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Country News Digest, February 2018

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February 20, 2018 - Chris Young added nine dates to his "Losing Sleep" tour with nine shows booked for late April. Young added nine more shows, including his first-ever hometown headlining appearance at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Special guests Kane Brown and Morgan Evans will join him for the added dates. Tour dates are: Sept.... »»»
February 20, 2018 - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line will enjoy another week at number 1 as "Meant to Be" led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 17. Chris Stapleton led the albums chart with "From a Room Volume 2." On the songs chart, Thomas Rhett was second with "Marry Me," Old Dominion... »»»
February 20, 2018 - Cole Swindell will release his ninth career single single "Break Up In The End" to radio on Feb. 26. "Break Up In The End," written by Jon Nite, Chase McGill and Jessie Jo Dillon, is the debut single from his upcoming third Warner Bros. Records album. "Knowing that everyone is about to hear this song... »»»
February 16, 2018 - Blackberry Smoke premiered a new song "Best Seat In The House" from its forthcoming disc "Find a Light." Lead singer Charlie Starr said, "That song is sort of a sarcastic complaint...we all want what we ain't got. It's not enough to get in, people want front row..." "Find A Light" drops April 6 on Thirty Tigers.... »»»
February 16, 2018 - Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn extended their tour in support of their recent "Echoes in the Valley" release. Upcoming tour dates include: Feb 16 Madison, WI Capitol Theater Feb. 17 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place Feb. 19 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark Feb. 20 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Feb.... »»»
February 15, 2018 - Ordinary Elephant, the husband-and-wife duo of Crystal and Peter Damore, won the Artist of the Year award on Wednesday at the Folk Alliance International 30th annual festival Kansas City. Other winers were: Album of the Year: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens Song of the Year: "You Didn't... »»»
February 14, 2018 - Parker Millsap will release his third full band album, "Other Arrangements," on May 4 via Thirty Tigers. Millsap, 24, incorporates rock, blues and pop. He has been branded more of an Americana artist on previous releases. Millsap also announced a tour set to begin in his native Oklahoma in May.... »»»
February 14, 2018 - Nikki Lane, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Kurt Vile will be among the ats playing at the Luck Reunion festival taking place at Willie Nelson's ranch in Luck, Texas. This year's Luck Reunion, on March 15, marks the sixth year of the day-long musical celebration. Anchored by a headlining... »»»
February 14, 2018 - Russell Dickerson released a new single, "Blue Tacoma," to radio. The second single from Dickerson goes for adds on March 5. The Nashville native had a hand in writing the song, which appears on his debut full-length disc, "Yours." Dickerson had a lot of success with his first single, which was the title track.... »»»
February 13, 2018 - On the heels of releasing the title track "Born Ready" from his album dropping later this year, Steve Moakler will hit the road on his Born Ready Tour starting March 22 at Lancaster, Pa. and wrap May 19 in Detroit. "I'm fired up about getting back on the road this spring," said Moakler.... »»»
February 13, 2018 - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line once again atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Meant to Be" for the week ending Feb. 17. Chris Stapleton was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 2." Thomas Rhett was second on the songs chart with "Marry Me.... »»»
February 13, 2018 - Trampled By Turtles will release its first disc in four years, "Life Is Good on the Open Road," on May 4. A tour will follow. After an indefinite hiatus, the release contains a dozen songs of country, rock, folk, punk and progressive bluegrass. The group just released the album's opening track, "Kelly's Bar.... »»»
February 12, 2018 - Traditional country singer Daryle Singletary died this morning at his home in Lebanon, Tenn. at 46. The cause of death is pending. Singletary was born on March 10, 1971, in Cairo, Ga. He enjoyed hits with "I Let Her Lie," "Too Much Fun," "Amen Kind of Love" and "The Note." He has sung on albums with... »»»
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February 8, 2018 - John Prine will release his first album of new material in 13 years, "The Tree of Forgiveness," on April 13 on his own label, Oh Boy Records. Produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb, the song "Summer's End" premiered today. Prine will embark on an extensive tour that will span throughout 2018,... »»»
February 8, 2018 - Chris Stapleton jumped to the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums for the week ending Feb. 10 with "From a Room: Volume 2" after being seventh last week. Stapleton's Grammy wins no doubt helped put him at number one. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remained first on the Billboard Hot Country... »»»
February 7, 2018 - The Academy of Country Music announced nominees today for Radio Awards for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, including double nominations for KAJA-FM in San Antonio, KHAY-FM in Ventura, Cal., KUBL-FM in Salt Lake City, KUZZ-AM/FM in Bakersfield, Cal., WFMS-FM in Indianapolis and WIL-FM in St. Louis.... »»»
February 7, 2018 - Country band Sarah Shook & the Disarmers announced tour dates today in the wake of the release of its second disc, "Years," on April 6 on Bloodshot. "Good as Gold" was released as the first single via Brooklyn Vegan with a new video. "This record is about finding a way," said Shook.... »»»
February 6, 2018 - Chris Janson was surprised during his sold-out Ryman Auditorium concert on Monday by Opry member Keith Urban with an invitation to become an official Grand Ole Opry member. Urban surprised the crowd by performing alongside Janson on the John Michael Montgomery hit "Sold," a tune on which the two had... »»»
February 5, 2018 - Shenandoah will get "Reloaded" with an album of live hits and three songs, due out March 16 on BMG. The hits were recorded on tour last year, while the three new songs were produced by Rascal Flatts'Jay DeMarcus. "We had always wanted to capture our show live," Raybon told Billboard.... »»»
February 5, 2018 - High Valley will release acoustic versions of select tracks from its debut album, "Dear Life," the duo announced today. Recorded in their farmhouse outside of Nashville, "High Valley: Farmhouse Sessions" is set for release March 23. The album features debut single "Make You Mine" as well as Canadian... »»»
February 2, 2018 - Montgomery Gentry suffered a devastating loss in September with the death of Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash last September. But his partner, Eddie Montgomery, carried on with the release today of "Here's to You." The dozen-song set was produced by Shannon and Noah Gordon. The release comes as the... »»»
February 1, 2018 - Traditional country singer Joshua Hedley announced Thursday he would release his debut, "Mr. Jukebox," on April 20 on Third Man Records, the label owned by Jack White. The title track is premiering today as part of NPR Music's "Songs We Love" series. Hedley, who played Newport Folk Fest last year,... »»»
February 1, 2018 - Trace Adkins will embark on his own How Did We Get Here Tour in 2018, kicking off on April 6 in Biloxi, Miss. with dates across the U.S. and Canada into the fall currently announced. Tour dates are: April 6 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort April 7 - Fort Worth, TX - Billy Bob's May 1 -... »»»