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Bromance Brilliance Is Still Buzzing!

All "Scrubs" fans together at once, "now, that's what I'm talkin' about!" Just in case you missed it, John Dorian, better known as JD and Turk Turkleton, aka Christopher Turk, reteamed last month for a video performance of what has become a holiday standard, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside," and the bromance vibes were still very much in full force. A few things about this music video reunion; First, the most obvious... since the sun is shining brightly, the infinity pool is neither frozen or even frost bitten, and the guys look super comfortable in their formal gear without overcoats or mittens, ;) it seems probable, that filming took place in Los Angeles (but that's just a guess, as we were unable to get confirmation). Regardless of the location of the shoot, it quite obviously was not "actually," all that cold outside. But still, the guys delivered an incredible mid-winter gift to their fans. While I was most surprised and a little impressed by the vocal talent of Zach Braff, one blogger said of Donald Faison, "he can sing a little somethin’ I mean, I knew that already based on Scrubs, but shit. Dude should make an album." Apparently, Faison's brother, Olamide, is a professional musician who is a member of the R&B boy band Imajin. Still, take a look (and listen) to Newbie and C-Bear's rendition of the Frank Loesser song, which was written as a duet, designed to be a conversation between two, a "wolf and mouse."

Four The Record Goes Gold

NASHVILLE, TN – Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert starts the New Year with some shiny new metal and high praise for her latest album Four The Record. The album achieved Gold status faster than any of her three previous albums, all of which have been certified Platinum. Released November 1, 2011  This really is deserved, and sometimes we can't say that in the music industry today, but Miranda is blessed with a gift, and you honestly won't find another female in any other genre who has this thing, or comes close, Her strong southern drawl with subtle voice breaks and soft sultry throws like some of the greats of all time, not matched since. If you have any question, catch a live acoustic or find video of Miranda covering Patsy Cline's "Crazy" This is Miranda Lambert's gift, and it's brilliance brightens the music industry, marks it forever with her unique style which has always been characteristic of legends.

45th Annual CMA Awards

Photo Courtesy: Warner Bros


Lot's of surprises were broadcast live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena last night.  The show opened with Blake Shelton

kicking off his Sunday shoes, cutting footloose, and with a special guest appearance by Mr. Kenny Loggins.

In honor of the 1984 "Footloose" movie re-make, which is in theaters now, an incredible Broadway-like presentation, minus Julianne Hough, but plus some phenomenal back-up dancing, really got this Music City party started.  Then Blake Shelton rejoined the party when he proudly accepted "Male Vocalist of the Year" alongside his "for better" half, Miranda Lambert, who took home the award for "Female Vocalist of the Year".  Both were reigning country Homecoming King and Queen for a second year in a row. Entertainer of the Year went to, 21 year old singer songwriter, Taylor Swift. Strong performances by Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, and The Band Perry kept the momentum going throughout the night.  Then came a performance for which maybe too much anticipation was built, a comeback of Faith Hill. Her first time performing on the CMA Award show stage since 2006, with the song "Come Home," the first new material she's offered up in six years. The song from her upcoming album to be released next year, is a ballad of sorts, with lyrics hard to follow.  At times seemingly hard for the artist to interpret herself.  Delivered with great showmanship and enthusiasm, quite clearly, Faith Hill was more than eager to be center stage. This, however, didn't seem to be the song fitting such a dramatic delivery.  We'll be anxious to see what Faith's new album offers in the new year. It was a great night in Nashville with more performances than award's and chatter, which surely helped pull country music fans from their computers to their televisions for the special night.  Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley brought their incredible tongue-in-cheek chemistry as hosts, and really made the show, proving they are phenomenal entertainers all around. 




Grab Your "Red Solo Cup"

and Kick It With Toby Keith's New Video


A fun video, not for the faint of heart.

Toby Keith and a few of his friends, including

The Late Late Show's Craig Ferguson, and

Las Vegas Comedian Carrot Top,

Party down by showing their love and

appreciation for the American Backyard

Barbeque Classic and adult beverage holder,

the "Red Solo Cup"...


Brantley Gilbert

"Halfway To Heaven"

Story By:

Jaxton Taylor

Buy Now

Produced by Dan Huff

  (Keith Urban and the late 80s
Band, Giant), Halfway to Heaven is a country version of Nickelback with Van Halen style guitar riffs, featuring songs co-written by Rhett Atkins and an interesting cover of Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem"  which features Colt Ford. The $14.00 deluxe CD is available at Walmart and Amazon online now.  "Halfway to Heaven" the CD, includes two music videos and an "Up Close" interview with Brantley. This artist is for the hard country rock listener.  But for those loyal to that old country sound, "Highway to Heaven" won't be your slice of heaven or anything close. Definitely an offering for the younger, barely country listener. - JT



Monday Morning... We Like How It Feels!

Story By: Sara Jo Anthony

Enrique Iglesias dropped us a note over the weekend saying, "Hey guys, check out my new song, I Like How It Feels Featuring PitBull.  Looking forward to your comments, Enrique"  Yeah, we're on his mailing list too, but you have to love the personal touch Enrique and his team have always managed to provide.  So here come the comments as per your request Mr. Iglesias. We checked the new single out and despite our pleading with your management to give us a break from the back to back collaborations, this time, we kind of  like how it feels.  Great song... which is, and actually should be described, as a "feel good" song.  Make no mistake, we stand by our original call, for someone to STOP the soft marketing exploitation!  Enrique Iglesias was and is a solo artist, one of the very best!  If he's off his game for a bit, he'll be back, don't pimp him out to pitch every new artist on the development deal assembly line, we miss the unaccompanied genius that is, Enrique Iglesias, our musically gifted "Hero".



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Miranda Lambert's

New Single

"Baggage Claim"








Joe's Pub... The Grand Re-Opening Brings

Big Country Stars To New York City October 6th and 7th!

Scotty Emerick and Billy Currington Scheduled To Appear



Story By: Sara Jo Anthony


A New York City Landmark, Joe's Pub, part of 'The Public Theater,'

has been closed for renovations this summer.  Now, the Pub is celebrating their Grand Re-Opening,

country style, October 6th and 7th.

With a complete facelift, the management hope's to attract even more

patrons.  The purpose of the fixes were to revamp the space in an

effort to improve both the audience and performer's experience within

the bar's boundaries.  Some of the renovations included: expanding

seating capacity, eliminating standing room, and renovated

bathrooms, dressing rooms, and improved sight lines. Joe's

which is famous for its eclectic crowd, and vast music styles from

Bluegrass to Reggae, is an "ever-changing reflection of New

York City's unmatched diversity" according to Director, Shanta Thake.



Kicking things of country style, the CMA Songwriters Series

returns to Joe's Pub October 6th and 7th.  Country stars

Billy Currington, Craig Morgan and Josh Thompson will be

on hand to help the pub celebrate their grand re-opening event

in their completely renovated venue with two nights of CMA

Songwriters Series.  Joining them on stage, are Nashville hitmakers,

Bob DiPiero, and two of my personal favorites, Scotty Emerick, one

of the greatest songwriters of our time, "The Balladeer" of our

generation, and David Lee Murphy who knows how to draw

a "Party Crowd" to any event.  Check out the website for more details!





We did some checking, and you can still

purchase tickets through the

Pub's website here:




Idol's Country Boy

Can He Survive?

Story By: Universal Music/Mercury Nashville



Nashville, TN - Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope

artist Scotty McCreery releases a new single today called,

"The Trouble With Girls," which is the second single from his

much-anticipated debut album, Clear As Day, due Oct. 4th.


"It's a really sweet song," Scotty says. "I played it for my

sister and I said 'Would you like to hear what's said in this song?'

She said, 'I would love to have a guy say some of this stuff to me.'


"It's talking about how great they are and it's tough for the guy

to handle because he just loves it.  It has a nice twist to it. It's

like the songwriters wrote it just for me."

The chorus of the song, written by Phllip White and Chris

Tompkins, is "They smile that smile/They bat those eyes/They

steal you with hello/They kill you with goodbye/They hook you

with one touch, and you can't break free/Yeah, the trouble

with girls is nobody loves trouble as much as me."


"The Trouble With Girls" is one of Scotty's favorites on his new

album. "Right off the bat, when I heard it, I told my mom when we

were listening to the demo, "This is the kind of song when you are

in the kitchen doing dishes that makes you stop what you are

doing and listen to it."  It struck a chord with me and I knew it

was something I wanted to put on the album."


This song is the follow-up to "I Love You This Big," a Top 15

hit that had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot Country Songs

chart for a new artist's first single since at least 1984.


In May, Scotty won Season Ten of American Idol, becoming

the youngest male winner and the only country male winner

in the show's history.  A record-breaking 122.4 million votes

were cast during the finale.  The final show attracted 29.3 million viewers and 38.6 million people tuned in to see the winner's

name announced.  He first performed "I Love You This Big"

on the finale show and later followed with performances of the

song on Today, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and

Good Morning America.


This is the first time we're getting the chance to put out new music

and the music we've been working hard on," he says of his new

single.  "I'm glad the fans will finally be able to get a little taste of

what the album is going to be like.  I'm looking forward to getting

out there and singing it."


Scotty is currently on the American Idols Live! Tour, which

Pollstar recently ranked at No. 14 on its list of the Top 20

Concert Tours.


Download "The Trouble With Girls" Now




Sunny Sweeney says she thinks everything

used to be better, including video games

and music. She loves the twang of a

Telecaster, The Grand Ole Opry, and it's

old school country music that moves her.

Album Review of

Sunny Sweeney's


Review By: Glee Dumas

I just finished listening to an album released

by Republic Nashville, on August 23, 2011, by singer/songwriter SUNNY SWEENEY, a name some of you are probably already very familiar with and those of you who are not, will be soon!  Sunny Sweeney is a name country music fans will be well acquainted with in the future, because we're all sure to hear so much more from her for a long time to come. You may already have heard her big hit “From a Table Away” which was the highest charting debut single for a female country artist in over four years.

She has that

ever popular Texas charm and twang, so  reminiscent of old time country singers that I personally have missed.  Sweeney is “country” without being brash or coarse. Her songs have the old cheating theme,
which include that melancholy "he done her wrong" hurtin' aura, without the threats of shooting her heartbreaker. I found that refreshing and it took me back to the old cheatin' songs minus the violent endings heard in some of what's put out in country today. The album has heart and feeling with an upbeat sound that I really like. I give the album and the singer a “thumbs up” and think you might want to add this to your collection.


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The New CD Now!


Enter Mark Wills Video Contest

To Assist Military Families in Crisis


Story By: Joseph Conner



 Aug 1, 2011 - In April of this year, multi-platinum country music artist Mark Wills, in alliance with USA Cares (a non-profit national military assistance charity founded to assist post-9/11 military families in emotional health and recovery, and bearing the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support), officially introduced the Warrior Treatment Today 

“Crazy Being Home” campaign.

With the goal to elevate awareness nationwide surrounding the severity of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), Wills launched the “Crazy Being Home” website

( with the multi-objective to reach out to, encourage and support America’s post-9/11 veterans, assist in raising funds for the PTSD and TBI programs, and to serve as a communicative outlet for those who suffer, to share their mutual stories. 

A number of personal accounts appear as postings on the site reinforcing the evident need for a public discussion outlet.  Adding a second tier to the Crazy Being Home forum, Wills has added a video contest component, extending invitations to visitors, friends, fans and filmmakers to bring their stories to life in video format to demonstrate their support of our returning soldiers and their families working through the issues of PTSD and TBI.

Wills is encouraging folks to create their own original, visual story (music video) using the campaign theme song “Crazy Being Home”  in the background.  Entrants will receive a free download of the single and the winning video production will be featured on as well as Mark Wills’ website.  (See details, rules and regulations at

Wills recorded the campaign theme song “Crazy Being Home” (written by Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren, Bret Warren and Robin Lindsey) as a tribute to our brothers and sisters of service.  It appears on his new album LOOKING FOR AMERICA which was released in June.  The cut will be released to country radio in October 2011.

In addition to blog discussions and the video contest on visitors may also offer financial assistance.

Visit for contest details, and if you're a

New Country Star reader, with a video submission, let us know!


Mark Wills who sang, "19 Somethin"

of the time he grew up in the 1970s

visited Kansas City along with President

George W. Bush during his 2004 campaign,

and we were there, blown away, not only

by his talent, but by his patriotism.




For more information on Mark Wills

and the “Crazy Being Home” Campaign 



USA Cares Warrior Treatment


Amy Winehouse Dead at 27


The Irony Behind Opening for

The Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2003



Photo: Associated Press

Story By: Sara Jo Anthony


Eight years ago, tucked away in one of the smallest tents at the annual V, or (Virgin Music Festival) in London, was a shy dark headed nineteen year old girl playing a white Fender guitar.  Listed at the very bottom of the roster, and set up quite far away from the main stage where the large crowds were gathering for headliners that year, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Dressed in a fifties style attire, was a young Amy Winehouse.  She was booked as an opening act and making her first of many memorable performances. Later, it was written of that performance by one music journalist who happened through her tent, "she oozed class" and as critics were already starting to take notice, another said "she was confident in her own abilities and shows glimpses of talent that could one day, wow the world." Wow us she did, and shocked us just as often.  I was still in highschool when Amy Winehouse was born, September 24, 1983, and can't remember when I first heard her name, but by 2008, just about everyone had heard the name Amy Winehouse, thanks to her triple Grammy award winning hit "Rehab".  The song became an eerie synopsis of the star's life as a public persona.  In fact, after 2008, she was seen more publicly 'under the influence', than she was seen sober. Then the tragic end came yesterday, July 23, 2011, when the Associated Press and other news outlets broke the headline, "Amy Winehouse 27, Found Dead at Her London Flat After Suspected Drug Overdose".



The Rhythm & Blues singer/songwriter, was born on September 14, 1983, Amy Jade Winehouse, to a Jewish family in Southgate, North London. Her father, Mitch, also a singer, often sang Frank Sinatra songs to Amy when she was growing up. Heroin and alcohol were vices that plagued the star, and ultimately derailed her career and devoured her talent and potential. Now going down in musical history, as one of the "27 Club" also referred to as "Forever 27", a group of musicians who have all died at that age while battling addictions and trying to cope with fame.  Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, are all club members.  Amy Winehouse's life was short, especially when you consider that in September of 1983, the year she was born, Ronald Reagan announced GPS would be made available for civilian use, Vanessa Williams became the first African American crowned Miss America, and irony of all ironies, the group for which an "unknown" 19 year old girl from the UK with a 'glimpse of talent', was opening for just eight short years ago, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, launched their first self-titled album on September 24, 1983, when Amy Winehouse was ten days old.


Montgomery Gentry's

New Single at Radio Today!

Preview It Here and

Call Your Local Country Stations 

" Where I Come From "



Steel Magnolia

Got The Party Started in

Wisconsin This Weekend

Kicking Off The Country


Music Festival on Friday

With Some "Ooh La La"



Sunday, July 24, 2011

Was Day Four and the Grand Finale

In Twin Lakes, Wisconsin


Rascal Flatts, who closed

the four day Festival, but not before

encore performances by:

of their own, Sara Evans,

and Josh Turner!



Saturday Night July 23, 2011

the party played on in Twin Lakes,

Wisconsin with Martina McBride,

Neal McCoy, Darius Rucker and more...



Get Your Tickets For Next Year!



Brad Paisley's Fashion Statement

"Camouflage Makes it Pop"

Story By: Darryl Westhusing


As big as country music is today, a lot of people still don't get it.  Brad Paisley is not one of those people.  In fact, we fully expect to see his picture in Webster's, next to Country Music, one day soon.  When he sang his recent hit, "This Is Country Music," at the 44th annual CMA Award show, as a country fan, the song and lyrics resonated in your core being with every note from his Telecaster. The lyrics, are the purest definition of the genre, and make every country music fan proud they've grown up, or into this huge family of dedicated American Music lovers.  On July 20th, Paisley took country music to New York City's Central Park, and you'd of thought there was an actual rodeo in the middle of NYC.  Hundred's of cowboy hats strewn the crowd, who gathered in Central Park that day, and a few "Yee Haws" were bellowed. Brad wasn't the only country act to kick things up country style in NYC this summer.  Miranda Lambert, country music's hottest female, brought Nashville's own Broadway Honky Tonk party-sphere to Central Park on July 8th, in the way only she could.  Other acts outside of the country genre, who have played this year's popular  GMA (Good Morning America) Summer Concert Series, are Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Florence and the Machine, and the Alternative Rock Band, The Goo Goo Dolls who perform today, July 22, 2011, on ABC 7 to 9 a.m. CST

Click Here To Watch and Listen To Brad Paisley's

"This Is Country Music"



It's a Boy! Grandbaby McCoy...

July 8, 2011 (Nashville, TN)  -- Country Superstar and Blaster Records artist, Neal McCoy is known for the excitement he creates on stage when he performs in concert. Now the two-time entertainer of the year cannot contain the excitement and pride he's radiating today with the arrival of his first grandchild, born to his daughter, Miki and her husband, Trevor Strong.  First time grandparents, Neal & his wife, Melinda were at their daughter's bedside on July 7th to welcome, Titan McCoy Strong to the world. The newborn weighs 7 lbs 6 oz  and is 21 inches long. Mother and baby Titan are both happy and healthy in Texas.

Photo Courtesy of Webster & Associates


Glee Street

Nashville Tennessee

Story by: Sara Jo Anthony




If you're following us on Twitter, you might have seen a tweet recently saying "I heard Nashville the first time it played, it's not just a sound, it's compositional." A very accurate description of a town that has given music lovers years of musical magnificence. Flipping through music television channels a few weeks back, a whimsical bit with a familiar and “gleeful” face, instantly stopped my channel surf. The group, Hot Chelle Rae, was singing how they keep the beat pumping by dancing on the edge of the Hollywood sign. Strangely, this band really didn’t strike me as “Hollywood” at all. In fact, my first and exact words were, “this band’s from Nashville!” Instantly, I went into research mode to get to the bottom of it all, and found a musical treasury. "Just don’t stop it, keep the beat pumpin’, keep the beat up then drop the beat down. It’s you and me, and we’re running this town”. Instantly catchy, Hot Chelle Rae's second single “Tonight Tonight” will have you hooked and tapping your toes, or maybe even out of your chair and busting a few moves, upon first listen. Glee fans might also want to catch the music video a few hundred times, for a glimpse of the shows character Sam Evans. It was completely clear these kids were products of Music Row and a town we’ve spent a lot of time getting acquainted with over the years. Maybe the truth is, "that", Nashville sound isn’t just runnin’ a town, but taking over the nation. A really great beat, playful lyrics, a tambourine, a Ukulele and a lead guitarist named “Nash” Overstreet. The name Nash, after country music’s hottest town, and his own hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Overstreet the son of country music songwriter, Paul Overstreet and eldest brother to Chord Overstreet from the hot musical theater type television show, Glee. Chord, who is a whole lotta Nashville too, a singer songwriter in his own right, makes an appearance in the "Tonight Tonight" music video, and gets a little kinky on a photocopy machine. The Overstreet boys make this song and video stand out among its Pop Rock counterparts, and the reason is pretty clear, it's just a little bit country ;)


Click Here to Watch the Official Music Video featuring

Chord Overstreet from the FOX hit television show Glee.






Building a Countrified Bieber

"Idol" Style


As you are probably more than well aware,17 year old Scott McCreery and 16 year old Lauren Alaina were the last two left standing on American Idol Thursday night

(May 19, 2011). The show reports 95 million votes were cast on Wednesday, sending Haley Reinhart home in third place. Haley being the only one of the three remaining contestants that wasn't just "a little bit country" but maybe "a little bit pop rock and roll." Shortly after the show aired, blogs and entertainment news sites began spilling words like "country kid stars" "young country music idols" or as one prominent website spun it; "if you're a fan of teenage country singers, this year's Idol is just what you ordered." Scott even started being referred to as Scotty, which has a more youthful ring to it. So, how'd it all come down to this, a "Young Country" showdown? Country music is afterall, known as the best liked music in America, with 60% of the adult population favoriting the genre, it does deliver to a quite large and exclusive audience. In fact, 25.4% of it's listeners state they listen ONLY to country music. However, in a study of the market back in 2005, 64% of the country music audience was found to be in the 25 - 54 year age bracket. Nielsen studies reported that American Idol is most watched by viewers in the 35 - 49 year old age bracket. So, with the majority of country music listeners being adult listeners and the majority of Idol viewers being over 35, it seems a bit off-kilter that the show concludes with two country music kids. We're not suggesting the show was staged, although technically some planning has to go into every bit of programming, that is the business of entertainment. We're just throwing out the facts and scratching our heads along with the rest of you. Even the show's producers would have to admit, it is ultimately about the bottom line. On the heels of the Bieber craze with a movie that topped box office by grossing an estimated $12.4 million on it's opening day, was a success, to say the least. The film, a documentary titled "Never Say Never" played out the building of a young super phenom or teen (idol), in a ten day count down to his most prestig
ious career performance in Madison Square Garden. Wouldn't that be a great plot to have play out before the public on a reality TV show? The insanity surrounding Justin Bieber was a whirlwind and extremely lucrative, as well. Bieber's success changed the tide a bit, and suddenly everything got "younger." While it may have been adults buying Bieber concert tickets, they weren't buying them for themselves. When the question, "What age are Justin Bieber fans" was posted on Yahoo, several answered around the same age as fans of Barney the dinosaur, all the way up to 13 years of age. Not even close to American Idol demographics. But, what industry professional wouldn't want to see the Justin Bieber kind of success all over again. And so, the age to audition for AI was lowered and the thought of building a country version of Bieber was born? The power behind the machine, ain't never gonna say never, to a repeat of the Bieber billions, but it's likely this youthful trend is a passing fad. In the end, music sales depend highly on talent and longevity, rather than fleeting overnight super stardom.   What are your thoughts about this Season 10 of American Idol, let us know.


Country Music's

Royal Nuptials

Blake Shelton and his new

bride Miranda Lambert

finally got hitched, on

Saturday, May 14th, 2011.

Lambert and Shelton

dated for five years prior,

rising together, to become

Nashville's contemporary

Johnny and June.

While the couple has

taken a simple and

traditional approach

leading up to their

big day, including Shelton

asking Lambert's father

 for his daughter's

hand, other than the

bride's decision to don

her mother's 1980s

wedding gown, the

ceremony was anything

 but traditional.

Lambert opted not to

walk down the aisle to

 a single note

of "The Wedding March",

and instead, made

her way to the altar,

by the tune of her own

2009 song,

"Makin' Plans" which was

sung by long-time

friend and fellow country

songstress, Ashley

Monroe, who also

witnessed the couples

nuptials as a bridesmaid.

But the icing on this

weddin' cake, was the

song choice which

Mr. and Mrs. Shelton

walked back up the

aisle to post ceremony.

Wait for it...

Roy Rogers' song

"Happy Trails"

and we wish them

years of those :)


Makin' Plans



Toby Keith on Dancing With the Stars

and Backstage with Kansas Beauty Kirstie Alley






Toby Keith Performing His Breakout Hit "Should've Been a Cowboy" on Dancing With The Stars Earlier This Week!After his appearance on DWTS Toby left for his 9th USO Tour.  Be Careful Toby and thanks for taking care of our troops :) Read More...





Idol Bids Farewell to Pia

While Twitter Welcomes Miley Back

By: Sara Jo Anthony


Last night American Idol fans were shocked and the Judges were downright angry, after it was announced that Pia Toscano didn't receive enough votes, and would be leaving the Idol Season 10 stage, for good. Now, with just 8 standing, 3 of which should have been

gone long before Toscano, the Idol world has been turned upside down. One news outlet stated this morning "we still haven't recovered from Pia Toscano's shocking.. Read More...




Keith Urban's New Video

"Don't Mean Nothin' Without You"

By: With a Rebel Yell




Keith Urban says he didn't write the single

"Without You" but that he does identify with it more than a lot of the songs he penned himself.

The lyrics speak of a musician's life, a life on the road, "the travelin', the singin' don't mean nothin' without you."  Regardless of the fact he didn't author this one, Urban owns every word and delivers every heartfelt note, singing of his marriage to Nicole Kidman and becoming a father to his... Read More...





Young YouTube Sensation, Rebecca Black

Her Song's Been Called the Best and Worst Song Ever

Who Is Qualified To Judge?

By: Sara Jo Anthony



By the time you're reading this, Black "Friday" will probably be nearing or have already passed fifty million views on You Tube.  Not surprising.  However, before you finish this column, you may actually be very surprised.  When I first heard a snippet of the ever-

trending latest Twitter Celeb, a teen named Rebecca Black singing a song called "Friday" on one of the gossip television shows, I really never gave it a second thought.

The show quite obviously clipped the worst part of the track's production they could find...





Nashville Knows No Boundaries

While Staying Country Strong



In 2002 life changed forever for Gwyneth Paltrow, when she lost her father,

close friend, and mentor to oral cancer while on vacation with him in Italy celebrating her 30th birthday.

Two weeks after her father, (Film Director) Bruce Paltrow's death, the actress was back at work

on the set of the dark drama "Sylvia", and just three weeks following her loss, she met

her future husband, Chris Martin (lead singer of the band Coldplay), while backstage at a concert.

In August of 2010, more big changes came for Paltrow, when her first single was released

to country radio, the title song from her movie "Country Strong" in which she appeared with

Nashville's "leading man", Tim McGraw.  The film itself, had only mediocre success, but for

Gwyneth Paltrow, it was a hall pass to leave Hollywood for a live performance at the

2010 CMA Awards.  Her performance there, while a bit awkward and unpolished, has

lead to a $900,000 recording contract with Atlantic Records where she is expected

to be "labeled" a Pop Country artist and will soon release her first full length album.





Collecting Hearts and Fans

Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts"


So, ya'll know us pretty well here at New Country Star by now, and if

we find a music gem, you know we're going to share that gem with you.  Afterall,

that's why you check in with NCS every morning with your coffee and

every night after you sign off Twitter, Facebook, and all your other

favorite web spots.  We heard from many of you thanking us for our piece on

Bruno Mars, and figured there's just no way we couldn't share our thoughts

on Pop music's shiniest new jewel, Christina Perri.  Currently, her debut music video,

 "Jar of Hearts", has nearly reached 11 million views, and counting. This self-taught

musician, just 24 years old is absolutely stunning in voice and in person.

There's no doubt this new Atlantic records recording artist is going to be

collecting hearts and fans for quite some time. Watch "Jar of Hearts" below!






Waylon Jennings

"Breaking The Myth" the Documentary

Get ready to go behind the scenes with some New Country Stars,

and a few "not-so-new" country stars, for a tribute to

the late great Waylon Jennings.  Here's a look inside the

documentary, "Breaking the Myth" which aired last week on GAC TV.



Along with the documentary, a tribute album has already

been released, and we not only have a phenomenal

album review for you this week, but seven chances to win

your own copy of this incredible cd and journey through the

life of country legend, Waylon Jennings.


Purchase Volume 1 "The Music Inside"




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at the

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Bruno Mars Has the #1 Song in the Country

Now More Than 15 Weeks at the

Top of Billboards Hot 100



Video courtesy of 104.1 KRBE Houston




Beautiful girls all over the world, Introducing...

Mr. Bruno Mars song "Grenade" which has spent 15 of its 18 charting weeks thus far, at the top of Billboard and from everything we've seen and heard, this kid with the perfect skin, killer brown eyes, drop dead smile with just a hint of a dimple on his left cheek, is completely unstoppable. And he didn't just land on the music scene yesterday! Nope, he's been here for a while in... Read More...




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Keith Urban's Holiday Appearance in Australia

Showing Sydney the Marks of a True Performer






Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman were in Sydney Australia last week, with 2 year old daughter, Sunday Rose.  Australian Paparazzi were on the scene as the Urban clan deboarded their plane from Los Angeles in Sydney. The week before xmas spent in their native homeland, turned into a very busy one, with Nicole back in Australia to promote her movie Rabbit Hole, the couple also sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey as part of Lady O's "Aussie" Season Finale Episode.  While in his homeland, Keith took the opportunity to surprise his... Read More..





Farmer's Daughter To Idol

Crystal Bowersox New Video and the Missing Verse



 Born in small town USA Northwestern Ohio, Crystal Bowersox

left home at the age of 17 and started playing local bars in the Toledo

area, along with open mic nights and even paid her dues  busking on a

Chicago Subway Platform.  But things had been hard for her at home,

as she writes in her debut single and title track off her first studio album,

"Farmer's Daughter".  If it sounds like an angry song, that's because

it is.  Crystal admits she wrote it during an angry moment, and says

her mother had a rough time as a single parent raising three children

and self medicated. With that all behind her now, Crystal, who also

spent some time as a  single parent herself, before marrying fellow singer/songwriter, Brian Walker, says although her mother isn't fond of

the song the two do have a relationship now.  Bowersox and Walker wed

after her stint on Season 9 of American Idol where she was a finalist in the reality music television competition. Currently signed to Jive Records,

and prepping for a tour to promote her new album, at just 25 years old,

the young mother and new bride admits she feels like everything has

finally fallen into place.  As a diabetic, "I'll never have to beg for Insulin

or baby formula again."  It is a new day for Bowersox, who says she

hasn't let any of it change who she is, other than the fact she wears a

little more make-up now.  From a long hard road as a farmer's daughter

who grew up fighting a private battle at home, which will now

become the Country and Rock anthem that kicks off her career.

Crystal plans to keep playing music no matter where life takes her.

Check out the video for her autobiographical debut above and the

lyrics at the right.  Although, we noted that one verse has been

omitted from the final studio version, "and now I'm stuck in this

hotel room, your grandson and me.  Tomorrow we're gonna find

out our destiny." Sounds as if this song could have been penned

during Crystal's time on American Idol and at a pretty emotional point.

The song exudes emotion and brings attention to abuse and addiction.


Crystal Performing in Huron Ohio at Age 13

long before the dreads and tats, still a Farmer's Daughter


"Farmer's Daughter"



I'm halfway to crazy, not far from sane

Oh So sick and tired, of all your games...and All I ever wanted was you to take care of me.

Honor thy mother, oh, and father too. But I know there ain't no way in hell that God mentioned you...hmmmm

All I ever wanted was you to be there for me. Eww... and all I ever needed was you to be here for me... This time is the last time you're gonna see us around oh this was your last chance to prove you wouldn't let me down. So go on get gone and get away from here hey oh, all alone is how you're gonna spend the rest of your years, hmm.. cause I'm no farmers daughter anymore mommy dear.

I remember back in high school my brothers and me...

Willie put his head through the door to find clarity. And you'd come home with Bourbon breath, Jack in the air, and when you broke my bones I told the school I fell down the stairs. Hmm...

All I ever wanted was you to be there for me, yeah

All I ever needed was you to be here for me. This time is the last time you're gonna see us around,

oh this was your last chance to prove you wouldn't let me down...Ohhh... So go on, get gone and get away from here. All alone is how you're gonna spend the rest of your pathetic years. Cause, I'm no farmer's daughter anymore.. I Ain't no farmer's daughter anymore...No farmer's daughter anymore hmm....

Mommy dear.





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And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2010 Inductees Are...

Bret Michaels and Poison Right?

By: Sara Jo Anthony




Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dr John

and Darlene Love will be officially announced

this morning as this year's Rock and Roll Hall

of Famers.   Huh?  Musicians are eligible for nomination in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

25 years after their first single or album release. 

Remaining the most coveted title for most rockers, many of whom don't live to see their induction,

and even more who will never be recognized at

all, as part of this "exclusive" club. Jon Bon Jovi being one, who sources say will have to wait another year, but there are so many phenomenal bands and Rock artists who get overlooked. 

One of which, and definitely one of our faves,

is Mr. Bret Michaels and Poison. Read More







Two Amazing Groups

One Just Starting and the other Continues to "Play On"





If you're a country music fan, and you haven't

heard of Sons of Sylvia, where ya'll been hiding? 

 Sons of Sylvia have been a part of the country music scene for a while. Appropriately named in admiration of their mother Sylvia, they were known early on, as The Clark Brothers, and most recently, notorious as a part of Carrie Underwood's

band, and now opening act on her "Play On" Tour.






Canada Can't Get Enough of Brad Paisley

and Neither Can American Television This Week!


By: Ron Keessar



Brad Paisley was all over television

this week, starting with a performance on the

CBS Late Show, including an hour long concert

and appearance on the Late Show

With David Letterman Wednesday night.

Then, he was off to ABC's Good Morning America

on Thursday.  Now, the "King of the Strings"

and his Tele are back on the road to

continue his H2O Tour here at home

in the USA, and this is a show

you won't want to miss!









Collaborate on New Music Video




Jamey Johnson's highly-anticipated music video for "Playing the Part," directed by Matthew McConaughey, premiered last week.

The video, shot in Los Angeles in late September, marks two important firsts. It is the first music video ever directed by McConaughey and the first video from Johnson's critically acclaimed 25-song double album, The Guitar Song, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Read More...






Blake Shelton's Big Night




The Big Night Went Straight To His Head, and literally, since we're sure he was nursing one heck of a hangover the morning after being inducted the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, October 23rd in Nashville...Read More...






Fresh Music Marketing


The country genre might have been the first to figure it out, when Scott Borchetta found a young Taylor Swift to take under his wing, only for the teen songstress to turn around and fly them both to the bank with huge commercial success.  Next it was Usher, who found a young Canadian teen whom he polished a bit, then introduced to the world, the next Mega-Teen Star, Justin Bieber, who incidentally, will reportedly be worth $100 million by the end of 2010. Read More...





Missouri Loves "Misery"

At Least Maroon 5 Style


Adam Levine and his band mates have been Rockin'  Alternative style since 1995, first organized as Kara's Flowers, but well known since 2002 as Maroon 5. With a Rod Stewart voice and stage presence, Levine's success is growing across the U.S. and especially the Midwest, with the band's current collection and third studio album... Read More...






Billboard's Hottest Performers

Descend Upon Kansas City


By: Sara Jo Anthony



For music fans, Kansas City was "the" place to be on Saturday night.  In fact, we at New Country Star found ourselves running from one venue to another to catch all of the action.  And when we say venue, we're not talking Uncle Joe's Chowder Shed, but the two largest entertainment domains in all of the Midwest! First, just three years new, built in 2007... Read More...






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Pop Rock Sensation, Ashlyne Huff

 Her Father Played for Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton and More!


You might say music is in her blood.  Ashlyne is the daughter

of Nashville producer and session guitarist, Dann Huff

who along with his brother, David, founded the 1980s

glam-metal band, Giant.  Ashlyne has toured with Disney artists;

Honor Society, Emily Osment, and we caught up with her

just wrapping the Jordin Sparks Battlefield Tour.


See What's Next For Huff, Visit:

Ashlyne Huff is just 24 years old, but as far as honing her talent, she's already there. I really believe that.  I've met and interviewed so many artists at various points in their music careers... some on their way, some who were at the peak of stardom, and a few who once were.  Ashlyne Huff, definitely has the goods if she decides to stick with it. 

I caught up with Ashlyne at the end of her three week U.S. tour courtesy of Walmart and Kotex. 





Marty Haggard

Talks About His Father's Time In Prison

and Sings Us Home!


"Even in prison, he got put in prison!"

Speaking of his father, Marty Haggard,

shared personal stories, triumphs and tragedies

to a Midwest crowd with his wife and young

son, waiting backstage. 


While we were being escorted to "Reserved Seating" provided compliments of the venue especially for

New Country Star staff, Marty Haggard was taking

the stage to share some stories and songs from

his famous country music father, Merle Haggard.

Watch our "Exclusive" video coverage, and go on a

 very personal journey back in time, with Marty,

as he tells us the story of his father's stay in

prison and just how the song

"Sing Me Back Home" came to be written. 







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Demi Lovato


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After three months in a treatment center for her very private battle with an eating disorder and "cutting",

Demi Lovato says

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music and is leaving her hit

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Billy Ray and Tish

Quit the Split!

The Country Couple

had decided to call it quits post

17 years of marriage and

5 children after rumors of

Tish being involved in

a relationship with Bret

Michaels. The rumors started

circulating back in February,

after the rocker collaborated

with Billy and Tish's most

notorious offspring;  Disney

Princess, and child star, Miley.

But, from Billy Ray's mouth

to the Ladies of The View's

Ears, divorce proceedings have

been stopped and the couple

has decided to "put the family

back together."




Kelly Clarkson's

Another Country Duet

First she sung "Because of

You" with Reba, this time Kelly

goes country with Jason Aldean

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"Don't Ya Wanna Stay"

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Taylor Swift "What?"

So, "what" was up at

the last CMA award show?

Apparently, It's a Mystery...

or at least a secret that

neither the CMAs or Swift's

management are ready

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American Idol

Season Ten

Finally has our Attention!

Too Nice?  How can

anyone be too nice?

As a united race,

the human one,

we should be; all for

one and one for all.

And... I for one, am so

glad to see, not only

judges who truly entertain

with their comments

and remarks, but also

know how to

show human kindness.

Steven Tyler and

Jennifer Lopez

should have been in

those AI seats from

the beginning. They

each know how to get

the job done, which

includes entertaining

us with their opinions,

being direct when

necessary without being

completely hateful

or unleashing the

devil's wrath, as did

their infamous predecessor.

Most of us here at New

Country Star were

never American Idol

viewers, but this year,

2011 (Season 10)

has us hooked.

Tyler and Lopez are

both entertaining and

direct in their judging

approach. They are

each certain of their

decision from the first

few notes, and they

are both beautiful and

amazing people who

we'd probably watch

even without the

talent competition.

Thank you to the

shows' Producers

Simon Fuller

and Ken Warwick

for finally making

an Idol we in the music

industry want to watch!


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Gwyneth Paltrow

Goes Country in her

New movie with

Tim McGraw and

she's getting Nashville

props for her vocal debut!

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Forget Angelina and that

guy from Missouri, what's

his name... Brad something?

Hollywood's REAL

Powerhouse couple/family

is most definitely,

Will and Jada Pinkett

Smith, along with their multi-

talented offspring.

First it was their son,

Jaden, in the Karate Kid

re-make, who scored big

at box office, and now it is

daughter Willow's turn!

Talent runs in the Smith

family, and 9 year old

Willow is now the female

Justin Bieber. Signed to Jay-Z's

Record Label, Roc Nation

 Willow's "Whip My Hair"

Has Gone Viral



Steven Tyler has a

New Gig as a Judge

on American Idol

Joining Jennifer Lopez

aka Jenny From the Block

and Randy Jackson




Bret Michaels

To Release Country-Americana

Album Later This Year

Direct Quote From: Sara Jo...

"He was country from the start"



The Poison frontman told this week,

that another reality show

is in development. What kind

of show? Wait for it... Rock

of Love "Boat." According to

CMT, Michaels "plans to serve

as the 'love guru' on a cruise ship

as couples work on their


He is also continuing to stray

from his rock roots, with plans to

 release a contemporary country-Americana album in late December or early January tentatively titled,

Bret Michaels:

"Once a Cowboy

Always a Cowboy"





Keith and Nicole

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Kellie Pickler

Is a Married Gal Now!

She Kicked off the New Year

with a Wedding to Her Songwriter

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Whitney Duncan

 This is one Country

Chick who has

it all goin' on!



She's beautiful and

she doesn't just sing...

Whitney is one of the

finest songwriters

in or out of Nashville

She's definitely on the

"Right Road Now"


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