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Country News Digest, October 2015

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October 30, 2015 - A new installment of "Nashville" will be out - as a CD. The small screen and the studio merge once again as "The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 4, Volume 1" drops Dec. on Big Machine Records, the eighth release from the series. With 17 tracks, the album exhibits storylines, themes... »»»
October 30, 2015 - Years in the making, Chris Janson finally made his major label debut today with "Buy Me a Boat." Janson has been on other major labels, but never released a full length. He released the title track on his own, and the song took off, leading to a deal with Warner. Rhonda Vincent reminds us that it's... »»»
October 29, 2015 - Cam, who has a hit single with "Burning House," will release her debut CD in December, it was announced this afternoon. "Untamed" drops Dec. 11, featuring her RIAA Gold-certified current smash single, "Burning House." Featuring 11 songs, all written or co-written by Cam, Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, FUN.... »»»
October 28, 2015 - Reba and Brooks & Dunn will perform together at the CMA awards next month, it was revealed today. McEntire and Brooks & Dunn last hit the CMA Awards stage together in 2008 when they performed "Cowgirls Don't Cry." They will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in December following the successful... »»»
October 28, 2015 - Lucinda Williams returns with "The Ghosts of Highway 20" (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers) on Feb. 5, 2016. After 11 albums, Williams' publicist said the new disc was "unlike any other Lucinda Williams album prior. There is a common thread running through the songs, uniting them under one collective theme as... »»»
October 27, 2015 - Carrie Underwood, who released her fifth studio album, "Storyteller," on Friday, said today she will launch a new arena tour in 2016. The Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round will kick off on Jan. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla., playing 40 arenas across the U.S. and Canada. "I can't wait to play new... »»»
October 27, 2015 - Hank Williams Jr. announced today that his 37th album, "It's About Time," will be out Jan. 15, 2016 on Nash Icon Records. Williams will world premiere his lead single, "Are You Ready for the Country" featuring Eric Church, across Cumulus stations nationwide on Nov. 4. The pair will open the 49th... »»»
October 27, 2015 - Kenny Chesney will Spread the Love next year with a stadium tour. He revealed the first 11 shows this morning. The first show is April 23 in Alabama with the last one Aug. 20 in East Rutherford, N.J. Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion will play most of the shows. A few cities will see a... »»»
October 26, 2015 - Jason Aldean wrapped his 2015 Burn It Down Tour in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Saturday with his 10th Annual "Concert for the Cure," where Aldean presented more than $615,000 to Susan G. Komen South Florida, which was raised from a portion of ticket sales over the course of the tour.... »»»
October 26, 2015 - Bill Keith, a five-string banjo player who helped modernize the instrument, died of cancer on Friday at 75 at his home in Bearsville, N.Y. Keith was known for introducing a variation of the Scruggs style of playing banjo, a melodic style that became known as the Keith Style. William Bradford Keith was born Dec.... »»»
October 26, 2015 - The Oak Ridge Boys and the late Jim Ed Brown the Browns and Grady Martin joined the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in the Medallion ceremony. Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill were among those who performed at the event to welcome the new members.... »»»
October 23, 2015 - Carrie Underwood leads the release schedule today with "Storyteller," a collection of 13 songs produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright and Zach Crowell. The single "Smoke Break" is the lead song from Underwood's sixth studio disc. She opts for a modern country sound. The Cox Family is back with their first... »»»
October 23, 2015 - Singer Joey Feek, who is one-half of Rory & Joey, learned on Thursday that her cancer has spread in her abdominal area despite chemotherapy. Feek and her husband returned to their Tennessee farm, apparently foregoing extensive treatment, according to Rory Feek's blog. Feek posted on his blog, "This... »»»
October 22, 2015 - Carrie Underwood will launch a tour in 2016 following up the release of her fifth studio album, "Storyteller." And those purchasing "Storyteller" at beginning at midnight Eastern time will receive a code to purchase pre-sale tickets to her 2016 tour. The label said there would... »»»
October 22, 2015 - Singer Krystal Keith gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Monday. Keith, who is the daughter of Toby Keith, posted on Facebook, "Throwback Thursday to the most magical Monday of our lives! Meet our sweet baby girl Hensley Jack Sandubrae. 6lbs 11oz of pure and precious! God is so good!.... »»»
October 21, 2015 - Hunter Hayes will visit the streets of downtown Nashville with his second annual free concert on Monday, Nov. 2, kicking off a CMA Awards week that will culminate with the release of his latest collection, "The 21 Project." The new disc drops on Friday, Nov. 6. Portions of the show will be taped to... »»»
October 21, 2015 - Nikki Lane kicks off a 33-date North American headline tour that will this week in Georgia with dates in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco and Canada for the first time Nashville garage rockers Clear Plastic Masks will open all dates.... »»»
October 20, 2015 - Brad Paisley announced the 2016 winter leg of his Crushin' It World Tour, starting Jan. 21 in Arkansas. Guests will be Eric Paslay and Cam. Tour dates are: Jan. 21 ASU Convocation Center Jonesboro, AR Jan. 22 Show Me Center... »»»
October 20, 2015 - The first leg of Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights 2016 tour will be in mid-February, he announced today. Bryan's first leg of the tour backing his new CD will end in mid-May in Oklahoma. Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch will open most of the shows Tour dates are: Feb. 18 Evansville, IN Ford Center Feb.... »»»
October 20, 2015 - Luke Bryan scored a double on the Billboard charts released today, topping the album chart with "Kill the Lights" and the song chart with "Strip It Down" for the week ending Oct. 31. Thomas Rhett jumped from 11 to 2 on the songs chart with "Die a Happy Man." Old Dominion held third with "Break Up With... »»»
October 19, 2015 - Reba McEntire will be the guest announcer for Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris tomorrow. The new variety show airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific on NBC and will find McEntire appearing throughout the one-hour live show providing commentary and previewing what's to come, including a... »»»
October 19, 2015 - Ronnie Dunn released the new video for "Ain't No Trucks in Texas" today on VEVO and CMT. Shot in Nashville and directed by Peter Zavadil, the video focuses on post-relationship regret and whether the grass is really greener. "We really wanted to do something simple and poignant," said Dunn.... »»»
October 18, 2015 - Luke Bryan will lead the Billboard Top Country Albums chart when it is released on Tuesday with "Kill the Lights." The disc sold 31,000 units, up 5 percent. Bryan was seventh on the overall sales chart. Thomas Rhett's "Tangled Up" was second on the country chart and ninth on the overall with 27,000... »»»
October 16, 2015 - The 49th CMA Broadcast Award winners were named today, including the Big D & Ebay. Winners were: CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year National: Derek Haskins, Sean Powell, Patrick Thomas, Big D & Bubba, Compass Media Networks Major Market: Ben Campbell, Matt McAllister, Ben & Matt in the... »»»
October 16, 2015 - Jason Aldean will launch his We Were Here 2016 Tour in early 2016. Aldean also released a video today for ""Gonna Know We Were Here" on Yahoo. The new tour, starting Jan. 14 in Moline, ill., follows a 2015 tour that sold more than 2 million tickets. Tickets for select shows on the 24-city run with... »»»
October 15, 2015 - Asleep at the Wheel, new inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, will be featured on the Oct. 17 episode of Austin City Limits with Sturgill Simpson. The new show comes on the heels of AATW's newest Bob Wills tribute album, "Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas... »»»
October 14, 2015 - George Strait topped the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Cold Conversation" in its second week out. Luke Bryan led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down" for the week ending Oct. 24. Brett Eldredge again was second on the songs chart with "Lose My Mind." Old Dominion and Cam both moved... »»»
October 14, 2015 - Faith Hill will help oversee a new daytime talk show with Kellie Pickler as one of the hosts, it was announced today. Hill will be a co-executive producer for the show, teaming up with former "Oprah" co-executive producer and OWN executive Lisa Erspamer, Sandbox Entertainment's Jason Owen and Legendary Television.... »»»
October 14, 2015 - Danielle Bradbery unveiled her new video for "Friend Zone," on CMT today. Directed by Roger Pistole, the video showcases the dating advice Bradbery dishes to the guys. Skateboarding, swimming and quality girl time are part of the video. Brittney Kelley, wife of Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley... »»»
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October 14, 2015 - Rumors that Dolly Parton has stomach cancer are untrue, the singer said in a press release release today. Parton did acknowledge that she had kidney stones removed three weeks ago. "There is absolutely no truth at all that I have stomach cancer. I love and appreciate everyone's concern," Parton said.... »»»
October 14, 2015 - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new music video for "Won't Go Back," debuted today on The song is featured on their forthcoming new studio album , "So Familiar," due Oct. 30 on Rounder. Produced by Peter Asher, the album features 12 new songs. "This video, three years in the... »»»
October 14, 2015 - Kid Rock is the third headliner for the 34th Annual WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn. next August, it was announced today. Kid Rock joins previously announced headliners, Eric Church and Tim McGraw for the fest, being held Aug. 4-6. Kid Rock last took the stage at the Soo Pass Ranch in 2010,... »»»
October 13, 2015 - RaeLynn is getting engaged. The singer of "God Made Girls" fame announced on Facebook late Tuesday afternoon that she is getting married. "MEET MY HANDSOME FIANCé," RaeLynn posted. "Future Mr. And Mrs. Joshua Davis! Can't believe I get to marry my best friend." US Magazine said that... »»»
October 13, 2015 - Chicago country singer Robbie Fulks and punk folk band The Mekons are teaming up for a digital album release, "Jura," in November. The two worked together for a month to record this limited-edition collection of rough sea shanties and mournful tales. The songs were organically written together,... »»»
October 13, 2015 - Hunter Hayes will release seven songs three different ways - acoustic, in studio and from live gigs - as part of "The 21 Project" on Nov. 6 on the Atlantic / Warner Music Nashville label. Tracks will include Hayes' current single, "21," and a brand new song, "I Mean You." "This project has been... »»»
October 13, 2015 - Aoife O'Donovan will release her sophomore solo disc, "In The Magic Hour," on Yep Roc on Jan. 22, 2016. The release is the follow-up to her 2013 solo debut "Fossils." Produced by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, The Decemberists), "In The Magic Hour" features 10 songs, 9 written by O'Donovan.... »»»
October 13, 2015 - Tim McGraw debuted the title track of his next album, "Damn Country Music," on his FDacebook page today. He also posted the video debut for his newest single along with a live Q&A with McGraw. The "Damn Country Music" video features McGraw and various members of his summer Shotgun Rider Tour crew and... »»»
October 12, 2015 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley announced today he would tour the U.S. starting in late November. The news comes shortly after one-third of Lady A said he would release an album. The Driver Tour starts Nov. 28 in Cleveland and ends Jan. 28 in Las Vegas. Maren Morris, who hails from Texas, will open the shows.... »»»
October 12, 2015 - Years in the planning, Toby Keith will release the single "Beautiful Stranger" to radio later this week. The song, the new single from his "35 mph Town," which came out Friday, goes for airplay on Oct. 13. "That was written years ago, and I kept saying I wasn't putting it on an album until it had a... »»»
October 11, 2015 - Thomas Rhett has the best selling country disc in the U.S. with "Tangled Up," his second CD. Billboard reported Sunday that the disc sold 32,000 units, down 58 percent from his debut week. Rhett is seventh on the overall chart, down one. George Strait's "Cold Beer Conversation" was second on the... »»»
October 8, 2015 - Kip Moore revealed today that "Running For You" will be the second single from his sophomore album "Wild Ones." Co-written by Moore, Blair Daly and Troy Verges, the track is available at country radio on Monday. Moore's single comes hot on the heels of his headlining 2015 Wild Ones Tour, launching... »»»
October 7, 2015 - Billy Joe Royal, who had a string of hits in the 1980s after a pop career 20 years earlier, died on Tuesday in his sleep at 73 in Morehead City, N.C. Royal was born April 3, 1942 in Valdosta, Ga. and raised in Marietta, Ga. He became a local start at a Savannah, Ga. club in the 1950s and 1960s.... »»»
October 7, 2015 - A Tennessee couple accused of severely assaulting a Nashville record producer and his female friend surrendered to Metro Nashville Police on Tuesday, according to The Tennessean. Dustin Carl Hargove and Nichole M. Hargove, both 30, of Columbia, Tenn., were believed to have driven their car into Dave... »»»
October 6, 2015 - Shania Twain is canceling two shows due to illness, she said on her web site. The Rock This Country tour dates at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Oct. 6 in Manchester, N.H. and the Times Union Center on Oct. 7 in Albany, N.Y. were cancelled due to illness. "Shania Twain's doctors have advised her to rest... »»»
October 6, 2015 - Don Henley sits atop the Billboard Top Country Albums charts with "Cass County" for the week ending Oct. 17, while Luke Bryan is first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down." George Strait debuted in second on the albums chart with "Cold Beer Conversation," one ahead of Thomas Rhett's... »»»
October 6, 2015 - Rascal Flatts will head to New York for the live television debut of their new single "I Like The Sound Of That," this Friday on Today at 8 a.m. eastern on NBC. "I Like The Sound Of That" is taken from their ninth studio album, "Rewind," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums... »»»
October 6, 2015 - A three CD Alan Jackson anthology, including unreleased tracks, will be out Nov. 6 at Wal-Mart on Legacy and Arista Nashville. "Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story," will include 59 songs drawn from all phases of Jackson's career at Arista Nashville and debuts 8 previously unreleased tracks including a... »»»
October 6, 2015 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley sent his single, "The Driver," to country radio on Monday. The song is the debut single from his forthcoming solo project on Capitol Records Nashville. Written by Kelley, Eric Paslay and Abe Stoklasa and produced by Paul Worley, Kelley explores new territory with a... »»»
October 6, 2015 - The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season on their 26th Annual Christmas Night Out Tour. The tour starts in Branson, Mo. on Nov. 17 for 3 shows and winds down Dec. 23 in Nashville. "There is nothing quite like an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show," said The Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall.... »»»
October 4, 2015 - Don Henley will lead the country charts when Billboard releases its charts later this week. Henley's "Cass County," his first solo disc in 15 years, sold 89,000 units, the third best in the U.S. and first on the country charts. George Strait was sixth on the overall chart and fourth on the... »»»
October 2, 2015 - Bottle Rockets have a new album, "South Broadway Athletic Club," out today on Bloodshot. The band again worked with longtime producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, it was the first time the group recorded a full album in their hometown of St. Louis. Bluegrass band Flatt Lonesome is out with "Runaway Train" on Mountain Fever.... »»»
October 1, 2015 - The Earls of Leicester were the big winners tonight at the Internaitonal Bluegrass Music Assocaition Awards by taking four, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for its self-titled debut, at the awards show in Raleigh, N.C. The band also took home Instrumental Group of... »»»
October 1, 2015 - Luke Bryan doubled up on the Billboard country charts, leading the Country Albums chart with "Kill the Lights" and topping the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down" for the week ending Oct. 10. On the album chart, Alabama debuted in second with "Southern Drawl." Turnpike Troubadours debuted in... »»»
October 1, 2015 - Ralph Stanley canceled two shows due to illness. The nature of the illness was not disclosed, although Stanley will return to action in mid-October. A statement from his publicist this morning said, "Due to an unforeseen illness, Dr. Ralph Stanley has been forced to cancel his upcoming appearances at... »»»