August 31, 2010 - Ryan Bingham has enjoyed critical acclaim, but was not exactly a household name. He still may not be, but he's had a great year since he won an Oscar for The Weary Kind, as best song from the movie "Crazy Heart." Bingham, from New Mexico, released "Junky Star" Tuesday. Like the movie, T Bone Burnett produced the disc.... »»»
August 31, 2010 - Brad Paisley announced the second leg of his H2O World Tour presented by Chevy. Thirteen dates have been added to the previously announced 45 stops - extending the tour through Nov. 20.
The tour has played to more than 600,000 fans in just 3 months with 38 sell outs, including 51,000-plus in Gillette... »»»
August 31, 2010 - Ashley Gearing has released her new single, What You Think About Us, to country radio, debuting this week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
Co-written by Gearing with Brian Davis and Ben Glover, the song is the first single off the young singer's debut for Curb Records. Gearing has been working... »»»
August 31, 2010 - Billy Currington drew more than 20,000 fans Saturday night to Cardinal Stadium in Louisville to surpass a 20-year Kentucky State Fair attendance record previously set by Charlie Daniels.
Currington releases his fourth album, "Enjoy Yourself," Sept.... »»»
August 31, 2010 - Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez will release a best of along with four new tracks in October.
"The New Bye & Bye - The Best of the Train Wreck Years 2002 - 2007," a collection of their 13 best collaborations, plus 4 new songs, drops Oct. 12 on Train Wreck Records. Written and recorded earlier this... »»»
August 31, 2010 - CMA announced today that tickets will go on sale for The 44th Annual CMA Awards on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Tickets for the Nov. 10 ceremony from Nashville can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth... »»»
August 31, 2010 - Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum racked up nominations for the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards. With the first batch of nominations announced in Nashville Tuesday, Lambert accumulated five, while the trio already has garnered nominations for vocal group, song and single of the year.... »»»
August 30, 2010 - Bluegrass singer James King was released from a Virginia hospital Friday after being hospitalized with a blood clot in his lungs and leg.
"James was released from the hospital Friday evening and has been at home resting," according to an email posted about him. "He's been on numerous blood thinners and... »»»
August 30, 2010 - Pat Alger and Paul Davis were named to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation along with Steve Cropper and Stephen Foster.
The four new inductees will be welcomed into the elite songwriting fraternity by their peers at the 40th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner &... »»»
August 30, 2010 - American Roots Records group TelluRide is no longer.
But the band, which had two singles hit radio, is not breaking up. Due to legal issues, the group is changing its name to the Adam Craig Band effective immediately.
"Dealing with two law suits involving our name has been a distraction for several months.... »»»
August 30, 2010 - Blake Shelton holds down the number one spot on the Billboard and Country Aircheck (Mediabase) charts for the third week in a row with his single, All About Tonight, it was announced Monday. The chart is officially released Thursday.
The last time the Academy of Country Music and CMT Award winner had... »»»
August 30, 2010 - Merle Haggard pays a visit to Late Night with David Lettermen on Tuesday, promoting his latest disc, "I Am What I Am." The show airs at 11:30 a.m. on CBS.
Haggard released the disc earlier this year on Vanguard... »»»
August 30, 2010 - Trace Adkins' biggest country chart hits and fan favorites will be on a two-CD and digital collection, "The Definitive Greatest Hits: Til The Last Shot's Fired," out Oct. 12 on Capitol Nashville/EMI.
The release features 28 tracks spanning Adkins' 15-year career, including his 3 number 1 Billboard... »»»
August 30, 2010 - CMA will host its second live Twitter feed on ABC.com, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 8-11 a.m. Eastern, during the broadcast of "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," on ABC television.
Fans can log on to ABC.com to see Tweets from artists including Julianne Hough(@JulianneHough), Lady Antebellum... »»»
August 29, 2010 - The new Taylor Swift video for Mine, her latest single, is available.
Taylor Swift, "Mine" | Taylor Swift | Taylor Swift Videos
Swift unveiled the video Friday night on CMT. The song is from her forthcoming disc, "Speak Now," dropping Oct. 25 on Big... »»»
August 27, 2010 - Aussie group The McClymonts will open dates this fall opening for Jason Aldean. The sisters recently released their debut album "Chaos and Bright Lights" in the U.S. on Executive Music Group.
"We love the fans here in the US; they make us feel so at home," the group said in a statement.... »»»
August 27, 2010 - Taylor Swift will release the video for her new single Mine tonight on CMT as part of a live broadcast with the station. The single is from her forthcoming disc, "Speak Now," which drops Oct. 25.
A behind the scenes look is now available.
Taylor Swift, "Mine," Behind the Scenes Interview... »»»
August 26, 2010 - Bluegrass singer James King is hospitalized with a blood clot.
King is in the Danville, Va. Regional Medical Center for blood clots in his lungs and leg, according to an email sent by his band.
"I am sorry to inform everyone that he will be in the hospital until the clots have dissolved and his blood... »»»
August 26, 2010 - Trace Adkins topped the Billboard Country Album chart for the week ending Sept. 4. He took over the top with Cowboy's Back in Town from Lady Antebellum's Need You Now by selling 50,000 units, also good for the fifth best selling CD in the U.S. Blake Shelton held down the number one spot on the... »»»
August 26, 2010 - The musical career of Shania Twain apparently is heating up again.
On Wednesday, one of the key players in the country music scene, Universal Music Nashville Senior Vice President for Media, Artist Relations & Creative Services Jason Owen said he was leaving to form management company Sandbox Entertainment.... »»»
August 26, 2010 - TV actress Jennette McCurdy released her first country music release, "Not That Far Away," a digtal EP available as of Aug. 17 through iTunes. Playing the sassy Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly, McCurdy is also a singer/songwriter who has wanted to launch a career in country music.... »»»
August 26, 2010 - Zac Brown and his wife Shelly are expecting their fourth child, according to People.com.
The Zac Brown Band singer will welcome another baby girl early next year, his rep told PEOPLE Moms & Babies.
The couple's fourth daughter will join big sisters Justice, 3½, Lucy, 2, and Georgia Sloan, 11 months.... »»»
August 26, 2010 - The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will take the show on the road to exhibit to the Big E Fair in West Springfield, Mass. in September.
September 17 to October 3, 2010. The fair - Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 - is the largest of its kind in the northeastern U.S., and officials expect approximately 1.... »»»
August 26, 2010 - It is now safe to listen to Vince Gill.
Gill will headline a free outdoor "Back to the Beach" concert Saturday, Sept. 25, from the beaches of South Walton along Florida's Northwest Gulf Coast. Fans are invited to bring their beach blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy this casual concert amidst the... »»»
August 26, 2010 - Ricky Skaggs led with four nominations for the 16th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show, it was announced Thursday. Carrie Underwood and Trace Adkins were among those nominated.
The awards honor those performing Christian and inspirational country music.
Underwood was nominated for... »»»
August 26, 2010 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the Country Music Association awards in November, it was announced Thursday.
This will be the third straight year that the two are hosting the awards, which will be held Nov. 10 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show starts at 8 p.m. on ABC.... »»»
August 25, 2010 - The Grand Ole Opry is coming home.
After being forced to move due to the floods in Nashville in May, Grand Ole Opry officials today announced that the show will return to the Grand Ole Opry House on Sept. 28. Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Diamond Rio, Jimmy Dickens,... »»»
August 25, 2010 - James Otto and his wife Amy announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Katherine Otto. Born Tuesday night at 9:23 p.m. at a Nashville-area hospital, Ava Katherine weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long.
"We can't believe Ava is finally here," the singer said. "She is beautiful like her mama,... »»»
August 25, 2010 - Lady Antebellum scored three spots in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart this week as their two studio albums "Need You Now" and "Lady Antebellum" were joined by the group's newly released "iTunes Session" at the top.
The "iTunes Session" landed the biggest week's sales of any iTunes "Session.... »»»
August 24, 2010 - Veterans Marty Stuart and Ricky Skaggs along with Little Big Town are among the top CDs out today.
Stuart offers his 14th disc "Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions), a traditional country album. Stuart recorded the music at RCA's famous Studio B in Nashville. That was the site of Stuart's first... »»»
August 24, 2010 - Shelby Lynne will release her first every holiday collection, "Merry Christmas," on Oct. 12. The album will mark her second release on her own independent label, Everso Records, which is distributed through Fontana.
"Tears, Lies, And Alibis," the label's first release, debuted at 16 on Billboard's... »»»
August 24, 2010 - In an effort to bring attention to the resurgence of the community since Nashville's devastating flood in May, ABC's Good Morning America returns to Music City for a one-on-one walk-through of country star Julie Roberts' partially-renovated home, which was destroyed by flood waters.... »»»
August 24, 2010 - Jesse Lee released her new single Like My Mother Does to country radio Monday. The song will also be available on iTunes as of today and featured on her forthcoming debut album, set for release early next year.
Co-written by Liz Rose, Nikki Williams and Grammy Award winning producer Nathan Chapman... »»»
August 23, 2010 - Playing the Part, the lead single from Jamey Johnson's forthcoming 25-song double album "The Guitar Song," will be available Tuesday for download at iTunes as part of their weekly countdown program to the album release on Sept. 14.
Starting tomorrow, a new track from the album will be available for... »»»
August 23, 2010 - Jimmy Wayne is becoming an author. Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, announced that it will publish "Paper Angels," a new book by Wayne due in fall 2011.
This will be Wayne's first book and is inspired by his childhood growing up in the foster care system in North Carolina.... »»»
August 23, 2010 - Dolly Parton will return to the silver screen alongside Queen Latifah in "Joyful Noise," a musically driven feature that tells the story of an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down.... »»»
August 23, 2010 - Luke Bryan scored his second consecutive RIAA certified gold digital single for his multi-week number one hit Rain Is A Good Thing.
In the last nine months, Bryan has celebrated his first number one with Do I, a gold single. Bryan was also recently named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Artist... »»»
August 23, 2010 - "Composed," the just published memoir from Rosanne Cash, will debut on The New York Times Book Review hardcover, nonfiction bestseller list at 20 on Aug. 29. In the book Cash shares her recollections growing up as Johnny Cash's eldest daughter and coming into her own as a performer, daughter and mother.... »»»
August 23, 2010 - Troy Olsen realized a longtime dream when he made his Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night, Aug. 17. Olsen performed his current single Summer Thing plus Good Hands. and Tumbleweed. All three songs are included on his self-titled debut EP available at iTunes on Oct. 5.
Olsen told the crowd that even... »»»
August 23, 2010 - The party is on for Jason Aldean Nov. 2. That's the release date of his 15-song fourth CD, "My Kinda Party."
"The album is named ' My Kinda Party' because it's totally representative of what I like and what my fans have come to expect on my records and at the 'party' we throw at our shows," said Aldean.... »»»
August 20, 2010 - Miranda Lambert will release a DVD, "Revolution: Live by Candlelight" on Oct. 12.
The six-song DVD features acoustic performances of five songs from Lambert's latest disc, "Revolution." Among the songs on the DVD are White Liar and The House That Built Me. Love Is Looking for You from Lambert's... »»»
August 20, 2010 - Marty Stuart will tour this fall in support of his upcoming album, "Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions)."
Stuart's 14th studio album, will be released Aug. 24 on Sugar Hill Records, with the tour kicking off on Aug. 25 at Nashville's Belcourt Theatre.
"The album was recorded in a historic setting,... »»»
August 20, 2010 - Blake Shelton will co-host the Today Show on NBC with Hoda Kotb on Monday, Aug. 23.
This is Shelton's third time on the morning show this year and fourth overall. Shelton returns to the morning show after sitting down with Kathie Lee Gifford and Kotb less than two weeks ago to discuss his newly... »»»
August 19, 2010 - Blake Shelton scored a chart double by leading both the Billboard song and album chart with All About Tonight, - that's both the name of the song and EP. Lady Antebellum had long held the top spot on the album chart with "Need You Now," which is now second for the week ending Aug. 28.... »»»
August 19, 2010 - Kenny Chesney will go the deluxe route when "Hemingway's Whiskey" is released in late September.
BNA will release a double disc CD/DVD edition in addition to the regular Sept. 28 release. The package adds bonus tracks Ain't Ever Going Back Again and I Didn't Get Here Alone plus 30 minutes of additional... »»»
August 19, 2010 - Abigail Washburn, member of Uncle Earl and a clawhammer banjo player, will preview her forthcoming album this September during the "Prelude Tour."
Washburn will release "City of Refuge" in early 2011 with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens).
Straight from a tour of China,... »»»
August 19, 2010 - Trailer Choir has a new single out - Shakin' That Tailgate - from their full-length disc, "Tailgate Party." The song resulted from Trailer Choir's lead vocalist Butter having a chance meeting backstage with artist/writer Brady Seals at a performance both acts were on.
"We had just arrived backstage... »»»
August 19, 2010 - Steve Moore was named Thursday as the Country Music Association's Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Moore, who will now step down from his post as Chairman of the Board, has been the interim leader since January following the departure of Tammy Genovese.
"We conducted a coast-to-coast... »»»
August 19, 2010 - Jerry Lee Lewis is going to Broadway - well at least to see the musical "The Million Dollar Quartet" and perform with the cast after the show, according to the New York Times.
Lewis will go to the Big Apple for the Sept. 10 performance of the show about Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl... »»»
August 19, 2010 - Saturday night will be special for Lee Brice because he is headlining The Music Farm, the Charleston, S.C. venue he has performed at for several years. This concert marks the first time Brice has been back since his single Love Like Crazy took off. Additionally, the concert will be streamed live on CMT.... »»»
August 18, 2010 - Blake Shelton's "All About Tonight" is the sixth best selling release in the U.S. with 33,000 units sold in its debut week. This was far behind the number one disc by Eminem, "Recovery," which retook the top slot by selling 133,000 units.
While the news was good for Shelton in going to the top of the... »»»
August 18, 2010 - Taylor Swift's new CD,"Speak Now," won't be out until late October, but she unveiled the CD cover Wednesday.
Swift is featured in a swirling purple dress on a white background with her left arm pointed down straight.
Mine is the first single from the... »»»
August 18, 2010 - Dailey & Vincent led the list of IBMA nominations Wednesday with 10 including entertainer of the Year.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out received six nominations, while
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Sam Bush and The Grascals racked up five nominations each.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
August 18, 2010 - Blake Shelton's new EP, "All About Tonight," will debut at number 1 on the SoundScan Top Country Albums chart and 6 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, making it his highest charting record to date. Shelton knocked out Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" from the top.
Shelton nabs the top spot this week on the... »»»
Country News Digest
August 17, 2010 - Lady Antebellum released a seven-song EP Tuesday of their biggest hits and fan-favorite cuts as part of an iTunes Session. The band also recorded a cover song, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' Learning To Fly. The performance was recorded at a studio in Nashville earlier this Spring.
Songs on the EP are:
August 17, 2010 - George Jones, Al Dexter and Ray Winkler will be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame on Aug. 21 at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Theater in Carthage, Texas.
Born in a log cabin on an oil patch settlement in a remote East Texas region known as the Big Thicket, Jones found early... »»»
August 17, 2010 - It's going to take more than one day to announce the nominees for the 44th Annual CMA Awards. Two days - Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 - will cover it with announcements made in New York and Nashville.
On Tuesday, Aug. 31, Justin Moore and Chris Young will announce the finalists in seven CMA Awards categories... »»»
August 17, 2010 - Dierks Bentley will host his fifth annual Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and benefit concert on Oct. 17 in Nashville with Miranda Lambert and Jerrod Niemann.
In 5 years, the event has attracted more than 30,000 fans and raised $1.2 million for children's hospitals in Nashville,... »»»
August 16, 2010 - Toby Keith's 15th full-length studio album, "Bullets In The Gun," will also be available in a deluxe edition on its Oct. 5 release, adding 4 live tracks to the standard album.
Recorded during his "Incognito Bandito" show at The Fillmore in Manhattan this summer, the four songs feature Keith on lead... »»»
August 16, 2010 - George Richey, a producer, writer and third husband of Tammy Wynette, died July 31 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it was disclosed today. Richey was buried in Nashville near the grave of Wynette.
Born George Richardson on Nov. 30 1935 in Promise Land, Ark. Richey co-wrote classic country... »»»
August 16, 2010 - Blake Shelton hits number one on the Billboard and Country Aircheck (Mediabase) charts with his single, All About Tonight. This is Shelton's second chart topper of the year - Hillbilly Bone did the trick on March 15 - and seventh of his career.
Shelton has not had a single peak outside the Top 10 since 2007.... »»»
August 13, 2010 - Stoney Creek Records' Thompson Square will hit the road this fall with Jason Aldean, closing out his Wide Open 2010 Arena Tour.
Starting on Oct. 21 in Champaign, Ill. and ending on Nov. 20 in Atlanta, the husband-and-wife duo will open with a full-band for a month on tour with Aldean.... »»»
August 13, 2010 - Lionel Richie will join Taylor Swift Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's All for the Hall Los Angeles fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 23. The event, which will follow a guitar pull format.
The evening offers the performers to take turns swapping songs,... »»»
August 13, 2010 - The Old 97's will release a new disc, "The Grand Theatre Volume One," in October.
The band's eighth studio record comes out Oct. 12 on New West Records. The band recorded more than two dozen new songs during studio sessions and will be releasing a second volume in 2011. "The Grand Theatre Volume... »»»
August 12, 2010 - Zac Brown Band moved to the top of the Billboard Country Songs Chart for the week ending Aug. 21 with Free, which took over from Jerrod Niemann's Lover, Lover. On the album chart, Lady Antebellum was predictably number one again with "Need You Now."
ZBB's Free had been second last week, a position... »»»
August 12, 2010 - Kenny Chesney and Jeff Tweedy were among the artists added to Farm Aid 25.
Joining the country star and leader of Wilco will be Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Band of Horses, The BoDeans, Amos Lee and Robert Francis. Already announced were concert organizers Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.... »»»
August 12, 2010 - Jennette McCurdy's video for Not That Far Away premieres on Aug. 14 on CMT and Nickelodeon. The Capitol Records Nashville recording artist and star of Nickelodeon's iCarly, recently shot the video, which was directed by Roman White, in Watertown, Tenn. near Nashville.
The video will air at 7:45 p.m.... »»»
August 12, 2010 - Four-day tickets for the 2011 CMA Music Festival go on sale later this month.
Next year's event will be Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, 2011. Four-day ticket packages will go on sale Monday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. central. Fans can purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1-(800)-745-3000.... »»»
August 11, 2010 - Pinecastle Records has risen from the dead, reopening under new ownership.
In early February, leading bluegrass label Pinecastle Records closed its doors in a sudden decision due to health issues of owner Tom Riggs.
"Artists were caught in limbo and their product was quickly going out of print,"... »»»
August 11, 2010 - Luke Bryan and wife Caroline welcomed their second son today. Tatum "Tate" Christopher Bryan was born in a Nashville area hospital and weighed in at 6.8 pounds and 21 inches long.
"Mother and son are doing well and will be released for home soon," according to a press release.... »»»
August 11, 2010 - Stagecoach 2011 is a go.
Goldenvoice, the promoter of the event, announced tonight that the fifth annual country music fest will be Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.
The fifth annual event, which features mainstream country, bluegrass, folk, roots rock and alt-country, will again take place at... »»»
August 11, 2010 - Taylor Swift is the second female artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut multiple songs in the top five during a calendar year as Mine will enter the chart at number three when the charts are out Thursday. Today Was a Fairytale was second on the Feb. 6 chart.
Mariah Carey is the only... »»»
August 10, 2010 - Dierks Bentley released the second single, Draw Me a Map, off his critically acclaimed album "Up on the Ridge." The ballad ships this week and goes for official adds on Aug. 23.
"When we were making this album, we didn't follow the rules of what a modern 'country' record should or should not sound like...... »»»
August 10, 2010 - Blake Shelton is slated to visit Good Morning America and speak with TV personalities Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on "The Today Show" on Aug. 12 to celebrate the release of his second six-pack "All About Tonight," available today.
The new release follows his first six pack five months ago.... »»»
August 10, 2010 - Dolly Parton will receive the Southern Gospel Music Association's 2010 James D. Vaughan "Impact Award." Executive Director Charlie Waller said that the award is presented to those whose careers make a significant impact on the Southern gospel music industry and expand the scope of the music.... »»»
August 10, 2010 - Shelby Lynne, Chip Taylor, Tony Joe White, Paul Thorn, John Oates and Todd Snider's Rock & Roll Revue featuring Jason D. Williams, Dan Baird and Friends are among the acts added to the Americana Music Association shindig in September.
The newly named acts also will be joined by newer acts American... »»»
August 9, 2010 - Taylor Swift won three Teen Choice Awards Sunday night.
Swift took home the honor for female country artist, country song for Fifteen and album for "Fearless."
Keith Urban won the male country artist award and Lady Antebellum the group... »»»
August 9, 2010 - Rascal Flatts announced Monday they were adding nine dates to their current tour, which played to more than 40,000 fans in the Midwest this past weekend.
The "Nothing Like This Tour" will now wrap on Oct. 9 in Irvine, Cal.
Rascal Flatts continued their "Nothing Like This Tour" this past weekend with... »»»
August 9, 2010 - Taylor Swift and the Dave Matthews Band will perform on the NFL Opening Kickoff 2010 Presented by EA Sports on Sept. 9.
The performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2010 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints and the city of New Orleans.
The show will be... »»»
August 9, 2010 - Kenny Chesney's upcoming disc, "Hemingway's Whiskey," due in late September will contain 11 songs, including help from George Jones and Grace Potter.
The disc includes the first single The Boys of Fall. Co-produced by Chesney, an eight-minute video for the song featuring football superstars including... »»»
August 9, 2010 - Luke Bryan will embark on a second Farm Tour run of shows in his home state of Georgia in late September. The idea for the Farm Tour concerts came from Bryan as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating the American Farmer.
Proceeds from the concerts will go to charities in the... »»»
August 9, 2010 - Randy Houser spent months in the studio recording his sophomore studio album, "They Call Me Cadillac," so when it came time to set a release date, Houser wanted to spread it out over a few months as well.
Houser and Show Dog-Universal Music will give fans a sneak peek starting this week.... »»»
August 9, 2010 - Playing the Part, the lead single from Jamey Johnson's forthcoming album goes to country radio stations across the country this afternoon. On Aug. 24, the song will be available for download at iTunes.
"The Guitar Song" is a 25-song double album due Sept. 14 with thematically linked sets of songs... »»»
August 9, 2010 - Hot Rize is reuniting for its first tour in more than a decade starting in late August.
The band features Tim O'Brien, Nick Forster, Bryan Sutton and Pete Wernick
The group recently played Bonnaroo and recording new music for the first time in 20 years, beginning with a rearrangement of Wichita Lineman.... »»»
August 8, 2010 - Wanda Jackson, John Mellencamp, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz and Brian Ahern will receive special honors from the Americana Music Association at its awards show in September.
Jackson, Mellencamp, Lewis, Leisz, and Ahern will be honored in the Performance, Songwriting, Executive, Instrumentalist, and... »»»
August 8, 2010 - Jerrod Niemann will visit with fans and signing autographs at Opry Originals: The Shop on Broadway located in downtown Nashville's Lower Broadway area at 300 Broadway on Tuesday Aug. 10, 9:15 - 10 p.m. Central.
Niemann will do the meet and greet immediately following his performance on the Tuesday... »»»
August 6, 2010 - Charlie Louvin is recovering at home following pancreatic cancer surgery.
On July 22, Louvin, who was one half of the Louvin Brothers, went in for a complex, six-hour surgery at the Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, known as a whipple procedure.
A report from his son, Sonny, said Louvin was home... »»»
August 6, 2010 - After winning a federal court ruling in June hat the use of their copyrighted songs in campaign ads was infringing, Don Henley of The Eagles, Mike Campbell and Danny Kortchmar settled their damages claims against California politician Chuck DeVore and campaign worker Justin Hart for an undisclosed... »»»
August 5, 2010 - Lady Antebellum had the top selling country album with "Need You Now" The disc sold 27,000 units, up 11 percent for the week ending Aug. 14. On the song chart, Jerrod Niemann notched his first number one with Lover, Lovergoing from third to first. Niemann took over from Carrie Underwood and Undo It,... »»»
August 5, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will head to Europe next week for their first headlining show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on Wed., Aug. 11. The concert is sold out.
"We've been looking forward to going to the UK all summer," said Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. "I wish we are able to stay a little longer and... »»»
August 5, 2010 - Long-time music veteran James Stroud, who has been a musician producer and label head, announced the launch of Emrose Records today.
Stroud, who now heads Stroudavarious Records formed the new imprint with Washington-based investor Tom Natelli. Emrose will be based in Nashville, and Stroudavarious... »»»
August 4, 2010 - Brad Paisley will release his first greatest hits package in early November. "Hits Alive" will be two discs.
Dropping Nov. 2, one disc will contain studio versions of Paisley hits, while the second will be live versions of his hits. All were previously unreleased and recorded live on tour.... »»»
August 4, 2010 - Taylor Swift's new single Mine was released to radio and iTunes today - 12 days early - because it was leaked online.
The song is a guitar-driven country track from her upcoming disc, "Speak Now," due out Oct. 25.
"An unauthorized low-quality mp3 file of the single appeared online earlier today,"... »»»
August 4, 2010 - Taylor Swift will unveil her new single Mine during the CMA Music Festival" Country's Night to Rock TV special on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.
The song is the first single from Swift's upcoming CD, "Speak Now," out Oct. 26.
Tim McGraw will host the annual event held in Nashville in June.... »»»
August 4, 2010 - Troy Olsen was invited to make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The Grand Ole Opry, temporarily displaced from the Opry House, will be held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.
"Playing The Opry is a dream come true for me," said Olsen. "It's the mother church of country music,... »»»
August 4, 2010 - Joey+Rory are ready with "Album Number Two." They better be because that's the title of their sophomore disc, due Sept. 14.
The disc is the follow-up to their successful debut album "The Life of a Song," which included the hit Cheater Cheater.
The new material featured on "Album Number Two" is... »»»
August 4, 2010 - Jason Aldean will release the lead single My Kinda Party from his upcoming fourth studio album. The single ships to radio today with the official add of Aug. 16.
"This song is all about workin' for the weekend...my fans work hard, so they can rip it up when Saturday rolls around," said Aldean.... »»»
August 3, 2010 - Charlie Louvin has signed with True North Records of Canada and will release a new album this fall.
The first album to be released under the new deal will be "The Battle Rages On," a collection of war songs dating back to the American Civil War and includes the talents of special guests Del McCoury and Jamie Dailey.... »»»
August 3, 2010 - Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews will headline the 25th annual Farm Aid concert on Milwaukee on Oct. 2 at Miller Park.
"For 25 years, Farm Aid has worked to keep family farmers on the land," said Nelson. "This anniversary concert is a chance for everyone to join with... »»»
August 3, 2010 - Tanya Tucker filed suit against a Nashville music producer, saying he broke a contract with her and has $170,000 of her personal property according to the Tennessean.
Tucker claimed she and producer Gregg A. Brown, owner of Revelator Records, had a verbal deal in 2006 that Revelator would produce... »»»
August 2, 2010 - Jerrod Niemann goes number one with Lover, Lover on the Billboard and Country Aircheck charts this week, becoming the first chart topper of his career Niemann's debut CD, " Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury," also hit number one.
Niemann takes over from Carrie Underwood's Undo It.
Having co-produced the... »»»
August 2, 2010 - Jo Dee Messina will take part in Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" event taking place Saturday, Aug. 28 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Confirmed speakers include Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Marcus Luttrell and more.
This non-political event will pay tribute to America's service personnel.... »»»
August 2, 2010 - Luke Bryan will perform his co-penned number one hit Rain Is A Good Thing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, Aug. 9.
"I love the energy of this show and can't wait to be a guest performer," said Bryan.
Bryan has hit number one from his "Doin' My Thing" CD with the co-penned hits Do I and Rain Is A Good Thing.... »»»
August 2, 2010 - Laura Bell Bundy's second single from her Mercury debut, "Achin' and Shakin,'" is the first track on the record entitled Drop On By.
The Achin' side is a collection of slow and sultry country songs produced by Grammy-winning producer Nathan Chapman. The single is currently at country radio stations... »»»
August 1, 2010 - Justin Townes Earle was slated to play George Wein's Newport Folk Festival today, but that's not going to happen due to an injury the singer sustained last month.
According to his web site, Earle "injured his hand this past weekend and has 19 stitches, and there's no way he can play guitar.... »»»