June 29, 2012 - Alan Jackson helped out the wildfire relief effort in Colorado on Thursday night.
Jackson partnered with promoter AEG and KYGO/Denver to offer front row reserved tickets at a special premium price - all proceeds were donated to the Denver Foundation (the state's oldest and largest community... »»»
June 29, 2012 - David Nail's pre-show warm-up on Adele's Someone Like You inspired the singer to create a video for the people asking how to experience his version.
On July 17, MCA Nashville will release "1979," a 3-song EP that includes the Adele cover, The Sound of a Million Dreams and Half Mile Hill,, a track... »»»
June 29, 2012 - Lauren Alaina will release her new single, Eighteen Inches, to radio on July 16. The song was co-written by Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley.
"It's amazing to have an artist like Carrie Underwood, whom I look up to so much write my single," said Alaina. "Kelley, Ashley and Carrie all... »»»
June 29, 2012 - The music video for Lady Antebellum's new single, Wanted You More, premieres today across VEVO.
Directed by Noble Jones and shot in Nashville last month, the video reflects some of life's struggles that ultimately result in a moment of realization.
"Noble did such a great job of capturing the... »»»
June 28, 2012 - Kenny Chesney led the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Welcome to the Fishbowl" and was second on the overall top 200 chart to Justin Bieber's "Believe" for the week ending July 7. On the country chart, Chesney took over from Josh Turner's "Punching Bag," which fell to sixth.... »»»
June 28, 2012 - Dixie Chicks member Emily Robison is pregnant with her fourth child and is due in September, People reported today.
Robison is having the child with boyfriend Martin Strayer, who has played guitar in her side project The Courtyard Hounds and toured with her.
"She's excited,"" a Robison representative told People.... »»»
June 28, 2012 - The case involving Tim McGraw and his former label, Big Machine, was postponed on Thursday.
Curb contends that McGraw is still under contract because he failed to fulfill his contract of providing recorded material, according to his contract, a press release from Curb said. It was not clear when the... »»»
June 28, 2012 - Kellie Pickler is no longer on BNA.
Pickler released three albums for the label: "Small Town Girl" in 2005, "Kellie Picker: in 2008 and "100 Proof" in January. Two singles were released from the disc - Tough and the title track, but did not do well. Tough reached 30 on the chart, while 100 Proof made it to 50.... »»»
June 28, 2012 - Dustin Lynch's self-titled debut album will be out on Aug. 21 on Broken Bow with the debut single Cowboys and Angels featured.
This week, the song from Lynch, Tim Nichols and songwriter/ producer Josh Leo hit the top 15 on the Mediabase Country Radio chart as well as landed at 8 on the Billboard... »»»
June 27, 2012 - Kenny Chesney's "Welcome To The Fishbowl" will debut at number 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart with more than 193,000 albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is his 11th consecutive album to debut at the top. "Fishbowl" debuts at 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200 Chart behind Justin... »»»
June 27, 2012 - Zac Brown Band will join for the "Road to the Ram Jam" series and sweepstakes.
The Road to the Ram Jam, presented by the Ram Truck brand, features five country music artists and provides fans the opportunity to win prizes including trips for two to an invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event Dec.... »»»
June 27, 2012 - Mumford & Sons will tour the U.S. in August and September, the band announced today.
The tour starts Aug. 1 in Hoboken, N.J. and ends in Snowmass Village, Col. at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival on Sept. 1.
The band is touring in advance of the release of its new disc this fall.... »»»
June 26, 2012 - Ace Western swing/country group The Time Jumpers, which includes Vince Gill and a member of Riders in the Sky, has signed with Rounder Records. A studio album is due Sept. 11.
Formed in 1998 by a group of Nashville's recording studio elite, the band began just as a jam session for the musicians.... »»»
June 26, 2012 - Jay DeMarcus, the bassist and background vocalist for Rascal Flatts, will premiere his own radio program on Big Machine Radio on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio premiering June 28 at 5 p.m. Eastern. "The Jay DeMarcus Show: Live From Flatts Shack" will feature special guests and stories from the road during... »»»
June 26, 2012 - One month after signing with Big Machine Records, Tim McGraw announced today that he will release his first single for the label - Truck Yeah - on July 3.
"We have been unbelievably excited about Truck Yeah since the first show of the summer when we played it live for the first time," said McGraw.... »»»
June 26, 2012 - Chris Cagle had the hits coming dating back to his debut disc, "Play It Loud," in 2000. he scored with the number one I Breathe In, I Breathe Out and Laredo. He fell out of favor. Now the Louisiana native is back with "Back in the Saddle Again" (Bigger Picture) out today, his first disc since 2008.... »»»
June 25, 2012 - The Farm will do a live stream on Tuesday from Warner Music Nashville at 6 p.m. eastern with a live performance and question-and-answer session.
The band is Nick Hoffman (vocals, fiddle), Damien Horne (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Krista Marie (vocals, guitar). Their self- titled album will be... »»»
June 25, 2012 - Hank Williams, Jr. world premiered his new video That Ain't Good today on CMT. Fans can also see the video on CMT Top 20 Countdown on Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern/Pacific. The video was also posted on CMT.com where it is currently number one.
Filmed on location in Nashville, That Ain't Good provides a... »»»
June 25, 2012 - Carrie Underwood will appear for the first time in the CMA Songwriters Series in Boston on July 31.
Joining Underwood for the songwriters in the round event will be Brett James, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsay and host Bob DiPiero. In the show, the writers tend to sit on chairs, acoustic guitars in hand,... »»»
June 22, 2012 - The release date for Colt Ford's new single, Back, with Jake Owen, was moved up and is now available on iTunes now! The song is the first single off Ford's new album, "Declaration of Independence," due Aug. 7.
Shannon Houchins, Noah Gordon and Mike Hartnett wrote the song with Ford with the singer... »»»
June 22, 2012 - Carrie Underwood is in the United Kingdom this week to promote the release of her new album, "Blown Away," and to perform her first-ever U.K. concert. Last night, Underwood played London's Royal Albert Hall for a show that sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale.
Next week, Underwood will travel... »»»
June 21, 2012 - Josh Turner topped the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending June 30 with "Punching Bag," 1 of 3 debuts in the top 10. On the song chart, Eric Church stayed first with Springsteen.
On the song chart, Luke Bryan held onto second with Drunk On You and Brantley Gilbert was again third with... »»»
June 21, 2012 - Food Network has ordered a new season of the daytime series Trisha's Southern Kitchen, starring Trisha Yearwood.
The show's 13-episode, second cycle will begin production this summer and is slated to premiere in the fall. Yearwood shares her food traditions, updates classic dishes and displays her... »»»
June 20, 2012 - Booker T. Jones and Richard Thompson will be honored by the Americana Music Association as Lifetime Achievement Award winners at the 11th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony on Sept. 12 in Nashville.
Jones is to receive the award for instrumentalist and Thompson for songwriting.... »»»
June 20, 2012 - Josh Turner's fifth studio album, "Punching Bag," will be the top country disc when the Billboard Country Albums chart is out on Thursday. The disc sold 45,000 copies. This marks the fourth time Turner has hit the top 10 on the overall Billboard chart and the 11th country disc to do so this year, 5... »»»
June 20, 2012 - Wynonna Judd married drummer Cactus Moser in a sunset wedding June 10 on her farm in Leiper's Fork, Tenn.
For her third walk down the aisle, Judd, 48, donned a Houri Barahimi dress and no shoes. A drummer in Judd's band, The Big Noise, 55-year old Moser wore a tuxedo, which he accessorized with a... »»»
June 20, 2012 - Kenny Chesney will give a free, 75-minute concert for more than 20,000 fans on the beach of Wildwood, N.J. tonight.
The concert, to be directed for a live stream by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme as part of the American Express "Unstaged" series.
On Thursday, Chesney and his band will... »»»
June 20, 2012 - Tift Merritt is switching labels for her new CD. She is putting out "Traveling Alone" on Yep Roc on Oct. 2.
Merritt will tour North America throughout the summer and fall including dates with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Josh Ritter.
The album was recorded in Brooklyn with Tucker Martine (The... »»»
June 19, 2012 - Brad Paisley is going back to Scandinavia.
Due to his successful 2011 tour in Scandinavia, Paisley announced four international tour dates to his Virtual Reality World Tour for 2012. Special guest on the tour will be The Band Perry.
Nov. 8 Waterfront... »»»
June 19, 2012 - Kenny Chesney and Don Williams top the list of releases today.
Chesney keeps his tropical, introspective thing going with "Welcome to the Fishbowl." The disc includes the two hit singles Come Over and Feel Like a Rock Star with Tim McGraw. Chesney produced the Dozen songs with long-time producer Buddy Cannon.... »»»
June 19, 2012 - Rascal Flatts launched their new tour this past weekend with two sold-out concerts. The Farmers Insurance Presents "Changed Tour" kicked off in Hartford and Boston with 45,000 fans attending.
The current nearly 40-city tour features a new production stage and an all-band set up with Little Big... »»»
June 18, 2012 - Keith Urban will kick off a world tour on his home soil of Australia in January 2013.
Urban is slated to do four shows in the country where he grew up. Urban said, "I can't wait to tour in Australia again, new music, new show, I know we're gonna have a blast. Really looking forward to playing to a... »»»
June 18, 2012 - The Pistol Annies added summer dates to their tour opening for one of them, Miranda Lambert on her "On Fire" tour.
In September, the trio will set out on their own headlining shows.
Tour dates are:
July 6 - Varysburg, NY - Jam in the Valley at Buffalo Hill Village
July 7 - Scranton, PA -... »»»
June 18, 2012 - Lady Antebellum sold out their Australian Own the Night 2012 World Tour dates in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney where they added and sold out a second night at the Opry House.
The group has now sold more than 900,000 tickets to the global tour with upcoming dates scheduled in the U.S., Europe and Australia.... »»»
June 18, 2012 - Sugarland member Jennifer Nettles, 37, is pregnant with her first child.
Nettles, who married her husband, Justin Miller, last November, is due in November.
"They are thrilled beyond belief," Sugarland's manager, Gail Gellman, told People.
Nettles is a judge on ABC's "Duets" with Kelly Clarkson,... »»»
June 18, 2012 - Lee Brice returns to the "Today" show on Thursday to perform his current hit single, Hard to Love, which is climbing Billboard's Top Country Songs chart
This past spring, Brice co-hosted the "Today" show with Kotb and performed his megahit, A Woman Like You, which was just certified Platinum by the... »»»
June 18, 2012 - Easton Corbin will release his second album, "All Over The Road," on Sept. 18 on Mercury.
The 11-song set includes the single Lovin' You Is Fun, written by Bob DiPiero and Jim Beavers. The set was produced by Carson Chamberlain.
"'All Over the Road' is a fun title," Corbin said, "but it's also... »»»
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June 15, 2012 - Randy Houser soon will be able to tame Lions fans.
Detroit Lions Head Coach, Jim Schwartz, has been a fan of Houser and just announced, he has invited him to headline his inaugural "Coach's Kickoff" at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Aug. 5. Maggie Rose will precede Houser.
The event will feature... »»»
June 15, 2012 - David Nail sang Adele's Someone Like You to warm up his vocal chords before his shows. That led to an acoustic performance clip that will anchor a special VEVO/YouTube David Nail Playlist Promotion on June 18.
"When my manager called me to tell me, I thought it was funny," Nail said.... »»»
June 14, 2012 - If it's the weekend for Paul Eckhardt, it's guaranteed he'll be at the Grand Ole Opry. This Saturday, the Opry will recognize its undisputed most loyal fan.
Eckhart will mark 40 years without having missed a single weekend of Opry performances, and the Opry plans to celebrate during the show by... »»»
June 14, 2012 - The RIAA has issued triple-platinum certification for Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem," signifying digital sales of 3 million units.
The organization also gave double-platinum status for the Kelly Clarkson duet Don't You Wanna Stay and platinum for Carrie Underwood's Good Girl.... »»»
June 14, 2012 - Alan Jackson debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending June 23 with "Thirty Miles West," his debut with after spending his career on Arista. He displaced Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away," which slipped to second. Underwood also lost the top spot of the Country Songs chart with... »»»
June 13, 2012 - Alan Jackson will have the second best selling CD in the U.S. when the Billboard chart is officially released tomorrow. "Thirty Miles West" sold 73,000 units for his new label EMI Nashville.
Jackson was behind Adele's "21," which is at the top for its 24th week with 75,000 units sold.... »»»
June 13, 2012 - Country Music Hall of Fame member Frances Preston died this morning at 83 from congestive heart failure.
She was the former BMI President/CEO. Preston spent the bulk of her six-decade career at song publisher BMI, leading the Nashville operation before heading the organization from 1986-2004.... »»»
June 13, 2012 - Casey James is releasing his new single Crying On A Suitcase to radio. This is the follow-up to his Top 20 debut single, Let's Don't Call It A Night from his self-titled debut album.
"I'm excited that Crying On A Suitcase is my new single," James said. "This song is so intense and emotional.... »»»
June 12, 2012 - The title track of Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" will be the singer's next single. Blown Away will attempt to duplicate the chart topping success of Good Girl.
Impacting country radio on July 9, the song has nearly 200,000 downloads prior to its official shipment as an airplay single.... »»»
June 12, 2012 - Corb Lund will give listeners a dose of "Cabin Fever," when he releases his next disc on Aug. 14 on New West Records.
The Canadian singer's 2009 U.S. debut, "Losin' Lately Gambler," earned him an Americana Music Award nomination for New & Emerging Artist.
"Chaos and irreverence informs the way I write.... »»»
June 12, 2012 - Marty Chapin Carpenter and Josh Turner lead the list of new CDs out today.
Turner is out with his fifth disc, "Punching Bag," which contains his current single Time Is Love. Turner continues opting for a more traditional country sound. Marty Stuart guests on Pallbearer with Iris Dement on backing vocals.... »»»
June 11, 2012 - CMA Music Festival set a new attendance record in 2012 with daily attendance topping 71,000 fans, a 9.2 percent increase over the 65,000 in attendance in 2011 and a sell out for the third consecutive year at LP Field.
The festival was held in Nashville from Thursday through last night.... »»»
June 11, 2012 - After meeting and greeting with fans for more than nine hours on Thursday at the CMA Music Festival between signings in Fan Fair Hall and the full capacity crowd at his fan club party, Chris Young left home to play a full weekend of shows, but didn't leave his fans in Nashville behind.... »»»
June 11, 2012 - Eric Church's third single, Springsteen, from "Chief," will top the charts at number one when the charts are released this week. Church takes over from Carrie Underwood's hit Good Girl.
His prior single, Drink In My Hand, marked his first career number one record; both songs were co-writes for Church.... »»»
June 11, 2012 - Kenny Chesney takes center stage in ESPN's latest "This is SportsCenter"commercial. debuting today.
In the spot, Chesney tries to ignore ESPN anchor Steve Levy's zealous attempt to join him at the popular table in the ESPN cafeteria. Other special guests at the "cool table" include Pistol Pete from... »»»
June 10, 2012 - The Civil Wars went on hiatus Sunday after finishing their set at Bonnaroo's closing day to enable one-half to become a mother.
A very pregnant Joy Williams, told the crowd, "We are working on a second album. We keep writing new material. We'll keep you posted on when it will come out.... »»»
June 8, 2012 - Ronnie Dunn is no longer with Arista. The singer apparently made the announcement via Facebook Thursday night.
Dunn, who released an album last year on the label, said, "Deal with Sony is over. Next chapter. Moving on," according to The Boot, but the posts could not be found today.... »»»
June 8, 2012 - Darius Rucker returned to the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville on Monday for the third installment of his Darius & Friends benefit concert and auction for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. With the addition of the golf tournament to the event, Rucker helped raise $121,000 for the charity.... »»»
June 8, 2012 - The influence of Hank Williams on American music along with a new documentary about his final days will be the subject of an evening in New York later this month.
The New School, in conjunction with Oxford American Magazine, will present a free screening on June 20 of "The Last Ride," the new film... »»»
June 7, 2012 - Carrie Underwood jumped to the top of the Billboard country charts, leading the Country Songs chart for the week ending June 16 with Good Girl and the album chart with "Blown Away." Underwood took over the top of the songs chart from Kip Moore's Somethin' 'Bout a Truck, which fell to fourth.... »»»
June 7, 2012 - Carrie Underwood was the biggest winner Wednesday at the CMA Music Awards with two - for Best Video for Good Girl and Best Collaboration with Brad Paisley for Remind Me.
The show featured a number of live performances, including Kenny Chesney, Paisley with Hank Williams Jr., Pistol Annies, Eric... »»»
June 7, 2012 - For the third consecutive year, the CMA Music Festival, which officially started today in Nashville, has sold out of all available seats for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field for all four nights (June 7-10).
Final numbers, which include attendance in all areas of the
Festival, will be released on June 11.... »»»
June 6, 2012 - Hank Williams, Jr. and Brad Paisley performed their duet I'm Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams on tonight's CMT Awards, a song featured on Williams' new album, "Old School, New Rules" out July 10.
"Tonight was a special night. Having Brad perform with me and especially on my new album is... »»»
June 6, 2012 - Carrie Underwood will stay atop of the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Blown Away" when charts are officially out on Thursday. Underwood enjoyed the sixth best selling disc in the U.S. with 32,000 units sold, down 30 percent.
John Mayer has the top album with "Born and Raised" at 65,000 units,... »»»
June 6, 2012 - Jerrod Niemann will release his sophomore major label disc, "Free the Music," on Oct. 2.
Niemann enjoyed much success with his debut for Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville with hits including Lover, Lover. The first single from the new disc is Shin' On Me, which he wrote with Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller.... »»»
June 6, 2012 - Jason Aldean sold out his first stadium show for the 2012 My Kinda Party's Aug. 5 date at Columbus, Ohio's Crew Stadium.
With more than 27,000 tickets sold, it will be the largest concert in Crew Stadium history and the first time a show there has sold out more than two months in advance.... »»»
June 5, 2012 - Luke Bryan scored his third consecutive Platinum single with his current Top 5 hit Drunk On You,
The single joins previous Platinum tracks Country Girl (Shake It For Me) and the two-week number one hit I Don't Want This Night To End, both from his Platinum-certified album, "tailgates & tanlines.... »»»
June 5, 2012 - Gretchen Wilson released her first single in a year, One Good Friend.
The song is currently available on iTunes, and plans are in the works to ship the single to radio.
The song was penned by Bekka Bramlett, Billy Burnette and Dennis Morgan. Wilson produced the track with Blake Chancey, who also... »»»
June 5, 2012 - Neil Young is back with his longstanding backing band Crazy Horse (Ralph Molina Poncho Sampedro and Billy Talbot) for "Americana." The disc is a collection of generally well known classic American folk songs, including Oh Susanna, Clemntine, Gallows Pole, Wayfarin' Stranger and This Land is Your Land.... »»»
June 5, 2012 - Neil Young & Crazy Horse will hit the road this fall for their first tour together since 2004 following the release of "Americana."
The disc, out today, is a collection of classic American compositions, some dating back 200 years or more, including Oh Susannah, Jesus' Chariot (She'll Be Coming Round... »»»
June 4, 2012 - Lady Antebellum were joined by more than 62,000 fans this weekend on their headlining Own the Night 2012 World Tour in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Rochester, N.Y.
More than 18,600 fans weathered Thursday night's rainy concert with the trio and special guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square... »»»
June 4, 2012 - Kenny Chesney reuppped with Sony Music Nashville world-wide, the label announced today.
During his tenure with the label group, Chesney has sold more than 30 million albums and scored 37 Top 5 singles, including 23 number 1 hits.
Chesney's next disc, "Welcome to the Fishbowl," is out June 19.... »»»
June 1, 2012 - A deluxe edition of newcomers Edens Edge's debut album will be released by Cracker Barrel on June 12. That's the same day Big Machine Records will release the self-titled, standard edition.
The Arkansas-bred band is comprised of lead vocalist Hannah Blaylock; harmony vocals, guitar and Dobro player... »»»
June 1, 2012 - Luke Bryan and The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry will team up to host "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" on Monday, Sept. 17, a look at the festival, being held June 7-10.
"We have so much fun playing at CMA Music Festival," said Bryan. "The entire town of Nashville turns into one big party... »»»