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With Performance Slot and High-Profile Nomination, Old Dominion Earns a Seat at the Big Kids’ Table at ACM Awards

With Performance Slot and High-Profile Nomination, Old Dominion Earns a Seat at the Big Kids’ Table at ACM Awards

If last year’s ACM Awards was Old Dominion’s coming-out party, this year’s 52nd annual show will find the lovable quintet taking a seat at the “big kids’ table.” “It feels like next-level stuff because we’re not the new kids anymore,” says Old Dominion’s lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “We’re actually part of the party. And then…MORE

Who’s New: Brett Young

Who’s New: Brett Young

Brett Young Current Single: “Sleep Without You” Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif. Influences: Gavin Degraw, Jason Reeves, Tyrone Wells, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Van Morrison, Tim McGraw, Ty Herndon In Brief With a smooth, West Coast pop style and a knack for accessing his deepest emotions, Brett Young is one of the newest faces in country,…MORE

Watch Keith Urban Jam on “Sun Don’t Let Me Down”

Watch Keith Urban Jam on “Sun Don’t Let Me Down”

Keith’s collaboration with Pitbull, “Sun Don’t Let Me Down,” is one of the most outlandish concepts on Ripcord, but it started with a casual jam session like many others. This one just happened to be with disco legend Nile Rodgers, lasting almost six hours.MORE

Keith Urban Cooks Up an Electro-Country Feast With Ripcord

Keith Urban Cooks Up an Electro-Country Feast With Ripcord

There’s been an obvious trend in country music lately — the growing influence of electronic dance music (EDM) and all the synthesizers and thumping beats that come with it. Much of it has felt hokey, honestly, but that was before Keith Urban got involved. Keith’s new album Ripcord is out today (May 6), and never before has…MORE

Blake Shelton Shares a Bird-Brained “Angry Birds” Song and Video

Blake Shelton Shares a Bird-Brained “Angry Birds” Song and Video

Blake Shelton is playing a loveable pig in The Angry Birds Movie (go figure!), but that’s not all. He’s also got a loveable song on the film’s soundtrack called “Friends,” and Blake shared a goofy new video for the track over the weekend (April 8). Filmed in a recording studio and featuring sneak peek appearences by Blake’s…MORE

Sturgill Simpson Grafts Nirvana’s “In Bloom” Onto Country Roots

Sturgill Simpson Grafts Nirvana’s “In Bloom” Onto Country Roots

Like many people who grew up during the grunge-rock boom years of the early ’90s, country’s restless mad scientist Sturgill Simpson says his world changed forever when he started listening to Nirvana, one of the era’s most influential groups. After experimenting with psychedelic country on his critically acclaimed breakout album,Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill is…MORE

Loretta Lynn Opens Up About Her Past in PBS Documentary “Still a Mountain Girl”

Loretta Lynn Opens Up About Her Past in PBS Documentary “Still a Mountain Girl”

Loretta Lynn is the subject of a revealing new documentary on PBS premiering today (March 4)—the same day her brand-new album, Full Circle, comes out. Called American Masters—Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl, the two-hour program is part of a series that has previously uncovered the stories of legends like B.B. King and will next focus on…MORE

The Band Perry Exits Big Machine Label Group

The Band Perry Exits Big Machine Label Group

Country trio The Band Perry has parted ways with its record label, announcing the news via official social media accounts. “We and Big Machine Label Group have made a mutual decision to bring our working relationship to a close,” they write. “We are grateful for 6 years of the big moments and great strides we…MORE

Charles Kelley: Changing Lanes

Charles Kelley: Changing Lanes

Looking to prove himself—and have some fun—Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley turns down an unknown road for his solo debut, The Driver.MORE

Charles Kelley Comes Clean About Going Solo

Charles Kelley Comes Clean About Going Solo

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley cleared up some questions about his new solo career on Vevo’s Ask:Reply series, coming clean when fans pressed him to explain the move. Asked how long he had wanted to record a solo album, Charles said that was actually his original plan, long before the band got together. “I felt like…MORE

Old Dominion Can Do It All – From Making Hits To Making Jokes

Old Dominion Can Do It All – From Making Hits To Making Jokes

Originally published in the November 9, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. As country music splits into a rainbow of subcategories to accommodate option-hungry listeners, artists are given fresh leeway to experiment and, with luck, elicit a reaction. In the midst of this momentum, one new band has discovered an intriguing niche. With “Break Up…MORE

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New Albums

New Albums

New albums dropping on Nov. 16 include Montgomery Gentry’s 20 Years of Hits and Kip Moore’s Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions.