Country Editor

Tricia Despres

Chicago-based editor 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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Here are 5 reasons you'll fall in love with American Idol hopeful Zach Johnson…and the 1 reason Harry Connick Jr. didn't News Here are 5 reasons you'll fall in love with American Idol hopeful Zach Johnson…and the 1 reason Harry Connick Jr. didn't , Country Editor 3:21pm, January 22
You won't believe whose music Shania Twain said she listens to to get pumped up for a show News You won't believe whose music Shania Twain said she listens to to get pumped up for a show , Country Editor 2:59pm, January 22
Country music sexy man Dustin Lynch shows off his massive guns in the "bicep chug" News Country music sexy man Dustin Lynch shows off his massive guns in the "bicep chug" , Country Editor 1:48pm, January 22
It doesn't take much for the boys of Florida Georgia Line to get excited…especially when it comes from Ellen News It doesn't take much for the boys of Florida Georgia Line to get excited…especially when it comes from Ellen , Country Editor 1:01pm, January 22
Luke Bryan has a tendency to fall off stages News Luke Bryan has a tendency to fall off stages , Country Editor 12:42pm, January 22
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan reveal their favorite p pump-up song News Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan reveal their favorite p pump-up song , Country Editor 4:03pm, January 21
We have officially fallen in love with the countrified version of Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" by Thomas Rhett News We have officially fallen in love with the countrified version of Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" by Thomas Rhett , Country Editor 3:46pm, January 21
Kenny Chesney epicly rocks out with Gretchen Wilson to a classic rock favorite News Kenny Chesney epicly rocks out with Gretchen Wilson to a classic rock favorite , Country Editor 6:01pm, January 20
The adorable moment when Rascal Flatts bring a 6-year-old up on stage to rock the crowd News The adorable moment when Rascal Flatts bring a 6-year-old up on stage to rock the crowd , Country Editor 5:47pm, January 20
Taylor Swift reflects back on so-called "pathetic" dating life on Ellen News Taylor Swift reflects back on so-called "pathetic" dating life on Ellen , Country Editor 4:53pm, January 20
Watch the last Grand Ole Opry performance the world will have to remember the character that was country icon Jimmy Dickens News Watch the last Grand Ole Opry performance the world will have to remember the character that was country icon Jimmy Dickens , Country Editor 8:13am, January 20
Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" gets the punk rock cover you had no idea you wanted to hear News Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" gets the punk rock cover you had no idea you wanted to hear , Country Editor 7:16am, January 20
This big country legend is celebrating a birthday this week, and she has some great words for the haters News This big country legend is celebrating a birthday this week, and she has some great words for the haters , Country Editor 9:52pm, January 19
This woman just thought she had a romantic dance on stage at a Brad Paisley concert, until her boyfriend got down on one knee News This woman just thought she had a romantic dance on stage at a Brad Paisley concert, until her boyfriend got down on one knee , Country Editor 9:37pm, January 19
Lady A appeared on YouTube show Good Mythical Morning, and that's when things started to get weird News Lady A appeared on YouTube show Good Mythical Morning, and that's when things started to get weird , Country Editor 11:32am, January 18
Carrie Underwood reveals the one song she never tires of singing — especially if it's with Vince Gill News Carrie Underwood reveals the one song she never tires of singing — especially if it's with Vince Gill , Country Editor 11:09am, January 18
This vintage Dolly Parton performance will take you back to a sweeter and simpler time News This vintage Dolly Parton performance will take you back to a sweeter and simpler time , Country Editor 10:57am, January 18
Two young country stars try to change Nashville, starting with breaking the stereotype about girls in country songs News Two young country stars try to change Nashville, starting with breaking the stereotype about girls in country songs , Country Editor 10:47am, January 18
8 years ago this week, a very young Taylor Swift got the best news of her young life News 8 years ago this week, a very young Taylor Swift got the best news of her young life , Country Editor 8:20am, January 18
That fateful day the boys from Duck Dynasty convinced Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan to get tattoos News That fateful day the boys from Duck Dynasty convinced Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan to get tattoos , Country Editor 12:30pm, January 17
Check out this vintage Florida Georgia Line performance that perfectly explains why they are where they are today News Check out this vintage Florida Georgia Line performance that perfectly explains why they are where they are today , Country Editor 8:15am, January 17
Scotty McCreery says goodbye to his grandpa and the man behind his beautiful, deep crooning voice News Scotty McCreery says goodbye to his grandpa and the man behind his beautiful, deep crooning voice , Country Editor 4:02pm, January 16
Keith Urban may have been skeptical but this American Idol hopeful just blew away the judges strumming a Little Big Town cover News Keith Urban may have been skeptical but this American Idol hopeful just blew away the judges strumming a Little Big Town cover , Country Editor 11:01am, January 16
Glen Campbell's heartbreaking ode to his wife and fans gets recognition from an unlikely source News Glen Campbell's heartbreaking ode to his wife and fans gets recognition from an unlikely source , Country Editor 8:41am, January 16
This backstage a cappella performance of "Happy" proves just how good Rascal Flatts really is News This backstage a cappella performance of "Happy" proves just how good Rascal Flatts really is , Country Editor 3:35pm, January 15
Lady A brings their country music twang to the College Football Championship game News Lady A brings their country music twang to the College Football Championship game , Country Editor 3:20pm, January 15
Kenny Chesney releases tour dates for 2015 summer concerts News Kenny Chesney releases tour dates for 2015 summer concerts , Country Editor 11:40am, January 15
Here's why we have a girl crush on Miranda Lambert and Gwen Sebastian this week News Here's why we have a girl crush on Miranda Lambert and Gwen Sebastian this week , Country Editor 6:14pm, January 14
Lee Greenwood may have already given 2015's best performance of "God Bless the USA" News Lee Greenwood may have already given 2015's best performance of "God Bless the USA" , Country Editor 2:51pm, January 14
Darius Rucker reveals his upcoming tour on The Tonight Show News Darius Rucker reveals his upcoming tour on The Tonight Show , Country Editor 12:39pm, January 14