We're seven 20-somethings with a passion for country music, and the desire to talk about it. Some might say we're obsessive, having been to a combined 400+ shows, but we prefer to call it involved. Our iTunes libraries are littered with over 12,000 songs in the country genre, and we're all avid Spotify researchers. Our goal is to provide country music fans with the latest in country music news, combined with the occasional opinion or two, in hopes that you don't have to look too hard to find what you want to hear. We'll also be throwing in some music you may not hear on the radio and we're always open to suggestions.

 

LAUREN (EDITOR)

I'm an aspiring singer/songwriter who was raised on country music....and Britney Spears. I've been singing since I could talk and going to concerts since I was old enough to remember them. I moved to Nashville in August of 2013 to attend Belmont University and dive into the craziness of the Music Business. I'm originally from a tiny little town south of Raleigh and I'm lucky enough to have two music filled places that I'm proud to call home.

Aside from spending time with my guitar, Cash, and singing for anyone who will listen, I'm a sunset enthusiast, amateur iPhone photographer, and baker.  If you'd like to check out my music, I'm constantly putting videos on my YouTube channel. I would LOVE to hear feedback from some of the greatest country fans out there.....(aka you)! www.laurenmclamb.com

Currently blasting in my car:
Thomas Rhett - "T-Shirt"
Maren Morris - "80's Mercedes"
Kelsea Ballerini - "Dibs"

 

 

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Caroline

I have big dreams, ask anyone. Mostly unrealistic. I'm okay with that.

I obviously love country music, but I feel like I love it more than anyone else in the world. This sounds incredibly cliche, but I really did grow up listening to Waylon, Willie, Merle, and Johnny Cash. But that's not to say I don't like the newer generations. I've seen Eric Church in 7 (soon to be 8) different states and I have a huge crush on George Strait, but let's be honest, who doesn't?

However, I do cheat on country with other genres pretty regularly. Bob Seger and Tom Petty are almost impossible to beat. I'm an unashamed Dave Grohl enthusiast. The Beatles' "Blackbird Fly" is one of my favorite songs of all time. I occasionally listen to Grunge & I had an *NSYNC fan girl phase, but we won't talk about that.

 

Recent Favorite Albums (in no particular order):
Southeastern- Jason Isbell
The Outsiders- Eric Church
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music-Sturgill Simpson
12 Stories-Brandy Clark

If you haven't heard all of these, check 'em out.

 

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Leah

Country music is life. Everyone experiences change, love, and dreams. That is what makes this genre a reality. The personal connections made when listening to a song is what captivates me. Then having that connection translate live in concert; chill bumps.

I am the kind of fan where when I buy an artist's album, I am opening the liner pages to see the songwriters. I have more respect for artists who writes his or her own material, that way it is their words they are expressing. With that said, I still love artist who branch out to different songwriters. By being a musician myself, creates for a more active listening. When I sit down with an album or by standing in a crowd at a concert I love, not only being moved myself, but watching others be moved. It is something that is so magical.

In this crazy world we like to call the music business, my favorites range anywhere from Hank Williams Jr. to Sugarland and even outside of the country genre, Journey.

Music is universal. I enjoy sharing new music and spreading the word!

 

Jammin' On my Playlist:

"My Name is Bocephus" - Hank Williams Jr.
"Another Sunday in the South" - Miranda Lambert
"Trailer Hitch" - Kristian Bush
"Love You Like That"- Canaan Smith
"That's How We Do Summertime"- Chasin' Crazy

 

 

MANDELYN

If you've ever been in love, you know how it feels to eat, sleep, and breathe for that special someone and the cloud nine feeling that comes with the territory. For me, well, I'm in love with a special someTHING..and that's country music. 

Country music can break your heart, then rebuild it over the spin of one song. It can instigate nostalgia, then spark ambition for the future in a matter of minutes.

While country music is my special someTHING, I am open to all good music and all the good people I've come to know through it. Anything Jon Prine, Willie Nelson, or Chris Stapleton gets me good.

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The first song I ever learned the words to was Doug Stone's "I'd Be Better Off". That was when I was three years old, so when I would bust out singing "I'd be better off in a pine box on a slow train bound for Georgia..." my teachers were a bit concerned.

 

Jammin' On My Playlist:

Salvation City - Sundy Best
"Girls I Date" - Mike Ryan
Off The Beaten Path - Justin Moore
"Whiskey River" - Willie Nelson

 

 

 

 

MIKAYLA

Hey all! I’m just a northern girl with a love for country music. In fact, I have a bit of an obsession with Luke Bryan’s song “Move” because it has kinda been my life this past year. I was born and raised in the good ole Granite State (aka New Hampshire) and originally went to college right outside the Big Apple. While I love NYC, I’m super excited to be living in one of the best country music cities in the country (aka Raleigh)!

Music has always been a passion of mine. I love listening to all genres and can often be found switching between Fall Out Boy, Bob Seger, and Carrie Underwood, depending on my moods!

When I’m not doing work or attending classes at NC State, I love to go out and find new artists to listen to. Maybe one day I’ll find that special artist that I can work with and make the next big thing! Until then, I’ll be here, keeping you updated on all the new and exciting happenings in country music!

Favorite Car Tunes

“Man, I Feel Like A Woman” – Shania Twain

→ “What Now” – Rihanna

→ “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

→ “Life is a Highway” – Rascal Flatts

 

 

 

 

Marissa

New to living in the South! Currently in the process of recording my first album, and loving every minute spent basking in music. Growing up in the country on the outskirts of D.C., I could almost always be found covered in hay tacking up horses in the barn while blasting country music on a beaten up radio. While I enjoy listening and learning about other genres, the familiar pattern of a classic country song always makes me feel at home. 

My favorite country artists (old and new) are:


Garth Brooks

Tyler Farr

Johnny Cash

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