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  • Blake Shelton’s Unexplainable Bond - by Alison Bonaguro 20h ago Typical Blake Shelton. You can never really tell how serious he is. So in this new interview with The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, I have to assume he’s being mostly honest … but with a little bit of sarcasm. When it comes to Adam Levine, his fellow coach on The Voice, Shelton described their combative relationship like this: “We’re those two guys you knew in high school where we have this bond that is unexplainable. It brings out the best and worst in both of us. It truly is an explosive relationship.” He added that they are constantly at each other’s throats, and sometimes they really do get mad at each other. “I know every trick to get under his skin,” Shelton said of Levine, noting that the Maroon 5 member knows how to reciprocate by driving him crazy, too. “Until someone is crying, it Continue Reading
  • Why Granger Smith Didn’t Share New Song - by Alison Bonaguro 2h ago You’d think that if you went to a Granger Smith show the night before his new single was released, you’d be one of the first to hear it. But that’s not at all how it happened on Thursday night (May 18). Smith played an intimate acoustic show at a Kmart store outside Chicago, and he explained why he wouldn’t be playing his new song “Happens Like That.” “We have a brand new song coming out tomorrow, but I’m not gonna play it,” Smith told the crowd packed in tight around the stage in the outdoor living area of the store. “I have very strict rules. Everyone has to experience it at the same time.” Before the show started, Smith told me the story behind the song, and a little bit more about why he was keeping it to himself until the whole world could hear Continue Reading
  • “Boy” Is Lee Brice’s Tribute to Takoda and Ryker - by Alison Bonaguro 47 mins ago Lee Brice didn’t write his new song, “Boy.” But with two boys at home, it sounds like he’s made the tune his own. “We wanted to make ‘Boy’ our first single for a couple of reasons. First, Sara and I have two sons, Takoda (9) and Ryker (3). This song is a tribute to them,” Brice said in a press release about the single. “It’s my way of saying how proud I am to be their dad.” But the timing of the song is important to Brice, too. Because very soon, it won’t be just him and his boys. “We have a daughter on the way in a couple of weeks,” he added, “and we wanted to share this song for our boys before she arrived.” “Boy” was written by Nicolle Galyon and Jon Nite, and will be on Brice’s fourth studio album, due Continue Reading
  • Karen Fairchild on the Woman’s Intuition - by Alison Bonaguro 3h ago In a new Q&A on TheNewPotato.com — an online food and fashion magazine — Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild reveals some of her favorite foods, cities, and styles. It’s a very breezy and casual conversation. But when the talk turns to music, Fairchild gets down to business with some very solid advice for any girls trying to get into the industry. “As women, we have to always remember to listen to our instincts and go with our guts,” Fairchild said. “I think too often girls feel like they have to make concessions or change who they are, or what their music says, to make it in this industry,” she said. “We need to nurture these women to write honest songs, to write from their hearts, and not to pander. Let’s give them some room to do what they do.” Being a woman is a very Continue Reading
  • Dierks Bentley on What Glues Things Together - by Alison Bonaguro 22h ago When Dierks Bentley sits down to make a set list for a concert, he tries to keep things interesting. In an interview with the Hartford Courant newspaper in Connecticut, Bentley explained why he doesn’t just play the party songs. “I have a set list full of songs about parties and girls, and I rely heavily on those songs during a live show,” Bentley said. “That’s where a lot of the energy comes from, those party songs. But I think the most important songs in the live show are the ones in between those huge, uptempo hits, the ones that kind of glue the whole thing together.” You can’t have a roller coaster that goes downhill the whole time, Bentley said, so you have to have some ups and downs. “You have to find ways to take the audience on a ride,” he said. “I know Continue Reading
  • Chris Stapleton’s From a Room, Volume 1 is Week’s Top-Debuting Album - by Edward Morris 20h ago Here we go again. One hundred and six weeks after Chris Stapleton hit the Billboard country albums chart with Traveller, he’s back at No. 1 with a new collection, From a Room, Volume 1. And get this: Traveller, after all this time, is still at No. 2! From a Room debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all genres listing, right behind Logic’s Everybody. Blowing in (I couldn’t help myself) at the top of the country airplay songs chart is Luke Comb‘s “Hurricane.” It arrives there after a 30-week swoop. There are three other new albums — Colt Ford‘s unpunctuated Love Hope Faith (at No. 7), Upchurch’s Son of the South (No. 29) and Ryan Upchurch’s Summer Love EP (No. 35). (Upchurch and Ryan Upchurch are the same.) Moving back onto the chart are the Zac Brown Band‘s Jekyll + Hyde (No. 46) and Continue Reading