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Kentucky is quickly becoming the next great festival state, with the eclectically curated Forecastle Festival and Bourbon and Beyond, the hard-rock dream Louder Than Life and the new country-focused Hometown Rising all on tap for summer. On Tuesday, yet another music summit was announced: the inaugural Railbird Festival is set for August 10th and 11th […]

Tim McGraw is collaborating with Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham on a new book about the music that shaped the United States. Titled Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation, the hardcover release is due June 11th, according to a listing on Amazon. A description of the book explains […]

Jennifer Nettles premiered her latest video, the emotionally profound and powerful “I Can Do Hard Things” on Friday’s episode of Today, during which she served as guest co-host alongside Today regular Hoda Kotb. In addition to Nettles delivering the song’s message of perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity, she is joined in the clip […]

Calexico and Iron & Wine will reunite for the new collaborative album Years to Burn, which will be released June 14th. The full-length effort comes 14 years after the stalwart indie folk-rock acts teamed up to release the 2005 EP In the Reins. The warm voice of singer-songwriter Sam Beam (who performs as Iron & Wine) guides […]

Just as the popular portrayal of Johnny Cash as a lawless hellraiser overlooks a nuanced man’s love of faith and family, painting 80-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ray Stevens as just a comedy act undercuts his decades of work as a producer, businessman and multi-Grammy-winning singer of serious country and gospel songs. Stevens’ […]

Nashville hosts the 2019 NFL Draft later next month, drawing football fans to Music City for a long weekend of talent scouting and prognosticating on the upcoming season. The event will also feature its share of music, with more than 20 Nashville artists from all genres performing both downtown and outside Nissan Stadium, the home […]

Jake Owen’s carefree “Drink All Day,” Sara Evans’s cover of a Fleetwood Mac classic and more new songs to hear this week. [embedded content] Danny Burns, “North Country”Backed by Mindy Smith, Sam Bush and ChessBoxer, Irish songwriter Danny Burns nods to his homeland with “North Country,” a moody folk song about Ireland’s earliest residents repelling […]

Chris Young has released a video to “Raised on Country,” his nostalgic Merle- and Willie-name-checking single released earlier this year. The throwback video features the Grand Ole Opry member performing the song within the sparse vocal booth of the legendary country music radio station WSM as he pays tribute to everyone from George Strait to […]

George Strait sings of one man’s dedication to police work in his contemplative “The Weight of the Badge.” The song appears on Strait’s forthcoming album Honky Tonk Time Machine. Penned by Strait with his son Bubba and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon, “The Weight of the Badge” grounds its message about police work in the story […]

Singer Sara Evans began her musical career as a member of a sprawling family band before going on to achieve solo success in early 2000s. Now, she’s returned to her roots by singing with her 16-year-old daughter Olivia and 19-year-old son Avery in the Barker Family Band, which has released a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s […]

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