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January 17, 2017 - The Academy of Country Music announced today that the 52ND Academy of Country Music Awards will be held April 2 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The ACMs have been held in Sin City for a number of years. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. on Jan. 26. The arena opened in April... »»»
January 17, 2017 - Two years after taking a break from her career to raise her daughter, Gretchen Wilson is back with a new single "Rowdy." Wilson, who played the redneck woman role when she burst onto the scene in 2004, recently went back in the studio with producer Blake Chancey. "Rowdy" is the first single from the... »»»
January 17, 2017 - Kane Brown released the third single, "What If," from his full-length debut today. Lauren Alaina helps out on the song. "What If" goes for adds on Feb. 6. Brown wrote the song with Matthew McGinn and Jordan Schmidt. "Kane Brown" came out in December with the release already having the singles "AIn't... »»»
January 17, 2017 - Thomas Rhett has not even started ghis 2017 Home Team Tour yet, but he announced today he is adding dates. Rhett plans to return to Europe while also making his debut headlining run in Canada. The tour starts Feb. 23 in Saginaw, Mich. In late September 2016, Rhett initially announced 15 tour dates in the U.S.... »»»
January 15, 2017 - Toby Keith is playing during the inauguration activities surrounding President-elect Donald Trump, and he's not apologizing for it either. "I don't apologize for performing for our country or military. I performed at events for previous Presidents Bush and Obama, and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.... »»»
January 15, 2017 - Billy Currington will hit the road in March for his Do I Make You Wanna ... Stay Up 'til the Sun? Tour. the tour will go into June with a date in Atlanta announced for June 1. Currington is touring behind his sixth studio release, "Summer Forever," which contains the single "Do I Make You Wanna.... »»»
January 15, 2017 - Jason Aldean will launch the They Don't Know Tour later this year with Chris Young and Kane Brown opening. While few specific dates were announced, Aldean did name the cities he would play including Los Angeles, Toronto, Philadelphia and Washington. Aldean starts the tour in Toledo, Ohio on April 27.... »»»
January 15, 2017 - Zac Brown Band will kick off its 2017 headlining North American concert tour on May 12 in their hometown of Atlanta. The 40-plus date tour sees the band returning to stadiums and amphitheaters including Hollywood Bowl, Wrigley Field, Coors Field, Gorge Amphitheatre and Camden's BB&T Pavilion where last... »»»
January 13, 2017 - The Infamous Stringdusters return with "Laws of Gravity," a 13-song set that follows last year's disc with female singers and a tour with NIcki Bluhm. The quintet produced the release with Billy Hume and recorded it in Nashville and Virginia. Natalie Hemby, better known as a songwriter, particularly... »»»
January 12, 2017 - Mo Pitney, the voice beyond "A Boy and a Girl Thing," became a father on Thursday. He announced the the birthday of his daughter via Facebook. "Well, Evelyne Nadine decided to have her birthday early! Em and I had a number of scares this morning but God intercepted every one of them with His powerful sovereign love..... »»»
January 12, 2017 - The Little Big Town family has expanded again. Kimberly Schlapman posted on Facebook on Thursday that she and her husband, Stephen,have adopted a baby girl. "The New Year brought our family new love. We're so excited to introduce you to Daisy's little sister, Dolly Grace. ❤️," Schlapman posted.... »»»
January 11, 2017 - Keith Urban stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color" for the week ending Jan. 21. Chris Stapleton regained the top spot with "Traveller," which had been third. Florida Georgia Line held second on the songs chart with "May We All," which features Tim McGraw.... »»»
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January 11, 2017 - Margo Price, Cam and Luke Combs will play Bonnaroo this June. They are among a few country and Americana artists playing the annual festival in Manchester, Tenn. U2, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Weeknd are among the main acts playing the festival being held June 8-11. Canadian band The... »»»
January 10, 2017 - Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby will again join force starting in late February for a short tour. "I always get excited when I know I'm gonna get to tour with my good friend Bruce Hornsby," said Skaggs. "Fireworks always happen." Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder will join them on the tour.... »»»
January 9, 2017 - Alison Krauss will release her first solo disc in 18 years when "Windy City" drops Feb. 17. "Windy City" features Krauss performing 10 classic songs that she selected with producer Buddy Cannon. "Losing You" is the lead song from the release. This marks her first solo release since "Forget About It" in 1999.... »»»
January 9, 2017 - Ruth Jackson, 86, the mother of Alan Jackson, died at her home in Newman, Ga. on Saturday. "Mama Ruth," as she was known, was the subject of several songs by her son, including "Livin' on Love" and "Home." In the latter song, Jackson wrote, ""My mama raised five children - four girls, and there was... »»»
January 9, 2017 - The Mavericks will release "Brand New Day," their first independent studio album on their own label, Mono Mundo Recordings/Thirty Tigers, on March 31. After years on major labels, including MCA and Big Machine, The Mavericks founded Mono Mundo and the release of their first live album, 2016's "All... »»»
January 6, 2017 - Rascal Flatts released a new single, "Yours If You Want It," today from its forthcoming disc. Co-written by Andrew Dorff, who died last month, and Jonathan Singleton, the sing-along was produced by Rascal Flatts. The track premiered on iHeartCountry Radio Stations nationwide. The song follows the... »»»
January 5, 2017 - Blake Shelton announced today that he would expand his Ole Red music entertainment complex to Nashville and his current residence of Tishomingo, Okla. "The secret's out! We're bringing Ole Red to Nashville and Tishomingo, OK!!" Shelton posted on Facebook. The Nashville version will be on Lower... »»»
January 5, 2017 - Rodney Crowell announced he would release a new disc in March. "Close Ties" is coming out March 31 on New West Records, the label for which he released his last disc, "Tarpaper Sky," in 2014. The veteran singer, who has been recording for 40 years, also released a video for the song "It Ain't Over... »»»
January 4, 2017 - Hunter Hayes will debut "All For You," an original song featured in Paramount Pictures' forthcoming feature film "Monster Trucks," on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday. Hayes penned the upbeat tune with fellow Nashville writers Jon Nite and Emily Weisband and will perform the song live for the... »»»