Senior Country Correspondent

Tricia Despres

Chicago-based senior correspondent Tricia Despres covers country music for a number of local, regional and national publications and makes a living interviewing some of country music’s biggest and brightest stars. Her work has appeared in Country Weekly, the Chicago Sun-Times and Advertising Age magazine. When she is not at her laptop or at a concert, she is busy taking care of her husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda. Follow her @CHIWriter.

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Witness one of the most emotional performances in country music history News Witness one of the most emotional performances in country music history , Senior Country Correspondent 9:24am, March 8
Trace Adkins finds yet another way to honor our military News Trace Adkins finds yet another way to honor our military , Senior Country Correspondent 8:50am, March 8
Watch the viral video from an aspiring guitarist that finally captured the attention of Brad Paisley News Watch the viral video from an aspiring guitarist that finally captured the attention of Brad Paisley , Senior Country Correspondent 8:08am, March 8
A Virginia-based military band takes on Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country" and it’s fantastic News A Virginia-based military band takes on Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country" and it’s fantastic , Senior Country Correspondent 1:12pm, March 6
Watch as Jamey Johnson and Alabama collaborate on this unforgettable version of “My Home’s in Alabama” News Watch as Jamey Johnson and Alabama collaborate on this unforgettable version of “My Home’s in Alabama” , Senior Country Correspondent 1:08pm, March 6
Are we looking at a new little Loretta Lynn in the making? News Are we looking at a new little Loretta Lynn in the making? , Senior Country Correspondent 1:04pm, March 6
Is Luke Bryan really building a replica of Splash Mountain at his house? News Is Luke Bryan really building a replica of Splash Mountain at his house? , Senior Country Correspondent 12:58pm, March 6
Hank Williams Jr. remains loud and proud in his unwavering support of the NRA News Hank Williams Jr. remains loud and proud in his unwavering support of the NRA , Senior Country Correspondent 5:34pm, March 5
Cole Swindell honors our country’s returning military in an inspirational new video News Cole Swindell honors our country’s returning military in an inspirational new video , Senior Country Correspondent 4:21pm, March 5
Check this groundbreaking Zac Brown Band performance of the legendary hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” News Check this groundbreaking Zac Brown Band performance of the legendary hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” , Senior Country Correspondent 12:29pm, March 5
Watch as a sleep-deprived Trisha Yearwood tackles her 24 hour QVC takeover News Watch as a sleep-deprived Trisha Yearwood tackles her 24 hour QVC takeover , Senior Country Correspondent 12:08pm, March 5
Check out the top ten new songs that every country music fan should give a listen to this week News Check out the top ten new songs that every country music fan should give a listen to this week , Senior Country Correspondent 1:20pm, March 4
Country legend Vince Gill set to make his second appearance on the ABC drama “Nashville” News Country legend Vince Gill set to make his second appearance on the ABC drama “Nashville” , Senior Country Correspondent 1:11pm, March 4
Country queen Shania Twain is about to do something she hasn't done in 11 years News Country queen Shania Twain is about to do something she hasn't done in 11 years , Senior Country Correspondent 12:53pm, March 4
Find out why Kimberly Schlapman loves fried chicken, hates yellow mustard and is psyched about getting back on the tour bus News Find out why Kimberly Schlapman loves fried chicken, hates yellow mustard and is psyched about getting back on the tour bus , Senior Country Correspondent 12:38pm, March 4
Take a look back at the moment Brad Paisley first told the world that Carrie Underwood was having a boy News Take a look back at the moment Brad Paisley first told the world that Carrie Underwood was having a boy , Senior Country Correspondent 2:20pm, March 3
George Strait and the entire country music industry loses a dear friend News George Strait and the entire country music industry loses a dear friend , Senior Country Correspondent 2:15pm, March 3
Watch as Luke Bryan takes his best shot at an ole hit from birthday boy Justin Bieber News Watch as Luke Bryan takes his best shot at an ole hit from birthday boy Justin Bieber , Senior Country Correspondent 1:58pm, March 3
While Carrie Underwood meets her new baby boy, we look back on her past 9 months of pregnancy News While Carrie Underwood meets her new baby boy, we look back on her past 9 months of pregnancy , Senior Country Correspondent 12:17pm, March 3
Congratulations go out to Carrie Underwood, who just announced the birth of her beautiful baby boy! News Congratulations go out to Carrie Underwood, who just announced the birth of her beautiful baby boy! , Senior Country Correspondent 11:23am, March 3
Watch a shocked audience witness Shania Twain singing while on horseback News Watch a shocked audience witness Shania Twain singing while on horseback , Senior Country Correspondent 1:53pm, March 2
Country trio Rascal Flatts are welcomed to their Las Vegas residency in the most unusual of ways News Country trio Rascal Flatts are welcomed to their Las Vegas residency in the most unusual of ways , Senior Country Correspondent 1:40pm, March 2
Twenty years ago this week, Martina McBride got her first number one hit with the inspirational “Wild Angels” News Twenty years ago this week, Martina McBride got her first number one hit with the inspirational “Wild Angels” , Senior Country Correspondent 1:18pm, March 2
YouTube’s iconic Holderness Family takes on Zac Brown Band with a hilarious winter parody News YouTube’s iconic Holderness Family takes on Zac Brown Band with a hilarious winter parody , Senior Country Correspondent 1:06pm, March 2
Brandy Clark proves again why she's the talk of country music these days with her latest hell-raisin’ performance News Brandy Clark proves again why she's the talk of country music these days with her latest hell-raisin’ performance , Senior Country Correspondent 9:33am, March 2
Season five American Idol finalist Bucky Covington speaks about his baby girl and a cause close to his heart News Season five American Idol finalist Bucky Covington speaks about his baby girl and a cause close to his heart , Senior Country Correspondent 9:25am, March 2
Meet the lucky little princess that got to wear Luke Bryan’s ball cap News Meet the lucky little princess that got to wear Luke Bryan’s ball cap , Senior Country Correspondent 2:00pm, March 1
Florida Georgia Line takes on Garth during one of the biggest shows of their young career News Florida Georgia Line takes on Garth during one of the biggest shows of their young career , Senior Country Correspondent 11:23am, March 1
Sugarland and Little Big Town get their gospel on with their rendition of Madonna’s 1989 hit “Like a Prayer” News Sugarland and Little Big Town get their gospel on with their rendition of Madonna’s 1989 hit “Like a Prayer” , Senior Country Correspondent 10:55am, March 1
Country music risk taker Kacey Musgraves wows a Grand Ole Opry audience when she takes on Elvis News Country music risk taker Kacey Musgraves wows a Grand Ole Opry audience when she takes on Elvis , Senior Country Correspondent 12:36pm, February 28