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Sep 17

George Strait Releases The Cowboy Rides Away: Live

George Strait

George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium is now available. The album was recorded during Strait’s final show on his last tour and features special guests Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson.

Eric Church was on hand both at the final show in Dallas and as an opener several times throughout the show. Strait was impressed with how Church worked the crowd.

“Eric Church is just a great artist,” Strait said. “He’s a really great performer and great songwriter. He’s got the total package. When we did our shows together during the tour he came out and, well, he said I’m not going to bring my band. I’m just going to do a set just me and my guitar. Continue Reading

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Sep 10

RaeLynn Uses Touring to Expand Her Coffee Mug Collection

Country Artist RaeLynn

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RaeLynn is currently out on a radio tour, promoting her debut single, “God Made Girls.” Crisscrossing the country is not only giving RaeLynn a chance to bring her music to fans, it also providing her with the opportunity to expand her coffee mug collection.

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“I have like this cute little coffee cabinet and it displays all my mugs in my kitchen and it’s super cute,” RaeLynn said. “My favorite one is my Seattle mug, my original Starbucks Seattle mug. It’s the original logo and you can only buy it at the original Starbucks in Seattle.” Continue Reading

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Sep 8

Darius Rucker Releases “Homegrown Honey”

Darius Rucker Releases 'Homegrown Honey'

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Darius Rucker has released “Homegrown Honey,” the lead single from his upcoming new album. Cowritten by Rucker, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman, the tune is an up-tempo track about a country girl getting everyone’s attention in a city bar.

“It’s a little different for me,” Rucker told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s not one of those family songs — it’s really a country party song. It’s talking about some country girl who lives in New York City. It’s got hooks galore.” Continue Reading

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Sep 6

10 New Country Albums You Need to Hear

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Taylor Swift’s 2014 album, 1989.

Summer is over, but the country music scene is heating up! Several of country’s biggest stars are releasing new music as summer draws to a close. Here are 10 albums you need to hear:

Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Kenny Chesney took 2014 off from touring to focus on his latest project, The Big Revival, out September 23. The album’s catchy lead single, “American Kids,” is flying up the charts.

Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, which includes their new single, “Dirt,” is one of the most anticipated releases this year. Anything Goes will be on store shelves October 14.

Taylor Swift – 1989 While technically a pop album, Taylor Swift’s 1989 is sure to be a hot seller. The lead single, “Shake It Off,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Continue Reading

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Sep 4

Jason Aldean to Release Old Boots, New Dirt on October 7

Jason Aldean Releases Old Boots, New Dirt Album

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Jason Aldean has been burning the charts up with his new single, “Burnin’ It Down.” The single will be featured on his sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt, set to hit stores October 7. Aldean announced the album via Buzzfeed on Monday.

“That title and that song, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt,’ is about starting with a clean slate,” Aldean said. “I’m the same dude, but we’re gonna start over and hit some uncharted territory here.” Continue Reading

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Sep 3

Blake Shelton Shares Details About His New Album

Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton’s newest album title, Bringing Back the Sunshine, sounds like a compilation of happy songs. However, the singer says that isn’t the case, which explains the album’s cover art featuring a stormy black-and-white scene.

“My last couple of albums have been so positive, because when I made them I was just getting married,” he told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s been in this awesome place. But after a while, as a country singer, I gotta get back to singing about getting drunk because there’s people out there — and I’ve been one of them — that have had their heart broken, or they’ve had a tough day at work, or they get stabbed in the back.”

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Sep 2

Tim McGraw Releases “Shotgun Rider,” Shares How He Chooses Songs

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Tim McGraw’s 2014 Sundown Heaven Town album.

Tim McGraw has released his latest single, “Shotgun Rider.” The song, debuted by McGraw with a performance on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in February, is featured on his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, set to hit stores September 16.

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“This is one of those songs that really paints a picture and sets a mood,” McGraw told Rolling Stone Country. “You look over and see the person that you love next to you sitting in the front seat, and you think, ‘How good do I have it? Life is perfect.’ There is a certain warmth to this song and several others like it that really establish the tone for the whole album.”

McGraw has been performing “Shotgun Rider” along with a number of other new tunes during his live shows over the last few months. According to him, releasing a new album isn’t done the way it used to be, with songs and album details kept from the public until the physical album was on store shelves. Continue Reading

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Aug 22

Florida Georgia Line Digs Deeper with “Dirt” Music Video

Florida Georgia Line Dirt Music Video

Florida Georgia Line recently released the video for their new single, “Dirt.” Known for their feel-good party anthems and good-time music videos, “Dirt” digs a little deeper.

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“I think it’s a more dramatic video,” Brian Kelley said. “It matches the song. The song is kind of a topic we haven’t really touched, a little deeper, but it’s FGL to the core, man. Somethin’ that we’ve been waitin’ to put out for a long time, this kinda song.” Continue Reading

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Aug 21

Trisha Yearwood Announces First Album in Seven Years

Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood photo courtesy of Food Network.

Trisha Yearwood’s husband, Garth Brooks, isn’t the only one planning a comeback. Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville and RCA Records and announced her new album, Prize Fighter, in front of an audience of industry and media in Nashville on Tuesday night.

“It’s a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning the fight no matter what,” she said. “And I think it’s a message that we all need to hear.”

The album, which does not have an official release date, is Yearwood’s first since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. Yearwood used sports to explain her decision to record again after a seven-year break. Continue Reading

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Aug 20

Blake Shelton Releases “Neon Light”

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Blake Shelton is one of country music’s most lovable acts, well-known for his sense of humor, especially on Twitter. But in his new single, “Neon Light,” he is revealing his mean side. The tune is a revenge song about forgetting an ex over a few drinks and a potential rebound.

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