Black Music Matters Festival

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  • OCMS's Secor moves show from internet to radio
  • Exposed to COVID-19, Whitfield postpones Black Music Matters Festival gig
  • Combs ties the knot
  • Broken Bow signs Montana
  • Black Music Matters Fest kicks off; looks ahead to night two
  • Welch, Rascal Flatts, McAnally drop new music
  • Clark spreads Xmas cheer in September
  • Upcoming livestreams
  • Brooks pulls out of CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • Paisley discovers how to make COVID era video
  • Travis releases first single in seven years
  • Nashville Music Equality slates talk on history of country in Nashville
  • Giddens becomes Silk Road Ensemble artistic director
  • Bryan axes farm tour
  • Warner signs Bexar
  • McKenna, Anderson offer new sounds
  • Wall put out "Cowpoke"
  • Combs cancels '20 tour, pushed back until '21
  • Townes captures six Canadian awards nominations
  • Brothers Osborne look for "Skeletons"
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    August 5, 2020 - Hartland Hootenanny, the weekly variety show created by Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor, will head from the internet to the radio airwaves of WMOT 89.5 FM for a limited run starting Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. CST. Now in its fifth month of Saturday evening YouTube webcasts, Hartland Hootenanny is an »»»
    August 3, 2020 - Barrence Whitfield had to pull out of the Black Music Matters Festival on Monday due to concerns about exposure to COVID. Whitfield was slated to play on Tuesday night, but had to postpone it and will play an encore performance of the festival. "There was something with COVID, and we decided that we »»»
    August 3, 2020 - Luke Combs tied the knot on Saturday with his long-time girlfriend Nicole Hocking. The two married at a beach in southern Florida with a small contingent of family and friends. "Yesterday was the best day of my life," Combs posted on Instagram. "I got to marry my best friend. I love you @nicohocking, »»»
    August 3, 2020 - BBR Music Group signed Tim Montana to its roster. The singer/songwriter will join country music producer Michael Knox's partnership imprint with BBR Music Group/BMG, Music Knox Records. "What hit me first about Tim was his music. When I found out about all the other things going on in his world, it »»»
    August 3, 2020 - The Black Music Matters Festival, featuring Black Country and Americana artists got off to a strong start on Sunday with Rissi Palmer opening the five-day series of livestream concerts. Palmer entertained the crowd in a 45-minute set from her home in Durham, N.C. with songs from throughout her career. »»»
    July 31, 2020 - Gillian Welch releases "Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol." 1 via Acony Records, the independent record label she and partner David Rawlings founded in 2001. This is the first installment of a three-part collection, which contains songs unearthed from a cache of home demos and reel-to-reel recordings. »»»
    July 30, 2020 - Terri Clark will spread the Christmas cheer in September with "It's Christmas... Cheers!" The disc, which drops Sept. 25, was produced by Clark. The album contains includes 10 songs and features musical guests Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss. »»»
    July 30, 2020 - Country Standard is hosting the following livestream concert on our Facebook page: Thursday, July 30 Tenille Arts, WKIS/Miami IG Live at 11 a.m. CT. RaeLynn, The Back Porch Happy Hour, 5 p.m. CT. Darius Rucker, Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence, Darius & Friends St. Jude benefit at 7 p.m. CT. Eli Young Band, 9 p. »»»
    July 29, 2020 - Garth Brooks withdrew from consideration for the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, saying it was time to let someone else win the biggest honor. Brooks has won the Entertainer of the Year seven times, including most recently in 2019. "This all started at the CMAs last year," Brooks said. »»»
    July 29, 2020 - Brad Paisley released a humorous, fast-paced video for his current single "No I In Beer." How do you record a music video during an international pandemic? Ask some friends like Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Clayton Kershaw, Peyton Manning, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Canadian singer »»»
    July 28, 2020 - Randy Travis released his first song since suffering a stroke in 2013. Marking the 35th Anniversary of his first radio single, "On The Other Hand," Travis released "Fool's Love Affair." Recorded as a demo, the song was stuck in storage until one of the writers, Charlie Monk, discovered it and sent it »»»
    July 28, 2020 - Nashville Music Equality is continuing Dear Music City..., a series of conversations about racial issues that surround the Nashville Music Industry community, continues on Aug. 5 with a curator of the National Museum of African American Music. Dr. Steven Lewis, curator from the National Museum of »»»
    July 28, 2020 - Rhiannon Giddens is the new artistic director of the Silk Road Ensemble. "Proud to share that I will be stepping in to replace Yo-Yo Ma as the new Artistic Director of the Silk Road Ensemble," Giddens said on Facebook. The Silk Road Ensemble is a collective of dozens of musicians, composers, »»»
    July 27, 2020 - Luke Bryan's annual rite of fall - his farm tour - is not happening this year due to COVID-19. ""To all my farm tour fans out there, I'm sad to announce the 2020 Farm Tour shows will not happen due to COVID-19. We've been going strong for the past 11 consecutive years so this one really hurts. »»»
    July 26, 2020 - Warner Music Nashville signed country band BEXAR, whose major-label debut single "Again" came out on Friday. Pronounced "bear," the group gets its name from Bexar County, Texas, where lead vocalist/guitarist Chris Ryan spent a good part of his childhood. He's joined by Kentucky native and »»»
    July 24, 2020 - Lori McKenna has had a great run as a songwriter with songs like "Humble and Kind" and "Girl Crush." But the Stoughton, Mass. resident is back pushing her own recording career with "The Balladeer," out today. McKenna received help from Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild on the »»»
    July 24, 2020 - Colter Wall is out with a single, "Cowpoke," the Stan Jones cowboy tune from his upcoming third album, "Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs." Wall, who hails from Saskatchewan, Canada, produced the new disc after his first two were helmed by Dave Cobb. Wall just released a live »»»
    July 23, 2020 - Luke Combs announced today 2020 tour was being moved to 2021 due to COVID-19. Combs had been one of the few artsits, who had not canceled tours this year. "Never in a million years did I think the show I played in Europe this past March would be the last headlining show I'd play this year. »»»
    July 22, 2020 - Tenille Townes scored the most nominated artist at the 2020 Canadian Country Music Awards with six: Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year ("Jersey On The Wall (I'm Just Asking)"), Video of the Year ("Jersey On The Wall (I'm Just Asking)"), Interactive Artist of the »»»
    July 22, 2020 - Brothers Osborne announced today they will release their third studio album, "Skeletons," on Oct. 9 on EMI Nashville. John and TJ Osborne teamed up with longtime producer Jay Joyce and co-wrote every track along with frequent collaborators Lee Miller, Craig Wiseman, Natalie Hemby and Casey Beathard. »»»