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Jul 27

Randy Travis to Release Influences Vol. 2: The Man I Am on August 19

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Randy Travis photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

Randy Travis will release Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am on August 19. The album follows last year’s Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, which included songs by Travis’ musical heroes Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Lefty Frizzell, among others. Vol. 2 follows in the same vein.

“We had such a great time putting together Influence Vol. 1, but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor,” Travis said in a press release. “We had no choice but to release a second volume. The influence that the older, great ones had on me, and the influence that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered — and, His will done — it is what makes me ‘the man I am.’” Continue Reading

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Jul 25

The Secret Sisters to Release New Album Through Cracker Barrel

The Secret Sisters will release their new album, Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition, exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The project, out August 4, will include two brand-new tracks that were not available on the regular edition of the album, which was released in April.

“We grew up eating homegrown, Southern comfort food made mostly by our grandmothers,” the duo said. “Cracker Barrel has always been a top choice for us, because eating there reminds us of home and the meals we shared so often with our family. We both have a soft spot for meals at Cracker Barrel, which is what makes us excited about this exclusive music program and being able to release Put Your Needle Down in a Deluxe Edition format. We always want to give more to our fans, so being able to offer two additional songs on the Deluxe Edition CD is something that makes us very happy.” Continue Reading

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Jul 23

Brad Paisley to Celebrate His New Album With a Pool Party

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Brad Paisley photo by Jim Shea, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Brad Paisley will celebrate the release of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, with a pool party at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on August 27. “We’re going to have the best time,” Paisley told KFRG. “There’s something about that city.”

The pool party continues with Paisley’s water-themed career. His latest single, “River Bank,” is climbing the charts while he crisscrossed the country on his two-year H20 Tour, beginning in 2010. He also had a hit with “Water.” Continue Reading

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Jul 23

Jason Aldean Releases “Burnin’ It Down”

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Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean has released the lead single from his upcoming sixth studio album. “Burnin’ It Down” was cowritten by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, along with Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson.

“Sonically, this track definitely feels like something different for me and what I have typically put out as the lead single off my previous albums,” he said. “I’ve pretty much always gone with a really guitar-driven song that’s pretty in your face, and this is more of a laid-back thing with a really cool groove.”

Listen to “Burnin’ It Down” below: Continue Reading

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Jul 21

Lady Antebellum to Release 747 on September 30

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Lady Antebellum will release their fifth studio album, 747, on September 30. The album’s lead single, “Bartender,” is soaring up the country chart as one of Lady Antebellum’s fastest rising singles to date. Deciding on a title for the project was a simple group decision.

“We unanimously knew that our album title had to be 747,” Hillary Scott said. “The track itself has this pushing, driving spirit about it that sums up our attitude right now. We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters, taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There’s an urgency and an energy to it that we’ve never released before.” Continue Reading

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Jul 18

Maddie & Tae Discuss Writing “Girl in a Country Song”

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Maddie & Tae photo courtesy facebook.com/maddieandtae.

New country duo Maddie & Taeare set to shake things up with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song.” The song, which strikes back at recent mainstream “bro country” songs, has been called “fantastically unapologetic” and “gutsy” by critics.

With sassy lyrics like “shaking my moneymaker ain’t never made me a dime, and there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine,” the pair aren’t aiming to take down any of their fellow artists. Instead, they want to give females a voice. “We don’t want to bring the guys down,” Tae Dye said. “We just want to lift the ladies up.” Continue Reading

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Jul 17

Florida Georgia Line Breaks Taylor Swift’s Record With “Dirt”

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Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

Florida Georgia Line has broken a record previously held by Taylor Swift. The duo’s new single, “Dirt,” earned 127 Mediabase radio adds last week, making it the most-added song on country radio in one week since adds have been recorded. Swift previously held the record for 116 adds of her 2012 single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. “Dirt” is the lead single from the duo’s upcoming album and a bit of a departure from what fans expect from the pair.

“We’re trying to step our game up,” Brian Kelley said. “We’ve got a couple of awesome songs that we’re pumped about everybody hearing. [We] can’t wait to get the new stuff out. It’s definitely [going to] have evolved from record one, but it’s still going to have that FGL feel, but we’re going to take some chances here and there.” Continue Reading

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Jul 16

Little Big Town to Release Pain Killer on October 21

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Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town will release their new album, Pain Killer, on October 21. The project will include 13 new tracks, eight of which were co-written by the four members of the band.

“We knew the record was going to be called Pain Killer way on into the process because we love that song,” Karen Fairchild told Rolling Stone Country. “That song is really kind of tongue-in-cheek — ‘be the person that numbs my pain.’ We started talking about tying that thread through the whole record, to ease your pain. Don’t we want the whole record to do that for people, anyway? Whether it’s a sad moment, or a song that’s more thoughtful and has a lot more substance in the lyric, we want music to take us away. Pain Killer fits, that’s the common thread through all the songs.” Continue Reading

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Jul 16

Gary Allan Takes a New Approach for His Next Album

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Gary Allan photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Gary Allan has been in the studio working on his next album, which is the follow-up to Set You Free. His 2013 album saw him working with several producers and co-producing a number of tracks. For his new project, Allan is taking a different approach, particularly with producing.

“First off, I’m gonna do the tracks that I want,” he said. “Last time, I let Jay [Joyce] pick what he wanted, and then I let Mark [Wright] pick what he wanted, then I took the leftovers. I think I’ll probably cut what I want this time.” Continue Reading

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Jul 15

Lucy Hale: From Pretty Little Liars to Country Music

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Lucy Hale photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Many fans know Lucy Hale best as the spunky Aria Montgomery from ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, but she has been working towards a career in country music since she was a young girl in Memphis, singing Martina McBride songs. At age 9, her mother took her to Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills Ranch to compete in a singing competition. Hale didn’t win, but she had a good time.

“I guess I was like 9, and I hadn’t grown into my full head of hair,” Hale told The Tennessean about the singing competition. “I looked like a bobblehead, but I had always loved Martina McBride. There’s no way a 9 year-old can sing a Martina McBride song. It was kind of hysterical.”

While Hale recognizes that Pretty Little Liars took her career to new heights, she admits her role as Aria Montgomery kept people from taking her seriously when she started talking about recording a country album. Continue Reading

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