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Country News Digest, July 2015


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July 31, 2015 - Daniel Romano releases his first CD for New West, "If I've Only One Time Askin'," today. Romano, who is from Canada, mixes country, Americana and other sounds. Romano released "Come Cry With Me," on New West's emerging artist imprint Normaltown Records in 2013. Romano largely self-produced and... »»»
July 31, 2015 - Lynn Anderson, best known for her hit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," died today at 67 following a heart attack in Nashville. Anderson had a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s with a country pop sound. She enjoyed 12 number 1 songs, 18 top 10s and more than 50 Top 40 hits.... »»»
July 30, 2015 - Randy Houser will debut his video for "We Went" on Saturday. CMT Hot 20 Countdown and CMT platforms including CMT.com and the CMT Artists App will air the video. The Dustin Rikert-directed piece tells the story of the "Good Deed Bandits," putting a Bonnie-and-Clyde-meet-Robin-Hood spin on an... »»»
July 30, 2015 - Seventeen years later, The Cox Family is back. With Allison Krauss producing, the Louisiana-based family band is returing on Oct. 23 with "Gone Like the Cotton," its first release since it started work on the very same album in 1998. The new disc will be out on Rounder, which initially released... »»»
July 29, 2015 - Garth Brooks is the biggest country draw, according to Forbes. Brooks has pulled in $90 million on his tour, which started last September. Others on the list are Toby Keith ($53 million), Jason Aldean ($43.5 million), Luke Bryan ($42.5 million) and Kenny Chesney ($42 million). The list takes into... »»»
July 29, 2015 - Little Big Town announced it was canceling three weeks of shows in August due to LBT member Jimi Westbrook being put on vocal rest. The quartet previously had postponed shows in July due to Westbrook having polyps on his vocal cord. "It is with deep regret that we must cancel an additional three... »»»
July 29, 2015 - Farm Aid 30 is coming to Chicago in September. Featuring the music of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews - with Tim Reynolds - plus Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Mavis Staples, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real,... »»»
July 28, 2015 - The long rein of Little Big Town atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush" is over. Luke Bryan assumed the top spot with "Kick the Dust Up," switching spots with LBT. On the albums chart, Jason Isbell was first with "Something More Than Free," the first time he has led the chart.... »»»
July 28, 2015 - Mac McAnally will go the solo route, releasing "A.K.A. Nobody" on Jimmy Buffett's Mailboard Records on Sept. 14. McAnally, who is in Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, helped write all but one of the songs. Co-writers included Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Sonny Landreth, Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson.... »»»
July 28, 2015 - Eric Church will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18. "Eric Church: Inside the Outsider" runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native's career. The display will include guitars, song... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Jerrod Niemann set a new career benchmark today with the quick success of his single, "Blue Bandana," which celebrated its official country radio impact date with 83 first-week Billboard and Country Aircheck monitored stations on board. "Blue Bandana" enjoyed the biggest impact week of Niemann's... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson's third show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is now sold out, it was reported Monday. The Nov. 1 date was added after Simpson's first two performances at the venue sold out in less than 15 minutes. Demand resulted in the addition of second shows at Atlanta's The Tabernacle,... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Nothin' Fancy signed with Mountain Fever Records, the label announced Monday. The band will begin work on their debut project for the label in August. From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Nothin' Fancy is comprised of founding members Mike Andes on mandolin, Mitchell Davis on banjo, Chris Sexton on... »»»
July 27, 2015 - Tanya Tucker will join in Darlington Raceway's celebration of the early 1970's during its Labor Day weekend events. Tucker will perform the National Anthem for the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 6 live on NBC. "We are excited to have country music icon Tanya Tucker perform our National Anthem for... »»»
July 26, 2015 - Alan Jackson will top the Billboard country charts when they are released later this week with "Angels and Alcohol." Jackson debuted in third on the overall chart with 48,000 units. This marked the 14th time Jackson topped the country chart. Jason Isbell was fifth on the overall chart with... »»»
July 24, 2015 - Women lead the list of new discs out today with Ashley Monroe and Kasey Chambers. Monroe is releasing her follow-up to 2013's "Like a Rose" with "The Blade." Once again, Vince Gill and Justin Niebank produced the music. Monroe, who is also a member of Pistol Annies, adopts a bit less of a traditional... »»»
July 23, 2015 - Hayes Carll said he would return to the recording studio in September with an album slated to be released next winter. Carll said following the conclusion of a residency at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. that he would record with Joe Henry at a studio in Los Angeles. This will be Carll's first... »»»
July 23, 2015 - Daron, Norwood, 49, who released two albums in the 1990s, was founded dead at his apartment in Hereford, Texas on Wednesday. No cause of death was announced. Police said there were no signs of foul play. The Texas native signed to Giant Records in 1993. He released a self-titled disc in 1993 and... »»»
July 22, 2015 - Clint Black is back in the record(ing) business. He announced Tuesday that he was signing with Nashville's Thirty Tigers for his first studio disc in 10 years with a release planned for this fall. "Thirty Tigers has an independent spirit," said Black. "They believe in allowing artists the creative... »»»
July 21, 2015 - Buddy Emmons, an innovative pedal steel player, died July 21 of a heart attack. Emmons played with such musicians as Little Jimmy Dickens, Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford and Ray Price. Emmons was born Jan. 27, 1937 in Mishawaka, Ind. His father bought him a... »»»
July 21, 2015 - Tickets for the fall leg of Darius Rucker's Southern Style Tour, go on sale Friday for the opening night in Chicago. More than 15 stops planned will go on sale in the coming weeks. The second leg of the Southern Style Tour begins Oct. 8 and will run through Thanksgiving. Rucker will bring David Nail... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Country and pop songwriter Wayne Carson, who wrote "Always on My Mind" and "The Letter," died at 72 on Monday. The Denver native went to Nashville to try to forge a career, but later returned to Springfield, Mo., where he had lived at one point, to work with a music publisher.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Chase Rice will launch his own headlining tour, JD and Jesus Tour 2015, starting in October with The Cadillac Three opening select dates. "When I was playing football in college, I learned the most about my peers - and my competitors - by studying their moves on and off the field," said the North Carolina native.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Maddie & Tae, with hits "Girl In A Country Song" and "Fly," will rev it up with the Start Here Tour. The headlining tour starts Oct; 7 in New York and concludes Nov. 7 in Chicago with a total of 12 dates at listening rooms and historic music clubs. "Maddie and I wanted to get out and play all the... »»»
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July 20, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson's "Living The Dream" fall tour will extend through November, including two nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium plus shows in Atlanta, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego, he announced today. Previously announced tour stops, including Asheville, N.C.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced, TMZ reported today. The divorce ends four years of marriage, who were often the subject of divorce rumors in the tabloids. TMZ reported "The couple filed divorce docs a while ago, and a judge is expected to officially end their 4 year marriage today.... »»»
July 20, 2015 - Kenny Chesney broke his own record on Saturday for the largest concert attendance ever at Target Field in Minneapolis. Chesney entertained 44,152 fans for a new single night record. In 2012, Chesney played to 43,940 fans. "This has been the most amazing tour," Chesney said. "Every week, it seems like... »»»
July 17, 2015 - Ronnie Dunn premiered his new single on a new label today on America's Morning Show today. "Ain't No Trucks in Texas," produced by Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus,is out on the NashIcon label. The song will be on his label debut, although no date has been set for the release. "I haven't been this excited... »»»
July 17, 2015 - Alan Jackson returns today with "Angels & Alcohol," his first disc in three years. The new collection includes 10 songs,including 7 penned by Jackson. As usual, Keith Stegall produced Jackson. The first single was "Jim and Jack and Hank." Jackson's most recent release was "The Bluegrass Album" in 2012.... »»»
July 16, 2015 - Easton Corbin stayed atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending July 25 with "About to Get Real." Little Big Town also stayed first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush." On the albums chart, Kacey Musgraves remained second with "Pageant Material.... »»»
July 15, 2015 - Garth Brooks announced he will play Dallas in September. Brooks said in an email announcement that his world tour would hit the American Airlines Center on Sept 18 and 19 starting at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 24 at 11 a.m. eastern time. The world tour started in September 2014 in Chicago.... »»»
July 14, 2015 - Canaan Smith went Digital Gold for his hit single "Love You Like That," the RIAA announced today. A Thousand Horses earned Digital Gold status for its single "Smoke." Jason Aldean's "Just Getting' Started," Dierks Bentley's "Say You Do," Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight," Eli Young Band's "Dust,"... »»»
July 14, 2015 - John Hiatt and Lucinda Williams who are playing in the State of the Union series coming this summer in Chicago, New York, Nashville and California. The series is presented by the Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents and City Winery at City Winery venues. Chicago artists are Leo Kottke Aug.... »»»
July 13, 2015 - Kix Brooks premieres his new television series, "Steak Out with Kix Brooks," on Tuesday on the Cooking Channel. From Denver to New York City, Brooks takes fans across America to visit the best traditional and modern steakhouses in the country, for six half-hour long episodes. The show airs at 9 p.m. eastern.... »»»
July 13, 2015 - Miranda Lambert looks to continue her touring schedule on Friday after canceling a show last week in Canada due to vocal cord issues. "I can't believe this is happening," Lambert said on her web site. "I am sure most of you heard the news about the show in Calgary having to be rescheduled due to my vocal issues.... »»»
July 13, 2015 - Eli Young Band and pop artist Andy Grammer teamed up to release a new version of the number one hit "Honey, I'm Good." The duet will be available on iTunes on Tuesday and will impact country radio stations nationwide on July 27. Grammer's original version has topped the iTunes Pop chart.... »»»
July 13, 2015 - Kenny Rogers, will release his first new Christmas album in 17 years this fall. "Once Again It's Christmas," out via Warner Music Nashville / Warner Bros., the set will be Rogers' first Christmas release since 1998's "Christmas From The Heart" and his sixth Christmas release overall.... »»»
July 10, 2015 - Kasey Chambers and Lyle Lovett are among the performers at this year's AmericanaFest 2015 in August, it was announced today. The Americana Music Association and Lincoln Center unveiled the lineup for the fest, coming Aug. 7 - 9, as part of Lincoln Center's Out Of Doors Series. This year's bill kicks... »»»
July 3, 2015 - Steven Tyler released the music video for his debut country single, "Love Is Your Name," on ABC's Good Morning America earlier today. Tyler, who signed to Dot Records of the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, was involved in the creative direction of the video alongside director Trey Fanjoy.... »»»
July 2, 2015 - Kacey Musgraves led the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Pageant Material,' her brand new disc. Little Big Town once again tops the Hot Country Songs chart, for the week ending July 11, with "Girl Crush." The two-three-four spots remained the same. Sam Hunt is second on the songs chart with... »»»
July 2, 2015 - Lee Brice debuted the new video for his single, "That Don’t Sound Like You”," this week. The ballad is the third video from Brice'’s "‘I Don’t Dance’" CD, which came out last September. Atkins wrote the song with Rhett Akins and Ashley Gorley. Brice already has enjoyed an... »»»
July 1, 2015 - An annual rite of fall - the Luke Bryan Farm Tour - returns in September and October. The tour kicks off Sept. 30 in Fort Wayne, Ind., the first of eight shows. Bryan also plays Lexington, Ky. on Oct. 1; Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 2; Columbia, S.C. on Oct. 3; Starkville , Miss. on Oct. 7, Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Oct.... »»»
July 1, 2015 - For the first time in six years, traditional country singer Daryle Singletary will have a new album out. The Georgian announced he would release "There's Still a Little Country Left" on July 28. It will be his first release since 2009's "Rockin' in the Country." "When I moved to Nashville in 1990, I... »»»
July 1, 2015 - Kacey Musgraves will have the third best selling disc in the U.S. when Billboard releases its charts on Thursday. Musgraves' second major label release, "Pageant Material," sold 60,000 units in its first week. Musgraves' Mercury debut, "Same Trailer Different Park," started in second with 43,000 units sold in 2013.... »»»