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August 16, 2019 - Following their limited engagement tour earlier this year, Sara Evans with The Barker Family Band - Bloodline Tour, a live disc drops on Aug. 30. "Live from City Winery, Nashville" features Evans, along with her daughter Olivia Barker (16) and son Avery Barker (19). The 16-song collection chronicles... »»»
August 16, 2019 - Only a few days after announcing his new album, Hunter Hayes dropped "Wild Blue (Part 1)" today. Hayes wrote/co-wrote all 10 songs on the album, playing multiple instruments on every track. He had started cutting a new album when he bagged those compositions for songs he felt better represented him.... »»»
August 15, 2019 - Texas country singer Cody Jinks announced he would release "After The Fire" on Oct. 11 on his own label, Late August Records. After being with Rounder Records for "Lifers" in 2018, the 10-song collection will be the debut offering from the label. Jinks released his previously six albums on his own... »»»
August 15, 2019 - Miranda Lambert's seventh studio album, "Wildcard," will arrive Nov. 1 on Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville. "When people listen to this record, I want them to know that I see them and hear them," said Lambert. "I feel you, because I'm just a girl from East Texas, writing about all the things that... »»»
August 14, 2019 - Hunter Hayes made a surprise announcement this morning while playing on the Today Show - he's going to release a new disc, "Wild Blue (Part 1)," on Friday. , "So, we initially planned to perform on Today and announce our October album release, however because the album was finished and because the fans... »»»
August 13, 2019 - The Americana Music Association will honor Elvis Costello, Maria Muldaur, Delbert McClinton and the songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant for lifetime achievement honors at the group's annual awards show Sept. 11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Bryants are receiving the President's Award.... »»»
August 12, 2019 - Martina McBride will hit the road again this fall in what's become a tradition - a holiday tour. "I look forward to the Joy of Christmas Tour every year! From classic hymns like 'O Holy Night' to big band swings like "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," these shows are fun for the... »»»
August 12, 2019 - Brothers Osborne will release a live disc, "Live At The Ryman," digitally on Oct. 11. The disc was recorded during their three-night, sold-out run at the auditorium earlier this year and includes such hits as "It Ain't My Fault," "Shoot Me Straight" and the current hit "I Don't Remember Me (Before You).... »»»
August 9, 2019 - -The rumors were true about Miranda Lambert. After teasing that something might be released today, the singer put out a new song, "Mess With My Head." But the song is pretty much a straight ahead rocker. "'Mess with My Head' is a departure from anything that I've done before," said Lambert. "It has a real rock edge.... »»»
August 8, 2019 - Willie Nelson was forced to cancel at least three shows due to illness. "I'm sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out," Nelson posted on his website. "I'll be back." A later post on Facebook said, "Willie is resting and feeling better.... »»»
August 8, 2019 - Maddie & Tae released the official music video today of their latest single, "Die of a Broken Heart." The treatment was predominately written by the duo about the demise of a young couple's relationship. Taylor Dye acted in the video with Maddie Marlow taking lead vocals. "We knew that with a... »»»
August 8, 2019 - Following the recent release of her new single "Drag You Down," Aubrie Sellers put out an acoustic live video performance of the track. Directed by Chloé Aktas and captured in one take, the video features Sellers accompanied solely by her guitar atop a convertible at sunset, offering a serene... »»»
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August 8, 2019 - Luke Combs will release his second full-length album on Nov. 8 on River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. There was no information about the title or songs. "Additional details to be announced soon," according to a press release. The new album is the follow up to the ACM, CMA, CMT and Billboard Music... »»»
August 7, 2019 - Miranda Lambert apparently will release a new song on Friday, "Mess With My Head." Lambert teased the song with a nine-second clip on social media on Wednesday. The words "mess with my head" are included in the clip with the word "Friday" posted on it as well. Lambert previously released "It All Comes... »»»
August 7, 2019 - Rhiannon Giddens and the late American folk museum Frank Johnson will be honored with the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award. The award is the creation of the Americana Music Association and the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM). The museum honors the accomplishments of the many music... »»»
August 7, 2019 - Dwight Yoakam leads a list of six songwriters who will join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, it was announced today. Larry Gatlin, Rivers Rutherford, Sharon Vaughn, Marcus Hummon and Kostas also will be inducted in October. The six new inductees will join the 213 existing members of the... »»»
August 6, 2019 - Luke Combs' historic success continues this week as his double-Platinum certified debut album, "This One's For You," is number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for the 44th week. This is the longest reign ever for a male artist and second longest for an artist overall following Shania... »»»
August 5, 2019 - Kane Brown achieves this week's number one most added single at country radio with "Homesick," the third release from his Gold-certified sophomore album "Experiment." Brown, 25, co-wrote "Homesick" with Brock Berryhill, Matthew McGinn and Taylor Phillips. Produced by Dann Hunn, Brown's new single is... »»»
August 2, 2019 - Tyler Childers' sophomore disc, "Country Squire," is out today via Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records. This marks the traditional country singer's first release in partnership with RCA Records, Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson produced the nine-song disc at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville.... »»»
August 2, 2019 - Brantley Gilbert will turn up the "Fire & Brimstone" when his fifth album is out Oct. 4 With 15 songs - all written or co-written by Gilbert - the album includes already-released cuts like the personal ode to his children "Man That Hung the Moon," "Not Like Us" and the collaboration with Lindsay Ell,... »»»
August 2, 2019 - Ruston Kelly debuts a new cover of The Carter Family's "Weeping Willow" today. Recorded at the Carter's own family home in Virginia, Kelly's rendition is released in honor of the song's 92nd anniversary (originally released Aug. 2, 1927 under the title "Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow").... »»»