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Country News Digest, November 2017


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November 30, 2017 - Chris Young added 12 dates to his Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour in April and May with special guests Kane Brown, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver. Young, who named the tour after his new album, had previously announbced the January and February tour dates. Tour dates are: Jan. 11** Indianapolis,... »»»
November 29, 2017 - Brett Eldredge will go on his first ever headlining tour in 2018, he announced today. The Long Way Tour will kick off on April 5 in Idaho with tickets going on sale beginning Dec. 8 . The tour includes Devin Dawson and Jillian Jaqueline. "I have been very fortunate to be on some massive tours in my... »»»
November 28, 2017 - Grammy nominees were predictably happy to receive the news today. Kenny Chesney, who was nominated for Best Country Album for "Cosmic Hallelujah," said, "The Grammys represent the entire music community coming together. It's the best of the best of every kind of music there is, voted on by the... »»»
November 28, 2017 - Chris Stapleton was the leading Grammy nominee among country artists with three. With nominations announced today, Stapleton garnered nominations for Best Country Solo Performance for "Either Way," Best Country Song for "Broken Halos" as the songwriter and Best Country Album for "From a Room: Volume 1.... »»»
November 27, 2017 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be second on the Billboard Top 200 chart when it is released tomorrow with their first collaborative CD, "The Rest of Our Life." The CD moved 104,000 units with 98,000 being traditional album sales. The numbers were helped by a concert ticket/album bundle promotion.... »»»
November 27, 2017 - LANCO will release its full-length debut in January following the success of its single "Greatest Love Story." LANCO streets with "Hallelujah Nights" (Sony Nashville) on Jan. 19. Lead singer Brandon Lancaster wrote all 11 songs. Jay Joyce produced. "We all go through more of the same experiences than... »»»
November 27, 2017 - Cole Swindell announced today he would launch his first headlining tour, the Reason to Drink Tour, in February. Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina will open for Swindell, who just released "Down Home Sessions Vol. 4" EP on Friday. Swindell is doing a short tour for the EP. "I am excited to be able to take... »»»
November 24, 2017 - Cole Swindell releases the fourth installment of his Down Home Sessions EP series, "Down Home Sessions IV." The five-song set contains the songs "Beer in the Headlights" and "Outta My... »»»
November 22, 2017 - The Eagles are going back on the road in 2018 with stadium and arena dates. Vince Gill will be part of the tour as he was on several dates this past summer. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the late Eagles member Glen Frey, set initial tour dates for 2018,... »»»
November 21, 2017 - Uncle Si Robertson "Duck Dynasty" fame will release an EP with his band Uncle Si & the Sicotics on Cold River Records on Dec. 15. The collection is the brainchild of Uncle Si, his daughter-in-law Marsha Robertson and Bridgette Tatum, writer of Jason Aldean's number one hit "She's Country.... »»»
November 20, 2017 - Mac McAnally, who just last week won his ninth CMA award for Musician of the Year, suffered a heart attack as well last week, but is recovering. Jimmy Buffett posted the news about McAnally, who is in his band, on Facebook last Thursday. "OK, by now, most folks have heard about Mac's heart attack,... »»»
November 20, 2017 - Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton are the two country CDs on the Billboard top 10 for the chart coming out this week. Chesney's "Live in No Shoes Nation" dropped from sixth to ninth with 33,000 units; down 37 percent. Shelton's "Texoma Shore" fell from 4th to 10th with 32,000 units; down 49 percent.... »»»
November 19, 2017 - The country community responded with sadness about the death on Sunday of Mel Tillis. "I've lost a brother," said Bobby Bare, a band mate of Tillis in "Old Dogs" with Waylon Jennings and Jerry Reed. "Mel was the very first person I met when I came to Nashville in the late '50s and we've been friends ever since.... »»»
November 19, 2017 - Long-time country star Mel Tillis, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, passed away early this morning in Ocala, Fla. at 85. Tillis, who was also known for his stutter, battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.... »»»
November 18, 2017 - Keith Urban was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Sunday, taking three awards. Urban won Favorite Male Artist - Country over Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett. Urban also took Favorite Album - Country for "Ripcord" over Jason Aldean's "They Don't Know" and "From a Room, Vol. 1" from Chris Stapleton.... »»»
November 17, 2017 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill release their first-ever album together, "The Rest of Our Life." The couple has released a number of singles - most of them hits - over the years. The new release contains the singles "The Rest of Our Life" and "Speak to a Girl." The 11-song collection will be released by Sony... »»»
November 16, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line and pop singer Bebe Rexha released a single, "Meant to Be," to country radio today. The pairing originally was not conceptualized as a country single, according to FGL's label, Big Machine. "Some of the coolest moments for us have been the ones we never planned.... »»»
November 15, 2017 - Dylan Scott released a video for "The Christmas Song" today. Featured on his holiday EP "Merry Christmas," which came out Oct. 13, Scott reprises the Nat King Cole classic. Directed by Ryan Hamblin, the accompanying music video was filmed at Curb Studios in Nashville. Scott scored a Platinum number... »»»
November 14, 2017 - Luke Combs notched a chart topper with "When It Rains It Pours" first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 25. Blake Shelton led the Top Country Albums chart with his debut of "Texoma Shore." Kane Brown fell to second on the songs chart with "What Ifs,' featuring Lauren Alaina.... »»»
November 14, 2017 - Brad Paisley is extending his Weekend Warrior World Tour into 2018, he announced today. Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and guitarist Lindsay Ell will open the shows, which begins Jan. 25 in Los Angeles and extend through April with more dates to be added. Bryant, 24, was raised in Orange Grove, Texas.... »»»
November 14, 2017 - Brent Cobb will embark on a headline tour in 2018, he announced today. The "Ain't A Road Too Long" tour will kick off Feb. 16 at Memphis' 1884 Lounge and includes stops Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, Nov.17 at 10 a.m. local time.... »»»
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November 13, 2017 - Blake Shelton leads four country-based CDs in the Billboard top 10 for the week ending Nov. 9. Shelton was fourth with "Texoma Shore with 63,000 units, 55,000 in traditional album sales. The disc is Shelton's 11th top 10 album. Kenny Chesney fell from first to sixth with "Live in No Shoes Nation,"... »»»
November 13, 2017 - Brantley Gilbert became a father on Saturday. Gilbert and wife Amber welcome their son, Barrett Hardy-Clay Gilbert at 1:37 a.m. after a fast labor in Athens, Ga. Baby Barrett weighs in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measures 20 inches in length. "Honestly, I'm just speechless," Gilbert told People.... »»»
November 10, 2017 - Cole Swindell will hit the road again in January 2018, in support of "Down Home Sessions IV" EP, which releases Nov. 24. The Cole Swindell Down Home Tour follows three previous sold-out headlining Down Home Tours. The 2018 tour will kick off in his home state of Georgia at the Georgia Theatre in Athens on Jan. 11.... »»»
November 9, 2017 - A day after celebrating his recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by closing out the Country Music Association awards show with two songs, Alan Jackson announced today he was hitting the road again with his Honky Tonk Highway Tour in 2018. Jackson starts touring on Jan. 19 in Lexington, Ky.... »»»
November 8, 2017 - Garth Brooks, who won the CMA Entertainer of the Year honor on Wednesday, acknowledged he lip-synched his performance earlier in the evening, the Nashville Tennessean reported. "We made a gametime call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync," the story said. "And we decided to lip-sync it.... »»»
November 8, 2017 - Garth Brooks won the biggest honor of the night at the at the 51st annual Country Music Association awards with Entertainer of the Year. Decked out in a black cowboy hat, Brooks appreciated receiving the award from Reba McEntire. "To all of us, Miranda said it best, Little Big Town said it best, we're... »»»
November 7, 2017 - Kenny Chesney scored a chart double - first on the overall Billboard Top 200 with "Live in No Shoes Nation" and first on the Top Country Albums chart. Kane Brown remained atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 18 with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina.... »»»
November 7, 2017 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill added more than 25 dates to their Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017. The announcement before the Nov. 17 release of their first-ever album together, "The Rest of Our Life." American Express card members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning at 10 a.m.... »»»
November 6, 2017 - After spending his entire career on RCA, Jake Owen announced today he was signing with indie label Big Loud Records. Owen is reunited with one of the founders of Big Loud, Joey Moi, who produced Owen's album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." ‪"I couldn't be more excited to start this new chapter in... »»»
November 6, 2017 - The Devil Makes Three announced a North American tour for 2018 with tickets going on sale this Friday. The 23-show run will kick-off in Madison, Wisc. On Jan. 10 and hit major cities throughout Canada and the midwest, northeast and southeast, ending in Dallas on Feb. 10. L Last year, the Americana... »»»
November 4, 2017 - Kenny Chesney will have the number one album in the U.S. when the charts are out on Tuesday with his live release, "Live in No Shoes Nation." His eighth chart topper, the CD moved 219,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen Music. All but 2,000 were in... »»»
November 3, 2017 - The Country Music Association's efforts to limit questions by the press ended with the CMA's backtracking on the issue. In media guidelines issued on Thursday, the CMA told journalists that they could not ask questions of those walking down the red carpet and backstage about "Las Vegas tragedy, gun... »»»
November 3, 2017 - Blake Shelton is out with "Texoma Shore" today. The disc features his hit single "I'll Name the Dogs," the lead-off track on the release. The 11 song release was produced by Scott Hendricks. Shelton helped write one of the songs. Kelsea Ballerini is out with her soph release "Unapologetically" 2/12... »»»
November 3, 2017 - Tucker Beathard, who achieved airplay last year with "Rock On," will finally release his debut CD. Beathard announced today that "Dear Someone" will drop Nov. 17 on Big Machine. Not only did Beathard help write all 13 songs - some with his father, Casey - he also played drums and electric and acoustic guitar credits.... »»»
November 2, 2017 - CMA's presenters of awards at next weeks' 51st annual CMA Awards will include Luke Combs, Brett Young, Lauren Alaina and Bobby Bones, it announced Thursday. The CMAs will be held Wednesday from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC. Other presenters will be Trisha Yearwood, Dustin Lynch, NASCAR... »»»
November 2, 2017 - Webster Public Relations has lost many clients, including Kid Rock, Dolly Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus, in the wake of allegations that Kirt Webster, who headed the firm, engaged in sexual misconduct. Webster, a key player in the country music PR field, was accused by a former client Austin Rick, who... »»»
November 1, 2017 - Kirt Webster, the powerful head of a PR firm bearing his name, was accused of multiple allegations of unwanted sexual advances, according to a report in the Nashville Scene. Webster PR also has been renamed Westby Public Relations with Jeremy Westby running the firm, which tends to specialize in older... »»»
November 1, 2017 - What started with David Lee Murphy and friend Kenny Chesney going into the studio to cut songs ended up two years later with Murphy recording a whole album. Murphy is out with the song "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," produced by Buddy Cannon and Chesney. "You watch the news, and look around...... »»»