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Country News Digest, May 2015


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May 29, 2015 - Kip Moore finally has a date for his sophomore CD - Aug. 21 - more than 3 years after a highly successful debut. "Wild Ones" contains 13 songs with Moore having a hand in writing every one. "'Wild Ones' really encompasses everything I've been through out on the road since the first album, it... »»»
May 28, 2015 - A Texas radio station will go all women on Friday morning in the wake of controversial comments by a radio consultant, who said that stations should not play female artists if they want to get good ratings. After an on-air discussion about women in country music controversy Bryan/College Station's... »»»
May 28, 2015 - Little Big Town's crush on the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continues for the week ending June 6 because "Girl Crush" again leads the pack. A deluxe version of Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" was the top selling country disc. Luke Bryan had an incredible jump, going from 49 to 2... »»»
May 28, 2015 - A leading radio consultant raised a brouhaha following comments he made this week questioning whether country radio stations could be successful playing female singers. Keith Hill cautioned against playing too many female singers, according to a story in the May 26 issue of "Country Aircheck," a... »»»
May 28, 2015 - Chris Young debuted the video for his new single, "I'm Comin' Over," today on CMT. The video can be viewed on demand across all CMT digital platforms including chrisyoung.CMT.com, CMT Pure and the CMT Artists app. The video was directed by David McClister and filmed in Nashville.... »»»
May 27, 2015 - Laura Bell Bundy released a video today for "I Am What I Am," the first single from her upcoming "Another Piece of Me" (Big Machine), coming out June 9. Director Becky Fluke shot the video in Switzerland. From biking on an abandoned road to singing on mountaintops, Bundy enlisted others to do the same.... »»»
May 27, 2015 - Kristian Bush's hopes to light up the charts with the second single from his recent album. "Light Me Up" goes for ads on June 11 and is the follow-up single to "Trailer Hitch." "For the first time in my country music career, I am getting to sing a love song directly to you," said Bush, one-half of Sugarland.... »»»
May 27, 2015 - Brantley Gilbert will have the only country disc in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out on Thursday. To do so, Gilbert benefitted from putting out a deluxe edition of "Just As I Am." The disc went from 69th to sixth, selling 39,000 units, up a whopping 358 percent. The new packing of the... »»»
May 27, 2015 - Garth Books is hitting the Big Easy. He announced via email this morning that the next stop on his world tour will be the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans at 7 p.m. on July 10 and 11. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. eastern on June 5. Brooks started his tour in September in Chicago and has upcoming... »»»
May 26, 2015 - John Anderson releases his first album in nine years today with "Goldmine" dropping. Released on his own record label, Bayou Boys Music, and co-produced by Anderson and his long-time friend, Joe Spivey, Anderson wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs. The first single is ""I Work a Lot Better.... »»»
May 26, 2015 - Jake Owen released "Real Life" as his new single across all iHeartMedia Country stations today. The power anthem, now available at iTunes, will play at the top of every hour through midnight local time across the country. All iHeartMedia Country station websites are now featuring the new VEVO lyric video.... »»»
May 22, 2015 - Jason Aldean will exclusively premiere the music video for his Top 20 single, "Tonight Looks Good On You" during CMT's Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday at 9 a.m. eastern. Following the premiere, the video can also be seen across all of CMT's digital platforms including CMT.com , the CMT Artists app, and... »»»
May 22, 2015 - Old Crow Medicine Show announced summer tour dates and the upcoming release of the "Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer" EP. Previously released digitally, the new physical EP will be available at all major retailers on June 2 and includes three tracks that were previously unavailable - "Mother... »»»
May 21, 2015 - Eric Church'sThe Outsiders World Tour broke a record with a stop at Lincoln, Nebraska's Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night. Church set his fourth North America venue attendance record of 2015 with 15,823 present, a record previously held by Sir Elton John (Nov. 23, 2014; attendance 14,368).... »»»
May 21, 2015 - Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band both retained the top spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Albums chart for the week ending May 30. LBT was first on the songs charts with "Girl Crush" Sam Hunt stayed second with "Take Your Time" and Florida Georgia Line third with "Sippin' On Fire.... »»»
May 21, 2015 - Hunter Hayes may be 23, but he's releasing "21" as his new single from a forthcoming project. The song is available via radio, the iHeartRadio app and Spotify today. The song goes to digital retail on Tuesday, May 26. "21" is the first taste of new music from Hayes that will be rolling out through... »»»
May 20, 2015 - Singer Katie Armiger is launching "Girls With Dreams," a national songwriting competition that gives young songwriters the chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship and have their music recorded with Armiger. The winner will be flown to Nashville to record their song with Armiger and two-time... »»»
May 20, 2015 - Zac Brown Band will have the only country disc in the Billboard top 10 when the chawrts are released on Thursday. Former chart topper "Jekyll + Hyde" is seventh on the chart 39,000 units sold, down 41 percent. The soundtrack to "Pitch Perfect 2" tops the chart with 107,000 units sold.... »»»
May 19, 2015 - The Milk Carton Kids are out with "Monterey," consisting of quiet songs recording in such places as churches. Kenny Pattengale and Joey Ryan have an Everly Brothers vibe, but on the low-key side. Kelsea Ballerini releases her first full length "The First Time." She has had success with the single... »»»
May 19, 2015 - Ladies and gentlemen, Brad Paisley. The country singer will open the Rolling Stones show on June 17 at LP Field in Nashville. Paisley sent out several tweets about the news: "May I have your attention please...," "So it's been a while since I was an opening act. But I think I remember how to do that...... »»»
May 19, 2015 - iHeart radio agreed to pay a $1 million fine to the Federal Communications Commission's for misuse of emergency alert system tones on the Bobby Bones Show on WSIX-FM in Nashville. The company admits to misuse of EAS tones and agreed to a compliance and reporting plan as a result of airing a false... »»»
May 19, 2015 - Luke Bryan announced today he is releasing a new album, "Kill the Lights," on Aug. 7. Bryan also released a new single today, "Kick the Dust Up," which is the name of his summer tour. Bryan is starting off his shows with the new single. He said in an interview with USA Today, "That's how confident we... »»»
May 18, 2015 - Windy City LakeShake country music festival in Chicago announced additional performers on Monday for the June event. The Next From Nashville second stage will feature Kelsea Ballerini, Tucker Beathard, Cam, Ruthie Collins, David Fanning, Haley & Michaels, JT Hodges, Joey Hyde, Ryan Kinder, Logan Mize,... »»»
May 15, 2015 - Laura Bell Bundy will have a second go round. Big Machine Label Group announced today her second album, "Another Piece of Me," is coming June 9. Bundy co-wrote or co-produced more than half of the 15 songs, while collaborating with producers Nathan Chapman, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Tyler Cain.... »»»
May 14, 2015 - Zac Brown Band once again led the Billboard Top Country albums chart with "Jekyll + Hyde" for the week ending May 23. Little Big Town turned in the same trick on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush." Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time." Florida Georgia Line was third... »»»
May 14, 2015 - Brantley Gilbert will embark on a motorcycle ride with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to celebrate the May 18 release of "Just As I Am Platinum Edition" (The Valory Music Co.). This is the second consecutive year the Georgia native has embarked on this type of journey, launching the standard album... »»»
May 14, 2015 - Loretta Lynn and Jack White will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, joined by Metro Parks and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. announced today. Lynn and White, who produced Lynn's last disc, "Van Lear Park," will join in the official ribbon-cutting of... »»»
May 14, 2015 - The Americana Music Association awards nominations were led by Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves and Lucinda Williams with three apiece. Not far behind in the six categories were Rhiannon Giddens and Lee Ann Womack with two apiece. Nominees were: Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and... »»»
May 13, 2015 - Trisha Yearwood is going to the Country Music Hall of Fame, or at least her artifacts will. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the exhibition Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When. The exhibition opens July 3 and runs through December. The exhibition will chronicle... »»»
May 13, 2015 - Zac Brown Band will once again top the Billboard Top Country Albums chart when it is officially out on Thursday, but will no longer be the best selling disc in the U.S. "Jekyll + Hyde" fell to fifth in its second week with 66,000 units sold, down 71 percent. Chris Stapleton's solo debut album,... »»»
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May 13, 2015 - Carrie Underwood led the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations on Thursday. Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum scored four each. Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Maddie & Tae and Miranda Lambert grabbed three each. The awards will be handed out June 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.... »»»
May 13, 2015 - RaeLynn released a video for her new single, "For A Boy. The Texas native, 21, penned the song with frequent collaborator Laura Veltz, following the Gold-certified "God Made Girls" that scored RaeLynn the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014. "I am so excited about the... »»»
May 12, 2015 - Kacey Musgraves announced today she would release her second major album and fifth overall, "Pageant Material," on June 23. The disc contains 13 songs and was recorded at famed Studio A in Nashville. "I'm so excited for y'all to hear it!," Musgraves wrote on Facebook. "The breadth of "Pageant... »»»
May 12, 2015 - Mickey Guyton will release an EP on May 26, she disclosed via Facebook today. Guyton, who starts touring with Brad Paisley on Friday, wrote, "I have been in the studio a lot over the last year getting this music ready for you all and I just couldn't wait any longer to share it. I have an EP with new... »»»
May 12, 2015 - Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell teamed up for their second CD together, "The Traveling Kind," out today. Once upon a time, Crowell was a member of Harris' Hot Band. Two years ago, they released "Old Yellow Moon," which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.... »»»
May 11, 2015 - Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will release his first country single, "Love Is Your Name," on May 13 via Dot Records. "Love Is Your Name" is the first single off Tyler's debut solo album. The song was produced by Dann Huff and recorded in Nashville at Blackbird studios. Tyler has lived in Nashville since January.... »»»
May 11, 2015 - Little Big Town added a fall leg of The Pain Killer Tour, kicking off in early October in Minnesota and ending in November in Washington. The quartet - Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman - have already hit more than 50 markets on this headlining tour.... »»»
May 11, 2015 - Dolly Parton's life story will be on TV as NBC will broadcast the movie "Coat of Many Colors," named after Parton's song and based on Parton's upbringing. Parton, who will executive produce, had called the 1971 track her favorite song she has written. It tells the story of how her mother stitched... »»»
May 11, 2015 - While Jon Pardi is working on his sophomore studio album, he is going digital with "The B Sides, 2011-2014" on May 18. The release features six previously unreleased tracks recorded for consideration for Pardi's debut album, "Write You A Song." Pardi plays many of these songs in his live show,... »»»
May 11, 2015 - Heartland country rocker Logan Mize will digitally release his five-song Arista Nashville debut, "Pawn Shop Guitar - EP"on May 19. Produced by Jim Catino, Ryan Gore, and Mize, the EP was entirely co-written by Mize and includes his current single, "Can't Get way from a Good Time.... »»»
May 11, 2015 - Tyler Farr made pilgrimage to the mother church of country music on Sunday, but the singer wasn't at the Ryman Auditorium to sing a few songs. He did get down on one knee though to ask his girlfriend of 2 ˝ years, Hannah Freeman, for her hand in marriage. With the stained-glass windows framing the... »»»
May 10, 2015 - Chris Young shipped his new song "I'm Comin' Over" to country radio today. The new track, which Young co-wrote with Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge, is his 13th single to go to country radio and is the first song to be released off Young's new album that he has been recording through the winter in... »»»
May 10, 2015 - Fiddling great Johnny Gimble, who was a member of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, died on Saturday at 88 in Dripping Springs, Texas. He suffered several strokes in recent years. Gimble was born May 30, 1926 in Tyler Texas and started playing music in a band with his brothers by the time he was 12.... »»»
May 8, 2015 - Joe Ely was formally appointed the Official Texas State Musician for 2016 in a ceremony on Thursday at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Ely is being recognized for his commitment to the arts in Texas. "I'm humbled to be recognized in this manner by the state of my birth," said Ely, a native... »»»
May 7, 2015 - Zac Brown Band debuted in first with "Jekyll + Hyde" on the Top Country Albums chart and was the top selling CD in the country, making it first on the Billboard top 200 chart. Little Big Town again is first on the Billboard Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush" for the week ending May 16.... »»»
May 7, 2015 - Patty Griffin, Los Lobos, Lee Ann Womack, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn and Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen are among the initial list of artists who will play the Americana Music Association AmericanaFest2015 in September in Nashville., The AMA announced a total of 85 of the more than 150 artists... »»»
May 6, 2015 - What started as a songwriting session for Greg Bates ended in marriage over the weekend. Bates, who had a hit single himself with "Did It For the Girl," met fellow singer-songwriter Shelley Skidmore, two years ago at a songwriting sessioin. On Saturday, the two tied the knot.... »»»
May 6, 2015 - Toby Keith's Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour added Chris Janson on more than 20 dates this summer, Keith announced today.. Janson joins Eli Young Band or Colt Ford, who will occasionally join the tour's line up. Fueled by his new single "Buy Me A Boat," Janson recently signed with Warner Music Nashville.... »»»
May 6, 2015 - Zac Brown Band has the leading album in the country with "Jekyll + Hyde," its third chart topper, according to Billboard magazine. ZBB debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, which is officially out on Thursday, with sales of 228,000 equivalent album units for the week ending May 3.... »»»
May 5, 2015 - Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and wife Sharon White are combining forces for a national road show. The three music vets announced the "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour today, starting in Salt Lake City this June and will continue with scheduled performances in Denver, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Seattle,... »»»
May 5, 2015 - Reba McEntire may be known as a countryt singer, but she's apparently stretching out her musical palette by going EDM. "Going Out Like That," McEntire's first single from her hit album, "Love Somebody" was given the electronic dance music treatment in a remix. "Going Out Like That (Bummerman Remix)"... »»»
May 5, 2015 - Chris Stapleton releases his debut today, while veteran Shelby Lynne returns with new music on a new label for her. Stapleton is best known for his songwriting skills, having pen ned such songs as "Your Man" for Josh Turner and "Drink a Beer" for Luke Bryan. Now, he's out with his bluesy debut, "Traveller.... »»»
May 4, 2015 - Jason Isbell announced an expanded list of tour dates this summer in support of "Something More Than Free," which drops July 17. Isbell will be touring extensively with his band The 400 Unit, featuring Derry Deborja (keys), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).... »»»
May 4, 2015 - Ashley Monroe will release her second album on July 24. No title has been set for her Warner Brothers Records release. Monroe's close friend and mentor Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, the team that helmed her 2013 debut, produced again. The video for her first single, "On to Something Good,"... »»»
May 1, 2015 - After announcing a rare solo performance opening Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater show one week ago for late July, Eric Church added a second show after tickets went clean in less than five minutes. As a result, Church added a July 31 show to go along with his July 30 gig. "I wouldn't be where I am... »»»
May 1, 2015 - Miranda Lambert will host a girls night out this fall with the resurrection of her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour. Lambert will be joined again by RaeLynn, who has a Gold-certified single "God Made Girls," Ashley Monroe whose duet with Blake Shelton, "Lonely Tonight," was a recent number one... »»»