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Country News Digest, September 2016

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September 30, 2016 - It's a busy day for releases with veterans such as John Prine, Bob Weir and Jim Lauderdale plus newcomer William Michael Morgan releasing his first full-length release. John Prine gets help from a lot of friends on "For Better, Or Worse." Only 1 of the 14 songs is sung solo. Otherwise, Prine gets... »»»
September 29, 2016 - Country tradiitonalist William Michael Morgan celebrates release day of his first full-length CD, "Vinyl," with an appearance in his hometown of Vicksburg, Miss. on Saturday. Morgan, first, will play the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Nevada, followed by a hometown in-store appearance at the Vicksburg Wal-Mart.... »»»
September 28, 2016 - Flatt Lonesome won three International Bluegrass music Association Awards on Thursday, but Earls of Leicester won the big one, Entertainer of the Year. Flatt Lonesome - a band that includes siblings Kelsi, Charli and Buddy Robertson - won for Album, Song and Vocal Group of the Year.... »»»
September 28, 2016 - Thomas Rhett will launch his first headlining tour in 2017, the 2017 Home Team Tour, in 2017, he announced today. Kelsea Ballerini and new artists Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd will open the shows, which starts Feb. 23 in Saginaw, Mich. and end in Rhett's hometown at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater.... »»»
September 27, 2016 - Miranda Lambert will open the Pink Pistol, a shopping boutique, in her hoimetown of Lindale, Texas on Oct. 22. Lambert's experiential shopping lifestyle boutique, The Pink Pistol will have a larger inventory than previous locations, more Lambert merchandise and shopping opportunities for her fans.... »»»
September 27, 2016 - Brett Eldredge will have a "Glow" about him come late October because that's when his holiday disc will be out. The disc features Meghan Trainor teaming up with Eldredge on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." The release is the follow up to 2015's "Illinois," which had the hits "Lose My Mind," "Drunk On Your... »»»
September 26, 2016 - Cam got hitched on Saturday in the deserts of California, according to People. Cam, who had a hit with "Burnin' House," married Nashville real estate agent Adam Weaver in Joshua Tree, Cal. on Saturday evening. Cam walked down the aisle to a mariachi band playing "Bésame Mucho" with140 guests in attendance.... »»»
September 26, 2016 - Aaron Lewis enjoyed his biggest week ever sales-wise as his third solo disc, "Sinner," was the fourth best selling CD in the U.S., according to Billboard. "Sinner" moved 42,000 units, including 39,000 in traditional album sales, bettering the 38,000 from his 2011 EP "Town Line." Jason Aldean fell from... »»»
September 26, 2016 - Aubrie Sellers released a single, "Sit Here and Cry," the same week she will see her debut reissued. "Sit Here and Cry" was co-written with Adam Wright and is on "New City Blues." Sellers released the disc independently in January. Warner will reissue the disc this Friday with two bonus tracks.... »»»
September 26, 2016 - Kacey Musgraves launches her first Christmas Headlining Tour, "A Very Kacey Christmas Tour," in late November in Canada. The eight-date tour ends Dec. 27 in Evansville, Ind. Musgraves' holiday disc, "A Very Kacey Christmas," drops Oct. 28. "I'm so excited to tour my first Christmas album and to get... »»»
September 26, 2016 - Thomas Rhett is going deluxe, at least when it comes to "Tangled Up," his most recent disc. Rhett announced today "Tangled Up Deluxe" drops Oct. 28 on Valory Music. The 18-track album includes 5 unreleased songs, including his new single "Star Of The Show" and a remix of his ACM and Billboard Music... »»»
September 25, 2016 - Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard, who was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for six decades, died Sunday at 82. Shepard was an American honky tonk singer-songwriter who became the first female country artist to sell more than a million copies with her 1953 duet with Ferlin Huskey, "A Dear John Letter.... »»»
September 22, 2016 - John D. Loudermilk, who had more success as a songwriter than a country singer, died at 82 on Wednesday in Christiana, Tenn. Loudermilk is best known for his composition "Indian Reservation," a hit for Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1967. His songwriting credits include: "Abilene," "A Rose and a Baby... »»»
September 22, 2016 - Sam Hunt was named as a headliner for the 5th Annual Taste of Country Music Festival, in 2017 at Hunter, N.Y. The festival will be held June 9-11 at Hunter Mountain Resort in the Catskills. Jason Aldean was the first headliner announced for the festival. This past summer's Taste of Country Music... »»»
September 21, 2016 - Kenny Chesney revealed the cover art for his upcoming disc, Cosmic Hallelujah." Chesney also announced the disc would contain 11 songs. "I've been blessed with some of the best songs out there, some songs written, actually, just for this album by writers whose work I've loved for years," Chesney said.... »»»
September 21, 2016 - Jason Isbell won two awards - Album of the Year and Song of the Year - at the Americana Music Association Awards on Wednesday at the Ryman in Nashville. "Well this one's huge," Isbell said. "This community has given us a place that is a lot bigger than it used to be. I was not part of the first... »»»
September 20, 2016 - Jason Aldean has the leading CD in the country with his new release, "They Don't Know," which debuted in first on the overall top 200 and Top Country Albums charts for the week ending Oct. 1. Kelsea Ballerini again tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Peter Pan." Aldean displaced Florida... »»»
September 20, 2016 - Lee Brice and Justin Moore will hit the road together in 2017, they announced today. The "American Made" tour launches Jan. 12 in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Brice and Moore are co-headlining the tour. William Michael Morgan and Brett Young will open the shows.... »»»
September 20, 2016 - The Last Bandoleros announced today the release of their debut self-titled six-song EP. The San Antonio, Texas-band consists of Jerry Fuentes (guitar and vocals), Derek James (guitar and vocals), Diego Navaira (bass and vocals) and Emilio Navaira (drums and vocals). The brothers Navaira are the sons of... »»»
September 19, 2016 - Brad Paisley today announced a second round of six free shows for the 2016 Brad Paisley Country Nation College Tour throughout September and October. The "Country Nation College Tour presented by Frontier Communications" will stop at The Air Force Academy on Thursday, Sept. 29 before heading to East... »»»
September 19, 2016 - Jennifer Nettles will celebrate Christmas with "To Celebrate Christmas," her first first holiday album, due Oct. 28 on Big Machine Records. The 10-song disc features Idina Menzel and Andra Day. Julian Raymond produced the set, which includes Dolly Parton's "Circle of Love." The track list is: 1.... »»»
September 18, 2016 - Jason Aldean's "They Don't Know" is the top selling release in the country, Billboard announced today, his third straight chart topper. Aldean's latest moved 138,000 units with 131,000 of them in album sales. The numbers were far lower than 2014's "Old Boots, New Dirt" at 278,000 copies sold and... »»»
September 16, 2016 - The Devil Makes Three and Aaron Lewis, with his first disc in four years, are out with new music today. The Devil Makes Three, who mix country, blues, rockabilly and more, are out with "Redemption & Ruin," a covers disc of songs about "redemption" and "ruin." Bluesmen Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters... »»»
September 16, 2016 - An all-star single, "Forever Country," celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association was released today, featuring the likes of Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, George Strait and Dolly Parton. "The artists who stepped up to participate in this one-of-a-kind project span all five... »»»
September 16, 2016 - It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas for Loretta Lynn. Lynn announced today she would release "White Christmas Blue," a 12-song set, on Oct. 7 through Sony Legacy. Lynn penned the title track with Shawn Camp, who has written hits for Garth Brooks, Josh Turner and Brooks & Dunn and... »»»
September 15, 2016 - Garth Brooks and Target announced today they are collaborating to release an exclusive 10-disc boxed set, "Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection," on Nov. 11. The boxed set will include an exclusive version of the new album, featuring Target bonus tracks, and nine discs of curated music from his... »»»
September 15, 2016 - Michael Ray will kick off his first headlining tour this fall. The tour starts Oct. 14 in Phoenix and concludes Nov. 26 in Rome, Ga. "So incredibly excited and grateful for my first official headlining tour," said Ray. "Ten years of hard work has led me to this point. Lots of incredible music in... »»»
September 15, 2016 - Wayne "The Train" Hancock will release "Slingin' Rhythm," his first album in three years, on Oct. 28 on Bloodshot. Hancock, whose last last release was "Ride" in 2013, will tour behind the release. He merges country, hillbilly, jazz and western swing sounds. Songs on the CD are: 1. Slingin' Rhythm 2.... »»»
September 14, 2016 - Kenny Chesney released a video today for his current single "Setting the World on Fire." Chesney posted the video on his own web site. Streaming partners will screen the video starting on Thursday. The song is from Chesney's upcoming disc, "Cosmic Hallelujah," which drops in October. The new single features Pink.... »»»
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September 13, 2016 - Kelsea Ballerini tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 24 with "Peter Pan." Ballerini replaces the long-running chart topper, "H.O.L.Y." from Florida Georgia Line, which fell to second. FGL stayed atop the Top Country Albums chart with "Dig Your Roots" for the second straight week.... »»»
September 13, 2016 - Chris Janson will join Luke Bryan for the second consecutive year on his eighth annual Farm Tour 2016. Starting Oct. 5, Janson will join Granger Smith, Jon Langston and the Peach Pickers on select dates through Oct. 15. "I'm so excited to join my buddy Luke Bryan again on this year's Farm Tour," said... »»»
September 13, 2016 - Miranda Lambert announced today she would release her sixth album in November. "The Weight Of These Wings," her first album in two years, streets on Nov. 18.The disc contains her hit single "Vince." Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf and Eric Masse produced the set. Lambert's most recent album was "Platinum,"... »»»
September 12, 2016 - Blake Shelton kicked off his 2016 tour this past weekend by donating $600,000 to an Oklahoma City hospital after playing two shows in the city. Shelton donated $600,000 to the Jimmy Everest Children's Hospital. "They don't turn any kids away. You come in there, you have a problem, they don't turn... »»»
September 12, 2016 - Brandy Clark's new single, "Love Can Go To Hell" was released to country radio today. Written by Clark and Scott Stepakoff, the song is from "Big Day In A Small Town." "Anyone that knows me knows I'm a sucker for a good story," said Clark. "It's the challenge of depicting an entire scene in a... »»»
September 12, 2016 - Jason Aldean played two nights at Boston's Fenway Park on Friday and Saturday nights before more than 60,000 fans on the 2016 Six String Circus Tour. The shows also featured Kid Rock and tour mates Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses and Dee Jay Silver. "We've had these shows circled on our calendar for... »»»
September 11, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 this week with "Dig Your Roots." In its second week out, FGL's latest fell from second to fifth with 42,000 units moved, down 71 percent. FGL has the only country CD in the top 10. Travis Scott has the biggest selling disc with... »»»
September 9, 2016 - Garth Brooks took to the Ryman stage for his first-ever full concert on Thursday at an invitation-only event to celebrate the launch of SiriusXM's "The Garth Channel." The night in Nashville kicked-off with just Brooks and his guitar, as he opened the show with the curtain drawn behind him starting... »»»
September 9, 2016 - Jason Aldean is telling everyone "They Don't Know" today. At least, that's the name of the Georgian's seventh album, which includes the hit "Lights Come On" and the new single "A Little More Summertime." As usual, Michael Knox produced the 15-song set for Aldean. From the past comes Trio, aka Dolly... »»»
September 9, 2016 - Jason Aldean is kicking off the release day activities for his new disc, "They Don't Know," with a pair of shows at Boston's Fenway Park followed by national TV appearances next week. Aldean was the first country artist to play Fenway n 2013. Kid Rock will open the shows on Friday and Saturday.... »»»
September 9, 2016 - John Berry will launch his 20th Annual "O' Holy Night" Christmas Tour in November. The 19-city tour kicks off in Marietta, Ga. on Nov.18 and wraps on Dec. 21 in Dothan, Ala. "I am so blessed to be celebrating 20 years of our Christmas tour," said Berry, who released his latest CD, "What I Love the Most," in June.... »»»
September 8, 2016 - RaeLynn will ride "WildHorse" to her Warner Nashville debut, dropping Dec. 2, the label announced. RaeLynn, who had a hit with "God Made Girls," left Big Machine earlier this year without having release a full-length CD. She did put out an EP. "There's so much vulnerability and heart pouring out of... »»»
September 8, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line's chart domination continued as "Dig Your Roots" topped the Top Country Albums chart, was second on the overall Top 200 chart and "H.O.L.Y." continued atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 17. FGL displaced Dolly Parton's "Pure & Simple" from the... »»»
September 8, 2016 - Chris Young will get in the holiday spirit a bit earlier this year. Young is releasing his first Christmas disc, "It Must Be Christmas," on Oct. 14. "This is something I've wanted to do for a really long time," said Young. "Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, and it was hard to narrow down... »»»
September 7, 2016 - Zac Brown Band announced today via Twitter that the group will head back into the studio to record an album going back to their roots. ""Thank you so much for all your loyalty and all the love you've given us over the years," said Brown with his band mates around him. "We're going in this winter to... »»»
September 7, 2016 - Kacey Musgraves will release her first holiday album, "A Very Kacey Christmas" Featuring Leon Bridges, Willie Nelson & The Quebe Sisters." on Oct. 28 on Mercury Nashville. Produced by Musgraves, Misa Arriaga and Kyle Ryan, the album features four originals, co-written by Musgraves, and eight holiday favorites.... »»»
September 7, 2016 - Tucker Beathard will release a six-song EP, "Fight Like Hell," in October following the success of his single "Rock On." Beathard co-wrote all songs on the EP, which drops Oct. 7.. A self-taught musician, Beathard also plays both lead guitar and drums on the new release. "I'm always either... »»»
September 6, 2016 - Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs and Don Felder of the Eagles are among the list of those set to enter the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. The new inductees are: Garth Brooks & The G-Men - The G-Men are musicians who played with Brooks on all of his studio albums. This show will be a rare opportunity... »»»
September 6, 2016 - Jon Pardi is sticking to his boots. Following the success of "Head Over Boots," the lead single from his new disc, "California Sunrise," the new single from the Californian is "Dirt On My Boots." The song was penned by Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley. "Head Over Boots" went to number one... »»»
September 6, 2016 - Aubrie Sellers' "New City Blues" debut will be re-issued by her new label, Warner Nashville, on Sept. 30. The new edition will contain two bonus tracks - covers of The Beach Boys' "In My Room" and The Zombies' "The Way I Feel Inside." "I spent four years writing, really thinking about what these... »»»
September 6, 2016 - Seth Ennis signed a record deal with Arista Nashville, it was announced today. Ennis' debut track, "Woke Up In Nashville," has been released. "I'm so excited about Seth and his music," says Randy Goodman, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville. "He represents everything good about our format and its... »»»
September 5, 2016 - Luke Bryan first-ever Farm Tour EP, due later this month, will feature five songs. "Farm Tour...Here's To The Farmer" is out Sept. 23 in advance of his eighth annual Farm Tour 2016, running Oct. 5 to Oct. 15. The track listing is: 1. I Do All My Dreamin' There - Craig Wiseman, Jim McCormick 2.... »»»
September 4, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line has the second biggest selling disc in the U.S. with "Dig Your Roots." FGL moved 145,000 units, 4,000 back of Barbra Streisand's "Encore." "Dig Your Roots" includes the massive hit "H.O.L.Y.," which has been atop the Hot Country Songs chart for 17... »»»
September 2, 2016 - Tucker Beathard is going to college - to give concerts anyway at Big 10 schools. The Rock on College Tour starts in Champaign, Ill, home of the University of Illinois on Oct. 13. Aubrie Sellers, who released a well-received debut CD earlier this year and just signed with Warner Nashville, will open the shows.... »»»
September 1, 2016 - Ricky Skaggs will receive the ASCAP Founders Award at the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, it was announced today. ASCAP President Paul Williams said, "For more than four decades, Ricky Skaggs has been a musical force in bluegrass and country music. His incredible gifts as a musician combined... »»»