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February 13, 2016 - Kim Williams, 68, who penned hits for Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Joe Diffie and Randy Travis, died on Thursday. Among the songs he wrote were "Ain't Goin' Down Till the Sun Comes Up," "Papa Loved Mama," "It's Midnight Cinderella" and "She's Gonna Make It" for Brooks and "If the Devil Dance (In... »»»
February 12, 2016 - Justin Moore debuts the video for "You Look Like I Need a Drink" online Saturday. The video will be available at 12:01am eastern with the on-air debut on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown at 9 a.m. eastern. Directed by Shane Drake and shot in Los Angeles, Moore lives out his Western fantasies in the video.... »»»
February 12, 2016 - A quartet of veteran acts are out with new CDs today. Vince Gill released "Down To My Last Habit," which combines hard country, soulful sounds, blues and romantic country ballads. Gill co-produced the set with Justin Niebank. Little Big Town and Cam help Gill out on the disc as did trumpet player Chris Botti.... »»»
February 11, 2016 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley is a dad. Wife Cassie Kelley gave birth this morning to a baby boy, Ward Charles. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz. and is 20 inches long. "Baby Kelley has arrived, y'all!" the couple posted on Cassie Kelley's web site. "We can't stop staring at him and he hasn't stopped... »»»
February 11, 2016 - Dan + Shay released the first single from their upcoming sophomore disc. "From The Ground Up" was written by Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney and Chris DeStefano and was co-produced by Smyers and Scott Hendricks. The duo had success with their 2014 debut, "Where It All Began," scoring hits with "Nothin' Like... »»»
February 11, 2016 - New band LANco released their major label debut single, "Long Live Tonight." The song from the Arista Nashville quintet goes for adds at radio on March 21. The band consists of singer-lyricist Brandon Lancaster, bassist Chandler Baldwin, multi-instrumentalist Jared Hampton, drummer Tripp Howell and... »»»
February 10, 2016 - Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack and Jack Ingram were added to The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson tribute on, March 16, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, it was announced today. The new additions to the lineup join previously announced performing... »»»
February 9, 2016 - The domination of Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett on the Billboard country charts continued for another week. Rhett's "Die a Happy Man' led the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 20, while Stapleton's "Traveller" was first on the Top Country Albums chart. Sam Hunt was second on the songs... »»»
February 9, 2016 - Luke Bryan captured four iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations on Tuesday. Bryan was nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Best Tour with both being new categories. Others receiving multiple nominations included Sam Hunt, who had three, and Thomas Rhett and the Zac Brown Band with two apiece..... »»»
February 9, 2016 - The second annual FarmBorough country music festival, slated to be held in New York City in June, was canceled yesterday. A statement on the festival's web site said, "FarmBorough Festival will not return to Randall's Island in June of 2016." "All of us at FarmBorough Festival appreciate the support... »»»
February 9, 2016 - Chase Rice, nominated last week for Academy of Country Music New Male Vocalist of the Year, released a new single, "Whisper." The song goes for adds at country radio on Feb. 29. The dubstep-infused tune is the first sampling from Rice's new album, an as-yet-untitled follow-up to his chart-topping debut... »»»
February 8, 2016 - Thomas Rhett will perform his six-week number one single "Die A Happy Man" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tomorrow on NBC. Rhett then will head over to TODAY Wednesday morning for an additional performance. "T-shirt" is Rhett's new single, gaining more than 70 adds in its first week at country radio.... »»»
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February 8, 2016 - The Cadillac Three wrapped their headline Night Life Religion UK Tour on Saturday, selling out six of the nine shows. The trio played Leeds on Jan. 28, Newcastle on Jan. 29, Glasgow, Scotland on Jan. 30, Manchester on Jan. 1, Norwich on Feb. 2, Brighton on Feb. 3, Birmingham on Feb. 4, London on Feb.... »»»
February 8, 2016 - High Valley, a Canadian country music duo, released its label debut single "Make You Mine." The song goes for adds at radio on Feb. 29. The band is comprised of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel. The group, which used to include a third Rempel brother, has released four discs in Canada since 2007 with... »»»
February 8, 2016 - After Merle Haggard reportedly canceled all February tour dates due to a lingering battle with pneumonia, he was back on the road this weekend. Haggard played in Las Vegas on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom. During the show, Toby Keith came out for about 30 minutes singing "Sing Me Back... »»»
February 6, 2016 - Chris Stapleton will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday. "Traveller" will be in the eighth spot, having sold 33,000 units; down 3 percent. Rihanna's "Anti" tops the Billboard chart, selling 166,000... »»»
February 6, 2016 - Dan Hicks, who gained fame as head of the Hot Licks, died today at 74 at his home in Mill Valley, Cal. after a two-year battle with liver cancer. Hicks began his musical journey as a drummer in the ' 60s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans before forming Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks in 1967 with... »»»
February 5, 2016 - Mary Chapin Carpenter announced she would release a new album, "The Things That We Are Made Of," on May 6. Carpenter will put out the disc on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. She had been most recently on Rounder. Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell,... »»»
February 5, 2016 - Scotty McCreery returned to his roots earlier this week when he taped an episode of the Farewell Season of "American Idol." For three days, the Season Ten champion mentored two of the Top 24 contestants and shared lessons learned from both his experience on the television show and his career.... »»»
February 5, 2016 - The first solo CD from a Lady Antebellum member, Lucinda Williams and an old Johnny Cash concert are among the CDs out today. Charles Kelley of Lady A drops "The Driver," which veers in a slightly different direction than his regular gig. He worked on the disc with Blake Chancey.... »»»
February 5, 2016 - Sam Outlaw and Whitney Rose are launching a joint tour starting in February Outlaw, who is based in the LA area and released "Angeleno" last year, will hit the road on the Country & Western Nights tour with his label mate. Outlaw's country is classic and smooth, whil; Rose has a countrypolitan... »»»