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Country News Digest, March 2017

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March 31, 2017 - Thomas Rhett has a new single out, "Craving You," with a little help from Maren Morris. The lead track from his upcoming third studio album dips into the '80s with a groove and twangy bent. "I'm so incredibly proud of 'Craving You.' It transports me right back to the 80s," said Rhett.... »»»
March 31, 2017 - Rodney Crowell, Trace Adkins and The Mavericks lead the list of releases today. Crowell is out with "Closer Ties," his first disc since "Tarpaper Sky." Ex-wife Rosanne Cash helps out on "It Ain't Over Yet" with John Paul White, ex-half of The Civil Wars. Sheryl Crow lends her voice on "I'm Tied To You.... »»»
March 30, 2017 - Lady Antebellum revealed the cover art and track listing of the trio's sixth studio album, "Heart Break," today. The disc is out June 9 with the band having had a hand in writing 11 of the 13 songs. Lady A members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott rented a house in Florida, living and... »»»
March 29, 2017 - Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion join the list of performers at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, it was announced today. The ACMs also announced a series of duets featuring the likes of Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. McEntire teams with... »»»
March 29, 2017 - Rascal Flatts' 10th studio disc, "Back To Us," will contain 13 songs in its deluxe form in an Amazon-only exclusive when released on May 19. The regular edition of the Big Machine disc has 10 songs. With 12 of 13 tracks produced by the group with bassist Jay DeMarcus taking the reigns, the release... »»»
March 28, 2017 - Keith Urban reclaimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart with "Ripcord" for the week ending April 8. The disc was fourth last week. Sam Hunt was first on the Hot Country Songs chart again with "Body Like a Back Road." Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with "Traveller,"... »»»
March 28, 2017 - Carrie Underwood bolted Arista for Capitol/Nashville, part of the Universal Music Group, it was announced Tuesday Underwood spent her entire career on 19/Arista after winning The Voice. "It's so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future," Underwood said.... »»»
March 27, 2017 - Hunter Hayes released a video for his new song, "Yesterday's Song," today. The video, directed by Ryan Hamblin, takes viewers through various stages of Hayes' musical journey with a surreal twist - and the visual of a shattered disco ball. "Yesterday's Song" is one of three new tracks Hayes has... »»»
March 27, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line sold out its first ever stadium dates on this year's The Smooth Tour 2017. The dates include Boston's Fenway Park on July 7, Minneapolis' Target Field on July 29 and Chicago's Wrigley Field on Aug. 12. Following on-sale on Friday, all Boston and Chicago tickets were gone with... »»»
March 24, 2017 - RaeLynn finally releases her full-length debut , even though she had a hit four years ago with "God Made Girls." And a music veteran, Jessi Colter, gets religious on her first album in 10 years. RaeLynn changed labels and management after a few EPs on Big Machine. She is now on Warner with her first... »»»
March 23, 2017 - The Cadillac Three will exclusively release a special, limited-edition vinyl, "Live at Abbey Road," for Record Store Day on April 22 in the U.S. and England. TC3 cut live versions of songs at the famed North London studio from the debut album, "Bury Me in My Boots." "We're three guys from Music City,... »»»
March 22, 2017 - Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood are among the acts announced today who will perform or be presenters at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2 from Last Vegas. Christian artist Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and Cole... »»»
March 21, 2017 - Josh Turner debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Deep South." Sam Hunt stays atop the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending April 1 with "Body Like a Back Road." Turner took over the top from Little Big Town's "The Breaker," which slipped to second.... »»»
March 21, 2017 - Kelsea Ballerini will perform on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2. Previous ACM Award winner Ballerini received two nominations this year including the Female Vocalist of the Year category and Video of the Year Presented for "Peter Pan." Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to... »»»
March 20, 2017 - Songwriter Natalie Hemby finally made her singing debut at the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend. Hemby, who has penned hits for artists including Miranda Lambert, released her first disc in January, "Puxico," at the age of 39. The album was inspired by the annual homecoming celebrations of her... »»»
March 20, 2017 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will release their first joint album ever later this year, their label announced today. McGraw and Hill, who have released singles together, have a new single out now - "Speak to a Girl" on Arista Nashville. The song goes to country radio on Thursday at 5 p.m. eastern time.... »»»
March 19, 2017 - Josh Abbott Band is currently in the studio on a new album for a disc to be released later this year. The Texas group is working with producer Dwight Baker at Orb Studio in Austin. The new album is the follow-up to the 2015 release "Front Row Seat," a disc about the break-up of Abbott's marriage.... »»»
March 17, 2017 - Toby Keith, Alabama & Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top were added to the all-star lineup at Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard concert in Nashville on April 6 in honor of what would have been Haggard's 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing. The new additions join previously... »»»
March 17, 2017 - Maren Morris' "Hero" debut disc gets re-released in a "Deluxe" version today with three new songs - "Bummin' Cigarettes," "Space" and "Company You Keep," all co-written by Morris. The singer has enjoyed hits with "My ChurcH" and "80s Mercedes." Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass and... »»»
March 16, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line will give up their night jobs on Sunday for bartending. The duo will be the featured bartenders on Bravo's cult-favorite "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" at 11 p.m. Sunday eastern. FGL will mix up Old Camp peach pecan whiskey cocktails for Cohen's guests, while also... »»»
March 15, 2017 - Maren Morris will release the deluxe edition of her debut disc, "Hero," this Friday, March 17, to all digital service providers, she announced earlier this week. The release contains three songs that were not on the regular version of "Hero," which dropped in June 2016. Morris also announced that she... »»»
March 14, 2017 - Canaan Smith, who had a hit single two years ago with "Love You Like That," returns with a new single "Like You that Way." The song is apparently from Smith's upcoming second full-length release, although there was no word when that would be. The 34-year-old Virginia native wrote the song with Jesse... »»»
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March 14, 2017 - Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne and Maren Morris were winners of the Academy of Country Music new artist winners announced today. Brothers Osborne won New Vocal Duo; Morris New Female Vocalist and Pardi New Male Vocalist. All three will perform on the show co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley from... »»»
March 13, 2017 - Banditos announced today its second disc, "Visionland," will be out June 23 on Bloodshot. Israel Nash and Ted Young produced the Birmingham/Nashville-based group's second full-length. "Fine Fine Day" is the first single from the release. The group includes guitarist Jeff Salter, singer Mary Beth... »»»
March 10, 2017 - The Mavericks released their new single "Damned (If You Do)" from forthcoming album "Brand New Day" to triple-A radio today. The up-tempo track kicks off with a groovy and melodic guitar riff and is a Latin influenced tune with a swaying drumbeat, horns and accordion. Malo penned the new track with... »»»
March 10, 2017 - Old Dominion released a new single day, "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," which will appear on its second full length. Penned by Old Dominion band members Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi, as well as Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally produced. He also produced the band's full-length debut, "Meat and Candy.... »»»
March 10, 2017 - Josh Turner releases "Deep South," his first release since 2012's "Punching Bag. His sixth studio release was produced by Frank Rogers, who also produces Brad Paisley. Turner had a hand in writing 5 of the 11 songs, including four on his own. "Lay Low" was the first single, only reaching 25 on the... »»»
March 9, 2017 - Brad Paisley will get help from Mick Jagger and John Fogerty on his upcoming disc, "Love and War," Paisley announced today. Paisley revealed that his 11th Arista Nashville release, out April 21, will have 16 songs. Among them is his hit "Home." Country Music Hall of Famers Bill Anderson and Johnny... »»»
March 8, 2017 - Austin, TX indie-Americana duo Jamestown Revival - Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance - announce new 2017 spring headline tour dates, expanding their current schedule. Tickets for shows starting on June 6 go on sale Friday, March 10; additional shows are currently on sale now The band is touring in... »»»
March 7, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line will headline its first stadium concerts this year, bring along Backstreet Boys. FGL and the Backstreet Boys, who sing on FGL's hit single, "God, Your Mama, And Me," will play Boston's Fenway Park on July 7, Minneapolis' Target Field on July 29 and Chicago's Wrigley Field on Aug. 12.... »»»
March 7, 2017 - Little Big Town topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending March 18 with "The Breaker." Sam Hunt stayed in first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." Aaron Watson held second on the albums chart with "Vaquero." Garth Brooks was third with "The... »»»
March 7, 2017 - Brent Co b is returning to Great Britain in May after having only gone across the pond in February. Tour dates are: May 20 - Brighton, The Great Escape May 21 - Oxfordshire, Wood Festival May 23 - Manchester, Deaf Institute May 24 - London, The Borderline May 25 - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds May... »»»
March 7, 2017 - Old 97's will be the featured musical guest on Conan, performing their single "Good with God", next Tuesday, March 14. The band also recently released a music video for the track featuring a faux-interview with The Office's Jenna Fischer and Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Late Night With Seth Meyers) as a stand-in drummer.... »»»
March 7, 2017 - Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, and Maren Morris. were the first artsits announced to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. The Backstreet Boys will make their debut appearance at the ACMs, performing... »»»
March 6, 2017 - Rascal Flatts will release its 10th studio album, "Back to Us," on May 19 on Big Machine Label Group. "There was a nostalgic feeling between the three of us while in the studio for this record, a feeling that was more reminiscent of our first albums," said bassist Jay DeMarcus.... »»»
March 6, 2017 - Carly Pearce released a video for her debut single, "Every Little Thing," out on Big Machine. Opening with tight shots featuring the bones of each instrument enveloped in a crimson filter and dim glow, director Patrick Tracy captured the scenes at Brown Owl Studio. Lyrics include "The scent that you... »»»
March 5, 2017 - Little Big Town will have the top country album when the charts are out on Tuesday with "The Breaker." The release is fourth on the overall chart with 51,000 units (44,000 from traditional album sales). Coming in 10th on the overall list is Texas singer Aaron Watson with "Vaquero.... »»»
March 3, 2017 - Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers is out with a new solo disc, "Universal Favorite," on Rounder. Pikelny has released solo discs before, but on this one, he plays all of the instruments and sings as well. The banjo man covers songs of Josh Ritter ("Folk Bloodbath"), and Elliott Smith ("Bye"), Roy... »»»
March 3, 2017 - A Thousand Horses released a new single, "Preachin' to the Choir," today. The song presumably will be on the quartet's next disc, although no release date has been set. "We are excited to share the new music with fans and Country radio," said lead vocalist Michael Hobby. "We have been away for a bit... »»»
March 2, 2017 - Justin Townes Earle signed to New West Records and will return with "Kids In The Street" on May 26. The 12-song set was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at his ARC Studios, and is the first time in his career that Earle has worked with an outside producer. Kids In The Street marks... »»»
March 1, 2017 - Kinky Friedman is being resurrected - at least on tour. Friedman said today he would launch a tour starting in April and will continue to the middle of May. Friedman will perform with his sideman, Joe Cirotti. Friedman's CD producer, Brian Molnar, will open the show as a duet with Joe.... »»»