Country music

  1. Grand Ole Opry's Walker Killed In Car Wreck

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer, wife, two band members died Sunday. Country singer and Grand Ole Opry star Billy Walker was killed along with his wife and two band members early on Sunday when the car they were traveling in ran off an interstate highway and overturned so ...

  2. Dixie Chicks Tour Dates Revealed

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The North American leg of the Dixie Chicks' Accidents & Accusations tour will begin July 21 in Detroit, and will run through early November. The North American leg of the Dixie Chicks' Accidents & Accusations tour will begin ...

  3. Keith Stegall, Alan Kates Join Broken Bow

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Stegall named chief creative officer Hot Nashville-based label Broken Bow Records is bringing on veteran songwriter/producer Keith Stegall as chief creative officer, Billboard.biz has learned. As a producer, Stegall has worked with such artists as ...

  4. Manager Ed Tickner Dies

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Represented artists including Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons. Manager Eddie Tickner died May 2 from leukemia in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 78. Tickner represented an array of artists during his career including The Byrds, Emmylou Harris, The Flyi ...

  5. Young Wins 'Nashville Star' Series

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Young is the newest "Nashville Star," winning the fourth season of the USA Networks country talent series of that name last night (May 2). Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and guitar ...

  6. Broken Bow Eliminates Publicity Dept

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Harman, Herrington departed label April 28. Broken Bow Records eliminated its publicity department April 28, resulting in the departure of publicists Summer Harman and Jenifer Herrington. Label GM Brad Howell tells Billboard.biz the firings were i ...

  7. Scott Named GM At Skaggs' Companies

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will direct operations of label, management company. Charlotte Scott has been promoted to GM of Skaggs Family Records and sister management company RS Entertainment, both based in Hendersonville, Tenn., near Nashville. Scott reports to bluegrass a ...

  8. Country Singer Bonnie Owens Dies

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bonnie Owens, a singer who married and helped build the careers of country music legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, has died. She was 76. Owens died at a Bakersfield hospice hospital Monday after a Bonnie Owens, a singer who married and helped ...

  9. Macky Exits Epic

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promotion vet let go April 12. Bill Macky, the VP of national promotion at Epic Records in Nashville, was let go April 12. Macky was upped to that position at Epic in December, 2004 when Sony Music Nashville president John Grady split the upper ma ...

  10. CMT Awards Lucky For Underwood, Urban

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood was the top winner at last night's (April 10) CMT Music Awards, landing two of the three awards for which she was nominated. Meanwhile, Keith Urban took home the evening's top prize, Carrie Underwood was the top winner a ...

  11. McEntire Returns As ACM Host

    April 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reba McEntire has been selected to host the 41st annual Academy of Country Music Awards, set for May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will be televised live on CBS. Reba McEntire has been selected to host the 41st annual Aca ...

  12. Clark Exits Mercury Roster

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Country artist released 7 sets on Mercury. Longtime Mercury Records artist Terri Clark has exited the label's roster after 11 years. She released seven albums on Mercury, including a 2004 greatest hits set. All but her self-titled first album ...

  13. Nashville Scene

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vince Gill will be named the winner of the Academy of Country Music's Home Depot Humanitarian Award, Billboard has exclusively learned. Read Phyllis Stark's column. Vince Gill will be named the winner of the Academy of Country Music' ...

  14. Nashville Scene

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vince Gill will be named the winner of the Academy of Country Music's Home Depot Humanitarian Award, Billboard has exclusively learned. Read Phyllis Stark's column. Vince Gill will be named the winner of the Academy of Country Music' ...

  15. Jerry Douglas Signs With CAA

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST To rep for touring, tv/movie soundtracks, more. Dobro virtuoso/composer/producer Jerry Douglas has signed with Creative Artists Agnecy. CAA will represent Douglas in touring, television and movie soundtracks, and projects for advertising and promo ...

  16. 'Hee Haw' Country Star Buck Owens Dies At 76

    March 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Had more than 20 No. 1 records. Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of country music with hits like "Act Naturally" and brought the genre to TV on the long-running "Hee Haw," has died at age 76. ...

  17. The Beat

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST DVD documentary, "Be Here to Love Me," explores the life of late Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Read Melinda Newman's column. DVD documentary, "Be Here to Love Me," explores the life of late Texas songwriter Townes Van ...

  18. The Beat

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST DVD documentary, "Be Here to Love Me," explores the life of late Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Read Melinda Newman's column. DVD documentary, "Be Here to Love Me," explores the life of late Texas songwriter Townes Van ...

  19. Hill Among Top Nominees For CMT Music Awards

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Triple nominees for the CMT Music Awards, announced March 15 in Nashville, include Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Trace Adkins and Carrie Underwood. Faith Hill is among the top honorees in the CMT Music Awards nomina ...

  20. Chesney Plans Stadium Trek

    March 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Country superstar Kenny Chesney has included nine stadium dates on his tour route this year, including National Football League stadiums in Boston, Nashville, Seattle, Detroit, and Tampa, and Major Le Country superstar Kenny Chesney has included n ...

  21. Dixie Chicks Get Personal On 'Long Way'

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Set executive produced by Rick Rubin. The Dixie Chicks will re-emerge late this spring with the most personal album of their career. Due May 23 via Open Wide/Columbia, "Taking the Long Way" opens with "Not Ready To Make Nice," ...

  22. Shania Inks Zomba Publishing Admin Deal

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Agreement covers catalog and future hits. Zomba Music Publishing landed an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with Shania Twain through her company Loon Echo. The deal covers Shania's future compositions as well as her complete back ...

  23. Paisley, Sugarland Top ACM Nominations

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Awards to be presented live May 23 in Las Vegas. Brad Paisley and Sugarland are the top nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, announced today (March 8) in Nashville. “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood makes a strong showing with f ...

  24. CMA Music Fest Sets Initial Lineup

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists include Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley. Artists include Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley. News Brad Paisley ...

  25. CMA Music Fest Sets Initial Lineup

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists include Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley. Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Montgomery Gentry are among the artists who will perform at the 2006 CMA Music Festival. Slated for June 8-11 in downtown Nashville, the Cou ...

  26. Wills Lands At Equity

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Roster includes Clint Black, Little Big Town. Nashville-based Equity Music Group has signed Mark Wills to its artist roster, which also includes Clint Black, Little Big Town and Carolina Rain. Wills is already in the studio working on his first pr ...

  27. Prestwood Inks With Skyline Publishing

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran country songwriter Hugh Prestwood has signed with Nashville-based Skyline Music Publishing as part of a joint venture deal between Skyline and Grammy-winning producer Russ Titelman. Veteran country songwriter Hugh Prestwood has signed with ...

  28. Little Dog, Universal Canada Enter Pact

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST First release to be Curt Kirkwood's 'Snow.' Little Dog Records has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Universal Music Canada. The Burbank, Ca. label, operated by producer/guitarist Pete Anderson, hasn't been pre ...

  29. Disney Publishing/Nashville Signs Nesler

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Buna Boy, NEZ Music changes hands. Disney Music Publishing/Nashville has signed singer/songwriter Mark Nesler to its roster. As part of the deal, the company has acquired the rights to Nesler's Buna Boy and NEZ Music catalogs, which include m ...

  30. Williams' Heirs Win Battle With Legacy, Polygram

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hank Williams' heirs--Jett and Hank Williams Jr.--have won a yearlong court battle with Legacy Entertainment Group and Polygram Records over control of scores of their father's radio performances from Hank Williams’ heirs—Jett and Hank W ...

  31. Benken To Lead Category 5 Promo Efforts

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Most recently with Broken Bow Records. Tony Benken has been hired as VP of promotion at Nashville-based startup Category 5 Records. He most recently was national director of promotion and Southeast regional at Broken Bow Records, but left that lab ...

  32. Aus Country Awards Strike TV Deal

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Country Music Assn. of Australia has entered into a deal with the free-to-air Southern Cross Ten Television Network to broadcast its CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia until 2009. The move to The Country Music Assn. of Australia has entere ...

  33. Rascal Flatts Reveals 2006 Tour Plans

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Country upstarts Rascal Flatts will begin a late winter tour Feb. 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and will be on the road through March 25 in Lafayette, Ark. Blake Shelton will support on all dates of the M Country upstarts Rascal Flatts will begin a la ...

  34. Kingsley Links With Jones For New Syndicated Show

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Debuted Jan. 1 on more than 300 affiliates Jones Media Group has signed on to distribute "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40," the new show hosted by radio legend Kingsley. The four-hour weekly countdown is being produced by Kingsley ...

  35. Nichols, Harrington Launch Pub Firm This Music

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Top Music Row songwriters Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington are launching a publishing company, to be called This Music. The new firm is a joint venture with publishing giant Warner/Chappell Music. Top Music Row songwriters Tim Nichols and Connie ...

  36. 'Nashville Star' Gets New Recording Partner

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST RCA to release fourth season winner. USA Network's televised country talent search "Nashville Star" has signed with RCA Label Group to release an album on the winner of the show's fourth season. The eventual champ will record f ...

  37. Veteran Agent Younts To Retire

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Currently senior VP with the Bobby Roberts Co. Veteran agent Bob Younts, senior VP with the Bobby Roberts Co., will retire at the end of 2005. He was the first agent hired by BRC in 1986 and spent a total of 14 years with the company. Among the ac ...

  38. Midas Signs Emerson Drive

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Group spent five years with DreamWorks Nashville. Three-month-old Nashville indie label Midas Records has signed the Canadian country band Emerson Drive as its flagship act. The group, which previously spent five years on the DreamWorks Records Na ...

  39. New West Signs Kris Kristofferson

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Label debut due March 7. Los Angeles-based New West Records has signed country legend Kris Kristofferson to its artist roster. His label debut, “This Old Road,” is due March 7, 2006. Produced by Don Was, it will be Kristofferson’s first studio alb ...

  40. Dualtone Lands Canadian Distribution Deal

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based indie previously with RED. Nashville-based indie label Dualtone Music Group has signed a deal with Montreal-based distributor Fusion III for Canadian distribution of Dualtone product. Fusion III is already distributing several Dual ...

  41. Nashville Scene

    November 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST It has been three years since Collin Raye has had a new song on country radio, but you might have recently heard his voice dramatically singing in a hilarious series of TV spots for Fruit of the Loom. It has been three years since Collin Raye has ...

  42. Womack, Urban Win Big At CMAs

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Awards held Nov. 15 in N.Y. Lee Ann Womack and Keith Urban were the standout winners at the Country Music Assn. Awards, held Tuesday night (Nov. 15) at New York's Madison Square Garden. Womack won the album of the year trophy for "There& ...

  43. Agajanian Wins ICM Entertainer Of The Year

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dennis Agajanian took home the entertainer of the year award at the 11th annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show last night (Nov. 10) at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Dennis Agajanian took home the entertainer of the year award at the 1 ...

  44. GAC, Opry Extend Deal

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Multi-year agreement extends broadcast rights. Scripps Networks' Great American Country and the Grand Ole Opry, owned by Gaylord Entertainment, have signed a multi-year deal extending GAC's television broadcast rights to air "Grand ...

  45. Cherryholmes Named IBMA Entertainer Of The Year

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Awards held at the Ryman. Cherryholmes was named entertainer of the year at the 16th Annual International Bluegrass Music Assn. Awards, held last night (Oct. 27) at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The family band made history as the first act e ...

  46. Country Cares To Benefit Habitat For Humanity

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 28. Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood will perform a holiday show at the Palace at Auburn Hills (Mich.) on Dec. 8 to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Country Cares concert is presented by Detroit co ...

  47. SESAC Honors Scooter Carusoe

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Country songwriters fete held in Nashville. Scooter Carusoe was named SESAC's country songwriter of the year during the organization's annual country awards ceremony, held last night (Oct. 19) at its Music Row office. Carusoe penned the ...

  48. Nichols Wins BMI's Song Of The Year Award

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The BMI Country Awards this year included a three-way tie for the songwriter of the year prize, but there was no disputing the song of the year, which went to "Live Like You Were Dying." The BMI Country Awards this year included a three- ...

  49. McBride Makes Time For Country Classics

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, Martina McBride decided to pay homage to the classic country music on which she was raised. Her new RCA album, "Timeless," cont After establishing herself as o ...

  50. Koch Records Nashville Folds

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment is shutting down its Nashville office effective tomorrow (Oct. 18). The move displaces five staffers, including GM Nick Hunter, and nearly a dozen artists. Koch Entertainment is shutting down its Nashville office effective tomor ...

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