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Morgan Wallen says he’s been working on himself, and he’ll need to keep working on himself. He’s not going to play any live shows this summer, he says. Specifically referring to tour dates with Luke Bryan and scheduled festival dates, Wallen says he’s bowing out. “But it’s important to me personally, if you can, still go
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What would “Whiskey Lullaby” have sounded like if Dierks Bentley was the one to record it instead of Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss? Or what if Blake Shelton had been the one who made “The House That Built Me” famous instead of Miranda Lambert? Neither scenario is a far-fetched idea — both almost happened! Sometimes, a
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Whether it’s coming out of Nashville, New York, L.A., or points in between, there’s no shortage of fresh tunes, especially from artists who have yet to become household names. Rolling Stone Country selects some of the best new music releases from country and Americana artists. (Check out last week’s best songs.) Gary Louris, “Almost Home” The
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Billboards calling Morgan Wallen his fans’ choice as Entertainer of the Year have popped up around Nashville. The mystery of who paid for them runs deep. The Boot and Taste of Country confirmed the locations of three billboards, each with two Wallen-focused graphics in rotation, at various, highly trafficked intersections near downtown Nashville. One billboard design reads “Support that boy from
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Dogs rank up there with trains and mothers on the list of lyrical cliches in country music, so there’s no surprise that ol’ hound dogs dominate the handful of country songs about beloved family pets. Examples of dogs-focused country songs include breakthrough hits by such historic heavyweights as Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, with the
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Texas singer-songwriter Mike Ryan is fighting off heartbreak — with alcohol, naturally — in his new single “Can Down.” As he releases the brand-new song on Friday (April 9), he’s sharing an acoustic performance exclusively with The Boot’s readers. Ryan co-wrote “Can Down” with Brent Anderson, Smith Ahnquist and Will Weatherly. The song’s protagonist is utterly broken
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Tim McGraw‘s new song “God Moves the Pen” celebrates the power of words — specifically, the ones that declare our love for each other. The midtempo track announces the country star’s Here on Earth Ultimate Edition, due out on April 16. A steady drumbeat and twangy guitar back McGraw throughout the simple “God Moves the Pen.”
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Ricky Skaggs finally has his high school diploma, five decades after he left school early to launch his career. In June of 2020, Skaggs was awarded an honorary diploma from his alma mater, Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Ky., during the school’s virtual graduation ceremony, according to a press announcement on Friday (April 9). Skaggs
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Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are part of a special new space in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. The singer-songwriter couple recently helped establish a room for fans with sensory sensitivities at the football stadium. The Tennessee Titans, Nashville’s NFL team, unveiled the Isbell-Shires KultureCity Sensory Room at their home stadium on Tuesday (April 6). Isbell and Shires helped
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Fancy Hagood‘s debut album, Southern Curiosity, is due out on Friday (April 9), but the singer-songwriter has already lived multiple musical lives to get to this point in his career. Hagood, whose given name is Jake, is an Arkansas native who grew up singing in church and taught himself to play piano as a teenager. But as
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In country music, the cowboy archetype has long produced great songwriting. That’s partly because the idea of the cowboy is more complex than you might think. Some cowboys are rugged and a little dangerous, which adds mystery and intrigue to their portrayal. Others are stoic and strong, which means they’re dependable, but not necessarily the
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