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Country News Digest, August 2015

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August 31, 2015 - BBR Music Group, the home of Broken Bow Records, announced today it would launch its fourth label, Wheelhouse Records. The label will be home to Trace Adkins, who was already announced earlier this year as being with Broken Bow, and Texas artist Granger Smith. Expect new music from Adkins fall while... »»»
August 28, 2015 - Danielle Bradbery, season four winner of The Voice, is out with a new song today, "Friend Zone," from her upcoming sophomore disc. Banjos and marching-band-like drums complement the sports-infused relationship analogies in the tune, penned by Bradbery, Mikal Blue, Johan Lindbrandt and Shari Short.... »»»
August 28, 2015 - Thomas Rhett is sharing new music off his upcoming "Tangled Up" (The Valory Music Co.) by premiering a new video every Friday. Rhett's second release comes out Sept. 25 with the Vacation video out today. Starting today, Vevo will premiere a new video every Friday. The track is the same one fans will... »»»
August 28, 2015 - Maddie & Tea, the young female duo behind "Girl in a Country Song," release their full-length debut, "Start Here." The disc was produced by Dann Huff, more known for his pop and rock tendencies, but here Maddie & Tae adhere to far more of a country sound with liberal use of traditional country instrumentation.... »»»
August 27, 2015 - Jennifer Nettles, who left Universal Nashville earlier this month, announced today that she has signed to Big Machine Records. Nettles, one-half of Sugarland, will release a new single in October with her second solo album due out in early 2016 release. Nettles also will embark on the headlining... »»»
August 27, 2015 - Chris Isaak will release his first album of new material in six years in November. "First Comes the Night" will be produced by Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell) and longtime Isaak collaborator Mark Needham and be out on Vanguard Records on Nov. 13.... »»»
August 26, 2015 - Luke Bryan will bring his seventh annual Farm Tour to eight cities this fall. Joining Bryan on the tour will be Sam Hunt, the Peach Pickers (a trio consisting of songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip), Chris Janson, Chancie Neal, a singer from Louisiana, and DJ Rock. Tour dates are: Sept.... »»»
August 26, 2015 - Sam Hunt once again is partying at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as "House Party" remains first again. Luke Bryan also stayed first - on the overall Top 200, and, of course, the Top Country Albums chart - with "Kill the Lights." Thomas Rhett was second on the Songs chart with "Crash... »»»
August 26, 2015 - The Cadillac Three will livestream a sold-out, hometown show in Nasvhille next month. The trio will play The Cannery Ballroom on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. central and stream it through Big Machine's iHeart Radio Channel. Jaren Johnston (guitar and lead vocals), Neil Mason (drums, Percussion and... »»»
August 25, 2015 - Waterloo Revival released a video of its single "Bad For You." George Birge and Cody Cooper, who are Waterloo Revival, put the video on Rare Country. Shot just outside of Nashville and directed by Brian Lazzaro, the scenes depict an unexpected adventure after the duo's truck breaks down outside a fruit stand.... »»»
August 25, 2015 - Ralph Stanley will head out on the road in 2016 for The Man of Constant Sorrow Tour. The shows will also feature his grandson, Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Tour dates have yet to be announced. The tour is named after Stanley's latest album, "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was... »»»
August 25, 2015 - Cole Swindell announced his second annual Down Home Tour this morning, following last year's sold-out run. The tour starts Nov. 11 in New York and concludes Dec. 19 in Greenville, S.C. Swindell will celebrate the five-week run with the release of his five-song "Down Home Sessions" EP this fall.... »»»
August 24, 2015 - Luke Bryan remains number one on the Billboard charts with"Kill the Lights," despite a huge drop in sales. Bryan scored 99,000 in sales, far below the 345,000 he sold in week 1. Sam Hunt rounded out the top 10 with "Montevallo," selling 28,000 units. The carts will be out on Tuesday.... »»»
August 24, 2015 - Don Henley will launch a solo tour this fall to support "Cass County," his country disc out Sept. 25. The disc is the first solo release in 15 years from the drummer for The Eagles. Dolly Parton sings with Henley on "When I Stop Dreaming," a song done by the Louvin Brothers. Mick Jagger and Miranda... »»»
August 24, 2015 - Jon Pardi will launch a headlining tour, the All Time High Tour, this fall, he announced Monday. With 18 cross-country dates, the California native kicks off the tour in his home state at The House of Blues in San Diego on Oct. 8. Brothers Osborne will open the shows. "Out of all the tours I've... »»»
August 24, 2015 - The Judds, will reunite for Girls Night Out, a nine-show residency at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas, Oct. 7-24. Produced by AEG Live, Girls Night Out will mark the first concerts by Naomi and Wynonna Judd together in nearly five years. "Love Can Build a Bridge," "Why Not Me,"... »»»
August 21, 2015 - More than three years after the release of his very successful debut, Kip Moore finally returns with "Wild Ones." Moore, who had hits with "Beer Money" and "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," is out with a regular and deluxe edition with the latter containing 16 songs (3 extra). Moore tends to rock more on this... »»»
August 21, 2015 - Hot Rize, Watkins Family Hour, Angaleena Presley, Buddy Miller and Marc Ribot, Della Mae and Parker Millsap were added to the AmericanaFest in Nashville next month, it was announced today. They were among more than 30 artists added to the 16th annual fest, coming Sept. 15-20. Glen Hansard, Jewel,... »»»
August 20, 2015 - Carrie Underwood announced today via a Facebook chat that she is releasing her fifth album, "Storyteller," on Oct. 23 . "Storyteller" will launch with the single "Smoke Break," which was delivered digitally to country radio today for an official airplay impact date of Aug. 24. Produced by Jay... »»»
August 20, 2015 - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell will release their second studio album "So Familiar," on Rounder Records on Oct. 30. Produced by Peter Asher, the album features 12 new songs. "So Familiar" is the follow-up to 2013's "Love Has Come for You," which won the Grammy for Best American Roots Song and also... »»»
August 19, 2015 - Scotty McCreery released the lead single from his fourth album this week. "Southern Belle" was released digitally on Monday and will go for adds at radio on Aug. 31.The song was written by Jason Saenz and Sean McConnell and produced by Frank Rogers. McCreery, who is a student at North Carolina State... »»»
August 19, 2015 - Joe Ely's song "Southern Eyes," will receive its premiere on Sirius / XM's Mojo Nixon show on Thursday at 5 p.m. eastern. The song appears on Ely 's Panhandle Rambler," which streets Sept. 18. The song will also be available Friday as an instant download for pre-sales of the album on iTunes.... »»»
August 18, 2015 - NBC has announced that its upcoming holiday film "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" will air Thursday, Dec. 10 from 9-11 p.m.eastern/Pacific. The movie, which includes Jennifer Nettles as Parton's mother, is based on the true story of Parton's upbringing. The film is set in the Tennessee Great... »»»
August 18, 2015 - Nathan Stanley got a special birthday present on Saturday when he turned 23 - the keys to the city of Marion, Va. Stanley, grandson of Ralph and a country and bluegrass recording artist in his own right, also had Aug. 15 declared "Nathan Stanley Day," an honor conferred by Mayor David Helms.... »»»
August 17, 2015 - Bob Johnston, who produced Johnny Cash's "Live at San Quentin" and Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline," died on Monday in Nashville at 83. Johnston also produced Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, Willie Nelson, Flatt & Scruggs, The Byrds and Carl Perkins. Johnston was born May 14, 1932 in Hillsboro, Texas.... »»»
August 17, 2015 - Maddie & Tae will play the Today show to support the release of their full-length debut, they announced today. The duo behind "Girl In A Country Song" release "Start Here" on Aug. 28 and play on the TV show Sept. 1. This is their second appearance on the show. "We will never forget the morning we were... »»»
August 16, 2015 - Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" is the number one selling disc in the U.S., according to Billboard. The disc becomes Bryan's third number 1, selling 345,000 units for the week ending Aug. 13. The release, which, of course, will top the country chart, is the largest sales week for any country album... »»»
August 16, 2015 - Kenny Chesney broke his own personal mark for a New Jersey concert on Saturday by drawing almost 60,000 to MetLife Stadium with a lot of help from a new found friend, who came onstage to sing. Midway through the show, MetLife Stadium staffers tweeted, "Congrats @kennychesney - Highest selling country... »»»
August 14, 2015 - Sam Hunt scored a Billboard chart double for the week ending Aug. 22 with "Montevallo" again the top selling disc. He scored another number one with "House Party." On the Top Country Albums chart, Hunt assumed the number one spot from Alan Jackson's "Angels And Alcohol," which fell to second.... »»»
August 14, 2015 - The Band Perry released a new song today, "Live Forever," which will be from an upcoming album. The anthemic song, which clocks in at 3:52, was written by the trio - Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Neil Perry - plus Jenna Andrews, Nadir Khayat, Jakke Erixson, Karl-Ola Kjellho. "Live Forever" was... »»»
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August 13, 2015 - Jennifer Nettles will join the cast of NBC's upcoming TV movie about Dolly Parton, "Coat of Many Colors," it was announced this week. Parton will play young Dolly's mother, Avie. This is not the first time Nettles has entered the acting profession. She was on Broadway in the musical "Chicago.... »»»
August 13, 2015 - Charlie Daniels Band will go live come October. CDB announced this week that "Live At Billy Bob's Texas" will be out on CD and DVD on Oct. 16 as part of the Smith Music Group series. Recorded on Feb. 20, the 14-track project includes such hits as "The South's Gonna Do It (Again)" and "The Devil... »»»
August 12, 2015 - Texas artist Granger Smith signed with the Broken Bow Records group, he announced today. Smith will record a full-length with Frank Rogers, who also produced Brad Paisley. The two worked together on Smith's "4x4" EP. "I've held off for years in partnering with a record label because of my... »»»
August 12, 2015 - Randy Houser will launch the We Went Tour this fall, he announced today. Frankie Ballard and special guest Craig Campbell will open the shows, which start Nov. 20 in Corbin, Ky. "We've had a blast touring with Luke (Bryan) this summer, and it's been an incredible opportunity to play to some people... »»»
August 12, 2015 - What goes around comes around - at least if you're Bill Anderson's decades-long missing guitar. Anderson, Vicky McGehee and Jamey Johnson co-wrote "The Guitar Song," eight years ago, about a fictional guitar that hung unwanted and tattered in an old pawn shop. The guitar held so many stories of its... »»»
August 12, 2015 - Balsam Range and The Earls of Leicester grabbed five International Bluegrass Music Awards nominations today to lead the pack. The Gibson Brothers and the Lonesome River Band each earned four nominations. Bill Keith, the groundbreaking banjo player from Boston, who played with Bill Monroe, and... »»»
August 11, 2015 - LeAnn Rimes announced today that she will hit the road again this December for her annual holiday themed tour. Rimes will play the west coast on her "Today is Christmas" tour. This coincides with the release of her new Christmas album, "Today is Christmas," due out this fall. The album is a special... »»»
August 10, 2015 - Audrey Auld-Mezera, 51, an independent Australian and American country singer, died on Sunday in California after a battle with cancer. Mezera released 11 albums and 3 EPs on her own label, Reckless Records. She recorded with musicians including Kasey Chambers and her father, Bill, Fred Eaglesmith,... »»»
August 10, 2015 - Kenny Chesney broke another attendance record when he played Denver on Saturday. With 54,674 on hand, the attendance broke the attendance record for an end-zone set up at Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High in Denver. "Since I started coming here to play the Grizzly Rose, the Denver fans have been... »»»
August 10, 2015 - Zac Brown Band closed a historic three-night run at Fenway Park in Boston by inviting a special guest to the stage, Steven Tyler, the leader singer of Aerosmith and a budding country singer. ZBB played three shows - the first band to do so - starting on Friday night, playing to 105,000 tickets during... »»»
August 7, 2015 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly and his wife said today they are no longer going to be a duo. They announced that they are having a child due in February. Cassie Kelly said on her web site, Womanista today, "Charles and I are SO BEYOND EXCITED to share with y'all that we are expecting a baby! He or she... »»»
August 7, 2015 - Jake Owen announced today via Twitter that he and his wife of three years are getting divorced. Owen wrote on Twitter, ""This is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. We appreciate your support and privacy in this matter." He then posted a statement about the split with his wife, Lacey Buchanan.... »»»
August 7, 2015 - Luke Bryan releases "Kill the Lights," his fifth studio album, today. Bryan wrote 6 of the 13 songs on the disc, five more than he wrote on 2013's "Crash My Party." "Home Alone Tonight" features a duet with Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. This is Bryan's second release this year as he released his... »»»
August 6, 2015 - Alan Jackson led the Top Country Albums chart with "Angels And Alcohol," while Luke Bryan stayed first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Kick the Dust Up" for the week ending Aug. 15. On the songs chart, Sam Hunt was second and third with "House Party and "Take Your Time" respectively.... »»»
August 6, 2015 - Yahoo Live will live stream the Luke Bryan concert from Irving Plaza in New York City on Friday at 9 p.m. eastern. The show celebrates Bryan's fifth full-length album, "Kill the Lights," which is being released on Friday. "Kill the Lights" will be available to fans across the U.S.... »»»
August 6, 2015 - Dustin Lynch will launch of his first-ever headline tour this fall. Lynch hit more than 35 cities in a tour that starts Nov. 14 in Richmond, Va. and ends Feb. 20 in Cincinnati. Big Loud Records' singer Chris Lane will open the tour. "Touring with Luke Bryan and Keith Urban, I've learned from the... »»»
August 6, 2015 - Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will release "Banjo Banjo," the companion EP to their debut duo album on Aug. 21 on Rounder. Available on CD Oct. 2 and vinyl Oct. 30 (both exclusively through Barnes and Noble), the EP features three previously unreleased tracks paired with live versions of... »»»
August 5, 2015 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host the 49th annual CMA Awards for the eighth consecutive year in 2015, it was announced today. The awards air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 8-11 p.m. eastern on ABC. The return of the popular pair was announced... »»»
August 5, 2015 - Toby Keith returns with "35 mph Town" on Oct. 9 on ShowDog Nashville. Advanced by the social commentary single "Drunk Americans" and the current rising single and title track, Keith produced along with Bobby Pinson. Keith wrote most of the songs with help from Pinson, Scotty Emerick and Rivers Rutherford.... »»»
August 4, 2015 - Producer Billy Sherrill, best known for his work with George Jones and Tammy Wynette and developing the smooth countrypolitan sound, died today at 78 after a short illness. Sherrill was known for the countrypolitan sound, which was characterized by lush sounds, often strings. He was criticized for... »»»
August 4, 2015 - Tim McGraw released a brand new song, "Top of the World," to radio today. The song, produced by Byron Gallimore and McGraw, is from a forthcoming 14th studio album from McGraw coming this fall. The song is about a relationship with a girl with a mid-tempo feel. The lyrics conclude with "'Cause when ya... »»»
August 3, 2015 - Kip Moore will headline the 2015 Wild Ones Tour starting in Early October in Pennsylvania and ending in early December in Richmond, Va. Michael Ray will join the "I'm To Blame" singer on tour as well as Chris Cavanaugh, Joey Hyde and DeeJay Silver to join him on select dates. Moore is touring in... »»»
August 3, 2015 - Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, who is also her manager, are separating after 26 years of marriage, they announced today. "Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other," the duo said in a statement from Big Machine Label Group, McEntire's label.... »»»
August 3, 2015 - Jennifer Nettles is no longer on Universal Nashville, according to a report today in Country Aircheck. On July 24, Nettles released the single "Sugar" (EMI Nashville) from a forthcoming release, which she wrote with Brandy Clark and Jessie Jo Dillon. Dann Huff produced the song.... »»»
August 3, 2015 - Thomas Rhett will get "Tangled Up" in a new batch of music when his sophomore disc drops Sept. 25. The album on Valory Music contains 13 songs that mix his various influences including country and soul. His father, Rhett Akins, had a hand in writing three of the songs. "I didn't grow up listening... »»»
August 3, 2015 - Kenny Chesney's Big Revival tour broke a 21-year-old attendance record on Saturday set by Pink Floyd. Chesney broke Pink Floyd's 1994 record of 56,134 with 57,368 in attendance at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. This year's show marked Chesney fourth headlining stand at Arrowhead Stadium.... »»»