It's a great time to be Waterloo Revival. The Big Machine duo's debut single, "Hit the Road," keeps climbing the charts (currently, the release is No. 56 on the Country Airplay chart), thanks to the undeniable synergy between the duo's Cody Cooper and George Birge, who have been playing music together since the sixth grade.
Tuesday afternoon found Thompson Square on the road in Scranton, Pa. Though we are a week into spring, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, as Keifer Thompson relayed the weather conditions to Billboard.
Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn are some of the big names who will be playing this year's ACM Party for a Cause Festival. The event will be taped for a two-hour television special, 'ACM Presents: Superstar Duets,' on CBS.
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen have been friends for about 15 years, and the Texas performers have shared many a stage in the Lone Star State. Recent changes in their label status led them to start conversations about recording a duets album. Rogers told Billboard that they were able to do it their way. "Both of us were recently dropped by our record labels, so were allowed to make this record the way we wanted. It was perfect timing."
Contrary to reports, Billboard checked in with a dozen prominent radio programmers from across the country and found most are reporting few to no complaints about Little Big Town's latest single, "Girl Crush."
The Country Music Hall of Fame welcomed three new inductees Wednesday: The Oak Ridge Boys in the Modern Category, Jim Ed Brown and The Browns in the Veteran Category and Grady Martin in the Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980 category.
If you're only going to have one original on an album filled with classics, it better measure up. And Boz Scaggs felt that "Hell To Pay," his sole songwriting credit on his forthcoming 'A Fool to Care' album certainly did. Billboard has the exclusive premiere of the duet with Bonnie Raitt.
Ray Stevens -- the country legend responsible for past funny songs about "Ahab The Arab," "Gitarzan," and "The Mississippi Squirrel Revival" -- is at it again. His new song is called "Taylor Swift Is Stalkin' Me" and is pretty self-explanatory with a title like that.
Even though Taylor Swift has officially gone pop, she still has a special place with the Academy of Country Music, which will be giving her and superstars like Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Miranda Lambert and Garth Brooks a special honor at next month's ACM Awards.
Listening to Sunny Sweeney and Will Hoge's new single, "My Bed," one has to admit the two artists' musical marriage was a natural fit. But Sweeney says that pairing wasn't as organic as it may seem -- though she's not complaining.