Country Editor

Tricia Despres

Chicago-based freelance writer 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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A legendary country music man is dead at the age of 85 Rare Country A legendary country music man is dead at the age of 85 Tricia Despres, Country Editor 3:17pm, February 27
Fans are swooning over Kane Brown and his girlfriend’s front seat karaoke Rare Country Fans are swooning over Kane Brown and his girlfriend’s front seat karaoke Tricia Despres, Country Editor 1:29pm, February 27
“The Voice” favorite shares more gruesome pics of her ongoing health battle Rare Country “The Voice” favorite shares more gruesome pics of her ongoing health battle Tricia Despres, Country Editor 12:24pm, February 27
Sturgill Simpson’s tweet about the Oscars flub has everyone talking Rare Country Sturgill Simpson’s tweet about the Oscars flub has everyone talking Tricia Despres, Country Editor 11:38am, February 27
This precious video of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his dad is touching millions right now Rare Country This precious video of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his dad is touching millions right now Tricia Despres, Country Editor 11:34am, February 26
Let Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” inspire you today and every day Rare Country Let Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” inspire you today and every day Tricia Despres, Country Editor 10:30am, February 26
A ’90s country star’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” is bringing us to our knees Rare Country A ’90s country star’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” is bringing us to our knees Tricia Despres, Country Editor 4:01pm, February 24
When I pray today, I will pray for Luke Bryan Rare Country When I pray today, I will pray for Luke Bryan Tricia Despres, Country Editor 3:47pm, February 24
A year after Joey Feek’s death, her daughter takes her first steps Rare Country A year after Joey Feek’s death, her daughter takes her first steps Tricia Despres, Country Editor 2:08pm, February 24
We can’t resist this special moment between Luke Bryan and this adorable fan Rare Country We can’t resist this special moment between Luke Bryan and this adorable fan Tricia Despres, Country Editor 1:34pm, February 24
Blake Shelton has collaborated again with Gwen Stefani – and it’s awesome Rare Country Blake Shelton has collaborated again with Gwen Stefani – and it’s awesome Tricia Despres, Country Editor 11:52am, February 24
Listen to the two dads risking it all for country music stardom Rare Country Listen to the two dads risking it all for country music stardom Tricia Despres, Country Editor 4:07pm, February 23
Luke Bryan turns in his first emotional performance since the death of his niece Rare Country Luke Bryan turns in his first emotional performance since the death of his niece Tricia Despres, Country Editor 3:12pm, February 23
NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks out about his racing future Rare Country NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks out about his racing future Tricia Despres, Country Editor 1:29pm, February 23
A classic country star finds his family hit by cancer yet again Rare Country A classic country star finds his family hit by cancer yet again Tricia Despres, Country Editor 8:02pm, February 22
The video Jamie Lynn Spears shared of her daughter proves miracles do happen Rare Country The video Jamie Lynn Spears shared of her daughter proves miracles do happen Tricia Despres, Country Editor 2:08pm, February 22
Luke Bryan pays tribute to ’90s country in this brand-new singalong Rare Country Luke Bryan pays tribute to ’90s country in this brand-new singalong Tricia Despres, Country Editor 2:49pm, February 21
Florida Georgia Line shows off the loves of their lives in romantic new video Rare Country Florida Georgia Line shows off the loves of their lives in romantic new video Tricia Despres, Country Editor 12:44pm, February 21
NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals just how close he was to never racing again Rare Country NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals just how close he was to never racing again Tricia Despres, Country Editor 11:19am, February 21
Amy Grant opens up about how a recent surgery helped heal old wounds Rare Country Amy Grant opens up about how a recent surgery helped heal old wounds Tricia Despres, Country Editor 3:53pm, February 20
A country heartthrob gives this brain aneurysm patient “the greatest day ever” Rare Country A country heartthrob gives this brain aneurysm patient “the greatest day ever” Tricia Despres, Country Editor 3:15pm, February 20
Willie Nelson releases haunting video for one of his sweetest songs Rare Country Willie Nelson releases haunting video for one of his sweetest songs Tricia Despres, Country Editor 12:58pm, February 20
Horrifying footage captures the moment a race car goes flying into the stands Rare Country Horrifying footage captures the moment a race car goes flying into the stands Tricia Despres, Country Editor 12:26pm, February 20
Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about his return to the turn that took his Daddy’s life Rare Country Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about his return to the turn that took his Daddy’s life Tricia Despres, Country Editor 10:30am, February 18
Country music’s most distinctive voice takes on Randy Travis’ most faith-filled song Rare Country Country music’s most distinctive voice takes on Randy Travis’ most faith-filled song Tricia Despres, Country Editor 6:08pm, February 17
Cassadee Pope tells us about the week that has forever changed her life Rare Country Cassadee Pope tells us about the week that has forever changed her life Tricia Despres, Country Editor 5:24pm, February 17
NASCAR’S Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes a confession about life before marriage Rare Country NASCAR’S Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes a confession about life before marriage Tricia Despres, Country Editor 4:40pm, February 17
Emergency workers reveal the terrifying details surrounding Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter’s ATV accident Rare Country Emergency workers reveal the terrifying details surrounding Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter’s ATV accident Tricia Despres, Country Editor 3:34pm, February 17
Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox and Tim Tebow join forces for one amazing song Rare Country Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox and Tim Tebow join forces for one amazing song Tricia Despres, Country Editor 9:55am, February 17
Wait till you hear what Kane Brown did when he heard about his first-ever ACM nomination Rare Country Wait till you hear what Kane Brown did when he heard about his first-ever ACM nomination Tricia Despres, Country Editor 9:47am, February 17