1. Darius Rucker Gives Voice to 
Highly Personal Emotions In 'So I Sang'

    June 03, 2016 1:29 PM EDT The last track on his "Southern Style" album provides insight into key moments from the Hootie lead singer's life. When Capitol released Darius Rucker ’s Southern Style on March 31, 2015, the disc contained a number of references to his South Carolina upbringing. But none made…

  2. Corey Smith Puts Finishing Touches on New Album

    November 07, 2013 3:15 PM EST For Undertone recording artist Corey Smith, doing things his way has always worked -- and worked well. He has sold close to two million digital singles, and 250,000 albums. The singer is putting the final touches on his upcoming disc, and has just released the set's first single, "…

  3. Terry Bradshaw Returns to Country With 'Lights of Louisiana'

    December 11, 2012 1:45 PM EST NFL Great Talks New Music, Daughter Rachel's Success in Nashville: 'She's a Tremendous Singer' Country radio might be a little surprised to see on their desk a song called "Lights Of Louisiana" from Terry Bradshaw. Yes, that Terry Bradshaw, the "Blonde…

  4. Uncle Kracker Takes Country Seriously on 'Midnight Special'

    November 19, 2012 4:50 PM EST Take a listen to "Nuthin' Changes," a cut from Uncle Kracker's new "Midnight Special" album, and you will hear a reference to a famous singer named Williams. But, it might not be the one you're thinking about. Sure, the Detroit native is a Hank Williams, Jr.…

  5. Chris Cagle Adopts 'A Different Attitude' for New Album

    July 02, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 'I'm as proud of this album as I was when my kids were born,' says country star Chris Cagle admits that holding one of the first copies of his just-released fifth album, "Back In The Saddle," was a watershed moment. "I just got the disc in my hand, so it's…

  6. Alan Jackson Switches Labels, Gets Emotional With 'Thirty Miles West'

    June 05, 2012 10:05 AM EDT It's 8:30 on a Monday morning as Alan Jackson settles his 6-foot-4-inch frame into a chair in his manager's office. Even though, like most musicians, he often plays late into the night, he's usually an early riser. "I'm always afraid I'm going to miss something,…

  7. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Laura Warshauer (Video, Exclusive Song Premiere)

    March 01, 2012 5:55 PM EST Every once in a while, we come across an artist that we just can't wait to tell the world more about. Laura Warshauer is one such artist. Born and raised in Red Bank, N. J., and now residing in Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter mixes powerhouse vocals with stark, insightful lyrics. Her…

  8. Uncle Kracker Can't Classify New Album: 'Put It In the Super Fun Section'

    August 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Uncle Kracker gets "greasy and fun" on his fifth studio album, "Postcards From Home," which he plans to release in early 2012 after putting out a first single this fall. "I don't know how to describe it, to be honest with you," he tells Billboard.com, adding…

  9. Uncle Kracker Recording in Nashville Before Kenny Chesney Tour

    February 15, 2011 4:19 PM EST U ncle Kracker is headed to Nashville this week to start recording his fifth album and follow-up to 2009's "Happy Hour." "I'm kind of excited -- actually, the most excited I've been in a long time," the former hype man in Kid Rock's Twisted Brown…

  10. Lady Antebellum Leads Year-End Country Charts

    December 10, 2010 3:30 PM EST Turns out we were right. Lady Antebellum , which Billboard tipped as an artist to watch two years ago, closes this year as the hottest act in country music -- and beyond. The trio -- Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood -- leads several of Billboard's country and pop year-end…

  11. Zac Brown Band Taps Alan Jackson for New Single

    August 11, 2010 4:42 PM EDT Kindred spirit Jimmy Buffett and guitar virtuoso Tony Rice will join Alan Jackson as special guests on the new Zac Brown Band album, "You Get What You Give," which is due out Sept. 21. They're all part of what bassist John Driskell Hopkins tells Billboard.com are "some…

  12. Alan Jackson's 'Train' Coming March 30

    January 13, 2010 5:59 PM EST Country star Alan Jackson 's new album "Freight Train" (Sony Music Nashville) is set for release March 30. The 12-song album was produced by longtime collaborator Keith Stegall and features eight songs with Jackson's writing credit. The album also features Lee Ann Womack…

  13. Alan Jackson Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:43 PM EST Alan Jackson, Title TBD (Arista Nashville) Release Date: Spring 2010 With 16 Country Music Assn. Awards, including three entertainer of the year titles, under his belt, Alan Jackson is still going strong, two decades into his career. For his follow-up to 2008's "Good Time," he&…

  14. Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 2:32 PM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift , Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to co-host the Nov. 11 ceremony with Carrie…

  15. Zac Brown Band Signs With Atlantic

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta-based country act Zac Brown Band has signed with Atlantic Records, Billboard.com has learned. Atlanta-based country act Zac Brown Band has signed with Atlantic Records, Billboard.com has learned. The group's album, "The Foundation," will be released on Atlantic/Home…

  16. Zac Brown Band

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Zac Brown was 18, he set out on the road in a van with his dog Pete, a drummer and a PA system. When Zac Brown was 18, he set out on the road in a van with his dog Pete, a drummer and a PA system. He played at clubs all over the Southeast, carefully assembling the hardworking pieces of…

  17. 'Good' Stuff

    March 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST After taking a couple of creative detours on his last two albums, Alan Jackson returns to his readily identifiable brand of traditional country with the release this week of "Good Time" (Arista Nashvi After taking a couple of creative detours on his last two albums, Alan Jackson…

  18. 'Time' Is Right For New Alan Jackson Disc

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST With a new single, "Small Town Southern Man," already climbing Hot Country Songs, one of the genre's most reliable hitmakers will return March 4 with his 15th studio album. The Arista Nashville set "G With a new single, "Small Town Southern Man," already climbing…

  19. Jackson, Krauss Flip The Script On 'Rose'

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Alan Jackson admits that the urge to do something musically different on his new album may have been fueled by a comment Vince Gill made while introducing him at the CMA Awards a cou Country superstar Alan Jackson admits that the urge to do something musically different on…

  20. Musical 'Memories'

    February 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST What was originally intended as a Christmas gift for his mother will soon become a treat for all of Alan Jackson's fans. What was originally intended as a Christmas gift for his mother will soon become a treat for all of Alan Jackson's fans. "Precious Memories," due this…

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