CMT will honor the ladies of Country music with its first-ever all-female “ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” special, set to premiere WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17th on CMT-TV at 8pm eastern. The 90-minute program will feature CARRIE UNDERWOOD, MIRANDA LAMBERT, KELSEA BALLERINI, MAREN MORRIS, KAREN FAIRCHILD and KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN of LITTLE BIG TOWN, and LADY ANTEBELLUM’s HILLARY SCOTT, as well as more surprise guests. Continue reading
Following his triumphant return to Country radio with “What Whiskey Does,” powerhouse Randy Houser announced his new full-length album, Magnolia, will be released November 2 via Stoney Creek Records Continue reading
REBA MCENTIRE is set to return as host for the ninth annual CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS program, to be taped on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th at BELMONT UNIVERSITY’s CURB EVENT CENTER in NASHVILLE. Tickets for the taping are on sale now. Visit Country Music News Blog to learn more. Continue reading
Chevrolet Signs On As Presenting Sponsor Debuting The All-New 2019 Silverado! Tail gate Fest is excited to announce its debut on September first, two thousand eighteen. This one-of-a-kind event will take place outside of The Forum, boasting an impressive first-year line up including Toby Keith, Nelly, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Jana Kramer, Eric Paslay, Parmalee and David Nail. The festival is the first of its kind and marks LA’s first country music festival.
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Canadian Country Artist Eric Ethridge Wins Big!
The 2018 Unsigned Only Music Competition has announced it’s winners, and for the 4th time in 11 years, the overall Grand Prize has now been won by a country music artist! Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Canadian artist Eric Etheridge who won the prestigious Grand Prize of $20,000 along with priceless opportunities to work with industry leaders to elevate his career to the next level. To find out more about Eric, or the Unsigned-Only competition, visit Country Music News Blog .com Continue reading
Country legend and literacy advocate Dolly Parton is helping to kick off YouTube Kids Reading Month, an annual initiative aiming to encourage children’s love of reading. Parton, who has been a passionate advocate for literacy for decades inspired by her own father’s inability to read and write, has created a specially curated playlist for kids and families to enjoy. In 1995 she started the Imagination Library, a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities to ensure that all kids have the opportunity to cultivate their love of reading. You can check out Dolly’s playlist here or if you are viewing from a desktop, then please take a look here. In addition to Dolly Parton’s playlist, there will be a selection of other playlists debuting throughout Reading Month including a fun compilation ofcelebrity #Readalongs including Jimmy Fallon, Viola Davis, and Kristen Bell as they read their favorite children’s books. To view the playlist in the YouTube Kids app click here and view here if you are viewing from a desktop computer. Nickelodeon sensation Jojo Siwa is also trying to rally kids by sharing her zeal for reading with the Nickelodeon playlist which you can view here and here if you need to view from a desktop. More About YouTube Kids Reading Month From early literacy learning to read-alongs of favorite kids books, Reading Month on YouTube Kids aims to unlock literacy for children around the world. The month-long initiative will kick-off in the U.S., and select global territories this August, enabling kids to explore the magic of the written word and #ReadAlong with YouTube Kids. Beyond the fun playlists, YouTube Kids will also introduce “Word of the Day,” where viewers will see a special tile in their Recommended category. Once clicked on, they will be directed to a screen which will introduce them to a new “word of the day” with an associated video displayed below. More About YouTube Kids The YouTube Kids app is the first Google product built from the ground up with kids in mind. The app makes it easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore and is available for free on Google Play and the App store. YouTube Kids continues to put parents in the driver’s seat withadditional parental controls that allow parents to choose what is right for their family.
Country traditionalist James Carothershas released the music video to accompany his single “Sinners and Saints” from his upcoming album Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones. The music video was exclusively premiered by The Boot yesterday. “Sinners and Saints” is available for streaming and download, and the album is available for preorder here. “If you have half as much fun watching this video as we did making it you might get thrown in the jailhouse!” Carothers said. “A special thanks to the good folks at “The Jailer’s Inn” up in Bardstown, KY, for allowing us to shoot some scenes in the old Nelson County Jail. Also, a shout out to our friends at Music City Light for donating a few beers to the project and one of their finest for the role of “Johnny”. Good times with good friends. Hope y’all enjoy it!” “A rollicking, rowdy time, Carothers’ “Sinners & Saints” video flashes between party time at a honky-tonk and prayer time in church pews. Those scenes are interspersed with shots of Carothers bringing in a scruffy, modern version of some eternal and classic Jones wisdom,” said Amy McCarthy, The Boot. Carothers will host an album listening party at The George Jones rooftop in Nashville on Aug. 6. You can RSVP here. Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones will officially be released Sept. 7. Keep up with James on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and on his website at www.jamescarothers.com. About James Carothers Mixing together Tennessee twang and southern storytelling, James Carothersmakes throwback country music for modern times. His first full-length album,Relapse, released in May 2017, bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he’s performed hundreds of shows at the venue. George Jones’ own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to make a living playing music. James now plays several shows at venues in downtown Nashville each week when he’s not on the road. In 2018, James was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in the “Outlaw Male” category. His hit song “Back to Hank” has received over four million views on Facebook and his Spotify and Apple Music artist profiles have been streamed over one million times combined. This September, James will be releasing his newest album, Still Country, Still King: A Tribute to George Jones. James will also be making his Grand Ole Opry debut this year. For more information about James Carothers, visit www.jamescarothers.com.
CAPITOL NASHVILLE’s CARRIE UNDERWOOD has unveiled plans for a 2019 tour, “THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360.” Joining UNDERWOOD on the road will be WHEELHOUSE RECORDS trio RUNAWAY JUNE and MERCURY NASHVILLE duo MADDIE & TAE. Tickets will go on sale next FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th at CountryMusicOnTour.com. “THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360” will be in support of UNDERWOOD’s album, “Cry Pretty,” which is set to release FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th. Why the delay in touring? UNDERWOOD made another surprise announcement this morning during a video she shared to FACEBOOK. Find out her bundle of great news in the video here:
As previously announced last week SLACKER RADIO last night (8/7) officially launched “Woman Crush Everyday” (#WCE), a channel devoted to, and curated by female Country artists. TUESDAY evening’s event was co-hosted by WME and CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, and featuring performances by NATALIE STOVALL, POST MONROE, and LAUREN DUSKI. In addition, the service has unveiled SLACKER Studio, a mobile app allowing hosts and contributors to remotely add music and commentary to SLACKER stations. “We have amazingly talented women making music in NASHVILLE, and they deserve to be heard,” said SLACKER Country Format Captain JESS WRIGHT. “In 2017, more than 97% of the artists who appeared on the year-end Country Top 40 were male. This doesn’t reflect the quality of music created by women; it reflects a lack of support from the gatekeepers of Country music who believe that women have limited commercial appeal. I’m excited that, through SLACKER, we can bring the music of female Country artists directly to our audience, curated by the people who are most passionate about it — the women in NASHVILLE’s music industry.” Added CMT SVP/Strategy LESLIE FRAM, a co-founder of CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, “I’m thrilled that there’s another platform to support female artists. Women have always been the cornerstone of Country music, and their voices need to be heard.” Listen to #WCE Country here.
Southern California-based Country trio Honey County has released a music video for their new single “Sale of the Summer,” which premiered yesterday on Radio Disney Country. The music video can be viewed here, and the single, along with all of Honey County’s music, can be found on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Pandora. “We had a blast filming this music video,” said Dani Rose of Honey County. “It was definitely a challenge to film on separate days since Devon, our third member and lead guitarist, was still touring with Katy Perry during our first full day of shooting, but I think it only speaks to how hard-working of a band we are to overcome the roadblocks we face when we’re not all in the same room. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that Radio Disney Country is premiering our video!” “Combine three-part harmonies, hooks, and intense girl power and you have one of today’s most dynamic and unique Country Music acts, Honey County,” said Phil Guerini, VP, Music Strategy DCWW & GM, Radio Disney Network The trio has opened for Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, LANCO, and Morgan Wallen, and played festivals Stagecoach 2017 and Country Summer 2018 alongside Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and more. You can read about their recent success in this article from KFRG-FM. Follow Honey County on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Keep up with their tour dates on their website at www.honeycounty.com. Honey County Tour Dates Aug. 19 – Temecula, Calif. – Wilson Creek Winery (w/Thompson Square) Aug. 30 – Fort Riley, Kan. – Fort Riley (w/Thompson Square) Sept. 15 – Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. – Remember The Music Oct. 2 – Houston, Texas – Sam Houston State University Oct. 3 – Aberdeen, Md. – Proving Ground (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 4 – Port St. Lucie, Fla. – Chillin’ on the Lucie festival Oct. 5 – Fort Stewart, Ga. – Club Stewart (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 13 – Columbia, S.C. – Solomon Center (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 21 – New Orleans, La. – Country Smooth Festival (w/ Justin Moore) Oct. 22 – Natchitoches, La. – Northwestern State University Oct. 25 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – NACA Mid America Showcase Nov. 1 – Rock Hill, S.C. – Winthrop University Nov. 3 – Fort Rucker, Ala. – Aviators Landing (w/Thompson Square) Nov. 16 – Fort Knox, Ky. – Godman Airfield (w/Thompson Square) About Honey County Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang, and pop hooks, Honey County is a female country trio formed by singer/songwriter Dani Rose, featuring the stacked voices, songwriting and layered guitar work of bandmates Devon Jane and Katie Stump. As one of Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Artists You Need To Know, the band has maintained a busy schedule both onstage and in the studio, sharing shows with artists like Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Easton Corbin while also crafting modern, melody-based country songs. With a prestigious placement of their song ‘Love Someone’ featured in an episode of CMT’s ‘Nashville’ Continue reading