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June 26, 2015 - Dwight Yoakam received the Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award on Wednesday. "I haven't gotten a lot of awards, but one thing I did have was great support from country radio," said Yoakam in giving his thanks. Yoakam recalled his fascination with country radio from a young age.... »»»
June 25, 2015 - Carrie Underwood will be back on Sunday Night Football, it was announced earlier this week. Underwood sings the pre-game lead-in song for the telecast and will continuing handling those chores for the third straight season. The Twitter handle for Sunday Night Football tweeted "Great to have... »»»
June 25, 2015 - Little Big Town's stranglehold on the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continues for the week ending July 4 with "Girl Crush." "Jekyll + Hyde" by Zac Brown Band regained the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart. Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time.... »»»
June 24, 2015 - Krystal Keith will show off her culinary skills on "Plate by Plate," an online series recreating favorite dishes from five restaurants she visited across the U.S. Keith, a Showdog Nashville artist and author of the Barnyard Bistro blog, will air the show on Scripps' online platforms GreatAmericanCountry.... »»»
June 23, 2015 - On the same day that Kacey Musgraves released her sophomore major label CD, "Beauty Pageant," she also announced a tour of the U .S. and five other countries this summer and fall. The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue kicks off Aug. 27 in Atlanta and will also hit England, Ireland,... »»»
June 23, 2015 - Texas artist Bart Crow will make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, Aug. 21. "Honestly, I believe I am still in shock being invited to play the Grand Ole Opry," said Crow. "It is the shrine of country music and every song I was raised on, from both of my grandfathers to my own dad.... »»»
June 23, 2015 - Kacey Musgraves is back with her sophomore major label release, "Pageant Material." Musgraves won much acclaim for her debut, "Same Trailer Different Park" upon its release in 2013. She had hit singles with "Merry Go Round" and "Follow Your Arrow," a controversial song about acceptance.... »»»
June 20, 2015 - Brad Paisley was slated to head the Windy City LakeShake country music festival in Chicago on Saturday, but weather canned his appearance until Sunday. "Due to the ongoing weather conditions and the safety of our fans being the highest priority, we're postponing the remainder of Saturday's Windy City LakeShake.... »»»
June 19, 2015 - Nathan Chapman, producer of Taylor Swift's first four albums, made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this week. "My debut performance on the Opry was a dream come true. It was everything I've ever heard it would be from other artists. The history, the magic, the nerves and the amazing feeling of... »»»
June 19, 2015 - The Mavericks and Ryder Cooder/Sharon White/Ricky Skaggs were added by the Americana Music Association to AmericanaFest 2015 on Friday. They are among more than 150 performers scheduled to play at the festival Sept. 15-20 in Nashville. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, JD Souther, Margo Price, The... »»»
June 18, 2015 - A "NOW" compilation album topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending June 27 with last week's chart topper, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's "Django And Jimmie" now fifth. Little Big Town remains atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush.... »»»
June 18, 2015 - The Dixie Chicks are reuniting for at least six dates for a European tour in 2016. The dates are: April 20 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands April 29 - Birmingham, England April 30 - Manchester, England May 1 - London May 3 - Glasgow, Scotland May 4 - Dublin, Ireland No U.S. dates were announced.... »»»
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June 17, 2015 - Little Big Town cancelled all shows through the end of July because Jimi Westbrook will need surgery to remove a poly on a chord. "With heavy hearts we want to let you guys know that Jimi will have to undergo surgery next week to remove a polyp on his vocal cord," the band said on its web site.... »»»
June 17, 2015 - Sam Hunt will return to the top of the Billboard country albums chart when it is released on Thursday with "Montevallo." The disc sold 31,000 units, up 11 percent, good enough for seventh on the chart. This marks the highest ranking for Hunt's debut since its debut week on Nov. 15, 2014 in third.... »»»
June 17, 2015 - Can't make it to St. Louis on Thursday for Dierks Bentley's show? The next best thing may be seeing a stream of the concert, which will be available on Yahoo Live from the Hollywood Amphitheater. The show will be available for free through the Yahoo Screen App for iOS and Android, on connected... »»»
June 16, 2015 - Steep Canyon Rangers will release "Radio" on Aug. 28 on Rounder Records. Produced by Jerry Douglas, the Dobro master and member of Allison Krauss' Union Station, the disc will be the bluegrass band's ninth. SCR also is set for a heavy touring schedule. The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt... »»»
June 16, 2015 - Driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers return with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." This is the hometown of lead singer Gary Nichols and incorporates the typical soulful 'grass of the band. "Dylan Cash and the Nashville Cats A New Music City" is out today via Sony Legacy in conjunction with an... »»»
June 16, 2015 - "JOHNNYSWIM: Live at Rockwood," the new live album from the husband-and-wife team, will be released this fall via Big Picnic Records. The recording will be taped at their upcoming sold-out performances at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City July 13-14 and will include songs off their acclaimed debut LP, "Diamonds.... »»»
June 15, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson will embark on a nationwide U.S. tour this fall, including newly announced shows at Philadelphia's Tower Theatre, New York's Beacon Theatre and Washington's Lincoln Theatre. The summer/fall tours celebrate Sturgill's well-received 2014 release, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.... »»»
June 15, 2015 - Dale Watson will provide the music for a Texas two-stepping dance competition on tonight's episode of ABC's "The Bachelorette." Filmed at Gruene Hall, Texas' oldest dance hall, Watson and his band,The Lone Stars, provide the music for the dancers. The show airs at 8 p.m. eastern on ABC.... »»»
June 14, 2015 - The Thunder on the Mountain festival in Arkansas was slated to be the first appearance at a regular concert setting for Carrie Underwood since she gave birth. Fans will have to wait a bit longer because the festival announced this weekend it was being cancelled. "Due to circumstances beyond our... »»»