Zac Brown Band Wants You at Bonnaroo

ACM Top New Artist nominees Zac Brown Band, along with Bonnaroo Music Festival and CMT have announced The Bonnaroo Music Festival Flyaway with Zac Brown Band Sweepstakes. The winner, along with a guest, will receive a prize package that includes a five-day/four-night Bonnaroo getaway, including flights, hotel, two tickets to the Festival and the opportunity […]

Urban’s Defying Gravity Rises to the Top

With first week sales being projected to total somewhere in the lofty neighborhood of 150,000, Keith Urban’s Defying Gravity does indeed seem to have wings. The album appears likely to top the country charts its first week out and if predictions based upon first day sales from chart watchers at Billboard and Hits magazines pan […]

Duane Jarvis Passes

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Duane Jarvis, known to music fans as a sideman for artists like Lucinda Williams and John Prine, as well as for his own critically acclaimed album releases, died of colon cancer this morning in his Los Angeles apartment. He was 51. Jarvis, who was a well-known and much-loved figure on the Nashville music scene […]

Aaron Tippin Keeps On Truckin’ With CB Contest

Blue collar country singer Aaron Tippin has announced an innovative contest that promotes and expands on the trucking theme of his latest release, In Overdrive. In conjunction with mobile communications equipment merchandiser Barjan, CB Radio manufacturer Cobra, and Petro Truck Stops, Tippin has created a contest that recalls the days when CB radio was king. […]

Music City Tennis Invitational Set to Serve

The Music City Tennis Invitational committee announced today (4/1), that the annual charity tennis tournament will be held on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at Vanderbilt University’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center. Arista artist Brad Paisley will serve as this year’s celebrity spokesperson for the tournament, with Fox 17 Tennessee Mornings co-host […]

Shawna Russell

“Fire In The Desert” Way Out West Records “A scorcher” —Chris Neal, Country Weekly Shawna Russell has released her new Way Out West Records single “Fire In The Desert” to country radio. The follow-up release to her hit single and video, “Should’ve Been Born With Wheels,” “Fire In The Desert” is a hot summertime rocker […]

Steve Martin to Make Opry Debut

Emmy-winning actor/comedian/writer Steve Martin will make his Grand Ole Opry debut May 30 with a performance from his first music album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. Martin’s longtime friend John McEuen, who produced the album, will appear on the show along with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Stuart Duncan, Tim OBrien, and more. […]

NY Times Profiles John Rich

Tuesday’s New York Times (3/31), includes a feature on Warner Bros. artist John Rich. In an article titled “Protest From the Right Side of Country,” Times writer Jon Caramanica interviews the singer about his latest single, “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” describing the song as “shockingly topical” and indicative of Rich’s “acumen in gauging and channeling the […]

Hall of Fame Spotlights Kitty Wells

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a panel discussion featuring country music’s first female superstar, Hall of Fame member Kitty Wells. The program, scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 1:30 PM, is titled Finding Her Voice: Kitty Wells and Her Country Sisters. Taking part in the panel will be singer/songwriters Carlene […]

ACM Names Video and Vocal Event Winners

With the awards show still a few days away, RCA’s Brad Paisley is already a double-ACM Award winner—Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. His “Waitin’ On A Woman” clip, which co-starred TV icon Andy Griffith, is the 2009 winner of Video of the Year, and “Start A Band,” his guitar-slinging duet […]

Ringbacks Up, Downloads Down Among Consumers

Two research studies released today (3/31), reveal some interesting trends in how consumers are interacting with music. A study conducted by Port Washington, New York-based market researchers the NPD Group finds that U.S. teens are listening to more music in more formats, but buying and sharing significantly less music. According to NPD, teens acquired 19 […]

Ticketmaster President Sean Moriarty Resigns

With Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation recently announcing plans to merge, Ticketmaster has announced that President/CEO Sean Moriarty has resigned, effective March 24. Moriarty has also resigned from the company’s board of directors. His role at the company has been uncertain since last November when Ticketmaster acquired a controlling interest in Irving Azoff’s Front Line […]

Corlew Music Group Staffs Up

Corlew Music Group has announced the signing of songwriter Jaron Boyer and the addition of veteran songplugger Penny Dionne to the CMG staff. A native of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Boyer moved to Nashville in 2003 and has been honing his songwriting skills ever since. Dionne is the owner of publishing company Little Vixen Music and serves […]