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December 19, 2014 - Lucy Hale announced this morning that due to a recent strain on her vocal cords her upcoming run of dates in early 2015 would be cancelled. "I am devastated that I can't be out performing for my fans who have been incredibly supportive," said Hale, "but I have been advised not to embark on a tour at this time.... »»»
December 19, 2014 - The Charlie Daniels Band's Volunteer Jam is coming home to Nashville for its 40th anniversary. In addition to The Charlie Daniels Band, the Aug. 12 show event will bring a slew of special guests to Bridgestone Arena, including Billy Ray Cyrus, Kentucky Headhunters, Montgomery Gentry, the Outlaws,... »»»
December 19, 2014 - Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will go live from their living room in Nashville in support of one of their favorite charities, Stand for Children, on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. eastern. The hour-plus show will stream at, where the couple will be interacting with the... »»»
December 18, 2014 - Carrie Underwood debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," while Tim McGraw occupies the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 27 with "Shotgun Rider." Underwood's "Something in the Water" is second on the songs chart.... »»»
December 18, 2014 - Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will headline the first Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Delaware in late June. Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announced the line-up for the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28 in Delaware.... »»»
December 17, 2014 - The Band Perry unveiled the new video for their Grammy-nominated rendition of "Gentle On My Mind," their current single and the lead track from the soundtrack to the James Keach-directed documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me." The video stars Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, Alexander Ludwig... »»»
December 17, 2014 - Carrie Underwood and Garth Brooks will have albums in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are officially out on Thursday with Underwood leading the way. Underwood achieved her fifth straight top five album with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." The release with a few new tracks entered the charts in fourth... »»»
December 16, 2014 - Kacey Musgraves will ride her "Same Trailer" into 2015 as well. Musgraves announced that she will extend her "Same Tour, different Trailer" tor in febfruary with nine new shows. The tour starts Feb. 12 in Norfolk, Va. and ends Feb. 28 in Richmond, Va. Tickets went on sale this morning. Tour dates are: Feb.... »»»
December 16, 2014 - Jason Aldean won Artist of the Year at the first American Country Countdown Awards aired lived from Nashville on Monday. Florida Georgia Line, who hosted the night, and Luke Bryan won three awards apiece. Other winners were: Luke Bryan - Male Vocalist Of The Year Miranda Lambert - Female... »»»
December 15, 2014 - The edgy song "Little Red Wagon" is the new single from Miranda Lambert. The singer released the song from "Platinum" today. This is the third single from Lambert from the disc, following "Automatic" and "Somethin' Bad," the song performed with Carrie Underwood. Audra Mae and Joe Ginsberg wrote... »»»
December 15, 2014 - Chris Stapleton will join Little Big Town on their "Pain Killer Tour" this March. Stapleton, who has enjoyed success as a songwriter and member of bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, is slated to release his solo debut album for Mercury Records Nashville, although no release date has been set.... »»»
December 12, 2014 - Hurray for the Riff Raff debuted a new video its political murder song "The Body Electric" on NPR. "I felt the waves of a 26-year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me," said Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra. "It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change.... »»»
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December 12, 2014 - Joe Ely's Rack 'Em Records will release a long-lost duet single Linda Ronstadt on iTunes Monday. Written by R.C. Banks, "Where Is My Love" has been an Ely staple for years, but it was first recorded with Ronstadt in 1987 in a Los Angeles studio with Mitch Watkins on guitar, Bill Ginn on keyboards,... »»»
December 11, 2014 - Toby Keith was the top earning country singer on Forbes Magazine's list of "The World's Highest-Paid Musicians of 2014" with $65 million, good for 10th place. "Country's cash king is a diversified money machine, boasting his own record label, mescal line and restaurant chain," wrote Forbes in its Dec.... »»»
December 11, 2014 - Tim McGraw sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 20 with "Shotgun Rider," while Garth Brooks is first on the Hot Country Albums chart with his CD "Man Against Machine." This is the 25th number one song for McGraw. Carrie Underwood was second on the songs chart with... »»»
December 10, 2014 - Garth Brooks will have the only country disc when the Billboard charts are out on Thursday. "Man Against Machine" is the eighth best selling disc in the U.S. with 57,000 units sold, down 10 percent. While the overall chart takes into account streaming, Brooks' total is solely from album sales because... »»»
December 9, 2014 - Dr. Ralph Stanley will release "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" on Jan. 19, 2015 exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations. The release features 13 songs, with most featuring a guest. Among them are Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant and Old Crow Medicine Show.... »»»
December 9, 2014 - Carrie Underwood is out with a few new songs on "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." That would include the hit "Something in the Water" and "Little Toy Guns." The 25-song collection has 18 number one hits plus four songs in unreleased versions. That would include "So Small," "Mama's Song" and "Last Name" in... »»»
December 9, 2014 - The roll out of the Garth Brooks World Tour continues with dates now slated for late February in Detroit. Brooks announced Tuesday afternoon he was applying the Joe (Joe Louis Arena) at 7 p.m. on both Feb. 27 and 28. As usual, Trisha Yearwood will sing as well. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Dec. 19.... »»»
December 8, 2014 - The Ryman won the CMA's touring honor tonight for Venue of the Year. The trophies, known as the SRO Awards, were presented at an industry event hosted by road veteran Kix Brooks at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. "Our members in the touring industry are among the industries hardest working... »»»
December 5, 2014 - Brandy Clark was boarding a plane when she learned of her Grammy Country Album of the Year nomination, one of two she received on Friday. "This is just amazing," Clark said. "I really don't have the words for it. To see '12 Stories' in the middle of all of those great albums and artists is a dream come true.... »»»