Wherein we keep you abreast of all the latest news and releases in the world of country music.

Carlene Carter Remembers June Carter Cash; Emi Sunshine with Holly Williams; Carrie Underwood Raps

Reba reportedly sold her Beverly Hills estate for a cool $22.5 million. Jewly Hight did a nice Chris Stapleton feature for NPR. Also listenable online from NPR: Dale Watson chatted with Scott Simon. Too late for another article on women in country? Grantland has a good one. Kip Moore wishes you'd stop asking him about bro country. 5 Signs You're Obsessed with Sam Hunt. Whew, looks like I'm in the clear. Carrie Underwood raps, kinda. When Dolly Parton's July 31 acoustic concert at … [Read more...]

Gut-Wrenching Jason Isbell Songs; See Ray Wylie Hubbard Sing “Stone Blind Horses”; Kelsea Ballerini Hits #1

Grantland's Steven Hyden counted down his 10 most gut-wrenching Jason Isbell songs and solicited Isbell's own commentary on each of them. Kacey Musgraves modeled some of her facial expressions for BuzzFeed. I don't know why. Congratulations(?) to Kelsea Ballerini on hitting #1 with "Love Me Like You Mean It." If you want to work for country-rap king Mikel Knight, fill out this application and throw it at someone who doesn't care in a parking lot. Saving Country Music has a list of the 10 … [Read more...]

Taylor Swift Takes a Bite Out of Apple; Glen Campbell Update; Brooks & Dunn & McEntire Get Reviewed

Taylor Swift stood down Apple, winning one for artists who prefer to get paid. Patsy Cline is coming back... as a hologram. Country Universe's Leeann Ward wishes you'd name some of your favorite murder songs. Guy Clark collapsed at his Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction last Thursday and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, missing tributes by Lyle Lovett and Jason Isbell. Clark, who is believed to have suffered a bad reaction to some medication, is now out of the … [Read more...]

Chris Stapleton’s Red Dress; Whitey Morgan Picks Favorites; CMA Fest TV Special Will Air August 4

If you've ever wanted to hear 2003 Nashville Star winner Buddy Jewell sing country classics, you're in luck. Alternatively, country classics still exist in their original versions. Pat Green's Home will be out August 14. The Steep Canyon Rangers will release Radio on August 28. Jerry Douglas produced. Ken Morton Jr. is on a hot streak with his Saving Country Music contributions. His latest is an interview with Chris Stapleton. Karlie Justus Marlowe reviewed a Chris Stapleton show in … [Read more...]

Willie and Merle Start Strong; The Dixie Chicks Return; Remembering Jim Ed Brown

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's Django and Jimmie soldĀ 30,000 copies in its first week to debut atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The Dixie Chicks are (almost) back with some European shows set for next April and May. Tim McGraw has a role in faith-based drama The Shack, which hopefully won't have anything to do with The B-52s. Brian Kelley's favorite part of making the "Dirt" music video was standing in a barn. So let's just put all those questions about the country bona fides … [Read more...]

Underwood Wins Big at CMT Music Awards; Bad News Going ‘Round; Kacey Musgraves Videos

Rumer Rain Rogers, week-old daughter of Randy and Chelsea Rogers, passed away Tuesday night at Seton Memorial Hospital in Austin, Texas. Prayers to the family. Steel Audrey (Derek Kehler), a Canadian singer-songwriter brought to my attention by Goodnight Hestia last November, died alongside girlfriend Helena Curic in a case of what appears to be accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in Australia. Just awful. Australian singer-songwriter Catherine Britt was diagnosed with breast cancer last … [Read more...]

Florida Georgia Line Adds Magician; Willie and Waylon Giraffes; Stream Ashley Monroe Live Tonight

Kacey Musgraves is previewing her Pageant Material on late night TV this week, singing "Biscuits" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (June 9) and "Family Is Family" on Late Night with Seth Meyers (June 10). (via press release) Meanwhile, Musgraves calls the soon-to-be-released "Biscuits" video "like Hee Haw meets Pee-wee's Playhouse meets Wes Anderson." Brennen Leigh put together a cute YouTube infomercial for her Lefty Frizzell covers album, including bits of her doing various songs. … [Read more...]