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Country News Digest, May 2018


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May 31, 2018 - Keith Urban's video for "Coming Home" was released today The song is the newest single from his ninth album, "Grafitti U." Urban worked with the award-winning director Andy Hines (Logic featuring Khalid and Alessia Cara, Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend, Kali Uchis, Jim James) - the first... »»»
May 31, 2018 - Sara Evans will receive the 2018 Service to America Leadership Award from the National Associaton of Broadcasters Education Foundation. Evans will receive the award on June 12 in Washington, D.C. The award individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through... »»»
May 30, 2018 - Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis, the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, will release their first collaboration together this summer. "Wild! Wild! Wild!" drops Aug. 10 on Bloodshot. The release was recorded in Chicago with Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Cactus Blossoms, Pokey LaFarge) and features musical... »»»
May 30, 2018 - Lori McKenna released a video today for "People Get Old," the first single from her upcoming disc, "The Tree," out July 20 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers. "I love people's stories about their families - the way they tic and the ways we're all crazy and love each other," says McKenna.... »»»
May 30, 2018 - "Meant to Be" continues its dominance of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, staying number one for the week ending June 2. Jason Aldean led the Top Country Albums chart with "Rearview Town." "Meant to Be" also has crossed the 1 billion mark for global streams. Kane Brown was second again on the... »»»
May 29, 2018 - Luke Bryan will once again honor the American farmer this fall as his 10th annual Farm Tour will be held from Sept. 27-Oct. 6. Bryan will play six shows from from Ohio to Florida setting up stages in the fields of local farmers across those states. More than 100,000 fans have attended the tour each... »»»
May 29, 2018 - Kenny Chesney will release the title track of his upcoming CD, "Song for the Saints" as a new single on June 1. Chesney made "Songs for the Saints" when he was in the midst of evacuating friends from the handful of Caribbean islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, flying in generators, water,... »»»
May 25, 2018 - Ain't nothing stopping Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line and "Meant to Be" from leading the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending May 26. The song first hit the top of Billboard on Dec. 16, 2017 and has been number one for 25 weeks. Jason Aldean again was first on the Top Country Albums... »»»
May 25, 2018 - The McCoury family is spearheading the new releases today as both Del McCoury and The Travelin' McCourys are out with discs. Del McCoury releases "Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass" with the title a nod to his 1968 record, "Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass." "To Make Love Sweeter For You" is the first... »»»
May 24, 2018 - Kenny Chesney released the video for his new single, "Get Along," today. Chesney who releases "Songs for the Saints" on July 27, recorded the video at his Trip Around the Sun Tour at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. "The whole point of the song is to look for your common ground instead of worrying... »»»
May 24, 2018 - Devin Dawson is returning to Late Night with Seth Meyers. Dawson, who played his hit "All On Me" last year, returns on Monday, June 11 to play his new single, "Asking For a Friend." Dawson is currently on tour overseas making stops in Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom before coming back to the U.S.... »»»
May 23, 2018 - Bluesman Buddy Guy is the 2018 AmericanaLifetime Achievement Honoree for Instrumentalist, it was announced today. Guy will receive the award at the Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Guy is a seven-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.... »»»
May 22, 2018 - Kinky Friedman is releasing his first disc of original music in four decades. Friedman will release "Circle of Life" on July 3 on his own Echo Hill Records. A summer tour will follow in June, July and August. Produced by Friedman and Brian Molnar, the first single, "Autographs in the Rain (Song to... »»»
May 22, 2018 - Chris Janson released the video today for his latest single "Drunk Girl." Drunk Girl," written by Janson, Tom Douglas, and Scooter Carusoe, was directed by Jeff Venable. The song was written from a concerned father's perspective, and the music video paints a portrait of a young girl as she experiences... »»»
May 21, 2018 - Ashley McBryde announced her first headlining tour throughout the U.S. and Europe today. "The Girl Going Nowhere Tour" starts Sept. 5 in Atlanta with international stops in the England and Scotland, before culminating Dec. 15 in Rochester, N.Y. The tour follows on the heels of McBryde's Warner Music... »»»
May 18, 2018 - Texas singer Carlton Anderson has signed with Sony Music Nashville. Anderson is looking to release his debut single soon. He balances traditional sounds and contemporary themes and was signed as a songwriter at Warner Chappell Music, where he has written with some Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy and Tom Douglas.... »»»
May 18, 2018 - Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) will put their self-titled, third studio release due on June 22 on Warner. "Tequila," written by Smyers, Nicolle Galyon and Jordan Reynolds, is the lead single from the release. "Our first two albums helped us build an incredible and super loyal fan base, so... »»»
May 18, 2018 - Kelly Willis returns with her first solo album in almost 11 years, while Trent Harmon, who won American Idol in 2016, releases his debut. Willis is out with "Back Being Blue," a 10-song set produced by her husband, Bruce Robison. The two have released several albums and toured together.... »»»
May 17, 2018 - The The Academy of Country Music announced the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award nominees for the 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards today. Dave Cobb was the only person to receive two nominations - for Producer of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. Winners will be honored during the... »»»
May 16, 2018 - Jim Lauderdale will simultaneously release two albums on Aug. 3 - "Time Flies" and "Jim Lauderdale and Roland White" on Yep Roc While both are newly being released, the disc with White was recorded in 1979. The releases mark a return to Yep Roc for Lauderdale after a decade apart.... »»»
May 16, 2018 - Sam Hunt dropped a new song this morning, "Downtown's Dead." The song presumably will be on Hunt's second disc, although there was no information about that. The new single is the follow up to his megahit "Beauty on a Back Road," which came out in 2017 and has sold 1.9 million units.... »»»
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May 15, 2018 - Jason Aldean was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Rearview Town" for the week ending May 19. "Meant to Be," the uber hit from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line again topped the Hot Country Songs chart. Kane Brown and Jason Aldean were again two-three with "Heaven"... »»»
May 15, 2018 - Jason Isbell cleaned up at the 2018 Americana Music Association awards nominations, announced Wednesday, with four. He was nominated in every category except instrumentalist and emerging act of the year. Margo Price and Brandi Carlile were nominated for three awards. Artist of the Year nominees... »»»
May 14, 2018 - Craig Campbell revealed the line-ups for his Sixth Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge, including Brett Young and The Cadillac Three. Taking place at Nashville's City Winery on June 5, this year's event will feature Campbell and his wife Mindy, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Walker Hayes, Brett... »»»
May 11, 2018 - Brett Cobb and Highland Travelers, a bluegrass band, top the list of new releases. Cobb is out with "Providence Canyon," his second release. The disc was produced by his cousin, Dave Cobb, who's had a lot of success with Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell. Brett Cobb plays country, swamp rock and soulful songs.... »»»
May 10, 2018 - Lori McKenna, who has been a highly successful songwriter, continues pushing her own career with her 11th album, "The Tree," dropping July 20 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers. The first single is "People Get Old." The new album takes one of McKenna's signature themes - family. "I love people's stories... »»»
May 10, 2018 - Five years later, Craig Campbell will have an EP out in June. Campbell puts out the seven-song "See You Try" on June 8 on Red Bow, a division of Broken Bow. "For the past few years, I've created and found some of the best music of my career," said Campbell. "I'm beyond excited to release this EP and... »»»
May 9, 2018 - The dominators - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line - did it again. "Meant To Be" stayed first on the Billboard Hot Country Song charts for the week ending May 12. Keith Urban topped the country albums chart for the second week in a row with "Graffiti U." He debuted in second on the overall top 200 chart.... »»»
May 9, 2018 - Brett Eldredge is hitting the road for a fall 2018 leg of his headlining The Long Way Tour. The tour kicks off Sept. 13 in Denver with tickets going on sale beginning May 11. The 14-city run will once again feature label mate Devin Dawson as special guest. Eldredge's most recent single, and namesake... »»»
May 8, 2018 - Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Sam Hunt and Darius Rucker were among those received by Academy of Country Music as recipients of Special Awards from the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. Honorees will be celebrated during the 12th annual ACM honors an evening dedicated to recognizing the special... »»»
May 7, 2018 - Dustin Lynch premiered "Good Girl" live on Saturday at the iHeartMusical Festival in Austin. On Sunday, the song was released to iHeart Radio stations as a single. "We came across something that I just fell in love with immediately, and we just said, 'Well, why not just go and record the song?' And... »»»
May 7, 2018 - Morgan Evans will launch the 10 in 10 tour, playing 10 cities in 10 days in preparation for the release of his debut. The tour, which includes headlining shows and festival appearances, kicks off in Los Angeles on June 21 and wraps on June 30 in Washington, D.C. Tickets for the newly announced dates go... »»»
May 6, 2018 - Keith Urban has the second best selling disc in the U.S. with "Graffiti U," his seventh top 10 effort. Urban moved 145,000 units, 137,000 in traditional album sales. The figures were boosted by being connected with concert ticket sales. Urban new release did better than 2016's Ripcord, chart topper,... »»»
May 4, 2018 - Kelly Willis released her new single, "Don't Step Away," from her forthcoming album "Back Being Blue." "We've played it a few times live, and it has this kind of magical thing about it," Willis said. "It really lifts the audience, and everyone gets happy and starts dancing. It's really exciting to... »»»
May 3, 2018 - The Grand Ole Opry is coming to Bonnaroo. The long-running music festival in eastern Tennessee will feature performances by Brothers Osborne, Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury, Bobby Bare, LANCO, Riders in the Sky, Nikki Lane and Lucie Silvas on the final day of the festival, June 10.... »»»
May 2, 2018 - Lindsay Ell announced she will release her version of John Mayer's "Continuum" album on May 25 through Broken Bow Records. Ell's "The Continuum Project," co-produced and co-engineered by Ell, began as a homework assignment from producer Kristian Bush (Sugarland) in preparation to record her debut album.... »»»
May 1, 2018 - The stranglehold of "Meant to Be" continues on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with the Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line song still number one. Jason Alden remained first with "Rearview Town" on the Top Country Albums chart for the week ending May 5. On the albums chart, Brothers Osborne... »»»
May 1, 2018 - Ashley Monroe will make the national TV debut of "Hands On You," from her brand new album "Sparrow," on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers on May 14. " Sparrow" was produced by Dave Cobb and recorded in Nashville's RCA Studio A. "I knew I wanted to work with Dave," Monroe said. "All of his records are... »»»