Thomas Rhett moved his song ‘Beer With Jesus’ within one win of becoming a rare Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Famer. The singer’s fans outvoted fans of Jaida Dreyer’s ‘Confessions’ by a two-to-one-margin on Friday and Friday night on Taste of Country Nights radio. Today, Rhett will have to battle a singer with a little more star power in Randy Houser.
By 1997, Martina McBride was beginning to assert herself as the premiere female vocalist in country music, but she wouldn’t begin to take home awards until after she released ‘Evolution’ on August 26 of that year. Songs from her fourth studio album won her the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA in 1999. Many of her biggest hits, like ‘Happy Girl,’ ‘A Broken Wing’ and ‘Whatever You Say,’ come from this project.
If Joanna Smith‘s new single ‘We Can’t Be Friends’ was released 30 years ago, we might call it a classic in 2012. Since the singer is relatively new, however (the sexy single ‘Georgia Mud’ barely cracked the chart in 2011 ), we’ll restrain ourselves from over-selling this portrait of caged yearning. Smith is the perfect voice to tell the story.
Have you ever been inside a radio studio? Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson shows fans around his home away from home. We meet engineer Chris and producer Todd. OK, we only hear Todd, but that’s close enough. See where all the fun happens in the video below.
Randy Travis is in trouble with police once again following a fight in a Texas church parking lot, which broke out early Friday morning. The country legend was cited for simple assault and taken to the hospital after getting involved in a disagreement between a husband and wife.
No one is going to pull out the calendar, but if Thomas Rhett was legally old enough to enjoy a ‘Beer With Jesus’ when he recorded the song, it wasn’t by much. What matters is whether or not the Georgia born singer is polished enough to carry the poignant lyric.
Little Big Town is celebrating their first No. 1 song. ‘Pontoon’ hit the mark, but the band doesn’t sound very excited about it. Jeremy shows everyone how the celebratory press conference should be handled.
To celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, which is August 21, we thought we’d look ahead to how country music’s top stars will look when they get closer to becoming AARP members. Many — like Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer — promise to age gracefully. Others… well, not so much. Sorry about that, Taylor Swift!
Newcomer Maggie Rose‘s steamy new song ‘I Ain’t Your Mama’ squeaked by the weekend Showdown champion on Monday. Her new song was too much for Justin Moore‘s ”Til My Last Day,’ meaning her track will move on to face a new challenger today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio.
Legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller died Monday morning (August 20) in her Los Angeles home at the age of 95. Country stars were among the many celebrities who paid respects to her life and career using their social media platforms. Billy Ray Cyrus and Reba McEntire were the first to share their thoughts.
Kix Brooks‘ solo material has a Bad Blake quality to it. He hasn’t lived quite the same wayward life as the ‘Crazy Heart’ (2009) character (played by Jeff Bridges), but songs like his second single, ‘Bring It on Home,’ share similar pacing and sincerity.
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