The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


June 7, 2014

Martina McBride playing VBC 1st time in 6 years

— Even after 22 years, country crooner Martina McBride still gets amped about hitting the road to support a career marked by a record-tying four “Female Vocalist of the Year” awards from the Country Music Association, 14 Grammy nominations and more than 18 million albums sold.

McBride’s latest tour, in support of her April 8 release “Everlasting,” is scheduled for a June 14 stop at the Von Braun Center. It is the singer’s first North Alabama concert in six years.

“I’ve been there several times before, and I’m excited to be coming because I love to play Huntsville,” McBride, 47, said Tuesday in a phone interview from Nashville, Tennessee.

Her two-hour show uses a horn section and features tracks off the new album interspersed with her past hits. The tour’s May 8 opener in her home state of Kansas went through a 21-song set list, including one of her most recognized chart-toppers, “On a Broken Wing.”

McBride’s new cover record is a departure from her past traditional country or pop-country albums, melding R&B and soul standards with her three-octave soprano vocals, Southern-influenced instrumentation and harmonies provided by the McCrary Sisters.

The album starts with “Suspicious Minds,” which was made famous by Elvis Presley but originally performed and written by Mark James. Song selections run the gamut from duets with singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw (Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me”) and pop star Kelly Clarkson (Etta James and Sugar Pie’s “In the Basement”) to Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” and Otis Redding’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”

“I’m really proud of ‘Everlasting,’ and it’s a fun record,” McBride said.

The 7:30 p.m. show is Saturday at the VBC’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at 700 Monroe St. in Huntsville. For ticket information, visit or call 1-800-745-3000.

Text Only


Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

None of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee