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Country News Digest, September 2015

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September 30, 2015 - Grammy-nominated producer, Dave Brainard, sustained a broken jaw after being allegedly assaulted by a driver in Nashville on Sunday. Brainard, 40, remains in a Nashville hospital and will have his jaw wired shut for six weeks. He had been found unconscious and missing teeth following the assault early Sunday.... »»»
September 30, 2015 - Just days after returning stateside following the European leg of his "I'm Comin' Over" World Tour, RCA Records artist Chris Young headlined a hometown show at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater to kick off his U.S. concert tour in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 fans. "I was both excited and anxious... »»»
September 30, 2015 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley is going solo, but he is not leaving his band behind. Billboard reported that Kelley will release a solo album in 2016 and unveiled seven songs at a Nashville industry heavy showcase on Wednesday. Lady Antebellum is taking a break at the end of their current Wheels Up... »»»
September 30, 2015 - Garth Brooks' world tour will hit San Jose, Cal. in November, he announced today via email. The shows are the first for Brooks in San Jose in 18 years. Brooks will play two shows at the SAP Center on Nov. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Oct. 9.... »»»
September 29, 2015 - George Strait added 2 shows to his Las Vegas concert schedule for December 2016, it was announced today. Stair announced last week he would play four shows in Las Vegas next year - April 22-23 and Sept. 9-10. Now, he will also play Dec. 2-3 at the Las Vegas Arena. Kacey Musgraves, who recently... »»»
September 25, 2015 - The surprise new album from George Strait, "Cold Beer Conversation," along with new ones from Thomas Rhett and Jim Lauderdale plus a veteran country singer. Strait announced his new disc on Tuesday in Las Vegas. "Cold Beer Conversation" was produced by Strait and Chuck Ainlay with 13 songs.... »»»
September 24, 2015 - Only three days after announcing the start of her headlining tour, Ashley Monroe said Thursday she was postponing the first four dates and two others. It was unclear why Monroe made the decision. " Due to unforeseen circumstances, I've had to postpone" the shows," Monroe posted on her web site.... »»»
September 23, 2015 - Luke Bryan ended the reign of Sam Hunt atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Strip It Down" is first for the week ending Oct. 3 with Hunt's "House Party" dropping to fourth. Brett Eldredge topped the Country Albums chart with "Illinois," his second disc. Bryan was second on the albums chart with... »»»
September 23, 2015 - Label mate Tucker Beathard was picked by Maddie & Tae to open their tour next month. The 12-city tour kicks off at New York City's Highline Ballroom on Oct. 7. Beathard, a Dot Records artist and Big Machine Music writer, is a drummer, guitarist and vocalist, who's opened shows for Eric Church, Keith... »»»
September 23, 2015 - Irene Kelley, who plays bluegrass, country and Americana, signed with Mountain Fever Records, the label announced today. Kelley will begin work immediately on her debut album for the label with an expected release date of early spring 2016. A native of Latrobe, Pa., Kelley independently releasing two records.... »»»
September 22, 2015 - George Strait announced today he would release a new album on Friday, "Cold Beer Conversation," through Wal-Mart and Apple Music. Strait also announced that he would perform four shows in Las Vegas next year in what is being called "Strait to Vegas." He will play the still under construction Las Vegas Arena.... »»»
September 21, 2015 - Darius Rucker will partner with Uber for select dates on his Southern Style Tour, giving fans the chance to win free rides as well as VIP packages for the fall leg of the tour, beginning next month. A few lucky riders in cities across the U.S. will win VIP packages, which include two tickets to the... »»»
September 21, 2015 - Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett will reunite for a 13-city tour this winter. After teaming up for concerts earlier this year, Gill and Lovett decided to continue the tour. Each show will be a series of intimate solo and duo performances, during which the artists will serve as their own accompanists.... »»»
September 21, 2015 - The Tim McGraw Shotgun Rider were canceled on Friday and Saturday due to the singer being placed on vocal rest. McGraw was slated to play on Sept. 18 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Cal. and Sept. 19 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, Cal. "This is so disappointing to me," McGraw... »»»
September 21, 2015 - Ashley Monroe will launch a headlining tour in support of her second disc, "The Blade." The Blade Tour begins on Oct. 1 at Macon, GA's Cox Capitol Theatre, and will include stops at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Oct. 27 and Nashville's City Winery on Nov. 20 before wrapping up on Nov.... »»»
September 21, 2015 - Eli Young Band will headline a tour starting in mid-November and ending in mid-February. The quartet will launch the tour on Nov. 11 in Philadelphia. EYB will be joined by special guests LOCASH, LANco, Blackjack Billy, CAM, Dallas Smith, Luke Combs and Kevin Fowler. The band's new single, "Honey,... »»»
September 20, 2015 - Brett Eldredge will have third best selling in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are released later this week."Illinois" debuted in third with 51,000 units sold. The Weeknd led the list again with 99,000 units sold of "Beauty Behind the Madness." Eldredge's debut, "Bring You Back," peaked at 11 in... »»»
September 18, 2015 - The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a reception last night to celebrate the opening of its latest cameo exhibition, "Eric Church: Inside the Outsider." The exhibit features stage clothing, song manuscripts, photos, awards, a hand-written note from George Strait and more memorabilia that... »»»
September 18, 2015 - Alabama, Joe Ely and the brothers Alvin top the list of new CDs out today. Alabama releases its first studio disc since 2001's "When It All Goes South" and 23rd overall. "Wasn't Through Lovin' You Yet" is the first single from the 13-song release. Dave and Phil Alvin got together for a tribute disc to... »»»
September 17, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson, who won two awards at the Americana Music Association awards, was quite happy with the results, even if he wasn't in the house. Simpson won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Turtles All The Way Down." "Thank you very much to the Americana Association and everyone who voted... »»»
September 17, 2015 - Brantley Gilbert paid homage to five murdered military members yesterday during Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute on the River" before 80,000 people. Trace Adkins, Colt Ford, Aaron Lewis, Jamey Johnson and Harry Connick Jr. also participated in the concert to remember the five, who were killed in July by... »»»
September 17, 2015 - Tim McGraw will release his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," on Nov. 6 on Big Machine Records. Once again, the record was produced by McGraw and long-time collaborator Byron Gallimore.The album's deluxe version will feature 14 songs, including 3 bonus tracks. One song on the disc features his... »»»
September 17, 2015 - Sam Hunt's chart domination continued as "House Party" remained first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 26. Luke Bryan stayed atop the Top Country Albums chart with "Kill the Lights." Chris Janson was second on the Songs chart with "Buy Me a Boat," one ahead of Thomas... »»»
September 16, 2015 - Sturgill Simpson won the biggest award of the night at the Americana Music Association awards show - Artist of the Year - on Wednesday. Simpson, who was on tour, won a second award as well, Song of the Year for "Turtles All the way Down." Simpson could not attend the show because he was on tour.... »»»
September 16, 2015 - Kenny Chesney will stage the first-ever concert at Jordan-Hare Stadium, home of the Auburn Tigers since 1939, when he plays the venue on April 23, 2016. The show, which will be Chesney's first stadium gig in 2016, will be in conjunction with the inaugural Music & Miracles Superfest, created and... »»»
September 16, 2015 - Gord Bamford won three Canadian Country Music Association Awards on Sunday. Johnny Reid took the big honor, the Fans' Choice Award. Bamford took home Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for "Where a Farm Used to Be" and songwriter of the year for the same song along with Buddy Owens and Phil O'Donnell.... »»»
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September 15, 2015 - Kenny Chesney's 2015 stadium tour is barely over, but he's already looking ahead to next summer and even has his opening acts. Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion will be on the 2016 tour, although no dates were announced. "People count on having a great day when they come out to see us," Chesney said.... »»»
September 13, 2015 - Luke Bryan will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday and will again lead the country charts. "Kill the Lights" fell from third to sixth on the overall chart, selling 45,000 units, down 11 percent. The Weeknd was again first with "Beauty Behind the... »»»
September 11, 2015 - Brett Eldredge releases his second release today, "Illinois," named for his home state. The dozen song collection was produced by Eldredge and Ross Copperman with one song produced by Brad Crisler and Eldredge. The set includes the hit "Lose My Mind." Eldredge enjoyed three hits off his 2013 debut "Bring You Back.... »»»
September 11, 2015 - Old Dominion, who have a hit with "Break Up With Him," will release their debut, "Meat and Candy," on Nov. 6, it was announced today. "Meat and Candy" was produced by songwriter and producer Shane McAnally. "Break Up With Him" was the first song that the band of hit-songwriters wrote together... »»»
September 10, 2015 - Granger Smith released the first music ever on Wheelhouse Records today with "Backroad Song." Wheelhouse is part of the Broken Bow Music Group. Smith, a Texas artist, announced last month he was signing with the label. "Backroad Song," which was penned by his producer, Frank Rogers, and Smith, is... »»»
September 10, 2015 - Texas singer Maren Morris signed with Columbia Nashville imprint of Sony Nashville. The Texas-native was a winner of the 2012 New Music Seminar's "Artist on the Verge" award. Her songwriting cuts include Tim McGraw's "Last Turn Home" on "Sundown Heaven Town" and Kelly Clarkson's "Second Wind.... »»»
September 8, 2015 - Carrie Underwood became the storyteller on Wednesday night as she revealed information about the songs on her upcoming fifth release, "Storyteller." Underwood went to social media to reveal the track listing for "Storyteller," out Oct. 23. The disc was produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright and Zach Crowell.... »»»
September 8, 2015 - Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" remains the top selling country disc on the Billboard charts for the week ending Sept. 19. Sam Hunt leads the Hot Country Songs chart again with "House Party." Maddie & Tae debuted in second on the Top Country Albums chart with "Start Here," their full-length debut.... »»»
September 8, 2015 - Eric Church and Little Big Town led the list of Country Music Association nominees announced Wednesday with five apiece. Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney scored four nominations, while Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt and Maddie & Tae garnered three each. Nominees are: Entertainer of the Year Garth... »»»
September 8, 2015 - Hunter Hayes is partnering with Shazam to create the first "Shazamable" T-shirt that will give fans access to exclusive content and a special contest during Hayes's upcoming 21 Tour, he announced Tuesday. The shirt employs Shazam's new visual search technology, paired with an app that allows users to... »»»
September 8, 2015 - Thomas Rhett will get "Tangled Up in Texas" with a concert to release his new album plus an attempt to set a world record for the largest game of Twister. Rhett will play AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, on Sept. 23. Beginning today at www.TRTangledUp.... »»»
September 6, 2015 - Luke Bryan will have the best selling country album with "Kill the Lights" when the Billboard charts are out Tuesday. Bryan's latest release sold 50,000 this past week down 25 percent for the week ending Sept. 3. The release is third on the overall chart. The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind the Madness"... »»»
September 4, 2015 - Luke Bryan tops the country albums chart with "Kill the Lights," while Sam Hunt leads the Hot Country Songs chart with "House Party" for the week ending Sept. 12. Both also were number one last week. Kip Moore debuted in second on the albums chart with "Wild Ones." "Elvis Presley Forever" was third,... »»»
September 4, 2015 - Only a day after word leaked that a 25th anniversary of Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" was in process with superstars like George Strait aboard, the plan ran into a legal roadblock. Billboard reported that problems with royalty payments squashed the idea. Brooks was re-recording the song as... »»»
September 4, 2015 - Rascal Flatts are releasing "I Like The Sound Of That" as the trio's new single. The song is the fourth single taken from their current album "Rewin" (Big Machine Records). The song was written by Jesse Frasure, Shay Mooney and Meghan Trainor. "'I Like The Sound Of That' is one of the most fun... »»»
September 3, 2015 - Acoustic duo Mandolin Orange's animated video for "Jump Mountain Blues" premiered today at Apple Music's Connect and is now available to share/view Mandolin Orange will hit Europe in October after continuing to tour the U.S. in September and October. The track is from their new album "Such Jubliee"... »»»
September 3, 2015 - Toby Keith will pay a visit to Stephen Colbert when he starts his job as a late night TV host. Keith will be one of the first guests on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert when he appears on Thursday, Sept. 10. Keith has a long history that includes four appearances on the Colbert Report, the... »»»
September 3, 2015 - Garth Brooks may be re-releasing his classic "Friends in Low Places" with a few new friends, Billboard reported today. George Strait, JJason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban may be involved in recutting the song, which spent 4 weeks atop the Billboard country songs chart in 1990 and is... »»»
September 2, 2015 - Craig Morgan is back in action with a new single. Morgan released "When I'm Gone" to radio, he announced today. The song is from an upcoming album. Morgan produced the song along with Byron Gallimore, best known for his work with Tim McGraw. The song, being released through Black River Entertainment,... »»»
September 2, 2015 - Brad Paisley will sneak peek the video for his new single, "Country Nation," in a segment on NBC's Today show on Thursday. Fans can see the piece in the 8 a.m. half-hour (all time zones), at which time the full-length video will be viewable on The song's celebration of the blue-collar... »»»
September 2, 2015 - Garth Brooks announced today that he would play Phoenix in late October as part of his world tour. Brooks is set to play shows at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24. Tickets go on sale Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. The dates are part of a world tour that started one year ago in Chicago.... »»»
September 1, 2015 - Carrie Underwood will head to New York next week to present her CALIA by Carrie Underwood fall collection at the NY Fashion Week and to guest judge the finalists' runway-shown collections on Lifetime's Emmy-nominated Project Runway. Underwood will also visit The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, Sept.... »»»
September 1, 2015 - Don Williams announced a fall tour starting in September. "Mercy, the fans have kept us going for years, and I am glad to share the music with them once again," said Williams. The tour starts Sept. 9 in Dodge City, Kansas and concludes Nov. 21 in Arlington, Texas. Williams first came to... »»»