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

Shelton and Lambert Part Ways; Rest in Peace, Wayne Carson; Boom Times for Sturgill Simpson

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Wayne Carson, who penned "Always on My Mind" and "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)" among many other classics, passed away yesterday (July 20) at the age of 72. He had been suffering from congestive heart failure, COPD, diabetes, and gallstone issues, and had been in hospice care for the past month. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage. Red Dirt artist Stoney LaRue was reportedly arrested on a … [Read more...]

Brody and Bamford Lead CCMA Nods; Rhiannon Giddens Releases Charleston Song; Bros on the Defensive

Rhiannon Giddens released a new song and video in response to the Charleston shooting. Ashley Monroe sang "The Blade" on the Opry. The album named after it arrives next week. Goodnight Hestia considered a Chris King quote about if and how the idea of 'the consumer' should factor into the creation of a work of music or art. Trisha Yearwood's Rarities and Unreleased Tracks: 1992-2012 is not an album anywhere but in the imagination of Country Universe's Kevin John Coyne, but would that it … [Read more...]

Little Big Town Breaks a Record; Luke Bryan Apologizes to Jessi Colter; Rest in Peace, Tom Skinner

Video of young actress Alyvia Lind receiving the news that she got the part of young Dolly Parton in a made-for-TV movie... via a surprise visit from Parton herself. Via Gretchen Peters: "Culture Isn't Free: Expecting artists to work for free hands the reins of cultural production to ruling elites" by Miranda Campbell (Jacobin magazine) Via Carolyn Dixon: "Is it even still possible to 'sell out'?" by Chris Richards (Washington Post) If you've been dying to see Scotty McCreery sing "The … [Read more...]

Willie Nelson Wins Gershwin Prize; Patterson Hood on Confederate Flag; Hear New Isbell, Jackson Albums

Miranda Lambert canceled a Canadian show due to "serious inflammation of her vocal cords." Patterson Hood on Southern heritage and the Confederate flag for the New York Times. Oops. Don't think I've linked to Juli Thanki's lovely obituary for Red Lane yet. NPR has First Listens for two much-anticipated releases: Jason Isbell's Something More Than Free and Alan Jackson's Angels and Alcohol. Cancel all your plans. Holly Gleason had a nice chat with Kenny Chesney for Hits Daily Double. Music … [Read more...]

Sony Nashville Gets New CEO; The Rise and Fall of Toby Keith; Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild Duet

Scott Borchetta had an in-depth chat with Holly Gleason for Hits Daily Double. Randy Goodman, founder and former president of the defunct Lyric Street label, will reportedly be appointed CEO of Sony’s country and Christian division, filling the post previously held by Gary Overton. Goodman worked under Joe Galante at RCA Nashville in the '80s and '90s before leaving to start Lyric Street. So far, he has not suggested that any of us don't exist. Fake News, Canadian style: "Corb Lund … [Read more...]

Rest in Peace, Red Lane; Garth Makes Highest-Paid List; Hank Williams Biopic Gets Release Date

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Red Lane ("'Til I Get It Right," "The Eagle," "My Own Kind of Hat," "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa") passed away Wednesday after a lengthy bout with cancer. Lane, who was also a friend and bandmate of Merle Haggard's, was 76. Forbes figures Garth Brooks has earned about $90 million in the past year, enough to put him ahead of author James Patterson on its list of "The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities." The Houston Press' William Michael Smith has a … [Read more...]

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...]