Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover, Lover” Hits No. 1

When Jerrod Niemann went over and over the vocal parts for “Lover, Lover” — literally singing all eight or nine harmony lines himself — he had no idea what the song’s future held. At the time, Jerrod was an unsigned singer-songwriter who had decided to put some of his friends to work and build an album that may, or may not, find a label home. Not only did it eventually land somewhere, the single rose all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart this week. It hit that spot as Jerrod is observing a personal anniversary. Read More

Watch Dierks Bentley & Jerrod Niemann Tonight on Top 20

Two guys who have a lot to celebrate — Dierks Bentley and Jerrod Niemann — will share their excitement this weekend with host Nan Kelley on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Dierks announced this week that he and his wife, Cassidy, are expecting their second child in December. It’s a big moment in his home life, even as Dierks’ professional life continues to unfold. His album Up On The Ridge ranks No. 7 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and he’ll make two late-night television appearances next week to support it. He’s set to perform “Fallin’ For You” on “The Late Show With David Letterman” Tuesday and “Draw Me A Map” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday. Read More

Jerrod Niemann’s “Hung Jury” Skits Await Your Verdict

Classic-rock fans may find themselves comparing Jerrod Niemann’s new Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury album to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. That’s not because of Jerrod’s sound, which is a far cry from “Another Brick In The Wall,” but because Jerrod employs something his record company has referred to as “interstitial skits.” There are eight little spoken interludes between tracks that sort of tie the album together, much as there were odd little sketches and telephone sounds between some of the tracks on The Wall. Read More

Luke Bryan, Chuck Wicks: Water Themes Abound

Between the Brad Paisley H2O World Tour and May’s Nashville flood, country music has been waterlogged this summer. But the liquid is still flowing in the genre. Brad’s weekend lake show set a record, Luke Bryan rode a gusher to the top of the chart, and yes, there’s more flood-recovery news, thanks in part to Chuck Wicks and Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely. Here’s a look at the way water continues to stream into country’s current landscape: Read More

Jerrod, Jaron: New Country Guys Prep Albums

Their first names — Jerrod and Jaron — sound a lot alike, they’ve both had previous success in the music industry, and they’re both in country’s Top 20 as artists for the first time in their careers. Now Jerrod Niemann and Jaron Lowenstein, a.k.a. Jaron And The Long Road To Love, have new albums coming this summer. Jerrod’s “Lover, Lover” is at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and his 12-song album Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury is expected July 13. Jaron’s “Pray For You” is at No. 20, and his first solo album, Getting Dressed In The Dark, comes out June 22. Read More