Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue Smoke' Track-By-Track

    Dolly Parton is poised to release her 42nd studio album, "Blue Smoke," which will hit the streets on May 13. In this exclusive series of clips, the country legend discusses her inspirations, creative influences, and background behind each of the songs on her new set. 

    We at Yahoo Music are excited to premiere the first four "tales" from "Blue Smoke." Two of the highlights on "Blue Smoke" include Parton's cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice," as well as a duet with her friend Kenny Rogers on his "You Can't Make Old Friends"...both of which she discusses for Yahoo Music.

    However,  that's not all. Stay tuned each week as Parton reveals even more stories, until we've counted down the entire setlist!

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  • Easton Corbin Talks New Album, Florida Country, and Career Going Like 'Clockwork'

    Florida may not be the first place that comes to mind when one considers southern living, country music, and farming lifestyles. However, native son Easton Corbin is quick to point out that his Sunshine State goes far beyond Miami and Orlando.

    "I think a lot of people when they think of Florida, they think of palm trees and beaches; or Miami, you know that whole thing," he says. "It's so much more than that!

    "You go up near Northern Florida or Central Florida and the Pan Handle, and there’s a lot of farming. I think its one of the biggest cattle producers in the United States compared to Texas or Kansas or any of those states," he explains, adding that he is from a farming background himself. "My grandfather had a small cattle farm and I grew up showing cattle. My other grandpa, he made his living as well through farming."

    He also, of course, grew up listening to the type of down-home country music that has shaped his career to date. A staunch traditionalist —"I love artists like

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  • Oak Ridge Boys Premiere New Live Track for Classic 'Elvira,' Talk Story Behind Song

    Fans of the iconic Oak Ridge Boys have been requesting a live album of hits for quite some years now, but as the band explained, "For some reason or another, the time never seemed right.”

    However, that's all changed: In early 2013, the band was able to get its hands on some top quality remote recording equipment, and promptly began capturing performances of their current show (dubbed “Boys Night Out"). The result is a brand-new live album of the same name, comprising 14 of the Oaks' greatest hits and bringing the thrilling stage experience home for their loyal fanbase.

    Yahoo Music is excited to offer a first listen to one of the most beloved classics included on the set, none other than the song that the Oaks are perhaps most famous for: "Elvira."

    As bass singer Richard Sterban explains of the hit: "We’d had 10 Number One records when we went back into the studio for what would become our 'Fancy Free' project. All of the songs were selected, and the session was set for the first two

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  • See It First: Goth Legend David J Reworks Britney Spears's 'Toxic'

    There are many landmark moments in David J's musical career, which purveyors of the seminal goth scene will well know: He is of course one of the founding members of iconic quartet Bauhaus, continuing into trio Love And Rockets, and then into a solo direction comprising an impressive number of albums and single releases.

    However, there's one thing he hasn't done yet: Namely, cover a Britney Spears song. That's all taken care of, however, on J's latest album, "An Eclipse of Ships," released Tuesday and including Spears's "Toxic" as a bonus track. Yahoo Music is excited to offer the first look at the video for this cover, which features cult fave actress Sasha Grey in an unforgettably poisonous role.

    As J explains in this exclusive intro to his new video, his take on the Spears song was to make it "super sleazy" and "wounded." He also describes Grey as a "succubus-like predatory super-villainess...I am somewhat ambivalent quarry!"

    Now, tell us you can't resist checking it out.

    David J

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  • See It First! T. Mills Premieres Video for 'All I Wanna Do'

    Believe it or not, summertime is fast on its way. If you're hankering early for parties, beaches, and pools, and looking for your special summer anthem to get you in the mood, here's a new video that might just do the trick.

    Southern California-based rapper T. Mills released the super-catchy "All I Wanna Do" earlier this year off his EP of the same name, and is slated to release his major-label debut full length later this year. As you'll soon realize from the video, the 25-year-old's fun ode to drinking and having a good time (and a sunny beach!) is the perfect element to get the party started as the temps heat up. Aw yeah!

    Want to party with T. Mills in person? He's currently playing select dates on the West Coast, and you can keep up with his latest schedule here.

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  • When the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were held in Las Vegas last weekend, plenty of stars were looking good on the red carpet — but it was newcomer Frankie Ballard who made quite the splash, dressed to kill in a unique brightly embroidered suit that caught everyone's eye.

    Turns out there's a long story behind the cool threads. Ballard's suit was created by legendary tailor Manuel. If the name doesn't sound familiar, rest assured — you’ve definitely seen his work. The 80-year-old designer, known as the “Rhinestone Rembrandt,” is responsible for some of the most iconic looks in music, from Elvis Presley’s over-the-top jumpsuits to the outfits that eventually led to Johnny Cash’s most famous nickname.

    Manuel Cuevas was born in Mexico and learned to sew when he was 7. He immigrated to the U.S. at age 17, and started working for a Los Angeles tailor at the rate of $1 an hour. Those first years heavily influenced his designs — particularly his penchant for flamboyant

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  • See It First! Cloud Cult Premieres Video for 'Breakfast With My Shadow'

    Although many bands label themselves "independent," few musical projects are as truly independent as Minnesota's Cloud Cult. Although offered record deals by major labels, the group has remained steadfastly on its own, releasing music through founder/lead singer Craig Minowa's own Earthology Records.

    In addition to accolades for its tunes, Cloud Cult has also gained recognition for its eco-friendly practices, which include environmentally conscious manufacturing processes and models for zero net greenhouse gas production for touring bands.

    The group is poised to release its 10th album and first-ever acoustic/live release, "Unplug," next week. We at Yahoo Music are pleased to offer the premiere of the video for "Breakfast With My Shadow" from the set.

    Cloud Cult is currently on tour and playing dates through June. If you'd like to keep up with their schedule, check here to see when they're near your neck of the woods!

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  • Hear It First! Grand Analog Premieres New Tune, 'Gorgeous Jane'

     

    The Canadian hip-hop scene has been burgeoning in the past decade, and here's another act that is sure to get you in a northern state of mind. Toronto-based Grand Analog is a collective that's been championed by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, they have won Western Canadian Music Awards, and are currently up for Best Rap Duo of the Year at the Sirius XM Indie Awards.

    They also have a new album, "Modern Thunder," which is set to hit the streets April 22. We at Yahoo Music are excited to offer a first listen to the record via their tune "Gorgeous Jane." Have a listen and let us know what you think!

    If you're interested in getting deeper with Grand Analog, check out their MySpace page here.

     

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  • See It First: David Nail Premieres Exclusive Acoustic Version of 'Burnin' Bed'

     David Nail has been setting Nashville on fire with his latest set, "I'm a Fire," which debuted last month and hit No. 3 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The country star has made waves with initial singles "Whatever She's Got" and "Kiss You Tonight," but we at Yahoo Music are especially fond of his passionate tune "Burnin' Bed."

    That said, we're excited to offer the first look at an exclusive acoustic version of this song, which boasts a hotshot pedigree (country it-girl Brandy Clark is one of the songwriters). Let us know what you think of this new and different take on the tune.

    Nail is currently on tour through the spring and summer: You can keep up with his schedule here.

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  • Dan + Shay Perform '19 You + Me' Live For Ram Country

    Hot country duo Dan + Shay are starting off the month of April with a string of accolades: The pair released its debut, "Where It All Began," on the first of the month...then followed that up with a trip to Las Vegas for the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, where they were nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year.

    They also had a little time amid all that fun to stop by the Ram Country studios to perform this exclusive acoustic rendition of their single "19 You + Me." Oh wait, they weren't in the studio. They decided to do it outdoors! Enjoy!

    The two are currently on a tour with Hunter Hayes, and will be joining Blake Shelton on the road this summer. Keep up with their schedule here.

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