Steel Magnolia, Craig Morgan Added to Country Thunder lineup

Wisconsin’s Country Thunder festival has added several more artists to their lineup. Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, Steel Magnolia, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Stealing Angels and Jason Jones join a previously announced lineup that includes Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band, and Easton Corbin. More artists will be announced in the [...] Read More

The Top 50 Americana Albums of the Year

The Americana Music Association announced its year end Top 100 Albums of the Year. The Top 100 albums are based on those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of November 17, 2009 through November 15, 2010. We’ll serve up the first half of the list and you can visit the Americana [...] Read More

Rascal Flatts Joins Elite Walk of Fame Class

Rascal Flatts and four members of the Country Music Hall of Fame will all receive additional recognition next month when they’re embedded in the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville. Little Jimmy Dickens, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis and the late Eddy Arnold — all of whom have bronze plaques nearby in the Hall of Fame — will have their names etched in the pavement alongside Rascal Flatts Nov. 7. So will the late Bobby Hebb, a Nashville-based artist who earned a 1960s hit with “Sunny.” Read More

Little Big Town, Randy Rogers Banded Together at Nos. 1 & 2

To purposely misquote a Paul McCartney classic, bands are on the run in country music — straight to the top of the charts. Little Big Town’s new album The Reason Why, bolts out of the chute to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Country Albums chart, and it’s followed by the Randy Rogers Band’s Burning The Day, checking in at No. 2. In fact, groups occupy four of the Top 5 slots on the chart. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now checks in at No. 4, and the the Zac Brown Band hanging in at No. 5 with the double-platinum project The Foundation. The only thing blocking bands from a Top 5 sweep is the Trace Adkins album Cowboy’s Back In Town. Most fans probably don’t think much about it, but being in a band is completely different from working as a solo artist. There are more expenses, more opinions and more egos involved, so decisions require more communication and more time. As a reward for all that extra work, there’s less potential income — the band members have to split up the proceeds in the end. Read More

Jamey Johnson Doubles Down on Next Album

When he released That Lonesome Song in 2008, Jamey Johnson emerged as one of country’s best-acclaimed acts, earning a Grammy nomination for the album and picking up scads of positive reviews for his Waylon Jennings-inspired sound. Within just a few months of that project’s release, Jamey started recording again, and the wait for the follow-up will soon be over. He’s got a double-CD package called The Guitar Song coming Sept. 14 with 25 songs covering more than two hours. Read More