January 31, 2012 - Country trio The Farm is set to make their Grand Ole Opry Feb. 10.
Comprised of members Nick Hoffman (vocals, fiddle), Damien Horne (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Krista Marie (vocals, guitar), the act is keen on vocal harmonies. Performing as an acoustic trio for their Opry debut, the milestone... »»»
January 31, 2012 - Blake Shelton will take the stage with wife Miranda Lambert at Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 by singing a duet version of America the Beautiful.
This will be their first TV performance since they married in May 2011. Their version will be available on iTunes beginning today, Jan. 31.... »»»
January 31, 2012 - Singer/songwriter Darrell Scott is back with his seventh solo disc, "Long Road Home." The disc was slated to be released in October, but was delayed. The 16 songs on the country disc were written as long as 30 years ago by Scott. Two songs (The Country Boy and You're Everything I Wanted Love To Be)... »»»
January 31, 2012 - Another single. Another number one. That's life for Chris Young these days as You hits the top of the charts this week.
"I am ecstatic," said Young. "I've been excited for each number one and to have five in a row feels amazing."
Last week's number one was Luke Bryan's I Don't Want This Night To End.... »»»
January 30, 2012 - Darryl Worley signed a recording contract with Tenacity Records/Crazytown and will release his first single, You Still Got It, in March.
"I am very excited about this new record label and am looking forward to seeing what the future holds in store for us," Worley said on his web site.... »»»
January 30, 2012 - Dierks Bentley announced today that he will bring his Country & Cold Cans Tour back to the U.S. this spring with 20 cities to be announced in the coming weeks. Republic Nashville's Eli Young Band will rejoin Bentley for the run, along with a combination of Will Hoge and The Cadillac Black in the opening slot.... »»»
January 27, 2012 - Abigail Washburn released videos of her Chinese tour on her web site.
""In November & December 2011, I headed to China to tour the historic Silk Road that Marco Polo made famous centuries ago; the major trade route of the ancient world," Washburn said in an email release.
"Accompanied by the finest U.S.... »»»
January 27, 2012 - No only does Toby Keith have a hit single in Red Solo Cup and three Academy of Country Music nominations, he also is the number one truck guy.
So says the Chicago Tribune. The newspaper "recently named him the number 1 spokesman for full-size trucks. Keith's tours have been sponsored by Ford F-Series... »»»
January 26, 2012 - Kenny Chesney leads the Academy of Country Music Awards nominations with nine, including entertainer of the year.
Jason Aldean is nominated for six awards, while Lady Antebellum took home five
Entertainer of the Year
January 26, 2012 - Montgomery Gentry grabbed their 14th Academy of Country Music nomination Thursday for Top Vocal Duo of the Year with Eddie Montgomery saying it capped an "unbelievable" year.
"This last year has been just unbelievable," Montgomery said. "We have a new album that T and I are so proud of, a new label... »»»
January 26, 2012 - , Lee Brice, nominated today by the Academy of Country Music in the "Song of the Year" category for Crazy Girl said the writing was magical.
The song because a hit for Eli Young Band. Brice shares writing credit with collaborator, Liz Rose. Crazy Girl was Billboard's number 1 country song for 2011,... »»»
January 26, 2012 - Luke Bryan reached the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 4 with I Don't Want This Night To End, displacing Drink In My Hand by Eric Church, which slipped to third. There was a new number one on the album chart as well. Toby Keith's "Clancy's Tavern" topped the chart,"... »»»
January 26, 2012 - Glen Campbell - currently out on the road for his "Goodbye Tour" - will join current Grammy nominees The Band Perry and Blake Shelton for a special performance on the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12 in Los Angeles .
Shelton is up for two awards: Best Country Solo Performance for "Honey... »»»
January 25, 2012 - Scotty McCreery is set to make a special appearance on The CW series "Hart of Dixie" this spring.
In an episode that's scheduled to air on April 23, the American Idol star will play himself for a performance of his hit single, The Trouble With Girls. The track comes from his debut album, "Clear As... »»»
January 25, 2012 - Garth Brooks won a $1 million ruling in a court suit against an Oklahoma hospital that failed to build a women's health center in honor of his late mother.
Jurors ruled Tuesday that Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon, Okla. must return Brooks' $500,000 donation plus a similar amount... »»»
January 25, 2012 - Josh Thompson's Change Is Comin' Tour will kick off on Feb. 3 in Charlotte, N.C. and continue through April.
The Wisconsin native is touring in advance of his second disc, "Change," due out later this year. "The road definitely feels like home to me," said Thompson. "I tour as much as I possible can.... »»»
January 25, 2012 - Rascal Flatts bassist and vocalist Jay DeMarcus and his wife Allison, a former Miss Tennessee and a current CMT personality, are anticipating the birth of their second child this summer.
The couple have a daughter, Madeline Leigh, born Dec. 17, 2010.
"This was definitely a huge surprise, but we're... »»»
January 25, 2012 - Alan Jackson will perform a special luncheon performance at CRS 2012 on Thursday, Feb. 23 in Nashville.
"This will be a very special experience from a country music icon and a true American original," said Capitol Nashville President and CEO Mike Dungan.
After spending his career on Arista, Jackson... »»»
January 25, 2012 - Lady Antebellum has sold more than half a million tickets for their upcoming Own the Night 2012 World Tour starting Friday in Tulsa, Okla. with Darius Rucker and special guest Thompson Square.
Advance sell-outs at include the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Allstate Arena in Chicago, American... »»»
January 25, 2012 - Carrie Underwood will release her new single, Good Girl, to country radio on Feb. 23. The five-time Grammy winner's new CD will arrive later this spring.
Underwood wrote the track with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, who co-wrote two of Underwood's number one hits Don't Forget to Remember Me and... »»»
January 24, 2012 - A lucky 13 songwriters were honored by Country Music Association with an award honoring them for having three chart topping hits in the past year. Among those honored were Taylor Swift, Hillary Scott, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown and Luke Bryan
"This occasion affords CMA the opportunity to honor true... »»»
January 24, 2012 - The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show signed with Pinecastle Records, it was announced Tuesday.
Take Me Back" will be released this summer as the group's first CD for the label after several on Rebel.
"I am excited about our recent signing with one of the most legendary record labels in bluegrass music.... »»»
January 24, 2012 - Travis Tritt, Jerrod Niemann and Brantley Gilbert are among the new acts announced Tuesday to the line-up for the Country Stampede festival in Kansas in late June.
Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry and Luke Bryan were previously announced to play The Big 94.5 Stampede Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kansas.... »»»
January 24, 2012 - The very long awaited new Tim McGraw disc, "Emotional Traffic," is finally out today on Curb. The disc includes his number one hit Felt Good On My Lips along with a duet with Faith Hill. The music has been the subject of an on-going court battle between McGraw and Curb Records. McGraw is now free to... »»»
January 23, 2012 - Trace Adkins announced the Songs & Stories Tour this spring. These evenings of performances will incorporate stories, both humorous and meaningful, that pay homage to Adkins' working-man roots and rich musical heritage.
The tour starts March 8 in Des Moines, Ia. And ends May 17 in Atlanta.... »»»
January 23, 2012 - Keith Urban gives his fans a look at his Get Closer 2011 World Tour with the release of his newest video for Your Gonna Fly. The video begins airing today on CMT and GAC.
The song is the fourth single from "Get Closer" and is the follow-up to his previous consecutive ones Long Hot Summer and Without You.... »»»
January 23, 2012 - Jason Aldean kicked off the 2012 leg of his My Kinda Party tour with a sold-out first run in Greenville, S.C., Fayetteville, N.C. and Orlando this weekend.
Each of those shows set new attendance records for the arenas. Fellow Georgia natives Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina joined Aldean, with DeeJay... »»»
January 23, 2012 - Billy Currington will kick off his first headlining tour across the country on March 24 in Mississippi.
Currington, who recently started work on his fifth studio album, has announced 11 dates for his 2012 tour that will make stops in San Antonio, Knoxville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C.... »»»
January 23, 2012 - Tim McGraw's recent number one single, Felt Good On My Lips, struck digital download gold on the sales front.
The good news comes on the countdown to McGraw's much anticipated new studio album, "Emotional Traffic," being released by Curb Records tomorrow. The single is included in the new package.... »»»
January 22, 2012 - Brad Paisley will provide the musical halftime entertainment for the NFC Championship Game today. The San Francisco 49ers will host the New York Giants at Candlestick Park at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox.
The winner of the game will represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.
Paisley is out on his... »»»
January 20, 2012 - Brad Paisley will take his Virtual Reality Tour to Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, June 9.
Special guest Miranda Lambert along with Chris Young, The Band Perry and Jerrod Niemann will also be performing.
Wrigley Field is starting its 99th season of hosting baseball, 97 of those the Chicago Cubs.... »»»
January 19, 2012 - Eric Church topped the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 28 with Drink In My Hand. Lady Antebellum remained first on the album chart with "Own the Night."
Church took over for David Nail's Let It Rain, which slid to fifth. Luke Bryan was up two to second with I Don't Want This Night to End.... »»»
January 19, 2012 - Rascal Flatts announced today that they will release "Changed," their seventh studio album, on April 3. Dann Huff co-produced the new project with Rascal Flatts.
"Changed" follows the success of their first Big Machine Records album release, "Nothing Like This," which debuted at number one on the... »»»
January 19, 2012 - Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers announced tour dates in support of "Rare Bird Alert" (Rounder Records), a Grammy nominee for Best Bluegrass Album.
Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will make stops at several venues and festivals including a performance at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Cal.... »»»
January 18, 2012 - Merle Haggard is hospitalized in Georgia with pneumonia. The illness forced The Hag to cancel his remaining January tour dates.
"His January dates are being rescheduled for April. His late February dates are still on," his publicist said via email. "He is expected to be released in a few days.... »»»
January 18, 2012 - r Alan Jackson's new single, So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore is at radio now and the video for the song started airing on CMT and GAC this week.
The single is from the forthcoming debut album from the joint venture between ACR (Alan's Country Records) and EMI Records Nashville.... »»»
January 18, 2012 - Miranda Lambert has rescheduled this weekend's shows of her "On Fire" Tour, due to the death of her father-in-law, Dick Shelton who passed away Tuesday in Oklahoma.
Lambert, wife of Blake Shelton, has rescheduled Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 19), Lexington, Ky. (Jan. 20) and Greensboro, N.C. (Jan. 21).... »»»
January 18, 2012 - Blake Shelton's father passed away Tuesday night, causing the singer to postpone concerts.
"It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Blake Shelton's father, Dick Shelton," Shelton's web site said. "Mr. Shelton, who was in declining health this past year, was surrounded by loved ones in... »»»
January 17, 2012 - Jessie James is going country.
Show Dog - Universal Music partnered with Mercury/IDJ to release the country pop song When You Say My Name, out Jan. 31 via iTunes.
"I remember hearing a demo on Jessie a few years ago and being very impressed with what a big voice she had for such a young girl," said... »»»
January 17, 2012 - Jake Owen experienced bad luck on Friday, Jan. 13.
Owen was snowboarding in Crested Butte, Col. during the BMI Songwriter's Festival when he hit a 17-inch ice block, took a spill and broke his collarbone.
After being rushed to the hospital in Crested Butte, Owen tweeted, "Just broke my collarbone.... »»»
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January 17, 2012 - Jerrod Niemann is starting 2012 off by celebrating his first RIAA-certified Platinum Digital single for his number one hit Lover, Lover.
The lead single off Niemann's chart-topping album, "Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury," also features the Top Five hit and RIAA-certified Gold Digital single, What Do You Want.... »»»
January 16, 2012 - Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 completed its first weekend by playing three sold-out shows before more than 39,000 fans with stops in Grand Rapids, Mich., Milwaukee and St. Paul, Mnn.
Special guests on the tour are CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry and 2011 American Idol... »»»
January 16, 2012 - Eric Church kicks off the new year with a career first - Drink In My Hand is number one on the song charts this week.
Church takes over the number one slot from David Nail's Let It Rain. The new chart will be officially released Thursday.
The song comes from Church's disc "Chief," which won a... »»»
January 16, 2012 - Keith Urban will be All for the Hall when he returns to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, April 10, for a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The show will feature Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Alabama, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Band... »»»
January 13, 2012 - Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 kicked off last night with a sold-out show in Grand Rapids, Mich. Special guests on the tour are CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry and 2011 American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery. The cold, snowy weather that hit the Midwest yesterday did not... »»»
January 13, 2012 - Charlie Collins, one of the few surviving members of Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain Boys, passed away after suffering a massive stroke, at the age of 78.
Collins, born in 1933 in a coal mining family near Caryville, Tenn., was fiddling in LaFollette music contests before he was 10 years old.... »»»
January 12, 2012 - David Nail scored his first number one with Let It Rain on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 21. The song, featuring Sarah Buxton, took over for Zac Brown Band's Keep Me in Mind, which fell to second. Lady Antebellum held onto the top of the Country Albums chart with "Own the Night.... »»»
January 12, 2012 - Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band have joined the performance lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2012 CMA Music Festival.
The event will take over downtown Nashville for four days... »»»
January 12, 2012 - Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean were the first country performers announced to perform at the 54th annual Grammy Awards next month.
The two will join Kelly Clarkson, who has some country history, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj to perform. This marks Aldean's first time performing at the Grammys.... »»»
January 12, 2012 - Keith Urban will appear on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, Feb., 3, his first performance back on stage since successfully undergoing vocal cord surgery late last year.
His appearance will take place at the Ryman Auditorium, where the Opry will be concluding its winter run. The Opry will return to the... »»»
January 11, 2012 - Gloriana will premiere an exclusive preview of their brand new video for (Kissed You) Good Night on ABC Family Friday, on Jan. 13 during the airing of "A Walk To Remember."
Immediately following the on-air preview, fans can check out the full length video, which stars ABC Family actress Megan Park... »»»
January 11, 2012 - Jo Dee Messina became a mom again.
The singer and her husband, Chris Diffenbaugh, today welcomed their second son to the family, 6-pound, 13-ounce Jonah Christopher Deffenbaugh.
He was born at 2:43 p.m. Central time and joins three-year-old brother Noah. Messina reported in from a Nashville hospital... »»»
January 11, 2012 - Uncle Kracker will launch the Hometown Tour with the gigs starting on March 1 in Illinois and continuing through April.
Support throughout the tour will come from Southern Ground recording artist Sonia Leigh and Uncle Kracker's Top Dog/Atlantic/Warner Nashville labelmate Ty Stone.... »»»
January 11, 2012 - Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton once again will host the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1 in Las Vegas. This marks the second year they have hosted the event.
The awards show will include many other events. The Annual ACM Fan Jam will once again be held on the same night.... »»»
January 10, 2012 - Scotty McCreery's debut album, "Clear As Day," was certified Platinum for sales of more than 1 million three months after its release.
"It means the world to me," he said Tuesday. "It's one of the highest honors you can get with your album, and it's a huge testament to the loyalty of country music... »»»
January 10, 2012 - Dierks Bentley's rowdy Am I The Only One was officially certified Gold by the RIAA for digital sales of more than 500,000 song downloads. The hit became Bentley's eighth career number one song as an artist and writer last fall when it topped country radio charts.
The song was the lead track off of... »»»
January 10, 2012 - Chris Young will make his debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, Jan 17. Young will perform his current hit single, You from his recently released album "Neon."
The single is in the top five on the charts. Following his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Young will join labelmate Miranda... »»»
January 10, 2012 - Luke Bryan's current single, I Don't Want This Night To End, was certified Gold by the RIAA for more than 500,000 downloads.
The single has sold more than 128,000 downloads in the past week and was Bryan's highest digital track sales week of his career. It follows his Platinum hit, Country Girl... »»»
January 10, 2012 - Rodney Atkins will return to the ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live! stage Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 1midnight eastern.
Take A Back Road in celebration of its RIAA Platinum Single Certification having surpassed the 1 million mark in digital sales. Atkins also will sing his new single, He's Mine.... »»»
January 10, 2012 - The Grascals signed a record deal with Mountain Home Records, it was announced Tuesday.
The Grascals previously had been with Rounder Records. A new albums is slated to be released this spring.
"We're very excited to be back," said Danny Roberts, who previously was with the label with another group.... »»»
January 10, 2012 - Tim McGraw's The One That Got Away will be released by Curb Records today as a digital single release from the forthcoming album "Emotional Traffic."
The song will be available for single download as the fourth of 5 song releases planned in advance of the new studio album out Jan. 24.... »»»
January 9, 2012 - Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and fiancé Chris Tyrrell were married on Saturday, Jan. 7. The ceremony took place just before sunset in upstate New York surrounded by family and close friends.
Scott and Tyrrell made the announced on the band's web... »»»
January 9, 2012 - Rascal Flatts will release a brand new single, Banjo, to country radio today for airplay impact beginning Jan. 17.
The song will serve as the first single off the band's forthcoming album due out this spring.
Rascal Flatts hits the road this week on their winter tour, "Thaw Out 2012," which kicks off... »»»
January 9, 2012 - Craig Morgan will release his sixth studio album, "This Ole Boy," on Feb. 28.
The release marks Morgan's first new music in nearly three years, and his first with Black River Entertainment after signing with the label in April 2011.
Hollywood actress Angie Harmon (Rizzoli & Isles/TNT) stars alongside... »»»
January 9, 2012 - Vince Gill was added to the MerleFest 25 lineup, it was announced today.
Gill will perform on Thursday, April 26, delivering the closing performance of the evening. Gill released his latest disc, "Guitar Slinger," in October 2011.
MerleFest 25 is slated for April 26 - 29 on the campus of Wilkes... »»»
January 8, 2012 - Nearly one year after its release, David Nail has a number one single Let It Rain, his publicist said Sunday.
The song from Nail's new "Sound of A Million Dreams" is his first number one. "When you're 25 weeks in and you believe in a song, but you're stuck in the middle of the chart, it's hard to think... »»»
January 6, 2012 - Art imitated reality as Craig Campbell encountered a little problem in shooting the video for his working class anthem When I Get It.
While attempting to shoot the fast action, tongue-in-cheek humorous music video, Campbell and the crew found themselves at a standstill on set without any electrical power.... »»»
January 5, 2012 - String band Carolina Chocolate Drops follow up their label debut, 2010's Grammy Award-winning "Genuine Negro Jig," with "Leaving Eden," due Feb. 28 on Nonesuch Records.
The group returns with a record of original compositions, covers and traditional songs produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris,... »»»
January 5, 2012 - Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum stayed atop the Billboard Country Song and Album charts for the week ending Jan. 14. Keep Me in Mind was ZBB's latest song chart topper, while "Own the Night" led the album chart.
David Nail was second, up two, with Let It Rain on the songs chart.... »»»
January 5, 2012 - Lee Brice celebrated the New Year by popping the big question to long-time girlfriend, Sara Reeveley.
The couple was on vacation in Key West Fla. when Brice proposed on Jan. 2. A date has not yet been set.
Reeveley, 29, an Ohio native, and Brice, 32, originally from South Carolina, have known each other for 13 years.... »»»
January 5, 2012 - Canaan Smith will release his debut single, We Got Us, to radio on Jan 9.
The story of We Got Us is a couple in love who take a leap of faith and set out on their own fueled by only their affection for one another.
cause we got no money/nothing of our own honey
got your daddy all worried... »»»
January 5, 2012 - The Camobunga! 2012 World Tour of Brad Paisley, slated to start next week, is history. Paisley isn't bagging the tour - he changed the title to the Virtual Reality World Tour 2012.
During December, Paisley and band had several days of tour rehearsals. During the stage set-up and rehearsals, Paisley... »»»
January 4, 2012 - Carrie Underwood made wishes come true this holiday season for the schools in her hometown of Checotah, Okla. with donations amounting to $350,000 through her C.A.T.S. Foundation - Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation.
Each of the four schools - Marshall Elementary, Checotah Intermediate... »»»
January 4, 2012 - Lady Antebellum once again had the biggest selling country release in the U.S. with "Own the Night." The band's third album was the fourth highest selling disc in the U.S. in any genre with 54,000 units, down 51 percent.
Lady A was helped by a big discount at the iTunes store last week with the disc selling at $6.... »»»
January 4, 2012 -
Miranda Lambert starts the New Year with great news about "Four The Record." The album achieved Gold status faster than any of her three previous albums, all of which have been certified Platinum.
Released Nov. 1, 2011, "Four The Record" received positive reviews. Over You is the just released,... »»»
January 3, 2012 - Dierks Bentley's sixth disc, "Home," will feature a dozen songs. This is Bentley's first country disc in two years.
In between, Bentley released the bluegrass-based "Up on the Ridge."
"I definitely stepped away and explored some things that were more on the fringe of country music for a little while," said Bentley.... »»»
January 2, 2012 - Curb Records is making the push for the release of Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic" disc, coming out Jan. 24. The disc spawned a number one hit for McGraw and a big legal battle between the two that thus far has resulted in McGraw free to sign with another label.
McGraw already has released a holiday... »»»