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Country News Digest, November 2016


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November 30, 2016 - The Las Vegas residency of Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire was extended, Kix Brooks said today via an email announcement. With dates previously announced for for Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas for February and March, the new dates are June 21, 24, 25 and 28, July 1 and 2, Nov. 29 and Dec.... »»»
November 30, 2016 - Brett Young, who has a hit on his hands with "Sleep Without You," will have his debut out in February. Big Machine Label Group will put the self-titled release on Feb. 10. The California artist released an EP last year. His new single, "In Case You Didn't Know," will impact country radio on Jan. 9.... »»»
November 29, 2016 - Miranda Lambert debuted in first with "The Weight of These Wings' on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 10, good for third on the overall chart. Keith Urban continued atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Lambert took over the top from Garth Brooks... »»»
November 29, 2016 - Once apparently is not enough for Kenny Chesney because he announced today he would play his second stadium show of 2017. And once again, the venue is Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., where Chesney has played XX shows. With his Aug. 25, 2017 show at Gillette Stadium not on sale yet, he added a... »»»
November 28, 2016 - Nikki Lane will release her third album, "Highway Queen," via New West Records on Feb. 17th, 2017, she announced today. Lane, who delves in Outlaw Country, produced the 10-song set with fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler. Recorded in Denton, Texas at Matt Pence's Echo Lab Studio as well as Club... »»»
November 28, 2016 - Songwriter Natalie Hemby, who penned Miranda Lambert's "Automatic" and Little Big Town's "Pontoon," will make her recording debut in January, she announced today. "Puxico" will be out Jan. 13, 2017. The album was inspired by the annual homecoming celebrations of her grandfather's hometown of Puxico, Mo.... »»»
November 25, 2016 - Garth Brooks' ultra busy month continued today with the release of "Gunslinger." The disc marks his third release this month. He put out a Christmas disc with wife Trisha Yearwood, "Christmas Together," their first release together. Brooks then put out "The Ultimate Collection," exclusively to Target, a... »»»
November 23, 2016 - Kane Brown will make his national television debut on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, Dec. 1. Brown's TV performance coincides with the release of his self-titled debut album, out next Friday and his current headlining Ain't No Stopping Us Now Tour. Brown co-wrote 7 of the 11 tracks on his debut.... »»»
November 22, 2016 - Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood led the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with their first holiday disc, "Christmas Together," for the week ending Dec. 3. Keith Urban topped the Hot Country Songs chart again with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Brooks actually had one of the biggest selling discs of the... »»»
November 22, 2016 - A Thousand Horses is heading to England for a short four-date tour starting in late November. The dates include a 'Live Cut To Vinyl' event at the legendary Metropolis studios on Dec. 3. The band will be recording six tracks live straight onto vinyl, which will include a mixture from their debut,... »»»
November 21, 2016 - RaeLynn's debut, "WildHorse," was slated to drop Dec. 2 on a new label. But that's been pushed off until next year, apparently due to a tour she is doing with Blake Shelton. The tour was announced today, and RaeLynn will open the shows. "We were initially targeting a release for this year, but an... »»»
November 21, 2016 - Blake Shelton will be "Doing It To Country Songs" when his 2017 gets underway in February. The tour title is taken from his current album "If I'm Honest." RaeLynn, who just this evening announced the tour in a "Newlyweds" style game on Facebook Live, will open the tour kick it off in Bakersfield, Cal. on Feb.... »»»
November 21, 2016 - Kenny Chesney will play his only stadium date in 2017 at one of his favorite haunts, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Chesney, who just released "Cosmic Hallelujah" last months, returns for a show on Aug. 25. He has played at least 15 shows there since 2005. Chesney will be joined by Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion.... »»»
November 18, 2016 - Miranda Lambert is out today with "The Weight of These Wings," a 2-CD, 24-song set. "Vice" was the lead single from the release, most of which Lambert had a hand in writing.Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Eric Masse produced the release. "We Should Be Friends" is the second single.... »»»
November 17, 2016 - Johnny and June Carter Cash's lakefront Tennessee property is for sale, it was reported today. The Hendersonville, Tenn. property was the home that Carter and Cash shared for nearly all of their 35-year marriage. No price was given for the property. "In my mind it would be some person (who) is a huge... »»»
November 17, 2016 - Zac Brown Band's festival of music and food is returning for its sixth year in May to Charleston, S.C., it was announced today. Southern Ground Music and Food Festival will be held at MUSC Health Stadium on May 20-21, 2017. No acts were named to next year's festival, although ZBB performs.... »»»
November 16, 2016 - Crystal Gayle was surprised during her Grand Ole Opry performance on Tuesday with an invitation from Opry member Carrie Underwood to become an official Opry member. Gayle will be formally inducted into the Opry on Jan. 21, 2017 by her sister, Loretta Lynn. Gayle made her Opry debut nearly 50 years ago... »»»
November 16, 2016 - George Strait announced today that he will be return to Las Vegas for four additional weekends at T-Mobile Arena in 2017. Billed as 2 Nights of Number 1's, the limited engagement with back-to-back nights will showcase live performances of Strait's 60 number 1 hits plus other songs over each weekend,... »»»
November 15, 2016 - Kenny Chesney led the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Nov. 26 with "Cosmic Hallelujah." Keith Urban continues atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with "Traveller." Urban held third with "Ripcord. Eric Church's "Mr.... »»»
November 15, 2016 - George Strait is going back to the clubs on Wednesday. Strait will play a "Strait Out of the Box: Part 2" album release show on Nov. 16 at Gruene Hall Dance Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, where Strait played in the '70s. While tickets are not available for purchase, fans can live-stream the event Wednesday at 8 p.m.... »»»
November 15, 2016 - Holly Dunn, 59, best known for her mid-'80s hit "Daddy's Hands," passed away this morning in Albuquerque, N.M. of ovarian cancer, according to Nashville TV station WSM. Dunn enjoyed two number one hits: "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" and "You Really Had Me Going." She enjoyed eight songs that went top 10... »»»
November 14, 2016 - Leon Russell, a bluesy, soulful singer, who also delved into country, died on Sunday at 74 in Nashville. Russell, who had a long career as a solo artist and sideman, had heart surgery in July and died in his sleep, according to his wife. Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.... »»»
November 14, 2016 - Shania Twain, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney will headline the Stagecoach Festival in late April in Indio, Cal. Bentley will close out the opening night of the three-day festival on April 28. Other playing that day include Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jon Pardi, Maddie & Tae, 38... »»»
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November 14, 2016 - The Black Cadillac will launch The Black Roses Tour in mid-January, ending two months later. The tour , in support of its "Bury Me in My Boots disc," commences Jan. 19 in Memphis and ends in Sacramento, Cal. on March 17. Aubrie Sellers, Brent Cobb, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Quaker City Night Hawks will... »»»
November 13, 2016 - Kenny Chesney will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday. "Cosmic Hallelujah" fell from second to 10th, moving 29,000 units; down 68 percent. Bon Jovi has the top CD in the U.S. with "This House is Not for Sale" moving 129,000 units.... »»»
November 11, 2016 - Faith Hill will release "Deep Tracks," on Nov. 18 via Warner Bros. Records, her final album on the record label, she said on her web site today. The album features non-single tracks from Hill's previous albums - "Faith," "Breathe," "Cry" and "Fireflies" plus three previously unreleased tracks.... »»»
November 11, 2016 - Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood go Christmas today with the release of their first holiday release, while Ronnie Dunn is out with a solo disc. Brooks and Yearwood drop "Christmas Together," an 11-song collection of duets and solo performances. Songs include "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Santa Baby"... »»»
November 10, 2016 - "Garth Brooks/Yankee Stadium/Live, the concert filmed in 4K this past summer, broadcasts nationwide tonight at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific across all AT&T platforms. Fans can live stream simulcast the concert tonight starting at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific via AT&T. The two-night, sold-out arena shows mark... »»»
November 9, 2016 - The Zac Brown Band added another member for the second consecutive month. That's because Clay Cook, multi-instrumentalist for the band, became a father last week. Cook posted a picture of his son Charlie and wife Brooke on Instagram.The baby was born on Nov. 4, weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long.... »»»
November 9, 2016 - Ryan Kinder will release his single, "Close," for Warner on Friday. Written by Kinder with Jeremey Stover and Lindsey Rimes and produced by Ross Copperman, "Close" is a hookup anthem about wanting more but knowing love at first sight is the stuff of fairy tales. The song, which goes for adds Dec.... »»»
November 8, 2016 - Keith Urban has the number 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color" for the week ending Nov. 19. Kenny Chesney debuts in first on the albums chart with "Cosmic Hallelujah." Brett Eldredge debuted in second on the albums chart with his holiday disc, "Glow.... »»»
November 7, 2016 - Kenny Chesney will have the second best selling disc in the U.S., "Cosmic Hallelujah," when the charts are released Tuesday. Chesney's latest moved almost 89,000 units, including 79,000 in traditional album sales. The set contains his number one hit, "Setting the World on Fire" with Pink.... »»»
November 4, 2016 - Pop and R&B superstar Beyonce's performance at the Country Music Association awards on Wednesday with the Dixie Chicks has proven to be quite controversial. Not only is the online chatter heated with some saying her performance had little to do with country and others citing racism and ignorance, but... »»»
November 4, 2016 - Loretta Lynn, who released a Christmas disc this year, will join the CMA Country Christmas concert, airing Nov. 28 on ABC. This marks Lynn's first appearance on the two-hour holiday special, which will be hosted for the seventh year by Jennifer Nettles. Lynn put out "White Christmas Blue" on Oct. 7.... »»»
November 3, 2016 - The Sadies will release the Toronto-based band's 10th studio album, "Northern Passages," on Feb. 10. The Sadies premiered the first single from the LP today on Twangville, "Riverview Fog," which began as a letter to their friend Rick White, whose contributions, both musical and visual, have helped to... »»»
November 3, 2016 - Tift Merritt announced today she would release "Stitch of the World" on Jan. 27 on Yep Roc Records. "Love Soldiers On," the second song from the album, was released as well. "Dusty Old Man," the album's first single, recently premiered via Rolling Stone Country. Guitarist Marc Ribot, pedal-steel... »»»
November 3, 2016 - Chicago Cubs fan Brett Eldredge will celebrate with the World Champion Cubs on Friday by joining the parade and singing. Eldredge, an Illinois native, will join the team in the parade from Wrigley Field to Grant Park, where he will perform "Go Cubs Go" with members of the team. Following the parade,... »»»
November 2, 2016 - Garth Brooks won the biggest honor of the night at the 50th Country Music Association Awards, Entertainer of the Year. "Very sweet," said Brooks. "Wow. It's cool." He proceeded to thank his management, band, road family and his wife, Trisha Yearwood. "Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful run," he said. "The people.... »»»
November 2, 2016 - Chris Stapleton and Dierks Bentley were early winners at the 50th Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday morning. Stapleton won CMA Music Video of the Year along with director Tim Mattia for "Fire Away." Bentley and Elle King took Musical Event of the Year for "Different for Girls.... »»»
November 1, 2016 - George Strait will release "Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 " on Nov. 18 exclusively with Walmart. The 3-disc, 56-track collection features 36 hit singles including 26 number ones plus 2 new songs co-written by Strait along with 18 choice album cuts, all personally selected by Strait.... »»»
November 1, 2016 - The Kane Brown 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now Tour as part of the Outbreak Presents series, launches Nov. 3 in Michigan. The tour visits 27 cities across the U.S. including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Now in its fifth consecutive year, Outbreak Presents... »»»
November 1, 2016 - "Friends in Low Places" will get a new reading from Garth Brooks with a little help from some friends. The 25th anniversary of one of Brooks' signature songs will appear on his Target-only release "Garth Brooks The Ultimate Collection." "I can't believe how many people have been talking about this,"... »»»