July 29, 2011 - Toby Keith released the video for his single Made In America. CMT will launch the video in heavy rotation Monday, with GAC debuting it as their Turbo Track next week, as well.
Made In Americawas made in Wisconsin. Concert footage was shot in early July at Milwaukee's Summerfest, an early... »»»
July 29, 2011 - For the 10th Anniversary of the Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Concert to benefit Christmas 4 Kids , Phil Vassar and Sawyer Brown will join him on Monday, Nov. 21 at the Ryman.
Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for more than 25 years providing many... »»»
July 29, 2011 - The video for Brad Paisley's current single, Remind Me, a duet with Carrie Underwood, can be viewed now on bradpaisley.com, carrieunderwoodofficial.com and cmt.com.
The video will debut on GAC Turbo Track on Saturday, July 30 and CMT's Hot Shot on Monday, Aug. 1. The video was directed by directors... »»»
July 29, 2011 - Jason Jones will premiere his first music video today, July 29 on AOLs country site, The Boot, for his current single Ferris Wheel.
Directed by Kristin Barlowe and filmed at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park in Chattanooga, Tenn., the video captures the idea of spending the afternoon at the... »»»
July 28, 2011 - The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has launched a $75 million capital campaign that will finance the museum's 200,000-square-foot expansion, the hall of fame announced Thursday.
With the new addition, the museum will double in size, from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet,... »»»
July 28, 2011 - The Band Perry set a record this week with If I Die Young on the Billboard charts - for slowness.
The Band Perry was 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the same on Mainstream Top 40, Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 and former Hot Country This was a new peak for the song on the Hot 100 chart... »»»
July 28, 2011 - Sammy Llanas of The BoDeans is going the solo route with his next release.
Llanas (pronounced yanas), lead singer-guitarist for the acclaimed Milwaukee band, is out with "4 A.M." on Oct. 25 on Inner Knot Records. The mostly acoustic collection, produced by longtime collaborator Gary Tanin, features 10... »»»
July 28, 2011 - Eli Young Band's Crazy Girl was certified Gold by the RIAA this week for sales of more than 500,000 downloads. By the time reports came in this morning, the band had sold nearly 600,000 downloads.
The single, from the band's upcoming "Life at Best" CD, made its debut at number 1 on the iTunes... »»»
July 27, 2011 - Blake Shelton no longer has the number one CD in the U.S., but he does have the best selling country disc still with "Red River Blue." The disc, which sold 47,000 units, was sixth on the overall chart. Adele's "21" is first with 77,000 units sold.
Shelton's sales were down 60 percent from the week before.... »»»
July 27, 2011 - Johnny Reid led the pack of nominees for the Canadidan Country Music Awards with six in nominations released on Wednesday. Dean Brody earned five nominations, while Deric Ruttan a, George Canyo and Gord Bamford took four apiece.
Terri Clark was the leading Terri Clark and Carolyn Dawn Johnson led... »»»
July 27, 2011 - Craig Campbell hooked a big video for his new single, Fish.
Campbell does the video with World Fishing Network star and host of TV show "Hookin' Up," Mariko Izumi, who plays his love interest in the video. The video is airing on GAC and CMT.
Fish is the second single from Campbell's recently... »»»
July 27, 2011 - Recently discovered Hank Williams recordings will be put out Sept. 13, Time Life and his estate announced today.
"Hank Williams: The Legend Begins" is a three-CD package that offers one disc entitled "Rare And Unreleased," which contains the earliest recordings of a 15-year-old Williams and 4 songs... »»»
July 26, 2011 - Eric Church has enjoyed a chunk of success with his first two discs, and he hopes to be the third time lucky with "Chief." The 11 songs were produced by Jay Joyce and include drinking songs (Jack Daniels and Drink In My Hand) and a big nod to a music star (Springsteen). The first single is Homeboy.... »»»
July 26, 2011 - The Bellamy Brothers will perform in Lyngdal, Norway this Saturday in memoriam of victims of the country's recent massacre.
Tragedy struck Norway last Friday with the devastating loss of more than 75 innocent lives from a mass shooting and bombing.
Howard and David Bellamy, who are traveling to... »»»
July 25, 2011 - Ira Dean, former member of country trio Trick Pony, signed with Average Joe's.
"Ira is a true triple threat: he's a hit songwriter, a great singer and a true entertainer. We are thrilled to welcome him to Average Joe's," said Tom Baldrica, President of Average Joe's Entertainment.... »»»
July 25, 2011 - Joey+Rory have set Oct. 11 as the release date for "A Farmhouse Christmas" album on Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records.
Ten of the 12 cuts are either new songs or cuts never released as Christmas songs.
"We made this record with hopes of trying to bring the listener into our home and share a small piece... »»»
July 25, 2011 - Armed three brand new albums out in September, Hank Williams III will kick off the first leg of his 2011 North American tour in Atlanta on Labor Day in Atlanta.
The 22-date tour will play shows through the South into Texas, across to Los Angeles, and up to the Pacific Northwest, ending in Denver on Oct. 6.... »»»
July 25, 2011 - Trace Adkins was added to the list of performers appearing in the three-hour, primetime concert special: "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Sunday, Aug. 14 on ABC.
Adkins joins a lineup that includes individual performances from The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Lady... »»»
July 25, 2011 - Chris Young is on a roll. Tomorrow will hit number on the Billboard Country Songs chart when it is released later this week, the singer's fourth straight chart topper.
The latest number one occurs less than two weeks following the release of his third album "Neon," which opened at number 4 on the... »»»
July 22, 2011 - Farm Aid and the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame announced that Farm Aid founder and president Willie Nelson will be inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Nelson will be honored in a ceremony to take place on the morning before Farm Aid's 2011 concert scheduled for Aug.... »»»
July 22, 2011 - LeAnn Rimes will breathe new life into country classics originally performed by male recording artists on her forthcoming new album "Lady & Gentlemen," due out Sept. 27 on Curb Records.
Rimes conceived of this concept album in which she covers Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Merle Haggard and... »»»
July 21, 2011 - Blake Shelton had the top selling CD in the country on the Billboard charts for the week ending July 30 with "Red River Blue," while Jason Aldean continued his great year by jumping to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart with Dirt Road Anthem, displacing Justin Moore and If Heaven Wasn't So... »»»
July 21, 2011 - Mark Newton formed a new band formation, Mark Newton's Stillhouse Band, which he announced today. The new band will consist of bluegrasser Newton, banjoist, bassist and vocalist Andrew Blythe and Dobroist, guitarist and vocalist Leah Needham.
"I am excited to be working such great young talent like... »»»
July 21, 2011 - Billy Currington will release the music video for his latest single Love Done Gone tomorrow on his website.
The video was shot last month in New Orleans and was directed by Potsy, who has worked on the last four videos with Currington. The video can also be seen on GAC, where it has already landed in... »»»
July 20, 2011 - Blake Shelton's roll continues. He will earn his first number 1 album ever when "Red River Blue" debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 chart out on Thursday with sales of 116,000, his best sales week ever. Shelton assumes the top spot from Beyonce's "4," which slipped to fifth.... »»»
July 20, 2011 - Scott Biram will release "Bad Ingredients" on Oct. 11 via Bloodshot Records. The album features 13 new tracks from the Austin musician.
Biram mines country, blues, punk, metal and psychobilly. On his fourth full-length for the label. Recorded at Biram's home studio in Austin and mastered by Jerry... »»»
July 19, 2011 - Chris Young is first on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 6 with Blake Shelton again first on the albums chart with "Red River Blue."
Young took over from Jason Aldean's Dirt Road Anthem, which slipped to second. Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett were third with Knee Deep.... »»»
July 19, 2011 - The 2011 Newport Folk Festival is sold out, it was announced today by George Wein and the Newport Festivals Foundation.
Two weeks in advance of its July 30-31 dates, the festival is sold out on Saturday and Sunday, the first time in history that both days have sold out in advance.... »»»
July 19, 2011 - Merle Haggard is releasing a new album, "Working In Tennessee," on Oct. 4.
This marks his second disc for Vanguard Records and is a collection of self-penned Haggard riches, two classics made famous by Johnny Cash and a new version of Haggard's Working Man Blues featuring Willie Nelson and his son Ben Haggard.... »»»
July 19, 2011 - Ricky Skaggs crosses the bluegrass and country divide again with "Country Hits, Bluegrass Style." (Skaggs Family Records) Skaggs rerecords his old country songs and gives them a bluegrass twist. Among the songs are Heartbroke, Honey, You've Got a Lover, Cajun Moon, Crying My Heart Out Over You and Highway 40 Blues.... »»»
July 19, 2011 - Glen Templeton signed with Black River Entertainment, the label announced Monday.
Templeton's current single, I Could Be The One, was released in May. The music video will make its debut in the coming weeks at both online and TV outlets. Templeton's upcoming self-titled album will include the song and... »»»
July 18, 2011 - The International Bluegrass Music Museum is in the final stages of completing a full-length documentary video about Bill Monroe in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of his birth on Sept.13, 1911.
To accomplish this goal, the museum is seeking donations in in the next six weeks by one of two... »»»
July 18, 2011 - Lady Antebellum's third release, "Own the Night," will contain 10 songs penned by the trio.
The disc contains a dozen tracks, including their fastest rising and current Top 10 single Just A Kiss. Collaborating again with producer Paul Worley, Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary... »»»
July 18, 2011 - Jason Aldean scores his seventh number one song as Dirt Road Anthem reaches the top slot on the Billboard Country Songs chart this week. Aldean assumes the top spot from Justin Moore's If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away.
The third consecutive Platinum release off country's best-selling album of 2011, "My... »»»
July 15, 2011 - The three-hour CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock TV special, originally scheduled to air on ABC-TV on Aug. 7, was pushed back one week.
CMA spokesperson Scott Stem attributed the switch to "just a schedule change."
The program will air at 8 p.m. and cover the festival held in June.... »»»
July 15, 2011 - Despite a driving rain storm, Josh Turner did not disappoint last night as he reached out to help the students and the schools of Ringgold, Ga. raise more than $150,000 after the community was devastated on April 27 by a tornado.
All proceeds from "After The Storm: Coming Together Benefit Concert... »»»
July 14, 2011 - Recent scorching temperatures forced Loretta Lynn to cancel the upcoming performances at MGM Theatre- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Jamboree in the Hills, of her 2011 tour, according to her web site.
Lynn was recently hospitalized and treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration after the temperature... »»»
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July 14, 2011 - Justin Moore jumped to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart with If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away for the week ending July 23. He pushed out Blake Shelton, whose Honey Bee fell to second. Jason Aldean was once again first on the Country Albums chart with "My Kinda Party."
Elsewhere on the songs... »»»
July 14, 2011 - Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Justin Townes Earle, The Jayhawks, North Mississippi Allstars, Foster and Lloyd and The Civil Wars are confirmed to attend the 12th Annual Americana Music Festival in October in Nashville.
The genre will be on display as 100-plus acts play 5 of... »»»
July 13, 2011 - "T Bone Burnett Presents: The Speaking Clock Revue," an album showcasing 11 performances from a benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theatre that Burnett orchestrated last year, will be out on Oct. 18 Shout! Factory.
Proceeds from album sales, as with the live show, will benefit The Participant... »»»
July 13, 2011 - Jason Aldean will have the only country disc in the top 10 when the charts are released Thursday. "My Kinda party" went from six to four on the overall chart, selling 42,000 units.
That marked a decrease of 12 percent. Aldean, of course, tops the country chart.
Aldean's current single, Dirt Road... »»»
July 13, 2011 - Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town were added to the list of performers appearing in the three-hour, primetime concert special: "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Sunday, Aug. 7 on ABC.
"The strength of this television special, and the format, is the diversity of our stars and the... »»»
July 12, 2011 - For only the second time in the series' history, CMT released a DVD on CMT Crossroads with "CMT Crossroads: Train and Martina McBride" to DVD, arriving in Target stores nationwide today.
The DVD features seven performances from Train and McBride, including their collaborations on such hits as Train's... »»»
July 12, 2011 - The line-up of bluegrass band Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice changed, Sisk announced.
Singer Tim Massey left the band. "He is getting married and is pursuing new endeavors," Sisk said. "I will miss Timmy, but would like to wish him and Patty all the happiness in the world and success in their future together.... »»»
July 12, 2011 - Willie Nelson will be the guest of honor at this first ever pairing of environmental nonprofits Amazon Watch and Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.
Nelson will receive the 2011 Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Visionary Award on July 22 at the former U.S. Mint now known as the Bently Reserve in San Francisco.... »»»
July 12, 2011 - Blake Shelton's career has been on a huge roll since 2010, and he will try to ensure that continues with today's release of "Red River Blue." Shelton notched another number one single with the first single Honey Bee. Scott Hendricks produced the music. Last year, Shelton had three releases, including a... »»»
July 11, 2011 - Ty Stone released his debut single American Style to country radio today, July 11. The song is currently available at all digital retailers and is the title track for the Detroit natives Top Dog/Atlantic Records debut, executive produced by close pal Kid Rock.
Written by Stone and Marlon Young,... »»»
July 11, 2011 - Cheyenne Kimball has left Gloriana. No reason was given for her departure.
The group made the announcement on their web site today, saying, "you may have heard, Cheyenne Kimball chose to leave our band. We need you to know that Gloriana will absolutely continue on. We couldn't imagine our lives any other way.... »»»
July 11, 2011 - Blake Shelton is gearing up for his the release of his eighth studio album "Red River Blue," which comes out Tuesday. In support of his new release, Shelton will appear on NBC's "Late Show with David Letterman" tomorrow night, LIVE! With Regis and Kelly on Wednesday morning and NBC's "Late Night with... »»»
July 11, 2011 - Blue Highway's "Sounds of Home" on drops Aug. 23 on Rounder.
Having previously released nine albums, the members of Blue Highway - Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), Wayne Taylor (lead vocals, bass), Shawn Lane (tenor vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle), Rob Ickes (Dobro, Scheerhorn acoustic slide guitar),... »»»
July 11, 2011 - Rascal Flatts current single, I Won't Let Go, earned Digital Gold certification from the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000.
This accolade comes on the heels of the song's recent ascent to the number one spot on the USA Today/Country AirCheck powered by Mediabase chart, becoming the 13th career chart... »»»
July 11, 2011 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood announced today via Facebook that they would be returning to host The 45th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 9 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC.
"We couldn't ask for better hosts than Carrie and Brad," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.... »»»
July 9, 2011 - Kenny Baker, one of the fiddlers who defined the bluegrass sound through his long tenure as a Blue Grass Boy with Bill Monroe, died on Friday. Baker, 85, suffered a stroke earlier this week.
Monroe introduced Baker as "the greatest fiddler in bluegrass music." The two played together from 1968-84 when they split.... »»»
July 9, 2011 - The Oak Ridge Boys were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry on Friday.
The country music group - William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall, Richard Sterban, and Duane Allen = will be formally inducted into the Opry family on Sat., Aug. 6.
After the Oaks performed their hit Y'All Come Back Saloon, 62-year Opry... »»»
July 8, 2011 - Terri Clark will release "Roots and Wings," a 10-song collection she produced, July 26 digitally with a physical release following Sept. 13.
"I chose the album's title after much deliberation about naming it after one of the song titles," Clark said. "The past year and a half was full of bitter and... »»»
July 8, 2011 - When Slaid Cleaves moved from Portland, Maine, to Austin in late 1991, he landed on South Lamar Boulevard, a few blocks from the Horseshoe Lounge. But as he points out on his new live album, "It was many years of drivin' by before I worked up the courage to come in through the door.... »»»
July 8, 2011 - Miranda Lambert announced Friday that her next studio album will be out this fall.
Lambert, whose career has been on the rise, will be out with "Four the Record" on Nov. 1. She made the announcement while in New York on the Good Morning America show. Lambert's previous three releases, "Kerosene,"... »»»
July 7, 2011 - Blake Shelton once again rules the Billboard Country Songs chart , for the week ending July 16, with Honey Bee, while Jason Aldean leads the Country Albums chart with "My Kinda Party." He regained the top spot from Justin Moore, whose "Outlaws Like Me" fell to third.
On the album chart, Scotty... »»»
July 7, 2011 - Jamey Johnson and Billy Joe Shaver were among the artists added to the Farm Aid concert next month in Kansas City, Kansas.
Jason Mraz, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real,
Robert Francis, Will Dailey & the Rivals, Pegi Young & the Survivors, Rebecca Pidgeon, and John Trudell will join... »»»
July 7, 2011 - New artist JT Hodges just launched his debut single, Hunt You Down, to country radio.
Hodges, a Show Dog - Universal Music artist, will spend the rest of his summer opening shows for Toby Keith on Keith's Locked and Loaded Tour.
The forthcoming video for the song, filmed in Memphis, is set for release soon.... »»»
July 6, 2011 - Jason Aldean will have the top country disc in the U.S. when the charts are released Thursday. "My Kinds Party" went from 10 to 6 on the overall top 200 chart, up 20 percent with sales of 48,000.
Beyonce had the leading album in the U.S. with "4" selling 310,000.
The only other country artist was... »»»
July 6, 2011 - Blake Shelton received his first ever digital Platinum single this week for Honey Bee.
Shelton holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single also holds the number one spot on the Country Aircheck / Mediabase chart and the Billboard Country... »»»
July 6, 2011 - Taylor Swift concert dates scheduled for this weekend in Charlotte and Atlanta were rescheduled due to illness. Swift has bronchitis and was advised by her doctor that she is not well enough to perform this week, according to her publicist.
Swift plans to resume the tour on July 14th in Montreal.... »»»
July 6, 2011 - Reba McEntire will embark on the All the Women I Am tour this fall throughout the U.S. and Canada. The upcoming, 31-city venture kicks off on Sept. 1 in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada with special guests The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia and Edens Edge slated to open select U.S. dates and winds up Nov. 19 in Tupelo, Miss.... »»»
July 5, 2011 - Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott is engaged. She announced via an interview with People Magazine that she and drummer Chris Tyrell are getting married.
The two met during the Tim McGraw tour in early 2010.
Lady A's current hit, Just a Kiss, was apparently inspired by their blossoming relationship.... »»»
July 5, 2011 - The Old 97's are out with their ninth disc, "The Grand Theatre Vol. 2," a follow-up to their disc from October 2010. The new CD has 13 new songs and was produced once again produced by Salim Nourallah ("The Grand Theatre Volume One" and "Blame It On... »»»
July 5, 2011 - Taylor Swift's show on Saturday in Louisville had to be postponed due to the singer's illness.
On her web site, Swift said, "Due to illness and under doctor's orders, Taylor Swift has been forced to postpone (the) performance, and the show has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 11.... »»»
July 5, 2011 - Dwight Yoakam returns home to Warner Music Group after a decade away, the label announced Tuesday.
Yoakam, a country traditionalist, began his career on Warner's Reprise Records, with his debut album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc." and has since recorded 27 albums under both the Reprise Records and Warner Bros.... »»»
July 1, 2011 - Lionel Richie's loss is Martina McBride's gain. And that means that the woman who turned Independence Day into a career song will be singing on the annual July 4 Boston Pops holiday concert.
Richie had to bow out with vocal cord strain. The show will be broadcast live from the Charles River Esplanade... »»»
July 1, 2011 - The Big Machine Label Group will sponsor the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be held July 31.
Officially billed as the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com, this partnership compliments Big Machine's most recent venture into the racing world and is the... »»»