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Country News Digest, April 2019

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April 30, 2019 - Luke Combs doubled up again on the Billboard charts for the week ending May 4. He topped the Hot Country Songs chart with "Beautiful Crazy" and the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's for You." On the album charts, Dan + Shay were second with their self-titled release. Chris Stapleton's... »»»
April 30, 2019 - CMA Fest unveiled the lineups for three daytime stages that are free to the public during the four-day festival in June. Chevy Breakout Stage at Walk of Fame Park, Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Bridgestone Plaza and Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage will feature over 110 performances Thursday, June 6... »»»
April 29, 2019 - Willie Nelson added dates to the second leg of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour 2019., The lineup includes Willie Nelson & Family, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Luke Combs, Bonnie Raitt, The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Gov't Mule, Brothers... »»»
April 29, 2019 - Mason Ramsey, the 12-year-old traditional country singer channeling Hank Sr., unveiled the fall leg of his headlining How's Ur Girl & How's Ur Family Pt. 2 tour. The new dates get underway on Oct. 3 at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and continue through late November. Ramsey's fan community and Spotify... »»»
April 28, 2019 - Three of four winners of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Competition winners hail from North Carolina, the state where the festival is based. First place winners were: Bluegrass - Anya Hinkle (Asheville, N.C.) - "Ballad of Zona Abston" Country - 1st Place - Andrew Millsaps (Ararat, N.C.... »»»
April 27, 2019 - The ever prolific Willie Nelson will release "Ride Me Back Home" on June 21 on Sony Legacy. The title track was released today. The song was co-written by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Sonny Throckmorton with his daughter Debby, Joe Manual and Lucinda Hinton expressing a love for horses and... »»»
April 27, 2019 - Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis join forces yet again for their fourth duets album, "Beautiful Lie," dropping June 21 on Robison's The Next Waltz label. The album's first single, "Nobody's Perfect," will be released on May 10, followed by a tour commencing on May 19. 
 Produced by Robison at... »»»
April 25, 2019 - Bruce Springsteen will release his first studio album in five years, "Western Stars," in June. The Boss said he drew inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late '60s and early '70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen's home studio in New Jersey, with additional... »»»
April 25, 2019 - Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots released a new single today, "Jesus Knows," which will be on an upcoming EP, "Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots Live in Boston." The project was recorded at a recent sold-out theater in Boston. "Jesus Knows" is a humorous track written by Bones, Brandon Ray and Eddie Garcia.... »»»
April 25, 2019 - Sheryl Crow is out with a new single, "Redemption Day," featuring a country legend, Johnny Cash. A video also was released. "This song has had a lot of different lives," said Crow of the track that originally appeared on her Grammy-winning, triple Platinum, self-titled album in 1996.... »»»
April 24, 2019 - Brothers Chip and Tony Kinman fronted bands including Rank and File, The Dils, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation. Now, 22 unreleased performances from all four bands will be out on "Chip & Tony Kinman: Sounds Like Music," due out June 28 on Omnivore Recordings. The Kinmans formed seminal California punk... »»»
April 23, 2019 - Actor Kiefer Sutherland has announced his initial shows this year in support of his sophomore album, "Reckless & Me," out April 26 via BMG. The tour will kick off in Austin at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live on, May 29 with additional stops in Boston, New York and Nashville, including an appearance at... »»»
April 23, 2019 - Robert Earl Keen will launch Americana Podcast: The 51st State at the end of the month. The podcast is intended to feature artists dedicated to Americana music. Keen, interviews musicians, exploring their histories, creative processes, successes, failures, and more. Scheduled to premiere on April 30,... »»»
April 23, 2019 - Luke Combs scored a Billboard chart double for the week ending April 27. He was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." He also was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Beautiful Crazy," its ninth week at number one. On the albums chart, Aaron Lewis debuted in... »»»
April 22, 2019 - Toby Keith kicks off the first leg of Toby Keith That's Country Bro! Tour on May 26 in Forest City, Ia. The tour's initial leg has been announced, with 28 cities on the slate and more to come. The single from which the trek gets its name bows May 3. Written by Keith and longtime collaborator Bobby... »»»
April 22, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves added four new west coast dates on her Oh, What a World: Tour II. New tour dates are on Aug. 20 at the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas; Aug 22 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego and Aug. 23 and 15 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.... »»»
April 19, 2019 - Thomas Rhett released another song - "Remember You Young" - today off his forthcoming release, "Center Point Road." The song is a reflection of childhood friends, marriage and children. Rhett once again teamed up with collaborators Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley ("Unforgettable, "Marry Me, "Life Changes").... »»»
April 18, 2019 - Dave Alvin's "King of California" will be reissued this summer in an expanded version by Craft Recordings. Available at streaming services and on CD, and for the first time on vinyl on June 28, the album was originally released in 1994 on Hightone Records. The remastered, expanded edition includes a... »»»
April 17, 2019 - Brent Cobb has announced a new leg of the "Sucker For a Good Time Tour." The heavy touring singer kicks off dates on Aug. 1 at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, S.C. and continues through November, making stops at New York's Bowery Ballroom and Chicago's Lincoln Hall. Artist presale tickets will be... »»»
April 17, 2019 - Brooks & Dunn debuted in first with "Reboot" on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending April 20. The disc pairs the duo on collaborations with other country artists. Luke Combs topped the Hot Country Songs chart with "Beautiful Crazy" sitting at the top for the eighth week.... »»»
April 17, 2019 - Sugarland's Kristian Bush and actress Rita Wilson will launch a joint concert tour kicking off June 5 in Atlanta. Wilson, a singer/songwriter, actress and producer, just released her fourth studio album, "Halfway To Home" (Sing it Loud/The Orchard) and was also recently honored by The Hollywood... »»»
April 16, 2019 - Chase Rice, Brett Young, Cody Johnson and Hunter Hayes will top the line-up during the CMA Fest's lineup for the nightly concerts at the Firestone Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8. The festivities kick off on Thursday night with Rice headlining.... »»»
April 16, 2019 - Aaron Watson unveiled the first dates of The Red Bandana Tour with 13 shows spanning coast to coast on its initial summer swing this summer. The tour starts on June 28 in Watson's hometown of Abilene, Texas, one week after the release of his "Red Bandana" album. "I am so excited to announce the new... »»»
April 15, 2019 - Kane Brown is going to be a dad. Brown made his announcement on Instagram today with the photo of his wife's ultrasound. "t's been so hard keeping this a secret!!!!! But the KB'S ARE GONNA BE PARENTS!!! KB3 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 IM GONNA BE A... »»»
April 15, 2019 - Brantley Gilbert announced he would launch the Not Like Us Tour this fall. Michael Ray, known for "Get To You," "One That Got Away," "Kiss You In The Morning" and "Think A Little Less" and guitarist/vocalist Lindsay Ell, who joined Gilbert on his first male/female duet "What Happens In A Small Town,"... »»»
April 13, 2019 - Rodney Crowell goes back to his Lone Star roots with a cast of friends for "Texas," coming out Aug. 15. Crowell will return to SiriusXM's Outlaw Country channel to host a special show devoted to his Texas heritage that will air multiple times during release week. Featuring Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett,... »»»
April 12, 2019 - Sara Evans returns to action in a different format. Evans leads "The Barker Family Band," a six-song EP, which includes her daughter, Olivia , and son Avery. The set includes originals and covers including Beyonce's "XO" and Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams. Sara and Olivia trade lead vocals and harmonies... »»»
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April 11, 2019 - "Buck Owens and the Buckaroos' The Complete Capitol Singles: 1971-1975" is coming out on Omnivore Recordings on May 31. The set is the third and final volume in a series chronicling every one of Buck's historic Capitol Records singles from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Taken from the original stereo... »»»
April 10, 2019 - The Country Music Association has added performances, including Brett Young and Chris Janson to the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest in Nashville in June. Young will take the stadium stage Saturday night, June 9, while Chris Janson will perform Sunday night, June 10.... »»»
April 10, 2019 - Earl Thomas Conley, one of the biggest country stars of the '80s with 18 number ones hits, died this morning at 77. Conley scored his first number one in 1981 with "Fire & Smoke." Starting with "Between Right and Wrong" a year later, all of his singles were either first or second on the Billboard Hot... »»»
April 9, 2019 - Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin will tour together this fall Friends for more than three decades, the pair will appear on stage together as an acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories. Carpenter and Colvin previously toured together in 2013. No dates were announced.... »»»
April 8, 2019 - Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" may not be sufficiently country for the country charts, but it jumped 15 spots to go number one on the songs chart. The Atlanta rapper had bee on the country charts with the song with a trap beat and a bit of a country sound as well, but one week after making the top 20, it... »»»
April 8, 2019 - Rascal Flatts released the video for its latest single "Back to Life" (Big Machine Records) today. The video was filmed live at their sold-out show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. "This was such a special night at a venue that's been on our bucket list for quite some time," said Jay Demarcus.... »»»
April 8, 2019 - Tucker Beathard's new single "Better Than Me" (Warner Music Nashville)went to country radio today. This is the first song taken from the second installment of his debut double album. Beathard wrote the song with Dan Isbell and Jonathan Singleton with the singer playing both lead guitar and drums.... »»»
April 8, 2019 - George Strait will have his 27th number 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart with his latest, "Honky Tonk Time Machine" when the charts are out on Tuesday. With 51,000 equivalent album units, the album also was fourth on the Billboard 200 chart and marks the largest week of 2019 for any country album.... »»»
April 7, 2019 - Keith Urban won the big award - Entertainer of the Year - at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Dan + Shay took three trophies at the ACMs while Kacey Musgraves won two. Urban was certainly happy by night's end. He thanked people on his team, his wife and the fans. Dan + Shay took the... »»»
April 5, 2019 - The musically controversial Lil Nas x song, "Old Town Road," may not be on the country charts, but that didn't stop Billy Ray Cyrus from singing on a remix of the song. Lil Nas X, an Atlanta rapper on Columbia Records, made the top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart a few weeks ago, but then... »»»
April 5, 2019 - Musical heavyweights Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire, who have played Vegas together, both are out with new releases today, leading a heavy release schedule. Brooks & Dunn go back in time and forward with "Reboot." The disc pairs them with artists ranging from Kacey Musgraves to Brothers Osborne to... »»»
April 5, 2019 - Miranda Lambert returns to the road this fall on the Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour 2019 with a slew of female arists supporting her. The tour, which launches Sept. 13 in Uncasville, Conn. and runs through Nov. 23 in Greensboro, N.C., will feature very special guests Maren Morris and Elle King as... »»»
April 5, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line is returning to the Las Vegas Strip for a residency of "Florida Georgia Line Live from Las Vegas" in November. The duo will play the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Nov. 6, 8, 9 and 12. FGL played Vegas in December. Tickets go on sale on April 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific time.... »»»
April 4, 2019 - Garth Brooks will play the University of Florida for free later this month. Brooks will appear on campus on Friday, April 19 before his sold-out Gainesville show on April 20.The university is located in Gainesville. Brooks is on a tour, mainly playing football stadiums. "It will be FREE for... »»»
April 3, 2019 - Vince Gill and Amy Grant will be back in Nashville in December for a series of holiday shows - Christmas at the Ryman - at the Ryman, they announced today. The shows will be held from Dec. 11-23. For the first time, there will be matinees. Three are slated for Dec. 15, 22 and 23.... »»»
April 3, 2019 - Brad Paisley helped break ground today for The Store, a nonprofit free-referral based grocery store he helped found with his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Belmont University is partnering with them. Paisley personally jumped onto the backhoe on site to officially break ground on The Store's location.... »»»
April 3, 2019 - Justin Moore postponed the release of his new album from late April to July. "Late Nights and Longnecks" was slated to be out on Valory/Big Machine on April 26, but he announced that his fifth studio disc was now due July 26. "Can't wait for y'all to listen to this record," Moore wrote on Instagram.... »»»
April 3, 2019 - Justin Townes Earle will put out "The Saint of Lost Causes" on May 24 on New West Records. The 12-song set was co-produced by Earle and his longtime engineer Adam Bednarik and was recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, which was founded by Cowboy Jack Clement in 1969. "The Saint of Lost Causes" is... »»»
April 2, 2019 - Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban were added to the lineup of live performances for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. They will be joined by presenters including Lauren Alaina, Beth Behrs, Clint Black, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessie James Decker, Hunter Hayes, Jay... »»»
April 2, 2019 - Luke Combs continues to top the Billboard charts as "This One's For You" was first again on the Top Country Albums chart as was "Beautiful Crazy" on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending April 6. On the songs chart, Dan + Shay were second with "Tequila," Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line... »»»
April 1, 2019 - Reviver Entertainment Group today announced the formation of a new record label imprint, Davmorerecords. Named in honor of Reviver CEO David Ross' father, industry veteran Moe Shulman, the label will operate under the Reviver Entertainment Group umbrella under the direction of Gator Michaels, who will... »»»
April 1, 2019 - Following two sold-out shows, Maren Morris has confirmed a third Los Angeles show along with adding several other fall dates, she announced on Monday. The new L.A. show at the Greek Theatre will be Sept. 14. She added dates in San Luis Obispo, Cal. and Milwaukee. Tickets for these shows go on sale this... »»»
April 1, 2019 - Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is returning to Austin. Nelson & Family, Luke Combs, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Hayes Carll, Colter Wall, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Gene Watson, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Bush, Folk Uke, Raelyn Nelson Band... »»»
April 1, 2019 - Granger Smith teamed up with Earl Dibbles Jr. for their first duet ever, "Holler." In reality, Smith and Dibbles, a hillbilly character, are one and the same because Dibbles is the alter ego of Smith. The two debuted the video over the weekend set to the backdrop of a throw down at the Yee Yee Farm.... »»»