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Country News Digest, March 2015

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March 31, 2015 - Darius Rucker gets in "Southern Style" with his latest CD. The releases features the single "Homegrown Honey." This is Rucker's fifth solo album and fourth marketed to country. Veteran Nashville producers Frank Rogers and Keith Stegall produced. Newcomer Cam makes her debut with a four-song EP on... »»»
March 30, 2015 - Jason Aldean won Country Song of the Year for "Burnin' It Down" at the iHeart Radio Music Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. Aldean won the honor over Lady Antebellum for "Bartender," Florida Georgia Line for "Dirt," Eric Church for "Give Me Back My Hometown" and Luke Bryan for "Play It Again.... »»»
March 30, 2015 - Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is returning to Texas for the first time in five years. The 42nd edition takes place at the Circuit of The Americas' Austin360 Amphitheater on July 4 with performances from more than 20 artists on two stages including Willie Nelson & Family, Eric Church, Merle... »»»
March 30, 2015 - Keith Urban will debut his new music video for "Raise 'Em Up," the fifth single from "Fuse," on Tuesday to Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The video for the song featuring Eric Church, was shot in Nashville last month and will premiered tomorrow as well. "Some of the idea for this video started... »»»
March 30, 2015 - Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts were added as performers for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. Christina Aguilera will engage in a special duet, although the artist was not named with whom she would sing.... »»»
March 26, 2015 - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are teaming up for a new album. Nelson tweeted on Wednesday, "Willie and @MerleHaggard are pairing up again!" The album will be called "Django & Jimmie," which references guitarist Django Reinhardt, an influence on Nelson, and Jimmie Rodgers. The Hag recorded a... »»»
March 26, 2015 - Luke Bryan led the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the second straight week with "Spring Break...Checkin' Out" for the week ending April 4. Sam Hunt leads the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart again with "Take Your Time." Hunt was second on the albums chart with "Montevallo," one ahead of... »»»
March 25, 2015 - Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's will release a second album together, "The Traveling Kind," on May 12 on Nonesuch Records. Rolling Stone premiered the title track today., Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), "The Traveling Kind" includes 11 duet... »»»
March 25, 2015 - Lee Brice received his second RIAA certification in less than six months with "Drinking Class" certifying Gold as a Digital Single this week. He also announced he would do a college tour in April and May. Brice's first sales milestone from his number one "I Don't Dance" was its title track which was... »»»
March 25, 2015 - The Country Music Association announced today that three new artists to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Ed Brown and the Browns will be inducted in the Veteran's Era category. The late Grady Martin will be join as a Recording and/or Touring Musician active prior to 1980.... »»»
March 24, 2015 - Canaan Smith finally releases something more than a single today as he releases a self-titled five-song EP. Smith realized his first single, "We Got Us," in 2012 and last years made the top 30 with "Love You Like That." Striking Matches, a duo consisting of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, release... »»»
March 24, 2015 - Old 97's front man Rhett Miller will go the solo route again as he announced the release of "The Traveler" on ATO on May 12. Although the album was written and performed by Miller he also had help from the members of Black Prairie , a band based in Portland, Ore. that plays everything from bluegrass... »»»
March 23, 2015 - The Boxmasters, the country rock group including actor Billy Bob Thornton, will release their fourth studio album, "Somewhere Down The Road," through 101 Ranch Records on April 7. The disc will be their first in almost exactly six years. The Boxmasters announced their upcoming tour dates, kicking off... »»»
March 23, 2015 - Arista Nashville newcomer Cam scored 44 first week stations with her debut single "My Mistake" on the Billboard and Country Aircheck panels. Written by Cam and producer Tyler Johnson, the song is the first single from Cam's upcoming album, produced by Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Beyonce, fun.... »»»
March 23, 2015 - Jason Aldean married his fiancee Brittany Kerr on Saturday in Mexico, A HREF=>US Weekly reported. "This is the best day ever - I've got my girl here, my friends, my family - it's the best... »»»
March 23, 2015 - Stars of ABC's "Nashville" will once again hit the road in an eight-city spring concert tour. Launching on April 29 in New York City, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples and Lennon & Maisy will take the stage and perform various songs from the hit television series.... »»»
March 20, 2015 - Reba McEntire will be the spokesperson of an effort to combat hunger. McEntire will work with Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America on the fourth annual Outnumber Hunger campaign, which has helped secure more than 35 million meals to people facing hunger in America.... »»»
March 20, 2015 - Zec Brown Band belted one out of the park today and set a record in the process. After selling out two nights at Fenway Park for the second year in a row, Zac Brown Band made history this morning by adding a third night to their run of shows in August. With this new show, Zac Brown Band will be the... »»»
March 19, 2015 - Steven Lee Olsen today premiered his music video for his song, "Raised By A Good Time," on Rolling Stone Country. The video for the co-penned autobiographical anthem was directed by Mason Dixon. "'Raised By A Good Time' is a song I wrote a few years back with one of my best friends, Cary Barlowe," Olsen said.... »»»
March 19, 2015 - Luke Bryan has the top selling country disc on the Billboard Country Albums disc for the week ending March 28 with his final spring break EP, "Spring Break...Checkin' Out." Bryan took over the top spot from Sam Hunts "Montevallo," which fell to second. Hunt did lead the songs chart with "Take Your Time" still atop.... »»»
March 18, 2015 - Luke Bryan will be third on the Billboard Top 10 chart when the figures are out tomorrow with "Spring Break...Checkin' Out" moving 106,000 units. The "Empire" soundtrack is first at 130,000 units followed by Madonna's "Rebel Heart" with 121,000 units. Bryan scored his fifth country albums chart topper.... »»»
March 18, 2015 - Dale Watson will release his new studio album, "Call Me Insane," on June 9. The album was recorded in Austin with producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker) and via Red House/Ameripolitan Records on CD, digital, and vinyl. Watson is in Austin this week for South X South West..... »»»
March 17, 2015 - It's a quiet day on the release front with Allison Moorer out with a new CD and a bluegrass family band doing their thing. Moorer is out with "Down to Believing" on Entertainment One. Moorer goes confessional as this break-up disc was recorded after the end of her seven-year marriage to Steve Earle.... »»»
March 17, 2015 - RaeLynn was taken to school - lots of them - last week to celebrate music in the schools. The singer went on a week-long bus tour celebrating the 30th Anniversary of National Music In Our Schools Month. For the final stop on Saturday, she invited students from Nashville's Head Middle Magnet School to... »»»
March 17, 2015 - The head of Son Music Nashville is leaving at the end of the month in a mutual agreement. Gary Overton has been the chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Music Nashville for almost five years. The statement said, "This is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Overton and SME.... »»»
March 16, 2015 - Dallas Smith won the Juno for Country Album of the Year for "Lifted" earlier this week in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Juno is the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. Smith, who has a U.S. recording contract with Republic Nashville, won for "Lifted" over Jess Moskaluke's "Light Up the Night,"... »»»
March 16, 2015 - Rascal Flatts' Vegas residency wrapped this weekend, following a nine-show run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The first-ever country residency had a special ending. For their last show, the trio brought out Vince Neil of Motley Crue for a version of "Kickstart My Heart.... »»»
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March 16, 2015 - Jason Aldean is looking good with his new single. Aldean released "Tonight Looks Good On You" today and will go for adds in one week, March 23. The song, written by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley and Dallas Davidson, comes from his most recent disc "Old Boots, New Dirt." The song is the third single... »»»
March 16, 2015 - Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Kacey Musgraves will perform during the NCCA March Madness Festival in Indianapolis in conjunction with the Final Four college basketball playoffs. The three acts will perform at the Capital One JamFest on Sunday, April 5 between 2 and 10 p.m.... »»»
March 13, 2015 - Reba McEntire offered a look at the new music video for "Going Out Like That" on the Today Show this morning. McEntire said she would return to the show next month - her first in 10 years - to perform the lead single and chat about her forthcoming album "Love Somebody," out April 14 on Nash Icon Records.... »»»
March 12, 2015 - Keith Urban won two Australian Country Music Channel awards this week, while Adam Brand won the big award, Oz Artist of the Year. Urban scored with International Artist Of The Year and International Video Of The Year for "Cop Car." Brand walked home with the award for Australian Video Of The Year for... »»»
March 12, 2015 - Sam Hunt yet again doubled up on the Billboard charts. He leads the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time" for the week ending March 21 and the albums chart with "Montevallo." On the songs chart, Zac Brown Band jumped from seven to two with "Homegrown." "Lonely Tonight" from Blake... »»»
March 12, 2015 - Della Mae will release its second disc for Rounder in May with a heavy touring schedule as well. "Della Mae," due May 12, is the follow-up to the group's Grammy-nominated 2013 breakthrough album "This World Oft Can Be." The new disc contains 11 songs. The band is Celia Woodsmith on vocals and... »»»
March 11, 2015 - Garth Brooks and George Strait lead the list of performers announced today who will play The Academy of Country Music awards in April. Strait, who retired from touring, will debut new music. The lineup for the Academy's golden anniversary show includes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan,... »»»
March 11, 2015 - Garth Brooks is going to Pennsylvania. Brooks announced today that his tour would go to State College, Pa., the home of Penn State, for shows on May 1 and 2 at Bryce Jordan Center. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m. eastern. Brooks just finished playing Buffalo, N.Y.... »»»
March 11, 2015 - Is Ashley Monroe "On to Something Good."? That's the first track from her forthcoming album, which went to radio this week. "This song speaks to where I am in my life and who I am," said Monroe, 28. "I'll get knocked down again. I got knocked down recently. And as long as we're living, things are... »»»
March 10, 2015 - Brad Paisley joined the Texas Thunder festival, it was announced today. Paisley will join previously-announced performers Florida Georgia Line, Big & Rich, Thomas Rhett, Joe Nichols, Frankie Ballard, Tracy Lawrence, Dallas Smith, Clare Dunn and Jon Pardi on the Texas Thunder stage in Gardendale, Texas, Aug. 21-23.... »»»
March 10, 2015 - As sure as it's spring, it's time for a new release from Luke Bryan, while Eli Young Band also is out with an EP today. Luke Bryan is dropping his final spring break release, "Spring Break...Checkin Out." The release contains five new songs written by Bryan and the entire six-song output of last year's... »»»
March 9, 2015 - Eight years later, Drive-By Truckers are back with The Dirt Underneath. These are a series of acoustic-oriented, sit-down shows, which will relaunch in April after gigs mainly opening for Eric Church. In 2007, Drive-By Truckers did a series of shows called The Dirt Underneath.... »»»
March 9, 2015 - Tanya Tucker is recording again. The singer signed with APA Nashville, a Nashville booking company, it was announced today. Taking time off to raise her children, Tucker is now prepping to hit the road once again with a new tour and new music. Slated for release later this year, the new tracks will be... »»»
March 6, 2015 - Tyler Farr will release his sophomore disc in late April, Columbia Nashville announced today. "Suffer in Peace" drops April 28 and features his current hit single "A Guy Walks Into a Bar." Farr had a hand in writing 3 of the 11 songs. Songs on the disc are: 1. C.O.U.N.T.R.Y.... »»»
March 5, 2015 - Sam Hunt scored a chart double again on the Billboard charts. "Montevallo" was back at number one on the Top Country Albums chart for the week ending March 14, while "Take Your Time" was first on the Billboard Country Songs chart. Hunt displaced Texas singer Aaron Watson's "The Underdog," which slipped to second.... »»»
March 5, 2015 - Zac Brown Band will release "Jekyll + Hyde" in late April and launch a tour starting in May with several stadium shows, including two at Boston's Fenway Park. The new disc streets April 28 on Southern Ground/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic Records. The band will premiere new... »»»
March 4, 2015 - Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line are among the acts playing the LP Field concerts at the CMA Music Festival in June, the festival announced today. Eric Church, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker,... »»»
March 4, 2015 - The duo Striking Matches released the title track of their debut disc, "Nothing But the Silence," as instant track. "It's the last song we wrote for the record right before heading into the studio with T Bone," the group said on its web site, referring to producer T Bone Burnett.... »»»
March 4, 2015 - Shania Twain is launching her first North American tour in more than 10 years in June, the singer announce today. The "Rock This Country" tour will total 48 dates and comes following her two-year residency in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The tour starts on June 5 in Seattle and concludes Aug.... »»»
March 3, 2015 - Asleep at the Wheel has a Jones for Bob Wills because "Still the King - Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys" is the third tribute disc by Ray Benson and the boys for the king of Texas swing. This edition is filled with 22 songs and features help from such folks as Playboys member... »»»
March 3, 2015 - It is a boy for Carrie Underwood. The singer announced via Twitter late Tuesday morning that she and husband Mike Fisher are the parents of Isaiah Michael Fisher, who was born on Friday. "Tiny hands and tiny feet...God has blessed us with an amazing gift! Isaiah Michael Fisher - born February 27.... »»»
March 3, 2015 - Willie Watson and The Steel Wheels joined the 2015 MerleFest lineup, it was announced today. The Steel Wheels, a quartet of Americana folk musicians based in Virginia, will host the Midnight Jam during MerleFest, which is April 23-26 in Wilkesboro, N.C. MerleFest is known for its mix of... »»»
March 2, 2015 - Eric Church is launching a Sirius XM satellite radio show, Outsiders Radio. Church will host a monthly radio show on SiriusXM's The Highway. Outsiders Radio will explore Church's personal music influences and play his current favorites. He will also play exclusive, never before heard music from his own archives.... »»»
March 2, 2015 - Mumford & Sons dropped the news today that "Wilder Mind" will be the band's next Cd, out May 5. The quartet also will return to the Gentlemen of the Road tour in the U.S. and England. In a humorous email, the band wrote, "At the end of 2013 we went our separate ways to pursue our individual passions -... »»»