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Country News Digest, February 2018

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February 28, 2018 - Jake Owen reached back to a John Mellencamp hit for his first single with his new label, Big Loud Records. The single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," reunites Owen with producer Joey Mo. The song is based on Mellencamp's 1982 hit "Jack & Diane," "It's been revitalizing. Making music with Joey is all... »»»
February 27, 2018 - Mary Chapin Carpenter will tour this summer in support of her upcoming CD, "Sometimes Just the Sky." The CD is out March 30 on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. The record features new versions of some of Carpenter's songs as well as one newly written song, which became the title track.... »»»
February 27, 2018 - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line are spending another week at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Meant to Be" for the week ending March 3. Kane Brown's self-titled debut was the best selling country album. Thomas Rhett remained second on the songs chart with "Marry Me.... »»»
February 26, 2018 - Chris Young concluded the first leg of his tour this weekend with 18 consecutive arena sellouts. Young also has released a new single, "Hangin' On," from his disc "Losin' Sleep." The "Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour" stopped in Green Bay, Minneapolis and Grand Rapids, Mich.... »»»
February 26, 2018 - Darius Rucker is heading back across the pond. Rucker announced today he would perform six shows in England and Scotland in October. Since signing with Capitol Records Nashville and releasing his first country album. "Learn to Live," in 2008, Rucker has made numerous runs overseas.... »»»
February 23, 2018 - Ashley Monroe will release her fourth album, "Sparrow," on April 20 on Warner Music Nashville, she announced today. The album was recorded with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville's RCA Studio A. Monroe released the song Hands on You today. After releasing her Grammy-nominated LP "The Blade" in 2015,... »»»
February 23, 2018 - George Strait will play two final shows in 2018 on Dec. 7-8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with special guests Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. The trio of Texans shared the stage earlier this month for the first shows of 2018 after initially coming together last year for Hand in Hand Texas: A... »»»
February 22, 2018 - Big Machine Label Group signed Alabama artist Riley Greene to its label, it was announced Thursday. "As the industry shifts and musical tastes change, we will continue to stay on the cutting edge of how artists connect and break through" said label head Scott Borchetta. "Understanding all media and... »»»
February 21, 2018 - Kelsea Ballerini will release "I Hate Love Songs" as the second single from "Unapologetically," she said today. The song follow "Legends," a hit single from her sophomore album. Ballerini's ode to a modern-day romance hits country radio airwaves tomorrow and officially goes for adds on March 12.... »»»
February 21, 2018 - Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Brantley Gilbert will headline this year's Watershed Music And Camping Festival in Washington in August. The seventh annual festival will be held at The Gorge Amphitheater on Aug. 3-5. Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Big & Rich, Morgan Evans, Jillian Jacqueline, Chris Lane,... »»»
February 21, 2018 - Folk Alliance International broke attendance records for a second straight year in its 30th year conference, held Feb. 14-18 in Kansas City. A total of 2,750 people from 25 countries attended. The first conference in 1989 drew 130 people. The conference included daily professional development panels... »»»
February 20, 2018 - Chris Young added nine dates to his "Losing Sleep" tour with nine shows booked for late April. Young added nine more shows, including his first-ever hometown headlining appearance at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Special guests Kane Brown and Morgan Evans will join him for the added dates. Tour dates are: Sept.... »»»
February 20, 2018 - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line will enjoy another week at number 1 as "Meant to Be" led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 17. Chris Stapleton led the albums chart with "From a Room Volume 2." On the songs chart, Thomas Rhett was second with "Marry Me," Old Dominion... »»»
February 20, 2018 - Cole Swindell will release his ninth career single single "Break Up In The End" to radio on Feb. 26. "Break Up In The End," written by Jon Nite, Chase McGill and Jessie Jo Dillon, is the debut single from his upcoming third Warner Bros. Records album. "Knowing that everyone is about to hear this song... »»»
February 16, 2018 - Blackberry Smoke premiered a new song "Best Seat In The House" from its forthcoming disc "Find a Light." Lead singer Charlie Starr said, "That song is sort of a sarcastic complaint...we all want what we ain't got. It's not enough to get in, people want front row..." "Find A Light" drops April 6 on Thirty Tigers.... »»»
February 16, 2018 - Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn extended their tour in support of their recent "Echoes in the Valley" release. Upcoming tour dates include: Feb 16 Madison, WI Capitol Theater Feb. 17 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place Feb. 19 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark Feb. 20 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Feb.... »»»
February 15, 2018 - Ordinary Elephant, the husband-and-wife duo of Crystal and Peter Damore, won the Artist of the Year award on Wednesday at the Folk Alliance International 30th annual festival Kansas City. Other winers were: Album of the Year: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens Song of the Year: "You Didn't... »»»
February 14, 2018 - Parker Millsap will release his third full band album, "Other Arrangements," on May 4 via Thirty Tigers. Millsap, 24, incorporates rock, blues and pop. He has been branded more of an Americana artist on previous releases. Millsap also announced a tour set to begin in his native Oklahoma in May.... »»»
February 14, 2018 - Nikki Lane, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Kurt Vile will be among the ats playing at the Luck Reunion festival taking place at Willie Nelson's ranch in Luck, Texas. This year's Luck Reunion, on March 15, marks the sixth year of the day-long musical celebration. Anchored by a headlining... »»»
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February 14, 2018 - Russell Dickerson released a new single, "Blue Tacoma," to radio. The second single from Dickerson goes for adds on March 5. The Nashville native had a hand in writing the song, which appears on his debut full-length disc, "Yours." Dickerson had a lot of success with his first single, which was the title track.... »»»
February 13, 2018 - On the heels of releasing the title track "Born Ready" from his album dropping later this year, Steve Moakler will hit the road on his Born Ready Tour starting March 22 at Lancaster, Pa. and wrap May 19 in Detroit. "I'm fired up about getting back on the road this spring," said Moakler.... »»»
February 13, 2018 - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line once again atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Meant to Be" for the week ending Feb. 17. Chris Stapleton was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 2." Thomas Rhett was second on the songs chart with "Marry Me.... »»»
February 13, 2018 - Trampled By Turtles will release its first disc in four years, "Life Is Good on the Open Road," on May 4. A tour will follow. After an indefinite hiatus, the release contains a dozen songs of country, rock, folk, punk and progressive bluegrass. The group just released the album's opening track, "Kelly's Bar.... »»»
February 12, 2018 - Traditional country singer Daryle Singletary died this morning at his home in Lebanon, Tenn. at 46. The cause of death is pending. Singletary was born on March 10, 1971, in Cairo, Ga. He enjoyed hits with "I Let Her Lie," "Too Much Fun," "Amen Kind of Love" and "The Note." He has sung on albums with... »»»
February 8, 2018 - John Prine will release his first album of new material in 13 years, "The Tree of Forgiveness," on April 13 on his own label, Oh Boy Records. Produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb, the song "Summer's End" premiered today. Prine will embark on an extensive tour that will span throughout 2018,... »»»
February 8, 2018 - Chris Stapleton jumped to the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums for the week ending Feb. 10 with "From a Room: Volume 2" after being seventh last week. Stapleton's Grammy wins no doubt helped put him at number one. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remained first on the Billboard Hot Country... »»»
February 7, 2018 - The Academy of Country Music announced nominees today for Radio Awards for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, including double nominations for KAJA-FM in San Antonio, KHAY-FM in Ventura, Cal., KUBL-FM in Salt Lake City, KUZZ-AM/FM in Bakersfield, Cal., WFMS-FM in Indianapolis and WIL-FM in St. Louis.... »»»
February 7, 2018 - Country band Sarah Shook & the Disarmers announced tour dates today in the wake of the release of its second disc, "Years," on April 6 on Bloodshot. "Good as Gold" was released as the first single via Brooklyn Vegan with a new video. "This record is about finding a way," said Shook.... »»»
February 6, 2018 - Chris Janson was surprised during his sold-out Ryman Auditorium concert on Monday by Opry member Keith Urban with an invitation to become an official Grand Ole Opry member. Urban surprised the crowd by performing alongside Janson on the John Michael Montgomery hit "Sold," a tune on which the two had... »»»
February 5, 2018 - Shenandoah will get "Reloaded" with an album of live hits and three songs, due out March 16 on BMG. The hits were recorded on tour last year, while the three new songs were produced by Rascal Flatts'Jay DeMarcus. "We had always wanted to capture our show live," Raybon told Billboard.... »»»
February 5, 2018 - High Valley will release acoustic versions of select tracks from its debut album, "Dear Life," the duo announced today. Recorded in their farmhouse outside of Nashville, "High Valley: Farmhouse Sessions" is set for release March 23. The album features debut single "Make You Mine" as well as Canadian... »»»
February 2, 2018 - Montgomery Gentry suffered a devastating loss in September with the death of Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash last September. But his partner, Eddie Montgomery, carried on with the release today of "Here's to You." The dozen-song set was produced by Shannon and Noah Gordon. The release comes as the... »»»
February 1, 2018 - Traditional country singer Joshua Hedley announced Thursday he would release his debut, "Mr. Jukebox," on April 20 on Third Man Records, the label owned by Jack White. The title track is premiering today as part of NPR Music's "Songs We Love" series. Hedley, who played Newport Folk Fest last year,... »»»
February 1, 2018 - Trace Adkins will embark on his own How Did We Get Here Tour in 2018, kicking off on April 6 in Biloxi, Miss. with dates across the U.S. and Canada into the fall currently announced. Tour dates are: April 6 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort April 7 - Fort Worth, TX - Billy Bob's May 1 -... »»»