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July 29, 2015 - Garth Brooks is the biggest country draw, according to Forbes. Brooks has pulled in $90 million on his tour, which started last September. Others on the list are Toby Keith ($53 million), Jason Aldean ($43.5 million), Luke Bryan ($42.5 million) and Kenny Chesney ($42 million). The list takes into... »»»
July 29, 2015 - Little Big Town announced it was canceling three weeks of shows in August due to LBT member Jimi Westbrook being put on vocal rest. The quartet previously had postponed shows in July due to Westbrook having polyps on his vocal cord. "It is with deep regret that we must cancel an additional three... »»»
July 29, 2015 - Farm Aid 30 is coming to Chicago in September. Featuring the music of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews - with Tim Reynolds - plus Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Mavis Staples, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real,... »»»
July 28, 2015 - The long rein of Little Big Town atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush" is over. Luke Bryan assumed the top spot with "Kick the Dust Up," switching spots with LBT. On the albums chart, Jason Isbell was first with "Something More Than Free," the first time he has led the chart.... »»»
July 28, 2015 - Mac McAnally will go the solo route, releasing "A.K.A. Nobody" on Jimmy Buffett's Mailboard Records on Sept. 14. McAnally, who is in Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, helped write all but one of the songs. Co-writers included Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Sonny Landreth, Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson.... »»»
July 28, 2015 - Eric Church will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18. "Eric Church: Inside the Outsider" runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native's career. The display will include guitars, song... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Jerrod Niemann set a new career benchmark today with the quick success of his single, "Blue Bandana," which celebrated its official country radio impact date with 83 first-week Billboard and Country Aircheck monitored stations on board. "Blue Bandana" enjoyed the biggest impact week of Niemann's... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson's third show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is now sold out, it was reported Monday. The Nov. 1 date was added after Simpson's first two performances at the venue sold out in less than 15 minutes. Demand resulted in the addition of second shows at Atlanta's The Tabernacle,... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Nothin' Fancy signed with Mountain Fever Records, the label announced Monday. The band will begin work on their debut project for the label in August. From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Nothin' Fancy is comprised of founding members Mike Andes on mandolin, Mitchell Davis on banjo, Chris Sexton on... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Tanya Tucker will join in Darlington Raceway's celebration of the early 1970's during its Labor Day weekend events. Tucker will perform the National Anthem for the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 6 live on NBC. "We are excited to have country music icon Tanya Tucker perform our National Anthem for... »»»
July 26, 2015 - Alan Jackson will top the Billboard country charts when they are released later this week with "Angels and Alcohol." Jackson debuted in third on the overall chart with 48,000 units. This marked the 14th time Jackson topped the country chart. Jason Isbell was fifth on the overall chart with... »»»
July 24, 2015 - Women lead the list of new discs out today with Ashley Monroe and Kasey Chambers. Monroe is releasing her follow-up to 2013's "Like a Rose" with "The Blade." Once again, Vince Gill and Justin Niebank produced the music. Monroe, who is also a member of Pistol Annies, adopts a bit less of a traditional... »»»
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July 23, 2015 - Hayes Carll said he would return to the recording studio in September with an album slated to be released next winter. Carll said following the conclusion of a residency at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. that he would record with Joe Henry at a studio in Los Angeles. This will be Carll's first... »»»
July 23, 2015 - Daron, Norwood, 49, who released two albums in the 1990s, was founded dead at his apartment in Hereford, Texas on Wednesday. No cause of death was announced. Police said there were no signs of foul play. The Texas native signed to Giant Records in 1993. He released a self-titled disc in 1993 and... »»»
July 22, 2015 - Clint Black is back in the record(ing) business. He announced Tuesday that he was signing with Nashville's Thirty Tigers for his first studio disc in 10 years with a release planned for this fall. "Thirty Tigers has an independent spirit," said Black. "They believe in allowing artists the creative... »»»
July 21, 2015 - Tickets for the fall leg of Darius Rucker's Southern Style Tour, go on sale Friday for the opening night in Chicago. More than 15 stops planned will go on sale in the coming weeks. The second leg of the Southern Style Tour begins Oct. 8 and will run through Thanksgiving. Rucker will bring David Nail... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Country and pop songwriter Wayne Carson, who wrote "Always on My Mind" and "The Letter," died at 72 on Monday. The Denver native went to Nashville to try to forge a career, but later returned to Springfield, Mo., where he had lived at one point, to work with a music publisher.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Chase Rice will launch his own headlining tour, JD and Jesus Tour 2015, starting in October with The Cadillac Three opening select dates. "When I was playing football in college, I learned the most about my peers - and my competitors - by studying their moves on and off the field," said the North Carolina native.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Maddie & Tae, with hits "Girl In A Country Song" and "Fly," will rev it up with the Start Here Tour. The headlining tour starts Oct; 7 in New York and concludes Nov. 7 in Chicago with a total of 12 dates at listening rooms and historic music clubs. "Maddie and I wanted to get out and play all the... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson's "Living The Dream" fall tour will extend through November, including two nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium plus shows in Atlanta, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego, he announced today. Previously announced tour stops, including Asheville, N.C.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced, TMZ reported today. The divorce ends four years of marriage, who were often the subject of divorce rumors in the tabloids. TMZ reported "The couple filed divorce docs a while ago, and a judge is expected to officially end their 4 year marriage today.... »»»

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