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November 20, 2018 - Kane Brown debuted in first on Billboard Top 200 chart with "Experiment." The disc, of course, also topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Nov. 24. He scored a triple with "Lost Up" in first on the Hot Country Songs chart, knocking out the long-running "Meant to Be" by Bebe... »»»
November 20, 2018 - Danielle Bradbery has released a video for "Goodbye Summer" with help from Thomas Rhett. "Goodbye Summer" was re-recorded as a duet. The song appeared under the title of "Hello Summer" off Bradbery's sophomore album "I Don't Believe We've Met." Directed by Shaun Silva, the video was filmed on the... »»»
November 20, 2018 - Canadian singer Corb Lund is returning to the U.S. early next year for a tour in advance of releasing a new disc. Many of the shows will be in the west. "I feel a deep bond and shared roots with the audiences I perform for, especially out west," Lund said. "Coming from a multi-generational ranching... »»»
November 20, 2018 - The debut album from Uncle Walt's Band, the group featuring Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and David Ball, will be reissued in late March. A remastered version of "Uncle Walt's Band" with 11 previously unreleased bonus tracks will be available on CD, LP and digital from Omnivore Recordings on March 29, 2018.... »»»
November 19, 2018 - Kenny Chesney added six cities to his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. "We have played the stadium in Louisville several times, but in really looking at this notion, I wanted to give them something more intimate," Chesney said. "This tour is going to really feel like a club show - and put the music front and center.... »»»
November 19, 2018 - Thomas Rhett announced today his Very Hot Summer Tour with special guests Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins. "We literally just closed out our 2018 tour in the U.K. last week, and I'm already thinking about next year's tour," said Thomas Rhett. "I'm glad we have the winter to plan and... »»»
November 19, 2018 - Taylor Swift left Big Machine Label Group for Universal Republic, she announced today. UMG will serve as the exclusive worldwide recorded music partner for Swift and UMG's Republic Records will serve as her label partner in the U.S. Swift had been on Big Machine since the start of her career.... »»»
November 15, 2018 - The country community paid its respect to Roy Clark, who passed away today at 85. The response ranged from people who grew up learning from his guitar book to those who knew him for six decades. "Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly, and he will be... »»»
November 15, 2018 - Roy Clark, the legendary super picker and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member, died today at 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. Clark also was co-host of the country music themed Hee Haw show. "A TV camera goes right through your soul," said... »»»
November 14, 2018 - Chris Stapleton won the most awards - three - at the CMA Music Awards on Wednesday, but Keith Urban saved the biggest for last by snaring Entertainer of the Year. Stapleton took home Male Vocalist of the Year, and Single of the Year and Song of the Year for "Broken Halos." Mike Henderson, who helped... »»»
November 13, 2018 - Florida Georgia Line premiered the video for "Talk You Out of It" today at Apple Music. Filmed in Los Angeles, under director Justin Clough, FGL's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard invited their wives, Brittney Kelley and Hayley Hubbard, to costar in the video. HARDY, Hunter Phelps, Jameson Rodgers and... »»»
November 13, 2018 - Wynonna & The Big Noise, Tyler Childers and the Earls of Leicester are among the acts slated to play at MerleFest next year. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2019 will be announced over the next few months. Other performers announced today include Keb' Mo', Sam Bush and Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Air Force.... »»»
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November 13, 2018 - Eric Church was added as a performer on tomorrow's 52nd Annual CMA Awards. The show will be seen live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at 8 p.m. eastern on ABC. Church is a 25-time CMA Awards nominee and three-time winner, having won Album of the Year in both 2012 and 2016 as well as Musical Event... »»»
November 13, 2018 - Pistol Annies were first on the Billboard country albums chart for the week ending Nov. 17 with "Interstate Gospel," the trio's first disc in five years. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line now have spent 50 weeks at number 1 with "Meant to Be." On the songs chart, Luke Combs was second with "She Got... »»»
November 12, 2018 - Trisha Yearwood is covering Frank Sinatra. Yearwood announced she would release a covers disc, "Let's Be Frank" in December. Let's Be Frank, and it will feature a collection of the singer's favorite songs by Frank Sinatra. "I've been wanting to make this record for 20 years!" Yearwood, said to People.... »»»
November 12, 2018 - Brothers Osborne will keep their world tour rolling starting in early January. The duo unveiled dates starting Jan. 10 in Chicago through April 27 in Columbia, Mo. The Wild Feathers, Ruston Kelly and Devon Gilfillian will open shows. The tour will visit more than 40 additional markets including New... »»»
November 12, 2018 - Kane Brown, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, DJ Bobby Bones will be among the award presenters at the CMA Awards on Wednesday. Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Dustin Lynch, Carly Pearce, Jimmie Allen, ABC's "Dancing With The Stars'" Sharna Burgess, model and actress Olivia Culpo, Disney's "The... »»»
November 9, 2018 - Zac Brown band released a new single and plans to tour in 2019, the band announced today. "Someone I Used to Know" was co-written with Sean Mendes with whom the band played on CMT Crossroads. The song has more of a pop sheen. Tour dates for the Down the Rabbit Hole Live Tour are: March 1 - Tulsa, OK... »»»
November 9, 2018 - Brent Cobb will kick off his "Sucker For a Good Time Tour" headline tour in 2019 with many stops in the south plus supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The new tour follows Cobb's run as part of "Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show." Cobb is touring in support of... »»»
November 9, 2018 - John Prine, Barndi Carlile and British artist Bennett Wilson Poole captured two nominations apiece from the Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK). Both were nominated for International Album of the Year. Carlile also was nominated for Best International Song for "The Joke," while Prine received one... »»»
November 9, 2018 - Chris Stapleton, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs and Lauren Alana were added as performers for The 52nd Annual CMA Awards next Wednesday. Lindsay Ell, Vince Gill, Sierra Hull, Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, David Lee Murphy, Jon Pardi, Carson Peters, Marty Stuart and Cole Swindell will make special... »»»