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Country News Digest, May 2017


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May 29, 2017 - Chris Stapleton's "From A Room: Volume 1" will be fifth on the Billboard Top 200 when it is released on Tuesday. Stapleton's second solo release fell one spot, moving 50,000 units, down 33 percent. The disc was the only country album in the top 10. Linkin Park led the chart with "One More Light,"... »»»
May 26, 2017 - Justin Townes Earle releases "Kids in the Street," his first album for New West. On his seventh album, Earle is working with a producer for the first time in his now decade-long career. Earle made the trip to Omaha, Neb. to be guided by Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, M. Ward, Connor Oberst) at ARC Studios.... »»»
May 25, 2017 - Luke Bryan is going back to the farms this year as he announced the Farm Tour 2017 today. This marks the ninth annual tour for the Georgian and will be from Sept. 28-Oct. 7. Since the tour's inception in 2009, Bryan has awarded 50 college scholarships to a local student from a farming family within... »»»
May 24, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line will give a first look of The Smooth Tour 2017, appearing with tour mate Nelly on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday as part of the show's 2017 Summer Concert Series. The tour also includes Chris Lane and Backstreet Boys, who are featured on the duo's current Top 10 single,... »»»
May 23, 2017 - Zac Brown Band debuted in first with "Welcome Home" on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending June 3. San Hunt stayed first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." Last week's albums chart topper, Chris Stapleton, slipped to second with "From a Room: Volume 1.... »»»
May 22, 2017 - Veteran singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave died at 61 on Sunday just three days after a tribute concert in his honor. LaFave, who was influenced by Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, was a staple of the folk and Americana scene, although never received widespread acclaim. Born in Willis Point, Texas on July 12,... »»»
May 22, 2017 - Brent Cobb's will make his network television debut on June 6 on Conan. Cobb's major label debut album "Shine On Rainy Day," is out on Low Country Sound/ Elektra Records (purchase here). Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, etc.), who is Cobb's cousin,... »»»
May 21, 2017 - Zac Brown Band is second on the Billboard Top 200 chart with the group's new disc "Welcome Home." The disc moved 146,000 units, far behind One Direction's Harry Styles' self-titled debut, which had 230,000 equivalent album units for the week ending May 18. The figure for ZBB was far less than 2015's... »»»
May 19, 2017 - Country pop trio Rascal Flatts is out with "Back to Us" today. The band's 10th studio album was led by the single "Yours If You Want It." Lauren Alaina sings with the trio's "Are You Happy Now." The release comes in a regular 10-song version and a 13-song deluxe recording. The band self-produced except... »»»
May 18, 2017 - Chris Janson will release a five-song EP next month, he announced today. That will preceded by the release on Monday of his summer song "Fix A Drink," also the title track of the EP. The music video is hitting TV airwaves this weekend exclusively on CMT. "The reaction and support for 'Fix A Drink' has... »»»
May 18, 2017 - Old Dominion debuted the music video for its new single "No Such Thing As A Broken Heart" today The single will be featured on the band's forthcoming sophomore album, set to debut later this summer. Lead singer Matthew Ramsey said, "We love feel-good songs. Sometimes you just want to put on something... »»»
May 17, 2017 - After touring with Sting - opening and playing with him - The Last Bandoleros will tour the U.S. on their own for the "Crooked Little Halo" Tour. Having joined Sting's "57th and 9th" Tour in North America before heading overseas, The Last Bandoleros combine country, rock and Mexican sounds in their music.... »»»
May 17, 2017 - Australian singer Morgan Evans recently signed with Warner, it was announced today. Evans has a recording deal with Warner Australia since 2012. Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, Evans recalls an early interest in music when he started playing guitar at the age of 13. He spent his teenage years... »»»
May 16, 2017 - Chris Stapleton has the top country disc with "From a Room: Volume 1," while Sam Hunt continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending May 27 with "Body Like a Back Road." On the songs chart, Brett Young stayed second with "In Case You Didn't Know" and Luke Combs third with "Hurricane.... »»»
May 16, 2017 - Brantley Gilbert and his wife, Amber, are expecting. "We've had such a hard time keeping a secret," Gilbert said. "But the doctors wanted us to wait past the first trimester. So here we are." The baby is due Nov. 17, according to a People story. The pregnancy did not come easily for the couple who married in 2015.... »»»
May 15, 2017 - Chris Stapleton's second disc will debut in second on the overall Billboard Top 200 chart when it is released on Tuesday. "From a Room: Volume 1" sold 219,000 in its debut week, according to Billboard. Logic was first with "Everybody" moving 247,000 units. This was the highest sales for a country disc... »»»
May 12, 2017 - Van Morrison will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 13, it was announced today. Morrison also will headline the Americana Music Association's Ascend Amphitheater show this year along with his daughter Shana Morrison on Sept.... »»»
May 12, 2017 - Zac Brown Band return with "Welcome Home" today on Southern Ground/Elektra Records. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), the record hearkens back to the classic sound of the band's beginnings. The first single is the acoustic-based "My Old Man.... »»»
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May 11, 2017 - A Thousand Horses announced it would release its third album, "Bridges," on June 2. The disc is the follow to "Southernality," which gained them airplay with "Smoke."The 13-song effort on Big Machine will be out digitally and includes the single "Preachin' to the Choir" as well as an acoustic version of the track.... »»»
May 10, 2017 - Brett Eldredge will release a self-titled disc on Aug. 4. "It's kind of crazy to see an album cover with just your name on it," Eldredge said. "I think that shows what I want to say with this album. Maybe it takes a little bit of guts to put out a self-titled album, but if it's 100 percent honestly... »»»
May 9, 2017 - Sturgill Simpson was the leading nominee for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards announced Tuesday with 3. Simpson was nominated for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" and Song of the Year for "All Around You." Nominees were: Album of the Year American Band,... »»»
May 9, 2017 - Willie Nelson debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "God's Problem Child" for the week ending May 20. Sam Hunt continued atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." Brett Young stayed second on the songs chart with "In Case You Didn't Know.... »»»
May 9, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line announced three new support acts for The Smooth Tour 2017, which starts in June. Morgan Wallen, Ryan Hurd and Russell Dickerson join the tour already including Nelly and Chris Lane. Wallen's debut single, "The Way I Talk," has charted. Hurd and Dickerson have both been on Thomas... »»»
May 8, 2017 - Darius Rucker is going undercover. Rucker will look for talent in the music field when he appears on "Undercover Boss" this Friday. The CBS show is getting a new twist this year by having known people look for talent in their own field. Rucker goes to Austin to discover talent.... »»»
May 8, 2017 - Willie Nelson's "God's Problem Child" will top the Billboard Top Country Albums chart when the charts are released Tuesday. Nelson's latest, his ninth since 2012, also entered the Billboard 200 at 10. This is Nelson's second U.S. country chart-topper in less than two years. Nelson's 6th Legacy... »»»
May 6, 2017 - Loretta Lynn remains hospitalized after being admitted to a hospital in Nashville Thursday night after she suffered a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. "She is currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery," her web site said. Lynn, 85, was advised by... »»»
May 5, 2017 - Josh Abbott of Josh Abbott Band and his girlfriend, Taylor Parnell, welcomed Emery Farryn Abbott this morning. Born Friday, May 5, around 1 a.m. in Austin, Emery Farryn Abbott weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 inches long. The name Emery Farryn means "brave adventure.... »»»
May 5, 2017 - Chris Stapleton, who turned a highly successful songwriting career into superstar status as a solo artist, and a tribute to Brandi Carlile are out today. Stapleton, who once was playing bluegrass with The SteelDrivers, broke out with "Traveller" two years ago today. Today, he is out with "From A Room: Volume 1.... »»»
May 4, 2017 - The title track from Glen Campbell's farewell album, "Adiόs," premiered via Rolling Stone. Campbell was reunited with his lifelong collaboratorJimmy Webb, who penned Campbell's crossover hits "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix." Popularized in 1989 by Linda... »»»
May 3, 2017 - Scotty McCreery will release "Five More Minutes" to retail and online streaming services on Friday. McCreery, who wrote the song in 2015, recalls events ranging from an early date with longtime girlfriend Gabi to his grandfather's final moments. "I've been performing 'Five More Minutes' in my live... »»»
May 2, 2017 - Brad Paisley debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Love And War." Sam Hunt held the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart again, for the week ending May 13, with "Body Like a Back Road." Paisley took the top spot from Keith Urban's "Ripcord," which fell to second.... »»»
May 1, 2017 - Eric Church announced eight new tour dates today starting in September. Church's Holdin' My Own Tour launched in January, hitting 62 stops. Most shows have included abo8ut three dozen songs and lasted three hours over two sets. The new dates start in Stateline, Nev. On Sept. 2 and conclude with shows in Gilford, N.H.... »»»
May 1, 2017 - Maren Morris announced the fall leg of The HERO Tour 2017 today with 10 dates throughout October. Supporting the fall leg of the The HERO Tour 2017 is once again RCA Nashville singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd, who opened for Morris' winter/spring leg of The HERO Tour 2017. The two are also dating. Tour dates are: Oct.... »»»