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April 25, 2019 - Bruce Springsteen will release his first studio album in five years, "Western Stars," in June. The Boss said he drew inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late '60s and early '70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen's home studio in New Jersey, with additional... »»»
April 25, 2019 - Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots released a new single today, "Jesus Knows," which will be on an upcoming EP, "Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots Live in Boston." The project was recorded at a recent sold-out theater in Boston. "Jesus Knows" is a humorous track written by Bones, Brandon Ray and Eddie Garcia.... »»»
April 25, 2019 - Sheryl Crow is out with a new single, "Redemption Day," featuring a country legend, Johnny Cash. A video also was released. "This song has had a lot of different lives," said Crow of the track that originally appeared on her Grammy-winning, triple Platinum, self-titled album in 1996.... »»»
April 24, 2019 - Brothers Chip and Tony Kinman fronted bands including Rank and File, The Dils, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation. Now, 22 unreleased performances from all four bands will be out on "Chip & Tony Kinman: Sounds Like Music," due out June 28 on Omnivore Recordings. The Kinmans formed seminal California punk... »»»
April 23, 2019 - Actor Kiefer Sutherland has announced his initial shows this year in support of his sophomore album, "Reckless & Me," out April 26 via BMG. The tour will kick off in Austin at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live on, May 29 with additional stops in Boston, New York and Nashville, including an appearance at... »»»
April 23, 2019 - Robert Earl Keen will launch Americana Podcast: The 51st State at the end of the month. The podcast is intended to feature artists dedicated to Americana music. Keen, interviews musicians, exploring their histories, creative processes, successes, failures, and more. Scheduled to premiere on April 30,... »»»
April 23, 2019 - Luke Combs scored a Billboard chart double for the week ending April 27. He was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." He also was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Beautiful Crazy," its ninth week at number one. On the albums chart, Aaron Lewis debuted in... »»»
April 22, 2019 - Toby Keith kicks off the first leg of Toby Keith That's Country Bro! Tour on May 26 in Forest City, Ia. The tour's initial leg has been announced, with 28 cities on the slate and more to come. The single from which the trek gets its name bows May 3. Written by Keith and longtime collaborator Bobby... »»»
April 22, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves added four new west coast dates on her Oh, What a World: Tour II. New tour dates are on Aug. 20 at the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas; Aug 22 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego and Aug. 23 and 15 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.... »»»
April 19, 2019 - Thomas Rhett released another song - "Remember You Young" - today off his forthcoming release, "Center Point Road." The song is a reflection of childhood friends, marriage and children. Rhett once again teamed up with collaborators Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley ("Unforgettable, "Marry Me, "Life Changes").... »»»
April 18, 2019 - Dave Alvin's "King of California" will be reissued this summer in an expanded version by Craft Recordings. Available at streaming services and on CD, and for the first time on vinyl on June 28, the album was originally released in 1994 on Hightone Records. The remastered, expanded edition includes a... »»»
April 17, 2019 - Brent Cobb has announced a new leg of the "Sucker For a Good Time Tour." The heavy touring singer kicks off dates on Aug. 1 at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, S.C. and continues through November, making stops at New York's Bowery Ballroom and Chicago's Lincoln Hall. Artist presale tickets will be... »»»
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April 17, 2019 - Brooks & Dunn debuted in first with "Reboot" on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending April 20. The disc pairs the duo on collaborations with other country artists. Luke Combs topped the Hot Country Songs chart with "Beautiful Crazy" sitting at the top for the eighth week.... »»»
April 17, 2019 - Sugarland's Kristian Bush and actress Rita Wilson will launch a joint concert tour kicking off June 5 in Atlanta. Wilson, a singer/songwriter, actress and producer, just released her fourth studio album, "Halfway To Home" (Sing it Loud/The Orchard) and was also recently honored by The Hollywood... »»»
April 16, 2019 - Chase Rice, Brett Young, Cody Johnson and Hunter Hayes will top the line-up during the CMA Fest's lineup for the nightly concerts at the Firestone Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8. The festivities kick off on Thursday night with Rice headlining.... »»»
April 16, 2019 - Aaron Watson unveiled the first dates of The Red Bandana Tour with 13 shows spanning coast to coast on its initial summer swing this summer. The tour starts on June 28 in Watson's hometown of Abilene, Texas, one week after the release of his "Red Bandana" album. "I am so excited to announce the new... »»»
April 15, 2019 - Kane Brown is going to be a dad. Brown made his announcement on Instagram today with the photo of his wife's ultrasound. "t's been so hard keeping this a secret!!!!! But the KB'S ARE GONNA BE PARENTS!!! KB3 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 IM GONNA BE A... »»»
April 15, 2019 - Brantley Gilbert announced he would launch the Not Like Us Tour this fall. Michael Ray, known for "Get To You," "One That Got Away," "Kiss You In The Morning" and "Think A Little Less" and guitarist/vocalist Lindsay Ell, who joined Gilbert on his first male/female duet "What Happens In A Small Town,"... »»»
April 13, 2019 - Rodney Crowell goes back to his Lone Star roots with a cast of friends for "Texas," coming out Aug. 15. Crowell will return to SiriusXM's Outlaw Country channel to host a special show devoted to his Texas heritage that will air multiple times during release week. Featuring Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett,... »»»
April 12, 2019 - Sara Evans returns to action in a different format. Evans leads "The Barker Family Band," a six-song EP, which includes her daughter, Olivia , and son Avery. The set includes originals and covers including Beyonce's "XO" and Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams. Sara and Olivia trade lead vocals and harmonies... »»»
April 11, 2019 - "Buck Owens and the Buckaroos' The Complete Capitol Singles: 1971-1975" is coming out on Omnivore Recordings on May 31. The set is the third and final volume in a series chronicling every one of Buck's historic Capitol Records singles from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Taken from the original stereo... »»»