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July 13, 2020 - Brad Paisley performed with his full tour set up for his first in-person live music concert since mid March in the first ever Live Nation U.S. drive-in concert series, Live From the Drive In with sold-out all three stops, St. Louis, Nashville and Indianapolis. The 90-minute concert was filled with... »»»
July 13, 2020 - Country Standard is hosting the following livestream concert on our Facebook page: Monday, July 13 Lewis Brice, Monday Night Happy Hour Live at 5 p.m. CT. Sara Evans, Closet Chaos, 7:30 p.m. CT. Tuesday, July 14 Walker Hayes, KMLE/Phoenix, 4 p.m. CT. Eli Young Band, 4 p.m. CT.... »»»
July 12, 2020 - The grandson of Elvis Presley has died at the age of 27. Benjamin Keough, the son of Presley's lone child, Lisa Marie Presley, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday in Calabasas, Cal., according to TMZ. Presley's representative Roger Widynowski said in a statement Sunday to The Associated... »»»
July 10, 2020 - Mary Chapin Carpenter's new single, "Secret Keepers," is out today. The song is the latest unveiled from Carpenter's new album, "The Dirt And The Stars," out Aug. 7 on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. Carpenter said, "'Secret Keepers' is about holding onto things that feel too dangerous... »»»
July 10, 2020 - Country crooner Brett Eldredge drops "Sunday Drive," his fifth studio album today. Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk produced the 12 songs with Eldredge helping write all but one of them. He wrote five with his producers. Eldredge, a native of Paris, Ill., recorded the album in Chicago.... »»»
July 10, 2020 - Lady A, the Seattle-based veteran soul singer, make it clear that she was going to do battle against the band Lady A, which went to court against the singer this week over trademark issues. Lady A the band used to be known as Lady Antebellum. They ditched the Antebellum, due to its positive... »»»
July 10, 2020 - Molly Tuttle is going the covers route. The singer is releasing "...but I'd rather be with you" on Aug. 28 on Compass. The 10-song CD includes covers of songs of everyone from The Rolling Stones to Harry Styles. "I have been working on writing for another original album and am still planning to... »»»
July 9, 2020 - Tim McGraw will release "Here on Earth" on Aug. 21 on his return to Big Machine Label Group. McGraw also released the title track today. The disc, which contains 16 songs, also features his first single "I Called Mama." Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill and Jon Nite co-wrote "Here on Earth.... »»»
July 9, 2020 - The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast on April 18, 2021 on CBS, it was announced today. The announcement came before the 55th edition were even held. Originally set for April, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in postponing the awards from April until Wednesday, Sept 16 in Nashville.... »»»
July 9, 2020 - Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels will be memorialized at a public service on Friday in Murfreesboro, Tenn., which will be livestreamed. The service will be at 11 a.m. Central at World Outreach Church, located at 1921 State Highway 99 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Travis Tritt, Vince Gill,... »»»
July 9, 2020 - The Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, released the track list on Wednesday for "Gaslighter," the trio's first disc in 14 years. The track list is: 1. "Gaslighter" 2. "Sleep at Night" 3. "Texas Man" 4. "Everybody Loves You" 5. "For Her" 6. "March March" 7. "My Best Friend's Weddings" 8.... »»»
July 9, 2020 - Newport Folk Festival is not happening this year due to COVID-19, but it will dip into its long past over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend with archival material online. Radio broadcasts from more than 60 years of archived sets, webcast concerts, and a film to close the weekend are on tap.... »»»
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July 8, 2020 - Blake Shelton will headline a drive-in concert on July 25th with guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins. The concert is being promoted by Encore Drive-In Nights, which is launching drive-in and outdoor theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The concerts will be filmed exclusively for each one-night-only... »»»
July 8, 2020 - Lady A, the trio formerly known as Lady Antebellum, filed a court suit today in Nashville against a Seattle singer, also known as Lady A, for rights to the trademark Lady A. The band said that the singer was seeking $10 million. The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of... »»»
July 8, 2020 - Nashville Music Equality, a group dedicated to increasing opportunities for people of color in the Nashville music business, is launching Dear Music City..., a series of continued conversations about racial issues that surround the Nashville music industry community. The first panel of Dear Music City...... »»»
July 7, 2020 - Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood may have been exposed to COVID-19, they said in a social media post on Monday. "Out of an abundance of caution, Garth Brooks is moving his and Trisha Yearwood's July 7th Facebook concert to a later date and postponing Inside Studio G for 2 weeks," the post said.... »»»
July 7, 2020 - Charlie Worsham is taking to the airwaves as the host of his own radio show. "Air Castle Community Hour" is a monthly show on WSM radio, home to the Grand Ole Opry, starting tonight at 7 p.m. eastern. The show will be broadcast every first Tuesday of each month and focus on the diverse musical talent in Nashville.... »»»
July 7, 2020 - Lindsay Ell is out with a deeply personal song "make you," which deals with being the victim of rape at age 13, from her forthcoming sophomore album "heart theory," out Aug. 14. Ell also announced the formation of the Make You Movement charitable fund to help at-risk youth and domestic abuse and... »»»
July 6, 2020 - The country community is reacting with sadness to the passing of mainstay Charlie Daniels today at 83. Brad Paisley tweeted, "I'm so sad he's gone. We have so many memories together, and I am so blessed to have known him. Rest In Peace my friend. We love you." "There are few artists that touched so... »»»
July 6, 2020 - Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels, passed away this morning at 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke. Daniels, who was probably best known for his song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," died at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn. Daniels, who also instituted his Volunteer Jam festival, became a... »»»
July 3, 2020 - There's no rainbow hanging over Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly. The couple announced last week that their nearly three-old marriage has ended. The couple issued a statement: "With heavy but hopeful hearts, we wanted to put our own thoughts into the air about what's happening.... »»»