Category Archives: NCD Feature Stories

Vote Now: Best Country Album of 2016

Vote Now: Best Country Album of 2016

With more than 150 new country albums dropping in 2016, Nash Country Daily had its hands full trying to pick the best ones. We narrowed the list down to 10 albums, and now it’s up to you to help us decide who reigns supreme. Vote now for your favorite album of 2016. Polls close on…MORE

Holiday Playlist: The 10 Manliest Christmas Songs This Side of Paradise

Holiday Playlist: The 10 Manliest Christmas Songs This Side of Paradise

What would the Christmas season be without music? It’s the soundtrack for trimming the tree, wrapping presents and cooking Christmas dinner. While those activities are fun for a lot of folks and Martina McBride’s White Christmas is must-have musical accompaniment, I decided to create the manliest of holiday playlists, perfect for listening to while splitting…MORE

Family Tradition: 30 Country Stars Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions, Including Tim McGraw, Cole Swindell, Chris Young & More

Family Tradition: 30 Country Stars Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions, Including Tim McGraw, Cole Swindell, Chris Young & More

From food and family to football and friends, we asked some of country music’s biggest stars about their favorite Thanksgiving tradition. Check out what they had to say. “We’ve always had a close family, so the holidays—whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas—are really the only times we get to get together as a family. Just sitting…MORE

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a “Tennessee Christmas” for Amy Grant

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a “Tennessee Christmas” for Amy Grant

With Christmas a little more than a month away, Amy Grant is getting busier as the holiday draws closer. The “Baby, Baby” singer is currently on the road for her annual holiday tour with Michael W. Smith and The Voice winner, Jordan Smith; she’ll be kicking off her Christmas at the Ryman show with husband…MORE

Cole Swindell Is Feeling Right at Home With New EP and Tour

Cole Swindell Is Feeling Right at Home With New EP and Tour

Not only does Cole Swindell have something of a hot streak working, but he’s also striking while the iron is hot. The hot streak? His first five singles—“Chillin’ It,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” “Let Me See Ya Girl” and “You Should Be Here”—have reached No. 1 on the Billboard and/or…MORE

Vote Now: Who Should Win the CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award

Vote Now: Who Should Win the CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award

In the lead-up to the CMA Awards on Nov. 2, Nash Country Daily will be conducting its own election to let you—the readers—decide who should win each of the 12 categories at this year’s show. We’re taking politics out of the equation and letting the popular vote speak for itself. The good news is there…MORE

Vote Now: Who Should Win the CMA Album of the Year Award

Vote Now: Who Should Win the CMA Album of the Year Award

In the lead-up to the CMA Awards on Nov. 2, Nash Country Daily will be conducting its own election to let you—the readers—decide who should win each of the 12 categories at this year’s show. We’re taking politics out of the equation and letting the popular vote speak for itself. The good news is there…MORE

Vote Now: Who Should Win the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award

Vote Now: Who Should Win the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award

In the lead-up to the CMA Awards on Nov. 2, Nash Country Daily will be conducting its own election to let you—the readers—decide who should win each of the 12 categories at this year’s show. We’re taking politics out of the equation and letting the popular vote speak for itself. The good news is there…MORE

Out of the Garage and Into the Studio: Aubrie Sellers Dishes About Her Unique Sound, Influences and Major-Label Debut Album, “New City Blues”

Out of the Garage and Into the Studio: Aubrie Sellers Dishes About Her Unique Sound, Influences and Major-Label Debut Album, “New City Blues”

Despite having one of the best country music pedigrees in the biz, Aubrie Sellers blazed her own trail in the industry earlier this year with the release of her debut indie album, New City Blues. After recently signing with major label Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville, the self-proclaimed “garage country” artist will re-release New City Blues on…MORE

With Bluegrass in His DNA, Dwight Yoakam Wanders Back Home on New Album, “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars”

With Bluegrass in His DNA, Dwight Yoakam Wanders Back Home on New Album, “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars”

Born in Kentucky. Raised in Ohio. Perfected in California. That’s the ol’ Dwight Yoakam adage. It’s no secret the Kentucky native gave Nashville a try in 1977 before becoming disinterested with the city’s pop-country proclivity. Instead, he boot-scooted across the heartland to California, where he found himself better suited to the L.A. Cowpunk scene with…MORE

5 Questions With “Forever Country” Producer Shane McAnally, Who Reveals What Other Songs Were in Contention for the Mashup

5 Questions With “Forever Country” Producer Shane McAnally, Who Reveals What Other Songs Were in Contention for the Mashup

By now you’ve probably seen and heard that 30 of country music’s biggest stars—both past and present—have come together to record a new song and video, “Forever Country,” for the CMA Awards’ 50-year anniversary. The star-studded mashup features a fresh take on three of country’s most classic songs: John Denver’s “Take Me Home,” Willie Nelson’s…MORE

11 Must-See Acts at This Year’s Americana Music Festival

11 Must-See Acts at This Year’s Americana Music Festival

The 17th annual Americana Music Festival invades Nashville for six days and nights next week (Sept. 20–25). With more than 200 acts hitting 14 stages around town, Music City becomes Roots Music City for the week. While it’s impossible to see every show (you’d need the ability to time-warp), NCD has you covered with the…MORE

Art Imitates Life as Billy Ray Cyrus Crosses His Own “Thin Line”

Art Imitates Life as Billy Ray Cyrus Crosses His Own “Thin Line”

Billy Ray Cyrus is a busy man these days. Writing and starring in his own sitcom, Still The King, which was picked up for a second season by CMT, would keep anyone busy enough. On top of that, Billy Ray decided to release a brand-new album, Thin Line—which drops Today (Sept. 9)—chock-full of guest appearances…MORE

In Honor of Labor Day, the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music History: #1–10

In Honor of Labor Day, the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music History: #1–10

It’s time to clock in—we’ve got the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music. Today, Sept. 2, we’re featuring #1–10. Country music throughout the decades has not only embraced its working class roots, it’s made a point to praise them. Yes, work is tough, as Merle Haggard wrote in “Workin’ Man’s Blues” or as George…MORE

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Garth Brooks – One of the 5 Honorees for Kennedy Center Honors 2021

Garth Brooks – One of the 5 Honorees for Kennedy Center Honors 2021

Congrats to Garth Brooks — he’s been named as one of the honorees for the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors. Along with Garth, the lifetime achievements of Debbie AllenJoan BaezMidori and Dick Van Dyke will be celebrated. When he learned of the honor, Garth shared, “I’m humble. I’m proud. I’m all the good things.”

The Kennedy Center Honors will air June 6 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Photo Credit: Becky Fluke