New music from Willie Nelson hit stores today, and a new song from Rascal Flatts hit radio. Find the Taste of Country reviews on both projects in the Daily Roundup below, as well as which country star wound up on Oprah’s new show with her famous husband.
Much like he did with ‘Take a Back Road’ in 2011, Rodney Atkins has released a song you’ll struggle to keep from singing along with by summer’s end. ‘Just Wanna Rock N’ Roll’ is carefree fun that showcases the singer as a cool breeze on a dog’s-breath-hot summer day.
Bucky Covington‘s tour bus was involved in an accident on I-65 in Birmingham, Ala. on Thursday. A press release indicates that no one was seriously hurt, although a few passengers were taken to the hospital for examination.
It was a fun day in country music news. Martina McBride got nostalgic about her wedding day, and even poked fun at her chosen colors and husband’s hairstyle. Carrie Underwood‘s song ‘Good Girl’ got the toddler treatment, and readers went crazy about winning an autographed copy of Willie Nelson‘s new CD. One tragedy involved a country artist’s tour bus — find out who and how he’s doing now.
Before Carson Daly began ticking off the results of the second season of ‘The Voice,’ he told Jermaine Paul that “You are not a background singer anymore.” Of course the longtime Alicia Keys vocalist had proven himself as a featured act before being announced the winner on Tuesday night but, his win vindicated a career’s worth of hard work and sacrifice.
Just when judges were beginning to believe 18-year-old country cutie Skylar Laine could win ‘American Idol,’ viewers sent her home. The Brandon, Miss. native was eliminated on Thursday night, receiving the fewest votes of the remaining five contestants.
The arrival of Jessica Simpson’s baby has transcended the pop world. Even country stars are taking notice of the fact that Simpson has finally given birth. On Wednesday, Reba McEntire congratulated 31-year-old pop singer, who put out a country album in 2008 (though her twang career was short-lived).
Don’t look now, but eight of Blake Shelton‘s last nine singles have topped the country music singles charts. ‘Over’ could very well become his seventh straight, but that’s more a testament to the artist than the song.
Eric Church has never been afraid to speak his mind, and his recent comments about reality television shows like ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ have many fans wondering if the ‘Springsteen’ singer was also taking a shot at fellow country stars — namely Blake Shelton.
Whatever one calls the opposite of an overnight success story, that’s Lee Brice. This year, 2012, marks his sixth year working in Nashville, but the first five moved like driftwood across Golden Pond. Fans, radio, other artists – everyone knew Brice was there and most agreed he was an artist full of talent and potential, but the former Clemson football player’s first four singles charted in the range of an NFL fullback’s jersey number (29, 32, 44).
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