Five Questions with Gerry House

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One of the best-loved and most acclaimed radio personalities in country music history, Gerry House held court on Nashville's WSIX-FM for 25 years with his Gerry House and the House Foundation morning show. He also found success as a songwriter in that time, with major hits such as "Little Rock" (Reba McEntire), "The Big One" (George Strait), and "The River and the Highway" (Pam Tillis). As if that weren't enough, House has also brought his distinctive comic sensibilities to television, … [Read more...]

Five Questions with Heider Tunarrosa

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When I posted about a strangely-quite-good comedic web series focused on one Colombian guy's obsession with Taylor Swift, there wasn't much information to go on outside of the episodes themselves. Where did "Searching for Taylor Swift" come from? Why is it any good? Would there be episodes beyond the four posted to YouTube last year? Does that guy playing the main part really even like Taylor Swift, or this all just a viral come-on using Swift's name because she happens to be the ubiquitous star … [Read more...]

Five Questions with Reckless Kelly’s Willy Braun

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As mentioned a couple days ago (in a post that has now been updated with ticket winners), Red Dirt institution Reckless Kelly is bringing its Livers of Steel Tour with Micky & the Motorcars and Wade Bowen down the west coast this week. We caught up with frontman Willy Braun by email from somewhere in Oregon, as the tour blazes toward its first California stop in Sacramento on Wednesday. The rest of the Livers of Steel tour dates can be found here. Tell us about Long Night Moon, the new … [Read more...]

Five Questions with Brandy Clark

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As sometimes happens with good songwriters breaking through, I was a Brandy Clark fan before I even realized it. "The Day She Got Divorced" by Reba McEntire. "Crazy Women" by LeAnn Rimes. More recently, I've singled out Joanna Smith's "We Can't Be Friends," Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart," and The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" as worthwhile songs on mainstream country radio. When the name Brandy Clark finally crossed my desk and I glanced through her credits to find that she had … [Read more...]

Five Questions with Brent Cobb

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With a down-home EP ranked among the best of 2012 and a burgeoning reputation as one of Nashville's sharpest up-and-coming songwriters, Brent Cobb might be just the guy to bring some rural reality back to country radio. As a writer of standout album tracks like "Rockaway (The Rockin' Chair Song)" for Kellie Pickler and "Tailgate Blues" for Luke Bryan, the 26-year-old from Georgia seems poised for a big breakout radio hit or two sometime in the near future. Regardless of what fortunes might … [Read more...]

Five Questions with Jerrod Niemann

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When Jerrod Niemann burst onto the mainstream country scene with his fetching cover of Sonia Dada's "You Don't Treat Me No Good" in 2010, it was the culmination of a decade of struggle that saw a few hard-won cuts (including Garth Brooks' "Good Ride Cowboy") and a couple of aborted record deals. Now, the singer-songwriter is looking to lock down his spot on radio playlists with a still-rising Top 20 single in "Shinin' on Me" and a sophomore Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville release called Free the … [Read more...]

Jesse Dayton Offers One for the Dance Halls

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With The 9513 having closed its virtual doors last year, the management has kindly agreed to let me republish some of my better contributions here for posterity. This article was originally published at The 9513 in January 2011. You might know him as the former rockabilly Road King with a standing gig at Austin's Broken Spoke. Or as a Cajun crime lord in the upcoming film The Sinner. Perhaps you've heard his guitar work on albums by Waylon Jennings, Ray Price or The Supersuckers. Over the … [Read more...]