About Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena

Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena is a freelance writer for both Country Music News and Pure Rock News. You can reach Shauna on Twitter or Facebook.

Country Stars Speak Out Against Racism And Violence

Numerous Country artists took to social media over the weekend to protest last week’s killing of GEORGE FLOYD by a MINNEAPOLIS police officer, to speak out in support of the ensuing protests and against the looting and violence that followed in cities across the country, including NASHVILLE, and to express support for the black community. Continue reading

Watch Now: Alex Stern “The Choice” Acoustic Performance

Emerging country singer-songwriter Alex Stern has released her acoustic live performance for current single “The Choice.” The “soul-baring” video, shot by Southbound Creative, premiered exclusively with Sounds Like Nashvillewho applauded “the simple but luminous visual performance.” The poignant track was written by Stern with Jake Anderson and premiered with Wide Open Country, who praised her for her ability to “explore the risk and reward of love.” Continue reading

Listen Now: Hardy “Boots”

NASHVILLE, TENN. (May 1, 2020) — As current single “One Beer” (feat. Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson) soars into Country radio’s Top 40, Big Loud Records loud-and-rowdy hitmaker HARDY launches into center stage again today with his first new music delivery of 2020, unreleased fan favorite “BOOTS,” available at all streaming platforms and digital retailers now.  Written by HARDY with David Garcia and Hillary Lindsey and produced by Joey Moi and Derek Wells, “BOOTS” is a story song, weaving rhyme-schemes effortlessly and running through a bad choice, breakup night with ease the morning after. Marking the start of a new era of HARDY signatures, “BOOTS” is soaked in grunge production and simmering with backwoods attitude, unveiling yet another layer to his multifaceted artistry.  “I’m so glad this song is out in the world,” shares HARDY. “‘BOOTS’ is a perfect representation of who I am as an artist. It’s a country lyric but it sounds like a rock and roll song.”

Trace Adkins, Dustin Lynch And Blake Shelton Scheduled To Perform On Grand Ole Opry

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TRACE ADKINS, DUSTIN LYNCH and BLAKE SHELTON will perform on the GRAND OLE OPRY’s SATURDAY night broadcast on MAY 9th. ADKINS and LYNCH will kick off the broadcast performing from the OPRY stage, with SHELTON joining virtually from his farm in OKLAHOMA immediately following. SHELTON will be accompanied by GWEN STEFANI, who will make her OPRY debut performing “Nobody But You,” alongside boyfriend SHELTON. Continue reading

Ned LeDoux Receives Two Buckles from Rocky Mountain CMA

Ned LeDoux took home Buckle trophies for Album of the Year for Next In Line and shared Songwriter of the Year with Corb Lund for Ned’s “Dance With Your Spurs On” single at last weekend’s 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards. The show was originally scheduled to take place March 13 in Greeley, CO, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the show to be presented virtually. A complete list of winners can be found here. Continue reading

Diamond Rio and Charlie Daniels Band to Headline September Landfest Festival in Georgia

With the hope of giving fans something to look forward to amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dailey & Vincent and the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds have announced today the full Artist lineup for their annual LandFest In The Mountains & On The Lakes music festival, presented by Springer Mountain Farms and celebrating the best of American music. The festival, which will return to Hiawassee, Ga. September 17-19, will be adapting to the “new normal” amidst health concerns – and the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds has guaranteed that it will refund all ticket buyers if the festival is unable to take place due to any government-mandated orders.

“The wellness of our fans is of paramount importance to us,” Dailey & Vincent said in a joint statement. “These times are trying times – we’re excited to give fans a ‘light at the end of the tunnel,’ while still taking care to prioritize their health and safety.”

This year’s festival will feature performances by the GRAMMY®-nominated group, along with headliners Charlie Daniels, Diamond Rio, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Dailey & Vincent, and a special 2-hour Salute to the Grand Ole Opry featuring Opry Stars Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Dailey & Vincent, comedian Karen Mills, and hosted by the iconic and legendary Eddie Stubs. The lineup is rounded out by the Booth Brothers, Bradley Walker, Mike Snider, the Gibson Brothers, the Malpass Brothers, and the winner of Dailey & Vincent’s annual LandFest Online Band Contest will also join the lineup.

Each year, Dailey & Vincent curate the festival lineup in much the same way they’ve developed their career over the last decade; delivering music fans an evolved combination of “the best of bluegrass, country and gospel this side of heaven” (USA Today), what the band defines as American Music. Their unique marriage of genres has made them three-time GRAMMY® nominees in country, bluegrass, and for a gospel record, earned them membership with the prestigious Grand Ole Opry, garnered nine #1 country, bluegrass and gospel Billboard charting records, and helped launch their national weekly television series The Dailey & Vincent Show, now in its fourth year on RFD-TV.

LANDFEST IN THE MOUNTAINS & ON THE LAKE DAILY SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 17
3:00 p.m. EST: Booth Brothers
4:00 p.m. EST: Online Contest Winner
7:00 p.m. EST: Dailey & Vincent
9:00 p.m. EST: Diamond Rio

Friday, September 18
3:00 p.m. EST: Bradley Walker
4:00 p.m. EST: Mike Snider
7:00 p.m. EST: Dailey & Vincent
9:00 p.m. EST: Charlie Daniels Band

Saturday, September 19
3:00 p.m. EST: Gibson Brothers
4:00 p.m. EST: Malpass Brothers
6:15 p.m. EST: Dailey & Vincent
7:15 p.m. EST: Jimmy Fortune
9:00 p.m. EST: A Salute To The Grand Ole Opry Featuring Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Dailey & Vincent, Karen Mills, and host Eddie Stubbs

LandFest 2020 Tickets
$140.00 – 3 day Reserved
$90.00 – 2 day Reserved
$50.00 – 1 day Reserved

LandFest Discounted Camping Rates
Tents: $25.00/night with hookups
RV with Hookups: $30.00/night
Overflow without hookups: $14.00/night

For tickets, visit GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com or call 706-896-4191

ABOUT DAILEY & VINCENT:
Grand Ole Opry Members, five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent (and their world-class band) offer a unique and modernized spin on ‘American music’ – an “electric combination of country and bluegrass” (Billboard) – the duo has played across the globe, taking the stage at iconic venues including the Ryman Auditorium and Carnegie Hall. Now on Season 3 of their nationally broadcast television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV,” Dailey & Vincent bring their music to a national audience on a weekly basis. After a decade spent performing together and with over 1,000 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert,” their concoction of fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold. Their most recent live CD, “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks. Dailey & Vincent’s latest release of their first-ever Christmas album, “Dailey & Vincent: The Sounds of Christmas” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Holiday Chart, landing right behind Michael Bublé and Pentatonix as the only country, bluegrass and gospel act in the Top Ten.

To learn more about Dailey & Vincent, visit DaileyandVincent.com and follow Dailey & Vincent on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
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New Music From Tim McGraw: Available May 8th

Grammy Award winning superstar Tim McGraw is set to release his first new music since returning to Big Machine Records earlier this year. Seen through the lens of the special connection we all share with our mothers, I Called Mama is a look at the ways we ground ourselves when we are shaken or hurting. Particularly meaningful given the current times, it’s a reminder of the importance of home and human connection. Written by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary, the song was produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore and will be available May 8th, but fans can Pre-Save the track HERE Continue reading

iHeartMedia Establishes ‘Small Business Crisis Resource’ Website, Newsletter

iHEARTMEDIA has launched a “Small Business Crisis Resource” initiative with resources including a newsletter and website to offer relevant news and information, including information on the federal stimulus program. Also included is a series of webinars hosted by ELVIS DURAN, starting MONDAY (5/4). The site is at iHeartRadio.com/SmallBusiness and SmallBusinessCrisisResour Continue reading