Tom Mailey

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Frankie Ballard’s Got a Whole Lotta Love For Whole Lotta Love

Frankie Ballard was a pretty good baseball player. Good enough, in fact, to play shortstop four years at Western Michigan University. But, as he told the country music news site, once he got bit […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–10/01/2015

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Our 10 Favorite Country Songs About Rain

There’s a saying: There are only five things Californians get truly excited about. Rain, a sale on avocados, when it’s raining, going to In and Out, and when wet stuff falls from the sky. After […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–10/01/2015

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Don Henley Makes An Album “For Grown-ups”

I don’t normally do album reviews. I will occasionally Tweet (@kncitom if you’d like to follow along) if I listen to something I really like, as I did with Brett Eldredge’s recent new release, Illinois. […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–09/29/2015

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Tragic: Eddie Montgomery Loses A Son

Heartbreaking news from Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery-Gentry. On Sunday, he announced via social media that his 19 year old son Hunter had died in “an accident”. What kind of accident or any other details have […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–09/28/2015

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 17: Stephen Barker Liles (L) and Eric Gunderson (R) play Folsom Live Saturday, Sept 26 (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images for Pandora)

Stephen Barker Liles And the Story Behind Whiskey On My Breath

Love and Theft’s latest single, “Whiskey On My Breath” is quite a departure from their up-tempo, party-country hits of the last few years. The song, with it’s beautiful bluegrass-influenced harmonies, was written by Love and […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–09/25/2015

George Strait

George Strait Ain’t Done Playin’ Live!

At the start of his farewell “Cowboy Rides Away” tour last year, George Strait said it would be his last time out on the road. But, “I also said I wasn’t retiring”. With that, George announced […]


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Female Artists: Jason Aldean Isn’t Wrong. But He Isn’t Right, Either.

Jason Aldean’s got himself in a bit of hot water after comments he made in a Sept 10th interview with the Washington Post. About women in country music, he said,  “I feel like a lot of […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–09/16/2015

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Butte and Valley Fires: How You Can Help

The terrible fires in Amador, Calaveras and Lake counties have done one positive thing: brought people of northern California together. Relief efforts are underway (Country in the Park attendees helped raise nearly $600 for the […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–09/14/2015

Filmmaker Nicholas Coles has made a short documentary about the Dorothea Puente House (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Filmmaker Features Puente House; You Can Tour It Saturday!

Most folks who’ve lived in Sacramento for any period of time know the story of Dorothea Puente. In 1993 the elderly boarding house owner was arrested and eventually convicted of killing seven of her guests […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–09/10/2015

Katy Perry performs with dancers during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. Ain't it about time for a country artist?  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

9 Country Stars Who Could Rock A Super Bowl Half Time Show

The latest news from the NFL is that Bruno Mars may be back this year as the Super Bowl half-time entertainer. Which isn’t a bad move at all; his ridiculous talent was on full display […]

New Country 105.1 KNCI–09/09/2015