Apr
22

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CMA Announces Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap and Mac Wiseman As Newest Members of The Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Association announced today that Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap, and Mac Wiseman will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame.

Milsap will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while Wiseman will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Cochran will be inducted in the “Songwriter” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” and “Non-Performer” categories. Cochran, Milsap, and Wiseman will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 121 to 124 members.
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Apr
22

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 22nd April, 2014

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Four weeks after I last published an iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup, what’s perhaps slightly startling but also maybe not surprising is how similar Country Albums appears to how it was nearly a month ago. To begin with, Johnny Cash’s ‘Out Among The Stars’, just released the day I last wrote one of these, is still at #1, while other records of his sit at #6 and #10, spurred on by the success of this latest posthumous album. Two of ‘The Music of Nashville’ soundtrack releases are at #2 and #4 respectively, displaying the show’s continued success, while Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers round out the top 5. Taylor Swift is also present as usual; her ‘Red’ album isn’t quite showing the sales of months gone by, but her positioning at #7 is more than modest, in addition to other releases of hers taking the #15, #20, #21 and #23 spots.

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Apr
22

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Whiskey Myers At The Exit/In, Nashville, Tennessee, 03/27/14 – Review

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First of all, a quick aside to say hi! I’m finally back from Nashville and (somewhat) recovering from jet lag, so normal service on For The Country Record will now resume. Thanks for continuing to visit in the interim and for being awesome!

At the close of our first full day in Nashville, we were lucky enough to see Whiskey Myers grace the legendary Exit/In venue in Music City, adding themselves to a long list of names from all genres. The majority of these names have some relation to rock, which fit the relatively new band like a glove; built upon long hair and plenty of guitars, along with an entrance that really enthralled and excited the crowd, you’d be forgiven for assuming they are much like the endless nameless bands that pass through those (metaphorical) city walls. Yet, the dedication of the crowd and the intensity with which they supported every move Whiskey Myers made is a window into what they have established thus far, the art of building a brand and a fanbase the old-fashioned way.

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Apr
20

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Kip Moore releases new single ‘Dirt Road’, story behind the song

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Kip Moore is back with the second single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album (provisionally titled ‘Smoke’), called ‘Dirt Road’.
It follows ‘Young Love’, the lead-off to the project, and is already a fan favorite at his live shows.
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Apr
20

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Lee Brice Releases Video for ‘I Don’t Dance’

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Lee Brice has just recently released the music video for his new song ‘I Don’t Dance’. The song (the lead single from his upcoming third studio album) is a tribute to his beautiful wife, Sara Reeveley, and features scenes from their wedding. The video was also shot on the stage of the Ryman, the Mother Church of Country Music. The Know recently picked the song as Wedding Song of the Year and picked it as the song for the first dance of their Dream Wedding contest.
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Apr
19

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Country Thunder Arizona Set for April 9-12, 2015

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Country Thunder Closes with Highest Attendance to Date; 2015 Weekend Tickets Already on Sale for $99

Last weekend country music fans descended on historic Florence, Arizona, for the 21st Country Thunder music festival, where the event hit capacity crowds. Jason Aldean, reigning ACM ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’, helped bring this year’s event to a close as he blazed through his catalog of hits and was joined by Colt Ford and Tyler Farr on stage.
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