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Fun-Loving Jerrod Niemann Talks Making New Album, “This Ride,” Collaborating With Diamond Rio, Leaving His Mark & More

Fun-Loving Jerrod Niemann Talks Making New Album, “This Ride,” Collaborating With Diamond Rio, Leaving His Mark & More

Jim Casey talks with Jerrod Niemann about: making his new album, The Ride working with Diamond Rio on new song, “I Ain’t All There” fundraising for important organizations like the USO releasing a new whiskey with a local Nashville distillery leaving his “mark” on country music over his 17-year career visiting Marfa, Texas making a…MORE

Nashville Native Mitchell Tenpenny Talks About Developing His Unique Sound, Finding Songwriting Success & Releasing His New EP, “Linden Ave”

Nashville Native Mitchell Tenpenny Talks About Developing His Unique Sound, Finding Songwriting Success & Releasing His New EP, “Linden Ave”

Jim Casey talks with Nashville native Mitchell Tenpenny about growing up in Music City, how he got started in the music business, finding success as a songwriter on Granger Smith’s Top 10 single, “If the Boot Fits,” the mix of styles on his new EP, Linden Ave, and more. Show Participants Mitchell Tenpenny Jim Casey, NCD director…MORE

Wild Man Chris Janson Talks Mountain Dew, Shel Silverstein, Touring With Sam Hunt, Top 10 Single, New Album & More

Wild Man Chris Janson Talks Mountain Dew, Shel Silverstein, Touring With Sam Hunt, Top 10 Single, New Album & More

Jim Casey talks with Chris Janson about being a Mountain Dew aficionado, his Shel Silverstein tribute performance at the ACM Honors ceremony, his Top 10 single, “Fix a Drink,” touring with Sam Hunt, his new album, Everybody, and more. Show Participants Chris Janson Jim Casey, NCD director of editorial Show Notes & Links Chris Janson’s websiteMORE

Our Very Magical Podcast With Midland Includes Al Pacino Impressions, Dwight Yoakam Tributes, In-Depth Thoughts About Sandwiches & More

Our Very Magical Podcast With Midland Includes Al Pacino Impressions, Dwight Yoakam Tributes, In-Depth Thoughts About Sandwiches & More

Jim Casey talks with Midland about celebrating their No. 1 debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem,” how Dwight Yoakam contributed to the origin of their band name, the best Dwight Yoakam songs, the importance of a good Al Pacino impression, the joy of making timeless songs with talented songwriters, the Sept. 22 release of their debut album, On the Rocks, and more. Show…MORE

Watch Darius Rucker and Vince Gill Share a Few Laughs and Remember a Few First Times

Watch Darius Rucker and Vince Gill Share a Few Laughs and Remember a Few First Times

Darius Rucker’s new single, “For the First Time,” is all about taking chances and doing new things. Tonight (Sept. 20), Darius is planning to celebrate two important firsts in his life: meeting Vince Gill 25 years ago and being inducted into the Grande Ole Opry by Vince five years ago. Darius will be playing the Grande…MORE

Craig Morgan Talks Hunting Bears, Performing for the Troops, Opening His New Gallery, Upcoming Tour & More

Craig Morgan Talks Hunting Bears, Performing for the Troops, Opening His New Gallery, Upcoming Tour & More

Jim Casey talks with Craig Morgan about his family’s new business (Gallery at Morgan Farms in Dickson, Tenn.), his upcoming American Stories Tour sponsored by Operation Finally Home, performing for the troops, hunting bears on the eighth season of Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors, and more. Show Participants Craig Morgan Jim Casey, NCD director of editorial Show Notes…MORE

New Albums: Sept. 15

New Albums: Sept. 15

New albums dropping on Friday, Sept. 15 include Big & Rich’s Did It For the Party and Radney Foster’s For You To See the Stars.  Big & Rich – Did It For the Party “California” “Did It for the Party” “Congratulations (You’re a Rockstar)” “Turns Me On” “Wake Up Wanting You” “Smoke in Her Eyes” “No Sleep”…MORE

2017 Americana Awards Red Carpet Photo Gallery

2017 Americana Awards Red Carpet Photo Gallery

The 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards were held last night (Sept. 13) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony is the centerpiece of Nashville’s Americana Fest (Sept. 12–17), which features almost 300 artists performing at different venues throughout Nashville. Check out photos from the red carpet below.MORE

Margo Price: Nowhere Fast Tour

Margo Price: Nowhere Fast Tour

Margo Price’s upcoming Nowhere Fast Tour kicks off Jan. 20 in Louisville, Ky. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. The 2018 tour will support her upcoming new album, All American Made, which will be available on Oct. 20. Month Date Location Venue Notes Jan. 20 Headliner’s Music Hall Louisville, Ky. 21 The…MORE

Chris Janson: The Everybody Tour

Chris Janson: The Everybody Tour

Chris Janson’s upcoming The Everybody Tour kicked off in Anderson, S.C. on Sept. 8. Chris’s new album, Everybody, is expected to be released Sept. 22. Month Date Location Venue Notes Sept. 8 Anderson, S.C. Denver Down Farms 9 Clarksville, Tenn. RiverFest 30th Anniversary 14 New York Madison Square Garden Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30” Tour 15…MORE

Kenny Chesney’s St. John House is “Simply Gone” After Hurricane Irma, Creating “Love for Love City” Foundation to Help Island Residents

Kenny Chesney’s St. John House is “Simply Gone” After Hurricane Irma, Creating “Love for Love City” Foundation to Help Island Residents

In an interview on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade this morning (Sept. 8), Kenny Chesney talked about how parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, including the island of St. John, where the artist owns a residence. Though Kenny was not there to experience the hurricane in person, he told…MORE

Blake Shelton Lays the Cards on the Table in New Song, “I’ll Name the Dogs”

Blake Shelton Lays the Cards on the Table in New Song, “I’ll Name the Dogs”

As he prepares for the 13th season on NBC’s The Voice and the grand opening of his Ole Red restaurant and live music venue in Tishomingo, Okla., Blake Shelton has released a brand new song, “I’ll Name the Dogs.” On his website, Blake describes the song as a throw-back. “It’s traditional country with fiddle and steel and I’ve got…MORE

Blake Shelton Reveals Title and Artwork of New Single, “I’ll Name the Dogs”

Blake Shelton Reveals Title and Artwork of New Single, “I’ll Name the Dogs”

Earlier today (Sept. 5), it was announced that Blake Shelton would be a part of two big events in September. The first event is a celebration of the grand opening of his new Ole Red venue in Tishomingo, Okla., featuring Ronnie Milsap, RaeLynn and more on Sept. 30. The second event included Blake as one of the many musicians,…MORE

Dustin Lynch Talks Headlining Tour, Hit Single “Small Town Boy,” New Album “Current Mood” & More

Dustin Lynch Talks Headlining Tour, Hit Single “Small Town Boy,” New Album “Current Mood” & More

Jim Casey talks with Dustin Lynch about his current mood leading into the Sept. 8 release of his third album, Current Mood, the chart-topping success of recent singles “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy,” how experience has changed his approach to songwriting and song selection, and more. Show Participants Dustin Lynch Jim Casey, NCD director of editorial Show…MORE

Kip Moore Talks Finding His Musical Calling, Appreciating His Ever-Growing Fan Base, Making His Gratifying New Album, “Slowheart,” & More

Kip Moore Talks Finding His Musical Calling, Appreciating His Ever-Growing Fan Base, Making His Gratifying New Album, “Slowheart,” & More

Jim Casey talks with Kip Moore about growing up in Georgia, picking up the guitar for the first time, deciding to make music his career, traveling the world, his ever-growing fan base, achieving highs and lows, releasing his upcoming album, Slowheart, and more. Show Participants Kip Moore Jim Casey, NCD director of editorial Show Notes & Links…MORE

New Albums: Sept. 1, 2017

New Albums: Sept. 1, 2017

New albums or “projects” dropping on Sept. 1 include Eric Church’s 61 Days In Church, Dixie Chicks’ DCX MMXVI Live, Erin Enderlin’s Whiskeytown Crier, Stephanie Quayle’s Love the Way You See Me, and The Grascals’ Before Breakfast. See album art and track lists below. Eric Church – 61 Days In Church The first 30 tracks were…MORE

Daily Dose

Jam Session

Jam Session

Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie Daniels will air on AXS TV on Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. ET. The broadcast features performances by Chris Young, Travis Tritt, Alabama, Chris Janson, Skynyrd & more.