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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.

Songwriter Fiona Kernaghan marks 20 years since her first album Special

To celebrate the above-mentioned milestone, the sassy Australian singer/songwriter is re-releasing her very first album. She's also been working on a new one and collaborating with other artists. Digital Journal was on hand to find out more.

Mexican country music: Interview with bandleader Gaspar Madrigal Special

Hermosillo - The songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, musical director and driving force behind top Mexican country collective Forasteros Country Band filled Digital Journal in on what he's been up to lately and also discussed the state of country music in his homeland.

Review: George Strait back with 'Cold Beer Conversation'

"King" George has released his first new studio album since 2013's "Love Is Everything," proving that despite giving up touring, his recorded output remains as prolific as ever.

Onwards and upwards: Christian Lopez of the Christian Lopez Band Special

Responsible for "Leaving It Out," a current staple on CMT Pure, Christian Lopez, who describes his music as "folk-rock," is undoubtedly a name to watch out for. He talked to Digital Journal while on a well-earned break from touring.

Review: Toby Keith returns with a new album '35 mph Town'

The Oklahoman's latest CD, his first in two years, ends a run of an album a year that began with 2005's "Honkytonk University" and ended in 2013 with "Drinks After Work." Has the new record been worth the wait? Digital Journal found out.

Interview: Singer Meghan Linsey on her new makeup range Special

The blonde bombshell tells Digital Journal all about her exciting new business endeavour, "Believer by Meghan Linsey," named after her six-track EP of the same name.

Mexico's Western Fest 2015 Special

Chihuahua - The tenth annual Western Fest, Mexico's biggest country music festival, took place in Chihuahua on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September and Digital Journal was there.

Kenny Rogers: Interview with a timeless - and tireless - star Special

The 77-year-old country legend is about to launch his latest Christmas album, "Once Again It's Christmas." Digital Journal was on hand to find out more.

Interview: Adam Zwig tells us all about his first live album Special

The American musician has made six studio albums to date and is now entering previously uncharted waters with "Live At The Wiltern Theatre." Digital Journal spoke to him.

Interview: Hank Jr. lets us know what he's been up to Special

Love him or hate him, Hank Williams Jr. is a national institution, as well known for his political views and extra-curricular activities as he is for his music. He tells us about his upcoming new album and what he likes most about performing live.

Interview with country legend Charlie Daniels Special

The bearded singer/guitarist/fiddler and leader of The Charlie Daniels Band, is about to release a new live album recorded at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, Texas. He tells Digital Journal all about it and reveals why he's not yet ready to call it a day.

Review: 8 Segundos bring their rocking country show to Queretaro Special

The high-flying Mexican quartet from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua played in Queretaro - a city in the centre of the country, three hours north of Mexico City - for the very first time on August 8 2015, and Digital Journal was there.

Wilco issue surprise album for free

Rock band Wilco have released an album without any pre-publicity and they have made it free, for a limited time, as a digital download.

Dave Koscelny from country band 2SB speaks to Digital Journal Special

Two Steps Back, better known as "2SB," have just released a self-titled EP, a precursor to their second album that should be out soon. Digital Journal met the drummer.
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