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August 26, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line leads the pack of new releases out on Friday with "Dig Your Roots." The 15-song disc includes Tim McGraw helping out on "May We All" and Ziggy Marley on "Life is a Honeymoon." The duo tends to take a softer approach on the 15-song disc produced by Joey Moi. Among the songs is the megahit "H.O.L.Y.... »»»
August 25, 2016 - Floods in Louisiana caused the Randy Rogers Band to postpone a concert on Wednesday. "Out of respect to the community and those affected by the recent floods, the Randy Rogers Band has decided to postpone their Wed., Aug. 31 show at The Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA. It will be rescheduled for Thurs., Nov.... »»»
August 24, 2016 - Nominees in special awards categories were announced by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The categories were Broadcaster of the Year, Bluegrass Event of the Year, Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project, Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project, Print/Media Person of the Year and... »»»
August 24, 2016 - On the heels of announcing their North American Obsessed Tour, Dan + Shay announced that all of their U.K. shows scheduled for next month have sold out. The shows mark the duo's debut across the pond. "We were so pumped to hear the news that our entire run of U.K. shows have sold out," said Dan Smyers.... »»»
August 24, 2016 - Cole Swindell received great news on his late father's birthday on Tuesday - the song he wrote about his father was certified Platinum for sales of 1 million. After spending the morning with CMT staffers planning his upcoming headlining tour, CMT Presents the Cole Swindell Down Home, Swindell stopped... »»»
August 23, 2016 - Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban will take the stage at the 10th annual Academy of Country Music Honors, paying tribute to Glen Campbell, who will receive the Career Achievement Award on Aug. 30. The artists will perform an all-star medley of Campbell's greatest hits,... »»»
August 23, 2016 - Another week at the top of the charts for Florida Georgia Line as "H.O.L.Y" remained first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 3. Justin Moore led the Top Country Albums chart with "Kinda Don't Care." He was fourth on the overall top 200. Blake Shelton was second on the... »»»
August 22, 2016 - Ronnie Dunn will release his Big Machine Label Group debut, "Tattooed Heart," on Oct. 21. "Damn Drunk," with Kix Brooks helping out, is the current single. The 12 tracks were recorded in Nashville with Rascal Flatts' Jay Demarcus serving as producer on 11 of them, and Reba McEntire contributing to... »»»
August 22, 2016 - Zac Brown Band played three sold-out stadium shows this past weekend to almost 112,000 fans. A total of 38,778 people caught the band at New York's Citi Field on Aug. 19. A combined 72,819 people at Boston's Fenway Park on Aug. 20-21 caught the band on it its 2016 Black Out the Sun tour.... »»»
August 21, 2016 - Justin Moore was the leading country release on the Billboard charts as "Kinda Don't Care" debuted in fourth on the overall top 200 chart. The disc moved 42,000 units, including 37,000 in pure album sales. Moore has enjoyed three previous top 10 releases: "Off the Beaten Path," in 2013; "Outlaws Like... »»»
August 19, 2016 - Dolly Parton leads the list of new releases today with "Pure & Simple." The disc is a joint venture between Parton and Sony Music Nashville and marks her first release since "Blue Smoke" in 2014. The release contains 10 songs, focusing on affairs of the heart. Drake White releases his debut, "Spark," on Dot Records.... »»»
August 18, 2016 - Brett Eldredge will release his first holiday album this year, he announced today. "I've been inspired for this record from a very young age," said Eldredge. "I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I've loved since I was a little kid. I recorded those classics in New York City... »»»
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August 18, 2016 - Cole Swindell will partner with CMT on Tour in launching his Cole Swindell Down Home Tour this fall and winter. The third annual headlining tour kicks off October 26 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. and will wrap in December. The tour will feature openers Cole Taylor, Travis Denning and Jon Langston.... »»»
August 18, 2016 - William Michael Morgan unveiled the cover art to his debut CD today. Morgan, a traditional country singer from Mississippi, did so on his social media earlier today a week after announcing the CD, "Vinyl,' which drops Sept. 30 on Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville, Morgan's debut features his hit... »»»
August 17, 2016 - Sara Evans signed a record deal with Sugar Hill Records. Evans will soon head into the studio to begin work on her debut project for the label. The project will be her eighth studio album overall and is slated for release in early 2017. Evans said on her web site that she "was courted by a number of... »»»
August 16, 2016 - Blake Shelton reclaimed the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Aug. 27 with "If I'm Honest." He was helped by the disc being on sale for 99 cents at Google Play. This was also another week at the top for Florida Georgia Line and "H.O.L.Y." on the Hot Country songs chart.... »»»
August 15, 2016 - Brad Paisley is going back to college - to tour that is. Following the 2015 Brad Paisley Country Nation College Tour, Paisley will bring his free concerts to a new group of IMG College partners this fall. The tour opens on Sept. 4 in downtown Orlando, Florida, ahead of the Camping World Kickoff Game... »»»
August 15, 2016 - Martina McBride will tour behind her "Reckless" release on the Love Unleashed Tour this fall. High Valley (Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville) and singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters will join McBride on some tour dates. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, Aug. 19. "With so much tragedy and... »»»
August 14, 2016 - Blake Shelton will have the only country CD in the top 10 when the Billboard charts are released on Tuesday. "If I'm Honest" went from ninth to fourth with 49,000 units, a jump of 72 percent, it was reported Sunday. An overwhelming number - 55,0000 or 93 percent - were in album sales instead of track... »»»
August 12, 2016 - Justin Moore is out today with his fourth release, "Kinda Don't Care" (Valory). The disc includes the single "You Look Like I Need a Drink." Moore teams with Brantley Gilbert on the politically incorrect "More Middle Fingers." The release comes in regular and deluxe versions, which contains extra tracks.... »»»
August 12, 2016 - The Devil Makes Three released the video today for their version of Muddy Waters' "Champagne and Reefer." The song is the second single off of their upcoming album, "Redemption & Ruin," out Sept. 16 on New West Records. The music video features footage from the cult classic movie "Reefer Madness.... »»»