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December 9, 2016 - Trent Harmon, of American Idol-winning fame, releases his debut EP today. He recorded the five-song project with songwriter/producer Jimmy Robbins and producer Julian Raymond. The release from the Mississippi native is layered with country soul-infused original tracks like his Season XV coronation song... »»»
December 8, 2016 - Alan Jackson will hit the highway in 2017. Jackson announced he will launch the Honky Tonk Highway Tour next year with Lee Ann Womack opening many dates. Jackson will play arena and amphitheatre shows as well as annual festivals and multi-day events. Womack has appeared on several of Jackson's albums,... »»»
December 8, 2016 - Old Dominion has struck gold. "Meat and Candy" was certified GOLD by the RIAA, almost a year after the release of Meat and Candy (Nov. 6, 2015), the band said in a press release. "When we made 'Meat and Candy,' we had no way of knowing if it would go over well or not. We just tried to make a record... »»»
December 7, 2016 - Miranda Lambert continued atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 17 with "The Weight of These Wings." Keith Urban remained first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Florida Georgia Line stayed second on the songs chart with "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw.... »»»
December 7, 2016 - Gurf Morlix announced today he will release a new album in February 2017. "The Soul & The Heal" drops Feb. 3, 2017. The album kicks off with the raw, guttural feel of the first track "Deeper Down." The blues chord progressions continue throughout the album. "Bad Things" mines Delta blues.... »»»
December 6, 2016 - Granger Smith said today he was released from a New Jersey hospital and is bak home in Texas after taking a concert fall that resulted in breaking two ribs and puncturing a lung. ‪"Update: Out of the hospital, back in TX & starting to regain movements," Smith posted on his Facebook page.... »»»
December 6, 2016 - It didn't take long for Kenny Chesney to sell more than 100,000 tickets his only 2 stadium shows of 2017. Chesney moved106,000 tickets, according to his publicist. "I didn't know if it was the right thing," Chesney said. "It feels a little like cheating, because I said I was taking the year off.... »»»
December 6, 2016 - Lori McKenna and Maren Morris were the most nominated country artist for a Grammy with the nominations announced today. Both received four nominations with McKenna receiving some as a songwriter and some for her own recordings. "I've grown up watching the Grammys, and they are such a pinnacle for an... »»»
December 5, 2016 - Granger Smith broke two ribs and punctured his lung in a fall from the stage in New Jersey on Friday, he reported on his Facebook page. "I took a pretty hard spill last night in Jersey. Thx for the well wishes! Y'all mean the world to me. I'll be out of the hospital & 100% soon!" Smith wrote.... »»»
December 5, 2016 - Shenandoah will hit the road in 2017 to commemorate 30 years as a band, announcing dates today for its upcoming tour. The tour kicks off on Jan. 22 in Annapolis, Md. and will continue throughout the year with many additional live dates scheduled across the country. Shenandoah will also perform two... »»»
December 4, 2016 - Miranda Lambert will have the only country disc in Billboard's top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday. Lambert's "The Weight of These Wings" fell from third to ninth with 36,000 units in its second week, down 73 percent. The Weeknd led the charts with "Starboy" debuting with 348,000 album equivalent units.... »»»
December 2, 2016 - What first started as geting fans via the Internet resulted in Kane Brown releasing a full-length debut today. The Georgian is out with a self-titled disc today. Brown released two EPs over the past two years, including "Chapter 1," which came out in March. Brown has gained airplay with "Used To Love You Sober.... »»»
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December 1, 2016 - Brandy Clark Clark brings her songs from her recent CD "Big Day In A Small Town" to Mountain Stage starting on Friday. The show will broadcast to 180 NPR stations. Airtimes and stations can be found here. "So many of my favorite artists have been a part of Mountain Stage," said Clark.... »»»
November 30, 2016 - The Las Vegas residency of Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire was extended, Kix Brooks said today via an email announcement. With dates previously announced for for Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas for February and March, the new dates are June 21, 24, 25 and 28, July 1 and 2, Nov. 29 and Dec.... »»»
November 30, 2016 - Brett Young, who has a hit on his hands with "Sleep Without You," will have his debut out in February. Big Machine Label Group will put the self-titled release on Feb. 10. The California artist released an EP last year. His new single, "In Case You Didn't Know," will impact country radio on Jan. 9.... »»»
November 29, 2016 - Miranda Lambert debuted in first with "The Weight of These Wings' on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 10, good for third on the overall chart. Keith Urban continued atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Lambert took over the top from Garth Brooks... »»»
November 29, 2016 - Once apparently is not enough for Kenny Chesney because he announced today he would play his second stadium show of 2017. And once again, the venue is Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., where Chesney has played XX shows. With his Aug. 25, 2017 show at Gillette Stadium not on sale yet, he added a... »»»
November 28, 2016 - Nikki Lane will release her third album, "Highway Queen," via New West Records on Feb. 17th, 2017, she announced today. Lane, who delves in Outlaw Country, produced the 10-song set with fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler. Recorded in Denton, Texas at Matt Pence's Echo Lab Studio as well as Club... »»»
November 28, 2016 - Songwriter Natalie Hemby, who penned Miranda Lambert's "Automatic" and Little Big Town's "Pontoon," will make her recording debut in January, she announced today. "Puxico" will be out Jan. 13, 2017. The album was inspired by the annual homecoming celebrations of her grandfather's hometown of Puxico, Mo.... »»»
November 25, 2016 - Garth Brooks' ultra busy month continued today with the release of "Gunslinger." The disc marks his third release this month. He put out a Christmas disc with wife Trisha Yearwood, "Christmas Together," their first release together. Brooks then put out "The Ultimate Collection," exclusively to Target, a... »»»
November 23, 2016 - Kane Brown will make his national television debut on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, Dec. 1. Brown's TV performance coincides with the release of his self-titled debut album, out next Friday and his current headlining Ain't No Stopping Us Now Tour. Brown co-wrote 7 of the 11 tracks on his debut.... »»»

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