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Country Singer Earl Thomas Conley Dead at 77

Country Singer Earl Thomas Conley Dead at 77
Earl Thomas Conley, who enjoyed a nearly unbroken streak of 18 Number One hits in the Eighties — including “Holding Her and Loving You,” “Angel in Disguise” and the duet with Emmylou Harris “We Believe in Happy Endings” — died in Nashville early Wednesday morning, following a battle with a condition similar to dementia. He was 77.

An influential singer who also wrote or co-wrote the bulk of his hits, Conley was memorialized in a Twitter post by Blake Shelton, who wrote: “My heart is absolutely destroyed today… Earl was my all time favorite singer,
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Watch Chris Young Take Over the Airwaves in New ‘Raised on Country’ Video

Watch Chris Young Take Over the Airwaves in New ‘Raised on Country’ Video
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 Joe Diffie and quotes portions of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee.”

Co-written with Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe, “Raised on Country,” which is expected to be included in Young’s yet-to-be announced next album, has already
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See Chris Janson Perform Upbeat New Song ‘Good Vibes’ at the Opry

See Chris Janson Perform Upbeat New Song ‘Good Vibes’ at the Opry
Chris Janson’s new single “Good Vibes” plays like the country equivalent of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” a tirelessly upbeat song that preaches positivity above all else.

The Grand Ole Opry member performed the track, a preview of his next project for Warner Music Nashville, during a recent appearance on the Opry stage. Backed by the house band, Janson sang about shunning the negative by putting his “windows down and his blinders on.” The “Buy Me a Boat” singer wrote “Good Vibes” with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell.

The Missouri native,
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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band Lead 2019 Watershed Festival Lineup

Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band Lead 2019 Watershed Festival Lineup
For its eighth annual iteration, the Watershed Music and Camping Festival will feature a diverse cross-section of mainstream country performers. Headliners for the event, set for August 2nd to 4th at Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre, include Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band and Miranda Lambert.

Based in scenic George, Washington, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, Watershed is routinely one of the most-anticipated events of country festival season. Lambert’s set this year will include an appearance by the Pistol Annies, her trio with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, and other performers
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Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Old Dominion to Anchor 2019 Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout, the Chicago outdoor festival combining country music, barbecue and craft beer, has announced its 2019 lineup. Set for the weekend of July 12th through 14th, Old Dominion, Chris Young and Cole Swindell will headline the three-day fest, with artists like Lanco, Ashley McBryde, Eli Young Band, Jordan Davis, Jessie James Decker, Jimmie Allen and more on the undercard. See the full list of performers below.

Now in its seventh year, the Smokeout will move to a new location, just outside of Chicago’s historic United Center in the city’s West Loop Neighborhood.
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Hear Chris Janson’s Breezy New Song ‘Good Vibes’

Hear Chris Janson’s Breezy New Song ‘Good Vibes’
“I ain’t trying to hear the negative/I’m just trying to change the narrative,” sings Chris Janson in his new single “Good Vibes.” The follow-up to the Cma-nominated ballad “Drunk Girl,” the song is the first new music from the singer, songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member (aside from a Christmas song in December) since his 2017 album Everybody.

Written by Janson with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, “Good Vibes” is representative of the Missouri native’s worldview, one based around the idea of embracing the positive, especially when it comes to family.
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Cassadee Pope on New Album ‘Stages,’ Emo Country and Third Eye Blind

In 2017, Cassadee Pope made the tough decision to part ways with the label that had been her home since she won Season 3 of The Voice. Republic Records, in conjunction with Big Machine, had released the former Hey Monday singer’s solo debut Frame by Frame in 2013, but, other than the 2016 stopgap Ep Summer, she didn’t give much indication as to when a proper follow-up might be on the way. Not that she wasn’t trying.

“It was just not being on the same page as [the label] and us just not
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Chris Young Announces Raised on Country Tour

Chris Young Announces Raised on Country Tour
Chris Young will promote his new single “Raised on Country” with a tour of the same name. The Tennessee native announced the first leg of dates, which begins May 16th in Alpharetta, Georgia. Chris Janson will appear as direct support, with Jimmie Allen, LoCash and Dylan Scott on select shows.

Young released “Raised on Country,” his first new music since last year’s “Hangin’ On,” earlier last month. Co-written with Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe, the tough-sounding track name-checks Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie and George Strait, and finds Young praising his “honky-tonk attitude.
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10 Best Country, Americana Songs to Hear Now: Eric Church, Joy Williams

10 Best Country, Americana Songs to Hear Now: Eric Church, Joy Williams
The Chief dishes out some fatherly advice to his sons, Joy Williams puts a new spin on a Depeche Mode classic and Kacey Musgraves teams up with Ronnie Milsap in this list of songs to stream this week.

Eric Church, “Some of It”

The follow-up single to “Desperate Man” finds Church in a fatherly mood, singing to his two sons about love, faith and the shelf life of good beer. More mainstream than most of his recent boundary-pushing hits, “Some of It” sounds destined for a lifetime of wedding slow dances and graduation-day playbacks.
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Cassadee Pope Plots Return With New Album ‘Stages’

It’s been more than five years since Cassadee Pope released her country debut Frame by Frame, issued in the wake of her win on season 3 of The Voice. On February 1st, she’ll release its proper full-length follow-up, Stages, as an independent artist.

Produced by Corey Crowder, who has also worked on recent projects by Chris Young and RaeLynn, Stages will include Pope’s current single “One More Red Light” and her previous release “Take You Home.” The album will feature 11 original songs — the track list hasn’t been
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Hear Chris Young Name-Check Merle, Willie in New Song ‘Raised on Country’

Hear Chris Young Name-Check Merle, Willie in New Song ‘Raised on Country’
With his booming Southern baritone and a sonic presence that often skews toward the conservative end of the spectrum, Chris Young has never been shy about his traditional country influence. But in a new single titled “Raised on Country,” the Tennessee native spells it out in plain English.

Name-checking Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition” and George Strait — plus a laundry list of other backwoods bona fides — the twangy track celebrates country radio itself. Matching a rough and tumble guitar riff with a boot-stomping beat,
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‘The Voice’ winners: Where are they now (Season 1 – 14 updates)?

‘The Voice’ winners: Where are they now (Season 1 – 14 updates)?
The season 14 winner of “The VoiceBrynn Cartelli returned to perform her new single, “Last Night’s Mascara,” on Tuesday’s results show. Minutes later it was revealed that Chevel Shepherd took the season 15 title. Let’s hope that Brynn, who like Chevel was coached by Kelly Clarkson, has more success than the season 13 champ Chloe Kohanski.

Chloe had returned to “The Voice” to debut her new single “Come This Far” on last spring’s season 14 finale. While she had made it to No. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her winner’s song “Wish I Didn’t Love You” the previous December, that second single didn’t even chart. That might be why we have yet to get an album from Chole, the sixth champion for coach Blake Shelton who has been with the show since the start.

In the photo gallery above, we take a look back at all
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Ray Charles’ ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’ Gets Multi-Format Reissue

Ray Charles’ ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’ Gets Multi-Format Reissue
Of the dozens of pop hits Ray Charles had during his remarkable career, his biggest was a soulful take on Don Gibson’s country classic “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” which logged five weeks at Number One. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 1, the 1962 album featuring that now legendary performance, will be reissued early in 2019, along with the second volume of the Georgia-born musician’s takes on country standards, and will be available for the first time on streaming platforms beginning February 22nd.

“I’m not a country singer.
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‘The Voice’ Top 8: Season 15 artists ranked from best to worst by viewers

‘The Voice’ Top 8: Season 15 artists ranked from best to worst by viewers
Before the Top 8 on “The Voice” perform again on Dec. 10, we asked viewers of the show who they think will win season 15. Their overwhelming pick, with a whopping 30% of the total vote, is Kennedy Holmes, who is coached by Jennifer Hudson. That would be sweet revenge for the Oscar and Grammy-winning Hudson, who did not have an artist in the top 4 in her inaugural season on the show last year.

Each of the other three coaches also has one artist that merited double digit support. Blake Shelton‘s Kirk Jay has 25% of the audience behind him; one of Kelly Clarkson‘s three remaining acts, Chevel Shepherd, registers 13% support; and Regan Strange from Team Adam Levine is at 11%; None of the other contestants in the Top 8 broke the 10% barrier and could well face elimination on Tuesday’s show hosted by Carson Daly.

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‘The Voice’ Top 8: Ranking the artists competing to win season 15 [Poll]

With the elimination of Dave Fenley and DeAndre Nico on the December 4 results show, “The Voice” is now down to just eight artists in contention to win season 15. Of the four coaches, only Kelly Clarkson has all three of the artists that she brought to this stage of the competition. Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton are down to two apiece while Adam Levine has just one contestant still in the running.

Which of these Top 8 do you think sounds most like a winner? After reviewing the sales results of their tracks from the Top 10 live show on December 3, vote in our poll as to your choice for champ and we will report back with your rankings. And be sure to sound off in the comments section.

Team Kelly Clarkson

Sarah Grace

She rode the controversy surrounding her remix of “Amazing Grace” to #3 on iTunes, the highest charting song so far
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‘The Voice’ Live Playoffs Top 10 Results Show: Critical episode Tuesday eliminates 2 artists [Live Updating Blog]

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‘The Voice’ Live Playoffs Top 10 Results Show: Critical episode Tuesday eliminates 2 artists [Live Updating Blog]
The results show for Tuesday on “The Voice” is one of the most critical of Season 15. Two artists are going to be eliminated from the Top 10. The Top 8 performs next week with four eliminated. And then the Final 4 face off for the championship the following week. Which two singers do you predict are going home on Tuesday’s episode?

See ‘The Voice’ Top 10 Instant Save: Was the right artist rescued by viewers of season 15? [Poll]

For each of the teams, Kelly Clarkson has three artists remaining, Blake Shelton has three singers and Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine each have two in the final group of 10. Read our commentary from the past five live shows for Monday, November 19, Tuesday, November 20, Monday, November 26, Tuesday, November 27 and Monday, December 3. Make your own comments in our live updating blog item below as we offer you minute-by-minute commentary throughout tonight’s one-hour episode.

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‘The Voice’: See Kirk Jay’s Heartfelt Cover of Chris Young’s ‘Tomorrow’

‘The Voice’: See Kirk Jay’s Heartfelt Cover of Chris Young’s ‘Tomorrow’
Country standout Kirk Jay delivered a simple yet powerful rendition of the Chris Young ballad “Tomorrow” on Monday night’s Live Top 10 episode of The Voice, sticking to his guns as he vied for a spot in Season 15’s semifinals.

While some of his fellow competitors were upping the ante with choreography or an unexpected song choice, the Alabama native went in the opposite direction, honing in on the kind of emotional connection that has made him a top contender this season. “Tomorrow” found Jay seated at a piano in a sharp suit jacket,
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Dan + Shay to Headline ‘Concert for Unity’ for Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue

Dan + Shay, the chart-topping country duo behind such hits as “Tequila,” “From the Ground Up” and current single “Speechless,” will headline a benefit concert for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Titled a “Concert for Unity,” the December 2nd event will raise funds to help the synagogue rebuild and reopen following an October mass shooting at the place of worship that killed 11 people.

Dan Smyers, who makes up the duo with vocalist Shay Mooney, is a Pittsburgh area native, raised in nearby Wexford. He shared the news via Twitter over the Thanksgiving weekend.
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The Search for Country’s Next Star Gets ‘Real’ With Shania Twain’s New Show

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The Search for Country’s Next Star Gets ‘Real’ With Shania Twain’s New Show
With so many options for music competition shows on television – “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “American’s Got Talent” among them — it’s high time the Country genre got its share of the spotlight. Enter: USA Network’s “Real Country,” a national showcase for promising artists hand-selected by panelists Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen, premiering Nov. 13.

It’s not the first time USA has developed a show for the country music-loving audience, and the network’s previous attempt, “Nashville Star,” had itself a successful six-season run and helped launch Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Young. So what’s different this time around?

The talent on “Real Country” ranges from group performers to established songwriters who come into the show with years of experience, whether penning hits for some of the genre’s most prominent names or touring as working musicians. Each episode features three acts selected by the panelists,
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Jamey Johnson, John Carter Cash Sing at 2018 Sesac Awards

Jamey Johnson, John Carter Cash Sing at 2018 Sesac Awards
The words of Johnny Cash set the tone for the evening at the 2018 Sesac Nashville Music Awards on Sunday, as Jamey Johnson shared the stage with John Carter Cash to open the annual event with “Spirit Rider” from the Forever Words collection. The slow, stately number paired Johnson’s melodic instincts with Cash’s lyrics, while Cash’s son John Carter, who produced the album, stuck mostly to strumming his acoustic guitar while Johnson sang.

Held at the Country Music Hall of Fame with the lights of downtown Nashville serving as the twinkling backdrop,
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