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Country News Digest, August 2012


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August 31, 2012 - Taylor Swift released the video of her new song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Thursday night in a MTV exclusive. The song has been the top selling digital download the past two weeks, getting close to 1 million downloads. Swift said she was looking to film a "quirky" video to go along with the music.... »»»
August 31, 2012 - Jamey Johnson will kick-off the release of his new album "Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" with a concert at the Ryman on Oct. 16 with Johnson and a special group of friends on the street date of the album. Johnson's next album Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran is set for a Sept.... »»»
August 30, 2012 - LeAnn Rimes entered a treatment facility to deal with anxiety and stress, according to People The story said on Thursday, ""LeAnn has voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress," her rep Marcel Pariseau said. "While there will be speculation regarding... »»»
August 30, 2012 - Dustin Lynch debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut for the week ending Sept. 8. Lynch took over for Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged." Blake Shelton remained first on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Over. ZBB fell to second on the albums chart.... »»»
August 29, 2012 - Loretta Lynn will celebrate her 50th Grand Ole Opry anniversary with a Sept. 25 show with sister Crystal Gayle, plus friends Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins and Pistol Annies, which will be making their Opry debut. Lynn joined the Opry family on Sept. 25, 1962.... »»»
August 29, 2012 - Wynonna Judd said Wednesday she would resume touring tomorrow following a motorcycle accident in which her husband and drummer Cactus Moser had part of his left leg amputated. She also thanked fans for their support. "We continue to feel loved and supported by the outpouring of messages from people... »»»
August 29, 2012 - Dustin Lynch's self-titled debut album will become the number one country album when the chart is officially released by Billboard on Thursday. "Today is honestly one of the best days of my life," said the 27-year-old Lynch from his home in Nashville. "I moved up here to Nashville right out of high... »»»
August 28, 2012 - "The Odessa Tapes," the first recordings from The Flatlanders - Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock - is out Tuesday. The disc features 14 songs, recorded on reel-to-reel tape, 4 previously unreleased. The record is rounded out by original versions of the 10 songs that were eventually... »»»
August 28, 2012 - Jana Kramer's Top 10 hit single, Why Ya Wanna, earned Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Kramer was presented with a plaque marking this special accomplishment at Warner Music Nashville's Pickin' On The Patio party Aug. 23. Why Ya Wanna, which is currently Top... »»»
August 28, 2012 - Two-time IBMA vocalist of the year bluegrass all-star Claire Lynch signed with Compass Records. Lynch will release her as yet untitled Compass debut in early 2013 and will commence recording in the fall with her band: guitarist Matt Wingate, bassist Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell on mandolin, along... »»»
August 27, 2012 - Craig Campbell released a new song, Outta My Head, to country radio today. The song is the first from Campbell's upcoming sophomore disc. "The first time I heard this song I knew it was a big ole hit," said Campbell. "I listened to it once, and I was singing the lyrics 'yeah yeah' all day long. It's so true.... »»»
August 27, 2012 - Trace Adkins and actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth return as hosts of the third annual American Country Awards. The two, who hosted last year's effort, return on Monday, Dec. 17 from Las Vegas. the show airs on Fox at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific. "The ACAs honor the best and brightest of country music, from... »»»
August 26, 2012 - Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's Brothers of the Sun Tour ended Saturday in Foxboro, Mass., a long-time Chesney stronghold, before more than 111,000 fans over the two days. The pair sold out two shows at Gillette Stadium as part of the biggest stadium tour of the year and the highest-grossing tour of the... »»»
August 24, 2012 - Dierks Bentley, Lucinda Williams and Eric Church are among a slew of performers playing a benefit this fall to honor the memory of Levon Helm. Love for Levon will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley,... »»»
August 24, 2012 - Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum will announce the nominees for the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards in New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Aldean and Lady A will make the announcement of the first round of nominees on the Good Morning America show. The awards will be held Nov.... »»»
August 23, 2012 - Blake Shelton jumped to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 1 with Over. Zac Brown Band led the album chart with "Uncaged. On the songs chart, Shelton took over for Angel Eyes, from Love And Theft, which fell to second. Pontoon from Little Big Town was third, up two.... »»»
August 22, 2012 - Dwight Yoakam previewed his forthcoming CD, "3 Pears," by exclusively debuting A Heart Like Mine on RollingStone.com. The track, co-produced by Beck, is one of the 12 songs off of his new album being released Sept. 18 on Warner Bros. Records. A few more select tracks will be debuted in coming weeks in... »»»
August 22, 2012 - Blake Shelton's latest single, Over, marks his seventh consecutive number 1 and his 12th to date. Shelton takes over for Love And Theft's Angel Eyes. Shelton has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007. The song is the fourth single off Shelton's "Red River Blue." "Long before The... »»»
August 22, 2012 - Taylor Swift, who released her lead single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together from her forthcoming album, "Red," last week, set the new all-genre record for female digital song sales. She also debuted atop the Billboard singles chart. Swift thanked the fans via Twitter, writing, "I want to thank... »»»
August 21, 2012 - Taylor Swift will perform an acoustic concert for a winning college or high school this fall as part of "VH1 Storytellers" series. The show will air on VH1 on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6 and 11 p.m. eastern/Pacific. The contest is open to accredited colleges and high schools in the 48 continental U.S.... »»»
August 21, 2012 - Jake Owen will headline the 11th annual CMT ON TOUR with special guests Love and Theft and Florida Georgia Line. CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012 kicks off Oct. 10 in New York City, with tickets going on sale Friday, Aug. 24. The tour comes on the heels of a big year for Owen,... »»»
August 21, 2012 - Today is a big day for two newcomers because both Dustin Lynch and JT Hodges release their debuts. Lynch is out with his self-titled disc on Broken Bow. The disc features his hit singles Cowboys and Angels." Produced by award-winning Brett Beavers (Dierks Bentley) and Luke Wooten, the album consists of... »»»
August 20, 2012 - Jason Aldean will call his upcoming disc "Night Train." Aldean's 15-song album will be out Oct. 16 on Broken Bow. The title comes from one of the songs on the disc. The lead single is the country/rocker Take A Little Ride, which sold more digital downloads in its first week than any male country artist in history.... »»»
August 20, 2012 - Dierks Bentley is looking for his fans' best Country & Cold Cans themed photos. Beginning today, fans who post images to Instagram with the hashtag #ColdCans are eligible to win one of five $250 Visa gift cards. A winner will be chosen every Friday over the next five weeks and all photos with the... »»»
August 19, 2012 - Wynonna Judd postponed her scheduled concerts in Canada next week due to a serious motorcycle accident involving her husband and drummer, Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser. Moser and Judd went for a ride together on separate bikes before her scheduled concert in Deadwood, S.D. yesterday.... »»»
August 17, 2012 - Australian husband-and-wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson's are putting out another disc, "Wreck and Ruin," on Oct. 22 on Sugar Hill. "I hope people will get a sense of who we are as a couple," said Chambers, who is a multi-platinum artist in Australia. "I guess I mean that a little bit to... »»»
August 16, 2012 - Love And Theft notched its first number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Angel Eyes. The duo took over the top from former number one Come Over by Kenny Chesney, which slipped to third on the chart for the week ending Aug. 25. Colt Ford also scored his first number one on the Country... »»»
August 15, 2012 - Colt Ford's fourth studio album, "Declaration of Independence," stands alone at the top of the the Billboard Country albums chart and fifth overall on the Billboard 200. This is the highest career album debut for Ford and his independent record label, Average Joes Entertainment. Ford took over the top... »»»
August 15, 2012 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be returning to host the 46th Annual CMA Awards from Nashville on Nov. 1 for the fifth time, it was officially announced Wednesday. "I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we are extremely excited to be back for a fifth year hosting the CMA Awards," said Underwood.... »»»
August 15, 2012 - Dustin Lynch will be CMT's featured Listen Up artist for the month of September, it was announced today. CMT is offering fans exclusive opportunities to personally interact and connect with Lynch surrounding his debut, self-titled album release on Aug. 21. On Aug. 20, Lynch will perform an exclusive... »»»
August 15, 2012 - John Rich, one half of the multi-platinum hit duo Big & Rich, will be featured in the new CW primetime music competition series The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep, premiering this Thursday, Aug. 16, at 9 p.m. eastern/Pacific. As one of four mentors, who include Gloria Estefan, Nelly and Joe Jonas,... »»»
August 15, 2012 - Keith Urban takes viewers around his hometown of Nashville for an exclusive episode of "Going Home" on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music. In his interview, Urban talks about his first gigs in Music City, how it feels to perform in Nashville, his favorite part about creating an album and why Nashville... »»»
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August 14, 2012 - Corbin Lund suffered form "Cabin Fever," well at least that's the name of his new CD out today. The 12-song disc follows on the heels of Lund's 2009 New West debut, "Losin Lately Gambler," his sixth album. Backed by his longtime band, The Hurtin Albertans, the June (Canadian Grammy) Award recipient has... »»»
August 14, 2012 - George Jones is going to launch his final tour - The Grand Tour - in 2013, he announced today. He also is recording a new disc. After more than 50 years of touring, Jones has decided he is ready to slow down and spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren. "It is tough to stop doing... »»»
August 14, 2012 - Ricky Skaggs will try satisfying country and bluegrass fans alike with "Music To My Ears" (Skaggs Family Records, due Sept. 25. Skaggs produced the disc with songwriter Gordon Kennedy, who wrote Eric Clapton's Change The World. "This album is 'Music To My Ears' and I hope to yours, as well," said Skaggs.... »»»
August 13, 2012 - Love and Theft (Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson) hold the top spot this week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and Country Aircheck with their RCA Nashville debut single Angel Eyes. Love and Theft takes over from Kenny Chesney's Come Over. The duo is celebrating two career milestones... »»»
August 13, 2012 - Kix Brooks will perform the title-track first single on his upcoming debut, "New To This Town," on the Wednesday, Sept. 12 show of ABC's Good Morning America. In the meantime, fans can be listening soon for Brooks' new single, Bring It on Home, shipping to country radio later this month, and set to... »»»
August 13, 2012 - Taylor Swift will be seeing "Red." So will her millions of fans come Oct. when her new 16-song disc will be out by that title. "I have some really big news. I'm really excited because I have a new album coming out Oct. 22...The album title - it's called 'Red,' and we've already done so much work for this.... »»»
August 13, 2012 - Dierks Bentley's "Miles & Music for Kids" will be back in October in Nashville with a ride and concert including Sheryl Crow and Chris Young. Bentley's celebrity motorcycle ride and concert has held 12 events in 7 cities to raise more than $2 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.... »»»
August 10, 2012 - Jason Aldean premieres his new single, Take A Little Ride, the first video off his upcoming album, today on the CMT's Top 20 Countdown and at CMT.com The video was directed by Shaun Silva. The single has proved to be a quick hit - at 15 on Billboard's Country Songs Chart after 3 weeks.... »»»
August 10, 2012 - Rascal Flatts debuted its new video for Come Wake Me Up today on CMT. The video for the trio's new single will be played ever hour throughout the... »»»
August 9, 2012 - Lisa Marie Presley will make her debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Aug. 21. Presley's current album, the Americana release "Storm & Grace," is her debut on Universal Republic/XIX Recordings and was produced by 12-time T Bone Burnett. Presley will match a family record. Presley's father, Elvis, made a... »»»
August 8, 2012 - Randy Travis was arrested and charged with allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Tioga, Texas on Wednesday following a car accident in a bizarre series of events. Travis allegedly had walked naked into a convenience store to buy cigarettes, eventually leading to a charge of a threatening... »»»
August 8, 2012 - Zac Brown Band has the second best selling disc in the U.S. this past week with "Uncaged," which is behind Rick Ross' "God Forgives." "Uncaged" sold 39,000 units, down 18 percent. Gloriana held down the 11th spot with its second studio album, "A Thousand Miles Left Behind," selling 23,000 units.... »»»
August 8, 2012 - Shelby Lynne will release a special deluxe edition of "Revelation Road" on Oct. 16 on her own EVERSO Records. In addition to the original record, the collection will include a second disc, "Live At McCabe's," marking Lynne's first-ever live album, plus a Live in London DVD featuring Lynne's concert... »»»
August 7, 2012 - Colt Ford released a new disc today, while Johnny Cash was the recipient of a tribute concert CD/DVD. Ford released "Declaration of Independence," which includes the single Back This album was marked by collaborations with such artists as Jason Aldean and Jake Owen. "We Walk The Line: A Celebration... »»»
August 7, 2012 - Faith Hill once sang Let's Go to Vegas, and now her dreams will come true as she and husband Tim McGraw are bringing their "Soul2Soul" show to Las Vegas starting in December. This limited engagement opens on Dec. 7 and covers 10 weekends through April 2013 at the 1,815-seat Venetian Theater.... »»»
August 7, 2012 - Mark Newton and Steve Thomas added Matt Wallace to the StillHouse Band line up. Wallace will start performing with the band in the next few weeks during live shows and will be in the studio with Newton and Thomas as the band works on their upcoming CD to be released later this year or early 2013.... »»»
August 7, 2012 - Taylor Swift will get together with her fans online via YouTube on Aug. 13. Swift will talk directly to fans and answer questions in real time. "I really want to talk with you about something...I want to share some news with you. Some really cool news. I'm not going to go into it too much, but it's... »»»
August 6, 2012 - Jason Aldean took the stage as stadium headliner Sunday night for the first time, playing to a sold-out crowd of more than 27,000 in Columbus, Ohio. The gig was part of Aldean's 2012 My Kinda Party Tour at Crew Stadium. The show drew the largest crowd in the history of the stadium, home to a professional soccer team.... »»»
August 6, 2012 - Tip It On Back is the new single from Dierks Bentley, available at country radio beginning today. The song, written by Ross Copperman, Tully Kennedy and Jon Nite, chases three consecutive number one hits off Bentley's sixth studio album "Home." "There seems to be a theme developing in my career this summer...... »»»
August 4, 2012 - Dial Global Sports, the exclusive national radio broadcaster for the London 2012 Olympic Games, went country Thursday night with a montage for new women's Olympic All-Around gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas. With The Lost Trailers' new song American Beauty as the foundation, the montage highlighted... »»»
August 3, 2012 - The'Brothers of the Sun Tour, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, has officially hit the 1 million ticket mark, cementing its position as the hottest tour of the year. The announcement comes after Pollstar declared the tour the highest-grossing of 2012 thus far, more than doubling the grosses of Roger... »»»
August 2, 2012 - Gloriana, which released its second album, "A Thousand Miles Left Behind," on Tuesday, will appear on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series at 7:30 a.m. eastern. The band is riding high with its hit single (Kissed You) Good Night, which recently earned R.I.A.A.... »»»
August 2, 2012 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the CMA Awards for the fifth straight year, it was disclosed today. Images of the singers were put on the CMA web site for the awards, which will be held Nov. 1 in Nashville. Paisley has won 14 CMA awards. Underwood has won 5, including three for female... »»»
August 2, 2012 - Zac Brown Band returned to the top of the Billboard chart with "Uncaged" once again the best selling disc in the U.S. Kenny Chesney was first on the Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 11 with Come Over. Chesney took over the top of the songs chart from Dierks Bentley's 5-1-5-0, which fell to fifth.... »»»
August 2, 2012 - Lauren Alaina was put on vocal rest by her doctor, forcing her to cancel two shows this weekend. Alaina was slated to open for Sugarland on Friday in Cincinnati and Saturday in Clarkston, Mich. "I am so sad that I have to miss this weekend's shows in Cincinnati and Detroit with Sugarland," she... »»»
August 2, 2012 - Zac Brown Band, The Avett Brothers, Gregg Allman and David Gray are among the acts announced today for ZBB's two Southern Ground Music & Food Festivals in Nashville and Charleston, S.C. The two shows are at Nashville's Lawn at Riverfront Park on Sept. 21-22 and returning to Charleston, S.C.'s Blackbaud Stadium Oct.... »»»
August 1, 2012 - Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale will co-host a new radio show on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country, channel 60. The Buddy & Jim Show will be broadcast from Miller's home studio in Nashville and feature in-depth interviews and musical performances from American roots artists. The weekly show will premiere on Saturday, Aug.... »»»
August 1, 2012 - With few new albums out, Zac Brown Brown's "Uncaged" returned to the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart. The disc, which had been second, sold 48,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, down 38 percent. The figure is the lowest for a number one disc since the Feb. 19, 2011, chart when Nicki Minaj's... »»»