ACM Winners Taylor Swift & Miranda Lambert Own the Night

Story by Vernell Hackett Taylor Swift’s new single, “Mean,” is a swipe at all her naysayers and critics. But tonight at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, there were only good vibes as she took home the fan-voted trophy for Entertainer of the Year. “This is the first time I’ve ever won this [...] Read More

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

Trace Adkins, Sandra Bullock: Surprises at Nashville Rising

From the minute Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced plans for their multi-artist flood-relief concert Nashville Rising, the event looked like the kind of evening ripe for surprises. And it was. Even after Brooks & Dunn were forced to cancel because of Ronnie Dunn’s throat problems, a few unannounced stars made their way Tuesday to Music City’s Bridgestone Arena, one of numerous downtown facilities that took in water during the early-May flood. Trace Adkins popped on stage to join Blake Shelton on “Hillbilly Bone,” according to USA Today. And Sandra Bullock — who worked with Tim on the movie The Blind Side — took the spotlight and comically picked out the opening chords from Deep Purple’s classic-rock standard “Smoke On The Water.” Then she got serious. Read More

Carrie Underwood Finds It Pays To Be a Mean Girl

Given her public demeanor and the way fellow artists talk about her, it’s appropriate to think of Carrie Underwood as a friendly, classy lady. But she does have a mean streak. She put it to work in writing “Undo It,” her latest single. Read More