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June 22, 2018 - Dan + Shay release their third disc today, a self-titled effort. The hit "Tequila" is the lead single from the 11-song set. All but one song included songwriting contributions from Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Kelly Clarkson guests with vocals on "Keeping Score." The late John Duffey of The Country... »»»
June 21, 2018 - Dave Cobb, producer of Chris Stapleton, received the Academy of Country Music for Producer of the Year, it was announce today. The ACM announced winners in musician and industry honors. Winners were: NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR: Cotton Eyed ­Joe ­- Knoxville, TN CASINO OF THE YEAR - SMALL CAPACITY: The... »»»
June 21, 2018 - The AmericanaFest announced about 100 new performers were joining the line-up for the September event in Nashville including John Prine and friends, Nicki Bluhm, John Hiatt, I'm With Her and The Milk Carton Kids. The fest will be held Sept. 11-16 in Nashville. The annual awards show will be a highlight... »»»
June 20, 2018 - Texas country singer Cody Johnson has signed a deal with Warner Nashville. The Sebastapol, Texas native veers towards the more traditional side. He released his most recent album, "Gotta Be Me" in 2016, with the disc debuting in second on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Johnson has toured extensively.... »»»
June 19, 2018 - Garth Brooks released a surprise new single today, "All Day Long," from a forthcoming album slated for 2019. Brooks, who helped write the song said to be a honky tonker, also plans "an imminent tour," although there was no word on when that would happen. Co-written by Brooks, the track evokes Brooks sing-a-longs.... »»»
June 19, 2018 - Shooter Jennings released a new song today from a forthcoming album, his first for Dave Cobb's Low Country Sound/Elektra Records label. "Rhinestone Eyes" was the second song released from his upcoming record, "Shooter," out Aug. 10. Cobb produced the disc at at the renowned RCA Studio A on Nashville.... »»»
June 18, 2018 - Dierks Bentley will have the number one country disc in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are out on Tuesday with "The Mountain." Bentley also was third on the overall chart. Bentley was third with 102,000 units; 94,000 in traditional album sales. This was Bentley's ninth top 10 and also his top sales week ever.... »»»
June 18, 2018 - Tyler Childers extended his tour this year by adding 10 dates in November and December. Childers has maintained a busy touring schedule since releasing "Purgatory" last year. Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson produced the disc. The new dates for Childers are: Nov. 10-11-Denver, CO-Ogden Theatre Nov.... »»»
June 15, 2018 - Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) and Kelly Clarkson are "Keeping Score" on a brand new song and video out today. The track is the fifth new track released from the duo's forthcoming eponymous album out June 22 via Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville. "It is such an honor for us to sing this... »»»
June 15, 2018 - IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Flatt Lonesome has a new home. The bluegrass sextet announced via social media today that it had signed with Rounder Records. "Well friends, one of our biggest dreams has come true! Thank you to Rounder Records for adding us to their amazing roster of artists.... »»»
June 15, 2018 - The Strays Birds are back with "Let It Pass" on Sept. 7 on Yep Roc Records., The release came after the tro was at a self-described crossroads career-wise since the release of 2016's "Magic Fire." During the period, fiddler/guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Maya de Vitry and... »»»
June 14, 2018 - D.J. Fontana, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer who played on more than 460 Elvis Presley recordings, passed away on Thursday at 87 in Nashville. Fontana started playing for Presley in October 1954 and was with him through is comeback special in 1968. Fontana was employed by the Louisiana Hayride... »»»
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June 14, 2018 - Kenny Chesney revealed the songs and cover for his forthcoming CD, "Songs for the Saints," out in late July. The disc features help from Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley and Mindy Smith. The cover depicts a lone sailboat on the blue water. As friends were being airlifted off the Hurricane Irma-toppled... »»»
June 14, 2018 - More than four decades after it was recorded, Buck Owens' final CD will see the light of day this summer. Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with Owens' estate, will release "Country Singer's Prayer," his final Capitol album from 1975. The release date is Aug. 17. By late 1975, Owens' success at... »»»
June 14, 2018 - Luke Combs debuted in fourth on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You," which was out in a deluxe format with five new songs. He also made a big dent on the singles chart. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line scored another week at number one... »»»
June 12, 2018 - The stats are in on the 47th annual CMA Fest with almost half of the festival goers from the U.S. there for the first time. Fans came from all 50 states and 36 international countries. Millennials made up 41 percent of new attendees and continue the trend of a growing younger CMA Fest audience.... »»»
June 12, 2018 - AmericanaFest New York will feature Margo Price, Mavis Staples and Joe Henry, the Americana Music Association announced today. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real also will play at the free fest, coming Aug. 11-12. Staples and Henry are playing Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Damrosch Park Bandshell.... »»»
June 11, 2018 - The fourth and final day of the CMA Fest in Nashville included surprise appearances by Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam at Nissan Stadium. Luke Bryan closed out the stadium show going past midnight. After rushing to the stage for a potentially shorter set due to incoming rain, Bryan extended his set,... »»»
June 11, 2018 - Luke Combs will have the biggest selling country CD when the Billboard charts are out on Tuesday. "This One's for You" jumped from 39 to 4 because of its reissue as a deluxe version with five new songs. Combs moved 55,000 units, up 314 percent. The original cd opened in fifth with 43,000 units on the... »»»
June 11, 2018 - Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit go the live route with their next CD as "Live from the Ryman" drops Oct. 19 on Isbell's Southeastern Records. The release was primarily recorded during the group's six sold out nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2017. The album features 13 live versions of songs... »»»
June 9, 2018 - Garth Brooks surprised fans this afternoon at CMA Fest, performing on the CMA Close Up Stage at Xfinity Fan Fair X inside Music City Center. Brooks' played a medley of his hits including "Friends In Low Places," "The Dance," "Callin' Baton Rouge" and "The River." He also participated in a Q&A with... »»»