Country News Archive

December 31, 2013

  • Garth Brooks Explains the HoodieDec 31 2013 | 03:15 PM EDT

    If you ever wondered how or why a star with endless access to designer clothes and A-game stylists would wear a hoodie at his own concert, this may shed some light on that. At least in Garth Brooks’ case. If you saw his show at the Wynn Las Vegas or the Garth Brooks, Live From [...]

  • New Year’s Eve: Who’s Onstage?Dec 31 2013 | 12:45 PM EDT

    While the vast majority of major country artists won’t be anywhere near a stage on New Year’s Eve, there’s still plenty of star power in Nashville, Austin and other locales, including Detroit. has compiled a quick overview of some of country acts who will be hard at work as their fans ring in 2014. [...]

  • Kacey Musgraves Ends the Year as One of the BestDec 31 2013 | 12:45 PM EDT

    Kacey Musgraves, we need to talk, sister! As the year winds down and the country darling deservingly lands atop pretty much every “best of” list for 2013, I’m dying for another sit-down with the star to get a follow-up to her quote from this past spring. “It’s weird just being inside of it, you know?” [...]

  • Jake Owen: Ylvis Fan?Dec 31 2013 | 02:15 AM EDT

    Thanks to People magazine for asking Jake Owen five questions in 60 seconds. And thank you, Jake Owen, for teaching me about the Norwegian duo Ylvis. One of the questions People asked Owen for their Chatter video was “What is your favorite song to sing?” He says/sings, “What does the fox say — ding ding [...]

  • Nine Lessons Chet Flippo Taught MeDec 31 2013 | 01:15 AM EDT

    When Chet Flippo passed away on June 19, the world lost a well-loved, highly regarded, legendary journalist. And when I reflect back on everything that happened in 2013, I try to think less about what we lost this year and more about what I gained by working with Chet for eight years. Chet had an [...]

December 30, 2013

  • Notable Country Music Deaths of 2013Dec 30 2013 | 05:45 PM EDT

    Country music felt a seismic shift this year as some of the people most intimately linked to the format took their final bow. Among these were the master vocal stylists George Jones and Ray Price and the less-heralded Tompall Glaser, who was instrumental in birthing the Outlaw movement that helped make superstars of Waylon Jennings [...]

  • Kellie Pickler Celebrates Holidays With USO TourDec 30 2013 | 03:45 PM EDT

    Cheers to Kellie Pickler! The singer just returned home from her seventh USO tour, where she and her songwriter husband Kyle Jacobs spent their holiday spreading love and joy to troops overseas. She tweeted an adorable photo with her hubby in the back of a C-17 transport aircraft and another picture of herself with a [...]

  • Why Taylor Swift Is Tennessean of the YearDec 30 2013 | 01:45 PM EDT

    The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper, has named Taylor Swift its 2013 Tennessean of the Year. It’s not surprising to anyone, I’m sure, because Swift stands out day after day, year after year, as an outstanding woman from the great state. Swift has given and done plenty more for groups all over the country, but for [...]

  • 2013 Welcomed Ryker, Jett, Knox, Eisele, Elijah and CamdenDec 30 2013 | 01:15 PM EDT

    This was not the year for Nicks, Johns, Mollys, Kevins and Jacks. At least not for the babies born in Nashville. There would be no ordinary or common names allowed. Only big names for the littlest newcomers to the families of country music stars. In chronological order, here’s a list of the year’s arrivals: Camden [...]

  • Country Weddings and the Tweets That FollowedDec 30 2013 | 07:45 AM EDT

    First comes love, then comes marriage, then come the tweets. That’s pretty much how romance worked in 2013. So when the country stars got married this year, Twitter kind of became the new wedding announcement. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley: “Best mornin ever #bk+bc,” tweeted the newly-hitched Kelley the day after he married Brittney Marie [...]