1. David Nail Is On a Roll: Cardinals Win & a Big New Album Coming

    November 03, 2011 1:45 PM EDT MCA recording artist David Nail has a lot to be happy about these days. First of all, his beloved St. Louis Cardinals shocked the baseball world by winning the World Series -- the Missouri native was there for the euphoric moment, earlier performing "God Bless America" during the…

  2. Brad Paisley Branches Out With a Book

    November 03, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Having written the bulk of his hit records since breaking into the limelight with 1999's "Who Needs Pictures," Brad Paisley is no stranger to success as a writer. However, this week he crosses into another level of the craft, releasing his very first book, "Diary Of A…

  3. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Haggard and others, was admitted to St. Thomas…

  4. Album Review: Toby Keith, 'Clancy's Tavern'

    November 02, 2011 8:30 AM EDT TOBY KEITH "Clancy's Tavern" Producer: Toby Keith Showdog Universal Release Date: Oct. 25 It may seem hard to believe, but Toby Keith has been doing what he does-and doing it well-for 18 years now. On his latest album, "Clancy's Tavern," he hasn't made any…

  5. Country Giants to Honor Glen Campbell at CMAs

    November 01, 2011 1:50 PM EDT He is one of music's most respected figures, and next week on the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, three of the format's top stars will be uniting forces to salute the legendary Glen Campbell. The CMA announced yesterday that Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban…

  6. Welcome to The 615, Billboard.com's Home for Country Music

    November 01, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Hi, everyone! My name's Chuck Dauphin, and for the past two decades, I've been involved in the country music industry as a radio personality, a record promoter, and as a journalist. Long before that, though, I was (gasp!) a fan! You know that kid in school that was studying the…

  7. Ricky Skaggs Inspires Top Wins at ICM Awards

    October 31, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Faith, family and country music were celebrated Friday night (Oct. 28) at the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ricky Skaggs was the evening's top winner, claiming the Entertainer of the Year award as well as the trophy…

  8. Lonestar Reunites With Singer Richie McDonald

    October 26, 2011 5:00 PM EDT One of country music's most successful acts of the 1990s and their lead singer are having a reunion of sorts in 2012. Richie McDonald and Lonestar will be taking to the stage together again for several dates for the first time since 2007. Richie said that despite his leaving the group,…

  9. Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler Help Opry Go 'Pink'

    October 25, 2011 11:50 AM EDT Traditionally, the color of the famous barn backdrop of the Grand Ole Opry is red. However, this past Saturday, the color scheme changed just a little -- for a great cause. "Opry Goes Pink" was the theme of the evening at the famous WSM Radio show in Nashville, as the night was…

  10. Del McCoury Salutes Old Boss Bill Monroe in New Project

    October 24, 2011 10:00 AM EDT In late September, at the annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium, many of those in attendance might have been a little surprised. Del McCoury was announced as one of two new inductees into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Nobody was surprised about the…

  11. The Judds Get Sentimental as 'Last Encore' Draws Near

    October 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Naomi and Wynonna Judd have made their share of history together since releasing their first single, "Had A Dream (For The Heart)," close to three decades ago. They will soon be wrapping up a part of their storied history with the final show of their "The Judds - The Last…

  12. Brad Paisley Gets One-of-a-Kind Honor From the Grand Ole Opry

    October 19, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In the 86-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, many historic moments have taken place. Hank Williams debuting in 1949 with "Lovesick Blues." A truck driver named Elvis on the Ryman stage. Garth Brooks and "Friends In Low Places." So as amazing as it sounds, something…

  13. Everlast's Latest Packs a Punch: 'I'm Waiting on That Change, Too'

    October 17, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Everlast has nothing to hide. Literally. As the 42-year-old Grammy Award-winning rapper/singer born Erik Schrody in Valley Stream, N.Y., sips a cocktail at a SoHo cafe on a recent afternoon in New York, gray hairs cover his stout face and he's clearly comfortable in his own tatted-up,…

  14. Vince Gill on Career, Album & 'Criminal' Trend in Music Biz

    October 14, 2011 1:25 PM EDT Nashville Gives Vince Gill a Big Hug... and a Bobblehead He's one of the most loved personalities in Music City, and many of Nashville's finest turned out at Bridgestone Arena yesterday to celebrate the career and accomplishments of MCA Nashville recording artist Vince Gill . A…

  15. Americana Music Awards: Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons Honored

    October 14, 2011 10:10 AM EDT While historically Robert Plant and Nashville might not go hand in hand with each other, the legendary Led Zeppelin front man and Music City were pretty good for each other Thursday night (Oct. 13), as he picked up a top album nod at the 10th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards. The…

  16. Zac Brown: Fans Will Be 'Totally Blown Away' By Music & Food Festival

    October 13, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Since the release of "Chicken Fried" back in 2008, Zac Brown & the Zac Brown Band have made a habit of making an impression - on the critics, the fans, and their fellow musicians - with their music and their live show. As the old saying goes, "they're at it again."…

  17. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcomers Thompson Square , who scored seven…

  18. Montgomery Gentry Proud to Be Indie 'Rebels'

    October 10, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Montgomery Genty might very well be feeling a sense of déjà vu these days, as they gear up for the release of their new disc "Rebels On The Run." Troy Gentry says the music pretty much sounds like the "old" Montgomery Gentry, and part of their "new" team at…

  19. Martina McBride Goes for 'Organic and Rootsy' on 11th Album

    October 06, 2011 3:30 PM EDT When Martina McBride releases her eleventh studio album (appropriately titled "Eleven") on Oct. 11, it will mark her very first project for Republic Nashville -- after a very successful run with RCA. Releasing her first album, "The Time Has Come," back in 1992, McBride has…

  20. ESPN Drops Hank Williams Jr.'s 'Monday Night Football' Theme

    October 06, 2011 11:40 AM EDT After two decades, Hank Williams Jr. will stop asking sports fans "Are you ready for some football?" on Monday nights. His iconic "Monday Night Football" theme song will no longer run before ESPN's weekly game following the country singer's controversial remarks…

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