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October 17, 2018 - Morgan Wallen, who enjoyed a big hit with "Up Down," unveiled his 2019 headlining tour today. Beginning Jan. 5 in Milwaukee, the If I Know Me Tour will hit 26 cities from coast-to-coast including a hometown show in Knoxville, Tenn. plus stops in Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles before wrapping in Salt... »»»
October 17, 2018 - Joe Nichols has exited Broken Bow Records, according to Music Row magazine. Nichols, 41, who enjoyed hits with "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" and "Gimme That Girl," had been with the label for 6 years. The Arkansas native started his career on Intersound Records for his... »»»
October 17, 2018 - Garth Brook is going back on the road. While saying that he intended to take off 2019, he, instead, announced today the North American Stadium Tour, hitting five stadiums per year for the next three years. Brooks announced the first two venues as State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.... »»»
October 17, 2018 - Old 97's released the title track from their upcoming holiday disc, "Love the Holidays." The band's first-ever collection of original Christmas songs drops Nov. 16 on ATO. The album was produced, mixed and engineered by John Pedigo in Texas. The release presents a sack full of new songs and "Auld Lang Syne.... »»»
October 16, 2018 - Eric Church debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Desperate Man." Florida Georgia Line held down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 20 as "Meant to Be" with Bebe Rexha once again was first - for the 46th week - with "Simple" second.... »»»
October 16, 2018 - Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean will headline the 2019 version of Stagecoach. The three-day event will also feature performances by Cole Swindell, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Kane Brown, CAM, Lauren Alaina, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bret Michaels and Tom Jones. The fest will be held Friday, April 26 through... »»»
October 15, 2018 - Kip Moore will release "Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions EP" on Nov. 16. Moore co-wrote five of the seven songs. Moore will launch the Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour in Milwaukee, Wisc. On Nov. 19 with shows iN Des Moines, Ia. On Nov. 30, Emporio, Kansas on Dec. 1 and Akron, Ohio on Dec.... »»»
October 15, 2018 - Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA won the CMA Broadcaster of the Year in the National category, it was announced today. Other winners were: Major Market - "Bud and Broadway" (Bud Ford, Jerry Broadway, Kelly Rebal, "Captain Mac Douglas" Gregory Paul Ford, "T.Wall" Tom Wall, and "Sweet Becca" Walls) - WIL, St. Louis.... »»»
October 15, 2018 - Walker McGuire are out with a new single, "Growin' Up," at country radio today. The song from Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire "is special because it has both an old and new school feel to the song. The mix of the newer pop country sound and old school country message made it seem like the perfect... »»»
October 12, 2018 - William Michael Morgan, who had a hit with "I Met a Girl," is back with brand new music by releasing "Tonight Girl." The 25-year-old Mississippi-native is re-introducing himself in a series of songs that he will continue to release over the next few months. The video for "Tonight Girl," directed by... »»»
October 12, 2018 - Pistol Annies - the trio of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley - released a new song, "Stop Drop and Roll One" off their upcoming third album, "Interstate Gospel." The new disc drops Nov. 2 on RCA Records Nashville. Penned by the trio, "Stop Drop and Roll One" came after a good songwriting session.... »»»
October 12, 2018 - Canadian country singer Colter Wall is out with his sophomore disc in a career that's on the rise. Aussie Morgan Evans and Jimmie Allen make their debuts with both having hit singles to propel their launches. Wall has a whiskey-soaked, smoky voice with many songs about his native country on his new... »»»
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October 11, 2018 - Chuck Wicks is out with his first new music in two years on Friday with the release of "Better Than Flowers." The past two years have been difficult for Wicks. Eighteen months ago, Wicks survived a nearly-fatal car crash that left him with a broken neck. He regained his strength to compete as 1 of 11... »»»
October 11, 2018 - Chris Janson will be "Waitin' On 5" with his fall tour with three of the shows acoustic. Janson has enjoyed a good year with three Country Music Association Award nominations including New Artist of the Year, and he became the youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. Tour dates are: Oct.... »»»
October 10, 2018 - RaeLynn released the official music video for her single "Tailgate." The video captures that fall, tailgating feeling and features cameos from Lindsay Ell and Cassadee Pope. RaeLynn penned the song with Canaan Smith, Corey Crowder and Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard. The singer will join Kane... »»»
October 10, 2018 - Nashville native Mitchell Tenpenny will be "Telling All My Secrets" when his major label debut disc drops in December. Tenpenny, who released an EP earlier this year, is out on Dec. 14 on Riser House/Columbia Nashville. The disc features his hit "Drunk Me," which went top 10 on the Billboard Hot... »»»
October 10, 2018 - Following 18 "Strait to Vegas" shows with two more this December, George Strait will return back to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with special guest Ashley McBryde for two shows on Feb. 1 and 2, 2019. Tickets go on sale Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. local time. McBryde made her debut major-label debut with "Girl... »»»
October 9, 2018 - "Meant to Be" continued first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 13, the 45th week that the song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line has held the top spot. Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." Dan + Shay were second on the... »»»
October 9, 2018 - John Prine was among 19 performers nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Prine was the lone country or Americana artist on the ballot, which also features Roxy Music, Radiohead, Def Leppard and Janet Jackson. Other nominees were: Devo Kraftwerk LL Cool J MC5 Rage Against the... »»»
October 9, 2018 - Morgan Evans will making his morning TV debut on Thursday, Oct. 18, on NBC'S TODAY, performing his number1 hit, "Kiss Somebody." Evans releases his debut CD "Things That We Drink To," this Friday. Evans will sing during the show's 10 a.m. hour. Evans will join Old Dominion as a special guest on the... »»»
October 9, 2018 - Chris Lane is releasing "I Don't Know About You" to radio as his brand new single. The follow-up to consecutive GOLD-certified hits of "Fix" and "For Her." The North Carolina native will headline the Laps Around the Sun Tour this fall with Mason Ramsey, the boy yodeler discovered at a WalMart and... »»»