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Country News Digest, February 2011


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February 28, 2011 - Jason Aldean received a top-notch birthday present today. His latest single, Don't You Wanna Stay, a song with Kelly Clarkson, will be number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart when it is officially released Thursday. Aldean took over for Blake Shelton's Who Are You When I'm Not Looking.... »»»
February 28, 2011 - Brad Paisley was added to this weekend's Opry All-Star Weekend line-up at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Paisley will celebrate 10 years of Opry membership with an appearance March 5 along with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton as well as the Opry debut of Valory Music's Edens Edge.... »»»
February 28, 2011 - The Country Music Association will reveal the 2011 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame Tuesday morning. Kix Brooks will host the event at 10:30 a.m./eastern with the public able to watch on line via Ustream. Fans should visit CMAworld.com on Tuesday morning. "CMA is excited to... »»»
February 28, 2011 - Brad Paisley's H2O Frozen Over tour made its last stop at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena this past Saturday night playing to a sold-out crowd of more than 13,500 fans. About half-way through the concert, Paisley was joined on stage by his mentor and guitar hero John Jorgenson, founding member of the... »»»
February 28, 2011 - Deborah Allen signed an agreement with Nashville-based Delta Rock Records and is putting the finishing touches on her debut album for the label. Tentatively titled "Hear Me Now," Allen incorporates elements of country, pop, rock and soul. Allen produced 8 of the 11 songs, with longtime friend and... »»»
February 28, 2011 - Thompson Square is on a roll. With a hit single, Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not and new disc high on the charts, the duo will perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Friday, March 4. The husband-and-wife duo scanned more than 30,000 units of their CD sold in their first week.... »»»
February 27, 2011 - Miranda Lambert has canceled her Australian tour opening for Alan Jackson. Lambert was slated to start the tour this Friday in Melbourne as the opener for Jackson. "I was very much looking forward to Australia with Alan Jackson and performing for all the music lovers down under", said Lambert.... »»»
February 27, 2011 - Eric Church and The Band Perry won Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group respectively from the Academy of Country Music. The two winners are now nominees for the Top New Artist award, which will be given out on the 46th annual ACM broadcast on April 3. Voting for the awards closed last Wednesday.... »»»
February 25, 2011 - The Avett Brothers are offering a free download of Paranoia in B Flat Major on their web site. To receive the download, users are required to sign up for the group's mailing list. The ever active band is currently off the road until starting a southern swing March 25 in Clearwater, Fla.... »»»
February 25, 2011 - The Band of Heathens are on NPR's Mountain Stage show today, in advance of their disc, "Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son," out March 29. This is the band's third studio album and fifth overall. The CD was produced by George Reiff, who has worked with the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, the... »»»
February 25, 2011 - The Grand Ole Opry kicks off the first Tuesday Night Opry of the 2011 season on Tuesday, March 1. Scheduled to appear are Little Big Town and the Randy Rogers Band, Dailey & Vincent, Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens. Among those slated for weekend and Tuesday Opry appearances later in March are Rodney... »»»
February 24, 2011 - Josh Kelley co-wrote the theme song to the new CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly," which is just one of many of his compositions featured in TV shows and movies. Kelley co-wrote I See Love with blues singer Keb' Mo', who sings the song in the version selected as the "Mike & Molly" theme.... »»»
February 24, 2011 - Blake Shelton reached the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending March 5 with Who Are You When I'm Not Looking. He took over from Luke Bryan's Someone Else Calling You Baby, which fell to fourth. Lady Antebellum jumped back to the top of the Country Albums chart with "Need You Now"... »»»
February 24, 2011 - "Country Strong," the movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on April 12. Paltrow plays a country music star seeking to revive her music career after a stint in rehab. She received much attention for her singing in the movie,... »»»
February 24, 2011 - Sarah Darling will make her Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday night, Feb. 26 with a little help from a friend - Vince Gill. "When I was a little girl my grandpa used to tell me, 'One of these days, you'll make it to the Grand Ole Opry.' It's here," said Darling. "As a singer, it really is a dream... »»»
February 24, 2011 - "Breaking the Myth: Waylon Jennings," premiering Saturday Feb. 26, 9 p.m. eastern on GAC, chronicles the making of "The Music Inside A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings Volume I," the just released tribute album. Album producer Witt Stewart first saw Jennings working as a DJ at a Lubbock,... »»»
February 24, 2011 - Chris Young becomes the only artist with 2 Top 10 singles this week on Billboard's Digital Country Songs chart, as his new single, Tomorrow, jumped onto the chart at number 8. With first-week sales of more than 30,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, the single - at radio now - is a week out... »»»
February 23, 2011 - Gloriana is not keeping secrets when it comes to recording their second disc. The group has spent the last few months in the studio, writing and recording their second album, set for release later this year. The quartet also is documenting their time in the studio to keep their fans posted on their... »»»
February 23, 2011 - John Cowan & Friends and Joan Osborne were added to the line-up at MerleFest 2011, slated for April 28-May 1. In addition to his performance as part of The Doobie Brothers Friday, Cowan will be fronting John Cowan & Friends - comprised of Cowan, Jeff Autry (guitar), Tom Britt (bass) and Billy Thomas (drums).... »»»
February 23, 2011 - Sarah Jarosz returns with her sophomore disc, "Follow Me Down," on May 17 on Sugar Hill. The 11-song disc is the follow-up to "Song Up In Her Head." "I definitely could have just made a record that was similar to the last one - pretty rootsy," said Jarosz, 19, a student at the New England... »»»
February 22, 2011 - Country rocker Brantley Gilbert signed to Valory Music, part of Big Machine Records, it was announced Tuesday. Gilbert, 25, enjoyed a strong 2010. His second album - the independently-released "Halfway to Heaven" - reached the top of the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart and second on the iTunes Country chart.... »»»
February 22, 2011 - Stain front man Aaron Lewis will mark the March 1 release of his solo debut CD, "Town Line," with a performance that night on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Lewis will perform "Country Boy," the CD's first single. Lewis, who is releasing the disc through Stroudavarious Records, will appear the... »»»
February 22, 2011 - A deluxe edition of Keith Urban's sixth studio album, "Get Closer," will be available on the iTunes Store beginning today. In addition to the eight original tracks, the deluxe version features three new studio tracks and four live recordings from his "Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing" World Tour.... »»»
February 22, 2011 - Husband-and-wife team Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion are out with "Bright Examples" (Ninth Street Opus). This is their second full-length release and was produced by Vetiver's Andy Cabic and Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Devendra Banhart). The Gibson Brothers - Eric and Leigh - do their bluegrass thing on... »»»
February 22, 2011 - Fresh off their Grammy win for Best Contemporary Folk Album, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs announce their 2011 summer tour in support of "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise." The tour will begin in Waterbury, Conn. on May 25 and end June 21 in Boise, Idaho with opening acts Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters.... »»»
February 21, 2011 - A Bellamy Brothers attorney said Monday they are continuing to explore their legal options regarding a Britney Spears song, but did not say they would necessarily sue the pop star, although he strongly indicated they would seek money. Spears has a new single, Hold It Against Me, which the Bellamys... »»»
February 21, 2011 - Miranda Lambert kicked off The Revolution Continues tour this week by performing two sold-out shows at Billy Bob's Texas in Ft. Worth. Lambert is the first artist to ever sell out back-to-back shows in the history of the venue. "We at Billy Bob's Texas couldn't be happier with Miranda Lambert.... »»»
February 21, 2011 - Blake Shelton is on a roll as he will notch his third consecutive number one when the Billboard and Country Aircheck (Mediabase) are officially released this week thanks to Who Are You When I'm Not Looking? This hit marks Shelton's eighth number one single and his first triple back-to-back number one... »»»
February 21, 2011 - J.D.Crowe broke his arm Friday night while getting off his tour bus to play at a Massachusetts bluegrass festival. Crowe was transported by ambulance to the hospital, and it was determined that his left arm was broken in two places above the elbow. The doctor in the emergency room wanted to keep him... »»»
February 20, 2011 - The Doobie Brothers will make its Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, Feb. 26. Founding members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston along with members John McFee (known to country music audiences for his days in Southern Pacific) and Guy Allison will be joined by touring member John Cowan, originally of New... »»»
February 20, 2011 - Eric Church will offer a free download of his new single Homeboy from his upcoming third studio album. Not available to purchase until March 8, the free version is available until Feb. 24 for fans who go to Church's web site and retweet the message about his ACM nomination for top new solo vocalist.... »»»
February 18, 2011 - Five time Grammy Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will change directions and go country. Make that traditional country-gospel album for the first time in their 70-year career with a new CD out on May 3rd on Saguaro Road Records. Jamey Johnson co-produced... »»»
February 18, 2011 - Feb. 22, 2011 marks a special anniversary for Rebel Records. On that date 40 years ago, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys walked into Roy Homer's studio to cut their first recordings for Rebel Records. In honor of this occasion, Rebel will offer two more Stanley releases as part of a label... »»»
February 17, 2011 - Detroit and Justin Moore don't seem to mix very well. The last time he headlined a show at the Royal Oaks Theatre (March 2010), his Gibson J-45 guitar was stolen by a fan. On Wednesday, as Moore traveled to Royal Oaks, Mich., his tour bus caught fire, although no one was hurt. Around 4 a.m.... »»»
February 17, 2011 - Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" and Luke Bryan's Someone Else Calling You Baby topped the Billboard Country Albums and Songs Chart respectively for the week ending Feb. 26. Bryan took over for Chris Young's Voices, which slipped to third. Aldean was followed by Taylor Swift's "Speak Now," which remained second.... »»»
February 17, 2011 - Old 97's extend their tour in support of their new release "The Grand Theatre, Volume One. " The new dates continue through the spring and include stops in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Washington and New York. Old 97's were also selected to perform at the Sasquatch Festival this May. Tour dates are: Feb.... »»»
February 16, 2011 - As sure as it's spring break, Luke Bryan will have another digital EP out. The singer will put out "Spring Break 4...Suntan City" on March 6 with four songs. Bryan helped write all four songs, which include Suntan City, with Dallas Davidson, Rhett Atkins and Ben Hayslip; Spring Breakup with Ashley... »»»
February 16, 2011 - Jason Aldean had the only country CD in the top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. "My Kinda Party" was ninth with 35,000 units sold, up 30 percent. Lady Antebellum, a big winner at the Grammys on Sunday, benefitted. The trio's "Need You Now," which won best country album at the Grammys, jumped from... »»»
February 16, 2011 - Gloriana was asked by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the White House on Thursday, Feb. 24 to be a part of the concert, "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House." The concert, celebrating Black History Month and the legacy of Motown Records, will also include performances... »»»
February 16, 2011 - Randy Montana will perform at this weekend's Daytona 500, the kickoff to the NASCAR racing season. Montana will perform Sunday, Feb. 20 as part of the pre-race festivities that take place in the midway outside the track, which is open to the public. Montana is also tapped to entertain at the New... »»»
February 16, 2011 - Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will be performing in New York in mid-March in support of their March 15 release, "Rare Bird Alert "(Rounder). The new CD is a follow-up to the 2009 release, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" (Rounder). Martin will be joined by the Steep... »»»
February 16, 2011 - Charley Pride is about to release his first CD in five years. "Choices" will be out March 8 on Music City Records with 13 songs. Album cuts include songs by Ted Harris (Crystal Chandeliers), Ben Peters (Kiss An Angel Good Morning), Charlie Monk, Eddy Raven and Richie McDonald, formerly of Lonestar.... »»»
February 16, 2011 - Gurf Morlix, who just released a tribute disc to the late Blaze Foley is launching a tour of Texas and the south in the next few months. Morlix has worked with Lucinda Williams Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Buddy and Julie Miller, and Mary Gauthier along with being friends with and playing with... »»»
February 16, 2011 - The Felice Brothers announced today that they signed with Fat Possum Records, home of Andrew Bird, The Walkmen and Wavves. The band will release its fifth full-length album later this spring. Last week, The Felice Brothers announced new headlining tour dates in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.... »»»
February 16, 2011 - Gretchen Wilson performed her new single I'd Love To Be Your Last on "The Talk" Monday, but did a bit more than that in seeing if the words would ring true for one couple. Wilson talked with hosts by Leah Remini, Sara Gilbert and Julie Chen about her advice to singles on Valentine's Day ("when you... »»»
February 15, 2011 - Hayes Carll, Eddie Spaghetti and George Jones are among the artists putting out new CDs today. Carll, a humorously offbeat country singer, is out with "KIMAG YOGO (& Other American Stories)." Carll was the guy behind She Left Me for Jesus. Spaghetti is best known for his work with his main gig, The Supersuckers.... »»»
February 15, 2011 - The Band Perry's debut album, "The Band Perry," on Republic Nashville achieved Gold certification from the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000, it was announced Tuesday. "Having a Gold record is a tremendous accomplishment and to achieve that status in just under four months is even more amazing," said... »»»
February 15, 2011 - Chris Young is on a roll. Last week, he saw Voices became his third consecutive number one. Today, Young offers fans a peek at his brand new album, "Neon," due out this summer, as Tomorrow becomes available for download today. The song is exclusively on iTunes through Feb. 21 and everywhere... »»»
February 15, 2011 - Jason Aldean is set to perform his duet Don't You Wanna Stay with Kelly Clarkson on The Ellen DeGeneres Show next Tuesday, Feb. 22. He will also perform his most recent number one hit My Kinda Party on Conan that same night. "Other than when we debuted Stay on the CMA Awards, we haven't really had... »»»
February 15, 2011 - The Arizona version of Country Thunder announced Tuesday it was adding Little Big Town, Sara Evans and Craig Campbell to the list of performers. Already slated to appear in the concert being held April 7-10 are Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Clay Walker, Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins, Sawyer Brown and Eric Church.... »»»
February 15, 2011 - Robert Plant & the Band of Joy and Alison Krauss & Union Station are among the acts slated to play this year's Bonnaroo festival in June. Other country and bluegrass groups on the bill of the Madison, Tenn. event, slated for June 9-12, are Buffalo Springfield, featuring Richie Furay, Stephen Stills,... »»»
February 15, 2011 - Brad Paisley is now slated to release his new album, "This Is Country Music," on May 24, more than a month after the original release date. Cover art to the project, originally slated for April 19, was revealed today. No reason was given for the delay. Paisley once again teamed with longtime producer... »»»
February 15, 2011 - Louisiana singer James Dupré, who has gained a following on YouTube, signed a deal with Warner, the label announced today. While working as an EMT paramedic, Dupré fueled his musical dreams by posting his videos on YouTube, which was eventually discovered by Ellen Degeneres.... »»»
February 15, 2011 - The Academy of Country Music announced the radio award winners today for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music awards. This marks the third ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year Award win for Blair Garner, for After MidNite with Blair Garner. Garner also won this award in 2003 and 2005.... »»»
February 15, 2011 - Once was not enough for Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis. After appearing together on 2008's Blue Note album "Two Men With the Blues," the two are joining forces - this time with Nora Jones - for " Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles," a 12-tune song cycle about the ups and downs of... »»»
February 15, 2011 - Keith Urban appears on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday, Feb. 17, which will include the network television premiere of Without You, the second single from "Get Closer." The song is the follow up to his 24th Top 5 hit Put You In A Song. Urban will launch the "Get Closer 2011 World Tour"... »»»
February 14, 2011 - Carrie Underwood will co-host the America's Opry Weekend New Faces of Country Special the weekend of March 5. Underwood made her Grand Ole Opry debut six years ago less than two weeks after winning the fourth season of "American Idol." Underwood will share her story and play the music of some of the... »»»
February 14, 2011 - Craig Morgan was looking for a quiet Sunday afternoon at his home in Dickson, Tenn. after returning from a string of tour dates. That was until Morgan saw a house fire and sprung into action. Putting his skills as a former EMT and assistant deputy sheriff to work, Morgan "raced to the scene and into... »»»
February 14, 2011 - Eric Church releases the new single Homeboy today from his upcoming third studio album due out later this year. Homeboy was written by Church and Casey Beathard. The idea for the song came after Beathard heard his son say "come on homeboy" to one of his buddies. Beathard brought the idea to Church... »»»
February 14, 2011 - If puppets can be part of a Grammy performance, why not a video? A pair of puppets will oversee a farm full of felt-covered critters in Trace Adkins' new video for the single, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, a honky tonk song about a couple who put the farm chores aside for a little afternoon delight.... »»»
February 14, 2011 - The first new George Jones songs in more than five years will be out next week as part of a hits collection. Bandit Records will release I Ain't Ever Slowin Down, written by Al Anderson and Stephen Bruton and I Should Have Called, written by Eddie Raven as part of "George Jones: Hits.... »»»
February 14, 2011 - Matraca Berg returns to recorded music with her first disc in 14 years with the rootsy "The Dreaming Fields" on May 17 on Dualtone. Berg's last disc was "Sunday Morning To Saturday Night." "I knew when I was writing these songs, the ones that I was drawn to... that they deserved to be heard...... »»»
February 14, 2011 - Zac Brown Band premieres the full-length video for its new single, Colder Weather, on their site today at noon. The top 20 song is the second single from the band's number 1 album "You Get What You Give" (Atlantic). The video was directed by Darren Doane (director of the band's videos for Toes and... »»»
February 14, 2011 - It's getting to be old hat for Luke Bryan - he has another number one single on his hands. Someone Else Calling You Baby, co-written with Jeff Stevens, hit the top spot spot on the country singles chart, giving him the distinction of having all three singles ( Do I and Rain Is A Good Thing )... »»»
February 14, 2011 - The Dirt Drifters are putting out their debut single, Something Better, to country radio today on Warner Nashville. The song is available on iTunes and will be featured on their forthcoming debut album entitled "This Is My Blood," produced by Justin Niebank (Vince Gill and Keith Urban).... »»»
February 14, 2011 - Three Mickey Newbury albums will be reissued by an indie Chicago label in May. "Looks Like Rain" (1969), "Frisco Mabel Joy" (1971) and "Heaven Help The Child" (1973) will be out on May 17 on Drag City Records. "Looks Like Rain" contains An American Trilogy. Grammy winning engineer Steve Rosenthal... »»»
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February 14, 2011 - Lady Antebellum was the big winner at the Grammy awards Sunday, capturing a total of five. The trio won Grammys for record and song of the year for Need You Now with the composition also winning the song award for the country category. Lady Antebellum also scored a Grammy for Best Country Album for "Need You Now.... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Canadian band he Arcade Fire won album of the year award at the Grammys Sunday for "The Suburbs." That was one of the fews losses for Lady Antebellum, whose "Need You Now" also was nominated along with Eminmem for "Recovery," Lady Gaga for "The Fame Mosnter" and Katy Pedrry for "Teeange Dream.... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Lady Antebellum won record of the year at the Grammys on Sunday for Need You Now. Once again, Hillary Scott looked stunned in winning thee award. "We're so stunned, we were kind of walking in the wriong direction," said Scott once she found the stage. Scott reiterated her appreciation of how far the... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Song of the year went to Need You Now by Lady Antebellum on Sunday at the Grammys. The award went to songwriters Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Josh Kear. They beat out another country song, The House That Built Me plus three others to take the honor. "What an amazing year, we are so... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Lady Antebellum won the Grammy for Best Country Album for "Need You Now." Others nominated were Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and Jamey Johnson. The group thanked their label, family and friends and producer Paul Worley, who went onstage with... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Miranda Lambert won the Grammy for Beset Female Vocal Performance Sunay for The House That Built Me. Lambert accepted the award from Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown. "First Grammy perfomrance ever. First Grammy ever," Lambert said. "Thank you so much for loving the lyrics to this song. It means the world to me.... »»»
February 13, 2011 - The Carolina Chocolate Drops took the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album with "Genuine Negro Jig" on Sunday. We weren't expecting that," said a tearful Rhiannon Giddens in accepting the award. "This is very much a great honor," said Dom Fleming. He also thanked Joe Henry, who produced the disc.... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Overwhelmed with emotion, Mavis Staples won the Grammy for Best Americana Album for "You Are Not Alone," winning over Robert Plant, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson and Los Lobos. Staples said in her acceptance speech, "Oh my goodness." Turning to co-host Bobby McFerrin, Staples said of the Grammy award,... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Patty Loveless were among the early winners Sunday of Grammys. Lady Antebellum took the songwriter's honor for Best Country Song for Need You Now along with Josh Kear. Other songs nominated were The Breath You Take, Free The House That Built Me, I'd Love to Be Your Last... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Marty Stuart took home the Grammy on Sunday for Best Country Instrumental Performance for Hummingbyrd from his disc, "Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions." Stuart was not at the ceremony, which was held before the prime time event on television. Others nominated were: Tattoo Of A Smudge, Cherryholmes... »»»
February 13, 2011 - The Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson won the Grammy on Sunday for best country collaboration with vocals for the song As She's Walking Away.= Brown told the crowd, "What a tremendous honor. Thank you very much. He thanked his family as well for the band being able to go out. The band also thanked... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Diamond Rio won the Grammy Sunday for Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album in pre-television ceremonies. The group, which has veered more towards gospel in recent years took the award over Ty Herndon's "Journey On" plus three other CDs. Herndon also has enjoyed a country career.... »»»
February 13, 2011 - "Crazy Heart" from Stephen Burton and T Bone Burnett won the Grammy on Sunday for Compilation Soundtrack Album. The song, The Weary Kind from the movie took Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. Burnett accepted the award in Los Angeles in pre-television ceremonies.... »»»
February 13, 2011 - "The Beatles Original Studio Recordings" won a Grammy in early action Sunay for Historical Album. One of the other releases nominated was the massive set by Hank Williams, "The Complete Mother's Best... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Chip Taylor's art director Andrew Taray was nominated for best recording package for "Yonkers NY," but lost to Michael Carney who did the art work for "Brothers" by The Black Keys. The award was given out prior to the main show at the Staples in Los... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Johnny Cash's Ain't No Grave lost out to Bad Romance from Lady Gaga for Best Short Form Music video. The Grammy was handed out in ceremonies prior to the main... »»»
February 13, 2011 - Brad Paisley will be behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro SS that will serve as the official pace car for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 later this month. Last week, Paisley was pegged to perform three songs on the televised Daytona 500 Pre-Race show leading up to the start of the race at... »»»
February 11, 2011 - Sara Evans is offering "Stronger" sooner, at least if you watch QVC. Evans will appear live on the station on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 a.m. eastern. During this broadcast, Evans will perform songs from her new CD and offer fans the opportunity to order "Stronger," which has been specially-packaged for... »»»
February 11, 2011 - Emmylou Harris, the Old 97's, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, Abigail Washburn and the Band of Heathens will play the Americana Music Association annual SXSW showcase, scheduled for Thursday March 17 in Austin. The show will be at Antone's music... »»»
February 11, 2011 - By Jeffrey B. Remz Carrie Underwood is paying for her hockey-playing husband leaving Canada for Nashville. A radio station in Ottawa, Canada is banning any Underwood songs from being played because Mike Fisher was traded from the Senators to the Nashville Predators. The only "problem" is that radio station, 105.... »»»
February 10, 2011 - Chris Young grabbed the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 19 with Voices, while Jason Aldean claimed the album number 1 title with his latest CD, "My Kinda Party." Aldean switched spots with Taylor Swift's "Speak Now." Lady Antebellum stayed third with "Need You... »»»
February 10, 2011 - Marty Stuart will celebrate 10 years of his annual Late Night Jam on June 8 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium as part of the CMA Music Festival activities. Stuart started the CMA sponsored event as a way to welcome fans, and over the past 10 years it has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for... »»»
February 10, 2011 - Craig Morgan reportedly has parted ways with his label BNA Nashville. The singer went to the label after having initial success with Broken Bow where he had hits with Redneck Yacht Club and International Harvester. While at BNA, part of the Sony group, Morgan, 46, released "That's Why" in October 2008.... »»»
February 10, 2011 - The Drive-By Truckers will host the world premiere listening party for "Go-Go Boots" starting tonight, at 8 p.m. eastern via Livestream. Fans will be able to listen to the album in its entirety while chatting and discussing the album with fellow DBT fans. http://www.livestream.com/drivebytruckers.... »»»
February 10, 2011 - The Avett Brothers will be performing alongside Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons at the 53rd Grammy Awards this Sunday, the group announced today. The Avetts are slated to play Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise, while Mumford & Sons, sort of a British counterpart to the Avetts, will play The Cave.... »»»
February 9, 2011 - Steve Earle & The Dukes, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons were among the acts added to the 38th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival being held in Colorado in June, Planet Bluegrass today Others added included Sarah McLachlan, Abigail Washburn, and The Head & The Heart.... »»»
February 9, 2011 - You now have a bit of Lee Brice with your Mac. Brice is now being featured on televisions in McDonald's restaurants around the country. Customers visiting Mickey D's will be treated to a series of segments including music videos, acoustic performances and interviews from some of today's most popular artists.... »»»
February 9, 2011 - Taylor Swift kicked off her Speak Now World Tour today with a sold-out show at Singapore's Indoor Stadium. She is currently slated to play 90 shows in 19 countries spanning 4 continents. Fans began arriving at the stadium more than 24 hours early for the show, which featured Swift performing two... »»»
February 9, 2011 - Jake Owen will be an opening act on Keith Urban's "Get Closer 2011 World Tour," beginning in mid June. Owen, who will perform on the U.S. leg of the tour, has enjoyed hits with Don't Think I Can't Love You and Eight Second Ride. Owen said, "I'm honored to join Keith on his tour.... »»»
February 9, 2011 - Martina McBride will join in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Grammy Awards Sunday night. McBride will join Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch in a special segment featuring individual and collective performances of some of the Queen of Soul's classic hits.... »»»
February 8, 2011 - Jason Aldean will have the top selling country disc in the country when the Billboard Country Albums chart is released Thursday because "My Kinda Party" sold 27,000 units. That marked an uptick of five percent, making the CD the seventh best selling in the U.S. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" fell one... »»»
February 8, 2011 - Robert Plant will play at MerleFest 2011 in late April with his touring band, it was announced Tuesday. Robert Plant and the Band of Joy's eponymous album, released in fall 2010, resulted in several tours behind the CD as well. Robert Plant and Band of Joy and the previously announced lineup of... »»»
February 8, 2011 - Sugar Hill Records will release a trio of Nickel Creek titles on deluxe vinyl - exclusively for Record Store Day, Saturday April 16. The titles include Nickel Creek's now Platinum certified debut, "Nickel Creek," "This Side" and their final Sugar Hill release, "Why Should The Fire Die?" All titles... »»»
February 8, 2011 - Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum join Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban as the first artists announced as performers during the nightly concerts at LP Field during CMA Music Festival.... »»»
February 8, 2011 - Brad Paisley will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, leading up to the start of the race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 20. Paisley will perform 3 songs prior to the start of the 53rd annual Daytona 500 - the season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.... »»»
February 7, 2011 - Dierks Bentley wrapped up a marathon studio session on Friday in Asheville, N.C. Bentley tracked 15 songs in 5 days for his sixth studio album while more than 30,000 fans joined the process by streaming the live 24-hour video feed from the studio. "This entire recording process was one of the... »»»
February 7, 2011 - Carolina Chocolate Drops added two new musicians to the band, while founding member Justin Robison has left. Human beat boxer Adam Matta and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins are now with CCD. "When Justin, Dom, and I started playing together, we had no idea where it would all lead...... »»»
February 7, 2011 - Chris Young scored a hat-trick today as Voices became his third consecutive number one single from his sophomore album, "The Man I Want To Be." The song took over the top spot on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Aircheck charts. Young breaks a 25-year record, marking only the second... »»»
February 7, 2011 - Walker Hayes is out with a new single Why Wait For Summer. The single ships to radio today and will go for official radio adds on Feb 21. The singer's first single was Pants. Hayes co-wrote the new single with Fred Wilhelm. There was no set date for a CD... »»»
February 7, 2011 - Michelle Branch is making a previously unavailable song, Take A Chance On Me, available as a free download to users who provide their email address at her official website www.michellebranch.com. The song, which Branch has performed during her live shows, will be available as a free download at www.michellebranch.... »»»
February 7, 2011 - After Gretchen Wilson attends Sunday night's Grammy Awards, where she's a double-nominee for "Best Country Female Vocal Performance" and "Best Country Song," she will stay in Los Angeles to several television appearances. On Monday, Feb. 14, she will make her debut appearance on the CBS show "The... »»»
February 7, 2011 - Country Stampede rounded out its slate of artists to the June event in Manhattan, Kansas by adding eight artists to the bill. Headliners will be Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Sawyer Brown for the four-day concert being held June 23-26. The eight added were Joey + Rory, Whiskey Myers,... »»»
February 7, 2011 - Dailey & Vincent took home seven trophies from the 37th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards, held in Nashille on Sunday. They were honored for Bluegrass Band of the Year, Entertaining Group of the Year, and Album of the Year (for "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" on Cracker Barrel/Rounder Records).... »»»
February 7, 2011 - By Jeffrey B. Remz 2010 may have been a bad year for the music industry, but that doesn't mean the music released was suffering in quality. Here goes with our version of the top 10 of 2010 - actually, it's a top 33. Remember that this is not definitive, but just one person's opinion.... »»»
February 4, 2011 - Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are joining forces to release their collaborative "American Legacies" project on April 12 via McCoury Music and Preservation Hall Recordings. Inspired by the success of McCoury's participation on 2010's Preservation, a PHJB project made with... »»»
February 3, 2011 - Kenny Chesney is number 1 yet again on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Somewhere With You for the week ending Feb. 12. On the album chart, Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is first. Keith Urban stayed second on the song chart with Put You in a Song. Chris Young was up two to third with Voices, while... »»»
February 3, 2011 - Keith Urban will debut Without You, the second single off of "Get Closer," on ABC's Good Morning America on Feb. 17. The song is the follow up to his 24th Top 5 hit Put You In A Song, now second on the country charts. Urban just announced his "Get Closer 2011 World Tour" featuring an all new stage production.... »»»
February 3, 2011 - Zac Brown and his wife welcomed their fourth daughter in four years on Wednesday. Shelly Brown delivered Joni Mason Brown Wednesday morning at the couple's Atlanta-area home, according to a posting on the band's web site. The baby weighs 7 pounds, 14 ounces. She joins three sisters: 4-year-old... »»»
February 3, 2011 - Sister trio Carter's Chord released a new single, A Little Less Comfortable, Tuesday on ShowDog-Universal. Carter's Chord is comprised of singer/songwriters Becky, Emma, and Joanna Robertson. The siblings were born in Southern California, where parents Barny and Carter Robertson (both of whom had... »»»
February 2, 2011 - Lee Brice is a happy man. After all, he found out Tuesday he was nominated for three Academy of Country Music awards. "Wow," Brice said Tuesday. "What a way to start the day. I'm out on the west coast deep in dreamland and my hotel phone starts ringing at 5:30 a.m., and it's my manager screaming 'Wake up.... »»»
February 2, 2011 - Gwyneth Paltrow, the star of "Country Strong," will team with Cee Lo Green and the Jim Henson Company Puppets at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards next week, it was announced Wednesday. Drake will team up with Rihanna to perform as well. They join previously announced performers and nominees Lady... »»»
February 2, 2011 - The only country disc in another dismal week of sales industry-wide will be Taylor Swift's "Speak Now." The disc will be number 7 with 31,000 units sold, down less than 1 percent from the previous week. Singer/songwriter Amos Lee had the top selling disc with "Mission Bell." His new disc sold 40,000... »»»
February 2, 2011 - Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum received nominations for a Juno Award, the Canadian Grammys on Tuesday. Swift's "Speak Now" and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now were nominated for Intenational Album of the Year. Also nominated were Eminem for "Recovery," Katy Perry for "Teenage Dream" and Ke$ha for "Animal.... »»»
February 2, 2011 - An annual rite of winter in New England - the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival - will be held in Framingham, Mass. Feb. 18-20 with The Grascals and J.D. Crowe leading the line-up. The 26th annual fest, which used to be held outdoors in May, will be spearheaded on Friday, Feb. 18 by Tony Trischka and... »»»
February 2, 2011 - The first performers for the 2011 CMA Music Festival will be unveiled on CMA's Facebook page on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. eastern. Fans should visit the page and click "like" button in order to have the news show up in their news feed on Facebook. "We know our fans will be excited to have this... »»»
February 1, 2011 - Alan Jackson kicks off his 2011 tour schedule by taking his show to Ontario, Canada for three sold-out shows in Sudbury, Oshawa and Kingston starting tonight. When shows went on sale, more than 15,000 tickets were sold in less than an hour. Jackson received three nominations from the Academy of... »»»
February 1, 2011 - Platinum-selling country group Little Big Town captured an ACM nomination in the Top Vocal Group of the Year category. "I hold my breath hoping for a nomination every year. It was nice to wake up this morning and hear the great news," said Kimberly Schlapman. LBT will will perform on Late Night... »»»
February 1, 2011 - The duo The JaneDear girls released their debut, self-titled disc today on Warner. Wildflower is among the songs sung by Danelle Leverett of Texas and Susie Brown of Utah. The disc has a glossy sound. Joe Mullins & the Radio ramblers go the gospel route with "Hymns From the Hills" (Rebel).... »»»
February 1, 2011 - Jamey Johnson received two nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including Album of the Year for "The Guitar Song" and Vocal Event of the Year. "The triumph of a gold-selling double album is shared by my family, my friends/band mates/producers, my staff, my label, my booking agents,... »»»
February 1, 2011 - The female member of Trailer Choir is leaving the band to "pursue other interests." Founding Trailer Choir members Big Vinny and Butter made the announcement about vocalist Crystal Hoyt on the band's web sute,. "Crystal is a dear friend, and we wish her much success," said Big Vinny.... »»»
February 1, 2011 - The Randy Rogers Band earned their third consecutive ACM nomination for Top Vocal Group today. The band learned of their nomination this morning while in a Los Angeles hotel room, where they spent the night after performing on Conan. "It means the world to the band and crew," Rogers said.... »»»
February 1, 2011 - Newcomer Easton Corbin did pretty well his first time out - he received three Academy of Country Music nominations Tuesday. Corbin received nods for Top New Solo Vocalist plus Single and Song of the Year for his debut number one hit, A Little More Country Than That. He has received a total of 13... »»»
February 1, 2011 - Miranda Lambert topped the Academy of Country Music nominations with seven, including entertainer of the year. "That's the first I've heard about all of that,' Lambert said about the nominations on "The Early Show" Tuesday morning. "I haven't had time to process that." Lambert was nominated for Top... »»»