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Country News Digest, December 2018


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December 26, 2018 - Mountain Fever Records has signed bluegrass band Backline, it was announced today. Backline started in February 2016 and offer a modern traditional take on bluegrass music with most of the music being self-written. The band is based out of Spartanburg, SC and is made up of five Katelyn Ingardia on... »»»
December 22, 2018 - Another Nashville couple is getting hitched. Carly Pearce announced tonight that she is engaged to fellow singer Michael Ray. "The man of my dreams got down on one knee earlier this week and asked me to be his wife. @Michaelraymusic you are the most precious example of God's timing & His love for me.... »»»
December 21, 2018 - Danielle Bradbery is marking the end of 2018 with series of covers entitled "Yours Truly: 2018." Billboard premiered Bradbery's take of "God Is A Woman" by Ariana Grande yesterday and announced that her take on "Slow Burn" by Kacey Musgraves and "Psycho" by Post Malone will follow.... »»»
December 20, 2018 - Luke Combs' recently added summer concerts as part of his extensive "Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour" are all sold-out, he announced today. The six shows - at Detroit MI's DTE Energy Music Theatre, Columbia, Md.'s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Gilford, N.H.'s Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Charleston, S.C.... »»»
December 19, 2018 - Brett Young debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Ticket to L.A.," his second album. Dan + Shay held the top spot on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 22 with "Speechless," the fourth week at the top for the duo. On the songs chart, Dan + Shay also were... »»»
December 18, 2018 - The Country Music Association is Introducing Nashville Down Under and beyond in March 2019. featuring Brandy Clark, Devin Dawson, Lindsay Ell and Tenille Townes. As part of CMA's mission to support the expansion of country around the globe, Introducing Nashville will bring the artists to international... »»»
December 18, 2018 - With a new album out January, Ronnie Milsap announced today that he would start the 76 for 76 Tour at the Ryman in Nashville. "My whole life, I've been a music man," said the six-time Grammy winning soulful country singer. "I am never happier than when I'm playing music, and I am the happiest when I'm... »»»
December 17, 2018 - Alabama will celebrate five decades of music next year with its "50th Anniversary Tour." The band announced almost 30 concerts with more to come, starting Jan. 10 in Detroit. "We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C., that 50 years later we would still playing arenas,... »»»
December 14, 2018 - William Michael Morgan is "Workin'." At least that's the name of his A HREF=single. The country rocker, penned by Bart Butler, Aaron Goodvin, Driver Williams and Brett Tyler, was the fiinal installment in Morgan's From the Neon Lounge video series. Morgan, who had a hit off his debut with"I Met a... »»»
December 14, 2018 - Riser House/Columbia Nashville recording artist Mitchell Tenpenny makes his major label debut with "Telling All My Secrets." The disc features his hit single "Drunk Me." "Alcohol You Later" will be Tenpenny's second single Tenpenny, a Nashville native, previously released an EP. Tenpenny helped write all 11 songs.... »»»
December 13, 2018 - Eric Paslay became a dad. He announced, "She's here!!! Can't even handle how much we love our little girl, Piper Lily!!!" Paslay and his wife, Natalie became parents of Piper Lily Paslay at 9:37 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, measuring 19 inches long and weighing in at 7 lbs., 2 oz.... »»»
December 13, 2018 - Brad Paisley teamed with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) to launch a rodeo version video of his current single, "Bucked Off." The video premiered during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Kickoff at World Champion Bull Riders' Gary Leffew's Bucking Ball in Las Vegas.... »»»
December 12, 2018 - Todd Snider announced new tour dates to support his upcoming album "Cash Cabin Session, Vol. 3," out March 15 through Aimless Records/Thirty Tigers. After six years of making rock records, the folk influence on the new disc marks a departure. The album was inspired by a recurring dream Snider had... »»»
December 11, 2018 - Dan + Shay stayed first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Speechless" for the week ending Dec. 15. Luke Combs topped the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You" for the 20th week. On the albums chart, Elvis Presley's "It's Christmas Time" was second, Gene Autry's "Rudolph the... »»»
December 11, 2018 - British singer Jade Bird will open U.S. shows supporting Hozier next March. The newly announced dates follow a debut U.S. headline tour of the singer, who incorporates Americana and country into her sound, along with opening for Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit, Anderson East and Colter Wall as well as... »»»
December 11, 2018 - Florida Georgia Line will release its fourth album, "Can't Say I Ain't Country" on Feb. 15 on Big Machine. The track listing and cover artwork will be revealed soon. "We're excited. In February, we're releasing our fourth album," FGL's Tyler Hubbard said. "I think Feb. 15 is the official date, so... »»»
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December 10, 2018 - Kip Moore announced the extension of his Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour. The dates start in Chicago on Marcy 7 and conclude with a show in London on May 30. The new dates follow a limited fall run. Charlie Worsham and vocal duo, Muscadine Bloodline are set to join Moore on select dates next year.... »»»
December 10, 2018 - Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell teamed up to record "What Happens in a Small Town," which goes to country radio Dec. 14. Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Josh Dunne and Rhett Akins wrote the song produced by Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Megadeth, Midland, Kane Brown). The song includes the lines "What happens in... »»»
December 7, 2018 - George Strait releases brand new track "Codigo" today ahead of sold-out shows at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena this weekend. Strait, a partner in and longtime fan of C"digo tequila, wrote the song with his son Bubba Strait and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon. "C"digo" celebrates its namesake tequila... »»»
December 7, 2018 - Brett Young is out with his sophomore release, "Ticket to L.A." today. Young, a California native, enjoyed tremendous success with his debut, which included the hits "Mercy," "In Case You Didn't Know," "Like I Loved You" and "Sleep Without You." "Here Tonight" is the first single from the new release,... »»»
December 7, 2018 - Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile scored big at the Grammy nominations announced today. All received three nominations. Musgraves will be up for Album of the Year when the Grammys are presented in February. Brandi Carlile received six nominations for "By the Way, I Forgive You.... »»»
December 6, 2018 - Brad Paisley took over Tootsies Orchid Lounge in downtown Nashville on Wednesday night to play a free pop-up show and film some of the music video for his current single, "Bucked Off." Paisley played for more than 90 minutes for the packed venue. He played several of his hits as well as a couple... »»»
December 6, 2018 - With performances on the Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree-lighting special and The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration already under his belt this season, Brett Eldredge will play on the TODAY (NBC) show on Dec. 13. Eldredge will sing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and... »»»
December 6, 2018 - The Country Music Association will honor the Messina Touring Group's CEO Louis Messina with this year's CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award. Messina received the news personally from George Strait, who made a surprise phone call last Friday morning. Final voting for the CMA Touring Awards, which... »»»
December 5, 2018 - Caroline Jones will head on the road with Kenny Chesney, opening shows on his 2019 tour, It was announced Wednesday. "I met Caroline at the Tryin' To Reason with Hurricane Season benefit Jimmy Buffett did last year, and she struck me as being so pure in her approach to the business and so pure in her... »»»
December 4, 2018 - Dan + Shay spent a second week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Speechless." Luke Combs spent his 19th week leading the Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 8, with "This One's For You." On the albums chart, Kane Brown was second with "Experiment," Elvis Presley third with... »»»
December 4, 2018 - Tim McGraw will visit Havana for a series of concerts and other musical events in May, he announced today. Tim McGraw: One of Those Havana Nights, will be held May 23-27 with two acoustic headline concerts by McGraw along with performances from Cuban musicians and visits to museums and cultural institutions.... »»»
December 3, 2018 - Dan + Shay's headlining benefit concert in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon raised more than $60,000 for the Tree of Life Synagogue. Dan+ Shay played the show to support the synagogue devastated by the murder of 11 members during Sabbath morning services on Oct. 27. The gunman, Robert Bowers, survived... »»»
December 3, 2018 - Darius Rucker will hit the road once again next summer, but don't expect to hear him singing country. Hootie & the Blowfish announcd on NBC's TODAY this morning to its return to full-time touring in 2019, as the foursome sets out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with special guest Barenaked Ladies.... »»»