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Country News Digest, January 2018

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January 30, 2018 - Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott gave birth to twin girls on Sunday, she announced on Instagram. "Our family is thankful and proud to announce the arrival of our precious baby girls. They were born in the early hours of January 29th, 2018, and we can't wait to share more about them in the days to come.... »»»
January 30, 2018 - Luke Bryan announced today the addition of 13 stadium concerts to his "What Makes You Country Tour" launching next month. By the end of October, Bryan will have played Fenway Park in Boston, Busch Field in St. Louis and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Bryan will be the first country performer at Dodger Stadium.... »»»
January 30, 2018 - LANCO debuted in first with its first CD, "Hallelujah Nights," on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Feb. 3. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line continue atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Meant to Be." Thomas Rhett, Russell Dickerson and Kane Brown stayed two-three-four on... »»»
January 30, 2018 - Kenny Chesney tends to go the stadium route when he tours, but not this summer as he announced he would do a combo of stadiums and arenas on his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour. "Nothing's like the energy of a stadium show," Chesney said. "But there's also something about the amphitheaters, where the... »»»
January 30, 2018 - Kip Moore announced the second leg of his headlining Plead the Fifth Tour today, kicking off in Kingston, Canada on March 22. Drake White will rejoin him on the trek following a fall run. Fairground Saints will open the shows. Tickets will go on sale on Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. central time.... »»»
January 29, 2018 - Rhiannon Giddens said she would return to the road in support of her well-received disc, "Freedom Highway." The touring starts in Brooklyn on Feb. 7 and winds up Aug. 15 in Chautauqua, N.Y. Giddens also recently received the prestigious "MacArthur Fellowship." The MacArthur Fellowship, also known as... »»»
January 29, 2018 - Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show hits the road again in 2018 including newly confirmed shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles' The Forum. The tour will feature Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb as special guests. The tour announcement follows a weekend for Stapleton, who won Best... »»»
January 29, 2018 - Margo Price has extended her 'Nowhere Fast Tour' this spring, adding 13 dates in support of her new album 'All American Made' (Third Man Records). The tour continues what has been a historic 12-month run for Price, who recently confirmed three headline shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (two of... »»»
January 28, 2018 - Chris Stapleton won three Grammys on Sunday, while and Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit each took home two on Sunday. Stapleton won Best Country Album for "From a Room - Volume 1," Best Country Solo Performance for "Either Way" and Best Country Song for "Broken Halos," which he wrote with Mike Henderson.... »»»
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January 26, 2018 - Mary Gauthier is out with the unique "Rifles and Rosary Beads." She wrote the songs with soldiers and/or their families as an outgrowth of a charitable organization with which she is involved. The 11 songs are military-related and also focus on the families. "Iraq" concerns sexual harassment.... »»»
January 26, 2018 - The Infamous Stringdusters announced the formation of its label, Tape Time Records and signed bluegrass band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. "It's a natural progression for us," said Jeremy Garrett, fiddler for The Infamous Stringdusters. "We've been with different labels and had an array of experiences,... »»»
January 25, 2018 - Jason Aldean announced he has a new disc coming, "Rearview Town," dropping April 20 on Broken Bow. Aldean also released a new single, "You Make It Easy," the first release from the project. The ballad has a soulful vibe with a touch of organ sprinkled into the song. "2018 is here, and that means new... »»»
January 25, 2018 - Brothers Osborne will release their sophomore album "Port Saint Joe," on April 20. The two-time CMA "Vocal Duo of the Year" just released their new single "Shoot Me Straight," which was produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town). The new release comes more than two years after the release... »»»
January 23, 2018 - The Country Music Association presented industry honors to country's top touring professionals Monday during the CMA Touring Awards in Nashville. The CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award to Live Nation's President of Country Music Touring, Brian O'Connell. "The CMA Touring Awards offer us an... »»»