ABCs of Country Music

A

Alcohol, America, Alan Jackson, Acoustic
(globe-views)
(conciouslyenlightened)
(mohegansun)
(turquoisetracks)

B

Blue jeans, Bourbon, Boots, Beer, Brad Paisley, Banjo, Bakersfield sound, Bluegrass
(pintrest) (drinkhacker)

(explosion)
(laweekly)
(study)
(fineartamerica)
(countryweekly)

C

Country, Cowboy, CMA, Classic
(theicemanshow)
(theguardian)
(americasmorningshow)
(keya.utma)

D

Denim, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks
(etruscanpress)
(umgnashville)
(nytimes)

E

Eric Church, Entertainment, Easy going
(mybobcountry)
(mlive)
(entrepreneur)

F

Fun, Family, Faith Hill, Fiddle, "Folsom Prison Blues"
(utexas)
(lovethispic)
(tasteofcountry)
(urbancountrynews)
(youtube)

G

GAC (Great American Country), Gretchen Wilson, Guitar, Guns
(cowboychristianconnection)
(countrymusiclife)
(pintrest)

H

Hoedown, Hay, Horses, Honky Tonk, Hometown, Heart break, Hunter Hayes
(unionps)
(countryoutfitter)
(freedomsphoenix)
(hometowncountrymusic)
(pintrest)
(lyricstranslate)

I

Inspiring, Independent woman
(sprinklesoneverything)
(wgna)

J

Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, "John Cougar, John Deere, John : 316"
(pintrest)
(wikipedia)
(youtube)

K

Kitty Wells
(nashvillemusicguide) 

L

Loretta Lynn, Love, Lyrics
(rollingstone)
(pintrest)

M

Muddy, Moonshine, Miranda Lambert
(pintrest)
(olesmoky)
(womenshealthmag)

N

Nation, Nashville
(barracudabrigade)
(gottagottahaveit)

O

Old school, Outlaw
(coyleneal)
(countryweekly)

P

Patriot, Pride, Party, Passion, Pick Up
(953thebear)
(etsy)
(meetup)

(pintrest)

Q

"Queen of Hearts", Quotes
(youtube)
(quotesgram)

R

Redneck, Red Solo Cup, Roy Rogers
(nj)
(biography)

S

Southern Living, Shania Twain, Summertime
(keithtaylorphotography)
(songkick)
(pintrest)

T

Tractor, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith
(pintrest)
(warondiabetes)
(greatjonesfair)

U

Underwood
(wirk)

V

Veteren
(wiki)

W

Whiskey, Working man, Willie Nelson, Western
(us995)
(viewpointsmag)
(countryofchange)
(papermasters)

X

eXes
(zimbio)

Y

Y'all
(social.labradors)

Z

Zydeco, Zac Brown Band
(wiki)
(livenation)

Country Music Facts

  1. Miranda Lambert gives back to the country music community  quite a lot and in really cool ways. She is best known for helping budding artists by giving them opportunities to record with her. For example, she enlisted the help of Lee Ann Womack's younger sister, Aubrey, to provide back up vocals on her album Platinum. Aubrey is now successfully pursuing a music career of her own. 
  2. Lambert is a strong, independent woman with lyrics and songs that make cowboys quake in their boots and cowgirls hoot and holler with pride--however, she was reduced to a nervous wreck while she waited for Carrie Underwood to respond to her request for a duet on her track "Somethin' Bad." It took Underwood a week to respond. Miranda said it was like, "a crush you didn't want to mess up."
  3. Henry Ford--the automobile mogul--put more money towards country music promotion than anyone else in the 1920s.
  4. Hollywood was considered responsible for the correlation between "western" and "country."
  5. The Nashville Sound was born in the 1950s. Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins were responsible for it when they were attempting to save country music. 
  6. Joe McCarthy--notorious anticommunist activist leader--was actually mostly responsible for how country music got its current name. It had gone through a few variations from "folk" to "hillbilly" to "old time" to "oat tunes" but McCarthy convinced the lead singer for the Weavers--Pete Seeger--to consider his music "country music" and "western music" in the name of patriotism.
  7. There's actually a lot of tension between country artists of now and from back in the day on the matter of the current genre's authenticity.
  8. According to many, the themes that can almost always be found within the genre are: "handwork, rural romanticism, good times and the struggle for love."
  9. Jimmie Rodgers, the father of country music, doesn't consider himself the father of anything aside from his three lovely daughters.
  10. In the late 1970s, the country group Exile had a number 1 disco hit called "Kiss You All Over."
  11. Dolly Parton's first top 40 Country hit was "Dumb Blonde" since then she has had nearly 100 hits.
  12. Reba McEntire was discovered at a rodeo in Oklahoma when she performed the national anthem.
  13. Tim McGraw's dad was a pro baseball player for the NY Mets.
  14. Taylor Swift was inspired by her grandmother to pursue a career in music. Her grandmother was an opera singer.
  15. Carrie Underwood was an incredibly talented softball player all throughout her education. She hasn't entirely given up the practice and still participates in non league games as well as charity events.
  16. Luke Bryan's real name is Thomas Luther Bryan.
  17. Toby Keith's hit song "I Wanna Talk About Me" was originally for Blake Shelton. However, Shelton shelved it and decided to record "Austin" instead.
  18. Miranda Lambert was originally considered more of a song writer than performer.
  19. Zac Brown opened a restaurant with his dad and named it Zac's Place. It was successful and soon bought by a larger company. With the money Zac earned from the buyout, he put together the Zac Brown Band.
  20. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the largest popular music museum in the country.

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Country Artist of the Week: Holly Williams

(southsoundsreview.modmobilian.com)

Birthdate: March 12th, 1981

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee 

Most Popular Album: The Highway

Most Popular Song: "Keep the Change"

Quote: "But the truth is I don't really care who these people are or what they have to say." 

Country Artist of the Week: Aaron Lines

(qx104fm.com)

Birthdate: November 17th, 1977

Hometown: Fort McMurray, Alberta

Most Popular Album: Living Out Loud

Most Popular Song: "You Can't Hide Beautiful"

Quote: "Can't measure life by the things you got."

Country Artist of the Week: Randy Houser

(k923orlando.com)

Birthdate: December 18th, 1975

Hometown: Lake, Mississippi

Most Popular Album: How Country Feels

Most Popular Song: "Runnin' Outta Moonlight"

Quote: "I find it hard to talk and say things, but I can always sing about them."

Country Artist of the Week: Taylor Swift

(billboard.com)

Birthdate: December 13, 1989

Hometown: Wyomissing, PA

Most Popular Album: Speak Now

Most Popular Song: "Blank Space"

Quote: "We don't need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful."

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend

1. "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band

2. "Where the Blacktop Ends" by Keith Urban

3. "Roll That Barrel Out" by Dean Brody

4. "Drink" by Brant Croucher

5. "Like it Used to Be" by Canaan Smith

6. "Lay Low" by Josh Tuner

7. "Hit the Road" by Waterloo Revival

8. "Say You Do" by Dierks Bentley

9. "A Guy Walks into a Bar" by Tyler Farr

10. "Don't Do It" by Billy Currington

Country Artist of the Week: Kellie Coffey

(engine145.com)

Birthdate: April 22, 1971

Hometown: Moore, Oklahoma

Most Popular Album: "Why I'm Alive"

Most Popular Song: "When You Lie Next To Me"

Quote: "I don't wanna miss the chance to be so real."

Country Artist of the Week: Ashton Shepherd

(ashtonshepher.ewave.com)

Birthdate: August 16th, 1986

Hometown: Coffeeville, Alabama 

Most Popular Album: "Sounds So Good"

Most Popular Song: "Look It Up"

Quote: "I know so many people who have gone through just not very good situations, and sometimes you just need a song to help pick you up out of it, especially if you're going through the hurting part."

Country Artist of the Week: Chuck Wicks

(yallwire.com)

Birthdate: June 20th, 1970

Hometown: Smyrna, Delaware

Most Popular Album: "Starting Now"

Most Popular Song: "Stealing Cinderella"

Quote: "In her eyes, I'm Prince Charming."