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  • Little Big Town's "Wanderlust" Takes Them Outside Country

    Little Big Town's "Wanderlust" Takes Them Outside Country

    If you’re waiting to hear the country tunes on Little Big Town’s eight-song collaboration with The Voice’s Pharrell Williams, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. “It’s not a country record,” Karen Fairchild tells Billboard of the band’s new project Wanderlust. “It’s not like anything we’ve ever done. It’s fun to be spontaneous and put it out there to the fans… and not to overthink it… because it has brought us a lot of joy… It’s just music, you know?” At the same time, Little Big Town is back in the studio with Jay Joyce, who’s produced their last few country […]

  • Dierks Bentley Brings Black Friday to Nashville

    Dierks Bentley Brings Black Friday to Nashville

    You usually have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving for Black Friday, but this weekend in Nashville, Dierks Bentley staged his own version of the busy shopping day. The “Somewhere on a Beach” hitmaker opened a special pop-up shop to celebrate the release of his eighth studio album, titled Black. Some lucky fans even got to visit with Dierks on Friday as he stopped by to check out the store. The location at the corner of 4th and Broadway downtown is also the future home of Dierks’ bar Whiskey Row. The exclusive boutique will remain open through June 12, […]

  • Dolly Parton Warns She Won't Be "Pure Nor Simple" When She Walks Down the Aisle for Her 50th Anniversary

    Dolly Parton Warns She Won't Be "Pure Nor Simple" When She Walks Down the Aisle for Her 50th Anniversary

    For any couple who makes it to their 50th anniversary, it’s a milestone worthy of a huge celebration. But for Dolly Parton and her notoriously private husband Carl Dean, there’s an even more poignant reason to renew their vows. The wedding they originally planned in 1966 never quite happened, because the music business got in the way.   “When we first got married, I actually had just signed with Monument Records,” Dolly recalls, “and Fred Foster, who was the head of the label, he’d heard that I was engaged. We’d already sent out our wedding invitations. He called me in the office and said, […]

  • "Music to Live Your Life By": Frankie Ballard Puts Everything He's Got into "El Rio"

    "Music to Live Your Life By": Frankie Ballard Puts Everything He's Got into "El Rio"

    Frankie Ballard will hand out the very first, personally autographed copies of El Rio Thursday, June 9 at his official album release party. The CMA Music Festival-week event will kick off at 11 p.m. that night at Nashville event space aVenue, on the eve of the project’s release in stores and online. As a hardcore audiophile himself, the “It All Started with a Beer” hitmaker admits he took it especially seriously when he traveled to the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, to create his latest offering. “I’ve always been a guy who counts on music. I rely on it. And I’ve noticed there […]

  • This One's for the Girls: Dierks Bentley Leans on the Ladies on "Black"

    This One's for the Girls: Dierks Bentley Leans on the Ladies on "Black"

    Even though Dierks Bentley’s new album takes its title, Black, from his wife Cassidy’s maiden name, the “Somewhere on a Beach” singer ended up with no less than five other women on the record. He recalls it all started quite accidentally with a mysterious voice on a demo. “You know, it wasn’t a conscious decision to have that many women on the record. If I’d have been smart enough, I would’ve thought about that to begin with,” he jokes. “It happened really organically with a song called ‘I’ll Be the Moon.’ I loved that song and I loved the female […]

  • Half a Century After a Secret Wedding, Dolly Parton Finally Gets to Walk Down the Aisle

    Half a Century After a Secret Wedding, Dolly Parton Finally Gets to Walk Down the Aisle

    On May 30, Dolly Parton will celebrate fifty years of marriage to one of the most elusive husbands in all of show business. The entertainment icon has often told the story of how Carl Dean vowed to stay out of the spotlight after attending one music business event with his world-famous wife early in her career. In the coming days, he’ll make an exception though — as Dolly and Carl renew their vows on their golden anniversary. “My husband is the worst!” Dolly jokes. “It’s hard for me to make him do anything. I have to make him go to the dentist, I have […]

  • "Different for Girls": Dierks Bentley Gets the Female Perspective from Mainstream Hitmaker Elle King

    "Different for Girls": Dierks Bentley Gets the Female Perspective from Mainstream Hitmaker Elle King

    Dierks Bentley is teaming up with Elle King for the second single from his new album, Black. Though you may not be familiar with the hot new singer’s name, chances are you’ve heard her recent smash, “Ex’s & Oh’s.” She also happens to be the daughter of comic Rob Schneider from Saturday Night Live and Deuce Bigalow:  Male Gigolo. Dierks says being a father himself is part of what drew him to “Different for Girls.” “The differences in how guys and girls deal with a broken heart is really interesting material to me. Having two daughters certainly has changed the […]