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Country News Digest, April 2017


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April 27, 2017 - Eli Young Band will release "Fingerprints" on June 16, marking their first album on The Valory Music Recorded in Nashville with co-producers Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover, the disc includes 11 songs, 8 co-penned by EYB. Lead singer Mike Eli wrote lyrics evoking his bond with wife Kacey on their... »»»
April 27, 2017 - Ryan Hurd will join Florida Georgia Line on the Smooth Tour 2017 beginning June 15 in New York with 14 stops including St. Louis, Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. Hurd opened 2017 on Maren Morris's HERO tour and will team up with Morris again in Europe this fall. He also opened for Thomas Rhett on his recent tour.... »»»
April 26, 2017 - By Kevin Oliver MerleFest is a roots music fan's dream come true, with four days of bluegrass, folk, Americana, country, traditional and more to take in. 75,000 people are expected to attend this weekend's 30th anniversary edition of the festival, and while there will be crowds for the headliners and... »»»
April 26, 2017 - Nikki Lane will appear on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" this Friday, April 28. Lane, who released "Highway Queen" earlier this year, will perform two tracks from the disc on CBS This Morning Saturday at Loretta Lynn's home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Lynn joins Lane for a very special duet of her... »»»
April 25, 2017 - Sara Evans launched her own record label, Born to Fly Records, she announced today. The label is named for her chart-topping single and double-platinum album of the same name and will distributed via SONY RED. Evans will release a new album hti summer, her eighth studio effort.... »»»
April 25, 2017 - Sam Hunt continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, for the week ending May 6, with "Body Like a Back Road." Keith Urban held first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Ripcord." Brett Young remained second with "In Case You Didn't Know," one ahead of Luke Combs "Hurricane.... »»»
April 24, 2017 - Tyler Farr is out with a new single, "I Should Go To Church Sometimes," which is slated to be on his third CD. The song was penned by Brinley Addington, MIchael Hardy and Sarah Turner. the song concerns seeing a down-and-out person on the street and a 17-year-old involved ina truck accident with the... »»»
April 24, 2017 - Following on the heels of 2 Nights of Number 1's in Las Vegas, George Strait announced today that he will continue the concept of playing his 60 number 1 hits again in July. "Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1's, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it," said Strait.... »»»
April 21, 2017 - Brad Paisley, Charlie Worsham and Angaleena Presley lead the list of new releases out today. Paisley is out with "Love and War," a 16-song set that includes help from the late Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger and Timbaland. The disc includes Paisley's trademark guitar work and songs that veer towards the novelty theme-wise.... »»»
April 20, 2017 - Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett will host "CMA Fest 2017," the three-hour special that brings annual June event to national TV. The announcement that Ballerini and Thomas Rhett would serve as hosts this year was made Thursday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I've grown up going to CMA Fest... »»»
April 19, 2017 - TJason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett lead the headliners for the 26th Annual Country Jam festival at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, Col. on June 15-18. The line-up also includes co-headliners Justin Moore and Randy Houser. The daily line-up is: Thursday, June 15 Sasha... »»»
April 18, 2017 - Sam Hunt again led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road" for the week ending April 29. Keith Urban topped the Country Albums chart with "Ripcord." On the albums chart, last week's chart topper, Miranda Lambert's "The Weight of These Wings," fell to second.... »»»
April 14, 2017 - Indie traditional country singer Sam Outlaw is out with "Tenderheart," following on the acclaim he received for "Angeleno." Outlaw produced the 13-song set with Martin Pradler. Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes helps out on "Diamond Ring." Outlaw, a North Dakota native living in Los Angeles, wrote all of the songs.... »»»
April 14, 2017 - Glen Campbell's final studio album, "Adi"s," will be released June 9 on UMe, capping off a five-decade career. Campbell, who has scoring hits since the Sixties, disclosedin 2012 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. "Adi"s" was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Campbell's... »»»
April 13, 2017 - The latest Volume of Loretta's Cash Cabin Sessions, "Wouldn't It Be Great," will be out Aug. 18 on Sony Legacy. The set was produced by Lynn's daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash. The set includes new songs and re-recordings of classics including "Coal Miner's Daughter.... »»»
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April 13, 2017 - Zac Brown Band's Jimmy De Martini became a father for the fourth time. De Martini had his first girl, according to the band's posting on Instagram. "Big congratulations to Stacey and Jimmy De Martini who welcomed their fourth child and first daughter Jonelle on April 4, weighing in at 6 lbs 5oz.... »»»
April 13, 2017 - The Deslondes return with their sophomore album "Hurry Home" on June 23 on New West Records. The Deslondes also announced initial tour dates, beginning June 6 in Austin. The 13-song set combines country and R&B, although the new music is said to have a more electrified sound with psychedelic flourishes.... »»»
April 10, 2017 - Kenny Chesney announced his last four shows for 2017 today. Chesney is playing a few dates, including two at his home away from home - Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The four new shows are the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Aug. 4 in Alabama and The Wharf Amphitheatre in Orange Beach, Ala. on Aug.... »»»
April 10, 2017 - High Valley's Curtis Rempel became a day again. Rempel, one-half of High Valley with his brother, Brad, welcome baby girl Millie June to the family on Friday, April 7, joining big brother Ben, 3. Rempel revealed on the news on High Valley's Instagram account today. The family will enjoy a few quiet... »»»
April 7, 2017 - The Secret Sisters signed to New West Records and will release a new disc, "You Don't Own Me Anymore" on June 9. The 12-song set was produced by Brandi Carlile and her collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth. The release is Laura and Lydia Rogers' first new record in more than three years.... »»»
April 6, 2017 - Chris Stapleton will be out with two albums, he announced Thursday. His sophomore effort, From a Room: Volume 1," will contain nine songs, and be out May 5 on Mercury Nashville. "From A Room: Volume 2" is due later this year with no release date announced, the label said. The album takes its name... »»»
April 5, 2017 - Willie Nelson is readying yet another album. "God's Problem Child" will be out April 28 with 13 songs, including 7 recently written by with Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album is Nelson's first to debut all-new songs since "Band of Brothers" in 2014. Nelson enjoyed success... »»»
April 5, 2017 - Alan Jackson, the late Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz will be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was announced today. Reed, who also had a career in acting, was named for the Veterans Category, Jackson in the Modern Era Artist Category, Alan Jackson; and Schiltz in the Songwriter Category.... »»»
April 3, 2017 - RaeLynn debuts at the number one spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending April 15 with her first full-length release, "WildHorse." Sam Hunt again held the top spot on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." Keith Urban was second on the albums chart with... »»»
April 3, 2017 - RaeLynn will have the number one country disc in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are out Tuesday. "WildHorse" moved 16,000 units in its first week. The release marks RaeLynn's the release of the Texan's first full-length release and debut on Warner. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for... »»»
April 2, 2017 - Jason Aldean won the biggest honor of the night - Entertainer of the Year - at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday. "Man, I am so thankful. You guys don't know how much I love getting up and doing what I do every day," said Aldean. He also gave shout outs to the others nominated.... »»»