In 2018, country music saw a dynamic shift at the top of the charts, with radio no longer being ruled by the old guard. While the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Old Dominion all had #1 hits this year, the charts saw an onslaught of chart-toppers hits by country newbies. In […]
About Nicole Piering
Nicole Piering is a contributing writer for NYCountry Swag.
Nicole grew up on Long Island, saying that she liked "all types of music, except country." That all changed when she randomly attended a Rascal Flatts concert at Madison Square Garden in 2007 and was immediately hooked. She'd argue that she became a country fan before country was cool, traveling around the tri-state area (and sometimes further) to attend country shows before artists started making NYC a tour stop. In addition to her love of country music, Nicole loves all things Disney-related. You can find her on Instagram at @NicolePiering.
Entries by Nicole Piering
Rascal Flatts fans were in for a surprise last Friday (December 7) when, without warning, the trio dropped a special EP (Big Machine Records). Entitled Jukebox, the four-song collection contains a quartet of classic songs, re-imagined by Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney, and Jay Demarcus. The surprise EP was inspired by a highlight of Rascal […]
While Mason Ramsey may be best known as the kid who yodeled in Walmart, the twelve-year-old country star is putting a new spin on a Christmas classic. While you’ve heard Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” before, it’s safe to say you haven’t heard it like this. In the video directed by Shaun Silva, Ramsey performs his […]
If you’ve been on social media recently, you’ve most likely seen your favorite country stars, and other celebrities, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the message “This Shirt Saves Lives.” The viral awareness campaign is in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, and helped inspire more than 90,000 monthly donors to support St. Jude’s mission. Since […]
There’s nothing like country taking over Christmas music. RCA Records Nashville’s new artist Rachel Wammack recently dropped her classic-Christmas covers of “This Christmas” and “O Holy Night” as part of a Live from Thirteen Performance. These festive releases are following her debut chart-climbing single “Damage.” The holiday renditions are just a taste of what her […]
Since the release of his self-titled debut album, Brett Young has been one of country music’s fastest rising stars. Today released the highly anticipated follow-up, Ticket to L.A., produced by Dann Huff and Jimmy Harnen, only furthering his future superstardom. With a soulful voice and a penchant towards heart-wrenching ballads, Young has that undefinable X-factor. […]
There are few things that can get you in the holiday spirit like Christmas music, and there are few things that represent the holidays more than bringing people together. In Brett Eldredge’s stunning new video for his acapella take on “The First Noel,” the golden-voiced singer does just that. On social media, Eldredge shared, “This […]
When it comes to country music, there’s no shortage of information to be found across the Internet. NYCountry Swag was recently honored to be added to this list of the Top 100 Country Music Blogs. We are also in some great company on this list of 24 Must Read Country Music Blogs. This got us to thinking about all of our […]
On paper, fewer things make sense together than country music and figure skating. Yet, if you look closer, the two have a lot in common. For example, boots are used in skating, and clearly a mainstay in country music. Ice is necessary for skating, just as its necessary for mixing drinks at a country show. […]
For those in Nashville on Saturday night, the Listening Room Cafe was the place to be. The intimate venue featured an all-star cast of songwriting talent, sharing their songs and the stories behind them. Led by Josh Kerr, the round also included Jordan Minton, Nick Wayne, and a surprise appearance by Parker Welling. While these […]