Industry Items: Release Schedule, Signings, New Business

Robin Ball and Todd Bradley have opened Burning Blue Music, a full-service entertainment company dedicated to artist management, recording, producing, songwriting, performance, media training and artist development. The pair will continue operating Red Current Recording studio in Brentwood, TN which has hosted sessions by James Otto, Lady Antebellum and the Muzik Mafia, to name a […]

Artists Score TV Slots: Adkins, Flatts, More

Trace Adkins will appear on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Sunday, October 18 (8 pm/ET). For the episode, he volunteers as a builder and travels to Lancaster, Texas to meet Carlton Marshall, who lost most of his mobility and all of his hearing after being shot while leading a Dallas Police Department SWAT team. ————————– […]

IEBA Opens With Performances, Panels

The International Entertainment Buyers Association Conference opened in Nashville last night (10/11) with showcases by Point of Grace, Heartland and others in the ballroom of the downtown Hilton, the hotel serving as headquarters for the three-day event. Later in the evening a group including Ricky Skaggs, MercyMe, and Eli Young Band was set to take […]

Gwen Sebastian

Gwen Sebastian’s debut single “Hard Rain” on Open Road Record/Lofton Creek Records is being released to country radio Oct. 12. She’s currently at work on her upcoming album, and she also has a holiday release available now called Christmas In July. Born to a ranching family in Hebron, North Dakota (pop. 800), Sebastian’s childhood summers […]

Keith Takes “American Ride” To The Streets

Toby Keith’s new studio album, American Ride, hit stores this week, with the title track/lead single planted firmly at the top of MusicRow’s Country Breakout chart for two weeks in a row. He kicks off his prime time appearances on The Jay Leno Show (10/14), where he will be racing an electric car in the […]

ShortNotes: Darryl Worley, George Jones, Lifenotes

Darryl Worley has recorded “Bring It On,” the new theme song for the Titans Radio Network. The song was co-written by Worley, Jim “Moose” Brown and the Titans’ own starting quarterback, Kerry Collins. Prior to the Titans game this Sunday, October 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, Worley and Collins will be featured guests on Titans […]

“People Country” Special Issue Out Today

Brad Paisley graces the cover of the new People Country issue, available exclusively on newstands today (10/9). Dedicated to the Country music scene and lifestyle, the magazine is the fourth of five special Country issues to be published by People this year. Inside, Paisley talks about lessons learned from his dad, as well as wife […]

Updated: Hear McGraw’s New Album

Tim McGraw will celebrate his new album Southern Voice with a concert for select fans in Chicago on release day, Oct. 20. It is one of a handful of fall dates on the singer’s schedule, with other stops including Las Vegas (10/23) and Highland, CA (11/19). But fans can listen to the release a week […]

Musicians Hall Inductions Set For Monday

The Musicians Hall of Fame Award Show will take place Monday, Oct. 12 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, with an all-star class of inductees and performers. Joining the Hall this year are some of the most influential and highly regarded musicians, producers and arrangers of their generations including Chet Atkins, Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix Experience), […]

Underwood Preps Album Release With Hot Single

Carrie Underwood is building up to the Nov. 3 release of her new album, Play On, with hot lead single and video “Cowboy Casanova,” and a re-designed Web site, carrieunderwoodofficial.com, with its own music download store. “Cowboy Casanova” is sizzling on the radio, landing at No. 12 on the Country Breakout Chart, and debuted last […]

Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour Kicks Off

Luke Bryan kicked off his Farm Tour earlier this week (10/5) to an audience of 3,500 at the Hurricane Branch Plantation just outside of Statesboro, Georgia. The show, opened by Colt Ford, helped benefit a scholarship fund for students at Georgia Southern University, Bryan’s alma mater. The show was the start to Bryan’s Doing My […]

Book Offers Cultural Bill Of Rights

Book Review Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights Bill Ivey (University of California Press, 2008) Bill Ivey is one of the most articulate commentators on art and culture in America. He served as head of the National Endowment for the Arts during the Clinton Administration and prior to that was […]

Lambert Scores No. 1 Debut

Miranda Lambert’s third album Revolution debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with first week sales of almost 66,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a division of The Nielsen Company. She also brought in the highest debut week digital sales for a country female this year. With the release of Revolution, she […]