Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Get Krystal’s Recipe for Black Eyed Peas

You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s [...] Read More

Carrie Underwood To Perform On Billboard Music Awards This Sunday

Carrie Underwood will be among the artists performing live during Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. Carrie was included in the first round of performers announced, a list that includes Justin Bieber, LMFAO and The Wanted. Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell of ABC’s Modern Family will serve as hosts for the show. Lady Antebellum leads the country [...] Read More

Jason Aldean Mixes It Up

Jason Aldean is one of the most prominent voices in modern country music, but good luck trying to put the guy in a stylistic box. One of his biggest hits is named after country icon Johnny Cash, and you can’t get much more country than the farm-centered lyrics in “Amarillo Sky” or “Big Green Tractor.” On the other hand, the guitar chords on “She’s Country” sound more like AC/DC than Merle Haggard; his current single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” teams Jason with pop singer Kelly Clarkson; and he even has a rap section on “Dirt Road Anthem,” one of the key tracks on his current album My Kinda Party. Jason grew up on the outskirts of Macon, Ga., and his background brought all of those different musical threads together. Read More

Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover, Lover” Hits No. 1

When Jerrod Niemann went over and over the vocal parts for “Lover, Lover” — literally singing all eight or nine harmony lines himself — he had no idea what the song’s future held. At the time, Jerrod was an unsigned singer-songwriter who had decided to put some of his friends to work and build an album that may, or may not, find a label home. Not only did it eventually land somewhere, the single rose all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart this week. It hit that spot as Jerrod is observing a personal anniversary. Read More

Jaron & The Long Road To Love: So What If I Was Pop?

One of the songs that’s truly generated a response among country fans in 2010 is “Pray For You” by Jaron And The Long Road To Love, which sounds like a band but really is just a solo artist: Jaron Lowenstein. Part of Jaron’s history is membership in a duo, Evan & Jaron, that made waves in pop about 10 years ago. So “Pray For You” makes him just the latest in a line of artists who’ve made the shift from pop and rock into country. He’s happy to be in the new genre, but if you’re upset with him because you think traditional country is getting short shrift these days, well, Jaron maintains he’s not responsible. Read More