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  • Alabama To Release Southern Drawl On 9/18

    That Nashville Sound
    That Nashville Sound
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Artist: AlabamaAlbum: Southern DrawlLabel: BMG ChrysalisRelease date: 9/18/15Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama return with their first country album Southern Drawl on Sptember 18.  Though they have had released three Gospel albums, a live album and a few compilation albums, "Southern Drawl" will be their first completely new project since 2001′s "When It All Goes South.""Country music when we took our vacation is not the same country it is today," Cook tells USA Today. "For people who knew the original Alabama, it's going to be a little different to their ears."A…
  • Why Jake Owen’s Used Car Is So Pricey

    Alison Bonaguro
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    When a representative for Jake Owen posted a link to the Craigslist ad that lists the singer’s old Jeep, a lot of people were questioning why it was so expensive. It is, after all a 25-year-old car. Then again, this 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer belonged to Owen. But that’s not why it he is asking... Read more »
  • Wayne Carson, 72, Dies; Wrote Songs ‘Always on My Mind’ and ‘The Letter’

    NYT > Country Music
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Carson, a Grammy-winning songwriter, also wrote “The Letter,” a hit for the Box Tops and Joe Cocker.
  • DIY Wedding Photo Booth

    Great American Country
    Molly Spining
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Photo booth from When you hear “DIY wedding,” your first thought is either A) “UGH, never! That’s why wedding planners exist,” or B) “Let’s get started! I’m all about crafting.” Whichever camp you fall into, a DIY photo booth project is one that every type of bride can handle. With all of the apps and selfie sticks available, there is really no need to rent a photo booth. Plus, making your own photo booth saves you money, earns you bragging rights and adds a personal touch to your wedding. With the help of my bridesmaids and…
  • News Roundup: Scotty McCreery to Debut New Single, Clare Dunn Discusses Singing With Luke Bryan

    The Boot
    Angela Stefano
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The Boot rounds up today's top stories from our news partners. Continue reading…
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  • Why Jake Owen’s Used Car Is So Pricey

    Alison Bonaguro
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    When a representative for Jake Owen posted a link to the Craigslist ad that lists the singer’s old Jeep, a lot of people were questioning why it was so expensive. It is, after all a 25-year-old car. Then again, this 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer belonged to Owen. But that’s not why it he is asking... Read more »
  • Yes, Shania Twain Is Blond

    Alison Bonaguro
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:18 pm
    “I thought that was Faith Hill.” “Who is that?” “There’s no way that is Shania.” Those were just a few of the comments I saw when I posted some photos from Shania Twain‘s Chicago show at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday night (July 29). It was all about the blond. So after a 22-song set,... Read more »
  • Miranda Lambert, RaeLynn Skip the Makeup

    Samantha Stephens
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this Instagram photo of Miranda Lambert with one of her favorite country gals and dearest friends, the always adorable RaeLynn. The two are “smizing” (that’s smiling with your eyes, according to supermodel Tyra Banks) behind two mugs of coffee with some pretty rocking messy hair and makeup-free... Read more »
  • Steel Guitarist and Inventor Buddy Emmons Dead at 78

    Edward Morris
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Fabled steel guitarist Buddy Emmons — whose sweeping, lyrical flourishes elevated such stylistically disparate classics as Ray Price’s “Night Life” and Judy Collins’ “Someday Soon” — has died at his home in Hermitage, Tenn., at the age of 78. The exact date of his death has not yet been disclosed. Born Jan. 27, 1937 in... Read more »
  • Craig Campbell’s Wife Encouraged Sexy New Video

    Alison Bonaguro
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    This is one way to get over the awkward sexy scenes with a stranger: Invite your wife. Craig Campbell’s brand new video for “Tomorrow Tonight,” which premiered Thursday (July 30) on CMT, is sexy as hell. It features him flirting and ultimately carrying on bare-chested in bed with a woman who is not his wife.... Read more »
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    Great American Country

  • DIY Wedding Photo Booth

    Molly Spining
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Photo booth from When you hear “DIY wedding,” your first thought is either A) “UGH, never! That’s why wedding planners exist,” or B) “Let’s get started! I’m all about crafting.” Whichever camp you fall into, a DIY photo booth project is one that every type of bride can handle. With all of the apps and selfie sticks available, there is really no need to rent a photo booth. Plus, making your own photo booth saves you money, earns you bragging rights and adds a personal touch to your wedding. With the help of my bridesmaids and…
  • Interview: The Junk Gypsies Talk Their Latest Projects

    Sadee Hanson
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    If you know (and love) the Junk Gypsies, you probably can’t get enough of their newest season on Great American Country. Sisters Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes-Smith bring their rebellious spirit and colorful imagination to “gypsify” what most would consider garbage. Their unusual design masterpieces this season bring life to celebrities’ Airstream campers, a friend’s home and plain ol’ junk that they restore to sell in the Junk Gypsy Store. We had the chance to interview Amie and Jolie about their projects so far this season, what’s coming up next and advice they have for fellow…
  • Your Ultimate Summer Activity Checklist

    Molly Spining
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Ah, summer — the season of lazy pool days, spontaneous road trips and day drinking on patios. Unfortunately, we only have three months to fit in the aforementioned activities plus hundreds more. This year, we’re determined to make the most of June, July and August. So, come September, we have no regrets, only tan lines. To keep you on track this summer, we created the ultimate summer fun checklist. Follow along with us, and tell us how many items you checked off the list! Make a killer playlist that you can listen to in the car, at the beach or during a backyard barbecue Read a new…
  • 6 of Nashville’s Best Honky Tonks

    Sarah Wyland
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    They don’t call Nashville ‘Music City’ for nothing! Not only is it home to the infamous ‘Music Row,’ a street of recording studios and record labels where some of the best music ever recorded was made and produced, it is also home to some of the best venues to hear live music. Here are six of the best honky tonks and juke joints in Music City. The Bluebird Cafe. Blink and you might miss The Bluebird Cafe. It is located in an old strip mall, but don’t let that fool you. The listening room is steeped in country music history and is a favorite of songwriters. Vince Gill cut his teeth…
  • 6 Best Fourth of July Destinations

    Sadee Hanson
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Fourth of July in Nashville – Photo courtesy of Travel Channel Fourth of July celebrations are one of my favorite parts of the summer. The birth of our nation goes hand in hand with family time, hours spent on a lake, barbecues, camping trips and spectacular fireworks shows. With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, it’s the perfect time to take a long weekend and explore the patriotic traditions in a different part of the country. We’ve rounded up some of America’s best destinations for the Fourth of July to help you plan your holiday road trip. Nashville,…
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  • Haggard’s Childhood Boxcar Moved to Museum; Rest in Peace, Buddy Emmons; Bill Murray Enjoys Chris Stapleton

    C.M. Wilcox
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons passed away yesterday at the age of 78. Starting out with Little Jimmy Dickens in 1955, Emmons also played in the bands of Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Roger Miller, and the Everly Brothers. He was featured on countless studio recordings and founded the Sho-Bud Guitar Company. Emmons was the subject of a tribute album (and a Peter Cooper column) in 2013. The childhood home of Merle Haggard – a boxcar – was moved from Oildale, California, to the Kern County Museum yesterday. Merle and his older sister Lillian were there to see it loaded up and…
  • Jason Isbell, Alan Jackson Star in Buddy Comedy; Best Country Singles of 1993; Ashley Monroe on Fallon

    C.M. Wilcox
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    Okay, not really. Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free edged out Alan Jackson’s Angels and Alcohol by a few hundred copies to debut atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Both albums sold in the neighborhood of 46,000 units without much in the way of radio support. It is Isbell’s first appearance on the chart. Biggest winner: Fans of good music. You can listen to Isbell’s entire hour-long Newport Folk Festival set to celebrate. The Guardian’s Grady Smith says that big album sales by Isbell and others with critical mass but little radio support…
  • Quotable Country – 07/26/15 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. We used to be the genre that didn’t place enough emphasis on star power, and that bothered me. In the last decade, we’ve swung too far in the other direction and now expect every artist to be perfect-looking and ready to play the big stage right out of the box. ● — Universal Music Group Nashville CEO Mike Dungan. At some point, me singing about frat party themes is just not going to be realistic. But if I look like a weird old dude up onstage, I’ll be the first one to come to that realization. ● — Will he…
  • Seven years later.

    C.M. Wilcox
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Many of the people who started reading this site seven years ago are still reading it today. When I really stop to let that sink in, it amazes me. Seven years is a long time. I don’t get out much. I don’t travel. I’ve met exactly one of you in person, and that’s the guy who lives ten minutes from my house and went out of his way to make it happen. But I’ve been a part of your life, and you a part of mine, for a while. Up to seven years. Since seven years have passed, I’m seven years older now than I was when I started. That seems a stupidly obvious thing to…
  • Clint Black Signs with Thirty Tigers; Nashville’s Top Power Players; Buddy Cannon’s Mom Goes Viral

    C.M. Wilcox
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Billboard published its first-ever ranking of Nashville’s Top 50 Power Players. Guess who topped the list? Underground country artist Owen Mays passed away at 32. Clint Black signed with Thirty Tigers and is readying his first full album of new material since Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic came out in 2005. Chris Jones has a list of bluegrass radio show theme ideas you’re free to use, like “Drinking songs about different temperatures of corn” and “Live recordings with unrealistic applause dubbed in from much larger venues.” My Kind of Country’s…
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  • Craig Morgan Makes Milestone Opry Appearance

    Alanna Conaway
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Craig Morgan made a milestone 200th appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on July 21, 2015. To honor the occasion, Morgan performed memorable hits, “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” and a brand new song, “Country Side of Heaven,” to a packed house in the historic venue. He is set to celebrate his 7th anniversary as a member of the prestigious Opry this fall. Morgan, a country music entertainer, military veteran and award-winning TV host, just launched season six of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on Outdoor Channel. The Black River Entertainment…
  • Chase Rice Reveals First Round of Dates for Upcoming Tour

    Alanna Conaway
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    Last week Chase Rice announced that he will be hitting the road as a headliner this fall on the JD and Jesus Tour 2015, and now, the first round of dates have been revealed. Starting Thursday, October 1, Rice’s trek will make stops in cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York City, with more markets and on-sale information to be announced in the coming weeks. For his third headlining tour, Rice tapped raucous Nashville trio The Cadillac Three to join as a special guest on select shows. He sold out multiple venues on his 2014 Ignite The Night Tour and led Live…
  • Kenny Chesney Makes History at Historic Rose Bowl

    Alanna Conaway
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    For Kenny Chesney, playing the Rose Bowl decades ago, was a bucket list item. And when he took the stage at the iconic venue built in 1922, he took it with all the intensity of every college football team that played there on New Year’s Day, the athletes at the ’84 Summer Olympics and the various teams at the many World Cup matches that have played there. “You know when you wake up and you see that sign, you’re on hallowed ground,” Chesney says. “I’ve seen so many games played there, so much history – and I understand the heart it took from every athlete who’s ever come…
  • Jennifer Nettles – “Sugar”

    Matt Bjorke
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    The voice of Sugarland returns to her mainstream country roots with this infectious confection. “Sugar” is as infectious as anything she recorded with her band and it’s easy to see why she’d wanna release the catchy, hook filled song as the lead single from her sophomore album. It still remains to be seen if radio will play her as a solo artist but it’s not for a lack of fun, radio-ready tunes this time around. For fans who loved Jennifer’s That Girl album, this will feel like a bait and switch but anyone who followed Sugarland as long as folks have followed the band…
  • Eric Church to Open New Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

    Alanna Conaway
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” will open on September 18 and run through February 2016. It will spotlight the North Carolina native’s hard-hitting path from a kid with a dream to becoming a multi-Platinum-selling country rocker filling arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. The display will include guitars, song manuscripts, stage wear, photos and more personally chosen from Church’s collection. For those fans wanting to see and purchase unique Church memorabilia before September arrives, the acclaimed singer/songwriter will reopen his pop-up store, The Outsider’s Joint, on July…
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  • Travis Tritt shares photo of playground fire aftermath

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Yesterday, there was a fire at Travis Tritt's home. Today, the singer shared a photo on Facebook of the charred remains of his kids' hopes, dreams, and playground equipment.
  • Dierks Bentley Loses His Shirt Again…and We’re Not Mad

    Nicole Piering
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    The shirtless wonder strikes again! When someone looks like Dierks Bentley, we have to wonder why he’d ever wear a shirt. Earlier this month, he sent the internet ablaze when he lost his shirt at a concert, and now he’s posing in all his bare-chested glory. I mean, we’re not …
  • Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen Work on Their Fitness Together

    Nicole Piering
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Ahead of their show Thursday night at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, one lucky lady caught Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen hitting the gym together. And like any good woman in the 21st century, she tweeted about it with photo proof. While the buff pair will be hitting the stage as …
  • #TBT! Before Pentatonix Was a Superstar Group

    Jen Swirsky
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Before Pentatonix was a superstar, Grammy Award-winning group, the a cappella sensations were contestants on the Nick Lachey hosted The Sing-Off. During their Season 3 run on the show, Pentatonix was faced with the challenge of performing a country music song. The quintet, which typically performs pop/R&B/hip hop tunes, chose …
  • Lawsuit demands to see Taylor Swift’s boobs

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    I guess if you're going to sue Taylor Swift, you may as well make it interesting.
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  • Rest in Peace, Buddy Emmons

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Willie Nelson and Buddy Emmons wrote, “Are You Sure ” together. by:  Julie Thanki Pedal steel guitar innovator Buddy Emmons has died at the age of 78. Nicknamed “The Big E” for his height, Mr. Emmons, a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, played with some of country music’s finest, including Little Jimmy Dickens, Ernest Tubb and Ray Price, and his work forever changed the genre. The number of musicians he influenced over the past half-century is immeasurable. “Buddy Emmons was truly a musical genius,” says Eddie Stubbs, WSM DJ and…
  • Farm Aid Concert 2015 Tickets on Sale Now

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
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  • Willie Nelson and Kelly Musgrave (Nashville) (9/27/13)

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
  • Willie Nelson @The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas (July 26, 2015)

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    www. by:  Cindi Reed Age has only seemed to improve Willie’s performance. His thin, haggard appearance adds even more authenticity to his outlaw country style. Time has given his voice an extra twang and his sad songs an extra gravitas. To belabor the point: He’s been singing “Funny How Time Slips Away” for more than 50 years. The band was fantastic, Willie’s guitar is still on point and daughter Amy even made a cameo, harmonizing with her father. The show concluded with a gospel medley that was uniquely Willie. He combined old-timey salvation standards with…
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  • City Council Takes First Look at Proposed Budget

    KUT Staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    The City of Austin today presented its proposed budget for FY 2015-16 to the new 10-1 City Council, which will work on finalizing the proposal before the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.  [View the proposed budget in full here.]The proposal calls for spending a total of $3.5 billion, a $39-million increase from last year. The increase in property tax revenue for the city would total about $36 million.
  • The Ticket: John Kasich Joins the Race

    Ben Philpott
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    This week on The Ticket: We welcome Ohio Governor John Kasich to the GOP primary field with a review of his announcement speech. And with just days until the first GOP primary debate, we'll talk with senior writer and analyst Harry Enten from about the latest polls and who's on or off the debate stage.
  • Why Plans to Move Austin's Monk Parakeets Could Get Nest-y

    Terrence Henry
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Austin’s well-known as the Live Music Capital of the World, but it’s also becoming known as a place that’s running out of room. There's one neighborhood in town where old-time residents are probably going to be moved out in order to make way for new development. And it’s ruffling some feathers.We're talking, of course, about monk parakeets. In particular, the two hundred of them that live at the University of Texas at Austin Whitaker Intramural Fields, in Central Austin on Guadalupe. Head there at dusk, and you'll see not just soccer or lacrosse scrimmages, but you'll see…
  • Sarah Hepola on 'Blackout: Remembering Things I Drank To Forget'

    Rebecca McInroy & Owen Egerton
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Sarah Hepola’s new memoir, Blackout: Remembering Things I Drank to Forget, chronicles her addiction to alcohol with brutal honesty and brilliant humor.  The book is gaining critical acclaim from reviewers in The New York Times, The Washington Post, LA Times, and Kirkus Reviews. Entertainment Weekly observed, “It’s hard to think of another memoir that burrows inside an addict’s brain like this one does.”Blackout was named one of’s Best Books of June 2015, People Magazine’s Best Books of the Summer, and won a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List.Hepola…
  • Advocates Offer Suggestions to an Austin Music Scene That 'Needs Improvement'

    Audrey McGlinchy
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    Austin music leaders are suggesting changes the city could make to protect and enliven its live music industry. On Wednesday, they presented their recommendations at Holy Mountain, a downtown venue closing its doors later this year – partly because of rising rent.The recommendations are aimed at five issues advocates say are plaguing Austin’s music scene, including affordability of commercial space, stagnant event revenues, venue preservation, permitting and code enforcement complications and a gap in community engagement.
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  • Analysis Paralysis

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Numbers nerds (like me!) have been blogging almost daily on Voltair.Rather than getting smarter with each post, I feel like we all start to send contradicting and conflicting assertions.We all have been learning less, not more.Before I crunch anymore random PPM data, it would be nice to know who is using Voltair and who isn’t for one thing. Educated guesses have only the potential to create confusion for all of us.Yes, A&O&B has a number of clients using the technology right now, but in spite of the perspective that has afforded us, there's a lot we simply do not know.Like you, I…
  • #thefutureofradioisatstake‬

    15 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    Fred Jacobs' latest blog post, as usual, inspired me into action, especially after I read the response to it by legendary LA GM Roy Laughlin (click the link to read that too). I wrote: There’s no question that Roy Laughlin is a genius and built a lasting dynasty that continues to dominate the Southland thanks to the amazing teams he managed over the years, but before we do a complete 180 lets really study how our streaming listeners use us across all our platforms.Now that Voltair has “proven” (to me at least) that PPM technology misses a lot of usage, it is tempting to go backward…
  • The Best "Worst Job"

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    You can't deny that it's true:Careercast is getting quite a bit of PR today on their annual best/worst jobs lists and as usual they make a good case for their reasons for putting "broadcaster" down at the bottom with newspaper reporter, lumberjack and enlisted military (which actually seems like pretty good company to me!).No doubt, if you want low risk, there are plenty of other careers for you.  However, I want to place this finding in context.It has always been thus!I went into high school in 1957, having decided I wanted to follow in fellow-Ohioan Hugh Downs' footsteps as smart…
  • Competition

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Each time a station I've worked with over the years has been directly attacked I have publicly said:  "Competition makes us better."For the listeners and the air staff, that's true.But, generally, from a business point of view I have to privately admit it's simply not, especially in markets where media buyers generally refuse to buy two country stations at good rates.Doubly so in PPM measurment markets where direct format competition has often driven down shares, making point levels shrink. This was reinforced for me in September 1999 when longtime Detroit incumbant W4 Country typically…
  • “Woof, Woof, Woof. Bow, Wow, Wow. Arf, Bark, Arf, Bark, Woof!”

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Ever since dogs started barking “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” Christmas music has given country (and rock) format programmers and personalities a big headache.   Thanks to PPM panel measurement which can follow the same group of people’s radio usage for many months and years, we now know some things about what drives the country format’s annual fall swoon at the expense of Adult Contemporary and Christian stations going “all Christmas music.”1.  As Mike O’Malley told Inside Radio last week, studies of country listeners going back more…
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  • John Anderson To Perform First Nashville-Based Acoustic Concert In Over 30 Years

    Country Music News
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Set To Appear On General Jackson Showboat As Debut Act On 650 AM WSM’s Country On The Cumberland (Nashville, Tenn. – July 17, 2015) – Country music icon and Hall Of Fame songwriter, John Anderson, will perform an intimate acoustic show in Nashville on July 29 as he appears as the first guest on the inaugural Country On The Cumberland concert series, presented by 650 AM WSM. The special acoustic show, which will take place aboard the General Jackson Showboat, is a rare opportunity for fans to experience Anderson’s intimate show and marks the Country music legend’s…

    Country Music News
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Rolling Stone’s ‘chillest dude in Nashville’ also to release video for latest single ‘Southern Style’ NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Friday, July 17, 2015) – Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour has been such a success this summer, the singer has decided to extend it into the fall. After an astounding 400,000 fans turned out for the first leg, Rucker will now stretch his laidback, hit-filled tour into November. Coming off last weekend’s huge sellouts in Gilford, N.H., Boston, Mass., and Jones Beach, N.Y., the summer run has 15 shows left and is on…
  • Kenny Chesney Sets Target Field Record A Third Time

    Country Music News
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    44,152 Show Up for First of Two Nights of The Big Revival 2015 Tour Minneapolis, MN (July 19, 2015)– In 2012, Kenny Chesney set the record at the Target Field with 42,542 fans rocked. In 2013, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year broke that record with 43,940 fans played to – a number even Sir Paul McCartney couldn’t topple when he played there last summer. But on the first night of a two night stand, the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” set the record again, playing to 44,152 fans for a new single night record with tonight’s show…
  • New EP From The Cains NOW Available On iTunes

    Country Music News
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    (Nashville, Tenn. – July 21, 2015) – Country’s newest sibling harmony band, The Cains, have released their self-titled EP to fans today, Tuesday, July 21. The five-track EP is available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers. The Cains features songs co-written by the group’s Logan, Madison and Taylor Cain, with additional writer credits, including Jaida Dreyer, Stephony Smith, Billy Lawson, Ed Hill, Becki Devries and Dave Thompson. The EP was produced and mixed by Daniel Agee. Leadoff single, “Journey’s End” is a sentimental ballad about…

    Country Music News
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    Kenny Chesney’s stadium tour opener will headline fall run with The Cadillac Three joining as a special guest for select shows NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 24, 2015) – After announcing earlier this week that he will be hitting the road as a headliner this fall on the JD and Jesus Tour 2015, Columbia Nashville recording artist Chase Rice is releasing the first round of dates for the tour today, July 24. Major stops will include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York City, with more markets and on-sale information to be announced in the coming weeks. For his third headlining…
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    Thats Country


    Marti Clayton
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Country singer-songwriter’s live-music love song is Mediabase’s most-added at country radio NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 30, 2015) – Fans are clearly clamoring for more from Jerrod Niemann, as he helped draw a record crowd at Country Thunder Festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin the same week he set a personal milestone at country radio. The Kansas native joined with other country stars to spur an attendance record at Country Thunder when 34,182 fans attended Thursday, the first day of the festival. Niemann is on the road the rest of the summer playing select festival and solo dates. “Blue…
  • “Soul Man” Sam Moore Headed to Georgia Music Hall of Fame

    Marti Clayton
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    ATLANTA, GA (July 30, 2015) – In honor of a career spanning more than 60 years, rock-and-soul great Sam Moore will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The voice behind such hits as “I Thank You” and “Hold On I’m Coming” joins singer/songwriter Gregg Allman, composer John Barbe and his wife, Jane, producer John Huie, and numerous others to be inducted in a ceremony Sept. 26 in Atlanta. Moore catapulted to international fame as the lead voice of the 1960s duo “Sam and Dave,” a musical collaboration with long-time partner and fellow Georgia native Dave…
  • Much Alert: August Programming Highlights

    Marti Clayton
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    This August on MUCH: The Season Finale of ANOTHER PERIOD, Season 7B Premiere of TOSH.O, and the Special Premiere of the MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS   To tweet this alert: New episodes of COMEDY BANG! BANG! all month long, including guest star Judd Apatow Monday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET There is no shortage of broken bones and embarrassing moments in the new season of TOSH.0, premiering Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. ET In the Season 1 finale of ANOTHER PERIOD, airing Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET, Lillian and Beatrice try to stop a wedding New episodes of MUCH COUNTDOWN…

    Marti Clayton
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    Entertainment Tonight Gives Fans an Exclusive Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes at Craig Campbell on the “Tomorrow Tonight” video shoot set in Nashville, TN.   NASHVILLE, TN (July 30, 2015) –  CMT is unveiling the music video for Craig Campbell’s sexy RED BOW Records’ debut single “Tomorrow Tonight” exclusively on CMT Pure today (7/30). Fans can also view the video on-demand at and on the CMT Artists App. Filmed in Nashville, TN and directed by Chris Hickey, the accompanying music video brings the flirtatious lyrics to life. Playful texting shown…

    Marti Clayton
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    NASHVILLE, TENN. – (July 29, 2015) – Platinum-selling country music sensation Scotty McCreery will rock the stage outside the FOX News Channel in New York City this Friday, July 31, when the ACM Award winner takes over the “FOX & Friends” All-American Summer Concert Series from 8:00-9:00 AM/ET (7:00-8:00 AM/CT). During the television broadcast, McCreery will debut his highly anticipated new single, “Southern Belle,” airing live at approximately 8:50 AM/ET (7:50 AM/CT). “Southern Belle” will ship to country radio at the end of August and is the first single from his…
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    Country Perspective

  • The Hodgepodge: Good Songs from Sub-Par Country Artists

    Derek Hudgin
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This past week was super busy for me and I haven’t had much time to think about this week’s opener. I haven’t spent much time around the blogosphere and didn’t really find anything current that I could provide a unique voice to or a new angle on the topic. Obviously the biggest news in country […]
  • The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [August 8]

    Josh Schott
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Each week I take a look the Billboard Country Airplay chart and grade the top 30 songs. The grading format I use each week is every song will receive either a +1, -1 or a 0. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the current top thirty country songs, […]
  • Review – Will Hoge’s “Still A Southern Man”

    Josh Schott
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here in the United States, to say it’s been a busy news cycle in 2015 would be an understatement. There have been several major issues throughout this year and we’re just past the halfway point. One of the biggest issues and the one that has undoubtedly affected country music the most is the issue of the […]
  • The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [July 27]

    Josh Schott
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Welcome to a new feature to the site! This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed […]
  • Review – Ronnie Dunn’s “Ain’t No Trucks In Texas”

    Josh Schott
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    When it comes to Ronnie Dunn’s career, it’s been a tale of two halves. In the first half, it was quite a wild and successful ride for Dunn. He was one half of one of the most iconic duos in country music history in Brooks & Dunn. Dunn and Kix Brooks racked up multiple #1 […]
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  • Sparks will fly when @KristianBush lights up #CMchat during our Twitterview

    Jessica Northey
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    It is easy to see and say that Kristian Bush Light’s us Up at Country Music’s #CMchat! In fact he is our most repeated guest in the history of #CMChat because we just can’t get enough of him. So we’re excited to have Bush join us for a Twitterview on Monday August 3rd 6pPT/9pET brought to you by Firestone Tires. I am partnering with them and will be covering the Pepsi Gulf Jam from Florida, where Bush will be performing in September, to promote their #DestinationCountry #Sweep stakes. (see details on this below) You can submit questions that you might want me to…
  • #BreakingTheIce with @ChaseBryant

    Brittany Vance
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    What do you get when you add a 22 year old Texas native, bad ass song writing skills and massive guitar talent? Well, Chase Bryant, of course. The Red Bow recording artist released his first single this year titled “Take It On Back” the song peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts. His second single titled “Little Bit Of You” is currently making its rounds and seems to be striking ears everywhere. Bryant is young, exceptionally talented and fresh on the the country music scene. 1. Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
  • Roger Creager

    Jessica Northey
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    In case you missed it, you didn’t cause I got your Roger Creager Twitterview recap right here. We had a great time talking to this good looking Texas Country Cowboy Daredevil about his life, music and extreme hobbies. Q1 @RogerCreager Describe yourself in 140 characters? A1 I live on the planet Earth. I like to fish and write songs. I’m the luckiest guy ever, I play music for a living Q2 @RogerCreager What makes the Texas music scene unique? via @CountryInAz A2 The major diff is that we don’t have a real promo budget. We make our bones by busting our hump lol Q3…
  • Join Chef @RobertIrvine for a #HeySTAR! Twitterview

    Jessica Northey
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    Hey STARs!! So the first thing I did when I found out that Chef Robert Irvine agreed to do a #HeyStar! Twitterview with us was tell my Mom. She was like ‘NO WAY…are you kidding me’ and was so impressed because Restaurant Impossible is her FAVORITE TV SHOW. She even tells me stuff all the time that Chef Irvine said in a show about Restaurants, especially when we’re at Restaurants, “Chef Irvine would not approve this…or that” or “last week there was this….” So needless to say, my family is stoked to spend an hour with Chef Robert…
  • Concert Review: @WaterlooRev at @CoyoteJoesMI

    Kristen Diotte
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    George Birge and Cody Cooper, also known as the new country duo Waterloo Revival, recently made a trip to Michigan and I had the pleasure of, not only being front row for their hour long set, but also meeting the guys before the show. Originally both from Austin, Texas, they moved to Nashville after a few chance meetings which ultimately resulted in a signing with Big Machine Label Group. Although they miss their families and the familiarity of their hometown, they are both excited to continue making Nashville their home. Beginning their set with previously unheard music appeared to be a…
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