February 26, 2010 - Total country fan spending on CDs, legal music downloads and concerts declined an estimated 28 percent since 2008, according to a study done for the Country Music Association released released Thursday.
Fans fell slightly in 2009 from 2008: 37 percent versus 39 percent of adults 18-54.... »»»
February 26, 2010 - Alison Krauss, Steve Martin and Mary Chapin Carpenter will be among the acts included in Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert, a celebration of the label's 40 years in the music industry, out May 4 on DVD.
Filmed in October 2009 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the concert will also be presented as a... »»»
February 26, 2010 - Trace Adkins received the 2010 Artist Humanitarian Award on Wednesday at the Country Radio Seminar, an annual conference of country radio in Nashville.
Adkins said he was worthy of the award because "I've never killed anybody," CMT reported. "I've thought about it. Maybe some of you.... »»»
February 26, 2010 - Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan will return to Nashville's Greer Stadium to bat for City of Hope at the 20th Anniversary Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge Monday, June 7, 2010.
Rival teams Grand Ole Opry Live and After MidNite with Blair Garner will challenge each other in an evening of softball... »»»
February 25, 2010 - Josh Turner and Lady Antebellum stayed number one on the Billboard song (Why Don't We Just Dance) and album ("Need You Now") charts respectively for the week ending March 6.
On the CD chart, Turner remained second with "Haywire." Taylor Swift stayed third with "Fearless," while Zac Brown Band's "The... »»»
February 25, 2010 - Zac Brown Band, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt were among the acts added today to the 3rd Annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival in June.
Chris Young, Marty Stuart & his fabulous Superlatives, Rodney Atkins, Danny Gokey and Train also were added.
The country, rock, bluegrass and... »»»
February 25, 2010 - Luke Bryan and wife Caroline are anticipating the birth of their second child this August, he announced today. The couple was married in December 2006.
"We are so excited about the baby," said Bryan, who recently released his second album. "Since our son Bo was born in 2008, our life has been so full -... »»»
February 25, 2010 - Josh Turner will perform Why Don't We Just Dance for the first time in front of a national television audience Monday, March 1 on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The song has been number one for three weeks.
On Sunday night in Los Angeles, Turner will wrap the West Coast leg of his tour and will join Alan Jackson... »»»
February 25, 2010 - Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney celebrated their 10th anniversary Wednesday with an acoustic gig in Nashville.
Gathered at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel with more than 300 country radio programmers and DJs, Rascal Flatts played Shenandoah's Church On Cumberland Road with... »»»
February 25, 2010 - The final show of Brooks & Dunn's Last Rodeo tour will be Aug. 10 in Nashville as a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame, the duo announced today at a press conference in Nashville.
"We've been trying to figure out a way to do something cool with the Country Music Hall of Fame," Kix Brooks said.... »»»
February 24, 2010 - Country Radio Broadcasters inducted the 2010 class of the Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame last night at a special ceremony at the Nashville Convention Center.
Bill Bailey, Laurie DeYoung and Rudy Fernandez are the 2010 Country Music DJ inductees, while Dan Halyburton, Mike Hammond and Cy... »»»
February 24, 2010 - Lady Antebellum became the first act to have a million selling album in 2010 with "Need You Know" reaching that landmark. Lady A, which has the number 2 selling disc in the U.S. behind Sade's "Soldier of Love," sold 144,000 this past week, down 31 percent. The disc has now sold, 1,041,000 units in 4 weeks of release.... »»»
February 24, 2010 - There's a new kid in town in Nashville - Moxy Records opened its doors.
The label recently signed its first act, singer/songwriter Chelsea Field. She is in the studio with producer Trey Bruce recording the final tracks for her debut album. Look for a debut single to be released soon.... »»»
February 24, 2010 - Carrie Underwood's appearance in a guest star role on the CBS Emmy-nominated show "How I Met Your Mother" will air on Monday, March 1. Underwood will appear as a new character, Tiffany, an enigmatic pharmaceutical sales rep and love interest for Ted, played by Josh Radnor. The show airs 8-8:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.... »»»
February 24, 2010 - Rhonda Vincent is leaving Rounder Records after 10 years. It was unclear exactly what Vincent's future plans were, but she is apparently working on contracts with a new label.
Whether Vincent, who has her own management company, will start her own label or sign up with an existing one was unclear.... »»»
February 23, 2010 - It was a busy day for new releases - the busiest in months with everyone from the late Johnny Cash to newcomer Josh Thompson participating.
Cash's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" comes out six years after the Man in Black died. Like the previous versions of this series, Rick Rubin produced.... »»»
February 23, 2010 - Comedienne Melissa Peterman signed with Big Machine Records, the label announced Tuesday. Peterman, host of CMT's "Singing Bee," is the first comedy performer to sign with the label of Taylor Swift. Peterman, a star of film and television, will release her debut comedy album this spring.... »»»
February 23, 2010 - Singers Jimmy Dean, Ferlin Husky and Don Williams and producer Billy Sherrill will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday.
Due to a tie in the voting, both Dean and Husky will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category.... »»»
February 23, 2010 - A new Tift Merritt CD will soon see the light of day.
"Tift and the band have recorded a new record!," according to an email Tuesday. "It's called "See You On The Moon," it was recorded in Durham, North Carolina so recently the studio's probably still vibrating from it, it was produced by Tucker... »»»
February 22, 2010 - Whitney Duncan will finally release her debut album, "Right Road Now," exclusively via www.whitneyduncan.com and iTunes on April 20 as a digital only release.
Duncan has been on the schedule for more than a year with a singles and an EP released, but she has never had a proper CD release.... »»»
February 22, 2010 - Josh Turner's hit single Why Don't We Just Dance holds the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for three consecutive weeks and also tops the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart, Turner's label said Monday.
The song is the first three-week-number-one single of Turner's career.... »»»
February 22, 2010 - After three sold-out shows on the Jagermeister Country Tour this past weekend opening for Eric Church, Josh Thompson is heading to his hometown of Milwaukee to celebrate the release of his debut album, "Way Out Here," Tuesday.
Tonight, Thompson will be signing CDs and performing at a club event... »»»
February 22, 2010 - Two hours after finishing another show at the Encore Theater at Wynn in Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 12, the lights came up, Garth Brooks went backstage to have dinner. Around 15 minutes later, a stagehand came back and told Brooks the audience was still there, standing like they were when he left the stage.... »»»
February 22, 2010 - PBS will broadcast "Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert" in March as part of their March fund drive programming. Filmed in October 2009 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the concert was a celebration of Rounder's 40 years in the music industry and featured Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry... »»»
February 22, 2010 - Gloriana are releasing a new single The World Is Ours Tonight from the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The single, now available for airplay, can be purchased at iTunes and through Feb. 28 with all proceedings going to Team USA.
Gloriana recorded the song... »»»
February 22, 2010 - Alan Jackson's Freight Train Tour will kick off in early April. The tour is being launched about one week after his new CD , "Freight Train," is released.
The tour start April 8 in Estero, Fla. and ends May 23 in Lexington, Ky. , hitting 15 cities. Josh Turner and Chris Young will open the shows.... »»»
February 22, 2010 - Carrie Underwood teamed up with Pedigree to help promote their dog adoption effort.
The program is sponsored by the Pedigree Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by Pedigree dedicated to helping dogs find homes.
In the public service announcement, Underwood says, "He seems like one in a... »»»
February 21, 2010 - One would think the Dixie Chicks have nothing to do with the winter Olympics but think again. That's because U.S. dance team Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates
skated to a medley of Chicks songs in the Sunday night portion of the competition in Vancouver wearing cowboy outfits.
The two are in 11th place,... »»»
February 19, 2010 - Sarah Buxton's lead single, Outside My Window, from her debut out next week sold more than 12,000 paid downloads this week. That is the biggest opening digital single sales from a debut album for any female country artist in the history of Nielsen Soundscan.
After opening dates in Buffalo, N.Y. (Feb.... »»»
February 19, 2010 - Lady Antebellum unveiled the music video for their hit American Honey this morning on Oprah.com. The song is the first music video the iconic television host has ever debuted. The premiere is timed with the group's first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where they performed a medley of number... »»»
February 19, 2010 - Following on the heels of three consecutive multi-week number one hits, Jason Aldean will release a fourth single, Crazy Town, from "Wide Open" this week. The official add date at country radio is Monday, March 1.
"This song really is all about the love-hate relationship that every new artist has... »»»
February 18, 2010 - Josh Turner is number 1 on the Billboard country song chart for the week ending Feb. 27 with Why Don't We Just Dance. On the album chart, Lady Antebellum continues leading the pack with "Need You Now." On the overall top 200 chart, the soph disc from the duo fell to second behind Sade's "Soldier of Love.... »»»
February 18, 2010 - Emily West launched a weekly webisode series on AOL's The Boot this week called "West Side Stories." West has documented her career journey for the last several years, and each episode will give a personal glimpse into her life. The first episode... »»»
February 18, 2010 - The Stone River Boys, an Austin band led by Mike Barfield and Dave Gonzalez, signed a deal with Cow Island Music, the Boston-area country label. The band will put out "Love On The Dial," although no release was set.
Gonzalez, who alslo played with the Hacienda Brothers, produced the disc.... »»»
February 18, 2010 - Jason Michael Carroll, who had hits with Alyssa Lies and Livin' Our Love Song announced via his Twitter page that he and Arista split.
"Unfortunately, Arista & I have decided to go our separate ways! They called and said that they would be moving forward without me!," he said.... »»»
February 18, 2010 - Rockabilly singer Dale Hawkins, best known for his 1957 swamp rock hit Susie Q, died Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. at 73 of colon cancer.
The song was known by a variety of titles, including Susie-Q, Suzy-Q and others. Among the bands who recorded the song were Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Rolling Stones.... »»»
February 18, 2010 - Alison Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas and Zac Brown Band will be among the bands playing at this year's Hangout Beach Music and Arts in Gulf Shores, Ala. Mary 14-16.
Other key acts slated to play are Trey Anastasio and TAB, John Legend, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper and Relentless7 and... »»»
February 18, 2010 - Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band are the first artists of 2010 to perform at CMA Music Festival.
Carrie Underwood previously announced she would sing at the fest, being held in Nashville Thursday... »»»
February 17, 2010 - Nothing apparently is simple for Mindy McCready, not even the release of a new CD, her first in six years.
Iconic Records/Linus Entertainment/E1 Entertainment said earlier this week in a press release they would release "I'm Still Here" March 23.
But according to a statement Wednesday from McCready,... »»»
February 17, 2010 - Faith Hill was a judge on the Project Runway Finale last week.
"Faith Hill stepped into the toughest Project Runway guest judging seat of the season - the finale, which made her a deciding voice in naming the winner," said 'Runway' Executive Producer Sara Rea. "She took on the task with flying colors.... »»»
February 16, 2010 - Lady Antebellum won't be number one when the Billboard charts are released Thursday. That's because Sade's first CD in 10 years, "Soldier of Love," will be the best selling disc in the U.S. with Lady A's "Need You Now" slipping to second.
Sade sold 502,000 units with Lady A second with 208,000.... »»»
February 16, 2010 - Kenny Chesney has been playing Steve Miller songs since he was sitting on bar stools, playing for tips in Johnson City, Tenn. and together onstage at AT&T Park in 2008, trading songs and licks during Chesney's first San Francisco stadium play.
Now the pair is reuniting to exchange songs for CMT:... »»»
February 16, 2010 - Easton Corbin's Top 10 hit A Little More Country Than That was this week's iTunes Single of the Week. The song is available now thru Feb. 22 as a free download. iTunes is also touting Easton's self-titled debut album by giving visitors the option to pre-order the CD for the next two weeks.... »»»
February 16, 2010 - Soundstage will also celebrate the release of Willie Nelson's country classics' disc, "Country Music" (out April 20 on Rounder) when it begins airing a show nationally on PBS beginning Feb. 25.
Nelson and his-eight piece band (featuring a banjo, mandolin, fiddle, steel guitar and more) gather round the... »»»
February 16, 2010 - Independent acts rule the roost today when it comes to new releases.
Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore may be better known for their solo folk-flavored careers, but they joined forces for "Dear Companion," a CD focused on strip mining in their native Kentucky. Jim James of My Morning Jacket produced the disc.... »»»
February 16, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will visit The Oprah Winfrey Show Live on Friday, Feb. 19 as be part of this week's "Oprah Fridays Live" show, where Oprah talks about the latest news and headlines. Lady Antebellum will perform a medley of their hits I Run To You and Need You Now.
The latter spent five straight weeks at number one.... »»»
February 16, 2010 - Mindy McCready, whose career has marked by hits, drugs, arrests, jail and a suicide attempt, is not done with music. She will release "I'm Still Here" March 23 through Iconic Records/Linus Entertainment/E1 Entertainment.
McCrady was best known musically for her breakout hits more than 10 years ago with... »»»
February 16, 2010 - Shelby Lynne will launch an acoustic tour in support of her upcoming album, "Tears, Lies, And Alibis," in late April in California and end two months later back in California.
Lynne starts her tour at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, Cal. on April 22nd. U.K. artist Findlay Brown will open on all dates.... »»»
February 15, 2010 - Brad Paisley went to number one with American Saturday Night on the Mediabase country airplay chart, becoming his 12th consecutive number one single and the 16th of his career.
Paisley's dozen in a row - based on country airplay as charted by BDS or Mediabase - makes him second only to Sonny James as... »»»
February 15, 2010 - Texas country singer Brandon Rhyder is out with a new single, Rock Angel, which landed in the top spot on both the Texas Music chart and the Texas Regional Radio report today .
Written by Rhyder, Rock Angel, is the lead track from his sixth disc "Head Above Water" to be released nationwide tomorrow, Feb.... »»»
February 14, 2010 - After more than seven years playing country fairs and festivals before picking up a regular weekly gig at Tootsie's on Broadway in Nashville, Tyler Dickerson's debut single, Tell Your Sister I'm Single, was just released by Lyric Street Records.
The song goes for adds on Feb. 16.... »»»
February 14, 2010 - Eric Church had a rough first week to his tour last week - that's because he ran into horrible snowstorms in the Middle Atlantic region.
Shows on the "Jagermeister Country Tour" in Baltimore and Philadelphia were postponed due to the record breaking snowfall. Church, band and crew made it to the... »»»
February 13, 2010 - Phil Leadbetter announced Saturday he was leaving bluegrass band Grasstowne for both musical and non-musical interests. Leadbetter, who plays Dobro, did not specify what those interests were. The group released two CDs on the now-shuttered Pinecastle Records label.
In an email Leadbetter said, "I want... »»»
February 13, 2010 - A crash involving a tour bus of Trace Adkins' band killed two people in another vehicle Saturday morning in Louisiana.
Adkins was not on the bus, but five of his band members were hospitalized, none seriously.
A pickup truck crossed the center line and crashed head-on into the tour bus.... »»»
February 12, 2010 - Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow are among the artists playing with Eric Clapton at his third Crossroads Guitar Festival set for June 26 in Chicago.
John Mayer, ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, Buddy Guy, James Burton, Albert Lee, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Earl... »»»
February 12, 2010 - Luke Bryan will premiere his iheartradio performance Monday, Feb. 15. The three-song session, which was filmed recently in Los Angeles, features Bryan's recent number one hit song Do I plus his current and fastest rising single to date, Rain Is A Good Thing. Bryan also performs a cover of One Republic's... »»»
February 11, 2010 - Josh Turner jumped to the top of Billboard country song chart for the week ending Feb. 20 with Why Don't We Just Dance. Turner moved up from fourth and took over from The Truth, Jason Aldean's latest hit, which slipped to second. On the album chart, Lady Antebellum continued with the number one selling disc in the U.S.... »»»
February 11, 2010 - Miranda Lambert brings her "Roadside Bars And Pink Guitars" Tour this spring. Gearing up on March 18 in Beckley, West Va., the tour will make stops in at least 22 cities and more to be announced. This is Lambert's first official headlining tour. She will be joined by David Nail, James Otto, Randy... »»»
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February 11, 2010 - Taylor Swift surprised a sold-out crowd at the Keith Urban-led "We're All for the Hall" benefit show last October in Nashville when she announced she would donate her guitar for auction to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Swift kept her plan a secret until after she sang Fifteen.... »»»
February 11, 2010 - Joey+Rory are looking ahead to the release of their sophomore album in early summer release. The CD is being called "Album #2" with no exact release date.
Carl Jackson who also produced their debut, once again handled those chores. That album, "The Life of a Song," debuted 10 on the Billboard Country... »»»
February 11, 2010 - Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Gloriana are among the acts featured on the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.
Gloriana recorded a brand new song, The World Is Ours Tonight, for the soundtrack which is available now for purchase on iTunes.... »»»
February 11, 2010 - Cross Canadian Ragweed and Reckless Kelly are teaming up for the Ragged and Reckless tour beginning March 3 in Nashville.
The two bands, who are part of the Red Dirt music movement in Oklahoma and Texas, are slated to do seven shows together.
"I'll probably come back with a couple of good stories... »»»
February 10, 2010 - Merle Haggard is not slowing down. At 72, he just signed a new record deal with Vanguard Records. "I Am What I Am" is slated to drop April 20. The Hag wrote 11 of the 12 songs on the release. Haggard co-produced the music with Lou Bradley.
The music was recorded with his longstanding band the Strangers... »»»
February 10, 2010 - Kenny Chesney's "Greatest Hits II" release ain't what it used to be. Thanks to his love of college football, ESPN aired the college football theme This Is Our Moment during the fall and with the upcoming stadium concert experience "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D" calling for a song to tie the... »»»
February 10, 2010 - Chely Wright signed with Vanguard Records and will release her new CD, "Lifted Off The Ground," on May 4. Produced by Rodney Crowell, Wright wrote 11 songs for the project, including 1 co-write with Crowell.
At the same time Wright will also be releasing her first book, "Like Me" (Random House).... »»»
February 10, 2010 - Court Yard Hounds - the side project of Dixie Chicks members and sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire - will make their public concert premiere at the Americana Music Association's annual SXSW showcase, on Thursday March 18 at Antone's in Austin.
Court Yard Hounds will release an album on... »»»
February 10, 2010 - Toby Keith, one of the heavy touring acts in country, will resume his road warrior status in June with a date in New Jersey. With Trace Adkins opening, the American Ride Tour will have 39 dates through late September.
Universal Records South recently merged with Keith's record label Show Dog
February 10, 2010 - "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" will be number one on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart when it is released this week. The album also entered the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at 19, earning the Hot Shot Debut and marking the duo's first top-20 debut on that chart.... »»»
February 10, 2010 - Darryl Worley will give CMT viewers a tour of his cattle farm and getaway home in Savannah, Tenn. during a new episode of the series, CMT Cribs.
Premiering Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. eastern/Pacific, Worley said one of the favorite spots in the house that he and his wife, Kimberly enjoy most, is the... »»»
February 10, 2010 - The Eli Young Band, newly nominated for "Top New Vocal Group" by the Academy Of Country Music, switched to the Republic Nashville roster. The Eli Young Band switched from Universal Republic/Universal South Records. Universal South merged with Toby Keith's ShowDog Nashville label.... »»»
February 10, 2010 - Gretchen Wilson will perform a special rendition of the National Anthem at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, live on TNT at 8:30 p.m. eastern.
Wilson will release her new album, "I Got Your Country Right Here," on her own Redneck Records in late March.... »»»
February 10, 2010 - Lady Antebellum's sophomore album, "Need You Now," earned the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart today for a second consecutive week with two weeks' sales total of over 689,000 albums. The trio sold about 481,000 in its debut week and 208,000 in its second week.
Lady A is the first country group... »»»
February 9, 2010 - The Avett Brothers, John Fogerty, the Zac Brown Band, Jamey Johnson, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Kris Kristofferson are among the acts playing this year's Bonnaroo Festival.
John Prine, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Punch Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Monte Montgomery and Dave... »»»
February 9, 2010 - Josh Turner brings his traditional country baritone to the fore on "Haywire," his fourth studio disc, which comes in standard and deluxe versions. The latter includes live versions of Long Black Train and Your Man, previous hits for the South Carolinian. The release also contains the current hit Why... »»»
February 9, 2010 - Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp will pay a visit to the White House Wednesday for a concert honoring the Civil Rights movement.
This is the opening concert of the 2010 White House Music Series.
Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the White House East Room, the "In Performance at the White House: A... »»»
February 9, 2010 - Carrie Underwood's "Play On Tour" added nine shows in June, the singer announced Tuesday. The tour kicks off March 11 in Reading, Pa. and now is slated to end June 20 in Saskatoon, Canada. Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia will open the shows.
Underwood's previous tour, 2008's "Carnival Ride Tour,"... »»»
February 9, 2010 - Emily West released the song Blue Sky to country radio this week. The song, which features Keith Urban, is the first single from West's upcoming self-titled debut album. West co-wrote the song with Gary Burr after her parents dissolved their marriage of 32 years.
"That time period was devastating... »»»
February 9, 2010 - David Nail will perform his top 10 song, Red Light, on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson to air Friday Feb. 12 at 12:35 a.m. Eastern/Pacific on... »»»
February 9, 2010 - Greetings from Taylor Swift.
Written and inspired Swift, the first set of cards from the new Taylor Swift Collection by American Greetings Corporation is now available at retailers across the country. The first 12 cards are being introduced to fans and card enthusiasts of all ages with a display... »»»
February 8, 2010 - Steve Wariner puts on a guitar clinic on "Guitar Laboratory," his latest self-release. The set includes originals and covers, including Sugarfoot Rag./I>
The late Waylon Jennings gets the tribute treatment from various artists, including his widow Jessi Colter, and son Shooter, on "Various Artists -... »»»
February 8, 2010 - "So Runs The World Away" is the name of the upcoming CD from rootsy singer Josh Ritter,. The disc drops May 4 on Pytheas Recordings. This is the fifth full-length recording from Ritter, who has and first for the label after being on Sony.
Recorded over 15 months at the Great North Sound Society in... »»»
February 8, 2010 - Gretchen Wilson has played the arenas, but now Wilson will head back to her roots when she embarks on her I Got Your Country Right Here club tour this week.
The gigs are set up as a "hear it before you can buy it" opportunity for fans to listen music from her fourth studio album, "I Got Your Country... »»»
February 8, 2010 - Rascal Flatts are helping their fans get in the Valentine's Day mood with their digital exclusive offering, "14 Love Songs For The 14th." Available starting Feb. 9 at all digital music outlets, Rascal Flatts' CD offers 14 of the band's love songs. All were previously release.
1. This Everyday Love
February 8, 2010 - Jason Aldean holds down the top spot on the country song chart for a third straight week with The Truth, it was announced today. This marks the third consecutive multi-week number one from his platinum album, "Wide Open."
"I don't think my fans expected me to come out with a song this traditional,... »»»
February 8, 2010 - Luke Bryan will premiere his new video for Rain Is A Good Thing on iTunes beginning Tuesday. The video, directed by award-winning director Shaun Silva, was shot back in October at Bryan's inaugural Farm Tour show and includes more than 3,500 of his rain-soaked fans who stuck out the mud and wet weather to see the show.... »»»
February 8, 2010 - Oklahoma band No Justice signed with new Dallas independent label Carved Records.
No Justice is a five-piece band from Stillwater, Okla. The group, which plays extensively in Oklahoma and Texas, has had four releases, including two Live at Billy Bob's discs on Smith Music.
No Justice is currently in... »»»
February 7, 2010 - Wynonna Judd announced Saturday that she and her mom Naomi are reunited yet again as The Judds. The two will go on tour and release an album, they announced in Miami on CBS' The Early Show Saturday Edition
Wynonna made the big announcement before performing on the broadcast's pre-Super Bowl show,... »»»
February 5, 2010 - Josh Turner will perform for the first time on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the day after the release of deluxe and standard versions of Turner's fourth studio album, "Haywire."
Why Don't We Just Dance, the hit debut single fourth this week on the Billboard and... »»»
February 5, 2010 - "Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" will make its world premiere at this year's SXSW Festival.
Directed by Jacob Hatley, the movie forces him to confront the dark times that have haunted him since The Band's demise: throat cancer, bankruptcy, drug addiction and the tragic loss of band... »»»
February 5, 2010 - A 15-year-old fan was the first to find out: Carrie Underwood will be among the stars performing at this year's CMA Music Festival Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13 in Nashville.
Underwood, who is singing the National Anthem Sunday at the Super Bowl and has a busy rehearsal schedule, called... »»»
February 5, 2010 - Raul Malo will kick off the Americana Music Association's second annual "Live at The Bluebird Cafe" concert series in Nashville later this month. The six-show series, sponsored by the Gibson Foundation, will feature artists who help define Americana music.
AMA board member Malo starts the series on Feb. 19.... »»»
February 4, 2010 - Lady Antebellum was numero uno as the best selling CD in the country for the week ending Feb. 13 with 481,000 units sold of "Need You Now." The trio took over for Taylor Swift and "Fearless," which fell to second. Jason Aldean led the Billboard Country Songs chart for the second week running for the... »»»
February 4, 2010 - Pop singer Kelly Clarkson, who skyrocketed to fame because of American Idol, critcizied Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta on her blog, for knocking American Idol performers and knocking him for "throwing blame" in his defense of Taylor Swift.
Borchetta went on the offensive after a performance... »»»
February 4, 2010 - Taylor Swift's label head continued his defense of Swift in the wake of her less than well-received performance Sunday at the Grammys.
Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta said to Billboard in comments published Thursday that technical difficulties led to problems for Swift.... »»»
February 4, 2010 - Sugarland announced Thursday they will kick off their 2010 North American tour, The Incredible Machine in late April in Nevada and travel to more than 55 cities nationwide.
"This new tour is a thrill for me," said Jennifer Nettles. "It will reflect our latest writing and surprises to come for the new... »»»
February 4, 2010 - Nominations were announced Thursday for the Academy of Country Music radio finalists with Kix Brooks among them.
Categories and nominees were:
National On-Air Personality: Blair Garner, AfterMidNite (Premiere); Cody Alan, CMT Radio Live (CMT Radio/Westwood One); Crook & Chase, Crook and Chase... »»»
February 4, 2010 - Carrie Underwood landed a supporting role in her first studio movie "Soul Surfer." The film is based on the autobiography of 19-year-old champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who, for more than six years, has defied all odds to compete and win professional championships after losing her arm in a shark... »»»
February 3, 2010 - Eric Church opens up his Nashville home on a new episode of CMT Cribs premiering Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 p.m. eastern/Pacific. Church and his wife Katherine welcome viewers into their newly renovated home for a personal tour that includes a homegrown backyard garden and Church's favorite room in the house... »»»
February 3, 2010 - Lady Antebellum's sophomore album, "Need You Now," scored the number one position on the Billboard Top 200 chart today with sales hitting more than 480,000 units.
"We are absolutely stunned...the love and support we were feeling last week from the fans and everyone around us was so incredible," said... »»»
February 3, 2010 - Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas were added today to the 37th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, being held from June 17-20 in Telluride, Col. This festival performance will be one of a very few shows for the band this year and among their first full-length sets since 2007.... »»»
February 2, 2010 - The Grand Ole Opry will return to the Grand Ole Opry House after a three-month run at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville this Friday, Feb. 5. Scheduled to appear this weekend are Opry members Josh Turner and Bill Anderson as well as special guests including Keith Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys... »»»
February 2, 2010 - The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) received an Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category. Co-written by T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham, who sings the song, the two recently won the Golden Globe Award in the Best Original Song - Motion Picture category. The movie is about a down-and-out country singer.... »»»
February 2, 2010 - David Nail's third and latest single Turning Home, written by Kenny Chesney and Scooter Carusoe, was released last week. The song garnered 35 first-week stations' support, making it the number 1 most-added single on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard charts. Turning Home added 23 more stations this week.... »»»
February 2, 2010 - Carrie Underwood, fresh from earning her fifth Grammy trophy this weekend, unveiled the video her new hit Temporary Home today on iTunes with a two-day exclusive for purchase and download, running Feb. 2 and 3.
The video debuts Feb. 4 at both CMT and GAC. The song is the second hit from Underwood's... »»»
February 2, 2010 - Sugarland, Zac Brown and Julianne Hough were among the 81 performers cutting a remake of the 1985 charity anthem We are the World. Proceeds from the new version, cut Monday with Quincy Jones once at the helm, will go to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus,... »»»
February 2, 2010 - Dreams come true - at least it did for Keith Urban Sunday night when he won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Sweet Thing.
"I've come to realize how crazy it is to just be nominated for a Grammy - out of the thousands of albums that are released every year. And to me, it's mind... »»»
February 1, 2010 - Canadian radio and television personality Casey Clarke was surprised with the CMA International Broadcaster Award during a CMT Canada party last week in Toronto.
"First off, I am ever so humbled by this incredibly gracious honor," said Clarke. "And beyond that I am grateful to CMA and to those who voted for me.... »»»
February 1, 2010 - Brad Paisley sold out his first stadium show this past weekend. Tickets went on sale Saturday for Paisley's Aug. 21 show at Foxboro, Mass.'s Gillette Stadium with more than 50,000 tickets were sold.
Also appearing with Paisley seventh Annual New England Country Music Festival are Jason Aldean, Sara... »»»
February 1, 2010 - Taylor Swift may gave won four Grammys, including album of the year for "Fearless," but there was no rest for the weary.
Immediately following last night's show, Swift and her band left for the airport in Los Angeles, headed to Australia and Japan, where she will perform several sold-out shows before... »»»
February 1, 2010 - Randy Travis won his third Grammy Sunday, which, of course, he was excited about.
"This is the first time that I was not able to be on hand to accept a Grammy," said Travis, who won best collaboration with vocals with Carrie Underwood for I Told You So. "If it wasn't for the weather I would have... »»»
February 1, 2010 - One of the hardest working men in country music, Toby Keith, will continue on the road this year. He announced Monday that he will play shows as part of his American Ride Presented by Ford F-Series tour.
Exact dates were not announced, but stops will include:
February 1, 2010 - Bluegrass label Pinecastle Records, the home of Special Consensus and Larry Stephenson, is shutting its doors today, citing the health of found Tom Riggs.
"Given recent events related to my father's health and the current business environment, we find it necessary to cease operation of Pinecastle... »»»