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Country News Digest, June 2017


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June 30, 2017 - Prolific singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale continues with his heavy release schedule, putting out the dozen-song disc "London Southern" today. Lauderdale recorded the music in England four years ago, but had to wait due to other projects before finding the proper time. The music has a Beatles influence.... »»»
June 29, 2017 - The Academy of Country Music announced the Studio Recording Award winners for the 52ND ACMs today with Jay Joyce named Producer of the Year, while Dan Dugmore took two honors. Since 2015, Joyce produced Eric Church's "Mir. Misunderstood," Carrie Underwood's "Storyteller" and Brandy Clark's "Big Day in a Small Town.... »»»
June 28, 2017 - Josh Abbott Band will release its new album, "Until My Voice Goes Out" on Aug. 18. Produced by Dwight Baker, Abbott indicates the album from the Texas-based band has an upbeat message. "This album is about appreciating the moment and your family and your friends, and living life the right way," Abbott said.... »»»
June 28, 2017 - John Hiatt & The Goners, The Secret Sisters, Amanda Shires and Lori McKenna are among the artists announced to play the AmericanaFest in September in Nashville, the AMA announced today. They will join newly announced musicians Angaleena Presley, Buddy Miller, Drive-By Truckers, Hayes Carll, The... »»»
June 27, 2017 - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending July 8 with "The Nashville Sound." Sam Hunt held onto first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." Isbell took over the country chart top spot from Lady Antebellum's "Heart... »»»
June 27, 2017 - Jacob Davis achieved a career dream Friday night as he made his debut on The Grand Ole Opry. The Shreveport, La. native sang "What I Wanna Be," a song he wrote with Forest Glen Whitehead and Adam Hambrick that Whitehead produced. "This floor is literally cracking underneath my feet, and you have no... »»»
June 26, 2017 - Chase Rice will launch the Lambs and Lions Tour in September, which also will be the name of his new upcoming album. The tour starts in mid-September in North Carolina and concludes in Atlanta in February. Rice co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's megahit Diamond certified "Cruise" and his 2014 major label... »»»
June 25, 2017 - Americana artist Jason Isbell earned his highest charting album along with best sales week for "The Nashville Sessions." The CD debuted at number ouf with 54,000 units moved. This marked Isbell's second top 10 effort as well. Isbell' previous sales peak was 46,000, for "Something More Than Free" in 2015.... »»»
June 23, 2017 - Lonesome River Band, Banditos and Willie Nile are out with new CDs today. Lonesome River Band's "Mayhayley's House" (Mountain Home), mines bluegrass with a tad of country. The veteran group is Sammy Shelor on bass; Brandon Rickman on guitar and lead vocals; Mike Hartgrove on fiddle; Barry Reed on... »»»
June 23, 2017 - Brad Paisley announced today that his Netflix one-hour comedy special, "Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo," will debut on Aug. 15. The show includes special guests and fellow comedians Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield. Actor David Hasselhoff and Reba McEntire make special appearances.... »»»
June 23, 2017 - New West Records announced plans today to release "Live From Austin City Limit" sets from Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens in August. New West Records has developed a catalog of live concert performances the PBS series over the past 20 years. The Owens and Yoakam sets will be out in 180-gram vinyl as well... »»»
June 22, 2017 - Chris Stapleton resumed his tour tonight in Tulsa, Okla. three weeks after injuries resulted in canceled dates. The show at Tulsa's BOK Center was sold out. Stapleton, who just released "From A Room: Volume 1," last month, suffered a broken bone and a detached tendon in his right index finger, but it... »»»
June 22, 2017 - When it was time for a video for Kenny Chesney's "All The Pretty Girls," from Cosmic Hallelujah, Chesney decided to take to the people living it and have them make the video. "The best moments of being young and having fun should be captured," said Chesney. "But nobody ever talks to the people who are... »»»
June 22, 2017 - Twangy guitar tones, honky-tonk pianos and pedal steel are part of the music of Alex Williams, who makes his debut, "Better Than Myself," on Aug. 11 on Big Machine. The 12-track blends traditional country and southern rock from the Indiana native. Big Machine Label Group's Julian Raymond, who worked... »»»
June 21, 2017 - Kip Moore will release his third album, "Slowheart," on Sept. 8, he said today. Moore co-wrote 11 out of 13 tracks, and was the sole producer on seven songs as well as co-producing five more. He also played guitar throughout, while singing the majority of the "This is the record I've been waiting... »»»
June 20, 2017 - Some things don't change, and for Sam Hunt that's a good thing because "Body Like a Back Road" continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 1. Lady Antebellum debuted in first with "Heart Break." The rest of the top five on the songs chart remained constant as well:... »»»
June 20, 2017 - Chase Rice signed a record deal with BBR Music Group/BMG. "I can't tell you how excited I am to join the BBR family," Rice said. "I knew from the moment we began talking that the people here understand where I'm coming from, and I can't wait to share all the new songs we're about to make together.... »»»
June 20, 2017 - Russell Dickerson will debut with "Yours," on Oct. 13. "Yours," produced by Casey Brown, will include tracks currently on his EP including "Blue Tacoma," "MGNO" and "Every Little Thing" plus seven further cuts. Dickerson co-wrote all of the songs. "I'm beyond stoked to have my first full-length album... »»»
June 19, 2017 - Thomas Rhett announced additional dates on Monday for his Home Team Tour this fall. After debut headlining tour in February, Rhett also made his first headlining run in Canada before he is set to return overseas to Europe later this year. First fall dates are on sale now, with remaining show details... »»»
June 19, 2017 - A duo comprised of the offspring of well-known musicians, The Sisterhood, signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville. Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart signed with Sony prior to the start of their performance at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville Saturday evening. Bonagura is daughter of Kathie Baillie and... »»»
June 19, 2017 - Alison Krauss and David Gray tour the U.S. in September and October. The 21 city, co-headlining tour kicks off on Sept. 18 in Hershey, Pa., and finishes up in Berkeley, Cal. on Oct. 19, including concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (Sept. 19), the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (Oct.... »»»
June 18, 2017 - Lady Antebellum's "Heart Break" is the fourth biggest selling album in the U.S,, according to the preliminary Billboard charts. "Heart Break" debuted with 53,000 units including 47,000 in traditional album sales..That is 21,000 less than "747," which came out in 2014. Katy Perry's "Witness" debuted in... »»»
June 16, 2017 - Steve Earle, Jason Isbell and Eli Young Band are out with new music today. For Earle, "So You Wanna Be An Outlaw" represents a return to the Warner label, where he released music until about 20 years ago. Earle, 62, mines Outlaw Country sounds. Earle's long-time backing band, The Dukes, satisfied that role again.... »»»
June 15, 2017 - Husband-and-wife Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will release their second album, "Contraband Love," out Sept. 15 via Red House Records The first single is "Hit & Run Driver," which will be coming out next week. The CD is the follow up to their 2015 self-titled debut. The couple have played in... »»»
June 14, 2017 - Shania Twain revealed today that she would release her first album in 15 years in late September. "Shania Now" is coming out Sept. 29 on Mercury Nashville. This marks the singer's first album since "Up" in 2003. Twin also revealed the cover art for the disc. Twain also will release a new single on... »»»
June 14, 2017 - Following his success with "Think a Little Less," Michael Ray will release a new single on Friday, "Get To You," the first single from his upcoming sophomore album. Written by Abe Stoklasa and Pavel Dovgalyuk, the song asks a girl who has been hurt to take another chance at love.... »»»
June 14, 2017 - The Academy of Country Music revealed the Studio Recording Award nominees for the 52nd ACMS. Winners will be honored during the 11th annual ACM Honors an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the ACM Awards. The event will be Aug.... »»»
June 13, 2017 - It was another week at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" for the week ending June 24. Luke Combs debuted in first with "This One's For You," his debut full-length, on the Top Country Albums chart. Brett Young and Luke Combs remained two-three on the... »»»
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June 13, 2017 - Russell Dickerson will sing his single "Yours" in an upcoming episode of ABC's "The Bachelorette." The episode will feature Dickerson for the newest Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, on June 19, 2017 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Dickerson will perform his hit love song and current single, "Yours," from his forthcoming album.... »»»
June 12, 2017 - The 46th CMA Music Festival drew sold-out crowds to the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, capacity crowds at Chevrolet Riverfront Stage and the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater. The event had 11 stages, 7 free to the public with 167 hours of music from 350 plus artists.... »»»
June 11, 2017 - Luke Combs' full-length debut will be on the top 10 of the Billboard top 200 chart when it is released on Tuesday. "This One's For You" opens in fifth with 43,000 units, including 35,000 in traditional album sales. The North Carolina native released an EP by the same title The new album is the artist's... »»»
June 11, 2017 - Team iHeart took it to Sirius XM/Grand Ole Opry 9-6 in the 27th City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday as part of the events surrounding the CMA Music Fest in Nashville. Reba McEntire kicked off the event by singing the National Anthem, followed by a performance of "Take Me Out to the... »»»
June 10, 2017 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood said this morning that they will be returning for the 10th time to host The 51st Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 8. The awards show airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The return of the hosts was announced this morning at... »»»
June 9, 2017 - Lady Antebellum returns to action with a CD today after several members went off on side projects. Glenn Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer Disease, released what is said to be his final album, "Adios." Others releasing new music today include Chris Janson and The Secret Sisters.... »»»
June 9, 2017 - Bluegrass artist Amanda Cook signed with Mountain Fever Records, the label announced today. The Florida resident will release her debut, "Deep Water," on Nov. 3. Cook, from Jay, Fla., acquired a love of bluegrass from her father, who played banjo. In early 2007, Cook formed bluegrass group High Cotton... »»»
June 9, 2017 - Miranda Lambert led more than 1,000 country fans, along with their canine companions, through downtown Nashville during the first-ever MuttNation March Thursday to kick-off CMA Music Festival. The march began at Nissan Stadium, continuing across the Pedestrian Bridge and concluded at Chevrolet... »»»
June 8, 2017 - Kacey Musgraves is continuing to stretch her musical horizons as she announced today she would be the opening act on Harry Styles' summer 2018 world tour. "We are gonna light up the road next summer and I couldn't be more excited. It will be a unique and fun blend of two 'styles' coming together," said Musgraves.... »»»
June 8, 2017 - Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer and producer Norro Wilson, 79, who penned Charlie Rich's "The Most Beautiful Girl" and produced Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire, died this morning after a stay in hospice. Wilson also wrote Rich's "A Very Special Love Song," which won Wilson a Grammy for best... »»»
June 7, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and his wife, Hayley, ar egoing to be parents come December. They made the announcement on Wednesday in a People story. "There's a lot of excitement - it's something we've looked forward to for a while," said Hubbard, 30, in the story. Hayley related how she found... »»»
June 7, 2017 - Kelsea Ballerini is releasing the first single, "Legends," of her sophomore release today. Ballerini wrote the song with Hillary Lindsey and Forest Glen Whitehead. Ballerini will perform the song at the CMT Awards show tonight. "Legends"" is the first single from her upcoming CD, although no release... »»»
June 6, 2017 - Sam Hunt's domination of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continues for the week ending June 17 with "Body Like a Back Road" remaining at the top. On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton stayed first with "From a Room: Volume 1." Stapleton also was second on the albums chart with "Traveller" up three.... »»»
June 6, 2017 - Old Dominion announce the release of the group's sophomore album, "Happy Endings," on Aug. 25 on RCA Nashville. The announcement followed the debut of the music video for Old Dominion's new single, "No Such Thing As A Broken Heart." Lead singer Matthew Ramsey said, "We are so excited to release our second album.... »»»
June 6, 2017 - Bruce Robison has canceled tour dates due to pneumonia. Robison was admitted to the hospital near his home in Austin several weeks ago and diagnosed with pneumonia and a bacterial infection. Robison is now at home recovering. He canceled shows in Little Rock, Ark.; Nashville; Decatur, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.... »»»
June 5, 2017 - The name and likeness of the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, are for sale. So are a bunch of other items associated with Monroe. Monroe's name, likeness and the rights to the BillMonroe.com website are being sold as is Uncle Pen's Cabin in his hometown of Rosine, Monroe went to live there with his... »»»
June 5, 2017 - With a little help from her fans, RaeLynn's next single is "Lonely Call." Co-written with one of her album's producers, Nicolle Galyon, and Rob Hawkins, the song has to do with sending an ex's phone calls to voice mail. "When it came time to pick my next single, I knew the most important voice in this... »»»
June 4, 2017 - Chris Stapleton remains in the Billboard top 10 with his disc, "From A Room: Volume 1." The disc fell from fifth to eighth with 38,000 units moved, down 25 percent. The release was the lone country release in the overall top 10. The best selling CD was Bryson Tiller's "True to Self," with 107,000... »»»
June 2, 2017 - Newcomer Luke Combs and Aussie veteran Kasey Chambers are out with new discs today. Combs releases his his debut, "This One's For You." Combs, a North Carolina native, had a hand in writing all 12 tracks on the release. The album contains the hit song "Hurricane."Combs , 27, has previously released three EPs.... »»»
June 2, 2017 - Chris Stapleton canceled three weeks of shows this month due to a broken finger and detached tendon. It was unclear when or how the injury occurred. Stapleton posted on Facebook, "After seeing a specialist, I have some information to share. I'm on the road to recovery from a broken bone and a detached... »»»
June 2, 2017 - The Cadillac Three will be out with "Legacy" on Aug. 25 on Big Machine Records, the label announced today. The new set from the left-of-center Nashville trio consists of 11 songs and comes a bit more than a year after "Bury Me in My Boots." The group debuted with its self-titled CD in 2012 along with... »»»
June 1, 2017 - Vince Gill and the son of the late Eagles member Glenn Frey will play with the band at festival dates in Los Angeles and New York this summer, according to a Los Angeles Times article. Gill and Deacon Frey, 24, will take lead vocals on songs sung by Glenn Frey during the Classic East and Classic West... »»»
June 1, 2017 - Josh Abbott Band will launch a North American summer and fall headline tour, kicking off in August. The "Until MY Voice Goes Out Tour" will run through November with stops in Austin, Nashville, Las Vegas and New York. Josh Abbott Band will also release its new album, "Until My Voice Goes Out," later... »»»
June 1, 2017 - Jon Pardi will headline the 16th annual CMT On Tour this fall, it was announced Thursday. Pardi will be supported by Midland and Runaway June on the CMT On Tour Presents Jon Pardi's Lucky Tonight Tour. "To have Midland and Runaway June on the road with me this fall for the Lucky Tonight Tour, along... »»»