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Country News Digest, July 2018

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July 31, 2018 - Thirty-five weeks later, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" remains number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 4. Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." On the songs chart, Dan + Ray were again second with "Tequila.... »»»
July 30, 2018 - Yonder Mountain String Band announced a series of dates starting this fall. The band also welcomes back into the line-up Allie Kral, who took time off with the birth of her first child in May. Highlights include festivals (Northwest String Summit, FreshGrass), headlining dates on the East Coast and a special Aug.... »»»
July 27, 2018 - Kenny Chesney is back with a heartfelt album, "Songs for the Saints," recorded in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Chesney owns a home. Chesney sings of the resilience of the people and their experiences. This is Chesney's 17th career disc and first with Warner Brothers.... »»»
July 26, 2018 - "The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families" with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne and Mary Chapin Carpenter, will raise awareness of immigrants at five shows promoted by the Women's Refugee Commission. The group will tour from Oct. 23-28. Others on the bill include Graham... »»»
July 26, 2018 - Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Kathy Mattea and Richard Thompson were part of the last group of 52performers playing the AmericanaFest in September, it was announced Wednesday. The Americana Music Festival & Conference runs from Sept. 11-16 in Nashville. A total of more than 250 artists and bands are... »»»
July 26, 2018 - Kenny Chesney is taking the story of his record "Songs for the Saints" record straight to the fans with a live "Town Hall" on SiriusXM Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m. eastern. With set-up for his show at Chicago's Soldiers Field underway, Chesney will join The Highway's Storme Warren to discuss the album's... »»»
July 25, 2018 - Reba McEntire was one of four people named Tuesday who will will receive the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements, it was announced today. McEntire will be honored along with Cher, composer and pianist Philip Glass and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The co-creators of Hamilton... »»»
July 25, 2018 - Molly Tuttle and Becky Buller led the IBMA Announces 2018 nominations today with six apiece. Ricky Skaggs, Paul Williams, and Tom T. and Dixie Hall were named to the IBMA Hall of Fame. "Live From Here" host Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers, was named as one of the Distinguished Achievement... »»»
July 25, 2018 - Colter Wall will release his new album, "Songs of the Plains," on Oct. 12 on Young Mary's Record Co. via Thirty Tigers. Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A with Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Lori McKenna), the album features 11 songs including "Plain to See Plainsman. Wall, who has a deep voice and is... »»»
July 24, 2018 - "Meant to Be," the song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, hit 34 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 28. On the Top Country Albums chart, Luke Combs was first with "This One's For You." On the songs chart, Dan + Shay remained second with "Tequila"... »»»
July 24, 2018 - Dan + Shay are releasing "Speechless" as the new single from their self-titled release. The song, which follows the big hit "Tequila" from Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, goes for adds Aug. 6 "Speechless is definitely inspired by our wives," said Shay Mooney. "It's very cool to release songs that are not... »»»
July 23, 2018 - Cam will hit the road with The Road to Happiness Tour this fall featuring special guest British singer/songwriter, Lucie Silvas. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 27th at This past week, Cam released a new song off her forthcoming album coming soon, also called "Road to Happiness".... »»»
July 23, 2018 - Randy Houser dropped a new single, "What Whiskey Does," to country radio today on Stoney Creek. The song is from a new disc expected later this year. Co-written by Houser, Keith Gattis and Hillary Lindsey, who lends her vocals to the track, the mid-tempo song features pedal steel in a song powered by... »»»
July 20, 2018 - Willie Nelson offers tribute to Frank Sinatra in a recording of Sinatra's classics, "My Way," coming Sept. 14 on Sony Legacy. The first single is "Summer Wind," which was released on Thursday. Nelson has released 12 albums since 2012. This is his second this year as "Last Man Standing" dropped in April.... »»»
July 20, 2018 - Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old discovered in a WalMart aisle in his native Illinois, is out with "Famous EP" today. The six-song EP, produced by Joey Moi, is heavy on Hank Williams Sr. songs including "Lovesick Blues," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" and "I Saw the Light." The title track was penned by... »»»
July 19, 2018 - Blackberry Smoke will release "The Southern Ground Sessions" EP on Oct. 26. Created as an accompaniment to their new album, "Find A Light," the six-song EP was recorded live at Southern Ground studio in Nashville. The disc features acoustic versions of five album tracks plus their take of Tom Petty's... »»»
July 19, 2018 - Kenny Chesney's Trip Around the Sun Tour is the only country tour to land on Pollstar's mid-year survey of the year's biggest tours. Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, U2, Justin Timberlake, the Eagles and Pink in the Top 10. Chesney averaged $2,554,959 for 27 shows.... »»»
July 18, 2018 - Cole Swindell will launch the All of It Tour in conjunction with his upcoming third album "All of It" on Aug. 17. Cole will hit six cities after performing on release day on NBC's Citi Concert Series on TODAY live from the Plaza at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Tour dates are: Aug. 17 St.... »»»
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July 17, 2018 - Wanda Jackson is back in the studio, recording a new disc with Joan Jett. The as-yet-unnamed project is currently anticipated for a 2019 release. After decades of recording covers, Jackson co-wrote with many hit Nashville songwriters including Angaleena Presley of the Pistol Annies.... »»»
July 17, 2018 - "Meant to Be" finished its 32nd week at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 21. The song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line first topped the charts in December 2017. Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You.... »»»
July 16, 2018 - Kacey Musgraves will be back on tour in the U.S. in 2019 after announcing a continuation of "Oh, What A World." Musgraves will play in Europe in October and November before U.S. dates starting in Indianapolis on Jan. 9, 2019 and continuing until March 21in Birmingham, Ala. Support acts include rock... »»»
July 16, 2018 - The 2018 Americana Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive will go to Olivia Records' Judy Dlugacz and Cris Williamson, it was announced today. The honor will be handed out Sept. 12 at the Americana Honors & Awards show. Olivia Records was one of the industry's leading independent labels... »»»
July 16, 2018 - Kip Moore will hit the road this fall for headlining dates across the country as part of his After the Sunburn tour. The tour kicks off in Silver Springs, Md. on Sept. 20 and will make stops in major cities including Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City. Moore has invited a combination of special... »»»
July 12, 2018 - Long-running Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel announced it would release a new album, "New Routes," on Sept. 14. The release is the first for Ray Benson's band since 2013's "Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys." The new 11-song release features songs from Guy... »»»
July 12, 2018 - Eric Church announced this morning that he would release a new album, "Desperate Man," on Oct. 5. "It's been a while; I just want to say I have missed you," he told members of his fan club, the Choir, this morning when they logged in online. "I have good news. The album is done, and we are back.... »»»
July 11, 2018 - "Meant to Be" still is meant to be at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 14. The song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line has been first since December 2017. Luke Combs held the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You.... »»»
July 11, 2018 - John Prine released a video for "Knockin' On Your Screen Door" from his new album, "The Tree of Forgiveness." The video was filmed at several locations in Nashville and features special guests Dan Auerbach, Dave Cobb, Elizabeth Cook, David Ferguson, Jason Isbell, Jeremy Ivey, Margo Price, Amanda Shires... »»»
July 10, 2018 - Miranda Lambert will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 15th artist-in residence, performing two one-of-a-kind shows at the museum on Sept. 19 and 26. "We're talking about someone who has been the CMA's top female vocalist a record seven times, selling millions of albums and scoring hit... »»»
July 9, 2018 - Garth Brooks will play the first-ever concert at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. At a press conference in Nashville, the football stadium, built in 1930, will host its inaugural concert with a special headlining performance by Brooks, at a to-be-announced date. Brooks was joined by former head... »»»
July 9, 2018 - Mason Ramsey, who was discovered in a local WalMart singing Hank Williams Sr.'s "Lovesick Blues," will release his debut EP, "Famous," on July 20 via Big Loud and Atlantic Records, it was announced today. The six-track set also covers Williams' "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" and "I Saw The Light," plus... »»»
July 6, 2018 - Kinky Friedman is out with his first album of original songs in 40 years with "Circus of Life." The disc features Sir Douglas Quintet alum Augie Meyers, prolific sidemen Joe Cirotti and Mickey Raphael, and Little Jewford from the original Texas Jewboys, which was Friedman's backup band.... »»»
July 3, 2018 - "Dan + Shay" debuted in sixth on the overall top 200 chart and first on the Top Country Albums chart. "Meant to Be" from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remained first for the week ending July 7 on the Hot Country Songs chart. On the songs chart, Dan + Shay were second with "Tequila," Kane Brown... »»»
July 2, 2018 - Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old singer from Indiana, released two new tracks, "The Way I See It" and Hank Williams Sr.'s "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)." "The Way I See It" was written by veteran songwriters Rodney Clawson, Josh Kear and Corey Crowder. This is the second time that Ramsey covered Williams.... »»»