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Aaron Watson Announces New Headlining Tour

Aaron Watson Announces New Headlining Tour

Aaron Watson will hit the road this summer for The Red Bandana Tour, which takes its moniker from the Texan’s upcoming album of the same name (June 21). Kicking off on June 28 in Abilene, Texas, the tour will make additional stops in Houston, Cincinnati, Kansas City and more. “I am so excited to announce…MORE

Marty Stuart Named 16th Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Marty Stuart Named 16th Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Following in the footsteps of country music luminaries like Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash and more, Marty Stuart will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 16th artist-in-residence Marty will perform three themed shows in the museum’s CMA Theater on Sept. 11 (The Pilgrim), Sept. 18 (Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree) and Sept.…MORE

Cody Johnson, Lindsay Ell, Brett Young, Ashley McBryde & More Added to Nightly Concerts at Ascend Amphitheater During CMA Fest

Cody Johnson, Lindsay Ell, Brett Young, Ashley McBryde & More Added to Nightly Concerts at Ascend Amphitheater During CMA Fest

Nightly concerts will return to Ascend Amphitheater for three star-studded showcases on June 6–8 during Nashville’s CMA Fest. June 6: Chase Rice will headline with support from Jimmie Allen, Blanco Brown, Adam Craig, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, King Calaway, Locash and Runaway June. June 7: Brett Young will headline with support from Bailey Bryan, Jordan…MORE

Elaina Smith Wins Gracie Award for “Women Want to Hear Women” Podcast

Elaina Smith Wins Gracie Award for “Women Want to Hear Women” Podcast

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced the winners for the 44th annual Gracie Awards, which recognize exemplary programming in media created by women. Honorees for 2019 include Sandra Oh, Leah Remini, Connie Britton, Rachel Maddow, Robin Roberts and more . . . as well as our very own Elaina Smith, who is being…MORE

Kane Brown and Wife Are Expecting Their First Child

Kane Brown and Wife Are Expecting Their First Child

Kane Brown, 25, and wife Katelyn Jae, 26, are expecting their first child. Kane made the announcement via Instagram on April 15 by posting a sonogram photo with the caption: “It’s been so hard keeping this a secret!!!!! But the KB’S ARE GONNA BE PARENTS!!! KB3 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 IM GONNA BE A DADDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Kane and Katelyn…MORE

Riley Green’s “There Was a Girl” Reaches No. 1 on Mediabase Chart

Riley Green’s “There Was a Girl” Reaches No. 1 on Mediabase Chart

After 40 weeks at country radio, Riley Green’s debut single, “There Was a Girl,” has reached No. 1 on the Mediabase chart. Co-penned by Riley and Erik Dylan, “There Was a Girl” is featured on Riley’s major-label debut EP, In a Truck Right Now, which was released in June 2018 by Big Machine. Every track…MORE

Hal Ketchum Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease

Hal Ketchum Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease

Hal Ketchum is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, according to a post made by his wife Andrea on Hal’s official Facebook page. Hal, 66, had a string of hits in the 1990s, including “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Sure Love,” “Hearts Are Gonna Roll” and more. Andrea shared the news via Facebook to quell speculation related to…MORE

Brooks & Dunn Score Seventh No. 1 Album With “Reboot”

Brooks & Dunn Score Seventh No. 1 Album With “Reboot”

Brooks & Dunn are riding high with the release of their new album, Reboot, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The album moved 31,000 equivalent units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Reboot is Brooks & Dunn’s seventh No. 1 album—their first since 2009’s #1s…And Then Some. Reboot…MORE

Watch Dierks Bentley & 5-Year-Old Son Live Life to the Fullest in New “Living” Video

Watch Dierks Bentley & 5-Year-Old Son Live Life to the Fullest in New “Living” Video

Dierks Bentley released an uplifting new video for his latest single, “Living.” The new clip, which was directed by longtime collaborator Wes Edwards (“Drunk on a Plane,” “Riser”), stars Dierks’ five-year-old son, Knox. The father-son tandem do a lot of “living” in the new video, including spending time at the water park, playing in the…MORE

Watch Blake Shelton’s Fiery New Video for “God’s Country”

Watch Blake Shelton’s Fiery New Video for “God’s Country”

Blake Shelton dropped a fiery video for his new single, “God’s Country,” on April 12. The new tune is the first sample of music from Blake’s upcoming 12th studio album. Penned by Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Devin Dawson, “God’s Country” follows Blake’s previous Top 10 single, “Turnin’ Me On,” which was featured on his…MORE

Earl Thomas Conley’s 1998 Interview in “Country Weekly” Magazine: “Life Is a Spiritual Experience, Music Is the Heart of That”

Earl Thomas Conley’s 1998 Interview in “Country Weekly” Magazine: “Life Is a Spiritual Experience, Music Is the Heart of That”

Earl Thomas Conley passed away at age 77 on April 10. Earl was known for blending different musical styles with deep, intelligent lyrics into what was called “thinking-man’s country,” often bending the rules of what was considered traditional country. Earl recorded 18 No. 1 hits in the 1980s, including “Fire and Smoke,” “Somewhere Between Right…MORE

Big & Rich Introduced as “Gender-Bending Superstars” Before Singing the National Anthem at Predators Game

Big & Rich Introduced as “Gender-Bending Superstars” Before Singing the National Anthem at Predators Game

Before performing the national anthem at the Nashville Predators playoff game on April 10, Big & Rich got a descriptive introduction. The Preds public address announcer described the duo as “gender-bending, multi-platinum superstars,” which was a gaffe of “genre-bending” (we think). The malapropism is compounded by the fact that John Rich has been outspoken in…MORE

Country Stars Remember Earl Thomas Conley, Including Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young & More

Country Stars Remember Earl Thomas Conley, Including Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young & More

After hearing the news that Earl Thomas Conley passed away on April 10, many country stars—including Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, Toby Keith and more—shared their thoughts and remembrances of the great singer/songwriter via social media. My heart is absolutely destroyed today… I’m sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early…MORE

Earl Thomas Conley Dead at 77

Earl Thomas Conley Dead at 77

Earl Thomas Conley has passed away at age 77. The news, which Blake Shelton announced via Twitter, was confirmed by Earl’s brother, Fred Conley, via the Tennessean, who said Earl died at 12:20 a.m. on April 10 after suffering from a dementia-like condition. Earl was known for blending different musical styles with deep, intelligent lyrics…MORE

Big Machine Artist Lauren Jenkins Loses Irreplaceable Items After Backpack Theft

Big Machine Artist Lauren Jenkins Loses Irreplaceable Items After Backpack Theft

Big Machine artist Lauren Jenkins, who released her debut album, No Saint, on March 15, lost a number of irreplaceable items when her backpack was stolen in Nashville on April 10. According to several tweets from Lauren, the backpack contained a number of priceless items, including hard drives with songs from the past 12 years,…MORE

CMA Fest Reveals Additional Performers for Nissan Stadium, Including Brett Young, Chris Janson, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart & More

CMA Fest Reveals Additional Performers for Nissan Stadium, Including Brett Young, Chris Janson, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart & More

The Country Music Association has revealed additional performers for its nightly shows at Nissan Stadium on June 6–9. Brett Young will take the stadium stage Saturday night (June 8), while Chris Janson will perform Sunday night (June 9). Nissan Stadium openers include Marty Stuart on Thursday (June 6), Jo Dee Messina on Friday (June 7),…MORE

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Still Rings True

Still Rings True

Keith Whitley’s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame will open on May 3. Photo courtesy Jim Shea/CMHOF