George Strait

Carpenter is flexible about where he bats, where he plays

Matt Carpenter was approaching the halfway point of Monday’s Winter Warm-Up media session when his cell phone started to sing.

Tommy Pham

The Texanist: What's With All the Cheap-Looking Black-Painted Cowboy Hats?

The Texanist: What’s With All the Cheap-Looking Black-Painted Cowboy Hats?<p>A Flatonia man thinks Tim McGraw can afford a better-looking …

Tim McGraw

Nashville's SOLID Combines Networking and Community Service to Connect Future Music Industry Leaders

Nashville continues to enjoy the reputation as one of the most vibrant and commercially viable music industry cities in the world -- and helping to …

Kenny Chesney

Flashback: See George Strait's Good-Natured Live 'Ocean Front Property'

Concert performance of classic hit recalls history-making LP, released 31 years ago today<p>By 1987, seven years into his MCA recording …

Garth Brooks' Reveals His Megahit "Friend in Low Places" Almost Never Happened

"Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots..."<p>You know you're in for a good evening when that 11-word flurry of candor hits your ears. Likely, …

Garth Brooks

Dierks Bentley Heads Back To 'The Mountain'

You're probably used to hearing mainstream country's male stars sing the praises of settled, southern, small-town lives, a sentiment that's suffused songs of Friday night flirtation and gentlemanly affection alike this decade. Arizona-born, arena-headlining singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley has …

Culture

The new face of pot: senior citizens

In in his youth, Donnie Mills never thought he'd see a day when recreational marijuana was legal.But here the 64-year-old Mills is: It's 2018, when …

Cannabis Industry

Country Music Tours Hitting the Road in 2018

Some of the biggest stars in country music will be hitting the road in 2018, and quite a few have already announced their plans.<p>Perennial favorites …

Country Music

The 18 music acts we'd love to see at RodeoHouston 2018

We already know Garth Brooks is kicking off -- and closing -- RodeoHouston 2018, but there are still 18 performance slots up for grabs. The official …

Texas

Music producer Rick Hall dead at 85

Producer Rick Hall, who founded Fame Studios and helped launch Aretha Franklin’s career, has died, aged 85.<p>Dubbed the father of Muscle Shoals music, …

Etta James

We Tried to Solve the Greatest Mystery of Jack White and Loretta Lynn’s “Portland, Oregon”

<i>"Well, Portland, Oregon, and sloe gin fizz/ If that ain't love then tell me what is"</i><p>In a single stanza of that album's signature single, the sloe gin …

Oregon

Best Things to Do in Dallas New Year's Weekend

Dallas’ <b>Lights All Night Festival</b> enters its eighth year as the largest end-of-the-year music event in Texas and throughout the southern United …

Dallas

Benefit concert raises $700,000 for Oct. 1 shooting victims

Vegas Strong Benefit Concert<p>The Vegas Strong benefit concert earlier this month raised about $700,000 for the victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting on …

Imagine Dragons

How Country Music Made the Personal Political in 2017

Thanks for including me in the conversation again this year. In a batshit time like this, the opportunity to collectively process the past 12 months …

Music

Vegas Strong Benefit Concert Raises $700,000 for Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

Earlier this month, the Las Vegas music and entertainment community came together for a monumental night to benefit the victims of the Las Vegas …

Las Vegas

San Antonio stories of the year in 2017: Part 2

In our continuing coverage of the biggest San Antonio stories of the year, Audrey Castoreno looks back at the second half of 2017, a year of …

South Texas

The 10 Best Concerts of the Week: Neon Indian, Lights All Night, Sonny Digital and More

<b>Neon Indian</b><br>With Deep Cuts, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $25<p>There’s a certain style of squelchy, …

Dallas

The 10 Best Country Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks

You hear a lot about the newcomers each year in country busic, but veteran performers had a strong artistic year in 2017, landing the lion's share of …

Kelsea Ballerini

Art, Commerce, and Zamfir: Selling Music on TV

<i>Not sold in stores. Duhhhhhh.</i><p>Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that …

Culture

Postcard from Fort Worth: Feud brewing between Aztecs and Army

San Diego State was greeted with wet weather Tuesday afternoon when the Aztecs touched down in Texas.<p>It did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm in …

Rashaad Penny

The 10 Best Country Music Festivals

While we are just about to hit the dead of winter, complete with snowstorms and cold temperatures, springtime – and the country music festival …

Myrtle Beach

Luke Bryan Bows Atop 'Country' Albums Chart, Blake Shelton Laps Up 25th Airplay Leader

<b>Luke Bryan</b> earns his fourth No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums with his sixth studio full-length, …

Music

How Country Music Is Helping Las Vegas Heal After Route 91 Tragedy

Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and other country stars perform during NFR week, the first large-scale run of country concerts since October …

Las Vegas

Cajun musician Jo-El Sonnier's new book addresses his autism challenges | NOLA.com

LAFAYETTE -- Fans know Jo-El Sonnier as a Grammy winner, a Cajun music legend with 30 albums, Top 10 country hits and performances at the Grand Ole …

New Orleans

Chris Stapleton Was Most Played Artist of Any Genre on Jukeboxes in 2017

Country powerhouse's "Tennessee Whiskey" was also the year's most played song per TouchTunes' year-end chart<p>Chris Stapleton was the most-played …

Chris Stapleton

Behind George Strait's 'I Believe': A Song About Sandy Hook

There are plenty of country songs that will tug at your heartstrings, but few hit home the way George Strait's "I Believe" lyrics do. Strait co-wrote …

Country Music

Holiday Playlist: 10 Songs That Will Put a Little Country in Your Christmas

What would the Christmas season be without music? It’s the soundtrack for trimming the tree, wrapping presents and cooking Christmas dinner.<p>While …

Christmas

Glittery Guitars to a New 'Reputation': The Many Eras Taylor Swift

If you consider yourself a Swiftie, or simply a Taylor Swift fan, odds are good that you have your own favorite era. Some people prefer the earlier …

Jack Antonoff

Celebrities are buying and selling mansions; here's a look

One of the best ways to monitor the state of the economy is to follow residential home sales — and, when celebrities are doing the buying and …

Real Estate

Garth Brooks' Nashville Homecoming Is a Vintage Thriller

On paper, Saturday night's (Dec. 9) Nashville concert was just another show — one of several hundred for Garth Brooks since his World Tour began in …

Country Music