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November 30, 2015 - Country Radio Seminar announced Monday the CRS 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show performers will be Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion, and Chris Janson. Co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the annual new artist showcase event... »»»
November 30, 2015 - Garth Brooks will head to Sin City. Brooks announced Monday via email that his tour would hit Las Vegas July 2-4, playing the Las Vegas Arena. Tickets go on sale at 10 p.m. Pacific, on Friday, Dec. 11. Brooks started his tour in Chicago in September 2014. He announced last Tuesday that he would play... »»»
November 29, 2015 - Chris Stapleton will lead the Billboard country charts this week with "Traveller," but he is going to fall well short of the leader - Adele. "Traveller" will be seventh on the chart with 58,000 units sold, up 9 percent. Chris Young led the country chart last week with the debut of "I'm Comin' Over.... »»»
November 25, 2015 - Ted Harris, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and writer of hits for Charley Pride, Glenn Campbell and Steve Wariner, died on Sunday at 78 in Lewisburg, Tenn. Harris wrote Pride's "The Happiness of Havin' You," a number 3 hit in 1975 and Campbell and Wariner's "The Hand That Rocks the... »»»
November 24, 2015 - Garth Brooks is headed to South Carolina in February, he announced today. In the continued role out of his world tour, Brooks said via email that he would play North Charleston Coliseum at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 13. Tickets go on sale Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. eastern. Trisha Yearwood will appear as well... »»»
November 23, 2015 - Carrie Underwood performed the live television debut of "Heartbeat," the new single from her "Storyteller" CD, on Sunday during the Americana Music Association Awards. The song impacts country radio on Nov. 30. Underwood co-penned the romantic song with Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley; Crowell also produced the track.... »»»
November 23, 2015 - An annual Carribean cruise featuring country, Americana, folk and roots music artists ranging from Buddy Miller to Kacey Musgraves will make it to recorded versions of songs heard on the cruise on Buddy Miller & Friends' "Cayamo Sessions at Sea," out Jan. 29, 2016 on New West. For one week country,... »»»
November 22, 2015 - Florida Georgia Line won two American Music Awards on Sunday, leading the country genre. FGL won Favorite Album - Country for "Anything Goes," winning out over Jason Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt' and Sam Hunt's "Montevallo." FGL also took Favorite Duo or Group - Country over Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town.... »»»
November 22, 2015 - Chris Young will have the biggest selling country disc with his new release, "I'm Comin' Over." Young debuts in fifth on the overall chart with 65,000 units sold. this is the second-largest sales week for Young, as only the debut of his 2011 album "Neon," which sold 73,000 units.... »»»
November 20, 2015 - Hank Williams Jr. will premiere his new music video for "Are You Ready for the Country" featuring Eric Church exclusively on CMT beginning Saturday, Nov. 21 through the weekend. The video, directed by Peter Zavidil, will debut during "CMT Hot 20 Countdown" airing Saturday at 9/8 central, on CMT.... »»»
November 20, 2015 - For the second time this month, a surprise CD is out. Two weeks ago, Eric Church was out with "Mr. Misunderstood." Now, a sister duo, who appear on the "Nashville" TV show are out with their debut. "The Nashville Cast Featuring Lennon & Maisy Stella as Maddie & Daphne Conrad" was released digitally by... »»»
November 20, 2015 - As the end of the year draws closer, the release schedule is thinner with only an EP from Punch Brothers out today. The bluegrass-based group is out with "The Wireless," a five-song EP. The songs were cut during the T Bone Burnett-produced sessions for "The Phosphorescent Blues," the group's last release.... »»»
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November 19, 2015 - Vince Gill will release his first album in four years in February. "Down To My Last Bad Habit" is set for release on Feb. 12 on MCA. "Take Me Down," featuring Little Big Town, is the first single. Gill wrote/co-wrote, co-produced and is a featured musician on all 12 songs on the disc.... »»»
November 18, 2015 - Lee Brice will launch his "Life Off My Years" concert tour starting in February. Tyler Farr will open the shows, which extend into April. Brice scored four Platinum-selling singles (A Woman Like You," "Hard To Love," "Love Like Crazy" and "I Don't Dance") and achieved Gold with "I Drive Your Truck"... »»»
November 17, 2015 - Country Jam USA, will return for its 27th year next summer with Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell performing. The fest will be held July 21-23 in Eau Claire, Wisc. The line-up also includes Eli Young Band, A Thousand Horses, The Cadillac... »»»
November 17, 2015 - Carrie Rodriguez will release "Lola," the follow-up to 2013's "Give Me All You Got," on Feb. 19, 2016 via her own Luz Records. Inspired by 1940's-era recordings of her San Antonio-born great aunt Eva Garza, the bilingual album presents a collection of ranchera-inspired originals by Rodriguez in... »»»
November 17, 2015 - Chris Stapleton continued his chart reign by having the top selling CD in the U.S. along with topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 28 with "Tennessee Whiskey." On the albums chart, coming in behind Stapleton was Eric Church, second with "Mr. Misunderstood.... »»»
November 16, 2015 - Brantley Gilbert canceled his European tour on Saturday due to terrorist attack in Paris. "Out of respect for the lives lost in yesterdays terrorist attacks, we have decided to postpone the rest of our European dates," Gilbert wrote on Facebook. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France... »»»
November 16, 2015 - The Dixie Chicks are going on tour in 2016 in the U.S. and Europe.This marks the first time in 10 years that the band is touring the U.S. as a headliner. "Just when you thought you were safe, America - we're back!" Natalie Maines declared in a video announcing the 2016 excursion.... »»»
November 16, 2015 - Shovels & Rope is releasing an album on Friday, the duo announced today. "Busted Jukebox Volume 1" will be out on Friday on Dualtone Records as a set of covers done by the pair with friends including Shakey Graves and Milk Carton Kids. Shovels & Rope are husband-and-wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann... »»»
November 15, 2015 - Chris Stapleton again will be number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts with "Traveller," the result of him winning three CMA awards earlier this month. The disc sold 124,000 units for the week ending Nov. 12, down 30 percent. Eric Church is second with "Mr. Misunderstood," at 65,000 units, down 14 percent.... »»»