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Country News Digest, November 2015


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November 30, 2015 - Kacey Musgraves added eight tour dates, starting in January, to her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue. Musgraves is touring in support of her 2015 album, "Pageant Material," which received much praise. The new dates include Dallas and Oklahoma City in January and Boston, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and... »»»
November 30, 2015 - Country Radio Seminar announced Monday the CRS 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show performers will be Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion, and Chris Janson. Co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the annual new artist showcase event... »»»
November 30, 2015 - Garth Brooks will head to Sin City. Brooks announced Monday via email that his tour would hit Las Vegas July 2-4, playing the Las Vegas Arena. Tickets go on sale at 10 p.m. Pacific, on Friday, Dec. 11. Brooks started his tour in Chicago in September 2014. He announced last Tuesday that he would play... »»»
November 29, 2015 - Chris Stapleton will lead the Billboard country charts this week with "Traveller," but he is going to fall well short of the leader - Adele. "Traveller" will be seventh on the chart with 58,000 units sold, up 9 percent. Chris Young led the country chart last week with the debut of "I'm Comin' Over.... »»»
November 25, 2015 - Ted Harris, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and writer of hits for Charley Pride, Glenn Campbell and Steve Wariner, died on Sunday at 78 in Lewisburg, Tenn. Harris wrote Pride's "The Happiness of Havin' You," a number 3 hit in 1975 and Campbell and Wariner's "The Hand That Rocks the... »»»
November 24, 2015 - Garth Brooks is headed to South Carolina in February, he announced today. In the continued role out of his world tour, Brooks said via email that he would play North Charleston Coliseum at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 13. Tickets go on sale Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. eastern. Trisha Yearwood will appear as well... »»»
November 23, 2015 - Carrie Underwood performed the live television debut of "Heartbeat," the new single from her "Storyteller" CD, on Sunday during the Americana Music Association Awards. The song impacts country radio on Nov. 30. Underwood co-penned the romantic song with Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley; Crowell also produced the track.... »»»
November 23, 2015 - An annual Carribean cruise featuring country, Americana, folk and roots music artists ranging from Buddy Miller to Kacey Musgraves will make it to recorded versions of songs heard on the cruise on Buddy Miller & Friends' "Cayamo Sessions at Sea," out Jan. 29, 2016 on New West. For one week country,... »»»
November 22, 2015 - Florida Georgia Line won two American Music Awards on Sunday, leading the country genre. FGL won Favorite Album - Country for "Anything Goes," winning out over Jason Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt' and Sam Hunt's "Montevallo." FGL also took Favorite Duo or Group - Country over Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town.... »»»
November 22, 2015 - Chris Young will have the biggest selling country disc with his new release, "I'm Comin' Over." Young debuts in fifth on the overall chart with 65,000 units sold. this is the second-largest sales week for Young, as only the debut of his 2011 album "Neon," which sold 73,000 units.... »»»
November 20, 2015 - Hank Williams Jr. will premiere his new music video for "Are You Ready for the Country" featuring Eric Church exclusively on CMT beginning Saturday, Nov. 21 through the weekend. The video, directed by Peter Zavidil, will debut during "CMT Hot 20 Countdown" airing Saturday at 9/8 central, on CMT.... »»»
November 20, 2015 - For the second time this month, a surprise CD is out. Two weeks ago, Eric Church was out with "Mr. Misunderstood." Now, a sister duo, who appear on the "Nashville" TV show are out with their debut. "The Nashville Cast Featuring Lennon & Maisy Stella as Maddie & Daphne Conrad" was released digitally by... »»»
November 20, 2015 - As the end of the year draws closer, the release schedule is thinner with only an EP from Punch Brothers out today. The bluegrass-based group is out with "The Wireless," a five-song EP. The songs were cut during the T Bone Burnett-produced sessions for "The Phosphorescent Blues," the group's last release.... »»»
November 19, 2015 - Vince Gill will release his first album in four years in February. "Down To My Last Bad Habit" is set for release on Feb. 12 on MCA. "Take Me Down," featuring Little Big Town, is the first single. Gill wrote/co-wrote, co-produced and is a featured musician on all 12 songs on the disc.... »»»
November 18, 2015 - Lee Brice will launch his "Life Off My Years" concert tour starting in February. Tyler Farr will open the shows, which extend into April. Brice scored four Platinum-selling singles (A Woman Like You," "Hard To Love," "Love Like Crazy" and "I Don't Dance") and achieved Gold with "I Drive Your Truck"... »»»
November 17, 2015 - Country Jam USA, will return for its 27th year next summer with Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell performing. The fest will be held July 21-23 in Eau Claire, Wisc. The line-up also includes Eli Young Band, A Thousand Horses, The Cadillac... »»»
November 17, 2015 - Carrie Rodriguez will release "Lola," the follow-up to 2013's "Give Me All You Got," on Feb. 19, 2016 via her own Luz Records. Inspired by 1940's-era recordings of her San Antonio-born great aunt Eva Garza, the bilingual album presents a collection of ranchera-inspired originals by Rodriguez in... »»»
November 17, 2015 - Chris Stapleton continued his chart reign by having the top selling CD in the U.S. along with topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 28 with "Tennessee Whiskey." On the albums chart, coming in behind Stapleton was Eric Church, second with "Mr. Misunderstood.... »»»
November 16, 2015 - Brantley Gilbert canceled his European tour on Saturday due to terrorist attack in Paris. "Out of respect for the lives lost in yesterdays terrorist attacks, we have decided to postpone the rest of our European dates," Gilbert wrote on Facebook. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France... »»»
November 16, 2015 - The Dixie Chicks are going on tour in 2016 in the U.S. and Europe.This marks the first time in 10 years that the band is touring the U.S. as a headliner. "Just when you thought you were safe, America - we're back!" Natalie Maines declared in a video announcing the 2016 excursion.... »»»
November 16, 2015 - Shovels & Rope is releasing an album on Friday, the duo announced today. "Busted Jukebox Volume 1" will be out on Friday on Dualtone Records as a set of covers done by the pair with friends including Shakey Graves and Milk Carton Kids. Shovels & Rope are husband-and-wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann... »»»
November 15, 2015 - Chris Stapleton again will be number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts with "Traveller," the result of him winning three CMA awards earlier this month. The disc sold 124,000 units for the week ending Nov. 12, down 30 percent. Eric Church is second with "Mr. Misunderstood," at 65,000 units, down 14 percent.... »»»
November 13, 2015 - Chris Young and Chris Isaak are out with new CDs today. Young releases his fifth studio disc, "I'm Comin' Over." Young co-wrote 9 of the 11 songs on the release produced by Corey Crowder and Young. The title track was the lead single. Isaak releases "First Come the Night," his first album of new... »»»
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November 12, 2015 - Don Henley released a new single, "Words Can Break Your Heart," from his country-based disc, "Cass County." The song, which features Trisha Yearwood, goes for ads on Nov. 16. The first single from the disc, which came out in September, was "Take a Picture of This." Henley currently is on tour.... »»»
November 12, 2015 - To celebrate Bloodshot Records' 21st birthday, the Chicago-based label is releasing "Bloodshot Six Pack to Go," a limited-edition set of six 7-inch singles on Dec. 4. The collection features songs with celebratory drink-related themes performed by artists on the roster (including Bobby Bare Jr.... »»»
November 11, 2015 - "Nashville" TV show star Charles Esten released his first single, "Like New," today on Big Machine. The musician and actor, who plays the role of Deacon Claybourne on ABC's "Nashville," will be on the show's upcoming soundtrack due in December. Produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, "Like New"... »»»
November 11, 2015 - John Prine, Dave Rawlings Machine and Steep Canyon Rangers were among the initial acts announced to play MerleFest next year. Coming April 28-May 1, 2016, the festival will be held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. The sounds at MerleFest incorporate traditional, roots-oriented music from... »»»
November 10, 2015 - Chris Stapleton, Carry Underwood and Eric Church had the top three selling CDs in the U.S. for the week ending Nov. 21 on Billboard. Stapleton's "Traveller" benefitted from his three wins at last week's CMA awards. Underwood, who just released "Storyteller," was the show host. Church released "Mr.... »»»
November 10, 2015 - Loretta Lynn will release her first album of new material in more than 10 years in late March, Sony Legacy announced today. "Full Circle" will be out on March 4, 2016. Produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn.... »»»
November 10, 2015 - The Travelin' McCourys added Cody Kilby as the band's guitarist, the group announced today. Kilby, a veteran of the national bluegrass scene since appearing on the IBMA Awards Show in 1993 as a member of the Bluegrass Youth All-Stars, was the guitarist on the Travelin' McCourys debut appearance at... »»»
November 9, 2015 - Scotty McCreery released his new video for "Southern Belle" across all platforms today. McCreery teased the video last week revealing behind-the-scenes footage of the antics on set and McCreery belting out his latest tune surrounded by cheerleaders and marching band members from all over Nashville... »»»
November 8, 2015 - Three CMA awards catapulted Chris Stapleton to the best selling CD int he U.S. with "Traveler" six months after its release. After being off the Billboard top 200 charts, "Traveler" was first thanks to three wins for Best Album, Best New Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year. the disc sold 177,000 units... »»»
November 5, 2015 - What a difference a few awards can make. After coming home with three Country Music Association awards on Wednesday night, Chris Stapleton now stands poised to have the best selling disc in the U.S. next week. Prior to winning Best Album for "Traveller," Best Male Vocalist and Best New Artist,... »»»
November 4, 2015 - Luke Bryan won the biggest award of the evening - Entertainer of the Year - at the Country Music Association awards, but the night belonged to Chris Stapleton, who had a huge night, winning three awards. "Thank you Lord. Thank you Jesus. Thank you everyone in heaven looking out for me," Bryan said.... »»»
November 4, 2015 - With 11 stadiums on the books for Kenny Chesney's 2016 Spread the Love Tour, Chesney added a show in Kentucky. Chesney will play Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on May 28. "You don't wanna overdo the stadium thing to where it's not special," Chesney said. "But being outside in Louisville... »»»
November 4, 2015 - Eric Church waited until after Halloween to give his fans a treat. He released a surprise album , "Mr. Misunderstood," on Thursday, completed only 30 days ago. Church on his web site, "My son names my guitars. He named the one that would make my 5th album "Butter Bean." I've always believed that... »»»
November 4, 2015 - Maddie & Tae and Keith Urban and Eric Church were early winners in CMA awards announced Wednesday morning. Maddie & Tae won the Best video award for "Girl in a Country Song." The duo tweeted, "Oh my GOSH! Our 1st CMA!!! With our crazy little video! Thank you #CMAs for crowning an incredible year.... »»»
November 3, 2015 - Tommy Overstreet, 78, who had a string of hits in the '70s, died at his Oregon home on Nov. 2 after suffering from undisclosed illnesses. Overstreet was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. and grew up in Houston and Abilene, Texas. His cousin, "Uncle" Gene Austin, a singing star in the 1920s and 1930s with... »»»
November 3, 2015 - Chris Stapleton will perform with Justin Timberlake at the CMA awards on Wednesday. It was not disclosed what song they would sing. Stapleton will be appearing as a guest Wednesday morning on Good Morning America show in anticipation of The 49th Annual CMA Awards later that night.... »»»
November 3, 2015 - Brantley Gilbert has gone Platinum again, this time with "Just As I Am," his label announced today. At the CMA Awards radio remotes at the Music City Center in Nashville, The Valory Music Co. Senior Vice President for Promotion George Briner surprised Gilbert. "I'd been waiting to hear we hit a... »»»
November 2, 2015 - Brantley Gilbert will visit Germany, the Netherlands and Australia, Canada and the U.S. on his Black Out Tour, he announced today. "If you're gonna take it on the road, do it," Gilbert said. "If you're gonna push the music, don't be afraid to put it out there. People around the world get the idea... »»»
November 2, 2015 - For Frankie Ballard's next album, it all started with a beer. At least, that's the title of the new single from his forthcoming CD. Ballard went to the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas to record 14 new songs for his next album. The first single and was co-written by Jaren Johnston ("Sunshine & Whiskey")... »»»
November 1, 2015 - Carrie Underwood has the second best selling CD in the U.S. this past week with "Storyteller," according to Billboard. 5 Seconds of Summer led the chart with "Sounds Good Feels Good," selling 194,000 units. "Storyteller" sold 177,000 units, 164,000 in pure album sales). This continued Underwood's mark... »»»