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March 24, 2017 - RaeLynn finally releases her full-length debut , even though she had a hit four years ago with "God Made Girls." And a music veteran, Jessi Colter, gets religious on her first album in 10 years. RaeLynn changed labels and management after a few EPs on Big Machine. She is now on Warner with her first... »»»
March 23, 2017 - The Cadillac Three will exclusively release a special, limited-edition vinyl, "Live at Abbey Road," for Record Store Day on April 22 in the U.S. and England. TC3 cut live versions of songs at the famed North London studio from the debut album, "Bury Me in My Boots." "We're three guys from Music City,... »»»
March 22, 2017 - Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood are among the acts announced today who will perform or be presenters at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2 from Last Vegas. Christian artist Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and Cole... »»»
March 21, 2017 - Josh Turner debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Deep South." Sam Hunt stays atop the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending April 1 with "Body Like a Back Road." Turner took over the top from Little Big Town's "The Breaker," which slipped to second.... »»»
March 21, 2017 - Kelsea Ballerini will perform on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2. Previous ACM Award winner Ballerini received two nominations this year including the Female Vocalist of the Year category and Video of the Year Presented for "Peter Pan." Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to... »»»
March 20, 2017 - Songwriter Natalie Hemby finally made her singing debut at the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend. Hemby, who has penned hits for artists including Miranda Lambert, released her first disc in January, "Puxico," at the age of 39. The album was inspired by the annual homecoming celebrations of her... »»»
March 20, 2017 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will release their first joint album ever later this year, their label announced today. McGraw and Hill, who have released singles together, have a new single out now - "Speak to a Girl" on Arista Nashville. The song goes to country radio on Thursday at 5 p.m. eastern time.... »»»
March 19, 2017 - Josh Abbott Band is currently in the studio on a new album for a disc to be released later this year. The Texas group is working with producer Dwight Baker at Orb Studio in Austin. The new album is the follow-up to the 2015 release "Front Row Seat," a disc about the break-up of Abbott's marriage.... »»»
March 17, 2017 - Toby Keith, Alabama & Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top were added to the all-star lineup at Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard concert in Nashville on April 6 in honor of what would have been Haggard's 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing. The new additions join previously... »»»
March 17, 2017 - Maren Morris' "Hero" debut disc gets re-released in a "Deluxe" version today with three new songs - "Bummin' Cigarettes," "Space" and "Company You Keep," all co-written by Morris. The singer has enjoyed hits with "My ChurcH" and "80s Mercedes." Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass and... »»»
March 16, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line will give up their night jobs on Sunday for bartending. The duo will be the featured bartenders on Bravo's cult-favorite "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" at 11 p.m. Sunday eastern. FGL will mix up Old Camp peach pecan whiskey cocktails for Cohen's guests, while also... »»»
March 15, 2017 - Maren Morris will release the deluxe edition of her debut disc, "Hero," this Friday, March 17, to all digital service providers, she announced earlier this week. The release contains three songs that were not on the regular version of "Hero," which dropped in June 2016. Morris also announced that she... »»»
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March 14, 2017 - Canaan Smith, who had a hit single two years ago with "Love You Like That," returns with a new single "Like You that Way." The song is apparently from Smith's upcoming second full-length release, although there was no word when that would be. The 34-year-old Virginia native wrote the song with Jesse... »»»
March 14, 2017 - Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne and Maren Morris were winners of the Academy of Country Music new artist winners announced today. Brothers Osborne won New Vocal Duo; Morris New Female Vocalist and Pardi New Male Vocalist. All three will perform on the show co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley from... »»»
March 13, 2017 - Banditos announced today its second disc, "Visionland," will be out June 23 on Bloodshot. Israel Nash and Ted Young produced the Birmingham/Nashville-based group's second full-length. "Fine Fine Day" is the first single from the release. The group includes guitarist Jeff Salter, singer Mary Beth... »»»
March 10, 2017 - The Mavericks released their new single "Damned (If You Do)" from forthcoming album "Brand New Day" to triple-A radio today. The up-tempo track kicks off with a groovy and melodic guitar riff and is a Latin influenced tune with a swaying drumbeat, horns and accordion. Malo penned the new track with... »»»
March 10, 2017 - Old Dominion released a new single day, "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," which will appear on its second full length. Penned by Old Dominion band members Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi, as well as Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally produced. He also produced the band's full-length debut, "Meat and Candy.... »»»
March 10, 2017 - Josh Turner releases "Deep South," his first release since 2012's "Punching Bag. His sixth studio release was produced by Frank Rogers, who also produces Brad Paisley. Turner had a hand in writing 5 of the 11 songs, including four on his own. "Lay Low" was the first single, only reaching 25 on the... »»»
March 9, 2017 - Brad Paisley will get help from Mick Jagger and John Fogerty on his upcoming disc, "Love and War," Paisley announced today. Paisley revealed that his 11th Arista Nashville release, out April 21, will have 16 songs. Among them is his hit "Home." Country Music Hall of Famers Bill Anderson and Johnny... »»»
March 8, 2017 - Austin, TX indie-Americana duo Jamestown Revival - Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance - announce new 2017 spring headline tour dates, expanding their current schedule. Tickets for shows starting on June 6 go on sale Friday, March 10; additional shows are currently on sale now The band is touring in... »»»
March 7, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line will headline its first stadium concerts this year, bring along Backstreet Boys. FGL and the Backstreet Boys, who sing on FGL's hit single, "God, Your Mama, And Me," will play Boston's Fenway Park on July 7, Minneapolis' Target Field on July 29 and Chicago's Wrigley Field on Aug. 12.... »»»