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Country News Digest, March 2018


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March 30, 2018 - Kacey Musgraves and Mary Chapin Carpenter lead the list of new releases today. Musgraves is out with "Slow Burn," which takes a different turn from previous efforts where Musgraves cut her teeth on being pretty much a traditional country singer. She adds a bit of disc and electronica on a few tracks... »»»
March 29, 2018 - Grammy Award-winning songwriter Kenny O'Dell, best known for having penned Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors" and The Judds' "Mama He's Crazy," died on Tuesday in Nashville at 73. "Behind Closed Doors" earned O'Dell a Grammy in 1973 for Best Country & Western Recording. O'Dell was born Kenneth Gist Jr.... »»»
March 29, 2018 - Son Volt will reissue "Okemah And The Melody of Riot" from 2005 and "The Search" from 2007 on April 6. Both discs contained enhanced material with "The Search" featuring songs from the band's vinyl-only 2007 release "On Chant and Strum." The original release of "The Search" is out of print.... »»»
March 29, 2018 - Alan Jackson and Little Big Town were among the new performers named today at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music awards on April 15 in Las Vegas. Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson and Jon Pardi were also added to the performers lineup. Cam, Dustin Lynch, Kiefer Sutherland, The Ranch co-stars Sam... »»»
March 28, 2018 - P>Thompson Square will release its first disc in more than five years when "Masterpiece" drops on June 1. The husband-and-wife duo of Shawn and Keifer Thompson are going the indie route for the first time in releasing the 11-song disc. The duo recorded with producers Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) and... »»»
March 27, 2018 - Rodney Atkins is back with a new single, "Caught Up In The Country," the lead single from his forthcoming fifth studio album. The song, goes for adds on April 23, includes vocals from the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The historic a cappella vocal group consists of students at Nashville's Fisk University.... »»»
March 27, 2018 - Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West will be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame , it was announced today. Gimble will be inducted in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the "Songwriter" and "Non-Performer" categories.... »»»
March 26, 2018 - Lauren Alaina, Midland and Brett Young were named New Female Vocalist of the Year, New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively today by the Academy of Country Music. The winners received a surprise phone call from 53rd ACM Awards host Reba McEntire notifying them of the news.... »»»
March 25, 2018 - Scotty McCreery's new disc, "Seasons Change ," is the only country CD in the Billboard top 10. McCreery scored his fifth top 10 album with the disc debuting at 7 with 40,000 units (34,000 in traditional album sales). The CD marks McCreery's debut for Thirty Tigers after having been with 19/Interscope/Mercury.... »»»
March 23, 2018 - Jordan Davis of "Singles You Up" fame and High Valley are out with new discs today. For the Louisiana-native Davis, this marks his debut. "Singles You Up" was the first single from his disc, "Home State," out today on MCA Nashville. Davis helped write the song. He has described his interests as... »»»
March 22, 2018 - Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam will join forces on the LSD tour this summer, it was announced today. The three veterans start the tour June 12 in Boston and conclude Aug. 18 in Indianapolis. Earle currently is on The Copperhead Road tour with his backing band The Dukes to celebrate... »»»
March 22, 2018 - "Buck Owens and the Buckaroos' The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967-1970," part of a series chronicling Owens' Capitol Records singles, streets May 11 through Omnivore Recordings. Taken from the original mono and stereo masters, the set collects the A- and B-side to all 18 singles from that period,... »»»
March 21, 2018 - Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban were added to the lineup of performers for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, "Entertainment Tonight" host Nancy O'Dell, actress Rebecca Romijn and Olympic Alpine Skier Lindsey Vonn will present awards.... »»»
March 21, 2018 - Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood are among the artists appearing at this year's CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium from June 7-11. Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, LLuke Combs, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Charles Esten and Friends, Florida Georgia Line, Dustin... »»»
March 20, 2018 - NRA Country has removed the list of country acts associated with the offshoot of the National Rifle Association. Rolling Stone Country reported the change on the organization's web site on Monday. The names apparently were removed on Friday. Instead of listing the music acts, NRA Country lists events... »»»
March 20, 2018 - It's another week at the top for Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line as "Meant to Be" is first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending March 24. The top five on the songs chart remain the same with Thomas Rhett second with "Marry Me," Jason Aldean third with "You Make It Easy,"... »»»
March 19, 2018 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced Devin Dawson and Caitlyn Smith as opening acts on their Soul2Soul The World Tour. Smith will serve as opening act from the tour kick-off date - May 31 in Richmond, Va., while Dawson will take over as opening act on June 26 in Bossier City, La. Through the end of the tour.... »»»
March 19, 2018 - Actor Kiefer Sutherland returns to touring this spring and early summer with his Reckless 2018 North American and European Tour. Sutherland is also putting the finishing touches on new music to be released this summer. Sutherland kicks off more than 40 dates with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 10.... »»»
March 19, 2018 - The Country Music Association presented international awards this past week during C2C: Country to Country festival in London and CMC Rocks QLD festival in Australia. Canadian singer/songwriter Dean Brody, BBC Radio 2's Mark Hagen, Little Big Town, Spotify's John Marks, AEG Presents' Milly Olykan... »»»
March 16, 2018 - Scotty McCreery is back with his first album in more than four years, "Seasons Change." The disc, his first through Thirty Tigers, contains the hit "Five More Minutes." McCreery had a hand in writing all 13 songs with the disc produced by Aaron Eshuis, Derek Wells and Frank Rogers.... »»»
March 15, 2018 - Bobby Bones, the man behind the syndicated radio show, Bobby Bones Show, will release his second book, "Fail Until Y ou Don't: Fight. Grind. Repeat." On June 19. The book, put out by Dey Street Books, is the follow-up to "Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book." The new effort is an... »»»
March 14, 2018 - Jason Aldean returned to his home state of Georgia today to reveal the one-night-only lineup from SunTrust Park for his High Noon Neon Tour stop at the new Atlanta Braves stadium on July 21. Aldean will play along with Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs plus a Hootie & the Blowfish reunion for the night.... »»»
March 14, 2018 - Blake Shelton pays visits to television next week. Shelton heads to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday. The following morning will bring 8 and 10 a.m. appearances on TODAY, with a final stop later that evening at Late Night With Seth Meyers. Shelton also has a new single out, "I Lived... »»»
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March 13, 2018 - "Meant to Be" continues domination of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as the song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remains number 1 for the week ending March 17. Kane Brown led the Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut. On the songs chart, Thomas Rhett stayed second with... »»»
March 13, 2018 - Luke Combs announced he would head to Europe in October for seven shows in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. Minutes after going on-sale last Friday, tickets sold-out in Glasgow and moved so quickly for London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, Combs added a second show in London.... »»»
March 13, 2018 - Charlie Worsham announced his engagement on Sunday via Instagram. "the Good Lord has blessed me so much in this life, but never more than when He put this amazing woman in it. we met through her work at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, where she helped to set up the Follow Your Heart Scholarship.... »»»
March 13, 2018 - Bobby Bones was among the radio winners from the Academy of Country Music radio award winners announced today. Though not part of the telecast, the awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception on Saturday, April 14, the day prior to the broadcast of the 53rd ACM Awards from Las Vegas.... »»»
March 13, 2018 - The first leg of Outlaw Music Festival Tour this summer features Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Alison Krauss. Others on the tour, which stars May 25 in Raleigh, N.C. and concludes July 1 in Woodland, Texas, are Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The... »»»
March 12, 2018 - Jason Boland & The Stragglers release their ninth studio album, "Hard Times Are Relative," on May 18 via Thirty Tigers. The theme running throughout much of the album focuses on a complicated relationship with the past and accepting the inevitability of change. The disc was recorded live to tape, a... »»»
March 12, 2018 - "Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass" will become obvious come May 25 when his new album is out. The title is a nod to his 1968 record, "Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass." The first single is "To Make Love Sweeter For You." "What I like in a record is variety of moods, of tempos," McCoury said of the 14-track disc.... »»»
March 11, 2018 - Tim McGraw collapsed during a concert on Sunday night in Dublin, Ireland with dehydration said to the cause, according to his wife, Faith Hill. It was reported on social media that that McGraw stumbled in the dark and hit the ground after singing 'Humble and Kind." Hill came out afterwards with their... »»»
March 9, 2018 - Ashley Monroe, who drops "Sparrow" on April 20, released the video for "Paying Attention" today. The song features a traditional country sound vocally with sections of strings interspersed. Dave Cobb produced the 12-song collection recorded in Nashville's RCA Studio A. Monroe, featured as a co-writer... »»»
March 9, 2018 - Brent Cobb will release his new album, "Providence Canyon," on May 11 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records. Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, who is a cousin, the album features 11 songs including "King of Alabama." Cobb has launched the "Ain't A Road... »»»
March 8, 2018 - Alabama announced the first of leg of The Hits Tour 2018, launching March 23 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The band has scored 43 number 1 singles spanning 21 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums. "This year's tour is for the lifelong fans, and also the younger generations just now discovering the... »»»
March 7, 2018 - David Lee Murphy has Kenny Chesney for his new album, his first in 14 years. Blue Chair/Reviver Records will release Murphy's "No Zip Code" on April 6. Murphy co-wrote all 11 tracks including the Top-20 radio hit, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," a duet with Chesney. Murphy, who had hits with his... »»»
March 7, 2018 - Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line + Bebe Rexha, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett were the first artists announced to perform at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in April. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.... »»»
March 6, 2018 - Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha remain atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending March 10 with "Meant to Be." Kane Brown again was first with his self-titled debut on the Top Country Albums chart. On the songs chart, Thomas Rhett remained second with "Marry Me" and Jason... »»»
March 6, 2018 - Lady Antebellum's Dave Hayward and Charles Kelley are going back home to the University of Georgia. But the musicians are going to play; they're going to speak as Hayward and Kelley were announced today as graduation speakers at their alma mater. The pair will give the spring undergraduate... »»»
March 5, 2018 - Ashley Monroe unveiled the track list and cover for her fourth disc, "Sparrow," dropping April 20. The album was recorded with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville's RCA Studio A. The cover shows a profile of Monroe looking to the right. Monroe had a hand in writing all 12 songs with the likes of Brendan... »»»
March 1, 2018 - One day after former Arkansas Mick Huckabee was elected to the Country Music Association Foundation board, the conservative firebrand resigned in the wake of opposition to his selection. "The CMA Foundation has accepted former Governor Mike Huckabee's resignation from its Board of Directors, effective... »»»
March 1, 2018 - No surprise - nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards were predictably quite happy. Keith Urban, who received five nominations, tweeted, "ACMs...... HOLY SMOKES!!!!! MAD LOVE TO U ALL THIS MORNING FOR THESE INCREDIBLE NOMINATIONS. I'M EXTREMELY GRATEFUL!!!!!!!!!!" Shane McAnally, an ace... »»»
March 1, 2018 - Dolly Parton presented the 100 millionth book of her Imagination Library to the Library of Congress in Washington on Tuesday and announced a new reading program as well. Parton made the presentation to Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. The Library of Congress will host an Imagination Library... »»»
March 1, 2018 - Chris Stapleton leads the Academy of Country Music nominations with eight in five categories, including his first nod for Entertainer of the Year, it was announced this morning. Stapleton is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, and twice, as both artist and producer, in both the Album of the... »»»