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Country News Digest, October 2018


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October 31, 2018 - Blake Shelton will do something a little different when he goes on the road next year - he's going out with some veteran musicians opening for him. Shelton will tour with The Bellamy Brothers, Trace Adkins, John Anderson and Lauren Alaina on the "Friends & Heroes 2019." The tour kicks off on Feb.... »»»
October 30, 2018 - 48 weeks and running for "Meant to Be" from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line on the Hot Country Songs Billboard chart for the week ending Nov. 3. Luke Combs led the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." On the songs chart, Combs was second with "She Got the Best of Me," Dan + Shay... »»»
October 29, 2018 - Freddie Hart, best known for his chart-topping country song and lone pop hit "Easy Loving," which won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972, died today at 91 in Burbank, Cal. "Easy Loving," from 1971, was the first of six chart toppers for Hart in the U.S.... »»»
October 29, 2018 - Kelsea Ballerini is launching the Miss Me Tour next year with Brett Young. Named after her anthem, the most-added new single on xountry radio upon release, the 14-date run will catapult Ballerini kicks off on April 11, 2019, at Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.... »»»
October 29, 2018 - Thompson Square will release material, but it will not be new music. Instead the duo will release a children's book, "Time to Get Dressed." Written by Keifer and Shawna Thompson and illustrated by Ana Patankar, "Time to Get Dressed" features full-page pictures and a sing-song storyline.... »»»
October 29, 2018 - Aaron Watson revealed the first dates today of his 2019 headlining tour with more than 20 shows spanning coast to coast on its initial swing. Tour dates are: Jan. 11 - Goliad, TX Jan. 17 - Pensacola, FL Jan. 18 - Tampa, FL Jan. 19 - Atlanta, GA Jan. 24 - Nashville, TN Jan. 25 - Detroit, MI Jan.... »»»
October 26, 2018 - Dierks Bentley announced today that his 2019 Burning Man Tour, starting in Canada in January. Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights will open the shows. The tour is named after the hit single "Burning Man" with Brothers Osborne. "I talked to Jon Pardi last April about the idea of... »»»
October 25, 2018 - The Long Ryders, will release "Psychedelic Country Soul," their first new album in more than 30 years, on Feb. 15, 2019 through Omnivore. The release features the classic line-up of Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens and Greg Sowders. "For years, for decades, the band's dear friend Larry... »»»
October 25, 2018 - Tony Joe White, best known for his 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie" and for writing "Rainy Night in Georgia", died on Wednesday at 75 of a heart attack in the Nashville area. White also was known for his swamp rock style of music. He released a new album last month on the Yep Roc label.... »»»
October 24, 2018 - Lady Antebellum is going Vegas. The trio announced today an 15-show residency, Our Kind of Vegas, in Last Vegas starting in February 2019 at Palms Casino Resort. The shows start Feb. 8, 2019 at the Pearl Concert Theater. Lady A will present stripped-down performances each night that will often... »»»
October 24, 2018 - Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies and Thomas Rhett were added to the lineup of performers for The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, it was announced Wednesday. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the awards showing for the 11th... »»»
October 23, 2018 - Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Brett Eldredge will headline the 2019 Country Thunder Festival in Arizona. The festival will be held April 11-14, 2019 in Florida. "2018 was a record-breaking year in Arizona, and we knew that we had to up the ante for 2019," said Country Thunder Music... »»»
October 23, 2018 - Eric Church leads the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 27 with "Desperate Man." Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" was first for the 47th week on the Hot Country Songs chart. Luke Combs was second on the albums chart with "This One's For You.... »»»
October 22, 2018 - Ricky Skaggs, Johnny Gimble and Dottie West were formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. At the official Medallion Ceremony held at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks, through tear-filled eyes, formally inducted Skaggs. "It's kinda hard to believe... »»»
October 22, 2018 - Dan + Shay announced today they would mount Dan + Shay The Tour next year as headliners. Joined by label mate Morgan Evans during the first leg and Big Loud Records' Chris Lane for the second, Dan + Shay will kick the tour off on Feb. 28 in New Orleans. Fan presale will begin now with password... »»»
October 22, 2018 - Florida Georgia Line is out with a new single, "Talk You Out of It," which goes for adds on Nov. 5. The song, the follow-up single to the hit "Simple," is slated to be on the duo's fourth studio album on BMLG Records. The song contains a smooth banjo riff mixed with R&B elements.... »»»
October 19, 2018 - Martina McBride is back doing a Christmas album 20 years after "White Christmas." "It's The Holiday Season" features nine classics from McBride. She collaborated with the late Patrick "Pat" Williams who arranged a set of classic Christmas songs with accompaniment from more than 35 musicians at the... »»»
October 19, 2018 - Sara Evans is going the acoustic route in a video of "All The Love You Left Me." Following her headlining run on CMT's Next Women of Country Tour earlier this year, Evans visited CMT's 330 Studios in Nashville to film a live performance music video with her band, including siblings Matt Evans and... »»»
October 19, 2018 - Chris Lane will premiere the video for his latest single, "I Don't Know About You," on CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday. The video will be on other platforms over the weekend, including MTV Live, MTVU and CMT.com. Directed by Justin Clough and filmed outside of Nashville, the clip follows Lane in... »»»
October 17, 2018 - Morgan Wallen, who enjoyed a big hit with "Up Down," unveiled his 2019 headlining tour today. Beginning Jan. 5 in Milwaukee, the If I Know Me Tour will hit 26 cities from coast-to-coast including a hometown show in Knoxville, Tenn. plus stops in Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles before wrapping in Salt... »»»
October 17, 2018 - Joe Nichols has exited Broken Bow Records, according to Music Row magazine. Nichols, 41, who enjoyed hits with "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" and "Gimme That Girl," had been with the label for 6 years. The Arkansas native started his career on Intersound Records for his... »»»
October 17, 2018 - Garth Brook is going back on the road. While saying that he intended to take off 2019, he, instead, announced today the North American Stadium Tour, hitting five stadiums per year for the next three years. Brooks announced the first two venues as State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.... »»»
October 17, 2018 - Old 97's released the title track from their upcoming holiday disc, "Love the Holidays." The band's first-ever collection of original Christmas songs drops Nov. 16 on ATO. The album was produced, mixed and engineered by John Pedigo in Texas. The release presents a sack full of new songs and "Auld Lang Syne.... »»»
October 16, 2018 - Eric Church debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Desperate Man." Florida Georgia Line held down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 20 as "Meant to Be" with Bebe Rexha once again was first - for the 46th week - with "Simple" second.... »»»
October 16, 2018 - Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean will headline the 2019 version of Stagecoach. The three-day event will also feature performances by Cole Swindell, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Kane Brown, CAM, Lauren Alaina, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bret Michaels and Tom Jones. The fest will be held Friday, April 26 through... »»»
October 15, 2018 - Kip Moore will release "Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions EP" on Nov. 16. Moore co-wrote five of the seven songs. Moore will launch the Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour in Milwaukee, Wisc. On Nov. 19 with shows iN Des Moines, Ia. On Nov. 30, Emporio, Kansas on Dec. 1 and Akron, Ohio on Dec.... »»»
October 15, 2018 - Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA won the CMA Broadcaster of the Year in the National category, it was announced today. Other winners were: Major Market - "Bud and Broadway" (Bud Ford, Jerry Broadway, Kelly Rebal, "Captain Mac Douglas" Gregory Paul Ford, "T.Wall" Tom Wall, and "Sweet Becca" Walls) - WIL, St. Louis.... »»»
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October 15, 2018 - Walker McGuire are out with a new single, "Growin' Up," at country radio today. The song from Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire "is special because it has both an old and new school feel to the song. The mix of the newer pop country sound and old school country message made it seem like the perfect... »»»
October 12, 2018 - William Michael Morgan, who had a hit with "I Met a Girl," is back with brand new music by releasing "Tonight Girl." The 25-year-old Mississippi-native is re-introducing himself in a series of songs that he will continue to release over the next few months. The video for "Tonight Girl," directed by... »»»
October 12, 2018 - Pistol Annies - the trio of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley - released a new song, "Stop Drop and Roll One" off their upcoming third album, "Interstate Gospel." The new disc drops Nov. 2 on RCA Records Nashville. Penned by the trio, "Stop Drop and Roll One" came after a good songwriting session.... »»»
October 12, 2018 - Canadian country singer Colter Wall is out with his sophomore disc in a career that's on the rise. Aussie Morgan Evans and Jimmie Allen make their debuts with both having hit singles to propel their launches. Wall has a whiskey-soaked, smoky voice with many songs about his native country on his new... »»»
October 11, 2018 - Chuck Wicks is out with his first new music in two years on Friday with the release of "Better Than Flowers." The past two years have been difficult for Wicks. Eighteen months ago, Wicks survived a nearly-fatal car crash that left him with a broken neck. He regained his strength to compete as 1 of 11... »»»
October 11, 2018 - Chris Janson will be "Waitin' On 5" with his fall tour with three of the shows acoustic. Janson has enjoyed a good year with three Country Music Association Award nominations including New Artist of the Year, and he became the youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. Tour dates are: Oct.... »»»
October 10, 2018 - RaeLynn released the official music video for her single "Tailgate." The video captures that fall, tailgating feeling and features cameos from Lindsay Ell and Cassadee Pope. RaeLynn penned the song with Canaan Smith, Corey Crowder and Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard. The singer will join Kane... »»»
October 10, 2018 - Nashville native Mitchell Tenpenny will be "Telling All My Secrets" when his major label debut disc drops in December. Tenpenny, who released an EP earlier this year, is out on Dec. 14 on Riser House/Columbia Nashville. The disc features his hit "Drunk Me," which went top 10 on the Billboard Hot... »»»
October 10, 2018 - Following 18 "Strait to Vegas" shows with two more this December, George Strait will return back to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with special guest Ashley McBryde for two shows on Feb. 1 and 2, 2019. Tickets go on sale Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. local time. McBryde made her debut major-label debut with "Girl... »»»
October 9, 2018 - "Meant to Be" continued first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 13, the 45th week that the song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line has held the top spot. Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." Dan + Shay were second on the... »»»
October 9, 2018 - John Prine was among 19 performers nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Prine was the lone country or Americana artist on the ballot, which also features Roxy Music, Radiohead, Def Leppard and Janet Jackson. Other nominees were: Devo Kraftwerk LL Cool J MC5 Rage Against the... »»»
October 9, 2018 - Morgan Evans will making his morning TV debut on Thursday, Oct. 18, on NBC'S TODAY, performing his number1 hit, "Kiss Somebody." Evans releases his debut CD "Things That We Drink To," this Friday. Evans will sing during the show's 10 a.m. hour. Evans will join Old Dominion as a special guest on the... »»»
October 9, 2018 - Chris Lane is releasing "I Don't Know About You" to radio as his brand new single. The follow-up to consecutive GOLD-certified hits of "Fix" and "For Her." The North Carolina native will headline the Laps Around the Sun Tour this fall with Mason Ramsey, the boy yodeler discovered at a WalMart and... »»»
October 8, 2018 - Zac Brown and his wife of 12 years are splitting.They announced the separation to People. The Zac Brown Band lead singer, 40, and the Shelly Brown Jewelry designer, 34, said, "We feel blessed to be on such an incredible journey in life and sometimes the journey begins to lead in different directions.... »»»
October 8, 2018 - Kalie Shorr will kick off the "Road To The CMA Awards" Tour on Oct. 9, performing at Walmart stores across the U.S. including Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas. "Growing up, I would get so excited for the CMA Awards and count down the days until the big event," Shorr said. "I couldn't be happier to get to... »»»
October 8, 2018 - Old Dominion shared a brand new single and announced its 2019 headlining arena tour, both entitled "Make It Sweet." This marks the group's first new original release since the arrival of the chart-topping "Happy Endings" in summer 2017 Lead singer Matthew Ramsey said, "We walked into the studio one... »»»
October 5, 2018 - Eric Church is out with "Desperate Man" today, a mix of a variety of styles. The title track is the lead single. Church's sixth album follows the release of his surprise disc "Mr. Misunderstood." Church had a hand in writing all 11 songs, including three penned by himself. Ray Wylie Hubbard helped... »»»
October 5, 2018 - Cale Dodds released a new single, "What We Gonna Do About It?" "I'm really excited about getting this song out to fans," said Dodds, who is on the Warner Nashville label. "'What We Gonna Do About It' has the exact kind of party feel that I want in my live show. People come to a country music concert... »»»
October 4, 2018 - Tim McGraw released a new single today along with another track from an album slated to drop in 2019. "Neon Jesus" was the first single of his upcoming release. He also put out the song "Thought About You." McGraw released the music through Columbia Nashville/McGraw Music, his label debut.... »»»
October 3, 2018 - Charlie Daniels will put out "Beau Weevils - Songs in the Key of E" on Oct. 26, he announced today. The 10-song release features lead vocals, guitar and fiddle by Daniels, James Stroud on drums and percussion, Billy Crain on guitar and Charlie Hayward on bass. "Beau Weevils - Songs in the Key of E... »»»
October 3, 2018 - Chase Rice is launching the Eyes On You Tour starting Nov. 2 in Eugene, Ore. "Our fans have been singing 'Eyes On You' back to us at the top of their lungs all summer long," said Rice. "They made it a hit at our live shows before it even got to radio, so it's only right that we name this the Eyes On... »»»
October 1, 2018 - Two years in the works, "Ronnie Milsap: The Duets "(Riser House/Sony) drops in January with help from Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, George Strait and Luke Bryan. The 13-track collection covers mainstream country, Christian, Americana, rock and roots music. Dolly Parton and Little Big Town also lend their talents.... »»»
October 1, 2018 - Cody Johnson announced today he would make his Warner debut on Jan. 18, 2019 with "Ain't Nothin' To It." The album marks his major label debut and is the follow up to his independent release, "Gotta Be Me," in 2016. The lead single off the album "On My Way to You" is on the charts.... »»»