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October 21, 2016 - Zac Brown Band expanded by one on Friday. Keyboardist Coy Bowles welcomed a daughter, Hattie, to the group with his wife, Kylie. Bowles posted a picture on Twitter of his... »»»
October 21, 2016 - Rascal Flatts releases its first holiday album, "The Greatest Gift of All," today. The 10-track offering was produced by Rascal Flatts. Among the songs are "Joy To The World," "Deck The Halls" and "Silent Night" with the trio's children singing along Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas" is among the songs covered.... »»»
October 20, 2016 - Little Big Town released "Better Man," the first single from the band's upcoming album. Once again, Jay Joyce produced the song. LBT released "Wanderlust" in June, a collaboration with Pharrell Williams, which was not intended for the country market. The song "One of Those Days" was released to the... »»»
October 19, 2016 - Garth Brooks is streaming his music for the first time ever. Brooks' music is available for streaming through Amazon Music as of today. Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can stream the latest single, "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance," from his upcoming new studio album, "Gunslinger" along with "The... »»»
October 19, 2016 - Maren Morris will launch her first headlining tour, The Hero Tour 2017, in February. Morris, who has had hits with "My Church" and "80s Mercedes," announced 11 shows, starring Feb. 3 in Boston, with more to come soon. She released her major label debut, "Hero," in June. Tickets go on sale Oct. 21.... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Kip Moore will release a five-song EP, "Underground," on Oct. 28. Moore had a hand in writing all five songs with three recorded live during tours. "The problem I often face is leaving behind some songs, because I never stop writing," said Moore. "I write so many that some never see the light of day.... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Cole Swindell revealed the track listing and the EP cover for his "Down Home Sessions III" on Monday. The EP will be available digitally on Oct. 28 via Warner with five songs. The track listing is: 1) You've Got My Number 2) Does It Hurt 3) Six Pack Lines 4)... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Miranda Lambert unveiled the songs on her forthcoming 24-song, 2-CD "The Weight Of These Wings," out Nov. 18. Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Eric Masse share the producing duties on "The Weight Of These Wings." Lambert had a hand in writing 20 of the 24 songs. She wrote "We Should Be Friends" by herself.... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Garth Brooks announced his 11th studio disc will be called "Gunslinger." Brooks unveiled the cover art, which features him wearing a black cowboy hat covering part of his left eye, looking to his right. He is wearing an orange and white shirt. The disc drops Nov. 25 on Pearl, Brooks' label.... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Jason Aldean's "They Don't Know" topped the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 29. Kenny Chesney was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink. Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with "Traveller." Florida Georgia Line was... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Tucker Beathard released "Momma And Jesus" as his second single to country radio today. Co-written with Deric Ruttan and Jonathan Singleton, Beathard plays a guitar riff on the track that is influenced by his drumming. The song is about Beathard's childhood and his penchant to push boundaries and... »»»
October 14, 2016 - Chris Young releases his first holiday disc today, "It Must Be Christmas." Young recorded 10 songs for the effort, including "The First Noel" with Brad Paisley and "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Rock/roots/country band Blackberry Smoke returns with "Like An Arrow," which they self-released.... »»»
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October 13, 2016 - Reba McEntire will teach an online class on country music through MasterClass. In her first ever online class, she breaks down one of her greatest hits, "Fancy," and shares what it takes to create a sustainable career in country. McEntire's class covers storytelling, connecting to an audience,... »»»
October 13, 2016 - Tyler Farr got hitched on Monday night. The singer married his long-time girlfriend outside of Nashville in a ceremony that included about 200 guests, according to Guests included groomsmen n Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and Colt Ford and recent tour mates Maddie & Tae. Freeman, 25, is a registered nurse.... »»»
October 13, 2016 - Garth Brooks released a new single today, "Baby, Let's Lay Down And Dance," during a busy recording period for the singer. iHeart Radio had the world premiere of the upbeat song, which has a soulful, somewhat funky edge. The song will be the first single of his upcoming record, which will be out later... »»»
October 12, 2016 - Kenny Chesney sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink, for the week ending Oct. 22. Jason Aldean was first again on the albums chart with "They Don't Know." Keith Urban moved up to second on the songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color," up three.... »»»
October 11, 2016 - Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood revealed the album cover for "Christmas Togther" last night on Brooks' weekly Facebook series, "Inside Studio G." The album, the first-ever duets collaboration from the couple, will be released on Nov. 11 by Pearl Records, Brooks' label. The collection will feature... »»»
October 10, 2016 - Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Maren Morris were the first performers named for the 51st annual Country Music Association awards, according to Redbook. Underwood, who is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, and Paisley are hosting the awards.... »»»
October 7, 2016 - RaeLynn released "Diamonds" exclusively on The Knot, the wedding brand and marketplace, today, a song from her upcoming debut, "WildHorse." Written about her husband Josh Davis, the song beautifully describes that feeling of finally finding "the one." The Warner Bros. Records / Warner Music Nashville... »»»
October 7, 2016 - The CMA announced its Broadcast Award winners today, including Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA. CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year National: Lon Helton, Country Countdown USA, Westwood One Major Market: Chris Carr, Jeff "Maverick" Bolen and Kia Becht, Chris Carr & Company,... »»»
October 7, 2016 - "Aubrie Sellers: Live From Austin" airs tonight on television. Sellers performed in Austin in March and also sat down for an interview with Alison Hagendorf. The show is on at 9:30 p.m. eastern/Pacific on (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114). Sellers, who released "New City Blues" in January, saw the disc... »»»