Monday, October 18, 2021

Taylor McCall – Black Powder Soul

Taylor McCall takes some dark turns on his new album Black Powder Soul. By JIM HANNAFORD Like many people who make music, Taylor McCall finds it to be a necessary distraction from everyday life. Casting a...

Brantley Gilbert – From BAD BOY to Family Man

Rough-and-rowdy Brantley Gilbert grows older and wiser. STORY BY JIM HANNAFORD If Brantley Gilbert ever needs a refresher on what’s important in his life, he can just look in the mirror at his own tattoos. The...

Ray Scott – There are 2 Sides To Every Record

Ray Scott Premieres Two Powerful Traditional Songs in Advance of His September 17 LP, Cover The Earth There are two kinds of artists in this world: those who play it safe and those who don’t....

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line Goes Solo

‘Sunshine State of Mind’ celebrates sea and sand His new solo album makes it clear that Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley isn’t the one from Georgia. His brand-new Sunshine State of Mind celebrates the sun,...

Craig Morgan – God, Family, Country

Life comes full circle for Craig Morgan. STORY BY JIM HANNAFORD Craig Morgan never had a burning desire to be a famous country singer, even though he grew up practically next door to Nashville. Instead of seeking...
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Tim Montana – American Thread

Big Sound, Big Ambitions for Outspoken Musical Artist Tim Montana Rank-and-file workers don’t always get enough credit, so Tim Montana thought it would be a good idea to salute them in a song. They may...
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Luke Bryan – ‘Tis Always the Season

Holidays bring deep meaning for country music megastar Luke Bryan When he’s asked what’s his favorite kind of hunting, Luke Bryan is quick with a simple answer: “Whatever’s in season.” Along with making music and spending...
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Laine Hardy – Born on the Bayou

Musical sensation Laine Hardy has deep roots in South Louisiana As you roll into the little town of Bayou Barbary in south Louisiana, you might see the blue metal sign on the shoulder of Highway...
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Ted Nugent – I am a Primitive Man        

Ted Nugent – I Am A Primitive Man  Dirty hands make for a stronger heart and a cleaner soul. I just made that up. Well, I didn’t really make it up per se, but after...
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Granger Smith – Cruising Back Roads

Cruising the back roads with Granger Smith and Earl Dibbles Jr.  As a performer, one of Granger Smith’s favorite parts of his own show happens right at the beginning, when he first walks out on...