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Country News Digest, December 2018


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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... »»»
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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.... »»»