With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In stadiums.
Colt Ford has enjoyed a very successful run in the industry since bursting on the scene in the late 2000s. He co-wrote the Jason Aldean blockbuster "Dirt Road Anthem" with Brantley Gilbert, and has shared the stage with many of the biggest stars in the format. His last four discs have all made the top 10 of the Billboard Country Albums chart. However, with the release of Crank It Up! Colt Ford Live at Wild Adventures, Ford goes where he has never gone before -- releasing a live DVD of his show, filmed in Valdosta, Ga.
The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas office party to celebrate the most popular acts in the business.
Veteran country band Restless Heart is celebrating the holidays in a very unique way this year, through their partnership with Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for the holiday-themed dinner show A Season of Harmony -- part of the Nashville hotel's annual "Country Christmas" schedule.