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Country News Digest, February 2019

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February 16, 2019 - Miranda Lambert revealed on Saturday on Saturday that got married. Lambert, who once upon a time was married to Blake Shelton, married New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin. " In honor of Valentine's Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full.... »»»
February 15, 2019 - Luke Combs went the acoustic route today. The North Carolina star issued an acoustic version of his Platinum-certified single, "Beautiful Crazy." The stripped-down rendition celebrates "Beautiful Crazy" which reached number three at country radio after 14 weeks on the chart, making it Combs'... »»»
February 15, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line is out with "Can't Say I Ain't Country," and the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley seem intent on proving that on a number of songs on the disc. The title track is one of their most traditional songs to date. They veer more towards that route, but also return to their more typical sound.... »»»
February 14, 2019 - Robert Earl Keen is hitting the road in March and April. Keen kicks off a new slate of full-band concerts with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 17 and ends in Baton Rouge, La. on April 20 for a 20-date run. More dates will be added. The shows are: March 17 Houston, TX - Houston Livestock... »»»
February 14, 2019 - Ryan Hurd released a music video for his current single, "To a T," featuring a cast of actual couples and a contemporary cameo via FaceTime by wife Maren Morris. The video, directed by Blythe Thomas, is about real love and real people representing every stage of a relationship from new beginnings to... »»»
February 13, 2019 - Maren Morris will release her sophomore disc, "Girl," on March 8, she said on her website today. The 14-track new album includes "Common" (featuring Brandi Carlile), the second song to release off the forthcoming new project and follow-up to the title track, which made history last month when it... »»»
February 13, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard has a lot to look forward to this year. On the professional front, Hubbard and Brian Kelley are releasing a new album on Friday, "Can't Say I Ain't Country." And come August, Hubbard will be a father again. On Instagram, his wife, Hayley Hubbard, posted,... »»»
February 12, 2019 - Chase Rice will go the deluxe route when he is out with "Lambs & Lions (Worldwide Deluxe)," on March 1. "Our European fans blew us away when they sold out our first overseas tour two years ago, and they haven't let up since," said Rice. "We spent the end of 2018 in London, Manchester, Glasgow and... »»»
February 12, 2019 - Hometown Rising, the first-ever country music and bourbon Festival, will make its debut in September as a two-day festival featuring Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan in Louisville. The festival debuts Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center.... »»»
February 12, 2019 - Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and Father John Misty will co-headline a national tour that will run throughout June. The tour will begin on June 5 in San Diego, with stops that include Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston before wrapping up in Tulsa, Okla. on June 29.... »»»
February 11, 2019 - Reba McEntire will return to host the Academy of Country Music awards in April. The ACMs will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7. This marks the 16th time McEntire will host. She will appear on CBS This Morning on Feb. 20 to reveal the nominees for the 54th ACMs.... »»»
February 11, 2019 - George Strait released a new single, "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar," today . "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar," written by Strait, his son Bubba and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon, is also available on all digital and streaming partners with its official radio add date being Feb. 19.... »»»
February 11, 2019 - Dierks Bentley is adding 31 dates this summerto his Burning Man Tour. Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights, and its final weekend will include Caylee Hammack to open shows. "The Burning Man Tour is off to a killer start. I've loved standing side stage to watch Pardi and Tennille... »»»
February 11, 2019 - Rascal Flatts, will headline the Summer Playlist Tour. Kicking off at two thirds of the group's home state of Ohio with a stop in Cincinnati on May 16, the trio revealed they will be curating a playlist of special guests to join them on the road this summer. Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Jordan Davis,... »»»
February 10, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves won four Grammys, including the biggest one of the night - Album of the Year for "Golden Hour." "Oh My God," she said twice in winning the Album of the Year. "I don't even know what to say." "It's really crazy, but I'm very thankful," adding "I know winning this doesn't make my album... »»»
February 8, 2019 - Brooks & Dunn will be out with a collaboration project,"Reboot" on April 5 (Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville). Brooks & Dunn hit the studio for the first time together since 2007 joined by producer Dann Huff to remake 12 Brooks & Dunn hits. Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley... »»»
February 8, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line featuring HARDY released the song "Y'all Boys" today. The up-tempo track with laid-back vibes is featured on FGL's Feb. 15 release, "Can't Say I Ain't Country." HARDY has released two EPs since the fall. Penned by Michael Hardy, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, and Brett Tyler, the... »»»
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February 7, 2019 - Hunter Hayes will launch the Closer to You tour in mid-April, he announced today. The 20-date run kicks off on April 18 in Atlanta, also hitting Chicago and Los Angeles. Hayes recently released a new single, "Heartbreak." Last year, he released "Dear God" and "One Shot." His last album, "The 21... »»»
February 6, 2019 - Sheryl Crow has signed with Big Machine Label Group, it was announced today. Crow is reportedly releasing her final album. Guests on the disc include the late Johnny Cash, Don Henley, Keith Richards and Stevie Nicks. Crow posted on Twitter, "Thanks for getting behind this record, @BigMachine! Excited... »»»
February 5, 2019 - Mitchell Tenpenny will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Riser House/Columbia Nashville recording artist will perform five days after the official radio impact of "Alcohol You Later," his newest single, on Monday. Tenpenny' Telling All My Secrets dropped Dec.... »»»
February 5, 2019 - Dan + Shay returned to the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 9 with "Tequila." On the Albums chart, Luke Combs regained the top spot with "This One's For You." On the songs chart, Dan + Shay also were second with "Speechless." Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia... »»»
February 5, 2019 - Brad Paisley has announced his 2019 World Tour, which kicks off May 30 in Albuquerque, N.M. Special guests on the U. S. tour dates will be Chris Lane and newcomer Riley Green. Lane will also be on the European dates. Additional 2019 tour dates to be added soon. Green, a native of Jacksonville, Ala.... »»»
February 4, 2019 - Jason Aldean became a dad again as his wife, Brittany, gave birth to a girl. Aldean tweeted, "Today our family became complete as we welcomed our daughter Navy Rome to the world. Born on 2/4/19 weighing 7lbs 12oz and looking identical to her older brother. So excited to watch what life has in store for... »»»
February 4, 2019 - Chris Young apparently liked his first arena headlining tour last year so much, he's going to do it all over again. The singer announced today the "Raised On Country Tour 2019." That's also the name of his new single, which name checks Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie, George Strait, Alan... »»»
February 4, 2019 - Michael Ray announced his Nineteen Tour, including appearances at Tortuga Music Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival and Faster Horses Festival. Ray will make his first trip across the pond for C2C: Country to Country Festival 2019 where fans can catch him in Glasgow, Scotland on March 8 and... »»»
February 1, 2019 - Cassadee Pope is out with "Stages" today. The 11-song release was produced by Corey Crowder. "Take You Home," "One More Red Light," and "If My Heart Had A Heart" have been released as singles. Pope, who helped write seven of the songs, considers this her most personal album. Country/bluegrass/folk band... »»»
February 1, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves has added 17 new North American shows to her Oh, What a World: Tour. Following her previously announced tour dates, Musgraves will hit the summer festival circuit, becoming the first-ever female country artist to play Coachella, and will then launch the second North American leg of her tour on Aug.... »»»
February 1, 2019 - Zac Brown Band will launch The Owl Tour this summer, including a stadium show at Boston's Fenway Park. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will open select stops. The band also is slated to release a new studio album featuring the lead single, "Someone I Used To Know." Both "The Owl Tour" and... »»»
February 1, 2019 - Director Ken Burns' "Country Music," a massive 16-hour documentary about the history of country, will air in mid-September on PBS, it was announced today. The eight-part series, produced by Burns and his long-time collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, premieres Sunday, Sept. 15 through Wednesday, Sept.... »»»
February 1, 2019 - George Strait announced today he would release "Honky Tonk Time Machine" on March 29 on MCA Nashville. Comprised of 12 original titles plus Strait's version of the Johnny Paycheck classic "Old Violin," Honky Tonk Time Machine is Strait's 30th studio release. Strait, who produced the album alongside... »»»