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March 30, 2015 - Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is returning to Texas for the first time in five years. The 42nd edition takes place at the Circuit of The Americas' Austin360 Amphitheater on July 4 with performances from more than 20 artists on two stages including Willie Nelson & Family, Eric Church, Merle... »»»
March 30, 2015 - Keith Urban will debut his new music video for "Raise 'Em Up," the fifth single from "Fuse," on Tuesday to Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The video for the song featuring Eric Church, was shot in Nashville last month and will premiered tomorrow as well. "Some of the idea for this video started... »»»
March 30, 2015 - Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts were added as performers for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. Christina Aguilera will engage in a special duet, although the artist was not named with whom she would sing.... »»»
March 26, 2015 - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are teaming up for a new album. Nelson tweeted on Wednesday, "Willie and @MerleHaggard are pairing up again!" The album will be called "Django & Jimmie," which references guitarist Django Reinhardt, an influence on Nelson, and Jimmie Rodgers. The Hag recorded a... »»»
March 26, 2015 - Luke Bryan led the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the second straight week with "Spring Break...Checkin' Out" for the week ending April 4. Sam Hunt leads the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart again with "Take Your Time." Hunt was second on the albums chart with "Montevallo," one ahead of... »»»
March 25, 2015 - Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's will release a second album together, "The Traveling Kind," on May 12 on Nonesuch Records. Rolling Stone premiered the title track today., Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), "The Traveling Kind" includes 11 duet... »»»
March 25, 2015 - Lee Brice received his second RIAA certification in less than six months with "Drinking Class" certifying Gold as a Digital Single this week. He also announced he would do a college tour in April and May. Brice's first sales milestone from his number one "I Don't Dance" was its title track which was... »»»
March 25, 2015 - The Country Music Association announced today that three new artists to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Ed Brown and the Browns will be inducted in the Veteran's Era category. The late Grady Martin will be join as a Recording and/or Touring Musician active prior to 1980.... »»»
March 24, 2015 - Canaan Smith finally releases something more than a single today as he releases a self-titled five-song EP. Smith realized his first single, "We Got Us," in 2012 and last years made the top 30 with "Love You Like That." Striking Matches, a duo consisting of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, release... »»»
March 24, 2015 - Old 97's front man Rhett Miller will go the solo route again as he announced the release of "The Traveler" on ATO on May 12. Although the album was written and performed by Miller he also had help from the members of Black Prairie , a band based in Portland, Ore. that plays everything from bluegrass... »»»
March 23, 2015 - The Boxmasters, the country rock group including actor Billy Bob Thornton, will release their fourth studio album, "Somewhere Down The Road," through 101 Ranch Records on April 7. The disc will be their first in almost exactly six years. The Boxmasters announced their upcoming tour dates, kicking off... »»»
March 23, 2015 - Arista Nashville newcomer Cam scored 44 first week stations with her debut single "My Mistake" on the Billboard and Country Aircheck panels. Written by Cam and producer Tyler Johnson, the song is the first single from Cam's upcoming album, produced by Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Beyonce, fun.... »»»
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March 23, 2015 - Jason Aldean married his fiancee Brittany Kerr on Saturday in Mexico, A HREF=>US Weekly reported. "This is the best day ever - I've got my girl here, my friends, my family - it's the best... »»»
March 23, 2015 - Stars of ABC's "Nashville" will once again hit the road in an eight-city spring concert tour. Launching on April 29 in New York City, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples and Lennon & Maisy will take the stage and perform various songs from the hit television series.... »»»
March 20, 2015 - Reba McEntire will be the spokesperson of an effort to combat hunger. McEntire will work with Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America on the fourth annual Outnumber Hunger campaign, which has helped secure more than 35 million meals to people facing hunger in America.... »»»
March 20, 2015 - Zec Brown Band belted one out of the park today and set a record in the process. After selling out two nights at Fenway Park for the second year in a row, Zac Brown Band made history this morning by adding a third night to their run of shows in August. With this new show, Zac Brown Band will be the... »»»
March 19, 2015 - Steven Lee Olsen today premiered his music video for his song, "Raised By A Good Time," on Rolling Stone Country. The video for the co-penned autobiographical anthem was directed by Mason Dixon. "'Raised By A Good Time' is a song I wrote a few years back with one of my best friends, Cary Barlowe," Olsen said.... »»»
March 19, 2015 - Luke Bryan has the top selling country disc on the Billboard Country Albums disc for the week ending March 28 with his final spring break EP, "Spring Break...Checkin' Out." Bryan took over the top spot from Sam Hunts "Montevallo," which fell to second. Hunt did lead the songs chart with "Take Your Time" still atop.... »»»
March 18, 2015 - Luke Bryan will be third on the Billboard Top 10 chart when the figures are out tomorrow with "Spring Break...Checkin' Out" moving 106,000 units. The "Empire" soundtrack is first at 130,000 units followed by Madonna's "Rebel Heart" with 121,000 units. Bryan scored his fifth country albums chart topper.... »»»
March 18, 2015 - Dale Watson will release his new studio album, "Call Me Insane," on June 9. The album was recorded in Austin with producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker) and via Red House/Ameripolitan Records on CD, digital, and vinyl. Watson is in Austin this week for South X South West..... »»»
March 17, 2015 - It's a quiet day on the release front with Allison Moorer out with a new CD and a bluegrass family band doing their thing. Moorer is out with "Down to Believing" on Entertainment One. Moorer goes confessional as this break-up disc was recorded after the end of her seven-year marriage to Steve Earle.... »»»

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