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Country News Digest, February 2015

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February 27, 2015 - Kacey Musgraves will release a new single, "Biscuits," to country radio March 16. This will be the debut single from her upcoming Mercury Records Nashville sophomore album, which follows up Grammy Best Country Album and ACM Album Of The Year winner, "Same Trailer Different Park.... »»»
February 27, 2015 - The Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas will be back for a second go-round this year with Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line plauying. Live Nation, in collaboration with MGM Resorts International, will be held Oct. 2-4. The three-day, two-stage festival, held at the... »»»
February 26, 2015 - Country rock band Old Dominion signed with RCA Nashville, it was announced today. The signing came several months after the veteran group released its self-titled debut EP, which includes the single " Break Up With Him." "We couldn't be more excited to join the RCA Nashville family," said front man Matt Ramsey.... »»»
February 26, 2015 - Unknown to the wider market, Aaron Watson lived up to the title of his new CD, "The Underdog," as the Texas country singer was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending March 7. He had one of three debuts in the top five. Sam Hunt continues topping the Billboard Hot Country... »»»
February 25, 2015 - The Academy of Country Music announced its radio awards winners today with the Big D & Bubba Show winning the National Personality honor. Other winners were: Major Market Personality: Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray, WUSN/Chicago. Large Market Personality: Big Dave, Chelsie, Stattman, WUBE/Cincinnati.... »»»
February 25, 2015 - Garth is going to Portland. Brooks announced on his web site today that the shows will be April 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, March 6. Brooks currently is in the midst of four nights of dates in Detroit. He then goes to Buffalo, N.Y. for shows March 5-8, Denver,... »»»
February 25, 2015 - Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood top the fourth Watershed Music and Camping Festival coming in late July in Washington. Gary Allan, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Parmalee, Michael Ray, Thomas Rhett... »»»
February 24, 2015 - James McMurtry is back with his first albumin six years, while The Gibson Brothers look to other brotherly duos for inspiration. McMurtry releases "Complicated Game," The record's lead single, "How'm I Gonna Find You Now." The disc covers a few different styles, including a sort of Americana rap.... »»»
February 24, 2015 - Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ signed to a major Nashville record label, is going to Vegas. Silver will play the Body English Nightclub and spin at their spring break parties at Rehab Pool in February, March and April. Confirmed performances at Body English Nightclub are as follows: "I'm... »»»
February 24, 2015 - Sam Hunt makes his first appearance on ABC's " Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday night, Feb. 25. Hunt performs his latest Top 15 single " Take Your Time" and "House Party" on the late night show's outdoor stage. "Take Your Time" follows Hunt's number one Platinum-selling hit "Leave the Night On" off... »»»
February 23, 2015 - Yonder Mountain String Band releases its sixth full-length studio album, "Black Sheep," on its own Frog Pad Records at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 16. The disc veers more into rock and improvisation, the band said in a press release. Produced by YMSB, "Black Sheep" marks the first... »»»
February 23, 2015 - Thomas Rhett is not third time lucky because he also went to number one with his firest two singles. Rhett announced today that his current hit "Make Me Wanna" will be atop the Billboard charts this week, Rhett takes over the top of the Country Airplay chart from Florida Georgia Line's "Sun Daze.... »»»
February 20, 2015 - Rascal Flatts announced a CMA Foundation grant of $150,000 to national not-for-profit Little Kids Rock on Wednesday during a special visit to Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles. The band spent time with the children at the school, playing music and brought with them a surprise delivery of musical instruments.... »»»
February 20, 2015 - Shelby Lynne will release her 13th full-length album, and first for Rounder Records, "I Can't Imagine," on May 5. Comprising 10 new songs written or co-written by Lynne, the disc reflects her influences - from Southern soul, Crescent City R&B, and California country and western to the social... »»»
February 19, 2015 - Sean Watkins, one third of Nickel Creek and part of the Watkins Family Hour with his sister Sara, will release his fifth solo disc, "What to Fear," on March 18 via Thirty Tigers. The RELEASE is the follow-up to "All I Do Is Lie," from 2014, which had been his first solo record in nearly a decade.... »»»
February 19, 2015 - Blackberry Smoke scored its first number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums with "Holding All the Roses" for the week ending Feb. 28. Blackberry Smoke knocked out Sam Hunt, who fell to second with "Montevallo." But it was not all bad for Hunt as he was first on the Hot Country Songs chart again... »»»
February 19, 2015 - Eric Church became a father again. He announced today via his web site that his second son was born on Sunday. "On Sunday Feb. 15, Eric and Katherine Church welcomed Tennessee Hawkins Church into the world. He weighed in at 6 lbs. and 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. They plan to call him Hawk, and he... »»»
February 19, 2015 - Billy Currington, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Frankie Ballard, Randy Rogers Band and Colt Ford were added to the lineup for the 24th Annual Country Jam music festival in June in Colorado. LOCASH, Logan Mize, Western Underground, Chris Janson, Jackson Michelson, Rachele... »»»
February 18, 2015 - Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are the final nominees for the Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year, it was announced today. The trio will compete each other in a round of fan voting, which starts at 3 p.m. eastern on April 8 and closing at 8 p.m. eastern on April 19 when the... »»»
February 18, 2015 - National Songwriters' Hall of Fame, it was announced today. They will join Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry for an induction on June 18 in New York City. "Our 2015 lineup of inductees represents the rich diversity of American musical styles - rock,... »»»
February 18, 2015 - Rascal Flatts will perform their current single "Riot" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight on ABC at 11:35/10:35 central. The trio then will head to Las Vegas, kicking off Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! on Feb. 25 as the first country residency to take place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.... »»»
February 18, 2015 - "Holding All the Roses," Blackberry Smoke's debut for Rounder Records, will top the Billboard's Country Album Chart when it is officially rleeased on Thursday. The group, which merges country and southern rock, took over the number one spot from Sam Hunt's "Montevallo." Blackberry Smoke's latest sold... »»»
February 17, 2015 - Veteran musicians including Steve Earle and The Mavericks, were out with new music on Tuesday. For The Mavericks, "Mono" is the second release from the group since they reformed. Lead singer Raul Malo had a hand in writing all 12 songs. This marks the first disc from The Mavs without bassist Robert... »»»
February 17, 2015 - Jason Aldean's 2015 Burn It Down Tour, which kicked off over the weekend, will feature the 10th Annual "Concert For The Cure" to be held in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Oct. 24, he announced today. Like years past, Aldean will set aside a portion of ticket sales throughout the year, which will be donated to Susan G.... »»»
February 17, 2015 - Chris Stapleton's new song, "Traveller, premiered today at NPR Music. "Traveller" is the title track of Stapleton's solo debut album, which will be out May 5 on Mercury Records Nashville. Stapleton, who was lead singer of the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, was also recently nominated for "Song of... »»»
February 16, 2015 - The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center will be hosting its annual fundraiser on Feb. 21 to celebrate Stanley's 88th birthday. The event will feature performances from Lee Ann Womack, Nathan Stanley, the birthday boy's grandson, Virginia Whirlwind and more.... »»»
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February 13, 2015 - Toby Keith is about the good times, but he's doing something different this year. Keith said Friday he is launching the Toby Keith Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour this summer. Launching May 29 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Cal., the tour has close to 30 dates on the books with more expected.... »»»
February 12, 2015 - Frankie Ballard injured himself last Friday after falling off the stage during a Texas concert, but that did not stop him from staying on the road. While performing at the Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off in Humble, Texas on Friday night, Ballard "got hung up jumping off the stage to engage with the... »»»
February 12, 2015 - Scoring a chart double, Sam Hunt leapfrogged to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 21 with "Take Your Time." Hunt was fifth last week and knocked out Luke Bryan's "I See You," which fell to second. Hunt also was first on the Top Country Albums chart for a second... »»»
February 12, 2015 - After a near 18-year absence, the original voice of Shenandoah, Marty Raybon, is officially back in the band and hitting the road, starting in March. Since announcing his return last fall, Shenandoah and Raybon performed a handful of dates as a prelude to a full-blown tour. Today, Shenandoah... »»»
February 10, 2015 - Release day today was most busy with everything from a bluegrass disc from one of the foremost Texas singer songwriters to the first release in almost 20 years from an alt.-country band to the first solo disc from one of the mainstays of Carolina Chocolate Drops. Robert Earl Keen is out with "Happy... »»»
February 10, 2015 - Jason Isbell, and his wife, Amanda Shires, released the two-song "Sea Songs" set digitally today. "Sea Songs" features covers of Warren Zevon's "Mutineer" and Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers." Isbell also announced a series of May tour dates. Shows are: Feb. 10 - Columbus, OH - The Southern Theatre** Feb.... »»»
February 9, 2015 - Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel are readying the third installment of a tribute to the king of Texas swing, Bob bWills, with their forthcoming tribute album "Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys," out March 3 on Bismeaux Records. The CD pairs AATW with other... »»»
February 9, 2015 - The Band Perry said winning their first Grammy on Sunday was "life changing." The family trio took home their first Grammy for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the Glen Campbell classic, "Gentle on My Mind," a song they performed on the Grammy stage three years ago with Campbell as part of a... »»»
February 8, 2015 - Miranda Lambert won the biggest country music award at the Grammys on Sunday with Album of the Year for "Platinum." Lambert, who also performed "Little Red Wagon" from the disc on the show, offered her thanks. ""Thank you so much for this amazing night," in the only country award given out on live television.... »»»
February 6, 2015 - Soulful singer Chris Stapleton, who also has enjoyed a solid songwriting career, will be out with his debut in May. "Traveler" is dropping on Mercury Nashville on May 5 with 14 songs. He helped write all but two of the songs. Stapleton also will be on tour with dates from March through June... »»»
February 5, 2015 - Luke Bryan is number one again on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 14 with "I See You." Sam Hunt also is first again on the Top Country Albums chart with "Montevallo." On the albums chart, Jason Aldean remained second with "Old Boots, New Dirt," Carrie Underwood third... »»»
February 5, 2015 - Brad Paisley is looking to keep crushing it this summer as he launching a world tour. Paisley said Thursday his 2015 tour, "Crushin' It World Tour kicks off May 15 in Philadelphia. Current dates end Oct. 3 in West Palm Beach, Fla., although more dates will be added. Special guests will be reigning... »»»
February 5, 2015 - Garth Brooks is heading west. He announced today that he will play Sacramento starting with two shows on March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Brooks has typically added dates to each city he has played since the tour started in Chicago in September. Tickets for Sacramento go on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Feb. 13.... »»»
February 4, 2015 - Mary Gauthier will play a string of early spring tour dates, which will take her from Nashville's Bluebird Cafe up the East Coast. Highlights include eight dates with Allison Moorer and two dates with fellow songwriter David Wilcox including NYC's City Winery on March 29. Gauthier's latest album... »»»
February 4, 2015 - The girls with the country song will be coming up with a few more "this summer." That's the word from Maddie Marlow, who said after a Boston-area show on Wednesday that the duo would release its debut disc then. Marlow said they were in the process of recording the album during breaks in between shows.... »»»
February 4, 2015 - Dwight Yoakam will be back on Warner with "Second Hand Heart" on April 14. Yoakam released a series of albums on Reprise Records beginning with his debut, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.," in 1986. Yoakam self-produced release, which was mixed by engineer Chris Lord-Alge, who also co-produced... »»»
February 3, 2015 - Rodney Atkins releases "Greatest Hits" today, which contains a dozen songs. The set contains one new song, "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat," which was released as a single, and such hits as "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," "Watching You" and "These Are My People.... »»»
February 3, 2015 - Banjo/resophonist Gaven Largent joined Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper as its newest member. Largent will make his official debut as a Flamekeeper member in Nashville, Tennessee when the band plays the Station Inn and SPBGMA Convention this weekend. Since 2012 Largent has performed in several... »»»
February 3, 2015 - Kip Moore is taking the fall with his new single, and so far, that's a good thing. "I'm To Blame" was the second most added song this week at country radio, marking Moore's biggest first week for a new single. The song features Moore's raspy voice over a driving back beat highlighted with a rolling banjo.... »»»
February 2, 2015 - Star Tribune. Fulks' appeared live on Saturday night for a broadcast on Sunday on Minnesota Public Radio and sang "Where I Fell," Near the end of the song, Fulks sings, "And it's the same sad crew at Delilah shouting over the redneck band/Game score, tea party, world war, I don't give a good goddamn.... »»»
February 2, 2015 - Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth also were added to the line-up for the four-day festival in late April in Wilkesboro, N.C. "We are incredibly excited to have Dwight Yoakam make his first appearance at MerleFest," said Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for MerleFest.... »»»
February 2, 2015 - Lady Antebellum announced this morning their first-ever Bridgestone Arena show in Nashville on Sept. 11. The stop was recently added to their 65-city Wheels Up 2015 Tour, which launches in Europe on Feb. 28 and comes to North America in May. Special guests Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt round out the lineup.... »»»