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April 24, 2014 - Dolly Parton, who releases "Blue Smoke" on May 13, will participate in @TwitterMusic's "Legends on Twitter" series to host her first-ever Twitter Q&A on Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m. eastern. The Twitter event will be held just prior to her scheduled live performance on QVC during the "Dolly Parton Q... »»»
April 24, 2014 - Shot in a Portland, Ore. taxidermy shop, Black Prairie's new video for "Let It Out" was conceived by front woman Annalisa Tornfelt, who hunted squirrels as an Alaskan teenager. "She then revealed they would make purses out of them and wear them to high school, even the bones in their hair to keep... »»»
April 23, 2014 - Krystal Keith's "Daddy Dance With Me" will get a second go round as the wedding season is heating up. Last year's viral hit is now resurfacing as Show Dog-Universal is officially servicing the video to multiple outlets. Co-written by Keith for her own wedding as a surprise for her father, Toby... »»»
April 23, 2014 - Luke Bryan will have the only country album in the top 10 of Billboard's Top Albums chart when it is released Thursday. "Crash My Party" will be sixth on the overall chart with 33,000 units moved, an increase of 77 percent. The "Frozen" soundtrack continues to dominate the charts.... »»»
April 22, 2014 - Black Prairie, an off-shoot band of most of The Decemberists, released its third disc, "Fortune." The band, which plays rock infused bluegrass, features Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee and John Moen of The Decemberists with vocalist Annalisa Tornfelt and guitarist Jon Neufeld.... »»»
April 22, 2014 - The Country Music Association announced today that Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman and Ronnie Milsap will be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame. Cochran will be inducted in the rotating Songwriter category. Wiseman will be inducted in the Veteran category. Milsap will be the 2014 inductee in the... »»»
April 17, 2014 - Luke Bryan again is number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Play It Again." Martina McBride has the top selling country disc in the U.S. for the week ending April 26 with "Everlasting." Bryan took over the top of the Hot Country Songs chart from "This is How We Roll" from Florida Georgia Line.... »»»
April 17, 2014 - Zac Brown Band kicks off 'The Great American Road Trip Tour' in May, introducing ZBB's new, eighth member Matt Mangano on bass. Mangano replaces John Driskell Hopkins, who will switch to different instruments in the band. Hopkins will continue to sing and play bass, but take on guitar, baritone... »»»
April 16, 2014 - Martina McBride will have the top selling country disc when Billboard releases its charts on Thursday. "Everlasting," McBride's first independently released disc, sold 21,000 units, good for the seventh best selling disc in the U.S. The set consists of covers of R&B songs. Luke Bryan was eighth on... »»»
April 16, 2014 - Willie Nelson, 80, will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial arts system, it was announced today. At a ceremony on April 28, Grand Master Sam Um will be promoting Nelson at his studio, Master Martial Arts, in Austin. The celebration takes place two... »»»
April 16, 2014 - Kip Moore is releasing "Dirt Road," from his upcoming sophomore album as his new single. The track, available at all digital retailers today, was written by Moore along with close friends Westin Davis and Dan Couch ("Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" and "Hey Pretty Girl"). The song features a surging tempo... »»»
April 15, 2014 - The final album from Ray Price will be out today along with new music from Rodney Crowell the second disc from the Secret Sisters. Price passed away in December at 87 from cancer. "Beauty Is..." (AmeriMonte) marks the final album from the country crooner. Vince Gill ("Beauty Lies in the Eye of the... »»»
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April 15, 2014 - Natalie Stovall and the Drive will make their Grand Ole Opry debut May 6. This will not be the first time Stovall has played the Opry. She did so for the first time in spring 1995 at age 12. The band's front woman, Columbia, Tennessee native Natalie Stovall, has another tie to the Opry name as she... »»»
April 14, 2014 - After scoring his first number one with "Helluva Life,”" Frankie Ballard is hitting country radio with his new single, “"Sunshine & Whiskey." Co-written by hit songwriters Luke Laird and The Cadillac Three'’s Jaren Johnston, the song captures the innocence of summer love and serves as... »»»
April 11, 2014 - Tim McGraw's premiere of his new song, "Meanwhile Back At Mama's," at the Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday, apparently has led to the rush release of the single. McGraw performed the song with wife Faith Hill, who came out from the wings to sing the song, penned by Jaren Johnston and Tom Douglas.... »»»
April 11, 2014 - The world premiere of Béla Fleck's full-length documentary, "How to Write a Banjo Concerto" will premiere April 19 at the Nashville Film Festival. Directed by Sascha Paladino and Fleck, the film looks at the banjo player's creative process and relationships, including lifelong friend and... »»»
April 10, 2014 - The long wait for new music from Lee Ann Womack is over. Sugar Hill announced today that it had signed the singer and will release her next album in September. Womack's last studio disc was "Call Me Crazy" in 2008, her seventh studio album. In April 2012, Womack announced plans to release "The Way... »»»
April 10, 2014 - Dan + Shay hit the top right of the charts right out of the chute. "Where It All Began" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard top Country Albums chart for the week ending April 19. Florida Georgia Line stayed first with "This is How We Roll," which features Luke Bryan. Last week's albums chart topper,... »»»
April 9, 2014 - Newcomers Dan + Shay will have the top selling country disc when Billboard releases the charts on Thursday. "Where It All Began" sold almost 29,000 units, good for sixth on the overall chart. The duo has a hit on its hands with "19 You + Me." Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek returns to the chart with... »»»
April 9, 2014 - Eric Church will launch The Outsiders World Tour in September in Louisiana with 31 dates now planned. Church, who released his left of center CD "The Outsiders" in February, will headline Madison Square Garden for the first time. Dwight Yoakam will guest on each date, with alternating openers... »»»
April 9, 2014 - Singer and actress Lucy Hale will reschedule her Opry debut for June. Hale will make her rescheduled debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, June 21. She had been slated to play the Opry on Feb. 21, but couldn't due to illness. That's the same month Hale releases her debut, "Road Between," on June... »»»