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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The guy who sang backup to Luke Bryan at the 2013 CMA Awards makes his way into the spotlight News The guy who sang backup to Luke Bryan at the 2013 CMA Awards makes his way into the spotlight , Senior Country Correspondent 12:02pm, January 26
Carrie Underwood celebrates her strong, personal faith with a song even more successful than her first hit News Carrie Underwood celebrates her strong, personal faith with a song even more successful than her first hit , Senior Country Correspondent 11:32am, January 26
Check out what is easily the funniest skit from Blake Shelton hosting SNL News Check out what is easily the funniest skit from Blake Shelton hosting SNL , Senior Country Correspondent 6:57pm, January 25
Can you spot the country legend when he was a member of this '80s pop band? News Can you spot the country legend when he was a member of this '80s pop band? , Senior Country Correspondent 4:37pm, January 23
Country sweetheart Miranda Lambert has boots, wings and a shiny new red truck in this new song she wrote for Ram Trucks News Country sweetheart Miranda Lambert has boots, wings and a shiny new red truck in this new song she wrote for Ram Trucks , Senior Country Correspondent 3:39pm, January 23
Carrie Underwood is getting an adorable new traveler onboard her tour bus this summer News Carrie Underwood is getting an adorable new traveler onboard her tour bus this summer , Senior Country Correspondent 3:15pm, January 23
Blake Shelton laughs off hilarious "Tonight Show" game as the "stupidest thing…in my entire career" News Blake Shelton laughs off hilarious "Tonight Show" game as the "stupidest thing…in my entire career" , Senior Country Correspondent 2:59pm, January 23
Toby Keith has no time for drunk people — watch him own this drunk fan in the middle of a song News Toby Keith has no time for drunk people — watch him own this drunk fan in the middle of a song , Senior Country Correspondent 11:09am, January 23
Blake Shelton jokingly calls out "hot shot" Adam Levine in this hilarious ad for SNL News Blake Shelton jokingly calls out "hot shot" Adam Levine in this hilarious ad for SNL , Senior Country Correspondent 7:06am, January 23
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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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" , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 1:01pm, January 22
Luke Bryan has a tendency to fall off stages News Luke Bryan has a tendency to fall off stages , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 8:15am, January 17