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Country News Digest, July 2016

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July 29, 2016 - Hillary Scott released her first album apart from Lady Antebellum, and she goes a very different route. "Love Remains" is essentially a religious/spiritual album from Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, which consists of her sister, Rylee, and parents (Linda Davis, who enjoyed a hit or two back in the... »»»
July 28, 2016 - Dierks Bentley's "Black" will be released on vinyl on Aug. 12, it was announced today. Bentley scored a hit with the single "Somewhere On A Beach." The new single is "Different For Girls," featuring Elle King. "When we created this album, I kept imagining the flow of this record being told with an... »»»
July 28, 2016 - Kenny Chesney hopes to be "Setting the World on Fire" with his new single. Pop singer Pink sings with Chesney on the track. The song is the second single from his forthcoming disc. "Noise" was the first release and reached 14 on the Billboard songs chart. The songs will be on his "Cosmic Hallelujah"... »»»
July 26, 2016 - Garth Brooks is launching on satellite radio. SiriusXM announced today that The Garth Channel will start with a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It will be the first time in Brooks' career that he has put on a full concert at the Ryman Auditorium.... »»»
July 26, 2016 - The Earls of Leicester led the pack of IBMA nominations today with three nominations for the band and five for their individual members. The band was followed by the Del McCoury Band with six nominations (band and individuals), Flatt Lonesome with five nominations and Becky Buller, Sam Bush, Sierra... »»»
July 26, 2016 - Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Aug. 6 with "We're All Somebody From Somewhere." Florida Georgia Line continued its domination of the Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." still number one for the week ending Aug.... »»»
July 26, 2016 - An annual rite of the Christmas season, a tour by The Oak Ridge Boys, will continue this year. The group will hit two dozen cities Nov. 1-Dec. 22. Oaks' lead singer, Duane Allen, said, "Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the positive things about the season...the joy, happiness, giving,... »»»
July 26, 2016 - Dierks Bentley extended his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with the addition of arena dates following two nights at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre in late September. Beginning Oct. 13 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., the tour continues through the end of October with Randy Houser and special guest Drake White & The Big Fire.... »»»
July 26, 2016 - Willie Nelson will pay tribute to his late friend, Ray Price, with "For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price" on Sept. 16 on Legacy Recordings. "Heartaches by the Number," "Crazy Arms," "Night Life," "Faded Love" and "For the Good Times" are among the songs covered by Nelson. Nelson teamed up with... »»»
July 25, 2016 - Aubrie Sellers, who released an independent album in January, has signed with Warner Records, she announced today. "I am so happy to tell y'all I've signed with Warner Brothers," she tweeted. Sellers, the daughter of Lee Ann Womack and Jason Sellers, released the well-received "New City Blues" in... »»»
July 21, 2016 - Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez will reunite to do a short U.S. and Canadian tour in August and September. Dubbed the "10th Anniversary Red Dog Tracks Reunion Tour" because it salutes the recent deluxe reissue of the duo's "Red Dog Tracks" CD, the tour will focus on shows in Texas and New York City and Canada.... »»»
July 21, 2016 - Willie Nelson will launch Willie's Reserve, a premium cannabis brand, which is anticipated to be available in Washington and Colorado stores in July and August respectively. Nelson and Family will celebrate the launch with shows on Saturday, July 23, at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash.... »»»
July 20, 2016 - Jason Aldean released a new single, "A Little More Summertime," to radio. The song is the second from his upcoming seventh disc, "They Don't Know," out Sept. 9 on Broken Bow. "'A Little More Summertime' really hit me the first time I heard it," said Aldean. "It's always been about the vibe of a song for me.... »»»
July 19, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line continues to dominate the Billboard Hot Country songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." still number one, for the week ending July 30. Chris Stapleton regained the number one spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller." Carrie Underwood was second on the songs chart with "Church... »»»
July 19, 2016 - Dierks Bentley debuts the video for his new single, "Different For Girls," with Elle King on Wednesday on TODAY and Access Hollywood. TODAY host Dylan Dreyer will sit-down with the collaborators on the Brooklyn set as they share a behind the scenes look with fans at the making of the video, which was... »»»
July 18, 2016 - Kane Brown, currently on the road with Florida Georgia Line, will headline the Kane Brown 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now Tour "presented by Monster Energy and Outbreak Presents this fall. The 30-date fall tour will kick off Nov. 3 in Kalamazoo, Mich. and wrap-up Jan. 21, 2017 in Houston.... »»»
July 18, 2016 - Kenny Rogers announced today his final Christmas & Hits tour, which starts in late November. Since the release of Rogers' first-ever Christmas album in 1981, "Christmas," Rogers has embarked on an annual Christmas & Hits Tour where he performs holiday favorites and a large selection of hit.... »»»
July 16, 2016 - Bonnie Brown Ring, one-third of one of The Browns, passed away earlier today at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. following complications from lung cancer at 77. Born July 31, 1938 in Sparkman, Ark., Brown became became interested in music from watching her older siblings, Maxine and James Edward.... »»»
July 15, 2016 - Steven Tyler finally releases his debut country disc, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," after a several-year long embrace of country. David Nail, Confederate Railroad and bluegrass super band The Earls of Leicester also are out with new music today. For The Earls of Leicester, the music they... »»»
July 15, 2016 - Miranda Lambert apparently has a new single, "Vice," dropping on Monday. Lambert tweeted photos of someone's hands - presumably hers - dropping a need on a single, called "Vice." The tweet said "July 18." The song would be from Lambert's seventh album, which has no release date.... »»»
July 15, 2016 - Eric Paslay released his new single "Angels In This Town" to radio stations. "As of late, our world has been impacted by tragedy of all kinds. I'm so grateful we can use 'Angels in This Town' to shine a light on all the good that happens every day in our world," said Paslay. "I'm excited for it to be... »»»
July 14, 2016 - Kane Brown released his fan-created "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now lyric video on Vevo today. Brown opted to include fan entries that came through his Twitter and Instagram accounts as part of the video. The video follows the release of the song in June, which was on his EP "Chapter 1.... »»»
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July 13, 2016 - Craig Morgan cancelled his remaining July concert dates due to the death this week of his son. Morgan announced on his web site that the nine shows would be cancelled "as the family mourns the loss of their son, Jerry Greer." Greer, 19, died in a boating accident on Sunday despite wearing a life jacket.... »»»
July 13, 2016 - RaeLynn released her first single, "Love Triangle," for her new label. RaeLynn put out the song, which focuses on a broken marriage and its repercussions, on Warner Nashville after previously being on Big Machine. She co-wrote the song at 18 about her parents' divorce. The slow-paced song goes for adds on Aug. 1.... »»»
July 12, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line continued leading the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y," while Blake Shelton recaptured the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "If I'm Honest" for the week ending July 23. Chris Stapleton fell to second with "Traveller" on the albums chart.... »»»
July 12, 2016 - The body of Craig Morgan's son was recovered in a lake in Tennessee on Tuesday following a boating accident on Sunday. Jerry Greer, 19, was the son of Morgan and his wife Karen. An article in The Tennessean said Greet was "one of two teens (who) were tubing on the Tennessee River near Kentucky Lake on... »»»
July 11, 2016 - The NASH Next 2016 competition launched today with the winner ultimately getting a record deal with Big Machine. NASH Next, in conjunction with Cumulus country stations, is accepting nominations at Cumulus listeners and local music industry professionals in their communities... »»»
July 11, 2016 - Jason Aldean now knows what the name of his seventh studio album is - "They Don't Know," which drops Sept. 9 on Broken Bow. "Lights Come On" is the first single from the disc and has been a hit. "I really wanted to start this new album with one of those big up-tempos," said Aldean.... »»»
July 10, 2016 - Blake Shelton will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are released Tuesday. "If I'm Honest" closed out the top 10, up 5, with 27,000 units (up 41 percent). That includes sales and track equivalent sales and streaming. The disc jumped 52 percent in sales to 21,000.... »»»
July 8, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line upcoming "Dig Your Roots" will include collaborations with Tim McGraw, The Backstreet Boys and Ziggy Marley. The duo released the track list of the 15-song set today. The disc drops Aug. 26 on Big Machine. "Collaborating with Tim McGraw, The Backstreet Boys or Ziggy Marley alone is... »»»
July 8, 2016 - Based in Lexington, Ky, and fronted by vocalist/fiddler Kati Penn Williams and her singer/banjo-picker husband, Jr. Williams, NewTown returns with "HarlanRoad." Union Station member Barry Bales produced the set. The band was formed in 2009 when left Bluegrass band NewFound Road to play full-time with... »»»
July 8, 2016 - Kenny Chesney's "Some Town, Somewhere" was slated to come out today, but when it resurfaces on Oct. 28 as "Cosmic Hallejuah." After writing, recording and releasing "Noise" in 11 days as the first single, Chesney originally set today as the release date. Earlier this week, Chesney delayed the release... »»»
July 8, 2016 - Toby Keith released a new single today, "A Few More Cowboys," from an upcoming disc. Keith co-wrote the song, which can be heard here with Bobby Pinson and Dean Dillon. Lyrics include: With a few more cowboys, there'd be a lot less outlaws With a few more amens, be a lot less... »»»
July 7, 2016 - Dolly Parton and Sony Music Nashville announced a joint venture, which includes the launch of Parton's forthcoming studio album, "Pure & Simple," for worldwide distribution on Aug. 19. "I may not be pure, but I'm as simple as they come," Parton said. "This new 'Pure & Simple' project is really special... »»»
July 7, 2016 - Garth Brooks will launch his own SirusXM channel in September, he announced today. SiriusXM announced today that America's best-selling solo artist of all time, Garth Brooks, will launch his own SiriusXM channel on September 8. The Garth Channel will be curated and presented by Brooks.... »»»
July 6, 2016 - New Orleans-based musician Luke Winslow-King will combine his roots, blues and jazzy sounds on his third Bloodshot Records release, "I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always," coming Sept. 30. Winslow-King also covers sounds of New Orleans, Delta blues, Memphis R&B and Chicago blues. Winslow-King wrote and... »»»
July 6, 2016 - Kenny Chesney announced Wednesday that "Some Town Somewhere" will be released in late October, pushing it back from this Friday. Chesney said a duet with pop singer Pink, "Setting the World on Fire," resulted in the three-month delay to Oct. 28. The CD was preceded by the release of the single... »»»
July 6, 2016 - Chely Wright announced Wednesday she would release her first album in more than five years. "I Am the Rain" will be out Sept. 9 on MRI/Sony. "What About Your Heart" is the first track being released from the set. Wright will stage a headlining tour to support the release. Videos combining studio... »»»
July 5, 2016 - Dolly Parton clarified a newspaper story indicating she endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Parton said Tuesday she had not endorsed either Clinton or presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump. "This morning while I was watching the news I saw many reports that I had endorsed Hillary Clinton," she... »»»
July 5, 2016 - Kenny Chesney will have to wait longer to make some "noise" for his next CD. The release, "Some Town, Somewhere," was slated to drop this Friday , but now the release has been put off until later this year with no reason given. Chesney's publicist, Ebie McFarland, indicated a few weeks ago that the... »»»
July 4, 2016 - The Avett Brothers will have the third best selling disc in the U.S. when the Billboard charts come out Tuesday. The band's new CD, "True Sadness," was third on the top 200 chart with 46,000 units, including 43,000 in sales. This was the band's highest charting album ever"The Carpenter" debuted in... »»»