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Country News Digest, October 2010


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October 31, 2010 - Randy Travis and his wife-manager Elizabeth Travis have divorced, it was announced Friday. Elizabeth Travis apparently will continue to be Travis' personal manager. The statement said the couple had no further comment and asked for "respect for their privacy during this time." Elizabeth Travis has... »»»
October 29, 2010 - The Doobie Brothers with new member John Cowan, Jim Lauderdale, Lyle Lovett and the Del McCoury Band are among the artists playing MerleFest 2011. The 24th annual event will be held April 28 - May 1 with host Doc Watson on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.... »»»
October 29, 2010 - Taylor Swift will be Dancing with the Stars on Election Night. Well, at least performing with them. Swift will sing on the 200th episode celebration. Swift just released her new disc, "Speak Now," earlier this... »»»
October 29, 2010 - Featuring interviews with Keith Urban Trace Adkins, Danny Gokey, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood, "Road to the CMA Awards" offers fans an opportunity to hear and see these artists' favorite memories from past CMA Awards, as well as to... »»»
October 28, 2010 - Jim Lauderdale will receive the Inspiration award in November from SESAC, a performing rights organization. The event will honor the top songwriters and publishers in the country and Americana genres at the SESAC Nashville Music Awards on Nov. 8. The SESAC Nashville Music Awards will honor the most... »»»
October 28, 2010 - Sugarland has the best selling CD in the country with "The Incredible Machine," and Darius Rucker made it to the top of Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 6 with Come Back Song. Rucker displaced Easton Corbin's Roll With It, which fell to fourth. "As She's Walking Away by Zac Brown... »»»
October 28, 2010 - Hayes Carll's, new album "KMAG YOYO," will be out Feb 15, 2011. "KMAG YOYO," a military acronym (which stands for Kiss My Ass Guys You're On Your Own), was produced by Brad Jones and is the follow-up to Carll's well-received label debut, "Trouble In Mind" (2008) which Jones also produced.... »»»
October 28, 2010 - The CMA Songwriters Series will return to the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 4 with Little Big Town. "The Library of Congress is known worldwide for its impressive collection of musical archives," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. "Since country music is... »»»
October 28, 2010 - The Judds will kick-off the holiday season and their final tour, The Last Encore, by hosting next month's America's Opry Weekend Thanksgiving Weekend Special. The program will be available to country radio stations across America from Westwood One. Wynonna and Naomi will play their favorite songs... »»»
October 28, 2010 - Garth Brooks will hold a benefit concert Dec. 17 in Nashville for victims affected by the May flood. Trisha Yearwood, Brooks' wife, also will play at the concert, which will feature a full band. Yes, we're going to again ask Tennesseans to pull Tennessee out of this," Brooks said.... »»»
October 28, 2010 - Brett Eldredge will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday, Oct. 29. Eldredge will be introduced to the Opry stage by Bill Anderson. "I have one goal - to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry," said Eldredge. "To me, that is the highest honor you can be awarded as a country music singer.... »»»
October 27, 2010 - Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, are divorcing after 17 years of marriage, according to People. "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family," they said in a statement. "We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers." The couple have five... »»»
October 27, 2010 - Rhonda Vincent, was honored with the first-ever Bluegrass Heritage Foundation "Star Award." The award, given Oct. 16, was presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and promote the heritage of bluegrass music through public performances and... »»»
October 27, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will sing the National Anthem at game two of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. eastern. On Friday, they will perform their number one hit, I Run To You, on NBC's School Pride at 8 p.m. eastern. The new show tells stories of... »»»
October 27, 2010 - Sugarland has the number one selling disc in the U.S. as "The Incredible Machine" debuted at the top of the charts with sales of more than 202,000. This marks the third time leads Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush took new albums straight to the top of the charts. Previous highs include 2008's "Love... »»»
October 27, 2010 - Lee Brice's latest single, Beautiful Every Time, debuts this week with 36 first week adds. The Curb release is the follow-up to the hit single Love Like Crazy, which stayed on the Billboard Country Songs chart a record setting 55 plus weeks and has sold more than 500,000 downloads.... »»»
October 27, 2010 - Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood top the list of performers for the fifth annual Stagecoach, set for late April 2011. The line-up also includes Darius Rucker, Loretta Lynn, Josh Turner, Chris Young, Leon Russell, Easton Corbin, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas Trio, Gatlin Brothers, Jack... »»»
October 26, 2010 - The Country Strong original motion picture soundtrack (RCA) features actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who stars in the movie as an alcoholic country star looking for a comeback, singing the title track. Paltrow is on four other tracks, including a duet with co-star Tim McGraw. Cast members Garrett Hedlund and... »»»
October 26, 2010 - Jason Aldean, whose new CD, "My Kinda Party," drops next week, will host a live video chat tonight at 7 p.m. eastern. The chat can be accessed at JasonAldean.com and Aldean's Facebook page. The streaming will also include a chat feature accessible through your Facebook, Twitter, or AIM accounts.... »»»
October 26, 2010 - Jamey Johnson's new single Playing The Part, from "The Guitar Song" CD is out now on video. The two-CD project is divided into black and white album sides with a total of 25... »»»
October 26, 2010 - Starting today, Keith Urban is releasing a new track every Tuesday exclusively at iTunes from his new album, "Get Closer," out Nov. 16. Urban has already released the album's first single Put You In A Song. Three more new tracks will be released before the album is available - Long Hot Summer on Oct.... »»»
October 26, 2010 - Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" looks to have a "monster" sales week, according to Billboard. "Industry prognosticators are suggesting the Big Machine set may arrive with as much as 800,000 to 900,000 copies sold by week's end on Oct. 31. And, there's even a chance it could approach 1 million," Billboard.... »»»
October 26, 2010 - Jack Ingram is bringing back his "Acoustic Motel" concept by releasing weekly videos featuring acoustic versions of his biggest hits and covers. "The whole Acoustic Motel idea is a tribute to all the time I spend on the road writing songs, usually in a motel room," said Ingram.... »»»
October 26, 2010 - Darius Rucker is number one again - this time on the country singles chart. The first single from that album, Come Back Song, reached the top spot on the Billboard and Mediabase Country Singles Charts, marking his fourth country chart-topper since his release of "Learn To Live" in 2008.... »»»
October 26, 2010 - Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker are among those announced as the first group of presenters for The 44th Annual CMA Awards. Joining them in handing out awards are The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Little Big Town, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Chris Young, and NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.... »»»
October 25, 2010 - Don Williams and the late Jimmy Dean were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday. Williams was unable to make the event due to bronchitis. Dean, who had hits including Big, Bad John" and television shows, died in June. Hall of Famers Clark, Bill Anderson, Jim Foglesong, The... »»»
October 25, 2010 - Taylor Swift announced she will go on a world starting in February in Asia before heading to Europe in March. Swift introduced her new disc, "Speak Now," in New York with a flurry of activities ranging from television to meeting her fans and singing songs, including Back to December and Mine.... »»»
October 25, 2010 - Brad Paisley will perform on Live On Letterman, a music webcast series, on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. eastern. The 45-minute concert will stream live from the Ed Sullivan Theatre online and on-demand at http://www.cbs.com/late_night/liveonletterman/. The gig will also be available through CBS... »»»
October 25, 2010 - Charlie Louvin will celebrate the release of his 20th studio record "The Battles Rage On," with a listening party and fundraising benefit show on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Bell Buckle, Tenn. with Alison Krauss on hand. In addition to debuting the new record, memorabilia will be auctioned off at the event to... »»»
October 25, 2010 - When Brenda Smyser asked her daughter Amanda what she wanted if she could have any wish, Brenda already knew that Amanda would say she'd want to meet country star Dolly Parton. "Amanda just thinks the woman is amazing. She always has. She loves her music, her literacy program and all she does," Brenda said.... »»»
October 25, 2010 - A third leg of John Mellencamp's No Better Than This Tour was added with new dates in February and April 2011, it was announced Monday. The newly announced string of No Better Than This tour dates will bring Mellencamp, his music and his band to Texas, the west coast, western Canada and circling back to the U.S.... »»»
October 25, 2010 - Taylor Swift's fourth studio disc, "Speak Now," is out today. The release features Mine, the first single from the 14-song disc. Other songs include Back to December, Mean and Dear John, rumored to be about John Mayer. Nathan Chapman, once again, co-produced the music with Swift.... »»»
October 23, 2010 - Blake Shelton became the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday, inducted by Opry member Trace Adkins before a sold-out Opry House audience including family, friends, and fans. Backstage before his induction, Shelton said, "Tonight for me is the Nashville dream. Tonight is the pinnacle.... »»»
October 22, 2010 - James Otto is ready for some Sunday night football this weekend as he will sing the National Anthem at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. just before the kickoff between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. But don't expect to root root root for the home team. When asked which team he is... »»»
October 22, 2010 - Darryl Worley's vision will soon become a reality when the new Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center celebrates its grand opening on Nov. 3. Previously scheduled to open in early 2011, the new center will be open for business in November. Located on the campus of the Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.... »»»
October 22, 2010 - Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will visit the Sportsman Channel as the couple joins the hosts from Country Boys Outdoors to explore the gator-infested habitats of Florida for big gators. The episode will air Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30pm eastern, during the Big Game Wednesdays programming block.... »»»
October 21, 2010 - Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland will host "CMA Country Christmas" with music, memories, and stories of the season. "I am thrilled to have been asked to host the CMA Christmas Special," Nettles said. "I love the holidays and, as my first time hosting a show, I am sure it will be full of laughs and... »»»
October 21, 2010 - Brad Paisley will appear on the Late Show With David Letterman on CBS, Wednesday, Nov. 3 and ABC's Good Morning America on Nov. 4 in support of his soon-to-be released album, "Hits Alive," due Tuesday, Nov. 2. Paisley, along with Carrie Underwood, will co-host The 44th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov.... »»»
October 21, 2010 - Easton Corbin notched his first ever number 1 hit on the Billboard Country Songs Chart for the week ending Oct. 30 with Roll With It. Corbin took over for Josh Turner's All Over Me, which fell to fourth. Darius Rucker debuted in first with his second country disc, "Charleston, SC 1966.... »»»
October 21, 2010 - With this week's release of Mean, Taylor Swift topped her own Billboard record - which she set last week - for Most Top 10 debuts on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 in the history of the chart. The four songs from "Speak Now" released early as part of an iTunes rollout all reached number one on the... »»»
October 20, 2010 - Taylor Swift was first on the Billboard Digital Songs chart with Back to December with 241,000 units sold. This was the third song released from Swift's "Speak Now" CD, due out Oct. 25. Darius Rucker's "Charleston, SC 1966" is the second best selling disc in the U.S. this week with 101,000 units sold,... »»»
October 20, 2010 - When the Grand Ole Opry invited Blake Shelton to become an Opry member last month, it sent the singer-known for his use of Twitter-a tweet including the official invitation. The Opry and Shelton are returning to Twitter in advance of Shelton's Saturday night Opry induction to give fans the chance to... »»»
October 20, 2010 - Cadillac Sky lead singer Bryan Simpson announced he is leaving the bluegrass group to devote his time to religion. Levi Lowrey will replace him. Lowrey is from Georgia and records for Southern Ground Records. He will join the band for their tour with British band Mumford & Sons.... »»»
October 20, 2010 - Look for a new Jesse Dayton CD - a traditional Texas country music affair - just before the holidays. Dayton said via email, "The new record is almost on its way to the printers. "One For The Dance Halls" will be available in stores and online the week of Christmas, on Dec. 21st.... »»»
October 20, 2010 - In her first-ever appearance at the CMA Awards, Gwyneth Paltrow will make her live country music singing debut on The 44th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 10 by performing the title track from her forthcoming feature film, "Country Strong." Paltrow will be joined by Vince Gill.... »»»
October 20, 2010 - Garth Fundis, who worked with Trisha Yearwood, will produce bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent's next CD. Dailey & Vincent, who recently claimed their third consecutive Entertainer of the Year title at the International Bluegrass Music Awards, will release their next album for Rounder Records in early 2011.... »»»
October 20, 2010 - Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, and Sugarland will share their holiday traditions and memories on a Christmas show being taped live in Nashville next month. "CMA Country Christmas" will be filmed on Thursday, Nov.... »»»
October 19, 2010 - Sugarland released their fourth studio album, "The Incredible Machine" today. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush go for more of a rock and pop sound with hip hop and reggae include on the CD. The first single is Stuck Like Glue. "Original Songwriter Demos Volumes 1 & 2" contains the demos of 20 songs... »»»
October 19, 2010 - Brad Paisley's live chops will be on display as performances from the tour plus hit studio favorites will be on "Hits Alive," out Nov. 2. In live or studio versions, the collection includes 15 of Paisley's 17 number 1 songs and four that hit the top 5, plus the instrumental Time Warp and current single,... »»»
October 19, 2010 - Rascal Flatts wrapped the first leg of their "Nothing Like This Tour" this past weekend in Irvine, Cal. closing out the year with 650,000 fans attending 56 shows. This tour, along with previous 2010 "Unstoppable Tour," helped to bring in these year-end totals. The "Nothing Like This Tour" will continue... »»»
October 19, 2010 - Taylor Swift will perform on The 44th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 10. Swift's new CD, "Speak Now," comes out Oct. 26. Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, other performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George... »»»
October 19, 2010 - Jason Aldean donated $132,000 from his Oct. 15 show in Evansville, Ind. to Susan G. Komen for the Cure as part of his 5th Annual "Concert For The Cure," the most in the event's 5 year history. "We started this in memory of a close friend, and I know she would be proud of how much we were able to donate... »»»
October 18, 2010 - Lady Antebellum and newcomer Easton Corbin lead the inaugural American Country Awards nominations with seven each. Carrie Underwood earned six nods; and Miranda Lambert and Josh Turner each garnered five. The awards will air live from the Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. eastern live/Pacific tape-delayed) on Fox.... »»»
October 18, 2010 - Brad Paisley's H2O World Tour is history. Instead, the singer renamed it the H2O Frozen Over Tour. Concerts will continue into 2011. Darius Rucker will continue as special guest and Jerrod Niemann will join the tour. The tour kicks off in Green Bay, Wisc. on Jan. 20, 2011. The H2O Tour began the end... »»»
October 18, 2010 - Blake Shelton mixes it up with late night talk show host, Chelsea Handler on her E! Entertainment show, Chelsea Lately Tuesday night. Shelton will appear on the 600th Episode of Chelsea Lately on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 11 p.m. eastern. This is Shelton's third appearance on the show and his second visit this year.... »»»
October 18, 2010 - Songwriters Pat Alger and Steve Cropper, late pop/country singer Paul Davis and America's first professional songwriter, Stephen Foster, were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Fame during the organization's 40th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, held last night in Nashville.... »»»
October 18, 2010 - James Wesley debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage this past Saturday, Oct. 16, performing his single Real and one of Wesley's favorites, Don't Worry 'Bout Me, a Marty Robbins classic. "There is nothing like getting to perform in that circle where so many great country legends have stood," said Wesley.... »»»
October 18, 2010 - In celebration of Loretta Lynn's 50th anniversary in the music business, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert will perform together in a tribute to Lynn on The 44th Annual CMA Awards. Lambert and Crow will perform Lynn's classic signature song, Coal Miner's Daughter. Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie... »»»
October 15, 2010 - Alan Jackson is selling out - in Australia. Tickets for Jackson's March 12, third show in Brisbane - added to Jackson's tour Down Under due to high ticket demand - sold out yesterday in Australia in 23 minutes. Jackson's previous four sell-outs - Melbourne's March 4 date, Sydney's March 7 and the... »»»
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October 15, 2010 - Brad Paisley will publish his first major book, "The Diary of a Player", with Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The new book, set to release in May 2011, is a salute to the guitar gods of country, blues, and rock & roll who have shaped his life. The book will be co-written with David... »»»
October 15, 2010 - Taylor Swift has planned a bi-coastal week with her fans to launch the Big Machine Records album, "Speak Now," due Oct. 25. On release day, a group of winners of contests held around the world will join Swift for a private performance at the United Nations in New York City. The event will be streamed... »»»
October 14, 2010 - Bluegrass artist Dave Evans announced he's retiring from regular touring schedule, and sticking closer to home. He made the announcement last Wednesday. Arthritis and diabetes were the two main reasons he gave for his decision, according to radio DJ Becky Johnson on whose show Evans made the announcement.... »»»
October 14, 2010 - Blake Shelton kicked off his first ever headlining tour Wednesday at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. The "All About Tonight Tour" announced its West Coast run through the month of October, hitting major cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco. Shelton has released two EPs this year with... »»»
October 14, 2010 - Toby Keith enjoyed the best selling CD in the U.S. for the week ending Oct. 23 on the Billboard charts, with last week's chart topper, "Hemingway's Whiskey" by Kenny Chesney slipping to second. On the country song chart, Josh Turner moved to the top with All Over Me. He replaced Chesney's The Boys of... »»»
October 14, 2010 - Sugarland is a diva. VH1 is giving the "Divas" franchise a military makeover by partnering with the USO to bring the event to America's troops and their families. Using Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego as home base, this year's "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops" show also will have Katy... »»»
October 14, 2010 - Keith Urban was a surprise guest last night for Capitol Records' annual street party in Nashville. During the vent where performers sing on different stages, Urban joined Darius Rucker during his headlining set and they performing Keith's hit Raining on Sunday acoustically and also performed a cover of... »»»
October 13, 2010 - The first batch of Country Music Association awards were named Wednesday with Lon Helton winning the national award as host of CMT's Country Countdown USA for Westwood One. Helton, has been the host of Country Countdown USA since its inception in 1992. This is the fifth time he has taken home the... »»»
October 13, 2010 - Brad Paisley and Little Big Town will give free concerts this weekend on the Alabama Gulf Coast along with Bon Jovi to promote the area in the wake of the BP oil spill earlier this year. Little Big Town and Paisley play Sunday, Oct. 17. Free tickets are available through Gulf Shores & Orange Beach lodging partners.... »»»
October 13, 2010 - Bluegrass artist Sarah Jarosz will release two new songs titled "The New 45" on Sugar Hill on Nov. 2. The songs were recorded in Nashville on the 19-year-old's summer break from New England Conservatory in Boston where she is a sophomore. "The New 45" combines the original composition My Muse (to be... »»»
October 13, 2010 - Toby Keith's "Bullets in the Gun" will be the best selling CD in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are released Thursday. At 71,000 units sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, Keith takes over for Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey." Number one last week, Chesney was down 64 percent to 65,000 units... »»»
October 13, 2010 - James Wesley, who has a single Real on the charts, makes his Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday. "I can't express how thrilled I am these days," said Wesley. "I have dreamed all of my life to hear my music on the radio, to have a music video airing on TV and to perform on the legendary stage of the Grand Ole Opry.... »»»
October 13, 2010 - Soulful, driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers bring their sound to NPR's Mountain Stage this coming Friday, Oct. 15th. New vocalist Gary Nichols will be performing with the band, which just released "Reckless" in September. Air-times vary by station, a complete list can be found at: http://www.mountainstage.... »»»
October 13, 2010 - Fifty years in country music earned Loretta Lynn the tribute treatment Tuesday at the Ryman in Nashville with Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack among those showing up to honor Lynn. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Grammys, gave Lynn its Merit Award.... »»»
October 12, 2010 - Tim McGraw will see his "Number One Hits" out on Nov. 30 via Curb. The double CD collection also includes McGraw's new single Felt Good On My Lips." The release, McGraw's fourth compilation with Curb, features 22 singles and a bonus track dance mix of his 1994 hit Indian Outlaw.... »»»
October 12, 2010 - Steve Azar is getting into the Halloween spirit by giving fans a special music "treat." Beginning today, Azar is offering fans a haunting version of his song, Sweet Delta Chains from his latest album, "Slide on Over Here." The new version includes frightful howls and screams special for the holiday.... »»»
October 12, 2010 - Josh Turner's single All Over Me, holds the top spot this week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart, giving him back to back number ones. Turner takes over the top frm Kenny Chesney's The Boys of Fall. The song is the follow-up to Turner's 4-week number 1 hit... »»»
October 12, 2010 - Dailey & Vincent's first Homecoming Concert, held in Gainesboro, Tenn. on Oct. 2, raised almost $32,000 for the Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Fund. The Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Fund, administered through the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation, provides financial help to... »»»
October 12, 2010 - One of Nashville's long-time honky tonks, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 50 anniversary Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Ryman with Terri Clark, The Grascals and others. The concert and retrospective paying tribute to the legendary honky tonk and the iconic woman it's named for, Hattie Louise... »»»
October 12, 2010 - Chip Taylor will perform fall tour dates, including a New York headlining slot with Kendel Carson to cap the Americana Music Association's first annual 'Americana Live' showcase. Curated by Taylor in association with the AMA, 'Americana Live' takes place Oct 20-22 at The Rodeo Bar and Hill Country,... »»»
October 12, 2010 - Billy Currington will perform his sixth number one single, Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer, Friday on CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The song comes from Currington's new CD "Enjoy... »»»
October 12, 2010 - Darius Rucker gained fame as lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, but in recent years, he's done it on his own with his solo career. "Learn to Live" yielded a slew of notes, and now he returns with "Charleston, SC 1966" Frank Rogers produced the dozen-song release, which includes the first single Come Back Song.... »»»
October 11, 2010 - Sugarland will release a deluxe edition of its upcoming CD, "The Incredible Machine," on Oct. 19. In addition to the 11 songs, all co-written and co-produced by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, the deluxe effort offers a documentary, "Blood Love Hope Lust and Steam," that chronicles the creation of... »»»
October 11, 2010 - Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 will present the official 90-minute album premiere with Taylor Swift and her new CD "Speak Now", hosted by Kingsley. The CD release date is set for Oct. 25. "Just when you think the career of Taylor Swift can't get any more amazing, she finds a way to top herself," said Bob Kingsley.... »»»
October 10, 2010 - Justin Townes Earle, who is being treated treated for addiction, will resume touring, according to his web site. "Following the completion of his voluntary treatment for addiction issues, Justin resumes his nationwide tour at the end of November. Additional rescheduled fall tour dates will be... »»»
October 10, 2010 - Solomon Burke, best known as one of the great soul singers starting in the 1960s, died Sunday in the Netherlands following a flight from Los Angeles. Burke had a country album, "Nashville," in 2006, which featured Buddy Miller, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Patty Loveless and Patty Griffin.... »»»
October 8, 2010 - Marty Stuart will host a third season of his TV show, "The Marty Stuart Show," set to begin taping its third season in November. Stuart handpicks the esteemed list of guests that have included Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Old Crow Medicine... »»»
October 8, 2010 - The former manager of Taylor Swift filed suit in New York, claiming Swift and her parents owe him money after launching her career. Dan Dymtrow said he discovered Swift, signed her in April 2004 at age 14 and built her career before being fired in July 2005. That was just before Swift inked a deal with... »»»
October 8, 2010 - Wynonna & Naomi Judd will appear at The Grand Ole Opry in support of Women Rock For The Cure and Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer on Friday, Oct. 15. The duo will "flip the switch" to help the Opry's signature barn backdrop turn pink for its second annual "Opry Goes Pink" show.... »»»
October 8, 2010 - Tickets for Alan Jackson's first ever tour in Australia - scheduled for March 2011 - sold out within hours of being put on sale Friday morning. Ticket sales for the four announced dates - Melbourne (March 4), Sydney (March 7) and Brisbane (March 10 and 11) - sold so quickly that the tour was extended.... »»»
October 7, 2010 - Kenny Chesney scored a chart double. "Hemingway's Whiskey" debuted as the best selling CD in the country, and he also remained first on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 16 with The Boys of Fall. On the album chart, Zac Brown Band vacated the top post, falling one, with "You... »»»
October 7, 2010 - Taylor Swift won a court suit in Tennessee against 16 individuals she claimed violated trademarks by selling counterfeit merchandise with her name and picture. The NashvillePost.com reported that Senior U.S. District Judge Tom Wiseman granted Swift an injunction and default judgment last week against... »»»
October 7, 2010 - Josh Turner's purebred bloodhound Moses, who became a celebrity in his own right after appearing in Turner's Everything Is Fine video and several photo shoots, has died. "We unexpectedly lost Moses due to kidney failure," Turner said of his family's only dog. "Moses was a special part of our family.... »»»
October 7, 2010 - Speak Now, the title track from Taylor Swift's upcoming Big Machine Records album, was released on iTunes on Tuesday and reached number one on both the iTunes All-genre Singles Chart and the iTunes Country Singles Chart within hours of its release. The song remains first on both charts, with first day... »»»
October 7, 2010 - At a party in downtown Nashville to celebrate their fourth consecutive number one single, Our Kind of Love, Lady Antebellum was surprised with the news that their sophomore album, "Need You Now," was certified Triple Platinum signifying sales of over three million. According to Billboard, Lady... »»»
October 7, 2010 - Lee Brice scored his first gold single with the certification this week of Love Like Crazy, the title track of his debut disc. The recording has sold more than 500,000 digital downloads. The song also broke the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Country Songs chart when it hit 55 weeks.... »»»
October 6, 2010 - The Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame received a shot in the arm thanks to the second annual All for the Hall fundraiser spearheaded by Keith Urban and Vince Gill Tuesday in Nashville. We're back for more All for the Hall!" said Urban, who announced during last year's inaugural concert that he... »»»
October 6, 2010 - The Country Music Association announced Wednesday it donated a record $2.9 million raised at its annual June festival. About $1.5 million will go towards the long-term flood recovery from the May floods. The CMA had previously said that half of this year's proceeds would be used for flood relief... »»»
October 6, 2010 - Katie Armiger will perform on CBS News' The Early Show On Saturday on Oct. 9 in support of her latest album "Confessions of a Nice Girl." Armiger will perform an acoustic version of one of John Lennon's hits as a special tribute to him on what would have been his 70th birthday. Fans can tune in at 8:40 a.m.... »»»
October 6, 2010 - Kenny Chesney will earn his sixth number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Hemingway's Whiskey" topped the list with 183,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Chesney's last studio CD, 2008's "Lucky Old Sun," also entered at number 1, selling 176,000. Chesney has the second most number ones... »»»
October 6, 2010 - Nashville songstress Elizabeth Cook has a new video out from her recent disc, "Welder." All The Time is the latest song from the album getting the video treatment. Cook is doing several dates in Japan before returning to tour the U.S. later this month into early December. Oct.... »»»
October 5, 2010 - Taylor Swift released the title track of her upcoming CD Tuesday via iTunes. Speak Now clocks in at 4:02. Among the lines are "Don't say yes, run away now/I'll meet you when you're out, of the church at the back door." Mine was previously released as the first single of the disc. The song can be heard here.... »»»
October 5, 2010 - Blake Shelton has been busy. After releasing two EPs this year, Shelton will offer "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" Nov. 9. The 15-song set contains no new songs, although his 7 number 1 songs are on the CD, including his newest single Who Are You When I'm Not Looking.. ""I love the name of this... »»»
October 5, 2010 - Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, George Strait, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban were added Tuesday as performers for the 44th Annual CMA Awards. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and the pairing of Zac... »»»
October 4, 2010 - Toby Keith goes for "Bullets in the Gun" today, his latest release. The first single is Trailerhood. A deluxe version includes four live songs recorded in New York this summer, including Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown. The Avett Brothers know a thing or two about releasing a live set.... »»»
October 4, 2010 - Carrie Underwood brought her "Play On Tour" to Los Angeles over the weekend performing to a sold-out crowd of 17,000 fans Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl, her first concert at the venue. "What an honor it is to stand on this stage," Underwood said during the show. "I have never had the honor of... »»»
October 4, 2010 - Uncle Kracker recently announced plans to headline his first-ever country music club tour, beginning Nov. 3 in Athens, Ga. The tour follows the recent release of "Happy Hour - The South River Road Sessions," a six-song collection featuring reinterpretations of tracks originally found on his 2009 album,... »»»
October 4, 2010 - The head of BamaJam Records, Ronnie Gilley, was one of several Alabama residents indicted Monday by a federal grand jury in connection with conspiring to buy and sell votes to get electronic bingo legalized. Indicted along with Gilley were the owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and... »»»
October 4, 2010 - Rocker Jason Aldean has a new video out for "My Kinda Party," the Georgian's latest single. The song is the title cut from his upcoming fourth CD, which drops Nov. 2 on Broken Bow... »»»
October 4, 2010 - Lady Antebellum will release a six-song Christmas EP through Target stores later this month. "A Merry Little Christmas" drops Oct. 12, according to Billboard.com. The release will have five holiday favorites, including Silver Bellsand one new song, On This Winter's Night. Tom Douglas, who also helped... »»»
October 4, 2010 - James Otto traveled to the West coast to show his support for the California's AIDS Walk. The singer performed at the fundraising festival held on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre. He played in a songwriter style round along with Deana Carter and Billy Dean. James chose to sing In... »»»
October 4, 2010 - Luke Bryan wrapped a 4-city concert tour, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, in his home state of Georgia this past Friday. Bryan's "Farm Tour" performed for nearly 16,000 fans in Valdosta, Claxton, Carrollton and Macon. Local schools in all four towns will receive a "Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship," which will... »»»
October 4, 2010 - The Grascals announced Monday they split with Rounder Records their home for six years. "We appreciate them believing in us from the get-go, said mandolin player Danny Roberts. "They've meant so much to us, and they supported us completely." The parting is amicable, according to manager, Kirt Webster.... »»»
October 4, 2010 - Trace Adkins visits Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night. Adkins will perform the title track from his latest CD, "Cowboy's Back in Town." Adkins released the disc in August, his first for Show Dog Universal Records after spending his career on... »»»
October 3, 2010 - Dailey & Vincent took four awards Thursday at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville, including the biggest prize of the night - entertainer of the year. The duo took the honor for the third straight year. The duo also won Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year for "Dailey &... »»»