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May 28, 2020 - Tyler Farr will release a four-song EP, "Only Truck in Town," on June 5 on Broken Bow Records. This marks Farr's first non-single release since 2015. He had hits with "A Guy Walks Into a Bar," "Whiskey in My Water" and "Redneck Crazy." Jason Aldean, who signed Farr to his label, Night Train Records,... »»»
May 28, 2020 - Country Standard is hosting the following livestream concert on our Facebook page: Monday, June 1 Heidi Newfield - 6 p.m. CT. Heidi, the former lead singer of Trick Pony, will have a brand new album out in late August. Wednesday, June 3 Marshall Chapman - 4 p.m. CT. The veteran singer just... »»»
May 27, 2020 - Bucky Baxter, a founding member of Steve Earle's backing band, The Dukes, and a long touring member of Bob Dylan's band, died at 65 in Sanibel, Fla. of undisclosed causes. Baxter's son, Rayland, an Americana artist, announced the death of his father. He wrote, "BUCKY BAXTER is God's most beautiful invention.... »»»
May 27, 2020 - Charley Crockett today announced his next studio album, "Welcome To Hard Times," will be released July 31 on Thirty Tigers. Produced by Mark Neill, with songwriting contributions from Pat McLaughlin and Dan Auerbach, "Welcome To Hard Times'" is a genre bending mix of classic country, psychedelic... »»»
May 26, 2020 - Alan Jackson will perform two shows next month in Alabama as he launches his first-ever "Small Town Drive-In" concerts, Jackson will stage two shows - June 5 in Cullman on the open-field site of the long-running Rock the South festival and June 6 in Fairhope on the grounds of Oak Hollow Farm.... »»»
May 22, 2020 - Florida Georgia Line and Steve Earle lead the new releases out today. Florida Georgia Line dropped "6-Pack," which is a six-song EP. The release contains the current single "I Love My Country." Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley had a hand in writing four of the six cuts and also helped produce.... »»»
May 21, 2020 - Mac McAnally, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and 10-time CMA Musician of the Year, will be out with "Once in a Lifetime" on July 31 on Mailboat Records. Mailboat is the label owned by Jimmy Bufffett. McAnally is a longstanding member of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band.... »»»
May 20, 2020 - Turnpike Troubadours fiddler Kyle Nix will release his debut solo album "Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories" on June 26. Nix crafted a western-inspired collection of literary songs, which tell stories from Nix's own history as well as many of the unique characters he "may or may not have... »»»
May 20, 2020 - The Jayhawks will release their 11th album, "XOXO," on July 10 via Sham/Thirty Tigers. The album is a change of pace for the band because for the first time it, all four members - Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O'Reagan - are on lead vocal and contribute songs.... »»»
May 20, 2020 - The Faster Horses Festival is being postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, it was announced today. The Festival in Brooklyn, Mich. will be delayed until July 16-18, 2021 with original headliners Jason Aldean, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. A press release cited the move "in the best interest of the... »»»
May 19, 2020 - Jason Aldean scuttled his 2020 We Back Tour today, one of three tours postponed today in the wake of COVID-19. "We're making the call to postpone my We Back Tour until 2021," Aldean posted on social media. "The health and safety of my fans, my band and crew and all the local workers in your town who... »»»
May 19, 2020 - Tim McGraw today joined the increasingly long list of 2020 tours being postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. McGraw posted on social media, "I hope my live shows are proof enough of how much I absolutely love performing for you guys. I'm so sad to have to cancel this year's Here on Earth Tour, but... »»»
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May 18, 2020 - The farewell tour of Rascal Flatts was canceled today, the band announced on social media. It was unclear if the trio of Gary Levox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney would tour to makr their farewell. The band formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The tour was scheduled to began on July 17, in Rogers, Ark.... »»»
May 18, 2020 - In a day where country artists announced tour postponements due to COVID-19, add Lady Antebellum to the list. While the trio pledged go return the road, there was no indication when that would happen. Thomas Rhett and Rascal Flatts also announced postponement of their tours today.... »»»
May 18, 2020 - Thomas Rhett announced today that The Center Point Road Tour is being postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19. "Hometeam, it has been a wild few months. I pray each and every one of you are well," said Rhett. "I hope that those who can be are safely at home with their families, and to those of you who are... »»»
May 17, 2020 - Chris Stapleton announced today he was postponing this year's All-American Road Show until 2021, another victim of COVID-19. "We are very sorry to announce that this year's All-American Road Show has been postponed & rescheduled for 2021," he said in a social media post. "We've made this decision with... »»»
May 17, 2020 - Jake Owen's new single "Made For You" arrives on country radio today The song is the follow up to Owen's eighth career number one song "Homemade." "I couldn't be more excited to announce 'Made For You,' this song has been so special to me and many others," Owen said. "I'm excited to finally hear it on the radio.... »»»
May 15, 2020 - Keith Urban took to a stage Thursday night to perform for first responders at the Stardust Drive-In Movie Theater, about 40 miles east of Nashville. "To all of you guys here tonight, for everything that you've done, and continue to do, to all of your families, we say thank you - this concert is for all... »»»
May 15, 2020 - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are back with "Reunions," perhaps his most personal album yet. Isbell keeps the album a taut 10 songs. The disc was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A. "Reunions" is Isbell's seventh full-length studio album... »»»
May 15, 2020 - Collin Raye will headline a free live concert in Utah on May 30 in support of those wanting to reopen business despite COVID-19. Raye will play at a concert sponsored by the Utah Business Revival, in Kaysville, Utah. The event marks Raye's first public performance since COVID-19 ushered in national... »»»
May 15, 2020 - One day after Runaway June was down to a duo, the group announced it has a new member, Natalie Stovall. The group announced via social media: "Everyone meet the newest member of Runaway June, @nataliestovall!! We couldn't be more excited for the future and we can't wait to perform again soon.... »»»