Summer tours have allowed the hottest country men to travel the nation — in less clothing than normal — giving every fan a chance to see one or two of the sexiest male stars of 2012. A few look their best on stage, while others wear a suit and tie like a policeman wears his uniform. It just fits.
Luke Bryan is out. The ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’ singer toppled all five competitors put in front of him, thanks to votes from fans online and via Taste of Country Nights radio. One by one, Bryan knocked down his fellow country artists, walking straight into Showdown Hall of Fame without even breaking a sweat. That means that this Friday battle will start with two fresh faces in Eli Young Band and Jon Pardi, both armed with new singles about achy minutes with, or without, that special someone.
Luke Bryan is the act to top at this year’s Greeley Stampede in Greeley, Colo. The country singer took the stage to play in front of a sold out crowd on Saturday night (June 23). Fans waited in line for hours to grab the best real estate to watch Bryan sing hits like ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’ and ‘Drunk on You.’
After months and months of anticipation, new Jason Aldean music is finally on its way. While on the red carpet at the 2012 CMT Music Awards, Aldean told Taste of Country and a handful of other reporters that his first new single from the next record will be at radio as soon as a month from now.
The 2012 CMT Music Awards winners were the stars of the night at the annual ceremony that celebrated the year’s best country music videos. The show, co-hosted by country’s own Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell, highlighted the best clips of the year while providing an evening full of entertainment with countless live performances from the hottest country acts.
One of country music’s most promising new stars on the rise is getting ready to throw down weekend – Cinco de Mayo style. On Saturday (May 5), Frank Ortega will headline a special event in downtown Franklin, Tenn., where he and locals will attempt to hold the world’s largest tequila toast.
With her debut single, country newcomer Rachele Lynae proves there is a direct line from Nashville to Alaska. That’s where the 24-year-old grew up, but in just a few short years she’s figured out the hottest trends and styles of Music City while carving out a sound uniquely her own. Watch the exclusive worldwide premiere of her debut video for ‘Party ‘Til the Cows Come Home’ below. Then, enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet!
Miranda Lambert‘s On Fire Tour landed just outside of Denver, Colo. on St. Patrick’s Day and left fans feeling lucky to be up close and personal with the country music superstar. Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann opened the show — their second of three last weekend. First-timers at a Lambert concert quickly learn once the curtain drops that the singer is much more than just a pretty face. Her high-energy shows rival any artist’s in any genre of music.
Kellie Pickler releases her third studio album today (Jan. 24) and is sharing the stories behind each of the 11 tracks exclusively with Taste of Country. ’100 Proof’ plays almost like an autobiography of Pickler. There’s a song dedicated to her new husband and her father, as well as one inspired by her struggles to accept what’s left of her relationship with her mother.
The 2011 CMA Awards winners had plenty to celebrate as they accepted their honors on the year’s biggest night in country music. The annual awards show, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — airing live from Nashville — pays tribute to the genre’s biggest stars. Choosing winners from this list of talent is no easy feat.
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