Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • Eric Paslay Delivers a Sheryl Crow Classic: 'Love Song or Prayer to God'

    Eric Paslay knows a thing or two about songwriting: In addition to his self-titled debut album, released in February and which boasts every single song written or co-written by himself, the country musician has written for fellow luminaries including Jake Owen, the Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts, and Lady Antebellum.

    Paslay recently stopped by the Ram Country studios to deliver not only his latest single, the moody/infectious "Song About A Girl," but also his cover of a favorite Sheryl Crow tune —1993's "I Shall Believe," which he describes as could equally be a "love song or a prayer to God."

    Paslay is currently touring with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett and will appear at California's famed Stagecoach festival on Friday. You can keep up with his schedule here

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  • See It First! 'Nashville' Star Hayden Panettiere Sings From Ryman Auditorium

    Love "Nashville"? Who doesn't, right? Here's an extra treat for super-fans of the show: A one-hour TV special, "Nashville: On The Record," will be airing Wednesday April 23. The series' first-ever concert special features all your favorite songs as performed by cast members including Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio.

    We at Yahoo Music have obtained an exclusive first peek at series lead actress Panettiere's performance — a power-packed rendition of "Don't Throw Dirt on My Grave Just Yet." Panettiere is delivering it straight from Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium!

    Inspired by ABC Music Lounge’s weekly web series "Nashville: On The Record," the special will also feature the cast performing acoustic numbers and discussing the music in another famed Nashville locale: The Bluebird Cafe. The songwriters of the tunes, including the Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe and others, will also join to share stories on the special.

    Tune in to ABC on April 23 at 10 p.m.

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  • Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue Smoke' Track-By-Track: Week 2

    Dolly Parton is poised to release her 42nd studio album, "Blue Smoke," which will hit the streets on May 13. In our second installment of 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 pleased to continue our series (you can find the first chapter here) in which Parton talks about the next four tracks on her new album. A highlight: She covers the Bon Jovi classic "Lay Your Hands on Me"!

    Stay tuned each week as Parton reveals even more stories, until we've counted down the entire setlist! We'll have all her stories, all the way up to "Blue Smoke"'s official release date.

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  • See It First! Jackson Guthy Premieres Acoustic 'Young & Single'

    Jackson Guthy is just 18 years old, but this talented singer-songwriter already has a full musical resume under his belt at a tender age. He's been studying piano since he was a toddler, writing songs since he was 7, and debuted his first single on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2011.

    Currently he's managed by "American Idol" alum judge Randy Jackson, and has been honing his chops on the road with some seriously huge productions. He's already been on tour with One Direction, Fifth Harmony, and Cher Lloyd; just finished up a tour with Emblem 3 and MKTO, and currently is out with Five Seconds of Summer.

    Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the video for an exclusive acoustic version of his catchy tune "Young & Single." Enjoy!

    If you'd like to catch Guthy on tour, you can keep up with his schedule here.

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  • Billboard's Milestone Award: And The Three Finalists Are...

    Music fans have spoken! The three finalists for Billboard's second annual MIlestone Award are in, and they are Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding, and OneRepublic.

    The dynamic trio beat out Imagine Dragons, John Legend, and Luke Bryan to advance to the finals in the wholly fan-voted category.

    The finalists were revealed Monday morning by Billboard, Dick Clark Productions, and Chevrolet following three weeks of fan voting. The actual winner will also be determined by fan vote; fans can visit here to choose their favorite starting now and running through to the 2014 Billboard Music Awards which take place May 18. Voting will officially close two hours into the broadcast, 10 p.m. ET.

    This is the sophomore year for this particular award, which honors an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year. Last year's winner was Justin Bieber.

    The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tune in to ABC May 18 at 8

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  • Country Singer, Motivational Speaker Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

    Kevin Sharp, the "Nobody Knows" singer who refused to let a cancer diagnosis keep him from inspiring hundreds via the Make-A-Wish Foundation, died Saturday. His family said the hitmaker and motivational speaker succumbed to complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. He was 43.

    "He had a strong heart, that's what kept him alive," said his sister Mary Huston, who had been caring for him in the final days prior to his death. "[But] I'm so happy for him, that there's no more suffering."

    Sharp is one of the rare people who have worked with Make-A-Wish as both a recipient of the foundation's goodwill and a participant. Diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer as a teen, he asked Make-A-Wish to introduce him to famed producer-performer David Foster.

    When Sharp's cancer unexpectedly went into remission in 1991, Foster helped Sharp launch a country music career, which spawned several albums and the chart-topping 1996 hit "Nobody Knows."

    Sharp, ever grateful to

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  • 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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