Caleb Wiegandt Louisville Courier Journal Published 8:54 AM EDT Apr 18, 2019 Country singer Dillon Carmichael is used to the spotlight. You have to be, growing up as the nephew of country greats John Michael Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery. But the 25-year-old Burgin, Kentucky native is breaking out on his own, with his debut album "Hell On An Angel," and some positive press to boot — music steaming platform Pandora named Carmichael one of its Country Artists to Watch in 2019. "Armed with a distinctive baritone voice and fiercely protective of the country tradition of his influences Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Carmichael can rock with the best of them," the article reads. Carmichael has had early traction with "Dancing Away With My Heart," which was the No. 2 Most Added at country radio in October, and "Country Women," an album cut co-penned by Jon Pardi. More: 'Let's Talk Derby' video series … [Read more...] about Kentucky Derby 2019: Dillon Carmichael, Chris Janson concert
Ed Condran, correspondent Chris Janson isn’t afraid of YouTube. A number of recording artists won’t preview unreleased songs, since fans will post the fresh cuts on the internet. However, the fiery Missouri native doesn’t care about that. When Janson takes the Paramount Theatre stage Saturday (1/19) in Cedar Rapids, he plans to showcase about six new songs, including the catchy single “Good Vibes.” “I’m not afraid of anything,” Janson said by phone from his Nashville home. “I have no fear of anyone posting something on YouTube or anything else. If I was afraid, I would be in the wrong business.” It takes considerable courage to be a singer/songwriter. “The success rate isn’t very high,” Janson said. “You have to work hard and get lucky. I look at it like I’m a songwriter from 9 to 5 every day.” Janson, 32, received his first break as songwriter when he co-wrote the smash “Truck … [Read more...] about Chris Janson’s road leads back to Cedar Rapids
Cindy Watts Nashville Tennessean Published 7:01 PM EST Nov 13, 2018 Cries of bro-country echoed throughout country music in 2013, directed at shallow party songs more about melody than content. The term was derogatory, dismissive and often slapped on the genre’s biggest stars. Five years later, bro country's popularity has waned, as a renewed social consciousness is rising in country music lyrics that tackle nation’s most polarizing topics. To be sure, there remains no shortage of groovy up-tempos about girls and good times, but the silver threads that bind the genre these days are different. Artists are increasingly pointing their words at what hurts and divides in an effort to give those living in the void a voice – and above all, hope. Among them are Chris Janson, whose hit "Drunk Girl" is a lesson in taking care of vulnerable women instead of taking advantage of them. “We just wanted to put a positive message in the … [Read more...] about CMA Awards, Luke Bryan, Chris Janson, Kenny Chesney , Carrie Underwood lead country music’s socially conscious movement
Cindy Watts Nashville Tennessean Published 9:00 AM EST Nov 13, 2018 Who will emerge the big winner on country music's biggest night? Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the 52nd CMA Awards for the 11th time at 7 p.m. Wednesday from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The show — with performances from Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Pistol Annies, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples, Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban and more — will air live on ABC. While the show is still days away, these are our predictions on which country singers will take home the trophies. Entertainer of the Year Who should win: Kenny Chensey or Luke Bryan This should be a race between Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan. Both men sold out stadiums this year and had hits on country radio — Chesney with “Get Along” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” and Bryan with … [Read more...] about CMA Awards: Chris Stapleton is most nominated, but will he win?
Cindy Watts Nashville Tennessean Published 10:00 AM EDT Oct 18, 2018 Editor’s note: This series highlights the five nominees for the New Artist of the Year award at the CMA's 52nd awards show Nov. 14. Coming Friday: Brett Young. Chris Janson and Keith Urban had just finished a blistering cover of John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold (the Grundy County Auction)" at Ryman Auditorium when Urban told Janson he thought it was “about time” Janson knew what it felt like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. It was January 22 — the date of Janson’s first headlining show at Ryman Auditorium. He knew the sold-out evening would be a milestone for him. He started his career more than a decade prior, just steps across the alley at Tootsies Orchid Lounge. The opportunity to headline the Ryman was a dream come true. To be asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry the same evening was beyond comprehension for Janson. The … [Read more...] about CMA Awards: Nominee Chris Janson talks ‘Drunk Girl,’ ‘Buy Me a Boat’