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June 30, 2010 - Brooks & Dunn will restart their tour July 16 after Ronnie Dunn needed vocal rest earlier this month. The duo, who are on their farewell tour, also added three dates to The Last Rodeo Tour. New tour stops include Oklahoma City, Okla on Aug. 20, Little Rock, Ark. on Aug. 21 and Holmdel, N.J. on Aug. 28.... »»»
June 30, 2010 - Amy Grant and Vince Gill will embark on their fifth Christmas tour in December. The Twelve Days of Christmas Tour kicks off Dec. 8 in Sarasota, Fla. and wraps with two shows in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium. "Christmas audiences are special," said Grant. "They tend to involve the whole family, and... »»»
June 30, 2010 - Producer, guitarist, songwriter and singer Buddy Miller will bring his guitar, his songs and his favorite collaborators when he takes the Ford Theater stage as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 2010 Artist-in-Residence. Miller, who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Robert Plant... »»»
June 30, 2010 - Old 97's kick off a summer tour tonight in Seattle, going into early August. The band, which is putting the finishing touches on a brand new studio album due out this fall on New West Records, will be hitting many major cities including Los Angeles for Hootenanny, New York at the South Street Seaport and Chicago.... »»»
June 30, 2010 - Rascal Flatts bassist and vocalist Jay DeMarcus and his wife, former Miss Tennessee and CMT Personality, Allison are anticipating the birth of their first child in January 2011. "Allison and I are thrilled about becoming parents. I am confident Ali will be a wonderful mother because she has done an... »»»
June 30, 2010 - Hayes Carll, Exene Cervenka, Charlie Louvin and Raul Malo are among the first artists selected to perform at the Americana Music Association's upcoming 2010 Americana Music Festival, slated for Wednesday, Sept. 8 through Saturday, Sept.11. The event will feature nearly 100 different musical... »»»
June 29, 2010 - Colt Ford, will debut the music video for his single Chicken and Biscuits tomorrow on CMT.com. The release of the vampire-themed video corresponds with the premiere of the film "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the third installment in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. Ford thought his video would be... »»»
June 29, 2010 - Roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo picks up where he left off with 2008's "Real Animal" on "Street Songs of Love." Escovedo intended to make a rock record similar to "Real Animal." He does maintain a rootsy feel and doesn't always rock either. Brucde Springsteen helps out with vocals on Faith.... »»»
June 29, 2010 - Martina McBride apparently believes in eating her Cheerios because she is partnering with Cheerios, in the "Do What You Love" Contest. Winners will have the chance of a lifetime to tour McBride's Nashville recording studio or to play catch with baseball star Cal Ripken Jr. "I've been fortunate to do... »»»
June 29, 2010 - "Harlem River Blues," the third full-length from Justin Townes Earle, drops Sept. 14 on Bloodshot. The CD is the follow-up to 2009's well-received "Midnight at the Movies." Featuring guest appearances from Jason Isbell and Calexico's Paul Niehaus, the CD mixes it up musically.... »»»
June 28, 2010 - I See Hawks in L.A. recorded a song, Byrd of Vest Virginia, on their latest CD "Shoulda Been Gold" about West Virginia Senator and mountain fiddler Robert C. Byrd, who passed away this morning, June 28, after more than 57 years in the U.S. Senate. According to Robert Waller from the Los Angeles-based... »»»
June 28, 2010 - Brad Paisley celebrates the 17th number 1 single of his career as Water will sit atop the Mediabase and BDS charts this week, becoming the fourth chart-topper from his "American Saturday Night" CD and collection and his 13th straight number 1 single. Miranda Lambert's The House That Built Me was number... »»»
June 28, 2010 - Little Big Town will Ride For A Cure in Nashville on Sunday, July 11, benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. This year marks the fourth year of Little Big Town's involvement in the Ride For A Cure event. The ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a post ride performance in Columbia at 12:30 p.m.... »»»
June 28, 2010 - Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland will debut their fourth studio album "The Incredible Machine" on Oct. 19. Nettles and Bush co-wrote the entire record and co-produced with Byron Gallimore. The lead off single, Stuck Like Glue, written by Nettles, Bush, Kevin Griffin and Shy Carter, goes... »»»
June 27, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will debut their new single Our Kind of Love on television tonight. The trio will sing the song as part of Ellen DeGeneres' "Somewhat Special Special" airing at 9 p.m. eastern on TBS. The group joined DeGeneres in Chicago last week to pre-tape the special at the Chicago Theatre in front... »»»
June 25, 2010 - Del McCoury is one of nine recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. This award is the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts and each of the nine recipients will receive $25,000. The award to McCoury reflects more than 50 years of work performing bluegrass.... »»»
June 25, 2010 - Self-produced in his home studio, Raul Malo ventures into Tex-Mex music with "Sinners & Saints," out Sept. 28 on Fantasy/Concord. The disc follows 2009's album "Lucky One," Malo's Fantasy debut. The music is rooted in Malo's lifelong connection to Latin music but infused with his wide-ranging love of... »»»
June 25, 2010 - Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett is leaving the rock world behind for a bit anyway to venture into country sounds with a CD out in July and a tour this summer. Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants will release their self-titled debut July 13 on Le Coq Napoleon/RCA. The tour will begin on July 7 at... »»»
June 24, 2010 - Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum led the Billboard country songs and album charts respectively for the week ending July 3 with The House That Built Me and "Need You Now." This is Lambert's fourth week at the top. Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley stayed second and third on the songs chart with Crazy... »»»
June 24, 2010 - Carrie Underwood wrapped the first leg of her "Play On Tour" this past weekend in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada performing for nearly 400,000 fans since the launch on March 11 in Reading, Pa. Underwood nearly sold out all 54 shows throughout North America, bringing along special guests Craig Morgan... »»»
June 24, 2010 - The tribute concert to George Strait - "George Strait - ACM Artist of the Decade" - makes its cable premiere Sunday, June 27 at 9 p.m. Eastern on Great American Country (GAC). The all-star concert features a special appearance by Garth Brooks and performances by Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Jamie... »»»
June 23, 2010 - Miranda Lambert's number one single, House That Built Me, continues as the song logs its fourth week atop the charts, making it the longest running Number One song of the year on the Media Base/Aircheck Chart and tied for the longest on the BDS/Billboard chart. The Billboard chart will be out Thursday.... »»»
June 23, 2010 - Teen singer Jennette McCurdy of Nickelodeon's iCarly celebrated her 18th birthday in style Monday. McCurdy invited students from Bellevue Middle School, who were affected and displaced by Nashville's recent flood for a night of fun, food and games. The party, which was held in downtown Nashville,... »»»
June 23, 2010 - Kellie Pickler is tying the knot. The singer announced Wednesday she is engaged to songwriter Kyle Jacobs. Pickler said on her web site, "It turned out to be the most amazing day of my life. My whole world changed. We both feel like we got my grandmother's blessing." Pickler considers Jacobs's proposal... »»»
June 23, 2010 - Rascal Flatts was named as celebrity spokesman for The Jason Foundation (JFI), a group dedicated to suicide prevention among youth. In addition to their roles in public service announcements, public awareness programs and fundraising, the group will also promote the foundation's newly created "B1" Project.... »»»
June 23, 2010 - The Infamous Stringdusters are sponsoring The Festy Experience, a 2-day camping festival over Columbus Day weekend (Oct 9-10) at Devils Backbone in Nelson County, Va. Confirmed acts include Railroad Earth, Josh Ritter, Toubab Krewe, The Tony Rice Unit, Crooked Still, Old School Freight Train and Sarah Siskind.... »»»
June 22, 2010 - Brooks & Dunn were forced to postpone and reschedule dates on their The Last Rodeo Tour due to illness. At the recommendation of his doctor, Ronnie Dunn was put on vocal rest for three weeks, their web site said today. Dunn said via text message: "Following my doctor's order, shutting up, getting well... »»»
June 22, 2010 - Tracy Lawrence's best friend has been found. His English bulldog, Tank, was reported missing June 16, but has been located. The Boot reported Tank was found soon thereafter. Tank was discovered in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. It was not clear how the two-year-old dog ended up there after having been missing when... »»»
June 22, 2010 - A bus leased by Whisperin' Bill Anderson caught on fire on Sunday, just as the entertainer was going on stage for a show in Branson, Mo. Nobody was on board at the time, but the bus was completely destroyed inside. Several band members suffered damage to their instrument cases, while everyone lost... »»»
June 22, 2010 - Kenny Chesney will release his first full studio album in three years in late September. "Hemingway's Whiskey" will drop Sept. 28 and comes after a much lighter year of touring. Nashville: When Kenny Chesney made the decision to not mount one of his high impact, NFL stadium-driven summer tours last... »»»
June 22, 2010 - Gloriana are set to kick off their Long Hot Summer Tour 2010 June 24 in Colorado at Country Jam USA and ending in September in Ohio. Gloriana held a contest and a live chat where fans got the chance to name their tour. The 40-date Long Hot Summer Tour 2010 will make stops at major Fairs and Festivals... »»»
June 22, 2010 - Delbert McClinton and Lee Roy Parnell lead a group of four songwriters named to join the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association (TxHSA) Hall of Fame. Gary Nicholson (That's The Thing About Love, One More Last Chance), Bruce Channel (Hey! Baby, Stand Up McClinton (Two More Bottles of Wine, Givin' It Up... »»»
June 21, 2010 - Rascal Flatts launches a new tour this Friday, June 25 in Raleigh, N.C., the "JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour." The first leg will continue with 28 shows through Sept. 19 at Boston's Comcast Center. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open. "We hope to take our fans on a... »»»
June 21, 2010 - John Mellencamp and his band will join Bob Dylan at several stops on his 2010 summer tour throughout the western United States in August. Tour dates are: Aug. 10 - Lincoln Neb. - Haymarket Park Aug. 11 - Billings, Montana - Dehler Park Aug. 12 - Casper, Wyo. - Mike Lansing Field Aug.... »»»
June 20, 2010 - Golden Music Nashville, an independent label, announced Monday it was closing its doors. "For three long years we've worked really hard and gone through an enormous amount of resources and it saddens me to finally admit to myself that it's time Golden Music cut its losses and move on," label head Noel... »»»
June 20, 2010 - Gary Allan's video for his current single Get Off on the Pain came out Friday. The video from the title cut of Allan's latest can be seen... »»»
June 20, 2010 - The Charlie Daniels Band is releasing a pair of digital singles, Iraq Blues and (What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks 2010, on July 4 through Blue Hat Records/E1 Entertainment. The two tracks are featured on the CDB's forthcoming Aug. 10 release, a patriotic compilation "Land That I Love.... »»»
June 20, 2010 - A Brad Paisley concert Friday night in Darien Lake, N.Y. was the scene of the 46 arrests. Most of the people - 38 - were charged with being minors possessing alcohol with intent to consume.. Three people were charged with being disorderly with two of them fighting concert security.... »»»
June 18, 2010 - Troy Olsen debuts his Summer Thing video today on AOL's The Boot. The video, which was shot in Olsen's home state of Arizona, features Olsen at Lake Apache. In addition to picking the spot for his first video, Olsen also handpicked his co-stars which are his real life friends who brought out their... »»»
June 17, 2010 - The CMA Songwriters Series will return to New York City's Joe's Pub, on Thursday, July 15 for 2 shows with James Otto, Robert Ellis Orrall Chris Wallin and Bob DiPiero. Featuring CMA Song of the Year Award winner and Warner Nashville recording artist Otto (In Color recorded by Jamey Johnson, and Just... »»»
June 17, 2010 - Randy Owen, lead singer and principal songwriter for Alabama, has been treated for prostate cancer, he said last week. During a recent checkup, Dr. Woody Fritz in Birmingham, Ala., noticed an elevated level of a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in a routine blood test. Owen began treatments in early... »»»
June 17, 2010 - Fred Eaglesmith will perform on the Late Show With David Letterman on Friday, June 18. The Canadian singer will debut the song Careless from his just released album, "Cha Cha... »»»
June 17, 2010 - Rascal Flatts was chosen for a 2011 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The band was selected from hundreds of nominations sent to the committee at a meeting held earlier this week. "I am at such a loss for words that I can't even... »»»
June 17, 2010 - Charlie Daniels will host the America's Opry Weekend Star-Spangled Special over Independence Day Weekend. The show is available to country radio stations across America from Westwood One. Throughout the special, Daniels will share country music's hits so far this summer, live cuts from the Opry stage,... »»»
June 17, 2010 - Australian concert promoter Michael Chugg of Chugg Entertainment was given the Jo Walker-Meador International Award during the CMA Music Festival. "To receive such a wonderful award from CMA during their festival week in Nashville was a great honor and will take pride of place in my office in Sydney," said Chugg.... »»»
June 17, 2010 - Miranda Lambert topped the Billboard country song chart again with The House That Built Me, and Lady Antebellum did the same on the album chart for the week ending June 26 with "Need You Now." Dierks Bentley enjoyed by far the greatest gain with "Up on the Ridge" going from 65 to 2. Jewel's "Sweet and Wild" was third.... »»»
June 16, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will top the Billboard country album charts when released Thursday, but barely. "Need You Now" sold 39,000 units, down 5 percent. But that was enough to edge out Dierks Bentley's "Up on the Ridge," which was second on the country chart and ninth overall with 38,000 units sold.... »»»
June 16, 2010 - Nashville's newest outdoor concert venue, The Woods at Fontanel, Anchor Trailways & Tours and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation will present Songwriters Sing For Nashville, a benefit for flood relief, on Saturday, July 17. The concert - the first event at the amphitheatre - will bring... »»»
June 16, 2010 - Lynyrd Skynyrd gets the tribute treatment from Eric Church, Uncle Kracker and others on "Sweet Home Alabama - The Country Music Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd," song compilation out July 20 through Wal-Mart. Randy Houser delivers a soulful rendition of Simple Man, while Eli Young Band offers up a version of... »»»
June 16, 2010 - Shelby Lynne will extend her tour in support of her "Tears, Lies, And Alibis" CD. The second leg starts July 2 in Santa Cruz, Cal and heads east with the final show Aug. 14 in Norwalk, Conn. Earlier this week, Lynne performed Why Didn't You Call Me on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" with... »»»
June 16, 2010 - Deer Tick will make its network television debut tonight on Late Night with David Letterman. The Rhode Island band will perform Sun Street, a Katrina and the Waves cover. Deer Tick's third album, "The Black Dirt Sessions," was released last Tuesday. The band is touring through the summer, including... »»»
June 16, 2010 - Steve Miller will celebrate the release of his new album "BINGO!" by sharing the stage with longtime friend Kenny Chesney on CMT's hit show Crossroads. Performing each others' songs and sharing stories on the popular series, the two icons filmed the show in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium.... »»»
June 16, 2010 - Anyone seen Tracy Lawrence's dog? The singer issued an alert and is asking Nashville-area residents, law officials and media for assistance in the search of his dog, and family friend, Tank. Tank, a two-year-old, English bulldog, was removed from Lawrence's truck last evening at approximately 8:30... »»»
June 15, 2010 - The Punch Brothers released their second disc, "Antifogmatic," (Nonesuch) today. The 10 songs were penned at least in part by the Punches who consist of Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny and Gabe Witcher. Kevin Welch returned with his first album of new music in nine years, "A Patch of Blue Sky.... »»»
June 15, 2010 - The SteelDrivers return with their follow up to their acclaimed Rounder Records' self-titled 2008 debut with their original line-up despite a change since then. "Reckless" drops Sept. 14. Returning to the studio with producer Luke Wooten (Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale and Dierks Bentley), the follow up... »»»
June 15, 2010 - Ricky Skaggs returns with a full band sound on the inspired and inspirational album "Mosaic," out Aug. 24 on Skaggs Family Records. Skaggs worked closely with Gordon Kennedy, known for his work with Eric Clapton, Garth Brooks and Bonnie Raitt, to create an album that mixes elements of country music... »»»
June 15, 2010 - Former NFL tough guy Kyle Turley will try his hand at country music. The 10-year veteran had a reputation as a dirty player during his tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals and New Orleans Saints. Turley has gone Nashville though as he is hosting a concert showcase in Nashville in July.... »»»
June 15, 2010 - Abigail Washburn of Uncle Earl will release her third solo effort, "City of Refuge" on Aug. 31 on Foreign Children Records. "Every song on this album ties into the sense of universal belonging, that we're somehow displaced or seeking refuge from our troubles," said Washburn. "City of Refuge" was... »»»
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June 15, 2010 - Marty Stuart's annual Late Night Jam on June 9 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium raised $30,000 for flood relief from the recent Nashville floods. All proceeds from the concert benefited the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund. "It truly warmed my heart to see all of the fans that showed up to support... »»»
June 14, 2010 - Robert Plant is back with Band of Joy, his first album since 2007's "Raising Sand" with Alison Krauss (Rounder). Band of Joy was recorded in Nashville and will be out Sept. 14. Plant and guitarist Buddy Miller co-produced the disc. "Buddy's integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the... »»»
June 14, 2010 - A new album from Little Big Town is coming in late August. "The Reason Why" will be out with a dozen songs including the current single Little While Church. The quartet consists of Karen Fairchild(Westbrook), Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook. This will be their fourth album and... »»»
June 14, 2010 - The CMA Music Festival hit an all-time record in 2010 selling out each night at LP Field, the venue for the nightly stadium concerts, an increase of almost 17 percent. Estimated daily attendance at the festival, which ended Sunday, climbed about 16 percent, from 56,000 to 65,000 "This news is terrific... »»»
June 13, 2010 - Jimmy Dean, who had a big hit with Big Bad John as well as being known for his sausage company, died Sunday at 81 at his home in Henrico County, Va. Dean also had a national television show in the 1950s and 1960s, The Jimmy Dean Show. Dean was born in Plainview, Texas in 1928.... »»»
June 13, 2010 - Taylor Swift was slated to hold a 13-hour meet and greet with her fans Sunday, but it didn't turn out that way. Due to a large turnout, Swift extended hours past the slated 9 p.m. close until late in the evening. By 5 p.m., about 10,000 came through with Swift spending time with more than 2,000,... »»»
June 13, 2010 - More than 300 heat-related emergencies were reported since the Country Music Association Music Festival started Thursday with 18 going to the hospital, the Tennessean said today. High temperatures are expected today, the final day of the annual festival. A CMA security guard was found dead inside a... »»»
June 11, 2010 - About 40 people attending the CMA Music Festival were treated Thursday, mainly for heat exhaustion, The Tennessean reported. "I'm a little concerned," Vanderbilt University Medical Center Spokesman Jerry Jones told the newspaper. "The crowds are up. More people are out and the temperatures are only going to go up.... »»»
June 11, 2010 - Dierks Bentley, who just released the bluegrass disc, "Up on the Ridge," will be profiled on CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday, June 13 at 9 a.m. eastern. Over the past 12 months, CBS Sunday Morning traveled the country with Bentley, taking a broad look at his career, on and off the touring circuit, and... »»»
June 11, 2010 - Those Darlins, the punky female trio from Tennessee, announced today they will tour in September hitting the southeast and northeast. The group had to call off a tour of Australia due to injuries sustained by Nikki Darlin, who broke both bones in her left forearm after playing in Ohio. New dates are: Sept.... »»»
June 10, 2010 - Blake Shelton announced Wednesday his second six-pack album of songs will be out Aug. 10. The new release produced by Scott Hendricks features Shelton's fastest rising single-to-date, All About Tonight. Shelton's first six pack album, "Hillbilly Bone", was released earlier this year and debuted at... »»»
June 10, 2010 - Joe Nichols' fan club party will be streamed Friday by CMT.com. Nichols will host his annual fan club at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, offering the several hundred onsite attendees an unplugged acoustic performance and the chance to ask questions. The streamed performance will begin at 11:30 a.m.... »»»
June 10, 2010 - Miranda Lambert topped the Billboard Country Songs chart with The House That Built Me for the second straight week, and Lady Antebellum is first on the country album chart with "Need You Now" for the week ending June 19. On the song chart, Jason Aldean moved from fourth to second with Crazy Town.... »»»
June 10, 2010 - Tim McGraw will host the TV special of "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" being filmed this week for airing on Wednesday, Sept. 1 on ABC. "The summer's hottest concert special, just got hotter with the addition of Tim McGraw as host," said Steve Moore, Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors.... »»»
June 10, 2010 - Taylor Swift announced today she would work with Mix Me In2, a music technology by Atlanta-based Fried Green Apps, to develop an iPhone App. Executives from the company will be on hand Sunday 6/13 at Swift's 13-hour meet and greet as part of the Country Music Festival in Nashville to unveil Mix Me In2 Taylor Swift.... »»»
June 10, 2010 - The Judds not only helped launch the 2010 CMA Music Festival before more than 10,000 fans in downtown Nashville, but also named their fall tour - The Judds: The Last Encore. The Judds last toured together in 2000 as the Power to Change tour. Wynonna and Naomi recently asked fans to name their... »»»
June 10, 2010 - The CMA Music Festival starts today with everything from a stadium concert at night to artists going through the traditional ritual of meeting and greeting their fans. The concert at LP field features Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Danny Gokey.... »»»
June 10, 2010 - Keith Urban will headline the Grammy Foundation's benefit Starry Night concert on July 23 at the LA Tennis Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Avett Brothers will open the evening. "Being a part of this concert, supporting the efforts of the Grammy Foundation and the Southern... »»»
June 9, 2010 - Carrie Underwood won two CMT Music Awards Wednesday for video of the year for Cowboy Casanova and CMT Performance of the Year for Temporary Home "Awesome fans, awesome, awesome, amazing, awesome, said Underwood during her remarks for winning the video award. "Til Summer Comes Around earned Keith Urban... »»»
June 9, 2010 - Toby Keith will be the guest performer at the Boston Pops July 4th celeb ration this year in Boston. Conductor Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops for the special, which will be hosted by Craig Ferguson (CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson") for the fourth consecutive year.... »»»
June 9, 2010 - The CMA Music Fest kicked off Wednesday with the Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade with Brenda Lee serving as grand marshal. Rodney Atkins, Gloriana, The Grascals, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Sherrie Austin, Frankie Ballard, The Band Perry, Bo Bice, Big Kenny, Ash Bowers, Carter Twins,... »»»
June 9, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will have the best selling country disc with "Need You Now" when the Billboard charts are released Thursday. The CD is fourth on the charts, having sold 41,000; down 12 percent. Jack Johnson has the number 1 CD in the U.S., "To The Sea," with 243,000 units sold. Lady A had the only... »»»
June 9, 2010 - Darius Rucker unofficially kicked-off the 2010 CMA Music Festival on Monday, with his inaugural "Darius and Friends" St. Jude benefit concert raising almost $50,000. The event, which featured performances by Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Jake Owen, sold-out the Wildhorse Saloon in... »»»
June 9, 2010 - The 30th anniversary of FitzGerald's American Music Festival at the Chicago club will feature the likes of The Blasters, Joe Ely, the Travelin' McCourys and Eilen Jewell during the July 4 weekend. KP>The festival started in 1980 with Stevie Ray Vaughn. "In years past, I've booked some of my favorite... »»»
June 9, 2010 - A concert featuring songwriters who penned hits for Kenny Chesney will be held Thursday at the Hard Rock Café on Lower Broadway in Nashville. The event featuring Mac McAnally, Craig Wiseman, Neil Thrasher, Casey Beatherd, Brett James and Wendell Mobley is a benefit for Musicians on Call.... »»»
June 9, 2010 - A&M/Octone Records, the home of Maroon 5, Flyleaf and Hollywood Dead, is going country. The label is making its first foray into country music this week by signing duo Miss Willie Brown. The group makes their first appearance at Nashville's CMA Festival on Friday, June 11 at 4:10 p.m.... »»»
June 8, 2010 - Dierks Bentley goes a different route with"Up on the Ridge," his fifth disc out today. Bentley opts for a bluegerass sound on the dozen songs. He has a slew of bluegrass aces backing him as well including Rob and Ronnie McCoury and Mike Bub of Del McCoury's bacing band. Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson and... »»»
June 8, 2010 - Gloriana were featured on more than 50 million milk containers in schools across the U.S. during March and April as part of the Milk Rocks! Campaign in which thousands of students and Gloriana fans entered to win a $10,000 prize to use for future educational purposes from pen manufacturer Paper Mate. Robert K.... »»»
June 8, 2010 - OfficeMax is giving $50,000 to a fund-raising challenge as part of Lady Antebellum's sold-out Fan Club Event benefiting Nashville flood relief on June 10. The challenge, in which OfficeMax will match every dollar donated for Nashville schools up to a total of $50,000, will restock supplies for... »»»
June 8, 2010 - The long-awaited follow-up disc by Jamey Johnson actually will be two discs. "The Guitar Song" will be out Sept. 14 with 25 songs and more than two hours of music. The album is the follow-up to "That Lonesome Song," which received excellent reviews and catapulted Johnson's career.... »»»
June 8, 2010 - Jakob Dylan will extend his current nation-wide tour into the summer with this band Jakob Dylan and Three Legs. The band, which will feature new member Nora O'Connor as well as veteran Kelly Hogan on vocals, will be back on the road starting June 19 in Morton, Ill. with dates running through July.... »»»
June 8, 2010 - The Band Perry - siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry - are releasing a new single, If I Die Young, while also launching a summer tour. If I Die Young, which lands at #40 on Billboard's Country singles chart in its first official week going for airplay - is The Band Perry's second single for Republic Nashville.... »»»
June 7, 2010 - Kid Rock was added Monday to Friday night's stadium concert as part of the CMA Music Fest, which starts Wednesday. Others on the bill that night are The Band Perry (National Anthem), Julianne Hough, Josh Turner, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Reba McEntire. Kid Rock has been on the... »»»
June 7, 2010 - The Academy of Country Music announced a $1 million endowment to ACM Lifting Lives, made on behalf of the artists who participated in the taping of "ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo" in Las Vegas in April. Ticket proceeds from the taping went to ACM Lifting Lives, which in turn earmarked... »»»
June 7, 2010 - Buddy Miller sure is a busy man. Not only is he opening for and playing with Patty Griffin, he also found the time to record a new disc. Miller said in Boston Sunday that he recorded a disc with guitarists Bill Frissell and Marc Ribot along with Greg Leisz with the music due out in January 2011.... »»»
June 6, 2010 - Julianne Hough shipped a new single, Is That So Wrong, to radio. The song is from Hough's second disc, due to arrive in November. Hough co-wrote the song with Sarah Buxton and Blair Daly. Produced by Dann Huff, the track goes for adds on June... »»»
June 4, 2010 - Since departing Scottish indie-pop outfit Belle and Sebastian in 2002, Isobel Campbell has collaborated with former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan and jazz musician Bill Wells. This summer Vanguard Records will release "Hawk" from Campbell. Produced by the singer herself in a series of locations... »»»
June 4, 2010 - Bluegrass/country band The Grascals are releasing a new single to country radio, and it may be very familiar. Last Train to Clarksville goes to radio Monday. The song was made famous by The Monkees back in the... »»»
June 4, 2010 - The Lost Trailers are apparently calling it a day by the end of the year. The group, which had a hit with Holler Back in 2008, is continuing to tour, but members will pursue other musical endeavors. The group lists 23 dates on its web site, some with the Country Throwdown Tour and some on their own.... »»»
June 4, 2010 - Keith Urban will appear live on his web site on Monday, June 7 at 6 p.m. eastern to chat with his fans about his current Summer Lovin' 2010 tour, his forthcoming appearance at CMA Fest, his performance with John Mayer at the CMT Awards and his new single I'm In. "No question will be off limits,"... »»»
June 3, 2010 - Dolly Parton presented a $250,000 check on June 2 in Nashville to Mayor Karl Dean and United Way representatives, with the money specifically designated by Parton to aid Nashville-area flood victims who are restoring and rebuilding in the flood's aftermath. "I know that it's going to take a lot of... »»»
June 3, 2010 - Miranda Lambert scored a number one on the Billboard country chart for the week ending June 12 with The House That Built Me. Lambert assumed the top spot from Chris Young and The Man I Want to Be. On the album chart , Lady Antebellum was again was first with "Need You Now." George Strait stayed third... »»»
June 3, 2010 - Roots rock veterans Los Lobos canceled their scheduled performance at The Talking Stick Resort on June 10 due to the recently enacted immigration law in that state allowing police to stop people suspected of being illegal immigrants. Los Lobos issued the following statement: "We support the boycott of Arizona.... »»»
June 3, 2010 - Tim O'Brien will release an acoustic-oriented "Chicken & Egg," his 13th solo album, on July 13, on Howdy Skies Records (distributed by E1 Entertainment). "It was time to make a more acoustic record - more along the lines of a bluegrass thing, with an ensemble and not a lot of production: something... »»»
June 3, 2010 - The Country Music Association announced Thursday the 44th Annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday, Nov. 10 on ABC live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. "The CMA Awards is 'Country Music's Biggest Night' and is one of the most highly anticipated events for our industry each year," said Steve... »»»
June 3, 2010 - Lady Antebellum was added to the lineup of specials being taped for TBS at the second-annual edition of TBS "A Very Funny Festival: Just for Laughs" this June in Chicago. Three specials - Ellen's Somewhat Special Special, Cedric The Entertainer's Urban Circus and Team Coco presents Conan's Writers Live... »»»
June 2, 2010 - Brad Paisley is getting his own guitar model, courtesy of Gibson. The new guitar is the Brad Paisley J-45 Model, a custom-appointed acoustic guitar from the luthiers of Bozeman, Mont. The guitar is constructed in the image of the J-45 "round-shouldered" dreadnought with Paisley's own preferences for a... »»»
June 2, 2010 - George Strait hits the road again this fall with Lee Ann Womack and Reba McEntire.The first show is in Ohio in early September and hit 11 cities in the U.S. in September and October. Tour dates are: Sept. 9 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena Sept. 10 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena Sept.... »»»
June 2, 2010 - The Be Good Tanyas' Frazey Ford tours this summer in Canada and the U.S. starting in late June. Kicking off as part of the 2010 Lilith Tour, Frazey is set to play stages throughout North America in support of her debut solo album "Obadiah," out July 20. Early support for debut single Firecracker... »»»
June 2, 2010 - The seventh annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raised close to $600,000. Held May 21-22 in Norman, Okla., the fundraiser was comprised of a dinner/auction/concert and golf tournament. The event has raised almost $3 million since its inception for Oklahoma's children battling cancer and their families.... »»»
June 2, 2010 - Taylor Swift will host "Taylor Swift's 13-Hour Meet & Greet" at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, during CMA Music Fest activities on June 13. The event will run from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Swift will meet as many fans as possible during the event, which will include a short acoustic performance that... »»»
June 1, 2010 - Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Joe Nichols, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Justin Moore and Jason Aldean are among the artists playing at the City of Hope's 20th annual Celebrity Softball Challenge on June 7 in Nashville. Rival teams Grand Ole Opry and After MidNite with Blair Garner announced their team drafts.... »»»
June 1, 2010 - The Randy Rogers Band has the first single from their next album set to go. Too Late For Goodbye goes for adds on June 14. The song, written by Rogers and Sean McConnell, is from the band's upcoming CD, "Burning the Day," due out in August. Paul Worley handled... »»»
June 1, 2010 - The Dixie Chicks are back with a new release, but don't expect any new material. "Playlist: The Very Best of the Dixie Chicks" is out today with 12 songs, including Wide Open Spaces, You Were Mine, Long Time Gone, Not Ready to Make Nice and Cowboy Take Me Away. The songs were from four albums.... »»»