3 Arkansas Artists Talk About Upcoming Arkansas Country Music Awards 

There’s a new exciting event coming to the natural state very soon and it’s just what everyone is talking about.

The Arkansas Country Music Awards are coming to Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 4th, 2018 and being held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Hosts for the awards include country music singer/songwriter and Arkansas native, Collin Raye, along with Charles Haymes. Since it’s the first inaugural event, I talked with three Arkansas artists that are nominated and performing, about how they feel about the special upcoming awards.  Continue reading

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Exclusive Interview with The Arkansas Country Music Awards 

Every country singer we all know and love, of course comes from some state, rather that be from Tennessee, some from Texas or farther. There’s been a few to come from one state in particular such as Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Charlie Rich, Justin Moore, Buddy Jewell, Joe Nichols, and more. What state does these artists come from you may ask? Not only but my favorite, Arkansas. Continue reading

Upcoming Country Artist Johnny Reed Foley, Covers Rhett Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck”

For years in the music industry, you have always seen artists cover other music besides their own. The idea of musicians performing other artist’s songs still stands true today even among singer’s such like upcoming country artist Johnny Reed Foley who is keeping the tradition alive by recently covering a favorite 90’s country hit, That Ain’t My Truck by Rhett AkinsContinue reading

Sam Palladio – Wake Me Up In Nashville

If you’re a fan of the CMT television show Nashville (aka: a “Nashie”), then you might have heard that some of the cast members also pursue careers as musicians when not working on the show. Sam Palladio, the actor who plays the role of Gunnar Scott, is one such cast member who has enjoyed success as a songwriter and singer in addition to the notoriety he has received as a result of the series, which is now in its 5th season.

About two years ago, I stumbled across a video on YouTube in which Palladio was performing and singing a song he wrote based on a story his grandfather told him. When his grandfather was a young man, he fell in love with a girl who lived in Nashville. But after he went off to war, he was unable to get back to the city and never saw her again. Wake Me Up In Nashville is a beautiful, tender love song, full of longing and cherished memories, and I immediately fell in love with it.  Continue reading

Recap of the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards: Country Edition

If you spent any amount of time this past week watching TV or scrolling through your social media feeds, you know that everyone was buzzing about the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards, which premiered on CBS, February 12th.

British pop music sensation, Adele, opened the show with a beautiful performance of her hit song, Hello. She also closed the show by winning the highest honor and last award of the night… the coveted Album of the Year award. Other standout mainstream music moments included a performance by Ed Sheeran, a tribute to Prince that featured Bruno Mars, and another tribute to the Bee Gees, featuring a memorable arrangement of their iconic hit, Stayin’ Alive, performed by Demi Lovato.

Although pop music and pop artists seemed to monopolize most of the night, country music had plenty of great moments as well. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview with “Chasing Your Dream Radio” Founder, Tom Kelly

As music fans become more and more frustrated with the format of traditional radio and the limited playlists they feature, the popularity of independent online streaming stations is growing at a fast pace. These “internet radio” or “app-based” stations are helping independent artists reach more markets and fans. And anyone wanting to dip their toes in the world of broadcasting can now do so  – all they need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a passion for music. One such broadcaster is Tom Kelly, the Creator/Founder of Chasing Your Dream RadioEmily Ann Wells, Editor/Founder of The CMBeat recently got to speak with Tom to learn a little bit more about the his station.

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