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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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'American Idol' visits Nashville — NASHVILLE - For Clark Beckham and Rayvon Owen, American Idol's trip here Thursday and Friday practically felt like going home. Beckham lived in Nashville as a child before moving to nearby White House. Owen attended Belmont University, known for its music-business program.

On the Verge: Rachel Platten's ready to fight — This week in On the Verge, USA TODAY's spotlight on breakthrough artists, Brian Mansfield talks to piano-based pop singer-songwriter Rachel Platten. And that's the truth. Rachel Platten is a big fan of Pretty Little Liars. And with good reason.

What is Jax from ‘American Idol’ doing in Taylor Swift’s chair? — Jax, the 18-year-old singer from New Jersey, might have anticipated a lot of things about being on American Idol, but she surely didn't expect to wind up sitting in the same spot where Taylor Swift was discovered. But that's just what happened to her Friday at the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

Listen to these 10 songs you might’ve missed this week — Don't start your weekend without hearing our favorite new songs of the past week: Madonna beat the former American Idol singer and frontman for Queen to the title - hers is one word, his is two - but Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball seems more like the source material.

Quentin Alexander bids 'Idol' farewell — Quentin Alexander knew he'd pay for his uncomfortable exchange with Harry Connick Jr. last week on American Idol, he just wasn't sure how things would play out. After learning last week that his friends Joey Cook or Rayvon Owen had received the fewest votes and one would be eliminated, the 21-year-old from New Orleans called the decision "wack."

Taylor Swift held over at Grammy Museum — The Grammy Museum likes Taylor Swift so much it's going to keep her around a while longer. The Taylor Swift Experience, an exhibit highlighting the career of the seven-time Grammy winner, will remain at the Los Angeles museum through Oct. 4. It initially was scheduled to close May 10.

Theory of a Deadman covers Tove Lo — Theory of a Deadman transforms Swedish singer Tove Lo's H abits (Stay High) into an acoustic stoner anthem on their new EP. The cover, premiering at USA TODAY, will appear on the rock group's five-song Angel Acoustic. The EP will be available for digital download April 28.

Rick Springfield, Loverboy teaming in summer — Rick Springfield and Loverboy will team up for a late-summer tour that promises nights full of '80s memories. "It's like wall-to-wall hits, so it should be a great show for people to see," says Springfield, who'll contribute such '80s favorites as Jessie's Girl, Human Touch and Don't Talk to Strangers.

Etheridge to tour solo, with Blondie this year — Melissa Etheridge fans will have plenty of ways to see the singer in the U.S. this summer. Playing with a full band - check. Performing with just her guitar - check. Co-headlining with Blondie - check.

Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert win big at ACMs — Miranda Lambert, who led all Academy of Country Music contenders with eight nominations this year, took song of the year on Sunday for her hit Automatic. Lambert also won the award in 2013 for Over You, which she wrote with husband Blake Shelton.
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Apr 26, 2015

What were the @AmericanIdol finalists up to in Nashville last week? via @usatoday

Apr 26, 2015

11yo & I played "Annoy Each Other" on Spotify. I countered her Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee) w/Trio's "Da Da Da." Don't mess w/the pros.

Apr 26, 2015

Thanks to @Meghan_Trainor & "Dear Future Husband," my daughter could sing along with Dion's "Runaround Sue" the first time she heard it.

Apr 24, 2015

"Different Colors" opens @WalkTheMoonBand's @CanneryBallroom show.

Apr 24, 2015

After their @CanneryBallroom set, @WeTheGriswolds take photos with fans.

Apr 24, 2015

Australia's @WeTheGriswolds open for @WalkTheMoonBand @CanneryBallroom.

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