Music News - Country


dollyparton-010612.jpg Dolly Parton has invested $2.5 million into the Dixie Stampede arena near her Dollywood park. The popular attraction was updated with new music, special effects and interactive lighting. "We've been entertaining guests for 28 years," says a rep for the 1,100 seat theater. "This is the largest reinvestment ever back into the show."

LadyAntebellum.jpg Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum recently gave Carrie Underwood some parenting advice. Underwood and her hubby Mike Fisher are expecting their first child this spring, and Scott says she and her sat down for a heart to heart chat. "Carrie and I are really good friends," Hillary tells People magazine. "It was an honest expectant and new mom conversation."

Trisha-092409.jpg Trisha Yearwood is set to release a furniture line in partnership with Klaussner Home Furnishings. According to the manufacturer's website, the line draws on Trish's laid back style. "A collection of inspirations from Trisha, combining a warm, southern style with a classic twist for some truly remarkable and timeless designs."

BlakeShelton.jpg Blake Shelton has been nominated for Favorite Male Singer at this year's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards show. Shelton is nominated for Favorite Male Singer alongside reigning champ Justin Timberlake, as well as Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Nick Jonas.

trace-082710.jpg Trace Adkins has announced a new slate of dates for this spring and summer. The new tour, which kicks off next month, keeps Adkins on the road through August. The tour begins March 7 in Orlando, Florida and features a pair of Canadian dates on March 20 and 21 in Rama, Ontario and Windsor, Ontario respectively. The run of dates wraps on August 20 in New Milford, Pennsylvania.

img1-070114.jpg Shayne Austin, a key witness and suspect in the murder of Holly Bobo, a cousin of country singer Whitney Duncan, has committed suicide. According to reports, he took his own life out of state. Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student from Darden, Tennessee, disappeared from her family's home on April 13, 2011.

Taylorswift-042412.jpg Taylor Swift was given the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014 Award. Swift beat out One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay to earn the honor. "Congratulations to Taylor Swift," said IFPI chief Frances Moore. "She merits this result as she is a hardworking and talented performer who has an amazing ability to connect with audiences worldwide."

zacbrownband-073014.jpg Zac Brown Band, the Killers and No Doubt will serve as the headlining acts for the first ever Kaaboo Del Mar Festival in San Diego, California this fall. They will join the previously announced acts Snoop Dogg, the Roots, Spoon, and many more.

ScottMccreery-112511.jpg Scotty McCreery and Charlie Wilson recently teamed up onstage while Wilson was performing in McCreery's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. McCreery surprised the crowd by joining Wilson to sing Wilson's hit "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," changing the words to "My name is Scotty / Last name McCreery" during the song.

garyallan-022415.jpg Gary Allan has released his new single "Hangover Tonight." The track is taken off of Allen's soon-to-be-release, as-yet-untitled new studio album. "I'm gonna do the tracks that I want," he says of the to-be-released record. "Last time, I let Jay [Joyce] pick what he wanted, and then I let Mark [Wright] pick what he wanted, then I took the [leftovers]."

ShaniaTwain-100509.jpg Shania Twain has released a new live video of "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" from her Las Vegas residency, which will appear on her upcoming 18-track CD and DVD Shania: Still the One Live From Vegas. Dressed in black from head to toe, with a top hat and black overcoat, Twain soon loses her cover-up to reveal knee-high black leather boots and a short sparkly black dress complete.

CraigMorgan-032511.jpg Craig Morgan is set to host his second annual Billy's Place 5K, an event which supports the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The Foundation supports foster kids in Dickson County and Middle Tennessee. Morgan also wants to use the Foundation to help him build Billy's Place, a temporary home for foster children.

ericchurch-010810.jpg Eric Church and his wife Katherine have welcomed their second son, Tennessee Hawkins Church, who they say will be known as Hawk. "I'm thrilled that Hawk and his mom are doing well," Church says in an official statement. "We aren't sleeping very much, but we are enjoying every part of this incredible journey. I'm very blessed and thankful."

GarthBrooks1.jpg The cancellation of Garth Brooks' Ireland shows has inspired a play in Dublin. Brooks had been planning a series of shows at Croke Park in Dublin, but the shows were canceled after residents near the venue said they would lodge a lawsuit, which led to the city manager denying a license for the concerts.

dierks.jpg Dierks Bentley's 1990s country cover band, Hot Country Knights, will perform at the upcoming Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. "I have a little alter ego," Bentley tells People magazine. "I'm working on a little something something with my guys in the band. It's a little side project — a little bit of a '90s country cover band. We specialize in '90s country."

Follow RTT