Melanie Rooten

Melanie Rooten

Melanie has been writing for Country Now since August of 2023. Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, she graduated from Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in 2023 with a BA in Journalism. During her free time, she loves going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite TV shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).

Donny Van Slee; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC

Donny Van Slee, A 30-Year-Old Chiropractor From Florida, Delivers ‘Unbelievable’ ‘The Voice’ Audition

Posted on February 28, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

Meet Dr. Donny!

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Karen Waldrup; Photo by: Casey Durkin/NBC

Meet Karen Waldrup, ‘The Voice’ Contestant Who Started A Feud Between Coaches Reba McEntire And Dan + Shay

Posted on February 28, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

Waldrup stole the show with this Jo Dee Messina cover.

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Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally; Photo by Kayla Schoen/CMA

The Journey Of ‘Down The Road’ By Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally

Posted on February 28, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

The track was written and originally recorded by McAnally and later became a chart-topping hit when Chesney and McAnally recorded it as a duet.

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Randy Travis and Kane Brown; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

See Inside Kane Brown And Randy Travis’ Tight-Knit Friendship

Posted on February 27, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

They say ‘don’t meet your heroes,’ but Kane Brown met his hero Randy Travis and they’re now close friends.

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Eric Church; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The Real Story Behind Eric Church’s ‘Springsteen’

Posted on February 21, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

Upon the release of “Springsteen,” Church predicted that this would be his “biggest record.”

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Daryle Singletary; Photo Provided

Remembering Daryle Singletary

Posted on February 12, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

The country star died unexpectedly on this day in 2018. He was just 46 years old.

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Luke Combs; Photo by Zack Massey

Luke Combs Delivers Private Acoustic Show At The Ryman For ‘Living Lucky’ Lottery Winners

Posted on February 9, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

The special evening included an intimate performance, cash prizes, heartfelt tributes and more.

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Luke Combs; Photo by Zack Massey

Luke Combs Honors Late Country Music Icon, Toby Keith, With Emotional Performance Of ‘Should’ve Been A Cowboy’

Posted on February 8, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

The country star’s performance moved the audience to tears.

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Photo Courtesy The Wreckers

What Happened To The Country Music Duo, The Wreckers?

Posted on February 8, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp saw success with their early 2000’s band before an unplanned split. See inside their journey.

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George Strait - Strait From The Heart

The Story Behind The Road Trip That Inspired George Strait’s Country Classic, ‘Amarillo by Morning’

Posted on February 8, 2024

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Melanie Rooten

This decades old cowboy song remains one of the greatest of Strait’s career.

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