This week in country music: Johnny Cash, Trace Adkins, Parmalee and more!

It seems there’s not much going on directly in Nashville the last few days, but there sure are a lot of artists trying to capture the country fans’ attention! Here are just some of the big stories coming across our desk on this fine Tuesday!

Cyndi Lauper is taking a country DETOUR May 6 with her highly-anticipated new album (available for pre-order now) featuring a collection of country covers from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. In support of the album and her upcoming tour, Lauper will be making pit stops on television, radio and across digital platforms, including NPR, CMT Online on May 4, “CBS This Morning” May 7, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” May 5, CMT’s Hot Twenty Countdown May 7 and 8, and GAC May 10 and 19 with additional features in Associated Press, USA Today, Rolling Stone Country, Maverick Magazine, NASH Country Weekly, Billboard and syndicated radio programs “Big D & Bubba,” “Kickin’ It with Kix,” “America’s Morning Show,” “Nash Nights Live,” CMT Radio and more. Read more…

Could we possibly have a classic rock festival coming to Coachella? According to Billboard Magazine, classic rock fans better clear their calendars for October. Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Rogers Waters and Rolling Stones all posted videos over the weekend making a cryptic reference to “October.” Billboard previously reported the aforementioned acts were in talks with Goldenvoice Entertainment to play a festival this October at the site of Coachella in Indio, Calif. Find out more at

Kenny Chesney made a video to match the reality-slamming urgency of “Noise,” the first single from Some Town Somewhere. Filled with quick cuts, slices of technology, talking heads, fashion models, vintage images, Donald Trump, a Kardashian and people yelling, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year was looking for somewhere to debut the groundbreaking clip where the cacophony he was trying to capture would truly be understood. There was only one choice:

It seems that country legends really never stop giving to their true fans. Enjoy this previously unreleased performance by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson from the upcoming CD/DVD set THE HIGHWAYMEN LIVE – AMERICAN OUTLAWS, in stores May 20.


Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins is back in the saddle, or perhaps the pew with the release of his new video which debuts Today, May 5th for the track “Jesus and Jones”. Preview the video exclusively on CMT.

Country group Parmalee gives us the goods on what’s underground for them as they debut their new video for the track “Roots” exclusively on CMT.

This weekend, for the first time in nearly 25 years, legendary country music group Shenandoah will return to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry before launching their 2016 tour schedule. After a 17 year absence, lead singer Marty Raybon has returned to front the group who will perform on the Opry stage this Friday night, May 6 and Saturday night, May 7.

Platinum-selling country star Cole Swindell is celebrating the highly anticipated release of his brand new album You Should Be Here with performances and appearances on Good Morning America May 9th and Fox & Friends May 10th, as well as TODAY and Jimmy Kimmel Live! May 11th.

About Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena

Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena is a freelance writer for both Country Music News and Country Music On Tour. Want to collab on some content? Email me. Want my rates for commercial promo work? Get them right here.