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Country News Digest, August 2017


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August 31, 2017 - Justin Moore will launch his Hell on a Highway tour in October. The tour will consume November and January through April 2017. Dylan Scott will open tour dates. Moore has just released a new single, ""Somebody Else Will," from his fourth studio album "Kinda Don't Care." This is Moore's fourth... »»»
August 30, 2017 - Following a hit with "My Girl," Dylan Scott released "Hooked" this week as his new single. Penned by Seth Ennis, Morgan Evans and Lindsey Rimes, the up-tempo tune is featured on the just-released expanded version of his debut album, "Dylan Scott Deluxe Edition." "Thanks to my friends at radio, I just... »»»
August 29, 2017 - Chris Young received a big surprise when he played the Grand Ole Opry tonight. He received one of country's highest honors when he was asked to join by Vince Gill. The invite came just prior to Young's performance of their chart-topping duet "Sober Saturday Night." Growing up in nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn.... »»»
August 29, 2017 - Sam Hunt's stranglehold on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continued as "Body Like a Back Road" was first for the week ending Sept. 9. Luke Combs was again first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." On the songs chart, Dustin Lynch remained second with "Small Town Boy" and... »»»
August 28, 2017 - The Americana Music Association announced today that Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller will return to host and musically direct, respectively, the 16th annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony next month. Van Morrison, Jason Isbell, Graham Nash, John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Rodney Crowell, Robert... »»»
August 24, 2017 - Chris Young will release his seventh studio album, "Losing Sleep," on Oct. 20 on RCA. Young, 32, re-upped on his contract with the label earlier this week. "I think the experimentation I did on 'I'm Comin' Over' was the most I had really done," said Young. "So with 'Losing Sleep,' it was about continuing that.... »»»
August 24, 2017 - Lydia Loveless will release "Boy Crazy and Single(s)," a collection of 11 songs, including the 5-song EP "Boy Crazy" and 6 non-album singles, rarities, and covers from throughout the singer's career, on Oct. 13 on Bloodshot. The release is the follow-up to last year's "Real." Available in CD, digital... »»»
August 23, 2017 - Chris Janson unveiled the songs on his forthcoming "Everybody" CD. Janson, who had a hand in writing all dozen songs, will release his second Warner disc on Sept. 22. The record features the five songs on this summer's "Fix A Drink - EP." The release kicks off with "Who's Your Farmer.... »»»
August 23, 2017 - Michael Ray will launch his second headlining tour in October, the "Get To You Tour." "Get To You" is the first single from Ray's forthcoming sophomore album. Ray will make 15 stops across the country, starting on Thursday, Oct. 5 at Tuscaloosa's Druid City Music Hall and wrapping on Dec. 9 in Warrendale, Pa.... »»»
August 22, 2017 - Carly Pearce, who is having success on the charts with "Every Little Thing," will release her debut CD of the same name on Oct. 13 on Big Machine. "Music is all I've ever known, all I've dreamed of, and now more than I could have imagined growing up in Taylor Mill, Ky.," said Pearce.... »»»
August 22, 2017 - Sam Hunt's domination of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road" continued as the song stayed first for the week ending Sept. 2. Luke Combs was first on the Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with his debut, "Traveller.... »»»
August 21, 2017 - Rockabilly singer Sonny Burgess, who recorded for Sun Records, died on Friday at 88. Burgess reportedly fell at his Arkansas home last month. He had continued playing until very recently. "I always heard my dad say that Sonny was one of the outstanding guys he worked with," said Jerry Phillips, son of... »»»
August 18, 2017 - Singer-songwriter Tegan Marie signed to Warner Music, it was announced today. At 13, she is the youngest country artist signed to the label and the youngest female in 45 years - since Tanya Tucker signed with CBS Records (Sony) in 1972 - to sign a major label country record deal. The Flint, Mich.... »»»
August 18, 2017 - Josh Abbott Band has experienced the ups and downs of life this year with the death of his father and the birth of his son two months later. He covers some of these subjects on "Until My Voice Gives Out," a 14-song set from the Texas artist. Abbot enjoyed success last time out with 2015's "Front Row... »»»
August 17, 2017 - The trio Lady Antebellum is expanding in the kid department. In a joint posting on Instagram, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood both said they were expecting children. ""Well, #BabyBellum round 2 is on the way!" they said. "We're thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this December, and... »»»
August 16, 2017 - Shania Twain announced a 2018 tour today, which will hit both the U.S. and her native Canada. The tour starts in Tacoma, Wash. at the Tacoma Dome on May 3, 2018 and concludes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 4. Twain, who last toured in 2015, will be touring in support of her first... »»»
August 16, 2017 - Shania Twain is embarking on a new tour Twain, who has her first album in 15 years, "Now," coming Sept. 29, revealed on Twitter that she is going to tour. Twain simply tweeted "NORTH AMERICAN NOW TOUR!" with information about where to access a tour package.Those who do so will receive information about... »»»
August 16, 2017 - Former Country Music Association Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador died Tuesday night in Nashville following a stroke. She was 93. "Jo was a champion for country music around the world and a groundbreaker for women in the entertainment business," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.... »»»
August 16, 2017 - The Devil Makes Three announced a run of U.S. tour dates for this fall. The trio released "Redemption & Ruin" on New West Records last year. A curated collection of covers, the album pays tribute to Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt. Tour dates are: Oct 2- Asheville,... »»»
August 16, 2017 - Lucinda Williams will release "This Sweet Old World" (Highway 20/ThirtyTigers) on Sept. 29 as a re-recording of her 1992 album "Sweet Old World" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release. "Everything's different now. It's a different band, it's a different studio, my voice is different," says Williams.... »»»
August 15, 2017 - Dolly Parton announced today she would release her first children's album, "I Believe In You," in September. A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available Sept. 29 with a physical dropping Oct. 13. Parton wrote all 14 songs on the release. Parton released the... »»»
August 15, 2017 - Brett Eldredge was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled disc. Sam Hunt's domination of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continued for the week ending Aug. 26 as "Body Like a Back Road" still held the top spot. Dustin Lynch's Small Town Boy" was second again on the songs chart.... »»»
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August 15, 2017 - Lee Ann Womack has signed a record deal with ATO Records and will release her label debut in late October, she announced today. "The Lonely, The Lonesome and the Gone," an album of country, soul, gospel and blues, drops Oct. 27. "I wanted to get out of Nashville and tap into what deep East Texas has... »»»
August 14, 2017 - Taylor Swift won a case against a Denver DJ was found to have groped Taylor Swift in a pre-concert meeting in 2013 in Federal Court on Monday. Radio show David Mueller was found to have put his hand on Swift's rear end. She testified at the trail. Mueller started the litigation in 2015, claiming that... »»»
August 14, 2017 - Thomas Rhett became a father again. The singer posted the news on Instagram with a picture of his wife, Lauren, and new-born daughter. The couple adopted a boy from Tanzania earlier this year and found out as well about the pregnancy. "It was truly the most amazing thing I have ever experienced,"... »»»
August 14, 2017 - Blake Shelton goes the live route later this month with a six-song EP, "Blake Shelton (Live)." "My favorite thing in the world is playing for y'all," said Shelton via social media. The project captures audio from Shelton's pop-up show during CMA Music Festival in Nashville this summer and will be... »»»
August 14, 2017 - Willie Nelson cut short a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday night due to breathing problems. Nelson tweeted, "This is Willie I am sorry to have to cut the SLC show short tonight The altitude got to me I am feeling better now & headed for lower ground." Nelson was reportedly taken to a hospital.... »»»
August 13, 2017 - Brett Eldredge scored the highest debuting CD of his career as his self-titled disc debuted at number with 45,000 units. He was behind Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN," which moved almost 47,000 units. Eldredge was the only country CD in the top 10 and will be first on the country chart as well.... »»»
August 11, 2017 - Kip Moore announced today that he will hit the road this fall for his headlining Plead the Fifth tour, starting Oct. 19 in Bowling Green, Ohio. "Our live show has been such a focus for me and the band for many years," said Moore. "We are constantly woodshedding and trying to come up with new ways to... »»»
August 10, 2017 - Morgan Evans released his debut single, "Kiss Somebody," on Warner. Evans co-wrote the song with Chris DeStefano (Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Rascal Flatts) and Josh Osborne (Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban), and will officially impact country radio later this fall, his label said. No add date was given.... »»»
August 9, 2017 - The country world is reacting to the passing of Glen Campbell with many tributes. Dolly Parton said, "Well Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted. Glen is one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business, and he was one of the greatest musicians. He was a wonderful session musician as well.... »»»
August 9, 2017 - The Academy of Country Music announced George Strait, Brad Paisley and Thomas Rhett as performers for the 11th Annual ACM Honors an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby... »»»
August 8, 2017 - Glen Campbell, a Country Music Hall of Famer and the voice besides such hits as "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman," died today at 81. Campbell, who was an ace guitarist, had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. Campbell released his final album, "Adios," in June. During his career, Campbell... »»»
August 7, 2017 - Jimmie Allen signed with Broken Bow Records. A Delaware native, Allen will open dates for Toby Keith's Interstates and Tailgates Tour this fall. Allen also co-wrote a song featured in a Super Bowl commercial. Allen is currently in the studio with producers Ash Bowers and Eric Torres finishing tracks.... »»»
August 7, 2017 - Traditional country singer Whitney Rose returns in October with a new disc, "Rule 62." And what is Rule 62? "Don't Take Yourself Too Damn Seriously," which is based on Alcoholics Anonymous view. The album is due out on Oct. 6 on Six Shooter Records through Thirty Tigers. This will be Rose's second... »»»
August 4, 2017 - Brett Eldredge goes the self-titled route with his new disc out today. He has a hit single on his hands with the light "Somethin' I'm Good At." The release also includes the love songs "Castaway" and "Love Someone." The release follows last year's "Glow," a holiday disc. Eldredge had a hand in writing... »»»
August 3, 2017 - Kenny Chesney was so impressed while listening to tapes of his concerts over the past decades that he decide to go the live route for his next release. "Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts" drops on Oct. 27 on Blue Chair Bay/Columbia Nashville. "When you're on stage, in the rush of it all,... »»»
August 2, 2017 - Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer and Lee Ann Womack are part of a long list of artists playing at the AMERICANAFEST in September. Others just announced as playing the Nashville-based fest include: A.J. Croce Amelia White and The Blue Souvenirs Amy Black Belle Plaine Big Star's Third Live Billy... »»»
August 1, 2017 - "Campfire Caravan" hits the road this fall with The Brothers Comatose, Mipso and The Lil Smokies. The tour from the Americana bands visits more than 30 cities from Sept. 26 through Nov. 18. The Caravan also makes a stop at the 18th Annual AmericanaFest 2017 prior to kicking off the tour at the Pub... »»»
August 1, 2017 - Sam Hunt set a record as "Body Like a Back Road" spent the most weeks ever atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Chris Stapleton stayed first on the Top Country Albums chart with "From A Room: Volume 1" for the week ending Aug. 5. Hunt held the top for 25 weeks, 1 ahead of Florida Georgia Line's... »»»