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August 21, 2017 - Rockabilly singer Sonny Burgess, who recorded for Sun Records, died on Friday at 88. Burgess reportedly fell at his Arkansas home last month. He had continued playing until very recently. "I always heard my dad say that Sonny was one of the outstanding guys he worked with," said Jerry Phillips, son of... »»»
August 18, 2017 - Singer-songwriter Tegan Marie signed to Warner Music, it was announced today. At 13, she is the youngest country artist signed to the label and the youngest female in 45 years - since Tanya Tucker signed with CBS Records (Sony) in 1972 - to sign a major label country record deal. The Flint, Mich.... »»»
August 18, 2017 - Josh Abbott Band has experienced the ups and downs of life this year with the death of his father and the birth of his son two months later. He covers some of these subjects on "Until My Voice Gives Out," a 14-song set from the Texas artist. Abbot enjoyed success last time out with 2015's "Front Row... »»»
August 17, 2017 - The trio Lady Antebellum is expanding in the kid department. In a joint posting on Instagram, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood both said they were expecting children. ""Well, #BabyBellum round 2 is on the way!" they said. "We're thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this December, and... »»»
August 16, 2017 - Shania Twain announced a 2018 tour today, which will hit both the U.S. and her native Canada. The tour starts in Tacoma, Wash. at the Tacoma Dome on May 3, 2018 and concludes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 4. Twain, who last toured in 2015, will be touring in support of her first... »»»
August 16, 2017 - Shania Twain is embarking on a new tour Twain, who has her first album in 15 years, "Now," coming Sept. 29, revealed on Twitter that she is going to tour. Twain simply tweeted "NORTH AMERICAN NOW TOUR!" with information about where to access a tour package.Those who do so will receive information about... »»»
August 16, 2017 - Former Country Music Association Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador died Tuesday night in Nashville following a stroke. She was 93. "Jo was a champion for country music around the world and a groundbreaker for women in the entertainment business," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.... »»»
August 16, 2017 - The Devil Makes Three announced a run of U.S. tour dates for this fall. The trio released "Redemption & Ruin" on New West Records last year. A curated collection of covers, the album pays tribute to Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt. Tour dates are: Oct 2- Asheville,... »»»
August 16, 2017 - Lucinda Williams will release "This Sweet Old World" (Highway 20/ThirtyTigers) on Sept. 29 as a re-recording of her 1992 album "Sweet Old World" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release. "Everything's different now. It's a different band, it's a different studio, my voice is different," says Williams.... »»»
August 15, 2017 - Dolly Parton announced today she would release her first children's album, "I Believe In You," in September. A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available Sept. 29 with a physical dropping Oct. 13. Parton wrote all 14 songs on the release. Parton released the... »»»
August 15, 2017 - Brett Eldredge was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled disc. Sam Hunt's domination of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continued for the week ending Aug. 26 as "Body Like a Back Road" still held the top spot. Dustin Lynch's Small Town Boy" was second again on the songs chart.... »»»
August 15, 2017 - Lee Ann Womack has signed a record deal with ATO Records and will release her label debut in late October, she announced today. "The Lonely, The Lonesome and the Gone," an album of country, soul, gospel and blues, drops Oct. 27. "I wanted to get out of Nashville and tap into what deep East Texas has... »»»
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August 14, 2017 - Taylor Swift won a case against a Denver DJ was found to have groped Taylor Swift in a pre-concert meeting in 2013 in Federal Court on Monday. Radio show David Mueller was found to have put his hand on Swift's rear end. She testified at the trail. Mueller started the litigation in 2015, claiming that... »»»
August 14, 2017 - Thomas Rhett became a father again. The singer posted the news on Instagram with a picture of his wife, Lauren, and new-born daughter. The couple adopted a boy from Tanzania earlier this year and found out as well about the pregnancy. "It was truly the most amazing thing I have ever experienced,"... »»»
August 14, 2017 - Blake Shelton goes the live route later this month with a six-song EP, "Blake Shelton (Live)." "My favorite thing in the world is playing for y'all," said Shelton via social media. The project captures audio from Shelton's pop-up show during CMA Music Festival in Nashville this summer and will be... »»»
August 14, 2017 - Willie Nelson cut short a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday night due to breathing problems. Nelson tweeted, "This is Willie I am sorry to have to cut the SLC show short tonight The altitude got to me I am feeling better now & headed for lower ground." Nelson was reportedly taken to a hospital.... »»»
August 13, 2017 - Brett Eldredge scored the highest debuting CD of his career as his self-titled disc debuted at number with 45,000 units. He was behind Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN," which moved almost 47,000 units. Eldredge was the only country CD in the top 10 and will be first on the country chart as well.... »»»
August 11, 2017 - Kip Moore announced today that he will hit the road this fall for his headlining Plead the Fifth tour, starting Oct. 19 in Bowling Green, Ohio. "Our live show has been such a focus for me and the band for many years," said Moore. "We are constantly woodshedding and trying to come up with new ways to... »»»
August 10, 2017 - Morgan Evans released his debut single, "Kiss Somebody," on Warner. Evans co-wrote the song with Chris DeStefano (Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Rascal Flatts) and Josh Osborne (Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban), and will officially impact country radio later this fall, his label said. No add date was given.... »»»
August 9, 2017 - The country world is reacting to the passing of Glen Campbell with many tributes. Dolly Parton said, "Well Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted. Glen is one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business, and he was one of the greatest musicians. He was a wonderful session musician as well.... »»»
August 9, 2017 - The Academy of Country Music announced George Strait, Brad Paisley and Thomas Rhett as performers for the 11th Annual ACM Honors an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby... »»»