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Nashville in Belfast kicks off this week

This week sees the return of a special week of events celebrating Belfast’s special link with Nashville, a link that goes back over 20 years. That connection has  evolved to include music, cultural and educational exchanges,  tourism and business development in both cities.

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Chase Rice tops us country airplay charts for a second week with ‘Eyes on You’

With Gold-certified hit “Eyes On You” earning the top spot at US Country radio for the second consecutive week on both the Mediabase and Billboard charts, multi-Platinum entertainer Chase Rice, who performed on the main stage at C2C Festival in March, celebrates the result of years of hard work that have triumphantly culminated in his first No. 1 hit as an artist.

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Grand Ole Opry’s Hal Ketchum, Afflicted by Alzheimer’s, Stops Performing

Singer-songwriter Hal Ketchum is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and has retired from performing. An announcement to that effect was posted by his wife, Andrea, on Facebook Sunday (April 14).

“He has been battling this for some time now,” the announcement said, “but because of his love for his fans he continued performing as long as it was possible … Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends.”

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LANCO’s Advice to Anyone with a “Rival”

LANCO’s Advice to Anyone with a “Rival” 

It seems songs about using your haters as your motivation, with kind of a how-do-you-like-me-now swagger, are making a comeback in country music

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Charles Esten set for Belfast show this Autumn

Charles Esten, former Nashville star and Country singer has announced a Belfast show for the Autumn time as part of his UK tour. He’ll take to the stage at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on October 21st. Tickets go on sale this Friday from the Ulster Hall box office, Ticketmaster outlets and online via  ulsterhall.co.uk and ticketmaster.ie.

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New Music Video from Thompson Square

GRAMMY-nominated Nashville-based duo Thompson Square have today shared the video for latest single ‘Masterpiece’, their debut UK single and the title track of their third album (co-produced with award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), Dann Huff (Keith Urban) and Ilya Toshinskiy), released last year to an overwhelming response from fans and critics.

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Kelsea Ballerini to join ‘Grand Ole Opry’

She has wanted this since she was 12 years old.

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Nashville Will Become a Broadway Musical

Deacon, Scarlett, Gunnar, Juliette and Rayna are heading to the Big Stage.

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Dolly’s Personalised Grammy Show

Dolly Parton got a Grammy show all her own when she was named MusiCares’ Person of the Year last Friday in Los Angeles.

As the first country artist to receive the award, Parton was honored for her continued philanthropy and support for a number of causes through the Dollywood Foundation and the Imagination Library, the latter of which has provided more than 100 million books to children in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K.

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It’s a busy Spring for Reba!

Last year, Reba hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards, and she must’ve done an excellent job. Because the ACM has asked her back to host again this year. This marks Reba’s 16th time as host, even though she took a few years off — from 2013 to 2017 — when Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley filled her shoes. The first time Reba hosted was way back in the 80s, with Mac Davis and John Schneider.

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