MusicWire Magazine - 'Housewife's Prayer' is featured On The Brand New Debut Album From The New Country Trio - Pistol Annies...Released: August 23rd 2011...Label: Columbia Nashville, web:, - Band Members:...Angaleena Pressley, Miranda Lambert & Ashley Monroe...Available Now On iTunes.  Pistol Annies are an American country music supergroup composed of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. The trio, formed by Lambert, gave their debut performance on April 4, 2011 during the Academy of Country Music's Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country special aired on CBS.  Miranda Lambert is age 27, Ashley Monroe is age 25, from Nashville, Tennessee. Angaleena Presley is from Beauty, Kentucky, and is age 34. The trio released their debut album, Hell on Heels, on August 23, 2011 via Columbia Records. Its title track has also been released as both a single and a music video which began airing on Great American Country in July.  
MusicWire Magazine - Joshua Ryan "Jake" Owen is an American country music artist. Signed to RCA Records Nashville in 2005, he released his debut album Startin' with Me that yearThe album produced three singles, all of which reached Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: "Yee Haw", "Startin' with Me", and "Something About a Woman". A second album, 2009's Easy Does It, has accounted for three more singles in the #2 "Don't Think I Can't Love You", "Eight Second Ride", and "Tell Me"
In September 2011, the lead-off single and title track to the album "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" became his first Number One single on the country chart. He has also toured as an opening act for several country acts, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Sugarland, and Keith Urban.
Although Warner/Chappell did not sign him to a contract, Owen eventually met record producer and songwriter Jimmy Ritchey.  Sony BMG Nashville executives, signed Josh to their RCA Records label in 2005.  Owen changed his first name to Jake, so as to avoid confusion with Josh Turner and Josh Gracin.  He released his third studio album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, on August 30, 2011.In 2011, he joined Keith Urban on his 2011 Get Closer world tour.

MusicWire Magazine - William Matthew "Billy" Currington is an American country music artist. Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2003, he has released four studio albums for the label: 2003's Billy Currington, 2005's Doin' Somethin' Right, 2008's Little Bit of Everything, and 2010's Enjoy Yourself. These four albums have produced nine singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including six #1 hits "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right", "Good Directions", "People Are Crazy", "That's How Country Boys Roll", "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer", and "Let Me Down Easy". He has also charted as a duet partner on Shania Twain's single "Party For Two" and his own non-album single "Tangled Up", for a total of eleven Top 40 hits.
When he was a junior in Effingham County High School (Springfield, Georgia), Currington auditioned for a spot at Opryland, the renowned country music theme park located in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. Failing the audition, after high school he moved to Nashville to pursue his career in country music.
One of the clients he worked with as a personal trainer led Currington to recording demo tapes, as well as writing songs. He eventually had cuts by George Strait, Tracy Byrd, and Marty Raybon.[3] After almost being offered to join RCA Records, he signed to Mercury Records in 2003.
In May 2010, he released his tenth solo single overall, "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer", which hit #1 in September.
MusicWire Magazine - Reba Nell McEntire is an American country music artist and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. As a solo act, she was invited to perform at a rodeo in Oklahoma City, which caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall. He brought her to Nashville, Tennessee, where she eventually signed a contract with Mercury Records in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983.
Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country (1984), which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles.
While on tour for her 1990 album, McEntire lost eight members of her road band plus pilot Donald Holmes and co-pilot Chris Hollinger, when their charter jet plane crashed near San Diego, California on March 16, 1991.
On March 1, 2011, the Country Music Association announced that McEntire will be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame.  McEntire was unable to attend the announcement after her father slipped into a coma following a stroke. Reba was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 22, 2011 at a Medallion Ceremony that took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Reba's Idol, Dolly Parton, inducted her.
MusicWire Magazine Footloose is a 2011 American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, and Andie MacDowell. The film follows a young man who moves from Boston to a small southern town and protests the town's ban against dancing.
Filming took place from September to November 2010 in Georgia. It was released in Australia and New Zealand on October 6, 2011 and in North America on October 14, 2011. It grossed $15.5 million in its opening weekend and was met with generally positive reaction. 
The remake is set in fictional "Bomont, Georgia". On a budget of $24 million, principal photography began in September 2010 in and around metro Atlanta.
The original soundtrack was released by Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville on September 27, 2011. It includes eight new songs and four remakes of songs from the original film's soundtrack.  Brewer said, "I can promise Footloose fans that I will be true to the spirit of the original film. But I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011".  Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" was covered by Blake Shelton for the remake, which is an upbeat country version. Like the original film, the 2011 version also features the "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" by the heavy metal band Quiet Riot.



MusicWire Magazine - David Ball is an American country music artist. Active since 1988, he has recorded a total of seven studio albums on several different labels, including his platinum certified debut Thinkin' Problem. Fourteen of Ball's singles have entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-peaking chart entries are 1994's "Thinkin' Problem" and 2001's "Riding With Private Malone", both of which peaked at #2.
David Ball was born into a large musical family headed by his father. He eventually learned to play guitar after persuading his parents to buy him one. Having written his first song in seventh grade, he played it in a school talent show with a band he had formed, the Strangers. Together with friends, he took part in various bluegrass and country festivals in the Carolinas.
Ball subsequently focused on a solo career, moving to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was signed to a publishing contract. Three singles for RCA Records in the late 1980s failed to provide a solo breakthrough, however, and a projected album was shelved. 
A new recording contract followed. Thinkin' Problem, his debut album, was released on Warner Bros. Its title track served as the lead-off single, reaching #2 on the Billboard country music charts and #40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album, which received a platinum certification in the U.S., also produced the singles "When the Thought of You Catches Up with Me", "Look What Followed Me Home""What Do You Want with His Love", and "Honky Tonk Healin'", although these latter two singles failed to make Top 40 on the country charts.
Ball recorded two more albums for the label – Starlite Lounge and Play – without much chart success. However, he had a smash hit with "Riding with Private Malone", from the 2001 album Amigo on the Dualtone label. This album failed to produce any other hits, however, and Ball exited Dualtone in 2002. Freewheeler followed in 2004, and Heartaches by the Number in 2007
MusicWire Magazine - Brother Phelps was an American country music duo formed by brothers Ricky Lee (guitar, vocals) and Doug Phelps (bass guitar, vocals). Prior to the duo's formation in 1992, both brothers were members of The Kentucky Headhunters, a country rock band.  In all, the duo charted six singles between 1993 and 1995 (although only one other single reached Top 40), in addition to recording two albums on Asylum Records. Brother Phelps disbanded in 1995, with Doug rejoining the Kentucky Headhunters as lead singer, and Ricky Lee assuming a solo career.
The Brothers are Ricky Lee Phelps, and Doug Phelps. They joined The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986. Ricky Lee served as lead vocalist, while Doug played bass guitar and sang backup vocals. The Kentucky Headhunters released its debut album, Pickin' on Nashville, in 1989, producing four Top 40 singles on the country charts with it. After the band's second album, 1991's Electric Barnyard, failed to produce a major hit, Ricky Lee and Doug announced that they were leaving to form their own group. Mark Orr then became lead singer of The Kentucky Headhunters, while Anthony Kenney took over as bass guitarist.
The newly formed duo named Brother Phelps, signed to Asylum Records in 1992.  Brother Phelps featured a more traditional country music sound.  Their first single, "Let Go", reached a peak of #6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in 1993, higher than any of The Kentucky Headhunters' singles had peaked. The same year, the duo's first album (also titled Let Go) was released.
Brother Phelps' second and final album, Any Way the Wind Blows, was released in 1995 to critical acclaim, although it failed to produce any Top 40 singles. The duo disbanded in 1995, with Doug returning to the Kentucky Headhunters, assuming the role of lead vocalist after Orr's departure.  Ricky Lee, meanwhile, continued to record as a solo artist.
MusicWire Magazine - The Tractors is an American country rock band composed of a loosely associated group of musicians, headed by guitarist Steve Ripley. Under the band's original lineup, The Tractors was signed to Arista Records in 1994, releasing their self-titled debut album that year; the album went on to become the highest-selling country album of 1994, even though it only produced one Top 40 hit on the Billboard country charts. To date, the band has followed up with five more albums.
Since their foundation, most of the band's original members have moved on to separate projects, although they often collaborate with frontman Ripley on The Tractors' more recent recordings. Ripley is the only official member of the group.
Melinda Gayle "Mindy" McCready is an American country music singer. Active since 1996, she has recorded a total of five studio albums. Her debut album, 1996's Ten Thousand Angels, was released on BNA Records and was certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, while 1997's If I Don't Stay the Night was certified Gold. 1999's I'm Not So Tough, her final album for BNA, was less successful.
McCready's four studio albums have accounted for 12 singles on the Billboard country singles charts. This includes the hit "Guys Do It All the Time", as well as the Top Ten hits "Ten Thousand Angels" and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)."  McCready's fifth studio album, I'm Still Here, was released in March 2010 and has sold over 3 million albums according to the RIAA.
MusicWire Magazine - Brooks & Dunn are an American country music duo consisting of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, who were both vocalists and songwriters. They were paired by record producer Tim DuBois in 1990. Before the duo's foundation, both members of the duo were solo recording artists. Brooks wrote songs for John Conlee, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Highway 101 and released a solo album for Capitol Records; both he and Dunn also charted two solo singles apiece in the 1980s.
Signed to Arista Records in 1991, the duo recorded ten studio albums. They also released fifty singles, of which twenty went to number one on the Hot Country Songs charts and nineteen more reached top tenTwo of these number-one songs, "My Maria" (a cover of the B.W. Stevenson song) and "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You", were the top country songs of 1996 and 2001, respectively, according to the Billboard Year-End charts. The latter is also the duo's longest-lasting number one, at six weeks. Several of their songs have also reached the Billboard Hot 100, where the duo's highest peaks are "Ain't Nothing 'bout You" and "Red Dirt Road", both at number 25. Brooks & Dunn also won the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year award every year between 1992 and 2006, except for 2000. Two of Brooks & Dunn's songs also won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Hard Workin' Man" in 1993 and "My Maria" in 1996. All but two of the duo's studio albums are certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Their highest-certified is their 1991 debut Brand New Man, which is certified sextuple-platinum for shipments of six million copies.
MusicWire Magazine - Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan is an American country singer who debuted in 2007 with the single "All My Friends Say", a Top 5 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His debut album, I'll Stay Me, was released on Capitol Records in 2007. This album also produced chart singles in "We Rode in Trucks" and "Country Man". In addition to his own material, Bryan co-wrote Billy Currington's 2007 Number One hit "Good Directions."
In 2009, Bryan released his second album, Doin' My Thing. This album produced the number 2 country hit "Do I" as well as his first two number one hits, "Rain Is a Good Thing", and "Someone Else Calling You Baby."0, and also reached Number One in February 2011.
2011-present: Tailgates & Tanlines: Bryan released his seventh single, "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)," to country radio on March 14, 2011. It served as the lead-off single to his third studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines, which was released August 9, 2011. The album debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums and number two on the Billboard 200.
Luke Bryan married Caroline Boyer on Dec. 8, 2006. They welcomed a son, Thomas Boyer "Bo" Bryan, on March 18, 2008.  Their second son, Tatum Christopher Bryan, was born on August 11, 2010.[8]
Bryan was born and raised in Leesburg, GA.  After graduating Lee County High School, Bryan planned to move to Nashville, Tennessee; however, this move was delayed, due to the death of his brother, Chris, on the same day he planned to leave. Luke attended Georgia Southern University, and is a member of the Eta Zeta chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity
MusicWire Magazine - Rodney Allan Atkins is an American country music artistSigned to Curb Records in 1996, he charted his first single on the Billboard country chart that year, but did not release an album until 2003's Honesty, which included the number 4 hit "Honesty (Write Me a List)".
If You're Going Through Hell, his second album, was released in 2006. Its first two singles, "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and "Watching You", each spent four weeks at the top of the country music chart. "Going Through Hell" was the number-one country song of 2006; likewise, "Watching You" was the number-one song of 2007. The album, which has since been certified platinum in the United States, produced two more #1 singles in "These Are My People" and "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" as well as "Invisibly Shaken" which peaked at number 41. A twelfth single, "It's America", was released in November 2008 as the first release from his third album It's America and it became his fifth number-one single. In the summer of 2010, he released “Farmer’s Daughter”, a number 5 hit included in a reissue of It's America. He fourth studio album, Take a Back Road, was released in October 2011, which includes his current number-one single, also titled "Take a Back Road."
He was signed to Curb Records in 1996. He charted for the first time with the single "In a Heartbeat", which peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart. 
MusicWire Magazine - "Remind Me" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Brad Paisley, performed as a duet with country music singer Carrie Underwood. The song was released in May 2011 as the third single from Paisley's studio album, This Is Country Music, released May 23, 2011. The music video for the song premiered on CMT on July 26, 2011
In an interview at the Billboard Country Music Summit in June 2011, Underwood described the recording of the song as "the most unorganized thing [she] had ever been a part of" but added that it "all worked out so perfectly."  She and Paisley had previously discussed recording a duet for This Is Country Music but couldn't coordinate their schedules before the album was due to be completed in December 2010. The album was pushed back and Paisley contacted Underwood in February 2011, sending her a work tape of "Remind Me" with "a lot of mumbling" and Sheryl Crow singing the female part. Underwood saw potential in the song and flew from Los Angeles to Nashville to meet with Paisley, where they recorded the song on February 11, 2011. Upon the album's release in May 2011, Paisley expressed his hope that "Remind Me" would be its third single and described the decision to ask Underwood to perform on the song with him as an easy one.
The song's topic is about a married couple in seek of rekindling the flame of their relationship they once carried. It is set at a slow tempo of 69 beats per minute in the key of F major, with a vocal range from F3 to A5 and a primary chord pattern of F-Dm-C-B♭.[
MusicWire Magazine - Highway 101 is an American country music band founded by Paulette Carlson (lead vocals), Jack Daniels (guitar), Curtis Stone (bass guitar, mandolin) and Scott "Cactus" Moser (drums). With Carlson as lead vocalist, the band recorded three albums for Warner Bros. Records Nashville and charted ten consecutive Top Ten hits on the Hot Country Songs chartsfour of which went to Number OneAfter Carlson left in 1990, the band recorded a fourth album for Warner with Nikki Nelson on lead vocals before exiting the label. One album each followed on Liberty, Intersound and Free Falls Records. Moser, Stone, Nelson and Andy Gurley comprise the current lineup.
Before the band's foundation, Carlson recorded on RCA Records as a solo singer. She made three appearances on the Hot Country Songs charts in that timespan; her singles "You Gotta Get to My Heart (Before You Lay a Hand on Me)," "I'd Say Yes" and "Can You Fool" respectively reached #65, #67 and #72. Carlson founded Highway 101 in 1986 in Los Angeles, California, with guitarist Jack Danielsbassist Curtis Stone (son of singer Cliffie Stone) and drummer Scott "Cactus" Moser, all three of whom were session musicians.
In 1987, the band signed with Warner Bros. Records Nashville, debuting that January with the single "The Bed You Made for Me," which Carlson wrote. This song spent twenty-four weeks on the Hot Country Songs charts, reaching a peak of #4. Following it were "Whiskey, If You Were a Woman" at #2 and two consecutive Number Ones: "Somewhere Tonight" (written by Rodney Crowell and Harlan Howard) and "Cry, Cry, Cry." After the chart success, Highway 101 was nominated and won the award for Vocal Group of the Year at the 1988 ACM and CMA Awards.
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Shania Twain, born Eilleen Regina Edwards; is a Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. Her album The Woman in Me (1995), brought her fame and her 1997 album Come On Over, became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician in any genre, and the best-selling country album of all time. It has sold over 40 million copies worldwide and is the ninth best-selling album in the U.S.  Her fourth album, Up!, was released in November 2002. To date it has sold 20 million copies worldwide.
Twain has won five Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards. She has had three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and is the second best-selling artist in Canada, behind Céline Dion, with three of her studio albums certified double diamond by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Sometimes referred to as "The First Lady of Country Music",  Twain has sold over 75 million albums worldwide and is ranked 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era.  She was also ranked 72nd on Billboard's "Artists of the decade" (2000–10). Most recently, Twain has her own TV series, Why Not? with Shania Twain, that premiered on the OWN on May 8, 2011. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 2, 2011.