Keith Urban & Vince Gill to Host Fifth Annual All 4 The Hall Benefit Concert

Keith Urban and Vince Gill will once again return to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for their annual We’re All 4 The Hall benefit concert. Set for May 6, the show will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s theme will be “Songtellers (A LARGE Intimate Evening).” Performers on the night [...] Read More

Mary Chapin Carpenter Set for New York Philharmonic Debut

Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform at the New York Philharmonic for the first time in a retrospective program featuring songs from her career. The shows will take place February 28 and March 1 at Lincoln Center’s Fisher Hall. Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, Tift Merritt and Aoife O’Donovan will join her. The performance will include selections from her debut orchestral [...] Read More

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation have announced Tony Arata, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Larry Henley and Kim Williams as its 2012 inductees. Tony Arata and Kim Williams will be inducted in the Songwriter category, Mary Chapin Carpenter in the Songwriter/Artist category and Larry Henley in the Veteran Songwriter category. The induction ceremony will take [...] Read More

Lady Antebellum Gets Grammy Glory

Hello, world: Just in case anyone was left on the planet that hadn’t figured out how significant Lady Antebellum was this year, the Recording Academy slipped the band into three of the big-four, multi-genre categories on the prestigious Grammy Awards ballot. Finalists in the general-interest categories were unveiled Wednesday during a one-hour nominations special on CBS. “Need You Now” and the album of the same name were tabbed as finalists for Record, Song and Album of the Year, pitting Lady A against such pop, rock and rap acts as Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire. Miranda Lambert sang her snarky “Only Prettier” on the special, which also saw “The House That Built Me” gain a Song of the Year nomination for composers Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. As a result, two country titles — “Need You Now” and “House” — are among the five Song of the Year finalists, something that’s only happened seven times in the Grammys’ previous 52 years. Read More

Mel Tillis, Marty Robbins Among ACM Honorees

Martina McBride, Randy Travis, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Kenny Rogers were among the artists who showed up to perform on their behalf. Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Barbara Mandrell were among the acts who sent their support via video. But even more can be said by taking an inventory of the artists who were not on hand that were affected by the people who graced the stage Monday at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium: George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain… The real task would be to find artists who did not benefit from the raft of people — musicians, producers, concert executives, songwriters and pioneering artists #151; who were honored at the fourth annual ACM Honors. The event allowed the Academy of Country Music to give a more detailed account of the behind-the-scenes people and the pioneers of the genre than it could provide during its fast-moving televised awards. Read More