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January 27, 2015 - Nearly a decade since T. Graham Brown's last release, he's out with a new disc. And Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow are out with their second disc. Brown co-produced "Forever Changed" with Mark L. Carman. The disc includes 12 guests, including Vince Gill, Leon Russell, Steve Cropper, The Oak... »»»
January 27, 2015 - The Windy City LakeShake Festival is coming to Chicago this summer with Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley among the artists playing the June fest. Live Nation is putting on the festival June 19-21, part of its continuing expansion of holding country music festivals around the U.S.... »»»
January 26, 2015 - Keith Urban released the fifth single - "Raise 'Em Up" - from his seventh studio album "Fuse." The song features Eric Church and follows in a line of number ones from "Fuse," including "Little Bit of Everything," "We Were Us" and Urban's 17th number 1 "Somewhere In My Car." "Eric and I have been... »»»
January 23, 2015 - Lydia Loveless film star? The Ohio native may just be on the silver screen if a Kickstarter campaign from the director is successful. Filmmaker Gorman Bechard, who has chronicled The Replacements, Archers of Loaf, and Husker Du's Grant Hart is turning his camera towards Loveless in "Who Is Lydia... »»»
January 22, 2015 - Carrie Underwood likes whatever is in the water because she remains first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 31 with "Something in the Water." Sam Hunt was first on the albums chart with "Montevallo." Luke Bryan is second on the songs chart with "I See You," one ahead... »»»
January 22, 2015 - There used to be Johnny and June, George and Tammy, Porter and Dolly. More recently Tim and Faith. Add Garth and Trisha to the list. That's because Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood are going to release a duets Christmas album. The two are on tour together with Yearwood coming out to sing some songs,... »»»
January 22, 2015 - Toby Keith was been added as the fourth headliner for the 24th Annual Country Jam music coming this June to Colorado. The festival, slated for June 18-21, will be at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, Col. Keith joins previously announced headliners Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and The Band Perry.... »»»
January 21, 2015 - Miranda Lambert was added to the list of performers at the 57th annual Grammy awards. Common and John Legend, who will perform "Glory" from the film Selma, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams, who are tied with six nominations each, also join the list of performers. Eric Church was previously announced as... »»»
January 21, 2015 - Luke Bryan is staying busy this year as he revealed plans today to hit seven stadiums and do multiple dates in the U.S., tour overseas for the first time, release another Spring Break album and be the subject of an exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame. "I'm so excited about today," said Bryan... »»»
January 21, 2015 - The iHeartRadio Country Festival is coming back to Austin this spring with Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley aboard. The festival, coming May 2 at the Frank Erwin Center, also will feature Brantley Gilbert and Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley with more to be announced. iHeartMedia's nationally-syndicated... »»»
January 20, 2015 - Dixie Hall, wife of Tom T. Hall and a bluegrass and country music songwriter, died on Friday at 80. Known as Miss Dixie, she wrote more than 500 commercially recorded bluegrass songs along with Johnny Cash and Miranda Lambert among those recording her work. She was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in England.... »»»
January 20, 2015 - Kenny Chesney will see if he can be third time lucky. Chesney is releasing his third single, "Wild Child" with Grace Potter helping out. Chesney already has gone to the top of the charts with the first two singles from "The Big Revival," "American Kids" and "Till It's Gone." Chesney wrote the new... »»»
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January 20, 2015 - Ralph Stanley and Ryan Bingham top the list of new releases out today. Stanley, 87, is releasing "Man of Constant Sorrow" through Cracker Barrel. This is not the first time Stanley has released a disc with that name. In 2000, he put out a compilation album of songs from the '70s and '80s.... »»»
January 20, 2015 - Jo Dee Messina will perform the National Anthem at the 2015 Honda National Hockey League All-Star Game Sunday, January 25. The game will be held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio and will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. eastern on NBCSN with additional performances by Fall Out Boy and O.A.R..... »»»
January 16, 2015 - House Speaker John Boehner can't shake off Taylor Swift when it comes to education. In a posting on his web site on Friday, Boehner staffers Caleb Smith and Mike Ricci created the posting The posting includes 13 (there's a bonus one from Swift's "Shake It Off" video") gifs of Swift connected with... »»»
January 16, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson announced that he has signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. Simpson released "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" last year to much praise. The disc has been on the Billboard top 20. On his Facebook page, Simpson depicted an Atlantic single with his name on there.... »»»
January 16, 2015 - The eighth installment of Del Fest will feature Old Crow Medicine Show, Leftover Salmon and Trampled by Turtles. DelFest, which will be held in Cumberland, Md. from May 21-24, will present first time acts Lake Street Dive, Shovels and Rope, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, D.C. area favorites and IBMA... »»»
January 15, 2015 - Chris Young and Lee Brice are joining forces for a co-headlining tour beginning in Syracuse, N.Y. in one week. "Lee and I had a blast last year when we were out with Brad (Paisley) and so we thought it would be great to join up for a co-headlining tour for our fans this winter," said Young, who has... »»»
January 15, 2015 - Carrie Underwood remained first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 24 with "Something in the Water," while Garth Brooks was first again on the Top Country Albums chart with "Man Against Machine." Brooks jumped from fifth to first with last week's chart topper, Jason... »»»
January 14, 2015 - Boston-area band Girls Guns and Glory will release a live tribute album to Hank on Feb. 24 via Lonesome Day Records' new imprint Dry Lighting Records. "Hank Williams was a game changer," said Girls Guns and Glory vocalist/guitarist Ward Hayden. "I've read a few Hank biographies and something that... »»»
January 14, 2015 - Eric Church will perform at the 57th Grammy Awards next month along with AC/DC, Madonna, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran on Feb. 8. Church is up for four awards this year; Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for "Give Me Back My Hometown;" Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Raise 'Em... »»»