Trixie Mattel is My Favorite Country Star. “This Town” Proves Why She Should Be Yours, Too.

Brian Firkus is my favorite songwriter. Trixie Mattel is the heart of country music in its current form. Bold statements, I know, but Firkus proves their songwriting talent again and again with every new release. One may not think that a six-feet tall drag queen in three-feet tall hair really fits the bill for the heart of country music - if that’s the case, the ‘one’ in question has obviously not listened to Mattel’s latest song off

You Are – Randy Ryder

Some say there is no such thing as perfect timing, but if you were to ask Randy Ryder, I would say he’d disagree. After deciding not to pursue music in order to be a single dad, it was his now-grown kids who encouraged him to get back into the studio a few years ago. When he released his first single, “You Are,” his proud daughter Krystyn used the ever-popular social media platform, TikTok, to share

Love Language – Ashley McKinley

Her lyrics and stunning voice caught our attention, but her heart and drive are why we stayed hooked. Ashley McKinley is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Howell, New Jersey who is breaking into the Nashville music scene. She is a senior at Belmont University and is pursuing a degree in songwriting and minoring in music business. Interestingly enough, she first caught the songwriting bug when listening to an Avril Lavigne song at a young age and

God & Your Mother – Luke Hilgenhold

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We are so excited to finally be back with the Belmont Sessions! To kick off 2021, we have twenty-three-year-old singer/songwriter Luke Hilgenhold, sharing his original song titled “God & Your Mother,” featuring his co-writer, Jon Sims, on the keys. Hilgenhold grew up in Tell City, Indiana where he developed a love for classic country music and artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Garth Brooks. It is clear to see their influence, especially Brooks’, as

A Very Nashville New Year’s Eve

Did y'all know that Nashville was voted the Best Place to Ring in the New year by USA Today 10Best readers? Is it any surprise, really? If you find yourself in Nash this NYE without any plans (and you can't escape to Mexico or the tropics to enjoy some warmth), be sure to check out a few of the events below! From dinners to charity galas, there's something for everyone. Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight With stars

Be Featured in Lula’s Songwriter’s Circle

Do you have an original song you'd like to share with the country music community? Lula 1892 is looking for twelve up and coming songwriters to feature throughout 2018! Email Jasmine Rochelle at or use the contact form to submit your project!     Submission Guidelines Artist name and location Song titles and links to where songs can be hard A 500 words or less artist bio Contact info and phone number  

Don’t Miss the Encore Presentation of CMA Country Christmas!

NASHVILLE—Country Music's biggest names celebrate the holidays with an encore presentation of “CMA Country Christmas,” airing this Thursday, Dec. 21 at 9/8c on the ABC Television Network! The eighth annual “CMA Country Christmas” returns with first-time host and iconic entertainer Reba McEntire and features two hours of festive performances from Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Reba, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Don’t miss fantastic collaborations by Ballerini and Reba, Little

Artists We Love: In Memory of Dawn Sears

Dawn Sears was one of the first women in Country music who swam into my consciousness once I was old enough to realize what an art form this genre truly is. From the first time I heard her croon Leaving and Saying Goodbye in that classic rasp that matched the likes of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, I knew she would be an artist I wouldn't soon forget. I was blessed to see Sears in concert

Scotty McReery set to release new album March 16

Scotty McCreery announced he will release his third studio album, Seasons Change, on March 16. Seasons Change will be McReery's first studio album in five years, and will bring fans 11 new tracks. This will be McReery's first album on the label Triple Tigers Records, and will feature his new single "Five More Minutes". “In the last five years, I have grown from a teenager to a man, moved out on my own, lost my grandfather, proposed to the

Lula’s Holiday Music Picks

Setting the mood for the holidays is an important step; whether you're trimming the tree or decking out the outside of your house with every string of lights you can find. Below are Lula's top holiday music picks to get and keep you in the spirit until New Year's Eve! Mary Did You Know- Reba McEntire First released on her 1999 Christmas album The Secret of Giving, Reebs has put her on spin on this Christmas classic time