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Country News Digest, September 2018


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September 28, 2018 - The country music industry will observe a period of silence on Monday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shootings that left 58 people dead and about 500 wounded as Jason Aldean performed. Country stations around the U.S., all formats in Nevada, record labels,... »»»
September 28, 2018 - Loretta Lynn is finally out with "Wouldn't It Be Great," delayed due to illness. The disc finds the country traditionalist recording three new songs - "Ruby's Stool," "Ain't No Time To Go," "I'm Dying For Someone To Live For"- plus new recordings of previously released songs. Among them are "Coal... »»»
September 27, 2018 - Balsam Range won the big award taking home the International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year on Thursday. The band took two other IBMA Awards with Buddy Melton named male vocalist of the year and Tim Surrett in the bassist category. Balsam Range previously won Entertainer of the Year in 2014.... »»»
September 27, 2018 - Carrie Underwood's "Cry Pretty" is the best selling disc in the U.S. The CD, of course, was also first on the Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Sept. 29. For the 43rd straight week, "Meant to Be" from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line was first. On the country albums chart, Luke Combs was... »»»
September 27, 2018 - Pistol Annies are back with the trio's third studio album, "Interstate Gospel," out on Nov. 2. The 14-track album comes more than five years after the trio of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley put out "Annie Up" in 2013. "The best way to describe this record is that it sounds like 3... »»»
September 26, 2018 - Kelsea Ballerini will release a deluxe edition of her sophomore album, "Unapologetically" on Oct. 26 with 4 new songs. Ballerini also said "Miss Me More" is her next single impacting country radio on Oct. 15. Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, Ballerini penned the up-tempo track... »»»
September 22, 2018 - Jimmie Allen will release his debut CD, "Memory Lane," on Oct. 12 via Stoney Creek Records / BBR Music Group. The title takes its name from the street Allen grew up on in Milton. Dec. and pays tribute to the influence home and family has had on his journey. Allen merges R&B and country.... »»»
September 21, 2018 - Thomas Rhett went deluxe today with "Life Changes" almost a year after its original release. The new disc contains three new tracks, "Country Gold," "Cardboard Heart" and "When We're 80." A digital version has three remixes of "Leave Right Now" and a track with updated lyrics for "Life Changes.... »»»
September 21, 2018 - Eric Church's Double Down Tour will kick off in 2019 following the release next month of his "Desperate Man" CD. Church announced 37 dates with all but Nashville being two shows at each stop. The Nashville stop is at Nissan Stadium. Last time in Nashville, Church played the Bridgestone Arena There will... »»»
September 20, 2018 - Rosanne Cash will release her first album in five years, "She Remembers Everything," on Nov. 2 on Blue Note. Cash wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs. She recorded the disc in Portland, Or. With Tucker Martine, who has produced The Dec. ists, and husband John Leventhal in New York. Elvis Costello, Kris... »»»
September 20, 2018 - LANCO has gone double PLATINUM with its hit "Greatest Love Story," signifying sales of 2 million. Right after LANCO performed the chart-topper before lead singer and the track's sole-writer Brandon Lancaster was honored with the "Songwriter/Artist of the Year" award at the Nashville Songwriters' Awards... »»»
September 19, 2018 - Dustin Lynch became the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday. Inducted by Opry member Reba McEntire, the moment came as a surprise to Lynch. He said, "I wouldn't have wanted to be inducted by anyone else. Reba's the top of my list. She could have been anywhere in the world today and chose to be here.... »»»
September 17, 2018 - Carrie Underwood said in a TV interview on Sunday that she had a rough stretch prior to the release of "Cry Pretty" last week - she suffered three miscarriages. Now, Underwood is pregnant with her second child and a resilient attitude. Underwood told interviewer that Cry Pretty" "speaks to a lot of... »»»
September 17, 2018 - Thomas Rhett is releasing "Sixteen" as his new single. Penned by Rhett, Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur, the song follows four RIAA PLATINUM-certified number one hits including "Craving You," "Marry Me," "Unforgettable" and "Life Changes" from his PLATINUM-certified album "Life Changes.... »»»
September 14, 2018 - Carrie Underwood is out with "Cry Pretty" today, while Willie Nelson released his third disc in 11 months, a tribute to his late friend Frank Sinatra. Underwood continues with a pop/rock bent on her latest with the title track the first single. Underwood had a hand in writing 8 of the dozen songs,... »»»
September 13, 2018 - 41 weeks and counting for "Meant to Be," the song by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 15. Luke Combs spent his 13th week at number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." Dan + Shay were second on... »»»
September 13, 2018 - A misdemeanor charge of breaching the peace against Gretchen Wilson was dropped on Thursday in Connecticut pending she meets conditions of the deal. Wilson was arrested on Aug. 21 at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn. after getting into an altercation with a fellow passenger.... »»»
September 13, 2018 - Carrie Underwood's appearance on the TODAY show on Friday was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. Underwood was appearing on the day that her new disc, "Cried Pretty," was being released. The show tweeted, "Due to NBC News' ongoing coverage of Hurricane Florence, the concert with Carrie Underwood... »»»
September 13, 2018 - Alan Jackson's son-in-law died on Wednesday at 28 following a boating accident. Ben Selecman, 28 suffered "severe injuries during a boating accident," according to the Nashville District Attorney's Office, where he was an assistant DA. He was married to Jackson's daughter, Mattie, last October.... »»»
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September 12, 2018 - Willie Nelson announced today he will headline a concert and rally in support of Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke in Austin on Sept. 29. This marked the first public concert Nelson ever staged for a candidate. O'Rourke, a congressman from El Paso, is locked in a tight race with incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.... »»»
September 12, 2018 - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit cleaned up at the 17th AmericanaFest awards show on Wednesday in Nashville. Isbell and band won Song of the Year, Duo Group of the Year and Album of the Year. John Prine won the biggest honor - Entertainer of the Year. In winning Album of the Year for "The Nashville... »»»
September 12, 2018 - Luke Combs will kick off his "Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour" in 2019 - his first ever headline arena tour. LANCO and Jameson Rodgers will open shows on the tour, which launches Jan. 31 at Birmingham's Legacy Arena at the BJCC. His second headline tour, the "Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour" follows... »»»
September 12, 2018 - Luke Bryan has formed a label with UMG Nashville, signing Jon Langston as the first artist of the new venture. Lanstrong released his debut single "When It Comes To Loving You." The Georgia native is the first artist under Bryan's new label with UMG Nashville, 32 Bridge Entertainment and will be worked... »»»
September 12, 2018 - Brett Yong will punch his "Ticket to L.A." in December because that when his soph disc hits the streets. "Ticket to L.A." comes out Dec. 7 on BMLG Records with 13 songs. He co-wrote 10 of the songs with writers including Shane McAnally, Hillary Lindsey and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley.... »»»
September 7, 2018 - Kathy Mattea is out with her first CD in six years, "Pretty Bird." "Calling Me Home" came out in 2012 and since then, Mattea has endured vocal concerns. Tim O'Brien produced the new set, which includes Mary Gauthier's "Mercy Now." Mattea was named Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year in... »»»
September 7, 2018 - Logan Ledger has signed with Rounder Records with T Bone Burnett' producing. Ledger was signed by Burnett's Electro Magnetic Recordings, which signed him to Rounder. Ledger is in the studio with Burnett, who is producing his debut slated for release in 2019. He will preview material from the album on Sept.... »»»
September 6, 2018 - Emmylou Harris will be the subject of an exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum starting Oct. 5. Emmylou Harris: Songbird's Flight,which runs until Aug. 4, 2019, will explore the musical and personal journeys of Harris. She released her first major-label album in 1975 and has had 14 top 10 albums.... »»»
September 6, 2018 - Dustin Lynch plays an outlaw who's living on love in the video for his new single, "Good Girl," premiering exclusively on Esquire today. Directed by Mason Dixon and filmed in the Mojave Desert, the cinematic clip places Lynch and a dark-haired accomplice in the role of a modern day Bonnie & Clyde.... »»»
September 6, 2018 - The Milk Carton Kids will host next week's Americana Honors &Ceremony, it was announced today with long-time music director Buddy Miller returning in that role. The announcement of The Milk Carton Kids meant that after 15 years as host, Jim Lauderdale would no longer be handling that role.... »»»
September 5, 2018 - Luke Combs was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart with "This One's For You" for the week ending Sept. 8. "Meant to Be" from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line stayed fourth for the 40th straight week on the Hot Country Songs chart. On the songs chart, Dan + Shay were second with... »»»
September 5, 2018 - Thomas Rhett's PLATINUM album "Life Changes," will get the deluxe treatment later this month. Rhett announced Tuesday that "Life Changes Deluxe" will be out on Sept. 21 with three new tracks, "Country Gold," "Cardboard Heart" and "When We're 80." The digital version will also include three remixes of... »»»
September 5, 2018 - Lady Antebellum has signed a deal with Big Machine Label Group, the record label announced Tuesday. Lady A had spent its entire career with Capitol Records and most recently released "Heartbreak" in 2017. The trio has put out 7 albums since its self-titled 2008 debut. The group - Hillary Scott,... »»»
September 4, 2018 - LOCASH is getting ready for some football this fall by headlining the Pepsi Tailgate Tour this football season. The duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas will hit both pro and college football games, starting in Philadelphia on Sept. 6. LOCASH also made its Brown Bow Records debut with the new single,... »»»
September 3, 2018 - George Strait's long-time drummer, Michael Kennedy, was killed Friday in a car crash. Kennedy played with Strait's Ace in the Hole band for more than 20 years. Strait posted his condolences on Facebook, "Hard to put into words how much Mike's passing has affected us all. Our hearts are broken.... »»»