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Country News Digest, March 2010

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March 31, 2010 - Sarah Palin apparently intends to use an old interview with Toby Keith on the Fox News program. Keith's publicist, Elaine Schock, told the New York Times, "I have no idea what interview they are using. Toby's talked to Fox a number of times, and I had no idea that this was going to be on Sarah Palin's special.... »»»
March 31, 2010 - Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Danny Gokey, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Blake Shelton and Josh Turner join the lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2010 CMA Music Festival and Fan Fair, which will be June 10-13 in Nashville. They join previously announced performers Alan Jackson, Brad... »»»
March 31, 2010 - Vince Gill will be honored by Belmont University in late April for his contributions to music. Gill will receive the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence on April 24 as part of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business annual Best of the Best Showcase. Besides his musical skills,... »»»
March 31, 2010 - Jewel will perform two shows at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville on April 28 to benefit the charity she founded over a decade ago, Project Clean Water. Jewel will perform an acoustic set at both 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. "I'm thrilled to be performing at the Bluebird and supporting a cause so dear to my heart,... »»»
March 29, 2010 - Alan Jackson will celebrate tomorrow's launch of his new album,"Freight Train," with street-date performances on NBC's Today show in the morning, followed by a late-night visit to CBS' Late Show with David... »»»
March 29, 2010 - Taylor Swift won two Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for Female Singer and Song for You Belong With Me. Swift received the good news while on tour in Detroit on Saturday when the awards were handed out in Los Angeles. "Thank you for the two awards that you've won me so far tonight," Swift told her sold-out crowd.... »»»
March 26, 2010 - Mary Chapin Carpenter's support of free speech will result in her receiving the Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award from the Newseum's First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association during "Freedom Sings," an evening celebrating the power of free speech in music and honoring her... »»»
March 26, 2010 - Tim McGraw intends to record a duets disc with wife Faith Hill, but just when that will happen was uncertain, McGraw said in an interview published Friday in the Vancouver Sun prior to starting his new tour. "It's just a matter of time," McGraw said. The two have recorded several big hits together and... »»»
March 26, 2010 - While the word had been from Rounder Records that Alison Krauss and Robert Plant were going to have a second CD out, that is not the case, at least not in the near term. Along with announcing Friday that plant was recording a new disc with the Band of Joy, the label also said that Krauss was recording... »»»
March 26, 2010 - Robert Plant's rootsy ways apparently did not end with Alison Krauss because the former Led Zep lead singer assembled a stellar backing band including Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin to record a new CD and will take it on the road in July. Plant will launch a 12-city North American tour, starting July... »»»
March 25, 2010 - Easton Corbin scored the first number 1 of his career with A Little More Country Than That taking over the top of the Billboard country songs chart for the week ending April 3, while Lady Antebellum regained the honor as the best selling CD in the country with "Need You Now." Corbin assumed the number... »»»
March 25, 2010 - Exene Cervenka is touring for free. Well, record stores anyway. In spirit of National Record Store day on April 17, the lead singer of X, who has a solo career, going is about to kickoff a tour of in-store performances at record shops along the West Coast. "The reason I am touring independent record... »»»
March 25, 2010 - Rascal Flatts will make a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando this weekend to tape an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show set to air on April 2. Rascal Flatts is set to perform their rising hit single, Unstoppable, which is currently at12 and climbing on Billboard. The trio wrapped their "Rascal... »»»
March 24, 2010 - Levon Helm, John Prine, Steve Martin and the Swell Season are among the artists announced Wednesday who will play the 51st edition of George Wein's Newport Folk Festival July 30-Aug. 1 in Newport, R.I. Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yim Yames of My Morning... »»»
March 24, 2010 - Martina McBride fans, get your karaoke face on. The singer is teaming up with to give fans the chance to karaoke for McBride. Fans can sing songs from "Shine," including her current Top 20 single, Wrong, Baby, Wrong, as well as McBride classics, including This One's For The Girls. Myspace.... »»»
March 24, 2010 - Emerson Drive lead vocalist Brad Mates and wife Jana are expecting their first child, a son, next month. "Jana and I are beyond excited about becoming parents," Mates said. "The nursery has been ready for a couple of weeks. So, it's just a waiting game now. It's kind of surreal because he hasn't... »»»
March 24, 2010 - Lady Antebellum once again has the best selling disc in the country with "Need You Now" back at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for all genres. This is the fourth week that the trio has reached the top. Sales of the disc were 93,000 down 11 percent, the first time sales of the best selling disc... »»»
March 23, 2010 - Mindy McCready is back...again. This time, "I'm Still Here" is the name of her new CD, out today. McCready has had a long litany of issues both from the personal to the legal and did time in jail. The 13 songs include updated versions of her two biggest hits Guys Do It All the Time andTen Thousand Angels.... »»»
March 23, 2010 - Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins, and Carrie Underwood are slated to perform as part of the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by McEntire. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live from Las Vegas... »»»
March 23, 2010 - Kenny Chesney is heading to Chicago this Saturday, March 27, to spend time with Oprah Winfrey for an episode airing April 9. Providing a first peak at the movie, centered around five of Chesney's dozen NFL stadium shows from last year, Chesney will also give Oprah a view into himself.... »»»
March 23, 2010 - The widow of Roger Miller won a long legal battle over the rights to some of his songs, including King of the Road. A federal judge ruled last week that Mary Miller and Roger Miller Music, Inc. own the copyrights to the songs the singer published in 1964. Those songs also include Dang Me, Chug-A-Lug... »»»
March 22, 2010 - Brad Paisley announced the first leg of his 2010 tour, H2O World Tour presented by Chevy, today on World Water Day - a day to draw attention to the 20 percent of people around the world who lack access to safe drinking water. Paisley is partnering with Hope Through Healing Hands' campaign for clean, safe water.... »»»
March 22, 2010 - Keith Urban will hit the road this summer, playing a mix of concert venues (fairs, arenas and stadiums) some of which include cities where his Escape Together World Tour did not appear and, in some cases, where Urban has never appeared. Urban also will tour as part of The Eagles summer tour with the Dixie Chicks.... »»»
March 22, 2010 - Easton Corbin scored the first number one of his career with A Little More Country Than That, making Easton the first country male solo artist to achieve that with a debut single since 2003. Marking his national television debut, Easton will perform the single April 1 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.... »»»
March 22, 2010 - The debut from The Band Perry will be in the form of a five-song EP on April 6 via Republic Nashville. The eponymous collection from The Band Perry - siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry - contains the band's first single, Hip To My Heart, 20th on the Mediabase country singles chart.... »»»
March 22, 2010 - What started with Blake Shelton is apparently continuing with Jo Dee Messina. She will her release her first new material in 6 years on April 27 with the of three EPs to be issued throughout the year. The initial installment, "Unmistakable: Love," will be nine tracks, including seven new songs and two... »»»
March 21, 2010 - A truck driver for Carrie Underwood was killed in a crash prior to her show Saturday in Connecticut. The tractor-trailer plunged off Interstate 95 in Stonington Saturday morning with the truck bursting into flames. During the concert at Foxwoods Casino, Underwood dedicated Temporary Home to the driver.... »»»
March 19, 2010 - Blake Shelton made his sold-out crowd Ryman Auditorium debut on Thursday night a mix of older songs and new songs from his recently released album, "Hillbilly Bone," including the number one title track. Just as on the CD, Trace Adkins came out to sing with Shelton. Among other songs Shelton played... »»»
March 19, 2010 - Dierks Bentley will continue his nationwide Miles & Music for Kids" celebrity motorcycle ride and concert series with a stop in Seattle on Sat., Sept.18. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital. The 45-minute ride will depart Destination Harley-Davidson of Tacoma and travel... »»»
March 18, 2010 - The Court Yard Hounds - an offshoot Dixie Chicks - were slated to make their formal club debut Thursday night as part of the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, but they had a few appearances earlier in the day, according to Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, who will have their debut disc out... »»»
March 18, 2010 - Blake Shelton scored a number 1 single with Hillbilly Bone on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending March 27. Lady Antebellum was first on the album chart with Need You Now. Shelton, who is aided by Trace Adkins on the song, took over for That's How Country Boys Roll by Billy... »»»
March 18, 2010 - Jason Boland and the Stragglers, who come country and rock, will release a live disc, "High in the Rockies: A Live Album" on April 20. The 80-minute, proudly overdub-free disc was recorded during 4 consecutive shows in Colorado and Wyoming in January. This is the Texas Red Dirt band's second live album... »»»
March 17, 2010 - Taylor Swift's six-times-platinum "Fearless" album was recognized as the most awarded Album in the history of country music last night at a private dinner in Nashville, according to her web site. The disc is the only album in history to win the all-genre Album of The Year Grammy, plus Country Album of... »»»
March 17, 2010 - Lady Antebellum is no longer the best selling CD in the country. "Need You Now," slipped to third with sales of 105,000 units, down 17 percent, with Ludacris' "Battle of the Sexes" topping the chart with 137,000 copies sold. Of course, that still makes Lady A the best selling country CD.... »»»
March 17, 2010 - Bob Schneider won a clean sweep of awards at the Austin Music Awards announced Thursday. Schneider won Austin musician of the year, male vocals, songwriter, band of the year (with Lonelyland), album of the year (for "Lovely Creatures") and song of the year (for 40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)).... »»»
March 17, 2010 - Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O'Day and, Larnelle Harris were announced today as the newest inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. "This year's inductees include some of the most recognizable music artists in the world," sais... »»»
March 16, 2010 - Blake Shelton's first headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville - this Thursday - went clean. "If anyone knows me, they know how important country music and its history is to me," said Shelton. "I've been lucky enough to perform at the Ryman as part of the Grand Ole Opry and that is an honor onto itself.... »»»
March 16, 2010 - The Drive-By Truckers and Graham Parker top the list of new releases this week. The Truckers do a few things differently this time around on "The Big To-Do." They are on a different label, ATO, after having recorded for New West. They also go for a more rocking sound than more of a countryish, rootsy sound.... »»»
March 16, 2010 - Mindy McCready will appear on "The View" Wednesday, March 17 to talk about her new disc, "I'm Still Here." The music comes out March 23. Christopher Jak, Trey Bruce and Jimmy Nichols produced the music from the Florida native. The oft-troubled singer will appear on the program with Dr.... »»»
March 16, 2010 - Gloriana, Joey + Rory and Luke Bryan were named best new artists by the Academy of Country Music Tuesday in their respective categories and now will battle for the overall award at the ACMs next month. Gloriana won the best new vocal group category, Joey + Rory won the vocal duo prize, while Bryan won... »»»
March 16, 2010 - "Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America" is the theme of the quarter-century anniversary of Farm Aid, the nonprofit organization led by board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. No date, location or artists were named to the concert. Farm Aid's mission is to keep... »»»
March 16, 2010 - The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban will team up for a country music tour starting June 8 in Toronto. This will mark the first time in four years that the Chicks will be touring. The announcement was somewhat surprising because sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison teamed together to form... »»»
March 15, 2010 - Young mandolin ace Sierra Hull releases her very first teaching DVD titled "Secrets Songs & Tunes," on Tuesday, March 16 with AcuTab. The DVD is based on the music from her 2008 Rounder Records release, "Secrets," and provides viewers with one on one mandolin instruction as she takes them through the... »»»
March 15, 2010 - An ever busy Jim Lauderdale will release a disc with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter in May. "Patchwork River" (Thirty Tigers) drops May 11. Lauderdale co-wrote the album - including Alligator Alley, Louisville Roll and Patchwork River - with Hunter. Lauderdale called Hunter "one of the... »»»
March 15, 2010 - Blake Shelton's Hillbilly Bone, featuring, Trace Adkins, will be number one on the Billboard and Country Aircheck (Mediabase) charts, making it Shelton's sixth number one. Shelton assumes the top spot from That's How Country Boys Roll by Billy Currington, who held the spot for one week.... »»»
March 15, 2010 - Chip Taylor was home in New York City when he learned that the University of Texas planned to close the Cactus Cafe on its grounds in a cost-cutting move. The venue, a small room on the University campus selling wine and beer, featured artists ranging from Townes van Zandt to Lucinda Williams to the... »»»
March 15, 2010 - As a prelude to the release of his bluegrass and acoustic roots inspired new album by the same name, singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will launch his Up on the Ridge Tour in Portland, Ore. on April 21. Bentley will play 24 shows in 30 days with tickets on sale this Friday, March 19.... »»»
March 14, 2010 - Justin Moore got his guitar back thanks to a Detroit disc jockey. Moore played a concert on Saturday in Michigan. Moore was not happy and appealed for the return of his guitar. "I got my guitar!!!," he wrote in a Twitter post. "Thank yall for all your help too! And thank you to the guy for doing the right thing.... »»»
March 14, 2010 - Justin Moore came out of his show in Michigan Friday night without one important item - a guitar. It seems that during the show in Royal Oak, Miss., someone stole his guitar and walked away with it. "Great show in Mi tonight," Moore wrote on his Twitter account. "But somebody stole my guitar off stage. Please own up.... »»»
March 12, 2010 - James Otto released a new single this week, Groovy Little Summer Song, which will be featured on his forthcoming album, set for release later this year. The track was co-written by Otto with Al Anderson and Carson Chamberlain, and co-produced by Otto and Grammy Award-winning record producer and... »»»
March 12, 2010 - Zac Brown Band will bring their live gigs home with a DVD/2-CD release , "Pass The Jar - Zac Brown Band and Friends Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta," out May 4 (Southern Ground/Atlantic). Taped at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, 'Pass the Jar...' is a live concert package that captures... »»»
March 12, 2010 - Twin sisters Kate and Kacey Coppola are off Big Machine Records without ever having released a full-length album, they announced Thursday on their myspace page. "Kacey and I are no longer with Big Machine," Kate wrote in a message to fans. " It happened a little while back, and it's one of the hardest... »»»
March 12, 2010 - Gretchen Wilson, Robert Earl Keen and The Grascals were among the bands added this week to the Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival being held June 3-5 in Enterprise, Ala. Texas country rock singer Stoney LaRue; Alabama native The Wayne Mills Band and Texas country band Rio Grande. alt.... »»»
March 12, 2010 - George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland will perform at the television taping of the all-star concert special, ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo" on Monday, April 19. They join previously announced performers... »»»
March 12, 2010 - Capitol Records announced Friday it was forming a new label, EMI Records Nashville with Troy Olsen as its first signing. Olsen's debut is slated for released later this year. He is from Arizona originally where he had a solo career going. He released a honky tonk album, "Living In Your World," in 2002.... »»»
March 11, 2010 - Billy Currington and Lady Antebellum claimed the top spots on the Billboard country songs and album chart for the week ending March 20 with That's How Country Boys Roll and "Need You Now" respectively. On the song chart, Currington took over the number one spot from Josh Turner's Why Don't We Just... »»»
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March 11, 2010 - Traditional country singer Elizabeth Cook will release "Welder" on May 11 on 31 Tigers. Produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Kris Kristofferson), the disc features guest appearances by Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller. "Welder" is the follow up to Cook's 2007's Rodney Crowell produced... »»»
March 11, 2010 - Miranda Lambert embarks on her "Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars" headlining tour next week in West Virginia. The tour is slated to end in Texas in June. James Otto, David Nail, Randy Houser, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Wade Bowen, Luke Bryan and Chris Young will open shows during the tour.... »»»
March 11, 2010 - Rascal Flatts wrapped the final leg of their "Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour" last night in Houston. The tour played 57 shows during its run of June 2009 to March with a fan attendance near 800,000. This includes the two sold-out stadium concerts at Chicago's Wrigley Field and... »»»
March 10, 2010 - Nashville was picked to host the National Folk Festival for 3 years starting in 2011. The fest will incorporate many types of music, including country. The festival is the oldest and longest-running multi-ethnic traditional arts festival in the nation. This moveable exposition of traditional music and... »»»
March 10, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will return to number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as the top selling disc in the country when the charts are out Thursday. "Need You Now" takes over for Sade's "Soldier of Love," which will be second. Lady A had been in second for three weeks. The disc sold 126,000 units, up 6 percent.... »»»
March 10, 2010 - Jamey Johnson, Mac Davis and Mac McAnally won awards Wednesday from the Alabama Music Hall. They will be inducted with four others during the 13th Induction Banquet and Awards Show in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, March 25. Johnson will receive the Alabama's Rising Star Award category.... »»»
March 10, 2010 - Rosanne Cash and NPR will team for a night of music and conversation in a special one-off concert in Seattle in May. NPR On Location with Rosanne Cash will be held at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on Saturday, May 1. NPR's Michele Norris of All Things Considered will host the event.... »»»
March 10, 2010 - The Drive-By Truckers will appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" on Friday, March 12 and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday, March 31 in support of their new CD "The Big To-Do," out next Tuesday on ATO. They've also added additional dates to their tour including nine with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.... »»»
March 10, 2010 - Blake Shelton may celebrate with a six pack today as his new album, "Hillbilly Bone," debuts at number 3 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, making it this week's highest charting debut album and his highest debut of his career on the all-genre chart. The new six-song disc also came in second on the Top... »»»
March 9, 2010 - Darius Rucker will host the "Darius and Friends" concert in Nashville at The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on June 7 to benefit the research and care of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. The concert, being held during CMA Music Week, will include performances by Rucker with additional... »»»
March 9, 2010 - Gary Allan has release day today to himself. The singer put out the 10-song "Get Off on the Pain." The first single was Today a song penned by Brice Long and Tommy Lee James. the disc features Allan's vocals way upfront on a collection country songs with edge. Allan produced the disc with Greg Droman and Mark Bright.... »»»
March 9, 2010 - Rascal Flatts guitarist and vocalist Joe Don Rooney and his wife Tiffany Fallon announced today they are anticipating the birth of their second child in September. "We are so excited to bring another child into our lives," said Rooney. "Our son Jagger has been the biggest blessing.... »»»
March 9, 2010 - Carrie Underwood's "Play On Tour," will kick off this Thursday, March 11 in Reading, Pa. with special guests Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia. The "Play On Tour," is currently slated to run through June 20 in Saskatoon, Canada. The tour apparently plans to bring Underwood to the back of the crowd at one point.... »»»
March 9, 2010 - Alan Jackson's 18th album, "Freight Train," releases on March 30, and a new track from the album will be available for purchase exclusively on the iTunes Store every week for 3 weeks heading into the album release. The exclusive iTunes Countdown pre-release tracks begin today with Hard Hat and a Hammer.... »»»
March 9, 2010 - Laura Bell Bundy's major label debut album, "Achin' And Shakin'," is slated for release April 13 on Mercury Nashville. The lead single Giddy On Up has received almost 1 million streams in a month and has sold more than 30,000 digital singles. The album is a concept broken into two styles.... »»»
March 8, 2010 - Billy Currington garners his fifth number one single with That's How Country Boys Roll this week, according to his record label. Currington will take over the top spot from Josh Turner's Why Don't We Just Dance. The new number one song, written by Currington, Brett Jones and Dallas Davidson, is from... »»»
March 8, 2010 - Little Big Town continues to get bigger. This time, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook had their first child on Friday. Elijah Dylan Westbrook is the boy's name. "We've been waiting for this for a long time and can't tell you how thrilled and blessed we both feel," quoted Fairchild.... »»»
March 8, 2010 - Dwight Yoakam allegedly owes the IRS $458,000, it was reported on several web sites Monday. The IRS filed a lien against Yoakam at the Los Angeles County Records of Deeds on Jan. 10. No further information was available about the country singer and his tax... »»»
March 8, 2010 - Dierks Bentley is following through on his threat to go bluegrass. The country singer will release "Up On The Ridge " this summer. Bentley will work with the Del McCoury Band and Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers on the release. The disc also features vocal and instrumental contributions ranging... »»»
March 7, 2010 - The lead singer of alt.-country band Sparklehorse, Mark Linkous, committed suicide on Saturday in Knoxville at 47. The New York Times reported that his manager Shelby Meade said Linkous shot himself in the heart in an alley outside a friend's home. Sparklehorse released four adults between 1995 and 2006.... »»»
March 7, 2010 - Jeff Bridges won the Oscar for best actor Sunday for his depiction of a down-and-out country singer Bsd Blake in "Crazy Heart." This was Bridges' first Oscar after being nominated five time. Thrusting the Oscar statue aloft, Bridges said, "Thanks Mom and Dad for introducing me to a groovy profession," he said.... »»»
March 7, 2010 - Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett won the Oscar for Best Original Song for The Weary Kind from the picture "Crazy Heart." Bingham thanked the cast and crew of the movie about a down-and-out country singer before walking off the stage. Other nominees were: Almost There from The Princess and the Frog... »»»
March 7, 2010 - Brad Paisley was hospitalized Saturday following a fall on stage, but suffered only a bad bruise, according to his publicist. Paisley's American Saturday Night Tour made its final stop on the tour at the Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C. last night. On the final note of the encore finale... »»»
March 5, 2010 - An inspirational compilation disc including songs by George Strait and Keith Urban is being put out by the Country Music Hall of Fame and New Haven Records. "Sunday in the Country: 12 Inspiring Hits From Today's Top Country Artists" will be out this month, although no firm date was given.... »»»
March 5, 2010 - Justin Townes Earle will head back into the studio in May to record his third full-length disc, he said Thursday. Earle's stature has grown through steady touring and excellent reviews for his last album, "Midnight at the Movies," which came out in March 2009 on Bloodshot. Earle said he would continue... »»»
March 5, 2010 - Martina McBride and the Court Yard Hounds, the Dixie Chicks offshoot group, were added to the Lilith Fair, which is returning this year after an 11-year hiatus. They join Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Sugarland and Miranda Lambert who were already announced as participating in the tour.... »»»
March 4, 2010 - Josh Turner and Lady Antebellum continued atop the Billboard country song and album charts respectively for the week ending March 13 with Why Don't We Just Dance and "Need You Now" respectively. The last album from Johnny Cash, "American VI: Ain't No Grave," debuted at second on the country chart.... »»»
March 4, 2010 - Lady Antebellum is keeping their Ryman dates in the family. The trio announced today that Universal Music's Josh Kelley, brother of Lady A's Charles, and Randy Montana will join their back-to-back sold out concerts on March 10 and 11. Kelley and Montana will debut a selection of new music with short... »»»
March 4, 2010 - Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson will participate in the CMA Music Festival in June in Nashville, the Country Music Association announced Thursday. Billy Currington and Kellie Pickler also were added to the line-up for the festival being held Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13 in Nashville.... »»»
March 4, 2010 - Faith Hill and Chris Isaak will be among the guest performers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th annual induction ceremony Monday, March 15 in New York City, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Others slated to perform include Peter Wolf, Pat Monahan of Train, Ronnie Spector, Fefe Dobson,... »»»
March 3, 2010 - The Claire Lynch Band has undergone a change with guitarist Jim Hurst leaving and Matt Wingate coming aboard. Winning Merlefest's Doc Watson Guitar Championship in 1997 at the age of 15, at a time when he was performing with his family band, Wingate later honed his bluegrass chops performing across the U.S.... »»»
March 3, 2010 - Following his tour last year in support of "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" CD, Steve Martin, once again joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, will embark on a 2010 music tour beginning in April and expected to continue into October. Martin, better known as a comedian and actor, is... »»»
March 3, 2010 - The Grascals will release their fourth CD, "The Famous Lefty Flynn's," on Rounder Records March 30, just a few days before the band hits the road as a part of Hank Williams Jr.'s Rowdy Friends Tour. As a guest on the CD, Williams also joins the band for a country/bluegrass version of I'm Blue, I'm... »»»
March 3, 2010 - Johnny Cash had the third biggest selling disc in the U.S. this past week with "American VI: Ain't No Grave," but it wasn't enough to be the top selling country disc. That honor once again belongs to Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," which was second behind Sade. Lady A sold 118,000 units, down 18... »»»
March 3, 2010 - Keith Urban will be a guest on the fifth consecutive "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Academy Awards" Sunday, March 7 immediately following the late local news. Actor Robert Downey Jr. will introduce the world premiere of the new Iron Man 2 trailer right before Urban performs his new hit single 'Til Summer... »»»
March 3, 2010 - Jessica Harp is quitting her recording career to focus on songwriting. Harp, who was one-half of The Wreckers, posted the news on her web site Tuesday. Her delayed solo disc, "A Woman Needs," finally will be available as a digital download on March 16. Harp wrote on her web site, "If someone had told... »»»
March 3, 2010 - After treating a standing room only crowd at the Ryman Auditorium to almost two hours of music, Kenny Chesney and Steve Miller decided to celebrate their "Crossroads" taping by deciding to do an impromptu jam at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Lower Broadway. The pair walked down the ally between the Ryman... »»»
March 3, 2010 - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, led by the founder of Traditional Grass two decades ago, is back with a new album on Rebel Records, the label announced today. The band's first project for the label, "Rambler's Call," will be out March 30 with a mix of old and new songs done in traditional bluegrass style.... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Lee Ann Womack picked up her 11th nomination with the Academy of Country Music Tuesday for Top Female Vocalist. "I got up on the good side of the bed even before I got out of bed," she said. "You know, I just keep making my kind of country, finding the best songs I can and singing them with every bit... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Miranda Lambert had a big day Tuesday, scoring six Academy of Country Music nominations including Top Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for "Revolution" and Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year (awarded to composer/artist/publisher) and Video of the Year for White Liar.... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Blake Shelton, an ex-Idol and a country newcomer with a top 10 hit are among the releases out today. Shelton may be blazing new trials with "Hillbilly Bone," a six-song EP. The release is part of a marketing plan to release new music more frequently with another six-song EP out later this year.... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Darius Rucker attended the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2007 as a presenter and now, three years and three number one hits later, Rucker will return to the show as a nominee in the Top Male Vocalist of the Year category. "My management called and told me to turn on the TV to The Early Show,... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Dierks Bentley, Jim Lauderdale and Pam Tillis will be on air hosts on WSM Nashville. The three artists will air Monday - Wednesday at 2 p.m. Central. The shows can also be heard online at or as podcasts via iTunes. Bentley will host and program his first-ever radio show, "The... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Randy Houser's Boots On video continues to have legs. The video was nominated for best video by the Academy of Country music. "This is pretty cool to be acknowledged by the ACM's like this. Boots On was a big song for me, and the video was a big part of it. That video could have stood on its own as a... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Not only did Blake Shelton release new music today, but he also hosted the nomination announcement for the Academy of Country Music Awards with Reba McEntire and also received a nomination. Shelton was garnered an Academy Of Country Music Award nomination in the Vocal Event Of The Year category for... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn are among the artists slated to participate in events surrounding the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas in April. Friday and Saturday, April 16-17: ACM Concerts at Fremont Street Experience - For the fourth year... »»»
March 2, 2010 - While most of the attention goes to Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley about who received Academy of Country Music nominations Tuesday, a slew of others in the country music field ranging from drummers to DJs also received nominations. Producer Buddy Cannon Nathan... »»»
March 2, 2010 - Lady Antebellum led the nominations for the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards announced Tuesday with seven, including album of the year for their self-titled debut and top vocal group. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood received five nominations, Taylor Swift five and Kenny Chesney, Brad... »»»
March 1, 2010 - Taylor Swift's guitar went for $16,250 in a charity auction to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The on-line auction ended Friday. Swift donated the autographed guitar from her performance at the We're All for the Hall concert in Nashville in October. That concert, organized by... »»»
March 1, 2010 - Eric Clapton got help from a guitar friend of his Saturday night in Nashville. Vince Gill came out to support Clapton at his Sommet Center show. Gill and Clapton traded licks and smiles during an acoustic set. Clapton introduced his "very good friend, Mr. Vince Gill" to the stage to play on four songs... »»»
March 1, 2010 - Bucky Covington returns with a new single today, A Father's Love (The Only Way He Knew How). Covington will give an exclusive first listen to the song about a father who shows his children his love for them by "taking care of all the little things in life," according to his publicist.... »»»
March 1, 2010 - Luke Bryan will release his second Spring Break EP - "Spring Break 2...Hangover Edition" exclusively on the iTunes Store tomorrow, March 2. The EP includes three never-before released, self-penned tracks Wild Weekend, Cold Beer Drinker and I'm Hungover. Bryant will hit the beaches of Florida that... »»»