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Country News Digest, July 2017

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July 31, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line premiered a video for "Smooth" today on Penned by Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Nicolle Galyon and Jordan Schmidt, "Smooth" is the fourth single from FGL's "Dig Your Roots." The "Smooth" video marks the directorial debut of FGL member Brian Kelley with co-director TK McKamy.... »»»
July 28, 2017 - Joe Nichols releases his first album in four years today, "Never Gets Old." Nichols describes the disc as retro sounding, in contrast to most of the country fare today. Nichols worked with "Crickets" producer Mickey Jack Cones and longtime collaborator Brent Rowan. Fiddles and steel guitar are heard... »»»
July 27, 2017 - Margo Price, who enjoyed much acclaim for her "Midwest Farmer's Daughter" debut in 2016, dropped a surprise four-song EP, "Weakness," on Thursday. The four songs are the title track, "Just Like Love," "Paper Cowboy" and "Good Luck (for Ben Eyestone)." The songs were out on Third Man Records, Jack White's label.... »»»
July 27, 2017 - Old Dominion will be hitting the bars next month. After playing the Blue Bar in Nashville on Monday, the quintet announced on Thursday it would play six more Bud Live Dive Bar Shows to celebrate the release of their second disc, "Happy Endings," which comes out Aug. 25. The six shows are in Los... »»»
July 27, 2017 - Singer/songwriter Michael Johnson, who had several country hits, but best known for his soft rock hits, died on Tuesday at 72 in Minneapolis. Johnson, a Colorado native, scored number 1 hits with "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder" in 1986-87 on the country charts.... »»»
July 27, 2017 - "Life Changes" will be Thomas Rhett's third release when it drops Sept. 8 oin Valor Music, he announced today. Kicking off the album is the hit "Craving You" with Maren Morris helping out. The 14-song disc also contains country ballads, heartland roc, EDM-influenced pop tracks and R&B grooves.... »»»
July 26, 2017 - Brett Eldredge will take up a new residence in August, for three hours anyway. The singer will visi tNBC's TODAY for a three-hour residency on Aug. 7, beginning at 8 a.m. This is three days after the release of his self-titled disc. local time. In addition to interviews and co-hosting duties... »»»
July 26, 2017 - The Earls of Leicester and Balsam Range lead the International Bluegrass Music Awards nominations with eight apiece in an announcement this morning. Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, fiddle master Bobby Hicks, and musician Roland White will join the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.... »»»
July 26, 2017 - Ricky Skaggs is going country for the first time in 20 years. Skaggs is returning onstage to perform a full-blown country on Sept. 2 at the Nashville Palace. "After playing bluegrass music for the last 20 years, I'm gonna have blast plugging in my electric guitar and singing my country hits again," said Skaggs.... »»»
July 25, 2017 - Sam Hunt continues his stranglehold on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart with "Body Like a Back Road" first for the week ending Aug. 5. Chris Stapleton again was tops on the Top Country Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 1." Zac Brown Band jumped from 14 to 2 with "Welcome Home.... »»»
July 25, 2017 - Billy Joe Walker Jr., who produced artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt and Mark Chesnutt, died on Texas in Kerrville, Tex. at 64. Walker produced Bryan White's first three albums along with "Down the Road I Go" for Tritt. Walker enjoyed success as a songwriter as well, penning Eddie... »»»
July 25, 2017 - Darius Rucker announced the release of his fifth studio country album, "When Was the Last Time," on the TODAY Show this morning The Capitol Records Nashville release is out Oct. 20. Rucker released second single, a song he wrote with Derek George and Travis Hill, "For The First Time" to country radio yesterday.... »»»
July 25, 2017 - Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are teaming up for a Christmas tour starting in late November, it was announced today. In honor of "A Christmas Tour," Pickler and Vassar teamed up to release a new Christmas single this holiday season called "The Naughty List," written by Vassar and Juliana Songs, and... »»»
July 24, 2017 - The video for "Adi"s," the Jimmy Webb-penned title track of Glen Campbell's farewell album was released today via CTM. Directed by Peter Zavadil, the director behind videos for Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and The Black Keys, the video features archival videos and photos of Campbell interspersed... »»»
July 23, 2017 - Kip Moore revealed the cover for his upcoming third studio album "SLOWHEART," out Sept. 8. The cover image, taken in Costa Rica during Moore's extended break earlier this year He is seated on a stool in what looks like an outside restaurant with the sepia tones dominating. "My former guitar player... »»»
July 23, 2017 - Toby Keith is going the light-hearted root next time out as he's releasing "The Bus Songs" on Sept. 8 on his Show Dog label. The set list includes his recent release "Wacky Tobaccy," a reference to weed. Keith shot a video of the song. And that's not the only song mentioned marijuana as a live version... »»»
July 21, 2017 - Parmalee released its second major label album, while Sara Evans has gone her own way. Parmalee pays tribute to its North Carolina roots with "27861," the zip code where the quartet grew up. After three indie album releases, the group gained acclaim with its 2013 release "Feels Like Carolina," which... »»»
July 20, 2017 - Radney Foster announced today a CD/book combo, "For You To See The Stars," will be out Sept. 15. The collection of short stories, released via Working Title Farm, will be Foster's first print publication. The record (Devil's River Records) marks Foster's 11th studio album and will feature nine new... »»»
July 19, 2017 - Kenny Rogers he would share his final concert together with Dolly Parton in Nashville in October. The "All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration" on Oct. 25 will be held at Bridgestone Arena. Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Elle King, The Flaming Lips, Idina... »»»
July 18, 2017 - Another week, another number one for Sam Hunt. The singer kept his stranglehold on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Beauty Like a Back Road" at the top. Chris Stapleton led the Top Country Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 1." On the songs chart, Brett Young remained second with "In... »»»
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July 17, 2017 - Chris Janson will follow up the release of an EP last month with a full-fledged sophomore CD in September, he announced today. Janson will release "Everybody" on Sept. 22, the follow-up to his major-label debut, "Buy Me A Boat." The record will include all of the songs on the "Fix A Drink"EP.... »»»
July 14, 2017 - Dan Tyminski, a long-standing member of Alison Krauss' Union Station, is forging a new chapter in his solo career as he signed with Mercury Nashville. Tyminski, also known as the voice of the "A Man of Constant Sorrow" from the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, has released a short clip from his... »»»
July 13, 2017 - Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will release "The Long-Awaited Album" on Rounder Records on Sept. 22. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Peter Asher, who worked with Linda Ronstadt, the new album is a collection of 14 new songs including "Caroline," "All Night Long" and "Santa Fe.... »»»
July 12, 2017 - Logan Mize, who released an EP on Arista Nashville in 2015, is back releasing back on his own. "Come Back Road," a 12-song set comes out July 28. Mize helped write three of the songs, while Mize also utilized the efforts of songwriters Josh Kear, Ross Copperman, Matraca Berg, The Warren Brothers,... »»»
July 12, 2017 - Loretta Lynn said today that she was postponing release of her album set for August release until next year. Lynn, 85, who suffered a stroke in early May at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., indicated in a statement on Twitter that she wanted to wait until she could return to the road to tour behind it.... »»»
July 11, 2017 - Life at the top agrees with Sam Hunt because "Body Like a Back Road" remains first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 22. Chris Stapleton was first and second on the Top Country Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 1" and his debut, "Traveller." On the songs chart,... »»»
July 11, 2017 - Singer-songwriter-guitarist Christian Lopez will release his sophomore album, "Red Arrow" (Blaster Records), on Sept. 22. Produced by Marshall Altman, the disc is the follow-up to "Onward"(2015), which was produced by Dave Cobb. In contrast to his debut, Lopez shared some of the songwriting this time.... »»»
July 10, 2017 - Miranda Lambert's sixth studio album, "The Weight of These Wings," was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million units. Released on Nov. 18, the double CD was number one on the Billboard Country Albums Chart with 122,000 albums sold. The disc won Album of the Year honors at the Academy of... »»»
July 10, 2017 - The fourth annual AMERICANAFEST NYC is coming to the Big Apple in August with The Jayhawks and Bonnie Raitt playing. The line-up is: Traveller, Flaco Jiménez and Amanda Shires on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at Hearst Plaza The Jayhawks, A Celebration of Chuck Berry with musical director Vernon... »»»
July 9, 2017 - Singers Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd are engaged. They made the announcement via social media on Sunday. Pictures on Twitter and Instagram showed Morris wearing an engagement ring with the word "Yes!" in the postings. Hurt posted a picture on his Twitter account of the two in a rowboat with the words "7/3/17.... »»»
July 7, 2017 - Charley Pride is out with his first album in six years today, while one of the leading lights of bluegrass and a traditional country singer joined forces for a duets release. Pride, who was CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1971, released "Music in My Heart" on the Music City Records label.... »»»
July 7, 2017 - Big & Rich will release "Did It For The Party" on Sept. 15 on the duo's B$R label. The CD contains 13 songs produced by Big Kenny and John Rich. "This new record is gonna rock America's boots off," said Rich. "Can't wait for y'all to hear it." Big Kenny said, "It's been a blast working on this... »»»
July 6, 2017 - Shania Twain went to social media to unveil the songs on her first album in 15 years, "Now," which drops Sept. 29. Twain announced earlier this year she would release the album. On Instagram, she wrote "Feels so great to share with you the full tracklisting for my new album." Songs on the CD are: 1.... »»»
July 6, 2017 - Devin Dawson released the music video today for his debut single "All On Me." The almost entirely black-and-white piece was directed by Justin Clough and shot at the Tennessee State Prison, the same filming location as the movie "The Green Mile." Dawson told People that the video was "like the... »»»
July 6, 2017 - The Last Bandoleros will make its debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage on Sept. 15. The Texas-formed band, who has been touring with Sting, also will play the AmericanaFest in Nashville. The band is comprised of Jerry Fuentes (guitar and vocals), Derek James (guitar and vocals), Diego Navaira (bass and... »»»
July 5, 2017 - Chris Hillman, a founding member of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band, will release "Bidin' My Time," on Sept. 22 on Rounder. The release was his first studio album in over a decade. Tom Petty produced the album at his studio in Southern California, and Hillman's... »»»
July 4, 2017 - Chris Stapleton is back atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending July 15 with "From a Room: Volume 1." Sam Hunt continued his dominance of the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." Stapleton took over from Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, which fell to second with... »»»