About Us

Welcome to Got Country Online, your one stop shop for all things country  My love for country music and the singers and songwriters that bring it to life, inspired the birth of Got Country Online in March 2009.  Our company was developed by fans to serve the fans.  Our site is updated continually by the minute with the latest news about all of your favorite country music artists, as well as new up and coming artists. We work closely with other industry professionals to offer an online experience like no other. We connect you to your favorite artists by:


  • Single and Album Reviews
  • Press Releases
  • Our store offers Concert Tickets and new music directly from iTunes and Amazon
  • Concert and Festival Reviews
  • Interviews
  • Contests with prizes like concert tickets and autographed merchandise
  • Behind the Scenes Event Coverage
  • Social Media Management for Artists, Venues, Festivals and more
  • Charity Event Coverage
  • Interactive Facebook and Google + Chats with Artists, Songwriters and other influential people in the country music community


We love to hear from our fans and we enjoy sharing all your unique and exciting experiences at concerts, festivals, meet and greets, pictures, videos, and road trips.  If you happen to see any of our Got Country Online staff members at your favorite events, please come up and say hello.  You never know when we could have a giveaway from our prize closet.  Like us on Facebook, Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on Twitter, Google +Instagram, and Pinterest.  Interested in having Got Country Online at one of your events or have any questions, feel free to email us at ContactGotCountry@gmail.com


Meet The GCO Team!

 Stephanie Bear Yelverton/Founder & CEO

Growing up in Boston, MA country music was something not many people listened to, but that didn’t stop me.  I created GotCountryOnline back in 2009 and look at it now!  I moved to Charleston SC in 2007 and for a short time worked on air at one of our local country radio stations.  Since then GotCountryOnline has been my main focus. Trying to think of new and creative ideas to make GotCountryOnline a fun and exciting site for our readers.  I am a proud mom to two very rowdy little weenie dogs that are my life.  Country music in my eyes isn’t just music it is a lifestyle, a family, and I am happy to say a family I am proud to be a part of.

Find me on Twitter @StephBear_GC

profile-pic-150x150 Kim Hooker/Editor In Chief

I have a deep appreciation for the songwriting community and making sure their story and message gets out there as well. I have developed lasting relationships in this industry and am so inspired by the stories I get to bring to music fans. When I am not covering a music event or writing you will find me doing something fun with my friends and family. My husband of 10 years is an ED nurse and we have 2 beautiful and spunky daughters that keep me pretty busy. We live 4 miles from the beach in Florida so I try to soak that up whenever I can. I also make time with my friends every single week usually involving wine, mimosa and some crazy story. I love laughing…even at my own expense, am a self proclaimed Facebook addict, and embrace life fully. Looking forward to taking this journey with you….

Find me on Twitter @HookedUpCountry

KH Head Shot  Kelly Hettenbaugh/FL Contributor

Growing up in upstate New York, I was the one hanging with the boys hunting and fishing that the country songs talk about. Driving the back roads to my grandparent’s house in the southern tier, I used to belt out Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s In Love With a Boy,” desperately wanting to be Katie and find my Tommy. I thought my parents turned it up because they knew I liked it.. I’ve since realized it was probably to drown out my less than stellar singing voice. Although a lot has changed since then, my love for country music has stayed with me. I now live in SW Florida and my interest lies more in the up and coming acts, and songwriters than it does the larger acts that are already successful. I love being the first to discover someone and watch their career grow as they find their way in today’s crazy country music world. Working five days a week- my weekends are spent at a show, doing something active outdoors, or catching up with friends. Since I get to enjoy FL everyday, my vacations usually revolve around music festivals or visiting my family back in NY 🙂

Find me on Twitter: @khettenb


 Stefanie Richardson/Orlando Contributor & Graphic Design

Born & raised in Orlando, FL, I love living here, but my dream and goal is to be in Nashville within the next 2 years.  I grew up on country music and remember riding around in my dad’s truck, singing along to Reba, The Judds and of course King George.  Pure Country was a movie that played often in our house.  These days, I absolutely love following “up and coming” artists.  Anyone who knows me knows that Cale Dodds is my favorite; and when he’s touring anywhere in the Southeast, I’m at his shows.  I love everything about the genre; the way artists appreciate their fan base, the loyalty the fans display to their favorite performers, and how it all brings people together. I can credit meeting some awesome people and some of my friends- thanks to country music.

Find me on Twitter: @Stefanie0518

image1-150x150 Amanda Mertz/Nashville Contributor

Growing up in the Travis Tritt, George Strait, Garth Brooks era, it was hard not fall in love with country music from a young age. Most of my childhood days were spent on the water, fishing, boating and camping. For me, country music paints a true picture of how my life really is when it comes to growing up in a small town, love, loss, breakups, and family. I grew up attending a catholic grade school and an all-girl catholic high school so my faith and love of God has always been very important to me and my family. “Live. Laugh. Love” was the motto my father instilled in our family. In 2012, I achieved one of my biggest dreams. I was crowned Miss Kentucky USA 2012! . Sadly, my dad passed away the following week but I knew then that each day I would work as hard as I could to accomplish all of my dreams.  In December 2013  I moved to Nashville, TN. I since then have joined ASCAP as a licensing manager, working to ensure songwriters get paid their royalties, which furthered deepened my love of country music.

Find me on Twitter @AmandaMertz

Donna Donna Block/CA Contributor

I’ve been privileged to write album reviews for Got Country Online since 2012. John Berry,John Michael Montgomery, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Jackson their music caught my ear, their lyrics caught my heart. Country music is my go-to, whether my day is great or not.  I love to crank up old and  new tunes, kick back and enjoy!

Find me on Twitter @Kess11

unnamed Jessica Figueroa/Nashville Contributor

My name is Jessica Figueroa and I am 21 years old. Born and raised midwest gal from Indianapolis Indiana currently residing and living the dream in the heart of the country world, Nashville, TN. I obsess over my family, friends, country music, sweet tea, Dierks Bentley, and horses. Mother to a 7 month old pup better know as Willie Nelson. Living in Music City is a plus to hearing all the latest news first with all the country stars you and I love. You’ll be able to keep up with all your favorites right here.

Find me on Twitter: @figgyonair

kristin Kristin Whyte/NJ Contributor

There was no specific event that made me fall in love with country music, it was simply the style that hit me the hardest. I’ve been involved with music from a young age and it has helped get to where I am today. I graduated Albright College with a degree in Music Business and currently work in New York City with Music Licensing. When I’m not working with music, you can find me listening to it, watching it, or playing it. I consider myself lucky when I look back at the various concerts I’ve attended, from classics such as Brooks & Dunn and George Strait, to the incredible new talents of Eric Church and The Band Perry. It only makes me want more. Music is something I can always count on and I’m excited to have the opportunity to share this love with all of you!

Find me on Twitter @KristinMarie21

 unnamedDanielle McBain/SC Contributor

Born and raised in Summerville, SC I am all too familiar with small town life. I guess that may be why I connect so well with country music. Many would say I live and breathe music. I am considered one of the top people to go to for new music suggestions. They call me the country music fairy. I’ve seen most of the big acts but my new love is following all the up & coming artists. I’ve had a hand in bringing a lot of newer artists through my favorite local bar, Montreux. In those rare moments when I’m not indulged in country music, you can find me spending time with my fur kids, renovating my house, hunting/shooting, or stuck at my regular job.

Find me on Twitter @GC_Danielle

 Katie Marker/ MN Contributor

Born and raised in southern Minnesota close to the Iowa border I’m about as Midwest as it gets. Grandparents listened to and exposed me to country music at a young age. From all that was current in the early 90’s to the classic swingin’ sounds of Patsy Cline and the dark soulful voice of Johnny Cash. I was also exposed to the Rock n Roll genre through other family members and I dabbled in all the other genres in high school. All in all, I’m a lover of music. Period. But I swing slightly south when it comes to my favorite. Country music.
Concert fanatic. Lover of life. Traveling free spirit. Hoping I can make Nashville my home someday. Until then, I just keep going back.

Find me on Twitter @thekatinator

 Michelle Kennedy/ IN Contributor

I’ve been married to my husband Bob for 21 years and we have 2 teenage boy’s.  I work as a Teaching Assistant for Special Needs High School Students.  In my spare time I love attending concerts, photography, and spending time with family & friends!

Find me on Twitter @shells2boys

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