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Country News Digest, October 2011

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October 31, 2011 - Kellie Pickler will release her third album, "100 Proof," on Jan. 24, 2012. "I'm just happy to be making country music," said Pickler. "I hope everyone enjoys the new music as much as I've enjoyed making it." Pickler set out to get back to her southern roots on "100 Proof" and make a traditional and... »»»
October 31, 2011 - That's Brigadier Gen. Charlie Daniels to you. Charlie Daniels celebrated his 75th birthday at the Opry this past weekend. During the show, Tennessee National Guard Major General Max Haston promoted Daniels to the Guard's rank of brigadier general. The Opry returns to its most famous former home,... »»»
October 31, 2011 - Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Keith Urban will pay tribute to Glen Campbell during the 45th Annual CMA Awards next week. The awards, hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood, air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 on ABC. Campbell was named both CMA Entertainer and Male... »»»
October 31, 2011 - Eli Young Band was certified Platinum for sales of more than 1 million downloads of Crazy Girl. The song climbs to number two this week on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart and the USA Today/Country Aircheck powered by Mediabase Chart. The band will perform the hit on Thursday, Nov.... »»»
October 31, 2011 - Dierks Bentley announced today that he will take his Country & Cold Cans Tour into 2012 with international dates kicking off in Vancouver, Canada on Feb. 15. Following the Canadian leg of the tour, Bentley will travel Down Under for five headlining shows with Australian country star Lee Kernaghan.... »»»
October 28, 2011 - Montgomery and gentry are pleased with the results of their new disc especially because "Rebels on the Run" debuted in the top 10. "Man, bein' away that long, we just didn't know what to expect," said the Eddie Montgomery. "Our friends kept comin' to the shows all that time, and it looks like they were... »»»
October 28, 2011 - Devout St. Louis Cardinals fan David Nail will get the chance to perform at the seventh game of the World Series tonight. Not, of course, with the home team, but he will sing God Bless America for the seventh inning stretch. "I'm truly honored to be asked to sing God Bless America tonight," he said.... »»»
October 27, 2011 - Scotty McCreery continued leading the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Clear As Day" for the week ending Nov. 5. Blake Shelton topped the Country Songs chart with God Gave Me You. Eli Young Band was second on the songs chart with Crazy Girl, switching spots with George Strait and Here for a Good Time.... »»»
October 27, 2011 - Darius Rucker will headline a charity concert on Sunday, May 13, 2012 as a finale to the inaugural ANNIKA & Friends at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida. General admission tickets will go on sale through the event website,, on Thursday, Dec.1.... »»»
October 27, 2011 - Toby Keith will make several television appearances to back his release of "Clancy's Tavern" earlier this week. He hits Fox & Friends (airs on FOX News at 6:00 a.m. Eastern), Live (airs live on the internet at at noon Eastern) and the Wendy Williams Show (check... »»»
October 27, 2011 - Fans can gear up for the Country Music Association awards with "CMA Close Up Presents Road to the CMA Awards," a half-hour special with artist interviews and highlights from past CMA Awards. The special will air on local ABC affiliates between Friday, Oct. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 9. Check local listings for shows.... »»»
October 27, 2011 - George Jones may be 80, but he's not ready for the rocking chair. He announced a series of 2012 dates on Thursday. Jones has 35 shows scheduled to date throughout the U.S. and Canada from now through November 2012. Jones said, "I'm always excited to get back out on the road and we're working up new... »»»
October 26, 2011 - Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will headline the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, which returns in 2012 for its sixth year and a third day of music. Stagecoach 2012 also features Alabama, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Chris Isaak, The Band... »»»
October 26, 2011 - Lionel Richie will release "Tuskegee," his country duets album, in March on Mercury Nashville, after debuting songs on the national broadcast of the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 9. During the broadcast Richie will perform select duets of his runaway hits with Little Big Town,... »»»
October 26, 2011 - Three country discs will be in the top 10 when the charts are officially released Thursday. Scotty McCreery will be in third on the overall Billboard 200 chart with "Clear As Day." The disc dropped 36 percent in sales to 57,000. Lady Antebellum was at 7 with "Own the Night," down 27 percent to 34,000.... »»»
October 26, 2011 - Lonestar has reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald and will tour and record a new album in 2012 to mark their 20th anniversary. The first concert dates for the band's four original members - keyboardist Dean Sams, drummer Keech Rainwater, lead guitarist Michael Britt and McDonald -... »»»
October 26, 2011 - Crooked Still lead singer Aoife O'Donovan was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night playing with Yo Yo Ma. O'Donovan also got to meet the other guest on the program, President Obama/ The performance resulted because the singer is on the new Yo Yo Ma album "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," which also... »»»
October 25, 2011 - Lady Gaga and Jason Aldean in concert? Well, yes, although chances are it won't be together. Aldean and Lady Gaga are the first performers announced for The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The show will announce nominations in several... »»»
October 25, 2011 - Chris Young released the video for his single You today. The video showcases images of the 1950's with souped-up classic cars and a full service gas station where Young finds himself as an attendant with several young lady admirers whose cars need service. Directed by Chris Hicky, the video was shot... »»»
October 25, 2011 - Noam Pikelny is best known these days as the banjo layer for Punch Brothers, which also includes Chris Thile. Pikelny, a Chicago native, steps out on his own with "Beat the Devil and Carry A Rail," his second solo release. Pikelny is backing up the release with a tour in November and December.... »»»
October 24, 2011 - Vince Gill is back with his first CD in five years, while Toby Keith continues his annual effort. Gill is back with "Guitar Slinger," containing a dozen songs, including the first single Threaten Me With Heaven.. The disc also includes the recording debut of his nine-year-old daughter, Corinne.... »»»
October 24, 2011 - Vince Gill will make a series of national television appearances over the next few weeks to perform selections from "Guitar Slinger," his first new studio album in five years. The album-in both its standard and deluxe editions-is out today. Gill's itinerary is: Oct. 21 (week of ) - NPR's Mountain... »»»
October 24, 2011 - Loretta Lynn was released from a Kentucky hospital after being treated for pneumonia, she said on her web site Monday. Lynn went to a Kentucky hospital emergency room where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. Lynn's rep said, "Around 1:30 Saturday morning, Loretta awoke on her tour bus complaining that... »»»
October 24, 2011 - Keith Urban will donate a one of a kind Fender guitar that will be up for auction beginning today to benefit the Susan G. Komen For the Cure. The guitar, customized for Urban and played during his Get Closer 2011 World Tour, was specially requested as a way to acknowledge National Breast Cancer... »»»
October 24, 2011 - Six people will be added to the Country Radio Hall of Fame, including Eddie Stubbs of WSIX in Nashville. Others in the class of 2012 are Beverlee Brannigan, Moby, Ron Rogers, Rusty Walker and Bill Whyte. Stubbs has served as evening personality at WSM-AM/Nashville and Grand Ole Opry announcer for... »»»
October 24, 2011 - Sugarland's Kristian Bush returns to Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Ga. for his annual Thanksgiving solo show on Sunday, Nov. 27. The night will feature special guests to be announced. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, Oct. 26 at "After the food, the football, the first fire of the... »»»
October 22, 2011 - Loretta Lynn canceled her shows for Ashland Ky., and Durham, N.C. for tonight and tomorrow, due to illness. Lynn's web site said, "Doctors have diagnosed her as the beginning stages pneumonia and (Lynn) will continue to need rest. Loretta is doing well and is disappointed but feels confident she will... »»»
October 22, 2011 - The Mavericks will reunite for the first time since their 2003 dissolution for an appearance at the Stagecoach Festival to be held April 27-29, 2012 in Indio, Cal., a prelude to a summer tour. Following the Stagecoach appearance, original band members Raul Malo (vocals, guitar), Robert Reynolds... »»»
October 18, 2011 - Craig Morgan will release a five-song EP on Nov. 1 in advance of a full-length CD on Black River Entertainment slated for early next year. "This Ole Boy" will be available for digital purchase. The title track was released as a single. In between touring and filming for the third season of his TV show... »»»
October 18, 2011 - New Artist of the Year nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Thompson Square and Chris Young will perform at the 45th Annual CMA Awards. Including the previously-announced The Band Perry, this will be first time since 2008 that all five nominees for CMA New Artist of the Year will perform at the awards show.... »»»
October 18, 2011 - George Strait notches his 58th number 1 single with Here For A Good Time, the title track of his release. Strait co-wrote with his son Bubba and Dean Dillon. This also marks his first number one as a songwriter. Strait has the most number 1 singles of any artist in history including Elvis (58 to date... »»»
October 18, 2011 - Kix Brooks won his second CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year, it was announced Tuesday. Brooks, host of "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks," received a phone call from Tim McGraw during last night's taping of the weekly countdown program. McGraw's call wrapped up a day of surprises... »»»
October 18, 2011 - Three veteran acts - Chris Isaak, Montgomery Gentry and Shelby Lynne - are out with new CDs today. Isaak goes retro with "Beyond the Sun," his tribute to the Su Studio artists like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins on a 14-song set. Montgomery Gentry parted ways with Sony Nashville for... »»»
October 17, 2011 - Justin Moore's new video for Bait A Hook debuted at number one over the weekend on CMT. Featuring NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, the comedic video was also shown at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Bank of America 500 on Saturday. ESPN was on set at the video shoot to capture some... »»»
October 17, 2011 - The Grand Ole Opry joins Women Rock For The Cure in the fight against breast cancer this Sat., Oct. 22 with its third annual "Opry Goes Pink" show. ABC's Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor, will be on hand as a special guest announcer for a portion of the... »»»
October 17, 2011 - The Scud Mountain Boys, who disbanded in 1997, will play several east coast shows in January and February 2012. Stephen Desaulniers, Joe Pernice, Tom Shea and Bruce Tull, who comprised the band throughout most of its short recording and touring career from 1991-97, will play together for the first time in 14 years.... »»»
October 17, 2011 - Lady Antebellum announced today the second leg of their Own the Night 2012 World Tour. The arena tour kicks off Jan. 27 in Tulsa, OK with Darius Rucker and special guest Thompson Square and runs through June. "This is the tour we've always dreamed of putting together," said Charles Kelley.... »»»
October 17, 2011 - A few radio stations and broadcast personalities received a special call from Taylor Swift this morning and with that, news that they had won CMA Broadcast Awards. Swift personally notified them of their CMA Broadcast Award wins. Swift spread the good news by calling Major, Large, Medium, and Small... »»»
October 17, 2011 - Rascal Flatts announced their winter tour, "Thaw Out 2012," with special guest Sara Evans and opener Hunter Hayes. The tour will kick off in Charleston, West Va. on Jan. 12, 2012 and ends Feb. 18 in New Jersey. Rascal Flatts wrapped up touring for the year last month. The trio debuted their first... »»»
October 14, 2011 - Long-time Charlie Daniels Band member Joel 'Taz' DiGregorio, died From Southbridge, Mass., DiGregorio was an original member of the CDB for over 40 years and a co-writer on many CDB songs, including "The Devil Went Down To Georgia. DiGregorio, who played keyboards, was next to Daniels during concerts.... »»»
October 14, 2011 - Robert Plant's "Band of Joy" won album of the year honors, and Buddy Miller earned an Artist of the Year nod during the Americana Music Association's 10th Annual Honors and Awards Thursday in Nashville. Miller also won Instrumentalist of the Year Award, his 12th AMA honor. The 2009 New/Emerging... »»»
October 12, 2011 - Scotty McCreery debuts at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts with "Clear As Day," making him the youngest male in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. This is also the highest first-week album sales of any solo country artist in 2011.... »»»
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October 12, 2011 - The lineup for the 45th Annual CMA Awards grows larger with today's announcement that Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter will perform their hit song You and Tequila, and Natasha Bedingfield will team with Rascal Flatts to perform their current duet single Easy The show, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie... »»»
October 12, 2011 - Vince Gill will stage a benefit concert in New York in late October to benefit a bookstore that helps those with AIDS. Live From Home with Vince Gill will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Housing Works Bookstore Café. Tickets are $50 tickets guaranteeing admission but not seating. Reserved seats are $75.... »»»
October 11, 2011 - An American Idol star and a veteran country singer are out with new music today. Lauren Alaina was second in this year's American Idol competition, and "Wildflower" is her debut. Byron Gallimore, known for his work with Tim McGraw, produced. Gallimore also helped produce Martina McBride's "Eleven,"... »»»
October 11, 2011 - Linda McCartney will receive the tribute treatment from Nashville musicians in a fundraiser for cancer research. The Women and Cancer Fund is a not-for-profit charity led by Dr. Alicia Alvarez and established in the memory of McCartney will benefit from the disc, "Let Us In" Nashville - A Tribute To... »»»
October 11, 2011 - Luke Bryan's third album, "tailgates & tanlines," was certified Gold during his Farm Tour show in Statesboro, Ga. earlier this month. Bryan was surprised in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 fans sat the Oct. 5 show with a plaque signifying his current album has been certified by the RIAA for sales of 500,000.... »»»
October 11, 2011 - Hank Williams Jr released a new single, Keep The Change, yesterday, and close to 150,000 downloaded the free song. The song is available at sites including, (Alan Colmes), and radio station web sites. Williams discussed the popularity of the song on ABC's The View... »»»
October 11, 2011 - Taylor Swift, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, will receive the Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 2 in New York City. Swift, 21, is the youngest artist to ever receive the honor, and it comes... »»»
October 10, 2011 - Dolly Parton release Sacrifice, the second single from "Better Day." The new single coincides with a second leg of U.S. tour dates, which kicked off this Friday for 11 days. Parton said the single "is another song that is just so, totally, me. I think it's so totally everybody that has a dream and... »»»
October 10, 2011 - Keith Urban will top the country charts once again with Long Hot Summer, the third single from "Get Closer." The song will take over the top of the charts from Toby Keith's Made in America. Long Hot Summer is Urban's 13th number 1 single. The Country Music Association recently nominated Urban for... »»»
October 10, 2011 - Dierks Bentley's "Miles & Music for Kids" stopped in Chicago yesterday for a motorcycle ride and outdoor block party that sold out 2 weeks in advance and raised more than $144,000 for Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital. The event capped off the first weekend of Bentley's Country & Cold Cans... »»»
October 10, 2011 - The Band Perry has 3 million reasons to be happy - If I Die Young was certified Triple Platinum for sales exceeding 3 million, the label announced today. This milestone arrives as the family band marks the anniversary of their self-titled debut album, released just one year ago this week on Republic... »»»
October 8, 2011 - Rascal Flatts was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry family Saturday by Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney also helped celebrate the Opry's 86th birthday during the Opry's Birthday Bash celebration. Prior to taking the stage, LeVox said, "it is so humbling to... »»»
October 7, 2011 - Vince Gill is scheduled to perform live on QVC on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at noon eastern in adacne of the release of "Guitar Slinger." During this appearance, Gill will offer fans the opportunity to order his new album more than two weeks before street date. All QVC customers will also receive a bonus CD... »»»
October 7, 2011 - Following their win last week at the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers will appear on ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer" tonight at 5:30 p.m. central / 6:30 p.m. eastern. The segment will spotlight Martin's banjo... »»»
October 7, 2011 - Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of country duo Sugarland will return to Indiana for a free concert at Conseco Fieldhouse on Pct. 28, their first since the storm this summer that killed seven people after toppling the staging. This full-band show will also serve as the final stop of Sugarland's... »»»
October 6, 2011 - Eric Church is a father. Church and his wife, Katherine, welcomed son Boone McCoy on Monday morning in Nashville. Boone weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz."Everybody always tells you what an awesome and unique experience being a parent is," said Church. "Words can never do the feeling justice.... »»»
October 6, 2011 - ESPN says Hank Jr. is gone from singing the intro song to Monday Night Football, but the singer says he pulled the song. The controversy stems from an interview done by Williams and Fox News on Monday where he compared President Obama to Hitler. As a result, Williams was suspended from singing that... »»»
October 6, 2011 - Faith Hill will return to give her first at the Country Music Association Awards in five years. Hill will debut the new single from her forthcoming new album due out early next year. The 45th annual show, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, on Nov.... »»»
October 6, 2011 - Toby Keith moved to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 15 with Made in America, while Lady Antebellum led the album chart with "Own the Night." Keith switched spots with Rodney Atkins whose Take a Back Road was second. Keith Urban remained third with Long Hot Summer.... »»»
October 6, 2011 - Jason Aldean announced today that he is extending his My Kinda Party tour into 2012. Fellow Georgia native Luke Bryan will join as special guest. The only date announced thus far - Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 24 - sold out in just minutes. "I never want this year to end," said Aldean.... »»»
October 6, 2011 - -Taylor Swift's signature fragrance, "Wonderstruck," is arriving in stores now, and she is celebrating the launch with several in-store and media appearances this month. Swift worked with Elizabeth Arden on Wonderstruck. "I wrote the lyric, 'I'm wonderstruck, blushing all the way home,' for the song... »»»
October 5, 2011 - Lady Antebellum will have the only release in the Billboard Top 200 when the charts are released on Thursday. "Own the Night" is sixth with 75,000 units sold, down 40 percent. The number 1 disc in the U.S. is J. Cole's "Cold World; the Sideline Story," which sold 218,000 units.... »»»
October 5, 2011 - Lauren Alaina will release her debut album, "Wildflower," on Oct. 11 with a nationwide media blitz that will include national television appearances including the release day kickoff and premiere performance of her upcoming new single Georgia Peaches. Alaina will be on Good Morning America (Oct.... »»»
October 5, 2011 - Ella Mae Bowen was signed to Big Machine, the label announced Wednesday. Brown, 15, has a song on the "Footloose" soundtrack, released two weeks ago. "We couldn't be more excited to have Ella Mae Bowen join our Big Machine family," said label President and CEO Scott Borchetta.... »»»
October 5, 2011 - Kenny Chesney will be joined by Lady Gaga, The Edge & Bono, Usher, Juanes and K'Naan at "A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation" on Oct. 15. recognizing the work and impact of President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. "I am deeply grateful... »»»
October 4, 2011 - Luke Bryan performed the first three of six shows over the weekend on his third-annual "Farm Tour" playing in front of 19,000 fans. The idea for the "Farm Tour" concerts came from Bryan as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American Farmer and... »»»
October 4, 2011 - Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry, have joined the performer lineup for the 45th annual CMA awards in November. The awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Previously announced... »»»
October 4, 2011 - American Idol winner Scotty McCreery releases his debut disc, "Clear as a Day," today. The set includes the single I Love You This Big along with 11 others. The South Carolina native has a big baritone voice, which recalls Dierks Bentley. Merle Haggard releases his second disc for Vanguard Records,... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Rascal Flatts, longtime contributors to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, are making 100 tickets available to their fans on a first-come, first-serve basis to a private fundraising event taking place in Nashville on Nov. 2. The vocal group has been hosting intimate concerts in a... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Blake Shelton announced today his "Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012." Shelton will kick-off his 27 city arena tour in January in Toledo, Ohio and ending in March at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay - with opening acts, Justin Moore and NBC's "The Voice" finalist, Dia Frampton. Shelton was Frampton's coach on... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Hank Jr. may be ready for some football, but he was canned from the opening segment of Monday night's NFL broadcast for comparing President Obama with Adolph Hitler. Williams' "Are you ready for some football?" line from All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night was used since 1989.... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Jason Aldean held his sixth annual "Concert for the Cure" on Friday, donating $315,000 from his Roanoke, Va. tour stop to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. A sold-out crowd packed the Roanoke Civic Center on the eve of breast cancer awareness month to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Dierks Bentley joined with country radio and Believe in Heroes, a Wounded Warrior Project effort for his 2011 Country & Could Cans Tour. Bentley will host pre-show parties with fans across the nation at select tour dates leading up to Veterans Day on Nov. 11. "I meet so many service men and women at... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Toby Keith has a new number 1 single, Made In America. The song, his 29th number 1 single, has topped the Country Aircheck/Mediabase, Billboard/BDS and Music Row charts. Keith takes over for Rodney Atkins' Take a Back Road. "I've done so much patriotic stuff that I have people sending me and... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Joe Ely will appear on American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor this Saturday (Oct. 8). Ely will be performing songs from his new album, "Satisfied At... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Montgomery Gentry launched a new website today. Fans can visit the site to pre-order copies of their new cd "Rebels On The Run," which hits stores Oct. 18. "This has been in the works for a while," said Troy Gentry. "We got a lot of feedback from our fans when we were building... »»»
October 3, 2011 - Gwen Yearwood, 73, the mother of singer Trisha Yearwood, died Saturday of cancer in Tifton, Ga. The elder Yearwood co-authored two cookbooks with her daughter. Trisha Yearwood and her sister Beth were at their mother's side when she died. "The family is deeply appreciative of the care and concern... »»»
October 2, 2011 - Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers took home the Entertainer of the Year award at the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Thursday at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Martin leapt a few times into the air, congratulated the other Entertainer of the Year nominees and jokingly thanked them for losing.... »»»