1. 615 Spotlight: Adam Hood Owes You One, Miranda Lambert

    December 28, 2011 5:00 PM EST The critics have been buzzing over the past few months, and with good reason, about the music of Adam Hood . The Alabama native has been receiving a lot of attention due to his musically diverse album "The Shape Of Things." Hood said that this is the type of attention he likes. …

  2. Country Music's Top 10 Albums of 2011

    December 28, 2011 2:00 PM EST Last week The 615 listed our top country music singles of 2011 , from Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" to Kenny Chesney's " You and Tequila." Now, it's time to recognize achievements in that beleaguered format, the "album."…

  3. Thompson Square on 2011: 'We're in Awe'

    December 28, 2011 10:25 AM EST Country Duo Talks 'Kiss Me' Success, Grammy Noms & Next Single It was in Grand Rapids earlier this year that Shawna Thompson had a feeling that 2011 might very well be one to remember. "I think the record was in the top 30, and people started singing it back to us. Keifer&…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Madonna Nash's 'Dirty Little Secret'

    December 21, 2011 11:00 PM EST Country newcomer Madonna Nash might qualify as a "Superwoman." The North Carolina native is among what seems to be a minority this holiday season. "I am ready," the singer tells Billboard.com. "I think this is the first time I've been done shopping right before…

  5. Darren Criss Plays Secret Show in NYC

    December 19, 2011 12:15 PM EST In Town for Broadway Run, 'Glee' Star Performs at Benefit Events, Forgets Lyrics Ever since Darren Criss surged into public consciousness last year on "Glee," the actor-musician-composer hasn't done much in half-measures, and his arrival in New York for a run in the…

  6. Martina McBride 'Hits' Collection Will Include Unreleased Tracks

    December 15, 2011 12:30 PM EST Though she now records for Republic Nashville, the 1992-2010 portion of Martina McBride 's career took place on RCA Records. The label will commemorate that history-making run with the release of "Martina McBride: Hits And More." The 20-cut collection, due out in stores on Jan.…

  7. 'Blanket on the Ground' Singer Billie Jo Spears Dies

    December 15, 2011 9:10 AM EST Billie Jo Spears , the husky-voiced singer who became one of the most respected female artists of the 1960s and 1970s in country music, died of cancer Wednesday (Dec. 14) at her home in Texas. The age of the singer, who is best known for her 1975 hit "Blanket on the Ground," has…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Corey Wagar Hopes You 'Hate My Boyfriend'

    December 14, 2011 6:30 PM EST Country newcomer Corey Wagar has been getting an education over the past few months -- but not in the classroom. The singer-songwriter, 18, has been touring the United States promoting her album "On The Edge," as well as her current single "I Hate My Boyfriend." She tells…

  9. DVD Reviews: The Rolling Stones, Mott the Hoople

    December 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas 1978 Eagle Rock Entertainment Release Date: Nov. 21, 2011 The Ballad of Mott the Hoople Start Productions Release Date: Nov. 8, 2011 As years go by there are fewer and fewer stones unturned from the archives of rock history, but these two…

  10. Country Legend Bill Anderson Looks Back on His 'First Ten Years'

    December 13, 2011 3:35 PM EST Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson was at the WSM studios visiting the show of Eddie Stubbs recently when he took a trip back in time. Stubbs was playing Anderson's 1957 recording of "City Lights," a song that changed his life forever when recorded by Ray Price the…

  11. Kenny Chesney's Top 20 Country Hits

    December 12, 2011 4:00 PM EST Chart Article He had the sixth biggest tour of the year , the seventh biggest Country Songs hit of the year , and the 10th biggest Country Album . In short, 2011 has been very good to Kenny Chesney. To celebrate his big year, we've compiled his 20 Biggest Billboard Country Songs hits…

  12. Friday Flashback: A Rare Kind of Hit for Dolly Parton

    December 09, 2011 7:00 PM EST The music business is famous for many things, and irony is often among them. Hank Williams -- long regarded as THE singer-songwriter in country music -- did not write the song that became his breakthrough, "Lovesick Blues." Willie Nelson has spent a decade in Nashville as a writer,…

  13. Zac Brown Band TV Special Aims to Rock

    December 09, 2011 12:25 PM EST Since the release of their debut single "Chicken Fried" back in 2008, the Zac Brown Band has carved out a reputation as one of the most respected live acts in the country, and their fans will get a chance to see that talent in action on the tube this weekend. The Georgia-based band&…

  14. Lyle Lovett Closes Chapter With Next Album

    December 09, 2011 10:50 AM EST 'Release Me,' Out February, Will Be Last on Only Label He's Ever Known Though it has been over 20 years since he had enjoyed a hit at country radio, Lyle Lovett remains a consistent seller as well as one of the format's more recognizable faces. The singer has a pair of…

  15. Jo Dee Messina's 2012: New Music, Tour, Baby

    December 05, 2011 2:24 PM EST After devoting the bulk of the past few years to raising a family, one of country's most expressive voices is set to return to the airwaves with new music -- and a new baby -- in the upcoming calendar year. Jo Dee Messina has announced that she will return to the radio airwaves with a…

  16. Friday Flashback: The Judds Close a Chapter

    December 02, 2011 8:00 PM EST It was one of the most emotional days in country music history. A year earlier, Naomi Judd announced her retirement from The Judds because of her diagnosis of Hepatitis. Naomi and daughter Wynonna then proceeded to embark on their farewell tour, which came to a close twenty years ago today in…

  17. Ricky Skaggs' Holiday Tour Began With a Bus Fire

    December 02, 2011 5:00 PM EST Fans who see the Skaggs Family Christmas tour this holiday season are in for a treat, says its' namesake -- Country legend Ricky Skaggs . He says it's something his family has been doing for years, whether on stage or not. "We've done this in our living room for years, at…

  18. Trace Adkins to Tower Over His ACA Co-Host Kristin Chenoweth

    December 01, 2011 3:00 PM EST "Maybe Somebody Will Have to Carry Around an Apple Box for Her," the Country Star Jokes to Billboard Trace Adkins admits to having been a bit nervous last year prior to hosting the inaugural American Country Awards. But once he got in the flow of the show, it began to feel a little…

  19. Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a mix of cutting-edge sounds and old favorites in the country field. In the Best Country Solo Performance slot,| SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED "I'm flying pretty high right now," Aldean told the press backstage at the Grammy…

  20. Joey + Rory Blaze Their Own Trail for Christmas Album

    November 30, 2011 6:00 PM EST Putting a new wrinkle on the Christmas Music album is kind of a tough thing. But, some of Country Music's most memorable Yuletide offerings -- Kenny & Dolly's "Once Upon A Christmas" and Emmylou's "Light Of The Stable" among them -- have been able to…

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