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Country News Digest, March 2018

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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... »»»
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... »»»
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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... »»»