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Country News Digest, July 2019

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July 19, 2019 - Crystal Gayle will drop her first new album in nearly 16 years, "You Don't Know Me" on Sept. 6. Southpaw Musical Productions is putting out the album recorded and mixed by Gayle's son Christos Gatzimos. The collection finds Gayle covering the songs of artists including George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck... »»»
July 19, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves announced five additional tour dates today with new shows in New York, Nashville and Dallas. The dates are part of her Oh, What a World: Tour II. Musgraves plays Dallas' The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on Oct. 10-11, New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Oct.... »»»
July 19, 2019 - Sony Music Nashville signed Niko Moon, who has written songs for the Zac Brown Band, to the RCA Nashville imprint,. The label put out "Good Time" and "Drunk Over You," two tracks available now from his forthcoming debut EP. "I'm so excited to be announcing my partnership with Sony/RCA, CAA and Make... »»»
July 19, 2019 - The HighWomenn - the supergroup consisting of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby - will release their self-titled debut on Sept. 6 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records. The quartet will put a dozen-song disc with band members having a hand writing every song.... »»»
July 19, 2019 - The Highwomen - the all female super group comprised of Maren Morris, Brandi Carlisle, Amanda and Natalie Hemby - released their first song, "Redesigning Women" at midnight Thursday. The release precedes an album that is likely to come out later this year. The quartet will makes its concert debut next... »»»
July 18, 2019 - Miranda Lambert released a new single, "It All Comes Out in the Wash," which premiered this morning. The song is Lambert's music in nearly three years. "When we were little, our moms would say 'let's not worry about a stain.' Everyone goes through times in life that are difficult and has moments that... »»»
July 17, 2019 - The Gina Furtado Project was formed by the band's namesake, a banjo player who was with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. Joining her full-time are bassist Max Johnson (Molly Tuttle); Asheville, N.C.-based guitarist Drew Matulich (Billy Strings) and Gina's sister, violinist Malia Furtado who is also... »»»
July 16, 2019 - Alabama, Steve Wariner and studio greats were among a slew of artists named to the Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Warner will be joining in the musicians category along with Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals. Alabama (Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen) will join through the Lifetime Achievement Award.... »»»
July 15, 2019 - Russell Smith, the lead singer of Amazing Rhythm Aces, died on Friday of cancer at 70. Smith was the writer behind the band's biggest hits "Third Rate Romance" and "Amazing Grace (Used to be Her Favorite Song)." He also was the lead singer of the country novelty group Run C&W. Smith played with member... »»»
July 15, 2019 - Oklahoma native Kylie Morgan signed with UMG Nashville, it was announced today. "When I was 12, I told my mom I wasn't going to college and going to move to Nashville to be a country music singer. Well Mama, I DID IT!! I've waited 24 years for this moment and my heart could not be more full," Morgan... »»»
July 15, 2019 - Chris Knight will release his first new music in over seven years with "Almost Daylight" on Oct. 11 via Thirty Tigers. Knight's ninth album contains tales of small-town despair ("I Won't Look Back") and outsiders bound by love ("Crooked Mile") along with testaments to perseverance ("Go On"),... »»»
July 12, 2019 - James Barker Band and Brett Kissel lead the Canadian Country Music Association awards nominations with five apiece. Kissel is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, MNP Male Artist of the Year and Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year .... »»»
July 12, 2019 - Chris Young and Lauren Alaina released their collaboration, "Town Ain't Big Enough," to digital and streaming services today. Young wrote the anthem with Cary Barlowe, Corey Crowder and Shay Mooney, who also contributes background vocals on the track. The lyrics include the lines: This town ain't... »»»
July 11, 2019 - Acoustic roots quintet The Steel Wheels release their seventh studio disc, "Over the Trees." The band recorded the 11 songs in Maine with producer Sam Kassirer, who also produced their previous effort, "Wild As We Came Here." The difference is that the Virginia-based band adds percussion to the mix.... »»»
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July 11, 2019 - Luke Combs will extend his sold out "Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour" with five new dates including a second show added in Nashville. Combs added a second show at Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 12 after selling out the first show in six minutes. The additional dates also include stops at Los Angeles'... »»»
July 11, 2019 - Two years in the making, Kenny Chesney is reliving his concerts with a massive coffee table book, "Kenny Chesney: Living in Fast Forward." With only 3,500 books being printed, Chesney will institute a lottery system to sell them to his fan club. The 456-page book features 571 pictures by photographers... »»»
July 10, 2019 - Jeremy Ivey, a member of wife Margo Price's band, will go his own musicl route. He will put out his debut, "The Dream and the Dreamer," on Sept. 13 via ANTI- Records. "The only objective here was to film some ridiculous scenarios and make them seem ordinary," Ivey said of the music video for the new... »»»
July 9, 2019 - Luke Bryan will head to the farms again this fall for concerts on six never-before payed farms for his 11th Farm Tour. Bryan, who will take a break from his Sunset Repeat Tour, will feature Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny, the Peach Pickers and DJ Rock during the Sept. 26-Oct. 5 run.... »»»
July 9, 2019 - Kane Brown will headline STAPLES Center's 20th anniversary concert at the downtown Los Angeles arena on Oct. 18. The concert marks the first major milestone event in what will be a year-long celebration of the arena's history since opening the doors on Oct. 17, 1999. "We are thrilled to have Kane... »»»
July 8, 2019 - Old Dominion announced its self-titled, third studio album will be out Oct. 25. For the first time, the band will be co-producing the album alongside longtime collaborator Shane McAnally. Old Dominion recently named "One Man Band" as the next radio single. The band's most recent single "Make It... »»»
July 8, 2019 - Garth Brooks announced a new tour on Sunday, the Dive Bar Tour, which starts July 15 in Chicago. That was the only date announced on the tour. Brooks will play Joe's on Weed Street, it was announced Monday with local radio stations distributing the tickets. There will be seven dates on the tour.... »»»
July 3, 2019 - Willie's Remedy, the company co-founded by Willie Nelson and wife Annie Nelson, is releasing two new products: Willie's Remedy Relief Balm and Willie's Remedy Tea, he announced today. The new items, infused with hemp oil, arrive after the debut of Willie's Remedy Coffee, and Willie's Remedy Hemp Oil Tincture.... »»»
July 2, 2019 - Mitchell Tenpenny is set for a Nashville residency July 8-10 at listening rooms throughout the city, featuring a diverse lineup of artists and songwriters. On July 8, the CMT and ACM Awards nominee will host a writers round at the Listening Room Cafe featuring Jameson Rodgers, Seaforth and The Sisterhood Band.... »»»
July 1, 2019 - Kenny Chesney will release a new single, "Tip of My Tongue," on July 12, the first song from an upcoming album. Blue Chair/Warner Music Nashville will release the song. Chesney has spent a chunk of this years on his Songs for the Saints Tour. "It's funny how a figure of speech can lead you to all... »»»