Jo Dee Messina Wants Fans to Pick Her Next Single

Last month, Jo Dee Messina gave fans the opportunity to back her new album through Kickstarter, even letting them choose the songs she’d record. Now, she’s letting them pick her new single as she puts the finishing touches on the album. “For years I’ve had people asking for certain songs to be released, but had [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: Breelan Angel

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Breelan Angel By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. You’re a strong young woman who loves going out with friends. Yet you know that even this simple plan can be like weaving between roadblocks, many of them strangers asking for your phone number. Breelan [...] Read More

Taylor Swift Focuses On Being One Age at a Time

Taylor Swift has grown up in the public eye. Now 23, she’s grown from the fresh-faced 16-year-old the world was introduced to with her single “Tim McGraw” to a refined, mature adult. Even in the early days of her career, Taylor had a good head on her shoulders that helped keep her grounded. “I got [...] Read More

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Surprised by Merle Haggard’s Liner Notes

Vince Gill and famed steel player Paul Franklin have released Bakersfield, a tribute to two of Bakersfield’s most famous residents, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Merle wrote the liner notes for their new album, which came as a surprise to both Vince and Paul. Read our review of Bakersfield >> “He said, ‘I like what [...] Read More

Winthrop Trustees OK 3.1 percent tuition hike

Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees gave final approval Tuesday to a 3.1 percent tuition increase effective for the fall semester. In-state students will pay $6,715 per semester, or $202 more, while out-of-state students will  pay $13,000, or $762 more,  per semester. Students living in on-campus dorms will pay an additional five percent for room and […] Read More