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New York City is getting its first country musical festival

A little bit of country is coming to the city when FarmBorough, New York City’s first country musical festival, arrives next year.

Set to take place June 26 – 28 on Randall’s Island, FarmBorough will be headlined by Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and Brad Paisley with a lineup featuring a range of country artists including Dwight Yoakam, The Cadillac Three, Kip Moore, Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe, and more. According to Rolling Stone, the festival will also feature a showcase of up-and-coming talent on a “Next from Nashville” stage.

Three-day passes start at $225 for general admission and run up to $999 for the “empire VIP” package. Passes to FarmBorough 2015 are set to go on-sale on Thursday, Nov. 6 at FarmBorough.com.

 

Country singer-songwriter Hal Ketchum returns with 'Baby I'm Blue'

Singer-songwriter Hal Ketchum spent years building the foundation of a solid Nashville career before releasing his breakthrough hit, the proudly twangy “Small Town Saturday Night,” in 1991. Only a few years later, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He’s spent the past decade and a half largely holed up in the small town of Wimberley, Texas, dealing with a progressive illness that has included bouts of paralysis, blindness, and depression.

Recently, Ketchum’s bounced back some—and with the encouragement of his friend, the songwriter Jimmy LaFave, he’s written a new album, I’m the Troubadour, that’ll be out Oct. 7 on LaFave’s Music Road Records. Its lead single, “Baby I’m Blue,” has an easygoing groove and lilting melody that should hit the pleasure centers of anyone who listened to country radio in the early ’80s.

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Blake Shelton on his new 'Voice' costars Gwen Stefani and Pharrell: 'That's my competition'

Tonight’s premiere of the new season of The Voice features two familiar faces and two newcomers. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are back once again, but they’ll be joined by first-time coaches Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. The latter two are both new to singing competitions, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of personalities emerge as the blind auditions roll on.

But neither Stefani nor Williams should look to their left for advice, Shelton tells EW: “I didn’t tell them crap,” Shelton said, laughing. “That’s my competition. We do these interviews, and Adam will get mad at me because I won’t help them. This is a competition, and my job is to try to win this thing. When I started on this show, nobody helped me!”

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Garth Brooks returns to releasing new music with 'People Loving People'

Garth Brooks’ retirement from the stage didn’t last too long after he announced it in 2001, and he’s been playing more or less regularly for the better part of the past decade. But he hadn’t put out any new, original music aside from some odds-and-sods studio remnants since 2001’s Scarecrow until Wednesday morning, when he released a new track “People Loving People,” to country radio stations. READ FULL STORY

Maddie and Tae give Nashville a shakeup with 'Girl in a Country Song'

Ever notice how every country song on the radio kind of sounds the same? So did Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye, a teenage country duo who are currently storming up the charts with the single “Girl in a Country Song.” Built around the same drum-loop-kissed, honky-tonk hop that dominates the country airwaves, Maddie and Tae stick it to all the clichés that drive the problematic subset of the mainstream Nashville sound dubbed “bro country.”

“We were going into a songwriting session one day, and we had just been in the car listening to country radio like we do every single day, because we love these songs and we love these guys,” explains the 18-year-old Tae. “We were laughing, because all these lyrics were very similar, and there were a lot of clichés in them. So what we did was we made this checklist, and on the checklist it had bare feet, cutoffs, tanlines, tan legs, but the most important one is the girl.” READ FULL STORY

Garth Brooks could be making a comeback to country music

The (country) world may be a sad, sad place if Garth Brooks’ comeback never comes. But from the looks of it, Brooks is ready to be more than a memory once again.

Last year, Brooks teased fans when he went on Good Morning America and said he was planning a 2014 world tour. More recently, a message posted on Brooks’ website last week read, “the wait is over… 7/7.” The wait isn’t quite over yet though, because on July 7, a new message announcing a press conference replaced the old one (complete with sound effects of thunder rolling, for full effect).

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Taylor Swift made a Drake-themed needlepoint for Ed Sheeran -- VIDEO

The persk of having Taylor Swift as a best friend: In a sneak peak at MTV’s new documentary 9 Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran, the English crooner can be seen showing off a needlepoint Swift made for him that features the chorus of Drake’s 2013 hit “Started from the Bottom.” READ FULL STORY

Dolly Parton explains why she never changed her image -- LISTEN

Dolly Parton just released her 42nd album, Blue Smoke, which means anyone who told her to ditch her backwoods Barbie image — modeled after the “town tramp” — when she first got to Nashville because people wouldn’t take her seriously, was probably wrong. “I’m totally real where it counts,” Parton tells Kathie Lee Gifford, host of “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Dolly Parton” premiering May 14 at 7 p.m. ET on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM Channel 105). “I know I look artificial, but I think people know that I’m serious about how I look — that it came from a serious place of a country girl’s idea of glamour. ‘Cause we had nothin’, I wanted anything.” She needs all that hair, makeup, and gaudy clothes to feel comfortable, she insists. READ FULL STORY

Dolly Parton explains her new gospel cover of Bon Jovi's 'Lay Your Hands on Me' (you read that right!)

Dolly Parton releases her 42nd album, Blue Smoke, on May 13, and one song on the track list might surprise you: a cover of Bon Jovi’s 1988 hit “Lay Your Hands on Me.”

“I always loved the song, but the first time I heard it — because I grew up in a Pentecostal church, where people believed in healing hands and laying your hands on someone — I just thought, “Wow, that would make a fantastic gospel song,” Parton tells EW.

Still, she knew the sexualized lyrics would need a bit of an overhaul. “You can’t take liberties with people’s song without running it by them, so I contacted Jon and Richie Sambora, who wrote the song together, and asked them, ‘I would love to do this as a gospel song, would y’all help me put that together?’ They were all for it, and everybody threw in their little ideas, and I threw in mine,” she says. READ FULL STORY

Miranda Lambert leads CMT Music Awards 2014 nominations

Thanks to her friends in country music, Miranda Lambert leads the Country Music Television nominations by pairing with her husband Blake Shelton, her girl group Pistol Annies, and good friend Keith Urban.

She’s up for two individual awards for her “Automatic” video, two for collaborating with the Annies on Shelton’s song “Boys ‘Round Here,” and two more for her duet with Urban on “We Were Us.” READ FULL STORY

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