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September 19, 2014 - New Orleans-based country-soul band The Deslondes signed with New West Records. The five-piece is currently on the road with Old Crow Medicine Show through early October. Following the tour, they will put the finishing touches on their debut full-length album, which will be out in early 2015.... »»»
September 19, 2014 - Lee Ann Womack and John Legend teamed up last night in Nashville for CMT CROSSROADS. The show of their performance together premieres Friday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. eastern/Pacific on CMT. The two artists, who met for the first time on stage at rehearsal, were joined on stage by Womack's band featuring... »»»
September 18, 2014 - George Hamilton IV, a star of the Grand Ole Opry, died on Wednesday at 77 after suffering a heart attack on Saturday. Hamilton was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. on July 19, 1937. He enjoyed his first hit while a student at the University of North Carolina with "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" for a local... »»»
September 18, 2014 - Lee Brice debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "I Don't Dance," while Jason Aldean leads the Hot Country Songs chart again, for the week ending Sept. 28, with "Burnin' It Down." On the albums chart, Dustin Lynch debuted in second with "Where It's At.... »»»
September 17, 2014 - Garth Brooks is going to the Bluegrass State. Brooks said on his web sit that he would do two shows at the Rupp Arena in Lexington on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 with both shows at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $69. Brooks opened his world tour in Chicago before going to Atlanta. He also announced dates for Jacksonville, Fla.... »»»
September 17, 2014 - Jason Isbell won very big at the Americana Music Honors and Awards tonight in Nashville. Isbell took home artist, album and song of the year at the 13th annual awards show Isbbell received the album honor for "Southeastern," which was well received by many critics. His song "Cover Me Up," written... »»»
September 17, 2014 - Lee Brice will have the fifth best selling release in the U.S. on the Billboard charts with "I Don't Dance." Brice's disc sold 38,000 units, making it first on the country charts. Topping the chart is gospel singer Lecrea, whose "Anomaly" topped the chart. Dustin Lynch debuts in eighth with... »»»
September 16, 2014 - Tim McGraw and George Strait lead the list of new releases today. McGraw is out with "Sundown Heaven Town," which comes with 18 songs in its deluxe edition. Among the songs are "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" with wife Faith Hill and "Lookin' for That Girl." This is McGraw's 13th album, which he produced... »»»
September 16, 2014 - The Lonesome River Band will release its first original studio release in four years, "Turn on a Dime," on Oct. 14 from Mountain Home Music Co. Led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, the group includes vocalist and songwriter Brandon... »»»
September 15, 2014 - Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were announced Monday as the first performers at the performers for The 48th Annual CMA Awards in November. Each is a nominee for CMA Entertainer of the Year. The awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.... »»»
September 15, 2014 - NPR Music will webcast the 13th annual Americana Music Association's Honors & Awards show on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Starting at 8 p.m. eastern, fans can watch the entire event, including performances by Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and Jason Isbell, in a live video stream at NPR.org/music, WKSU's FolkAlley.... »»»
September 12, 2014 - The Keith Urban concert at the Washington State Fair on Saturday was postponed until next year due to the death of wife Nicole Kidman's father. Dr. Antony Kidman, 76, died in Singapore while visiting another daughter. He reportedly fell in his hotel room. The Urban show was moved to next year, on Saturday, Sept.... »»»
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September 12, 2014 - The Boxmasters, and Americana/rock band with actor Billy Bob Thornton, signed with 101 Ranch Records, it was announced Friday. The group will release a new single through the label later this year, with a double album and tour in early 2015. The Boxmasters previously released three albums on Vanguard Records.... »»»
September 11, 2014 - Jason Aldean again led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Burnin' It Down" for the week ending Sept. 20. So did Miranda Lambert with "Platinum," but her released jumped from seventh to first. Lambert first led the charts when the disc came out in June. Lambert displaced Brad Paisley's... »»»
September 11, 2014 - The CMA Songwriters Series brings its 10th Anniversary season to The Parish in Austin on Wednesday, Oct. 15 (with a line-up including Raul Malo of The Mavericks and Jamey Johnson. Bob DiPiero and Rob Hatch also will participate. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. eastern. Hatch has penned hits for... »»»
September 10, 2014 - Gord Bamford and Brett Kissel each won two awards at the Canadian Country Music Association awards on Sunday in Edmonton. Bamford won Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for "When Your Lips Are So Close." Other winners were: Female Artist of the Year went to Jess Moskaluke Fans'... »»»
September 10, 2014 - The Larry Stephenson Band announced that "Pull Your Savior In," the title track of their forthcoming CD, as their first single release from their upcoming new album. The disc comes Oct. 21 on Whysper Dream Music. The song was written by Stephenson. The band has also released a special featured track,... »»»
September 9, 2014 - Lee Brice wrote the title track of his new disc, "I Don't Dance," as a present to his wife on their anniversary. He could be dancing all the way to the bank as the CD is out today. Justin Townes Earle has a switch in label and to sobriety with the release of "Single Mothers." Earle had been on... »»»
September 8, 2014 - Glen Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, has recorded his last song. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was written by Campbell and Julian Raymond specifically for a new documentary, "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me." Produced by Raymond, the song was recorded in the Los Angeles-based Sunset Sound... »»»
September 8, 2014 - Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood is now a dad. Haywood and wife Kelli gave birth of their first child, son Cash, on Sunday. n Twitter, Lady A posted, "So happy to have a healthy baby boy here with us! Cash Van Haywood was born last night, Mom & Dad are doing great and couldn't be happier!" Haywood also... »»»
September 8, 2014 - Frankie Ballard will world premiere the music video for his hit “"Sunshine & Whiskey" exclusively across CMT, CMT Pure, FrankieBallard.CMT.com and CMT Artists App today. Filmed in a small Pueblo village outside of Los Angeles, director Jack Guy weaves together vignettes featuring a classic sports... »»»