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Country News Digest, May 2019

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May 31, 2019 - Soulful singer Thomas Rhett goes back to his roots with "Center Point Road," his third release. The disc is named for the road he grew up on in Nashville. Rhett helped compose all 16 songs. "Look What God Gave Her" is the first single. Less than three months after releasing her sophomore disc, "GIRL,"... »»»
May 31, 2019 - Runaway June will release its debut disc, "Blue Roses," on June 28 on Wheelhouse Records, part of Broken Bow Records. Produced by Dann Huff and Ross Copperman, the album contains the single "Buy My Own Drinks." "June has always had a special meaning to our band," said Jennifer Wayne, one-third of the female trio.... »»»
May 30, 2019 - The Americana Music Association announced today the first 115 of close to 300 acts slated to perform at their annual AMERICANAFEST, which runs from Sept. 10-15 in Nashville. The list includes Lori McKenna, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Brandy Clark, Buddy Miller, Jade Bird and Tanya Tucker Artists... »»»
May 29, 2019 - Jon Pardi's upcoming disc, "Heartache Medication," will contain 14 songs, he announced today. He also unveiled the cover art. Pardi had a hand in writing seven of the songs. Lauren Alaina sings with Pardi on "Don't Blame It on the Whiskey," a song in part written by Miranda Lambert and Eric Church.... »»»
May 29, 2019 - Kelsey Waldon signed a deal with Oh Boy Records, the label started by one of her musical heroes, John Prine. This marks the first signing in 14 years of a new artist by Oh Boy, which is based in Nashville. Waldon, a native of Monkey's Eyebrow, Ky. has played shows with Prine before, but none as... »»»
May 28, 2019 - Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride were among those named today by the Academy of Country Music as recipients of the Special Awards for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. Honorees will be celebrated on Aug. 21 in Nashville during the 13th annual ACM Honors, an... »»»
May 28, 2019 - Eric Church set an attendance record for Nashville's Nissan Stadium on Saturday while also becoming the first artist to do a solo show. A crowd of 56,521 fans saw Church deliver almost 40 songs with a show of nearly four hours. He kicked off the night with "Drowning Man" before meeting backup singer... »»»
May 24, 2019 - Maren Morris will release an EP, "Maren Morris: Reimagined," on May 31, featuring reworked acoustic renditions of three of her biggest hits with producer Dave Cobb through Apple Music. As a companion to the EP, Apple Music will also be releasing a special short film that takes fans behind the scenes in... »»»
May 24, 2019 - Old Crow Medicine Show's Chance McCoy released his new single "Lonesome Pine" today. McCoy will release his debut album in the fall. The songs reflects on his time spent as a wilderness guide in the American West. "You've never truly been down and out until you've spent a night out in the woods... »»»
May 24, 2019 - Randy Travis released his first song - "One in Row" - in six years today. Travis has not released any new music since a massive stroke in 2013 affected his ability to perform. The song, penned by Buddy Jewell and Thom McHugh, was recorded before the stroke but never widely released to audiences,... »»»
May 24, 2019 - Billy Ray Cyrus is out with his 16th album, "The Snakedoctor Circus." The set consists of nine originals and was released by BMG. Cyrus recorded the disc in Muscle Shoals, Ala. with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Spooner Oldham (piano), Nashville Musician's Hall of Fame member Will McFarlane, as well as... »»»
May 23, 2019 - The Josh Abbott Band will release an EP, "Catching Fire," on June 28. "Little More You" was released as the single. The other songs on the disc are "Little More You," "Surprise Surprise" and "Oughta Get Drunk." Abbott has released five albums independently, including "Until My Voice Gives Out," in 2017.... »»»
May 22, 2019 - Jimmie Allen released the video today for "Make Me Want To." The video debuted on Viacom's Times Square billboard and CMT platforms. "I'm a huge fan of Disney, Harry Potter and 'The Notebook.' I wanted to create a video that showcased my love for all three," Allen told CMT. "I feel like authenticity... »»»
May 22, 2019 - Broken Bow Records signed Kentucky native Elvie Shane, it was announced Wednesday. Shane gained some attention for his song "My Boy," written about his stepson. "The second that I walked into BBR, I became dead set on becoming a part of their team. There was such a sense of respect and camaraderie... »»»
May 21, 2019 - Lori McKenna will release new acoustic versions of two songs from her "Bittertown" album, "Bible Song" and "Stealing Kisses," on July 24 on CN Records in honor of the album's 15th-year anniversary. The re-recorded songs were produced by Luke Laird and recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville.... »»»
May 21, 2019 - The Long Ryders announced they're heading back on tour in support of its first album in more than 30 years, "Psychedelic Country Soul," via Omnivore Recordings. The band's original line up - Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens and Greg Sowders - will hit the road starting Sept. 11 in Louisville, Ky.... »»»
May 21, 2019 - Luke Combs will release a five-song EP, "The Prequel," on June 7 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. Combs helped write all five songs including lead single, "Beer Never Broke My Heart." The song has achieved 11 million streams, setting the record for the best first week of streaming ever... »»»
May 20, 2019 - Jon Pardi will release his third album, "Heartache Medication," on Sept. 28, he announced today. Pardi, who has alternated between traditional country and rock, is in the traditional camp with fiddle kicking off the song. He wrote the song with Natalie Hemby and Barry Dean. "The single 'Heartache... »»»
May 20, 2019 - Academy of Country Music announced the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award winners for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. The winners and soon to be announced Special Award recipients will be honored during the 13th annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special... »»»
May 19, 2019 - Travis Tritt and his crew were unhurt following a fatal accident in South Carolina early Saturday morning in which two people were killed. A vehicle apparently drove down the wrong way on a highway. Travis' tour base sustained slight damage trying to avoid the accident. "We were just involved in a... »»»
May 17, 2019 - Lil Nas X has premiered the video for his global smash hit "Old Town Road" remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. The song sparked controversy because it was on the Billboard country charts and then removed. The song contains a country vibe and a trap hip hop beat. Cyrus stepped in and did a remix version... »»»
May 17, 2019 - Former BR549 mainstay Chuck Mead is going back to playing for tips. But only for the record release festivities in Nashville. Mead, who releases "Close to Home" on June 21, plans to do six shows around Music City between June 18 and 23 including Robert's Western World, where BR549 used to play for... »»»
May 16, 2019 - Lee Brice, Tyler Rich and Mickey Guyton will join the list of performers for the 2019 Concert for Love & Acceptance in Nashville on June 6. Anita Cochran will return as performer and musical director. The show features a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing to accelerate... »»»
May 16, 2019 - Montgomery Gentry's new seven-track EP, "Outskirts," will be out June 14 via Average Joes Entertainment. Produced by Noah Gordon and Shannon Houchins, the disc is the second release since the death of Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash in New Jersey in September 2017. "Here's to You" came out in early 2018.... »»»
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May 15, 2019 - Clare Bowen, a star of the TV show "Nashville," will release her debut disc on July 12, she announced today. "I am over the moon to announce that my debut album is coming out in the U.S. on July 12!," Bowen said online. "I was lucky enough to tour the album internationally last year and share it with... »»»
May 15, 2019 - Jesse Dayton will release "Mixtape Volume 1," a collection of coveres, on Aug. 9 on Blue Elan Records. Dayton offers his own reinterpretations of songs from Neil Young, The Clash, Elton John, ZZ Top and others. The track list is: 1. "Redneck Friend" (Jackson Browne) 2. "Harvest" (Neil Young) 3.... »»»
May 14, 2019 - Lori McKenna led the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards nominations with four, it was announced Tuesday John Prine and ace producer Dave Cobb captured three nominations apiece. The nominations, announced by last year's hosts The Milk Carton Kids, were handed out in six categories.... »»»
May 14, 2019 - Keith Urban today released "We Were," a reflective mid-tempo ode to mischievous youth, as his new single. The song is presumably going to be on next studio album. Urban released "Graffiti U" in April 2018. "I like the idea that life just happens," said Urban. "At some point, whether in the moment or... »»»
May 13, 2019 - Vince Gill announced today he would be out with his first album in three years, "Okie," on Aug. 23. He also is releasing a new song, the ballad "Letter to Mama." Gill had a hand in writing all 12 songs on the release. "I thought this was going to be a songwriter record, not a concept album," Gill said.... »»»
May 13, 2019 - Danielle Bradbery and Devin Dawson will be among five country artists heading east for a series of concerts in Europe in October as part of the Country Music Association's international artist-focused touring series, Introducing Nashville. Chris Lane, Travis Denning and Rachel Wammack also will be on... »»»
May 13, 2019 - Trisha Yearwood will release her new single, "Every Girl in This Town," on June 6. The song is the first to be released from Yearwood's country record coming this fall. This will be her first full-length country record since 2007's "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love." She recently released "Let's... »»»
May 10, 2019 - Billy Ray Cyrus recruited Potsy Ponciroli of Hideout Pictures and Mikey Peterson of Nug Nation for a stop-motion animated video for "Angel in my Pocket," included on Cyrus' new studio album, The SnakeDoctor Circus, available May 24 from BMG. Cyrus co-wrote the song with Don Von Tress, who also penned... »»»
May 9, 2019 - Old Dominion add new dates and cities to its "Make It Sweet Tour." The band booked more shows through the end of the year and early 2020 with openeers including Scotty McCreery (eight shows),Michael Ray (five dates), and Jordan Davis who has been added to the international run.... »»»
May 8, 2019 - Alabama announced today it would add a second leg to its 50th anniversary tour with almost 30 dates. Newly-announced tour stops include Grand Rapids, Mich., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Bangor, Maine, Charlotte, N.C., Tallahassee, Fla., Baltimore, Md, Madison, Wisc., Birmingham, Ala., Columbia, S.C.... »»»
May 7, 2019 - Luke Combs notched a chart double on the Billboard chart for the week ending May 11. He led the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You" and was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Beautiful Crazy." On the songs chart, Morgan Wallen was second with "Whiskey Glasses," Blake Shelton... »»»
May 7, 2019 - Canadian duo Kacy & Clayton are set to return with "Carrying On" via New West Records on Oct. 4. The 10-song set was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at The Loft, Wilco's recording studio & rehearsal space in Chicago. "Carrying On" is the follow-up to "Strange Country.... »»»
May 6, 2019 - Tanya Tucker has signed with Fantasy Records, the label announced today. Tucker is set to release her brand-new album in late summer 2019. Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, "While I'm Livin'" will mark Tucker's first release of all new material since 2002's "Tanya.... »»»
May 6, 2019 - Ruston Kelly, who has maintained a steady touring schedule since the release of his well-received debut last fall, will continue his extensive headline tour this fall including stops at in New York, Boston, Austin and Washington. Kelly released "Dying Star" on Rounder Records. The disc contains a lot... »»»
May 6, 2019 - George Strait announced today he would play two shows in May in Kansas and Nebraska in 2020. Strait has eschewed touring, but does occasional concerts. Strait plays INTRUST Bank Arena on Friday, Jan. 24, 202 for Visit Wichita Presents Strait to Oz and in Kansas City for Strait to the Heartland at... »»»
May 3, 2019 - Joy Williams is out with "Front Porch," her fourth solo album. At one time a Christian artist and later one-half of the late group, The Civil Wars, this is first release since 2015's "Venus." The 12-song release was produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang... »»»
May 3, 2019 - Old Dominion released a new single, "Some People Do," today. The soul-baring track about redemption and second chances presumably will be on the band's next release. The song follows the current single "Make It Sweet," which went number one earlier this week on the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts.... »»»
May 2, 2019 - Carrie Underwood launched her new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360 Wednesday night with a sold-out show at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. This is the first of more than 55 shows in the U.S. and Canada. Underwood was joined on the all female bill by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.... »»»
May 1, 2019 - Luke Combs' new single, "Beer Never Broke My Heart," will premiere worldwide next Wednesday, May 8 at 9 a.m. eastern. The song is the lead track from his upcoming sophomore album. He released his debut, "This One's For You" in June 2017 and a deluxe version last year. Combs will perform the new song... »»»
May 1, 2019 - Dustin Lynch will release the official video for his new single, "Ridin' Roads" on Thursday. Premiering exclusively on CMT, CMT Music, at 6 a.m. and Viacom Times Square Billboards in New York City at noon and 5 p.m. eastern, Mason Dixon directed the video. Filmed in the Everglades, the video... »»»