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September 2, 2014 - Cole Swindell will launch the "Down Home Tour" this winter kicking off Nov. 17 in Florida and ending Dec. 20 in Indiana. . The five-week run of shows will feature newcomer Kelleigh Bannen, who is currently supporting her new single, "You Are What You Love." Swindell just debuted his new music video... »»»
September 1, 2014 - Jason Aldean will release his sixth studio album, "Old Boots, New Dirt," on Oct. 7 on Broken Bow Records, he announced today through Buzzfeed. Aldean recorded the 15 songs during the past year. Aldean mixes R&B, Southern rock, pop and classic Nashville. "With this new album, it's definitely the same old me.... »»»
September 1, 2014 - Carrie Underwood announced through Twitter that she is pregnant. This will be the first child for Underwood and her husband, professional hockey player Mike Fisher. The two wed in 2010. In her feed, Underwood posted "In honor of "Labor" Day...Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement.... »»»
August 28, 2014 - Chase Rice debuts at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Sept. 6 with "Ignite the Night," and Jason Aldean leads the Hot Country Songs chart with "Burnin' It Down." Florida Georgia Line's "Dirt" was second on the songs chart, followed by Kenny Chesney's "American... »»»
August 28, 2014 - FOX & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series features Thompson Square on Friday at 8 a.m. eastern. The husband-and-wife duo is known for hit songs such as "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You." Thomson Square will return to the All-American Summer Concert Series stage to perform... »»»
August 28, 2014 - Final nominees for The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 3 by Little Big Town and Darius Rucker live from New York. Little Big Town and Rucker will announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the "Good Morning America" studios ABC.... »»»
August 28, 2014 - Eli Young Band announced today the opening acts for its Annual House Party, including Gary Allan and Pat Green. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday Aug. 29, for both the Nov. 8 date at Globe Life Park in Arlington and the Nov. 15 concert at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Nov.... »»»
August 27, 2014 - Taylor Swift is off to a great start on the pop charts."Shake It Off" debuts on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was released by Swift last week as the first single from her Oct. 27 release "1989." Swift said that this was going to be her first pop album. Country radio stations played the... »»»
August 27, 2014 - Chase Rice will have the top selling country disc on the Billboard charts when they are released on Thursday with "Ignite the Night" in a record setting week. The disc is third on the overall chart with 44,000 units sold, meaning it is first on the Top Country Albums chart as well.... »»»
August 26, 2014 - Tim McGraw has a new single, 'Shotgun Rider," out today. The song is the second single from "Sundown Heaven Town," which drops Sept. 16. "This is one of those songs that really paints a picture and sets a mood," said McGraw. "In my mind, you look over and see the person that you love next to you... »»»
August 26, 2014 - Trampled by Turtles will host the first annual Festival Palomino in their home state of Minnesota on Sept. 20. In addition to Trampled by Turtles, confirmed performers include The Head and the Heart, Low, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Field Report, Spirit Family... »»»
August 26, 2014 - Brad Paisley has garnered less controversy with his new disc, "Moonshine in the Truck," than he did with last year's "Wheelhosue" featuring "Accidental Racist." The new reloease is led by the first single, "River Bank." Luke Wooten produced along with... »»»
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August 25, 2014 - Martina McBride's 'Everlasting' Tour will continue through the fall with 40 additional dates - 7 of which have already sold-out. Backed by an 11-piece band - including trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax and trombone and a trio of back-up singers - McBride's live show brings the sounds of the '50s and... »»»
August 25, 2014 - Dierks Bentley joined the line-up of the Tree Town Music Festival in 2015, organizers announced Monday of the Iowa festival. Bentley joins previously-announced headliner Blake Shelton. The festeival will be in Forest City, Ia. May 21-24, 2015. Early-bird, 4-day passes are currently on sale for $120... »»»
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.... »»»

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