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Word on the Street – Nov. 24

Word on the Street – Nov. 24

Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray bring home the CMA

A belated congratulations to US99.5’s very own Lisa Dent and Ramblin’ Ray [Stevens] and the rest of the WUSN morning crew for their 44th Annual Country Music Association win for Broadcast Personalities of the Year in a Major Market. The duo accepted their award during a special pre-telecast ceremony emceed by artist Rodney Adkins. Former Chicagoan and host of the CMT Country Countdown USA host, Lon Helton, picked up his fifth CMA Award for National Broadcast Personality of Year. Congrats to all of the winners and nominees.  For a fill list of winners, visit

All I want for Christmas is Jennifer Nettles!

Well, I just might be in luck. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will host the inaugural CMA Country Christmas on Monday, Nov. 29 at 8:30 p.m. CST on the ABC (WLS ABC 7 Local). The holiday special will feature stories and performances from Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Reba, LeAnn Rimes and Darius Rucker.  See video preview below.

Julie Kaylin releases “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Mamma”

On Veterans Day, local artist and songwriter Julie Kaylin released a new single, “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Mama”. The song – inspired by the bravery of our troops, the love between a mother and her son, the emotions family experiences when someone close to them goes to war – is aimed at supporting the troops and their families. All profits from downloads, “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Mama”, will be donated to Soldiers’ Angels.

“As the lyrics of ‘Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Mama’ closely parallel the ‘May no soldier go unloved’ motto of Soldiers’ Angels,” Kaylin said. “I feel that donating to the Soldiers’ Angels is a great way for my music to help support the men and women who serve our country and honor their valor, as well as their family members’ courage.”

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Joe’s Bar turns to country again in 2011.

Mark your calendars because Joe’s Bar has yet another country-filled concert calendar starting in 2011.

On Jan. 7, Mercury recording artist Easton Corbin will kick it off a “little more country than that” with his rescheduled performance. Former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada will debut his solo show on Jan. 14 with local super-group Jason & The Haymakers opening.

Milwaukee bred “Beer on the TableJosh Thompson is set for Jan. 15 and Illinois’ favorite Texan, Pat Green will finish up the month on Jan. 29.

The love continues in February. Phil Vassar will hit the North side nightclub on Feb. 18. Head over to the Concert Calendar for ticket info and times.

Swift start for 2011

Just off the release of her third studio album, “Speak Now”, country music superstar Taylor Swift has announced the dates for her 2011 “Speak Now” World Tour. Chicago makes the cut with dates set for Aug. 9 and 10. Venue and ticket information to be announced.

Watch the CMA Country Christmas TV Spot:


Word on the Street – Jan. 19

Phil Vassar helped Chicago kick the year off right. Even without a full band, Phil Vassar made the first “live country” concert of the year a hit. Accompanied by a zebra striped piano and two members of his band, Vassar pleased the ecstatic crowed with a semi-acoustic mix of his countless hits. Vassar never left… Continue Reading

Vassar is no. 1 at Joe’s

Country Music Concert Alert:  He may have had the last album of 2009 but he’ll be the first, in Chicago, in 2010. Country music’s “Piano Man” a.k.a. Phil Vassar will take the stage tomorrow night at Joe’s Bar for an exclusive performance presented by Joe’s and US99 Radio. The first US99 Live Country concert of… Continue Reading

Top 10 Albums of 2009

Top 10 Albums of 2009

It’s that time a year again when it seems like all of the major publications start posting their “Year in Reviews” and “Top 10 Best”.  Some are even posting “decade in review” this year. In the spirit of the season, I started scouring through the last 12 months of new albums to compile my picks… Continue Reading

Dec ’09 & Jan ’10 Concerts

December 2009 The Oak Ridge Boys Sun. Dec. 13, 2009 – 4PM Star Plaza Theatre – I-65 At US 30, Merrillville, IN $39 – $49 | Kellie Pickler Wed. Dec. 16, 2009 – 6PM Joe’s Bar* – 940 W. Weed St, Chicago Tickets through The Hoyle Brothers Fri, Dec. 18, 2009 – 5:30PM… Continue Reading

Phil Vassar – Traveling Circus

Phil Vassar – Traveling Circus

Traveling Circus By: Phil Vassar Release Date: December 15, 2009 Country music’s piano man, A.K.A Phil Vassar, is set to release his sixth album titled “Traveling Circus” on Tuesday. The album’s title must refer to Vassar’s life as the song layout has a remarkably comfortable “Vassar” feel as his unique songwriting and performing talents are… Continue Reading

Country Music’s Biggest Night – The CMA Nominees

On Tuesday, the Country Music Association announced the nominees for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards. Country music star Brad Paisley leads this year’s nominations with seven nominations followed by Keith Urban with five. The Zac Brown Band, Jamey Johnson, George Strait, and Taylor Swift Receive four nominations each and newcomers grace nearly every category. Swift… Continue Reading

4th of July Mix

Get ready for Fourth of July festivities with our salute to Independence Day themed country music songs.  Load up your iPod and listen to some of country music’s most patriotic songs as you head out to your barbeques or when you head down to Navy Pier for the Fireworks! Rodney Atkins – It’s America Garth Brooks –… Continue Reading

June 2009 Concerts

Chicagoland Country Music Concerts for June 2009. Reckless Kelly with Sarah Pierce Friday, June 5 | 9PM Joe’s Bar* – 940 W. Weed St, Chicago $10 – Ticketmaster Heidi Newfield with John Eddie Friday, June 12 | 9PM Joe’s Bar* – 940 W. Weed St, Chicago $10 – Ticketmaster Kenny Chesney “Sun City Carnival Tour” with… Continue Reading