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August 22, 2014 - Mary Chapin Carpenter will embark on a fall orchestra and acoustic tour . Pianist Jon Carroll and multi-instrumentalist John Doyle will accompany Carpenter with special guest opener Tift Merritt. Carpenter released her debut orchestral record, "Songs from the Movie," in January.... »»»
August 22, 2014 - Hunter Hayes officially announced his fall headlining tour, theTattoo (Your Name) Tour, set to kick off Thursday, Oct. 30 in University Park, Penn. Warner Music Nashville label mates Dan + Shay and The Railers will join Hayes as supporting acts for the tour, which will be produced by AEG Live/The Messina Group.... »»»
August 21, 2014 - Aoife O'Donovan and Noam Pikelny will team up for a joint tour throughout the Rockies, Southwest and Midwest in November. O'Donovan, a member of Crooked Still, also has a solo career underway with her "Fossils" CD out. A member of bluegrass outfit the Punch Brothers, banjoist Pikelny just scored... »»»
August 21, 2014 - Sturgill Simpson will continue his extensive worldwide tour this fall in support of his acclaimed sophomore album, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music." The tour includes a sold-out headlining show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles as well as club dates throughout the Southeast, Southwest, Pacific... »»»
August 21, 2014 - Jason Aldean is first again on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 30 with "Burnin' It Down." Luke Bryan led the Country Albums chart with "Crash My Party." On the songs chart, Florida Georgia Line was second "Dirt," Kenny Chesney third with "American Kids," Dierks Bentley... »»»
August 21, 2014 - Shelby Lynne signed with Rounder Records with a new album coming earl8y n ext year, the label announced today. Rounder will release "I Am Shelby Lynn:" in a deluxe reissue with bonus tracks and a full concert DVD, "Shelby Lynne: Live at the House of Blues" on Oct. 7 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release.... »»»
August 20, 2014 - Luke Bryan will have the only country album in the Billboard Top 10 when the charts are released on Thursday. "Crash My Party" stood at number 10, up 2, with 19,000 units sold. The disc increased sales by 19 percent, which could have resulted from being discounted in the iTunes store.... »»»
August 20, 2014 - Lee Brice, who celebrated his fourth number one single at country radio last week with "I Don't Dance," is out with a new single today, "Drinking Class." The song goes for adds on Sept. 8. That's one day before the release of his new album, "I Don't Dance." title track to his anticipated Sept.... »»»
August 20, 2014 - Randy Travis reaches back to his favorites, while Motley Crue lovers get the chance to hear a bunch of country acts cover their sons in new releases out today. Travis puts out "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am," a collection of songs that affected his career. Among the songs are "Are the Good Times... »»»
August 20, 2014 - George Strait is offering a 20-track live album recorded at his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in September, Strait's final concert. "The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium" is out Sept. 16 on MCA Nashville. The disc features special guests Jason Aldean, Ray... »»»
August 19, 2014 - Alabama will go the gospel route on its next release in September. Alabama will put out "Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition" on Sept. 8 exclusively at all 632 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at The deluxe editioin contains three... »»»
August 19, 2014 - Trisha Yearwood's announced today she is signing with Sony Nashville, the same label that her husband, Garth Brooks, joined. Yearwood's 12th studio album, "PrizeFighter," will be released at an undetermined date. Yearewood will join The Garth Brooks World Tour as a special guest starting Sept.... »»»
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August 18, 2014 - Taylor Swift announced Monday that she was releasing a new album, "1989," on Oct. 27. The album will be squarely in the pop category, Swift said in a live stream from the Empire State Building. The disc was produced by Swedish producers Max Martin and Shellback. Swift also released a new single, "Shake... »»»
August 18, 2014 - Lori McKenna announced today the release of her new acoustic record "Numbered Doors," out Sept. 23. The disc was live tracked with producer Mark Erelli, who often plays with McKenna. "If 'Lorraine' and 'Massachusetts' were personal records - [Numbered Doors[ is more inspired by those lingering stories.... »»»
August 18, 2014 - Blake Shelton just released the debut single from his new disc out in late September. The first single is "Neon Light," from the disc "Bringing Back the Sunshine." Warner is releasing the album on Sept. 30. The single goes for adds on Aug. 25. The song features a lot of banjo with a hick hop beat at the outset.... »»»
August 15, 2014 - The Americana Music Association added more than 20 artists, including BR549 and Holly Williams to its long list of artists playing Americanafest 2014 in September. The AMA also announced new pricing tiers to expand audience access to more than 175 showcases. Artists added also included Aaron Lee... »»»
August 15, 2014 - Cumulus Radio launched its Nash Icon radio format around the U.S. today on stations ranging from WSM-FM in Nashville to stations in the Midwest, South and West. Country Aircheck reported on Friday that the stations who have switched over to the format also included K273BZ in Kansas City, WZRR in Birmingham, Ala.... »»»
August 14, 2014 - Jason Aldean again leads the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 23 with "Burnin' It Down." Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" reclaimed the top spot on the Country Albums chart. Brantley Gilbert, last week's chart topper, stood in second on the albums chart with "Just As I Am.... »»»
August 14, 2014 - The Infamous Stringdusters will play two special Halloween shows in New York City. The Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock band will play the Highline Ballroom on Oct. 30 and 31. On the first night, the Stringdusters will celebrate the music of The Grateful Dead with a special performance, "Night of The Living Dead.... »»»
August 13, 2014 - The Boxcars lead the nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Awards with 10 for the band and individual members Blue Highway grabbed nine nominations, and The Del McCoury Band earned six nominations. Hall of Fame inductees will be The Original Seldom Scene and Neil Rosenberg.... »»»
August 13, 2014 - Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson called on friend Willie Nelson to participate in a video for a song from his solo release. "It Ain't You" comes from Benson's latest release, "A Little Piece," out on Bismeaux Records. Nelson has been a close friend of Benson's since he suggested that Benson move from... »»»