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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 - 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... »»»
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.... »»»
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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.... »»»
July 14, 2014 - Dwight Yoakam is back with Warner/Reprise, the label announced Monday. Yoakam, who issued his first nine albums with Warner/Reprise released a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic "Who'll Stop The Rain" today as well. This track will also be included on his new album to be released later this year.... »»»
July 14, 2014 - Those refunds for Garth Brooks' canceled five-date Irish tour that were supposed to happen today? Well, it's not as Ticketmaster announced on its web site that it would delay refunds until Thursday and held out hope that the concerts would go on as scheduled. "Ticketmaster understands that negotiations... »»»
July 14, 2014 - Lucinda Williams announced on Monday she will self-release her first-ever double studio album, "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone," on Sept. 30 The new album will be released on Williams' new independent label Highway 20 Records, via Thirty Tigers. "Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone"... »»»
July 14, 2014 - Ashley Monroe was discharged from a Nashville area hospital on Sunday after being admitted for a severe kidney infection on Friday. This morning, Monroe said, "I'm finally feeling some relief after spending two nights in the hospital. I'm very grateful to everyone for their prayers and understanding during this time.... »»»
July 11, 2014 - Garth Brooks has a co-headliner on his upcoming world tour - his wife. Brooks told Billboard in an interview following his announcement that he would release new music and launch a world tour that Yearwood would be aboard as well. "The tour is going to be Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood," Brooks... »»»
July 11, 2014 - Dressed in a skimpy black bikini and a parka sitting on a beach surrounded by three elves, LeAnn Rimes took to YouTube to announce the "ONE Christmas" tour and the release of a six-song EP. Rimes sits on the beach in the humorous video, singing over the action to announce the cities and a special... »»»
July 11, 2014 - Josh Thompson released the music video for his current single "Wanted Me Gone" today exclusively through CMT stable of properties. CMT, CMT Pure, CMT Artists App and are screening the vide with CMT Pure showing it every other hour. here. The video, directed by Tom Dyer (Rack-N-Roll... »»»