Country Music News July 24th

This year's Farm Aid benefit show will take place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina,
and the lineup includes all the usual suspects, plus one new face: Jack White.
White will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young on the bill at the event, which takes place at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. ET. Others on the bill include country star Jamey Johnson, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and the group Delta Rae.
The first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign, Illinois, with a massive lineup of performers, including Bob Dylan, Mellencamp, Nelson and Young, plus Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Carole King, Huey Lewis, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel and dozens more.
Since then, Farm Aid events have raised $45 million to support family farmers.

Alan Jackson's new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville opens August 29. "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" gives museum visitors a look at memorabilia including the water skis Alan wore in the "Chattahoochee" video, the guitar he played on the 2001 CMA Awards debuting "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" and the Harley-Davidson he posed with on the cover of his 1992 album A Lot About Livin' (and a Little 'bout Love). Alan will also perform a few Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. His exhibit runs through March 2015.


Randy Travis will explore his musical influences again.
The singer, who had a major health scare in 2012, is out with "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am" on Aug. 19 on Warner.
Fans who pre-order the album will get "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" as an instant download.
Two more songs will be available each week following the pre-order, including "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line" on July 29
and "That's The Way Love Goes," on Aug. 5. People can also download the full album online on Aug. 12.
Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am features Randy's take on classics from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin and more.


Carrie Underwood is playing both shows at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday night.

Jerrod Niemann is 35.

Pam Tillis is 57.

Country Music News July 23rd

Jake Owen has selected "What We Ain't Got" as the follow-up single to his #1 hit, "Beachin'."

Brett Eldredge had a pretty cool meeting with a U.S. soldier on a Southwest flight Tuesday.
Brett posted a picture on Instagram of himself sitting beside Army infantryman Chance Turner on the plane as the soldier made his way to serve in Kuwait.
It just so happens Chance was in the audience when Brett performed at his army base, Fort Riley in Kansas, earlier this month.

Country musician and songwriter George Riddle died at the age of 78, ending his battle with throat cancer.
Riddle was well known as the original Jones Boy.
When George Jones got started in the industry, Riddle was the first and only one backing the legend in his band. Riddle's impact on country music also includes his role as a regular fiddle player on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
In addition to playing music, the songwriter also wrote 13 songs for Jones, as well as tunes for many established country acts.
Riddle was born in Marion, Ind.
After spending time in the US Army between 1958 and 1960, he moved to Nashville to pursue music, and met and formed a friendship with Jones


Mandolin player Neil Perry of The Band Perry is 24.

Alison Krauss is 43.

Country Music News July 22nd

Jason Aldean New Music "Burnin' It Down"
Jason Aldean just released a new single today from an upcoming album.
The new single, "Burnin' It Down," was released and will be on his upcoming sixth CD due out later this year.

The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore will perform at events
surrounding the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400
at the Brickyard NASCAR race this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Zac Brown Band's "All Alright" video premieres Wednesday on CMT.

Eli Young Band performs their latest single, "Dust," on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman.


Don Henley (The Eagles) turns 67.


Country Music News July 21st

Blake Shelton sells out Wrigley.
Blake Shelton, celebrated a sold-out stadium show at Chicago's Wrigley Field this weekend, topping out capacity with more than 40,000 fans in attendance.
Shelton is only the fourth country artist to have ever appeared at the 100 year-old ballpark.
Currently on the road for his "Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014," which also includes sold-out shows Aug. 1 at New York'sMadison Square Garden and Oct. 4 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Shelton thanked his fans.
Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts previously played Wrigley. Zac Brown band will play Wrigley in September.


Lady Antebellum announced today that its fifth studio album, "747," will land in stores on Sept. 30.
The album's lead single "Bartender" is one of 11 songs on the disc co-produced
by Nathan Chapman with Lady A for the Capitol Records Nashville release.


Shania Twain has picked up a big honor for her Vegas show.
Shania: Still the One. Las Vegas Weekly just named Shania the "Best Resident Performer" on their "Best of Vegas 2014" list.
That means she beat out fellow headliners Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Elton John and Olivia Newton-John for the win.
Shania is playing select dates at Caesars Palace this month.


Brad Paisley made good on his promise to perform "Whiskey Lullaby" with Rising Star contestant Sarah Darling on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night.
Sarah was eliminated from the ABC music completion last week, and Brad extended the invitation to sing with him during that live broadcast.

Paul Brandt is 42.  "My Heart Has A History"