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August 27, 2015 - Jennifer Nettles, who left Universal Nashville earlier this month, announced today that she has signed to Big Machine Records. Nettles, one-half of Sugarland, will release a new single in October with her second solo album due out in early 2016 release. Nettles also will embark on the headlining... »»»
August 27, 2015 - Chris Isaak will release his first album of new material in six years in November. "First Comes the Night" will be produced by Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell) and longtime Isaak collaborator Mark Needham and be out on Vanguard Records on Nov. 13.... »»»
August 26, 2015 - Luke Bryan will bring his seventh annual Farm Tour to eight cities this fall. Joining Bryan on the tour will be Sam Hunt, the Peach Pickers (a trio consisting of songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip), Chris Janson, Chancie Neal, a singer from Louisiana, and DJ Rock. Tour dates are: Sept.... »»»
August 26, 2015 - Sam Hunt once again is partying at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as "House Party" remains first again. Luke Bryan also stayed first - on the overall Top 200, and, of course, the Top Country Albums chart - with "Kill the Lights." Thomas Rhett was second on the Songs chart with "Crash... »»»
August 26, 2015 - The Cadillac Three will livestream a sold-out, hometown show in Nasvhille next month. The trio will play The Cannery Ballroom on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. central and stream it through Big Machine's iHeart Radio Channel. Jaren Johnston (guitar and lead vocals), Neil Mason (drums, Percussion and... »»»
August 25, 2015 - Waterloo Revival released a video of its single "Bad For You." George Birge and Cody Cooper, who are Waterloo Revival, put the video on Rare Country. Shot just outside of Nashville and directed by Brian Lazzaro, the scenes depict an unexpected adventure after the duo's truck breaks down outside a fruit stand.... »»»
August 25, 2015 - Ralph Stanley will head out on the road in 2016 for The Man of Constant Sorrow Tour. The shows will also feature his grandson, Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Tour dates have yet to be announced. The tour is named after Stanley's latest album, "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was... »»»
August 25, 2015 - Cole Swindell announced his second annual Down Home Tour this morning, following last year's sold-out run. The tour starts Nov. 11 in New York and concludes Dec. 19 in Greenville, S.C. Swindell will celebrate the five-week run with the release of his five-song "Down Home Sessions" EP this fall.... »»»
August 24, 2015 - Luke Bryan remains number one on the Billboard charts with"Kill the Lights," despite a huge drop in sales. Bryan scored 99,000 in sales, far below the 345,000 he sold in week 1. Sam Hunt rounded out the top 10 with "Montevallo," selling 28,000 units. The carts will be out on Tuesday.... »»»
August 24, 2015 - Don Henley will launch a solo tour this fall to support "Cass County," his country disc out Sept. 25. The disc is the first solo release in 15 years from the drummer for The Eagles. Dolly Parton sings with Henley on "When I Stop Dreaming," a song done by the Louvin Brothers. Mick Jagger and Miranda... »»»
August 24, 2015 - Jon Pardi will launch a headlining tour, the All Time High Tour, this fall, he announced Monday. With 18 cross-country dates, the California native kicks off the tour in his home state at The House of Blues in San Diego on Oct. 8. Brothers Osborne will open the shows. "Out of all the tours I've... »»»
August 24, 2015 - The Judds, will reunite for Girls Night Out, a nine-show residency at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas, Oct. 7-24. Produced by AEG Live, Girls Night Out will mark the first concerts by Naomi and Wynonna Judd together in nearly five years. "Love Can Build a Bridge," "Why Not Me,"... »»»
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August 21, 2015 - More than three years after the release of his very successful debut, Kip Moore finally returns with "Wild Ones." Moore, who had hits with "Beer Money" and "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," is out with a regular and deluxe edition with the latter containing 16 songs (3 extra). Moore tends to rock more on this... »»»
August 21, 2015 - Hot Rize, Watkins Family Hour, Angaleena Presley, Buddy Miller and Marc Ribot, Della Mae and Parker Millsap were added to the AmericanaFest in Nashville next month, it was announced today. They were among more than 30 artists added to the 16th annual fest, coming Sept. 15-20. Glen Hansard, Jewel,... »»»
August 20, 2015 - Carrie Underwood announced today via a Facebook chat that she is releasing her fifth album, "Storyteller," on Oct. 23 . "Storyteller" will launch with the single "Smoke Break," which was delivered digitally to country radio today for an official airplay impact date of Aug. 24. Produced by Jay... »»»
August 20, 2015 - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell will release their second studio album "So Familiar," on Rounder Records on Oct. 30. Produced by Peter Asher, the album features 12 new songs. "So Familiar" is the follow-up to 2013's "Love Has Come for You," which won the Grammy for Best American Roots Song and also... »»»
August 19, 2015 - Scotty McCreery released the lead single from his fourth album this week. "Southern Belle" was released digitally on Monday and will go for adds at radio on Aug. 31.The song was written by Jason Saenz and Sean McConnell and produced by Frank Rogers. McCreery, who is a student at North Carolina State... »»»
August 19, 2015 - Joe Ely's song "Southern Eyes," will receive its premiere on Sirius / XM's Mojo Nixon show on Thursday at 5 p.m. eastern. The song appears on Ely 's Panhandle Rambler," which streets Sept. 18. The song will also be available Friday as an instant download for pre-sales of the album on iTunes.... »»»
August 18, 2015 - NBC has announced that its upcoming holiday film "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" will air Thursday, Dec. 10 from 9-11 p.m.eastern/Pacific. The movie, which includes Jennifer Nettles as Parton's mother, is based on the true story of Parton's upbringing. The film is set in the Tennessee Great... »»»
August 18, 2015 - Nathan Stanley got a special birthday present on Saturday when he turned 23 - the keys to the city of Marion, Va. Stanley, grandson of Ralph and a country and bluegrass recording artist in his own right, also had Aug. 15 declared "Nathan Stanley Day," an honor conferred by Mayor David Helms.... »»»
August 17, 2015 - Bob Johnston, who produced Johnny Cash's "Live at San Quentin" and Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline," died on Monday in Nashville at 83. Johnston also produced Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, Willie Nelson, Flatt & Scruggs, The Byrds and Carl Perkins. Johnston was born May 14, 1932 in Hillsboro, Texas.... »»»

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