This live set was captured while the band was out touring over 2012-2013 in support of their latest record, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, and the album will include a slew of BFF's classic material. Here's a special treat for all the hardcore fans out there--we've got the very first look at their performance of "Jackson Cannery."Read More »from Exclusive! See Ben Folds Five Perform ‘Jackson Cannery’ Live!
Blog Posts by Wendy Geller
- Wendy Geller | Stop The Presses! – Tue, 28 May, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Fri, 24 May, 2013 1:23 PM EDT
Photo: Jason SquiresGiven the outpouring of concern that Oklahoma musicians have shown toward their home state this week (see Toby Keith and Blake Shelton), it should come as no surprise that yet another native Oklahoman has come forth to help.
And this one did it in a big way: "American Idol" Carrie Underwood has pledged a remarkable $1 million to Oklahoma for tornado relief.Read More »from Carrie Underwood’s Incredibly Generous Donation to Oklahoma
- Wendy Geller | Stop The Presses! – Thu, 23 May, 2013 11:24 AM EDT
When one hears the words "southern gothic supernatural musical"--it's to be forgiven if the mind is blown somewhat, but there is a project out there that fits that description. And, it gets even better when one hears who spearheaded the idea!
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a work 13 years in the making, came about originally via a conversation between literary horror mastermind Stephen King and classic rocker John Mellencamp. The story, a complex tale centered around the death of two brothers, spans several decades and has won rave reviews for its rich combination of storytelling and songs.Read More »from Exclusive! Hear a Track From John Mellencamp’s Musical, ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, 22 May, 2013 12:18 PM EDT
Lambert and Shelton perform on "The Voice" (Photo: Trae Patton)Native Oklahoman Blake Shelton isn't just giving lip service to the devastation his home state has suffered this week. "The Voice" coach has sprung into action, telling Billboard that he's already organizing a benefit concert for tornado relief.
Shelton, who revealed his plans after Tuesday's "Voice" episode, noted that details are still forthcoming. However, "I'm hoping it will raise a lot of money," he noted. "Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly."Read More »from Blake Shelton Organizing Benefit for Oklahoma Tornado Relief
Photo: Adam TaylorFirst, she won hearts on "American Idol," but only finished in sixth place. Now, Kellie Pickler has another reality show accolade to her name, and this time she's right on top. Pickler was crowned winner of "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday, taking home the mirrorball trophy after narrowly beating out Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman for the honor.Read More »from Kellie Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, 21 May, 2013 12:24 PM EDT
Toby Keith, who grew up in Moore and whose name is on the Moore water tower, says that although the damage is terrible, he has faith that his home town will be able to rebuild itself.
"This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in. I rode my bike through those neighborhoods," he observed in a statement issued on Monday. "I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much."Read More »from Toby Keith Expresses Sorrow Over Hometown Tornado Devastation
- Wendy Geller | Stop The Presses! – Tue, 21 May, 2013 10:04 AM EDT
John MoenJohn Moen is a busy artist: In addition to his post with the Decemberists, he's worked with such names as Stephen Malkmus's Jicks, Elliott Smith, and Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships (as well as quite a few others over the years). He's also got a solo career, performing under the name Perhapst, and is poised to release his second album in this capacity.Read More »from Exclusive! Hear New Track from Decemberists’ John Moen
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, 21 May, 2013 9:43 AM EDT
First of all, the King of Country, George Strait, will be taking the stage. That should be enough for anyone — but to add to the fun, he'll be joined by Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum!Read More »from Exclusive! Second Round of CMT Awards Performers Announced
Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer Wright (Photo: Jason LaVeris)Chely Wright is no doubt feeling a little "blue" this week, as she and wife Lauren Blitzer Wright celebrated the birth of their identical twin sons on Saturday.
The boys are named George Samuel and Everett Joseph — after their great-grandfathers — and, according to a report from People, are doing great despite arriving a bit ahead of schedule. The babies were originally supposed to be born sometime in June.Read More »from Chely Wright Welcomes Twin Baby Boys
Photo: Jerod HarrisGiven his remarkable success in the genre, it's safe to say that most country fans enjoy Darius Rucker's music. However, the Grand Ole Opry member was the target of a racist tweet over the weekend that, understandably, set off his ire.
"@dariusrucker Leave country to the white folk," read the tweet, from a user identified as @pqkullman (the account has since been deactivated).Read More »from Darius Rucker Fires Back at Racist Tweet