New Artist Spotlight: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Before the World Was Made is a delicious mix: raw, retro Country plus sweet irony. That’s apparently the specialty of Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, the Austin-based duo whose debut, on their B&N imprint, is hilarious, sentimental and profound, usually [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: Tyler Farr

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Tyler Farr celebrates girls and trucks. Just what Country Music needs, right? In Farr’s case, absolutely. He follows a familiar path through much of Redneck Crazy, his Columbia Nashville debut. But every now and then he slams on the brakes [...] Read More

Chris Young’s Flight Plan for A.M.

By Lorrie Hollabaugh © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Fan club parties pop up all over Nashville just before and during each CMA Music Festival. But this year, Chris Young’s celebration strayed a bit from the usual format. First, it happened at Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios, where Young [...] Read More

Sheryl Crow Crosses the Country Divide

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Sheryl Crow didn’t get off the Greyhound in Nashville, with guitar case in hand and a heart full of dreams. Actually, though, in a way, she did. She didn’t arrive by bus, but otherwise she could relate to the excitement [...] Read More

Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice Reminisce & Talk Songwriting

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. At a small studio just off of Music Row, Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann settled down on a couple of stools, shared a few jokes, tuned up their guitars and started playing some songs they had written together. They reminisced [...] Read More