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

CMA Close Up: The Subversive Country Artistry of Kacey Musgraves

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. It was one of those nights at the Grand Ole Opry that promised satisfaction for Country traditionalists. One after the other, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs and Dailey & Vincent filed out and fired up some sizzling bluegrass. Yet it was [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: Charlie Worsham

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Born in Mississippi, Charlie Worsham learned enough banjo by age 10 for bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin to invite him onstage at the Ryman Auditorium. Two years after that, he joined Mike Snider on the air at the Opry. After attending [...] Read More

A Q&A with Little Big Town, Hosts of ABC’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

By Bob Doerschuk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. CMA’s reigning Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, had settled into director’s chairs on the fourth floor of the Bridge Building. Although it hadn’t yet been announced on this day in early May, they were confirmed to host [...] 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