CMA Close Up New Artist Spotlight: Parmalee

By Bob Doerschuk © 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. A Southern rock patrimony, dues paid in church gigs, a player too drunk to pick, and a late-night gunfight: Parmalee’s Country pedigree is as real as it gets. Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas tagged along on their father’s blues/rock band [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: Eric Paslay

By Bob Doerschuk © 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Eric Paslay’s story is familiar, from his upbringing in Waco and Temple through his gigs on the Lone Star circuit and inevitable move to Nashville. Eventually hired by Cal IV Publishing, the tall Texas redhead penned several hits. He won [...] Read More

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