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Country News Digest, June 2015

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June 30, 2015 - Easton Corbin released his third album, "About to Get Real," today. The new disc contains a dozen songs produced by Carson Chamberlain, who has always been the Floridian's producer. Corbin had a hand in writing three of the songs. "Baby Be My Love Song" is the first single from the release.... »»»
June 30, 2015 - Dustin Lynch received a surprise Friday from the RIAA with a Platinum plaque certifying 1 million in sales and streams for his multi-week number one single "Where It's At." Lynch served as a special guest panelist alongside RIAA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Cary Sherman and Broken Bow VP of... »»»
June 29, 2015 - Thomas Rhett announced today that his sophomore album, "Tangled Up," (Valory Music Co.) is slated for a Sept. 25 release. The soulful lead single "Crash And Burn" is climbing the charts. "This album is something we've been working on for two years and musically, it really pulls from all the things I... »»»
June 29, 2015 - New York City hosted its first-ever country music festival this past weekend, as the inaugural FarmBorough drew more than 40,000 fans and apparently did well enough to return next year. FarmBorough, a collaboration between Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment, kicked off the... »»»
June 26, 2015 - Dwight Yoakam received the Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award on Wednesday. "I haven't gotten a lot of awards, but one thing I did have was great support from country radio," said Yoakam in giving his thanks. Yoakam recalled his fascination with country radio from a young age.... »»»
June 25, 2015 - Carrie Underwood will be back on Sunday Night Football, it was announced earlier this week. Underwood sings the pre-game lead-in song for the telecast and will continuing handling those chores for the third straight season. The Twitter handle for Sunday Night Football tweeted "Great to have... »»»
June 25, 2015 - Little Big Town's stranglehold on the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continues for the week ending July 4 with "Girl Crush." "Jekyll + Hyde" by Zac Brown Band regained the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart. Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time.... »»»
June 24, 2015 - Krystal Keith will show off her culinary skills on "Plate by Plate," an online series recreating favorite dishes from five restaurants she visited across the U.S. Keith, a Showdog Nashville artist and author of the Barnyard Bistro blog, will air the show on Scripps' online platforms GreatAmericanCountry.... »»»
June 23, 2015 - On the same day that Kacey Musgraves released her sophomore major label CD, "Beauty Pageant," she also announced a tour of the U .S. and five other countries this summer and fall. The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue kicks off Aug. 27 in Atlanta and will also hit England, Ireland,... »»»
June 23, 2015 - Texas artist Bart Crow will make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, Aug. 21. "Honestly, I believe I am still in shock being invited to play the Grand Ole Opry," said Crow. "It is the shrine of country music and every song I was raised on, from both of my grandfathers to my own dad.... »»»
June 23, 2015 - Kacey Musgraves is back with her sophomore major label release, "Pageant Material." Musgraves won much acclaim for her debut, "Same Trailer Different Park" upon its release in 2013. She had hit singles with "Merry Go Round" and "Follow Your Arrow," a controversial song about acceptance.... »»»
June 20, 2015 - Brad Paisley was slated to head the Windy City LakeShake country music festival in Chicago on Saturday, but weather canned his appearance until Sunday. "Due to the ongoing weather conditions and the safety of our fans being the highest priority, we're postponing the remainder of Saturday's Windy City LakeShake.... »»»
June 19, 2015 - Nathan Chapman, producer of Taylor Swift's first four albums, made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this week. "My debut performance on the Opry was a dream come true. It was everything I've ever heard it would be from other artists. The history, the magic, the nerves and the amazing feeling of... »»»
June 19, 2015 - The Mavericks and Ryder Cooder/Sharon White/Ricky Skaggs were added by the Americana Music Association to AmericanaFest 2015 on Friday. They are among more than 150 performers scheduled to play at the festival Sept. 15-20 in Nashville. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, JD Souther, Margo Price, The... »»»
June 18, 2015 - A "NOW" compilation album topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending June 27 with last week's chart topper, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's "Django And Jimmie" now fifth. Little Big Town remains atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush.... »»»
June 18, 2015 - The Dixie Chicks are reuniting for at least six dates for a European tour in 2016. The dates are: April 20 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands April 29 - Birmingham, England April 30 - Manchester, England May 1 - London May 3 - Glasgow, Scotland May 4 - Dublin, Ireland No U.S. dates were announced.... »»»
June 17, 2015 - Little Big Town cancelled all shows through the end of July because Jimi Westbrook will need surgery to remove a poly on a chord. "With heavy hearts we want to let you guys know that Jimi will have to undergo surgery next week to remove a polyp on his vocal cord," the band said on its web site.... »»»
June 17, 2015 - Sam Hunt will return to the top of the Billboard country albums chart when it is released on Thursday with "Montevallo." The disc sold 31,000 units, up 11 percent, good enough for seventh on the chart. This marks the highest ranking for Hunt's debut since its debut week on Nov. 15, 2014 in third.... »»»
June 17, 2015 - Can't make it to St. Louis on Thursday for Dierks Bentley's show? The next best thing may be seeing a stream of the concert, which will be available on Yahoo Live from the Hollywood Amphitheater. The show will be available for free through the Yahoo Screen App for iOS and Android, on connected... »»»
June 16, 2015 - Steep Canyon Rangers will release "Radio" on Aug. 28 on Rounder Records. Produced by Jerry Douglas, the Dobro master and member of Allison Krauss' Union Station, the disc will be the bluegrass band's ninth. SCR also is set for a heavy touring schedule. The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt... »»»
June 16, 2015 - Driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers return with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." This is the hometown of lead singer Gary Nichols and incorporates the typical soulful 'grass of the band. "Dylan Cash and the Nashville Cats A New Music City" is out today via Sony Legacy in conjunction with an... »»»
June 16, 2015 - "JOHNNYSWIM: Live at Rockwood," the new live album from the husband-and-wife team, will be released this fall via Big Picnic Records. The recording will be taped at their upcoming sold-out performances at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City July 13-14 and will include songs off their acclaimed debut LP, "Diamonds.... »»»
June 15, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson will embark on a nationwide U.S. tour this fall, including newly announced shows at Philadelphia's Tower Theatre, New York's Beacon Theatre and Washington's Lincoln Theatre. The summer/fall tours celebrate Sturgill's well-received 2014 release, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.... »»»
June 15, 2015 - Dale Watson will provide the music for a Texas two-stepping dance competition on tonight's episode of ABC's "The Bachelorette." Filmed at Gruene Hall, Texas' oldest dance hall, Watson and his band,The Lone Stars, provide the music for the dancers. The show airs at 8 p.m. eastern on ABC.... »»»
June 14, 2015 - The Thunder on the Mountain festival in Arkansas was slated to be the first appearance at a regular concert setting for Carrie Underwood since she gave birth. Fans will have to wait a bit longer because the festival announced this weekend it was being cancelled. "Due to circumstances beyond our... »»»
June 12, 2015 - Carrie Underwood took home three awards during the CMT Country Music Awards on Wednesday in Nashville. Underwood won Collaborative Video of the Year with Miranda Lambert for "Somethin' Bad." She also took Female Video of the Year for "Something in the Water" and Video of the Year for the same song.... »»»
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June 12, 2015 - Country singer Randy Howard, who charted with a few songs in the 1980s, was killed on Tuesday in a shootout with a bounty hunter. Howard was born on May 9, 1950 in Macon Ga. He charted with "All-American Redneck" in 1983, reaching 84 on the Billboard charts. Some radio stations refused to play the... »»»
June 11, 2015 - The annual rite known as the CMA Music Festival got underway today in Nashville. The festivities started with Gary Allan at 10 a.m. on the Riverfront stage. Musicians were playing six different stages during the morning and afternoon. Among those playing during the day were The Cadillac Three, Ashley... »»»
June 11, 2015 - Country Hall of Fame member-elect and Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown, 81, died on Thursday in Franklin, Tenn. from cancer. Brown, who released an album in January, was a star of the Opry for more than 50 years. He enjoyed hits as a solo artist, as a duet singer and as a member of The Browns with... »»»
June 11, 2015 - Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart is continuing because the song is number one again for the week ending June 20. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were first with their first album together in 30 years, "Django & Jimmie." The rest of the top five stayed the same:... »»»
June 11, 2015 - Darius Rucker raised $220,000 for St. Jude in a charity show and golf tourney this week. "Darius and Friends," held at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on Monday was followed by the Celebrity Tee-Off on Tuesday. The 2-day total is almost two times as much as the record $120,000 Rucker earned last year... »»»
June 10, 2015 - Randy Rogers, leader of the band bearing his name, said this morning that his seven-day-old daughter passed away Tuesday night. "Good morning. Rumer passed away last night. She died after a week long battle with a very rare condition. She died in our arms and in no pain. She was absolutely beautiful in every way.... »»»
June 10, 2015 - At 78, Merle Haggard notched his first top 10 album. Thanks to teaming up with Willie Nelson, "Django & Jimmie" is the seventh best selling disc in the U.S., according to Billboard. "Django & Jimmie" moved 31,000 units, making this Nelson's fourth top 10 release. Nelson scored his first top 10 in 1982... »»»
June 9, 2015 - The annual rite of June - the CMA Country Music Fest - officially launched Wednesday with the CMA Fest Opening Ceremonies hosted by Chris Young. Among the artists playing during the day, a limited opening of sorts, was Frankie BallardThe full slate of activities started Thursday morning with Jake... »»»
June 9, 2015 - A Thousand Horses already has a hit on its hands with "Smoke," and now are releasing the CD "Southernality." A Thousand Horses is a southern rock band that echoes the Black Crowes. The group had a release on Interscope in 2010. Laura Bell Bundy has gained more acclaim with her acting career (she was... »»»
June 8, 2015 - Ashley Monroe will live stream her concert from Nashville on Tuesday night via Yahoo Live. Monroe, who releases her second album, "The Blade," on July 24, will play at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville at 10 p.m. eastern through the Yahoo Screen App for iOS and Android, on connected devices (Apple TV,... »»»
June 8, 2015 - Miranda Lambert is sticking to vices on her new single. "Smokin' and Drinkin'," which features Little Big Town, is the singer's latest single from her album "Platinum." Natalie Hemby wrote the song along with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. Lambert goes for a slower tempo in a song featuring doctored... »»»
June 5, 2015 - Thomas Rhett time hops in the video for his new single "Crash And Burn," out today exclusively on CMT's Hot 20 Countdown will air the broadcast debut tomorrow, starting at 8 a.m. central. Fans will also be able to view the new video across all of CMT's platforms including CMT.... »»»
June 4, 2015 - Little Big Town retained its top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending June 13 with "Girl Crush," while Zac Brown Band was first on the Top Country Albums list with "Jekyll + Hyde." On the songs chart, Hunt was second with "Take Your Time." Blake Shelton's "Sangria" was third.... »»»
June 4, 2015 - The wait may have been bittersweet for Aussie country singer Kasey Chambers, but her award-winning disc "Bittersweet" will be out in July on Rounder Records. Chambers, who release "Bittersweet" on July 14, also will hit the U.S. for a short tour. "BIttersweet" is the first disc in five years for... »»»
June 4, 2015 - Brett Eldredge announced he will release his new album in September. "So out of my mind pumped to tell Ya my second album "ILLINOIS" will come out September 11th!!!!," Eldredge said in a tweet. Eldredge, who is from Paris, Ill., made the announcement earlier this week in an apperance on Late Night With Seth Myers.... »»»
June 3, 2015 - Kip Moore announced plans today for his "Comeback Kid Skatepark Project," a charitable initiative that will oversee the construction of a series of skateparks to benefit communities and kids. At a press conference today, Moore along with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Salemtown Board Co, revealed the... »»»
June 3, 2015 - Lonesome River Band has a new mandolin player. Jesse Smathers joins LRB, also performing lead and harmony vocals chores. He replaced Randy Jones who has taken a full-time job outside the music business. Smathers, who lives in Eden, N.C., previously toured with the James King Band, High Voltage... »»»
June 2, 2015 - Jean Richie, American folk and Appalachian singer, who brought the dulcimer to the forefront, died Monday at 92 in Berea, Ky. Ritchie was considered a key player in folk music along with spearheading the revival of the dulcimer. She also brought Appalachian folk songs to the masses throughout her singing career.... »»»
June 2, 2015 - The radio consultant who compared female country artists to tomatoes in salad acknowledged in a follow-up interview with Country Aircheck the country industry was sexist. "I'm not going to make any apology for using the tomato analogy, as some have counseled me," Keith Hill said in the story.... »»»
June 2, 2015 - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard team up for their first album in decades, "Django & Jimmie." The first single from the veterans is "It's All Going to Pot." Buddy Cannon produced the 14-song set, which is their sixth collaboration. They recorded the album in three days. Billy Currington is out with... »»»
June 2, 2015 - Maddie & Tae announced Tuesday they were delaying the release of their debut CD until the end of August. "Start Here," which featured their hit "Girl in a Country Song," was slated to drop today, but, instead, Big Machine Label Group issued a press release saying the disc would be out Aug.... »»»
June 1, 2015 - Hard Working Americans will return in August for a summer tour, following a brief hiatus to tend to their regular gigs. The band features vocalist Todd Snider, bassist Dave Schools, guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Chad Staehly, guitarist Jesse Aycock and drummer Duane Trucks.... »»»
June 1, 2015 - Chris Stapleton's "15 Years Of Traveller" video premiered today. The piece chronicles the stories and experiences behind his well-received album, "Traveller," which recently debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart with more than 27,000 albums sold making it the best-selling first... »»»