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February 17, 2017 - Old 97's will play "Late Night with Seth Myers" on Monday, just days before the release of their new disc and the start of a new tour. Old 97's will play their single "Good With God" on Late Night, featuring additional vocals from Nashville's Nikki Lane. The band has also made a music video for the... »»»
February 17, 2017 - Only 18 years after her last solo disc, Allson Krauss returns with "Windy City." The bluegrasser expands well beyond that sound with country, jazz and other sounds. Krauss covers 10 classic songs that she selected with producer Buddy Cannon. Among them are Glenn Campbell's "Gentle On My Mind," Willie... »»»
February 17, 2017 - Brad Paisley's upcoming disc, "Love and War," has been pushed back about 6 weeks. Paisley's 11th release had been slated for a March 3 debut, but his label said today the music would drop April 21. This week, "Today," the first single from the album, is 11th this week on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.... »»»
February 17, 2017 - Levon, a country band with influences related to its name, signed a deal with Sony Nashville and Epic Records. Levon consists of three best friends: Northbrook, Ill. native Michael David Hall (on guitar and lead vocals, with a five-octave range); Sumter, S.C.'s Jake Singleton (on harmonies, bass and... »»»
February 16, 2017 - Keith Urban leads the Academy of Country Music with seven nominations in five categories, including his seventh for Entertainer of the Year and 10th nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban is nominated twice, as both artist and producer, in the Album of the Year category for "Ripcord.... »»»
February 15, 2017 - Zac Brown Band's weekend music fest, Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, is taking a year off, the band announced online. "We appreciate the support and love. See you in 2018," the band posted in a tweet. "We regret to announce that the 2017 Southern Ground Music & Food Festival will be rescheduled... »»»
February 15, 2017 - Thomas Rhett is about to become a father - twice. The singer's wife, Lauren Akins, is pregnant, while the couple also are going to adopt a child from Africa soon. The two went on a trip to Tanzania in December with Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and his wife when Akins started feeling stomach pains.... »»»
February 14, 2017 - Reba McEntire debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope." Sam Hunt sits atop the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 25 with "Body Like a Back Road." He took over from Little Big Town's "Better Man," which fell to second.... »»»
February 13, 2017 - Cassadee Pope and All-Time Low drummer Rian Dawson are engaged. Pope posted on Twitter "WE'RE ENGAGED!! ❤❤❤." Dawson posted on Instagram, ""he love of my life is now OFFICIALLY the love of my life. Never been happier. :)" Pope, one-time winner of The Voice, has her own country career going.... »»»
February 13, 2017 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill both signed with Sony Music, Billboard reported today. Billboard said the signings call for multiple solo albums from both Hill and McGraw. McGraw previously had been with Big Machine after starting his career at Curb. When he left Curb, he and the label were engaged in... »»»
February 12, 2017 - Sturgill Simpson's left of center disc, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," won the Grammy on Sunday for Best Grammy Album. Maren Morris' "My Church" took the honor for Best Country Solo Performance. Morris also sang with Alicia Keys during the broadcast. Hillary Scott & the Scott Family won two Grammys:... »»»
February 11, 2017 - Country acts ranging from Sturgill Simpson to Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban will be onstage during the 59th Grammy awards on Sunday. Simpson, Underwood and Urban will perform along with Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Maren Morris and Alicia Keys. Simpson was nominated for Album of the Year... »»»
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February 11, 2017 - Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham will join for more than 20 tour dates this spring. The tour hits the road together beginning on April 6 in Charlottesville, Va. with stops in Washington, D.C., Austin and Nashville. Clark, who has gained much acclaim as a songwriter, made her major label debut last... »»»
February 9, 2017 - Radney Foster announced today he would expand beyond his music by releasing a book of short fiction later this year. "I realized that at heart, I'm a storyteller," said Foster. "This book gives me the chance to go further than what I can say in a three-minute song." The "Sycamore Creek" project will... »»»
February 7, 2017 - Brantley Gilbert was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Feb. 18 with "The Devil Don't Sleep" and second on the overall chart. Little Big Town stayed atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Better Man." Sam Hunt debuted in second on the songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road.... »»»
February 7, 2017 - The Gentle Giant, Don Williams, may have retired last year, but his music certainly is not being forgotten. Williams' longtime producer Garth Fundis has produced a tribute album, "Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams," featuring Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brandy Clark, Jason Isbell & Amanda... »»»
February 7, 2017 - Blake Shelton released the video for his new single "Every Time I Hear That Song," today on Vevo. Directed by Kristin Barlow and shot in Nashville, Shelton debuted the single last month at the 2017 People's Choice Awards, where he became the first country act to take home the award for Favorite Album... »»»
February 6, 2017 - Zac Brown Band debuted its new single, "My Old Man," yesterday in Houston before the Super Bowl. The song is on the band's forthcoming album, "Welcome Home" due out May 12 on Elektra. The song performance included both New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady and Atlanta Falcons signal caller Matt Ryan.... »»»
February 5, 2017 - Brantley Gilbert's "The Devil Don't Sleep" debuted in second on the Billboard top 200 chart, it was announced on Sunday. Gilbert's CD moved 77,000 units earned with 66,000 from traditional album sales. This was Gilbert's third top five release. Gilbert, of course, will top the country chart.... »»»
February 3, 2017 - Terry McBride, the former frontman for '90s country group McBride & the Ride, is back after a 20-year hiatus with a solo project, "Hotels and Highways," out via MV2 Entertainment on Feb. 24. Born of the Texas songwriter tradition, McBride had a successful career with McBride & the Ride in the early... »»»
February 2, 2017 - Reba McEntire returns with a two-disc release of faith, while LeAnn Rimes strays far from her country roots in new releases out today. McEntire put out "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope," which contains the familiar standards, such as "I'll Fly Away," "Oh Happy Day" and "How Great Thou Art" along... »»»