A Country Music Fan’s Guide To Podcasts
Podcasts are one of the most popular forms of entertainment these days. There are podcasts on almost anything, and if it’s not out there, anyone can create it. Whether it be about crime, TV shows like The Bachelor, or politics, there’s something for everyone. There are so many amazing podcasts created by people in the country music community. We’ve put together a list of the best podcasts for a country music fan to listen to.
Breaking Thru with Elaina Smith
You might know Elaina Smith from her co-hosting gig on the nationally syndicated radio show and ACM nominated “Nash Nights Live”. Whereas on the air Smith interviews everyone from Luke Combs to Lady Antebellum, Breaking Thru is a podcast exclusively for women impacting country music, whether it be country singers or people working behind the scenes. She’s been joined by everyone from country superstar Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, to rising stars Avenue Beat to NYCountry Swag’s own Stephanie and Christina. It’s an empowering podcast that is so timely; listen to Stephanie and Christina’s episode here and to learn more about Elaina, check out our Woman of the Month feature with her here.
Girls Just Pod To Have Fun
Nashville singer-songwriters/duo Jill & Kate, whom you might know from singing backup for Kelly Clarkson created a podcast that circles around Nashville, country music, the industry, and just life itself. The tagline speaks for itself: it’s a podcast about what to do when life doesn’t go the way you planned. They’ve had guests from Charles Esten, who played Deacon Claybourne on the ABC show Nashville to actress Lauren Grahm and they asked Stephanie and Christina to join them for their live podcast from New York City. To listen to their episode, click here.
You might know Bobby Bones from is award-winning morning radio show The Bobby Bones Show, where he interviews all of country music’s biggest stars. It’s possible you know him from Dancing with the Stars, or his mentoring appearances on American Idol. Bones is everywhere these days, yet he still has time for his incredible podcast, Bobbycast. He talks to everyone from Jake Owen to hit songwriter Nicolle Galyon to Luke Bryan’s manager Kerri Edwards. He records the podcasts from his house, and they are more of a conversation than a traditional interview. His episode featuring Dustin Lynch is definitely one to check out, as is his episode featuring Nicolle Galyon. You can find it on Spotify or the Podcasts app.
Get Real with Caroline Hobby
Caroline Hobby is a singer-turned-podcaster. She used to be in a band called Stealing Angels with Runaway June member Jennifer Wayne (who she also teamed up with to compete on The Amazing Race). She’s married to Michael Hobby, who is part of the country band A Thousand Horses, so she knows first-hand what it means to be a female in country music and a country artist’s wife. And that’s Get Real: she interviews the wives of country stars and songwriters, as well as female artists and women in the entertainment industry. It’s inspiring, it’s entertaining, and it gives fans a whole other perspective on the country music community. Her episodes with superstar Carly Pearce (listen here) and Luke Combs’ fiance Nicole Hocking (listen here) are two that stand out in particular.
All Our Favorite People
Ashley Eicher and Hunter Kelly are two of Nashville’s most successful media personalities and are two close friends who love country music and Music City with all their heart. Their podcast, All Our Favorite People, is where the Nashville community comes together and shares their stories. They have guests like fellow podcaster Caroline Hobby to actor-singer Chord Overstreet to country superstar Kelsea Ballerini on their show where they talk all things life and career. Eicher and Kelly have a quick-witted dynamic, and it’s the type of podcast that makes you feel like you’re at the dinner table rather than listening to an interview. Their episode with Lauren Alaina is really great; to listen, click the link here. To find out more about Ashley Eicher, check out our Woman of the Month feature with her here.
This Nashville Life
Country singer Kelleigh Bannen has had a really successful year: She released her debut record the past fall, Favorite Colors, is the host of Today’s Country on Apple Music and has a wildly successful podcast called This Nashville Life, which is hosted by herself and producer-engineer Kevin Sokolnicki. Bannen and Sokolnicki serve as your “tour guides” to Music City; they talk with people like Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, as well as Jason Owen, manager of Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Ballerini and owner of Sandbox Entertainment. A recent episode with CMT’s Leslie Fram was posted, and it’s inspiring and will teach any country music about the industry and genre they love so much.
Let us know if there are any other podcasts that we missed that you love listening to!
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