Country

Ever since the release of her first solo album, 2019’s Walk Through Fire, British country singer Yola has been the subject of widespread critical acclaim. Her records blend the evocative storytelling of traditional folk and country with syncopated rhythms of R&B and ornate arrangements of mid-20th century countrypolitan music. At live shows, she’s held audiences rapt with her
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Before Blake Shelton became a country superstar and The Voice coach, he was just another aspiring singer with a dream. He took an early step toward stardom, however, on July 31, 2001, when he released his self-titled debut album. Blake Shelton features 10 songs, including the singles “Austin,” “All Over Me” and “Ol’ Red.” ”Austin” had been released in April of
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Thirty-seven years ago today (July 30, 1985), Alabama had 8 million reasons to celebrate. It was on that date that the group became the first country act to earn quadruple-platinum status — twice over, nonetheless! The band achieved the feat with both their 1981 album Feels So Right and 1982’s Mountain Music. Feels So Right, which was
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When Martina McBride was a young girl (around 8 or 9 years old), she began performing with the band her father fronted, the Schiffters — a play on their last name, Schiff. Back then, no one could have predicted that a Kansas-born girl living on a dairy farm would become a massive country music superstar
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It is nearly impossible to feel cynical at the Newport Folk Festival. Despite the state of the world during any given year (increasingly bad), the annual festival in Newport, R.I., offers a reliable supply of life-affirming moments and incredible performances. This year saw the festival return to full-scale after last year’s COVID-restricted “Folk On” event, and
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Maren Morris was born and raised in Texas but she quickly found a place in Nashville as one of country music’s brightest stars. Though she’s a prolific writer whose songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and more, Morris’ raw performing talent has continued to propelled her into the spotlight. Morris signed with Columbia in September
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Jerrod Niemann‘s songwriting chops have never been in question; after all, he co-wrote Garth Brooks‘ 2001 hit “Good Ride Cowboy,” and artists such as Jamey Johnson, Julie Roberts and Neal McCoy have recorded his tunes. However, the Kansas native didn’t experience chart success under his own name until 2010, with the release of his major-label debut,
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