Music City Comes Together For Nashville4Africa

Big & Rich’s Big Kenny Alphin and Nashville singer/songwriter Damien Horne will host the inaugural Nashville4Africa benefit concert with the African Children’s Choir at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on April 22. The event will also include performances by Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down), Ashley Cleveland, The SteelDrivers, Michael Rhodes […]

“The Price Is Right” Salutes ACMs

CBS’s The Price Is Right and show host Drew Carey will celebrate the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with a special country-themed edition of the venerable daytime game show this Friday (4/3) at 10 AM/CT. The episode will feature appearances by ACM host Reba McEntire, ACM Top Female Vocalist nominee Heidi Newfield and […]

Doc Walker Nabs Album Of The Year Juno

At ceremonies held on Saturday (3/28), in Vancouver, British Columbia, Open Road artist Doc Walker walked away with the 2009 Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year for their album, Beautiful Life. Doc Walker (Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw and Murray Pulver) have four previous Juno nominations and the band also took home six 2008 […]

Jeffrey Steele Takes Manhattan

Nashville hit writer Jeffrey Steele performed at Joe’s Pub in New York City last Wednesday (3/25), and the New York Times was there. Times writer Jon Caramanica turned in a rave review of Steele’s hit-filled performance, praising the singer/songwriter’s storytelling skills and citing his “detail-rich and emotionally specific lyrics” and “brute skill rescuing even unappealing […]

Opry Mainstay Hal Durham Passes

Longtime Grand Ole Opry announcer and General Manager Hal Durham passed away last weekend at his home in Cape Coral, Florida. He was 77. A native of McMinnville, Tennessee, Durham started his career at Knoxville’s WROL while he was still attending the University of Tennessee. In 1964, he moved to Nashville to work at WSM […]

Singer/Songwriter Duane Jarvis Enters Hospice

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Duane Jarvis, familiar to music fans both as a sideman for artists like Lucinda Williams and John Prine, as well as for his own critically acclaimed releases, has been waging a valiant battle against colon cancer over the course of the past 16 months. Jarvis’ cancer has now reached terminal status and he will […]

Principled—Dan Seals

by Steve Goetzman, steve@goetzmanconnect.com In America we look up to a man of principle after doubt is satisfied we’ve placed our fingers in his wound looked him in the eye and maybe pressed a little to be sure he is hurting. For we intend to align ourselves and tell his story and should be certain […]

Reba’s “Strange” Widget

Valory Music Company artist Reba McEntire will perform April 5 at the Academy of Country Music Awards, debuting her new single, “Strange” for the TV audience. Leading up to the performance, McEntire fans can hear a sneak preview of “Strange” via a special widget available at www.thevalorymusicco.com/reba. The widget also includes a countdown to the […]

Pickler Establishes Official Fan Club

The fans have been patiently waiting and it’s finally arrived — the official Kellie Pickler Fan Club. The Fan Club, created at www.kelliepickler.com, provides an environment for fans to get engaged in the singer’s career. Pickler Fan Club members will receive the first shot at tickets to Pickler’s shows, rare photos & videos, a members-only […]

Moraine’s Johnny Reid Goes Gold

Scottish-born, Nashville-based Canadian country artist and Moraine Music writer/artist Johnny Reid’s new album, Dance With Me, leaped to Gold status in Canada within 48 hours of its release. Produced by Grammy-winner Brent Maher, Dance With Me currently sits at #1 on Billboard’s Canadian Country Album chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Album chart. The […]

BBR Launches New Label

Benny Brown, President/CEO of Broken Bow Records, which launched the careers of Craig Morgan and Jason Aldean, has announced the opening of its new imprint, Stoney Creek Records. The label will be located at 705 18th Ave South. Industry veteran Denise Roberts will serve as Stoney Creek’s VP of Radio Promotion. Joining her as Regional […]

T.J. Martell Gala Raises $400,000 For Cancer Research

Distinguished honorees and a host of dignitaries, guests and artists gathered at Nashville’s Loew’s Vanderbilt Plaza hotel on Wednesday (3/25), for the TJ Martell Foundation’s inaugural Honors Gala. The event raised over $400,000 to benefit cancer, leukemia and AIDS research. Honorees for the evening included The Honorable Al Gore, former Vice President of the United […]

Joe Nichols

“Believers” Universal Records South “Believers,” the new single from Joe Nichols, has shipped to radio. According to the artist, it is the perfect fit for him, both musically and personally. “This song is about passion—when people have passion about something, the sky’s the limit,” says Nichols. “It’s also about believing in something bigger than what’s […]