True Country Variety

ROLLING STONE CHOOSES KENNY CHESNEY SONG AS #1 OF 2014


Simply said…"American Kids" is Rolling Stone’s #1 Country Song of the Year. A feat for anyone, especial someone that took 2014 off from touring.

Kenny Chesney admits the song sounds unlike anything he had ever recorded and it's been a success on many levels, it went straight to # 1 and stayed there for two weeks.

Looking back, Kenny says he knew the second he heard the song that he was going to record it:

Kenny comments: "This song was just so unique and I knew just as soon as I heard it that it was going to be one of those songs that had the potential to be special."

AUDIO: KENNY CHESNEY AMERICAN KIDS SPECIAL SONG

GARTH SAYS MOM MAY BE FAVORITE SONG HE EVER RECORDED


Garth says his new single is an important song to him. He lost his mother to cancer in 1999 and this song really hits home on a personal level. The song "Mom" is his favorite song on the album and he says possibly of his entire career.

Garth tells us: "Of course, you know, if you know me (laughs), that’s…I’m a mama’s boy, so that’s the greatest…I’m the greatest fan of that song simply from its substance. But how this song describes what a mother is, man, it’ll make you stop, pull the car over, and just listen to it. And that is what music is all about."

AUDIO: GARTH BROOKS MOM

NEW ALBUM AND MOVIE FROM TRACE ADKINS IN 2015


Trace Adkins is still on the road with his Christmas tour, but for those who are missing him elsewhere, he has plans for a new album and another film in 2015.

He’s currently working on a movie about car racing called Roadrunner, and says it’s definitely outside his comfort zone. Trace comments: "When you’re on a movie set, you’re surrounded by incredibly talented, creative people, and I find that environment stimulating and invigorating, and I dig it."

As for his music, he goes back in the studio in January and the album should be finished in a couple of months.

TRISHA YEARWOOD SURPRISED AT YOUNGER AUDIENCE


Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks have been selling out shows since the beginning of the tour. After the holidays, they have 7 nights in Tulsa, Oklahoma scheduled starting January 9.

With most of Trisha's hits coming in the 90's, Trisha is amazed that the younger crowd knows her music.

She tells us: "She’s In Love With The Boy" was 23 years ago and a lot of the people that are coming to these shows, they’re younger than that. I don’t know how they know these songs, and some of them don’t. I see a lot of young people singing all these songs and I’m like how do they know that song, they weren’t even born yet. I guess their parents made them listen to the music or something."

AUDIO: TRISHA YEARWOOD FANS ARE SO YOUNG

BLAKE, CARRIE, AND MIRANDA ANNOUNCED FOR 2nd DELAWARE MUSIC FEST


Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert are headlining the first ever Big Barrel Country Music Fest starting June 26 in Dover, Delaware. This is the 2nd festival the state has announced this week. Other artists include Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard.

The 3 day festival will have a large-scale dance hall, BBQ area, a saloon, a marketplace with a variety of western goods and camping. All at the Dover International Speedway.

DOLLY PARTON DOES IT AGAIN


As 2014 draws to a close, Dolly Parton is far from resting on her laurels, and shows no signs of slowing down. The songstress continues to make history, with a record setting tour overseas, and yet another UK Platinum record. Dolly comments: "I was so happy when Blue Smoke went Silver, so excited when it went Gold and now I'm over the moon to hear that we have gone Platinum."
Her album "Blue Smoke" is a best of collection.

MADDIE & TAE MAKE HISTORY


MADDIE & TAE may still be teenagers, but that doesn’t stop them from making history. Their debut year gave them their first single, their first GOLD certification and their first #1 with "Girl In A Country Song." Rolling Stone has already dubbed the song as the "most talked about" Country song in 2014.

They become only the second female duo to debut #1 on the BDS’ charts – the first was in 2006 with The Wreckers’ "Leave The Pieces."

Maddie admits, "It started as a song that made us laugh, because we knew we could never measure up to those girls in the songs... and honestly, who’d want to?"

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