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Country News Digest, March 2019

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March 22, 2019 - In a spontaneous move, Dan + Shay announced they would donate proceeds from their merchandise sales to the American Red Cross to benefit those ravaged by the spring flooding in the Midwest during a concert in Omaha, Neb. last night. "At the show, it was spontaneous," Dan Smyers said.... »»»
March 22, 2019 - Kathy Mattea received the American Master Award from Berklee College of Music earlier this week in Nashville. "Kathy is a great friend of Berklee, having visited the campus several times, providing valuable mentorship through workshops and master classes in both Boston and Nashville," said Berklee President Roger H.... »»»
March 21, 2019 - LANCO is out with a new single today, "Rival." The song is the first from the band's sophomore album. The quintet had a big hit from its "Hallelujah Nights" debut with "Greatest Love Story," which went number one, and went top 20 with "Born to Love You." Produced once again by Jay Joyce (Eric Church,... »»»
March 20, 2019 - Jim Lauderdale will release his 32nd album," From Another World," on June 21 on Yep Roc. The disc contains a dozen songs. Lauderdale has released the song "The Secrets of the Pyramids" from the album. The traditional leaning song ncludes harmonies from Third Man country singer-songwriter Lillie Mae... »»»
March 19, 2019 - Maren Morris debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending March 23 with her sophomore disc, "GIRL." Morris was fourth on the overall top 200 chart. Luke Combs led the Hot Country Songs chart for the fourth time with "Beautiful Crazy." On the album chart, Combs was... »»»
March 19, 2019 - Brett Kissell won the Juno for Country Album of the Year for "We Were That Song" on Sunday at Canada's annual music awards in London, Ontario, Canada. This is the second Juno win for Kissel, who won in 2014 for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. "What an amazing weekend," said Kissel.... »»»
March 18, 2019 - George Strait broke his own record Sunday with a record crowd at NRG Stadium in Houston. Strait's new record for a concert now is 80,108, besting his previous attendance record set in 2013 of 80,020. "Write This Down" before covering a setlist spanning his 30 studio albums. When Strait introduced... »»»
March 18, 2019 - Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens and Jerry Bradley will join the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was announced today, Bradley, head of RCA Records for a decade, will be inducted in the "Non-Performer" category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" and... »»»
March 18, 2019 - Eric Church added 13 added shows across eight cities to his 2019 trek. The new dates will be Sept. 13 through Nov. 23 to follow the 19 cities previously announced this spring. "I don't want to be two months from the end of this thing - so we're going to play a little more," Church said.... »»»
March 18, 2019 - Billy Ray Cyrus, will release his new studio album, "The SnakeDoctor Circus," via BMG. No release date was given. The concept record features Cyrus' longtime collaborator and songwriting mentor, Don Von Tress. He wrote the multi-platinum smash "Achy Breaky Heart" on Cyrus' record-breaking debut album... »»»
March 17, 2019 - Maren Morris has the lone country CD in the Billboard top 10. With Juice WRLD's "Death Race for Love" topping the chart, Morris was fourth with "GIRL" with 46,000 units including 25,000 of that sum in album sales. Morris did better than her debut, "Hero," which launched in fifth.... »»»
March 15, 2019 - Luke Combs scored a double double on the Billboard charts for the week ending March 16. He was first one the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." He continued atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Beautiful Crazy." On the songs chart, Dan + Shay were second with "Tequila," Bebe Rexha... »»»
March 15, 2019 - Singer-songwriter Lauren Jenkins, who incorporates pop and a bit of country into her sound, makes her label debut. "Running out of Road," which Jenkins co-wrote with Ingrid Andress, Jessie Jo Dillon and Tina Parol, is the first single. Julian Raymond, who worked with Glen Campbell late in his career,... »»»
March 14, 2019 - Thompson Square has a new record deal, signing with Reviver Entertainment, the duo announced today. The husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson released the disc "Masterpiece" last year. They are best known for their 2X-PLATINUM number 1 hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You.... »»»
March 13, 2019 - Jake Owen unveiled the 14 songs that will be on hid upcoming CD, "Greetings From...Jake," dropping March 29 on Big Loud. The disc features the PLATINUM-selling hit "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" and current single "Down To The Honkytonk," which garnered a nomination for Single of the Year at the... »»»
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March 12, 2019 - California native Devin Dawson will launch the "California Smoke" tour for late April and early May with all proceeds from the six dates going to firefighters. The tour gets its name from lyrics in his current single "Dark Horse." Funds will go to the California Fire Foundation, providing emotional and... »»»
March 12, 2019 - George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Chris Stapleton were among the first artists named to perform at the upcoming Academy of Country Music awards. Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett also will take the stage to perform. ACM Dick Clark Artist of... »»»
March 11, 2019 - Darryl Worley will release is his first album in eight years, "Second Wind: Latest & Greatest" (Bob Frank's BFD via The Orchard), a combination of fresh takes on old songs and new material, on April 26. Among the songs Worley re-recorded were "Have You Forgotten," "Awful Beautiful Life," "Tennessee... »»»
March 11, 2019 - Ryan Hurd added dates to his "To A Tour." The singer added stops in Boston on April 19, Jordan, N.Y. on April 20, Grand Rapids, Mich. On May 16 and Rootstown, Ohio on May 17. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 15. Hurd released the single "To A T," to country radio. He penned rhe song with Laura... »»»
March 11, 2019 - Brad Paisley premiered his new single, "My Miracle," on country radio today. "My Miracle" is a love song for Paisley's wife, Kimberly. Paisley and Gary Nicholson penned the song, which was produced by Dann Huff and Luke Wooten. Kendal Marcy was executive producer. "I can be a little ornery when it... »»»
March 8, 2019 - Maren Morris is out with her sophomore effort, "GIRL." Morris once again tapped Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer busbee, who co-produced Morris' 2016 debut, "Hero," to co-produce 11 of the 14 songs with her, while also adding Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Greg Kurstin to produce three songs.... »»»
March 6, 2019 - Kelsea Ballerini was surprised on Tuesday night's show by Opry group Little Big Town with an invitation to become an official Grand Ole Opry member. After Ballerini performed her segment, Little Big Town took the stage to close out the show, inviting Ballerini back to perform the group's hit "Girl Crush" with them.... »»»
March 6, 2019 - Jason Aldean will receive the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award and perform at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. This award will be presented to the 13-time ACM Award winner for an outstanding country music artist or duo/group who has dominated country music over the decade, through... »»»
March 5, 2019 - Luke Combs led all five Billboard country charts for the week ending March 9 with "This One's for You" as the top selling country CD in the U.S. and "Beautiful Crazy" on the Hot Country Songs chart. He also topped the Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales.... »»»
March 4, 2019 - Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert are among the artists that will perform at the CMA Fest in June, it was announced today. They were part of the Country Music Association release of the initial artist lineup for this year's CMA Fest,... »»»
March 4, 2019 - Clint Black and Trace Adkins will launch the Hits. Hats. History. Tour in May. Black and Adkins are slated to hit nine cities in a tour starting May 2 in Charlotte, N.C. and ending Aug. 9. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Terri Clark, John Berry and Craig Campbell will help open shows.... »»»