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Country News Digest, February 2019

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February 28, 2019 - Jake Owen will offer "Greetings from...Jake Owen" on March 29 on Big Loud Records. Owen makes his first release since signing with new label, Big Loud. Owen currently Is on the charts with "Down To The Honkytonk." Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, "Down To The Honkytonk" is... »»»
February 27, 2019 - Florida debuted in first with "Can't Say I Ain't Country" on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Luke Combs sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending March 2 with "Beautiful Crazy." Dan + Shay were second on the songs chart with "Tequila," one ahead of "This Is It" from Scotty McCreery.... »»»
February 26, 2019 - Steve Earle will launch a six-date record store tour next week to celebrate the releases in late March of "GUY," his tribute to Guy Clark. Earle kicks off the tour on Monday, March 4 at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles where he will perform songs from "GUY," sign autographs, and the album will also be... »»»
February 26, 2019 - Garth Brooks' plans to start pre-selling vinyl copies of "LEGACY" went awry on Tuesday, due to "a massive overload," according to Brooks' website. He said he would reschedule the sale for this Thursday. "How do I say how grateful I am for the demand, while apologizing for the frustration people were going through.... »»»
February 26, 2019 - Walker McGuire, who released an EP on Stoney Creek last year, have split. The duo - Jordan Walker and John McGuire - announced via social media on Tuesday, ""We regret to inform everyone we've decided to end Walker McGuire. We want to thank everyone for their support and for following us on our journey... »»»
February 25, 2019 - Jimmie Allen and Abby Anderson released their own cover of the hit song "Shallow." The GRAMMY and Golden Globe winning smash performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in "A Star is Born" won"Best Original Song" at the 91stA cademy Awards on Sunday. A video released with the Allen/Anderson version... »»»
February 25, 2019 - Country music hall of famer Mac Wiseman died at 93 on Sunday in Nashville. Wiseman, who had a career bluegrass, had two top 10 hits during his career - "The ballad of Davy Crockett"in 1955 and "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" in 1959. Wiseman was born May 23,1925 in Crimora, Va. Due to contracting polio at... »»»
February 21, 2019 - Brooks & Dunn released the track list and guests on the duo's upcoming "Reboot" album. Available on April 5 , the 12-track release will see the duo team up with Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Midland, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Tyler Booth and... »»»
February 21, 2019 - Country Music Hall of Famer Fred Foster, who produced the first singles of Dolly Parton and Jimmy Dean along with Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson albums, died last night following a short illness with his family at his side at 88. Foster formed and helmed Monument Records, the broad-minded independent... »»»
February 20, 2019 - The Country Music Association honored the songwriters behind the hits at the 10th annual CMA Triple Play Awards on Tuesday. CMA Triple Play Awards recipients were honored for having penned three number one songs within a 12-month period based on the Country Aircheck, Billboard Country Airplay and... »»»
February 20, 2019 - Chris Stapleton. Dan + Shay and Ian Fitchuk led the Academy of Country Music nominations with six apiece. Kacey Musgraves scored five nominations, while Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Bebe Rexha and Brothers Osborne had four apiece. The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards will be held in Las... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Dan + Shay were first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Tequila" for the week ending Feb. 16. Luke Combs spent its 26th week at number one with "This One's For You." On the albums chart, Dan + Shay were second with their self-titled disc. Chris Stapleton stayed third with "Traveller" as... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Big & Rich entered into a partnership with Reviver Records. This move reunites the duo - Big Kenny and John Rich - with Reviver Records' President Gator Michaels. Effective immediately, Reviver Records will promote the duo's latest single "Brand New Buzz," to radio. The deal is for promotion,... »»»
February 19, 2019 - George Strait's brand new single "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar" debuts as the most-added single at country radio this week with 117 stations, landing the tune in the Top 20 on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart. The song, penned by Strait, Bubba Strait and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon, is the first... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Chicago's Country LakeShake revealed this year's lineup for the launch pad "Next from Nashville" stage today. The side stage is designed to feature new artists at the fest coming June 21-23. Kassi Ashton, Austin Burke, Travis Denning, Clare Dunn, Ross Ellis, Caylee Hammack, Hardy, Levi Hummon,... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Kip Moore is releasing "The Bull," as the next single from his studio album "Slowheart." Co-written by Jon Randall and Luke Dick, the song marks Moore's first-ever outside recording. "This song embodies who I am and what we've been doing on the road as a band for years," said Moore.... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Dierks Bentley released a new single, "Living" to radio today. This is the third single from "The Mountain," which also featured the hits "Woman, Amen" and "Burning Man" with Brothers Osborne. "The idea for this song started from being on the road and realizing how little 'living' we were actually... »»»
February 18, 2019 - Winning Grammys will do a lot for album sales. After taking home four Grammys last Sunday including Album of the Year for "Golden Hour," Kacey Musgraves returned to the Billboard top 10. Musgraves was ninth with 35,000 units moved, up 524 percent. About 20,000 were in album sales, an increase of 735 percent.... »»»
February 16, 2019 - Miranda Lambert revealed on Saturday on Saturday that got married. Lambert, who once upon a time was married to Blake Shelton, married New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin. " In honor of Valentine's Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full.... »»»
February 15, 2019 - Luke Combs went the acoustic route today. The North Carolina star issued an acoustic version of his Platinum-certified single, "Beautiful Crazy." The stripped-down rendition, produced by Scott Moffatt, celebrates "Beautiful Crazy" which reached number three at country radio after 14 weeks on the... »»»
February 15, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line is out with "Can't Say I Ain't Country," and the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley seem intent on proving that on a number of songs on the disc. The title track is one of their most traditional songs to date. They veer more towards that route, but also return to their more typical sound.... »»»
February 14, 2019 - Robert Earl Keen is hitting the road in March and April. Keen kicks off a new slate of full-band concerts with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 17 and ends in Baton Rouge, La. on April 20 for a 20-date run. More dates will be added. The shows are: March 17 Houston, TX - Houston Livestock... »»»
February 14, 2019 - Ryan Hurd released a music video for his current single, "To a T," featuring a cast of actual couples and a contemporary cameo via FaceTime by wife Maren Morris. The video, directed by Blythe Thomas, is about real love and real people representing every stage of a relationship from new beginnings to... »»»
February 13, 2019 - Maren Morris will release her sophomore disc, "Girl," on March 8, she said on her website today. The 14-track new album includes "Common" (featuring Brandi Carlile), the second song to release off the forthcoming new project and follow-up to the title track, which made history last month when it... »»»
February 13, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard has a lot to look forward to this year. On the professional front, Hubbard and Brian Kelley are releasing a new album on Friday, "Can't Say I Ain't Country." And come August, Hubbard will be a father again. On Instagram, his wife, Hayley Hubbard, posted,... »»»
February 12, 2019 - Chase Rice will go the deluxe route when he is out with "Lambs & Lions (Worldwide Deluxe)," on March 1. "Our European fans blew us away when they sold out our first overseas tour two years ago, and they haven't let up since," said Rice. "We spent the end of 2018 in London, Manchester, Glasgow and... »»»
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February 12, 2019 - Hometown Rising, the first-ever country music and bourbon Festival, will make its debut in September as a two-day festival featuring Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan in Louisville. The festival debuts Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center.... »»»
February 12, 2019 - Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and Father John Misty will co-headline a national tour that will run throughout June. The tour will begin on June 5 in San Diego, with stops that include Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston before wrapping up in Tulsa, Okla. on June 29.... »»»
February 11, 2019 - Reba McEntire will return to host the Academy of Country Music awards in April. The ACMs will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7. This marks the 16th time McEntire will host. She will appear on CBS This Morning on Feb. 20 to reveal the nominees for the 54th ACMs.... »»»
February 11, 2019 - George Strait released a new single, "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar," today . "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar," written by Strait, his son Bubba and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon, is also available on all digital and streaming partners with its official radio add date being Feb. 19.... »»»
February 11, 2019 - Dierks Bentley is adding 31 dates this summerto his Burning Man Tour. Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights, and its final weekend will include Caylee Hammack to open shows. "The Burning Man Tour is off to a killer start. I've loved standing side stage to watch Pardi and Tennille... »»»
February 11, 2019 - Rascal Flatts, will headline the Summer Playlist Tour. Kicking off at two thirds of the group's home state of Ohio with a stop in Cincinnati on May 16, the trio revealed they will be curating a playlist of special guests to join them on the road this summer. Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Jordan Davis,... »»»
February 10, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves won four Grammys, including the biggest one of the night - Album of the Year for "Golden Hour." "Oh My God," she said twice in winning the Album of the Year. "I don't even know what to say." "It's really crazy, but I'm very thankful," adding "I know winning this doesn't make my album... »»»
February 8, 2019 - Brooks & Dunn will be out with a collaboration project,"Reboot" on April 5 (Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville). Brooks & Dunn hit the studio for the first time together since 2007 joined by producer Dann Huff to remake 12 Brooks & Dunn hits. Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley... »»»
February 8, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line featuring HARDY released the song "Y'all Boys" today. The up-tempo track with laid-back vibes is featured on FGL's Feb. 15 release, "Can't Say I Ain't Country." HARDY has released two EPs since the fall. Penned by Michael Hardy, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, and Brett Tyler, the... »»»
February 7, 2019 - Hunter Hayes will launch the Closer to You tour in mid-April, he announced today. The 20-date run kicks off on April 18 in Atlanta, also hitting Chicago and Los Angeles. Hayes recently released a new single, "Heartbreak." Last year, he released "Dear God" and "One Shot." His last album, "The 21... »»»
February 6, 2019 - Sheryl Crow has signed with Big Machine Label Group, it was announced today. Crow is reportedly releasing her final album. Guests on the disc include the late Johnny Cash, Don Henley, Keith Richards and Stevie Nicks. Crow posted on Twitter, "Thanks for getting behind this record, @BigMachine! Excited... »»»
February 5, 2019 - Mitchell Tenpenny will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Riser House/Columbia Nashville recording artist will perform five days after the official radio impact of "Alcohol You Later," his newest single, on Monday. Tenpenny' Telling All My Secrets dropped Dec.... »»»
February 5, 2019 - Dan + Shay returned to the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 9 with "Tequila." On the Albums chart, Luke Combs regained the top spot with "This One's For You." On the songs chart, Dan + Shay also were second with "Speechless." Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia... »»»
February 5, 2019 - Brad Paisley has announced his 2019 World Tour, which kicks off May 30 in Albuquerque, N.M. Special guests on the U. S. tour dates will be Chris Lane and newcomer Riley Green. Lane will also be on the European dates. Additional 2019 tour dates to be added soon. Green, a native of Jacksonville, Ala.... »»»
February 4, 2019 - Jason Aldean became a dad again as his wife, Brittany, gave birth to a girl. Aldean tweeted, "Today our family became complete as we welcomed our daughter Navy Rome to the world. Born on 2/4/19 weighing 7lbs 12oz and looking identical to her older brother. So excited to watch what life has in store for... »»»
February 4, 2019 - Chris Young apparently liked his first arena headlining tour last year so much, he's going to do it all over again. The singer announced today the "Raised On Country Tour 2019." That's also the name of his new single, which name checks Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie, George Strait, Alan... »»»
February 4, 2019 - Michael Ray announced his Nineteen Tour, including appearances at Tortuga Music Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival and Faster Horses Festival. Ray will make his first trip across the pond for C2C: Country to Country Festival 2019 where fans can catch him in Glasgow, Scotland on March 8 and... »»»
February 1, 2019 - Cassadee Pope is out with "Stages" today. The 11-song release was produced by Corey Crowder. "Take You Home," "One More Red Light," and "If My Heart Had A Heart" have been released as singles. Pope, who helped write seven of the songs, considers this her most personal album. Country/bluegrass/folk band... »»»
February 1, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves has added 17 new North American shows to her Oh, What a World: Tour. Following her previously announced tour dates, Musgraves will hit the summer festival circuit, becoming the first-ever female country artist to play Coachella, and will then launch the second North American leg of her tour on Aug.... »»»
February 1, 2019 - Zac Brown Band will launch The Owl Tour this summer, including a stadium show at Boston's Fenway Park. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will open select stops. The band also is slated to release a new studio album featuring the lead single, "Someone I Used To Know." Both "The Owl Tour" and... »»»
February 1, 2019 - Director Ken Burns' "Country Music," a massive 16-hour documentary about the history of country, will air in mid-September on PBS, it was announced today. The eight-part series, produced by Burns and his long-time collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, premieres Sunday, Sept. 15 through Wednesday, Sept.... »»»
February 1, 2019 - George Strait announced today he would release "Honky Tonk Time Machine" on March 29 on MCA Nashville. Comprised of 12 original titles plus Strait's version of the Johnny Paycheck classic "Old Violin," Honky Tonk Time Machine is Strait's 30th studio release. Strait, who produced the album alongside... »»»