Category Archives: NCD Feature Stories

The Essential 2017 Country Music Festival Guide

The Essential 2017 Country Music Festival Guide

From coast to coast, there’s a festival for everyone, boasting the biggest names in the format, from hot contemporary stars to classic country legends. But don’t forget, these festivals are also a great opportunity to meet and hear some of the brightest up-and-coming local, regional and national talent, so get there early. And check, check,…MORE

The 10 Most Controversial Songs in Country Music History

The 10 Most Controversial Songs in Country Music History

Controversy can be a double-edged sword in country music. On the one hand, some spirited conversation about a song or album can elevate an artist’s profile, particularly in our present on-demand world. On the other, there’s a real risk of being banished from radio. Here are 10 of country music’s most controversial tunes, in order…MORE

Year in Review: Country Stars We Lost in 2016

Year in Review: Country Stars We Lost in 2016

It’s never easy to lose someone and it’s especially hard when those people have made an impact on our lives. 2016 saw the passing of 10 country artists who have touched our lives with their music, including legendary artists Merle Haggard and Ralph Stanley and those we lost way too soon like Joey Feek and…MORE

Vote Now: Best Single of 2016

Vote Now: Best Single of 2016

From Maren and Miranda to Sturgill and Stapleton—and everyone in between—2016 was a stellar year for country singles. We managed to narrow our list down to 10 of the best singles, and now it’s up to you to help us decide who has the supreme single of 2016. Keep in mind, the single had to…MORE

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

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell