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Sam Hunt vs. Taylor Swift: Please Explain Why This is Country Music…And Why This is Not

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I am going to try to ask this question in a different way this time.  The question has been asked many, many times over the last few years.  What makes a song “country?”  The answers always vary depending on who you talk to and almost always ends up in some sort of an argument.

So let’s promise to play nice,  be respectful and really explain your side of how this question should be answered.

I have been listening to iTunes Radio a lot over the past few weeks.  One of my favorite channels is the iTunes Weekly Top 50 – Country.  I play it while I’m cleaning, while I’m in the shower and when I’m running.  I noticed that they have streamed 3 of the 4 songs from Sam Hunt’s album preview X2C.   And country radio here in Nashville has been playing the heck out of his lead single, “Leave the Night On.” Now before all of the Sam Hunt fans jump all over my butt let me tell you, I love him!  I have bragged about him a few times on our Twitter page.   His voice is beautiful, and ladies let’s be honest so is he!  But here is my real question:

Please Explain Why This is Country Music:

and why this is not:  Taylor Swift:  Shake it Off

Blake Shelton Hopes to Bring Back Country Music with ‘Sunshine’


Blake Shelton is going back to his roots with his upcoming album Bringing Back the Sunshine. He tells RollingStone Country, that for him, that means drinkin’, heartbreak, and good ole’ country music.

The whole album is searching for parts of me that I think have… not gotten lost along the way, but stuff that I haven’t addressed in my music as much as I used to, whether it’s drinking songs, heartbreak songs or songs about how people treat you. Things like that,” the country superstar tells Rolling Stone Country.

My last couple of albums have been so positive, because when I made them I was just getting married. It’s been in this awesome place,” he says. “But after a while, as a country singer, I gotta get back to singing about getting drunk because there’s people out there — and I’ve been one of them — that have had their heart broken, or they’ve had a tough day at work, or they get stabbed in the back.”

At the end of the day, Blake Shelton has a sound, that he admits, he’s gotten away from. Country music has a whole has gotten away from the sound that gave it it’s name, and Blake hopes his new album brings everyone back.

It’s the only way to be a little more political about where we are in country music,” he says, “and I’m as guilty of it as anybody,” Blake says. “We’re pushing boundaries… and pushing ‘em and pushing ‘em. And to me, with that title, it’s like I’m bringing back some country into this thing.”

Bringing Back the Sunshine hits stores September 30th.

You can read more here.

Restless Heart to Celebrate the Holidays at Opryland!

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Country music powerhouse group Restless Heart is bringing its rich, soaring harmonies to Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas with the all-new A Season of Harmony Dinner Show. Known for chart-toppers like “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)” and “When She Cries,” the band—celebrating 30 years with its five original members—will perform holiday classics and original songs from its new Christmas album, A Season of Harmony, as well as favorite hits.

“We are really looking forward to keeping it close to home this Christmas,” says Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart. “We’re thankful for this wonderful opportunity and we hope all of our fans will come spend Christmas with us at at Gaylord Opryland!”

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas kicks off mid-November with Restless Heart performing nearly 30 live A Season of Harmony Dinner Shows leading up to Christmas. Held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel’s Tennessee Ballroom, each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland’s award-winning chefs.

Tickets go on-sale this Friday, July 18 and may be purchased online at

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean Are Running Country Music Record Sales

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It might not have reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, but “That’s My Kind of Night” was certainly one of the biggest releases of Luke Bryan’s career.

Still a reasonably hot seller on iTunes, the song officially crossed the 2 million sales mark. It follows “Tailgates and Tanlines” singles “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” (3,089,000), “Drunk On You” (2,847,000) and “I Don’t Want This Night To End” (2,552,000) to become the fourth Luke Bryan song to achieve the feat.

Jason Aldean is the only other solo male country artist to cross the two million mark with four songs. He reached the milestone via “She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay (with Kelly Clarkson)” and “Dirt Road Anthem.”

While “That’s My Kind of Night” reached #1 on the current iteration of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, it settled for a #2 peak on the Airplay chart. Since the Country Airplay chart launched in 2012, all of Luke Bryan’s other four releases (“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Crash My Party,” “Drink a Beer” and “Play it Again”) hit #1.



Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe and More to Recreate “Bristol Sessions”


Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are among the musicians who will recreate the recordings credited with launching country music. “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” also features Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and Ashley Monroe.

They will recreate 16 songs from the original sessions, which showcased Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family. Johnny Cash once called the sessions “the single most important event in the history of country music.” The album comes out in October. The Smithsonian Institution will also open The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in the twin cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, on August 2.

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