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

Bobby Bones Gets Fined; Whitey Morgan Gets Kudos; Lee Greenwood, Professional Patriot?

Country Universe wants your Top Five Title Tracks. Saving Country Music has provoked a hearty discussion (155 comments and counting) with an explanation of why Luke Bryan’s "Kick The Dust Up" is more than just a bad song. View a photo of Luke Bryan with his mom at the private opening of a new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit to see where he gets his glistening white toothiness from. Farce the Music and Saving Country Music agree that Whitey Morgan's new Sonic Ranch is pretty … [Read more...]

Chris Stapleton’s Big First Week; Iris DeMent, Luke Bryan Set Release Dates; Celebrating Johnny Gimble

Chris Stapleton's Traveller moved 27,000 copies in its first week for the best sales start by a country artist's first full-length album in 2015. Rolling Stone Country rounded up some of B.B. King's greatest country music moments, but omitted this one. Iris DeMent's next album, The Trackless Woods, will be out August 7 on FlariElla Records. Also out August 7: Luke Bryan's next album, Kill the Lights. So if you're a big fan of Luke Bryan and Iris DeMent - hello? anyone? - you'll want to … [Read more...]

Underwood Leads CMT Noms; Monroe, Musgraves Get Release Dates; ‘Superstar Duets’ Airs Tomorrow

Carrie Underwood leads nominations for the CMT Music Awards. Kacey Musgraves' next album, Pageant Material, will be out June 23 on Mercury Nashville. Billboard has the album cover and full track listing with songwriter credits. Overachiever Brad Paisley personally animated the entire "Crushin' It" music video, including cartoon superhero versions of, uh, just about every other country star. Ashley Monroe's next album, The Blade, will be out July 24 on Warner Bros. Juli Thanki swung by … [Read more...]

No Depression Returns to Print; Country Universe Celebrates 1993; FGL Sits Down for ‘Big Interview’ with Dan Rather

I don't know that there's enough worthwhile news to justify daily roundups, but I'm gonna give twice-weekly ones (Tuesdays and Thursdays) a shot. We'll see how it goes. Sam Gazdziak spoke with Tamara Saviano to cover the wildly successful Guy Clark documentary fundraising campaign for Country Universe. Speaking of that campaign, it's currently sitting pretty at $164,628 with 8 days remaining. The original goal amount was $75,000. Country Universe previewed its Best of 1993 countdowns (one … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – September 23

Ashley Monroe Weed Jacket

BLESS... - Erin Enderlin, for trying to see to it that standout track "I Let Her Talk" gets a proper music video and independent single release. Her Kickstarter campaign is 67% funded with about two weeks to go. - Otis Gibbs for hitting 50 episodes with his Thanks For Giving a Damn podcast, and inviting in special guest Otis Gibbs for the occasion. More details on Thanks for Giving a Damn here. - Ashley Monroe's Nashville Time Machine Sessions, which feature her sitting down with an … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – March 6

Precious Memories, Volume II

BLESS... - Alan Jackson, for announcing a sequel to his gospel album Precious Memories - which, as you might recall, was one of our "11 Modern-Era Country Albums Everyone Should Hear." Because we're excited for more traditional gospel music done up Alan Jackson style, we'll even let him off the hook for the not-so-creative title of Precious Memories, Volume II. GAC has the album cover and full track listing for the collection, which hits stores March 26. - Jason Eady fans, for putting … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – January 23

statue of liberty

BLESS... - Cumulus Media, for launching the first full-signal New York country station in 17 years. Even if you're no fan of media consolidation - as the nation's second-largest broadcaster, Cumulus already operates 525 stations - country being back in New York after such a long absence is a big deal. - Mercury Records, for scheduling a March 19 release for Kacey Musgraves' major label debut, Same Trailer Different Park. Frankly, I think Musgraves has been hugely over-hyped on the basis of … [Read more...]