The Music Universe Podcast

The Music Universe Podcast

The Music Universe Podcast is the flagship talk show of the largest independently-circulated music news site, The Music Universe. The show features conversations with diverse superstars from Garth Brooks and Gene Simmons to Dionne Warwick; newly minted superstars such as Parker McCollum and The War and Treaty. Co-hosts Matt Bailey & Buddy Iahn also chat with up-and-coming artists they think need to be on your radar. Plus, the pair take you on their own adventures as they travel and cover the biggest events in music and entertainment. Support this podcast:


November 27, 2023 35 mins

We are back from an extended break with an action-packed episode featuring interviews with Riley Green and Garth Brooks. This edition of The Music Universe Podcast originates from Brooks' new Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk in the historic area of Nashville's Lower Broadway, recorded ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and the soft opening of the new multi-level venue.

Before we talked with Brooks, I had a chance t...

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In August, platinum-selling, iconic country/rock band Sister Hazel released "Coconut Trees." The track was written by the band's guitarist Andrew Copeland and the late Kyle Jacobs, and was produced by Ben Jackson. The c’est la vie track is a unique blend of sounds meant to be listened to with "a little sun and rum on ice with an ocean breeze," no distractions.

"The song is actually supposed to be an upb...

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September 29, 2023 24 mins

The Music Universe Podcast gets our wiggle on!

The Wiggles recently returned to North America for their first tour of the region since 2019. The Ready, Steady, Wiggle! Tour is a high-energy celebration of music, dancing, and endless fun, leaving children (and adults) inspired, enthralled, and eager for more. It is named after the Netflix series that has got countless children and families through the tough times of the pandemic.


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Black Stone Cherry will release its eighth studio album, Screamin’ At The Sky, on September 29th via Mascot Records. The release will be available on white solid vinyl, a limited edition deluxe vinyl box set, an HMV exclusive limited edition blue vinyl, standard CD and digital formats. The deluxe box set has sold out.

Screamin’ At The Sky features all-new material written collaboratively while on tour, but when it came time to reco...

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September 8, 2023 27 mins

Equipped with an adventurous and fiery attitude, former Runaway June lead singer and chief songwriter Naomi Cooke Johnson returns with a pavement-pounding anthem, "Livin' Ain't Killed Me Yet." Semi-autobiographical, the song is a musical adrenaline rush celebrating living life to the fullest.

Co-written by Cooke Johnson alongside Phil Bentley and producer Dan Muckala, “Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet” is a scorching ce...

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Garth Brooks has used the same studio musicians for all of his albums from 1989 to the present. This group of seven players is known as The G-Men and has worked with the country superstar for 35 years and counting, curating the "Garth Sound" that changed country music.

Drummer Milton Sledge, bassist Mike Chapman, keyboardist Bobby Wood, rhythm guitarist Mark Casstevens, lead guitarist Chris Leuzinger, steel guitarist Bruc...

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August 25, 2023 22 mins

Dreamcatcher Artists’ rising country music star Mitch Rossell captivated audiences and judges alike on NBC's America's Got Talent, leaving an indelible mark. With an incredible performance that showcased his talent, passion, and undeniable stage presence, Rossell's journey on the hit reality show garnered praise from judges, fans, and even his fellow contestants.

Throughout his time on AGT, Rossell captivated both the l...

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August 18th marks Ricochet's first new album in over a decade with Ricochet Then And Now... The Hits & More. The project celebrates the 90s country band's 30th anniversary of the band's formation in 1993 with newly recorded renditions of six of their classic hits along with eight new songs.

The group is best known for their chart-topping, gold-selling single, "Daddy's Money," Top 10 hits, "What Do...

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August 4, 2023 32 mins

Kent Blazy is an American country music songwriter who was inducted into the class of 2020 Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame during the Golden Anniversary plus one during the special 50th And 51st Gala. The Kentucky native has written several singles with Garth Brooks, and penned tracks recorded by by Gary Morris, Diamond Rio, Patty Loveless, Chris Young, and an upcoming song by Reba. Blazy has a total of seven No. 1 hits to his cr...

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Instead of receiving gifts in celebration of his 87th birthday in May, iconic singer Engelbert Humperdinck gifted fans his new album, All About Love via OK! Good Records. A collection of eye-opening reinterpretations of classic love songs, reworkings of some of his own classics, and duets with two of the most-celebrated Mexican singers vocalists today (“Mexico’s Sweetheart” Angelica Maria and Grammy-nominated Mariachi star Lupita I...

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July 21, 2023 18 mins

Danielle Bradbery has come a long way since kickstarting her career and becoming the youngest artist ever to win NBC's Emmy-winning competition series The Voice at 16-years-old in 2013. Spending the past decade growing into her artistry, the Texas native has honed her skills and defined her sound while pouring her heart into lyric – earning award nominations, touring across the globe and collaborating with some of the biggest n...

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Earlier this year, NBC premiered America’s Got Talent: All-Stars, a new extension of the powerhouse hit series featuring winners, finalists, fan favorites and viral sensations from previous seasons of America’s Got Talent and Got Talent franchises around the world. America's Got Talent season two winner Terry Fator and Romania's Got Talent winner Ana-Maria Mărgean are singing ventriloquists who both appeared on the new edi...

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July 7, 2023 33 mins

Multi-instrumentalist and Platinum-selling artist Hunter Hayes is an embodiment of the type of musician that embraces change and strives to rewrite the rules. After debuting on the scene with a Platinum-certified album, Hayes has charted his own path, moving from his country roots into the genre-bending world that he was destined for.

On his latest album, Red Sky, the singer-songwriter is executing at the highest level of his music...

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July 1, 2023 22 mins

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil is staying busy with his band and judging the AXS TV competition show Banded. The 90 minutes season finale of the groundbreaking show airs tonight (Sat, July 1st), and redefines the traditional “build-a-band” concept that showcases exceptional up-and-coming artists who can play, write, and sing their own music.

The series features a roster of legendary mentors and guest judges, including Neil, Kip Wi...

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Earlier this month, CMA Fest marked its 50th anniversary in Nashville with four straight days celebrating record-breaking milestones and more. The golden anniversary of the legendary festival delivered everything country music fans could want as an estimated more than 90,000 fans attended the festivities in Downtown Nashville each day, cementing a new attendance record for the largest and longest-running country music festival in t...

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Emerging with a sharp signature style and an unrivaled live presence proven one gig at a time, Platinum-certified rising Texas-based country rock band Pecos & The Rooftops release their major label self-titled debut album today (Fri, June 23rd) via Warner Records. The hard workin’, hard rockin’ sextet’s anxiously awaited full-length features "The Last Thing I Remember" and "5 AM," the latter of which has alr...

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June 16, 2023 25 mins

Country music pioneer Colt Ford has released Must Be The Country, his new 24 track collection featuring collaborations with Tracy Lawrence, Brantley Gilbert, Sam Grow, Tracy Byrd, and more. The project was released on his own Average Joes Entertainment and marks his first full length project in three years.

The album took shape while battling eye cancer and recovering from an intensive surgery to remove the tumor. Following his suc...

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3 Doors Down and Finger Eleven are two of the biggest rock bands to have emerged out of the 90s. Both bands are hitting the road this summer on their own respective tours, but we spoke with 3 Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson and Finger Eleven's Scott Anderson about their careers, including the latter's first-ever collection of hits and vinyl.

Formed in 1996, Grammy Award-nominated multi-Platinum Mississippi rock band 3 ...

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June 2, 2023 28 mins

Big Time Rush is back with its first new studio record in a decade, Another Life. The project was kick started by the release of "Can't Get Enough" earlier this year followed by "Waves" in May. However, due to frenzied fan excitement and demand, Another Life was released one week earlier than anticipated and is available as of today (Fri, June 2nd).

The group, which shot to fame with their Nickelodeon series...

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We have a pair of country superstars on the show this week. Garth Brooks joins us in Las Vegas ahead of his new residency and former Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox talks to us on his tour bus before a headlining show in Los Angeles.

Last week, Brooks kicked off his Garth Brooks/Plus One two year Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show runs through December with 18 dates currently set for 2024 after selli...

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