Madeleine OConnell

When freelance journalist, Madeleine O'Connell, isn't listening to new country music, she's writing about it. Although based in the midwest, her passion for music stretches far beyond it.

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INTERVIEWHome Sweet Home with: Hailey Whitters

By Madeleine OConnell, March 14, 2022

If you find yourself driving through the small town of Shueyville, IA, you’ll most likely run into the waves of golden cornfields, two-lane roads, a single stoplight and locals who love to have a good time. For rising country artist Hailey Whitters, this is home.

Travis Denning - Might As Well Be Me Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWTravis Denning - Might As Well Be Me

By Madeleine OConnell, August 1, 2022

Raw, classic country storytelling with a pinch of the hard stuff.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Country Line Dance Songs

By Madeleine OConnell, January 1, 2022

Grab your dancin’ boots, gather a few friends and prepare for a hoedown, because Holler has compiled a list of 15 of our favorite country songs to line dance to.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best New Canadian Country Artists

By Madeleine OConnell, September 2, 2021

Holler's selection of some of the best new up-and-coming country artists from Canada.

Scotty McCreery

INTERVIEWScotty McCreery's Top 5 Christmas Films

By Madeleine OConnell, December 15, 2021

With the release of a Hallmark movie based on one of his songs, McCreery picks his favourite festive films.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Ashley Cooke

By Madeleine OConnell, April 26, 2021

Ashley Cooke talks about the impact of TikTok and The 615 House, the life of a songwriter in Nashville and the equal importance of hard work and spontaneity.

Stagecoach Festival

GUIDEStagecoach 2022: 10 Things To Pack!

By Madeleine OConnell, April 25, 2022

Prepping for a festival is one thing, but prepping for one of the biggest country music festivals in the world that’s in the middle of the desert is a different story.

Travis Denning

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Travis Denning

By Madeleine OConnell, June 18, 2021

Before heading out for a relaxing day of fishing, Denning took some time to reflect on a few of his biggest accomplishments this year, getting back to live music and preparing to tour with the mighty Brothers Osborne.

Country Wedding Songs

ESSENTIALSThe Best Country Wedding Songs

By Madeleine OConnell, February 15, 2022

A country wedding playlist that covers just about every minute of the day, leading up to the moment you’re pronounced married. These 15 songs could be the perfect soundtrack to your big day.

Group - Walker County

INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Walker County

By Madeleine OConnell, July 22, 2021

As Ivy Dene and Sophie Dawn each pick five of the songs and records that have influenced and inspired them the most, the range of their taste in Country music shows the versatility of their talents, possessing a true understanding of the influence they hope to have with their own career as Walker County.

Nate Barnes

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Nate Barnes

By Madeleine OConnell, February 15, 2021

Rising country star Nate Barnes discusses his unique career change, the luck of chance encounters, and how he hopes to make a name for his artistry in 2021.

Niko Moon

INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Niko Moon

By Madeleine OConnell, September 3, 2021

As he sports a contagiously shining smile and, of course, his iconic hat and palm tree shirt, Niko Moon reflects on the music that influenced his career and debut album Good Time.

Angie K at Windy City Festival 2021

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Angie K

By Madeleine OConnell, July 19, 2021

From competing on The Voice, and performing on cruise ships, to singing during the fireworks at Walt Disney World and touring around the world, Angie K has had her fair share of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Robyn Ottolini

By Madeleine OConnell, March 1, 2021

The 20-year-old is relatively new to the country music industry, but she has already had an extraordinary start to her career.

Chris Lane - Fill Them Boots

INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Chris Lane

By Madeleine OConnell, May 6, 2021

Offering a glimpse into his first concert experience, some of his biggest inspirations to this day and the artists who are always on his playlist during his pre-show preparations, Lane delves deep into what has influenced his life and career.

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INTERVIEWThe Songs That Changed My Life: Everette

By Madeleine OConnell, June 7, 2022

Holler spoke to the duo about the songs that have meant the most to them on their journey from Bullitt County to being one of the hottest properties in Music City

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INTERVIEWChristmas Cuts The Deepest: Josh Turner

By Madeleine OConnell, December 8, 2021

The great annual debate of when it’s the appropriate time to begin Christmas festivities was not in question this year for the Grammy-nominated artist.

Chris Young

INTERVIEWChris Young's Top 5 Festival Experiences

By Madeleine OConnell, June 28, 2022

Ahead of his set at The Long Road Festival in August, Chris Young joins Holler to reminisce on five of his favourite festival experiences as a country music fan