Martina McBride Rides Her Soul Train

By Bob Doerschuk © 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Country Music headliner Martina McBride’s catalog overflows with powerfully communicative performances. The playful “I Love You,” the heartbroken ballad “Wrong Again,” and the empowering anthems “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls” and “Wrong Baby Wrong” unfold along clear lines [...] Read More

John Carter Cash Honors His Family Name

By Crystal Caviness © 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Welcome to the Cash Cabin Studio, nestled among tall, strong trees on a 40-acre property in Hendersonville, Tenn. Up three steps, across a wooden porch and inside the nondescript door is where John Carter Cash does his work while also [...] Read More

CMA Close Up New Artist Spotlight: Parmalee

By Bob Doerschuk © 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. A Southern rock patrimony, dues paid in church gigs, a player too drunk to pick, and a late-night gunfight: Parmalee’s Country pedigree is as real as it gets. Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas tagged along on their father’s blues/rock band [...] Read More

Eric Church Looks Inside The Outsiders

By David Scarlett © 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Eric Church has spent nearly two hours in an old church-turned-recording studio in East Nashville, playing his new album, The Outsiders, for a group of Nashville media reps gathered to hear his latest offering. And when the listening session ends, [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: Eric Paslay

By Bob Doerschuk © 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Eric Paslay’s story is familiar, from his upbringing in Waco and Temple through his gigs on the Lone Star circuit and inevitable move to Nashville. Eventually hired by Cal IV Publishing, the tall Texas redhead penned several hits. He won [...] Read More