One woman is dead, and four others are injured after a shooter opened fire in Austin, TX’s popular 6th Street district—the heart of the Live Music Capital of the World. The suspect is still at large. The suspect opened fire at approximately 2:17 a.m. Sunday morning, right after Austin’s bars close and 6th Street is usually at its most crowded.
It has been announced that “King” George Strait will make a rare public appearance after his official touring retirement to present Jim Lauderdale with the Wagonmaster Award named for country music icon Porter Wagoner during the September 21st awards at the Ryman Auditorium.
Finally we get some forward movement on one of the most anticipated mainstream traditional albums in a good while. Curb Records-signed singer and songwriter Mo Pitney will release his debut album ‘Behind This Guitar’ featuring 10 of 12 co-written songs by Pitney himself, and contributions from folks we though the rest of Nashville had forgotten.
Long-time and well-known bass player, producer, engineer, and guitarist George Reiff has been diagnosed with stage 4 Cancer in his brain, liver, adrenal gland and right lung. He was scheduled to have surgery Thursday (7-28) or Friday to have a tumor removed from his brain.
The estate of the Father of Bluegrass will be liquidated in Gallatin, TN beginning on Thursday (7-28), giving Bill Monroe fans a chance to own one of the 1,000-plus items from the country and bluegrass legend, including musical instruments and equipment, furniture, clothing, stage suits, jewelry, and other interesting items.
Flatt Lonesome, The Earls of Leicester, Balsam Range, The SteelDrivers, and Sam Bush emerged Wednesday (7-27) as the leading nominee getters for the 2016 installment of the International Bluegrass Music Awards, or IBMA’s, while Clarence White was announced as the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame.
Scranton, Pennsylvania will be the host of the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival to be held at the Pavilion on Montage Mountain on Sunday, September 18th, with headliners Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and Willie’s son Lukas Nelson’s band Promise of the Real backing up Neil Young on stage.
If you’re looking for more Willie Nelson and Ray Price in your life, you can knock out two birds with one stone, and get a heaping helping of The Time Jumpers at the same time on a new tribute album on the way. For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price is set for release via Legacy Recordings on September 16th.
Florida Georgia Line reportedly refused to allow uniformed police officers backstage, including at one point threatening to cancel their performance if their demands were not met. This sparked an outcry from both law enforcement professionals and other individuals working the events, and eventually led to a public outcry.
Blackberry Smoke isn’t just helping to save country music, they’re helping to save Southern rock music, rock music, American music, and music made by real humans sweating on a stage, holding real damn instruments, and testifying. In a time when we can’t agree on anything, music fans from a major swath of the population can agree on Blackberry Smoke.
No, it’s not a Nirvana cover, but it is quite a surprise from the Turnpike Troubadours, who usually tend to leave their fans salivating for new music between album releases with agonizing impatience. Without pretense or explanation, the Oklahoma natives dropped a new single called “Come As You Are” on Friday, and it has folks all abuzz and for good reason.
Conway opened the multi-structure tourist attraction and family compound in 1982 at a price tag of $3.5 million, and lived there until his death in 1993. The centerpiece was Conway’s 24-room mansion surrounded by memorial gardens that became a destination for tourists and famous for the elaborate Christmas light displays every December.
The Pit & Barrel Bar, previously known as BoondoxXx, and most famous for being the location where the bar’s owner Chris Ferrell shot country artist Wayne Mills in the back of the head as Mills was exiting the location, has finally been demolished. Many fans and friends of Wayne Mills were hoping for the demolishing of the building to help erase the memory.
Bonnie Brown Ring, a founding member of the family trio band The Browns and a Country Music Hall of Famer, has died after battling lung Cancer. The news was confirmed from the Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday (7/16) afternoon. She was 78-years-old.
Fans are furious after country artist Trace Adkins showed up to a benefit fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital so drunk he couldn’t sing. The performance on Wednesday, July 15th was so bad, fans in attendance started leaving, and Adkins eventually finished his set early, stumbling off stage.
If you ever wanted to own a piece of Buddy, this weekend is your chance. The estate of country music steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons will go up for sale Friday and Saturday, July 15th and 16th at his home in the Hermitage just outside of Nashville.
The impetus for the renewed interest in the song was its inclusion in the premier episode of the new season of Nextflix’s original series Orange is the New Black. But that was nearly a month ago. That may have lit the spark, but the song is now traveling under its own inertia it appears.
The son of country artist Craig Morgan has been found dead after going missing on Kentucky Lake near the Kentucky and Tennessee border. 19-year-old Jerry Greer went missing near Mason’s Boat Dock and Marina on Sunday (7/10) afternoon just before 4 p.m. while tubing on the lake.
Chris Stapleton is absolutely blowing the doors off the competition when it comes to country album sales in 2016, and it’s not even close. His debut Traveller is lapping the competition, while the only album that can keep up is Joey + Rory’s gospel record Hymns which is in 2nd place.
The definitive biography on Guy Clark finally has a release date, and further details have been revealed. Fans of the revered songwriter who passed away on May 17th have long anticipated the coming of ‘Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark’, and they will finally have their patience rewarded on October 18th.