Young Male Country music Artists

Chris Young will be hitting the road again later this week.Singer/songwriter Chris Young (“Aw Naw”) was released from the hospital after being treated for a dangerous bacterial infection as a result of a small cut on his leg.

Chris was enroute to a show in Montana on Aug. 13 when he began to go into septic shock and was taken by ambulance to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. Treatment included antibiotics and emergency surgery to remove the infection from his leg.

His mobility is currently impacted by the surgery but he is expected to make a full recovery. He plans to return to touring with Brad Paisley on Aug. 22 with the show in Mountain View, Calif. His show in Redding, Calif., will be rescheduled to Sept. 8.

His new album, “A.M., ” releases Sept. 17.

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Tim McGraw spoke to Parade.com about who his hero is, raising teenage daughters (Gracie, 16; Maggie, 15; and Audrey, 11), his music career and getting back on stage with his wife, Faith Hill.

Some highlights:

On raising teenage daughters: “My 16- and 15-year-olds don’t want a whole lot to do with me now. They’re pretty busy with their social lives. But I think that’s an even more important reason to be home. Luckily, for me, the way I tour, I fly a lot, so that allows me to be home quite a bit.”

On what music his daughters are listening to: “Mumford & Sons is a big hit at our house. One Direction, of course, is a big hit at our house. But certainly not dad. They don’t listen to dad very often.”

You can read the full story at

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Nominations are out for the Inspirational Country Music Association Awards. Three new categories were added this year: Main Stream Country Male, Female and Duo/Group. The awards will take place in Nashville Oct. 20 to 24, with the awards show on Oct. 24.

Here are the finalists, which include country music superstars, bluegrass artists and inspirational music artists:

Entertainer: Chuck Day, Dennis Agajanian, Guy Penrod, Jeff Bates, Kali Rose and Steve Richard

Male Vocalist: Chuck Day, Chuck Hancock, Daniel Alan, Lucas Hoge and Tommy Brandt

Female Vocalist: Aubree Bullock, Kali Rose, Larissa, Laura Dodd and Mary James

Vocal Duo: Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Branded, Randy-Paul, Steve Richard and Laura Dodd, The Roys

Vocal Group or Band: CrossCountry the Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jayc Harold Band, Kristina Craig Band and Sunday Drive

Mainstream Inspirational Country Song: “Changed, ” Rascal Flatts; “I Drive Your Truck, ” Lee Brice; “Old King James, ” Scotty McCreery; “See You Again, ” Carrie Underwood; and “Touchdown Jesus, ” Tim McGraw

Mainstream Country Male Artist: Alan Jackson, Andy Griggs, John Berry, Scotty McCreery and Vince Gill

Mainstream Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride and Reba McEntire

Mainstream Country Duo or Group: Diamond Rio, Joey + Rory, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts and Thompson Square

Inspirational Country Song: “Hey Do You Know Me, ” Kali Rose; “Meanwhile Back at the Cross, ” Tommy Brandt; “They Don’t Stay Little Long Enough, ” Chuck Hancock; “Unknown Soldiers, ” Russ Murphy; and “You Can Always Come Back Home, ” Chuck Day

NYTimes Article About 2001 Albums/groups you may have missed

2002-01-03 15:41:28 by handlesoflove

Best of the Obscure Among 2001's Albums
By JON PARELES
Now that every computer and every apartment is a potential recording studio and every musician could be a do-it-yourself independent label, more than 20,000 albums are released each year, more than any single fan, radio station or critic could possibly assess fully. That means that richly deserving music can go unnoticed, drowned out by better-promoted albums or rendered inaccessible because it eludes the easy categorization that could make it marketable. Top 10 lists and end-of-the-year surveys invariably leave music critics dissatisfied, since so many other worthwhile albums linger largely unnoticed: albums on independent labels and, now and then, albums on major labels that were never treated as high priorities

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