February 29, 2012 - Capitol & EMI Nashville President/CEO Mike Dungan was named Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group/Nashville, effective May 1. Dungan will succeed current Chairman/CEO Luke Lewis, who "decided to focus on launching a new music venture in partnership with UMG," according to a press release.... »»»
February 29, 2012 - My Morning Jacket, Patty Griffin and Jackson Browne are among the artists named Wednesday to play at this year's Newport Folk Festival.
The event will be July 28-29 at Fort Adams State Park. Tickets go on sale worldwide Thursday, March 1, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.... »»»
February 29, 2012 - Shelby Lynne's new video, Heaven's Only Days Down the Road, gets its world premiere today on Yahoo! Music. The clip is from her CD "Revelation Road," weaving footage and photos from her chldhood.
The murder ballad is based on a true story.
Lynne, who is currently touring Europe, will launch the... »»»
February 29, 2012 - Carrie Underwood's new single, Good Girl, debuts at number 1 on Billboard's Digital Country Songs chart today with sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After releasing the song early Friday morning it took fans three short days to make Good Girl the top selling song.... »»»
February 29, 2012 - Sugarland will launch its sixth consecutive headlining tour, "In the Hands of the Fans" in April. The tour will rely solely on fan interaction and requests to determine the set list played in each city.
. Specific guidelines and instructions coming soon on the band's web site.... »»»
February 29, 2012 - Dustin Lynch will make his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday.
Hailing from nearby Tullahoma, Tenn., Lynch grew up listening to and visiting the Grand Ole Opry and dreaming of one day playing there. "The Opry is one of the most hallowed stages in the world of music because of its history and... »»»
February 28, 2012 - Craig Morgan makes his label debut with "This Ole Boy" on Black River. The singer puts out his first new music in three years and tends to stick with the same of the southern themes that got him tow here he is.
Chuck Mead releases his second solo disc, "Back at the Quonset Hut" (Ramseur), a reference... »»»
February 28, 2012 - A new Hank Williams III disc, "Long Gone Daddy," is coming out April 17 on Curb Records, 10 songs of shuffling country blues, including 6 new songs.
Hank Sr. contributed the title track and Neath A Cold Gray Tomb of Stone. Hank 3 also covered Merle Haggard (The Bottle Let Me Down), Johnny Cash (Wreck... »»»
February 28, 2012 - Johnny Cash would have turned 80 this year, and artists ranging from Kenny Chesney to Jamey Johnson to Kristofferson to Chris Cornell will join for "We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash," an April 26 concert in Austin.
The concert will be at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre.... »»»
February 27, 2012 - Severe bronchitis on Saturday caused George Strait to cut short his concert in Kansas City, Mo. after only two songs.
Strait rescheduled his tour stop for Saturday, March 3.
On Saturday, After Martina McBride performed, Strait could not continue after two songs. Strait and his management company... »»»
February 27, 2012 - Little Big Town will hit the studio this week with new producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church/Wallflowers) to record their new album, the group's fifth studio album.
Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Wesetbrook and Phillip Sweet will be giving fans a glimpse inside the studio and the recording... »»»
February 27, 2012 - Jerrod Niemann will release his new single Shinin' On Me today. The lead single from Niemann's yet-to-be-titled sophomore album was co-written by Jerrod, Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller.
Niemann teamed up again with co-producer Dave Brainard for his newest project.
"I am so excited to release... »»»
February 27, 2012 -
Kacey Musgraves will open John Mayer's 2012 U.S. tour, it was announced Monday.
"I can't wait to get out on the road with John Mayer," said Musgraves. "To be given this opportunity to tour with a musician and songwriter that I have such high respect for is a dream come true.... »»»
February 25, 2012 - Capitol/Nashville and Big Machine Records were among the winners at the Country Radio Seminar on Friday.
The winners were:
Station Of The Year: WUSN/Chicago (Major Market); KBEQ/Kansas City (Large Market); WIVK/Knoxville (Medium Market); WUSY/Chattanooga (Small Market).
Market Manager/GM: Natalie... »»»
February 25, 2012 - Alan Jackson performed at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on Thursday for the 15th time in his career, but never to a larger crowd in that venue. Rodeo officials have said that Jackson broke the all-time attendance record since the rodeo's inception in 1950, with nearly 17,000 in attendance.... »»»
February 24, 2012 - Carrie Underwood's new single, Good Girl, is available exclusively on iTunes. The five-time Grammy Award winner debuted her new single last night in Nashville during the annual Country Radio Seminar.
Underwood wrote the track with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, who co-wrote two of Underwood's... »»»
February 24, 2012 - The Johnny Cash Birthday Tribute will be held this Sunday at the Dyess (Ark.) Community Center.
The event, hosted by Arkansas State University, will begin at 2 p.m. to launch the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home. The Birthday Tribute will feature Cash family members singing and... »»»
February 24, 2012 - Dierks Bentley wrapped the Canadian leg of his 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour last night in Winnipeg. Shortly after crossing the border on his return 'home' to the U.S., Bentley's tour bus "Old Goldie" marked its 1 millionth mile.
"Goldie has been my home on the road since I put out my very first... »»»
February 24, 2012 - Faith Hill performed at the Warner Bros. Nashville Country Radio Seminar luncheon today, her first performance at CRS in more than a decade.
Hill performed five of her number one hits including Mississippi Girl, The Way You Love Me, This Kiss, Breathe and Piece of My Heart and debuted two brand new... »»»
February 24, 2012 - After taking only four minutes for Jason Aldean to sell out his May 19 show at Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, he sold out a second show on May 18 in just a few hours today. No other country music artist has ever sold out two shows that quickly in the Atlanta venue's history.
"That's just ridiculous...... »»»
February 24, 2012 - Vince Gill is no longer on Universal Music Group, his longstanding label.
Gill told the crowd Wednesday at the Country Radio Seminar event, "For the first time in 30 years, I don't have a record deal. Don't know that I want one. I'm just grateful for where I've been, and you've been a big part of where... »»»
February 23, 2012 - A bus carrying three artists touring Ireland and the United Kingdom as part of the CMA Songwriter Series was involved in an accident Thursday although no one was hurt.
A passenger car collided with the rear end of a Gibson
Bus carrying performers Whisperin' Bill Anderson, Bob DiPiero and Clint Black.... »»»
February 23, 2012 - Keith Urban claimed the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending March 3 with You Gonna Fly. Urban took over for The Band Perry's All Your Life, which fell to fifth. On the albums chart Lady Antebellum moved back to the top with "Own the Night," with last week's chart topper, "Home"... »»»
February 22, 2012 - Rascal Flatts - Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney- were honored this morning with the CRS 2012 Artist Humanitarian Award at the opening session of Country Radio Seminar being held in Nashville.
"It's a little uncomfortable to be recognized for something we feel we should be doing," said... »»»
February 22, 2012 - Hank Williams Jr., is set to embark on a multi-city tour throughout the country kicking-off on March 3 in St. Augustine, Fla. The tour will consist of 16 dates with more to be added.
Fans can expect new material, written within weeks of his 2011 controversial remarks that got him booted from singing... »»»
February 22, 2012 - Lady Antebellum, The Civil Wars, The Band Perry and Taylor Swift received the predictable sales bump from the Grammys.
Lady A jumped from 17 to 9 with "Own the Night," selling 37,000 units, up 57 percent.
The Civil Wars had a huge week with "Barton Hollow" skyrocketing 178 percent to 36,000 units sold.... »»»
February 21, 2012 - Sugarland is defending itself against court suits filed in Indiana in the deadly concert last August, saying fans were partly responsible.
The band defended itself on its web site. "Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalize the disaster.... »»»
February 21, 2012 - The Chieftains mark their 50th anniversary with the release today of "Voice of Ages." (Hear/Concord). Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and T Bone Burnett produced the music. The songs feature collaborations with artists in indie-rock (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem), country and Americana... »»»
February 21, 2012 - Joe Nichols and his wife are expecting their first child together.
The singer told People that he and his wife Heather will have their first child in the spring.
"After trying to have a baby for so long, we are thrilled to announce that I am pregnant," Heather told People.
"I have to give all the... »»»
February 21, 2012 - Steve Martin's music video for Me and Paul Revere premieres today on RollingStone.com.
The video was filmed in an industrial loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in front of fans.
Martin also celebrates the release of his new book today "The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.... »»»
February 21, 2012 - Long-time Tim McGraw producer Byron Gallimore and music industry veteran Jim Wilkes today announced the launch of a new Nashville-based record label, Streamsound Records.
The label, which officially formed in fall 2011, also announced that it has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Sony Music Nashville.... »»»
February 20, 2012 - David Nail took his soul country to the West Coast for a sold-out run that included Bakersfield's Crystal Palace and Los Angeles' Troubadour.
"You can feel it when you hit the stage," said Nail. "There's a real energy. People know the songs, especially the album cuts, and they sing it back to you... »»»
February 20, 2012 - It took all of four minutes for Jason Aldean to sell out his May 19 show at Atlanta, on Friday. A second show was announced for Atlanta, which will be held on Friday May 18 with tickets going on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. eastern.
"It feels like 2011 was sort of my coming out year, but this is a... »»»
February 20, 2012 - An expanded edition of Dave Alvin's "Eleven Eleven" is coming April 17.
The expanded edition of boasts nearly three hours of music and will include three previously unreleased bonus tracks, Signal Hill, Never Trust A Woman and Beautiful City, Cross the River," a live performance DVD, a live... »»»
February 18, 2012 - Jake Owen will perform his current Top 10 single, Alone With You and his multi-week number 1 Platinum single, Barefoot Blue Jean Night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Feb. 21.
Both songs are from Owen's album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."
Earlier this week on Valentine's Day, Owen performed on NBC's Late... »»»
February 17, 2012 - Kix Brooks will release his first Arista Nashville solo single, New To This Town to radio on March 19. After spending 20 years as one half of Brooks & Dunn, the most successful duo in country music history, Brooks is heading in his own direction.
"It's a freedom of sorts," said Brooks about Brooks &... »»»
February 17, 2012 - BamaJam is back. After taking off last year due to the legal problems of BamaJam's founder, the festival is back in June with Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock.
The three-day entertainment music festival will be in Enterprise, Ala., June 14-16.
BamaJam 2012 spokesman Darryl Worley will perform... »»»
February 16, 2012 - Alan Jackson will perform his new single, So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday, March 30.
The single from his forthcoming album is available for purchase at all online retail outlets. The upcoming album is the first from the joint venture between ACR... »»»
February 16, 2012 - Rascal Flatts' upcoming CD, "Changed," will have a regular and deluxe version when it drops April 3. The deluxe edition will contain four extra tracks.
The first single from the new album, Banjo, was released to radio 5 weeks ago and is a Top 20 hit /
Songs on the album are:
February 16, 2012 - Marty Stuart will release his second album for Sugar Hill Records, "Nashville, Volume 1: Tear The Woodpile Down" on April 24.
The 10-song collection, almost entirely written by Stuart, features his touring band The Fabulous Superlatives. Buck Trent, Kenny Lovelace and Robbie Turner are joined by Hank... »»»
February 16, 2012 - Dierks Bentley debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Feb. 25 with "Home" taking over for Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic," which fell to fifth. The Band Perry remained first on the Billboard Country Songs chart with All Your Life.
Bentley assumed the top from Jason... »»»
February 16, 2012 - In an Olympics year, getting the Gold is great news. And for David Nail, that happened twice in the past week for his music, of course. The singer earned Gold status for his hit singles Red Light and Let It Rain, the record-setting number one from his sophomore album, "The Sound Of A Million Dreams.... »»»
February 15, 2012 - Dierks Bentley teamed up with The Ellen DeGeneres Show today to surprise a military family with $50,000 to help with their financial struggles.
Sgt. Chad Sparks was actively serving when he lost a finger in a freak injury aboard his tank and was forced to return home to care for his injury.... »»»
February 15, 2012 - Keith Urban packed 16,799 fans into San Antonio's AT&T Center this past Saturday, setting a new attendance record for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
The 62-year-old event, one of San Antonio's most prestigious, has attracted Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith and Taylor Swift.... »»»
February 15, 2012 - The debut single, In Your Arms, by Rachel Holder on Curb Records is out.'
The song mines pop-country. "I chose that song because I could really relate to the lyrics, and I think that a lot of other women will, too," she said. "I'm excited about the way the song has come together, and I really think... »»»
February 15, 2012 - Lon Helton was one of the winners announced Wednesday for the Academy of Country Music radio awards.
Helton won the award for National On-Air Personality. Helton hosts CMT Country Countdown USA.
Major Market Personality: Kelly Ford & Rider, KYGO/Denver.
Large Market Personality: Big Dave &... »»»
February 15, 2012 - The Band Perry will continue holding onto the top spot on the Billboard Country Song chart when released Thursday with All Your Life. The song also was first last week.
Earlier this week, TBP performed during a tribute to Glen Campbell during the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
"We are still soaring from... »»»
February 15, 2012 - Dierks Bentley takes the number one position this week on Billboard's Country Albums chart with his sixth studio album "Home."
This marks Bentley's fourth career debut in the top spot. The new album's second single and title track also continues to climb the top five at radio. The disc also contains... »»»
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February 14, 2012 - Kenny Rogers sued his former record label Capitol on Monday in federal court in Nashville, over royalty issues, involving digital downloads, ringtones and other uses of his songs.
He said he is owed 50 percent of net royalties for the licensing of his master recordings to third parties like iTunes.... »»»
February 14, 2012 - The Avett Brothers and The Civil Wars are among the acts playing this year's Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival in June, it was announced Tuesday.
The annual shindig in Manchester, Tenn. will also feature Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys Bon Iver and Skillrex.... »»»
February 14, 2012 - The progressive bluegrass collective, The Punch Brothers, are out with "Who's Feeling Young Now?," the band's third album. The group consists of Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar) and Paul Kowert... »»»
February 13, 2012 - Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars were the big winners Sunday night at the Grammys for the country crowd.
And, in fact, the two are linked because Swift caught a show of the duo at a Nashville club, bought up their merchandise and championed John Paul White and Joy Williams on social media.... »»»
February 12, 2012 - Taylor Swift won two Grammys Sunday - both for perhaps her most traditional country sounding song Mean. The superstar took Grammys for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.
Swift wrote the song in response to a critic. Swift joked in winning the song award, "There's really no feeling... »»»
February 12, 2012 - Lady Antebellum won the Grammy for Best Country Album for "Own This Night."
"We did not expect this," said Charles Kelley adding, "Thanks for changing our lives last year."
The trio took the award over "My Kinda Party" by Jason Aldean; "Chief: by Eric Church; "Red River Blue" by Blake Shelton, "Here... »»»
February 12, 2012 - The Civil Wars won Grammys for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album for "Barton Hollow."
"Oh my word, hello," said Joy Williams in accepting the award in pre-television ceremonies.
"I just lost a bet," said John Paul White, her partner in the indie duo.
"We're really a DIY band," said Williams.... »»»
February 12, 2012 - Alison Krauss and Union Station won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album with "Paper Airplane." Krauss and band took the honor over Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers for "Rare Bird Alert," "Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale," by Jim Lauderdale; "Old Memories:... »»»
February 10, 2012 - Scotty McCreery received good news this week - he was nominated for Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award.
McCreery learned the news soon after he had been alerted by fans via Twitter that his second single, The Trouble With Girls, had just topped 500,000 in sales, making it eligible... »»»
February 10, 2012 - The music video for "Safe & Sound," Taylor Swift's latest single will make its premiere Monday.
Swift gets assistance on the song from the backing duo The Civil Wars. The song is from "The Hunger Games" soundtrack. The video will premiere worldwide at 7:54 p.m. Eastern on MTV during a special on Swift.... »»»
February 9, 2012 - Lee Brice will have a new disc out in April. Neither an exact release date or title was given by his publicist.
Brice enjoyed the 2010 and 2011 Billboard Song of the Year for Love Like Crazy. The song set a record by remaining on the charts for 56 weeks.
The South Carolina native now has a hit on his... »»»
February 9, 2012 - Domestic assault charges against Rodney Atkins will be thrown out if he continues to meet court-ordered conditions, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Atkins, who is going through a divorce, was arrested in November in Brentwood, Tenn., after his wife told police he attacked her, trying to suffocate hi with a... »»»
February 9, 2012 - Taylor Swift had the top tour of 2011, according to StubHub, the ticket seller. Swift's Speak now Tour outsold the final leg of U2's 360 Tour. U2 was second on the list.
Kenny Chesney had the fourth most popular tour of 2011 based on gross ticket sales, one behind Lady Gaga.
Chesney had the ninth... »»»
February 9, 2012 - The Band Perry notched the number song on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 18 with All Your Life. The trio took over from Chris Young's You. Tim McGraw held the top spot on the Album Chart again with "Emotional Traffic."
Elsewhere on the songs chart, Keith Urban was up two... »»»
February 9, 2012 - Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery were named nominees for this year's Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award, it was announced today.
The awards will be handed out during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1.
Voting for New Artist of the Year... »»»
February 9, 2012 - The Civil Wars were added to the line-up at the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards. The duo, who are nominated for "Best Folk Album" and "Best Country Duo/Group Performance," will join previously announced performers Adele, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and many others on the live broadcast.
This honor culminates a... »»»
February 9, 2012 - JT Hodges' latest single, Goodbyes Made You Mine, will be available at all digital download sites on Valentine's Day.
Hodges debuted last year with Hunt You Down.
Hodges is currently a semi-finalist in the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year category. He also had a slot on Toby Keith's... »»»
February 9, 2012 - Rodney Crowell and author Mary Karr are scheduled to release "Kins, Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell" on Vanguard Records on June 5.
Produced by Joe Henry, "Kin" marks the first collaboration between the two writers and is Karr's entry into the world of music. The disc features vocals by a... »»»
February 8, 2012 - the celebration was on for David Nail on Monday to celebrate his first number one single, Let It Rain.
"People who know me, know that I can get teary," said Nail in front of the backdrop at ASCAP's Music Row offices, where more than 100 people had gathered to help celebrate.
"There was a point... »»»
February 8, 2012 - Merle Haggard is gearing up for the road once again after a bout with pneumonia sidelined him in January.
The dates which were postponed in January are being rescheduled for April and Haggard's previously booked tour with his longtime band, The Strangers, begins as planned on Feb.... »»»
February 8, 2012 - Jamie O'Neal created her own indie label Momentum Label Group.
O'Neal, whose hits include There Is No Arizona, When I Think About Angels and Somebody's Hero, will oversee every aspect of Momentum Label Group, including serving as the producer to some of the label's expanding roster.... »»»
February 8, 2012 - Dwight Yoakam, Aaron Lewis and Easton Corbin were added to festival line-up of Wisconsin based Country Thunder music festival, it was announced today.
When Country Thunder rolls around on July 19-22, 2012, it will mark the 20th anniversary of the camping, music and entertainment festival.... »»»
February 7, 2012 - On a recent tour stop, Reba McEntire brought along a film crew to capture the show. "All the Women I Am," a 90-minute concert special, premieres March 17 on Great American Country.
Shot at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, La., the set list included Is There Life Out There, I'm A Survivor,Does He Love... »»»
February 7, 2012 - Dierks Bentley is out today with "Home," his seventh disc. The CD contains the hit title track along with the number one song Am I The Only One. The new collection follows his l9uegrass-based last CD, "Up on the... »»»
February 7, 2012 - Kenny Chesney's single You and Tequila, the duet with Grace Potter up for two Grammy Awards and five Academy of Country Music Awards, was certified Platinum.
The cut is the second million-selling song from Chesney's platinum disc "Hemingway's Whiskey," following Somewhere With You.... »»»
February 6, 2012 - Randy Travis apologized for being arrested Sunday night for public intoxication in the Dallas area.
The singer blamed his drinking on a post Super Bowl celebration.
"I apologize for what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl," Travis said in a statement provided to TheWrap.... »»»
February 6, 2012 - Lady Antebellum announced Monday that the band will headline their Own the Night 2012 World Tour to Europe this summer with a slew of dates.
Fans can purchase tickets beginning this Fri., Feb. 10 through LadyAntebellum.com. More dates are slated.
"Every time we've gone over to Europe, the fans... »»»
February 6, 2012 - Trace Adkins will headline the second annual NRA Country Jam, on Aprl 13 in St. Louis during the NRA Annual meetings.
More than 70,000 NRA members are expected in St. Louis for three days that will be kicked off by Adkins and NRA Country Jam II.
A portion of the proceeds from the NRA Country Jam... »»»
February 6, 2012 - Jake Owen performed in front of a sold-out crowd his first weekend back out on the road after undergoing surgery on Jan. 17 to repair his broken collarbone, due to a snowboarding accident.
"I'm thrilled to be back out on the road," Owen said. "And to have a sold-out show our first weekend back is... »»»
February 3, 2012 - Keith Urban returns to the stage tonight at The Opry in Nashville, his first time out since throat surgery late last year.
"I'm really looking forward to being back on stage and more specifically on the Opry stage. When I was told earlier this week that the Ryman was going to start renovations on... »»»
February 3, 2012 - Dierks Bentley prepares for the release of his sixth studio album, "Home," with fan events, television appearances and album release shows in support of the disc, out on Tuesday.
Bentley will officially kicked off release week at the Ryman Auditorium, with a special album release show in Nashville last night.... »»»
February 3, 2012 - Hoots & Hellmouth kick off 2012 with a busy schedule of touring and a new disc.
The Philly-based foursome, led by Sean Hoots, will be out with "Salt" on April 10 on sonaBLAST! The rootsy band apparently is delving into indie rock on the new release.
Hoots & Hellmouth is comprised of Robert Berliner,... »»»
February 3, 2012 - Jessie James' new video, When You Say My Name, debuted today on CMT.
Directed by Kristin Barlowe, the video will also debut on CMT.com and CMT Pure, the network's digital all-music channel.
James' first single for Show Dog - Universal Music, was produced by label president Mark Wright and... »»»
February 3, 2012 - Lady Antebellum capped off the opening weekend of their Own the Night 2012 World Tour on Sunday by setting an all-time venue attendance record at Bloomington, Ill.'s U.S. Cellular Coliseum. With more than 32,000 fans packed arenas this weekend for the first three dates of the tour, Lady A broke Kenny Chesney's record.... »»»
February 2, 2012 - Chris Young notched another number 1 song on the Billboard Country Songs chart with You for the week ending Feb. 11 while Tim McGraw debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Emotional Traffic."
Young took over for Luke Bryan's I Don't Want This Night to End, which fell to second.... »»»
February 2, 2012 - The 2012 Country Throwdown Tour will feature Gary Allan, Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay and Sunny Sweeney.
The tour has announced onl8y two dates - May 18 in Gulfport, Miss. and May 26 in Gilford, N.H.
The Bluebird Cafe tent stage artists and local acts still msut be announced.... »»»
February 2, 2012 - Carrie Underwood's new CD will be released on May 1. No title was given for the disc.
Produced by Mark Bright, the forthcoming album will be the fourth studio album on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville for the five-time Grammy winner. The debut single co-written by Underwood, Good Girl, will be released... »»»
February 2, 2012 - A country music contest featuring five artists, including Kellie Pickler, is being launched by the Ram Truck brand.
The series will culminate in an invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event Dec. 29 in Nashville where all five artists will perform. Pickler was the first artist announced.... »»»
February 1, 2012 - Miranda Lambert, Gwyneth Paltrow and Dierks Bentley will present awards at the Grammys, it was announced Wednesday.
The show is Sunday, Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.
Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.... »»»
February 1, 2012 - The CMA Foundation is donating $1.4 million to benefit music education programs for Nashville's 78,000 public school students from 2011 CMA Music Festival through the "Keep the Music Playing" campaign.
"Putting instruments in the hands of children is one of the most important initiatives undertaken... »»»
February 1, 2012 - Road warrior Justin Townes Earle will embark on a headlining tour this spring, including dates at New York's Webster Hall and Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to support his upcoming CD " Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now."
¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬The new album is Earle's fourth release and drops... »»»
February 1, 2012 - Rascal Flatts announced today they will launch a brand new tour beginning this summer, "The American Band Tour." The tour will feature an all band set-up with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge opening.
The shows will begin in Hartford, Conn., on June 15 and go into at least September.... »»»
February 1, 2012 - Willie Nelson is going home. Sony Legacy announced today that Nelson is rejoining the label for at least five new albums starting this spring and the release of archival material.
From 1975-1993, Nelson cut top-selling singles and albums for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975's smash "Red Headed Stranger.... »»»
February 1, 2012 - Tim McGraw's 11th studio album, "Emotional Traffic," debuted at number one this week on the Billboard Country Chart, making it his 13th career number one debut.
The disc sold more than 67,000 units, taking over the top spot from Toby Keith's "Clancy's Tavern." The CD is the second best selling CD in the U.S.... »»»
February 1, 2012 - Drove-By Truckers lead singer Patterson Hood is protesting a possible Wal-Mart in downtown Athens, Ga. with a song.
After it's Gone is the new single just released by Patterson Hood and the Downtown 13. The song was inspired by the threat of a Wal-Mart in the heart of the downtown that nurtured the band's career.... »»»