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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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
Eric Church goes from a guy just playing guitar on a tailgate to a guy playing music on his own radio show News Eric Church goes from a guy just playing guitar on a tailgate to a guy playing music on his own radio show , Senior Country Correspondent 12:04pm, February 28
Randy Owen gives Jason Aldean a birthday present that he won’t soon forget News Randy Owen gives Jason Aldean a birthday present that he won’t soon forget , Senior Country Correspondent 11:56am, February 28
25 years ago today, country music legend Alan Jackson released the album that changed country music forever News 25 years ago today, country music legend Alan Jackson released the album that changed country music forever , Senior Country Correspondent 11:25am, February 27
Watch as "American Idol" hopeful Joey Cook shocks Keith Urban with her rendition of “Somebody Like You” News Watch as "American Idol" hopeful Joey Cook shocks Keith Urban with her rendition of “Somebody Like You” , Senior Country Correspondent 11:03am, February 27
This cover of “Blue Bayou” by country’s very own Trisha Yearwood is amazing News This cover of “Blue Bayou” by country’s very own Trisha Yearwood is amazing , Senior Country Correspondent 10:12am, February 27
You can have your llamas and your white and gold dresses — we just want our Johnny Cash News You can have your llamas and your white and gold dresses — we just want our Johnny Cash , Senior Country Correspondent 9:52am, February 27
We guarantee you have never watched a guitar get played like this before News We guarantee you have never watched a guitar get played like this before , Senior Country Correspondent 1:45pm, February 26
Darius Rucker shows off his love for country, Charleston and his kids with this amazing gesture News Darius Rucker shows off his love for country, Charleston and his kids with this amazing gesture , Senior Country Correspondent 12:23pm, February 26
Taylor Swift, a stalker? Check out this hilarious video to find out who she's been following around News Taylor Swift, a stalker? Check out this hilarious video to find out who she's been following around , Senior Country Correspondent 12:06pm, February 26
You haven't lived until you've seen Dierks Bentley rocking a muscle tee, wearing a mullet and singing an ole Alan Jackson tune News You haven't lived until you've seen Dierks Bentley rocking a muscle tee, wearing a mullet and singing an ole Alan Jackson tune , Senior Country Correspondent 11:49am, February 26
Watch as an ecstatic Dierks Bentley fan gets the birthday gift she's always wanted News Watch as an ecstatic Dierks Bentley fan gets the birthday gift she's always wanted , Senior Country Correspondent 1:55pm, February 25
Is Rascal Flatts planning a duet with a certain foul-mouthed rocker? News Is Rascal Flatts planning a duet with a certain foul-mouthed rocker? , Senior Country Correspondent 1:37pm, February 25