Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw Performing At March Madness Fest
Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw will be getting in on the "March Madness." The country stars are on board for next month's concert event in
More performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The shows are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Taylor Swift Gets Restraining Order Against Deranged Stalker
Taylor Swift has been granted a restraining order against a persistent fan. Timothy Sweet believes he's the singer's husband. According to TMZ, legal documents show Sweet has been sending the country superstar obsessive messages through letters and social media since 2011. Some of the threatening messages seemed to target members of
Brad Paisley Receives
Brad Paisley is getting recognition from his home state. The country star has been named a Distinguished West Virginian. WOWK TV says officials from the Governor's Office and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame met with the singer prior to his concert in
But Kip would still like to win. He says this type of award "kind of validates that your whole journey wasn't in vain," and getting that kind of recognition is "a cool feeling." But he adds that he "learned early on" that "you can't focus on things you can't control" -- like awards. In addition to Kip and Justin, Brett Eldredge is also up for the fan-voted honor. The ACM's New Artist of the Year will be announced at the 49th annual ACM Awards, airing on CBS on April 6th.
Blake Shelton "Honored" To Record Duet With Shakira
Blake Shelton says the story behind his new duet with Shakira dates back nearly a year. He recalls when they were both on "The Voice" last spring the Colombian pop star shared her interest in country music with him, which led to them performing Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" on the show. Blake says when Shakira returned this season, she told him she'd written a country duet.
The song, which is reportedly titled "Medicine," will be on Shakira's new album. The self-titled disc is due in stores on March 25th.
Dierks Bentley Shares Origins Of Latest Single
Dierks Bentley says his latest single stemmed from a bit of introspection. The country star explains that he was in his hometown of
Dierks adds that if his guitar could talk, "it'd have some good dirt" on him. "I Hold On" is Bentley's latest top ten hit. The song is from his new album, "Riser."
Eli Young Band Excited About RodeoHouston Show
The Eli Young Band's Mike Eli says the group is particularly excited to perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year, because their new album just hit stores. But the country star admits the event has always been special to the band.
Mike adds that he has memories of RodeoHouston that date back well beyond the Eli Young Band's 2010 debut. The singer explains that he grew up in the
The Eli Young Band is performing at the Houston Rodeo on Wednesday, which is also the event's Armed Forces Appreciation Day. The group's new album, "10,000 Towns" is in stores now.
Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney Set For Tin Pan South Festival
Vince Gill, Jewel, and Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney are just a few of songwriters on board for the upcoming Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. The Nashville Songwriters Association International is behind the five-day event, which features hundreds of performers playing dozens of shows at a variety of venues throughout
Two country legends will close out the SeaWorld Orlando's "Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival" this weekend. Hank Williams Jr. is on board for Saturday's show, while
Hank Jr. and
Lucy Hale Happy To Have Music, Acting Careers
Lucy Hale says she knew what she was "signing up for" when she decided to launch her music career. The "Pretty Little Liars" star tells Billboard.com she actually started as a singer, and "thought the music would happen before the acting." She says it means she's been "waiting a few years" to launch her music career, and she's glad it's finally happening. Hale admits her life has become much more hectic with the dual career, and it'll "be an adjustment" once shooting begins again on "Liars." But she's not complaining. Lucy says she feels "so lucky" to be able to do what she loves. She adds that she has "a lot of great people" around her "making sure things get done" and that she's "taking care" of herself.
Hale released her debut single, "You Sound Good to Me," earlier this year. Her debut album, "Road Between," will be in stores on June 3rd.
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Today In Country Music History
Today in 1960, Elvis Presley was released from the army.
Today in 1963, Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed when their small plane went down in a wooded area near
Today in 1973,
Today in 1983, Ronnie Dunn debuted on the country charts as a solo act. Eight years later he returned to the charts as one half of the
Today in 1988,
Today in 1991, the "Pocket Full Of Gold" album by Vince Gill was released.
Today in 2001, Montgomery Gentry were named national spokesmen for Jim Beam and the company's "Country Band Search." As part of the deal, the duo hit the road in a bus emblazoned with their name and the company's logo during a club tour sponsored by the distillery.
Today in 2003, Shania Twain was named as one of eleven inductees for
Today in 2004, Brad Paisley was named the 2004 Artist Humanitarian of the Year by the Country Radio Broadcasters at the Country Radio Seminar in
Today in 2005, Pat Green made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
Today in 2006, Dolly Parton, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her song "Travelin' Thru" in the Original Song category, lost to "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" by Three 6 Mafia. When Dolly walked the red carpet for the 78th annual awards, she was wearing diamond jewelry worth more than two-million dollars.
Today in 2006, Billy Ray Cyrus laid his father, Ron, to rest at a funeral in
Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney and Sugarland announced the nominees for the
Today in 2008, Trace Adkins,
Today in 2010, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook became parents with the birth of their first child, son Elijah Dylan Westbrook.
Today in 2013, new country releases included Ashley Monroe's "Like A Rose."
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