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July 27, 2015 - Jerrod Niemann set a new career benchmark today with the quick success of his single, "Blue Bandana," which celebrated its official country radio impact date with 83 first-week Billboard and Country Aircheck monitored stations on board. "Blue Bandana" enjoyed the biggest impact week of Niemann's... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson's third show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is now sold out, it was reported Monday. The Nov. 1 date was added after Simpson's first two performances at the venue sold out in less than 15 minutes. Demand resulted in the addition of second shows at Atlanta's The Tabernacle,... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Nothin' Fancy signed with Mountain Fever Records, the label announced Monday. The band will begin work on their debut project for the label in August. From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Nothin' Fancy is comprised of founding members Mike Andes on mandolin, Mitchell Davis on banjo, Chris Sexton on... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Tanya Tucker will join in Darlington Raceway's celebration of the early 1970's during its Labor Day weekend events. Tucker will perform the National Anthem for the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 6 live on NBC. "We are excited to have country music icon Tanya Tucker perform our National Anthem for... »»»
July 24, 2015 - Women lead the list of new discs out today with Ashley Monroe and Kasey Chambers. Monroe is releasing her follow-up to 2013's "Like a Rose" with "The Blade." Once again, Vince Gill and Justin Niebank produced the music. Monroe, who is also a member of Pistol Annies, adopts a bit less of a traditional... »»»
July 23, 2015 - Hayes Carll said he would return to the recording studio in September with an album slated to be released next winter. Carll said following the conclusion of a residency at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. that he would record with Joe Henry at a studio in Los Angeles. This will be Carll's first... »»»
July 23, 2015 - Daron, Norwood, 49, who released two albums in the 1990s, was founded dead at his apartment in Hereford, Texas on Wednesday. No cause of death was announced. Police said there were no signs of foul play. The Texas native signed to Giant Records in 1993. He released a self-titled disc in 1993 and... »»»
July 22, 2015 - Clint Black is back in the record(ing) business. He announced Tuesday that he was signing with Nashville's Thirty Tigers for his first studio disc in 10 years with a release planned for this fall. "Thirty Tigers has an independent spirit," said Black. "They believe in allowing artists the creative... »»»
July 21, 2015 - Tickets for the fall leg of Darius Rucker's Southern Style Tour, go on sale Friday for the opening night in Chicago. More than 15 stops planned will go on sale in the coming weeks. The second leg of the Southern Style Tour begins Oct. 8 and will run through Thanksgiving. Rucker will bring David Nail... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Country and pop songwriter Wayne Carson, who wrote "Always on My Mind" and "The Letter," died at 72 on Monday. The Denver native went to Nashville to try to forge a career, but later returned to Springfield, Mo., where he had lived at one point, to work with a music publisher.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Chase Rice will launch his own headlining tour, JD and Jesus Tour 2015, starting in October with The Cadillac Three opening select dates. "When I was playing football in college, I learned the most about my peers - and my competitors - by studying their moves on and off the field," said the North Carolina native.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Maddie & Tae, with hits "Girl In A Country Song" and "Fly," will rev it up with the Start Here Tour. The headlining tour starts Oct; 7 in New York and concludes Nov. 7 in Chicago with a total of 12 dates at listening rooms and historic music clubs. "Maddie and I wanted to get out and play all the... »»»
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July 20, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson's "Living The Dream" fall tour will extend through November, including two nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium plus shows in Atlanta, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego, he announced today. Previously announced tour stops, including Asheville, N.C.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced, TMZ reported today. The divorce ends four years of marriage, who were often the subject of divorce rumors in the tabloids. TMZ reported "The couple filed divorce docs a while ago, and a judge is expected to officially end their 4 year marriage today.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Kenny Chesney broke his own record on Saturday for the largest concert attendance ever at Target Field in Minneapolis. Chesney entertained 44,152 fans for a new single night record. In 2012, Chesney played to 43,940 fans. "This has been the most amazing tour," Chesney said. "Every week, it seems like... »»»
July 17, 2015 - Ronnie Dunn premiered his new single on a new label today on America's Morning Show today. "Ain't No Trucks in Texas," produced by Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus,is out on the NashIcon label. The song will be on his label debut, although no date has been set for the release. "I haven't been this excited... »»»
July 17, 2015 - Alan Jackson returns today with "Angels & Alcohol," his first disc in three years. The new collection includes 10 songs,including 7 penned by Jackson. As usual, Keith Stegall produced Jackson. The first single was "Jim and Jack and Hank." Jackson's most recent release was "The Bluegrass Album" in 2012.... »»»
July 16, 2015 - Easton Corbin stayed atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending July 25 with "About to Get Real." Little Big Town also stayed first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush." On the albums chart, Kacey Musgraves remained second with "Pageant Material.... »»»
July 15, 2015 - Garth Brooks announced he will play Dallas in September. Brooks said in an email announcement that his world tour would hit the American Airlines Center on Sept 18 and 19 starting at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 24 at 11 a.m. eastern time. The world tour started in September 2014 in Chicago.... »»»
July 14, 2015 - Canaan Smith went Digital Gold for his hit single "Love You Like That," the RIAA announced today. A Thousand Horses earned Digital Gold status for its single "Smoke." Jason Aldean's "Just Getting' Started," Dierks Bentley's "Say You Do," Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight," Eli Young Band's "Dust,"... »»»
July 14, 2015 - John Hiatt and Lucinda Williams who are playing in the State of the Union series coming this summer in Chicago, New York, Nashville and California. The series is presented by the Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents and City Winery at City Winery venues. Chicago artists are Leo Kottke Aug.... »»»