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 [email protected]

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What do poop, packing peanuts, a billy goat and Dierks Bentley have in common? Try asking Kip Moore News What do poop, packing peanuts, a billy goat and Dierks Bentley have in common? Try asking Kip Moore , Senior Country Correspondent 2:20pm, January 31
Watch as Rascal Flatts changes the life of a young cancer patient — simply by walking into her hospital room News Watch as Rascal Flatts changes the life of a young cancer patient — simply by walking into her hospital room , Senior Country Correspondent 2:09pm, January 31
Country music rebel Eric Church moves the crowd with his sensitive side singing "Like Jesus Does" News Country music rebel Eric Church moves the crowd with his sensitive side singing "Like Jesus Does" , Senior Country Correspondent 2:04pm, January 31
Eric Church dishes about who he is rooting for at this year’s Grammys — and what song he describes as “hooky as hell” News Eric Church dishes about who he is rooting for at this year’s Grammys — and what song he describes as “hooky as hell” , Senior Country Correspondent 3:08pm, January 30
The news that ultimately inspired Brantley Gilbert to write his new patriotic single "One Hell of an Amen” News The news that ultimately inspired Brantley Gilbert to write his new patriotic single "One Hell of an Amen” , Senior Country Correspondent 2:31pm, January 30
Here are the five things you need to know about this year’s 2015 ACM Award nominations News Here are the five things you need to know about this year’s 2015 ACM Award nominations , Senior Country Correspondent 2:13pm, January 30
Check out Tyler Farr trying to get these adorable kids' vote for ACM’s “New Artist of the Year” News Check out Tyler Farr trying to get these adorable kids' vote for ACM’s “New Artist of the Year” , Senior Country Correspondent 12:18pm, January 30
Following his stellar performance hosting SNL, Blake Shelton is gearing up for a new gig News Following his stellar performance hosting SNL, Blake Shelton is gearing up for a new gig , Senior Country Correspondent 2:52pm, January 29
Another goose-bump-worthy, patriotic moment, courtesy of Toby Keith and Trace Adkins News Another goose-bump-worthy, patriotic moment, courtesy of Toby Keith and Trace Adkins , Senior Country Correspondent 2:51pm, January 29
Get the Kleenex ready – Tim McGraw will perform at this year’s Oscars News Get the Kleenex ready – Tim McGraw will perform at this year’s Oscars , Senior Country Correspondent 2:26pm, January 29
Looks like Dierks Bentley isn’t the only one getting “Drunk on a Plane” on the way to Super Bowl XLIX News Looks like Dierks Bentley isn’t the only one getting “Drunk on a Plane” on the way to Super Bowl XLIX , Senior Country Correspondent 2:00pm, January 29
Will Trisha Yearwood's latest release be as good as this beautiful hit with Don Henley? News Will Trisha Yearwood's latest release be as good as this beautiful hit with Don Henley? , Senior Country Correspondent 5:10pm, January 28
Watch as the incomparable Carrie Underwood takes on a legendary Fleetwood Mac hit News Watch as the incomparable Carrie Underwood takes on a legendary Fleetwood Mac hit , Senior Country Correspondent 4:08pm, January 28
Country duo Maddie & Tae get a whole lot more serious on their new track News Country duo Maddie & Tae get a whole lot more serious on their new track , Senior Country Correspondent 3:45pm, January 28
Tim McGraw has the most heartwarming things to say about his beautiful wife News Tim McGraw has the most heartwarming things to say about his beautiful wife , Senior Country Correspondent 2:50pm, January 28
Who could forget that time that Carrie Underwood found herself in the Super Bowl spotlight? News Who could forget that time that Carrie Underwood found herself in the Super Bowl spotlight? , Senior Country Correspondent 6:23pm, January 27
People still can’t stop talking about Blake Shelton’s hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. Time for a Rare Country Sound off: How do you think he did? News People still can’t stop talking about Blake Shelton’s hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. Time for a Rare Country Sound off: How do you think he did? , Senior Country Correspondent 2:34pm, January 27
Watch as a teary-eyed Keith Urban talks about his wife, gushes over his love for family and proceeds to serenade a very special birthday girl News Watch as a teary-eyed Keith Urban talks about his wife, gushes over his love for family and proceeds to serenade a very special birthday girl , Senior Country Correspondent 1:52pm, January 27
19 Reasons and counting as to why every single country music fan needs to find their way to Chicago this June for the inaugural Windy City Lakeshake News 19 Reasons and counting as to why every single country music fan needs to find their way to Chicago this June for the inaugural Windy City Lakeshake , Senior Country Correspondent 1:45pm, January 27
The amazing Zac Brown Band cover of Marshall Tucker's "Can't You See" that you probably missed News The amazing Zac Brown Band cover of Marshall Tucker's "Can't You See" that you probably missed , Senior Country Correspondent 11:58am, January 27
The moment Wynonna Judd took the national stage for the very first time without her mom by her side News The moment Wynonna Judd took the national stage for the very first time without her mom by her side , Senior Country Correspondent 8:09am, January 27
Country bad boy Eric Church revs up his engines and takes over the top spot on the charts with his latest hit “Talladega” News Country bad boy Eric Church revs up his engines and takes over the top spot on the charts with his latest hit “Talladega” , Senior Country Correspondent 3:36pm, January 26
Introducing your latest man crush! Sam Hunt makes country music fans swoon with his latest single “Take Your Time” News Introducing your latest man crush! Sam Hunt makes country music fans swoon with his latest single “Take Your Time” , Senior Country Correspondent 3:32pm, January 26
Kenny Chesney is going out of way to make sure all of his loyal fans get the chance to see him kick off his tour News Kenny Chesney is going out of way to make sure all of his loyal fans get the chance to see him kick off his tour , Senior Country Correspondent 3:12pm, January 26
John Rich of Big & Rich Gets down and dirty with the LoCash Cowboys for this epic sing-a-long News John Rich of Big & Rich Gets down and dirty with the LoCash Cowboys for this epic sing-a-long , Senior Country Correspondent 2:42pm, January 26
Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley teams up with Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack for a stellar new album News Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley teams up with Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack for a stellar new album , Senior Country Correspondent 12:58pm, January 26
Watch as Garth Brooks makes a Special Olympian's dream become a reality during a recent Oklahoma show News Watch as Garth Brooks makes a Special Olympian's dream become a reality during a recent Oklahoma show , Senior Country Correspondent 12:19pm, January 26
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