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Country News Digest, December 2010

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December 31, 2010 - Let's hope for a happy new year and a healthy 2011 that is filled with great music of the country, bluegrass and Americana variety. We thank all of our readers for their support this past year and look forward to sharing more with you in... »»»
December 30, 2010 - Tim McGraw has another number 1 single on his hands with "Felt Good on My Lips," the lone new song from his latest greatest hits package, "Number One Hits," for the week ending Jan. 8, 2011 on Billboard. McGraw took over for Reba McEntire's Turn on the Radio, which slipped to fifth.... »»»
December 29, 2010 - Alan Jackson was in a giving mood Wednesday. Jackson gave Zac Brown a 1966 Cadillac El Dorado convertible at a concert Wednesday in Nashville. Jackson gave the band the car for having him sing on their number one hit As She's Walking Away. Jackson arranged for the 1966 Cadillac El Dorado convertible... »»»
December 29, 2010 - Taylor Swift has the top selling disc in the country, and it was the only country CD in the top 10 on the Billboard chart. "Speak Now" sold 276,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The figure represents sales through Dec. 26. Swift was just ahead of Susan Boyle's "The Gift," second with 240,000... »»»
December 29, 2010 - George Strait was the top grossing country tour in North America in 2010 and 14th overall, according to Pollstar. That is unless you consider The Eagles country. The Eagles were the fifth highest grossing tour in North America in 2010 with a $64.5 million gross. The band also was 1 of only 5 tours... »»»
December 29, 2010 - Bluegrass band Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will have the world premiere of the new CD, "Hymns From The Hills," today on Sirius XM during a "Track By Track" special with Kyle Cantrell. The programs airs at the following times: 11 a.m. eastern, Dec. 29 9 p.m. eastern, Dec. 30 8 a.m. eastern, Jan. 1 11 a.m.... »»»
December 28, 2010 - The Kennedy Center celebration honoring Merle Haggard's contributions to the arts will be broadcast tonight. Kennedy Center Honors, at a special ceremony with President Obama, fellow honorees Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, composer Bill T. Jones and dancer/choreographer Jerry Herman will air at 9 p.m. on CBS.... »»»
December 28, 2010 - Justin Townes Earle will perform on Late Night With David Letterman on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Earle, who has toured heavily, will sing song from his 2010 release "Harlem River Blues." The CD earned him very favorable... »»»
December 27, 2010 - Dierks Bentley and his wife received a special Christmas gift Saturday - a new baby girl. Bentley's wife, Cassidy, gave birth Saturday morning to their second daughter, Jordan Catherine Bentley. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. The Bentleys have another daughter, Evie,... »»»
December 27, 2010 - LeAnn Rimes is engaged to actor Eddie Cibrian, it was announced Monday. This will be the second marriage for Rimes, who was divorced from dancer Dean Sheremet. The two married in 2002 and divorced earlier this year. At the same time, Rimes became involved with Cibrian, her co-star with "Northern Lights.... »»»
December 27, 2010 - Mark Erelli and Kristin Andreassen, who has been with Uncle Earl and Sometymes Why, were among 17 New England-affiliated artists awarded a Passim Iguana Music Fund 2010 grant. They will receive between $500 and $2,000 as seed funding to build their careers or provide community service.... »»»
December 24, 2010 - Ricky Skaggs will preview his 2011 "Treasure Chest" tour at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on Jan. 9, 2011. This is Skaggs' first tour with a full band in more than 20 years. The tour will result in Skaggs performing sets from his entire career, which includes, of course, bluegrass (where he... »»»
December 24, 2010 - Five-decade recordings from Johnny Cash, including previously unreleased tracks, will be out this winter, according to "From Memphis to Hollywood" will be out as a double album on Feb. 22 by Columbia/Legacy. The first disc covers Cash's recordings in Memphis from late 1954 to late 1957,... »»»
December 23, 2010 - Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift lead the year-end Billboard country song and album chart for the week-ending Jan. 1, 2011. McEntire's Turn on the Radio reached the top, displacing Rascal Flatts' Why Wait, which slipped to fifth. Swift reclaimed the top spot on the overall top 200 chart with "Speak Now.... »»»
December 23, 2010 - Tumbledown may have a song just for you. The band, spearheaded by Mike Herrera of MxPx, just relessed "Empty Bottle. Fans can download a free New Year's version of Great Big World and enter a contest to win a customized version of the song. The winner will be randomly chosen from the contest... »»»
December 22, 2010 - Reba McEntire is ending the year real well. If you Turn on the Radio, that song could be blasting out because it's the number one country song this week. This is McEntire's 35th number 1 song. McEntire took over the top spot from Rascal Flatts' Why Wait. The charts officially are out Thursday.... »»»
December 22, 2010 - George Strait is wearing red this Friday - not because it's Christmas eve - to show his support for our troops as part of Red Shirt Fridays. The mission of is to show support for our servicemen and women. Strait, a veteran himself, wanted to join the efforts of www.redshirtfridays.... »»»
December 22, 2010 - Taylor Swift returns to the top spot on the Billboard 200 with "Speak Now" selling 259,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Swift takes over from Susan Boyle's "The Gift," down 1 to with 254,000. Michael Jackson's "Michael" was third with 228,000 sold. This was Swift's first time at number one in six weeks.... »»»
December 22, 2010 - Lonesome River Band mandolin player Andy Ball has left the group, the band announced Tuesday. Ball attends school in Windsor, Canada and works in Detroit. "It has been a difficult task to balance all of this with his LRB demands for 2011 and beyond," according to a press release.... »»»
December 22, 2010 - Dolly Parton will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, it was announced Wednesday. A special ceremony will be held during Grammy Week on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards telecast, which will be held in Los... »»»
December 21, 2010 - Eddie Montgomery had successful surgery for prostate cancer last week and is resting at home, according to the Montgomery Gentry web site. "The doctors report that no further treatment should be needed, and he plans to enjoy some down time at home with his family," the site said.... »»»
December 21, 2010 - Shania Twain didn't break the news of her engagement, but she confirmed it on her web site Tuesday. Word broke out earlier this week that she was engaged to Frederic Theibaud. That follows her divorce split from husband and producer Robert "Mutt Lange." He allegedly took up with Theibaud's ex-wife, who... »»»
December 21, 2010 - Levon Helm returned home last Thursday after nearly a week-long hospital stay, his label said today. Helm caught a "slight cold," which was complicated by his Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease condition. "As a precautionary measure, he was admitted into the hospital," the statement said. "All tests were clear.... »»»
December 21, 2010 - What started as a surprise appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week ended with an iTunes song for John Rich and Fallon. Drunk on Christmas is available starting today. Written by Gerard Bradford and Fallon, Drunk on Christmas contains the line "gonna get drunk, drunk, drunk on Christmas.... »»»
December 20, 2010 - Teen superstar Justin Bieber will bring his magic to Nashville and work with Rascal Flatts. The singer will record a duet with the pop country trio. "(Justin) asked us to do a duet with him on his next record," lead singer Gary LeVox told WSIX's now-retired morning-show host Gerry House last week.... »»»
December 20, 2010 - Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will together again, starting in January on an acoustic tour. The two will start in Boston on Jan. 13 in "An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt," ending Feb. 13 in Louisville, Ky. They have toured many times together since 1989. "The shows are very... »»»
December 20, 2010 - Alan Jackson will ht Europe next summer for three shows, marking his second overseas foray for 2011. Jackson plays Esklstuna, Sweden on Aug. 10, Skien, Norway on Aug. 12 and closes in Stavanger, Norway on Aug. 13. Jackson, who just released the double-disc "34 Number Ones," will also tour in Australia in March.... »»»
December 20, 2010 - Shania Twain is engaged after splitting from her producer/husband in 2008. The singer is engaged to Frédéric Thiébaud of Switzerland. "They've been engaged a couple months," People said on its web site Monday, quoting a source. Thiébaud, 40, gave Twain, 45, a three-carat... »»»
December 18, 2010 - Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus and wife Allison DeMarcus welcomed their first child on Friday. Madeline Leigh DeMarcus was born in Nashville at 4:49 p.m., weighing in at 6 pounds and 9 ounces. "Allison and I are thrilled," said DeMarcus. "Madeline is absolutely gorgeous; she looks just like her daddy.... »»»
December 17, 2010 - Colt Ford unveiled the music video for his new single Hip Hop In A Honky Tonk from his album, "Chicken And Biscuits" Thursday. The release of the Weird Science-themed video also features artist Kevin Fowler in the video and on the contributing vocal. Ford, who grew up an avid fan of the motion... »»»
December 17, 2010 - Josh Turner received an early Christmas present this week - his third son. Turner and his wife, Jennifer, had Crawford Marion Turner on Monday Dec. 13 at 8:52 p.m. at a Nashville hospital. Crawford Turner weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. "Jennifer and I are overjoyed at... »»»
December 16, 2010 - The top of the Billboard Country Songs and Album charts remains the same - Rascal Flatts' Why Wait is first on the song chart and Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" on the album chart - for the week ending Dec. 25. This is the second straight week for Rascal Flatts in the top spot. Reba McEntire was second,... »»»
December 16, 2010 - Ty Herndon has not been on the air for a while, but his video for Journey On sure is getting watched. For the week ending Dec. 12, the video garnered enough views on to make it one of the 5 most-watched videos on the website, allowing it placement on CMT's High 5 Video Countdown.... »»»
December 16, 2010 - The Americana Music Association will holds it 12th Annual Festival & Conference in mid-October in November. The association is offering, for an early bird registration rate of $200 for AMA members and $300 for non-members for the Oct. 12-15 event in downtown Nashville. Registration includes access to... »»»
December 16, 2010 - A short form documentary is in the works about Marty Stuart. The film looks at Stuart's early life and influences in his hometown of Philadelphia, Miss. and the role it played in the making of his latest album, "Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions)." "Marty Stuart In Philadelphia, MS," is set to... »»»
December 15, 2010 - Gloriana is currently working on its forthcoming second studio album with Matt Serletic (Aerosmith, Willie Nelson and Rob Thomas). The group will release a new single in early 2011. The quartet had success with its first disc and the hit single Wild At Heart. The group also was received the Academy of... »»»
December 15, 2010 - Jamey Johnson's 25-song double album, "The Guitar Song," which received two Grammy nominations including for Country Album of the Year, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 units. "My dream already came true," Johnson said. "All I ever wanted was... »»»
December 15, 2010 - Taylor Swift has the second best selling CD in the U.S. with "Speak Now." Her fourth studio disc sold 201,000 units, up 11 percent and second behind Susan Boyle's "The Gift." Boyle sold 243,000 units, down 10 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Swift had the only country disc in the top 10.... »»»
December 15, 2010 - An interview with Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer is scheduled to air on NPR's "All Things Considered" today. The two sisters, who recently wrapped up their first-ever tour togeasternher, will also perform on the show. "The Sissy Christmas Hour," a one-hour special featuring acoustic performances by... »»»
December 14, 2010 - Rascal Flatts wrapped a year-long celebration of their 10th anniversary year with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean presented the band with an official city proclamation for their devotion to and support in the Nashville community in the past few years.... »»»
December 14, 2010 - Carrie Underwood along with a song from "Country Strong" received Golden Globe nominations today in the "Best Original Song - Motion Picture" category. Underwood received her nomination for her co-written song There's A Place For Us from the film "Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.... »»»
December 14, 2010 - The "Crazy Heart' soundtrack was the most played Americana music in the U.S. this year, according to the Americana Music Association. Rosanne Cash who released a covers disc inspired by her father, "The List" was second with John Hiatt third with "Open Road." The listing is by artist, title and number of plays. 1.... »»»
December 14, 2010 - The Band Perry's self-penned, Grammy-nominated single, If I Die Young, was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding 1 million. The song was nominated for a Grammy and also was number one on the country charts. "This song is about hope and contentment," said TBP lead vocalist, Kimberly Perry.... »»»
December 14, 2010 - Lee Ann Womack is partnering with Join My Village, a social change charity, which could lead to General Mills contributing $500,000 to programs in Africa. The money will go towards economic and educational opportunities for women and girls in Malawi. The campaign is a partnership between General... »»»
December 13, 2010 - Randy Montana was in downtown Nashville last Saturday to shoot the video for his upcoming new single 1,000 Faces. The video for the song, written by Montana and Tom Douglas, was directed by Robert Deaton and George Flanigen. More than 60 extras were used to convert the closed city streets into a swarm... »»»
December 13, 2010 - Jason Aldean was named the Number One Male Country Artist and the Top Independent Artist of the Year by Billboard. His current album "My Kinda Party," was released Nov. 2 and moved 193,000 units its first week, earning the biggest first week debut by a male country vocalist in more than 3 years.... »»»
December 13, 2010 - Lee Brice tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with gold-certified selling single Love Like Crazy, as the most heard song in America. Josh Turner landed two songs in the top 10 The top 10 song are: 1. Love Like Crazy - Lee Brice 2. Rain Is A Good Thing - Luke Bryan 3.... »»»
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December 13, 2010 - Joe Nichols will put 10 songs as his "Greatest Hits" package in late January 2011. Hits will include Nichols' current Top 20 and climbing single The Shape I'm In and his recent 3-week number 1 Gimmie That Girl. Nichols will close a busy and successful 2010 with the second most played song of the... »»»
December 13, 2010 - With "Country Strong" opening soon, Tim McGraw is continuing his career on the silver screen. McGraw will star with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in "Safe House," a 2012 movie, according to McGraw also has enjoyed roles in "Friday Night Lights" and "The Blind Side.... »»»
December 13, 2010 - Wynonna and Naomi Judd will make a pit-stop from The Judds: The Last Encore tour on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to spend an hour with longtime friend Larry King during his final week as host of CNN's Larry King Live. The Judds have said this would be their final tour... »»»
December 13, 2010 - Peter Max has painted a new portrait of Taylor Swift to commemorate her newest album, "Speak Now," which is available to the public for the first time this week. The "Speak Now" portrait is Max's second time to immortalize Swift's album art. He unveiled a series of four portraits of her "Fearless"... »»»
December 12, 2010 - Sara Evans will release her sixth full-length studio album, "Stronger," on March 8 on RCA Nashville. The disc will include Evans' current single, A Little Bit Stronger, penned by Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. The song has had more than 161,000 downloads to date,... »»»
December 10, 2010 - Pre-sale tickets will go on sale today on Keith Urban's web site for his "Get Closer 2011 World Tour." The pre-sale is an exclusive special sale for his Monkeyville fan club members and will run through Dec. 31 or until tickets are sold out. Monkeyville members will still have a regular pre-sale before... »»»
December 10, 2010 - Charlie Sizemore's "Heartache Looking for a Home" will be out Feb. 15. The disc from the bluegrasser is the follow-up to his 2007 Rounder debut, "Good News." Sizemore, a native of eastern Kentucky, Sizemore was hired at 17 to take over for the departing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley's Clinch... »»»
December 9, 2010 - Brad Paisley is getting into the holiday spirit. He announced Thursday he will release his next album, "This is Country Music" on April 19. Starting Dec. 13 and continuing for one week through Dec. 20, fans will be able to visit and download a free digital single of the title track.... »»»
December 9, 2010 - Easton Corbin's had a great week. He won three awards at the American Country Awards, and he also released a video for his new single, I Can't Love You Back. Corbin previously scored a big hit with A Little More Country Than... »»»
December 9, 2010 - Loretta Lynn has her very own rose. To celebrate the release of the tribute album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn" on Nov. 9, Sony Music Nashville presented Lynn with her own rose. The first "Loretta Lynn Van Lear" rose plants - named after Lynn's Award-winning album "Van Lear Rose"... »»»
December 9, 2010 - Banjo player, Steve Sparkman has left Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys after more than 16 years to pursue a career in law enforcement in his home state of Kentucky. Sparkman will be replaced by Jarrod Church, who has filled in for the band. James Alan Shelton, a member of the Clinch Boys said... »»»
December 9, 2010 - Rascal Flatts went to the top of the Billboard Country Songs Chart for the week of Dec. 18 with Why Wait. The trio jumped from fourth to first with If I Die Young by the Band Perry dropping from first to third. On the album chart, Taylor Swift stayed first with "Speak Now." On the album chart, Keith... »»»
December 9, 2010 - Santa Claus is coming to town, making a stop at John Rich's Mt. Richmore this weekend. The man in red is showing up in honor of the Vanderbilt University Dance Marathon organization fundraiser for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. On Saturday, Dec. 11, Joan and John Rich will open... »»»
December 8, 2010 - Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is the second best selling CD in the U.S. behind Susan Boyle's "The Gift." Swift sold 182,000 units of the disc, down 24 percent. "The Gift" churned 272,000 units sold, up 3 percent. Swift had the only country disc in the top 10. Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec.... »»»
December 8, 2010 - LeAnn Rimes will release her new single Crazy Women digitally on Dec. 21. The song is being released as a special bonus track to Rimes' upcoming new CD, "Lady and Gentleman," due out early next year on Curb Records. Rimes reinterprets classic songs by such country greats as Waylon Jennings, George... »»»
December 7, 2010 - Bob Wills finally will receive the tribute treatment from a band he influenced, Hot Club of Cowtown. "What Makes Bob Holler" drops Feb. 1 on Proper American. A tour in England last spring led the trio to London's Specific Sound studio, where they spent 2 days recording a 14-song marathon of Wills... »»»
December 7, 2010 - Willie Nelson, Bob Wills and Hank Williams were among the artists having songs named to join the Recording Academy Hall of Fame collection. Established by The Academy's National Trustees in 1973, the Grammy Hall Of Fame was created to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance... »»»
December 7, 2010 - Starting today, Keith Urban will have his own dedicated playlist in Facebook's game "Nightclub City" debut. To celebrate the launch of the new "Nashville" location of Nightclub City players can expand their club setlists with songs from Urban's new disc, "Get Closer." With more than 15 million... »»»
December 7, 2010 - Merle Haggard was among five honorees Sunday receiving Kennedy Center Honors in Washington. The singer received the honor along with Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones and composer Jerry Herman. President Obama said in his remarks, "The arts have always had the power to... »»»
December 7, 2010 - Taylor Swift has 3 million reasons to be happy. "Speak Now" just was certified triple platinum by the RIAA, signifying sales of 3 million units. The disc was released Oct. 25. All three of Swift's albums are RIAA certified multi-platinum with "Taylor Swift" (2006) currently 4x multi-platinum and... »»»
December 7, 2010 - Those Darlins, the Tennessee-based punky country band, will release second album, "Screws Get Loose," on their own Oh Wow Dang label on March 29, 2011. Those Darlins are Jessi Darlin (guitar/bass), Kelley Darlin (bass/guitar), Nikki Darlin (guitar/Bass), Linwood Regensburg (drums/guitar).... »»»
December 6, 2010 - Carrie Underwood cleaned up at the first American Country Awards winning six awards Monday, including Artist of the Year. Underwood took home the top honor in all six categories in which she was nominated - top female artist, touring artist, album ("Play On"), single (Cowboy Casanova) and music video (... »»»
December 6, 2010 - Taylor Swift is adding shows to her tour due to fast sell outs. The first tickets for Taylor Swift's Speak Now 2011 North American tour went on sale late last week, and all tickets for the first 10 shows put on sale sold out within minutes. Shows included Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.... »»»
December 6, 2010 - Whisperin' Bill Anderson will get the box treatment from the German label Bear Records with the release due late next year. The 5-CD compilation will comprise Anderson's recording career from 1958 through 1966. The set will also offer several "demo" recordings of songs that he wrote, which became... »»»
December 6, 2010 - The Grascals will release their next disc in early January on Cracker Barrel. This is the first release through the restaurant chain for the bluegrass band after four albums on Rounder. "The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin" will be out Jan. 11, 2011 at all Cracker Barrel stores.... »»»
December 4, 2010 - Alison Krauss + Union Station will be back with a new release in February. That's the word from Ken Irwin, one of t he heads of Rounder Records. In an online posting Friday, Irwin said, "Alison Krauss and Union Station have completed their new album which is scheduled for release on Feb. 8th.... »»»
December 4, 2010 - Jimmy Wayne will participate in a TV special this month focusing on foster care adoption. The 12th annual A Home for the Holidays, a new hour-long entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific on CBS. Performers include Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin and Nelly.... »»»
December 3, 2010 - Trace Adkins appears in the trailer for the upcoming movie "The Lincoln Lawyer," a crime thriller. Adkins plays the leader of a biker gang in the movie. He has previously acted in "An American Carol" and "Trailer Park of Terror." Adkins makes a brief appearance in the trailer.... »»»
December 3, 2010 - Josh Turner will perform on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday, tonight and will be a featured performer at the American Country Music Awards. The awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. on FOX. Turner is nominated for five American Country Awards.... »»»
December 2, 2010 - Jo Dee Messina's second annual Christmas concert benefiting Nashville's Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation (CDC) will be streamed live on at 8 p.m. eastern time on Saturday, Dec. 4. The "Inspirational Evening of Words and Music with Jo Dee Messina" takes place at... »»»
December 2, 2010 - Aaron Lewis, who gained fame with hard rocking band Staind, released his first video for the country crowd. Country Crowd is slated to be on an album due in early 2011 from the Stroudavarious Records... »»»
December 2, 2010 - The Band Perry notched its first number 1 song when If I Die Young hit the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 11. BTP took over for Brad Paisley's Anything Like Me, which slipped to second. On the album chart, Taylor Swift and "Speak Now" reclaimed the number one spot... »»»
December 2, 2010 - George Strait released a new CD last month, sort of. So, if it was under your radar screen, that should not be a surprise. The Texan teamed up with Wrangler to release "George Strait Cowboy Love Songs," available exclusively at select Wrangler Specialty Apparel retailers nationwide.... »»»
December 2, 2010 - Katie Armiger released the music video for her latest single Best Song Ever, which is currently 55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart. The video was shot during three days in Nashville and directed by Stephen Shepherd (Gary Allan, Emily West, and Josh Gracin). Armiger penned the song with... »»»
December 2, 2010 - Mountain Fever Records signed Edgar Loudermilk, bass player with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and will release the first single this week. Can't Live Life Here Without You, a duet with Rhonda Vincent is from Loudermilk's debut solo project, "Roads Travelled," due out in mid-January 2011.... »»»
December 2, 2010 - It's becoming a he-said, she said-said in the divorce proceedings between Eddie Montgomery and his wife. The singer said earlier this week his wife was divorcing him because she couldn't deal with his cancer diagnosis. That's not true, Country Weekly reported today on its web site.... »»»
December 2, 2010 - Josh Turner released a new video today for I Wouldn't Be a Man, his latest single. The song is the third single from Turner's album "Haywire." Turner reached number one with the first two releases Why Don't We Just Dance and All Over... »»»
December 1, 2010 - Lady Antebellum received six Grammy nominations, including for record of the year, album and country song. The trio was nominated for best record for "Need You Now." Others nominated were B.o.B., Eminenm with Rihanna, Cee Lo Green and Jay-Z with Alicia Keys. Lady A's "Need You Now" will go against... »»»
December 1, 2010 - Taylor Swift tapped needtobreathe, a South Carolina rock band, to pen her North American tour. The band, which has a Christian music following as well, is composed of Bear Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Bo Rinehart (backing vocals, guitar), Seth Bolt (backing vocals, bass) and Joe Stillwell... »»»
December 1, 2010 - Drive-By Truckers lead singer Patterson Hood posted a message on Facebook explaining that fellow DBTer hit his head and needed stitches earlier this week, leading to the cancellation of the rest of the band's European tour. In his post, Hood wrote, "Just so everyone knows, Cooley's ok. I'm ok. Everyone's ok.... »»»
December 1, 2010 - Taylor Swift will have the only country CD in the top 10 in sales when the Billboard charts are released Thursday. "Speak Now" was the fourth best selling CD in the U.S. with 241,000 units sold, up 64 percent. Swift realized a boost because of her Thanksgiving TV special. Kanye West is first with "My... »»»
December 1, 2010 - Eddie Montgomery's wife, Tracy, is suing him for divorce, allegedly because she can't deal with his prostate cancer diagnosis. According to The Boot, Montgomery posted the news on Twitter and Facebook early Wednesday, December 1. "U find out u got cancer then u found out ur wife can't handle that so... »»»
December 1, 2010 - The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann and Josh Thompson will play the prestigious New Faces of Country Music Show at the Country Radio Broadcasters conference in March. The CRS New Faces of Country Music Show (co-sponsored by the CMA and the Muscular Dystrophy Association) is one of... »»»
December 1, 2010 - Mary Gauthier leads a list who will become new board members of the Americana Music Association, it was announced Wednesday. Gauthier and nine incoming directors were elected to serve two-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2011. Incoming or re-elected Americana Music Association Board Members are: Tim... »»»