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February 26, 2015 - Country rock band Old Dominion signed with RCA Nashville, it was announced today. The signing came several months after the veteran group released its self-titled debut EP, which includes the single " Break Up With Him." "We couldn't be more excited to join the RCA Nashville family," said front man Matt Ramsey.... »»»
February 26, 2015 - Unknown to the wider market, Aaron Watson lived up to the title of his new CD, "The Underdog," as the Texas country singer was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending March 7. He had one of three debuts in the top five. Sam Hunt continues topping the Billboard Hot Country... »»»
February 25, 2015 - The Academy of Country Music announced its radio awards winners today with the Big D & Bubba Show winning the National Personality honor. Other winners were: Major Market Personality: Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray, WUSN/Chicago. Large Market Personality: Big Dave, Chelsie, Stattman, WUBE/Cincinnati.... »»»
February 25, 2015 - Garth is going to Portland. Brooks announced on his web site today that the shows will be April 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, March 6. Brooks currently is in the midst of four nights of dates in Detroit. He then goes to Buffalo, N.Y. for shows March 5-8, Denver,... »»»
February 25, 2015 - Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood top the fourth Watershed Music and Camping Festival coming in late July in Washington. Gary Allan, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Parmalee, Michael Ray, Thomas Rhett... »»»
February 24, 2015 - James McMurtry is back with his first albumin six years, while The Gibson Brothers look to other brotherly duos for inspiration. McMurtry releases "Complicated Game," The record's lead single, "How'm I Gonna Find You Now." The disc covers a few different styles, including a sort of Americana rap.... »»»
February 24, 2015 - Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ signed to a major Nashville record label, is going to Vegas. Silver will play the Body English Nightclub and spin at their spring break parties at Rehab Pool in February, March and April. Confirmed performances at Body English Nightclub are as follows: "I'm... »»»
February 24, 2015 - Sam Hunt makes his first appearance on ABC's " Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday night, Feb. 25. Hunt performs his latest Top 15 single " Take Your Time" and "House Party" on the late night show's outdoor stage. "Take Your Time" follows Hunt's number one Platinum-selling hit "Leave the Night On" off... »»»
February 23, 2015 - Yonder Mountain String Band releases its sixth full-length studio album, "Black Sheep," on its own Frog Pad Records at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 16. The disc veers more into rock and improvisation, the band said in a press release. Produced by YMSB, "Black Sheep" marks the first... »»»
February 23, 2015 - Thomas Rhett is not third time lucky because he also went to number one with his firest two singles. Rhett announced today that his current hit "Make Me Wanna" will be atop the Billboard charts this week, Rhett takes over the top of the Country Airplay chart from Florida Georgia Line's "Sun Daze.... »»»
February 20, 2015 - Rascal Flatts announced a CMA Foundation grant of $150,000 to national not-for-profit Little Kids Rock on Wednesday during a special visit to Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles. The band spent time with the children at the school, playing music and brought with them a surprise delivery of musical instruments.... »»»
February 20, 2015 - Shelby Lynne will release her 13th full-length album, and first for Rounder Records, "I Can't Imagine," on May 5. Comprising 10 new songs written or co-written by Lynne, the disc reflects her influences - from Southern soul, Crescent City R&B, and California country and western to the social... »»»
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February 19, 2015 - Blackberry Smoke scored its first number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums with "Holding All the Roses" for the week ending Feb. 28. Blackberry Smoke knocked out Sam Hunt, who fell to second with "Montevallo." But it was not all bad for Hunt as he was first on the Hot Country Songs chart again... »»»
February 19, 2015 - Eric Church became a father again. He announced today via his web site that his second son was born on Sunday. "On Sunday Feb. 15, Eric and Katherine Church welcomed Tennessee Hawkins Church into the world. He weighed in at 6 lbs. and 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. They plan to call him Hawk, and he... »»»
February 19, 2015 - Billy Currington, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Frankie Ballard, Randy Rogers Band and Colt Ford were added to the lineup for the 24th Annual Country Jam music festival in June in Colorado. LOCASH, Logan Mize, Western Underground, Chris Janson, Jackson Michelson, Rachele... »»»
February 18, 2015 - Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are the final nominees for the Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year, it was announced today. The trio will compete each other in a round of fan voting, which starts at 3 p.m. eastern on April 8 and closing at 8 p.m. eastern on April 19 when the... »»»
February 18, 2015 - National Songwriters' Hall of Fame, it was announced today. They will join Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry for an induction on June 18 in New York City. "Our 2015 lineup of inductees represents the rich diversity of American musical styles - rock,... »»»
February 18, 2015 - Rascal Flatts will perform their current single "Riot" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight on ABC at 11:35/10:35 central. The trio then will head to Las Vegas, kicking off Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! on Feb. 25 as the first country residency to take place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.... »»»
February 18, 2015 - "Holding All the Roses," Blackberry Smoke's debut for Rounder Records, will top the Billboard's Country Album Chart when it is officially rleeased on Thursday. The group, which merges country and southern rock, took over the number one spot from Sam Hunt's "Montevallo." Blackberry Smoke's latest sold... »»»
February 17, 2015 - Veteran musicians including Steve Earle and The Mavericks, were out with new music on Tuesday. For The Mavericks, "Mono" is the second release from the group since they reformed. Lead singer Raul Malo had a hand in writing all 12 songs. This marks the first disc from The Mavs without bassist Robert... »»»
February 17, 2015 - Jason Aldean's 2015 Burn It Down Tour, which kicked off over the weekend, will feature the 10th Annual "Concert For The Cure" to be held in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Oct. 24, he announced today. Like years past, Aldean will set aside a portion of ticket sales throughout the year, which will be donated to Susan G.... »»»

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