Taylor Swift will receive the Canadian Country Music Association Generation Award, which is designed to “honor an artist expanding the global popularity of country music.” Her new music video will premiere tonight on MTV and CMT.
Keith Urban will speak to Nashville public school students on September 6 as part of a Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum educational program, which will be streamed on the HoF website.
Stream the new Avett Brothers album, The Carpenter, over at NPR.
Little Big Town and ConAgra Foods are teaming up to fight child hunger.
Harvey Weinstein is going to push for “Midnight Run,” recorded by Willie Nelson for Lawless,to get an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
American Songwriter’s free Muse September Sampler features cuts from Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Rayland Baxter, and more.
Jason Aldean talks with The 615 about his new album: “To go in with the mindset of trying to top (‘My Kinda Party’) or make an album that sells more than the last — you can’t really do that. If you start to think that way, you’re gonna set yourself up for failure. I’m obviously a lot more confident and more sure of myself than when I started out, and (success) has made me even more confident. So I just went in to make the best record we could, and what happens after is out of your control, so I don’t worry too much about it.”
On September 2, Reba will appear on a special episode of ABC’s The Chew.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.