Country News Archive

October 31, 2011

  • Rodney Atkins’ “Back Road” Takes the Fast TrackOct 31 2011 | 07:05 PM EDT

    Rodney Atkins may sing about wanting “to take the long way home” in his latest single, “Take a Back Road,” but the tune itself opted for taking the fast track. Marking his sixth No. 1 single, the song sped up the Billboard chart before the music video could even be released. As soon as he [...]

  • Kellie Pickler’s New Album Due Jan. 24Oct 31 2011 | 05:35 PM EDT

    Kellie Pickler will release her third album, 100 Proof, on Jan. 24, she announced Monday (Oct. 31). The project features her latest single, “Tough.” She co-wrote six of the 11 songs, including “Long as I Never See You Again” with Dean Dillon and Dale Dodson. The album opens with a song titled “Where’s Tammy Wynette,” [...]

  • Around the Web: Brad Paisley Opens Up His DiaryOct 31 2011 | 05:35 PM EDT

    Brad Paisley’s book invites fans behind-the-scenes. Miranda Lambert’s legend grows with Four the Record. LeAnn Rimes and Ralph Stanley experiment with country electronica. The Civil Wars can sing about breakups because they’re not together. Jim Lauderdale introduces “Love’s Voice” on Mountain Stage. Ten classic country albums make for a happy Halloween.

  • OFFSTAGE: Martina McBride Song Gets a MakeoverOct 31 2011 | 05:35 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Marc Silver wrote a book titled Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) During Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond. So you’d think he would love Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You [...]

  • Glen Campbell Tribute Planned for CMA AwardsOct 31 2011 | 01:35 PM EDT

    Glen Campbell will be honored with a musical tribute from Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban on the CMA Awards on Nov. 9. Campbell was named both CMA entertainer and male vocalist of the year in 1968. He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. His classic hits include “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle [...]

  • Dierks Bentley Extends Tour to Canada, AustraliaOct 31 2011 | 01:35 PM EDT

    Dierks Bentley has extended his Country & Cold Cans tour with Canadian and Australian dates in early 2012. Bentley will launch the Canadian leg on Feb. 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a total of eight dates concluding Feb. 23 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Australian leg begins March 9 in Toowoomba, Queensland. The five-city itinerary [...]

  • Several CMT Shows Move to New NightsOct 31 2011 | 01:35 PM EDT

    CMT Crossroads: Sting and Vince Gill will now premiere on Nov. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT as part of the changes in CMT’s programming schedule. The CMT Crossroads episode, taped recently in New York City, was previously scheduled to debut on Nov. 25. Beginning this week, four of CMT’s hit series will also be moving [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: The Guys of Lady A Before They Were Lady AOct 31 2011 | 01:05 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) The picture pretty much says it all. It’s Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood almost six years ago. It’s amazing how young they looked. Then again, six years ago, they were just [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Luke Bryan Likes Big Candy, Justin Moore Hates HalloweenOct 31 2011 | 12:35 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Luke Bryan is doing what I think every celebrity should do on a day like today (Oct. 31). I think he is going to be giving away full-size candy bars. You can’t be [...]

October 30, 2011

  • OFFSTAGE: Sugarland Says “We Are All Changed” After Indiana TragedyOct 30 2011 | 04:35 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) On Friday (Oct. 28) night, Sugarland went back to Indianapolis for what the local newspaper aptly described as a “bittersweet do-over.” And from the stage, lead singer Jennifer Nettles addressed the feelings among [...]