The First Time We Met Willie Nelson (He Was Unrecognizable)

Sometimes we like to stop and take a look back at the first time we met the people behind the music we love. Today, we are going back, way back to one of the more surprising transformations in country music: Willie Nelson Most folks weren’t alive the first time the world met Willie Nelson. In … Read more

The First Time We Met Jake Owen

The first time I saw Jake Owen in concert was 2007. He was touring with Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson and had just released his debut album, Startin’ With Me. As Owen gears up to release his fifth studio album, it’s hard to believe it’s been a full 10 years since that debut album … Read more

The First Time We Met Brooks & Dunn

With all of their hits, stage presence and long run of awards, at first glance fans might think Brooks & Dunn grew up together writing songs and playing honky tonks throughout their junior high days. Not quite. In a way, the Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn did grow up together and they did play a … Read more

The First Time We Met Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana” Audition Tape Edition)

Yes, technically, we met Miley Cyrus long ago when she was a toddler roaming around on stage with Billy Ray Cyrus. But, when Billy Ray was getting all achy breaky on us, Miley was just his daughter. Now, Billy Ray is totally just Miley’s dad. View this post on Instagram Here we go! Go get … Read more

The First Time We Met Taylor Swift

It’s been a little over a year since Taylor Swift unshockingly announced she was releasing a pop album and essentially took over the world with her single, “Shake it Off” before really taking over the world with the release of 1989. Taylor’s first single, “Tim McGraw” was released in 2006 before her self-titled debut album … Read more

The First Time We Met Florida Georgia Line

Believe it or not, Florida Georgia Line has not been around forever. It only seems like Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been around for decades because in a very short period of time the two have ascended to the top of country music with two No. 1 albums and eight No. 1 singles. Not … Read more

The First Time We Met Lady Antebellum

The first time we met Lady Antebellum in 2007 Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood were driving to Chicago in Charles’ Jeep to play a show. Hillary was putting on makeup in the backseat and Charles was bragging about getting an advanced copy of a Miranda Lambert album. Can you imagine Lady Antebellum even carpooling … Read more

The First Time We Met Kenny Chesney

Growing up in East Tennessee, Kenny Chesney always loved country music and after earning his degree at East Tennessee State University, he took off for Nashville and soon took the country music world by storm. In 1989 Kenny recorded a self-released demo album and sold copies when playing at local bars and clubs. It wasn’t … Read more

The First Time We Met Eric Church

Eric Church is one of those guys that just seems like he’s been around forever. He’s an absolute mainstay in the world of country music– with fans and critics alike. Church signed a record deal in 2005 and released Sinners Like Me in 2006, which produced four singles on the Billboard country charts including Top … Read more

The First Time We Met RaeLynn

The first time we met RaeLynn on season two of “The Voice,”  she was singing a Pistol Annies’ song. She may not have planned it, but that night she got Blake’s attention and Miranda’s. RaeLynn just finished up a tour leg with Miranda Lambert. What a small world. Blake’s smile at the beginning of RaeLynn’s performance seemed … Read more

Garth Brooks’ First Television Appearance in 1986

Even Garth Brooks had to start somewhere. During a “Tonight Show” appearance with Jay Leno several, several years ago, Jay showed footage of Garth making his first television appearance on “AM Oklahoma.” He was apart of a group called Santa Fe that had only been together for 4 days. He wasn’t wearing a cowboy hat, … Read more

The First Time We Met Kelly Clarkson

Right now, Kelly Clarkson has three GRAMMY award wins and has sold 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide. Almost every single she has released has charted and she seems to be everyone’s best friend from Reba McEntire to Garth Brooks to Blake Shelton and everyone in between. Her vocal range is un-categorical and … Read more