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Country News Digest, June 2011

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June 30, 2011 - Wynonna Judd, will sing for free at the 29th Annual Independence Day Concert on July 1 in Warner Robins, Ga. Judd will be joined by CNN Headline News morning show anchor Robin Meade. This year marks the 29th year of the annual partnership concert, and it is expected to draw an upwards of 30,000 people.... »»»
June 30, 2011 - Jason Moore sits atop the Billboard Country Album chart for the week ending July 9 with "Outlaws Like Me" while Blake Shelton's Honey Bee once again is first on the album chart. Moore assumed the top from Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party," which slipped to second. Brad Paisley was third, down one with... »»»
June 30, 2011 - Aaron Lewis is participating in Yahoo!'s "Ram Country" series, singing and talking about his life. In the interview,the singer/songwriter/guitarist gives a tour of his one-stoplight Massachusetts hometown and farmhouse. He talks about how important the rural lifestyle is to him, and shows viewers... »»»
June 30, 2011 - Jacob Lyda is booked to perform for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, Aug, 6. "This is my biggest accomplishment as a country music singer. If I go on to sell millions of records one day, that will still fall short of this experience - that's how strongly I feel about it," said Lyda,... »»»
June 29, 2011 - A former resident of North Dakota, James Otto will host a live streaming benefit concert on on July 7 at 7 p.m. with all proceeds including ticket sales and tips will be donated to Minot's local Red Cross. A fan who has chosen to remain anonymous will match up to $5,000 of monetary tips... »»»
June 29, 2011 - Justin Moore will top the Billboard Country Album chart when it is out Thursday with his second disc, "Outlaws Like Me." The disc sold 65,000 units and debuted at fifth on the overall chart. Jason Aldean had the only other country disc in the top 10. "My Kinda Party' was in 10th, down 5, with 40,000... »»»
June 29, 2011 - In celebration of Independence Day and military personnel, Gloriana will release Soldier Song from their forthcoming album as a free download for one week exclusively through Facebook from June 30-July 7. The song is available at the band's Facebook page. Written by Tom and Mike Gossin and producer... »»»
June 28, 2011 - James Wesley's new music video for his current single, Didn't I, is being released as part of the site's 30-day relaunch campaign. This exclusive premiere of the video will be available for viewing online at, Wednesday, June 29, along with a free download of the song.... »»»
June 28, 2011 - George Strait's newest hit single, Here For A Good Time, 20th on the Billboard country singles chart after 3 weeks, is available now at all digital retailers. The single was his highest debut since his 2008 hit I Saw God Today and was the most added single at radio for 2 straight weeks.... »»»
June 28, 2011 - Taylor Swift this week celebrates her eighth number one record as Mean, the third single from her Triple-Platinum-plus "Speak Now" album, tops the Mediabase / Country Aircheck Country Singles Chart, becoming her third straight chart topping song from the album. Mean also holds the number one video... »»»
June 28, 2011 - Justin Townes Earle released Slippin' and Slidin' as a music video, the fiest from "Harlem River Blues." Shot and directed by joshua black wilkins, the footage provides a look at Earle's adopted hometown, New York City. Earle will headline a free-show in Brooklyn's Prospect Park this Thursday, June... »»»
June 28, 2011 - Eight years since her last CD Gillian Welch returns with a new disc with sidekick David Rawlings. Dolly Parton also is putting out new music today. Rawlings, 43, has mined a rootsy, dusty country/Americana sound for years. She suffered from writer's block, which led to Rawlings' CD a few years ago,... »»»
June 27, 2011 - Blake Shelton's hit Honey Bee is first on the Billboard charts for the third consecutive week, his label announced Monday. The song is off Shelton's eighth studio album, "Red River Blue," available everywhere beginning July 12. iTunes pre-order begins tomorrow, June 28 and includes the full album... »»»
June 27, 2011 - Kenny Chesney will appear for the first time in the CMA Songwriters Series, which will make its Boston debut on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Royale Nightclub in downtown Boston's Theater District. Chesney, whose songwriting credits include Beer In Mexico, You Had Me From Hello, Out Last Night, I Go... »»»
June 27, 2011 - A massive fire broke out in the top floor recording studio of Jack Clement's home on Saturday afternoon in the Nashville area. Total damage has yet to be assessed, but "obviously the losses due to fire, smoke, and water are extensive and, for the most part, irreplaceable," Clement's web site said.... »»»
June 27, 2011 - Luke Bryan's current single, Country Girl (Shake It For Me), was certified Gold by the RIAA. The up-tempo Top 10 hit is the lead single off Bryan's "Tailgates and Tanlines" album due out on Aug. 9. Co-written with Dallas Davidson, the song is Bryan's third Gold-certified single. The song debuted at number 1 in U.S.... »»»
June 27, 2011 - Marty Stuart appears on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday. Stuart and his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, will perform Country Boy Rock & Roll, a track from his "Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions)" album. Stuart then will head back out on the road continuing his touring schedule,... »»»
June 27, 2011 - The music video for Lady Antebellum's fastest rising single to date Just A Kiss premieres today simultaneously on the band's official website and on Vevo. The song is the lead single off Lady Antebellum's third Capitol Nashville studio album, "Own the Night," due Sept. 13. Fans can pre-order the CD beginning today.... »»»
June 27, 2011 - Brett Eldredge is releasing his new single, It Ain’t Gotta Be Love, to country radio today. The song will be available at all digital retailers beginning Tuesday, June 28 and will be featured on his forthcoming debut album produced by Byron Gallimore. Co-written by Eldredge, Wayd Battle and... »»»
June 24, 2011 - A side project for Miranda Lambert has turned into a recording group. Lambert announced last night during a gig at Joe's Bar in Chicago that The Pistol Annie's signed a record contract. One web site reported a deal with Sony, Lambert's label. The group consists of Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.... »»»
June 24, 2011 - Big & Rich premiered their new music video,Fake ID, on CMT Top 20 Countdown today. The new video will be available on CMT, CMT Pure, and CMT Radio Networks beginning today and available in CMT Hot Shot rotation beginning Monday, June 27. Big & Rich’s song is featured in the 2011 remake... »»»
June 23, 2011 - For the second straight week, Blake Shelton topped the Billboard Country Songs chart with Honey Bee, while Jason Aldean regained the top spot on the Country Albums chart for the week ending July 2 with "My Kinda Party." Aldean had been second and took over for Ronnie Dunn's self-titled debut, which fell to sixth.... »»»
June 23, 2011 - The video for Shania Twain's new song Today's the Day is out today on Vevo. This is Twain's first new song in six years. She recently released her autobiography and had a reality show on Oprah Winfrey's... »»»
June 23, 2011 - Josh Turner is helping the students and community of Ringgold, Ga. who were struck by a killer tornado on April 27. He will headline "After The Storm: Coming Together Benefit Concert With Josh Turner" on Thursday, July 14 at the Davis Cattle Co. in Ringgold. All proceeds will be split evenly between... »»»
June 22, 2011 - Alan Jackson's debut single, Long Way To Go, from EMI Records Nashville/ACR (Alan's Country Records) is available for digital download. The single is the first from his upcoming album, which will be released this fall. Jackson debuted the single in concert for close to 100,000 fans at Chattanooga's... »»»
June 22, 2011 - Jason Aldean will have the top selling country disc in the U.S. when the Billboard chart is released Thursday. "My Kinda Party" was first with 51,000 units sold, up 26 percent. That was also good for fifth on the overall chart. Bad Meets Evil, the hip-hop duo of Eminem and Royce da 5'9", was first on... »»»
June 22, 2011 - Usually Toby Keith plays the sheds in the summer, but he is hitting the club scene next week in a fundraiser for a well-known Nashville club. The Bluebird Café's 2011 BirdSongs Series continues on Tuesday, June 28 at 9 p.m. with Keith. The show will be an acoustic show with long-time... »»»
June 22, 2011 - Glen Campbell announced Wednesday he has Alzheimer's Disease and plans to release his final studio disc in late August. Campbell was recently diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, according to a press release. He did an interview with People's Magazine, which will be out on Friday.... »»»
June 21, 2011 - Justin Moore and Jim Lauderdale top the short list of new releases this week. Moore had success with his debut disc for Valory Music, and he is trying to do the same with "Outlaws Like Me." The 13-song disc includes the hit single If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away. The Arkansas native had a hand in writing... »»»
June 21, 2011 - Keith Urban started his "Get Closer 2011 World Tour" kicked off the more than 50-city run in Biloxi, Miss. last week with a three-hour show. The tour is in support of his sixth CD "Get Closer" with an all new stage production featuring a main stage as well as four smaller platforms.... »»»
June 21, 2011 - Guy Clark goes live with "Songs And Stories" out Aug. 16 on Dualtone Music Group. Songs include The Randall Knife, The Cape, Homegrown Tomatoes and Stuff That Works. The album was recorded at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville with Clark surrounded by his musical family - his longtime sidekick and... »»»
June 20, 2011 - Joe Nichols is going with a Joe of a different sort - Dunkin' Donuts - in an endorsement deal. Dunkin' Donuts will sponsor Nichols' shows across his 2011 Nationwide Concert Tour in support of his forthcoming studio disc out this fall. To officially kick off the partnership, Nichols will become... »»»
June 20, 2011 - Carrie Underwood's trip to Australia to promote the June 10 release of "Play On: Deluxe Edition" and the Australian film release of "Soul Surfer," her big screen debut, concluded this past weekend after almost two weeks of interviews and performances. During her visit, Underwood posed for magazines,... »»»
June 20, 2011 - Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Townes Van Zandt were among 15 songwriters nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Brooks, Jackson and Van Zandt were the 2011 nominees in the Songwriter/Artist category along with Larry Gatlin and Amy Grant. John Bettis, Robert Byrne, J.J.... »»»
June 20, 2011 - Former teen superstar Tiffany is trying to restart her career with a country disc. Tiffany sold more than 15 million albums worldwide with hits like I Think We're Alone Now, Could've Been and All This Time. She makes her country debut, a return to her musical roots, with "Rose Tattoo.... »»»
June 20, 2011 - Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour sold out Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday where more than 52,000 fans showed up including one well-known football friend. Playing the stadium for the fourth time in five years, Chesney's two-hour show included a surprise appearance from rock... »»»
June 17, 2011 - Dierks Bentley was tapped to perform at the 2011 National Hockey League Awards airing live on Wednesday, June 22 from Las Vegas. The sold out event, which will be on Versus and CBC, will be hosted by Jay Mohr and celebrate the 2010-11 hockey season. Bentley and the NHL also collaborated during... »»»
June 17, 2011 - Vince Gill will return with his first disc in four years, "Guitar Slinger, due out this fall. Threaten Me With Heaven, the first single, will be released in late summer. Gill co-wrote the song with his wife, singer/songwriter Amy Grant, Dillon O'Brian and Will Owsley. "Since the song was recorded,... »»»
June 16, 2011 - Kenny Chesney will visit the Today show stage in New York City on Friday, June 17 as part of Today's Toyota Concert Series, followed by a sold-out show at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, June 18, part of the 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour.... »»»
June 16, 2011 - Sugarland's Kristian Bush is going back in time musically. He announced Wednesday he was starting the Day off Record Club in an attempt to educate his fans about his favorite music. "It consists of me scouring through my collection of vinyl and discovering (or rediscovering) music in its complete... »»»
June 16, 2011 - Blake Shelton scaled the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending June 25 with Honey Bee, while Ronnie Dunn was first on the Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut. He took over the top from Brad Paisley and "This is Country Music." Shelton's quick rising single took over... »»»
June 16, 2011 - Jake Owen announced Wednesday that his third studio album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, will be released on Aug. 30. "It is kind of ironic that my new album is being released on Aug. 30, 2 days after I turn 30, and this is my third record," Owen said. "This album is a big step for me and my career, and... »»»
June 15, 2011 - Luke Bryan is putting the finishing touches on his third album, "Tailgates & Tanlines," due in stores August 9. The new album contains 8 songs co-penned by Bryan, including his current Top 15 hit single Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," co-written with Dallas Davidson and co-produced by Mark Bright and Jeff Stevens.... »»»
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June 15, 2011 - Ronnie Dunn will have the number one country disc in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are out Thursday. His self-titled release - his first since Brooks & Dunn went their separate ways - was also the fifth highest selling CD of any genre with 45,000 units sold. Dunn took over the top spot from Brad... »»»
June 15, 2011 - Billy Currington hits New York City Friday, June 17 for performances on the Fox & Friends All American Summer concert series and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Currington will be on Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel at 8 a.m. eastern and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:37 a.m. eastern.... »»»
June 14, 2011 - Dolly Parton's new single, Together You & I, is now available for streaming on her Facebook page. Parton recently debuted the single during a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Parton's new album, "Better Day," is set for a June 28 release date through her own Dolly Records, which is... »»»
June 14, 2011 - Toby Keith premiered a new song from a forthcoming disc last week during the CMT Music Awards. Shortly after Keith's recent USO Tour of the Persian Gulf, he went in the studio to work on his next album. Made In America was sung by Keith last week. The song was subsequently released to radio and for... »»»
June 14, 2011 - Randy Travis will perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, a week after the release of his duets disc, "Anniversary Celebration." Joining Travis will be Josh Turner, singing... »»»
June 13, 2011 - Shania Twain will do a two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. "Shania: Still The One" starts Dec. 1, 2012. The announcements comes on the heels of the release Sunday of her first new song in six years, Today is Your Day. Her docu‐series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network... »»»
June 13, 2011 - Justin Moore announced Monday on Twitter he is becoming a father again. "Hey guys. Wanted yall to know that kate and I are expecting our second child in November! We feel so blessed, and couldn't be more excited!" Moore wrote on Twitter. The new child will join Ella Kole Moore, who was born about 16 months ago.... »»»
June 13, 2011 - For the second year in a row, CMA Music Festival sold out each night at LP Field. With crowd estimates from free areas and the nightly ticketed concerts at LP Field, CMA Music Festival reached an average daily attendance of 65,000, about the same as last year. Tickets for 2012 CMA Music Festival,... »»»
June 13, 2011 - Trace Adkins's next disc will find him "Proud to Be Here." That's the title of his Show Dog-Universal Music disc coming out Aug. 2. Atkins made the announcement on Saturday night during Adkins' 13th consecutive CMA Music Festival performance at LP Field in Nashville. The album contains 10 tracks... »»»
June 13, 2011 - Blake Shelton chalked up his fourth consecutive number one song on the Billboard chart, Country Aircheck / Mediabase chart with Honey Bee, making it his fastest rising single-to-date. Shelton assumed the top spot from Keith Urban's Without You. Honey Bee was third on last week's charts.... »»»
June 13, 2011 - The First Annual "Music City Gives Back" concert featuring Rodney Atkins, helped raise funds and tons of donations for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. More than $90,000 in gifts, donations and sponsorship dollars was raised at the event held June 7 on Lower Broadway in Nashville.... »»»
June 13, 2011 - George Strait George notched his second highest debut in his career on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as Here For A Good Time, the first single from his upcoming MCA Nashville album, hit 29 on its official add date at radio. The song was the most added song at country radio this week with 80 adds.... »»»
June 13, 2011 - Alan Jackson released Long Way To Go, the debut single from the joint venture between EMI Records Nashville and ACR (Alan's Country Records). The single ships to country radio today./ Jackson and EMI previewed the new single for radio programmers at an event in Nashville last week.... »»»
June 9, 2011 - Keith Urban claimed the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending June 18 with Without You. The song switched spots with Old Alabama from Brad Paisley with Alabama, slipping to second. Paisley held onto the top spot on the Country Albums chart with "This Is Country Music.... »»»
June 9, 2011 - Taylor Swift, The Band Perry and Blake Shelton were among the big winners at the 2011 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday. Justin Bieber won his first country music award for his project with Rascal Flatts. Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and the pairing of the Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett... »»»
June 9, 2011 - ATT and Samsung Mobile today announced their sponsorship of Keith Urban's Get Closer'2011 World Tour. The agreement includes AT&T and Samsung's naming as the presenting sponsor and Urban's endorsement of the Samsung Infuse 4G2 smartphone, exclusive to AT&T customers. Urban debuts the North American... »»»
June 9, 2011 - Reba McEntire announced today she will launch a tour this fall with Steel Magnolia, The Band Perry and Edens Edge. McEntire will give fans a preview of her impending 31-city trek throughout the U.S. and Canada during the CMA Music Festival on Friday, June 10, at LP Field in Nashville.... »»»
June 9, 2011 - Kenny Chesney invited Grace Potter & The Nocturnals to join him for the July 8 show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the last of three sold-out shows at the Colorado venue. The three-night run, part of the 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour, will be Chesney's first performances at Red... »»»
June 9, 2011 - Marty Stuart's sold-out Ryman Auditorium show Wednesday with his annual Late Night Jam raised more than $30,000 for MusiCares, with a portion also going to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives were joined by Parton, Mel Tillis and Connie Smith, along with The Quebe... »»»
June 7, 2011 - Mary Chapin Carpenter will continue to tour this summer in support of her Grammy-nominated 2010 release, "The Age of Miracles" (Zoe/Rounder Records). The tour will include performances at the Cambridge Folk Festival and Wolf Trap. The tour will feature Carpenter alongside a full five-piece band:... »»»
June 7, 2011 - Wayne Hancock canceled summer dates to go into rehabilitation for an unstated addiction. The retro country singer has had previous issues with alcohol. "With the support of his family, friends, club owners and label, Wayne Hancock has canceled his July and August tour dates to enter a comprehensive... »»»
June 7, 2011 - Taylor Swift will make a special appearance with The Black Eyed Peas at the Chase presents the "Concert 4 NYC" in Central Park this Thursday, June 9. "We are thrilled to have Taylor on board to benefit two very important causes," said Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas. "Not only will she will be an... »»»
June 7, 2011 - Lady Antebellum announced today that their third Capitol Nashville studio album, "Own the Night," will drop Sept. 13. The album's lead and record breaking track, Just A Kiss,has quickly become the fastest rising single of the trio's career, climbing into the Top 15 on Billboard's Country Singles chart in 5 weeks.... »»»
June 7, 2011 - Ronnie Dunn steps out on his own today with the release of his self-titled solo disc. This is the first CD by Dunn since he and Kix Brooks announced their split. Dunn had a hand in writing 9 of the 12 songs. The first single is the hit Bleed Red. Randy Travis celebrates 25 years in the music biz with... »»»
June 6, 2011 - Big & Rich, is shooting their new intro for their hit song Coming to Your City on ESPN's College GameDay show today at Full Sail University in Florida. The song has been the theme song for College GameDay, which is entering its 25th season - for six consecutive years and includes revised lyrics for... »»»
June 6, 2011 - Following 2004's tribute to the legendary Moody Blues, the Grammy nominated "Moody Bluegrass," Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Sam Bush joined forces again to honor the Moody Blues with "Moody Bluegrass Two...Much Love," out June 21. "We have had so many cover versions of our songs over the years, but... »»»
June 6, 2011 - "Mockingbird Time," the new album from The Jayhawks, will be released Sept. 20 on Rounder Records. The 12-track album is the first full-band studio release featuring both founding members Gary Louris and Mark Olson since 1995's "Tomorrow the Green Grass." Summer tour dates are now confirmed with... »»»
June 5, 2011 - Rascal Flatts played at the Grand Ole Opry last night as the kick-off to a full week of activities leading to their LP Field performance next Saturday night as a part of CMA Music Festival. After a three-song performance the band was requested back on stage by a crowd that remained on their feet and... »»»
June 5, 2011 - Trace Adkins and his family were not injured in a fire that destroyed their Tennessee home Saturday. Adkins was not home at the time of the fire. He was en route to a concert in Alaska later this week, but returned home immediately upon learning of the blaze. His wife, Rhonda, and children were... »»»
June 3, 2011 - Shania Twain will unveil her new single - her first in six years - during the finale episode of "Why Not? with Shania Twain" airing Sunday, June 12 at 10 p.m. eastern/Pacific time on the OWN network. Today Is Your Day will be exclusively available on iTunes immediately following the world premiere on... »»»
June 3, 2011 - Sugarland, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and Miranda Lambert are among the artists lending their hit songs to gthe long-running compilation "NOW" series. "NOW That's What I Call Country Vol. 4" will be out June 14.... »»»
June 2, 2011 - Brad Paisley scored a chart double having the number one album ("This is Country Music") and song (Old Alabama featuring Alabama) for the week ending June 11. On the song chart, Keith Urban crept up two to second with Without You. Rascal Flatts was down one to third with I Won't Let Go.... »»»
June 2, 2011 - Kenny Chesney will have the world premiere his new video for You And Tequila on Friday at 10:45 a.m. eastern/Pacific on CMT. The video will reprise on Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 a.m. eastern/Pacific on VH1's "Top 20 Countdown" show. CMT will take fans behind the scenes as Chesney discusses his latest... »»»
June 2, 2011 - American Idol winner Scotty McCreery made country music history with his first single, I Love You This Big, which has the highest-charting debut for a new artist in more than two decades. The song debuts at 32 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Hot Country Songs chart. This is the highest debut for a... »»»
June 2, 2011 - Joe Nichols is officially endorsing Roper Apparel and Footwear, formalizing a relationship started last year. Gary Mandelbaum, president of Karman, home of western and lifestyle brands Roper Apparel & Footwear and Stetson Apparel & Boots, said, "Roper has had a long tradition of sponsoring cowboys and... »»»
June 2, 2011 - Is Alabama getting back together? That's the word from Jeff Cook, guitarist, fiddler and keyboardist for the band, in an interview with The reunion could include a tour and new music in 2012. Alabama supposedly ended its career together with a show in Bismarck, N.D., on Oct. 16, 2004.... »»»
June 2, 2011 - Frankie Ballard released a video for his new single, A Buncha Girls. Directed by Jim Wright and filmed in Venice Beach, Cal., the video features Ballard narrating for a group of girls taking a road trip to the beach and the adventures they have along the way on this summer day.... »»»
June 1, 2011 - Josh Thompson and Tom T. Hall are among artists hosting meet and greets at the Country Music Hall of Fame during the CMA Music Fest. The schedule of Live From the Museum Store is: Tuesday, June 9, noon - Jerrod Niemann, autograph signing Wednesday, June 8, Joanna Smith, 3:30 p.m., performance, 4 p.m.... »»»
June 1, 2011 - The Band Perry hit, If I Die Young went Double Platinum for sales exceeding 2 million just as Memorial Day weekend began. The news came as The Band Perry launched into several headlining dates on Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic Tour. "It's been an amazing year. f I Die Young has an inspirational... »»»
June 1, 2011 - Brad Paisley's new studio album, "This Is Country Music," debuts at number 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with more than 152,000 albums sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the chart's best first-week sales of 2011. Paisley has the second best selling disc in the country, but far... »»»