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April 16, 2014 - Martina McBride will have the top selling country disc when Billboard releases its charts on Thursday. "Everlasting," McBride's first independently released disc, sold 21,000 units, good for the seventh best selling disc in the U.S. The set consists of covers of R&B songs. Luke Bryan was eighth on... »»»
April 16, 2014 - Willie Nelson, 80, will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial arts system, it was announced today. At a ceremony on April 28, Grand Master Sam Um will be promoting Nelson at his studio, Master Martial Arts, in Austin. The celebration takes place two... »»»
April 16, 2014 - Kip Moore is releasing "Dirt Road," from his upcoming sophomore album as his new single. The track, available at all digital retailers today, was written by Moore along with close friends Westin Davis and Dan Couch ("Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" and "Hey Pretty Girl"). The song features a surging tempo... »»»
April 15, 2014 - The final album from Ray Price will be out today along with new music from Rodney Crowell the second disc from the Secret Sisters. Price passed away in December at 87 from cancer. "Beauty Is..." (AmeriMonte) marks the final album from the country crooner. Vince Gill ("Beauty Lies in the Eye of the... »»»
April 15, 2014 - Natalie Stovall and the Drive will make their Grand Ole Opry debut May 6. This will not be the first time Stovall has played the Opry. She did so for the first time in spring 1995 at age 12. The band's front woman, Columbia, Tennessee native Natalie Stovall, has another tie to the Opry name as she... »»»
April 14, 2014 - After scoring his first number one with "Helluva Life,”" Frankie Ballard is hitting country radio with his new single, “"Sunshine & Whiskey." Co-written by hit songwriters Luke Laird and The Cadillac Three'’s Jaren Johnston, the song captures the innocence of summer love and serves as... »»»
April 11, 2014 - Tim McGraw's premiere of his new song, "Meanwhile Back At Mama's," at the Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday, apparently has led to the rush release of the single. McGraw performed the song with wife Faith Hill, who came out from the wings to sing the song, penned by Jaren Johnston and Tom Douglas.... »»»
April 11, 2014 - The world premiere of Béla Fleck's full-length documentary, "How to Write a Banjo Concerto" will premiere April 19 at the Nashville Film Festival. Directed by Sascha Paladino and Fleck, the film looks at the banjo player's creative process and relationships, including lifelong friend and... »»»
April 10, 2014 - The long wait for new music from Lee Ann Womack is over. Sugar Hill announced today that it had signed the singer and will release her next album in September. Womack's last studio disc was "Call Me Crazy" in 2008, her seventh studio album. In April 2012, Womack announced plans to release "The Way... »»»
April 10, 2014 - Dan + Shay hit the top right of the charts right out of the chute. "Where It All Began" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard top Country Albums chart for the week ending April 19. Florida Georgia Line stayed first with "This is How We Roll," which features Luke Bryan. Last week's albums chart topper,... »»»
April 9, 2014 - Newcomers Dan + Shay will have the top selling country disc when Billboard releases the charts on Thursday. "Where It All Began" sold almost 29,000 units, good for sixth on the overall chart. The duo has a hit on its hands with "19 You + Me." Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek returns to the chart with... »»»
April 9, 2014 - Eric Church will launch The Outsiders World Tour in September in Louisiana with 31 dates now planned. Church, who released his left of center CD "The Outsiders" in February, will headline Madison Square Garden for the first time. Dwight Yoakam will guest on each date, with alternating openers... »»»
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April 9, 2014 - Singer and actress Lucy Hale will reschedule her Opry debut for June. Hale will make her rescheduled debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, June 21. She had been slated to play the Opry on Feb. 21, but couldn't due to illness. That's the same month Hale releases her debut, "Road Between," on June... »»»
April 9, 2014 - George Shuffler, a bluegrass guitarist and early practitioner of the crosspicking style, died on Monday at 88. Shuffler played with The Bailey Brothers, The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. In 2011, Shuffler was elected to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.... »»»
April 9, 2014 - Nickel Creek - Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals) - will have its highest debuting disc ever when the Billboard charts are out Thursday with "A Dotted Line," the trio's first disc since 2007. Nickel Creek also announced Wednesday the addition... »»»
April 8, 2014 - Martina McBride and Carlene Carter release new albums today, while Emmylou Harris is going the reissue route. McBride is out with "Everlasting," a collection of R & B and soul covers. Don Was produced the album. This marks the first disc for McBride as an independent artist. Songs include "Do Right... »»»
April 8, 2014 - Craig Morgan is preparing to make his 11th overseas tour to entertain U.S. troops serving abroad. The former soldier will travel with Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars For Stripes to perform a series of acoustic shows in Southwest Asia this spring. "As a former soldier myself, it is so... »»»
April 7, 2014 - Dierks Bentley released a new single, "Drunk On A Plane," the second from his "Riser" CD. Written by Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins and Bentley, the track finds the narrator is left standing alone at the alter but finds the strength to forge ahead on a solo trip to Cancun. "I have never been jilted at... »»»
April 7, 2014 - "Glenn Campbell...I'll Be Me," a documentary about the singer, will have its world premiere, at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival on April 18. The movie was directed and produced by James Keach (producer of "Walk The Line") and produced by Trevor Albert ("Groundhog Day"). Winner of the Grammy for... »»»
April 6, 2014 - Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert won the Male and Female Artist of the Year awards respectively at the 49th ACademy of Country Music Awards on Sunday from Las Vegas. "This is really unexpected. It was a shock last year to win it and an even bigger shock this year," said Aldean, who looked down, while talking.... »»»
April 6, 2014 - ACM Awards Nominees and Winners: Entertainer of the Year - George Strait Male Vocalist of the Year - Jason Aldean Female Vocalist of the Year - Miranda Lambert Vocal Duo of the Year - Florida Georgia Line New Artist of the Year - Justin Moore Vocal Group of the Year - The Band... »»»