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February 6, 2016 - Dan Hicks, who gained fame as head of the Hot Licks, died today at 74 at his home in Mill Valley, Cal. after a two-year battle with liver cancer. Hicks began his musical journey as a drummer in the ' 60s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans before forming Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks in 1967 with... »»»
February 5, 2016 - Mary Chapin Carpenter announced she would release a new album, "The Things That We Are Made Of," on May 6. Carpenter will put out the disc on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. She had been most recently on Sony. Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris... »»»
February 5, 2016 - Scotty McCreery returned to his roots earlier this week when he taped an episode of the Farewell Season of "American Idol." For three days, the Season Ten champion mentored two of the Top 24 contestants and shared lessons learned from both his experience on the television show and his career.... »»»
February 5, 2016 - The first solo CD from a Lady Antebellum member, Lucinda Williams and an old Johnny Cash concert are among the CDs out today. Charles Kelley of Lady A drops "The Driver," which veers in a slightly different direction than his regular gig. He worked on the disc with Blake Chancey.... »»»
February 5, 2016 - Sam Outlaw and Whitney Rose are launching a joint tour starting in February Outlaw, who is based in the LA area and released "Angeleno" last year, will hit the road on the Country & Western Nights tour with his label mate. Outlaw's country is classic and smooth, whil; Rose has a countrypolitan... »»»
February 4, 2016 - Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann and The Swon Brothers are among the acts no longer on the Sony Nashville roster, according to published reports. Evans spent her entire career on RCA Nashville, part of the Sony umbrella, since her traditional country debut, "Three Chords and the Truth" in 1997.... »»»
February 4, 2016 - Keith Urban announced three new shows today on his ripcord tour with all being in the west. Two of the tour stops, all of which feature Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris, will be in Bozeman, Mont. and Sioux City, Ia., where Urban hasn't appeared since 2005 and 2004 respectively.... »»»
February 4, 2016 - Veteran band The Kentucky Headhunters are heading to Europe for the first time. The band will play the Sweden Rock Festival June 9 in Solvesborg, Sweden, and the Ramblin' Man Fair July 24 in Maidstone, England. Headlining the Sweden Rock Festival are Queen + Adam Lambert, Twisted Sister, Foreigner.... »»»
February 3, 2016 - With a winter tour barely underway, Brantley Gilbert announced today he would Take It Outside this summer on a 22-date tour starting in June. The tour kicks off June 2 at Mansfield, Mass' XFinity Center and ends in October. "We're just getting started bringing the music to the people," Gilbert said.... »»»
February 3, 2016 - Alt.-country pioneers The Jayhawks will be back with a new album in late April. "Paging Mr. Proust" drops on Thirty Tigers on April 29. The band's ninth studio disc is the first since 2011's "Mockingbird Time" on Rounder. The upcoming 11-song disc features the long-time core of the Jayhawks: Gary... »»»
February 2, 2016 - Don Williams had to undergo hip replacement surgery, forcing cancellation of his tour, his publicist said this morning. "Don Williams has regrettably been forced to postpone his 2016 tour after unexpected hip replacement surgery," the press release said. There was no word on when or where the... »»»
February 2, 2016 - Thomas Rhett's "T-Shirt" is the third single from his ACM nominated album "Tangled Up" (The Valory Music Co.). With five consecutive chart-toppers, including a huge hit with "Die a Happy Man," Rhett said, "I couldn't be more pumped that country radio jumped all over 'T-Shirt' because I have wanted... »»»
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February 2, 2016 - The Billboard domination by Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton continues at least through the Feb. 13 chart out today. Rhett again tops the Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man," while Stapleton leads the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller." On the albums chart, Hank Williams Jr.... »»»
February 1, 2016 - The ACM nominations are in, and the nominees are...happy. Cam scored three nominations - Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year, both for "Burning House," and New Female Vocalist. "I'm ugly crying right now," Cam said. "Just so honored and grateful to be a part of this country music family.... »»»
February 1, 2016 - Jana Kramer became a mother on Sunday and an Academy of Country Music awards nominee on Monday, she announced today. Baby girl Jolie Rae Caussin was born Sunday afternoon in Nashville to Kramer and her husband Michael Caussin. Kramer was nominated for Female Vocalist. "What a whirlwind of great... »»»
February 1, 2016 - John Moreland makes his network television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. The show airs at 11:35 p.m. eastern on CBS. Moreland's current album, "High On Tulsa Heat," was released last April to much praise. Upcoming Moreland tour dates are: Feb. 18 The Kessler @ Dallas, TX Feb.... »»»
February 1, 2016 - Eric Church led the pack with five Academy of Country Much awards nominations on Monday, including Entertainer of the Year. Church also is up for Album of the Year for the surprise disc "Mr. Misunderstood," Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year "Mr. Misunderstood" and Musical Event of the Year... »»»
January 31, 2016 - Chris Stapleton once again will have the only country album in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are released on Tuesday. "Traveller," Stapleton's debut, was good for seventh on the chart with 34,000 units sold, down 16 percent. Adele tops the chart after a two-week absence as "25" sold 116,000... »»»
January 29, 2016 - The teases from The Swon Brothers became reality at the stroke of midnight as the duo released a surprise EP. "SURPRISE. NEW MUSIC is finally out," the Swons posted on their Facebook page. The duo posted on social media in recent weeks that new music was coming soon. Timeless" dropped with six songs.... »»»
January 29, 2016 - The Big Barrel Country Music Festival, slated for June in Delaware, was cancelled by its promoters. No reason was given for the postponement of the festival slated to have Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Sam Hunt as headliners. Last year's fest, the first Big Barrel, drew about 30,000 people over 3 days... »»»
January 29, 2016 - A record recorded during a cruise, a veteran bluegrasser at 24 and a newcomer with a lot of pedigree top today's releases. Buddy Miller wears a lot of hats, and one of them is going on Caribbean cruises in the winter to play music. "Cayamon Sessions At Sea" is billed as Buddy Miller & Friends.... »»»

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