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June 3, 2020 - Kane Brown released a new song, "Worldwide Beautiful," in the wake of the murder of George Floyd last week and the resulting protests. The mid-tempo song with a soulful feel deals with black and white relations and has a hopeful tone. Brown wrote the song with Shy Carter, Ryan Hurd and Jordan Schmidt.... »»»
June 3, 2020 - Grand Ole Opry band member and long-time session guitarist Jimmy Capps died on Tuesday at 81. Capps played on such classics as "Stand By Your Man" - Tammy Wynette," "He Stopped Loving Her Today" - George Jones, "The Gambler" - Kenny Rogers and * "The Rose" - Conway Twitty. Capps also played on George... »»»
June 3, 2020 - Alan Jackson's "Small Town Drive-In" concerts planned for this week in Alabama will be rescheduled due to potential tropical weather issues. The shows at drive-in movie theatres in Cullman and Fairhope, Ala. are being rescheduled for next week due to the weekend threat of tropical weather on the Gulf Coast.... »»»
June 3, 2020 - Mickey Guyton, one of the few African-American artists in country music, released the song "Black Like Me" on Tuesday. Although written a year ago, Guyton just put out the song in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police officer Derek Chauvin. Guyton co-wrote the song with... »»»
June 3, 2020 - The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the layoff or furlough of almost 175 employees. The CMOF will remain closed through the end of the month as a result of COVID-19. A total of 73 staff members will be laid off with another 101 being furloughed, effective June 18. The cuts affect a total... »»»
June 3, 2020 - Country Standard is hosting the following livestream concert on our Facebook page: Thursday, June 4 Jeremy Studdard - 8 p.m. CT. Former lead singer of Jackson Tillman, artist Jeremy Studdard soon will release an EP. Friday, June 5 Marshall Chapman - Time TBD. The veteran singer just released... »»»
June 1, 2020 - Country artists, ranging from Darius Tucker to Thomas Rhett, weighed in, expressing their XX at the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis one week ago. After a weekend in which protests around the U.S. resulted in violence and at least one death, country musicians took to social media to express their... »»»
June 1, 2020 - The Beau Weevils - Charlie Daniels, James Stroud, Billy Crain and Charlie Hayward - created a virtual quarantine jam session of their song "Geechi Geechi Ya Ya Blues." The tune, which was originally released on the group's 2018 project, "Beau Weevils - Songs in the Key of E," premiered this morning.... »»»
May 28, 2020 - Tyler Farr will release a four-song EP, "Only Truck in Town," on June 5 on Broken Bow Records. This marks Farr's first non-single release since 2015. He had hits with "A Guy Walks Into a Bar," "Whiskey in My Water" and "Redneck Crazy." Jason Aldean, who signed Farr to his label, Night Train Records,... »»»
May 27, 2020 - Bucky Baxter, a founding member of Steve Earle's backing band, The Dukes, and a long touring member of Bob Dylan's band, died at 65 in Sanibel, Fla. of undisclosed causes. Baxter's son, Rayland, an Americana artist, announced the death of his father. He wrote, "BUCKY BAXTER is God's most beautiful invention.... »»»
May 27, 2020 - Charley Crockett today announced his next studio album, "Welcome To Hard Times," will be released July 31 on Thirty Tigers. Produced by Mark Neill, with songwriting contributions from Pat McLaughlin and Dan Auerbach, "Welcome To Hard Times'" is a genre bending mix of classic country, psychedelic... »»»
May 26, 2020 - Alan Jackson will perform two shows next month in Alabama as he launches his first-ever "Small Town Drive-In" concerts, Jackson will stage two shows - June 5 in Cullman on the open-field site of the long-running Rock the South festival and June 6 in Fairhope on the grounds of Oak Hollow Farm.... »»»
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May 22, 2020 - Florida Georgia Line and Steve Earle lead the new releases out today. Florida Georgia Line dropped "6-Pack," which is a six-song EP. The release contains the current single "I Love My Country." Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley had a hand in writing four of the six cuts and also helped produce.... »»»
May 21, 2020 - Mac McAnally, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and 10-time CMA Musician of the Year, will be out with "Once in a Lifetime" on July 31 on Mailboat Records. Mailboat is the label owned by Jimmy Bufffett. McAnally is a longstanding member of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band.... »»»
May 20, 2020 - Turnpike Troubadours fiddler Kyle Nix will release his debut solo album "Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories" on June 26. Nix crafted a western-inspired collection of literary songs, which tell stories from Nix's own history as well as many of the unique characters he "may or may not have... »»»
May 20, 2020 - The Jayhawks will release their 11th album, "XOXO," on July 10 via Sham/Thirty Tigers. The album is a change of pace for the band because for the first time it, all four members - Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O'Reagan - are on lead vocal and contribute songs.... »»»
May 20, 2020 - The Faster Horses Festival is being postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, it was announced today. The Festival in Brooklyn, Mich. will be delayed until July 16-18, 2021 with original headliners Jason Aldean, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. A press release cited the move "in the best interest of the... »»»
May 19, 2020 - Jason Aldean scuttled his 2020 We Back Tour today, one of three tours postponed today in the wake of COVID-19. "We're making the call to postpone my We Back Tour until 2021," Aldean posted on social media. "The health and safety of my fans, my band and crew and all the local workers in your town who... »»»
May 19, 2020 - Tim McGraw today joined the increasingly long list of 2020 tours being postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. McGraw posted on social media, "I hope my live shows are proof enough of how much I absolutely love performing for you guys. I'm so sad to have to cancel this year's Here on Earth Tour, but... »»»
May 18, 2020 - The farewell tour of Rascal Flatts was canceled today, the band announced on social media. It was unclear if the trio of Gary Levox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney would tour to makr their farewell. The band formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The tour was scheduled to began on July 17, in Rogers, Ark.... »»»
May 18, 2020 - In a day where country artists announced tour postponements due to COVID-19, add Lady Antebellum to the list. While the trio pledged go return the road, there was no indication when that would happen. Thomas Rhett and Rascal Flatts also announced postponement of their tours today.... »»»

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