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. She can be reached at tricia.despres@rarecountry.com.

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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
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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 3:20pm, January 15
Kenny Chesney releases tour dates for 2015 summer concerts News Kenny Chesney releases tour dates for 2015 summer concerts , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 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" , Senior Country Correspondent 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 , Senior Country Correspondent 12:39pm, January 14
Find out why Dierks Bentley got four of his favorite country artists to jump into a lake of freezing water News Find out why Dierks Bentley got four of his favorite country artists to jump into a lake of freezing water , Senior Country Correspondent 8:54am, January 14
It may be freezing, but Tim McGraw just got a whole lot hotter News It may be freezing, but Tim McGraw just got a whole lot hotter , Senior Country Correspondent 8:44am, January 14
Look back at some very vintage Brad Paisley performances on the Grand Ole Opry stage News Look back at some very vintage Brad Paisley performances on the Grand Ole Opry stage , Senior Country Correspondent 4:57pm, January 13