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June 28, 2016 - Dustin Lynch released a new single, which will be the lead track from his upcoming third disc. "Seein' Red," which clocks in at 3:14, is out on Broken Bow, which has been the Tennessee native's label for his first two discs. There was no word on when the third CD will be out. Lynch, 31, has enjoyed... »»»
June 28, 2016 - Jon Pardi notched his first number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "California Sunrise," his second full-length release. Florida Georgia Line again tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." for the week ending July 9. Pardi was followed by Chris Stapleton's "Traveller.... »»»
June 27, 2016 - Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder were added to the lineup of the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in late September in Raleigh, N.C. as part of the IBMA's World of Bluegrass events. Alice Gerrard will join previously announced Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands as a special guest Friday night and... »»»
June 24, 2016 - The Avett Brothers are out today with "True Sadness," the band's first release since 2013's "Magpie and the Dandelion." The raucous sound of the past is more subdued with a chunk of the album falling in the Americana segment. "Ain't No Man" was the lead single from the band's ninth album.... »»»
June 24, 2016 - Drake White will release his debut album, "Spark," on Dot Records Aug. 19 "Livin' the Dream" was released as a single from the disc. White is on the road with Zac Brown Band's Black Out the Sun Tour as an opening act. "It is such a blessing for me to be out on the road and doing what I love," said White.... »»»
June 23, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line will release its third album, "Dig Your Roots," on Aug. 26 on Big Machine. FGL has enjoyed great success with its first single, "H.O.L.Y.," dominating the songs chart, staying at number one for six weeks. The album cover, released today, shows Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of FGL... »»»
June 23, 2016 - Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley, who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89. Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia, where he and his brother formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946.... »»»
June 23, 2016 - Steven Tyler will headline NBC's Today show Citi Concert Series tomorrow. Performing live from Rockefeller Plaza, the Aerosmith front man will preview tracks from his debut solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," out July 15 worldwide on Dot Records, which is part of the Big Machine Label Group.... »»»
June 23, 2016 - A dozen songwriters were nominated to join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday. In the Songwriter category, Aaron Barker, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Frank Dycus, Alex Harvey, Jim McBride, Gary Nicholson, Jim Rushing and Russell Smith were nominated. In the Songwriter/Artist... »»»
June 22, 2016 - Freddie Powers, a songwriter and producer, who worked with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, died on Tuesday at 84 after suffering from Parkinson's. Powers wrote The Hag's hits "A Place to Fall Apart" (1984), "Natural High" (1985), "Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room" (1984) and "A Friend in California" (1986).... »»»
June 22, 2016 - Tanya Tucker is selling out - well at least some of her memorabilia in an auction that ends this Saturday. The Tanya Tucker Tribute: Celebrating An Icon in Country Music ends at 7 p.m. central this Saturday, June 25, 7:00 p.m./CDT. Bidding is done by logging onto All bids start at $1 with no... »»»
June 22, 2016 - Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will be joined by Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price and Carlene Carter at this year's annual Farm Aid event, intended to raise money for farmers. Farm Aid 2016 will be held Sept. 17 in Bristow, Va. Others on the bill include Alabama Shakes, Jamey... »»»
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June 21, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." for the week ending July 2. Blake Shelton stood atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "If I'm Honest." On the songs chart, Luke Bryan was second with "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day," switching... »»»
June 20, 2016 - Little Big Town, which just released a non-country disc with Pharrell Williams, will play the annual Boston Pops concert on July 4 in Boston. The quartet joins previously confirmed performers Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. The 43rd edition of the fireworks show with the Pops is on the Charles River... »»»
June 20, 2016 - Carrie Underwood will not be "waiting all day for Sunday night any more," but she will still be part of the opening theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football. Underwood's new intro, "Oh, Sunday Night," is a mix of country, rock and pop. "I love being part of the Sunday Night Football family and... »»»
June 20, 2016 - Kip Moore announced tour dates today for his Me and My Kind Tour, which starts in late September and concludes in December. Jon Pardi, who just released his second full-length CD, "California Sunrise," on Friday, will open the shows. He has a hit single now with "Head Over Boots.... »»»
June 20, 2016 - Old Dominion hope the third single from its debut disc also will be ready for current times. The band released "Song For Another Time" today with 59 first week chart reporting stations spinning the new single. "We are so excited for this song to have its moment," said lead singer Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion.... »»»
June 19, 2016 - Blake Shelton will have the number one album on the Billboard Top Country Album chart when it is released on Tuesday. "If I'm Honest" moved 28,000 units, down 15 percent, staying in ninth on the overall Top 200 chart. Sales, stream and album equivalent sales were down 15 percent.... »»»
June 17, 2016 - Add Guns N' Roses to the list of acts that Chris Stapleton will open for. Stapleton announced today that he would open the July 9 show at Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the veteran rock band. Stapleton also is doing shows with the likes of Luke Bryan, Hank Williams Jr., Jason Isbell, Alabama... »»»
June 17, 2016 - California country singer Jon Pardi is out with his second disc, "California Sunrise." The first single is "Head Over Boots." Pardi has a cowboy feel to his song titles with "Cowboy Hat" and "Dirt on My Boots" among the dozen songs. Bart Butler and Pardi produced the disc. Kris Kristofferson gathered... »»»
June 16, 2016 - Chatham County Line will release its seventh studio album, "Autumn," on Sept. 2 on Yep Roc Records. The 11-song CD was produced by lead singer Dave Wilson in 2 sessions at Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, N.C. over the falls of 2014 and 2015, with finishing touches at Overdub Lane in Durham, N.C.... »»»

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