After rumors surfaced that Kacey Musgraves' "Good Ol' Boys Club" was a Taylor Swift diss track, Kacey has spoken to clear the air. Speaking with Radio.com, Kacey explained the song's genesis. "It's about not wanting to be part of anybody's club, anybody's big machine," she says, addressing the line that some had taken it as a shot at Swift's label, Big Machine Records.
Dolly Parton has added a second benefit show for the W.O. Smith School of Music, after the first show, "Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple," sold out quickly. Tickets for the second show, which happens at the Ryman Auditorium on August 1, go on sale on Thursday, July 2 at 10 a.m. "The show won't be flashy, but I will be. I don't have video screens, pyrotechnics and the like," Parton says.
Brad Paisley says that his next album, the follow-up to Moonshine in the Trunk, will focus on the positive. Speaking with AZCentral, he said he's looking to spread cheer among the masses. "You know that feeling you get in the middle of the week of 'I can't do anything right' or 'It's not going my way?' But every week ends with a Friday, and that's where we excel . . ."
Jake Owen has released "Real Life" the debut single from his upcoming album. In a presser, Owen says that, with the help of songwriters Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman, he was inspired by moments - some bright some dark - in his own life. "I [told Copperman and McAnally], 'Everything in my life right now — I'm 33, I'm married, I have a kid, my dad beat cancer,'" Owen said.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have released a new video for their collaborative track "Alice in Hulaland." The track appears on their album Django and Jimmie, which was named after their musical heroes Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.
Pat Green has announced plans to release a new album, Home, later this summer. Home will include Green's duet with Lyle Lovett, "Girls From Texas." Rolling Stone Country reports that the album also features collaborations with Sheryl Crow, Delbert McClinton and Marc Broussard.
Charleston, South Carolina native Darius Rucker honored the nine victims of the tragic shooting at the city's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with a stunning version of "Amazing Grace" during his 2015 Southern Style Tour stop in Cedar Park, Texas. Standing in the spotlight, Rucker sang the first verse of the hymn without any backing music.
Charlie Daniels has spoken out on the Confederate Flag, which has been thrust into the headlines in the wake of the tragic church shooting in South Carolina. "I was born in 1936, a mere 71 years after the Civil War ended, when the South was looked upon by what seemed to be a majority of the Northern states as an inbred, backward, uneducated, slow-talking and slower-thinking people."
Hunter Hayes, Meghan Linsey and Alabama have been added to the lineup for A Capitol Fourth, which is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and broadcast on PBS. In addition to Hayes, Linsey and Alabama, Barry Manilow will headline the event, opening and closing the concert.
Attention Keith Urban fans - you're going to have to be patient as the country star says it'll be some time before you hear any new tunes from him.
"It's a long way from done," Urban reveals to Taste of Country, calling it "a work-in-progress."
Zac Brown Band says that it is about time they pull out all the stops for a summer tour. "We just turned everything up," Brown tells Country Music Is Love. "We cranked it up playing all this music live that we have on the record."
Carrie Underwood hit Twitter last week to show off a picture of her son Isaiah's diaper bag. The sack, part of the country singer's Calia by Carrie line of gym gear, was stuffed with a blanket, yoga mat, spit up rag and a stuffed animal. "Our @CALIAbyCarrie totes, of course, are perfect for the gym, but they also make fantastic diaper bags! #MomLife," she wrote via Twitter.
Toby Keith has shared the lyric video for his song "35 MPH Town," the title track from his upcoming album. The track is a no-holds-barred take on Keith's views of America today. "Oh, we can't blame the babies for growing up lazy and crazy / It ain't them that let them down / If they ain't stealing, they're suing / Why work when we'll give it to 'em?"
The shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church has prompted debate about the removal of the Confederate flag from the state's government buildings, and John Rich was recently asked about his thoughts on the matter. "There's only one flag I care about, " he noted, referring to the American flag. Speaking with FOX, Rich said it's time for the flag to go.
Dolly Parton has honored a teacher named Dyane Smokorowski with the Chasing Rainbows Award, an honor given by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year to a remarkable educator who "has overcome great obstacles in his or her life, has captured the rainbow and is helping children." Parton was the first to ever get the award - in 2002 - for her Imagination Library initiative.