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Let it rain traditional country with Hoyt Hughes Special

In early October, this emerging country singer, songwriter and guitarist released "Let It Rain," the lead-off single from his 16-track debut album, 'Cowboy'. Digital Journal spoke to him.

Interview: Country singer Wade Bowen set to tour the U.K. Special

Waco-born Wade Bowen has been very busy of late and now this accomplished artist, known primarily for his energetic live shows, will make the trip across the pond for his first ever U.K. dates. He spoke to Digital Journal.

Review: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry share a stage at intimate London gig Special

English singer/songwriter Bragg and American folk musician Henry played songs off their forthcoming collaboration — as well as some of their solo material — to around 100 fans at St. Pancras Old Church in London.

Review: Florida Georgia Line revisit their roots on album number three

One of bro-country's hottest double acts, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are about to enter the fray once again with 'Dig Your Roots,' released worldwide on August 26. How does this record compare to its predecessors? Digital Journal found out.

Review: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry to release an album of country songs

English singer, songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg has teamed up with American musician Joe Henry to record songs made famous by the likes of Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Glen Campbell.

Singer Mark Chesnutt keeps things traditional on his latest album Special

Released earlier this month, some critics are already hailing the country star's first album in six years as one of his best. He talked to Digital Journal about the project and shared his thoughts on the music he loves.

Jon Pardi: Basking in the glory of his first number one album Special

That album is 'California Sunrise,' given a glowing review by Digital Journal upon its release back in June. We spoke to the 31-year-old Californian about the record and about what he's up to for the rest of 2016.

Singer/songwriter Josh Kelley keeps on keeping it country Special

The southern boy "went country" in 2009 when he signed with MCA Nashville, after having begun his career playing rock and blues. His latest album is the follow-up to his country debut, 2011's 'Georgia Clay.'

Interview: Country Hall of Famer Bill Anderson is as busy as ever Special

With a second autobiography, an audio book and a new album due out soon, the next few months look set to be a very hectic time for "Whisperin' Bill." Digital Journal spoke to him.

Review: Mark Chesnutt returns with new album 'Tradition Lives'

It's been a while since the Texan country star released an album (it was 2010's 'Outlaw', in case you're wondering), but now's he back with a new effort celebrating his honky tonk roots.

Review: Jon Pardi's new album invites us to enjoy the California Sunrise

The 31-year-old Californian deservedly received plaudits for his outstanding debut, 'Write You a Song,' in 2014. Now he's back with 'California Sunrise,' the much-anticipated follow-up. Digital Journal gave it a listen.

Colorado's own Joey Canyon discuses 'The Joey Canyon Show' Special

Veteran singer/songwriter Joey Canyon has lived in the Centennial State for over 40 years (he was born in California) and presents his own country music and variety television programme from his adopted hometown of Denver. Digital Journal meets him.

Confederate Railroad's Danny Shirley feels lucky to be alive Special

Thanks to their sunny disposition and good-time tunes, Atlanta's Confederate Railroad were one of the top American country/southern rock bands of the 1990s. Now they're back with a new album - their seventh.

Ruby Friedman ventures into new territory with her first LP Special

Having released a number of singles and EPs over the last seven years, the nomadic singer and bandleader (of the genre-hopping Ruby Friedman Orchestra) discusses her long-awaited debut album, 'GEM.'

Review: Which came first, the city or the country?

Shotgun Wedding hails from the New York City metropolitan area; a busy place teeming with action, attitude and a whole lot of noise. The band, billed under the moniker City Country, leaves one poised to ask, what exactly does that mean?

Singer and cancer sufferer Keely Johnson releases debut single Special

The talented teenager from Australia is battling a rare and incurable form of brain cancer. In 2014, she released a duet with Lee Kernaghan and is now back with her first solo single, "The Man in the Hat." She spoke to Digital Journal.

38 years today: Dottie West's duet with Kenny Rogers reaches No. 1

Today marks the 38-year anniversary of when Kenny Rogers' duet with Dottie West, "Every Time Two Fools Collide" reached No. 1 on the country charts.

Remembering Merle Haggard: Country music pioneer

Back in April of 2012, this Digital Journalist had the good fortune to interview a country music legend, Mr. Merle Haggard, via phone.

A catch up session with Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys Special

An integral part of the long-standing country outfit since 1973, Joe Bonsall discusses the quartet's current activities and looks ahead to the rest of 2016.

Country singer T.G. Sheppard revisits his signature hit Special

From a list of 21 number one singles, one in particular stands out arguably more than any other: "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven." Now, 36 years after it first wowed audiences, T.G. Sheppard has put out a bluegrass version of the song and made a new video.

Keepin' Faith with The Gary Douglas Band Special

A heady mix of classic rock, Americana, country and blues, The Gary Douglas Band have been enjoying quite a bit of success with their second album. Their frontman spoke to Digital Journal.

A chat with country legend Leroy Van Dyke Special

Not many people have been in the game as long as this Missouri-born 86 year old, recently honoured by his home state in recognition of all he has achieved. He filled Digital Journal in on his present activities.

Wheeler Walker Jr.: Bringing raw emotion back into country music Special

His lyrics may come as a shock to some, but look beyond that and you'll find a dedicated and deeply passionate artist. Mr. Walker is essentially carrying on the work of Hank, Waylon and others like them and he spoke at length to Digital Journal.

Interview: Vince Gill is 'down to his last bad habit' Special

One of country's finest crooners, given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012, is to release his first solo album since 2011's 'Guitar Slinger' next month. He spoke to Digital Journal.

Tom Cusimano, leader of Americana-leaning collective The Walcotts Special

Hailing from Los Angeles, The Walcotts are a nine-piece outfit who recently supported Chris Stapleton, star of the show at last year's CMAs, on a sold out tour of the West Coast. Their frontman/guitarist accepted the offer of an interview.

Op-Ed: Waterloo Revival — Country music's next big duo of 2016

Waterloo Revival deserves to be country music's next big vocal duo of 2016. They have all it takes to make it big in the genre.

Actor John Schneider is living the dream Special

"The Dukes of Hazzard," "Smallville" and now "The Haves and the Have Nots," each generation over the past 37 years has had its own iconic series featuring Mr. Schneider in a starring role. He also has a few film releases lined up for 2016 and beyond.

In Memoriam: Lynn Anderson — Country music's biggest loss in 2015

The sudden death of country music legend Lynn Anderson at the age of 67 was country music's biggest loss in the year 2015.

Brenda Lee talks 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,' 2016 plans Special

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee chatted with Digital Journal to talk about her recent show at the Country Music Hall of Fame and her song reclaiming the No. 1 spot on the charts. She also remembers her dear friend Lynn Anderson.

Interview: Aaron Beavers, founding member of Shurman Special

Described as a "high-energy Austin Texas-based roots rock and country soul band," this fervent foursome, led by the singer, guitarist and primary songwriter mentioned above, are about to release a new album, their first since 2012.
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