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October 15, 2014 - Michael Cleveland has one less Flamekeeper in his band. Banjo player Glenn Gibson is leaving after three years with the band. His final gig will be Oct. 16 at the Festival of the Riverboats in Louisville, Ky. "Making a living as a performer is a challenge in any genre of music," said Gibson.... »»»
October 15, 2014 - Jason Aldean dominated the Billboard charts this week as "Old Boots, New Dirt" is first with 278,000 units sold for the week ending Oct. 12. That is the third largest sales week this year behind Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" at 383,000 and Eric Church's "The Outsiders" at 288,000 units.... »»»
October 14, 2014 - Florida Georgia Line is out with its second-full length CD, "Anything Goes," which follows the similar line of subject matter as its mega-selling debut, "Here's to the Good Times," with songs about girls and drinking. The first single, "Dirt," was a bit more country sounding than the duo's usual fare.... »»»
October 14, 2014 - Radio jocks sure would have been thrilled to hear from Luke Bryan on Tuesday because that meant they would have won a 2014 CMA Broadcast Award. Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA won the National Award for Broadcast Personality of the Year. "CMA recognizes the influence that country radio stations... »»»
October 14, 2014 - Wynnona Judd announced Wednesday she is going on tour in 2015 with a show devoted to her songs and stories. "Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song" launches Jan. 14 in Durham, N.C. with a stop in her Ashland, KY hometown. Wynonna will be joined by her trio including her husband and producer Cactus Moser.... »»»
October 14, 2014 - Toby Keith released a new single, "Drunk Americans," today. Written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally, Keith sings, "We ain't east, we ain't west. We ain't left, we ain't right. Ain't black, we ain't white ... we just came here to drink" who "all sing it wrong ... but we all sing along.... »»»
October 13, 2014 - The 48th Annual CMA Awards added Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves on Monday to the list of live performers. The awards will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and broadcast on ABC. Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie... »»»
October 13, 2014 - Cole Swindell made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage last week. His three song set included his two consecutive number one singles "“Chillin’ It”" and “"Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," plus his latest, "Ain'’t Worth The Whiskey." The songs were from his self-titled debut... »»»
October 8, 2014 - Blake Shelton will enjoy a lot of sunshine this week because he has scored his second number one album with "Bringing Back the Sunshine." The disc sold 101,000 since its Sept. 30 release. This is his second number one. "Red River Blue," from 2011, started with 116,000 units sold. "Based On a True Story...... »»»
October 7, 2014 - Jason Aldean drops his sixth album, "Old Boots, New Dirt," today. The disc features the hit single "Burnin' It Down," which has led the charts since its release. Michael Knox once again produced Aldean. The release contains 15 songs with none written by Aldean. He has songs from such writers as Ashley... »»»
October 7, 2014 - The Lone Bellow released a new single, "Then Came the Morning," from the trio's forthcoming disc. The new album from the rootsy country/indie folk band will be released in early 2015 and was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National. "Then Came The Morning" is available today via iTunes and will... »»»
October 7, 2014 - Zac Brown Band announced today it would release a greatest hits package in Nov. 10. "Greatest Hits....So Far" will be 15 tracks and be out Nov. 10. The set collects 11 number 1 country singles from 2008's "Chicken Fried" to last year's "Sweet Annie." Songs are: 1. Chicken Fried 2. Whatever It Is 3.... »»»
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October 6, 2014 - Little Big Town is joining the Grand Ole Opry Reba McEntire invited the quartet - Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook - to join the Opry on Friday night. McEntire came out to help sing the LBT hit song "Pontoon." She also asked the band, ""I have been asked to... »»»
October 6, 2014 - Four new songwriters - John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters - entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday. The event also handed out awards. The Songwriter/Artist of the Year went to rock artist Jack White, who was unable to attend. White has produced Loretta Lynn... »»»
October 6, 2014 - Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw were added to the line-up of performers for The 48th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 5. Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisleyand Carrie Underwood, the event will also feature performances by Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Miranda... »»»
October 3, 2014 - Garth Brooks announced that he would release his new album, "Man Against Machine," on Nov. 11. "The wait is finally over," he said on his web site. "Music has always been a reflection of where mankind is at the time," he said in a press release. "For 14 years, I have watched heart and... »»»
October 3, 2014 - What started as 4 Garth Brooks shows in Minneapolis going on sale this morning quickly turned into 10. Brooks began selling tickets for two shows apiece on Nov. 14 and 15, but then decided to add 6 more. His Minneapolis shows at the Target Center also will be on Nov. 6 for 1 show, 2 apiece on Nov.... »»»
October 3, 2014 - Fresh off her Platinum Tour, Miranda Lambert is going on a Certified Platinum Tour, she announced today. Kicking off in January 2015, The Certified Platinum Tour will include Justin Moore, RaeLynn, Sunny Sweeney, Ashley Monroe and Danielle Bradbery . The nearly 30 city Certified Platinum Tour... »»»
October 3, 2014 - Jason Aldean will kick off the release of his sixth studio album "Old Boots, New Dirt" with a multi-song performance on Today on Tuesday, release day for the CD, followed by a stop at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Aldean has announced that his ninth annual "Concert For The Cure" in Detroit on Oct.... »»»
October 2, 2014 - Balsam Range had a big night at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on Thursday in Raleigh, N.C. Balsam Range, a band of friends from North Carolina's Haywood County, was honored with the coveted IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award. They also took Vocal Group of the Year Guitar... »»»
October 2, 2014 - Kenny Chesney led the Billboard Country Albums chart with "The Big Revival" for the week ending Oct. 11. The disc was the second best selling album in the U.S. Jason Aldean, once again, is leading the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Burnin' It Down." The song is off his album out next week.... »»»