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

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