Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, and Brad Paisley are country music’s top three highest paid entertainers, according to Forbes.
Jake Schepps interviewed Bela Fleckabout his Concerto for Banjo. If you can’t make it to Nashville to attend Fleck’s performances with the Nashville Symphony, have no fear: the September 22 performance will be recorded for release on DVD as well as an album.
Restless Heart, joined by Lee Roy Parnell, Ricky Skaggs, the Nashville Symphony, and more, are hosting a benefit show for the Nashville Rescue Mission on October 16.
The late John Jarrad, who penned George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky” and others, will be remembered on Friday at the 10th Annual John Jarrad & Friends Benefit Concert in Gainesville, Georgia. The lineup includes Zac Brown Band’s John Driscoll Hopkins and Blackberry Smoke.
Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are taking over some of Gary LeVox’s lead vocals on Rascal Flatts’ tour to give LeVox’s voice a break.
Emmylou Harris, Rhonda Vincent,Vince Gill, and more appear on a super-cool project that was released today: Mark Twain: Words and Music, produced by Carl Jackson and Cindy Lovell. It was made as a benefit for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.
Check out a track from Bearfoot’s upcoming album, American Story. This is part of their “Eight Days of Bearfoot” lead-up to the album release on September 27.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.