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June 23, 2017 - Lonesome River Band, Banditos and Willie Nile are out with new CDs today. Lonesome River Band's "Mayhayley's House" (Mountain Home), mines bluegrass with a tad of country. The veteran group is Sammy Shelor on bass; Brandon Rickman on guitar and lead vocals; Mike Hartgrove on fiddle; Barry Reed on... »»»
June 23, 2017 - Brad Paisley announced today that his Netflix one-hour comedy special, "Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo," will debut on Aug. 15. The show includes special guests and fellow comedians Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield. Actor David Hasselhoff and Reba McEntire make special appearances.... »»»
June 23, 2017 - New West Records announced plans today to release "Live From Austin City Limit" sets from Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens in August. New West Records has developed a catalog of live concert performances the PBS series over the past 20 years. The Owens and Yoakam sets will be out in 180-gram vinyl as well... »»»
June 22, 2017 - Chris Stapleton resumed his tour tonight in Tulsa, Okla. three weeks after injuries resulted in canceled dates. The show at Tulsa's BOK Center was sold out. Stapleton, who just released "From A Room: Volume 1," last month, suffered a broken bone and a detached tendon in his right index finger, but it... »»»
June 22, 2017 - When it was time for a video for Kenny Chesney's "All The Pretty Girls," from Cosmic Hallelujah, Chesney decided to take to the people living it and have them make the video. "The best moments of being young and having fun should be captured," said Chesney. "But nobody ever talks to the people who are... »»»
June 22, 2017 - Twangy guitar tones, honky-tonk pianos and pedal steel are part of the music of Alex Williams, who makes his debut, "Better Than Myself," on Aug. 11 on Big Machine. The 12-track blends traditional country and southern rock from the Indiana native. Big Machine Label Group's Julian Raymond, who worked... »»»
June 21, 2017 - Kip Moore will release his third album, "Slowheart," on Sept. 8, he said today. Moore co-wrote 11 out of 13 tracks, and was the sole producer on seven songs as well as co-producing five more. He also played guitar throughout, while singing the majority of the "This is the record I've been waiting... »»»
June 20, 2017 - Some things don't change, and for Sam Hunt that's a good thing because "Body Like a Back Road" continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 1. Lady Antebellum debuted in first with "Heart Break." The rest of the top five on the songs chart remained constant as well:... »»»
June 20, 2017 - Chase Rice signed a record deal with BBR Music Group/BMG. "I can't tell you how excited I am to join the BBR family," Rice said. "I knew from the moment we began talking that the people here understand where I'm coming from, and I can't wait to share all the new songs we're about to make together.... »»»
June 20, 2017 - Russell Dickerson will debut with "Yours," on Oct. 13. "Yours," produced by Casey Brown, will include tracks currently on his EP including "Blue Tacoma," "MGNO" and "Every Little Thing" plus seven further cuts. Dickerson co-wrote all of the songs. "I'm beyond stoked to have my first full-length album... »»»
June 19, 2017 - Thomas Rhett announced additional dates on Monday for his Home Team Tour this fall. After debut headlining tour in February, Rhett also made his first headlining run in Canada before he is set to return overseas to Europe later this year. First fall dates are on sale now, with remaining show details... »»»
June 19, 2017 - A duo comprised of the offspring of well-known musicians, The Sisterhood, signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville. Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart signed with Sony prior to the start of their performance at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville Saturday evening. Bonagura is daughter of Kathie Baillie and... »»»
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June 19, 2017 - Alison Krauss and David Gray tour the U.S. in September and October. The 21 city, co-headlining tour kicks off on Sept. 18 in Hershey, Pa., and finishes up in Berkeley, Cal. on Oct. 19, including concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (Sept. 19), the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (Oct.... »»»
June 18, 2017 - Lady Antebellum's "Heart Break" is the fourth biggest selling album in the U.S,, according to the preliminary Billboard charts. "Heart Break" debuted with 53,000 units including 47,000 in traditional album sales..That is 21,000 less than "747," which came out in 2014. Katy Perry's "Witness" debuted in... »»»
June 16, 2017 - Steve Earle, Jason Isbell and Eli Young Band are out with new music today. For Earle, "So You Wanna Be An Outlaw" represents a return to the Warner label, where he released music until about 20 years ago. Earle, 62, mines Outlaw Country sounds. Earle's long-time backing band, The Dukes, satisfied that role again.... »»»
June 15, 2017 - Husband-and-wife Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will release their second album, "Contraband Love," out Sept. 15 via Red House Records The first single is "Hit & Run Driver," which will be coming out next week. The CD is the follow up to their 2015 self-titled debut. The couple have played in... »»»
June 14, 2017 - Shania Twain revealed today that she would release her first album in 15 years in late September. "Shania Now" is coming out Sept. 29 on Mercury Nashville. This marks the singer's first album since "Up" in 2003. Twin also revealed the cover art for the disc. Twain also will release a new single on... »»»
June 14, 2017 - Following his success with "Think a Little Less," Michael Ray will release a new single on Friday, "Get To You," the first single from his upcoming sophomore album. Written by Abe Stoklasa and Pavel Dovgalyuk, the song asks a girl who has been hurt to take another chance at love.... »»»
June 14, 2017 - The Academy of Country Music revealed the Studio Recording Award nominees for the 52nd ACMS. Winners will be honored during the 11th annual ACM Honors an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the ACM Awards. The event will be Aug.... »»»
June 13, 2017 - It was another week at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" for the week ending June 24. Luke Combs debuted in first with "This One's For You," his debut full-length, on the Top Country Albums chart. Brett Young and Luke Combs remained two-three on the... »»»
June 13, 2017 - Russell Dickerson will sing his single "Yours" in an upcoming episode of ABC's "The Bachelorette." The episode will feature Dickerson for the newest Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, on June 19, 2017 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Dickerson will perform his hit love song and current single, "Yours," from his forthcoming album.... »»»