Tag: Country

Tuesday 9/21/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Trisha Yearwood Top 30 Hits

Patricia Lynn Yearwood (born September 19, 1964) is an American singer, actress, author and television personality. She rose to fame with her 1991 debut single “She’s in Love with the Boy,” which became a number one hit on the Billboard country singles chart. Its corresponding self-titled debut album would sell over two million copies. Yearwood continued with a series of major country hits during the early to mid-1990s, including “Walkaway Joe” (1992), “The Song Remembers When” (1993), “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)” (1994), and “Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” (1996).

Yearwood’s 1997 single “How Do I Live” reached number two on the U.S. country singles chart and was internationally successful. It appeared on her first compilation (Songbook) A Collection of Hits (1997). The album certified quadruple-platinum in the United States and featured the hits “In Another’s Eyes” and “Perfect Love.” Yearwood had a string of commercial successes over the next several years including the hit singles “There Goes My Baby” and “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway.” She released her tenth studio record Jasper County in 2005, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the top ten of the Billboard 200. It would become her fastest-selling album in the United States. Yearwood signed with Big Machine Records in 2007 and released the critically acclaimed Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love the same year.

Yearwood spent several years on hiatus from her own musical career to focus on other projects. She published three successful cookbooks, which appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2012, she began a culinary television series on the Food Network called Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, which later won a Daytime Emmy Award. Yearwood has sold over 15 million records worldwide. Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including three Grammy Awards, three awards from the Academy of Country Music, and three awards from the Country Music Association. Yearwood has also been a cast member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1999.

Friday 9/17/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Five Man Electrical Band

The Five Man Electrical Band (known as The Staccatos from 1963–68) is a Canadian rock group from Ottawa, Ontario. They had many hits in Canada, including the top 10 entries “Half Past Midnight” (1967) (as The Staccatos), “Absolutely Right” (1971) and “I’m a Stranger Here” (1972). Internationally, they are best known for their 1971 hit single “Signs”.

Wednesday 9/1/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – The Distance (1983)

The Distance is the twelfth studio album by US-American rock singer Bob Seger. It was released in the final week of 1982. It peaked at #5 on Billboard’s album chart and sold close to two million copies in the United States.

Seger, influenced by the Woody Allen film Annie Hall, originally intended the album to be built around the theme of relationships but eventually that fell apart when Seger decided that sticking to the theme too strictly would make the album “maudlin.” Several songs based on the original theme made it on the album: the hit single “Even Now,” “Love’s the Last to Know,” “House Behind a House” and the album closer “Little Victories.”

The album’s lead single, “Shame on the Moon”, was one of Seger’s biggest hits, holding at #2 for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It also hit #1 Adult Contemporary and crossed over to #15 Country.

Capitol Records had stopped manufacturing albums in the 8-track tape cartridge format by the time this album was released. However, Seger asked the label to include that format for this album, knowing that many of his fans still used 8-track players.

  1. “Even Now” 4:31
  2. “Makin’ Thunderbirds” 2:58
  3. “Boomtown Blues” 3:38
  4. “Shame on the Moon” 4:55
  5. “Love’s the Last to Know” 4:26
  6. “Roll Me Away” 4:39
  7. “House Behind a House” 4:00
  8. “Comin’ Home” 6:06
  9. “Little Victories” 5:52

Bob Seger – vocals (all tracks), guitar (3, 8, 9)
Chris Campbell – bass (1-7, 9)
Craig Frost – organ (1, 3-6, 9), piano (2)
Alto Reed – saxophone (1-3, 7, 8)
Barry Beckett – piano and organ (8)
Pete Carr – guitar (8)
Roger Hawkins – drums (8)
David Hood – bass (8)
Randy McCormick – electric piano (8)
Drew Abbott – guitar (2, 4)
Roy Bittan – piano (1, 6)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (6)

Don Felder – guitar (1, 3)
Bobbye Hall – percussion (1-4, 6)
Davey Johnstone – guitar (5)
Danny Kortchmar – guitar (7)
Russ Kunkel – drums (1-7, 9)
Bill Payne – piano (4, 5), synthesizer (8)
Waddy Wachtel – guitar (2, 4, 6, 7, 9)
Additional vocals
Ginger Blake – background vocals (8)
Laura Creamer – background vocals (4, 8)
Linda Dillard – background vocals (8)
Glenn Frey – harmony vocals (4)
Shaun Murphy – background vocals (4, 7)
Bonnie Raitt – harmony vocals (2)
Joan Sliwin – background vocals (4)

Monday 8/30/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Shania Twain Top 30 Hits

Eilleen “Shania” Twain OC (born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the “Queen of Country Pop”. Billboard named her as the leader of the ’90s country-pop crossover stars.

Raised in Timmins, Ontario, Twain pursued singing and songwriting from a young age before signing with Mercury Nashville Records in the early 1990s. Her self-titled debut studio album was a commercial failure upon release in 1993. After collaborating with producer and later husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Twain rose to fame with her second studio album, The Woman in Me (1995), which brought her widespread success. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, spawned eight singles, including “Any Man of Mine” and earned her a Grammy Award. Her third studio album, Come On Over (1997), became the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide. Come On Over produced twelve singles, including “You’re Still the One”, “From This Moment On”, “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and earned Twain four Grammy Awards. Her fourth studio album, Up! (2002), spawned eight singles, including “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”, “Ka-Ching!” and “Forever and for Always”, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, also being certified Diamond in the United States.

In 2004, after releasing her Greatest Hits album, which produced three new singles including “Party for Two”, Twain entered a hiatus, revealing years later that diagnoses with Lyme disease and dysphonia led to a severely weakened singing voice. She chronicled her vocal rehabilitation on the OWN miniseries Why Not? with Shania Twain, released her first single in seven years in 2012, “Today Is Your Day”, and published an autobiography, From This Moment On. Twain returned to performing the following year with an exclusive concert residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Shania: Still the One, which ran until 2014. In 2015, she launched the North American Rock This Country Tour, which was billed as her farewell tour. Twain released her first studio album in 15 years in 2017, Now, and embarked on the Now Tour in 2018. In 2019, she started her second Las Vegas residency, Let’s Go! at the Zappos Theater.

1That Don’t Impress Me Much1998
2I’m Gonna Getcha Good!2002
3Man! I Feel Like a Woman!1999
4You’re Still the One1998
5Forever and for Always2003
6Party for Two (with Billy Currington or Mark McGrath)2004
7From This Moment On1998
8Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)1997
9Up!2003
10You’ve Got a Way1999
11Don’t!2005
12Ka-Ching!2003
13When You Kiss Me2003
14(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!1995
15It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing2004
16Thank You Baby! (For Makin’ Someday Come So Soon)2003
17Today Is Your Day2011
18Any Man of Mine1995
19Love Gets Me Every Time1997
20Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?1995
21Come On Over1999
22You Win My Love1996
23The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)1995
24Life’s About to Get Good2017
25God Bless the Child1996
26No One Needs to Know1996
27Honey, I’m Home1998
28I’m Holdin’ On to Love (To Save My Life)2000
29When1998
30Rock This Country!2000

Saturday 8/28/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: LeAnn Rimes Twitter: @leannrimes

Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (born August 28, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and author. Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of her version of the Bill Mack song “Blue”, becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue, which reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album’s eponymous lead single, “Blue”, became a Top 10 hit, and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline’s vocal style. When she released her second studio album in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country pop material, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade.

Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys (both in 1997 for New Artist & Best Country Female Vocal Performance), three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. She has a total of 8 Grammy Award nominations, 1 for Song of the Year (1997 – “Blue”), 1 for Best New Artist (1997), 1 for best country song (1997 – Blue) and 5 for best country female vocal performance (1997 – “Blue”, 1998 – “How Do I Live”, 2007 – “Something’s Gotta Give”, 2008 – “Nothin’ Better to Do”, and 2009 – “What I Cannot Change”).

She has released ten studio albums and three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums, one released in the U.S. and the other released internationally, through her record label of 13 years, Curb Records, and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.8 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rimes has also written four books: two novels and two children’s books. Her hit song “How Do I Live” was ranked as the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard magazine.

Thursday 8/26/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus (born August 25, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has released 16 studio albums and 53 singles since 1992, and is known for his hit single “Achy Breaky Heart”, which topped the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart and became the first single ever to achieve triple platinum status in Australia. It was also the best-selling single in the same country in 1992. Due to the song’s music video, the line dance rose in popularity.

From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show Doc. The show was about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City. From 2006 to 2011, he co-starred in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus. From 2016 to 2017, he starred as Vernon Brownmule on the CMT sitcom Still the King.

In Memoriam: Tom T. Hall (1936 – 2021)

Thomas T. Hall (May 25, 1936 – August 20, 2021), nicknamed “The Storyteller”, was an American country music singer-songwriter and short-story author. He wrote 12 No. 1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the No. 1 international pop crossover hit “Harper Valley PTA” and “I Love”, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. He is included in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Songwriters.

Tom Hall was married to bluegrass songwriter and producer Dixie Hall from 1968 until her death on January 16, 2015. Dixie Hall was born Iris Lawrence in the West Midlands, England, in 1934 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1961. They lived in Franklin, Tennessee. Tom and Dixie met at a 1965 music industry award dinner she was invited to for having written (as Dixie Deen) the song “Truck Drivin’ Son-of-a-Gun” which became a hit for Dave Dudley.

Hall had a son, Dean Hall, from his 1961 marriage to Opal “Hootie” McKinney from Grayson, Kentucky. In the early 1980s Dean Hall, who is a singer, musician, and songwriter, worked for his father, first as a roadie and then as a guitar player, before joining Bobby Bare’s band.

Hall died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, on August 20, 2021 at the age of 85.

Monday 8/23/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Collin Raye

Collin Raye, an American country music singer, comprises 12 studio albums and 39 singles. Four of Raye’s singles have reached Number One on the U.S. country singles charts: “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “My Kind of Girl” and “I Can Still Feel You.” Twenty-one of his singles have reached Top 10 on the same chart, including 14 singles reaching the top 10 consecutively between 1991 and 1996.

Besides his peaks on the country charts, Raye has reached the Billboard Hot 100 four times: first with the #87 peak of “One Boy, One Girl” in 1995, then with the #37 of “Someone You Used to Know” in 1998. His other two were “Anyone Else” which reached #37 in 1999 and “Couldn’t Last a Moment” which reached #43 in 2000. Two of his singles charted on the U.S. adult contemporary singles chart: “In This Life” reached #21 in 1992 and “The Gift” which featured Jim Brickman and Susan Ashton reached #3 in 1997.

Floyd Elliot Wray (born August 22, 1960) is an American country music singer, known professionally as Collin Raye, and previously as Bubba Wray. Under the latter name, he recorded as a member of the band The Wrays between 1983 and 1987. He made his solo debut in 1991 as Collin Raye with the album All I Can Be, which produced his first Number One hit in “Love, Me”. All I Can Be was the first of four consecutive albums released by Raye to achieve platinum certification in the United States for sales of one million copies each. Raye maintained several Top Ten hits throughout the rest of the decade and into 2000. 2001’s Can’t Back Down was his first album that did not produce a Top 40 country hit, and he was dropped by his record label soon afterward. He did not record another studio album until 2005’s Twenty Years and Change, released on an independent label.

Thursday 8/19/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Lee Ann Womack Twitter: @leeannwomack

Lee Ann Womack has released nine studio albums, three compilation albums, one extended play, 30 singles, 20 music videos, and appeared on 43 albums. Womack’s self-titled debut album was released in May 1997 on Decca Nashville Records. It peaked at number nine on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number 106 on the Billboard 200, certifying platinum from the Recording Industry Association of America. It featured the hit singles “Never Again, Again”, “The Fool”, and “You’ve Got to Talk to Me”. Her gold-certifying second album Some Things I Know (1998) reached number 20 on the country albums chart, spawning the hits “A Little Past Little Rock” and “I’ll Think of a Reason Later”.

Wednesday 8/18/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist (1): Chicks

The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks) are an American country music band composed of Natalie Maines, along with Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire, who are sisters. Their discography comprises eight studio albums, two live albums and 27 singles.

Founded in 1989 as a more bluegrass-oriented band with Maguire and Robison—then going by their birth surnames of Erwin—along with Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy, the band did not achieve mainstream success until Lynch and Macy left and were replaced by lead singer Natalie Maines. Shortly after her joining, the band signed to Monument Records, releasing their breakthrough album Wide Open Spaces in 1998. Both it and its followup, 1999’s Fly, earned the group several Grammy Awards and chart singles. Two more albums, Home and Taking the Long Way, followed in 2002 and 2006, respectively, on Columbia Records. These latter four albums have been certified double platinum or higher by the RIAA, with the highest-certified being Wide Open Spaces at 13× Platinum for US shipments of 13 million copies.

Of the Dixie Chicks’ 25 singles, six have reached Number One on the Billboard country singles chart: “There’s Your Trouble”, “Wide Open Spaces”, “You Were Mine”, “Cowboy Take Me Away”, “Without You”, and “Travelin’ Soldier”. A seventh, a version of the Fleetwood Mac song “Landslide”, was also a Number One hit on the Adult Contemporary chart. Several of their singles have crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, with their highest-peaking there being the number 4, “Not Ready to Make Nice”.

Thursday 7/29/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Zac Brown Band

Zachary “Zac” Alexander Brown born on July 31, 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia, is co-founder and lead singer of the Zac Brown Band. He was raised on Lake Lanier by his mother, Bettye, and stepfather Dr. Jody Moses, a dentist in Cumming, Georgia. The 11th of 12 children, Brown attended Mashburn Elementary School in Cumming; Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia; and South Forsyth High School in Cumming. He later moved to Dahlonega, Georgia, at age 17, where he graduated from Lumpkin County High School.

Brown was given his mother’s guitar at age 8, and one of his stepfather’s patients was enlisted to teach him classical guitar. He completed two years of lessons, but soon after developed a love for bluegrass music while playing with his father and brother on weekend visits. In his mid-teens, Brown spent almost a year being tutored by a vocal coach from his church in Cumming.

While still in high school, with James Taylor as his inspiration, Brown began playing solo gigs in local venues, performing country and pop cover songs. Brown attended the University of West Georgia, where he became a member of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He was also a camp counselor at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia, and Camp Glisson, a United Methodist summer camp and retreat center located in Dahlonega, Georgia.

In 2018, Zac and his wife Shelly ended their 12 year marriage. They have four daughters and a son.

Zac Brown Band is an American country/rock band based in Atlanta, Georgia. The lineup consists of Zac Brown (lead vocals, guitar), Jimmy De Martini (fiddle, vocals), John Driskell Hopkins (bass guitar, guitar, baritone guitar, banjo, ukulele, upright bass, vocals), Coy Bowles (guitar, keyboards), Chris Fryar (drums), Clay Cook (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, steel guitar, vocals), Matt Mangano (bass guitar), and Daniel de los Reyes (percussion).

The band has released seven studio albums along with two live albums, one greatest-hits album, and two extended plays. They have also 16 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay chart, of which 13 have reached number 1. Their first album, The Foundation, is certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, while its follow-ups, You Get What You Give and Uncaged, are certified platinum. Artists with whom they have collaborated include Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, Jason Mraz, Dave Grohl, Chris Cornell, Brandi Carlile, and Avicii.

Monday 7/19/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Radney Foster Twitter: @RadneyFoster

Radney Muckleroy Foster (born July 20, 1959) is an American country music singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Initially a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Foster made his recording debut as part of the Foster & Lloyd duo, recording three studio albums and with nine singles on the country charts.

Foster began his solo career in 1992 and his album Del Rio, TX 1959 produced four consecutive Top 40 hits. However, his commercial success waned with the release subsequent albums such as Labor of Love (1995), See What You Want to See (1999), Are You Ready for the Big Show?, Another Way to Go (2002) and This World We Live In (2006). Overall, Foster has had thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” (#10, 1992) and “Nobody Wins” (#2, 1993). His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Jack Ingram.

For more https://www.radneyfoster.com/