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January 21, 2020 - Luke Combs will make his debut as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" next Saturday, Feb. 1, with host J.J. Watt. In November, Combs released "What You See Is What You Get," his sophomore album, which debuted at number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard's Top... »»»
January 20, 2020 - Marty Stuart will release "The Pilgrim: A Wall-to-Wall Odyssey," an illustrated tabletop book (with CD) that details the making of his record "The Pilgrim." "The Pilgrim project was the first step in a journey that led me to the outer edge of the awakenings of my true musical heart and soul," said Stuart.... »»»
January 19, 2020 - Ross Ellis has signed with Sony. "I'm so excited to join the Sony Music family. When I moved to this town five years ago, I was broke, had written maybe five songs and didn't know a soul on music row," said Ellis. "Now with an army of personal and professional support behind me and most importantly,... »»»
January 19, 2020 - David Olney died Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack during a performance in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. at 71. A key member of Nashville's music community since his move to Music City in 1973, the Lincoln, R.I. native leaned to towards more of a folk sound with country as part of the music.... »»»
January 17, 2020 - Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town are out with new music today. Lynch released his fourth album, "Tullahoma." The 11-song release is a concept disc about the people and life in his hometown. Zach Crowell was the producer of the disc, which contains the hit "Ridin' Roads." Little Big Town put out its... »»»
January 16, 2020 - Luke Bryan will release his seventh studio album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here" on April 24. The disc is the follow-up to 2017's "What Makes You Country," which was his third consecutive release to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200. Bryan will tour behind the album, starting May 28 in... »»»
January 16, 2020 - Old Dominion announced today the U.S. leg of the "We Are Old Dominion Tour" kicking off in May. The tour will hit 13 cities with Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce set to open on select dates. Old Dominion singer Matthew Ramsey said, "We are so excited for this line up. We've had the pleasure of playing... »»»
January 15, 2020 - "Without Getting Killed or Caught," a documentary on Guy Clark, Susanna Clark and Townes Van Zandt, will premiere at SXSW 2020 in March. Author, filmmaker and producer Tamara Saviano and co-producer and co-director Paul Whitfield created "Without Getting Killed or Caught." The film features narration... »»»
January 15, 2020 - Jason Aldean announced the summer leg of his 2020 We Back Tour , launching in Toronto on July 17. Brett Young, Mitchell Tenpenny and Dee Jay Silver will be special guests. Tour dates are: Jan. 30 Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena Jan. 31 Orlando, FL - Amway Center Feb.... »»»
January 14, 2020 - Chris Young will take his arena/amphitheater "Town Ain't Big Enough World Tour 2020" out on May 28 in Detroit. Joined by Scotty McCreery and Payton Smith, the first leg of the tour will travel to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Seattle and St.... »»»
January 14, 2020 - Eli Young Band announced the group will launch the Eli Young Band 2020 Tour. "After taking some time off over the holidays to regroup and reset, we're so ready to get back to rockin' on the road," said EYB front man Mike Eli. "We've been rehearsing a new show and new songs, and we can't wait to share... »»»
January 14, 2020 - Brooks & Dunn will tour this summer for their first nationwide tour in 10 years. Brooks & Dunn REBOOT 2020 Tour will kick off in St. Louis on May 15. The tour follows the release of "REBOOT" last year, which paired the duo with other country performers recutting their songs. Ronnie Dunn also put out... »»»
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January 13, 2020 - CMA announced the nominees for 2020's CMA International Awards, which honors industry executives and artists who have supported and made a difference to the growth and promotion of country internationally. Nominees from Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and U.S.... »»»
January 13, 2020 - Tim McGraw announced today he will head the 2020 Here On Earth Tour. Midland and Ingrid Andress will be openers. The tour gets underway July 10 in Syracuse, N.Y. and winds up in Chicago on Sept. 26. McGraw also will do two stadium shows with Luke Combs in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.... »»»
January 13, 2020 - Trampled by Turtles lead singer Dave Simonett will hit the road this spring in support of his upcoming album "Red Tail," out March 13 on Thirty Tigers. "Red Tail" marks the first time that Simonett has recorded a collection of solo material under his own name. Simonett has previously released two... »»»
January 10, 2020 - Brandy Clark said today she would release her new album, "Your Life is a Record," on Warner on March 6. "To me, this album is about endings and beginnings. You know, sometimes you have to have endings to have those beautiful beginnings. I hope you find yourselves in me finding myself," said Clark in a Twitter post.... »»»
January 10, 2020 - The ever prolific Jim Lauderdale announced today he would release his 33rd album, "When Carolina Comes Homes Again," on March 6 on Yep Roc Records. The first single, "As A Sign," co-written with the late Robert Hunter, is now available at all digital platforms. Returning to his geographical and... »»»
January 10, 2020 - Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn is out with a lengthy covers album, "Re-Dunn," today. Dunn covers country and pop/rock songs on his release. Among the songs are "Against the Wind," "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Wonderful Tonight" and "Amie." Bluegrass band Sideline... »»»
January 9, 2020 - Zac Brown band hits the road this year with the "Roar with the Lions Tour" is set to run until October. Gregory Alan Isakov will be coming along for the first month of "Roar with the Lions" as a special guest. St. Paul & The Broken Bones will open the tour. Zamily Fan Club members get a presale Jan.... »»»
January 9, 2020 - Blake Shelton is teaming up with girlfriend Gwen Stefani for "Nobody But You" as his new single. The pair will sing "Nobody But You" at the upcoming GRAMMY awards. The song, written by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James, is one of four new tracks on Shelton's recently... »»»
January 8, 2020 - Hailey Whitters will release her new album, "The Dream," on Feb. 28. The announcement follows Whitters' 2019 touring with Maren Morris, Brent Cobb and Lori McKenna (who co-wrote three songs on "The Dream"). "This is the first record that feels 100 percent me. It's a time capsule of my time in... »»»