It might be unthinkable now, but groups like The Ventures cracked Top 40 radio with instrumental tunes. The Nashville duo Steelism hopes to do the same today by focusing on memorable melodies.
On his second album, Sturgill Simpson's kept a foot in tradition while letting his mind wander into the metaphysical, and it’s an exhilarating departure.
Audiences were just getting to know Robert Ellis as a long-haired Texas troubadour. Then he moved to Nashville, and instead of turning up the twang, he chopped off his hair and put a few experimental jazz solos on his new album.
On the surface, Suzy Bogguss doesn’t have any business recording a dozen Merle Haggard songs. But Bogguss and Haggard share a meaningful trait: They're anything but one-dimensional.
Playing a hometown album release show is kind of like having a birthday party—it’s your night to hog the spotlight. Some might say Brendan Benson is squandering that chance. The Nashville power-pop songwriter has so many musicians scheduled to appear at his Ryman release show that their names barely fit on the promotional poster.
Each week, The MCrary Sisters - Alfreda, Ann, Deborah and Regina - still gather at the modest family bungalow to join their voices around the well-loved, wooden dining room table of their youth.
From his ‘60s and ‘70s heyday to his new album, Bare has always been willing to go out on a limb for an interesting song.
The bluegrass industry’s annual conference and festival – happening here in Nashville this week – is pulling up stakes and moving to Raleigh next year. Industry leaders say they’re aiming for a new balance in the stylistic push and pull between purists and progressives.
Sixpence None the Richer stumbled into ‘90s fame by soundtracking a steamy scene in the TV show Dawson’s Creek. Before breaking up, the duo spent an entire decade crafting thoughtful music inspired by literature. Now that the band has reunited, they couldn’t be less interested in trying to turn back the clock on their youthful success.
Respected folksinger Todd Snider doesn’t mind if people laugh when he voices his opinions. In fact, he’d prefer it.
Music City has a growing talent pool of rappers who value things like guitar playing and songcraft, staples of Nashville's more recognizable genres.
Crafting a country hit certainly hasn't gotten any easier over the last five decades, but veteran songwriter Bill Anderson just happens to be great at adapting.
Rose's music crosses sensibilities, with plenty of buzz to show for it.
Thirty-nine years ago today Joe Stampley’s sunny, R&B-steeped single “Soul Song” claimed the top spot on the country chart. It was the first of more than 90 country number ones Jim Foglesong would oversee during his Hall of Fame career as a label executive. And part of what made him such a great leader was that he knew firsthand what it took to deliver a great performance (more…)
Say the name “Charley Pride” and people think of the first African-American country superstar, but traditional country crooning was what really earned Pride his spot in hit-making history.
Lots of Nashville artists want that “studio sound” but are on their own to get it. So, they’re turning to fan-funding web sites.
Nashville's Megan McCormick has made it from daydreaming amongst her family’s instruments to a debut album with an impressive signature sound.