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October 17, 2019 - Country radio personality Bob Kingsley, who hosted several different countdown shows during his career, died today at his home in Weatherford, Texas, at 80, due to complications from bladder cancer. Kingsley hosted the nationally syndicated programs American Country Countdown from 1978 to 2005 and Bob... »»»
October 16, 2019 - Kane Brown's drummer, Kenny Dixon, was killed in a single-car accident Saturday night near Nashville. Reports said that speed was a factor in the accident that killed the 27-year-old. "It is with profound sadness and disbelief that we confirm we lost our drummer Kenny this weekend in a tragic car... »»»
October 16, 2019 - Michael Ray debuted the video for his latest single, "Her World or Mine." Ray said that the heartbreak in the song "is the reason I got into country music." The video premieres today exclusively with "Good Morning America" and ABC.com. Ray's third single is on his 11-song sophomore album, "Amos.... »»»
October 16, 2019 - Plans are taking shape for a musical, "May We All," with Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley involved. The musical, which is named after the FGL song, is slated to staged sometime in the fall of 2020 in Memphis. Lively McCabe Entertainment partnered with Kelley via his CuzBro Productions banner.... »»»
October 15, 2019 - The Country Music Association's CMA Songwriters Series will hit the Twin Cities in November with featuring Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi in addition to CMA Award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The series , coming to the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul, Minn.... »»»
October 15, 2019 - Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett will headline Stagecoach in 2020, it was announced today. Other key acts playing the 14th edition of the California festival at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, Cal. are April 24-26 are Alan Jackson, Jon Pardi, Dan + Shay, Midland, Brett Young and Dustin Lynch.... »»»
October 11, 2019 - Blanco Brown, the mastermind behind the out of left field hit "The Git Up," released his debut album, "Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs" via Broken Bow Records. Brown created TrailerTrap, a new genre that fuses hip hop beats with 808's and traditional country. Cody Jinks released the first of two albums... »»»
October 9, 2019 - Miranda Lambert has released Texas-tinged "Tequila Does" from her upcoming studio album "Wildcard." "'Tequila Does' is country. And country music makes me happy," said Lambert of the song on her album coming out Nov. 1. "No matter how rock or edgy or scorned you can get, when you come back to a... »»»
October 9, 2019 - Bobby Bones was one of the winners of CMA radio awards announced on Wednesday. Bones, Amy Brown, "Lunchbox" Dan Chappel and Eddie Garcia, who are on The Bobby Bones Show, Premiere Networks, won the National Market award. Other winners were: Major Market: Matt McAllister, Emily Raines, "Slow Joe"... »»»
October 8, 2019 - Luke Combs' new song "What You See Is What You Get" is debuting today. The song is the title track of Combs' sophomore album, which will be out Nov. 8 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville Combs is set to headline his first ever stadium show at Appalachian State University's Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.... »»»
October 8, 2019 - Sony Music Nashville announces the signing of singer/songwriter Adam Doleac to the Arista Nashville imprint. Doleac's "Famous," which he co-wrote with Andy Skib and Bobby Hamrick, will officially ship to country radio as his first Arista Nashville single on Dec. 16. A co-writer of songs recorded by... »»»
October 8, 2019 - Keith Urban announce this week he would launch Keith Urban Live, his first official European tour in more than a decade. The tour gets underway in Amsterdam on May 2, 2020 and includes stops in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway and four stops in the UK. Tour dates are: May 2 Amsterdam May 5... »»»
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October 7, 2019 - Carly Pearce and Michael Ray had every little thing in place for their wedding on Sunday in the Nashville area. Ray, 31, and Pearce, 29, were married before about 100 family members and friends on a Nashville-area farm, according to People. "Knowing without a shadow of a doubt that I didn't settle for... »»»
October 7, 2019 - Dan + Shay announced their first ever arena tour, starting in March 2020 in Nashville. Hours later, the duo added three shows due to what they said was high demand for Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour. After kicking off the tour in Nashville on March 6, the duo will return for a second show at Music... »»»
October 4, 2019 - With his first release in nearly three years, modern outlaw Brantley Gilbert delivers his take on love and marriage, redemption and life in a small town. on "Fire & Brimstone. All 15 tracks were either written or co-written by Gilbert. Vocal collaborators include Lindsay Ell, Colt Ford, Jamey Johnson,... »»»
October 4, 2019 - The Mavericks will celebrate three decades as a band with "Play the Hits, an 11-song collection of songs that influenced the group. "Play the Hits" drops Nov. 1 on the group's Mono Mundo Recordings. The first single, "Swingin'," The Mavericks' take on the John Anderson's classic.... »»»
October 3, 2019 - Jon Pardi was playing two shows at the Ryman as part of his Heartache Medication tour, but night number two was extra special because Pardi got engaged. Onstage, he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Summer Duncan. She said yes. The couple quickly embraced and kissed.... »»»
October 3, 2019 - Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay will release a new single on Friday. Billboard reported the collaboration, while Bieber posted a graphic on video on Twitter and also wrote "New music. Wedding music. @DanAndShay and this guy. FRIDAY." The song is "10,000 Hours," a mid-tempo song penned by Dan + Shay's Dan... »»»
October 3, 2019 - Chris Stapleton will host a stadium concert in Kentucky next year to raise money for organizations benefitting Kentucky. "A Concert for Kentucky," which benefits Stapleton's newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund, will be held at the University of Kentucky's Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. on April 25, 2020.... »»»
October 2, 2019 - Garth Brooks will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. "Garth Brooks' appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music," said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. "During his career, Brooks has set... »»»
October 1, 2019 - Before the tickets have gone on-sale, response to the Gillette Stadium finale in Massachusetts of Kenny Chesney's 2020 Chillaxification Tour resulted in adding a second show on Saturday, Aug. 29. "It's amazing to me how much the people there and where I'm from have in common," Chesney said of his... »»»