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Fattest cities in the U.S. revealed

This month the U.S. has been acknowledging National Nutrition Month, which has the aim of improving the health of the U.S. population. The theme this year is with tackling obesity.

Country music documentary 'Born in Bristol' gets UK premiere Special

A new film telling the story of the 'Bristol Sessions', groundbreaking recording sessions that took place 90 years ago in 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee. The London premiere featured a Q&A with Marty Stuart.

Review: Marty Stuart travels 'way out west' on new album

'Way Out West', Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives' brand new long-playing release, is out now. It consists of 13 original tracks and two covers and pays tribute to the state of California.

Interview: Country superstar Josh Turner returns to the fray Special

It's been almost five years since his last album and now the deep-voiced Nashville icon is back with his sixth studio effort, 'Deep South'.

Michael Tyler, hit country songwriter, steps out on his own Special

With his debut album set to launch next week, the southern-born singer/songwriter speaks to Digital Journal about the record and about his first music video to be played on CMT.

NATO, US condemn Kosovo army plans

Pristina - NATO and the US on Wednesday condemned Kosovo's plans to create a national army, a move that would spark anger among its minority ethnic Serbs and in Belgrade.

L.A. duo 222 release their second album Special

Los Angeles - With their blend of alternative '80s and '90s-influenced rock with modern electronica, vocalist Jade Howard and vocalist/guitarist Dennis Hamlin return with a new 11-track album entitled 'I'm Not Trying to be You... Just Kidding I'm Trying to be You'.

Trump says Israel settlement growth 'not good for peace'

Jerusalem - US President Donald Trump does not believe Israeli settlement growth in Palestinian territories is "good for peace", he told a paper Friday, in his most direct comments on the matter since inauguration.

Country duo Wilson Fairchild pay tribute to The Statler Brothers Special

Langdon Reid tells Digital Journal how he and his singing partner, Will Reid, came to honour their fathers, Harold and Don Reid, founding members of legendary country quartet The Statler Brothers.

Interview: LA-based trio The Gitas Special

Los Angeles - Sasha and Sal of this edgy, up-and-coming rock band tell Digital Journal all about their exciting new album, 'Beverly Kills'.

Op-Ed: Digital Journal's Top 10 country music interviews of 2016

This writer was once again fortunate enough to speak to many of country music's top names over the past 12 months, as well as a few 'new kids on the block'. Here is a selection of some of the most memorable.

'The Songwriter' Bobby Tomberlin steps out as a solo artist Special

Nashville - The Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee was given his first publishing contract by Mel Tillis and is currently a staff songwriter for CURB Music Publishing in Nashville. He filled Digital Journal in on his current flurry of activity.

Michael Phelps to get BBC lifetime achievement award

London - American swimming legend Michael Phelps will be given the BBC Sports Personality lifetime achievement award on Sunday after crowning his incredible career with five Olympic gold medals in Rio.

Dionne Warwick set to perform at charity awards show in Georgia Special

Atlanta-based charity the Not Alone Foundation recently announced its fifth annual Diamond Awards, featuring a special live performance by the legendary Dionne Warwick. Digital Journal spoke to her.

Chinese media praise Trump's 'experience and ideology'

Bejing - Chinese state-run media lauded Donald Trump Tuesday after a phone call between him and President Xi Jinping, saying that the president-elect's emergence could mark a "reshaping" of Sino-American relations.

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.

Want to change your presidential vote? Some states allow it

Some U.S. states allow those who have voted in advance of an election to change their votes, provided this takes place before the close of the election. Here those who initially supported Clinton, Trump or another candidate, can alter their choice.

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.

Nobel panel signals desire for Dylan song at ceremony

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy said on Saturday that Bob Dylan is not obliged to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, but is required to hold some sort of lecture or even sing a song.

Review: Nashville band Paper Route release their third album

Nashville - The alt-rock trio put out the 16-track 'Real Emotion' on September 23 on Kemosabe Records/Sony Music Ent. Digital Journal listened to it.

Alt-pop duo The Brinks on the success of their debut EP Special

Los Angeles - Busy promoting their debut EP (released in December last year), the LA-based duo consisting of New York City producer, songwriter and keyboardist Matt Friedman and Australian singer, guitarist and songwriter Scott Mellis made time for Digital Journal.

Actor John Schneider helps out victims of the Louisiana floods

Branson - The actor, musician and filmmaker, currently starring in popular soap opera 'The Haves and the Have Nots,' is doing his bit to raise money for flood relief by staging a concert in Branson, Missouri.

Kerry warns against crackdowns as Nigeria claims Boko Haram leader 'wounded'

Sokoto - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised Nigeria for its recent gains against Boko Haram Islamists but did not confirm military claims that the group's leader Abubakar Shekau has been wounded.

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.

Brazilian judge orders seizing of Ryan Lochte passport

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered that US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and teammate James Feigen be prevented from leaving the country after doubts emerged over their claim to have been mugged at gunpoint.

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.

U.S. judo star eyes more gold after personal hell

Los Angeles - Four years after emerging from the horrors of childhood abuse to win America's first Olympic judo gold, Kayla Harrison is a woman on a mission as she returns to defend her crown in Rio.

80 years after Owens stole Hitler's Berlin show

Berlin - Eighty years after Jesse Owens won four medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, his daughter says Germany's Nazi leader Adolf Hitler refused to shake her father's hand.

Madi Wolf: Stepping out into the glare of the spotlight Special

Los Angeles - The 18-year-old pop starlet from Fredericksburg, Virginia, now based in California, is set to make a splash next month with her debut EP, 'Glare.' She has already released two tracks off the EP, the most recent of which was "Hollywood Boulevard."
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