary’s social media…MORE

Stars Remember Merle Haggard

Stars Remember Merle Haggard

Originally published in the April 25, 2016 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The country music world took to Twitter to pay their respects to the country icon. “Literally just fell to the floor. Can’t believe we lost the Hag. RIP Merle Haggard.” —Dierks Bentley “Love and prayers for the Haggard family. Merle was a pioneer…MORE

Rodney Crowell Helps Bring Hank Williams to Life in “I Saw the Light”

Rodney Crowell Helps Bring Hank Williams to Life in “I Saw the Light”

Rodney Crowell credits Hank Williams with having a profound influence on his career, and it all started 18 days before Hank died on New Year’s Day in 1953. “My father and I were big Hank Williams Sr. fans—he actually took me to see him when I was 2 years, 4 months old,” says Rodney, now…MORE

Reba McEntire Celebrates 40 Years of Love, Hard Work and Country Music

Reba McEntire Celebrates 40 Years of Love, Hard Work and Country Music

Forty years ago, around the time country music fans were debating the merits of Robert Altman’s controversial film Nashville and Charlie Rich took a flame to John Denver’s Entertainer of the Year announcement at the CMA Awards, a single slipped into the charts, causing barely a ripple. Titled “I Don’t Want to Be a One-Night…MORE

Keith Urban: Country Music’s Weapon of Mass Attraction

Keith Urban: Country Music’s Weapon of Mass Attraction

IN ITS 40-YEAR HISTORY, no country artist had ever played the Festival de Quebec. It seems somehow fitting that, in July, Keith Urban became the first to break that barrier, playing hits like “Raise ’Em Up,” “Long Hot Summer,” “You Gonna Fly” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” to an enthusiastic audience of 70,000.…MORE

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Rose Colored

Rose Colored

Maggie Rose will drop her new album, Change the Whole Thing, on Sept. 21, with upcoming tour stops in Nashville (Sept. 26) and Atlanta (Sept. 27).