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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... »»»
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.... »»»
April 15, 2015 - Garth Brooks will be heading to Knoxville. Brooks announced this morning via email that the first Tennessee date of his world tour will be at the Thompson Boling Arena on May 29-30. Tickets go on sale April 24 at 10 a.m. eastern time. The Knoxville stops are part of his world tour, which started in... »»»
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April 15, 2015 - "Revival: The Sam Bush Story" chronicling the life and musical journey of the newgrass pioneer, will have its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival on April 21. Produced by Wannabe Films and See Forever Entertainment and co-directed by Wayne Franklin and Kris Wheeler, the film debuts at Regal... »»»
April 14, 2015 - Two country veterans - Reba McEntire and Dwight Yoakam - are out with new albums today. For McEntire, "Love Somebody" marks her debut as the flagship artist of the Nash Icon label, which is part of Big Machine. McEntire co-produced the disc with Tony Brown, James Stroud and Doug Sisemore and covers... »»»
April 13, 2015 - Alan Jackson will release, "Angels and Alcohol," his first studio album in 3 years of all new music on July 17. Jackson wrote 7 of the 10 songs. "Angels and Alcohol," his 15th studio album, comes 25 years after his debut "Here In The Real World." Two years ago, Jackson released "The Bluegrass Album.... »»»
April 13, 2015 - Chris Shiflett, frontman of Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants and guitarist for Foo Fighters, re-launched his Walking The Floor podcast of interviews Brad Paisley. The podcast, which debuted on Rolling Stone Country this morning, can also be downloaded. The second half of the interview will be... »»»
April 13, 2015 - Mumford & Sons announced tour June and August tour dates for North America. The tour will support "Wilder Man," the band's disc, which comes out May . Dates are: June 2 - Brooklyn, NY - Coney Island - MCU Park June 5/6 *Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Seaside Heights, NJ* - w/Alabama... »»»
April 9, 2015 - Justin Moore could be coming to a home near you soon. Moore said he would do a home concert for one lucky fan through a contest on his web site - depending on sales of his "Off the Beaten Path" CD. In a recent announcement to his fan club email subscribers, he said that each time a new album sales... »»»
April 9, 2015 - Darius Rucker led the Billboard Top Country Albums with "Southern Style" for the week ending April 18. Sam Hunt continued dominating the Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time." On the albums chart, Rucker displaced last week's chart topper, "Spring Break...Checkin' Out," from Luke Bryan.... »»»
April 8, 2015 - Ace guitarist Larry Campbell and singer Teresa Williams, who both were part of Levon Helm's band, will take center stage with their self-titled debut album on Red House Records on June 23 with a self-titled disc. After decades of marriage and seven years working closely with Helm - Campbell as... »»»
April 8, 2015 - Darius Rucker's new CD debuts in style with the seventh spot on the Billboard 200 and the top selling country disc in the land. "Southern Style" sold 57,000 units in its debut week for Rucker's fourth top 10 solo album. This is Rucker's fourth chart topper on the country list with "Learn to Live,"... »»»