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November 20, 2014 - Two country singers - Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman - both came out as being gay on Thursday. Herndon, 52, made his announcement in a story on People> magazine's web site, while Gilman, who was the youngest performer - at 12 - to ever have a hit single - posted a video. "I'm an out, proud and happy... »»»
November 20, 2014 - There's "Something in the Water" for Carrie Underwood because her new single from "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" is sitting atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 29. Garth Brooks debuted in first with "Man Against Machine," his first new studio album in 13 years, on the albums chart.... »»»
November 20, 2014 - Toby Keith will be the third headliner for the 3rd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival coming in June to New York. The festival will be held June 12-14, 2015 at Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, N.Y. in the Great Northern Catskill.. Keith joins the previously announced Tim McGraw and Keith Urban as a headliner.... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Steve Earle & The Dukes will release "Terraplane" on Feb. 17 via New West Records. The blues-based, 11-track set is the follow up to the 2013 album "The Low Highway" and features Earle's longtime band The Dukes, comprised of Kelly Looney, Will Rigby, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore.... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Hunter Hayes' show slated for Thursday in St. Louis was cancelled due to a state of emergency declared by the governor due to a pending decision by a grand jury looking into the fatal shooting of a Ferguson, Mo. black youth by a white police officer. Hayes said on his web site, "Out of respect for Missouri Gov.... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Kix Brooks was named today as the first recipient of the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award. Brooks, who had been one-half of Brooks & Dunn, will receive the honor in January 2015. "It's embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community," said Brooks. "It's easy to look around and be inspired... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Garth Brooks will debut in fourth on the overall Billboard Top 200 chart with "Man Against Machine," his first studio album in 13 years. The release enters with 130,000 units sold. As a result, Brooks is first on the Top Country Albums chart. This marks the 14th time Brooks topped the country chart.... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Sam Hunt returns to late night TV Monday night to perform his brand new single, "Take Your Time," on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. "Take Your Time" is the follow-up single to Hunt's Platinum-selling number one hit "Leave the Night On." Both tracks are featured on Hunt's album, "Montevallo," the... »»»
November 18, 2014 - Trisha Yearwood's 12th studio album, "PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit," is out on Gwendolyn/Sony. The album features six new songs, including "PrizeFighter" featuring Kelly Clarkson. The disc is Yearwood's first new material in seven years. The album also includes 10 hits, including "She's in Love With... »»»
November 18, 2014 - Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett are teaming up for a string of East Coast shows in January. These will be solo and duo performances, during which the artists will serve as their own accompanists. Lovett has performed in that touring format on previous tours with John Hiatt. Under the banner "Vince... »»»
November 17, 2014 - Punch Brothers announced a late winter/spring tour of North America in anticipation of their upcoming T Bone Burnett-produced album due early 2015, the group announced Monday. The 23-city tour kicks off at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20, and continues through mid-April.... »»»
November 17, 2014 - Island lover Kenny Chesney may be spending "Christmas In Blue Chair Bay." At least that's the title of his latest song, which he released to radio today. "It seems like there are few times of the year when you can really unplug, really just be in the moment with your family and your friends - and... »»»
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November 16, 2014 - Luke Bryan will hit the Country Thunder stage in Arizona in April 2015. Bryan joins previously announced headliner Blake Shelton. Country Thunder, which will be in Florenz, Ariz. from April 9-12, also will host Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Diamond Rio, Phil... »»»
November 14, 2014 - Mountain Home Music will release "In Session" on Jan. 20, 2015 from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. "In Session" begins with "Roll Big River," a driving banjo tune, The disc also explores a grassy update of the 1950's hit song, "You, You, You" as well as a rendition of Bill Monroe's classic... »»»
November 13, 2014 - Trace Adkins will kick off The Christmas Show 2014 on Friday at West Point in Highland Falls, N.Y., continuing through Dec. 21 in Clearwater, Fla. Adkins is continuing the tradition he started last year - giving reverent, family-friendly shows that feature humorous and historical narration as well... »»»
November 13, 2014 - Carrie Underwood tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 22 with "Something in the Water," while Jason Aldean leads the Top Country Albums chart with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Underwood jumped from fifth to first, knocking Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On" out of the number one spot.... »»»
November 12, 2014 - Taylor Swift will have the biggest selling album in the U.S. again this week with "1989" when the charts are out on Thursday, but, of course, it won't top the country charts. That honor goes to Jason Aldean and "Old Boots, New Dirt," which sold 35,000 units, down 17 percent. Florida Georgia Line is... »»»
November 12, 2014 - The Garth Brooks tour is heading to the northeast in 2015. Brooks announced this morning he will play three shows in Boston on Jan. 22-24. Wife Trisha Yearwood will sing at the shows as she has done since the tour started in September in Chicago. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Nov. 21.... »»»
November 11, 2014 - Sean Watkins, founder and guitarist for Nickel Creek, announced a 2015 tour in support of his fourth solo album, "All I Do Is Lie." This will be the first time Watkins has promoted one of his solo albums with a full tour. "It's a culmination of the past 10 years," he said of the record.... »»»
November 10, 2014 - The long wait for Garth Brooks music is over. For the first time in 13 years, Brooks released an album of new material, "Man Against Machine." Brooks' last studio album, "Scarecrow," came out 13 years ago. The new disc contains 14 songs, including the first single, "People Loving People.... »»»
November 10, 2014 - Zac Brown Band's first ever career anthology, "Greatest Hits So Far..." is out today. The 14-song disc collects Zac Brown Band's run of 11 number 1 Country singles, from 2008's two-times RIAA platinum debut, "Chicken Fried" to 2013's "Sweet Annie." Further highlights include chart-topping songs... »»»