As a relatively new artist, Chris Weaver has spent a lot of time on the road in the United States getting acquainted with fans and radio programmers. However, this spring, the West Virginia native took his music on the road like never before -- all the way to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“I was always aware of kind of where women were at, or the lack of [female voices], but for me I always try to focus on what I was doing,” Ballerini says. “I just wanted to make good music, and I prayed and hoped that it would work.”
SiriusXM has helped to break many of today’s top country stars, such as Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line, both of whom attribute a large amount of their success to exposure on The Highway. So, it makes sense that the satellite channel is announcing an exclusive partnership with the CMA during next month’s 2015 CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
The daughters of late Fairfield Four member Sam McCrary, the McCrary Sisters have become one of the most sought-after acts in Nashville -- lending their talents to a diverse mix of musical projects, including those by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Wynonna.
The Fairfield Four has roots that stretch back almost a hundred years. The Gospel quartet's current lineup -- who call themselves "The Third Generation" -- are still on the road and in the recording studios today.
One night prior to the awards show, FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were spotted in the crowd of Spears' Piece of Me show at Planet Hollywood -- and the superstar country duo said that they loved what they saw.
After a winter that could be called downright brutal in many parts of the United States, Jake Owen is glad that spring is here – and summer is just around the corner. “Anytime the sun is shining, I feel pretty comfortable,” he tells Billboard in an exclusive interview to announce his partnership with Discover Boating, the boating awareness campaign powered by the North American recreational boating industry. Owen says he’s worked with them before, and it’s definitely a great fit.
On Tuesday, May 19, Logan Mize releases his Sony debut, the Pawn Shop Guitar EP. He tells Billboard that nobody is looking forward to the music being out more than him. “It’s been three years since my last independent record came out,” he said. “The people I worked with before were kind of hesitant about putting new music out, but I knew there were fans out there who were wanting it. So, I was wanting to put as much music out as we could. It’s great to get music out there. I’m really excited about it.”
The past few months have been quite memorable for Mo Pitney, who is watching as his debut single, "Country," gets more and more radio action -- sitting at No. 49 with a bullet on the Country Airplay chart this week.
Carrie Underwood has a few things to keep her smiling these days. As her new song "Little Toy Guns" is climbing the charts, she leads this year's CMT Music Awards nominees and is surely still celebrating the birth of her baby boy Isaiah.
The Americana Music Association announced nominees for the 14th annual Honors & Awards show Thursday (May 14) at a press conference held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater in Nashville. While it was a big afternoon for Lucinda Williams, Sturgill Simpson and Shakey Graves -- who led nominations with three each -- also noteworthy was Lee Ann Womack being mentioned twice, as The Way I'm Livin' was nominated in the album of the year category, and the veteran performer is in the running for the overall artist of the year.