Dolly Parton Expanding Dollywood
Dolly Parton Expanding Dollywood
/ August 21, 2013 0 COMMENTS

(Taste of Country) – Dolly Parton is not afraid to dream big — really big. The country music icon just announced a $300 million expansion of her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which will make it even more of a must-see attraction. “It’s gonna be a big deal,” Parton tells ‘TODAY.’ The humongous 10-year project will boast…

Carrie Underwood Sings With 10-Year-Old Cancer Survivor
Carrie Underwood Sings With 10-Year-Old Cancer Survivor
/ August 20, 2013 0 COMMENTS

(Taste of Country) - Seeing Carrie Underwood live in concert is a treat in itself. But singing onstage with the country superstar? For 10-year-old Kaitlyn Finn, who is a survivor of liver cancer, it was a dream come true. The sweet young girl, who connected with Underwood through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, not only got to attend the show, she was…

Jake Owen Has Part of Finger Removed
Jake Owen Has Part of Finger Removed
/ August 20, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Jake Owen had part of his right ring finger removed on Monday (Aug. 19), just hours before playing a huge free show in downtown Nashville. The procedure was a result of injuries he sustained during a go-kart accident last month. On Sunday, Owen noticed the finger was bleeding. According to WZTV-TV in Nashville, doctors recommended it be removed on Monday….

Dixie Chicks Announce a Tour Together
Dixie Chicks Announce a Tour Together
/ August 19, 2013 0 COMMENTS

(Taste of Country) – The Dixie Chicks will return to Canada this fall for their first tour of the country in seven years. The group announced the 2013 Long Time Gone Tour on Monday (Aug. 19). The run includes nine dates between Oct. 26 and Nov. 10. One of the shows, Oct. 31 in Calgary, Alb., is…

Luke Bryan Feels There’s Room for Blending Genres in Country Music
Luke Bryan Feels There’s Room for Blending Genres in Country Music
/ August 19, 2013 0 COMMENTS

(Taste of Country) – Country fans are fiercely loyal about their favorite music genre — sometimes to the point that they only want “true country artists” to identify themselves as country singers. But Luke Bryan thinks that there’s room for blending genres in today’s brand of mainstream country music. With artists like Kelly Clarkson starting to cross over into…

Billy Currington’s ‘Terroristic Threats’ Trial Date Set
Billy Currington’s ‘Terroristic Threats’ Trial Date Set
/ August 15, 2013 0 COMMENTS

(Taste of Country) – Billy Currington entered a not guilty plea through an attorney on Wednesday (Aug. 14), moving a judge to set an Oct. 4 trial date to settle the terroristic threats and abuse of an elder person charges from April. In addition to the plea, Alex Zipperer asked for a jury trial. Currington wasn’t present in…

Chris Young Hospitalized
Chris Young Hospitalized
/ August 15, 2013 0 COMMENTS

(Taste of  Country) – Chris Young is in a Denver-area hospital seeking treatment for a leg infection. The origin of the infection is not known, but the ‘Aw Naw’ singer will be spending the next 24 hours under medical watch. As a result, Young has had to cancel one headlining performance and pull out of three…

Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer Break Off Engagement
Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer Break Off Engagement
/ August 15, 2013 0 COMMENTS

(Taste of Country) – Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer have ended their engagement after seven months. The country newcomers had been dating for over a year before news of their split surfaced on Thursday (Aug. 15). People reports that the couple blame their careers. An unidentified source tells the magazine that Kramer and Gilbert are both really busy, and…

George Strait to Receive ASCAP Founders Award
George Strait to Receive ASCAP Founders Award
/ August 14, 2013 0 COMMENTS

It’s been one helluva year for the King of Country! George Strait celebrated his 61st birthday in May and notched his 60th No. 1 single. He has also enjoyed a completely sold out run for his two-year Cowboy Rides Away Tour — which is his official goodbye from active touring — but not from actively performing or…

Jake Owen to Put on Free Summer Block Party in Nashville
Jake Owen to Put on Free Summer Block Party in Nashville
/ August 14, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Jake Owen fans in the Nashville area are in for a treat next week. Before summer winds down, Owen is going to throw a free summer block party to celebrate his fans and the success of his latest single, ‘Days of Gold.’ Owen first hinted that he might organize an event in Nashville when he tweeted: “Thinkin’…