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Country News Digest, June 2016

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June 30, 2016 - Bingo, Dale Watson is going the live route. The Texas honky tonker will be out with "Live At The Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday" on Aug. 19 on Red House/ Ameripolitan. The recording was made at Watson's own bar, the Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwig, Texas. The 'bingo" game involves a caged... »»»
June 30, 2016 - LANco celebrated the world premiere of its debut music video, "Long Live Tonight," this week by airing the clip in New York City on the Sony Digital Billboard in Times Square. "Times Square is something you see in the movies or maybe get to visit in your life, but you never dream that one day your... »»»
June 28, 2016 - Scotty Moore, the guitarist behind Elvis Presley, died Tuesday at 84. Winfield Scott "Scotty" Moore III was born Dec. 27, 1931 Moore backed Presley in the first part of his career, starting in 1954 through the beginning of Presley's Hollywood years. Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.... »»»
June 28, 2016 - Trace Adkins will play his new single, "Lit," during his Fox & Friends' All American Summer Concert Series on Friday. "Lit" will become available at iTunes and all other digital retailers and streaming partners on Friday. The single finds Adkins counting down the things that get him fired up.... »»»
June 28, 2016 - Dustin Lynch released a new single, which will be the lead track from his upcoming third disc. "Seein' Red," which clocks in at 3:14, is out on Broken Bow, which has been the Tennessee native's label for his first two discs. There was no word on when the third CD will be out. Lynch, 31, has enjoyed... »»»
June 28, 2016 - Jon Pardi notched his first number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "California Sunrise," his second full-length release. Florida Georgia Line again tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." for the week ending July 9. Pardi was followed by Chris Stapleton's "Traveller.... »»»
June 27, 2016 - Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder were added to the lineup of the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in late September in Raleigh, N.C. as part of the IBMA's World of Bluegrass events. Alice Gerrard will join previously announced Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands as a special guest Friday night and... »»»
June 24, 2016 - The Avett Brothers are out today with "True Sadness," the band's first release since 2013's "Magpie and the Dandelion." The raucous sound of the past is more subdued with a chunk of the album falling in the Americana segment. "Ain't No Man" was the lead single from the band's ninth album.... »»»
June 24, 2016 - Drake White will release his debut album, "Spark," on Dot Records Aug. 19 "Livin' the Dream" was released as a single from the disc. White is on the road with Zac Brown Band's Black Out the Sun Tour as an opening act. "It is such a blessing for me to be out on the road and doing what I love," said White.... »»»
June 23, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line will release its third album, "Dig Your Roots," on Aug. 26 on Big Machine. FGL has enjoyed great success with its first single, "H.O.L.Y.," dominating the songs chart, staying at number one for six weeks. The album cover, released today, shows Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of FGL... »»»
June 23, 2016 - Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley, who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89. Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia, where he and his brother formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946.... »»»
June 23, 2016 - Steven Tyler will headline NBC's Today show Citi Concert Series tomorrow. Performing live from Rockefeller Plaza, the Aerosmith front man will preview tracks from his debut solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," out July 15 worldwide on Dot Records, which is part of the Big Machine Label Group.... »»»
June 23, 2016 - A dozen songwriters were nominated to join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday. In the Songwriter category, Aaron Barker, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Frank Dycus, Alex Harvey, Jim McBride, Gary Nicholson, Jim Rushing and Russell Smith were nominated. In the Songwriter/Artist... »»»
June 22, 2016 - Freddie Powers, a songwriter and producer, who worked with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, died on Tuesday at 84 after suffering from Parkinson's. Powers wrote The Hag's hits "A Place to Fall Apart" (1984), "Natural High" (1985), "Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room" (1984) and "A Friend in California" (1986).... »»»
June 22, 2016 - Tanya Tucker is selling out - well at least some of her memorabilia in an auction that ends this Saturday. The Tanya Tucker Tribute: Celebrating An Icon in Country Music ends at 7 p.m. central this Saturday, June 25, 7:00 p.m./CDT. Bidding is done by logging onto All bids start at $1 with no... »»»
June 22, 2016 - Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will be joined by Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price and Carlene Carter at this year's annual Farm Aid event, intended to raise money for farmers. Farm Aid 2016 will be held Sept. 17 in Bristow, Va. Others on the bill include Alabama Shakes, Jamey... »»»
June 21, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." for the week ending July 2. Blake Shelton stood atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "If I'm Honest." On the songs chart, Luke Bryan was second with "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day," switching... »»»
June 20, 2016 - Little Big Town, which just released a non-country disc with Pharrell Williams, will play the annual Boston Pops concert on July 4 in Boston. The quartet joins previously confirmed performers Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. The 43rd edition of the fireworks show with the Pops is on the Charles River... »»»
June 20, 2016 - Carrie Underwood will not be "waiting all day for Sunday night any more," but she will still be part of the opening theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football. Underwood's new intro, "Oh, Sunday Night," is a mix of country, rock and pop. "I love being part of the Sunday Night Football family and... »»»
June 20, 2016 - Kip Moore announced tour dates today for his Me and My Kind Tour, which starts in late September and concludes in December. Jon Pardi, who just released his second full-length CD, "California Sunrise," on Friday, will open the shows. He has a hit single now with "Head Over Boots.... »»»
June 20, 2016 - Old Dominion hope the third single from its debut disc also will be ready for current times. The band released "Song For Another Time" today with 59 first week chart reporting stations spinning the new single. "We are so excited for this song to have its moment," said lead singer Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion.... »»»
June 19, 2016 - Blake Shelton will have the number one album on the Billboard Top Country Album chart when it is released on Tuesday. "If I'm Honest" moved 28,000 units, down 15 percent, staying in ninth on the overall Top 200 chart. Sales, stream and album equivalent sales were down 15 percent.... »»»
June 17, 2016 - Add Guns N' Roses to the list of acts that Chris Stapleton will open for. Stapleton announced today that he would open the July 9 show at Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the veteran rock band. Stapleton also is doing shows with the likes of Luke Bryan, Hank Williams Jr., Jason Isbell, Alabama... »»»
June 17, 2016 - California country singer Jon Pardi is out with his second disc, "California Sunrise." The first single is "Head Over Boots." Pardi has a cowboy feel to his song titles with "Cowboy Hat" and "Dirt on My Boots" among the dozen songs. Bart Butler and Pardi produced the disc. Kris Kristofferson gathered... »»»
June 16, 2016 - Chatham County Line will release its seventh studio album, "Autumn," on Sept. 2 on Yep Roc Records. The 11-song CD was produced by lead singer Dave Wilson in 2 sessions at Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, N.C. over the falls of 2014 and 2015, with finishing touches at Overdub Lane in Durham, N.C.... »»»
June 16, 2016 - A documentary about the lives of Joey + Rory during the last 2 years of her life will be out later this year, Rory Feek said on his web site today. The film "To Joey, With Love," will be in theatres for one night only on Sept. 20. Joey Feek, one-half of the duo, died from cancer in March at the age of 40.... »»»
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June 15, 2016 - One month after receiving a publishing deal, Jacob Davis received a surprise - a recording contract from Black River Entertainment. At a private party for his fan club, the Jacob Davis Squad, singer/songwriter Davis was surprised with a record deal to Black River Entertainment by CEO Gordon Kerr on June 10.... »»»
June 14, 2016 - Maren Morris debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Hero" for the week ending June 25. Florida Georgia Line stays at number one with "H.O.L.Y." on the Hot Country Songs chart. On the songs chart, Tim McGraw moved up three to second with "Humble And Kind.... »»»
June 14, 2016 - Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman, who produced Elvis Presley and wrote hits for Waylon Jennings, Aretha Franklin and B.J. Thomas, died Monday at 79 in LaGrange, Ga. Moman penned "In The Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds" and "Kentucky Rain" for Presley. He co-wrote Jennings' "Luckenbach, Texas," B.J.... »»»
June 14, 2016 - Ronnie Dunn attacked President Obama for his comments calling for greater gun control in the wake of the Orlando mass shootings, which killed 49 people and was the worst killing spree in U.S. history. In remarks on Sunday, the president mourned the loss of the victims at the hands of Omar Matten,... »»»
June 13, 2016 - With the success of her first single, "My Church," behind her, Maren Morris released a second single, "80s Mercedes" to country radio today. The song was first released on Morris' EP last year and is included on her major label full-length CD, "Hero," which came out on June 3. The disc debuted at... »»»
June 13, 2016 - The 2016 CMA Music Festival set a daily attendance record of 88,500, according to CMA. The festival started on Thursday and concluded Sunday with hundreds of acts playing during the annual event in downtown Nashville. CEO Sarah Trahern cited an early sellout, "great weather, the addition of two new free stages ...... »»»
June 12, 2016 - Maren Morris is fifth on the overall Billboard Top 200 chart with her debut disc, "Hero." The release, which follows last year's EP, will top the country album chart when it is officially released on Tuesday.. The release moved 45,000 units, including 37,000 in album sales. The rest was track... »»»
June 10, 2016 - RaeLynn, the singer of "God Made Girls," has a new home. The Texas native announced this week that she has signed with Warner after having previously been with Big Machine. RaeLynn released an EP in January 2015, but never released a full length record. A second single, "For a Boy," did not fare as... »»»
June 10, 2016 - Luke Bryan is returning to the farms this October. Bryan announced this week he would launch his eighth annual farm tour in October. "Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016" is set to run Oct. 5-15. This year, for the first time, Bryan will also release a Farm Tour EP to be released this fall. Dates are: Oct.... »»»
June 10, 2016 - "Nashville" is back before it was barely gone. Several weeks after the show about two female country singers in Nashville had apparently aired its last came word today that CMT and Hulu teamed up to show season five of the series, which had thousands of loyal fans. Hulu will make episodes available... »»»
June 10, 2016 - Brandy Clark and Frankie Ballard top the release schedule this week. Clark is out with "Big Day in a Small Town," mixing more traditional and modern country sounds on her debut for Warner. Clark has gained much acclaim as a songwriter for the likes of Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, The Band Perry and... »»»
June 9, 2016 - Loretta Lynn postponed two weekend concerts due to the death of her grandson. Lynn's eldest grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn, died unexpectedly on Monday, Lynn posted on her Facebook page. He was 47 and lived and worked on Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. He was the eldest son of Jack Benny Lynn,... »»»
June 8, 2016 - Steven Tyler will release his debut solo album on July 15 on Dot Records. "We're All Somebody From Somewhere" was co-produced by Tyler. T Bone Burnett, Dann Huff, Marti Frederiksen and Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three) also produced the 13-song release. The title track will be released as the third... »»»
June 7, 2016 - Dierks Bentley debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Black" and second on the overall chart for the week ending June 18. Florida Georgia Line continues atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." On the songs chart, Bentley was second, up three, with "Somewhere on a Beach.... »»»
June 7, 2016 - Coming soon to a living room near you...Justin Moore. Moore announced this week that he is launching the "Best Dad in the World Contest." In honor of Father's Day on June 19, Moore will perform a private concert at one lucky winner's house. Entries are accepted through June 19. Moore's daughters Ella... »»»
June 6, 2016 - Billy Ray Cyrus announced Monday he would release a new album, "Thin Line," in September. Cyrus also co-stars in a new TV series starting this month. Blue Cadillac Music will release the disc on Sept. 9. Cyrus describes Thin Line as, "How I live my life; it's a balance between art and reality.... »»»
June 5, 2016 - Dierks Bentley arrives in second on the Billboard charts with "Black" debuting in second. Bentley's latest was second on the charts to Drake's "Views." Bentley had his highest charting album ever with 101,000 units, 88,000 in album sales and the remainder in track and streaming equivalent albums.... »»»
June 3, 2016 - Maren Morris has enjoyed big hit with big-voiced "My Church" and now the Texas native releases "Hero," her major label debut on Sony Nashville. Morris, who previously released three CDs and an EP, put 11 songs on the regular version. A Target deluxe CD includes three extra songs.... »»»
June 3, 2016 - Eli Young Band is releasing a new single for a new label for the band next week, it announced today. "Saltwater Gospel' ships to radio next week and will be available for purchase on June 10. This marks the band's first single for The Valory Music Co., part of the Big Machine Label group.... »»»
June 2, 2016 - Waterloo Revival, which released two singles on Big Machine, has switched to Toby Keith's ShowDog Nashville. The duo posted on Twitter, "Huge thank you to @TobyKeithMusic and @showdognash its gonna be a big year!!!" Cody Cooper and George Birge comprise the duo, which started in Austin, but is now based in Nashville.... »»»
June 2, 2016 - If at first you succeed, try again. As a result of a well-received first album, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will be back with "The Country Blues" in July. The Dobro ace and singer debuted with "Before The Sun Goes Down,' earning a nomination for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. The new disc drops July 8 on Compass.... »»»
June 1, 2016 - -Dwight Yoakam will release two new songs he recorded with Jack White. White's label, Third Man Records, will be out with a seven-inch single "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Boyce/Venet, popularized by The Monkees) b/w "High On The Mountain of Love" (Dorman, popularized by Kenny Lynch, then Johnny... »»»
June 1, 2016 - Blake Shelton debuted atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending June 11 with "If I'm Honest." Florida Georgia Line held onto the top of the Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." Shelton knocked Keith Urban's "Ripcord" from the top spot as Urban fell to third.... »»»