Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • Hear It First! Singer-Songwriter Risa Binder Celebrates 'Nashville' With New Song

    Although Risa Binder hails from Brooklyn, the singer-songwriter has a distinctive flair for the storytelling aspect of country music, something she's honed via time in Nashville working in Music City's famed songwriting camps. Her debut release, "Paper Heart," even earned her comparisons to one of the town's most lauded storytellers: Taylor Swift!

    Yahoo Music is pleased to premiere the first single off Binder's forthcoming EP "Nashville," which is titled "Burning Down the Dark."

    As Binder explains, the song was a thrill to create: "I was so excited to get to record "Burning Down the Dark." From the moment I heard it, it reminded me of how it feels to kiss someone for the first time. Exciting, uncharted territory. "

    "My upcoming EP 'Nashville' gives me the same kind of feeling," she continues. "Working with producer Luke Wooten from day one just felt right. From hearing Dan Dugmore play pedal steel on every song to singing 'Easy to Remember,' a song co-written by one of my writer

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  • Join the Party! Easton Corbin Live Streams Exclusive Show From Las Vegas

    Eastin Corbin is playing a exclusive show for his special fans only, and that includes you -- even if you can't make it to Sin City! Ram Country Live! on Yahoo Music is presenting a live stream of the hitmaker's set on Friday 4/4 starting at 8 p.m. PT.

    Corbin will deliver a sizzling show of hits, including his new single "Clockwork." Catch it live on stage!

    If you miss the live stream, we'll be replaying it immediately afterwards, but you'll want to catch it in the moment if possible. Corbin's Ram Country Live showcase is a great kickoff to a country-filled weekend: Vegas is hosting the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held Sunday evening at the MGM Grand Arena.

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  • Hear It First! Vaudeville Etiquette Delivers New Alt-Country Tune, "Oh'

     

    Fleetwood Mac have just announced a new tour, and if you haven't been lucky enough to score tickets, here's a new band you might want to check out instead. Alt-country sensations Vaudeville Etiquette have been compared to the '70s icons, and have even been known to occasionally cover the classic "Rumours" in its entirety during shows.

    Yahoo Music is pleased to offer a first listen to a track from the band's debut album, "Debutantes & Dealers," which arrives April 15. Check out "Oh" and see if it feeds your vibe!

    "’Oh’ is a potential love song. It points to the prospects of love instead of singing back to it in hindsight. It’s a courting song, about asking someone for a chance and showing them how good it could be if they would jump," explains co-vocalist Tayler Lynn. "We wanted to strip down the composition of this song because it's really about stripping yourself raw and asking to be loved, flaws and all."

    "As for its sound, we have so many driving rhythms on our album, 'Oh' is our

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  • Get Ready! Easton Corbin Set to Rock Las Vegas With Exclusive Live-Streamed Concert!

    Country star Easton Corbin has been "all over the road" this year on tour, and while he's loved each and every stop he's made, there's one date he's really looking forward to. Namely, this Friday, 4/4, when he'll be rocking it out in Las Vegas to a crowd of country-music lovers ready to get the party started.

    Corbin is playing this exclusive show for his special fans only, and that includes you -- even if you can't make it to Sin City! The set will be live-streamed right on Ram Country on Yahoo Music starting at 8 p.m. PT. Corbin will deliver a sizzling show of hits, including his new single "Clockwork."

    If you miss the live stream, we'll be replaying it immediately afterwards, but you'll want to catch it in the moment if possible. Corbin's Ram Country Live showcase will prove the perfect introduction to a country-filled weekend: Vegas is hosting the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held Sunday evening at the MGM Grand Arena.

    Get more Academy of Country Music Awards

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  • Sheryl Crow on Going Country: 'Nashville is Amazing'

    Some may have been surprised when superstar Sheryl Crow -- who's best known for her pop-oriented slateof hits, such as "All I Wanna Do" and "Soak Up the Sun" -- decided to make a move to country music with her latest album, "Feels Like Home," which has pushed her firmly into the ranks of country awards shows, peer recognition, and a new fanbase.

    Turns out that the genre has never been far from the Missouri native's heart: "I've just never been interested in the whole format thing," the 52-year-old singer says. "I've always gotten away with having songs that got played in a lot of different places. I've realized that the country format is very specific...but I do feel that the songs that have been my biggest hits were definitely inspired by country."

    "Nashville is amazing," Crow explains of her nine years living in Music City, nothing that the wealth of musical talent has inspired her to new levels of artistry. "It ups your game [as a songwriter]."

    Another thing that's caused her to

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  • Nashville's Finest Have Glowing Words for 'King of Country' George Strait

    They don't call him the "King of Country" for nothing: The iconic George Strait is celebrating his 60th number one song ("Give It All We've Got Tonight"), his sixth decade (he'll be 62 in May) and his year-long farewell to the road (his final'The Cowboy Rides Away' tour).

    He's also up for the coveted Entertainer of the Year award at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held April 6 in Las Vegas. Whether he takes the title home or not, Strait has made an indelible mark on the country world, which his fellow musicians are more than happy to acknowledge.

    As seen in this clip, Nashville's full range of artists -- from those young enough to be Strait's kids (Jana Kramer, Chris Young, Thompson Square) to those with decades of hits under their belts (Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans) -- have nothing but amazing things to say about their "King."

    As Randy Houser succinctly puts it, Strait is like "the Dos Equis commercial: The most interesting guy in the world!" We'll

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  • Miranda Lambert Turns Gossip Into Golden Material on New Album

    Miranda Lambert certainly knows how to make lemonade out of lemons: The singer is coming forth this week talking about she's turned an uncomfortable situation -- namely, media scrutiny surrounding her marriage to Blake Shelton -- into material for several songs on her upcoming album, "Platinum."

    As she told People Country, a tabloid featuring a bogus cover story about her and her husband inspired one track in particular. Songwriter Natalie Hemby was at Lambert's Nashville condo, saw the magazine on the counter, and asked Lambert how she dealt with all the lies and gossip.

    “I told her I had no choice. It’s part of the deal now, and I’m still adjusting,” Lambert explained.

    Hemby mulled this over, and two weeks later, sent over a song she had co-written that was inspired by that very conversation. The tune’s lyrics reference Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla, but the theme of the track addresses the complications surrounding any high-profile relationship. “Anyone who reaches that

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  • Hear It First! Rare Track From Cyndi Lauper's 30th Anniversary Celebration Release

    Believe it or not: Music icon Cyndi Lauper is poised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her record-setting debut album, "She's So Unusual" -- a groundbreaking release that turned her into a pop icon and launched the new wave feminist anthem "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."

    Lauper likes to do things in a big way, and this anniversary is no exception: She's releasing a double-CD set on April 1 to commemorate the landmark, which includes the original album, rare demos, live concert recordings, and remixes by some of today’s hottest DJs and producers including NERVO, Bent Collective, and Yolanda Be Cool.

    Yahoo Music is excited to offer a premiere of one of the live tracks, "Witness (Live, Boston, 1984)." Have a listen...and have fun!

    Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. "She’s So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration" can be preordered here.

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  • More Trouble for Trace: Adkins's Wife Files for Divorce

    Trace and Rhonda Adkins

    Trace Adkins is weathering blow after blow in 2014. The singer went to rehab for alcohol abuse in January following an altercation with a celebrity impersonator on a country-music-themed cruise. Then, in February, he suffered the loss of his father. This month has proved no easier: He's just been served divorce papers by his wife of 16 years.

    Rhonda Forlaw Adkins filed the paperwork, dated March 24, in Franklin, Tennessee, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. According to the document, which was obtained by Yahoo Music, she is asking for primary custody of the couple's three daughters, as well as child support, alimony, and attorney's fees.

    The pair were married in 1997; Rhonda worked for a Nashville record label prior to their marriage.

    This is Trace Adkins's third marriage; he suffered a particularly acrimonious relationship with his second wife, who shot him through the heart and lungs during an argument in 1994.

    The 52-year-old country star had finished

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  • Are These Guys 'America's Most Patriotic Rock Band'? (Sarah Palin Might Think So)

    What exactly does it take to be deemed "America's most patriotic rock band?"

    Do hopeful musicians need to tally up how many renditions of "the Star-Spangled Banner" they've belted out... or perhaps make a bid to play the White House?

    Turns out all you really need to do is, well, just say you're the most patriotic band of all. That approach seemed to work out for Madison Rising, whose ambitious claim has caught the attention of other self-acclaimed patriots. The band has just been tapped to provide the theme song for former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's new TV show, "Amazing America With Sarah Palin."

    Palin's show, which premieres on the Sportsman Channel April 3, purports to "highlight that freedom we get to experience in America," according to the politician herself — and Madison Rising's original tune for the show (also titled "Amazing America") mirrors that philosophy. The song's lyrics champion national pride, as well as some conservative-leaning references to guns,

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