If a passion for music and a knack for writing make a career, then color Amanda Hensel lucky. She is the product of writers -- apparently when you add two news journalists together, you get one music journalist. She currently resides in 'the live music capital of the world,' where she snagged a journalism degree from the University of Texas. Although she's grounded in Austin, Hensel's name travels -- in her short career, she has cited her passion writing for AOL Music Blog, Fringe Magazine, the Houston Press and various other publications.
Kip Moore Documentary Shows Desire to Keep Fueling the Fire
"It all starts with a song," Kip Moore echoes in his new 'Burn the Whole World Down' documentary, referencing a quote on the wall at BMI in Nashville. He's a firm believer in that saying -- in fact, it's become somewhat of a mantra for the 'Hey Pretty Girl' singer.
Luke Bryan Debuts, Hunter Hayes Returns to ToC Top 10 Video Countdown This Week
Luke Bryan only just released his new 'Crash My Party' music video, but fans didn't waste any time in getting it into the hot Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. Did they beat out other dedicated fanbases to earn a Top 5 slot for their favorite hip-shaker?
Hunter Hayes Proves Why He Deserved an Invite to Hunter Mountain at 2013 ToC Fest – Pictures
It's only a coincidence that Hunter Hayes played Hunter Mountain -- where the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival officially set up camp -- on Saturday afternoon (June 15), but he owned the crowd as if the rolling green hills had actually been named for him.
Trace Adkins Closes Out Friday’s ToC Fest Lineup With Ballads, Crowd-Pleasers – Pictures
Day 2 of the Taste of Country Music Festival drew to a close with a major bang. Thousands of country music fans piled onto Hunter Mountain on Friday (June 14) to witness the greatness that is Trace Adkins -- and he didn't disappoint.
Kellie Pickler’s Drummer Seriously Injured in Accident
Kellie Pickler's drummer suffered serious injuries as the result of a car accident on Saturday (March 2). Gregg Lohman was traveling along Interstate 65 in Kentucky around 11:30AM when the crash occurred.
Blake Shelton Plays That Funky Music, Performs With Miranda Lambert at CRS
Blake Shelton was born in 1976, and he'll never miss an opportunity to prove that underneath his country shell, he's just a funky white boy at heart.
Carrie Underwood Strips Down for Intimate Songwriters Session at CRS
Carrie Underwood was in rare form on Wednesday night (Feb. 27), stripped down for a bare bones and relaxed version of not only her hit songs, but herself -- just Carrie. The superstar traded designer gowns for a more casual black pants, light jacket look to join top country songwriters Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Josh Kear for a swap of songs, performed acoustically on a small Nashville stage
Mindy McCready Dead
Mindy McCready is dead. Local law enforcement has confirmed the news, also speculating that the country singer took her own life. She was 37.
Taylor Swift Unfazed by Being Criticized, Dubbed ‘Not Country Enough’
Much like Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift isn't one to go around slapping labels like "pop" or "country" on her music. No, that's too confining -- she'd rather just do her own thing in the way she sees fit.
Taylor Swift Opens Up About Bleeding ‘Red,’ Living Under a Magnifying Glass + Still Growing Up One Year at a Time
Taylor Swift is tired and a little glassy-eyed from a full day of interviews by the time we sit down to chat, but still she's warm, kind and, well, genuine. Just like she seems. We're like two girls in a coffee shop, even though we're surrounded by bright lights, cameramen, assistants, label reps -- you name it. She looks me in the eye, smiles, laughs and even compliments my dress, because despite