Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band Lead American Country Awards Nominees

The second annual American Country Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 5, 8-10 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed, on FOX. Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band lead the nominees with eight nominations each; Thompson Square earned seven nods; and The Band Perry and Taylor Swift each garnered [...] Read More

Jimmy Dean, Don Williams Join Hall of Fame

Don Williams and Jimmy Dean, two vocalists who approached their public presence from very different angles, were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night in front of family, friends and a rather elite set of peers. A singer, comic and television pioneer, Jimmy built his career as a multi-faceted entertainer. Don worked several detail-oriented jobs before his breakthrough — he was a co-partner in a furniture store and an office administrator — and he made his public mark in a workman-like manner, eschewing the party circuit and putting his efforts into finding and delivering well-constructed songs. Neither singer was able to claim his medallion in person. Jimmy died in June, just a few months after he was told in a phone call that he would have a bronze plaque enshrined with his likeness in the Hall of Fame’s Rotunda alongside such fellow performers as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Jimmy’s childhood idol, Gene Autry. Read More

Josh Turner Is “All Over” It at No. 1

Summer officially segued into fall a few weeks ago, but a song Josh Turner put out to take advantage of the last season just peaked at No. 1. “All Over Me” is bathed in string bikinis, suntan oil and riverside romance, and it hit the top of both the Billboard and Country Aircheck charts this week. It follows “Why Don’t We Just Dance” to the pinnacle of the weekly lists. According to Billboard, Josh joins the Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Billy Currington and Lady Antebellum as the only acts to have two No. 1 singles thus far in 2010. Read More