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Country News Digest, October 2016

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October 31, 2016 - Miranda Lambert established her own label imprint, Vanner Records, at Sony Music Nashville, it was announced today. The first release will be her own "The Weight Of These Wings," out Nov. 18. It was unclear if the label would include other artists. "Creating an imprint was the natural next step in... »»»
October 30, 2016 - Curly Putnam, who wrote what some consider the greatest country song ever, died Sunday at 85. Putnam wrote "He Stopped Loving Her Today" with Bobby Braddock, which George Jones turned into a hit. Putnam also had a hand in writing Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" with Braddock as well.... »»»
October 28, 2016 - British country duo The Shires made music history today by signing with the Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group under the historic Dot Records imprint. The Shires, whose second album, "My Universe," became the fastest-selling British country album of all time upon release three weeks ago, today... »»»
October 28, 2016 - Hunter Hayes will debut his new single, "Yesterday's Song," on Jimmy Kimmel Live next week. P> Appearing via hologram live from the CMA Theater in Nashville, Hayes will sing the song he wrote with Barry Dean and Martin Johnson and produced with longtime co-creator Dann Huff. The show will air on ABC... »»»
October 28, 2016 - Kenny Chesney is finally out with his new cd, "Cosmic Hallelujah," topping the list of releases including a Kacey Musgraves holiday disc and a Cole Swindell EP. Chesney was slated to release the disc months ago, but delayed it. This is Chesney's 17th studio album. Chesney has a hit on his hands... »»»
October 27, 2016 - Blackberry Smoke debuts in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Nov. 5 with "Like An Arrow." Kenny Chesney sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink. On the songs chart, Keith Urban is second with "Blue Ain't Your Color.... »»»
October 26, 2016 - Randy Travis will sing at the 50th annual Country Music Awards next month, the Country Music Association announced today. Travis has suffered from health problems in recent years, including a massive stroke in 2013. He had to relearn how to sing and play guitar. Travis attended his induction into the... »»»
October 25, 2016 - Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Charley Pride, Reba and George Strait will perform during the Country Music Association awards show on Nov. 2, it was announced today.. "These superstars have been an important part of our legacy and have contributed so much to our current success,"... »»»
October 25, 2016 - Kenny Chesney will receive the Pinnacle Award during The 50th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2, it was announced today. The Pinnacle Award recognizes an artist who has achieved global prominence through concert performances and record sales. The artist must also have attained the highest degree of... »»»
October 21, 2016 - Zac Brown Band expanded by one on Friday. Keyboardist Coy Bowles welcomed a daughter, Hattie, to the group with his wife, Kylie. Bowles posted a picture on Twitter of his... »»»
October 21, 2016 - Rascal Flatts releases its first holiday album, "The Greatest Gift of All," today. The 10-track offering was produced by Rascal Flatts. Among the songs are "Joy To The World," "Deck The Halls" and "Silent Night" with the trio's children singing along Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas" is among the songs covered.... »»»
October 20, 2016 - Little Big Town released "Better Man," the first single from the band's upcoming album. Once again, Jay Joyce produced the song. LBT released "Wanderlust" in June, a collaboration with Pharrell Williams, which was not intended for the country market. The song "One of Those Days" was released to the... »»»
October 19, 2016 - Garth Brooks is streaming his music for the first time ever. Brooks' music is available for streaming through Amazon Music as of today. Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can stream the latest single, "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance," from his upcoming new studio album, "Gunslinger" along with "The... »»»
October 19, 2016 - Maren Morris will launch her first headlining tour, The Hero Tour 2017, in February. Morris, who has had hits with "My Church" and "80s Mercedes," announced 11 shows, starring Feb. 3 in Boston, with more to come soon. She released her major label debut, "Hero," in June. Tickets go on sale Oct. 21.... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Kip Moore will release a five-song EP, "Underground," on Oct. 28. Moore had a hand in writing all five songs with three recorded live during tours. "The problem I often face is leaving behind some songs, because I never stop writing," said Moore. "I write so many that some never see the light of day.... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Cole Swindell revealed the track listing and the EP cover for his "Down Home Sessions III" on Monday. The EP will be available digitally on Oct. 28 via Warner with five songs. The track listing is: 1) You've Got My Number 2) Does It Hurt 3) Six Pack Lines 4)... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Miranda Lambert unveiled the songs on her forthcoming 24-song, 2-CD "The Weight Of These Wings," out Nov. 18. Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Eric Masse share the producing duties on "The Weight Of These Wings." Lambert had a hand in writing 20 of the 24 songs. She wrote "We Should Be Friends" by herself.... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Garth Brooks announced his 11th studio disc will be called "Gunslinger." Brooks unveiled the cover art, which features him wearing a black cowboy hat covering part of his left eye, looking to his right. He is wearing an orange and white shirt. The disc drops Nov. 25 on Pearl, Brooks' label.... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Jason Aldean's "They Don't Know" topped the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 29. Kenny Chesney was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink. Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with "Traveller." Florida Georgia Line was... »»»
October 18, 2016 - Tucker Beathard released "Momma And Jesus" as his second single to country radio today. Co-written with Deric Ruttan and Jonathan Singleton, Beathard plays a guitar riff on the track that is influenced by his drumming. The song is about Beathard's childhood and his penchant to push boundaries and... »»»
October 14, 2016 - Chris Young releases his first holiday disc today, "It Must Be Christmas." Young recorded 10 songs for the effort, including "The First Noel" with Brad Paisley and "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Rock/roots/country band Blackberry Smoke returns with "Like An Arrow," which they self-released.... »»»
October 13, 2016 - Reba McEntire will teach an online class on country music through MasterClass. In her first ever online class, she breaks down one of her greatest hits, "Fancy," and shares what it takes to create a sustainable career in country. McEntire's class covers storytelling, connecting to an audience,... »»»
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October 13, 2016 - Tyler Farr got hitched on Monday night. The singer married his long-time girlfriend outside of Nashville in a ceremony that included about 200 guests, according to Guests included groomsmen n Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and Colt Ford and recent tour mates Maddie & Tae. Freeman, 25, is a registered nurse.... »»»
October 13, 2016 - Garth Brooks released a new single today, "Baby, Let's Lay Down And Dance," during a busy recording period for the singer. iHeart Radio had the world premiere of the upbeat song, which has a soulful, somewhat funky edge. The song will be the first single of his upcoming record, which will be out later... »»»
October 12, 2016 - Kenny Chesney sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink, for the week ending Oct. 22. Jason Aldean was first again on the albums chart with "They Don't Know." Keith Urban moved up to second on the songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color," up three.... »»»
October 11, 2016 - Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood revealed the album cover for "Christmas Togther" last night on Brooks' weekly Facebook series, "Inside Studio G." The album, the first-ever duets collaboration from the couple, will be released on Nov. 11 by Pearl Records, Brooks' label. The collection will feature... »»»
October 10, 2016 - Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Maren Morris were the first performers named for the 51st annual Country Music Association awards, according to Redbook. Underwood, who is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, and Paisley are hosting the awards.... »»»
October 7, 2016 - RaeLynn released "Diamonds" exclusively on The Knot, the wedding brand and marketplace, today, a song from her upcoming debut, "WildHorse." Written about her husband Josh Davis, the song beautifully describes that feeling of finally finding "the one." The Warner Bros. Records / Warner Music Nashville... »»»
October 7, 2016 - The CMA announced its Broadcast Award winners today, including Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA. CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year National: Lon Helton, Country Countdown USA, Westwood One Major Market: Chris Carr, Jeff "Maverick" Bolen and Kia Becht, Chris Carr & Company,... »»»
October 7, 2016 - "Aubrie Sellers: Live From Austin" airs tonight on television. Sellers performed in Austin in March and also sat down for an interview with Alison Hagendorf. The show is on at 9:30 p.m. eastern/Pacific on (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114). Sellers, who released "New City Blues" in January, saw the disc... »»»
October 7, 2016 - Miranda Lambert announced today that her November release, " The Weight of These Wings," will be a double album of 24 songs. Lambert has given each "disc" its own specific title; Disc 1 will be titled "The Nerve" and Disc 2 "The Heart." Lambert said on Sept. 30 the disc, her sixth release, would be out on Nov. 18.... »»»
October 7, 2016 - Loretta Lynn gets in the Xmas spirit with her second release this year, "White Christmas Blue." The disc contains new versions of two originals from Lynn that first appeared on "Country Christmas" ("Country Christmas" and "To Heck with Ole Santa Claus") along with both pop and religious songs.... »»»
October 5, 2016 - Brad Paisley put out a new single, "Today," today. The song is the second single from a forthcoming album, which has yet to be announced. Paisley earlier released "Without a Fight," a song with pop singer Demi Lovato, as a single, but it only reached 23 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.... »»»
October 5, 2016 - Three decades later, "Guitar Town," the disc that launched Steve Earle is back. MCA Nashville/UMe will release a deluxe edition of the album on CD and digital on Oct. 14. The two-disc set will feature the album remastered from the original tapes by Robert Vosgien along with a previously unreleased... »»»
October 5, 2016 - CountryFlo Music Festival announced today the addition of Trace Adkins and Danielle Bradbery to the line up of its first festival in November in Florida. Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Gary Allan, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, Chris Janson, Dallas Davidson, Margo Price, Old Dominion, Tracy Lawrence, Marty... »»»
October 4, 2016 - "Forever Country," the song released by a bevy of singers in conjunction with the Country Music Association's golden anniversary, is first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 15. Luke Bryan led the Top Country Albums chart with "Farm Tour: Here's to the Farmer," an EP.... »»»
October 4, 2016 - Dolly Parton will be the 2016 recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country. The award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and... »»»
October 4, 2016 - Country classics are getting the makeover as part of the Country Music Association' award's 50th anniversary. The new covers of country classics are rolling out now at, with at least one new song being added each day through Nov. 2, the date of the CMA awards.... »»»
October 4, 2016 - The Soul2Soul Tour is coming back in 2017. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced at a surprise show at the Ryman that they would hit the road for an extended tour starting in April 2017 and concluding in July. Tour dates are: April 7 - New Orleans April 9 - Tupelo, Miss. April 20 - North Charleston, S.C.... »»»
October 4, 2016 - Due to concerns about the potential effect of Hurricane Matthew on South Carolina, Luke Bryan announced today he was canceling the opening night of his farm tour, slated for Wednesday in Gastonia, S.C. "Due to the Hurricane Matthew evacuation orders that begin on Wednesday in the coastal areas of South... »»»
October 1, 2016 - Miranda Lambert, revealed the artwork for her upcoming CD, "The Weight Of These Wings." Lambert is standing in the middle holding a guitar case in a field. Behind her is a fence with wings attached to it with the wings appearing on either side of Lambert. "The Weight Of These Wings," Lambert's first... »»»