Country Music News August 22nd

George Strait is offering a 20-track live album recorded at his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in September,
Strait's final concert.
"The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium" is out Sept. 16 on MCA Nashville.
The disc features special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George "Bubba" Strait, Jr., Strait's song, who also has written songs for his father.
Strait performed for more than 1 million fans during his two-year, record-breaking, final U.S. tour. Strait drew about 105,000 fans to the Dallas show.
A two-hour "George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away" concert special airs Aug. 29 on CMT.


Carrie Underwood returns for a second season performing the theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football starting September 7 as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.
Carrie will also sing a special opening for NBC's Super Bowl telecast on February 1, 2015.


The 8th Annual ACM Honors are shaping up to be one of the hottest tickets in Nashville next month.
Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artists participating in this year's show, hosted by Jake Owen.
Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, and Ronnie Milsap are among the stars receiving Special Awards at the event.
Tickets for the September 9 show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium are still available at and the Ryman box office.


Lee Brice, who celebrated his fourth number one single at country radio last week with "I Don't Dance,"
is out with a new single, "Drinking Class."
The song goes for adds on Sept. 8.
That's one day before the release of his new album, "I Don't Dance." title track to his anticipated Sept. 9th release on Curb Records.


ASCAP has announced Garth is one of the five artists receiving a once-in-a-century Centennial Awards November 17
at a gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
The other honorees are folk star Joan Baez, rock legend Billy Joel, musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim and the great Stevie Wonder.
The recipients are described as "a select group of American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond."

Collin Raye turns 54
Holly Dunn is 60.

Country Music News August 21st

Garth Brooks has broken his own concert sales record with a 10-night run at Chicago, Illinois' Allstate Arena.
The singer, who has just added an 11th night at the venue, becomes the first artist to top 163,000 tickets sold in a single city in North America.
Previously, he held the record for a run at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1998.
Brooks has also beaten his personal record for tickets sold in Atlanta, where he will stage seven shows on his upcoming tour, which begins next month.
The only artist to ever sell out that many consecutive shows at the Philips Arena, Garth has already beaten the record he set at the city's Omni arena in 1996.


Fans who pre-order Blake Shelton's new album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, at iTunes or will get an instant download of the project's first single, "Neon Light."
Blake says of the song, "'Neon Light' is a song that I fell in love with more each time I heard it.
It finds a way to blend this new sound with a very traditional chorus, making it unique." Blake's new album comes out September 30.


Zac Brown Band has added classic rock act Cheap Trick as the opening act on their upcoming show
at Chicago's Wrigley Field on September 13.

Lee Brice has released "Drinking Class" as the follow-up to his latest #1 hit, "I Don't Dance."
Both tracks will be included on his new album, also titled I Don't Dance, due out September 9.

Kenny Rogers "The Gambler" turns 76.


Country Music News August 20th

Garth Brooks has added an 11th show to his scheduled run in Chicago.
The newly scheduled show will take place on Friday, September 5 at 10:30 p.m. CT at the Allstate Arena.
Tickets for that date go on sale this Saturday through or 1-800-745-3000.
Garth's World Tour kicks off Thursday, September 4 in Chicago. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, is the opening act on all dates.

Trisha Yearwood announced she is signing with Sony Nashville, the same label that her husband, Garth Brooks, joined.
Yearwood's 12th studio album, "PrizeFighter," will be released at an undetermined date.
Trisha will join The Garth Brooks World Tour as a special guest starting Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago.


Alan Jackson's '55 Ford Thunderbird Is Going On Limited Display At Country Music Hall Of Fame.
The1955 Ford Thunderbird he bought at age 15.
Alan and his father, Gene, restored the car, but Alan had to sell it to get the down payment for his first home.
Years later, Alan's wife, Denise, tracked down that exact T-Bird and gave it to Alan for Christmas.
The car appeared in his 2008 video "Good Time."
Alan's 25 Years of Keepin' It Country opens August 29, and the T-Bird will only be on display for the opening weekend.


Alabama will go the gospel route on its next release in September.
Alabama will put out "Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition" on Sept. 8 exclusively at all 632 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at


Jake Owen welcomed Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne and Dan + Shay onstage
during his massive beach party concert Monday night at BMI in Nashville.

Taylor Swift has been selected as one of Marie Claire magazine's 20 Women Changing the World.
Look for the full story in their September issue.

Faith Hill took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week after receiving a challenge from Reba.
She then challenged Nicole Kidman, Rita Wilson and Adam Sandler to take the plunge.

Happy Birthday
Rudy Gatlin, of The Gatlin Brothers is 62.

Robert Plant, vocalist of Led Zeppelin,
he joins Alison Krauss on a Grammy-winning Top 5 country album, 2007's "Raising Sand" turns 66.

Country Music News August 19th

Taylor Swift officially goes pop with "1989"
Taylor Swift announced Monday that she was releasing a new album, "1989," on Oct. 27.
The album will be squarely in the pop category, Swift said in a live stream from the Empire State Building.
The disc was produced by Swedish producers Max Martin and Shellback.
"Shake It Off" is the lead single from her new album, 1989, in stores October 27.


George Strait's final concert will air as a two-hour special on CMT Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m. ET. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away includes footage from the superstar's sold-out show at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, along with guest appearances from Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride and more.
Look for a live album recorded at the show to come out September 16 as well.
The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium features 20 of George's biggest hits, including "Ocean Front Property," "The Chair" and "Fool Hearted Memory."


Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Brantley Gilbert and several other country stars salute heavy metal legends Motley Crue on the new tribute album, Nashville Outlaws.
The project is in stores and online featuring the lead single, Justin Moore's collaboration with Motley Crue's Vince Neil on "Home Sweet Home."
Even though it has a rock edge, Justin says, "This sounds like a Justin Moore song. I mean it doesn't matter where the song originated from whether it was rap or rock or pop or country or whatever, this song is right down, you know, my wheelhouse."
Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich are among the other artists featured on Nashville Outlaws.


Brad Paisley is set to launch a digital "country music lifestyle" channel next month. He has teamed up with bosses at WME, Taillight, ARC Entertainment and Walmart on My Country Nation, which is slated to premiere online in September. The channel will feature daily shows "dedicated to concert road trips, comedy, Vine and YouTube stars, hunting and outdoor activities," according to A statement from Paisley reads: "My Country Nation is a great concept and I'm glad to be working with a few of my friends to make it a reality."


Alabama will release a deluxe edition of their inspirational album, Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites,
on September 8 exclusively at Cracker Barrel.

Clay Walker is 45.
Lee Ann Womack turns 48.

Country Music News August 18th

Blake Shelton just released the debut single from his new disc out in late September.
The first single is "Neon Light," from the disc "Bringing Back the Sunshine."
Warner is releasing the album on Sept. 30. The single goes for adds on Aug. 25.


Kenny Chesney's Flora-Bama-Jama appears to have been a success.
He took the stage Saturday at the legendary Flora-Bama lounge, located on the Florida-Alabama state line.
A crowd of over 40,000 people showed up to watch him perform behind the 50-year-old roadhouse that inspired his latest single, "Flora-Bama."
During a two-and-a-half-hour set, Chesney performed a mix of old favorites and songs from his upcoming album, The Big Revival.
It was Chesney's first time back on stage with his band in almost a year.
The show, which was free but required wristbands to get in, was filmed for a TV special set to air this fall.
Chesney's new album comes out September 23.


Lee Brice's days as an opening act are numbered. As he gears up to release his third album, I Don't Dance, next month, Lee is already looking forward to launching a headlining tour in the coming year. He's been on the road with Luke Bryan all year long, and their recent concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden really gave Lee the itch to play his own sold-out arena shows. "I came out, and it was filled to the rim when I hit the stage," Lee tells Cleveland's News-Herald paper. "That makes me jump and sing harder and run faster and get crazier and let it all loose. I feel like I'm champing at the bit for the next year to get out on my own."


Jerrod Niemann considers his pal Lee Brice to be a musical brother of sorts, so it's no surprise Lee is a co-writer on Jerrod's latest single, "Buzz Back Girl." In fact, Jerrod had a big smile on his face when he pressed play on the demo and heard Lee singing the songJerrod then went into the studio to put his own stamp on "Buzz Back Girl." It's the latest single from his current album, High Noon, available now.

Brad Paisley has teamed up with Annoying Orange to release a hilarious lyric video for his song, "Limes." The track is included on Brad's new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, due out August 26.

Taylor Swift is scheduled to make a big announcement today on Yahoo Live Stream.