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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

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.

Tanya Tucker: Interview with a celebrated country icon Special

Digital Journal caught up with the charismatic superstar ahead of a tell-all TV interview set to air on Friday, July 10 on PBS. She also discussed her current tour and her struggles with addiction.

Op-Ed: The importance of female singers in the country music scene

Recently, a Texas radio country music consultant dubbed the female country artists as the "tomato" in the country music salad, and that couldn't be further from the truth.

Janie Fricke turns 'Janie Fricke Collection' into second career

Country queen Janie Fricke has turned her love for textiles and fabrics into a second career, via "The Janie Fricke Collection."

We Were Wolves: Interview with singer/guitarist Drew Haught Special

Festival appearances, new EPs, hard-rocking tunes and the challenge of coming up with a name. The singer of this Houston-based band chatted over the telephone with Digital Journal about all of the above and more.

Interview with Californian roots rock duo Dead Rock West Special

Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen, who together make up the above-mentioned act, filled Digital Journal in on their upcoming release, a passionate and painstakingly researched tribute to the Everly Brothers.

Reba: An exclusive interview with one of America's biggest stars Special

"Love Somebody," the popular singer's most recent album, is currently riding high in the charts, as one would expect. She told Digital Journal all about it.

Hank Cochran's family launches The Pen Fund in his honor

The family of the late Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Cochran has launched The Pen Fund in his memory to help songwriters battling pancreatic cancer.

George Jones Museum opens in honor of late country music legend

Nashville - The grand opening of the George Jones Museum took place on April 23 in Nashville, Tennessee, where the biggest stars in the genre gathered for the red carpet event.

ACM: Luke Bryan wins top award but Miranda Lambert wins night

Host Luke Bryan won Entertainer of the Year as the Academy of Country Music Awards just wrapped, live from AT&T Stadium in Texas.

Jim Ed Brown becomes newest member of Country Music Hall of Fame

Veteran Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown has a major reason to be proud. He will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Interview: Digital Journalist Adrian Peel opens up about new book Special

Digital Journalist Adrian Peel chatted about his new book, "Tequila, Senoritas and Teardrops: Musicians Discuss the Influence of Mexico on Country Music."

Country Star Phil Vassar discusses his plans for 2015 Special

Country fans haven't heard much new music from the Virginia-born singer-songwriter of late. This looks set to change sooner rather than later, however, as Digital Journal was pleased to discover.

An update from country singer, Kyle Park Special

Digital Journal spoke to one of the thriving Texas scene's best-known artists to learn more about his latest single and upcoming new album.

Interview with Georgia's own Blackberry Smoke Special

The southern-fried country rockers are currently sitting proudly atop the country album charts with their latest offering "Holding all the Roses." Digital Journal met lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Charlie Starr.

Interview with Gretchen Peters Special

The highly-respected artist, a recent and very worthy addition to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, chatted to Digital Journal from her home in Nashville.
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