2014 ACM Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2014 ACM Awards have been announced. A parade of celebrities took part in unveiling this year’s nominees via Twitter on Wednesday morning (Jan 29). Country music’s reigning couple, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, are both multiple nominees — Shelton is up for five awards, while Lambert has seven nominations. Tim ... Read More

US99.5 Live Country Featuring Dierks Bentley Is Coming To Joe’s Bar

We just announced that Dierks Bentley will be coming to Joe’s Bar in Chicago for US99.5′s Live Country show on Thursday, February 27th! Keep listening to find out how you can win your way into the exclusive concert. Monday night Dierks blew up his Instagram account with music and videos, so we are extremely excited for this show. htt... Read More

Duncan Keith hosts big fundraiser for kids

LINCOLN PARK — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is throwing a charity concert at Joe's Bar on Weed Street featuring country star Lee Brice. The event, which is scheduled for Jan. 20, is the second annual country show that Keith's charity is hosting and will benefit Keith Relief and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicag... Read More

Charlie Worsham to appear on “Bones”

Charlie Worsham has been bitten by the acting bug. The singer will appear in an upcoming episode of the hit Fox TV show, ‘Bones,’ playing, not surprisingly, a country singer. While the role may seem true-to-life for the Mississippi native, the show takes an unfortunate twist, when he gets murdered during the episode. Worsham, who released ... Read More

Granger Smith samples tour life in documentary trailer

Long bus rides, sold out concerts, terrible homesickness and the brotherhood that comes with being part of a traveling band … Granger Smith‘s new documentary will give an honest look at everything a touring country singer goes through in an effort to bring the music to the people. This three-minute-long trailer gives fans a taste of ... Read More

Charlie Worsham gears up, with a little help from Vince Gill

With his album Rubberband finally set for release August 20th, Mississippi native Charlie Worsham is excited. “I’m dying for folks to hear it,” he says of the album. And for good reason: It’s his debut, and he’s been working on it for the past three years. We’re sitting in the back lounge on Worsham’s tour bus that’s ... Read More

Pat Green sticking to his musical guns

In his 2009 hit “Country Star,” Texas-born and bred rocker Pat Green toys with the idea of heading to Nashville to “ride shotgun with Kenny, Faith and Tim” and “break all the young girls’ hearts just like Keith Urban.” Soon after the song’s release, the majority of his loyal fans realized the song was a bit of a sarcastic ... Read More

Josh Thompson an unlikely country music star

Josh Thompson was never supposed to end up a country music star. Rather, there was a time when it looked as if the Wisconsin native was destined for a career in concrete — that is, until the day he decided to jump off the truck and pick up a guitar. “My whole family was in the concrete industry, from my father to my grandpa to my uncles ... Read More

From bananas to bandanas- Joe’s now Nashville North

As you peer at the likes of Martina McBride or Eric Church on the stage in the bar's warehouselike back room, you realize it is entirely too late to say you miss Banana Joe's. Too late, and, frankly, too absurd. Fifteen years ago, some out-of-towners tried to establish a nightclub of that name in the then-fledgling North and Clybourn ... Read More

Pat Green serves up gritty fare at Joe’s Bar

A Pat Green concert is not for the faint of heart. A show like his takes stamina, spirit and a love of the Texas fringe sound. And the capacity crowd at Green's Saturday gig at Joe's Bar had it all. You could count the cowboy hats on one hand -- Green's iconic kind of country just isn't the hat act kind. Even though he opened with the ... Read More