Tag Archives: Country Weekly 2015

Rick Hall, the “Father of the Muscle Shoals Sound,” Releases a Fascinating Memoir, “The Man From Muscle Shoals”

Originally published in the May 18, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. How sweet the sounds! From Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” to Mac Davis’ “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and beyond, FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., has produced some of the best-loved and everlasting hits in modern recorded music. The guiding force behind…MORE

Who’s New: Mitchell Tenpenny

Who’s New: Mitchell Tenpenny

Originally published in the May 4, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Current Single: “Black Crow” Hometown: Nashville Why You Should Know HIM: His debut single, “Black Crow,” is drawing attention for its swampy, soulful groove and thoughtful songwriting, which draws from influences like Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, John Mayer and Justin Timberlake. SONGSPIRATION…MORE

Dwight Yoakam: The Mad Hatter

Dwight Yoakam: The Mad Hatter

Originally published in the April 13, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Today, Dwight Yoakam is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He’s a man of many hats, so to speak, wearing each one in his own pronounced way. But 29 years ago in April 1986 at Hollywood’s famed Roxy Theatre during the major-label…MORE

Gary Allan: The Survivor

Gary Allan: The Survivor

Originally published in the April 6, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. What’s the secret behind Gary Allan’s longevity? Staying True to himself. Gary Allan, like Shakespeare’s Cassius, still bears that “lean and hungry look” at age 47. Sporting a jeans-casual outfit adorned with a ball cap, Gary appears very much in fighting shape as…MORE

A Thousand Horses Is Ready To Kick It Into Gear

A Thousand Horses Is Ready To Kick It Into Gear

Originally published in the April 6, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The concept of horsepower was developed in the 18th century to compare the output of steam engines to draft horses, but it seems a befitting metaphor for A Thousand Horses, a band that uses the building blocks of country, rock and blues to…MORE

Nash Music Madness 2015 Champion Announced: Carrie Underwood

Nash Music Madness 2015 Champion Announced: Carrie Underwood

Originally published in the April 6, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. With a performance as commanding as her voice, Carrie Underwood ran away with our inaugural Nash Music Madness contest. When we came up with the idea to let YOU—the readers—decide which one of the 16 hottest stars in country music had the best…MORE

Brad Paisley’s Country Music Empire

Brad Paisley’s Country Music Empire

Originally published in the Feb. 9, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Brad Paisley has no complaints about 2015. He started the year by landing his 19th No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Perfect Storm,” the second single from his current album, Moonshine in the Trunk. The tally puts him in seventh place among…MORE

Billy Gilman: A New Man

Billy Gilman: A New Man

Billy Gilman is still the country singer you remember, but he’s not afraid to be himself anymore.MORE

Turn It Up, Y’all: A Country Music Workout Playlist by Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea

Turn It Up, Y’all: A Country Music Workout Playlist by Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea

Originally published in the January 12, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Erin Oprea is a fixture in the country music scene, but she’s not a musician, producer or agent—she’s an all-star personal trainer. The former Marine, whose clients include Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack and Jennifer Nettles, tells NASH that her secret to staying…MORE

Top 10 Country Songs of 2014

Top 10 Country Songs of 2014

Why do we only have the top 10 songs of 2014 listed? Because we only have 10 fingers, and it just gets too complicated when toes are involved. Nonetheless, we think these 10 songs are hands down the best of 2014. 10. “Like a Cowboy” by Randy Houser Randy Houser is Nashville’s worst-kept secret. We’re…MORE

Top 10 Country Albums of 2014

Top 10 Country Albums of 2014

Before we count down the seconds befor­­e the ball drops and a new year begins, we’ve got to count down the top 10 best albums of 2014. Pucker up, it’s time to find out who got dropped and who’s on top. 10. Montevallo by Sam Hunt The boundary-pushing production on Montevallo will likely make people…MORE

Top 10 Country Music Videos of 2014

Top 10 Country Music Videos of 2014

It’s time to press rewind on the top 10 videos of 2014. Don’t worry, these videos didn’t kill the radio stars. 10. “Doin’ What She Likes” by Blake Shelton Director: Mason Dixon 9. “Somewhere in My Car” by Keith Urban Director: John Urbano  8. “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood Director: Raj Kapoor  7. “Bartender” by Lady Antebellum Director: Shane Drake 6. “Girl in a Country…MORE

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Chris Cross

Chris Cross

Chris Young joined forces with Gavin DeGraw to tape a new episode of CMT Crossroads that will air on Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. CT.