Music News - Country


joshgracin-082014.jpg Josh Gracin has posted two songs that he's been working on to social media. The first, "Let Her Go," came via Facebook earlier this month. "I can never find the right words to say during a conversation. So here's the video of the writing session today," he wrote, adding a video that sees him strumming an acoustic guitar on his couch. The second tune, "Say Yes," was lyrics only.

LukeBryan.jpg Not only does Luke Bryan sell out concerts, he also sets records. The country superstar recently sold out four shows in Ohio while setting records in two cities. On his That's My Kind of Night Tour, Bryan performed at Cleveland's Blossom Music Center on August 21 and 22. The two sold-out shows made him the first county act to ever sell out the 45-year-old venue.

dollyparton-010612.jpg Dolly Parton has posted a video to YouTube of her completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She was nominated by fellow country legend Kenny Rogers, who doubted whether she'd do it. She did - noting, however, that she wasn't planning on turning it into something risqué. "Yes, I have on a bra," she says in the vid. "Kenny, you have to pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest."

Trisha-092409.jpg Trisha Yearwood has released "Prize Fighter," a new single featuring a guest spot from Kelly Clarkson. "When you're sweating from the fear/ You're looking it in the eye/ Turn the sound of defeat into your battle cry/ Stakes are down, you're out of luck/ Look at you smiling with a shiner/ Standing higher/ Prize fighter," sings Trisha on the tune.

MartinaMcBride-102109.jpg Martina McBride has added 40 new fall dates to her "2014 Everlasting Tour." Seven shows are already sold out, including the first date in Meridian, MI., as well as shows in Forrest City, AR., Lake Charles, LA., Midland, TX, Dayton, OH, and two dates in Nashville, TN.

DariusRucker.jpg David Nail says that Darius Rucker was a big influence on his "I'm A Fire Tour," which happened to be his first ever as a headliner. "I would say we probably learned more as a group from Darius, and we've played with some great people," Nail tells Billboard.

TimMcGraw-102309.jpg Tim McGraw will feature on an upcoming installment of the American Express Unstaged series. The episode, directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball), features McGraw's concert from NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom streaming live on Sept. 16. "We got together in Nashville out at my farm last week," McGraw explains on his website.

LukeBryan.jpg Eric Church and his wife Katherine have launched the charity Chief Cares in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. "Chief Cares has already made a difference in the lives of children in Nepal, sent aid to Haiti, and helped the Humane Society here at home. You can get involved too . . . Purchase Chief Cares Platinum Seats and the majority of your ticket pur

LukeBryan.jpg Luke Bryan has been added to the line up of Fashion Rocks 2014, which takes place during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC. The event, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, goes down at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Other acts to take the stage include Jennifer Lopez, KISS, the Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Afrojack, Duran Duran and Jennifer Lopez.

hunterhayes-051112.jpg Hunter Hayes has announced his upcoming "Tattoo (Your Name) Tour," set to kick off October 30 in University Park, PA, and continue through December 13 in London, Ontario. "This tour is definitely going to be different than anything we've ever done before . . . and maybe anyone has ever done. It's a lot of firsts not only for us, but even for the fans who have seen our show before," he said.

BradPaisley-050611.jpg After Brad Paisley leaked his new music without the permission of his record label, his record label hit back, leaking Paisley's email address online. Paisley hit Twitter, noting he suddenly had 200 unread messages from unknown senders in his inbox. The leak came via Gary Overton, chair and CEO of Sony Nashville, who says he had his reasons.

Floridageorgia-122013.jpg Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and his wife Brittney Marie Cole Kelley, are prepping the launch of their new clothing line Tribe Kelley. On their Facebook page, the pair call the line "a way of life," adding that "being a part of 'the tribe' encourages uniqueness and individuality in a world of conformity."

Loventheft-081911.jpg Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft wed Jenna Michelle Kennedy on Sunday in Nashville. The pair became engaged last May and welcomed a baby boy, Jett Barker Liles, in December 2013. "I loved her for a long time and would have asked her sooner, but wanted to wait until I could get her a nice ring," Liles told People.

GarthBrooks1.jpg Garth Brooks will receive the first ASCAP Centennial Award in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary. The event goes down at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on November 17. "Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people . . ."

Littlebigtown-060412.jpg Little Big Town have revealed the album cover for their forthcoming album Pain Killer, and announced a string of tour dates. The artwork shows the band posing under a red neon light while leaning against a brick wall. LBT unveiled the album cover on Instagram.