Category Archives: Country music

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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Reba: The next country diva to visit Father Jim

Before Dolly Parton even played at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts Tuesday night, Father Jim Sichko was able to announce another country diva will be playing in support of Richmond’s St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in the fall: … Continue reading

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Two days of Red, White and Boom

WBUL‘s Red, White, & Boom event at Whitaker Bank Ballpark expands to two days this year, which was always the plan. “Several years ago, when we started Red, White, & Boom, we had a vision of bringing a country music festival to Lexington,” … Continue reading

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Audra McDonald, Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash headline EKU Center’s 2014-15 season

The Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts in Richmond announced its fourth season of shows Wednesday. It is the first programmed by executive director Joel Aalberts, who became the center’s chief last summer. The lineup of 29 shows kicks … Continue reading

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Academy of Country Music Awards: the un-awards show awards show

The Grammy Awards have been becoming more of a concert and less of an awards show for the past decade or so. This year, the Academy of Country Music Awards took a page from that playbook and ran with it, … Continue reading

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Tyler Childers’ music has grown up with him

When Tyler Childers was 16, he had been writing songs for a few years, “mostly about my buddies and girls,” he says. “When you’re 14 and 15 years old, there’s not much to write about to reach a wide audience.” … Continue reading

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