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Hey Whiskey: A Conversation with Smithfield

Jennifer Fielder and Trey Smith of the band Smithfield are no strangers to the concept of fate; it was a well-timed Thanksgiving dinner and a chance meeting with a William Morris agent on a trip to Nashville that solidified the duo’s plans to take on the professional music scene together. Though fate played a large…

Justified: Karen Waldrup on her Newest Album

“If you take the burden off of yourself to be important, then that’s the moment that you start living God’s plan for your life.” Karen Waldrup, who just released her debut full-length album last Friday, shared those words with me from her time at a Baptist church in Brentwood Tennessee, where the sermon from preacher…

Erin Enderlin: On Songwriting, Nashville, and How Music Heals

Erin Enderlin’s new concept album, Whiskeytown Crier, is a total sensory experience. The collection of story songs interwoven with atmospheric outros transports listeners from their living rooms and cars into a small town with a lot of history, colorful characters, and a fair share of skeletons in their closets. This album from Enderlin showcases her…

Ragged Dreams: Backstage with EmiSunshine

“Hello, this is EmiSunshine, and I’m scheduled to do an interview with you?” I knew from the moment she opened her mouth and spoke with such confidence and ease that I was speaking with someone remarkable. With the grace of Loretta, the wit of June, and a singing prowess that matches the likes of country…

Ride to Jennyville: A Conversation with Jenny Tolman

Born and raised in one of the great heartlands of country music, Jenny Tolman has had a deep love for the genre since she was a child. From the very start, good storytelling was what hooked Tolman. “Growing up in Nashville, you’re surrounded by country music all the time. I do remember one particular car…

Porter Union on Collaboration, Songwriting, and Their Debut Album

“I heard her sing, and that changed my life.” – Cole Porter At first glance Cole and Kendra Porter, the married couple behind Porter Union, are remarkably reminiscent of Johnny and June, Jessi and Waylon, even Porter and Dolly, or Loretta and Conway. As one of Country’s most genuine, talented contemporary duos, however, they do…

Unfixable: Celebrating Kayla Woodson’s Brand New Single

Upon listening to Kayla Woodson’s music, few would guess she’s fresh out of college at Belmont University in Nashville. With an impressive vocal range and heartfelt, self-composed songs about love and loss, audiences could easily mistake her for one of the great stars already well established in the industry. In this crazy, passionate, mixed up…

Run Wild Horses: Aaron Watson on Country Music, Family, and Faith

As an independent artist in the country music industry, Aaron Watson has broken multiple records and defied the odds as a musician. Always true to himself, Watson finds his own way in the industry; an honest, genuine, heartfelt way that fans can relate to in their own lives. Watson has been recording albums since 1999…

Timeless: The Quebe Sisters On Tour

There is something magical that lies deep in the heart of Texas; the roots of Western swing and impeccable fiddle playing make up the soul of music in this state. Whether you stop at a local watering hole, travel to the Bluegrass festivals that pepper the southeast, or attend a back road church service, you…

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