Alison Bonaguro

Alison Bonaguro has been writing about country music and the people who make it for the past 16 years. Follow her at @alisonbonaguro.

Kacey Musgraves

OPINIONOpinion: Has Kacey Musgraves Been Snubbed?

By Alison Bonaguro, October 13, 2021

Does the Musgraves Grammy snub mean her Golden Hour is over?

Kip Moore

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Kip Moore

By Alison Bonaguro, February 9, 2021

Calling from Maui, Hawaii, the 'Last Shot' singer discusses the evolution of his craft, how Nashville is a personal safe haven and the meaning behind the brand new tracks from the deluxe edition of Wild World.

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWA Guide To: A Lone Star Christmas with Cody Johnson

By Alison Bonaguro, December 9, 2021

Johnson sits down to talk all about what made his Lone Star Christmases so memorable as a child, and what he does now to make the holidays special for his own family.

Garth Brooks

OPINIONWhere Have All The Cowboy Songs Gone?

By Alison Bonaguro, February 18, 2021

After a lifetime of listening to cowboy songs like these, we hope that when it’s our time to ride off into the sunset, there’ll be pick-up men at our side telling us, “Good ride, cowboy. Good ride.”

Larry Fleet

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Larry Fleet

By Alison Bonaguro, August 5, 2021

Larry Fleet is poised to be the next big country star, with a voice like Cody Johnson and a pen like Chris Stapleton.

Artist - Chris Kappy

INTERVIEWBehind The Industry: Luke Combs' Manager Chris Kappy

By Alison Bonaguro, February 3, 2021

Chris Kappy - Luke Combs' manager and the man who sits at the helm of Make Wake Artists - imparts his wisdom on taking blind leaps of faith and why we should wake up everyday and "give a fuck".

Luke Combs CMA 2021

OPINIONMan, I Feel Like A Loser: The Decade-Long Wait for a Female Entertainer of the Year

By Alison Bonaguro, November 11, 2021

Since 1967, only seven women have taken the Entertainer of the Year Award home in the 55 years since the CMA was created. Seven. In 55 years.

Dan + Shay

LONG READDan + Shay: Right Place, Right Time.

By Alison Bonaguro, August 27, 2021

When you think back to where it all began, it’s as if Dan + Shay have always been perfectly poised for whatever kind of moment country music is having.

Album Cover - Garth Brooks - Ropin' The Wind

COUNTRY CLASSICSGarth Brooks - Ropin' the Wind

By Alison Bonaguro, September 9, 2021

It’s been exactly 30 years since Brooks released his pivotal third album and changed the way people heard country music. We take a look back on its legacy.

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INTERVIEWMy Essentials: Justin Moore

By Alison Bonaguro, April 29, 2021

Calling from his home in Arkansas, Justin Moore settled into a conversation about his new record Straight Outta The Country and - after having a serious think on it - what his essentials were: the five things he could not live without.

Lady A

INTERVIEWLady A: The Pause that Kept the Music Playing

By Alison Bonaguro, October 20, 2021

Alison Bonaguro sits down with Lady A to reflect on their long career in country music, and how a pause they took in 2014 allowed them to gravitate back together for a new chapter of music making

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ESSENTIALSHoller & Swaller: 10 of the Best Bourbon Cocktails in Downtown Nashville

By Alison Bonaguro, March 7, 2022

It felt right to roam all over Nashville in search of the finest cocktails made from the good stuff – no unicorns included, sorry Pappy Van Winkle lovers - to the bottom-shelf bottles.

Chicago's Windy City Smokeout Festival

GUIDEA Guide To: 10 Things to Know Before You Go to Windy City Smokeout

By Alison Bonaguro, July 1, 2021

All the top tips and best advice for a great weekend at Chicago's Windy City Smokeout festival.

Brian Kelley

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Brian Kelley

By Alison Bonaguro, June 30, 2021

The week before the release of his solo debut, Kelley sat down one-on-one with Holler at his Tree Vibez Music office in Nashville.

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Mickey Guyton

By Alison Bonaguro, December 18, 2020

An in-depth interview with the ground-breaking, grammy-nominated singer on not being given the same opportunities as a black woman, country radio's lack of importance and being proud of who she is.

Riley Green

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Riley Green

By Alison Bonaguro, July 7, 2021

On the eve of the release of his new seven-song EP Behind the Bar, Green sat down on his tour bus to talk about the process of music-making and what he sees as a win when it comes to his signature brand of country music.

Brett Kissell

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Brett Kissel

By Alison Bonaguro, April 5, 2021

Canadian country star Brett Kissel explains why he poured his heart, soul and family into his first official Nashville studio record, and why he's always valued the importance of staying true to your roots.