Ryman Auditorium to Replace Stage

MusicRow.com reports the Ryman Auditorium will be replacing its stage for the first time since 1951. Plans for the new stage include an 18-inch section cut from the existing stage running across the front to honor the historical significance of past performances, similar to the famous circle of the same Ryman stage wood that resides [...] Read More

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Chris Young proves the bromance is still alive, Taylor Swift bakes, Blake Shelton and Thompson Square react to GRAMMY nominations and Sara Evans and Eli Young Band give thanks to their fans. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week. Chris Young [...] Read More

Freddy Fender, Gene Autry Recordings Among 2012 GRAMMY Hall of Fame Inductees

The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to the GRAMMY Hall of Fame collection. The 2012 class highlights diversity and musical excellence and includes both singles and albums. Among the new inductees are Gene Autry’s “Deep In The Heart of Texas,” Freddy Fender’s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ [...] Read More

Ryan Bingham Wins Two Americana Awards

Film makers want very much for the general public to buy in to the magic of movies. You can count Ryan Bingham among those who believe in celluloid’s power. After sharing a Golden Globe and an Oscar Award for Best Song with T Bone Burnett for writing the “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart),” Ryan took home two trophies — Song and Artist of the Year — Thursday during the ninth annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards in Nashville. The Americana nods only add to the lists in which Ryan finds himself. The Song of the Year Oscar put him in the company of such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Henry Mancini and Irving Berlin — all of whom have won the Film Academy’s Best Song prize at least once. Ryan’s new album, Junky Star, made its chart debut this week, landing at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums list. And the Americana Artist of the Year trophy put him on yet another list among such previous winners as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Neil Young and Jim Lauderdale, who hosted Thursday’s show. Read More

Kenny Chesney Makes “Joint” Statement

With a holiday on the calendar for Sunday, it’s party time for lots of folks, and that includes Kenny Chesney, who’s headed to Las Vegas for the Fourth of July weekend. Kenny’s taken the year off from his typical summer stadium concerts, but he’s still sprinkled his datebook with a handful of shows, including performances at The Joint in Vegas on Friday and Saturday. The venue only holds 4,000 people — a big difference from the tens of thousands that pack the NFL sites he’s played over the last few years — but potentially millions can hear the Friday show live on Kenny’s web-based No Shoes Radio. Read More