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January 31, 2010 - Taylor Swift the final and perhaps biggest award of the 52nd annual Grammys - Album of the Year for "Fearless." The honor was the fourth of the night for Swift. Swift won out over Beyonce's "I Am Sasha Fierce,' Lady Gaga's "The Fame," Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King" and Black... »»»
January 31, 2010 - Zac Brown Band won the Grammy for Best New Artist Sunday night. The Georgia band, who scored big with "The Foundation," won over Keri Hilson, MGMT, The Ting Tings and Silversun Pickups. The band, which had hits including Toes and Chicken Fried, doled out the usual round of thank yous to family, label, fans and others.... »»»
January 31, 2010 - Taylor Swift won the Grammy for Best Country Album Sunday for "Fearless." Open mouthed when she got on stage in Los Angeles, Swift said, "This is my first time walking up these steps accepting a Grammy on national TV." She thanked her label, Big Machine, for allowing her to write every song on the disc.... »»»
January 31, 2010 - Taylor Swift took two Grammys in early presentation of the awards Sunday for best country song for "White Horse and best female country vocal solo for the same song. "I live in awe of the people I was nominated against in this category," Swift said in accepting the latter award. Others receiving two... »»»
January 31, 2010 - During Trace Adkins' set before packed DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., Saturday night, the lanky country singer introduced a celebrity known slightly better for non-country reasons - incoming U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Brown, dressed in a shirt and tie, stood up & waved to the crowd drawing cheers after... »»»
January 29, 2010 - Eilen Jewell can be found most of the time leading her own quartet, the Eilen Jewell Band, which plays traditional country music. But she is not limited to that. The Idaho native also has a side project, the Sacred Shakers, which plays gospel music with a country beat. And now the Boston-area resident... »»»
January 29, 2010 - Darius Rucker will appear on NBC's Weekend Today on Saturday, Jan. 30 to talk about his platinum-selling debut country album, "Learn to Live," his fourth country hit, History In The Making and his recent CMA Award win for New Artist. "Lester [Holt] was one of best interviews of my career with Hootie &... »»»
January 28, 2010 - George Strait postponed shows this weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. and Charlottesville, Va. Due to a bad weather forecast of snow and ice. Strait's shows with Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack on Friday in Knoxville and Saturday night Charlottesville were rescheduled to April 2 and 3 respectively.... »»»
January 28, 2010 - The Truth set Jason Aldean free to take over the top spot on the Billboard country songs chart for the week ending Feb. 6. He assumed the position from Tim McGraw's Southern Voice, which traded places with Aldean and slipped to third. Taylor Swift was once again first on the album chart with "Fearless.... »»»
January 28, 2010 - Football fan and BF of Colts QB Peyton Manning, Kenny Chesney is heading south to Miami, the sight of the Super Bowl. His No Shoes Radio is going to broadcast from the Surfcomber in South Beach in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. "I try to bring the fans into my music... into my life," said Chesney.... »»»
January 28, 2010 - Willie Nelson's ex-wife, Shirley, with whom he had his first chart single, died at 78, it was announced Thursday. Shirley Collie Nelson was born March 16, 1931 in Chillicothe, Mo. Formerly married to Biff Collie, one of country music great disc-jockey's, she also was married to Nelson.... »»»
January 28, 2010 - Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland will sing with Elton John, the latest in a slew of new performers announced Thursday, who will perform at Sunday's awards in Los Angeles. Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert will present awards. Current nominees Jamie Foxx and T-Pain with Slash and Doug E.... »»»
January 28, 2010 - Wynonna will be on The Early Show on Saturday to continue CBS News' coverage of Super Bowl activities. The show will broadcast from Lummus Park in South Beach, Fla., anchored by Chris Wragge and Erica Hill. Fans looking for ticket information to this one-time performance can resource: http://www.1iota.... »»»
January 28, 2010 - Carrie Underwood will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl XLIV pregame festivities in Florida on Sunday, Feb. 7, the NFL and CBS announced today. The performance will be televised live on CBS Sports prior to kickoff. Queen Latifah will sing America the Beautiful. Underwood will have a... »»»
January 27, 2010 - Texas singer Kevin Fowler signed with Lyric Street after releasing two albums on the defunct Equity Records label. A native of Amarillo, Texas, Fowler learned how to play guitar in Los Angeles and later was guitarist for rock group Dangerous Toys before forming his own rock outfit Thunderfoot.... »»»
January 27, 2010 - Luke Bryan, Jamey Johnson and Chris Young were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The three singers are up for Top New Solo Vocalist. The ACM and Great American Country (GAC) also announced that for the second year, the three newcomer categories - Top New... »»»
January 27, 2010 - Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney will celebrate the more than 75 songwriters who have contributed their creative talent to the band's 6 previously released studio albums next week in Nashville. "It all starts with a song, we've believed that from day one," said Jay DeMarcus.... »»»
January 26, 2010 - Lady Antebellum does not seem to be suffering the sophomore slump with the release of "Need You Now," their second disc today. The title track was a big hit and American Honey is also moving up the charts. The disc, produced by Paul Worley and the trio, includes 11 songs. The band's first release was a... »»»
January 26, 2010 - Jason Aldean scored his third number one in nine months with The Truth. "I know I sound like a broken record lately, but I've been working to have a year like we just had since I was 14 years old," said Aldean. "We had such a killer time on the road opening this leg of the tour and it means so much to... »»»
January 26, 2010 - The Decemberist's off-shoot group, Black Prairie, release their Sugar Hill Records debut, "Feast of the Hunters' Moon" on April 6. Featuring three-fifths of The Decemberists and two of the Portland, Ore.'s folk musicians, the heavily acoustic debut was produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists,... »»»
January 26, 2010 - The Drive-By Truckers announced Tuesday the first stretch of The Big To-Do tour, screenings of their documentary, "The Secret To A Happy Ending" and are offering a free MP3. "The Big To-Do" is slated for release on March 16 on ATO Records. Leading up to the release the band will play some weekend runs... »»»
January 26, 2010 - Burns & Poe will go for adds at radio for Don't Get No Better Than That on Feb. 2. The single comes from their Blue Steel Records project scheduled for release in May. The pairing combines the extraordinary talents of Keith Burns (Trick Pony) and Michelle Poe (formerly a Dreamworks recording artist and... »»»
January 26, 2010 - Jack Ingram will introduce Free as the next single off his third major label album "Big Dreams & High Hopes" (Big Machine Records) on Jan. 25. "The lyrical content is obviously what's on everybody's minds these days...what's important is all the stuff you don't have to pay for," Ingram said.... »»»
January 25, 2010 - Dierks Bentley will head to Asheville, N.C. next week to record his sixth Capitol Nashville studio album. Bentley has spent the last four months writing hundreds of songs for the new project, and he'll once again team up with producer Jon Randall Stewart and recording engineer Gary Paczosa.... »»»
January 25, 2010 - Hank Williams Jr. will team up this spring with Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, and The Grascals for an outing dubbed the "Rowdy Friends Tour 2010." The starts April 2 in Charleston, West V a.with shows each weekend throughout April. Other shows are: April 3 - Louisville, KY April 9 - Bossier City,... »»»
January 25, 2010 - The ever active Justin Townes Earle just recorded a song with Dawn Landes a few weeks ago, and now it's out. Earle and Landes recorded Do I Ever Cross Your Mind about two weeks ago, and the song is available on line. Earle also just kicked off his headlining tour, hitting cities all around the U.S.... »»»
January 25, 2010 - Kenny Chesney is going Vegas. The country star will play there May 14-15 and July 2-3 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Las Vegas during a year in which he is not doing a stadium tour, meaning his tour dates are fewer. Obviously we like to play," Chesney said. "The beauty of the Joint is that not only is... »»»
January 22, 2010 - After almost a year of writing and recording the 11 songs, Lady Antebellum will hit television next week to celebrate the release of "Need You Now" on Tuesday. Their schedule is highlighted by a Jan. 27 performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a performance slot on both the MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young on Jan.... »»»
January 22, 2010 - Blake Shelton's new upcoming EP, "Hillbilly Bone," will include six songs, including his sing-along duet with Trace Adkins, Hillbilly Bone, The CD, out March 2, was produced by Scott Hendricks. The single and video for Hillbilly Bone, is currently available from all digital service providers.... »»»
January 21, 2010 - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers apparently has more things on his mind than Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears, their opponent in Sunday's NFC championship game. Rogers showed his singing talents Thursday as Brad Paisley opened his H2O Frozen Over Tour in Green Bay, Wisc. Thursday.... »»»
January 21, 2010 - Luke Bryan has another first to celebrate this week with the RIAA certifying his single Do I gold, signifying sales of more than 500,000 digital singles . On Monday, Jan. 25, the Georgia native will release the follow-up single Rain Is A Good Thing to radio listeners. Bryan hits the road this Saturday in Macon, Ga.... »»»
January 21, 2010 - Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief," will feature performances from artists including Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Others performing include Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera,... »»»
January 21, 2010 - Tim McGraw reachd the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 30 with Southern Voice, taking over from Reba McEntire's Consider Me Gone, which fell to fifth. Taylor Swift led the album chart with "Fearless." Dierks Bentley remained second on the song chart with I Wanna Make... »»»
January 21, 2010 - Stoney Creek Records signed singing/songwriting duo Thompson Square to a record and publishing deal on Stoney Creek Records and Magic Mustang Music. "We are extremely excited about the creative potential of Thompson Square," said Benny Brown, head of Stoney Creek and part of the Broken Bow Records family.... »»»
January 21, 2010 - Lonestar is returning to action with the group's first studio album in four years. "Party Heard Around The World," their 10th album, drops April 27 on Saguaro Road Records. The quartet produced the disc and wrote 8 of the 10 songs. The Texas bred band has enjoyed 10 number 1s and 9 top 40 songs,... »»»
January 20, 2010 - Part of the reason Kenny Chesney is taking a year off between major concert tours was to spend time on his upcoming concert film and CD. "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D" will be released nationally April 21 by Sony. Chesney also found a new song as the ending theme for the movie, Ain't Back Yet, which... »»»
January 20, 2010 - Tim McGraw will be first on the Billboard country song chart with Southern Voice, when the charts are released Thursday. This is McGraw's first number 1 since Last Dollar (Fly Away) on April 14, 2007. McGraw moved from third to first and takes over from Reba McEntire's Consider Me Gone.... »»»
January 20, 2010 - Katie Armiger released a new single, Kiss Me Now, via iTunes in advance of a Feb. 1 add rate at radio. The song is the first single from Armiger's forthcoming third album on Cold River Records. This week, the song was the third most downloaded song by radio behind Jack Ingram and Luke Bryan.... »»»
January 20, 2010 - The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) won the Golden Globe for the Best Original Song at the 67th annual Golden Globe ceremony held in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Jeff Bridges, who plays the lead role in the movie about a down-and-out country singer, won best actor. The song also received a nod from... »»»
January 20, 2010 - Brad Paisley will headline the seventh Annual New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. on Aug. 21. Other artists on the bill include Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans and Easton Corbin. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at TicketMaster.... »»»
January 20, 2010 - The The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) announced Tuesday a partnership with Gary Allan. Allan attended the New York City Invitational this past weekend to make the announcement in person that he will kick off the biggest one day event in PBR history, the 2010 Dickies Iron Cowboy Invitational presented... »»»
January 20, 2010 - Loretta Lynn and producer Harold Bradley will be among those honored at the Recording Academy's special merit awards ceremony Jan. 30 in Los Angeles. Lynn is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with Leonard Cohen, Bobby Darin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Michael Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Andre... »»»
January 20, 2010 - The 2010 leg of the Shine All Night Tour starring Martina McBride and Trace Adkins kicks off this weekend with Lyric Street singer Sarah Buxton opening. The tour kicked off before the Thanksgiving holiday and ends in late April. Two-time ACM "New Female Vocalist" nominee Buxton co-wrote Stupid Boy, a... »»»
January 19, 2010 - Charlie Daniels suffered a mild stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado on Friday, Jan. 15. He was treated at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Col., then airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in Denver. Daniels was released on Sunday and returned to his home in Colorado, where he has been on vacation since Dec.... »»»
January 19, 2010 - Former member of The Wreckers, Jessica Harp, went to radio today with her single A Woman Needs, the title-track off her forthcoming album. The song talks about taking risks and getting second chances to follow your dreams. "A Woman Needs is a really special song," Harp said. "It's about women coming... »»»
January 19, 2010 - The Del-Lords live again. Twenty years after they last album, the New York City roots rock quartet, are set to tour Spain in February and are recording new material. The band's web site said, "26 Years after they began in NYC The Del-Lords have begun work on new recordings." There was no word on when... »»»
January 19, 2010 - Jo Dee Messinga will release her first album in five years, "Unmistakable," on April 13. Prior to that, Messina will launch a tour including a five-night residency in New York. Messina will release her single, That's God, off "Unmistakable" (Curb), on Jan. 25. She wrote the song with keyboardist Brent... »»»
January 19, 2010 - Jason Aldean is kicking off 2010 with a sold-out first run of his Wide Open arena tour, starting this Friday, Jan. 22 in Greenville, S.C. Aldean sold more than 11,000 tickets, the most tickets sold by a country artist in that venue since Kenny Chesney stopped there in early 2006.... »»»
January 19, 2010 - A soundtrack to a well-received movie and an anniversary collection with new tracks from a stellar bluegrass band are the key releases today. Crazy Heart," the movie starring Jeff Bridges as a down-and-out country singer, has a soundtrack produced by T Bone Burnett, the brains behind the "O Brother" soundtrack.... »»»
January 18, 2010 - A new song from Taylor Swift featured on a movie coming out next month will be available on iTunes as of Tuesday. Today was a Fairytale is in the movie "Valentine's Day." The song can be heard on Swift's web... »»»
January 18, 2010 - Showcase submissions are now being accepted for the 11th annual Americana Music Festival, which will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8-11 in Nashville. Applications for this year's event will be accepted through Monday, April 19. Applicants have two submission options: You may submit your materials... »»»
January 18, 2010 - Dixie Chicks and sisters guitarist-banjoist Emily Robison and fiddler Martie Maguire recorded an album on their own under the name Court Yard Hounds with an album due in May, according to Rolling Stone. "Emily and I had the itch," Maguire told Rolling Stone, "and every time we'd call Natalie (Maines,... »»»
January 18, 2010 - Colt Ford will debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at the Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 30. "When I heard I was gonna get to play the Grand Ole Opry, I thought they were pulling my leg," said Ford. "I never in a million years thought I would get this chance. This will be as close as I can get to heaven while playing music.... »»»
January 17, 2010 - Carl Smith, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, known as Mr. Country, died Saturday at 82. He was the former husband of June Carter Cash and Goldie Hill. A honky tonker, who also knew his way around a ballad, Smith was one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, accumulating 30 Top 10 hits.... »»»
January 15, 2010 - If at first you succeed, well, just add another show. At least that's what Lady Antebellum did Friday. Lady Antebellum announced an additional headlining concert at the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, March 10. Fans can purchase tickets now at the Ryman box office, on ryman.com and through all Ticketmaster locations.... »»»
January 15, 2010 - Willie Nelson signed with Rounder Records, the label announced today. Nelson, who had been on Lost Highway, will release his debut "Country Music" on April 13. Produced by T Bone Burnett, "Country Music" features old- time banjo master Riley Baugus, double bassist Dennis Crouch and Burnett himself, all... »»»
January 14, 2010 - For the fourth straight week, Reba McEntire held down the top spot on the Billboard country songs chart for the week ending Jan. 23 with Consider Me Gone. Taylor Swift was first on the CD chart with "Fearless," in its 61st week out. Lady Antebellum was up one from third to second their self-titled... »»»
January 14, 2010 - Republic Nashville's The Band Perry are currently in the studio with producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), finishing the trio's debut country album. Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Dixie Chicks) also produced tracks for TBP's album, scheduled for release in early summer. The debut single, Hip To My... »»»
January 14, 2010 - Easton Corbin's self-titled debut album is slated for release March 2 on Mercury Nashville. With a baritone drawl, the country singer has charted with his first single, A Little More Country Than That, which debuted in August. "This song identifies who I am," the Trenton, Fla. native said.... »»»
January 14, 2010 - Violinist Mark O'Connor announced the live return of his critically acclaimed band Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing - O'Connor's tribute to friend and mentor Stephane Grappelli - with a January tour. On Jan. 16, O'Connor's Hot Swing will perform as part of the Kennedy Center's 102nd anniversary of the birth... »»»
January 14, 2010 - Shelby Lynne will release her next album, "Tears, Lies, And Alibis," on her own newly founded label, Everso, on April 20. The 10 songs, all written and produced by Lynne, follows 2008's "Just a Little Lovin'," a lush, pop collection paying tribute to Dusty Springfield that was produced by Phil Ramone.... »»»
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January 14, 2010 - Jeff Bridges, the star of the movie "Crazy Heart" about a down-and-out country singer, was named Thursday as among the first presenters of Grammy awards. Miley Cyrus, who sometimes is considered country, actress Kristen Bell, pop/R&B singer Justin Bieber, actor Josh Duhamel, the Jonas Brothers, Norah... »»»
January 13, 2010 - Warner Music Nashville and BAM Racing are hooking up. The two announced last week that six recording artists, including Blake Shelton and Jessica Harp, will join Larry the Cable Guy in their VIP Fan Experience, a joint venture giving fans access to the artists and BAM's NASCAR Sprint Cup Team.... »»»
January 13, 2010 - Trace Adkins celebrated his 48th birthday by announcing that he was switching labels. After spending his entire career on Capitol, where he racked up a slew of hits, Adkins said Wednesday he was going with Show Dog-Universal, the label started by Toby Keith. "While touring together this past summer,... »»»
January 13, 2010 - Mary Chapin Carpenter will be back with "The Age of Miracles" on April 27 on Zoe/Rounder Records. This will be Carpenter's first CD since "Come Darkness, Come Night," a holiday disc she did in 2008 where she wrote all the songs. Her last regular studio CD was 2007's "The Calling.... »»»
January 13, 2010 - Zac Brown Band and blues artist Taj Mahal were added to the line-up for this year's MerleFest. Both will perform on Thursday night, April 29. "We are excited to welcome the Zac Brown Band and Taj Mahal and know that their performances will thrill the Thursday night crowd," said Festival Director Ted Hagaman.... »»»
January 13, 2010 - CMA Songwriters Series will return to the venue where it all began, New York City's Joe's Pub, on Thursday, March 25 with Dierks Bentley among the performers. This will be the sixth year for the series that continues to play to sell-out crowds. Bentley (Feel That Fire, What Was I Thinkin', Free and... »»»
January 13, 2010 - Roy Orbison will receive his Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Jan. 29. Orbison was one of the first rock and roll stars and was an international household name by the time he was 21. He worked in rock-a-billy, rock and roll, pop and country. He brought rock and roll to Nashville, and these sounds... »»»
January 13, 2010 - Alan Jackson will release his 18th album, "Freight Train," on March 30. The disc was produced by longtime collaborator Keith Stegall and features 12 songs, 1 of which is Jackson's new single, the Stegall co-write, It's Just That Way. Jackson wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 12 songs, including one with Roger Murrah.... »»»
January 13, 2010 - The debut single of Broadway actress Laurel Bell Bundy will be out next week. Giddy On Up the first single and video by Bundy, premieres Monday, Jan. 17 on CMT and CMT.com. Born in Lexington, Ky., Laura Bell first found success (and a Tony Award-nomination) in New York by originating the lead role of... »»»
January 13, 2010 - "American VI: Ain't No Grave," the sixth and final installment of Johnny Cash's critically-acclaimed American Recordings album series, will be out Feb. 26 on American Recordings/Lost Highway, the day that would have been The Man In Black's 78th birthday. Once again, Rick Rubin produced.... »»»
January 13, 2010 - Aaron Tippin will serve as celebrity spokesperson for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a charity supporting military aviation. Tippin will make appearances at Commemorative Air Force events across the country, film and record public service announcements, and a potential cross-country tour in... »»»
January 12, 2010 - After about a month-long hiatus of releasing new CDs, a Texas singer/songwriter, some bluegrassers and reissues ruled the day. Ray Wylie Hubbard put out "A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment" (Bordello). Hubbard co-produced the dozen songs with George Reiff on an album that's not straight country at all,... »»»
January 12, 2010 - Deer Tick entered the studio to put the finishing touches on its as-yet-untitled third album, which will be released in the first half of this year. The band's first big show of 2010 will be in March in Los Angeles as part of the First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum.... »»»
January 12, 2010 - "Love Don't Let Me Down," a movie with Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow, starts filming this week in Nasvhille. The movie also includes Friday Night Lights' Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester of The Gossip Girl. The $15-million film revolves around a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) who... »»»
January 12, 2010 - Pieta Brown will open Mark Knopfler's spring tour staring in April in Seattle and ending May 9 in Albany, N.Y. Brown will tour on the heels of her April 6 release of her new full-length album "One and All" on Red House Records. Brown's new release follows her "Shimmer" EP from last fall.... »»»
January 12, 2010 - CD sales slid once again, but country sales were down far less sharply than the rest of the market. Country albums sold 46 million units, down about 2 million from 2008, a 3.23-percent decline Total album sales in the U. S. dropped from 428 million in 2008 to 373 million in 2009, according to year-end... »»»
January 12, 2010 - Alan Jackson released a new single digitally today, It's Just That Way. The song is inside the top 40 and will be part of Jackson's next CD, coming this spring. The new song is available through iTunes, Amazon.com and Walmart.com. Jackson's most recent collection, 2008's "Good Time," had 3 number 1 songs.... »»»
January 12, 2010 - Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, also known as two=thirds of the Dixie Chicks, are recording new music without lead singer Natalie Maines. However, CMT.com reported that the Chicks remains an on-going band. The disc will be out on Columbia, the Chicks' label, but no further information,... »»»
January 12, 2010 - Luke Bryan will perform his number 1 hit Do I off his new album "Doin' My Thing" on CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson this Friday, Jan 15 at 12:35 a.m. Eastern/Pacfic. The song, co-written by Bryan and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, hit the top spot prior to the Christmas Holidays.... »»»
January 12, 2010 - Rascal Flatts will kick-off the final leg of their "Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour" in Uncasville, Conn. this weekend and continuing through March 10 in Houston. Darius Rucker will continue as opening act. The first leg of the tour sold 550,000 tickets in 39 shows since it began in June 2009.... »»»
January 11, 2010 - The Bellamy Brothers released Heart of My Heart to radio, the second single from their career-spanning greatest hits collection, "The Anthology, Volume 1." Co-written with Jerry Lynn Williams before his death in 2005, the song follows the release of Anthology's first single and duet with The Bacon... »»»
January 11, 2010 - The Grascals will release their fourth disc March 30 on Rounder. The as-yet untitled new release follows "Keep on Walkin'" from 2008, "Long List of Heartaches" from 2006 and their self-titled debut from 2005. Since the last disc, the line-up has changed. Kristin Scott Benson joined on banjo, becoming... »»»
January 11, 2010 - It's been at least two decades since Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have appeared on the late night television front. With the brothers reunited after a 17-year absence, late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will host the Gatlins Wednesday night, Jan. 13 on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Gatlin... »»»
January 11, 2010 - Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Alan Jackson are among the acts appearing at the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show 2010. The event starts March 2 and ends March 21. Jackson plays March 2. Dierks Bentley will play the fest March 3, Kenny Chesney March 4, Jason Aldean March 6, McGraw March 8,... »»»
January 11, 2010 - Ryan Bingham will perform The Weary Kind from the "Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" tonight on David Letterman at 11:35 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. The song is up for CMT's Favorite New Video with voting closing Jan. 14. The movie has received much acclaim with Jeff Bridges starring as a... »»»
January 11, 2010 - Rosanne Cash will make television and live appearances beginning in January to support her current album "The List." Cash will appear on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on Jan.12. Cash will perform The List's first single Sea of Heartbreak, which earned Cash her ninth career Grammy Award... »»»
January 11, 2010 - Phil Vassar will launch his first European tour later this month in London and ending with a Munich gig in February. Vassar's currently touring the states in support of his December release "Traveling Circus," featuring the single and video Everywhere I Go. Vassar will embark on a full media... »»»
January 11, 2010 - The 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18. The event will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. in the east and at the same time delayed in the Pacific time zone on CBS. The Academy will tape an all-star concert special, ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last... »»»
January 8, 2010 - A 40th anniversary concert in October featuring Alison Krauss and Union Station and Mary Chapin Carpenter will be released as a CD by Rounder Records in March. "Rounder Records' 40th Anniversary Concert," an album of the concert at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry that celebrated the label's 40 years in... »»»
January 8, 2010 - Lady Antebellum announced today their first headlining concert at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, March 11. Tickets go on sale Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. Central at the Ryman box office on ryman.com and through all Ticketmaster locations. "Playing the Ryman has been at the top of our list of goals since we... »»»
January 7, 2010 - Reba McEntire continued atop the Billboard country song chart for the third straight week for the week ending Jan. 16 with Consider Me Gone, while Taylor Swift was, of course, first again on the album chart with "Fearless." Carrie Underwood was second on the album chart with "Play On," with Lady... »»»
January 7, 2010 - With more than 24.3 million digital tracks sold to date, Taylor Swift is the top-selling digital artist in music history, according to sales figures released yesterday by Nielsen SoundScan. Swift's "Fearless" CD was 2009's top-seller, with sales last year in excess of 3.2 million copies, and she... »»»
January 7, 2010 - Taylor Swift is going 3-D on her 2010 tour. "One of my favorite things about going on tour and seeing so many beautiful things is I've always got cameras with me and camcorders and laptops," said Swift, adding that she used it to connect with her fans on line via videoblogs and live content.... »»»
January 7, 2010 - With Kenny Chesney already aboard, the Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival 2010 announced Thursday that Hank Williams Jr., Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert and LoCash Cowboys will play. The festival is Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, June 5 in Enterprise, Ala. Additional artists will be... »»»
January 7, 2010 - Faith Hill followed her husband to new management - Red Light Management of Los Angeles, also the home of the Dave Matthews Band. Red Light founder Coran Capshaw and Will Botwin, President of Red Light Management, will manage Hill via in-house marketing, promotion, licensing, touring, new media and more.... »»»
January 7, 2010 - Blake Shelton will release a value-priced album featuring six brand-new songs, "Hillbilly Bone," on March 2. "I talk to my fans every day, and the first question they ask me is, 'When are you going to release a new record?'" said Shelton, whose last studio album was 2008's "Startin' Fires.... »»»
January 7, 2010 - Brad Paisley will launch the final leg of his American Saturday Night Tour this weekend with shows in San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Wichita, Kansas. Special guests for the 20 dates will be Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore. Paisley will play a part in history on Saturday when he performs in the... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Rap was the only music that had a sales increase, but relatively speaking, country didn't do badly. Country was down 5 percent in sales to 43.7 million units from 2009's 46.1 million units, according to Billboard. Other genres fared far worse: Christian/Gospel was down 13 percent; rock slipped 16... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Taylor Swift won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Country Singer. A record 175 million fans voted for the various categories, including music, television and... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Taylor Swift received the Favorite Female Artist at the People's Choice awards Wednesday. Carrie Underwood was voted the favorite country performer. And Keith Urban took favorite male artist. Swift won over Underwood, Beyonce, Britney Spears and P!nk. "What a beautiful beautiful way to start out a new... »»»
January 6, 2010 - The queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, will release new music this month through Third Man Records, the label started by Jack White of White Stripes. White produced the Jackson set, which included covering Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates classic rocker Shakin' All Over.... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Carrie Underwood will make an appearance on the CBS Emmy-nominated show "How I Met Your Mother" in a special one-off guest star role, set to tape later this month. Underwood will play a new character, Tiffany, an enigmatic pharmaceutical sales rep and love interest for Ted (played by Josh Radnor), in an... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Taylor Swift Lady Antebellum and Sugarland are among the country acts on the "2010 Grammy Nominees" CD put out Jan.19 by EMI and The Recording Academy's Grammy Recordings. This is the 16th edition of the series highlighting artists and songs nominated for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" is first for a sixth straight week on the Billboard 200 chart with 137,000 (down 73%) according to Nielsen SoundScan, for total sales of 3,104,000. But that was not enough to overtake Taylor Swift's "Fearless" as 2009's top selling album. Swift is at number 5 on the... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Gloriana, whose album was the best selling debut by a country group in 2009, will perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, Jan. 13.The foursome will perform their single How Far Do You Wanna Go?, Gloriana is currently on the road through the end of January performing several headlining shows in major cities.... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Lee Brice recently released a new single, Love Like Crazy, now in the Top 40 on the Billboard and Country Aircheck country singles charts this week. Written by Doug Johnson and Tim James and produced by Johnson, this mid-tempo song captures advice on how to make young love and a career last a lifetime.... »»»
January 6, 2010 - Dailey & Vincent cite The Statler Brothers as a key influence, and now they're going to take it one step further by releasing their 12-sonbg tribute "Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers," available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® on Feb. 1. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent... »»»
January 5, 2010 - Hard touring Eric Church hits the road again next month launching the Jagermeister Country Tour. The tour kicks off Feb. 9 at the Ram's Head in Baltimore and ends March 27 in Boulder, Col. at the Boulder Theatre. Josh Thompson opens all shows. Church last toured on the Young & Wild Tour, which... »»»
January 5, 2010 - Zac Brown Band joins the Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Gaga and P!nk as the latest performers announced for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast. They join previously announced performers and nominees Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas and Maxwell on Sunday, Jan. 31 in Los Angeles .... »»»
January 5, 2010 - Chris Cagle will have a 15-song greatest hits package out next month on his former label. "Best Of Chris Cagle" will be out Feb. 9 on Capitol Nashville/EMI. The new CD spans his four albums released between 2000 and 2008, including 5 Top 10 Billboard country chart hits. He debuted in 2000 with... »»»
January 5, 2010 - Lady Antebellum's sophomore album "Need You Now," will have 11 songs when it hits stores Jan.26. The trio, comprised of singer/songwriters Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, co-write 8 of the disc's 11 tracks together and with others. Paul Worley returns as producer, and Lady A makes... »»»
January 4, 2010 - Tracy Lawrence, Darryl Worley, Lorrie Morgan and John Anderson will perform at the Country Crossing three-day grand opening event Jan. 15-17. "As we've said all along, Country Crossing will provide first-class country music entertainment, and this lineup is just the beginning," says Ronnie Gilley,... »»»
January 4, 2010 - Sammy Kershaw is back with a new single Better Than I Used To Be The song from the Louisiana native is the title track of his forthcoming album. The disc was produced by producer/songwriter Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr., George Jones) and is scheduled to hit stores this spring via... »»»
January 4, 2010 - BLEVE Records, an independent record label in Nashville, donated 1,000 copies of their new CD release "My First Ride" to raise money for the fallen Lakewood, Wash. police officers' families. The CDs were sold in Forza Coffee houses located mainly in Washington State. The Forza Coffee Co. in Parkland, Wash.... »»»
January 4, 2010 - Following a private meeting with the young residents of Monroe Harding in Nashville, Jimmy Wayne kicked off his Meet Me Halfway project, and began his walk halfway across the country to raise awareness of homeless children, teens and young adults who age out of the foster care system.... »»»
January 3, 2010 - Susan Boyle may be closing in on Taylor Swift for the biggest selling album of 2009, but it looks like the British singer will not overtake the American teen, according to Billboard. Boyle appears poised to have the number 1 spot on the Billboard chart for the sixth straight week with "I Dreamed a... »»»
January 2, 2010 - Doyle Lawson is recording a concert in mid-January for live gospel DVD. The show by the bluegrass/gospel performer will be at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, N.C. on Jan 15 near the Tennessee and Georgia border. This will be Lawson's first gospel video.... »»»