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Country News Digest, December 2016


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December 28, 2016 - Garth Brooks holds four of the first seven spots on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, including number one with "The Ultimate Collection," for the week ending Jan. 7, 2017. Keith Urban again led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color." On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was... »»»
December 27, 2016 - Kacey Musgraves is getting married. The singer said she was engaged to musician Ruston Kelly with the question popped at Musgraves' parents house in the room where she grew up. Musgraves, who released a Christmas album earlier this fall, said on Instagram on Sunday, "I didn't say yes...... »»»
December 27, 2016 - Kelsea Ballerini is engaged. Ballerini made the announcement on social media on Sunday that she is engaged to Australian country singer Morgan Evans. "I GET TO MARRY MY AUSSIE. my heart is bursting from loving this human so much. luckiest girl in the world," Ballerini wrote on Twitter.... »»»
December 22, 2016 - Randy Rogers and a business partner purchased a well-known Texas country music club on Tuesday, he announced today. Rogers, along with partner KRR Entertainment, became the official owner of the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Kent Finlay founded, owned and operated Cheatham Street from... »»»
December 21, 2016 - Songwriter Andrew Dorff, who had songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Hunter Hayes and Martina McBride, died on Monday at 40. No cause of death was given for Dorff. Dorff enjoyed hits with Chesney's "Save It for a Rainy Day" and Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak." He also had songs covered with Martina... »»»
December 21, 2016 - Former lead singer of the band Those Darlins, Jessi Zazu, is fighting cancer and raising funds to help pay for her bills. Zazu was diagnosed with cancer seven months ago. In October, she learned that her cancer had metastasized, and her fight against the disease will last longer than originally anticipated.... »»»
December 20, 2016 - The Randy Rogers Band announced today an East Coast run this winter with stops in Washington and New York. Rogers will also play an acoustic show at the Black Tie and Boots 2017 Presidential Inaugural Ball in January. The group is currently working on new music for 2017. Rogers has plans to return to... »»»
December 20, 2016 - Garth Books dominated the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, coming in first and second for the week ending Dec. 31 with "The Ultimate Collection" and "Christmas Together," his disc with wife Trisha Yearwood." Keith Urban again led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color.... »»»
December 19, 2016 - Jacob Burleson has joined bluegrass band Volume Five, it was announced today. The North Carolina native, whose father was a founding member of Blue Highway, makes his debut performance with Volume Five at Everett's Music Barn in Suwanee, Ga. on Jan. 28, 2017. Burleson, of Newland, N.C.... »»»
December 19, 2016 - Brad Paisley announced today he would release his 11th studio album, "Love and War," in March. Paisley will release the album on March 3. "Today" is the first single from the album, according to a press release from Paisley's label. However, he released "Without a Fight," which featured Demi Lovato and... »»»
December 16, 2016 - Like father, like daughter. And that means that Jenny Gill, who her father has collaborated with and written about ("Jenny Dreamed of Trains"), will release her debut EP in February. "The House Sessions" will be out Feb. 17. The autobiographical collection of songs - Gill had a hand in writing five... »»»
December 16, 2016 - Lowland Hum, the Virginia-based husband-and-wife duo, announced today they would release their fourth release, "Thin," in February. "Thin" drops Feb. 10. The band wound down 2016 with an east coast tour supporting Josh Ritter and premiering two singles ("Palm Lines" and "Thin Places") from the forthcoming release.... »»»
December 15, 2016 - Reba is going the religious route as she announced today she is going to release "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope" on Feb. 3, 2017, a 2-CD, 21-song set. McEntire is releasing the set through Nash Icon Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. This is McEntire's second Christian-themed release in five months.... »»»
December 14, 2016 - Brad Paisley added tour dates on his Life Amplified World Tour for February, mainly in Canada. Special guests will be Chase Bryant and guitarist Lindsay Ell. Paisley's current single is "Today," which is expected to be on a forthcoming CD> Bryant, 24, has musical history in his blood.... »»»
December 14, 2016 - Drake White will launch his first headlining stint in February. White and his band The Big Fire will take The Spark Tour 2017 to 17 clubs across the U.S. White, who has a new single out, "Makin' Me Look Good Again.," starts the tour in Maine on Feb. 4 and concludes June 2 in California.... »»»
December 14, 2016 - Blake Shelton will sing his current hit, "A Guy With A Girl," to Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Thursday. The song is on his latest disc, "If I'm Honest." "'A Guy With A Girl' is just a fun song - and it's fun to do live. It's a great way to close out 2016," said Shelton. Shelton will celebrate the year's... »»»
December 13, 2016 - Margo Price confirmed today new 2017 tour dates in support of her debut LP "Midwest Farmer's Daughter," staring in Late February in Knoxville, Tenn. The tour concludes in early April in Minneapolis. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. local time. Tour dates are: Feb.... »»»
December 13, 2016 - Kane Brown is the top selling country release on the Billboard charts for the week ending Dec. 24 with his self-titled disc with Keith Urban still sitting pretty at number 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 24 with" Blue Ain't Your Color." Florida Georgia Line stayed second on... »»»
December 12, 2016 - Chris Young is partnering with Toys for Tots to collect toys for deserving children in nine states. Young, a member of the CMA Board of Directors, announced Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. during the final stop of the tour that CMA will support the effort by collecting unwrapped toys from the music... »»»
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December 12, 2016 - JThe osh Abbott will continue in 2017 to support its latest release "Front Row Seat," it was announced today. The band will start in their home state of Texas in early January and ending in late March in Anaheim, Cal. "Front Row Seats" captures the story of a failed relationship - Abbott's marriage... »»»
December 11, 2016 - Kane Brown's self-titled debut will be the only country CD in the Billboard overall top 10 when the charts are released on Tuesday. Brown debuted at. 10 with 51,000 units with 45,000 in album sales. He released an EP earlier this year. Coming in first on the Billboard Top 200 chart was the "Hamilton"... »»»
December 9, 2016 - Trent Harmon, of American Idol-winning fame, releases his debut EP today. He recorded the five-song project with songwriter/producer Jimmy Robbins and producer Julian Raymond. The release from the Mississippi native is layered with country soul-infused original tracks like his Season XV coronation song... »»»
December 8, 2016 - Alan Jackson will hit the highway in 2017. Jackson announced he will launch the Honky Tonk Highway Tour next year with Lee Ann Womack opening many dates. Jackson will play arena and amphitheatre shows as well as annual festivals and multi-day events. Womack has appeared on several of Jackson's albums,... »»»
December 8, 2016 - Old Dominion has struck gold. "Meat and Candy" was certified GOLD by the RIAA, almost a year after the release of Meat and Candy (Nov. 6, 2015), the band said in a press release. "When we made 'Meat and Candy,' we had no way of knowing if it would go over well or not. We just tried to make a record... »»»
December 7, 2016 - Miranda Lambert continued atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 17 with "The Weight of These Wings." Keith Urban remained first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Florida Georgia Line stayed second on the songs chart with "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw.... »»»
December 7, 2016 - Gurf Morlix announced today he will release a new album in February 2017. "The Soul & The Heal" drops Feb. 3, 2017. The album kicks off with the raw, guttural feel of the first track "Deeper Down." The blues chord progressions continue throughout the album. "Bad Things" mines Delta blues.... »»»
December 6, 2016 - Granger Smith said today he was released from a New Jersey hospital and is bak home in Texas after taking a concert fall that resulted in breaking two ribs and puncturing a lung. ‪"Update: Out of the hospital, back in TX & starting to regain movements," Smith posted on his Facebook page.... »»»
December 6, 2016 - It didn't take long for Kenny Chesney to sell more than 100,000 tickets his only 2 stadium shows of 2017. Chesney moved106,000 tickets, according to his publicist. "I didn't know if it was the right thing," Chesney said. "It feels a little like cheating, because I said I was taking the year off.... »»»
December 6, 2016 - Lori McKenna and Maren Morris were the most nominated country artist for a Grammy with the nominations announced today. Both received four nominations with McKenna receiving some as a songwriter and some for her own recordings. "I've grown up watching the Grammys, and they are such a pinnacle for an... »»»
December 5, 2016 - Granger Smith broke two ribs and punctured his lung in a fall from the stage in New Jersey on Friday, he reported on his Facebook page. "I took a pretty hard spill last night in Jersey. Thx for the well wishes! Y'all mean the world to me. I'll be out of the hospital & 100% soon!" Smith wrote.... »»»
December 5, 2016 - Shenandoah will hit the road in 2017 to commemorate 30 years as a band, announcing dates today for its upcoming tour. The tour kicks off on Jan. 22 in Annapolis, Md. and will continue throughout the year with many additional live dates scheduled across the country. Shenandoah will also perform two... »»»
December 4, 2016 - Miranda Lambert will have the only country disc in Billboard's top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday. Lambert's "The Weight of These Wings" fell from third to ninth with 36,000 units in its second week, down 73 percent. The Weeknd led the charts with "Starboy" debuting with 348,000 album equivalent units.... »»»
December 2, 2016 - What first started as geting fans via the Internet resulted in Kane Brown releasing a full-length debut today. The Georgian is out with a self-titled disc today. Brown released two EPs over the past two years, including "Chapter 1," which came out in March. Brown has gained airplay with "Used To Love You Sober.... »»»
December 1, 2016 - Brandy Clark Clark brings her songs from her recent CD "Big Day In A Small Town" to Mountain Stage starting on Friday. The show will broadcast to 180 NPR stations. Airtimes and stations can be found here. "So many of my favorite artists have been a part of Mountain Stage," said Clark.... »»»