Back in May when country music blog The 9513 closed its virtual doors (tabs?), I didn’t make note of it here on the blog. I didn’t just contribute album reviews, single reviews and a weekly column to the site for more than two years - I made industry contacts, traveled to Nashville to film a CMT special, hosted a weekly news radio show, improved my writing, connected with a special group of people who treated the genre I love so much with respect and appropriate amounts of suspicion, and even got a bona-fide job in the music business. And loved every minute of it.
That’s why it was so hard to fathom losing all of that – and also why I’m very excited to announce a new collaboration with former The 9513 writers Juli Thanki, Ken Morton, Jr. and C.M. Wilcox: Engine 145 launches today.