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Country News Digest, January 2011

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January 31, 2011 - Brad Paisley took his H2O Frozen Over Tour to eastern Canada this past weekend and played to sellout crowds in London, Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa. More than 40,000 tickets were sold for the 4 shows. One of the highlights of the weekend was playing the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday, the... »»»
January 31, 2011 - The revolution must go on for Miranda Lambert as she announced more concerts starting in late February and continuing into late March with Justin Moore and Josh Kelley. Lambert also will join Alan Jackson for his first Australian tour, which sold out in minutes. "Miranda and I met and became... »»»
January 31, 2011 - Sugarland's latest album, "The Incredible Machine," recently received platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of more than one million albums. This certification marks the fourth consecutive release from Sugarland that reached platinum or... »»»
January 31, 2011 - Lady Antebellum will kick off the official NFL pre-game radio coverage of Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, Feb. 6 beginning at 4 p.m. eastern. Broadcasting on over 640 radio stations, the Westwood One coverage will feature a special version of the fan favorite song Stars Tonight mixed with highlights from... »»»
January 31, 2011 - On Sept. 17, 2008, Levon Helm took his beloved Midnight Ramble on the road to the Ryman Auditorium. Accompanied by Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, Sam Bush and Billy Bob Thornton, the Levon Helm Band's show that night will be available May 3 as "Ramble at the Ryman" in CD and DVD.... »»»
January 29, 2011 - Taylor Swift celebrated a slew of achievements with a "Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock" party Friday in Nashville. Awards presented in t he party with her label, Big Machine, include number one radio single and music video for Mine, 1 million debut sales week for "Speak Now" and being the highest selling artist of 2010.... »»»
January 28, 2011 - The Carolina Chocolate Drops release a four-song EP earlier this week, a collaboration with the New York City-based Romanian gypsy punk band Luminescent Orchestrii and beatboxer Adam Matta. The Chocolate Drops' begin their brand of old time music on tour next week on Lincoln Center's American Songbook... »»»
January 28, 2011 - Texas native Brian Wright will make his Sugar Hill Records debut with "House on Fire" on March 29. The Waco native has two previous releases, which were both recorded in the studio with a band. "House on Fire" finds Wright playing every instrument himself and handpicking his prolifically written songs.... »»»
January 27, 2011 - Banjo master Charlie Cushman is joining Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. Cushman will take on full-time banjo duties with the IBMA's 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year effective immediately. Cushman replaces Jessie Baker who joined in late 2008. Raised on the 5-string banjo from a very early age,... »»»
January 27, 2011 - Sixteen-year-old Scotty McCreery chose Josh Turner's hit Your Man to be his ticket to Hollywood during auditions for American Idol, which aired Wednesday night. The deep-voiced McCreery, a student at Garner High School in Garner, N.C., auditioned in Milwaukee. He did well enough to get the green light... »»»
January 27, 2011 - Kenny Chesney once again had the top song on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 5 with Somewhere With You. On the album chart, Taylor Swift stayed first with "Speak Now." Elsewhere on the album chart, Jason Aldean was second with "My Kinda Party," "Country Strong" soundtrack... »»»
January 27, 2011 - Billy Ray Cyrus and Patty Loveless are teaming up to raise awareness about the disease COPD through the Tune Up For COPD Songwriting Competition. The competition challenges Americans to create a new DRIVE4COPD song to help raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).... »»»
January 27, 2011 - New artist Casey James will join the March leg of Sugarland's 2011 The Incredible Machine Tour opening for the duo in 8 cities across the country. "I am so excited," said James, who is signed to Sony Music Nashville and was on American Idol. "I think it's an awesome opportunity to play in front of... »»»
January 26, 2011 - Not even Taylor Swift will be the leading country disc when the Billboard top 200 of the best selling CDs comes out Thursday. The country/punk music of Social Distortion's "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" will be number 4, selling a best ever 46,000 units. The disc will not be listed on the country charts.... »»»
January 26, 2011 - The Grascals salute our troops and join Gene Simmons, Little Texas, Five For Fighting and a surprise guest for a four-hour Aces & Angels concert that is part of the kick-off event for Super Bowl XLV week in Dallas on Feb. 2. Simmons, star of A&E's Reality Series Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, will host... »»»
January 26, 2011 - Jimmy Buffett was released from an Australian hospital Wednesday after falling off the stage last night during a concert in Sydney. Buffett reportedly was unconscious for several minutes with his head bleeding. Paramedics went to Buffett, while concertgoers were told to leave. "Jimmy has been released... »»»
January 26, 2011 - Seems that Jake went straight to Music City to find closure with Taylor. At least that's the scoop between Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift in Us Weekly, which comes out Friday. The magazine quoted an unidentified person as its source . The couple split after a few months of whirlwind romance.... »»»
January 26, 2011 - Brandon Rhyder will take the stage at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, Texas to record "Live at Billy Bob's Texas" on Friday, Feb. 25. He will become the 39th artist to record for the series, due out on Smith Music Group. 'I take pride in the songs that I write and want to be able to sing many of them for years to come.... »»»
January 26, 2011 - It took Kenny Chesney eight whole minutes to sell out his upcoming show on Aug. 27 at one of his most supportive venues, Gillette, in the Boston area. And Chesney decided to add a second show there - on Aug. 28. The shows are part of the Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour.... »»»
January 26, 2011 - Charlie Louvin, once one-half of the Louvin Brothers with a longstanding solo career on his own, passed away early today after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Louvin was 83 and died at his home in Wartrace, Tenn. surrounded by family. Charles Elzer Loudermilk was born in Henagar, Ala. on July 7, 1927.... »»»
January 25, 2011 - Joe Nichols for his greatest songs, while Wanda Jackson gets a lot of help and Lori McKenna returns home on new CDs out today. Nichols released his first career compilation, "Greatest Hits," on Universal South Records. The CD contains his first single for the label, The Impossible and his latest , The Shape I'm In.... »»»
January 25, 2011 - Billy Currington will celebrate his 10th Top 10 hit, Let Me Down Easy, with a performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno this Thursday, Jan. 27. Currington will perform the single from his fourth studio album "Enjoy Yourself," on NBC at 11:35 p.m. eastern. The singer will join Kenny Chesney on his... »»»
January 25, 2011 - Jim Lauderdale, volunteer chairperson of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, will participate in a live chat on Facebook on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. eastern. The live chat with Lauderdale will take place at the social media site on the official page for the contest, found at MerleFest's... »»»
January 25, 2011 - The Band Perry is going to the dogs. Well, at least Purina Dog Chow. The pet food company is daring dog owners to try its dog food formula risk-free. In return, consumers can dare Purina Dog Chow back. TBP agreed to be the face of the campaign. "From now until Monday, Feb. 28, we are encouraging dog... »»»
January 25, 2011 - Blake Shelton is going back out on the road in late January on the “2011 All About Tonight Tour.” Ending in early May, the tour will include opening acts such as Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia, The Band Perry and Chris Young. “I’m excited to get back out there and perform for my fans.... »»»
January 25, 2011 - Luke Bryan will release his third spring break themed EP - "Spring Break 3...It's A Shore Thing" - on March 1. The four-song EP, all co-written by Bryan, features If You Ain't Here To Party, Faded Away, Love In A College Town and the title track. Bryan released his first spring break EP in 2009... »»»
January 25, 2011 - "Country Strong" received one Oscar nomination on Tuesday - for original song. Coming Home, written by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey, was one of four songs nominated for Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song). In the movie, star Gwyneth Paltrow sings the song.... »»»
January 24, 2011 - Chuck Wicks has left RCA Records after one album and one hit single. Wicks had a hit in 2008 with Stealin' Cinderella, from his debut disc "Staring Now," which came out almost exactly three years ago. He released four more singles, including All I Ever Wanted, Man of the House, Hold That Thought and Old School.... »»»
January 24, 2011 - A busy 2010 saw the Band of Heathens play 200-plus shows, hit Lollapalooza and tape Austin City Limits with Elvis Costello. The band also found time to write and record a new studio album. "Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son" drops March 29 as the band's third studio album and fifth release overall.... »»»
January 24, 2011 - Don Henley started recording an album of country classics, according to WSM DJ Ashley Mann. Mann reported "a whole lot of country music stars will be lending their voices on the album." Stan Lynch, drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is producing the disc. Mann also said it was unclear who... »»»
January 24, 2011 - Joe Nichols released a video today for his new single, The Shape I'm In. The song comes off his "Greatest Hits" package coming out on... »»»
January 24, 2011 - Steve Earle is set to release "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive," his 14th album, on April 26 via New West Records. The album is the anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning 2009 release "Townes." The 11-track set was produced by T Bone Burnett and is Earle's first collection of... »»»
January 24, 2011 - Jim Williamson, 75, an engineer and recording studio owner for Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, died Thursday at his Nashville-area home of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Williamson worked in several of Music City's legendary studios and ran the boards for at... »»»
January 24, 2011 - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will be the featured guests of DJ Gene Skinner on his syndicated radio shows, Great Stuff Bluegrass and Great Stuff Gospel this week. Both radio shows are part of Great Stuff Radio, which airs on more than 70 stations across the country, presenting traditional and... »»»
January 24, 2011 - Island Brothers / New Wonder is the new single from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and the Cairo Gang. The plan is for "as much of the profits as possible" from the sales of this single to be given to a Louisville-based organization Edge Outreach, according to a Drag City Records publicist.... »»»
January 21, 2011 - Joe Nichols was just announced as the halftime entertainment for this weekend's AFC Championship game, when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the New York Jets at Heinz Field Sunday in Pittsburgh, beginning at 6:30 eastern. "I am a sports fanatic and being able to perform at halftime for the fans of the... »»»
January 21, 2011 - The Americana Music Association announced its Executive Committee for the 2011 calendar year for one-year terms. Returning to their posts for an additional term, David Macias from Thirty Tigers was named Board President; artist manager Tim McFadden, Vice President; Sylvia Giannitrapani, Secretary.... »»»
January 21, 2011 - Country Thunder announced six more acts that will take stage in Wisconsin in July along with Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, Easton Corbin and Sawyer Brown. Thursday's line-up will include Caroline Cutbirth, Tayla Lynn, and Jennifer Wayne, collectively... »»»
January 21, 2011 - Martina McBride will sing the National Anthem at this Sunday's AFC Championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets. McBride has been a good luck charm for the Steelers thus far and the Steelers' wouldn't mind her luck again. "Martina is 2-0, and we hope she brings the magic to... »»»
January 20, 2011 - Willie Nelson will headline the second annual Country Throwdown tour with dates starting in late May. Nelson will be joined by Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert and other acts. 4 FINI, Inc., producers of the Vans Warped Tour, announced today Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown... »»»
January 20, 2011 - Marty Stuart will kick off his UK Tour in Glasgow, Scotland on Jan. 28. The tour is in support of "Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions)." Tour dates are: Jan. 28 Glasgow, Scotland Jan. 29 Gateshead, England Jan. 30 Nottingham, England Jan. 31 Milton Keynes, England Feb.... »»»
January 20, 2011 - Kenny Chesney grabbed the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 29 with Somewhere With You, knocking out Tim McGraw's Felt Good on My Lips, which slipped to second. Taylor Swift continued in first on the Country Albums chart with "Speak Now." The "Country Strong"... »»»
January 20, 2011 - The Infamous Stringdusters and Sarah Jarosz were among 20 new acts named to play this year's edition of MerleFest. Other artists added were Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks, Laura Boosinger, The Corklickers, The Freight Hoppers,... »»»
January 20, 2011 - Alan Jackson and Sony Nashville have parted ways. "In an amicable parting, Sony confirms that Alan has delivered his final recordings to the company and wishes him well," according to Arista, which is part of the Sony label group, has always been hoime to Jackson since his first CD,... »»»
January 20, 2011 - Bloodshot Records signed Lydia Loveless to the label. Loveless, 20, of Columbus, Ohio, combines country classicism with punk rock sounds, sometimes within the same song. Look for her debut Bloodshot release this fall. Loveless previously released "The Only Man" on Peloton Records In her first... »»»
January 20, 2011 - Alison Krauss and Union Station will release their first studio album in 6 years when "Paper Airplane" drops April 12 on Rounder. The disc, which contains 11 songs, is Krauss' 14th album and the band's follow-up to 2004's triple Grammy winning "Lonely Runs Both Ways" (Rounder).... »»»
January 20, 2011 - Dierks Bentley is slated to headline the 2011 Jagermeister Country Tour starting March 17 in Connecticut. The 30-city tour runs through mid-May and will feature special guest Columbia Nashville singer Josh Thompson and new A&M/Octone duo Miss Willie Brown. Each concert will also feature a local... »»»
January 19, 2011 - The Grascals reached the top of the Billboard Bluegrass charts with "The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin," displacing Dierks Bentley's "Up on the Ridge." The Grascals' album also entered the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at 26, the Heatseekers chart at 2, the... »»»
January 19, 2011 - Taylor Swift will have the top selling country disc in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are released Thursday with Steel Magnolia having the only other country disc in the top 10. Swift's "Speak Now" was third on the overall top 200 chart with 35,000 units sold, down 32 percent.... »»»
January 19, 2011 - Keith Urban will help kick off Super Bowl XLV as part of the pregame festivities at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on Sunday, Feb. 6. Fox pregame coverage begins at 2 p.m. eastern. The appearance marks Urban's return to the stadium where, just this past November, he gave a half-time performance at the... »»»
January 19, 2011 - A new record label was announced today in Nashville. Glen Blaschke and hit songwriter Tammy Hyler formed Big Country Records and Big Country Entertainment, they announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Singer/songwriter Morgan Tobias was the first act signed to the label with her debut... »»»
January 19, 2011 - The CMA Songwriters Series will return to the venue where it all began, New York City's Joe's Pub, in late April with Ashton Shepherd and three songwriters. The four will visit New York on Thursday, March 24. This will be the seventh year for the series that continues to play to sell-out crowds.... »»»
January 19, 2011 - The Band Perry will perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday, Jan. 28 and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Jan. 31. The sibling trio was at the Opry Tuesday, where they made the television announcement. They performed their Platinum single, If I Die Young. The band's next Ustream live... »»»
January 18, 2011 - Sunny Sweeney and Social Distortion are out with new releases today. Sweeney, the Texas honky tonk singer, has received play on the country singles stations with From a Table Away. This is a five-song EP, the forerunner of a disc due out later this year. Other songs include Drink Myself Single, Amy,... »»»
January 18, 2011 - With a career building thanks to her last CD, Amy Speace is readying "Land Like a Bird," for release March 26 on Thirty Tigers. Having spent many years in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey, Speace headed to Nashville. "But life takes its twists and turns and as much as I loved Manhattan, I felt... »»»
January 18, 2011 - P> Darius Rucker started this week in Nashville with a video shoot at the Ryman Auditorium for his new single, This, from his latest country album "Charleston, SC 1966." Rucker will also perform the song when he makes his return to Late Show with David Letterman this Wednesday, Jan. 19.... »»»
January 18, 2011 - Craig Morgan will make his ninth visit to entertain U.S. troops stationed overseas as part of the Stars For Stripes tour. Morgan will embark on the "Not Alone" tour, performing for service members stationed in Iraq and Kuwait, from Jan. 27 through Feb. 3 with his full band. "In addition to showing... »»»
January 18, 2011 - "Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented by JCPenney" will air as an ABC TV special on March 12. Rascal Flatts will film a live music special from the Xcel Energy Center this Friday, Jan. 21 in St. Paul, Minn. The show is being filmed during a regularly scheduled date on their "Nothing Like This"... »»»
January 18, 2011 - Mandolin player Sierra Hull will release her second disc, "Daybreak," March 8 on Rounder. Produced by Union Station bassist Barry Bales, "Daybreak" is the follow-up to her 2008 disc, "Secrets." Hull penned 7 of the 12 songs on "Daybreak." There's a pair of instrumentals and her first-ever western swing number.... »»»
January 18, 2011 - Jason Aldean went Platinum for selling 1 million copies for his fourth studio album "My Kinda Party," it was announced today. The 15 -rack disc becomes Aldean's third career Platinum album and brings the country rocker to five million total albums sold since his debut five years ago.... »»»
January 17, 2011 - After several years off the road, Teddy Gentry of Alabama, hits the stage again. His four-show concert series starts Jan. 21 at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. Subsequent shows will be Feb. 15, March 1 and March 15. The first show celebrates Gentry's 59th Birthday 9 (his official birthday is Jan 22).... »»»
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January 17, 2011 - Randy Owen, Ronnie Dunn, Justin Moore, The Band Perry and Jake Owen were some of the country acts appearing at S. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis to help officially kick-off the annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon season. More than 30 artists including Katie Armiger, Frankie... »»»
January 17, 2011 - Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman today announced a new addition to their family, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban. Their second child was born through a gestational carrier. Although announced today, the baby was born at Nashville's Centennial Womens Hospital on Dec. 28, 2010, Faith Margaret is Urban and... »»»
January 14, 2011 - Former Charlie Daniels Band guitarist Tommy Crain, 59, died Jan. 13. Crain joined The Charlie Daniels Band in 1975. He joined The CDB for a 15-year run, playing on more than 20 albums and co-writing more than 60 songs with the group, including the Grammy Award-winning song, The Devil Went Down To Georgia.... »»»
January 14, 2011 - More than eight years after his first and only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, Toby Keith is coming back. Keith appeared for the first and only time on Dec. 14, 2002, but returns Jan. 29. "The Opry is the most prestigious historical music-related event in all of country music," Keith said.... »»»
January 14, 2011 - Lady Antebellum's ballad Hello World is slated to be featured on an upcoming episode of CBS's hit drama NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) set to air Jan. 18. The song is currently in the Top 15 and was on the "Need You Now"... »»»
January 13, 2011 - Tim McGraw is once again atop the Billboard Country Songs chart with Felt Good on My Lips, and Taylor Swift was first on the overall chart and Country Albums chart with "Speak Now" for the week ending Jan. 22. On the album chart, Jason Aldean remained second with "My Kinda Party.... »»»
January 13, 2011 - The Bellamy Brothers seem to be mulling over whether to take legal action against Britney Spears over her new single, which the brothers claim is similar to their hit If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me. Spears' song is Hold It Against Me, and the grinding and musical... »»»
January 13, 2011 - Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann have each spent most of the past year on the road, and starting in March, they will co-headline The Higher Education Tour. The Higher Education Tour will hit college markets around the country, beginning in Columbia, Mo., on March 10, with additional dates to be... »»»
January 13, 2011 - Billy Currington will fulfill his dream - he's going to play stadiums this year thanks to Kenny Chesney. Currington will join Chesney on his 2011 'Goin' Coastal' Tour beginning March 17 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Currington who recently marked his sixth number one single with Pretty Good At Drinkin'... »»»
January 13, 2011 - "Here We Rest," the new album from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, is set for an April 12th release on Lightning Rod Records. This is the second album from Isbell and, and Isbell's third overall. An Alabama native, rootsy artist Isbell comes from a tradition of Southern music, including his stint with Drive-By Truckers.... »»»
January 13, 2011 - The Americana Music Association is going first class with a weekend featuring John Hiatt, Nanci Griffith and Rodney Crowell in late March as a benefit. The event will be held at the Smoky Mountain luxury property and resort, Blackberry, in Walland, Tenn. from March 25 -27. "Hearing internationally... »»»
January 12, 2011 - Award winning DJ Dugg Collins, a former KFTI-AM morning announcer, passed away at his home in Amarillo, Texas. Collins, 67, was on the air from 1999 to 2008 for AM 1070. Collins got his start in radio at KCTX in Childress Texas in 1959, and he worked at radio stations in Texas and Oklahoma.... »»»
January 12, 2011 - Bluegrass family band Cherryholmes are splitting up. In a post on their web site Wednesday afternoon, the group - parents Jere and Sandy Cherryholmes and children Cia, B.J., Skip and Molly - announced they are no longer together musically to enable family members to pursue their own goals.... »»»
January 12, 2011 - Kenny Chesney announces 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' tour. This was in addition to 10 previously announced stadium shows (two already sold out). The tour begins March 17 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla.... »»»
January 12, 2011 - Taylor Swift received good news this week and set a record in the process, although it's not one she particularly would want. Swift's CD, "Speak Now," holds down the number 1 spot on Billboard's top 200, which will be out Thursday, with 52,000 units sold, down 32 percent from the previous week.... »»»
January 12, 2011 - Tim McGraw announced the first set of dates for his Emotional Traffic Tour, which kicks off later this winter. On his web site, McGraw listed the following dates: March 7, Houston, Texas, RodeoHouston April 8, Corpus Christi, Texas, American Bank Center April 10, Bossier City, La.... »»»
January 12, 2011 - Blake Shelton will join Reba McEntire in hosting the Academy of Country Music awards show in April. The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3 on the CBS. "This is an incredibly special moment for me," said Shelton.... »»»
January 12, 2011 - The Bellamy Brothers are accusing Britney Spears' new single, Hold It Against Me, of being too similar to a hit of theirs. "Back in 1979, I wrote a little song called If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me," said David Bellamy. "That little song went number one and has since... »»»
January 11, 2011 - The George Strait tour continues into 2011, starting up again Friday in Austin with Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack opening. The trio will continue through April 9 in Louisville. Pollstar recently announced its "Top 50 North American Tours for 2010," and the Strait, McEntire and Womack tour was the... »»»
January 11, 2011 - Rascal Flatts will launch the second leg of the "Nothing Like This Tour" this Friday, Jan. 14 in Sioux Falls, S.D. with opening acts Luke Bryan and Chris Young. The tour with then wrap in Oklahoma City, Okla. on March 12. When Rascal Flatts closed the first leg of the "Nothing Like This Tour" in... »»»
January 11, 2011 - Hosts with the Most: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, a spotlight exhibit featuring stage costumes worn by Paisley and Underwood when they hosted the 2010 Country Music Association Awards last November, will open Jan. 18 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit will feature a black... »»»
January 11, 2011 - Jewel is pregnant. The singer broke the news on her web site today, "I have some exciting news... Ty and I are expecting! ." Jewel married the rodeo star and went to the country side thereafter. She has released two albums with Big Machine. Jewel's web site referred readers to the People web site.... »»»
January 10, 2011 - Ralph Stanley underwent surgery Sunday to have a pacemaker installed. "The surgery was a success and he is doing fine and hopes to be up and around in a few days," said band member James Alan Shelton in an email. As a result, the Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys show scheduled for Jan. 15 in Galax, Va.... »»»
January 10, 2011 - Teleflora, the world's leading flower delivery service, and Faith Hill today announced the creation of "The Collection by Faith Hill." The collection will be unveiled in Teleflora's TV commercial set to debut during Super Bowl XLVon Sunday, Feb. 6. A 30-second spotwill air during the second quarter.... »»»
January 10, 2011 - Craig Campbell, who has a hit on his hands with Family Man, will see his self-titled debut album out March 1 on Bigger Picture Group. Produced by Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson), Campbell's said, "Before moving to Nashville, I would read CD booklets to see who wrote the songs, who played... »»»
January 10, 2011 - Kenny Chesney continues his love of football as producer of a one-hour special on former University of Tennessee football star Condredge Holloway for ESPN's year-long, Year of The Quarterback initiative. The documentary will air Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. eastern on ESPN. Chesney, who wore Holloway's jersey... »»»
January 7, 2011 - Randy Montana released a video for his new single, 1,000 Faces. This is the second single for the Mercury Nashville artist. In March 2010, Montana released his debut single Ain't Much Left of Lovin'... »»»
January 7, 2011 - Beville Darden, co-founder and editor of the country music news web site,, received the 2010 CMA Media Achievement Award today. "I am beyond humbled," said Darden. "A CMA Award? I can't carry a tune in a bucket! But it is my honor every single day to write about those who can.... »»»
January 7, 2011 - Steel Magnolia was added to the CRS 2011 New Faces of Country Music Show, Country Radio Broadcasters announced today. The duo joins previously announced performers The Band Perry (Republic Nashville), Lee Brice (Curb Records), Jerrod Niemann (Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville) and Josh Thompson (Columbia Nashville).... »»»
January 7, 2011 - Roots rocker Webb Wilder will be inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in Jackson on Jan. 18. A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Wilder said, "I am very grateful and extremely proud to be a recipient of this honor. I've been doing this a long time so it's always... »»»
January 7, 2011 - George Jones went home from a Nashville-area hospital Thursday after one night in the hospital, according to his web site. Jones was admitted to the hospital after going in for a checkup and returned home. The web site posted a Tennessean story, which stated, "As of early Thursday afternoon, Jones was... »»»
January 6, 2011 - Frankie Ballard will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday, Jan. 7 at the Ryman Auditorium. "I'm totally humbled by the invite to play the Grand Ole Opry for the first time," said Ballard. "The opportunity to make my debut at the Ryman, on a stage where so many great country stars once played, is... »»»
January 6, 2011 - Tim McGraw and Taylor remained first on the Billboard Country Songs and Top 200 charts for the week ending Jan. 15. McGraw was number one with Felt Good On My Lips, while Swift was first with "Speak Now." The song chart showed extremely little movement during the holiday period.... »»»
January 6, 2011 - George Jones is slated to be released from a Nashville hospital by Friday after being admitted Wednesday following a physical. It was not clear why he was hospitalized. "On Wednesday, January 5th 2011, George Jones underwent an annual routine health checkup. Although Mr. Jones is staying overnight in a... »»»
January 6, 2011 - Dolly Parton's new CD will be called "Better Day" and is filming a movie with a queen. Just when the CD will be out was unclear, although Parton previously indicated the music would be out this year. Parton wrote today on her web site, "Happy 2011! Dolly is gearing up for a fun-filled, busy year with... »»»
January 6, 2011 - Steve Martin will release his second full length bluegrass album, "Rare Bird Alert," on Rounder Records on March 15. Martin will be joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, who toured extensively with Martin over the last year. Following the success of the Grammy Award winning "The Crow: New Songs for... »»»
January 6, 2011 - Sugarland will continue their 2010 The Incredible Machine tour into 2011 and return to the road this spring with guests Sara Bareilles, Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson. The Incredible Machine Tour was one of Pollstar's Top 50 North American Tours of 2010. The tour will kick-off in Houston on... »»»
January 6, 2011 - Sibling trio The Harters will once again join Alan Jackson for a string of dates across Canada in February and March. "Opening for Alan is an absolute dream come true," said Michael Harter. "Alan, his crew and his fans always make us feel welcome and at home out on the road." The Harters -... »»»
January 5, 2011 - Gwyneth Paltrow, the star of "Country Strong," returns as host of Saturday Night Live on Jan. 15 with musical guest Cee Lo Green. Paltrow will take her third turn at hosting. Green will make his SNL debut as a solo performer. With the November release of the Grammy winner's third studio album, "The... »»»
January 5, 2011 - The JaneDear girls (Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett), on the charts with the single Wildflower, will release their self-titled debut album Feb. 1. That will be on the heels of starting Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" tour in Little Rock, Ark. on Jan. 21. The ACM Top New Vocal Duo nominee is... »»»
January 5, 2011 - Lady Antebellum had the number one selling country CD in the U.S. last year with "Need You Now." The disc was the second best selling CD of any genre behind Eminem's "Recovery." Lady A sold 3.09 million, well behind Eminem's 3.42 million. Taylor Swift had the only other country CD in the top 10 with "Speak Now" at 2.... »»»
January 5, 2011 - Sad news in the dating world, well, for those who care about such things. Taylor Swift and actor Jake Gyllenhaal apparently are no longer. While it was not totally clear that it ever was, People quoted a source on its web site Tuesday, "They're over. It ended last month." The two spent Thanksgiving... »»»
January 5, 2011 - Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at the top spot for a fifth non-consecutive on Billboard's top 200 with sales of 77,000, down 72 percent from the previous week. The drop was expected in the post-holiday week. Swift had the only country disc in the top 10. Eminem's "Recovery" was second, up from seventh.... »»»
January 5, 2011 - Abigail Washburn's "City of Refuge" CD, out Jan. 11 on Rounder, is now available for streaming via NPR. The singer and clawhammer banjo player also will tour behind the CD. The CD is streaming in its entirety on NPR Music and featured alongside her Tiny Desk Concert. Washburn worked with producer... »»»
January 4, 2011 - Carrie Underwood wrapped her 2010 headline arena tour, the "Play On Tour," Thursday night in Connecticut after performing 108 shows across the U.S. and Canada, and with 1 million fans attending since its launch last March. Underwood was the top-ranked female country touring artist of 2010, as she was in 2008.... »»»
January 4, 2011 - Cadillac Sky is going on hiatus, the band announced on its web site Tuesday. "After long hours of thought and with heavy but grateful hearts, we've decided to make the following announcement: starting in January of 2011 we will be going on an indefinite hiatus. We've made some personal and collective... »»»
January 4, 2011 - Kellie Pickler and songwriter Kyle Jacobs were married in "an intimate ceremony" on New Year's Day on a private island in the Caribbean, according to her publicist. No further details or photos were available at this time. Jacobs has been a staff writer for Curb Music since 2003.... »»»
January 4, 2011 - Tickets for a taping of GAC's ACM Showcase, an evening recognizing the newcomer nominees for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, go on sale today. Luke Bryan will host the event as a special Grand Ole Opry performance on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. central at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.... »»»
January 3, 2011 - The Academy of Country Music will announce the nominees for this year's awards show in February, but the artists up for the ACM Awards' newcomer awards were announced today. Eric Church, Easton Corbin and Randy Houser are up for top new solo vocalist. The Band Perry, The JaneDear Girls and Steel... »»»
January 3, 2011 - Buddy Miller teamed up with guitarists Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz to create "The Majestic Silver Strings," a monumental musical experience to be released on CD, with bonus DVD, March 1 on New West Records. The Miller-produced CD is his re-imagination of country songs, loaded with... »»»
January 3, 2011 - Ashton Shepherd's first single from her upcoming sophomore CD will be out Tuesday. According to Mediabase, Look It Up is the second most-added song this week at country radio and the song debuted at 55 today on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. "Look It Up is a song about somebody who is... »»»
January 3, 2011 - Justin Townes Earle will make his network television debut this Wednesday night on "The Late Show with David Letterman." The appearance in support of his 2010 release "Harlem River Blues" (Bloodshot Records). Earle will continue to tour in 2011 with a series of special European shows in January followed by U.S.... »»»
January 3, 2011 - Sibling trio The Harters start the new year with their very first music video for their new single, If I Run. The video will make its world premiere today on CMT and can be seen on TV and online in the coming weeks. Directed by Wes Edwards (Jason Aldean), the video was shot at Nashville's Riverwood... »»»
January 3, 2011 - Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is going solo - for one show anyway. Nettles will play a solo show at the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, Texas on Jan. 15 to benefit Attic Community Playground, a non-profit organization supporting the performing arts. "Attic Community Playground is one of... »»»
January 2, 2011 - Tim McGraw said Sunday he and his band, the Dancehall Doctors, will return to the road this spring. The "Emotional Traffic Tour" will feature special guests Luke Bryan and The Band Perry. Dates for the North American run will be announced shortly. Ticket sales will begin on Jan. 15.... »»»
January 2, 2011 - Shania Twain married her fiance Saturday, only two weeks after announcing their engagement. Twain, who divorced her producer Robert "Mutt" Lange after 14 years of marriage, got hitched in Rincon, Puerto Rico, to Frederic Thiebaud. "They were married at sunset in Rincon, Puerto Rico, in front of 40 of... »»»
January 2, 2011 - If at first you release an album, well maybe re-release it again. At least that's what James McMurtry is going to do. On Feb. 1, Lightning Rod Records will be out with a new version of James McMurtry's critically acclaimed "Live in Aught-Three." This remastered release will be available on CD and... »»»