Brian Kelly and Tyler Hubbard, otherwise known as Florida Georgia Line, have become one of the hottest acts in country music since their debut album “Here’s to the Good Times” two years ago. Well their second album is finally here and it’s called “Anything Goes,” and it’s still got that fun-loving spirit fans have come to expect. It’s Florida Georgia Line and “Anything Goes,” our Album of the Week!
30-year-old Texas native Miranda Lambert only finished third on the show “Nashville Star” but since then she’s proven to be a real winner, grabbing the Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year award 5 years running. Her fifth studio album is called “Platinum” and it features eight songs written by Lambert, plus collaborations with Little Big Town and The Time Jumpers as well as “Somethin’ Bad,” a duet with Carrie Underwood recently featured as one our Songs Stuck In My Head. Listen as much as you want to “Platinum” from Miranda Lambert, our Album of the Week!
How about a history lesson that doesn’t make you fall asleep? On our brand-new station, Country A-Z, Slacker gives you a compelling country music history lesson that spans almost a century, from the genre’s earliest roots to the pop-laden tunes of today.
Our country experts have gone through the alphabet and chosen for each letter one artist, song, album or event that has defined the genre. We’ve included the music your grandparents probably loved, from the likes of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, all the way to the Taylor Swift tween-country phenomenon of today. There are the quintessential country heartbreakers, like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” mixed in with tracks for your party playlist, such as Kenny Chesney’s “Young,” and everything in between. There’s even a classic movie and TV show thrown into the mix, both of which helped popularize tunes with twang.
If you’re a fan of country music, you’ll probably know the lyrics to each song played on Country A-Z by heart. And if you’re not a fan, we challenge you to listen with your most critical cap on … and maybe you’ll find that country is pretty cool after all.
Less than two dozen artists on the planet can boast 34 No. 1 singles, so there was a big reason for Tim McGraw to celebrate this week in Nashville. Friends and colleagues threw a party for the country superstar in midtown Music City to commemorate his 34th chart-topper, “Highway Don’t Care,” which also features Taylor Swift on vocals and Keith Urban on guitar.
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“I’m a big fan of Keith’s and big fan of Taylor’s. They’re two of the best artists we have, not just in country but in music in general,” McGraw told Slacker and other partygoers, including Urban himself, who beamed at his friend on stage. “Keith is one of those guys who makes everyone look at us here in Nashville, and I’m so proud to have him represent us. And Taylor is so smart, talented, beautiful, and a spectacular songwriter. It was a big deal to have her on this record, and especially a big deal for my three daughters!”
Plaques commemorating the song’s rise to the top were presented to the singer, his producer Byron Gallimore and the “Highway Don’t Care” songwriters, Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren. McGraw showed as much appreciation for the writers as he did his collaborators.
Brett Warren, Brad Warren, Mark Irwin, McGraw, Byron Gallimore; photo by Thien Phan
“There are people at 7-Eleven who can sing better than I can, but there are not a lot of people who can write a great song,” he mused. “This town is full of those people. They’re passionate about what they do and work hard at it. The best (songwriters) in this industry are right here in Nashville.”
McGraw’s wife, Faith Hill, was also at the party, as the couple shared a rare night out together in Nashville. They will resume their series of Soul2Soul shows at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel and Casino in October. McGraw is also working on a new movie but is keeping mum on details, joking that he’d lose his role if he said anything about it just yet.
Listen to McGraw’s latest No. 1, “Highway Don’t Care,” here.
Welcome to Slacker’s Album of the Week, where we bring you an entire album on-demand. This week we have a new album from country superstar Luke Bryan.
Nashville-based, Georgia born country singer Luke Bryan is known for his party songs, including 2009’s “Take My Drunk Ass Home.” It’s only fitting he title his fourth album “Crash My Party.” The current Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year delivers souped-up country rockers like “Beer In The Headlights” and “That’s My Kind of Night,” along with romantic mid-tempo tracks like “Bittersweet” and “Play it Again.”
While the album is predominantly packed with the contemporary party tunes he is known for, Bryan says the album features a more serious side to him musically, which can be felt in the poignant and heartfelt vocals of “Dirt Road Diary.”