Country

WME Adds Waylon Jennings’ Estate to Legends Division

“The WME Legends team looks forward to working with the family to holistically manage Waylon’s name, image, likeness, life and IP rights and assets worldwide to grow his legacy with a new generation.” Jennings died in 2002, a year after being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. During his 40-year career, he scored approximately 70 top 40 hits on Billboard’s country charts, including such monumental classics as “Rainy Day Woman,” “Luckenbach, Texas,” “Amanda,” “Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)” and countless others. Wanted! The Outlaws, featuring Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Colter, and the 1976 release became the first country album to be certified platinum. Jennings and Nelson, who du...

Brandi Carlile Announces 2022 Tour Dates

On the heels of her appearance on Saturday Night Live, Brandi Carlile has announced a series of high-profile headlining concerts in 2022. In support of her latest album, In These Silent Days, Carlile will play shows at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA; the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles; TD Garden in Boston; and Madison Square Garden in New York City. She’ll also play two nights each at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheatre and Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. Check out the full itinerary below. Over the course of her tour, Carlile will be joined by a rotating cast of opening acts, including Brittany Howard, Lucius, Indigo Girls, and Allison Russell, among others. Advertisement Related Video A ticket pre-sale begins Thursday, October 28th, with a general on-sale taking place the following day. Ticke...

Sonny Osborne, Bluegrass Banjoist Behind ‘Rocky Top,’ Dies at 84

With his brother Bobby, the bluegrass legends were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, won a CMA Award and helped popularize & modernize the genre. Bluegrass musician and singer Sonny Osborne, whose fast banjo licks turned “Rocky Top” into a hit with The Osborne Brothers, has died. He was 84. Alison Brown, a Grammy-winning banjo player, told The Tennessean that Osborne died on Sunday. His death was first announced on the website Bluegrass Today, where Osborne was a columnist. With his older brother Bobby, who sang and played the mandolin, the bluegrass legends were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, won a CMA Award and helped popularize and modernize the genre. You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined what a dating should be. It begins with gi...

Garth Brooks Reveals Grand Ole Opry House Concert After Selling Out Two Ryman Shows

“I am stunned at the number of people who showed up for this on sale,” Brooks said. “And as happy as I should be, I feel bad for the people who did not get tickets. We have already talked to the Opry House and we are starting on a plan to take care of as many as we can who did not get tickets.” In July, Brooks’ show at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium was called off shortly after it began, due to inclement weather. Soon after, he canceled the next five stops on his stadium tour due to concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, before ultimately trading stadium shows for smaller-capacity venues. Brooks will also take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 30, as part of the Grand Ole Opry’s celebration of its 5,000th Saturday night broa...

Brandi Carlile Shines on ‘SNL’ With Performances of ‘Broken Horses’ & ‘Right on Time’: Watch

“I just feel like he is my people. I couldn’t be more happy to be on there with him,” Carlile said, adding that she’s seen every Ted Lasso episode “at least once.” “It’s a spectacular character and a really special show. I think it really happened at the right time when people needed it — they needed to feel good about something. And my wife is British, so she’s been really homesick with all the travel restrictions and everything she got to do to this tour de London, through Ted Lasso.” Carlile released her seventh studio album, In These Silent Days, on Oct. 1 through Low Country Sound/Elektra Records. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the set bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, as well as the Top Rock Albums chart, and Tastemake...

Brandi Carlile Makes Saturday Night Live Debut: Watch

Some 18 years into her brilliant career, Brandi Carlile finally got her turn as Saturday Night Live’s musical guest. The six-time Grammy Award winner supported her latest album, In These Silent Days, by performing “Broken Horses” and “Right On Time.” Watch replays of both below. Carlile appeared opposite host SNL alumnus and Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis, whose return to Studio 8H was well worth the wait. Together, the Sudeikis-Carlile combo made for a standout episode in SNL’s still-young 47th season. Carlile has yet to announce a proper tour in support of In These Silent Days, but has spent plenty of time on stage as of late. In addition to playing SNL, she recently shared the stage with both Pearl Jam and the surviving members of Soundgarden, and covered Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.” Spe...

Travis Tritt Performs National Anthem At to Braves-Dodgers Game Days After Canceling Gigs Over Vax Mandates

Travis Tritt, who recently voiced his refusal to play at venues that enforce vaccine and mask policies, sang the National Anthem prior to Game Six of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. Because of Major League Baseball’s on-field vaccine mandate for all non-players, the country singer sang from the stands of Atlanta’s Truist Park, according to MLB reporter Scott Miller. The performance was not televised, but individuals who attended the game tweeted that Tritt was met with a smattering of boos. Tritt himself announced his appearance just 18 hours prior to first pitch. The team itself made no public acknowledgement of his presence other than telling Washington Post that they would follow all COVID protocols as Tritt sang the anthem. Ad...

Scotty McCreery’s ‘Five More Minutes’ Inspires Hallmark Christmas Movie

McCreery wrote “Five More Minutes” alongside Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell, and the song was one of three consecutive No. 1 Country Airplay hits from McCreery’s 2018 album Seasons Change. “It’s [about] my grandaddy. That’s my story, but I think people relate to every part of the song,” McCreery told Billboard of “Five More Minutes” in 2018. In that same interview, McCreery also recalled a key moment when he realized the song stood a good chance of becoming a hit. “We sang [‘Five More’] live at the Grand Ole Opry, and kinda debuted it for the fans in [June] 2016, and I’ve never had a standing ovation at the Opry like that, period. Somebody said the other day, ‘The Opry crowd, they wanna sit. They don’t wanna stand...

for King & Country, CeCe Winans, We the Kingdom, KB & Jason Ingram Among GMA Dove Awards Winners

Natalie Grant and Jonathan McReynolds served as affable co-hosts for the evening; this marked McReynolds’ first time co-hosting the event, while Grant previously hosted in 2007. We the Kingdom gave the first performance of the evening, bringing the churning folk-rock of “God So Loved” to the stage and welcoming international children’s choir His Little Feet. The first award of the evening, contemporary gospel album of the year, went to Koryn Hawthorne’s I AM. From there, this year’s GMA Dove Awards seemed to easily blend performances from CCM, gospel, rap/hip-hop, worship, Southern gospel and more into a seamless showcase for the breadth and depth of the genre as a whole, from the hard-hitting hip-hop of KB, Hawthorne’s simmering R&B, the folksy worship style of Daigle, The Isaacs’ blu...

There’s No More Country Radio in NYC — Will It Ever Come Back?

Cumulus Media launched WNSH in New York in 2013, ending a decade-long gap in country radio programming there after WYNY-FM flipped to Spanish contemporary in 2002. Audacy (formerly Entercom) took over WNSH in 2019. In September, WNSH ranked 21st in the New York marketing, pulling in a 1.9% share of the local market, according to Nielsen Media. Its highest share over the past six months had been 2.5 in July. “Clearly, Audacy saw a better opportunity with a different format. You can’t blame them for that,” says Joel Raab, country radio station and media consultant. “There’s a 2 share for country in New York if you just put it on and if you heavily market it, I think there’s a 3 share unless you put on personalities who appeal beyond the country format.” WNSH’s departure from terre...

Chris Stapleton Postpones Shows to Rest Injured Vocals

On medical advice, Stapleton will “continue my vocal rest through the weekend in order to fully heal. I am sorry that so many of you have been inconvenienced and I’m truly thankful for your patience and understanding.” He continues, “Nothing is more personal to me than the experience of music. I’m eternally grateful for the privilege of sharing in that journey with all of you night after night. Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you all very soon.” The Nashville, TN shows have been rescheduled for Dec. 10 and 11, and a replacement date for Ohio’s Riverbend will be locked in for 2022 and announced “as soon as possible.” The Lexington, Kentucky native is touring in support of his fourth full-length album Starting Over, which blasted to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top ...

With ‘Justified,’ Kacey Musgraves Scores First Airplay Top 10 Since 2013

Concurrently, “Justified” rises 28-26 on Adult Pop Airplay and marks Musgraves’ first entry on Pop Airplay, bowing at No. 39. While “Justified” has drawn nominal exposure on country radio thus far, it has spent seven weeks on the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart. After peaking at No. 22 in September, it currently places at No. 35, driven by 2.2 million U.S. streams and 1,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 14, according to MRC Data. Star-Crossed, Musgraves’ fifth studio album, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 dated Sept. 25 and has earned 157,000 equivalent album units since its release. The album has made headlines recently after a Recording Academy subcommittee ruled it ineligible to compete for the best country album award at the 2022 Grammys. Y...