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July 29, 2016 - Hillary Scott released her first album apart from Lady Antebellum, and she goes a very different route. "Love Remains" is essentially a religious/spiritual album from Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, which consists of her sister, Rylee, and parents (Linda Davis, who enjoyed a hit or two back in the... »»»
July 28, 2016 - Dierks Bentley's "Black" will be released on vinyl on Aug. 12, it was announced today. Bentley scored a hit with the single "Somewhere On A Beach." The new single is "Different For Girls," featuring Elle King. "When we created this album, I kept imagining the flow of this record being told with an... »»»
July 28, 2016 - Kenny Chesney hopes to be "Setting the World on Fire" with his new single. Pop singer Pink sings with Chesney on the track. The song is the second single from his forthcoming disc. "Noise" was the first release and reached 14 on the Billboard songs chart. The songs will be on his "Cosmic Hallelujah"... »»»
July 26, 2016 - Garth Brooks is launching on satellite radio. SiriusXM announced today that The Garth Channel will start with a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It will be the first time in Brooks' career that he has put on a full concert at the Ryman Auditorium.... »»»
July 26, 2016 - The Earls of Leicester led the pack of IBMA nominations today with three nominations for the band and five for their individual members. The band was followed by the Del McCoury Band with six nominations (band and individuals), Flatt Lonesome with five nominations and Becky Buller, Sam Bush, Sierra... »»»
July 26, 2016 - Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Aug. 6 with "We're All Somebody From Somewhere." Florida Georgia Line continued its domination of the Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." still number one for the week ending Aug.... »»»
July 26, 2016 - An annual rite of the Christmas season, a tour by The Oak Ridge Boys, will continue this year. The group will hit two dozen cities Nov. 1-Dec. 22. Oaks' lead singer, Duane Allen, said, "Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the positive things about the season...the joy, happiness, giving,... »»»
July 26, 2016 - Dierks Bentley extended his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with the addition of arena dates following two nights at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre in late September. Beginning Oct. 13 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., the tour continues through the end of October with Randy Houser and special guest Drake White & The Big Fire.... »»»
July 26, 2016 - Willie Nelson will pay tribute to his late friend, Ray Price, with "For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price" on Sept. 16 on Legacy Recordings. "Heartaches by the Number," "Crazy Arms," "Night Life," "Faded Love" and "For the Good Times" are among the songs covered by Nelson. Nelson teamed up with... »»»
July 25, 2016 - Aubrie Sellers, who released an independent album in January, has signed with Warner Records, she announced today. "I am so happy to tell y'all I've signed with Warner Brothers," she tweeted. Sellers, the daughter of Lee Ann Womack and Jason Sellers, released the well-received "New City Blues" in... »»»
July 21, 2016 - Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez will reunite to do a short U.S. and Canadian tour in August and September. Dubbed the "10th Anniversary Red Dog Tracks Reunion Tour" because it salutes the recent deluxe reissue of the duo's "Red Dog Tracks" CD, the tour will focus on shows in Texas and New York City and Canada.... »»»
July 21, 2016 - Willie Nelson will launch Willie's Reserve, a premium cannabis brand, which is anticipated to be available in Washington and Colorado stores in July and August respectively. Nelson and Family will celebrate the launch with shows on Saturday, July 23, at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash.... »»»
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July 20, 2016 - Jason Aldean released a new single, "A Little More Summertime," to radio. The song is the second from his upcoming seventh disc, "They Don't Know," out Sept. 9 on Broken Bow. "'A Little More Summertime' really hit me the first time I heard it," said Aldean. "It's always been about the vibe of a song for me.... »»»
July 19, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line continues to dominate the Billboard Hot Country songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." still number one, for the week ending July 30. Chris Stapleton regained the number one spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller." Carrie Underwood was second on the songs chart with "Church... »»»
July 19, 2016 - Dierks Bentley debuts the video for his new single, "Different For Girls," with Elle King on Wednesday on TODAY and Access Hollywood. TODAY host Dylan Dreyer will sit-down with the collaborators on the Brooklyn set as they share a behind the scenes look with fans at the making of the video, which was... »»»
July 18, 2016 - Kane Brown, currently on the road with Florida Georgia Line, will headline the Kane Brown 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now Tour "presented by Monster Energy and Outbreak Presents this fall. The 30-date fall tour will kick off Nov. 3 in Kalamazoo, Mich. and wrap-up Jan. 21, 2017 in Houston.... »»»
July 18, 2016 - Kenny Rogers announced today his final Christmas & Hits tour, which starts in late November. Since the release of Rogers' first-ever Christmas album in 1981, "Christmas," Rogers has embarked on an annual Christmas & Hits Tour where he performs holiday favorites and a large selection of hit.... »»»
July 16, 2016 - Bonnie Brown Ring, one-third of one of The Browns, passed away earlier today at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. following complications from lung cancer at 77. Born July 31, 1938 in Sparkman, Ark., Brown became became interested in music from watching her older siblings, Maxine and James Edward.... »»»
July 15, 2016 - Steven Tyler finally releases his debut country disc, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," after a several-year long embrace of country. David Nail, Confederate Railroad and bluegrass super band The Earls of Leicester also are out with new music today. For The Earls of Leicester, the music they... »»»
July 15, 2016 - Miranda Lambert apparently has a new single, "Vice," dropping on Monday. Lambert tweeted photos of someone's hands - presumably hers - dropping a need on a single, called "Vice." The tweet said "July 18." The song would be from Lambert's seventh album, which has no release date.... »»»
July 15, 2016 - Eric Paslay released his new single "Angels In This Town" to radio stations. "As of late, our world has been impacted by tragedy of all kinds. I'm so grateful we can use 'Angels in This Town' to shine a light on all the good that happens every day in our world," said Paslay. "I'm excited for it to be... »»»