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Country News Digest, June 2018


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June 30, 2018 - Dan + Shay scored its third top 10 album on the Billboard charts with its self-titled disc debuting in sixth with 44,000 units. Of that figure, 24,000 were in traditional album sales. Dan + Shay will be first, of course, on the Top Country Albums chart. The duo's two previous albums were "Obsessed,"... »»»
June 29, 2018 - It's a day of duos when it comes to releases. The Milk Carton Kids - Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan - are out with "All The Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do" on Anti. The duo recorded the 11-song release in Nashville with Joe Henry producing. The duo Everette released its label... »»»
June 29, 2018 - David Nail announced a new project today - David Nail and The Well Ravens. With an EP coming this fall, the project will be Nail's first independent release following the break-up with his longtime major label, MCA Records. The band incorporates atmospheric rock guitars, lush keyboards, drum loops and... »»»
June 29, 2018 - Love and Theft released its new single and video, "You Didn't Want Me," June 29. "We have loved this song since the day we wrote it," the duo said in a statement. "It feels good every time we play it. We can't wait for our fans, and fans of music everywhere, to hear it." "This song has been and... »»»
June 29, 2018 - Florida Georgia Line announced a line-up, including Cole Swindell and Nelly, for the inaugural FGL Fest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 8. Others playing the fest include Raelynn, Jillian Jacqueline, Mason Ramsey, Riley Green and Stephanie Quayle. The fest was created to coincide with the Big... »»»
June 28, 2018 - Aaron Watson' put "Run Wild Horses" to video with a premiere set for Friday on CMT's 24/7 digital music channel, CMT Music. Watson's is wife of 15 years, Kimberly, makes her music video debut. The real life love story, directed by Benjamin Ranzinger, was filmed in the Watson's hometown of Buffalo... »»»
June 27, 2018 - Bluegrass band Hot Rize will go the live route with its next release. "Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash, recorded live at Boulder Theatre in Coloado over the course of three sold out shows in January of this year, will be out Aug. 3 on Ten in Hand Records. Hot Rize - Nick Forster on bass, Pete Wernick... »»»
June 26, 2018 - Cassadee Pope is going back to her roots by joining the VANS Warped Tour for three shows this summer. Pope played the hard rock Warped tour for eight years ago as the lead singer of punk band Hey Monday. Pope plays on July 30 in Charlotte, N.C. and July 31 in Atlanta. "Growing up, the thought of... »»»
June 26, 2018 - Jason Aldean led the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending June 30 with "Rearview Town," while it was "Meant to Be" yet another week for the super smash hit of Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line on the Hot Country Songs chart. Dan + Shay were second with "Tequila" on the songs chart.... »»»
June 25, 2018 - Jason Aldean will have the only country disc in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday. Aldean's "Rearview Town" went from 23 to 10 with 38,000 units moved. that was up 99 percent from the previous week. Like many artists, his increase was helped by sales from a concert ticket/album... »»»
June 25, 2018 - Dierks Bentley released a new single, "Burning Man," today from his just released disc, "The Mountain." The single features Brothers Osborne, who are touring with Bentley. The new song is the follow-up to his hit single "Woman, Amen." "This song hits hard on so many levels for me and having Brothers... »»»
June 22, 2018 - Dan + Shay release their third disc today, a self-titled effort. The hit "Tequila" is the lead single from the 11-song set. All but one song included songwriting contributions from Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Kelly Clarkson guests with vocals on "Keeping Score." The late John Duffey of The Country... »»»
June 21, 2018 - Dave Cobb, producer of Chris Stapleton, received the Academy of Country Music for Producer of the Year, it was announce today. The ACM announced winners in musician and industry honors. Winners were: NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR: Cotton Eyed ­Joe ­- Knoxville, TN CASINO OF THE YEAR - SMALL CAPACITY: The... »»»
June 21, 2018 - The AmericanaFest announced about 100 new performers were joining the line-up for the September event in Nashville including John Prine and friends, Nicki Bluhm, John Hiatt, I'm With Her and The Milk Carton Kids. The fest will be held Sept. 11-16 in Nashville. The annual awards show will be a highlight... »»»
June 20, 2018 - Texas country singer Cody Johnson has signed a deal with Warner Nashville. The Sebastapol, Texas native veers towards the more traditional side. He released his most recent album, "Gotta Be Me" in 2016, with the disc debuting in second on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Johnson has toured extensively.... »»»
June 19, 2018 - Garth Brooks released a surprise new single today, "All Day Long," from a forthcoming album slated for 2019. Brooks, who helped write the song said to be a honky tonker, also plans "an imminent tour," although there was no word on when that would happen. Co-written by Brooks, the track evokes Brooks sing-a-longs.... »»»
June 19, 2018 - Shooter Jennings released a new song today from a forthcoming album, his first for Dave Cobb's Low Country Sound/Elektra Records label. "Rhinestone Eyes" was the second song released from his upcoming record, "Shooter," out Aug. 10. Cobb produced the disc at at the renowned RCA Studio A on Nashville.... »»»
June 18, 2018 - Dierks Bentley will have the number one country disc in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are out on Tuesday with "The Mountain." Bentley also was third on the overall chart. Bentley was third with 102,000 units; 94,000 in traditional album sales. This was Bentley's ninth top 10 and also his top sales week ever.... »»»
June 18, 2018 - Tyler Childers extended his tour this year by adding 10 dates in November and December. Childers has maintained a busy touring schedule since releasing "Purgatory" last year. Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson produced the disc. The new dates for Childers are: Nov. 10-11-Denver, CO-Ogden Theatre Nov.... »»»
June 15, 2018 - Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) and Kelly Clarkson are "Keeping Score" on a brand new song and video out today. The track is the fifth new track released from the duo's forthcoming eponymous album out June 22 via Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville. "It is such an honor for us to sing this... »»»
June 15, 2018 - IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Flatt Lonesome has a new home. The bluegrass sextet announced via social media today that it had signed with Rounder Records. "Well friends, one of our biggest dreams has come true! Thank you to Rounder Records for adding us to their amazing roster of artists.... »»»
June 15, 2018 - The Strays Birds are back with "Let It Pass" on Sept. 7 on Yep Roc Records., The release came after the tro was at a self-described crossroads career-wise since the release of 2016's "Magic Fire." During the period, fiddler/guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Maya de Vitry and... »»»
June 14, 2018 - D.J. Fontana, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer who played on more than 460 Elvis Presley recordings, passed away on Thursday at 87 in Nashville. Fontana started playing for Presley in October 1954 and was with him through is comeback special in 1968. Fontana was employed by the Louisiana Hayride... »»»
June 14, 2018 - Kenny Chesney revealed the songs and cover for his forthcoming CD, "Songs for the Saints," out in late July. The disc features help from Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley and Mindy Smith. The cover depicts a lone sailboat on the blue water. As friends were being airlifted off the Hurricane Irma-toppled... »»»
June 14, 2018 - More than four decades after it was recorded, Buck Owens' final CD will see the light of day this summer. Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with Owens' estate, will release "Country Singer's Prayer," his final Capitol album from 1975. The release date is Aug. 17. By late 1975, Owens' success at... »»»
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June 14, 2018 - Luke Combs debuted in fourth on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You," which was out in a deluxe format with five new songs. He also made a big dent on the singles chart. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line scored another week at number one... »»»
June 12, 2018 - The stats are in on the 47th annual CMA Fest with almost half of the festival goers from the U.S. there for the first time. Fans came from all 50 states and 36 international countries. Millennials made up 41 percent of new attendees and continue the trend of a growing younger CMA Fest audience.... »»»
June 12, 2018 - AmericanaFest New York will feature Margo Price, Mavis Staples and Joe Henry, the Americana Music Association announced today. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real also will play at the free fest, coming Aug. 11-12. Staples and Henry are playing Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Damrosch Park Bandshell.... »»»
June 11, 2018 - The fourth and final day of the CMA Fest in Nashville included surprise appearances by Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam at Nissan Stadium. Luke Bryan closed out the stadium show going past midnight. After rushing to the stage for a potentially shorter set due to incoming rain, Bryan extended his set,... »»»
June 11, 2018 - Luke Combs will have the biggest selling country CD when the Billboard charts are out on Tuesday. "This One's for You" jumped from 39 to 4 because of its reissue as a deluxe version with five new songs. Combs moved 55,000 units, up 314 percent. The original cd opened in fifth with 43,000 units on the... »»»
June 11, 2018 - Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit go the live route with their next CD as "Live from the Ryman" drops Oct. 19 on Isbell's Southeastern Records. The release was primarily recorded during the group's six sold out nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2017. The album features 13 live versions of songs... »»»
June 9, 2018 - Garth Brooks surprised fans this afternoon at CMA Fest, performing on the CMA Close Up Stage at Xfinity Fan Fair X inside Music City Center. Brooks' played a medley of his hits including "Friends In Low Places," "The Dance," "Callin' Baton Rouge" and "The River." He also participated in a Q&A with... »»»
June 8, 2018 - The opening day of the 47th annual Country Music Fest kicked off on Thursday with more than 100 performances on 11 stages throughout downtown Nashville. Performers included CMA reigning New Artist of the Year Jon Pardi kicking off the Chevy Riverfront Stage, to Dierks Bentley appearing and performing... »»»
June 8, 2018 - Dierks Bentley and Sugarland top the list of releases out today. Bentley headed to Colorado to record his disc, "The Mountain," specifically Telluride where he has played its bluegrass festival. The lead single is "Women, Amen." Among the guests are Brothers Osborne on "Burning Man" and Brandi Carlile... »»»
June 7, 2018 - Walker Hayes and his wife, Laney, announced the passing of their new baby, who was born and passed away on Wednesday. Hayes made the announcement via Twitter and Instagram. ""It is with great sadness that Laney and I share with you the news that our sweet Oakleigh Klover Hayes was born this morning at... »»»
June 7, 2018 - kd lang will receive the Americana Music Association's Americana Trailblazer Award. The honor will be presented to lang at the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards, on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. lang has a varied career ranging from hard core country to chanteuse.... »»»
June 6, 2018 - Jason Isbell will see his 2007 album, "Sirens Of The Ditch," release in a deluxe edition on July 13 by New West. Co-produced by Isbell and his former Drive-By Truckers band mate, Patterson Hood, "Sirens Of The Ditch" was recorded at the FAME recording studio (Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson... »»»
June 5, 2018 - Long running chart topper, "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line yet again is first on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending June 9. Kane Brown's self-titled debuted was first. On the songs chart, Brown remains second with "Heaven" and Luke Combs third with "One Number Away.... »»»
June 4, 2018 - Garth Brooks will appear at the CMA Music Fest this week, it was announced today. Brooks will be at the Xfinity Fan Fair X inside Music City Center. Brooks will take the CMA Close Up Stage Saturday, June 9 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. for a Q&A hosted by SiriusXM's Storme Warren and answer questions from fans in the audience.... »»»
June 4, 2018 - Florida Georgia Line apparently decided that, unlike other music artists when they are in Vegas in December, they may be a happening act, but they won't stay in Vegas. FGL is there for five shows. The residency begins Saturday, Dec. 1 inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Dec. 1, 5, 7, 8 and 11.... »»»
June 4, 2018 - Tyler Childers will embark on a nationwide tour this fall. New tour dates were set from Oct. 10-Nov. 14. Stops include Brooklyn's Brooklyn Bowl, Philadelphia's Union Transfer, Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club, San Francisco's The Fillmore and L.A.'s The Troubadour. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m.... »»»
June 4, 2018 - The Devil Makes Three are set to return with "Chains Are Broken" on Aug. 24 via New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly) and recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas. This is the trio's first album of original material since 2013's "I'm A Stranger Here.... »»»
June 1, 2018 - Cody Jinks, who gained much traction with his last CD, "I'm Not the Devil," has signed with Rounder Records, the label announced today. The Texan's label debut, "Lifers," is dropping July 27 with 11 songs. This will be his eighth release with all previous efforts self-released. A former thrash metal... »»»
June 1, 2018 - Cole Swindell will release "All of It," his third album on Aug. 17. Swindell will launch the album with a performance as part of NBC's Citi Concert Series on TODAY. "I have been so excited about releasing the music for my third album and my fans have been so patient with me while I took the time... »»»
June 1, 2018 - Florida Georgia Line is out with a new single, "Simple," the lead song from its upcoming fourth album. FGL's Tyler Hubbard said the song was written on the tour bus. "We usually find ourselves writing on that every day pre-show and post-show...That was just a special song born out of an idea that I... »»»
June 1, 2018 - Luke Combs returns with his debut "This One's For You," which first came out June 2, 2017. Now the debut is back with the deluxe version, which contains five new songs. Combs, a North Carolina native, has enjoyed hits with "Hurricane," "When It Rains It Pours" and the current "One That Got Away.... »»»