Luke Bryan Excited About ACM Awards
Luke Bryan says he's really looking forward to this weekend's
It'll also be a busy night for
More Performers, Presenters Set For ACM Awards
Brad Paisley will debut his next single, "River Bank," at the 49th annual
Hunter Hayes Launching ACM Week In
Hunter Hayes is getting the ACM festivities started in
Johnny Cash Tops Country Chart With Latest Posthumous Release
The late Johnny Cash is back at the top of the chart. Billboard.com says his new "lost" album, "Out Among the Stars," is starting its run at number one on the Country Albums list, with first-week sales of 54-thousand. It's debuting at number three on the all-genre Billboard 200, behind the "Frozen" soundtrack" and Shakira's new self-titled set -- which features the Blake Shelton duet, "Medicine." "Out Among the Stars" features songs Johnny recorded in the 1980s that his son, John Carter Cash, recently discovered.
Buck Owens, Louvin Brothers, Ronstadt, Everlys Added To Recording Registry
Material from Buck Owens, the Louvin Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, and the Everly Brothers are among the latest selections for inclusion in the National Recording Registry. The album "Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos" was recorded in March 1966, and marked just the second time a country act had performed at the famed
The oldest recording getting the nod is George Washington Johnson's "The Laughing Song." The Library of Congress says the track, which dates back to the 1890s, is "probably the first 'hit' sung by an African-American." Other material making the cut includes the "Sweeney Todd" original cast recording, U2's "The Joshua Tree," and Roland Hayes' 1940 spiritual "Were You There." The National Recording Registry includes all types of recorded material that has technical, historic, or other significance. Recordings must be at least ten years old to be eligible for inclusion.
CMT Reviving "Inside Fame," Developing New Documentaries
Florida Georgia Line will be the first act featured as CMT relaunches "Inside Fame." The series explores the lives and careers of country stars. The duo's episode is slated to debut in May. The network is also developing a number of new documentaries. Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson are among the many stars contributing to the eight-hour, four-part series "They Called Us Outlaws," which examines the shift in country music in the 1960s and '70s. The country music explosion following the 1980 film "Urban Cowboy" is the subject of "Urban Legend: When a Nation Went Country." Other documentaries cover the life and music of Johnny Cash, the American Farmer, and freedom in
Country Stars Featured On Gregg Allman Tribute Concert Release
The all-star tribute concert earlier this year honoring Gregg Allman is headed to stores. RollingStone.com has a preview of the upcoming release, with the premiere of "Midnight Rider" featuring Allman with country stars Zac Brown and Vince Gill.
Allman tells "Rolling Stone" he "really enjoyed singing this song with Vince and Zac," and that they "really added something special to it." Martina McBride, Eric Church, and Trace Adkins were also among the many rock and country performers who took part in the event, which was staged in
Blake Shelton Still Waiting For Garth Brooks To Arrive Online
An April Fool's Day radio prank Tuesday hit on an issue that's dear to Blake Shelton. The country star has been public in his appeal to Garth Brooks to join the digital age. He says he thinks it's critical that Brooks make his music available online.
Blake says he understands that Garth wants to maintain the integrity of his albums, and doesn't want listeners to just pick and choose random tracks. But
Willie Nelson's Stuffed Armadillo Returned After Second 'Dillo-Napping
Willie Nelson's having a tough time hanging on to his armadillo. The country legend has once again been reunited with his stage mascot, Ol' Dillo, who disappeared from Willie's show in
Ol' Dillo was previously taken last September, after a Willie Nelson concert in
Keith Urban Glad His Kids Really Enjoy Music
Keith Urban says he's happy to see music become an important part of his kids' lives. The country star says five-year-old Sunday and three-year-old Faith enjoy a variety of material.
Urban says his daughters' current favorite song is "Let It Go" from the "Frozen" soundtrack. But he adds that they "like all sorts of stuff," and when they're in the car the girls will often sing along with whatever is on the radio.
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THE CRAZY ONES (CBS) Brad Paisley makes a guest appearance on the Robin Williams sitcom.
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Today in Country Music History
Today in 1948, the radio debut of Louisiana Hayride was broadcast on KWKH in
Today in 1975, Emmylou Harris debuted with her "Hot Band" at a
Today in 1983, the Oak Ridge Boys' "American Made" album was certified Gold.
Today in 1987, President Reagan presented Minnie Pearl with American Cancer Society's annual Courage Award for her personal fight against cancer.
Today in 1990, Restless Heart earned a Gold record for the album "Big Dreams in a
Today in 1992, Dolly Parton's film "Straight Talk" opened in theaters nationwide.
Today in 1995, BlackHawk released the single, "That's Just About Right."
Today in 1995, Diamond Rio's single, "Bubba Hyde," hit number nine on the charts.
Today in 1998, Mavericks' drummer Paul Deakin announced that he eloped the week before and married Tracy Bidochka in
Today in 2002, Brad Paisley was surprised with the annual Nashville Songwriters Association International "Songwriter/Artist of the Year" award. Bill Anderson, who hosted the event and is a collaborator friend of Brad's, presented him with the award.
Today in 2003, Travis Tritt appeared on the Fox News Channels' "The O'Reilly Factor" to discuss the support of
Today in 2006, Sara Evans sang the national anthem at the Kansas City Royals home opener.
Today in 2007, Martina McBride was on NBC's "Today Show" and "Conan O'Brien."
Today in 2007, Tim McGraw performed on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Today in 2007, Martina McBride released "Waking up Laughing;" Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson and George Strait" were in stores with "Live at Texas Stadium;" and Dolly Parton's early solo career was explored in three album reissues -- "Coat of Many Colors" (1971), "My Tennessee Mountain Home" (1973) and "Jolene" (1974). All were expanded with previously unreleased studio tracks. Reba McEntire was featured on the DVD release of "
Today in 2007, Tim McGraw's album "Let It Go" debuted at the top of the "Billboard" 200 all-genre chart. It sold 325-thousand copies its first week in stores.
Today in 2007, Doug Supernaw was ordered to undergo psychiatric testing by a Brazos County Court judge in
Today in 2007, Billy Joe Shaver surrendered to police after charges of assault were filed against him stemming from an incident in a
Today in 2007, Charlie Daniels' book "Growing Up Country" was released. The book features essays from other celebrities including Sara Evans, Dolly Parton and President Jimmy Carter.
Today in 2010, Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson married his girlfriend Emily Hagar in a private ceremony in
Today in 2010, Darius Rucker performed at the Big Dance Concert in
Today in 2011, Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert were the big winners at the 46th annual ACM Awards.
Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney was the headliner for finale of the NCAA Men's Final Four Big Dance Concert series in
Today in 2013, Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story..." debuted at number one on the Country Albums chart on sales of 199-thousand, marking the singer's best sales week to date.
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