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May 24, 2019 - Maren Morris will release an EP, "Maren Morris: Reimagined," on May 31, featuring reworked acoustic renditions of three of her biggest hits with producer Dave Cobb through Apple Music. As a companion to the EP, Apple Music will also be releasing a special short film that takes fans behind the scenes in... »»»
May 24, 2019 - Old Crow Medicine Show's Chance McCoy released his new single "Lonesome Pine" today. McCoy will release his debut album in the fall. The songs reflects on his time spent as a wilderness guide in the American West. "You've never truly been down and out until you've spent a night out in the woods... »»»
May 24, 2019 - Randy Travis released his first song - "One in Row" - in six years today. Travis has not released any new music since a massive stroke in 2013 affected his ability to perform. The song, penned by Buddy Jewell and Thom McHugh, was recorded before the stroke but never widely released to audiences,... »»»
May 24, 2019 - Billy Ray Cyrus is out with his 16th album, "The Snakedoctor Circus." The set consists of nine originals and was released by BMG. Cyrus recorded the disc in Muscle Shoals, Ala. with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Spooner Oldham (piano), Nashville Musician's Hall of Fame member Will McFarlane, as well as... »»»
May 23, 2019 - The Josh Abbott Band will release an EP, "Catching Fire," on June 28. "Little More You" was released as the single. The other songs on the disc are "Little More You," "Surprise Surprise" and "Oughta Get Drunk." Abbott has released five albums independently, including "Until My Voice Gives Out," in 2017.... »»»
May 22, 2019 - Jimmie Allen released the video today for "Make Me Want To." The video debuted on Viacom's Times Square billboard and CMT platforms. "I'm a huge fan of Disney, Harry Potter and 'The Notebook.' I wanted to create a video that showcased my love for all three," Allen told CMT. "I feel like authenticity... »»»
May 22, 2019 - Broken Bow Records signed Kentucky native Elvie Shane, it was announced Wednesday. Shane gained some attention for his song "My Boy," written about his stepson. "The second that I walked into BBR, I became dead set on becoming a part of their team. There was such a sense of respect and camaraderie... »»»
May 21, 2019 - Lori McKenna will release new acoustic versions of two songs from her "Bittertown" album, "Bible Song" and "Stealing Kisses," on July 24 on CN Records in honor of the album's 15th-year anniversary. The re-recorded songs were produced by Luke Laird and recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville.... »»»
May 21, 2019 - The Long Ryders announced they're heading back on tour in support of its first album in more than 30 years, "Psychedelic Country Soul," via Omnivore Recordings. The band's original line up - Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens and Greg Sowders - will hit the road starting Sept. 11 in Louisville, Ky.... »»»
May 21, 2019 - Luke Combs will release a five-song EP, "The Prequel," on June 7 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. Combs helped write all five songs including lead single, "Beer Never Broke My Heart." The song has achieved 11 million streams, setting the record for the best first week of streaming ever... »»»
May 20, 2019 - Jon Pardi will release his third album, "Heartache Medication," on Sept. 28, he announced today. Pardi, who has alternated between traditional country and rock, is in the traditional camp with fiddle kicking off the song. He wrote the song with Natalie Hemby and Barry Dean. "The single 'Heartache... »»»
May 20, 2019 - Academy of Country Music announced the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award winners for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. The winners and soon to be announced Special Award recipients will be honored during the 13th annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special... »»»
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May 19, 2019 - Travis Tritt and his crew were unhurt following a fatal accident in South Carolina early Saturday morning in which two people were killed. A vehicle apparently drove down the wrong way on a highway. Travis' tour base sustained slight damage trying to avoid the accident. "We were just involved in a... »»»
May 17, 2019 - Lil Nas X has premiered the video for his global smash hit "Old Town Road" remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. The song sparked controversy because it was on the Billboard country charts and then removed. The song contains a country vibe and a trap hip hop beat. Cyrus stepped in and did a remix version... »»»
May 17, 2019 - Former BR549 mainstay Chuck Mead is going back to playing for tips. But only for the record release festivities in Nashville. Mead, who releases "Close to Home" on June 21, plans to do six shows around Music City between June 18 and 23 including Robert's Western World, where BR549 used to play for... »»»
May 16, 2019 - Lee Brice, Tyler Rich and Mickey Guyton will join the list of performers for the 2019 Concert for Love & Acceptance in Nashville on June 6. Anita Cochran will return as performer and musical director. The show features a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing to accelerate... »»»
May 16, 2019 - Montgomery Gentry's new seven-track EP, "Outskirts," will be out June 14 via Average Joes Entertainment. Produced by Noah Gordon and Shannon Houchins, the disc is the second release since the death of Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash in New Jersey in September 2017. "Here's to You" came out in early 2018.... »»»
May 15, 2019 - Clare Bowen, a star of the TV show "Nashville," will release her debut disc on July 12, she announced today. "I am over the moon to announce that my debut album is coming out in the U.S. on July 12!," Bowen said online. "I was lucky enough to tour the album internationally last year and share it with... »»»
May 15, 2019 - Jesse Dayton will release "Mixtape Volume 1," a collection of coveres, on Aug. 9 on Blue Elan Records. Dayton offers his own reinterpretations of songs from Neil Young, The Clash, Elton John, ZZ Top and others. The track list is: 1. "Redneck Friend" (Jackson Browne) 2. "Harvest" (Neil Young) 3.... »»»
May 14, 2019 - Lori McKenna led the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards nominations with four, it was announced Tuesday John Prine and ace producer Dave Cobb captured three nominations apiece. The nominations, announced by last year's hosts The Milk Carton Kids, were handed out in six categories.... »»»
May 14, 2019 - Keith Urban today released "We Were," a reflective mid-tempo ode to mischievous youth, as his new single. The song is presumably going to be on next studio album. Urban released "Graffiti U" in April 2018. "I like the idea that life just happens," said Urban. "At some point, whether in the moment or... »»»