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July 23, 2014 - Ralph Stanley was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of... »»»
July 23, 2014 - Randy Travis will explore his musical influences again. The singer, who had a major health scare in 2012, is out with "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am" on Aug. 19 on Warner. Fans who pre-order the album will get"Don't Worry 'Bout Me" as an instant download. Two more songs will be available each week... »»»
July 23, 2014 - Taylor Swift will be on the star-studded line-up at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas Sept. 19-20. Zac Brown Band and Eric Church will be among other country acts on the bill. Kacey Musgraves will play as well. Coldplay, Usher, One Direction Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azala, Lord, Bastille, Ariana... »»»
July 23, 2014 - Blake Shelton will have the only country disc in the top 10 when the Billboard charts are out on Thursday. "Based on a True Story..." was 10th with 22,000 units sold, up 386 percent. That's probably because the album was on sale last week for $5.99 on iTunes. Two Tweets wet out during the week as well... »»»
July 22, 2014 - Brett Kissel leads the pack with a total of eight Canadian Country Music Association nominations. Kissel was nominated for Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Interactive Artist of the Year, Record Producer of the Year and... »»»
July 22, 2014 - Sammy Kershaw tackles the legacy of George Jones with his tribute "Do You Know Me? A Tribute to George Jones." Kershaw, who clearly regarded Jones as an inspiration, tackles such songs as "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Walk Through This World With Me" and "Why Baby Why." Jones' daughter with Tammy... »»»
July 21, 2014 - Jason Aldean just released a new single today from an upcoming album. The new single, "Burnin' It Down," was released at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and will be on his upcoming sixth CD, presumably due out later this year. The song clocks in at 3:45 and starts off with keyboards leading the way.... »»»
July 21, 2014 - Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and Rosanne Cash will be among the artists playing at next month's free Americanafest NYC, a music and film experience taking place Aug. 4-10. The Americana Music Association and Lincoln Center have partnered for the first time to... »»»
July 21, 2014 - Blake Shelton, celebrated a sold-out stadium show at Chicago's Wrigley Field this weekend, topping out capacity with more than 40,000 fans in attendance. Shelton is only the fourth country artist to have ever appeared at the 100 year-old ballpark. Currently on the road for his "Ten Times Crazier Tour... »»»
July 18, 2014 - Lady Antebellum announced today that its fifth studio album, "747," will land in stores on Sept. 30. The album's lead single "Bartender" is one of 11 songs on the disc co-produced by Nathan Chapman with Lady A for the Capitol Records Nashville release. "We unanimously knew that our album title... »»»
July 18, 2014 - A crack sextet including Dobro ace Jerry Douglas, will honor Flatt & Scruggs with "The Earls of Leicester," a disc due Sept. 16 on Rounder. This is one of two projects Douglas will release that date. He also will be out with "Three Bells' featuring Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes as well.... »»»
July 17, 2014 - Florida Georgia Line went from 40 to 1 in one week as "Dirt" sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 26. This was only the song's second week on the chart. Miranda Lambert led the Country Albums chart with "Platinum." On the songs chart, "American Kids" by Kenny... »»»
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July 17, 2014 - Live Nation, the creators of the Watershed and Faster Horses country music festivals, today its bets on Las Vegas to host its newest music festival: Route 91 Harvest. The festival, scheduled Oct. 3 - 5, will host Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert.... »»»
July 16, 2014 - Country Standard Time is launching a Kickstarter campaign to cover the Americana Music Festival in September in Nashville. CST is launching the effort to raise $5,500 to send a reporter and photographer to Nashville to cover the annual event. "Country Standard Time is one of the leading web sites... »»»
July 16, 2014 - In a record setting week for sales - on the negative side - Miranda Lambert will have the only country CD in the overall top 10. "Platinum" was ninth on the overall chart, down two, with 20,000 units sold, down 20 percent. Singer/songwriter Sia scored her first number 1 on the Billboard 200 with... »»»
July 15, 2014 - Garth Brooks will kick off his world tour in Chicago on Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. This is the first date of a world-word tour, which Brooks announced would happen last Thursday. Brooks has not played Chicago in 17 years. QMore dates will be announced by Brooks.... »»»
July 15, 2014 - The late Cowboy Jack Clement releases his final disc, while John Hiatt and Trampled by Turtles are still going strong. Clement, who died in August 2013, was a well-known as a writer and singer. He wrote "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," a hit for Johnny Cash. He produced albums by Townes Van Zandt and Waylon Jennings.... »»»
July 14, 2014 - A "crushed" Garth Brooks said tonight that all shows slated for Dublin, Ireland at the end of July are off. Brooks received word that the Dublin city Council refused to grant permits for having five concerts on consecutive nights at Croke Park. Brooks, who announced last Thursday he would launch a... »»»
July 14, 2014 - The duo Native Run will make its Grand Ole Opry debut on July 18. Native Run - Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley - is offering a contest at its web site for two tickets to the show. The duo met while at church in college in Virginia. They are working with producer/songwriter Luke Laird in Nashville.... »»»
July 14, 2014 - Garth Brooks will start his world-wide tour in Chicago. That's the word from Andy Roberts, the Brooks fan in Atlanta that Brooks promised would be the first to know. Roberts posted the announcement via Twitter for the handle - #TFMAndy -of his janitorial supply company, Turkey Farm Maintenance.... »»»
July 14, 2014 - Kenny Chesney is going back to the '60s for his cover of his forthcoming CD, "The Big Revival," which was revealed today. A painted school bus from his "American Kids" video dominated by reds, blues and yellows dominates the cover with an upright bass lying on its side along with percussion instruments nearby.... »»»