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Country News Digest, April 2010


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April 30, 2010 - Kenny Chesney went gold with downloads for Out Last Night and Never Wanted Nothing More, the lead singles for "Greatest Hits II" and "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates." "Greatest Hits II," filled with songs from "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," "When The Sun Goes Down," "The Road & The Radio," "Be As... »»»
April 30, 2010 - Toby Keith is now on a four-country USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Korea, Germany and the Persian Gulf. The 14-day USO tour has included stops at Camp Walk, Camp Bonifas and Yongsan Army Base in Korea. Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to more than 10 countries during 7 previous USO tours.... »»»
April 30, 2010 - Merle Haggard's new release, "I Am What I Am," entered the Billboard Country Chart at 18 and the Top 200 Chart at 76 this week, marking his highest solo recording Billboard debut in over quarter century, according this publicist. The CD sold 6,753 units. The Hag performed this past weekend at... »»»
April 30, 2010 - Alan Jackson will dedicate his May 22 show at the Charleston, West Va. Civic Center to the families who lost loved ones in the Upper Big Branch Mining Disaster in Montcoal, West Va. Profits from the show will go to the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund administrated by the West Virginia Council of Churches.... »»»
April 29, 2010 - Emerson Drive lead vocalist Brad Mates and his wife Jana welcomed their first child, a son, into the world last night in Nashville. Tyler Robert Mates was born at 7:04 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, weighing 7 lbs. 13 ounces. All are well, according to the band's web site. Tyler is the second Emerson Drive baby.... »»»
April 29, 2010 - Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner are picking up their guitars and hitting the Opry stage May 25 to officially launch a months-long celebration of the Opry's 85th birthday with an all-star guitar jam. As a part of the night's Tuesday Night Opry, each Opry member will take the... »»»
April 29, 2010 - Julianne Hough was added to the artist lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field on Friday, June 11. Hough made her CMA Music Festival debut in 2008 when she performed a duet with Josh Turner at LP Field. Artists already announced for the Nightly Concerts include Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban,... »»»
April 29, 2010 - Joe Nichols hit the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart with Gimme That Girl. Nichols supplanted "American Honey" by Lady Antebellum, which slipped to second. Lady A topped the album chart once again with "Need You Now." Kenny Chesney was up one to third with Ain't Back Yet, while Chris Young was... »»»
April 29, 2010 - The Broadway debut of Joe Nichols may not be happening after all. Nichols told CMT.com that due to the economic downturn, the Broadway planned show with Lorrie Morgan may be off. Nichols was cast in the lead role as Rusty in the Broadway version of the 1992 George Strait film with Morgan as Lula.... »»»
April 29, 2010 - Peter Case and the Black Lilies are the first two performers named for the Americana Music Association festival in September in Nashville. The AMA, working with Sonicbids, selected Case, who is about to release a new disc, and the Black Lillies, a Tennessee-based band to be the first two showcase... »»»
April 29, 2010 - Keith Urban and John Mayer announced Thursday their summer tour plans will intersect on Aug. 28 for a special live performance together at The Gorge in Spokane, Wash. A pre-sale window via CMT.com will run from May 3 through May 7. Tickets go on sale to the public May 8. Fans will also have the... »»»
April 29, 2010 - Justin Townes Earle will appear on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor this Saturday. On Sunday, Earle appears and performs on HBO's Treme. A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts live this weekend from New York City's Town Hall. Earle appears along with Broadway actress Kate... »»»
April 28, 2010 - The lights came up during Tuesday night's show by Vince Gill in Worcester, Mass., and he was on the lookout for a fan. "Jonathan Perry," he said. He looked around and found the well-dressed man to his right in the beautiful theater. And with that, it was clear that Perry had something special in mind.... »»»
April 28, 2010 - Martina McBride had to bag her six-date tour of Europe in late June and early July due to scheduling conflicts and routing issues. McBride said on her web site, "just found out (Tuesday) that our trip to Europe is being postponed because of scheduling and routing issues over which I have no control.... »»»
April 28, 2010 - Lady Antebellum had the only country album in the Billboard top 10, but the power of Glee reigned. Lady A was up one to second with "Need You Now" selling 83,000 units, up 65,000 from the previous week. The show Glee was first with "The Power of Madonna" selling 98,000 units. Lady Antebellum's... »»»
April 28, 2010 - George Strait broke his own record. Strait's fans purchased a record number of tickets for this Saturday's show at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio Concert sales numbers surpassed all others at the venue including his own in 1997. This year's concert, with special guests Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack and... »»»
April 28, 2010 - Joe Nichols is the new face of Roper Apparel with an extensive advertising and marketing campaign in the works. The advertising campaign will kick off in May with a series of magazine ads, leading up to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Nichols will be featured on marketing materials in 1,100... »»»
April 28, 2010 - After scoring in 2009 with "Blue Side of the Blue Ridge," which announced the rebirth of his band Ramblers Choice, Junior Sisk's second Rebel Records release, "Heartaches and Dreams," hits stores June 8. From the Tom T. & Dixie Hall-penned opener (and first single) Train Without A Track to the closing... »»»
April 28, 2010 - Trace Adkins is set to release his new single, This Ain't No Love Song, next week. This is the first song released by Adkins on the Show Dog-Universal Music label after spending his entire career on Capitol Nashville. The new song will be released Monday afternoon. There was no word on when a new album would be out.... »»»
April 28, 2010 - Big Country Bluegrass, a Virgina-based traditional bluegrass band, signed with Rebel Records with a disc out in early fall. Band leader Tommy Sells formed the group with his wife Teresa in the late 1980's in the area surrounding Galax, Va. Since then, they worked their way from competition circuit to... »»»
April 27, 2010 - in person on Monday. Swift then even played a mini-concert for students at the Alabama school. In January, students Ryan Leander and Michael Wekall started a web site, ahugfromtaylorswift.com with the expressed purpose of, well, getting a hug from the singer. In March, Swift, who thought what they... »»»
April 27, 2010 - After a star-studded Las Vegas premiere - with Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Reba, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley and Jewel, "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D" arrived in 3D theatres nationwide last week with a box office draw of more than $1 million in four days at 3D only theatres.... »»»
April 27, 2010 - Chris Young and longtime Charlie Daniels manager David Corlew were named to the Stars For Stripes Board of Directors for one-year terms. Stars For Stripes is a nonprofit organization that provides celebrity entertainment to internationally deployed American military forces. Since 2003, Stars For... »»»
April 27, 2010 - Peter Wolf, who just released the rootsy/country "Midnight Souvenirs, Is embarking on an eastern tour in May. The album debuted at number 45 and features Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne, and Neko Case. Wolf's band will include Duke Levine (guitar), Kevin Barry (guitar), Marty Ballou (bass), Marty Richards... »»»
April 27, 2010 - Dierks Bentley will debut the lead and title track from his forthcoming bluegrass-influenced album "Up on the Ridge" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. The song, written by Bentley and Angelo Petraglia, features Petraglia on acoustic guitar, Sam Bush on slide mandolin and background vocals by Alison Krauss.... »»»
April 27, 2010 - Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to action as do Jo Dee Messina and Lonestar with new CDs out today. Carpenter puts out the introspective "The Age of Miracles," her first studio disc since 2007's "The Calling." The 12 songs were recorded in Nashville with Matt Rollings co-producing with the singer.... »»»
April 26, 2010 - Kinky Friedman will perform on the West Coast this summer for the first time in nearly 20 years. Dates for the "Go West Young Kinky Tour of 2010" start on July 26th in Vancouver and continue into August. Two members of Kinky's seminal band the Texas Jewboys, Little Jewford and Washington Ratso, will... »»»
April 26, 2010 - Joe Nichols tops the charts this week with his single Gimmie That Girl. This becomes Nichols' fourth number hit. The song is included on Nichols' CD "Old Things New." Nichols takes over the top from Lady Antebellum's Need You Now. "The Lord has blessed me more than I deserve," Nichols said.... »»»
April 26, 2010 - Brad Paisley's new video for his current single, Water, is out and can be viewed now at his videoweb site, youtube.com/bradpaisley, cmt.com, CMT and GAC. The video is directed by Jim Shea, who also directed Paisley's award winning videos Waitin' On A Woman, Start A Band, Online and When I Get Where... »»»
April 26, 2010 - The Nashville Predators are taking all the help they can get in their tough Stanley Cup playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks. And Gretchen Wilson is stepping to the fore to provide her voice with a changed-up version of Work Hard, Play Harder. Wilson has been a fan of the Predators, who are down... »»»
April 26, 2010 - Lady Antebellum's sophomore album, "Need You Now," was certified double platinum last week for sales of 2 million units, while the title track was simultaneously certified triple platinum. The album is now spending its 12th week at number one on the Billboard Country albums chart.... »»»
April 26, 2010 - The debut album from The Court Yard Hounds, the Dixie Chicks' offshoot group, is available now for listening on the AOL web site. The Hounds are sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, who are two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks. The disc contains 12 songs with help from Jakob Dylan on See You in the Spring.... »»»
April 26, 2010 - Taylor Swift is teaming with Sony Electronics to promote its latest Cyber-shot digital cameras. The ads with Swift zero in on the Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 digital still camera. Primetime advertising spots featuring Swift discovering that she can capture the breadth of her audience with the new TX7 camera... »»»
April 26, 2010 - Wynonna Judd will release a collection of her top singles and three new tracks, "Love Heals," through Cracker Barrel. The new CD can be pre-ordered beginning today and will arrive in all Cracker Barrel locations on May 24th. The project is being done in conjunction with Wounded Warrior Project and its... »»»
April 25, 2010 - Bret Michaels, a sometimes country singer, remains in intensive care after being hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage on Friday. "At this point Bret remains in ICU in critical condition," said a post on his web site Sunday. "He is under 24 hour doctors care and supervision. We are hopeful that further... »»»
April 23, 2010 - Taylor Swift - comic book hero. Along with Super Man and Iron Man is Swift, who will have a comic book bio out this summer. Her biography comic, "Fame: Taylor Swift," hits comic shops this July. The comic, by Bluewater Productions, will trace Swift's rise from young singer/songwriter to mega-selling... »»»
April 23, 2010 - Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines won a federal court ruling where she will be reimbursed for her legal fees in a case involving the West Memphis Three. A federal judge ruled that the stepfather of 1 of 3 Arkansas boys murdered in 1993 must pay Maines' legal costs resulting from a defamation suit... »»»
April 23, 2010 - The Americana Music Association announced today a special on-line auction to promote its efforts and those of the First Amendment Center in support of free speech in music. Auction items include handwritten lyrics from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Charlie Daniels, autographed posters from Dwight Yoakam... »»»
April 23, 2010 - Shania Twain will appear on American Idol next Tuesday on an episode that will see contestants singing her songs. Twain will not perform. Twain, who is the best-selling female country artist of all time, will be part of a country-themed Idol week. On Wednesday's elimination show, Rascal Flatts will... »»»
April 23, 2010 - LeAnn Rimes has been in the studio working on her next album with Vince Gill at the production helm. The disc, "Lady and Gentleman," finds Rimes covering her favorite classic love tunes. "We came up with this idea of doing a covers record of all my favorite love songs," Rimes said to GAC.... »»»
April 22, 2010 - Rascal Flatts will help Churchill Downs continue the newest Kentucky Derby Day tradition when the trio performs the national anthem live on Saturday, May 1, prior to the running of the 136th Kentucky Derby. The performance will be broadcast by NBC Sports as part of the network's live coverage of... »»»
April 22, 2010 - Lady Antebellum is number one on both the Billboard country songs and album chart for the week ending May 1 with American Honey and "Need You Now" respectively. On the song chart, Zac Brown Band is second again with Highway 20 Ride, while Joe Nichols moved from fifth to third with Gimmie That Girl.... »»»
April 22, 2010 - Kenny Chesney's "Summer in 3D," a movie about his concert tour in 2009, opened Wednesday. "I don't think til we slowed down and really started looking at what was shot did I really begin to get it," said Chesney. "You know, you're working so hard to try to be better, to try to be the person those fans... »»»
April 22, 2010 - Darryl Worley will kick-off his "Stars for Stripes" military tour next week. Worley's "We've Not Forgotten" tour takes place April 29-May 3 and will include several full-band concerts, as well as scaled-down acoustic shows at bases in Iraq.] A long-time supporter of the military, Worley has toured... »»»
April 22, 2010 - The Johnny Cash Project, an online global collective art project and visual tribute to the life and career of Johnny Cash, celebrates its official launch today, with more than 5,000 frames submitted to the dynamic website in the 3 weeks since the site's soft launch. The interactive website celebrates... »»»
April 22, 2010 - Rascal Flatts will make their third appearance on "American Idol" on Wednesday, April 28. The vocal group will perform their hit Unstoppable and will also sing with Shakira on her song Gypsy. Rascal Flatts previously performed on American Idol in May of 2005 as the musical guest of Carrie Underwood,... »»»
April 21, 2010 - Lady Antebellum is the only country act in the Billboard top 10 when it came to CD sales. The trio was third on the chart with "Need You Now" up one with sales of 65,000 units, up 15 percent. Lady A benefited from its showing at the Academy of Country Music Awards show as the sales period closed Sunday.... »»»
April 21, 2010 - The stars came out Monday to salute Brooks & Dunn in Las Vegas during an all-star concert with folks like Kenny Chesney Keith Urban and Taylor Swift performing. "ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo" at the MGM Grand also attracted Carrie Underwood, George Strait (Boot Scootin' Boogie) and... »»»
April 21, 2010 - Faith Hill will join host Heidi Klum and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia on the season finale of Project Runway this Thursday, April 22 at 10 p.m. Eastern on the Lifetime Network. "Faith Hill stepped into the toughest Project Runway guest judging seat of the season - the finale, which made her a... »»»
April 21, 2010 - Cry, Cry Darlin', a bonus track from Willie Nelson's Rounder release "Country Music," will be bundled with the album and available exclusively on the iTunes Store today, April 21. The CD, which came out Tuesday, was produced by T Bone Burnett. Nelson penned one track on the album, Man With The Blues,... »»»
April 20, 2010 - Miranda Lambert will perform her current single, The House That Built Me, on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight. The single is from Lambert's "Revolution," which was named the ACM's 2010 Album of the Year Sunday night. Lambert also scored ACM awards for top female vocalist and Video of the... »»»
April 20, 2010 - The Band Perry, a new country group of three Alabama siblings, will have their single If I Die Young featured as the iTunes Single of the Week. The video can be downloaded until Monday, April 26 for free. The single is featured on their new, self-titled EP. Kimberly is the lead singer and older... »»»
April 20, 2010 - Gretchen Wilson will make a last second appearance for today's taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Wilson replaces Annie Lennox was scheduled to perform today, but was unable to leave London due to grounded flights. Wilson, who has made two previous appearances on "Ellen," will perform her current... »»»
April 19, 2010 - Rascal Flatts will launch a new tour this summer, JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour. The first leg will launch on June 25 in Raleigh, N.C. and will continue with 26 shows through Sept. 19 at Mansfield, Mass.. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open. Rascal Flatts recently... »»»
April 19, 2010 - Great American Taxi has donated a free download of a song to raise awareness of the plight of coal miners and their communities in West Virginia. Appalachian Soul was from the jam band's debut album "Streets of Gold." The track is offered free to radio stations agreeing to direct listeners to the... »»»
April 19, 2010 - The 45th Annual ACM Awards led CBS to a ratings win for Sunday night, but the numbers were lower than last year. The three-hour show averaged 12.5 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/13 share and topping each hour in prime time, according to Zap2It.com. A rating reflects the percentage of the total... »»»
April 19, 2010 - Chatham County Line will release their next studio album, "Wildwood,"on July 13 via Yep Roc Records. The album will be different for the bluegrass band because they are using drums for the first time. The music is all acoustic, singing and playing around one microphone. "We don't care anymore what... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert were the big winners at the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday, but Carrie Underwood won the biggest award - entertainer of the year for the second straight year. Lady A and Lambert each won three awards The list of winners was: Top Male Vocalist: Brad... »»»
April 18, 2010 - The top honor at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday - entertainer of the year went to Carrie Underwood. :"Thank you God, Praise the Lord," said Underwood. Thank you fans. I love you so much. Thank you country music." She then jumped up and down and twirled. Paisley, who also won top male... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Miranda Lambert won the ACM top female vocalist Sunday. It's been a big night for Lambert who also won album and video of the year. "You've got to be kidding me," Lambert said in acknowledging she won the honor over Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack and Taylor Swift.... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Brooks & Dunn took the top vocal duo vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards show Sunday. The duo who are splitting this year took the honor over Joey + Rory,Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia, Sugarland. "It's been incredible. There are obviously way too many people in this duo to thank.... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Brad Paisley won the ACM male vocalist of the year Sunday. He thanked his record label head, Joe Galante, who is retiring from the label. "Thank you for everything you've done for me," Paisley said. He thanked others, including his wife and fans. Paisley won the award over Kenny Chesney, Darius... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Lady Antebellum won the ACM best new group honor Sunday, their third award of the evening. Dave Heywood thanked "God...It's an honor to be part of the best genre in the music - country music." Scott said, "The first award we ever won was an ACM, so we hold this close." Others nominated were Rascal... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Montgomery Gentry formally won the Humanitarian Award at the ACMs Sunday. "This definitely a very humbling moment right now," said Troy Gentry with his voice shaking. He cited "so many other artists who do so many good things." "For us to be recognized tonight is a little bit embarrassing," he said.... »»»
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April 18, 2010 - Miranda Lambert won album of the year at the ACMs for "Revolution" in a surprise over Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum, among others. "This is what I live for," said Lambert in low key comments after her big win. This was her second ACM award as she took video of the year for White Liar an off... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Luke Bryan won the Top New Artist Award Sunday at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Bryan, who said it was "impossible to shake more" than he was at the moment, thanked everyone from his label to his hometown of Leesburg, Ga. to his brother in heaven. Bryan took the honor over Gloriana, who won the... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Lady A is two-for-two in awards handed out tonight, winning Single of the Year for Need You Now. Songwriter Paul Worley also shared in the award. The took the honor over: People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (Mercury) Produced by: Carson Chamberlain, Billy Currington Red Light - David Nail (MCA... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Lady Antebellum won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards for Need You Now. The trio was predictably quite happy with Hillary Scott thanking God, family and fans. The award was the first one handed out during the 45th annual awards show from Las Vegas. Lady A won over: Cowboy... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Miranda Lambert won the Academy of Country Music award for Video of the Year for White Liar. The award, her third ACM Award, was given off camera prior to tonight's ACM. Lambert won the award along with producer Tameron Hedge and director Chris Hicky Lambert was given her award while at a reception... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Follow the Academy of Country Music Awards results tonight on our web site along with Twitter. We'll have up to the second results and comments. We're updating everything from awards to performances to Reba's... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Lady Antebellum received the most nominations with seven for the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards being held tonight, but will they be able to cash in? Other folks named Chesney, Lambert, Underwood, and, oh yeah, Swift will see how many trophies they can take home. Miranda Lambert and... »»»
April 18, 2010 - Blake Shelton won his first Academy of Country Music Award Saturday - Vocal Event Of The Year category with his friend Trace Adkins for their number one single, Hillbilly Bone. The award was given to Shelton and Adkins in an off-camera award presentation last night by Bob Romeo, Executive Director of... »»»
April 16, 2010 - "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D" will premiere on April 17 in Las Vegas. Chesney will be on hand to present the concert film, which also incorporates archival footage, still pictures and backstage moments with his own reflections on the fans, memories made and the motivation he draws on.... »»»
April 16, 2010 - Carrie Underwood is extending her "Play On" tour into the fall, she announced Friday. Billy Currington and Sons of Sylvia to appear as special guest opening acts for the tour, which starts in late September. The last date is Dec. 19. Underwood launched the tour March 11, ending it in late June with a few summer dates.... »»»
April 16, 2010 - Randy Houser's performance Saturday night in Las Vegas will be streamed live online. CMT.com will go live with the streaming at 10:30 p.m. Pacific at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill at Harrah's. The gig is one night before the Academy of Country Music Awards, as he celebrates his first... »»»
April 15, 2010 - Sarah Buxton may have only released her debut disc in February, but she is now gone from the Disney Music Group along with Love and Theft and the Parks in the wake of the announcement Wednesday Lyric Street Records, a Disney subsidiary, would shut. Rascal Flatts, of course, will stay with Disney, which... »»»
April 15, 2010 - The Judds will kick off 2010 CMA Music Festival and Fan Fair with the opening daily concert on the Riverfront Park Stage on Thursday, June 10. "The Judds performing on the Riverfront Park Stage - that is something worth waking up for," said Steve Moore, CMA Chairman of the Board of the 10 a.m. start.... »»»
April 15, 2010 - Lady Antebellum pulled a chart double on the Billboard country songs and album chart for the week ending April 24 with American Honey and "Need You Now" respectively. American Honey took over the top of the song chart from Zac Brown Band's Highway 20 Ride, which fell to second. Keith Urban moved up... »»»
April 15, 2010 - Colt Ford's sophomore studio release, "Chicken and Biscuits," hits reasternailApril 20, but CMT and Rhapsody are streaming the album in its entireasterny a week before its release. The album features special guests Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, James Otto, Kevin Fowler, Darryl Worley, Josh Gracin, DMC (of... »»»
April 15, 2010 - Gloriana shot a video for the website Funny or Die over the weekend in San Jose with friend and tour-mate Kellie Pickler. The video, a spoof on asking fans to vote for ACM Top New Artist of the Year, allowed fans to see the humorous and lighthearted side of the foursome. Gloriana, who will perform at... »»»
April 15, 2010 - Former Alabama lead guitarist and fiddle player Jeff Cook will have a new album out next month. Cook and his Allstar Goodtime Band release "Shaken, Not Stirred" (Quest) on May 11. The album's multi-genre material showcases Cook playing country and other genres. "Sure, country music got me to where... »»»
April 15, 2010 - SonyBMG Nashville has a new head. EMI Music Publishing/Nashville Exec. Vice President/General Manager Gary Overton will be the new head of Sony/Nashville, replacing Chairman Joe Galante, who announced his departure Wednesday. "It's difficult to leave EMI Music Publishing after so many years, and to say... »»»
April 14, 2010 - This was not the first time Rounder Records was approached to sell the company, according to Ken Irwin, one of three people who started the company 40 years ago. But due to a variety of circumstances, Irwin said Wednesday this time proved to be the right time. The sale to Concord Records will result in... »»»
April 14, 2010 - Lyric Street Records, the home of Rascal Flatts, is being shut down by parent company Walt Disney, a victim of the long downturn affecting music. The label, which opened in 1997, also has had SHeDAISY, Aaron Tippen, Love & Theft, Sarah Buxton, and American Idol singers Josh Gracin and Bucky Covington.... »»»
April 14, 2010 - Joe Galante, perhaps the key player among country music record labels, announced Wednesday he is leaving the SonyBMG label, according to AllAccess.com Galante will continue his role as chairman until a new head is named. He will serve as a consultant thereafter. Sony Music CEO Rold Schmidt-Holtz... »»»
April 14, 2010 - Austin's Stone River Boys will issue their debut CD, "Love on the Dial," on June 1 on Cow Island Music. The Texas-based quintet features guitarist Dave Gonzalez, formerly a driving force in the Hacienda Brothers and The Paladins, and vocalist Mike Barfield, onetime leader of The Hollisters.... »»»
April 14, 2010 - Concord Music Group bought Rounder Records, it was announced today. Both are indie labels with Concord having a long history with jazz, while Rounder has been perhaps the key player in the indie label scene with bluegrass, Americana, singer/songwriter, Cajun and children's music.... »»»
April 13, 2010 - A Broadway actress leads the short list of new releases today. Laura Bell Bundy originated the role of Elle Woods in the Great White Way show "Legally Blonde." Bundy is out with her first country disc, "Achin' and Shakin'." The disc contains two different sides of Bundy - slow heartache songs and faster ones.... »»»
April 13, 2010 - In support and celebration of Record Store Day, an event intended to highlight independent record stores, a distribution company created a sampler of 12 Americana tracks to be offered as a gift with purchase on Record Store Day. Artists on the disc include Drive By Truckers, John Hiatt, Del McCoury and Elizabeth Cook.... »»»
April 13, 2010 - Chris Scruggs added acting to his many other talents. He will soon be appearing in a new movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. The film, "Love Don't Let Me Down," will be released later this year. Two of Scruggs' songs will also be featured in the film and... »»»
April 12, 2010 - Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks, a career-spanning collection of chart-topping hits, classic tracks and personal favorites selected by the Chicks, drops Tuesday, June 1. The songs were remastered for this CD. The disc provides access to an exclusive Dixie Chicks pdf including an essay, photos... »»»
April 12, 2010 - The former head of the Country Music Association will head a new network devoted to videos. "This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to open another venue for our music reaching local, regional, national and international audiences," TCN/Nashville President Tammy Genovese said of her new position.... »»»
April 12, 2010 - More than half a century after his death, Hank Williams won a Pulitzer Prize. Williams received the Special Citation honor Monday for his lifetime achievement as a musician when the Pulitzers for 2010 were announced by Columbia University. The citation praises Williams for "his craftsmanship as a... »»»
April 12, 2010 - Lady Antebellum's current single, American Honey, claims the top spot on Billboard's Country chart this week, while the title track holds strong at the top of Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart for the third consecutive week. The second single off their platinum selling number one album, "Need You Now,"... »»»
April 12, 2010 - Soulful country singer James Otto hits the road this summer with Toby Keith on 16 dates across the U.S. Otto will join Keith, along with special guest Trace Adkins, on select dates of the American Ride Tour June 19 through Aug 22. "Toby has always been an artist I look up to and respect in our industry," said Otto.... »»»
April 12, 2010 - Luke Bryan and Emily West are featured in this week's episode of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice. The two teams compete to figure out what it takes to be a country star. Judging the competition are Mike Culotta (Program Director for WQYK in Tampa, FL), Pete Fisher (General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry)... »»»
April 11, 2010 - Billy Joe Shaver was found not guilty Friday in the shooting of a man outside a bar in Texas in 2007. A jury reached a verdict after two hours of deliberation in the case involving Shaver and the man he allegedly shot, Billy Coker. After the verdict was read, Shaver hugged supports, including band members.... »»»
April 9, 2010 - "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D" opens nationwide for a limited engagement on April 21, but as an exclusive thank you to his fan club members, Chesney is throwing a preview party - complete with laminate, special edition ball cap and a mini poster from the film. The previews will be held in... »»»
April 9, 2010 - Anthony Smith, who has enjoyed success as a writer, but less so as a recording artist, is giving the latter another try. Smith is set to release his new single, Love Is Love Is Love, from his upcoming album, "Sunshine," to radio on April 26. This song marks Smith's debut single from the album and the... »»»
April 9, 2010 - Tammy Wynette will get the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum treatment through a special exhibtition. Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music opens in the Museum's East Gallery on Aug. 20 and runs through June 2011. "Tammy Wynette was a true steel magnolia, a daughter of the South whose... »»»
April 9, 2010 - The Price is Right, with host Drew Carey, celebrates the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, in a country music-themed episode to be broadcast Friday, April 16 on CBS. The episode will feature special appearances by 2010 ACM Award nominees Blake Shelton and Bomshel. Each will present a prize... »»»
April 8, 2010 - Zac Brown Band once again has hit the top of the chart as Highway 20 Ride was first on the country songs chart for the week ending April 17, taking over for Carrie Underwood's Temporary Home, which fell to fourth. On the album chart, Lady Antebellum remained first with "Need You Now.... »»»
April 8, 2010 - Will Shania Twain follow the Osbournes? Well, if it means having your own reality TV show, then yes. Twain, 44, will star on "Why Not? With Shania Twain," an hour-long series premiering on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. No date was announced when the show will premier. Twain also has reportedly been... »»»
April 8, 2010 - American Idol alum Bo Bice will release his third album, "3," on May 18 (Saguaro Road Records in association with Bice's Sugar Money Records). Soulful southern blues and rock, gospel-like choruses, Americana and a touch of country are part of the musical mix. "I feel the new CD, '3,' is my strongest... »»»
April 8, 2010 - Jack Ingram will jump-start ACM Awards weekend with two separate performance appearances on CBS. First, is a two-song performance on The Early Show on Saturday, April 17. From there, Ingram heads to the ACM stage the next day to perform Barbie Doll from his latest album "Big Dreams & High Hopes.... »»»
April 8, 2010 - Heavy Trash, the band led by Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray, will continue on the road this month in support of their third full-length release, "Midnight Soul Serenade." The disc was recorded in New York and London with New York roots-rocker Simon Chardiet (Simon & the Bar Sinisters, James... »»»
April 8, 2010 - Allison Moorer and Steve Earle had their first child, John Henry Earle, earlier this week. John Henry was born on April 5 at 10:07 a.m., weighing eight pounds, two ounces and measuring 21 inches long. Moorer and Earle were married in 2005 and live in New York's Greenwich Village.... »»»
April 7, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will continue holding down the top spot on the Billboard country album chart when it is released on line Thursday with "Need You Show." The disc sold 87,000 units, up 11 percent and good for fifth on the overall top 200 chart. Lady A outsold Alan Jackson's new CD, "Freight Train," which... »»»
April 7, 2010 - Jewel will launch the acoustic Star Light Cafe Tour in June of her sophomore country album, set to hit retailers June 8.. The tour starts June 1 in Fargo, N.D. and ends in Seattle on June 27. "I am so excited to hit the road as part of the COUNTRY Financial Road Trips and Guitar Picks concert series," said Jewel.... »»»
April 7, 2010 - Hank Cochran had an aneurysm repaired March 31 before it burst, according to his publicist. "Cochran's doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm the size of a grapefruit," said his publicist. "Thanks to the quick intervention of doctors, Hank was rushed into surgery, and the aneurysm was repaired before it... »»»
April 7, 2010 - Rodney Atkins is getting cheesy this summer. Velveeta Shells & Cheese teamed up with Atkins to sponsor his upcoming summer tour. This is the first time Velveeta partnered with a country artist. At the center of the campaign is a new song by Atkins written exclusively for Velveeta, Get Together.... »»»
April 7, 2010 - George Strait is not done touring the year after spending three months on the road with Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack. Strait announced he will add a fall leg to his court. Exact dates and markets "will be announced soon," according to his publicist. As part of the additional fall dates,... »»»
April 7, 2010 - A video, allegedly featuring Mindy McCready, was placed on temporary hold while adult studio Vivid Entertainment takes legal steps to prove it has the right to distribute it. McCready and her attorney challenged the authenticity of the tape and said Vivid did not have the right to distribute the video.... »»»
April 7, 2010 - Dierks Bentley will release his bluegrass disc "Up on the Ridge" on June 8, his first for Capitol Nashville after four country releases. Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Kris Kristofferson, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson are among those helping out. The lead single and title track, inspired by time spent... »»»
April 6, 2010 - Peter Wolf probably will be forever known as the lead singer of the J Geils band, but on "Midnight Souvenirs" (Verve), he goes for a more rootsy, sometimes country edge. The 12 songs include help from Shelby Lyne on the leadoff Tragedy,, Neko Case on The Green Fields of Summer and Merle Haggard on the... »»»
April 3, 2010 - Peter Wolf will perform Tragedy, the single from his upcoming album 'Midnight Souvenirs,' on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon next Monday at 12:30 a.m. on NBC. The new rootsy disc from the lead singer of J Geils comes out on... »»»
April 2, 2010 - Marty Stuart is going back home again because he signed with Sugar Hill Records and is set to release a new studio album this summer. Stuart and the label have a history together that dates back 27 years, when his first solo album, "Busy Bee Cafe," came out on the label in 1982. "Everyone here at... »»»
April 2, 2010 - Looks like Pat Green is going live yet again. Green, who left BNA Records last year, will record a live album Friday April 9 at the Nutty Brown Cafe in Austin for his own label, Austin360.com reported Friday. The web site reported that his publicist said Green is "excited about getting back to his roots.... »»»
April 2, 2010 - Gary Nichols, a soulful singer from Alabama, is the new lead singer for The SteelDrivers. Nichols replaces Chris Stapleton, who left the driving bluegrass band to concentrate on family andsongwriting. "The SteelDrivers are very happy to announce that multi-talented Muscle Shoals session pro, songwriter... »»»
April 1, 2010 - Carrie Underwood claimed the number 1 spot on the Billboard country song chart for the week ending April 10 with Temporary Home. She took over the top post from Easton Corbin's A Little More Country Than That, which slipped to third. Lady Antebellum stayed number one on the country albums chart with "Need You Now.... »»»
April 1, 2010 - The SteelDrivers' lead singer Chris Stapleton has left the band, Rounder Records President Ken Irwin confirmed Thursday. "Chris has left the band to focus more on writing and family," Irwin said in an email. Stapleton, also known, for his songwriting skills, was the vocalist for the driving quintet,... »»»
April 1, 2010 - Mindy McCready's alleged sex tape is false the singer and lawyer claimed. They say that Vivid Entertainment, the adult film company slated to release the video "Mindy McCready, Baseball Mistress," this month, doesn't have the proof of authorization or authenticity. The tape allegedly shows McCready and... »»»
April 1, 2010 - One lucky band will have a song produced by James Stroud along with performing at the BamaJam Music and Arts Festival in June in Alabama. The fest is hosting the Jim Beam Battle of the Bands 2010 competition is open to all and will result in six finalists performing a 30-minute set at Verizon BamaJam... »»»
April 1, 2010 - Reelin' In The Years Productions, a San Diego-based DVD company, uncovered a 30-minute film of home movies from the 1950s featuring Hank Williams Sr. along with Marty Robbins, the Carter Family, Merle Travis, Lefty Frizell, Hank Snow, Maddox Bothers & Rose, Bill Monroe and others.... »»»