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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.
http://usatoday.com/life/music/

Writer of USA TODAY's Idol Chatter blog.
http://idolchatter.usatoday.com

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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Taylor Swift and country music never ever getting back together

thestar.com — NASHVILLE-Having balanced her career between the worlds of country and pop since 2006, Taylor Swift knew it was time to make some choices about her musical direction. "I needed to pick a lane," says Swift, 24, who'll release 1989, her first full-fledged pop album, Monday.

Watch Johnny Winter's last studio performance

usatoday.com — On Feb. 4, 2013, Johnny Winter recorded a version of Death Letter. Though the blues guitarist was better known for his work with the electric guitar, he picked up an acoustic to record the Son House classic. It turned out to be his final recording. Winter died near Zurich, Switzerland, July 16, 2014.

Kenny Chesney to start 2015 tour in Nashville

usatoday.com — For Kenny Chesney, Nashville seems like as good a place as any to get ready for The Big Revival. The American Kids singer will launch The Big Revival Tour in Music City on March 26, 2015 - his 47th birthday.

Taylor Swift reaches fans with 'their story'

usatoday.com — NASHVILLE - Taylor Swift's Secret Sessions feel like a heart-to-heart advice chat with your coolest aunt, the one who turns you on to new music. Swift has gathered 89 fans into her parents' living room, the place where her family celebrates Christmas, the piano on which she started I Knew You Were Trouble in one corner.

Officially pop, Taylor Swift embraces being unafraid

usatoday.com — NASHVILLE - Having balanced her career between the worlds of country and pop since 2006, Taylor Swift knew it was time to make some choices about her musical direction. "I needed to pick a lane," says Swift, 24, who'll release 1989, her first full-fledged pop album, Monday.

Video premiere: Of Mice & Men's 'Feels Like Forever'

usatoday.com — Of Mice & Men's video for Feels Like Forever, premiering at USA TODAY, really does feel like the song coming to life on the screen. Between the time-lapse night-sky photography and the water-soaked settings, director Nathan Cox conveys the struggle going on in the Southern California metal band's new single.

Taylor Swift previews ‘Welcome to New York’

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Apparently, Taylor Swift's in a New York state of mind. Swift previewed the first track on her forthcoming 1989 album with a few seconds of effervescent synth-pop. In it, she sings about "searching for a sound you haven't heard before."

Premiere: Barry Manilow duets with Louis Armstrong

usatoday.com — Barry Manilow usually doesn't like to listen to his albums once he's done with them, but for My Dream Duets, he makes an exception. "After working on albums for so long - it takes months and months of mixing - the last thing you want to do is listen to them," he says.

Little Big Town joins the Grand Ole Opry

usatoday.com — NASHVILLE - Fifteen years ago, the four members of Little Big Town gave their first public performance on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. "We literally knew three songs," Kimberly Schlapman said Saturday night, as she and fellow members Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet became the newest members of the long-running radio show.

Meghan Trainor had to go on vocal rest while making her album

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Meghan Trainor's lips may be moving on her new single, but no sound was coming out for about two months earlier this year when the All About That Bass singer developed polyps on her vocal cords. "They were brutal," says the 20-year-old singer-songwriter.
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Oct 25, 2014

@frgtmenthayniac @HunterHayes Those aren't. They're kind of like video-screen tubes that act like neons. There'll be some big spots, though.

Oct 25, 2014

@frgtmenthayniac: @HunterHayes are they adding lights?” The lights are cool. Lotta moving parts. Oh! Here's some. pic.twitter.com/kB1V8BGroa



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