May 30, 2013 |
Introducing Miranda Lambert at Wednesday night's "Healing in the Heartland" benefit concert, Blake Shelton described the country star as "an amazing woman, a compassionate human being, a great talent -- oh, and by the way, an amazing wife. " A solid list of traits, to be sure, though Shelton might've added "expert channeler of grief. " Singing her song "The House That Built Me," Lambert broke down halfway through her performance, evidently overwhelmed by the emotion triggered by last week's devastating tornado in Oklahoma, where she and Shelton live.
May 25, 2013 |
When John Fogerty's wife, Julie, suggested over dinner one night that he revisit his catalog of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs with artists he admires today, he wasn't about to let the music take a back seat to technology. "I realize nowadays with the ease of digital that a lot of stuff gets made by emailing files around," said Fogerty, who turns 68 on Tuesday, the same day his new album, "Wrote a Song for Everyone," is released and he headlines a show at the El Rey Theatre. "I wanted it all to take place in the same room, kinda old school, as it were.
May 24, 2013 |
Blake Shelton and NBC have a message for victims of this week's Oklahoma tornado: Help is on the way. Shelton, country-music star and judge on NBC's hit "The Voice," is organizing a benefit concert in Oklahoma City to help with disaster-relief efforts in his home state. On Friday, NBC announced it will air the event live in many markets across six networks -- NBC, Style, E!, G4, Bravo and CMT -- at 9 p.m. May 29. Joining Shelton will be Reba and Vince Gill, along with Shelton's wife, country singer Miranda Lambert.
May 6, 2013 |
The sophomore outing from country bad-gal pals Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley picks up where their spunky 2011 debut, "Hell on Heels," left off, with a dozen new tunes happily blending don't-get-mad-get-even attitude and country piety. Their switchblade-sharp vision incorporates acute observational powers about the human condition and savvy compositional skills that come together in songs that are piercingly honest, funny and sometimes both. "Annie Up" opens with "I Feel a Sin Comin' On," which operates as the trio's mission statement.
April 30, 2013 |
It's the Knockouts, that instant elimination round sandwiched between the Battles and the live shows, on "The Voice" this week. On Monday night, in the first of two back-to-back two-hour shows that will trim 32 contestants to only 16 (four from each team) to compete for viewers' votes next week, Teams Adam and Shakira took the stage. The coaches paired up their contestants, two by two, coaching each on a song of the vocalist's own choosing and then, after watching the contenders perform in front of the audience, the cameras and the other coaches, selected one singer from each pair to make it through, sending the other home. Adam Levine paired amusing folk duo Midas Whale, whom he dubbed a "show favorite," with 19-year-old up-and-comer Amber Carrington, a singer he called "the biggest surprise" on his team.
April 27, 2013 |
To get a full sense of country singer George Jones, who died Friday at age 81, it's important to understand the workings of his complicated, admittedly troubled heart. The engine of his remarkable talent, it powered Jones to transform well-crafted words and melody into universal truths. To country music's benefit, Jones never hesitated to examine the struggles of his lonely heart (or overextended liver), both the consequences of its actions and the destruction that often accompanied its failings.