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May 2, 2016 - Wynonna will play at both performances for "Dylan Fest Nashville," a musical celebration of Bob Dylan's 75th birthday at the Ryman Auditorium on May 23 and 24, as part of her summer tour plans. Judd will be at the Dylan shows alongside Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves and Nikki Lane and more.... »»»
May 2, 2016 - Chris Young announced today he will be on the road this fall with his "I'm Comin' Over tour." Young will play 25 shows running September through the end of the year. Special guests joining Young on tour in September and October are Dan + Shay, with Dustin Lynch coming on board in November and December.... »»»
May 2, 2016 - Confederate Railroad will release its first album in nine year, "Lucky To Be Alive," on July 15. Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Colt Ford and former NFL coach, Jerry Glanville appear on a special 20th anniversary version of the signature hit, "Trashy Women." Lead singer Danny Shirley said, "Every... »»»
May 1, 2016 - Chris Stapleton scored the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 in a chart dominated by the late Prince. Stapleton's "Traveller" sold 33,000 units, down 13 percent. "Traveller" will be ninth this week when the charts are out Tuesday, down from seventh. Beyonce led the chart with "Lemonade," her... »»»
April 29, 2016 - Martina McBride releases her 13th studio album, "Reckless," today, marking her debut for the Nash Icon label. McBride produced the release along with Nathan Chapman and Dann Huff. The title track, penned by Sarah Buxton, Zach Crowell and Heather Morgan, is the first... »»»
April 28, 2016 - Charley Pride is celebrating 50 years in music with a set of North American tour dates throughout 2016. A The man behind "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" and "My San Antonio Rose," fans will return to the Grand Ole Opry stage on June 10 and 11, where he has been a member since 1993.... »»»
April 28, 2016 - Mary Chapin Carpenter's new album, "The Things That We Are Made Of," is now streaming at NPR Music's First Listen series. Out next Friday, May 6, on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers, "The Things That We Are Made Of" also will be available on vinyl, Carpenter's first since 1992's "Come On Come On.... »»»
April 27, 2016 - Keith Urban will kick off his new album, "Ripcord," next week with an hour-long event at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York. Urban will give a 60-minute event featuring a Q&A and performance, which will be broadcast on iHeartMedia mainstream country radio stations. The show will be at 6:30 p.m. eastern.... »»»
April 27, 2016 - Big & Rich, who just charted with "Look at You" and "Run Away With You," will hit the road this summer. The duo have a new single, "Lovin' Lately" featuring Tim McGraw. The song is from their 2014 release, "Gravity." Tour dates are: April 29 - Live Oak, Fla. - Suwannee River Jam April 30 - Lincoln, Ala.... »»»
April 27, 2016 - The The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced today its Official Showcase Artists, a group of 30 acts that will be a part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the IBMA's World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, N.C. from Sept. 27-29. Participants include: 10 String Symphony - Nashville... »»»
April 26, 2016 - The inaugural Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival will feature Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon and the David Grisman Sextet at its West Virginia setting in September, it was announced today. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Shooter Jennings with... »»»
April 26, 2016 - Sturgill Simpson's major label debut, "Sailor's Guide to Earth," topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending May 7. Dierks Bentley once again is first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Somewhere on a Beach." Tim McGraw remains second on the songs chart with "Humble and Kind.... »»»
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April 25, 2016 - Dolly Parton is heading out on her largest North American tour in more than two decades in June. Parton announced dates for the first leg of the Pure & Simple Tour, which is concentrated in the east and south. The tour coincides with the summer release of her double-disc album "Pure & Simple with Dolly's Biggest Hits.... »»»
April 25, 2016 - Maddie & Tae announced today the release of a new single, "Sierra." The Tex-Mex-styled song is the fourth single from the duo's debut album, "Start Here," which came out in August 2015. The song is about a student that Maddie knew in high school, who she did not like. Maddie Marlow and Taylor (Tae)... »»»
April 24, 2016 - Kenny Chesney kicked off his 2016 Spread The Love Tour on Saturday with the first ever concert in the 75-year history of Jordan-Hare Stadium. Chesney played 24songs over the course of 2 hours. "Sometimes you can feel the energy long before you hit the stage," Chesney said.... »»»
April 24, 2016 - George Strait started his Las Vegas residency Friday with a sold-out show, which included a tribute to the late Merle Haggard. Strait packed the new T-Mobile Arena and captivated a record-setting 19,222 fans during the opening night of his Strait to Vegas exclusive concert series "I've missed you... »»»
April 24, 2016 - Sturgill Simpson, who stretches behind his country/Americana sounds with "Sailor's Guide to Earth," will have the number three disc on the Billboard charts when it is out on Tuesday. Simpson moved 55,000 units including 52,000 in pure albums sales. Chris Stapleton is seventh with " Traveller," which... »»»
April 22, 2016 - Hillary Scott will become the second member of Lady Antebellum to go the solo route. Scott, one-third of the band, announced today via Instagram that she was going to release "Love Remains," a faith-based album" under the moniker Hillary Scott & the Scott Family. "It's a collection of songs that I... »»»
April 22, 2016 - After previously smashing attendance records set by Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band at Boston's Fenway Park, Jason Aldean sold out his Sept. 9 return to the home of the Red Sox in 90 minutes this morning. Aldean was the first country act to headline at Fenway. In September, he will co-headline... »»»
April 21, 2016 - The Earls of Leicester, the award-winning, all-star bluegrass sextet, will release its second album, "Rattle & Roar," on July 15 on Rounder Records. The disc is the follow-up to the Earls' eponymous debut, which earned a Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album. The band also went on to win six... »»»
April 21, 2016 - Sara Watkins, one-third of Nickel Creek, has signed a record deal with New West Records. Watkins will release "Young In All The Wrong Ways" on July 1. Watkins , who also plays with Watkins Family Hour, described the 10-song disc as a "breakup album with myself." She will launch a tour in the fall,... »»»

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