Category Archives: Country music

ArtyFacts: Sundance and Grammy honors for Lexingtonians

Pikeville native and University of Kentucky graduate Ashley York will be taking her documentary Tig to the Sundance Film Festival in January. Tig tells the story of how comedian Tig Notaro’s career shifted after a legendary performance at the Largo in Los Angeles where … Continue reading

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Listening to … Angaleena Presley, ‘American Middle Class’

Martin County native Angaleena Presley knows small town Appalachian life well enough to not romanticize it too much. While a lot of country songs today get all nostalgic for Friday night lights, she writes about the town football star dying … Continue reading

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Do genres even matter anymore?

Taylor Swift may have dropped the biggest piece of non-news this week when she announced that her new album, 1989, due out Oct. 27, will be an all-pop music effort; no country music pretenses. For many, pretense was all it was. As … Continue reading

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Red, White & Boom 2015 announced

If you are wishing you were at Red, White & Boom this weekend, but were surprised it sold out in five hours, your chance to get tickets for next year is right around the corner. Tickets will go on sale … Continue reading

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Listening to … Maggie Rose, ‘Cut to Impress’

If you have not been listening to Maggie Rose, it isn’t because music critics haven’t been telling you to. We will tell you her chart performance in no way reflects her talent, which put her aptly titled Cut to Impress album on … Continue reading

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Listening to … Chase Rice, ‘Ready Set Roll’

Reading Chase Rice‘s biography after a few listens to his 2013 EP Ready Set Roll, it is no surprise to find Rice was a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise. The six-song EP — seven if you get a physical … Continue reading

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Listening to … Eric Paslay, ‘Eric Paslay’

How well does Eric Paslay navigate around the handful of cliches that have been dominating country music in recent years? His self-titled debut has a song called Country Side of Heaven, the title alone pleading for an eye roll. And it does … Continue reading

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Thomas Rhett and Dustin Lynch join the sold-out Red, White & Boom lineup

When it comes to Red, White & Boom, WBUL’s Fourth of July weekend throwdown at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, fans have known whether they are going or not for weeks.  But it wasn’t until Monday morning they found out all the … Continue reading

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Listening to … Jamie Lynn Spears, ‘The Journey’

This year’s Red, White & Boom has a big name among teen TV fans in Lucy Hale, better known — for now — as Aria on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars than for her debut country album, Road Between, which came out earlier this … Continue reading

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Listening to … Parmalee, ‘Feels Like Carolina’

I know very little about Parmele, N.C., but it must be one heckuva a party town. That’s at least the impression you get from Must’ve Been a Good Time, the signature song from the town’s namesake band, Parmalee (according to CMT, the … Continue reading

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