With a lack of new releases during last week's holiday week there wasn't much movement on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart. Taylor Swift, for the 23rd week, leads the pack with her triple-platinum self-titled debut album.
Willie Nelson has partnerned with so many artists over his career that it's sometimes hard hard to tell which if it worked and which of it didn't. Recorded in partnership with Wynton Marsalis, "Two Men With the Blues" is the work of two equally talented artsits. But does it stack up well with the rest of Willie's work?
Recently Roughstock had the chance to sit down with Becky Schlegel and discuss topics like bluegrass music, songwrting inspiration, the internet and some of her current musical favorites. Oh, and there's a great Garrison Keillor story told as well.
Randy Houser has released his first single for Universal South. "Anything Goes" showcases where his slow and powerful vocals drive the song, which climaxes in its big, drawn out chorus which rings in the hearts of listeners.
Why do country music labels decide to sign and foster reality show contestants at the expense of nuturing and promoting talent organically? We come up with a couple reasons and a solution to the problem.
What happens to a talented artist when they are 'kicked to the curb' by country radio? If they're like Ricky Skaggs, they release stellar rootsy bluegrass music on their own record label. "The High Notes" is a novel approach to the dreaded re-recording of one's "Greatest Hits."
Like death and taxes, another week has come to an end with Taylor Swift selling the most country albums this week. The question seems to be, though, are any other country artists going to be able to take over the throne?