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Country News Digest, November 2018


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November 30, 2018 - Granger Smith released the documentary "They Were There: A Hero's Documentary" today. The self-produced documentary honors the lives of five fallen soldiers and seeks to pay tribute to their heroic sacrifices and infinite legacies. The film is available on Smith's YouTube channel.... »»»
November 29, 2018 - Blake Shelton will release a cover of a 40-year-old Eddie Rabbit song, the last of three covers Shelton recorded, on Friday. After releasing throwback tunes "Tequila Sheila" (recorded by Bobby Bare in 1980) and "The King is Gone (So are You)," (recorded by George Jones in 1989) Shelton will wrap his... »»»
November 28, 2018 - Cole Swindell will perform his new single "Love You Too Late" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, Dec. 10 on ABC. Swindell premiered the new single with a national television performance on Dancing With the Stars on ABC earlier this month. "Love You Too Late," from his number one selling album "All of... »»»
November 27, 2018 - Dan + Shay jumped to the top of the Hot Country Songs for the week ending Dec. 1 with "Speechless." Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." On the albums chart, Kane Brown fell to second with "Experiment." Dan + Shay held third with their self-titled release,... »»»
November 27, 2018 - Dan + Shay will play "A Concert for Unity" benefit concert at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater on Dec. 2 with all proceeds donated to re-building the Tree of Life Synagogue. Eleven Jews were murdered during Saturday morning Sabbath services at the Pittsburgh synagogue in late October. A few local bands also are on the bill.... »»»
November 27, 2018 - Country traditionalist Dale Watson will release "Call Me Lucky" on Feb. 15 on Red House/Ameripolitan Records. The Austin resident recorded all but one song at Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis. Watson bought a house there earlier this year and now divides his downtime equally between Texas and Tennessee.... »»»
November 26, 2018 - More than one year after his major label was slated to be released, Tucker Beathard is putting it out himself on Friday. Beathard is releasing "Nobody's Everything," the first installment of a double album, this Friday on Mother Tucker Records. The disc contains the song that gained Beathard airplay,... »»»
November 26, 2018 - Mitchell Tenpenny, who has a hit with "Drunk Me," will hit the road in December in support of his forthcoming major label debut, "Telling All My Secrets." The tour kicks off Dec. 8 in Rome, Ga. and visits 12 cities including Nashville, Chicago and Denver with special guests, Adam Hambrick, Seaforth and Ross Ellis.... »»»
November 21, 2018 - Devin Dawson will kick off 2019 with a return visit to the UK - his fifth trip across the pond in 18 months - to join label-mates Dan + Shay on each of their forthcoming tour dates across the country. "Dark Horse," the title track to Dawson's debut LP released earlier this year, is Dawson's new single.... »»»
November 21, 2018 - Having spent his summer as the unannounced, walk-on guest at Kenny Chesney's 19 major stadium concerts, David Lee Murphy's getting called up as direct support for the Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. "There is only one David Lee Murphy," said Chesney. "He is, as 'Living In Fast Forward' says, 'a... »»»
November 21, 2018 - Alabama singer Randy Owen was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame. Owen's induction comes as result of his business dealings in music, agriculture and humanitarianism. "It's a great honor to be one of this year's inductees into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame," said Owen.... »»»
November 20, 2018 - Kane Brown debuted in first on Billboard Top 200 chart with "Experiment." The disc, of course, also topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Nov. 24. He scored a triple with "Lost Up" in first on the Hot Country Songs chart, knocking out the long-running "Meant to Be" by Bebe... »»»
November 20, 2018 - Danielle Bradbery has released a video for "Goodbye Summer" with help from Thomas Rhett. "Goodbye Summer" was re-recorded as a duet. The song appeared under the title of "Hello Summer" off Bradbery's sophomore album "I Don't Believe We've Met." Directed by Shaun Silva, the video was filmed on the... »»»
November 20, 2018 - Canadian singer Corb Lund is returning to the U.S. early next year for a tour in advance of releasing a new disc. Many of the shows will be in the west. "I feel a deep bond and shared roots with the audiences I perform for, especially out west," Lund said. "Coming from a multi-generational ranching... »»»
November 20, 2018 - The debut album from Uncle Walt's Band, the group featuring Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and David Ball, will be reissued in late March. A remastered version of "Uncle Walt's Band" with 11 previously unreleased bonus tracks will be available on CD, LP and digital from Omnivore Recordings on March 29, 2018.... »»»
November 19, 2018 - Kenny Chesney added six cities to his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. "We have played the stadium in Louisville several times, but in really looking at this notion, I wanted to give them something more intimate," Chesney said. "This tour is going to really feel like a club show - and put the music front and center.... »»»
November 19, 2018 - Thomas Rhett announced today his Very Hot Summer Tour with special guests Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins. "We literally just closed out our 2018 tour in the U.K. last week, and I'm already thinking about next year's tour," said Thomas Rhett. "I'm glad we have the winter to plan and... »»»
November 19, 2018 - Taylor Swift left Big Machine Label Group for Universal Republic, she announced today. UMG will serve as the exclusive worldwide recorded music partner for Swift and UMG's Republic Records will serve as her label partner in the U.S. Swift had been on Big Machine since the start of her career.... »»»
November 15, 2018 - The country community paid its respect to Roy Clark, who passed away today at 85. The response ranged from people who grew up learning from his guitar book to those who knew him for six decades. "Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly, and he will be... »»»
November 15, 2018 - Roy Clark, the legendary super picker and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member, died today at 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. Clark also was co-host of the country music themed Hee Haw show. "A TV camera goes right through your soul," said... »»»
November 14, 2018 - Chris Stapleton won the most awards - three - at the CMA Music Awards on Wednesday, but Keith Urban saved the biggest for last by snaring Entertainer of the Year. Stapleton took home Male Vocalist of the Year, and Single of the Year and Song of the Year for "Broken Halos." Mike Henderson, who helped... »»»
November 13, 2018 - Florida Georgia Line premiered the video for "Talk You Out of It" today at Apple Music. Filmed in Los Angeles, under director Justin Clough, FGL's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard invited their wives, Brittney Kelley and Hayley Hubbard, to costar in the video. HARDY, Hunter Phelps, Jameson Rodgers and... »»»
November 13, 2018 - Wynonna & The Big Noise, Tyler Childers and the Earls of Leicester are among the acts slated to play at MerleFest next year. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2019 will be announced over the next few months. Other performers announced today include Keb' Mo', Sam Bush and Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Air Force.... »»»
November 13, 2018 - Eric Church was added as a performer on tomorrow's 52nd Annual CMA Awards. The show will be seen live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at 8 p.m. eastern on ABC. Church is a 25-time CMA Awards nominee and three-time winner, having won Album of the Year in both 2012 and 2016 as well as Musical Event... »»»
November 13, 2018 - Pistol Annies were first on the Billboard country albums chart for the week ending Nov. 17 with "Interstate Gospel," the trio's first disc in five years. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line now have spent 50 weeks at number 1 with "Meant to Be." On the songs chart, Luke Combs was second with "She Got... »»»
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November 12, 2018 - Trisha Yearwood is covering Frank Sinatra. Yearwood announced she would release a covers disc, "Let's Be Frank" in December. Let's Be Frank, and it will feature a collection of the singer's favorite songs by Frank Sinatra. "I've been wanting to make this record for 20 years!" Yearwood, said to People.... »»»
November 12, 2018 - Brothers Osborne will keep their world tour rolling starting in early January. The duo unveiled dates starting Jan. 10 in Chicago through April 27 in Columbia, Mo. The Wild Feathers, Ruston Kelly and Devon Gilfillian will open shows. The tour will visit more than 40 additional markets including New... »»»
November 12, 2018 - Kane Brown, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, DJ Bobby Bones will be among the award presenters at the CMA Awards on Wednesday. Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Dustin Lynch, Carly Pearce, Jimmie Allen, ABC's "Dancing With The Stars'" Sharna Burgess, model and actress Olivia Culpo, Disney's "The... »»»
November 9, 2018 - Zac Brown band released a new single and plans to tour in 2019, the band announced today. "Someone I Used to Know" was co-written with Sean Mendes with whom the band played on CMT Crossroads. The song has more of a pop sheen. Tour dates for the Down the Rabbit Hole Live Tour are: March 1 - Tulsa, OK... »»»
November 9, 2018 - Brent Cobb will kick off his "Sucker For a Good Time Tour" headline tour in 2019 with many stops in the south plus supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The new tour follows Cobb's run as part of "Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show." Cobb is touring in support of... »»»
November 9, 2018 - John Prine, Barndi Carlile and British artist Bennett Wilson Poole captured two nominations apiece from the Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK). Both were nominated for International Album of the Year. Carlile also was nominated for Best International Song for "The Joke," while Prine received one... »»»
November 9, 2018 - Chris Stapleton, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs and Lauren Alana were added as performers for The 52nd Annual CMA Awards next Wednesday. Lindsay Ell, Vince Gill, Sierra Hull, Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, David Lee Murphy, Jon Pardi, Carson Peters, Marty Stuart and Cole Swindell will make special... »»»
November 9, 2018 - Kane Brown's second album, "Experiment," drops today. He had a hit with the first single, "Lose It," and is out with a second single "Weekend." Dann Huff produced the dozen song set. Brown had a hand in writing every song except the closing song, "Live... »»»
November 8, 2018 - The country community reacted with sadness today following the shootings at a Thousand Oaks, Cal. club on country line dancing night that killed a dozen people. The shootings occurred at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday when Ian David Young, 28, allegedly shot a security guard outside the club and then went... »»»
November 8, 2018 - Hayes Carll is set to release "What It Is" on Feb. 15, 2019 on Dualtone Music. Carll will hit the road in Feb. in support of the new album . Following the 2016 release of the personal "Lovers and Leavers," the new disc includes a dozen songs written/co-written by Carll. Songs include "Wild Pointy... »»»
November 7, 2018 - Russell Dickerson and Carly Pearce announced today they will be embarking on an 11-city U.S. tour, The Way Back Tour, early next year. Both have enjoyed hits with Dickerson scoring with "Yours" and "Blue Tacoma" and Pearce with "Every Little Thing." Starting Jan. 24, 2019 in Cleveland, OH, the pair... »»»
November 7, 2018 - Kenny Chesney is going back on the road, but instead of hitting stadiums as he usually does, he's going to the arenas on the Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. "I wanted to change it up," said Chesney. "Last year was so intense, and amazing. No Shoes Nation took it to a whole other level, and they blew all of us away.... »»»
November 6, 2018 - Kane Brown will release his sophomore album, "Experiment," on Nov. 9 via RCA Nashville. The release contains a dozen songs produced by Dann Huff. The track list is: 1. Baby Come Back To Me 2. Good As You 3. Lose It 4. It Ain't You It's Me 5. Short Skirt Weather 6. Homesick 7. Weekend 8. Work 9.... »»»
November 5, 2018 - Cole Swindell debuts his new single "Love You Too Late" on Dancing With the Stars live tonight at 8 p.m. eastern on ABC. Love You Too Late," from his number one selling album "All of It," is the second and follow-up single to his eighth number one single "Break Up In The End." "Love You Too Late" will... »»»
November 5, 2018 - Tim McGraw released the music video for his single "Neon Church" via Columbia Nashville/McGraw Music this past weekend. The video premiered in New York City's famed Times Square on Viacom's Billboards and the CMT Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday. Following the footsteps of a lone traveler, the video was... »»»
November 2, 2018 - Pistol Annies are back. The trio of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angeleena Presley are out with "Interstate Gospel," their third release. Penned by the Pistol Annies, the 14-track album showcases the group's harmonies and vocal interplay."Got My Name Changed Back" is the first single.... »»»
November 2, 2018 - Blake Shelton released a cover of Bobby Bare's "Tequila Sheila." Originally released in 1980 by Bare, a Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member on his album "Down and Dirty," the reimagined throwback tune features an introductory vocal by Bare. The song was written by Shel Silverstein and Mac Davis.... »»»
November 2, 2018 - George Strait announced today that he would play a stadium show in Atlanta on March 30, 2019. Strait, who retired from touring but does occasional shows, will be joined by Chris Stapleton, Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.... »»»
November 1, 2018 - Turnpike Troubadours canceled tour dates through the end of November to enable an unnamed member to deal with a personal situation. "First and foremost, you are the reason we get to do what we do every single day, and we want you to know how much that means to us," the band said on a post on its website.... »»»
November 1, 2018 - The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour will start in St. Louis on March 9, he announced today. Brooks also will play Glendale, Ariz. on March 23 at State Farm Stadium. These are the first two dates of his upcoming stadium tour. Last month, Brooks sold out the first ever concert at Notre Dame Football Stadium.... »»»
November 1, 2018 - Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, Midland and Brett Young will join the lineup of performers for The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, it was announced today. Hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMAs air live from Bridgestone Arena in... »»»
November 1, 2018 - ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" will go country on Monday. The eight remaining couples will dance to country music. Lauren Alaina will perform her new song "Ladies in the 90s," alongside Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten's Samba. Three-time CMA Awards nominee Chris Janson will sing "Can't Help Falling in... »»»