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Listen to Jon Pardi’s Laid-Back New Song, “Tequila Little Time”

Listen to Jon Pardi’s Laid-Back New Song, “Tequila Little Time”

Following in the long line of agave-inspired country songs, Jon Pardi released a new tune, “Tequila Little Time,” from his upcoming album, Heartache Medication, which drops on Sept. 27. Written by Jon, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird, the laid-back song features a south-of-border flair with horns, accordion and stylized strings. ‘It’s about picking up a…MORE

Randy Travis Releases Affectionate New Single, “Lead Me Home” [Listen]

Randy Travis Releases Affectionate New Single, “Lead Me Home” [Listen]

Warner Music Nashville has shared a previously unreleased song, “Lead Me Home,” by Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Travis. Randy recorded the bluegrass-infused ballad prior to his stroke in 2013. The new tune follows the release of “One in a Row” in May and comes out on the heels of the release of…MORE

Dierks Bentley to Host Westwood One’s Labor Day Special

Dierks Bentley to Host Westwood One’s Labor Day Special

While Dierks Bentley has plenty of sizzling songs in his cache of hits—including “Feel That Fire,” “Somewhere on a Beach” and “Burning Man”—the Arizona native will help say goodbye to summer and hello to cooler weather (hopefully) when he hosts Westwood One’s Labor Day special: Workin’ Hard Country. During the four-hour radio special, Dierks will…MORE

Watch Brett Young Team With Gavin DeGraw for Acoustic Version of “Chapters”

Watch Brett Young Team With Gavin DeGraw for Acoustic Version of “Chapters”

Brett Young continues to roll out songs from his monthly video series, Acoustic Sessions, which features stripped-down performances of tunes from his recent sophomore album, Ticket to L.A. The new installment teams Brett with Gavin DeGraw for a performance of “Chapters,” which the tandem co-penned with Ross Copperman. “This song is so special to me,”…MORE

Alabama Cancels More Shows as Randy Owen Deals With Health Issues

Alabama Cancels More Shows as Randy Owen Deals With Health Issues

After canceling four shows in July (19th, 20th, 26th and 27th), Alabama has scratched their upcoming shows in Lewisburg, W.Va. (Aug. 16), and Holmdel, N.J. (Aug. 17), as frontman Randy Owen continues to deal with vertigo and migraines. Alabama’s management company, Conway Entertainment Group, released a statement via Instagram on behalf of the Hall of…MORE

Listen to Blake Shelton’s New Single, “Hell Right,” Featuring Trace Adkins

Listen to Blake Shelton’s New Single, “Hell Right,” Featuring Trace Adkins

Blake Shelton will try to score the 27th No. 1 single of his career with the release of “Hell Right.” The new tune, which features vocals from Trace Adkins, was penned by David Garcia, Brett Tyler and Michael Hardy, who is one of the co-writers behinds Blake’s most recent No. 1 hit, “God’s Country.” “The…MORE

Watch Hardy’s Stripped-Down Performance of Blake Shelton’s No. 1 Hit, “God’s County”

Watch Hardy’s Stripped-Down Performance of Blake Shelton’s No. 1 Hit, “God’s County”

Over the last couple of years, Michael Hardy, known professionally as Hardy, has earned a rep as one of Nashville’s hottest songwriters. The Mississippi native has co-penned recent No. 1 singles “God’s Country” (Blake Shelton), “Simple” (Florida Georgia Line) and “Up Down” (Morgan Wallen). Hardy also had a hand in writing FGL’s “Talk You Out…MORE

Maren Morris Drops Trippy New Video for “The Bones” [Watch]

Maren Morris Drops Trippy New Video for “The Bones” [Watch]

Maren Morris released a “trippy” new video for her song “The Bones.” Directed by Alex Ferrari, the video features footage of Maren vacationing on the beach with husband Ryan Hurd. The lovebirds share plenty of hugs and kisses in the clip as Maren croons the chorus: “When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter…MORE

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Trace Adkins & More Walk the Red Carpet at L.A. Premiere of “Bennett’s War” [Photo Gallery]

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Trace Adkins & More Walk the Red Carpet at L.A. Premiere of “Bennett’s War” [Photo Gallery]

Trace Adkins will co-star in the upcoming film, Bennett’s War, which hits theaters nationwide on Aug. 30. During the flick’s L.A. premiere on Aug. 13, Trace walked the red carpet with his co-stars—Michael Roark, Ali Afshar, Allison Paige and more—as well as his longtime friend Blake Shelton, who was joined by girlfriend Gwen Stefani. For…MORE

Josh Turner Scores Multiple Gospel Music Awards Nominations

Josh Turner Scores Multiple Gospel Music Awards Nominations

The Gospel Music Association announced its nominees for the 50th annual GMA Dove Awards. A number of gospel music staples earned multiple nominations in the Dove Awards categories, including Lauren Daigle (6), For King & Country (5) and Kirk Franklin (5). Josh Turner, who has scored a number of Top 10 hits on the country…MORE

“Opry Salute to Ray Charles” TV Special With Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Trisha Yearwood & More to Premiere on PBS on Aug. 15

“Opry Salute to Ray Charles” TV Special With Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Trisha Yearwood & More to Premiere on PBS on Aug. 15

The Grand Ole Opry paid homage to icon Ray Charles in October 2018 with a special showcase that was hosted by Darius Rucker and featured performances by Darius, Cam, Brett Eldredge, Ronnie Milsap, Lukas Nelson, LeAnn Rimes, Allen Stone, Travis Tritt, Charlie Wilson, Leela James, Trisha Yearwood, Jessie Key, Chris Young and Boyz II Men. The…MORE

The Highwomen Share Self-Titled Track [Listen]

The Highwomen Share Self-Titled Track [Listen]

The Highwomen—Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby—have shared their eponymous song, “Highwomen,” from their upcoming self-titled album (Sept. 6). “Highwomen” was penned by Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile and Jimmy Webb, who is the songwriter behind “Highwayman,” the titular track performed by 1980s supergroup The Highwaymen, which featured Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie…MORE

George Strait Adds More Dates to Las Vegas Residency

George Strait Adds More Dates to Las Vegas Residency

George Strait is keeping busy in 2019 . . . and 2020 is shaping up to be the same. George will extend his Strait to Vegas residency into its fifth year with the announcement of two new dates in 2020 on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Tickets will go on sale on Aug. 23 at…MORE

Hardy Is One of Nashville’s Hottest Songwriters: “It’s an Incredible Feeling Getting a Song Cut”

Hardy Is One of Nashville’s Hottest Songwriters: “It’s an Incredible Feeling Getting a Song Cut”

Michael Hardy, known professionally as Hardy, is climbing the charts with his debut single, “Rednecker,” which is currently No. 28 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Before his success as a singer, Hardy earned a rep as one of Nashville’s hottest songwriters, having co-penned recent No. 1 singles “God’s Country” (Blake Shelton), “Simple” (Florida Georgia Line)…MORE

Luke Combs’ Singles Have Spent 18 Weeks at No. 1 (And Counting)

Luke Combs’ Singles Have Spent 18 Weeks at No. 1 (And Counting)

Luke Combs’ current single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” continued its reign at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay for a second week. With his latest No. 1 single, Luke is first country artist in history whose first six singles have reached No. 1, following previous chart-toppers “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number…MORE

Americana Association Reveals 2019 Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Including Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello, Delbert McClinton & More

Americana Association Reveals 2019 Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Including Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello, Delbert McClinton & More

The 2019 Americana Honors & Awards show—the centerpiece of AmericanaFest—announced the special honorees for its ceremony on Sept. 11 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Felice & Boudleaux Bryant (posthumously): President’s Award Elvis Costello: Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting Delbert McClinton: Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance Maria Muldaur: Americana Trailblazer Award Frank Johnson (posthumously) and Rhiannon Giddens:…MORE

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