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Mar 20

You Should Know: 7 Emerging Artists from SXSW

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, the annual music, film and interactive festival in Austin, Texas, showcases the best, newest and hottest talents in the audio, visual and tech industries. The South by Southwest festival is a gateway to success for young musicians, filmmakers and entrepreneurs looking to get their “big break.” The music festival is unique, itself, in that over 2,200 acts perform on over 100 different stages throughout the week. Often, musical artists already have large followings, but performing at SXSW catapults them to the mainstream. Here are seven bands you should know by Sunday, because, come Monday, everyone will be talking about them.

BØRNS - Sure, he gained support from Taylor Swift and exchanged a few messages about whales with her, but more than that, Garrett Borns’ pop-py, ’70s inspired debut EP, “Candy,” is making waves. His unique blend of ethereal and electro-rock sounds make for a magical musical escape.

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Dec 18

Miranda Lambert Releases “Little Red Wagon”

Miranda Lambert's Little Red Wagon Single

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Miranda Lambert is following up her hit song “Somethin’ Bad,” which featured Carrie Underwood, with “Little Red Wagon.” The song was co-written by Joe Ginsberg and Audra Mae, the niece of Judy Garland. Mae originally included the song on her 2012 album, Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound. Lambert may have never heard the tune if not for one of her musician friends.

“John Eddie is an artist who has come out on the road with us before and opened a few times,” Lambert told “He called my tour manager three or four years ago and said, ‘Hey, tell Miranda about this girl Audra Mae, specifically her song ‘Little Red Wagon.’ I think she could rock it.’”

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Dec 2

Miranda Lambert Helped Jana Kramer Not Give Up on Music

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Jana Kramer is used to being successful. Before turning her attention to her music career, Kramer starred in the series One Tree Hill and had a recurring role in Friday Night Lights. Her debut single, “Why Ya Wanna,” reached the Top 5 on the country charts, but her self-titled debut album did not do as well as she had hoped. Kramer was down and out about the lack of sales, but Miranda Lambert gave her the encouragement to keep going.

“I was in a very discouraged time, and [Miranda] was like, ‘You know what, it didn’t happen for me until my second album,’” Kramer told Country Weekly. “I was like, really? You’re Miranda Lambert. I just imagined it happened on the first album. So it really is about keeping on and not giving up.”

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Nov 20

Cole Swindell Thanks Fans by Releasing Down Home Sessions EP

Cole Swindell Releases Down Home Sessions Album

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Cole Swindell might be a relative newcomer to the country music scene – if you don’t count the years he spent selling Luke Bryan’s merchandise during Bryan’s tours – but he could not have asked for a better start. His first two singles, “Chillin’ It,” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” topped the charts, and he was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year. To thank his fans for his support, he released his Down Home Sessions EP.

“I’m on permanent pinch mode, dude,” he told Taste of Country Nights’ host Sam Alex. “Getting to debut your first single as a No. 1 song then your next one going No. 1… I’m so excited to have a brand new one out now. It’s just… so much has changed now over the past year, you know, for the good for me. I’m just so thankful that I have this much support this early in my career. It’s been a great year so far.” Continue Reading


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Nov 19

Kenny Chesney Releases “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay”

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Kenny Chesney is bringing the spirit of the islands to the Christmas season in his new single, “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay.” It is his first holiday tune since 2003’s “All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan.”

“It seems like there are few times of the year when you can really unplug, really just be in the moment with your family and your friends — and celebrate how great life is,” he said. “Over the last 10 years, I’ve really come to appreciate that time off and what those connections mean, and I wanted to share that feeling with my friends through music.”

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Nov 9

Sam Hunt’s Debut Single, Album Top the Charts

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Sam Hunt is having a really good week. His debut single, “Leave The Night On,” is at No. 1 on the country charts. The feat marks the first time in nearly two years that a new artist has hit No. 1 with his or her first single. His debut album, Montevallo, released October 27, also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart, moving nearly 70,000 units.

“I hope that people, if they give the full album a chance, will have the ability to see what I want to represent as an artist,” he said. “They will be able to get out of this music what I get out of music that I love. The record is hopefully diverse enough to reach people of several different tastes. Continue Reading


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Nov 3

Easton Corbin Releases “Baby Be My Love Song”

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Easton Corbin has released his new single, “Baby Be My Love Song.” The track, which is climbing the country charts, is featured on his upcoming album, expected to be released next year.

“It was one of those songs that I kept listening to it, and I kept on wanting to listen to it,” he said. “I love great melodies, and I think this song has such a contagious melody that it does make you want to hear it over and over again. I feel like there’s such a thing as a melodic hook, and I think this song really has that.”

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Nov 2

Darius Rucker’s New Christmas Album Features His Kids

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Darius Rucker has released his first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays. The collection includes a collaboration with Sheryl Crow on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and it features special appearances by his children, Daniela Rose, Caroline and Jack, on “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

“I asked ‘em, and they got so excited, so excited, and when they were in the studio, and every time they’d get it right, I’d go, ‘You guys, that was great,’” Rucker said. “My son [Jack] would do the fist pump, ‘Yes!’ He was so excited. It was great to have them on there. I beam with pride. I love my kids, and they’re awesome human beings, and just proud to have them on my record and proud to call them my kids.”

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Oct 26

Sara Evans To Release First Christmas Album on November 17


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Sara Evans will release her first Christmas album next month. Titled At Christmas, the project will include 10 of her favorite Christmas carols, such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” Evans also recorded a version of “12 Days of Christmas” with two of her daughters, 12-year-old Olivia and 10-year-old Audrey.

Evans has been busy recording music in 2014. In addition to At Christmas, she released Slow Me Down earlier this year. She also contributed to the upcoming Doobie Brothers’ Southbound record, singing “What a Fool Believes” with Michael McDonald. Evans will appear on ABC’s Nashville as herself on October 29. Continue Reading


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Oct 25

Reba McEntire Heads Back Into the Recording Studio


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Reba McEntire released her self-titled debut album more than 35 years ago, and she does not plan to slow down anytime soon. She recently signed with the new record label, Nash Icon Music, for her next record. The opportunity presented itself  just when McEntire thought her recording career was finished.

“I figured it was over,” she told USA Today. Her husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, convinced her otherwise. “[He] kept saying, ‘No, it’s not; you’ll record again.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, where’s your crystal ball?’” Continue Reading


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