Articles By: Meghan D. Shapiro

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean dies at 81

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean dies at 81

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean died Sunday night (June 13) at his home in Varina, Va., at age 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, told The Associated Press her husband had health problems but was still functioning well and was looking forward to his formal induction into the Hall of Fame later this year […]

Neil Young previews new tracks in Nashville

Neil Young previews new tracks in Nashville

Six songs into Neil Young’s seemingly sedate solo set at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last night, the 64-year-old rocker stunned fans who weren’t expecting to leave with ringing ears. Putting down his acoustic guitar, he strapped on his signature electric Les Paul Old Black and began thrashing away on “Down by the River” like a one-man […]

Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams and Beck Bring New Music to ‘True Blood’

Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams and Beck Bring New Music to ‘True Blood’

“Who isn’t a fan of nakedness and vampirism?” Elvis Costello jokes when asked to sum up the appeal ofTrue Blood. Hopefully, more rock fans will soon be too. For the third season of HBO’s hit drama, the show’s producers have lined up an impressive roster of artists to contribute to an eclectic soundtrack. Beck, Robbie […]

Jason Boland: What's going on in the sticks these days?

Jason Boland: What's going on in the sticks these days?

It began with Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family in the 1920s, but country music has come a long way since the days of “Blue Yodel No. 1” and “Wildwood Flower.” In the early 1940s it was Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs, and later honky tonk was born with Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams. […]

Craig Bancoff's song for hope – West Virginia coal-mine disaster

Craig Bancoff's song for hope – West Virginia coal-mine disaster

In an effort to show support for the families of loved ones lost in the West Virginia coal-mine disaster that struck April 5, singer-songwriter Craig Bancoff released a rough-cut of a song he wrote about his roots in a Western Pennsylvania coal-mining town. “A few years ago I wrote a song about a coal-mining explosion,” […]

Johnny Cash "American VI: Ain't No Grave" Review

Johnny Cash "American VI: Ain't No Grave" Review

Gone, but certainly not forgotten. Three days before what would have been his 78th birthday, Lost Highway Records released the last part of the “American Recordings” sessions between Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin. It’s the final Cash album to be released. “American VI: Ain’t No Grave” is dark, mysterious and, honestly, flat-out morbid; but hey, […]

When legends return: Jason & The Scorchers

When legends return: Jason & The Scorchers

When Jason Ringenberg strutted into Nashville in 1981, he didn’t imagine his idea of combining modern punk rock and traditional country would later land his band, Jason & The Scorchers, one of country music’s most prestigious awards. “It could have gone in a lot of different directions,” Ringenberg told Country Music Pride. Touted as the […]

Miranda Lambert "Revolution" – Review

Miranda Lambert "Revolution" – Review

Miranda Lambert sure has evolved over the past four years. She’s written songs about starting fires, stalking ex-boyfriends and “Gunpowder & Lead.” Her latest release maintains that same edge she’s become so well-known for, but she’s tested the lyrical waters, come full circle and really found herself. Lambert is no stranger to the musical charts, […]

Mindy Smith — Interview

Mindy Smith — Interview

Love, loss and real life. Nashville’s singer/songwriter Mindy Smith reveals herself in raw form in her album “Stupid Love,”  which released this past summer. Smith is well known for her debut hit album “One Moment More,” and her appearance on Dolly Parton’s tribute album with her own version of the song “Jolene.” Smith has been […]