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October 8, 2015 - Kip Moore revealed today that "Running For You" will be the second single from his sophomore album "Wild Ones." Co-written by Moore, Blair Daly and Troy Verges, the track is available at country radio on Monday. Moore's single comes hot on the heels of his headlining 2015 Wild Ones Tour, launching... »»»
October 7, 2015 - Billy Joe Royal, who had a string of hits in the 1980s after a pop career 20 years earlier, died on Tuesday in his sleep at 73 in Morehead City, N.C. Royal was born April 3, 1942 in Valdosta, Ga. and raised in Marietta, Ga. He became a local start at a Savannah, Ga. club in the 1950s and 1960s.... »»»
October 7, 2015 - A Tennessee couple accused of severely assaulting a Nashville record producer and his female friend surrendered to Metro Nashville Police on Tuesday, according to The Tennessean. Dustin Carl Hargove and Nichole M. Hargove, both 30, of Columbia, Tenn., were believed to have driven their car into Dave... »»»
October 6, 2015 - Don Henley sits atop the Billboard Top Country Albums charts with "Cass County" for the week ending Oct. 17, while Luke Bryan is first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down." George Strait debuted in second on the albums chart with "Cold Beer Conversation," one ahead of Thomas Rhett's... »»»
October 6, 2015 - Rascal Flatts will head to New York for the live television debut of their new single "I Like The Sound Of That," this Friday on Today at 8 a.m. eastern on NBC. "I Like The Sound Of That" is taken from their ninth studio album, "Rewind," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums... »»»
October 6, 2015 - A three CD Alan Jackson anthology, including unreleased tracks, will be out Nov. 6 at Wal-Mart on Legacy and Arista Nashville. "Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story," will include 59 songs drawn from all phases of Jackson's career at Arista Nashville and debuts 8 previously unreleased tracks including a... »»»
October 6, 2015 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley sent his single, "The Driver," to country radio on Monday. The song is the debut single from his forthcoming solo project on Capitol Records Nashville. Written by Kelley, Eric Paslay and Abe Stoklasa and produced by Paul Worley, Kelley explores new territory with a... »»»
October 6, 2015 - The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season on their 26th Annual Christmas Night Out Tour. The tour starts in Branson, Mo. on Nov. 17 for 3 shows and winds down Dec. 23 in Nashville. "There is nothing quite like an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show," said The Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall.... »»»
October 4, 2015 - Don Henley will lead the country charts when Billboard releases its charts later this week. Henley's "Cass County," his first solo disc in 15 years, sold 89,000 units, the third best in the U.S. and first on the country charts. George Strait was sixth on the overall chart and fourth on the... »»»
October 2, 2015 - Bottle Rockets have a new album, "South Broadway Athletic Club," out today on Bloodshot. The band again worked with longtime producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, it was the first time the group recorded a full album in their hometown of St. Louis. Bluegrass band Flatt Lonesome is out with "Runaway Train" on Mountain Fever.... »»»
October 1, 2015 - The Earls of Leicester were the big winners tonight at the Internaitonal Bluegrass Music Assocaition Awards by taking four, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for its self-titled debut, at the awards show in Raleigh, N.C. The band also took home Instrumental Group of... »»»
October 1, 2015 - Luke Bryan doubled up on the Billboard country charts, leading the Country Albums chart with "Kill the Lights" and topping the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down" for the week ending Oct. 10. On the album chart, Alabama debuted in second with "Southern Drawl." Turnpike Troubadours debuted in... »»»
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October 1, 2015 - Ralph Stanley canceled two shows due to illness. The nature of the illness was not disclosed, although Stanley will return to action in mid-October. A statement from his publicist this morning said, "Due to an unforeseen illness, Dr. Ralph Stanley has been forced to cancel his upcoming appearances at... »»»
September 30, 2015 - Grammy-nominated producer, Dave Brainard, sustained a broken jaw after being allegedly assaulted by a driver in Nashville on Sunday. Brainard, 40, remains in a Nashville hospital and will have his jaw wired shut for six weeks. He had been found unconscious and missing teeth following the assault early Sunday.... »»»
September 30, 2015 - Just days after returning stateside following the European leg of his "I'm Comin' Over" World Tour, RCA Records artist Chris Young headlined a hometown show at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater to kick off his U.S. concert tour in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 fans. "I was both excited and anxious... »»»
September 30, 2015 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley is going solo, but he is not leaving his band behind. Billboard reported that Kelley will release a solo album in 2016 and unveiled seven songs at a Nashville industry heavy showcase on Wednesday. Lady Antebellum is taking a break at the end of their current Wheels Up... »»»
September 30, 2015 - Garth Brooks' world tour will hit San Jose, Cal. in November, he announced today via email. The shows are the first for Brooks in San Jose in 18 years. Brooks will play two shows at the SAP Center on Nov. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Oct. 9.... »»»
September 29, 2015 - George Strait added 2 shows to his Las Vegas concert schedule for December 2016, it was announced today. Stair announced last week he would play four shows in Las Vegas next year - April 22-23 and Sept. 9-10. Now, he will also play Dec. 2-3 at the Las Vegas Arena. Kacey Musgraves, who recently... »»»
September 25, 2015 - The surprise new album from George Strait, "Cold Beer Conversation," along with new ones from Thomas Rhett and Jim Lauderdale plus a veteran country singer. Strait announced his new disc on Tuesday in Las Vegas. "Cold Beer Conversation" was produced by Strait and Chuck Ainlay with 13 songs.... »»»
September 24, 2015 - Only three days after announcing the start of her headlining tour, Ashley Monroe said Thursday she was postponing the first four dates and two others. It was unclear why Monroe made the decision. " Due to unforeseen circumstances, I've had to postpone" the shows," Monroe posted on her web site.... »»»
September 23, 2015 - Luke Bryan ended the reign of Sam Hunt atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Strip It Down" is first for the week ending Oct. 3 with Hunt's "House Party" dropping to fourth. Brett Eldredge topped the Country Albums chart with "Illinois," his second disc. Bryan was second on the albums chart with... »»»

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