Country News

(Undated) -- Blake Shelton is making his "Saturday Night Live" debut in a big way. The country star has been tapped to be the host and musical guest for the January 24th episode of the NBC sketch comedy series. Only a handful of other musicians have done double duty on the show...
(Undated) -- Lady Antebellum is packing its "Compass" and other big hits for a long road trip this summer. The trio has announced plans to launch a 65-city trek with Hunter Hayes and newcomer Sam Hunt joining the lineup. Lady A will kick things off February 28th with a swing...
(Undated) -- Martina McBride is helping launch a new music series. The country star is among the first stars to take part in the new online show "Skyville Live." Installments will feature live performances from stars and newcomers performing their songs and discussing their work...
(Nashville, TN) -- Tim McGraw says he's pleased that Keith Urban is an "American Idol" judge. The country star explains that Keith is a great ambassador for the genre. Urban is now in his third season with reality show, which launches this week. The competition returns with the...
(Nashville, TN) -- Thomas Rhett admits he's drawn influence from a number of country stars. But the singer says the Rolling Stones really inspire and motivate him as a performer. Thomas adds that Eric Church has had a big impact on all aspects of his career. He calls Eric "one...
(Nashville, TN) -- Reba McEntire is pleased with her latest release. The country star says she was instantly drawn to her new single, "Going Out Like That." "Going Out Like That" is the lead-off single from Reba's upcoming album. The disc is her first project under her new label...
(Undated) -- Luke Bryan might not have had the biggest tour last year but he generated the most interest -- at least among Ticketmaster users. Billboard.com says the country star leads the ticket retailer's "most-searched" list for 2014. Garth Brooks' comeback trek was also a...
(Undated) -- Scotty McCreery is making plans for his next album. And the singer tells "Rolling Stone Country" his release will be "a country music record." Scotty explains that he grew up listening to traditional country, and that's the sound he's going for this time around. He...
(Undated) -- Jewel has a new book on the way. The singer-songwriter has inked a deal with Blue Rider Press to write a memoir. The still untitled project will be published this fall. Jewel previously gave readers insights into her life in the October 2000 book "Chasing Down the...