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Country News Digest, January 2019


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January 18, 2019 - Ronnie Milsap, who is in the midst of celebrating his 76th birthday, is out with "The Duets."" The set features a series of recordings with the likes of Kacey Musgraves, George Strait, Willie Nelson and Jason Aldean. Milsap co-produced the 13 tracks with long-term collaborator Rob Galbraith.... »»»
January 17, 2019 - A Thousand Horses are out with a new song, "My Time's Comin'." The song is expected to be on the band's next disc, "Starting Fires," slated to be out this year. Dsave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell) produced the set. He also was behind the controls for the band's country debut, "Southernality,"... »»»
January 17, 2019 - Maren Morris released a new song on Thursday, "Girl," and also announced an extensive headlining tour - Girl: The World Tour - that will take her across the U.S. and across the Atlantic to shows in Europe and New Zealand. The tour kicks off March 9 in Chicago and will also play the Ryman along with... »»»
January 17, 2019 - Molly Tuttle will release her debut album, "When You're Ready," on April 5 on Compass, it was announced today. "Take the Journey" is the first song released from the disc, which will follow an EP that did raised her profile, "Rise." The 2018 Americana Music Award-winner for "Instrumentalist of the... »»»
January 16, 2019 - Kelsea Ballerini released a new take on Shawn Mendes' pop smash, "Lost In Japan" to Spotify along with her single "Miss Me More." Recorded in Nashville at Sound Stage Studios, the Spotify Singles are available now. "When Shawn's record came out, 'Lost In Japan' immediately was my favorite," said Ballerini.... »»»
January 15, 2019 - Rock The Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival announced its "Next From Nashville" line-up along with the Main Stage and Sunset Stage. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett will headline the April 12-14 fest in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Other performers are Flo Rida, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Elle... »»»
January 15, 2019 - Tucker Beathard, who had a hit with "Rock On" in 2016, but never released a CD, has a new home - Warner Nashville. Beathard inked the contract following the independent release of the first installment of his debut double album, "Nobody's Everything," on Nov. 30 on his own label, Mother Tucker.... »»»
January 14, 2019 - A new Townes Van Zandt record will drop in March, 46 years after they were recorded and 22 years after the Texas singer/songwriter died at 53 "Sky Blue" is a collection of unreleased versions of songs and two new songs set for release by TVZ Records and Fat Possum Records on March 7, which would have... »»»
January 14, 2019 - Jason Aldean announced his Ride All Night Tour today, launching May 3 with back to back nights in Uncasville, Conn. Kane Brown will open shows along with Carly Pearce and Dee Jay Silver, hitting more than 30 cities nationwide. Tour dates are: April 12 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Tortuga Music... »»»
January 14, 2019 - George Strait, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban will be the among playing a tribute concert for Loretta Lynn in April in Nashville. Brandy Clark, Darius Rucker, Jack White, Little Big Town, Margo Price, Martina McBride, Pistol Annies and Trisha Yearwood were... »»»
January 12, 2019 - Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band will headline the seventh edition of the Faster Horses Festival in Michigan. The festival is in Brooklyn, MIch. on July 19-21. Brothers Osborne, Danielle Bradbery, Old Dominion, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Randy Houser, LANCO, Kip Moore, Maren Morris,... »»»
January 11, 2019 - Randy Houser takes a different turn on "The Magnolia," his fifth album. The lead single is "What Whiskey Does," featuring ace songwriter Hillary Lindsey. Houser produced the 12-song album with Keith Gattis. The disc was originally slated to be released on Nov. 2. Houser adopts a bluesy and more... »»»
January 10, 2019 - The Highwomen supergroup of Margo Price, Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires may not exactly become a reality. But it appears that something is brewing with Carlile and Shires, according to Shires. "I accidentally jumped the gun when I spoke w/ WFPK about my idea for a The Highwomen," Shires said on Twitter today.... »»»
January 10, 2019 - Old Dominion will postpone three shows in February to enable lead singer Matthew Ramsey to undergo foot surgery. The shows are Feb. 14 at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, which is now June 13; a Feb. 15 show at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Ia., pushed to March 31; and a Feb.... »»»
January 9, 2019 - Country traditionalist Marty Brown will be back with a new disc this year. Brown announced on Wednesday that he signed with Plowboy Records with a single dropping in February. Brown, 53, has released four albums. He put out on MCA Records 1991's "High and Dry," 1993's "Wild Kentucky Skies" and 1994's... »»»
January 9, 2019 - Tracy Byrd is heading back on the road for an extended tour starting in February. Byrd, who has been inactive in recent years outside of Texas, will play some dates with fellow Beaumont, Texas artist Mark Chesnutt. Byrd has released 34 singles and 10 studio albums, including four certified gold, one... »»»
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January 9, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line announced today it would launch the Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour" in June. The tour starts four months after the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly releases its fourth studio album of the same name. The dates kick off on June 13 at Walmart AMP in Rogers, Ark Dan + Shay and... »»»
January 9, 2019 - Steve Earle & The Dukes will return with "GUY," a tribute to Guy Clark, on March 19 on New West. The 16-song set is comprised of songs written by one of his two primary songwriting mentors, the legendary Guy Clark. "GUY" appears 10 years after his Grammy Award winning album "Townes," his tribute to his... »»»
January 8, 2019 - Luke Combs was back atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Jan. 12 with "This One's For You." Dan + Shay's "Speechless" spent its seventh week atop the Hot Country Songs chart. On the albums chart, Dan + Shay were second, up three, with their self-titled disc.... »»»
January 8, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves, John Prine, The Avett Brothers and Maren Morris will be among the country and roots acts playing this year's Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee in June, it was announced today. Other acts slated to play include Brandi Carlile, Trampled by Turtles, Shovels & Rope, Ruston Kelly, who is... »»»
January 7, 2019 - Blackberry Smoke will perform a series of stripped down shows this spring as part of its "Break It Down Tour," the band's first-ever acoustic tour. Tickets for the performances, which include stops in Lexington, Ky., Kalamazoo, Mich., Ithaca, N.Y. and New York - go on-sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.... »»»
January 7, 2019 - Steve Ripley, the driving force behind The Tractors, died Thursday, Jan. 3at the age of 69. He passed peacefully in his home, surrounded by love and family, according to the band's website. Most known as the leader of The Tractors and for his 19-year ownership of Tulsa, Okla.'s The Church Studio,... »»»
January 7, 2019 - King Calaway, a sextet with members hailing from Europe and the U.S., signed to Broken Bow with a self-titled debut EP out Jan. 25 via BBR's Stoney Creek Records imprint. The band consists of Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis and Austin Luther and came together... »»»
January 4, 2019 - Balsam Range, the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year, is out with "Aeonic," today on Mountain Home. The western North Carolina-based band consists of Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Caleb Smith, Tim Surrett and Marc Pruett. All take a turn on lead vocals except Pruett.... »»»
January 4, 2019 - Aaron Watson announced today he would release a new disc, "Red Bandana," this year. Watson also released a new single, "Kiss That Girl Goodbye." Watson wrote the uptempo song himself. As usual, Watson will release the album on his own BIG Label Records and distributed by ADA Worldwide.... »»»
January 4, 2019 - Chris Young is out with a new single, "Raised on Country," which pays homage to Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr. Going for ads Jan. 28, the track, written by Young with co-producer Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe. The song is presumably on a... »»»
January 3, 2019 - Mitchell Tenpenny, who achieved country's biggest new artist debut of 2018 last week, will perform his hit "Drunk Me" on NBC's TODAY show on Tuesday. Tenpenny, who will sing during the 9 a.m. hour, released his full-length major label debut, "Telling All My Secrets," about three weeks ago.... »»»
January 2, 2019 - Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) will make their debut on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Jan. 8, performing their new hit "Speechless." The song is first on the charts with Dan + Shay's smash "Tequila" second. Dan + Shay sang "Tequila" and "All To Myself" on Dick Clark's New... »»»