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Country News Digest, June 2019

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June 28, 2019 - Trisha Yearwood revealed the track list for her upcoming 14-song CD, "Every Girl." This fall, she launches her first solo tour in five years. The "Every Girl On Tour" kicks off Oct. 3 with a special three-night engagement with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.... »»»
June 28, 2019 - Runaway June released its debut CD today, while Josh Abbott Band is out with an EP. Runaway June, a trio consisting of Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne, is out with "Blue Roses." The group has had three songs that have charted with "Buy My Own Drinks" doing the best.... »»»
June 27, 2019 - Jeff Austin, a founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band, died on Wednesday at 45 in Seattle. Austin had announced on Saturday that he would have to cancel appearances at three festivals due to a medical emergency. Austin was born in Arlington Heights, Ill. on April 25, 1974.... »»»
June 27, 2019 - Dierks Bentley unveiled the up-and-coming artists stage who will play at his Seven Peaks Music Festival coming to Colorado in late August. The stage will host artists Clare Dunn, HARDY, Lauren Jenkins, Larkin Poe, Kendell Marvel, Rapidgrass, Teddy Robb, Seaforth, Chris Shiflett and Rita Wilson.... »»»
June 26, 2019 - Gaby Barrett, an American Idol finalist, has signed a deal with Warner Records Nashville, she announced today. The big-voiced Barrett, a native of Pennsylvania, has released the single "I Hope." She is currently in the studio working with Ross Copperman on her debut for Warner. A native of Munhall, Pa.... »»»
June 25, 2019 - Brad Paisley and Toby Keith are among the 2019 nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In the Songwriter category, nominees are Shawn Camp, Ed Hill, Marcus Hummon, Archie Jordan, Kostas, Rivers Rutherford, Ronnie Rogers and Jerry Salley. The nominees in the Songwriter/Artist category are... »»»
June 25, 2019 - Alabama's "50th Anniversary Tour" winds down with a final stop in Music City later this year. The trio announced today that its "50th Anniversary End of Tour Celebration" is set for Nov. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Band members Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen have recruited Country... »»»
June 24, 2019 - Newcomer Trea Landon released a second song "Get the Girl," the follow-up to "Loved by a Country Boy." The 26-year-old Georgian said, of the new song, "This song is about a girl that isn't impress with just pick-up lines. You have to go above and beyond to get a girl like this to be interested in you.... »»»
June 21, 2019 - It's a busy release day today with releases from the likes of Willie Nelson and a few couples, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis and Buddy and Julie Miller, among others. Nelson is out with "Ride Me Back Home," an 11-song disc produced by Buddy Cannon. Nelson, 86, wrote three songs with Cannon, who also... »»»
June 21, 2019 - Kane Brown and producer superstar Marshmello officially released their new single, "One Thing Right," today. Written by Brown, Marshmello, Jesse Frasure, Josh Hoge and Matthew McGinn, "One Thing Right" (Joytime Collective/RCA Nashville) is Marshmello's first collaboration with a country music artist... »»»
June 21, 2019 - Brett Young announced today he will release "The Acoustic Sessions" EP on Sept. 13. The stripped-down collection features five tracks co-written by Young from his chart-topping album "Ticket to L.A." CD, which came out in December. Available today, Young delivers the acoustic treatment to his... »»»
June 20, 2019 - Granger Smith and his wife Amber, who lost their three-year-old son River in a pool accident at their home in Texas, released a video, updating fans of how they are doing. Smith said in the heartfelt, emotional video that he would start touring next week with his family aboard next week.... »»»
June 19, 2019 - Canadian singer Sykamore is the first artist to sign with Music Knox Records, a joint venture between country music producer Michael Knox and BBR Music Group/BMG. Sykamore moved to Nashville in 2017 after being discovered on Twitter by hit songwriter, Rhett Akins. Soon after, she signed a publishing... »»»
June 18, 2019 - Brett Eldredge will return to Europe at the beginning of 2020 for a run of headlining dates. The tour will include shows in Germany, Netherlands and stops all across the United Kingdom. "Playing on tour in Europe this year was such a musical game changer for me that we decided to book my very own... »»»
June 17, 2019 - The Mavericks will hit the road with a series of events to make the group's 30 years together. Shows will feature special staging and reimagine the group's catalog, from their early days in Miami's punk and alternative scene through their chart-topping years in the '90s and 2000s and right up to their reunion.... »»»
June 17, 2019 - Hunter Hayes released a new song "One Good Reason." The ballad, written and produced by Hayes and Sam Ellis, tells the story of the reasons behind a breakup and serves as the fourth song off of his upcoming album expected later this year. 'One Good Reason' represents a totally different side of this... »»»
June 17, 2019 - Old Dominion released "One Man Band" as their next radio single. "One Man Band" impacted country radio today as the most added song. Old Dominion front man Matthew Ramsey said, "'One Man Band' is the first true 'love song' we've ever released. One of the things we talk about the most in this band is... »»»
June 15, 2019 - Fresh off releasing her new single "Every Girl In This Town," Trisha Yearwood has announced the"Every Girl On Tour," which kicks off Oct. 3 for three nights with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The 22-city trek stops in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, St.... »»»
June 14, 2019 - Mason Ramsey released a new single, "Twang," today. Ramsey, 12, put out a video as well. Ramsey gained some success last year with his "Famous" EP that was traditional country with odes to Hank Williams Sr. in particular. As the youngest major label country artist signed in the genre in nearly two... »»»
June 14, 2019 - Montgomery Gentry released the seven-song EP "Outskirts" today. This marked the second release since the death of Troy Gentry in September 2017 in a helicopter accident while en route to a New Jersey gig. Noah Gordon and Shannon Houchins produced the set. The song "King of the World" features ace guitarist Steve Vai.... »»»
June 14, 2019 - Following an emotionally-charged performance of "Drowning" during his Opry appearance last week, Chris Young has released the song today. The grief-soaked song was penned in tribute to Adam, a close friend of Chris's who passed away several years ago. "When I wrote this song with Corey Crowder and... »»»
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June 13, 2019 - Thomas Rhett debuted in first on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums chart for the week ending June 15 with "Center Point Road." Blake Shelton was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "God's Country." On the albums chart, Luke Combs was second with "This One's For You," Dan + Shay third with... »»»
June 13, 2019 - The upcoming PBS documentary: "Country Music - A Film By Ken Burns" will be available as a soundtrack in a five-CD deluxe box set on Aug. 30. Legacy will release a suite of soundtrack products, including 2CD, 2LP and digital configurations of the multi-artist album, on Sept. 13.... »»»
June 12, 2019 - Keith Urban has a new show on Graffiti U World Tour, he announced today. The tour, which debuted this past weekend in New York, features new music, including the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year's latest single "We Were," and a brand-new production and lighting design.... »»»
June 12, 2019 - Wade Bowen released a short film today, "Inconsistent Chaos," a documentary short film about mental health. The singer chronicles his struggles with vocal chord issues that left him unsure if he would be able to sing again and the death of his nephew and crew member Chase Everett Cavender, who died by... »»»
June 12, 2019 - Luke Combs will be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry. The country star received the word on Tuesday when Craig Morgan, Chris Janson and John Conlee walked onstage to ask Combs if he wanted to join. Conlee told Combs, "I just want you to know that the Grand Ole Opry" with Combs responding, "I love... »»»
June 12, 2019 - Todd Snider assembled a new band to hit the road in September to play a few select shows on the continuation of his 'Cash Cabin Session' album tour. Snider will gather together with Hard Working Americans' band mates Neal Casal, Jesse Aycock and Chad Staehly as well as welcome into the fold Nashville... »»»
June 11, 2019 - Garth Brooks had a record-breaking audience Saturday at Denver's Mile High Stadium with 84,500 fans, making it the biggest ticketed event in stadium history. Brooks broke the previous record of 77,000 set by U2 in 2011. Since launching The Stadium tour, Brooks has broken attendance records in St.... »»»
June 10, 2019 - Four straight days of sold-out shows and capacity crowds plus surprise performances and collaborations summed up the 48th annual CMA Fest. At Nissan Stadium, Lil Nas X was joined by Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban for a surprise performance of "Old Town Road," the number 1 song in the country for 10... »»»
June 10, 2019 - Chris Young officially joined the "Billion-Airs" club as the singer was surprised onstage during his Artist of the Day play at CMA Music Fest with plaques commemorating his more than 2 billion career streams and 12 million singles sold. Young shared the honor with fans at Fan Fair X floor.... »»»
June 7, 2019 - Luke Combs is out with "The Prequel EP," a five-song collection, which includes the hit "Beer Never Broke My Heart." Produced by Scott Moffatt, the EP is out on River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. The songs are: 1. Beer Never Broke My Heart (written by Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Jonathan Singleton) 2.... »»»
June 6, 2019 - The 48th annual CMA Fest kicked off Thursday with nearly 100 performances on 11 stages throughout downtown Nashville. F Fans packed the festival for performances, meet and greets and prize giveaways at Xfinity Fan Fair X .Billy Currington kicked off the Chevy Riverfront Stage performing hit songs like... »»»
June 6, 2019 - Trisha Yearwood unveils her new single "Every Girl In This Town" today. The song sets the stage for the fall 2019 release of Yearwood's first full-length country record since 2007's "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love." Earlier this year, Yearwood paid homage to Frank Sinatra with "Lets Be Frank.... »»»
June 6, 2019 - The youngest son of Granger Smith has passed away at the age of three, apparently after drowning in a pool, Smith announced today. "I have to deliver unthinkable news. We've lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and despite doctor's best efforts, he was unable to be revived.... »»»
June 5, 2019 - Garth Brooks will duet with Blake Shelton on the track "Dive Bar." Announcing the news during an interview with Entertainment Tonight at Shelton's Ole Red Bar in Nashville, Brooks said fans will get to hear the song for the first time live when he and Shelton perform the track at Brooks' Boise, Idaho's... »»»
June 5, 2019 - Midland will "Let It Roll" in late August because that's when the trio's sophomore album hits the streets. "We are excited to announce our new album 'Let it Roll' will be released on August 23rd. This is us and our band - the songs are deeply personal and from the heart. We look forward to sharing it... »»»
June 4, 2019 - Brett Young released a video for his new single "Catch." Directed by Seth Kupersmith and filmed at Young's alma-mater, the University of Mississippi, the video has a semi-autobiographical storyline, transporting back to his chapter as a collegiate baseball player and chronicling snippets of an... »»»
June 3, 2019 - Randy Houser will hit the road with the Magnolia Tour this fall. Kicking off in October, the tour will go through the end of the year "My true passion is being out on the road, playing music," said Houser. "That's kind of what 'No Stone Unturned' is all about> I've always fancied myself a little bit... »»»
June 3, 2019 - Brad Paisley's 2019 World Tour launched this past weekend with shows in Albuquerque, N.M., hoenix and San Diego, playing to capacity crowds at all stops. Special guests on the U.S. tour dates are Chris Lane and rising singer-songwriter Riley Green. Lane will also be on the European dates.... »»»