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November 26, 2014 - Garth Brooks will have the only country CD in Billboard's Top 10 when the charts are officially out on Thursday. "Man Against Machine," Brooks' first disc in 13 years, was fifth on the overall chart in its second week of release. The disc sold 62,000 units, down 52 percent. This, of course, means... »»»
November 25, 2014 - Coming off their third consecutive CMA nomination for country duo, Love and Theft released "Whiskey On My Breath," the first single and title track of their next disc coming Feb. 10, 2015. Love and Theft have enjoyed hits with "Angel Eyes" and "Runaway." - the The album from Stephen Barker-Liles... »»»
November 25, 2014 - The Americana Music Association announced today its first annual fundraising drive, which runs through Dec. 20. Proceeds will go towards meeting the increased demands of the Association's growth and to lay the groundwork for an endowment to continue the work of advocating for the American... »»»
November 25, 2014 - Garth Brooks cancelled previously scheduled TV appearances because of the unrest around the U.S. in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo. Police officer in the death of an 18-year-old black youth. Brooks said in an email sent early this afternoon, "We landed in NY last night... »»»
November 25, 2014 - Country winners from Sunday night's 2014 American Music Awards were Luke Bryan, Favorite Male Artist; Carrie Underwood, Favorite Female Artist; Florida Georgia Line, Favorite Band, Duo or Group; and Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am, Favorite Album. Taylor Swift was presented the first ever "Dick Clark... »»»
November 24, 2014 - Robert Earl Keen was added to the MerleFest line-up, it was announced today. The four-day event will be held April 23-26 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. MerleFest is known for its mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass... »»»
November 20, 2014 - Two country singers - Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman - both came out as being gay on Thursday. Herndon, 52, made his announcement in a story on People> magazine's web site, while Gilman, who was the youngest performer - at 12 - to ever have a hit single - posted a video. "I'm an out, proud and happy... »»»
November 20, 2014 - There's "Something in the Water" for Carrie Underwood because her new single from "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" is sitting atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 29. Garth Brooks debuted in first with "Man Against Machine," his first new studio album in 13 years, on the albums chart.... »»»
November 20, 2014 - Toby Keith will be the third headliner for the 3rd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival coming in June to New York. The festival will be held June 12-14, 2015 at Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, N.Y. in the Great Northern Catskill.. Keith joins the previously announced Tim McGraw and Keith Urban as a headliner.... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Steve Earle & The Dukes will release "Terraplane" on Feb. 17 via New West Records. The blues-based, 11-track set is the follow up to the 2013 album "The Low Highway" and features Earle's longtime band The Dukes, comprised of Kelly Looney, Will Rigby, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore.... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Hunter Hayes' show slated for Thursday in St. Louis was cancelled due to a state of emergency declared by the governor due to a pending decision by a grand jury looking into the fatal shooting of a Ferguson, Mo. black youth by a white police officer. Hayes said on his web site, "Out of respect for Missouri Gov.... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Kix Brooks was named today as the first recipient of the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award. Brooks, who had been one-half of Brooks & Dunn, will receive the honor in January 2015. "It's embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community," said Brooks. "It's easy to look around and be inspired... »»»
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November 19, 2014 - Garth Brooks will debut in fourth on the overall Billboard Top 200 chart with "Man Against Machine," his first studio album in 13 years. The release enters with 130,000 units sold. As a result, Brooks is first on the Top Country Albums chart. This marks the 14th time Brooks topped the country chart.... »»»
November 19, 2014 - Sam Hunt returns to late night TV Monday night to perform his brand new single, "Take Your Time," on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. "Take Your Time" is the follow-up single to Hunt's Platinum-selling number one hit "Leave the Night On." Both tracks are featured on Hunt's album, "Montevallo," the... »»»
November 18, 2014 - Trisha Yearwood's 12th studio album, "PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit," is out on Gwendolyn/Sony. The album features six new songs, including "PrizeFighter" featuring Kelly Clarkson. The disc is Yearwood's first new material in seven years. The album also includes 10 hits, including "She's in Love With... »»»
November 18, 2014 - Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett are teaming up for a string of East Coast shows in January. These will be solo and duo performances, during which the artists will serve as their own accompanists. Lovett has performed in that touring format on previous tours with John Hiatt. Under the banner "Vince... »»»
November 17, 2014 - Punch Brothers announced a late winter/spring tour of North America in anticipation of their upcoming T Bone Burnett-produced album due early 2015, the group announced Monday. The 23-city tour kicks off at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20, and continues through mid-April.... »»»
November 17, 2014 - Island lover Kenny Chesney may be spending "Christmas In Blue Chair Bay." At least that's the title of his latest song, which he released to radio today. "It seems like there are few times of the year when you can really unplug, really just be in the moment with your family and your friends - and... »»»
November 16, 2014 - Luke Bryan will hit the Country Thunder stage in Arizona in April 2015. Bryan joins previously announced headliner Blake Shelton. Country Thunder, which will be in Florenz, Ariz. from April 9-12, also will host Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Diamond Rio, Phil... »»»
November 14, 2014 - Mountain Home Music will release "In Session" on Jan. 20, 2015 from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. "In Session" begins with "Roll Big River," a driving banjo tune, The disc also explores a grassy update of the 1950's hit song, "You, You, You" as well as a rendition of Bill Monroe's classic... »»»
November 13, 2014 - Trace Adkins will kick off The Christmas Show 2014 on Friday at West Point in Highland Falls, N.Y., continuing through Dec. 21 in Clearwater, Fla. Adkins is continuing the tradition he started last year - giving reverent, family-friendly shows that feature humorous and historical narration as well... »»»