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April 24, 2015 - Food Bank For New York City, the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs, raised more than $2 million last night with Little Big Town helping out. More than 600 people came out to support Food Bank For New York City in the fight against hunger,... »»»
April 24, 2015 - The George Jones Museum, celebrating the life and work of one of the singer, opened with a gala event Thursday with more than 800 people attending. aomi Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, T. Graham Brown, John Rich, T.G. Sheppard, Dierks Bentley and Lorrie Morgan were among those showing up.... »»»
April 23, 2015 - Chris Janson announced Thursday he has signed a record deal with Warner. Janson, who had stints on two other labels, is riding the wave of his current single "Buy Me a Boat," which is in the Billboard top 40. "So excited to say I signed a record Deal With Warner ya'll," Janson posted on his Facebook page.... »»»
April 23, 2015 - Reba McEntire topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending May 2 with her first disc in five years, "Love Somebody," also good for third on the overall charts. Sam Hunt continued his domination of the Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time." Dwight Yoakam debuted in second... »»»
April 22, 2015 - John Anderson is back. He will release his first album in nine years, "Goldmine," on May 26 on his own label, Bayou Boys Music. Anderson wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks. Anderson produced the record with long-time friend and producer Joe Spivey. "With 'Goldmine', I thought, first off, I'm... »»»
April 22, 2015 - Willie Nelson is going up in smoke with Willie's Reserve, his own brand of marijuana. Willie's Reserve will be grown, distributed and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington and will become available in other markets when state regulations allow. Nelson has been an outspoken supporter... »»»
April 22, 2015 - Reba McEntire has the top selling country disc in the U.S. and third overall on the Billboard charts with "Love Somebody." "Love Somebody" sold more than 62,000 units, scoring her ninth top 10 album. McEntire's last release, "All the Women I Am," was seventh in its debut week with 64,000 units sold.... »»»
April 21, 2015 - Brett Eldredge released a video today for his new single, "Lost My Mind," which will be on his sophomore release. "Lost My Mind" goes for ads on May 4 and is also available as a video. "I've had experiences like this," Eldredge says of the song, written by Eldredge, Ross Copperman and Heather Morgan.... »»»
April 21, 2015 - Reba McEntire came out squarely in favor of gay rights, including gay marriage. McEntire made the comments in a story posted at Pride Source, a gay issue web site. McEntire, who has enjoyed support from the LGBT community, said equality and same sex marriages were "very important" to her.... »»»
April 21, 2015 - The SteelDrivers' will dish out its fourth album of driving bluegrass, "The Muscle Shoals Recordings," on June 16 on Rounder. Rolling Stone Country is offering an exclusive premiere of "Brother John," which features slide guitar by Jason Isbell, who also co-produced the track. The album is largely... »»»
April 20, 2015 - Following a surprise appearance on Sunday at the Academy of Country Music awards, Randy Travis, who suffered a stroke two years ago, posted a thank you to his fans for their support. Travis received a standing ovation from the crowd in Arlington, Texas and appeared stiff in his movements.... »»»
April 20, 2015 - Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson appear to be acknowledging the April 20, aka 420, the day promoting marijuana usage, with the release of their single and video "It's All Going to Pot," by Legacy Recordings. Based in Texas swing, hooks and sing-a-long lyrics about an emerging 21st century cannabis... »»»
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April 19, 2015 - Luke Bryan won the biggest Academy of Country Music Award of the night, Entertainer of the Year. But Miranda Lambert had a pretty good night as well, winning the Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday in Arlington, Texas.... »»»
April 19, 2015 - Country Thunder USA: East was named Festival of the Year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Country Thunder is based in Twin Lakes, Wis. The ACM Industry Awards, voted on by the Academy's professional members, honor the behind-the-scenes industry professionals and venues.... »»»
April 17, 2015 - George Strait may be done with touring, but he is not done releasing new music. Strait is releasing a new single, "Let It Go," to radio. Strait wrote the song with his son Bubba and Keith Gattis. Strait will perform the song live on Sunday at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas.... »»»
April 17, 2015 - Miranda Lambert wrote a song, "Two of a Crime," for a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Lambert said she did so after being asked by Witherspoon to contribute a track for the upcoming comedy, "Hot Pursuit." Lambert said, "Reese texted me and told me about the movie and wanted me to write... »»»
April 17, 2015 - All roads are pointing to Arlington, Texas this weekend as the Academy of Country Music Awards are being held there on Sunday night. Miranda Lambert was nominated in all seven ACM categories, although she received a total of eight nominations because she received two in the same category for Song of the Year.... »»»
April 17, 2015 - Media mogul Kenny Chesney is not satisfied just having a radio outlet. He's now going the TV route. Chesney announced today he is launching No Shoes TV to go along with No Shoes Radio. No Shoes TV, which will rest on his web site, is a round-up of the best moments at this year's The Big Revival... »»»
April 16, 2015 - Sam Hunt is once again at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, for the week ending April 25, with "Take Your Time." This marks Hunt's 10th week at the top, making it the 16th single to top the charts for more than 10 weeks since the chart launched in 1958, according to Billboard.... »»»
April 16, 2015 - Jason Isbell will release "Something More Than Free," his fifth album, on July 17 via Southeastern Records. The 11 songs are Isbell's most sonically diverse album to date, according to a press release. The opening track, "If It Takes A Lifetime" exudes a classic country tone, while "24 Frames"... »»»
April 16, 2015 - Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum survived a fire, which gutted her tour bus this morning. Scott posted a message on the band's Facebook page, "Hey guys, we had a crazy morning on the way to Dallas today. Our bus tire caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly. EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND.... »»»

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