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Country News Digest, August 2018


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August 30, 2018 - Hunter Hayes is out with "One Shot," his second new song released this month. The song can be heard online on various platforms, such as Spotify. Hayes released a one-take vertical video exclusively to Spotify that follows Hayes on a stroll through downtown Nashville. "'One Shot' is about a... »»»
August 30, 2018 - The AMERICANAFEST announced today that almost 50 artists will now play the fest in September in Nashville. Lori McKenna, John Paul White and Eliza Gilkyson were among the newly named artists playing at the festival, which is being held Sept. 11-16. The Americana Music Association is sponsoring the festival.... »»»
August 29, 2018 - Randy Houser will release a new disc, "Magnolia," on Nov. on Stoney Creek. "What Whiskey Does" is the first single from the disc. He released a new song, "No Stone Unturned" last Friday. Houser also said he would go on tour this fall. After nearly two years, Houser worked with co-producer Keith... »»»
August 29, 2018 - Luke Bryan will hit the farms once again this fall for the 10th annual Farm Tour 2018. Bryan will take the tour to six cities this fall setting up stages in the fields of local farms from Ohio to Florida. Joining Luke as guests this year are Chase Rice, Jon Langston, the Peach Pickers and DJ Rock.... »»»
August 28, 2018 - Thirty nine weeks and counting for "Meant to Be." The Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remained first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 1. Cole Swindell was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "All of It." On the songs chart, "Drowns the Whiskey" from Jason... »»»
August 28, 2018 - Nominees were predictably happy to receive CMA nominations on Wednesday. Kenny Chesney, who was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, said, ""You don't do this stuff for recognition," he said. "You make music to give people pieces of your life, pieces of their life - and in this case, to help put a... »»»
August 28, 2018 - Chris Stapleton topped the list of CMA Music Awards finalists with five nominations. Producer and musician Dan Huff received four nominations, the second most nominations this year. Nine artists captured three each-Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda... »»»
August 27, 2018 - Garth Brooks announced today he will release a triple live CD this fall, but he said fans can enjoy a fan-mixed offer of the set for free through Ticketmaster. At a press conference today, Brooks also announced the date - Oct. 20 - of the first country show ever at Notre Dame Stadium.... »»»
August 27, 2018 - Sara Evan is returning again this year for another holiday season of her At Christmas Tour. Tickets are available starting Friday, Aug. 31 at SaraEvans.com. California country trio Fairground Saints will open all shows. Tour dates are: Nov. 24 Cincinnati, OH JACK Cincinnati Casino Nov.... »»»
August 27, 2018 - Cole Swindell is happy to be at the top. ""I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to record and release even one album," said Swindell, whose new disc "All of It," debuted atop the Billboard Country charts this week and seventh on the Billboard Top 200 "But to be at this point in my career... »»»
August 26, 2018 - Cole Swindell scored the only country CD on the Billboard top 10 chart. "All of It" debuts at seven with 50,000 units (39,000 in traditional album sales). This is Swindell's third top 10 release, following in the footsteps of "You Should Be Here" (sixth, May 28, 2016) and his self-titled debut (third; March 8, 2014).... »»»
August 26, 2018 - New England's a home away from home for Kenny Chesney. With his 18th and 19th shows at Gillette Stadium this weekend, Chesney also has now sold more than 1 million tickets there alone. The two night attendance of 121,714 broke his own attendance record and surpassed the million ticket mark by over 90,000.... »»»
August 24, 2018 - The Devil Makes Three return with "Chains Are Broken." 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." The new album follows their... »»»
August 23, 2018 - Keith Urban debuted the music video for his latest single "Never Coming Down," from his CD "Graffiti U." Urban said the video "captures the energy and spirit of being at a show - lost in the music, along with everyone else that's there, whether you know them or not. That's the feeling that I wanted to... »»»
August 22, 2018 - Loretta Lynn is releasing her long-delayed disc, "Wouldn't It Be Great" on Sept. 28 on Sony Legacy Recordings. Comprised entirely of songs written (or co-written) by Lynn, the album premieres new compositions alongside reinterpretations of her classics. The disc was mainly recorded at the Cash Cabin... »»»
August 22, 2018 - Gretchen Wilson was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly creating a disturbance aboard a flight coming to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. State Police went to the airport at about 7 p.m. after receiving a call about the disturbance. While interviewing Wilson, 45, she allegedly... »»»
August 21, 2018 - Dustin Lynch got a little bit more than he bargained for when he played the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday. He was asked to the join the Opry by Trace Adkins. "All the folks at the Grand Ole Opry are very selective," said Adkins. "We think that Dustin Lynch is going to carry on in that grand tradition.... »»»
August 21, 2018 - It's another week at number one for "Meant to Be," the Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line monster smash hit. The song has been number 1 on Billboard for 38 straight weeks and did so again for the week ending Aug. 25. Luke Combs spent his 11th week at number one on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You.... »»»
August 20, 2018 - Devin Dawson will return to the road for his first headlining tour this fall, he announced today. Starting Nov. 1 in Columbia, S.C., the Stray Off Course tour will feature yet-to-be-announced special guests and continue through the middle of December . Dawson recently released the official music video... »»»
August 20, 2018 - To celebrate the 20th anniversary of popular disc, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," Lucinda Williams will launch a 12-city tour this fall. William will perform the album in its entirety, followed by a second set of songs from her career. The tour will primarily take place in the northeast starting on Nov.... »»»
August 20, 2018 - Brett Young will headline the CMT On Tour: Here Tonight tour this fall. The tour launches Nov. 16 in Royal Oak, Mich. And concludes in Atlanta on Dec. 14. Tyler Rich and Rachel Wammack will open the shows. Tickets go on sale in some markets at 10 a.m. local time this Friday via www.BrettYoungMusic.com.... »»»
August 20, 2018 - Runaway June will release its debut, a five-song, self-titled EP, on Wheelhouse Records on Sept. 7, it was announced today. Produced by Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young), the lead single is "Buy My Own Drinks. The song was co-written by Runaway June's Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland... »»»
August 20, 2018 - Carrie Underwood released the track listing and songwriters for her upcoming studio album, "Cry Pretty," available on Sept. 14. Her first time officially in the producer chair, Underwood co-produced the CD alongside David Garcia, and she co-wrote nine of the songs. Underwood wrote the title track... »»»
August 17, 2018 - Cole Swindell hopes his hit-making machinery success will continue with "All Of It." Michael Carter produced the dozen-song set, his third studio album. The lead single was "Break Up in the End." The Georgian's first seven singles included six number ones and a number two. A new, but very old Buck... »»»
August 16, 2018 - The country community weighed in with sadness at the passing of soul legend Aretha Franklin at 76 on Thursday. Faith Hill, who recorded an unreleased song with Ms. Franklin, tweeted, "The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus.... »»»
August 15, 2018 - Angaleena Presley, one-third of Pistol Annies and a solo artist, is slated to give birth in January. Miranda Lambert made the announcement at her concert in Dallas with her fellow Annies, Ashley Monroe and Presley onstage with her. Lambert announced, "One of us is drinking, one of us is smoking, and... »»»
August 14, 2018 - Chris Lane, who just released his sophomore disc, "Laps Around the Sun," will launch a headline tour this fall. The tour starts Oct. 12 in Gulf Breeze, Fla. with support from young country singer Mason Ramsey and American Idol entrant Gabby Barrett. The tour ends at Philadelphia's Theatre of Living Arts on Dec. 15.... »»»
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August 14, 2018 - Thomas Rhett's latest album, "Life Changes," earned RIAA Platinum certification, signifying sales and streams of 1 million units. "I found out 'Life Changes" and Platinum and the single was Gold the same day I got to play Nissan Stadium at home in Nashville, so that was a really special moment for me," Rhett said.... »»»
August 14, 2018 - "Meant to Be" is first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the 37th straight week Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line for the chart ending Aug. 18. Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." Last week's album chart leader, "Songs For the Saints" from Kenny... »»»
August 13, 2018 - It's beginning to a lot like Christmas, at least for Martina McBride. The singer announced today that she would release a holiday album, her second, along with the Joy of Christmas Tour. McBride also will publish her second cookbook in October with a tour to follow. "It's the Holiday Season" is out as... »»»
August 13, 2018 - It's beginning to a lot like Christmas, at least for Martina McBride. The singer announced today that she would release a holiday album, her second, along with the Joy of Christmas Tour. McBride also will publish her second cookbook in October with a tour to follow. "It's the Holiday Season" is out as... »»»
August 13, 2018 - LANCO announced its first headlining run today with the Hallelujah Nights tour. The group starts the tour on Oct. 24 in Columbia, Mo. with special guest Travis Denning. The tour will hit 14 cities and end in Nashville. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time. "This is a brand new show... »»»
August 13, 2018 - Joshua Hedley released a video his countrypolitan song "Weird Thought Thinker." The is on Hedley's debut disc, "Mr. Jukebox," a traditional country disc out on Third Man Records. Directed by actor/filmmaker Travis Nicholson (CMT's Still The King) and edited by Josh Shreeve & Jason Denton, "Weird... »»»
August 10, 2018 - Cole Swindell released a video today for single "Break Up In The End." Told through a series of pre-release tracks from his upcoming album "All of It," due Aug. 17, Swindell wove a love story that began at its end. After releasing visuals for "Somebody's Been Drinking" and "Love You Too Late,"... »»»
August 10, 2018 - A few singers associated with more famous family members are out with new music today. Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis paired up for a new disc today with the aptly named "Wild! Wild! Wild!" Fulks is the long-time country traditionalist from Chicago, while Lewis has a rockabilly slant to her music.... »»»
August 9, 2018 - The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the nominees for their Special Awards, Momentum Awards, designated for artists in the early stages of their careers. The Special Awards are for those working behind the scenes, including journalists and songwriters, while the Momentum Awards are... »»»
August 8, 2018 - Only a month after releasing a self-titled disc, Dan + Shay are released raw recordings of their previously recorded music. At midnight on Thursday, the duo released their megahit "Tequila" along with their new single "Speechless" in a capella versions. Dan Smyers, one-half of the duo, tweeted, "While... »»»
August 8, 2018 - Kenny Chesney debuted in second on the Billboard chart with his new disc "Songs for the Saints," which also led the Top Country Albums chart. "Meant to Be" from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line stays another week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 11.... »»»
August 8, 2018 - Lorrie Collins, who was one-half of the rockabilly duo The Collins Kids, died on Saturday at 76. The Collins Kids were an American rockabilly duo comprised of Lorrie Collins and her younger brother, Larry. He said that she died due to complications from a fall, according to the New York Times.... »»»
August 8, 2018 - Carrie Underwood announced today she would launch The Cry Pretty Tour 360 next spring. The singer also said that she was pregnant with her second child with husband Mike Fisher, the former NHL player. The tour starts May 1 in Greensboro, N.C., hitting 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada.... »»»
August 7, 2018 - Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October, it was announced today. The five new inductees will join the 208 existing members of the organization when they are officially inducted during the 48th... »»»
August 7, 2018 - Kenny Chesney is releasing a new single, "Better Boat," featuring Mindy Smith. The song is the second from his just released disc, "Songs for the Saints." The first single was the hit "Get Along." "Of all the songs on 'Songs for the Saints,' 'Better Boat' really captures the emotion of that moment -... »»»
August 6, 2018 - Kenny Chesney's "Songs for the Saints" will debut at number on the Billboard 200 chart behind Drake's "Scorpion." This was Chesney's 15th top 10 album. He moved 77,000 units, including 65,000 in traditional album sales. Streams accounted for the remainder. Chesney had the only country CD in the top 10.... »»»
August 6, 2018 - John Hiatt will return with "The Eclipse Sessions" on Oct. 12 on New West Records. The 11-track set is Hiatt's first new album in four years. It was produced by Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton) and features Hiatt's longtime drummer Kenneth Blevins and bassist Patrick O'Hearn, as well as Yates... »»»
August 3, 2018 - Jim Lauderdale, Amanda Shires and veteran new grass band Hot Rize are out with discs today. Make that two, in the case of Lauderdale. He is out with new album, "Jim Lauderdale and Roland White," which is very old and "Time Flies." These are Lauderdale's 30th and 31st albums and mark a return to the YepRoc label.... »»»
August 3, 2018 - Hunter Hayes is back with the brand new song "Dear God," available everywhere today Hayes released the song along with several types of video, including one on YouTube. Co-written with pop singer Andy Grammer and songwriter Dave Spencer, the lyrics are about struggling with self-doubt.... »»»
August 2, 2018 - The music video for John Prine's "Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)" is out today. Created By Neighborhoods Apart Productions, the video was directed and animated by Josh Britt and Neilson Hubbard. "Crazy Bone" is from Prine's "The Tree of Forgiveness," which debuted at... »»»
August 2, 2018 - Michael Martin Murphey goes Texas with his upcoming "Austinology" CD, a celebration of a period of Austin's music history that set the stage for the Outlaw movement. Songs include "Geronimo's Cadillac" with special guest Steve Earle and "Outlaw Medley." Kenny Greenberg (Nelson, Bob Seger, Etta... »»»
August 2, 2018 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host The 52nd Annual CMA Awards for the 11th time on Nov. 14. The show will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC. Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay and Sugarland will reveal several of the final nominees on "Good Morning America" on Aug.... »»»
August 1, 2018 - Drive-By Truckers announced the release of "Town Burned Down," the first-ever official release from singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood's original incarnation as Adam's House Cat 28 years after it was recorded. Cut in 1990, but never-before-released as intended, the album is out on ATO on Sept.... »»»