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Nashville, Tenn.
Senior Music Writer — USA Today
Covers:  american idol, alternative music, rock music, country music, pop music, music festivals, music reviews
Doesn't Cover: business, local, health

USA Today's senior music writer. Nashville native. All-around music geek. Motto of the modern journalist: Be cheap, fast and perfect.

Brian Mansfield's Biography

I cover country music, "American Idol" and whatever else strikes my fancy for USA TODAY.

Writer of USA TODAY's Idol Chatter blog.

Also write and produce the syndicated radio show "America's Opry Weekend" and Opry Country Classics, a live show, broadcast on WSM-AM, running Thursday nights in the spring and the fall at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Curtain rises on Kenny Chesney tour — NASHVILLE - Outside Bridgestone Arena was cold and drizzling Thursday night. Inside, it might as well have been a beach party, as Kenny Chesney kicked off The Big Revival Tour 2015. "To say that I missed you guys was an understatement," Kenny Chesney told the audience during a concert that was part tour launch, part guest-packed birthday party.

Does One Direction go in a new direction after Zayn? — Jess Belmosto swears she saw it coming. "There's been a lot of drama going on involving Zayn Malik," says the 19-year-old One Direction fan from Raynham, Mass. When the group announced last week that Malik would miss a few dates on the current world tour because of stress, she says, "my friends and I were thinking, 'He's not going to come back.'

Country Music Hall of Fame chooses three — NASHVILLE - Jim Ed Brown said he was as nervous as a mosquito at a nudist colony at yesterday's announcement that he and his sisters Bonnie and Maxine would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame. "I know what to do, but I don't know where to start."

Van Halen reunites, announces summer tour — Van Halen plans a 39-date North American tour that will kick off July 5 in Seattle and run through Oct. 2 in Los Angeles. The tour comes on the heels of the announcement of next week's release of Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, a live album recorded during the group's 2013 A Different Kind of Truth tour.

Outside Lands gets Elton John, Mumford & Sons — Elton John, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys will headline the eighth Outside Lands festival in San Francisco this August. The line-up for the three-day festival, announced Tuesday, also includes Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar. Outside Lands will take place Aug. 7-9 at Golden Gate Park.

Playing Catch-Up: Boz Scaggs — This week in "Playing Catch-Up,'' USA TODAY's spotlight on veteran artists returning to the spotlight, Brian Mansfield talks to Boz Scaggs. Lowdown on 'Care.' Boz Scaggs found stardom during the '60s and '70s, first as a member of the Steve Miller Band, then with solo hits such as Lowdown and Lido Shuffle.

Playlist: What's Brian Mansfield listening to? — USA TODAY's Brian Mansfield picks his favorite recent jams to go with country singer Kacey Musgraves' new single, Biscuits. Biscuits, Kacey Musgraves The charming Musgraves has a sweet-as-honey message for busybodies: "Mind your own biscuits, and life will be gravy."

On the road again: Kenny Chesney — USA TODAY's Brian Mansfield talks with Kenny Chesney, who kicks off his latest tour on Thursday - his birthday. Revival movement. When the country star kicks off The Big Revival Tour 2015 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Thursday, he'll need only to move his rig down the hall.

Zac Brown Band adds third Fenway Park date — In August, the Zac Brown Band will become the first musical act to play a three-night run at Boston's Fenway Park. The country band has added a third night at the home of the Boston Red Sox after selling out a pair of shows at the baseball stadium. Tickets for the Aug.

Of Monsters and Men returns with 'Crystals' — Three years ago, Icelandic group Of Monsters and Men had a huge crossover hit with Little Talks. The band's new single, Crystals, doesn't have its predecessor's jaunty horn hook - it's propelled instead by a nimble drum rhythm.
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Mar 27, 2015

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Mar 27, 2015

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Mar 27, 2015

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