New Artist Spotlight: Kayla Calabrese

By Bob Doerschuk © 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. You can thank the CVS drugstore chain for getting Kayla Calabrese excited about Country Music. After all, she was born in Pine Beach, N.J., far from the nearest ranch or honky-tonk. Her family is pure Italian-American. Though she definitely enjoyed [...] Read More

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