Country music returns to tradition in 2017

Does it seem like country music is sounding better?  You could easily divide country music into multiple sub-genres – cowboy/western, pop, rap, traditional, rockabilly, and more.  However, in looking at our top picks of albums, songs, and more, it appears the pendulum has swung back to the more traditional side of things. Recently I was asked to provide input into … Read More ›

Dierks Bentley, Eddie Montgomery, and Rascal Flatts perform “My Town" in honor of Troy Gentry at “The 51st Annual CMA Awards." Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Kentucky music stars shine bright at CMA Awards

Last night, the stars of Kentucky were shining bright on stage during the 51st annual Country Music Association CMA Awards. Chris Stapleton showcased his vocal and instrumental talents, alongside his wife, Morgane, while singing “Broken Halos.” He would also gain two new trophies for his shelf. He won Best Male Vocalist for the third time. Stapleton won his second Album … Read More ›

Chris Stapleton honored with road sign

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have added Chris Stapleton to the sign as travelers go into Johnson County, Kentucky. From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District Office 12: “We were privileged to meet with Chris Stapleton on Saturday evening before his show in Pikeville to present him with a replica sign marking his name on the Country Music Highway in Johnson … Read More ›

Kentucky stars shined bright on CMA Awards

Chris Stapleton at CMA Awards. Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic If you noticed carefully throughout the night, several Kentucky country music stars were featured on the CMA Award 50th anniversary broadcast.  Here are a few of those highlights:   Keith Whitley Remembered Twice During Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s melody of hits, they performed Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”  Then … Read More ›

Chris Stapleton honored with Vanguard Award

Chris Stapleton ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, presented acclaimed country singer, songwriter and performer Chris Stapleton with the ASCAP Vanguard Award at the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The awards celebration, which honors the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of 2015, took place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville … Read More ›

Chris Stapleton takes lead over 2016 CMA Award nominations

  Kentucky native Chris Stapleton was surprised this morning with multiple CMA Award nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year. “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” aired live Wednesday, November 2 on ABC-TV. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood presided over the evening, … Read More ›

Chris Stapleton helps honor military families

Ben McKeown/AP Images for Budweiser This past weekend, Budweiser teamed up with Kentucky native, Chris Stapleton, to deliver a $1 million donation to Folds of Honor in support of military family scholarships.  The donation was during his Fourth of July concert to 40,000 service members and their families at Fort Bragg.   The Mission Statement of Folds of Honor is, … Read More ›