With his last album, 2009′s ‘Happy Hour,’ Uncle Kracker scored his first country hit — the top 10 track ‘Smile’ — so conventional wisdom would dictate that he’d continue courting a country audience with his upcoming release, ‘Postcards from Home.’
Phil Vassar‘s latest single, ‘Let’s Get Together,’ (which you can hear on XL COUNTRY) has already cracked the country top 40 — a familiar place for the singer, who has released a whopping 19 chart hits since making his debut with 1999′s ‘Carlene.’
But ‘Let’s Get Together’ isn’t just another hit for Vassar. It’s part of a new beginning — and a flurry of activity that could see him wind up releasing three albums in the next six months.
His youthful tenor never seems to age, so it’s hard to believe Vince Gill has been making music for decades. In fact, he released the first of his 12 solo albums, ‘Turn Me Loose,’ way back in 1984.
Since then, Gill has charted more than 40 singles, sold more than 22 million records and won 20 Grammys. At this point, he’s running out of milestones — but there was still one left for him to celebrate on Saturday, when he marked 20 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Merle Haggard suffered a bit of a health scare over the weekend, when an illness forced him to cancel a show in Ft. Worth, Texas and sent him briefly to the hospital.
Fans of the 74-year-old country legend can rest easy, however, because he’s heading home to California, and although his spokesperson didn’t say what put him under the weather, the short length of Haggard’s hospital stay has to be taken as a good sign.
“This is the most excited I’ve been in a long time,” Love and Theft member Stephen Barker Liles told Taste of Country during a recent interview. “The fact that we’re over it all now and things are moving forward is a really good feeling.”
He might be known for breezy, devil-may-care songs like ‘No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem’ and ‘Summertime,’ but when it comes to business, Kenny Chesney takes things very seriously. In fact, as the New York Times discovered during a recent profile, he’s an extremely involved, hands-on boss.
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