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Country News Digest, August 2011


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August 31, 2011 - Twitter followers of Jake Owen, beware. That voice on the other end of the line just may be calling with his thanks for the purchase of his new disc "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." Owen released his third studio album on Monday and currently it holds the number 1 position on iTunes' Country Albums chart.... »»»
August 31, 2011 - Pistol Annies, a side project of Miranda Lambert, will be the number one selling country album in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are released Thursday. Pistol Annies' "Hell On Heels" sold 44,000 units, good for the top of the country charts and the fifth best selling CD overall.... »»»
August 31, 2011 - The story of Lady Antebellum will reach TV screens with the premiere of "Backstory" Lady Antebellum" on Great American Country (GAC), Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. eastern. "We were really intimidated, I was like, 'Let's just write songs for her, she's gonna be a big 'ol star and we can be, maybe, big... »»»
August 30, 2011 - Jake Owen releases his third disc today, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." The title track is a hit for the Florida native. The 11 songs had three producers: Tony Brown, Rodney Clawson and Joey Moi. Bluegrass ace Dale Anne Bradley, three-time IBMA female vocalist of the year, returns with "Somewhere South of Crazy.... »»»
August 30, 2011 - Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party will open ACC Network's telecasts of the 2011 ACC football season. The smash hit will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each week's syndicated game. Aldean joins a list of artists featured in Raycom Sports' ACC football and basketball telecasts over... »»»
August 30, 2011 - Nashville indie artist Caitlin Rose signed with ATO Records with a disc out this fall. The label is reissued her debut full-length "Own Side Now," which came out earlier this year. Rose has toured heavily behind the CD and will continue doing so this fall. The disc was co-produced by Mark Nevers... »»»
August 29, 2011 - After 11 albums and more then 25-charted singles, Neal McCoy is back in the studio making music. McCoy will release his new album, 'XII,' in January 2012. The new collection of 12 songs, which is being produced by Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brent Rowan, marks McCoy's 12th studio album, and... »»»
August 29, 2011 - Brad Paisley's duet, Remind Me, with Carrie Underwood will hit the number one spot on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck country airplay charts when released later this week. Remind Me takes over for Dierks Bentley's Am I the Only One. The new chart topper becomes Paisley's 20th number 1... »»»
August 29, 2011 - Kenny Chesney and CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore presented the inaugural CMA Touring Musician Award to Chesney keyboard player Wyatt Beard Saturday during the Foxboro Stadium concert date in Boston. "This is a once in a lifetime ride that I will never even comprehend for another 20 years... »»»
August 29, 2011 - The 10th annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show will be broadcast live Thursday Oct. from the Ryman on Nashville Public Television to the Middle Tennessee viewing area and later on Austin City Limits. Confirmed to attend include Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams,... »»»
August 26, 2011 - Taylor Swift announced today she would add four shows her 2012 run Down Under and New Zealand. Swift is taking the Speak Now tour to Australia and New Zealand in March 2012. After sell-outs this week on initial dates, four additional shows were added to the March 2 Perth... »»»
August 26, 2011 - In just 20 minutes today, all 2,300 tickets to The Band Perry's first headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 20, 2012 sold out. In today's edition of The Tennessean, Kimberly Perry - lead vocalist for the trio that also includes brothers Reid and Neil - spoke about headlining the venue.... »»»
August 25, 2011 - Dierks Bentley was at the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 3 with Am I The Only One. Luke Bryan held the top spot on the Country Albums chart again with "tailgates & tanlines." Bentley knocked out Lady Antebellum's Just a Kiss, which slipped to third.... »»»
August 25, 2011 - Americana is officially a word. At least when it comes to music and Merriam-Webster. The dictionary folks presented about 100 new words today, including Americana to its Collegiate Dictionary. Americana joins Tweet, m-commerce and fist bump as words whose use is now widely recognized enough to be a... »»»
August 25, 2011 - Xtreme Muzik The Tour, featuring co-headliners Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, will donate all proceeds from their Sept. 2 date in the Nashville area to Operation Finally Home, a charity for wounded and disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with new homes. "This is a wonderful organization... »»»
August 25, 2011 - The Band Perry and Jake Owen will announce the final nominees for The 45th Annual CMA Awards" are announced from New York and Nashville on Sept. 6. The Band Perry and Owen will unveil the final list of nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the "Good Morning America" studios in Times Square... »»»
August 24, 2011 - Rodney Atkins will use his football knowledge to pick his top games on the SEC football fan site Southern Pigskin. The site asked Atkins to be its celebrity game predictor, while learning more about the singer during the season. Atkins is currently sitting inside the Top 10 with his fastest rising... »»»
August 24, 2011 - Kenny Chesney and fellow Nashville songwriters Bob DiPiero, Matraca Berg, Brett James, Wendell Mobley and Craig Wiseman will play an intimate show at Boston's Royale Nightclub Thursday at 8 p.m. as part of the CMA Songwriters Series. The show will be streamed live for the first time ever.... »»»
August 24, 2011 - Lady Antebellum announced today that they will play three stripped-down shows as part of the "Own The Night: Unplugged" series in celebration of their Sept. 13 album release. The shows are: Sept. 10 in Chicago, Sept. 13 in New York and Sept. 15 in Los Angeles. "The next few weeks are crazy, and... »»»
August 24, 2011 - Kenny Chesney will change the date of his concert this Sunday in Massachusetts to Friday due to Hurricane Irene. Due to the US National Hurricane Center's forecast that hurricane-level storms may occur in New England on Sunday, Aug. 28, local officials, promoters, Chesney and his team decided for... »»»
August 24, 2011 - Brad Paisley continued his European tour this past weekend with three sold-out shows in Dublin, Castlebar and Killarney, Ireland. In Killarney, local talent Roisin O, joined Paisley on stage to perform Whiskey Lullaby. The European tour continues this week with shows in Stockholm and Gothenburg,... »»»
August 23, 2011 - Jason Aldean continues to sell out tour dates across the country on his My Kinda Party tour. The tour's second leg claims 12 more cities to its list of advance sell outs. "Jason's 'My Kinda Party' tour continues to sell out major market buildings in advance, which I stated earlier this year," said... »»»
August 23, 2011 - Jaron and The Long Road to Love, the man behind Pray For You, will hit the road next month, playing more than 60 cities. Joining him for the trek will be former band leader for Last Call With Carson Daly, Joe Firstman. The tour kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 3 in Los Angeles, Calif. at Hotel Café.... »»»
August 23, 2011 - Dierks Bentley announced today that he will take his Miles & Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert to Chicago on Oct. 9. Over the series' six-year history, Bentley has raised more than $1.6 million for Children's Miracle Network hospitals and plans to donate the upcoming proceeds to... »»»
August 23, 2011 - 1. Buck Owens' early recordings for southern California independent labels will be available this fall. "Buck Owens - Bound for Bakersfield 1953-1956: The Complete Pre-Capitol Collection" will be out on Rockbeat Records on Sept. 27. The disc includes songs he recorded for Pep, Chesterfield and La Brea Records.... »»»
August 23, 2011 - Jamey Johnson will be the lone country artist on a ZZ Top tribute disc coming this fall. Grace Potter, Nickelback and Mastodon are among the bands playing on the disc. "A Tribute From Friends' will be out Oct. 11 on Show Dog-Universal Music with 11 ZZ Top songs, all recorded specifically for the project.... »»»
August 23, 2011 - A seventh person died Monday in the wake of the collapse of Sugarland's stage at the Indiana State Fair earlier this month, according to ABC news. Megan Toothman, 24, of Cincinnati, died Monday afternoon after she was removed from life support to enable her organs to be donated.... »»»
August 23, 2011 - A little bit old and definitely new, sort of, are part of the five new releases out today. Connie Smith had her heyday in country music in the '60s and '70s, and "Long Line of Heartaches" is her first release since 1998. Marty Stuart, who doubles as Smith's husband, produced the new music with the... »»»
August 22, 2011 - The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, it was announced today. Also to be inducted are John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin in the songwriter category. Jackson and Brooks make it in the songwriter/artist category. The five new inductees will be... »»»
August 22, 2011 - Alan Jackson will perform at the Washington National Cathedral as part of "A Call To Compassion," a three-day commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. On Sunday evening Sept. 11, Jackson will sing along with Patti LaBelle and mezzo soprano Denyce Graves. In the days following the 9/11... »»»
August 22, 2011 - Dierks Bentley's Am I The Only One takes the number one position on both the Billboard Country Singles and the Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts this week. The song becomes Bentley's eighth career chart topper as a singer and a songwriter and is the lead single from his upcoming sixth Capitol... »»»
August 22, 2011 - Sara Evans premiered her new music video, My Heart Can't Tell You No, today in three separate versions on CMT, iTunes and VEVO. Each outlet will premiere an alternate ending to the video, helmed by award-winning director Peter Zavadil. "I am so excited about releasing this video," said Evans.... »»»
August 19, 2011 - A sixth person died today in the wake of last Saturday's tragedy at the Sugarland concert. Jennifer Haskell, 22, a senior at Ball State University, died Friday morning at an Indianapolis hospital. Haskell and five others were victims of a stage collapse just before Sugarland was slated to play at... »»»
August 19, 2011 - Larry Stephenson signed to Compass Records after spending time on Pinecastle Records. Stephenson will begin work at Compass Sound Studio this fall on a new project with a targeted release date of early 2012. He will be sharing the production duties with engineer/co-producer Ben Surratt.... »»»
August 19, 2011 - Jason Aldean announced today that he will donate all proceeds from his Sept. 30th show in Roanoke, Va. to Susan G. Komen for the Cure as part of his 6th Annual Concert For The Cure. The concert on the eve of breast cancer awareness month will take place at the Roanoke Civic Center.... »»»
August 18, 2011 - Luke Bryan was first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Aug. 27 with "tailgates & tanlines." Lady Antebellum stayed first on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Just a Kiss. On the album chart, Bryan took over for Eric Church's "Chief," which slipped to second.... »»»
August 18, 2011 - Sugarland returned to the stage on Thursday in New Mexico for the first time since Saturday's tragic accident in Indianapolis, which killed five people. Lead singer Jennifer Nettles came out with fellow member Kristian Bush prior to the start of the regular concert. An emotional Nettles prefaced a... »»»
August 18, 2011 - The Civil Wars, The Jayhawks, Foster & Lloyd and Marty Stuart are among the acts slated to play showcases at the 12th annual Americana Music Festival from Oct. 12-15. More than 100 acts will perform in the showcases. Other acts slated toplay are Gurf Morlix, JD Souther, Will Hoge, Elizabeth Cook and Marshall Chapman.... »»»
August 18, 2011 - Brad Paisley performed Wednesday night before a full house at the O2 Arena in London with a special surprise at the end. During the encore Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones joined Paisley as a surprise guest and they performed Let The Good Times Roll, then ended the show with support act Darius... »»»
August 18, 2011 - Taylor Swift's tour - or the background to it - will go to DVD this fall. Shout! Factory and Hasbro, Inc. announced an alliance to release Hasbro Studios original production "Taylor Swift's Journey to Fearless" on Oct. 11. This deal provides Shout! Factory with licensing rights to this two-hour... »»»
August 18, 2011 - The Kentucky HeadHunters released the first single, Great Acoustics, from their forthcoming album on The Red Dirt Music Co. Their first studio album of original material since 2003, "Dixie Lullabies," is blend of alternative, blues, country, English Rock, rockabilly and jazz. The album is set for release on Oct. 18.... »»»
August 18, 2011 - Montgomery Gentry's seventh studio album, "Rebels on the Run," will be out Oct. 4 on a new label for the duo, Average Joe's. The CD is a collection of 11 songs and is their first after leaving Columbia Records. "In a lot of ways the past year has been has been nothing but hell," said Eddie... »»»
August 17, 2011 - Martina McBride unveiled the new video for her current single, I'm Gonna Love You Through It on CMT.com. Highlighting the feats cancer patients undergo, the visual elements, coupled with the song's lyrics, send a message of hope to survivors and their supporters. The music video, directed by Roman... »»»
August 17, 2011 - New band The Boxcars led the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out were nominated in eight categories including Vocal Group of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (Moore) and Mandolin Player (Benson).... »»»
August 17, 2011 - Luke Bryan enjoyed a big first week of sales with "tailgates & tanlines, his third studio disc. Bryan topped the Billboard Country Album chart and was second on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week with 145,296 units sold. "tailgates & tanlines" is the second highest selling debut for a country... »»»
August 16, 2011 - Sugarland issued a statement on its web site today, talking about the need to heal and get back on the road this week in the wake of last Saturday's tragedy where five were killed due to strong wind gusts, which toppled the stage before the band played. The band said it would participate a private... »»»
August 16, 2011 - The Eli Young Band, Jeff Bridges, Bottle Rockets and Guy Clark are out with new releases today. The Eli Young Band achieved success on their debut, "Jet Black and Jealous" and are off to a good start with "Life at Last." The first single from the quartet, Crazy Girl has jumped up the charts.... »»»
August 16, 2011 - Texas honky tonker Dale Watson signed with Red House Records, a folk/roots label based in Minnesota. Watson has released albums for a variety of labels, including HighTone. His dedication to his country music roots is evident in his upcoming album "The Sun Sessions," due out Oct. 11.... »»»
August 16, 2011 - Kenny Chesney performed the biggest ticketed country show in New York/New Jersey history, topping the area's previous record holder, Willie Nelson's 1983 festival with Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Linda Ronstadt, according to his publicist. About 55,000 fans attended the concert.... »»»
August 15, 2011 - Toby Keith's upcoming album "Clancy's Tavern" will be released globally Oct. 25, and 5 days later, he'll open a 12-date European tour in Edinburgh, Scotland. Extending the 9-date, 6-city, sold-out 2009 template, Keith will bring his music to 7 countries. The title is an homage to the singer's... »»»
August 15, 2011 - The Indiana State Fair resumed this morning after a memorial service for the five victims of Saturday night's stage accident prior to a concert by Sugarland. Concerts by Lady Antebellum and Janet Jackson, slated for later this week on the same stage, were canceled. On the band's web site, Kristian... »»»
August 15, 2011 - Rodney Atkins will release his new disc, "Take A Back Road," currently also his hit single, will be out on Curb on Oct. 4. Atkins is spending most of his summer traversing the country on a non-stop touring schedule that kicked off in Nashville on June 7. He hosted and organized the first annual "Music... »»»
August 15, 2011 - Elizabeth Cook will appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday, Aug. 22 for an interview only. Cook's latest album, "Welder," was released last year and produced by fellow SiriusXM Outlaw Country DJ, Don Was. She's currently working on new material and plans to have a record out next year.... »»»
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August 15, 2011 - After selling out every city on the group's first-ever headlining tour, Lady Antebellum announced today that they will launch the first leg of the Own the Night 2011 Tour on Nov. 11 in Knoxville, Tenn. Both the tour name and trio's upcoming album, "Own the Night," were inspired by the album's second... »»»
August 15, 2011 - Dierks Bentley will kick off the first leg of his Country & Cold Cans Tour on Oct. 6. Special guests Jerrod Niemann and Eli Young Band will open for Bentley on the 22-city run that wraps on Nov. 19. Fan club members can purchase tickets for the first date, which is in Lacrosse, Wisc., beginning tomorrow at www.... »»»
August 15, 2011 - Billy Currington and Josh Thompson will head to New York City's Joe's Pub to celebrate its grand re-opening with two nights as part of the CMA Songwriters Series. The shows will be on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6 and 7 for two shows each night. Currington, with 10 Top 10 hits and 7 number 1s, will play... »»»
August 15, 2011 - The Band Perry's new video for All Your Life, from their Gold-certified debut, premieres on CMT today, coinciding with the kick-off their Purveyors of Performance Tour. The video was directed by David McClister and features TBP as a vagabond troupe endlessly searching for a love to last.... »»»
August 14, 2011 - Sugarland lead singe Jennifer Nettles released a statement on Sunday expressing her sadness about the weekend accident at the Indiana State Fair just prior to her band's performance that left five dead. A gust of wind blew over the staging on Saturday night with the steel going into the crowd... »»»
August 14, 2011 - A stage collapsed during a strong storm at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday killing at least five people after steel scaffolding flew into the crowd just before Sugarland was slated to play. About 40 people were injured. A burst of wind apparently toppled the rigging with people running, screaming... »»»
August 12, 2011 - Luke Bryan released his new CD "tailgates & tanlines" this week, and that means the Farm Tour is back. He announced today today that his Farm Tour will continue for a third consecutive year with six shows in late September and early October. The shows start in Clemson, S.C. on Sept. 29 and wrap Oct.... »»»
August 12, 2011 - Eli Young Band already knew their hit single Crazy Girl was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of more than 500,000 downloads, but on Monday they received their plaques from their Republic Nashville label. . The single made its debut at number 1 on iTunes and has sold an average of 40,000 downloads... »»»
August 12, 2011 - Laura Alaina will not be far behind fellow American Idol singer Scotty McCreery when it comes to releasing a debut CD. Alaina, who was second to McCreery, will release hers on Oct. 11, 1 week after McCreery. The CDs are both on Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope. "Wildflower" is currently on... »»»
August 12, 2011 - American Idol winner Scott McCreery will release his debut album, "Clear As Day," on Oct. 4 through Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/ Interscope artist. McCreery released the news exclusively to fans via email on Thursday, and it was announced nationwide earlier today on ABC's "Good Morning America,"... »»»
August 11, 2011 - Alan Jackson will work for free this fall. Well, at least one concert via a contest. Jackson is working with Eventful, to give country music fans the opportunity to demand that their city host a free concert in celebration of his new studio album to be released this fall on EMI Records Nashville/ACR... »»»
August 11, 2011 - Lady Antebellum topped the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 20 with its new single Just a Kiss. The song switched spots with Zac Brown Band's Knee Deep, featuring Jimmy Buffett, which slipped to second. Eric Church once again led the Country Albums chart with "Chief," but the CD... »»»
August 11, 2011 - Taylor Swift is going back Down Under. The singer will head back to Australia and New Zealand in March 2012 for 6 shows. Tour dates are: March 2, 2012 - Perth Australia March 4 - Adelaide, Australia March 6 - Brisbane, Australia March 9 - Sydney, Australia March 13 - Melbourne,... »»»
August 11, 2011 - Aussie roots rockers Wagon are hitting this side of the pond for a series of shows in the wake of their CD coming out next week. The tour starts in Seattle on Labor Day weekend and ends in Nashville at the Americana conference. "Rumble, Shake & Tumble" comes out Aug. 16 on Thirty Tigers.... »»»
August 11, 2011 - Craig Morgan's 5th annual Charity Motocross Ride, Concert and Sporting Clay Shoot raised more than $95,000, more than the last two years' events totals combined. Proceeds from the weekend's activities benefit Billy's Place, which is supporting children's causes in Middle Tennessee and working toward... »»»
August 11, 2011 - "Capitol Street Party 4," a free music event open to the public is scheduled to take place near Music Row, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 with low sets by Alan Jackson, Eric Church and newcomer Eric Paslay. EMI Records Nashville's newest singer/songwriter Jon Pardi will extend the street with a special... »»»
August 10, 2011 - Adele reclaimed the title of top selling CD in the U.S. with "21," meaning that Eric Church's "Chief" was knocked out of the top spot. The CD sold 53,000 units, down 63 percent, but still good for second overall. Trace Adkins was third on the overall chart with "Proud to Be Here," selling 47,000 units.... »»»
August 10, 2011 - Grand Ole Opry member Billy Grammer, 85, passed away early this morning in his home state of Illinois from natural causes. Grammer was a member of the Opry since 195. Grammer was recognized for his guitar skills. Grammer was born one of 13 children to a coal mining family in Illinois.... »»»
August 9, 2011 - Tracy Lawrence had a run-in with the law at a tour stop Saturday in Ohio. Lawrence was in Bloomville, Ohio, when a miscommunication about the parking of his tour bus resulted in a fight with the property's owner, Elmer Cole Jr. Both Cole and Lawrence were changed with disorderly conduct, issued a... »»»
August 9, 2011 - Eric Church's stay at the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart will be short-lived. He has Kanye West and Jay-Z to thank for that. Church's "Chief" topped the charts last week, but "Watch The Throne," the collaboration between the rappers will easily be the top selling disc in the U.S.... »»»
August 9, 2011 - The Dirt Drifters are giving away their "Blood," or at least 30,000 copies of their debut album "This Is My Blood." Beginning today, The Drifters will be armed at all tour dates with exclusive physical copies. Fans will receive two copies of the CD together and separated by a perforated fold for... »»»
August 9, 2011 - Baggage Claim, the first single from Miranda Lambert's forthcoming album "Four The Record," is her highest debuting single at 33 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The official add date for the single is Aug. 22. The song is available exclusively on iTunes. Written by Lambert along with... »»»
August 9, 2011 - Brad Paisley's H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour played to more than 100,000 fans this past weekend; WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, MN, Chicago's First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre and Crew Stadium in Columbus, Oho. Special guests on the tour are Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann. Paisley made a surprise... »»»
August 9, 2011 - Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Zac Brown will play at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's All for the Hall fundraiser in Los Angeles in September. The event, which will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Club Nokia, will again follow a "guitar pull" format featuring performances... »»»
August 9, 2011 - The music video for Taylor Swift's newest single, Sparks Fly, will be released worldwide tomorrow. The clip will be posted online at 5:30 p.m. at www.Taylorswift.com www.Facebook.com/taylorswift www.Myspace.com/taylorswift www.Youtube.com/taylorswift www.bigmachinerecords.... »»»
August 9, 2011 - Luke Bryan's career is on an upward trajectory, and he hopes that "Tailgates & Tanlines" will continue that. The new CD is the follow up to his Gold-certified "Doin' My Thing," which produced three back-to-back, co-penned number one singles- Do I, Rain Is A Good Thing and Someone Else Calling You Baby.... »»»
August 8, 2011 - Loretta Lynn is on the shelf again. The singer canceled all dates through Sept. 3 due to upcoming knee surgery, her web site said Monday. On July 14, Lynn canceled several dates after having been hospitalized with heat exhaustion and dehydration. "Though she recently returned to the concert stage... »»»
August 8, 2011 - Marshall Grant, long-time bassist for Johnny Cash's original band, died Sunday at 83 in Jonesboro, Ark. Grant was the upright bassist and electric bassist of singer Cash's original backing duo, the Tennessee Two along with electric guitarist Luther Perkins. The group became known as The Tennessee Three... »»»
August 8, 2011 - Lady Antebellum celebrate their career fifth number one song this week as Just A Kiss, the lead single from their upcoming CD, tops the Billboard Country Singles chart. Lady A takes over the top from Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett was first with Knee Deep. The charts will be released on Thursday.... »»»
August 8, 2011 - Alan Jackson is taking his tour to Sweden and Norway this week. He plays Eskilstuna, Sweden on Wednesday, Skien, Norway on Friday and Stavanger, Norway on Saturday. This is Jackson's second foreign foray this year. In March, Jackson toured Australia for the first time and all six shows sold out quickly.... »»»
August 8, 2011 - When Joe Nichols recently took over part of downtown Nashville for a video shoot, it certainly wasn't the usual scene. A bikini clad women, a tiki bar and a swimming pool that appeared out of nowhere, as well as the singer encouraging everyone to Take It Off were part of the scene.... »»»
August 7, 2011 - The Oak Ridge Boys were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night. The country music group made up of William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall, Richard Sterban, and Duane Allen was invited to join the Opry last month by Little Jimmy Dickens, who surprised the group by walking on stage dressed as a... »»»
August 5, 2011 - The Band Perry announced The Purveyors of Performance Tour - a trek of approximately 75 dates that will include their own headlining shows, support dates for Keith Urban, Reba and yet-to-be-announced dates with one of country's major touring acts. The tour starts Aug. 15 in Lewisburg, West Va.... »»»
August 5, 2011 - Trace Adkins will reprise his role alongside Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as hosts of the second annual American Country Awards, airing live from Las Vegas on Dec. 5 on Fox. The ACAs are the only country music awards show that gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite... »»»
August 4, 2011 - Eric Church has the best selling album in the country of any genre as "Church" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard chart for the week ending Aug. 13. On the song chart, Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett was first with Knee Deep. Lady Antebellum moved from four to two with "Just a Kiss.... »»»
August 4, 2011 - A set of unrecorded Hank Williams lyrics will become songs this fall with the release of "The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams" with help from the likes of Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard and Jack White. Egyptian Records, Dylan's label imprint, in partnership with the Country... »»»
August 4, 2011 - Sunny Sweeney will see if her hit single From a Table Away will translate into a hit album when "Concrete" is out Aug. 12 on Republic Nashville. The Texan penned 7 of the10 tracks, including the hit single. Brett Beavers produced the set. Sweeney has been on Brad Paisley's H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour.... »»»
August 3, 2011 - Eric Church aptly named his new CD "Chief," because the disc is the leading when it comes to sales in the U.S. Church's third album sold 145,000 units, according to Billboard.com. Church is also number one on the country chart for the first time. "Chief" outdid 2009's "Carolina," which sold 31,000 in... »»»
August 3, 2011 - Rascal Flatts celebrated today the recent number one single I Won't Let Go, which became their 13th career number 1 single. During the Big Machine Records and ASCAP hosted party, the band was surprised with the news that their debut album release on Big Machine Records, "Nothing Like This," had... »»»
August 3, 2011 - George Strait will release his 39th studio album, "Here For A Good Time," on Sept. 6. After relying almost exclusively on songwriters for years, Strait co-wrote 7 of the album's 11 tracks with his son Bubba and songwriter Dean Dillon, a frequent Strait conitributor. Strait co-produced the album with... »»»
August 2, 2011 - The Zac Brown Band has another number song on its hands. Knee Deep, the song featuring Jimmy Buffett, will top the Billboard Country Songs chart when the charts are released on Thursday. The song will assume the top spot from Tomorrow by Chris Young. Zac Brown Band now has enjoyed 7 number one songs since 2008.... »»»
August 2, 2011 - Miranda Lambert released the first single from her fourth album this week. Baggage Claim was sent to radio stations. The single has a bit of a bluesy feel to it with slide guitar near the start as well as Lambert's vocals. The song is the first from "Four the Record," which drops Nov. 1.... »»»
August 2, 2011 - Fresh off a performance Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, The Civil Wars will embark on a nationwide headlining tour this October, including performances at New York's Town Hall and Los Angeles' The Wiltern. The duo - Joy Williams and John Paul White - combine soaring harmonies and acoustic... »»»
August 2, 2011 - Trace Adkins goes with new material, while the Drive-By Truckers go to the past on new releases out today. Adkins puts out "Proud To Be Here" (Show Dog - Universal) with the hit single Jut Fishin. The CD comes in a deluxe edition with 14 songs and a regular edition of 10. The deluxe version includes... »»»
August 1, 2011 - "Mockingbird Time," the new album from the reformed rootsy mainstays The Jayhawks, will be released Sept. 20 on Rounder Records. The album's first single, She Walks In So Many Ways, was released and is charting. The band will embark on a worldwide tour spanning this summer and fall, including an... »»»
August 1, 2011 - Shelby Lynne is back in the studio working on a new album - writing, recording and producing the collection herself. "Revelation Road" will be released on Oct. 18 by her EVERSO Records. Lynne also will launch a tour to coincide with the CD. "I just wanted to do something that was so damn real," said Lynne.... »»»
August 1, 2011 - Two weeks ago, Chris Young' third album, "Neon," opened at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart to sales of more than 72,000 copies. Last week, he scored his fourth consecutive number one hit with Tomorrow. Now, Young's sophomore album release, "The Man I Want To Be," was certified Gold by the... »»»
August 1, 2011 - Luke Bryan will headline the 10th annual CMT on Tour with special guests Lee Brice and Josh Thompson and CMT's Next Superstar winner Matt Mason. CMT on Tour: Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines kicks off Sept. 15 in Huntington, West Va. and will play 22 shows before wrapping on Nov. 19 in Monroe, La.... »»»
August 1, 2011 - The Gourds are gearing up for a 37-date summer and fall tour. The band will be touring around the release of their next CD "Old Mad Joy," out Sept. 13 on Vanguard. The Gourds will also be performing during this year's Americana Music Conference in Nashville at the Mercy Lounge on Oct. 12.... »»»