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January 30, 2015 - No surprise - those receiving ACM nominations are quite happy. Kenny Chesney received four nominations centered around his single "American Kids." "With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I've ever experienced, 'American Kids' is unlike anything I've ever heard," Chesney said.... »»»
January 30, 2015 - Carrie Underwood hopes there's something in the water for "Little Toy Guns" as well. Fresh off the seven-week number one run of "Something in the Water," Underwood is releasing "Little Toy Guns" as her new single. Both songs were on "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Underwood wrote the song with Chris... »»»
January 30, 2015 - Miranda Lambert batted 1000 on Friday as she was nominated in all seven Academy of Country Music categories for which she could be nominated. Lambert actually received eight nominations because she received one as the artist as well as songwriter in the Song of the Year category.... »»»
January 29, 2015 - The first set of Academy of Country Music nominations came out today for Songwriter of the Year and radio station categories. Nominees were: Songwriter of the Year: Rodney Clawson Ashley Gorley Luke Laird Josh Osborne Chris Tompkins National On Air Personality of the Year: Big D,... »»»
January 29, 2015 - Luke Bryan saw his latest single, "I See You," go all the way to number one as the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 7 were released today. Bryan knocked out Carrie Underwood whose "Something in the Water" fell to second after being first for seven weeks.... »»»
January 28, 2015 - Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann and Sara Evans were among the artists announced today to join the Taste of Country Music Festival in New York in June. They join headliners Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Toby Keith, who were previously announced to play. Easton Corbin, Chase Bryant,... »»»
January 28, 2015 - Dierks Bentley is going home this weekend. With Super Bowl Sunday looming, Bentley is going back to Phoenix for a variety of appearances. He will play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am today before hosting a pre Super Bowl bash at his bar "Whiskey Row" on Friday.... »»»
January 27, 2015 - Punch Brothers utilized a top of the line producer for their new disc. Nearly a decade since T. Graham Brown's last release, he's out with new music. And Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow are out with their second disc. Punch Brothers worked with producer T Bone Burnett on their latest.... »»»
January 27, 2015 - The Windy City LakeShake Festival is coming to Chicago this summer with Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley among the artists playing the June fest. Live Nation is putting on the festival June 19-21, part of its continuing expansion of holding country music festivals around the U.S.... »»»
January 26, 2015 - Keith Urban released the fifth single - "Raise 'Em Up" - from his seventh studio album "Fuse." The song features Eric Church and follows in a line of number ones from "Fuse," including "Little Bit of Everything," "We Were Us" and Urban's 17th number 1 "Somewhere In My Car." "Eric and I have been... »»»
January 23, 2015 - Lydia Loveless film star? The Ohio native may just be on the silver screen if a Kickstarter campaign from the director is successful. Filmmaker Gorman Bechard, who has chronicled The Replacements, Archers of Loaf, and Husker Du's Grant Hart is turning his camera towards Loveless in "Who Is Lydia... »»»
January 22, 2015 - Carrie Underwood likes whatever is in the water because she remains first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 31 with "Something in the Water." Sam Hunt was first on the albums chart with "Montevallo." Luke Bryan is second on the songs chart with "I See You," one ahead... »»»
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January 22, 2015 - There used to be Johnny and June, George and Tammy, Porter and Dolly. More recently Tim and Faith. Add Garth and Trisha to the list. That's because Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood are going to release a duets Christmas album. The two are on tour together with Yearwood coming out to sing some songs,... »»»
January 22, 2015 - Toby Keith was been added as the fourth headliner for the 24th Annual Country Jam music coming this June to Colorado. The festival, slated for June 18-21, will be at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, Col. Keith joins previously announced headliners Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and The Band Perry.... »»»
January 21, 2015 - Miranda Lambert was added to the list of performers at the 57th annual Grammy awards. Common and John Legend, who will perform "Glory" from the film Selma, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams, who are tied with six nominations each, also join the list of performers. Eric Church was previously announced as... »»»
January 21, 2015 - Luke Bryan is staying busy this year as he revealed plans today to hit seven stadiums and do multiple dates in the U.S., tour overseas for the first time, release another Spring Break album and be the subject of an exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame. "I'm so excited about today," said Bryan... »»»
January 21, 2015 - The iHeartRadio Country Festival is coming back to Austin this spring with Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley aboard. The festival, coming May 2 at the Frank Erwin Center, also will feature Brantley Gilbert and Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley with more to be announced. iHeartMedia's nationally-syndicated... »»»
January 20, 2015 - Dixie Hall, wife of Tom T. Hall and a bluegrass and country music songwriter, died on Friday at 80. Known as Miss Dixie, she wrote more than 500 commercially recorded bluegrass songs along with Johnny Cash and Miranda Lambert among those recording her work. She was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in England.... »»»
January 20, 2015 - Kenny Chesney will see if he can be third time lucky. Chesney is releasing his third single, "Wild Child" with Grace Potter helping out. Chesney already has gone to the top of the charts with the first two singles from "The Big Revival," "American Kids" and "Till It's Gone." Chesney wrote the new... »»»
January 20, 2015 - Ralph Stanley and Ryan Bingham top the list of new releases out today. Stanley, 87, is releasing "Man of Constant Sorrow" through Cracker Barrel. This is not the first time Stanley has released a disc with that name. In 2000, he put out a compilation album of songs from the '70s and '80s.... »»»
January 20, 2015 - Jo Dee Messina will perform the National Anthem at the 2015 Honda National Hockey League All-Star Game Sunday, January 25. The game will be held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio and will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. eastern on NBCSN with additional performances by Fall Out Boy and O.A.R..... »»»

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