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Country News Digest, August 2016

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August 31, 2016 - Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris led the list of final nominees for the 50th Annual CMA Awards with five nominations each Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban received four nominations and Tim McGraw received three nominations each. "I am very excited about this year's list... »»»
August 30, 2016 - Dolly Parton debuted atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with her new release "Pure & Simple" for the week ending Sept. 10. Florida Georgia Line stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with"H.O.L.Y." Kelsea Ballerini stayed second on the chart with "Peter Pan." Sam Hunt was third with... »»»
August 30, 2016 - Sturgill Simpson knocked the mainstream country labels in a Facebook post on Tuesday, lamenting that they tried to show their connection to the late Merle Haggard despite what Simpson said was Nashville's disregard for The Hag. The Academy of Country Music is honoring Miranda Lambert with the first... »»»
August 30, 2016 - Miranda Lambert will receive the first ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award at the 10th Annual ACM Honors Approved by the ACM Special Awards Panel and voted on by the ACM Board, this new award will honor "uncompromising artists in the spirit of Merle Haggard," while acknowledging a man who has figured... »»»
August 29, 2016 - Kix Brooks will promote his new cookbook with national television appearances. "Cookin' It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and The Fun of Outdoor Cooking" is available Aug. 30 through W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. Brooks will kick off Labor Day weekend in New York City with his... »»»
August 29, 2016 - Cam announced today her first tour as a headliner on The Burning House Tour. Beginning Oct. 27 at Joe's Bar On Weed Street in Chicago, and ending Dec. 10 at the Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas, the 13-date series will hit 12 U. S. cities. "I'm so over the moon about The Burning House Tour," said Cam.... »»»
August 26, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line leads the pack of new releases out on Friday with "Dig Your Roots." The 15-song disc includes Tim McGraw helping out on "May We All" and Ziggy Marley on "Life is a Honeymoon." The duo tends to take a softer approach on the 15-song disc produced by Joey Moi. Among the songs is the megahit "H.O.L.Y.... »»»
August 25, 2016 - Floods in Louisiana caused the Randy Rogers Band to postpone a concert on Wednesday. "Out of respect to the community and those affected by the recent floods, the Randy Rogers Band has decided to postpone their Wed., Aug. 31 show at The Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA. It will be rescheduled for Thurs., Nov.... »»»
August 24, 2016 - Nominees in special awards categories were announced by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The categories were Broadcaster of the Year, Bluegrass Event of the Year, Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project, Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project, Print/Media Person of the Year and... »»»
August 24, 2016 - On the heels of announcing their North American Obsessed Tour, Dan + Shay announced that all of their U.K. shows scheduled for next month have sold out. The shows mark the duo's debut across the pond. "We were so pumped to hear the news that our entire run of U.K. shows have sold out," said Dan Smyers.... »»»
August 24, 2016 - Cole Swindell received great news on his late father's birthday on Tuesday - the song he wrote about his father was certified Platinum for sales of 1 million. After spending the morning with CMT staffers planning his upcoming headlining tour, CMT Presents the Cole Swindell Down Home, Swindell stopped... »»»
August 23, 2016 - Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban will take the stage at the 10th annual Academy of Country Music Honors, paying tribute to Glen Campbell, who will receive the Career Achievement Award on Aug. 30. The artists will perform an all-star medley of Campbell's greatest hits,... »»»
August 23, 2016 - Another week at the top of the charts for Florida Georgia Line as "H.O.L.Y" remained first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 3. Justin Moore led the Top Country Albums chart with "Kinda Don't Care." He was fourth on the overall top 200. Blake Shelton was second on the... »»»
August 22, 2016 - Ronnie Dunn will release his Big Machine Label Group debut, "Tattooed Heart," on Oct. 21. "Damn Drunk," with Kix Brooks helping out, is the current single. The 12 tracks were recorded in Nashville with Rascal Flatts' Jay Demarcus serving as producer on 11 of them, and Reba McEntire contributing to... »»»
August 22, 2016 - Zac Brown Band played three sold-out stadium shows this past weekend to almost 112,000 fans. A total of 38,778 people caught the band at New York's Citi Field on Aug. 19. A combined 72,819 people at Boston's Fenway Park on Aug. 20-21 caught the band on it its 2016 Black Out the Sun tour.... »»»
August 21, 2016 - Justin Moore was the leading country release on the Billboard charts as "Kinda Don't Care" debuted in fourth on the overall top 200 chart. The disc moved 42,000 units, including 37,000 in pure album sales. Moore has enjoyed three previous top 10 releases: "Off the Beaten Path," in 2013; "Outlaws Like... »»»
August 19, 2016 - Dolly Parton leads the list of new releases today with "Pure & Simple." The disc is a joint venture between Parton and Sony Music Nashville and marks her first release since "Blue Smoke" in 2014. The release contains 10 songs, focusing on affairs of the heart. Drake White releases his debut, "Spark," on Dot Records.... »»»
August 18, 2016 - Brett Eldredge will release his first holiday album this year, he announced today. "I've been inspired for this record from a very young age," said Eldredge. "I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I've loved since I was a little kid. I recorded those classics in New York City... »»»
August 18, 2016 - Cole Swindell will partner with CMT on Tour in launching his Cole Swindell Down Home Tour this fall and winter. The third annual headlining tour kicks off October 26 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. and will wrap in December. The tour will feature openers Cole Taylor, Travis Denning and Jon Langston.... »»»
August 18, 2016 - William Michael Morgan unveiled the cover art to his debut CD today. Morgan, a traditional country singer from Mississippi, did so on his social media earlier today a week after announcing the CD, "Vinyl,' which drops Sept. 30 on Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville, Morgan's debut features his hit... »»»
August 17, 2016 - Sara Evans signed a record deal with Sugar Hill Records. Evans will soon head into the studio to begin work on her debut project for the label. The project will be her eighth studio album overall and is slated for release in early 2017. Evans said on her web site that she "was courted by a number of... »»»
August 16, 2016 - Blake Shelton reclaimed the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Aug. 27 with "If I'm Honest." He was helped by the disc being on sale for 99 cents at Google Play. This was also another week at the top for Florida Georgia Line and "H.O.L.Y." on the Hot Country songs chart.... »»»
August 15, 2016 - Brad Paisley is going back to college - to tour that is. Following the 2015 Brad Paisley Country Nation College Tour, Paisley will bring his free concerts to a new group of IMG College partners this fall. The tour opens on Sept. 4 in downtown Orlando, Florida, ahead of the Camping World Kickoff Game... »»»
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August 15, 2016 - Martina McBride will tour behind her "Reckless" release on the Love Unleashed Tour this fall. High Valley (Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville) and singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters will join McBride on some tour dates. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, Aug. 19. "With so much tragedy and... »»»
August 14, 2016 - Blake Shelton will have the only country CD in the top 10 when the Billboard charts are released on Tuesday. "If I'm Honest" went from ninth to fourth with 49,000 units, a jump of 72 percent, it was reported Sunday. An overwhelming number - 55,0000 or 93 percent - were in album sales instead of track... »»»
August 12, 2016 - Justin Moore is out today with his fourth release, "Kinda Don't Care" (Valory). The disc includes the single "You Look Like I Need a Drink." Moore teams with Brantley Gilbert on the politically incorrect "More Middle Fingers." The release comes in regular and deluxe versions, which contains extra tracks.... »»»
August 12, 2016 - The Devil Makes Three released the video today for their version of Muddy Waters' "Champagne and Reefer." The song is the second single off of their upcoming album, "Redemption & Ruin," out Sept. 16 on New West Records. The music video features footage from the cult classic movie "Reefer Madness.... »»»
August 11, 2016 - Don't have tickets for Zac Brown Band's sold-out, two-night stand at Boston's Fenway Park? No problem then as long as you want to catch the show online. will broadcast the shows live as pay per view webcasts and in the app for AppleTV. ZBB will present a different set each night with... »»»
August 10, 2016 - Eric Church will launch an extensive tour in 2017, he announced today. Church will play more than 60 dates starting mid-January in Nebraska and ending with two shows in Nashville in late May. The Holdin' My Own Tour will have Church and his band play two full sets of music with an intermission in between.... »»»
August 10, 2016 - William Michael Morgan will release his debut album, "Vinyl, on Sept. 30 on Warner. Produced by Scott Hendricks and Jimmy Ritchey, who also worked on Morgan's EP out earlier this year, the album will feature his Top 20 single "I Met a Girl." "I am so proud to finally announce the release of my first... »»»
August 10, 2016 - Adam Steffey, a member of The Boxcars, said today he would release a new solo album next month. "Here to Stay" drops Sept. 23 on Mountain Home. The 12-song disc from Steffey, who also was in Union Station and Mountain Heart, was recorded with Ron Stewart on fiddle, Jason Davis on banjo, Barry Bales on... »»»
August 9, 2016 - Townes Van Zandt, Bob Morrison, Aaron Barker and Beth Nielsen Chapman will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October, it was announced today. The four will join the 199 existing members of the organization when they are officially inducted during the 46th Anniversary Nashville... »»»
August 9, 2016 - Jake Owen's "American Love" was the top country album, leading the Billboard Country Albums chart and fourth on the overall chart. Florida Georgia Line continued its dominance of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as "H.O.L.Y." stayed first for the week ending Aug. 20. On the songs chart, Kenny... »»»
August 9, 2016 - Dierks Bentley will celebrate the start of the NFL season and the Denver Broncos Super Bowl championship with a special live performance during the kick off to the season on Sept. 8. Bentley will be featured throughout the 60-minute pre game show along with One Republic from Sports Authority Field at... »»»
August 8, 2016 - Brothers Osborne announces today its first headlining tour, The Dirt Rich Tour, starting this fall. The duo of T.J. and John Osborne, who released their debut full-length CD in January, kick off the tour in the Chicago area on Sept. 22, hitting about 30 markets. Fans can purchase tickets beginning this... »»»
August 7, 2016 - Jake Owen leads a total of three country albums on the Billboard top 10 in a preliminary chart released on Sunday. Owen's "American Love" was the fourth best selling disc in the U.S. this week with 35,000 units. Of that total, 29,000 were in traditional album sales. Owen's previous high was in 2011... »»»
August 5, 2016 - The Cadillac Three, a veteran musician in a family band and a new artist top the list of releases today. The Cadillac Three merge country and rock songs in a trio punctuated by pedal steel on "Bury Me In My Boots." Lead singer Jaren Johnston also has enjoyed a career as a songwriter (Frankie... »»»
August 4, 2016 - Dwight Yoakam, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin will top the bill of the AmericanaFest being held this weekend in New York City. A celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz will be part of the weekend events, featuring The Midnight Ramble Band under the musical direction of... »»»
August 3, 2016 - Kelsea Ballerini will launch her first headlining tour this fall. Ballerini, who has scored hits with "Peter Pan," "Dibs" and "Love Me Like You Mean It," will start the tour in October and continue into December. reported that Carly Pearce, Morgan Evans, Levi Hummon and Jacob Davis will be the opening acts.... »»»
August 3, 2016 - Mandolin Orange will launch an extensive fall tour in support of their upcoming release, "Blindfaller," out Sept. 30 via Yep Roc Records. The new dates will incorporate a full band and extend the duo's ongoing North American tour with stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, Chicago and New York.... »»»
August 2, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line remains atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 13 with "H.O.L.Y." Chris Stapleton regained the top of the Country Albums chart with "Traveller." Eric Church was second on the songs chart with "Record Year," up three. Dan + Shay held third again with... »»»
August 2, 2016 - Dwight Yoakam is going bluegrass. He will put out "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars" on Sept. 23 on Sugar Hill Records after being with Warner. Yoakam assembled a band of bluegrass musicians to reinterpret 11 favorites from his catalogue. The list of songs was not released. This project was produced by... »»»
August 1, 2016 - The Band Perry are staging a comeback. "Comeback Kid," the first single for the trio on Mercury Nashville after having spent its career as part of the Big Machine Label Group, was released on Monday. The new single from TBP was penned by Kimbely, Reid and Neil Perry and Benedetto Rotondi.... »»»