Music News - Country


RandyTravis-052912.jpg Randy Travis popped up at the Four Rivers Outreach Banquet at the North Texas Regional Airport last week, where he was seen walking with a cane, following his recent health problems. "Every day we go to speech therapy and physical therapy and occupational therapy," said Travis' fiancée Mary Davis.

Alanjackson-102009.jpg Alan Jackson will re-release his 2002 holiday album, Let It Be Christmas, on October 27. According to Alan, the release comes on his 25th anniversary of making music. "You know, I used to think if you could have a hit or two and your career lasts three or four years, you're very lucky," he says. "I never thought I'd have a career that lasts 25 years."

charliedaniels-020513.jpg Charlie Daniels is 77-years-old and is still going strong, telling Southern Maryland News that he's "got a lot of music left to play." "I've got a lot of ideas that I would really like to record one of these days. It's just a matter of finding the time to finish writing and bring the recording to fruition." "It's just that we stay pretty busy . . ."

TimMcGraw-102309.jpg Tim McGraw says he shared a wild night with Kid Rock about ten years ago. Speaking with Taste of Country, the singer called it one of "the most fun nights I'll never remember." "[Rock] came to the show and after the show my band and I and Billy Gibbons was there, from ZZ Top . . . we went back to his place, in his studio and all plugged in and played."

hunterhayes-051112.jpg Last month, Hunter Hayes announced his upcoming Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, set to kick off October 30 in University Park, Pennsylvania, and now Hayes has dished on a unique marketing venture. Each fan to purchase a ticket gets a custom LED wristband to include them in the show. Hayes shared details of the program.

BradPaisley-050611.jpg Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line have been named headliners for the upcoming Blue Ridge Music Festival on May 30 and 31 in Salem, Virginia. Other acts announced for the fest include Charlie Daniels Band, Jerrod Niemann, Dustin Lynch, Colt Ford, the Swon Brothers, Clare Dunn and Chris Lane.

GarthBrooks1.jpg Garth Brooks' daughter Allie joined him on tour this weekend. The 18-year-old, who graduated from high school in June, was introduced by her proud father at his concert in Chicago on Sunday. Brooks told the audience: "We've been working together for, I don't know, the last 18 years now or so."

BigandRich-062711.jpg Big and Rich have released the music video for "Look at You," the lead single taken from their upcoming album Gravity. The vid follows a young couple falling in love while in Las Vegas as Big and Rich performs the song on stage.

GeorgeStrait.jpg George Strait has released The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, a disc commemorating the final show of his retirement tour. The gig went down in June 7th in Dallas as nearly 105,000 faithful Strait fans showed up to wish him a fond farewell. The gig broke a previous attendance record set by the Rolling Stones.

Taylorswift-042412.jpg Taylor Swift has been awarded People's Best Dressed of the Year Award. "When the Style team gathered to choose the Best Dressed Star of the Year, one name kept coming up: Taylor Swift," People said.

Turner-030314.jpg Josh Turner has released "Lay Low," a single from his upcoming untitled album. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Turner says that the decision to record the song was a no brainer: "[The song] painted a mental picture of our [his and wife Jennifer's] cabin and how secluded it is. It's where we go to get away from it all and reconnect with each other."

Leebrice-021111.jpg Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance" is the fastest certified platinum country single of the year, according to the RIAA, which surprised him at New York City's Madison Square Garden to present him with a commemorative plaque. "[The song] was a gift to my wife for our first dance, and it said, 'Man, I didn't know that I was ever going to really get here in my life,' but she brought me here."

Jewel-071211.jpg Jewel has released a new song, "Home to Me," as part of the ReThink: Why Housing Matters campaign. Speaking with the Boot, the singer says that the campaign is looking to raise awareness for public housing: "I love the fact that it's a public awareness campaign. We're not asking people for money; we're just asking people to re-think their perceptions."

GarthBrooks1.jpg Garth Brooks has announced his triumphant return to Kentucky. It's the first time the country singer has played in Kentucky in 16 years. Brooks will perform in Lexington, Kentucky as part of his comeback world tour. He'll take the stage alongside wife Trisha Yearwood at the Rupp Arena on October 31 and November 1.

BlakeShelton.jpg Blake Shelton has released the music video for "Neon Light," a cut from his upcoming album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, due September 30. In the vid, Blake performs the cut live on his "Ten Times Crazier" tour to an adoring audience: "There's a neon light at the end of the tunnel / It ain't all that bright, but even though it's subtle / It's got me feeling alright."