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Country News Digest, July 2019

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July 31, 2019 - Old Dominion's sophomore album, "Happy Endings," was officially certified GOLD by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 units. The album, which came out in August 2017, produced three number one singles: "No Such Things As A Broken Heart" certified PLATINUM, "Written In The Sand" certified PLATINUM and "Hotel... »»»
July 31, 2019 - Chris Janson will release his third major label disc, "Real Friends," on Oct. 18 via Warner Music Nashville. "'Real Friends' is my favorite album I've made yet, hands down," Janson said. "I made 'Real Friends' with actual real friends. I produced the album with real friends, wrote all the songs with... »»»
July 30, 2019 - Garth Brooks announced that he is heading west to Buck Owens country for his second Dive Bar gig. Brooks will play the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Cal. on Aug. 15. The venue was owned by the late Owens. The Crystal Palace brings good memories for Brooks because it was at the venue that he became... »»»
July 29, 2019 - Chris Janson released a new song, "Say About Me," the third release from his upcoming third album due later this year. Janson wrote the 10 rocking country song with Shy Carter and Tommy Cecil. Janson's current single is "Good Vibes." He also teamed up with Carter, Cecil and Craig Wiseman for "Waitin... »»»
July 27, 2019 - The debut of The Highwomen on Friday at the Newport Folk Festival featured songs from the quartet's upcoming CD. The group consists of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Squires, who played their first concert ever before a rapturous overflow crowd. The setlist... »»»
July 26, 2019 - After many months of delay, Justin Moore is out with "Late Nights and Longnecks" today. Moore had a hand in writing all 10 songs on the release. Tipping his cap to Alan Jackson and George Strait, the record is Moore is said to be most traditional-sounding collection to... »»»
July 26, 2019 - Aubrie Sellers returns with her new single "Drag You Down." The track, released via Soundly Music, reunites Sellers with co-producer Frank Liddell (Jack Ingram, Chris Knight, Brandi Carlile) and is the the first song from an expected second album. "I'm so excited to dive in full throttle and share... »»»
July 25, 2019 - The long-running and well-respected Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this year will include Steve Earle, Margo Price, Calexico and Iron & Wine, The Milk Carton Kids and Hayes Carll, it was announced today. The 19th edition will be held at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from Oct.... »»»
July 25, 2019 - Zac Brown Band will release a new album, "The Owl," on Sept. 20, the band just announced. The first single from the disc is "Leaving Love Behind." "Big things happened tonight, new album announced," the band posted on its Instagram site. "We've been working tirelessly on this album over the past... »»»
July 25, 2019 - Mitchell Tenpenny announced today his headlining Anything She Says Tour. New act Seaforth will open the shows, which start in Nashville on Oct. 10 and end Dec. 15 in New York. "So excited to get to do my own tour with my homies Seaforth," said Tenpenny. "Can't wait to see y'all out there - it's gonna be a party.... »»»
July 24, 2019 - The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their hits and holiday classics on their 2019 Down Home Christmas Tour. The 30-plus date tour kicks off Nov. 13 in Branson, Mo with shows in 28 cities. In conjunction with the tour, the Oaks' latest Christmas album, "Down Home... »»»
July 24, 2019 - Balsam Range, Sam Bush Band, The Earls of Leicester, Del McCoury Band and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will vie for the Entertainer of the Year honor at the IBMAs, it was announced Wednesday. Three inductees into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame were named: Dobro player Mike Auldridge, banjo player Bill... »»»
July 23, 2019 - John Prine will need surgery this week, resulting in postponement of remaining summer dates. "With sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused, the Prine family and Oh Boy Records regretfully announce the postponement of the following John Prine Summer tour dates. We are currently working... »»»
July 23, 2019 - Sturgill Simpson is set to release a new disc this fall in conjunction with a Japanese anime film. Last month, Sturgill Simpson released "The Dead Don't Die," the original theme song for Jim Jarmusch's zombie movie of the same name. Simpson announced "Sound & Fury" at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend... »»»
July 23, 2019 - The Infamous Stringdusters' Jeremy Garrett has signed with Organic Records to release a solo album of his own original music. "I'm overjoyed to sign with Organic Records and to work not only with some of the very best in the business, but also with one of my very good friends and frequent writing... »»»
July 23, 2019 - Big Loud Records announced it has started a "partnership" with Songs & Daughters a new, female-focused label with ace songwriter Nicolle Galyon. Galyon, who has written for artists including Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, will be president of Songs & Daughters.... »»»
July 22, 2019 - Old Crow Medicine Show will release "Live From The Ryman" on Sept. 20 on Columbia. OCMS debuted at the Opry at the Ryman in 2001, and by 2005, were headlining their own shows at the venue. The band's New Year's Eve shows began in 2009. Old Crow Medicine Show has played the Ryman stage over 40 times.... »»»
July 22, 2019 - Kip Moore said he will play the six-date Bud Light Dive Bar Tour today. The series is known for bringing sell-out artists to intimate dive bar stages. The exclusive run will kick-off in Detroit on Aug. 15 and fans can only win tickets beginning today, July 22nd through radio contesting, social media... »»»
July 22, 2019 - Mason Ramsey will release the "Twang" EP this Friday, Atlantic Records announced today. The five-song collection is his first in more than one year. This marks the first time Ramsey is credited as a co-writer. Ramsey was involved in a just released remix of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray... »»»
July 19, 2019 - Crystal Gayle will drop her first new album in nearly 16 years, "You Don't Know Me" on Sept. 6. Southpaw Musical Productions is putting out the album recorded and mixed by Gayle's son Christos Gatzimos. The collection finds Gayle covering the songs of artists including George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck... »»»
July 19, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves announced five additional tour dates today with new shows in New York, Nashville and Dallas. The dates are part of her Oh, What a World: Tour II. Musgraves plays Dallas' The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on Oct. 10-11, New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Oct.... »»»
July 19, 2019 - Sony Music Nashville signed Niko Moon, who has written songs for the Zac Brown Band, to the RCA Nashville imprint,. The label put out "Good Time" and "Drunk Over You," two tracks available now from his forthcoming debut EP. "I'm so excited to be announcing my partnership with Sony/RCA, CAA and Make... »»»
July 19, 2019 - The HighWomenn - the supergroup consisting of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby - will release their self-titled debut on Sept. 6 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records. The quartet will put a dozen-song disc with band members having a hand writing every song.... »»»
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July 19, 2019 - The Highwomen - the all female super group comprised of Maren Morris, Brandi Carlisle, Amanda and Natalie Hemby - released their first song, "Redesigning Women" at midnight Thursday. The release precedes an album that is likely to come out later this year. The quartet will makes its concert debut next... »»»
July 18, 2019 - Miranda Lambert released a new single, "It All Comes Out in the Wash," which premiered this morning. The song is Lambert's music in nearly three years. "When we were little, our moms would say 'let's not worry about a stain.' Everyone goes through times in life that are difficult and has moments that... »»»
July 17, 2019 - The Gina Furtado Project was formed by the band's namesake, a banjo player who was with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. Joining her full-time are bassist Max Johnson (Molly Tuttle); Asheville, N.C.-based guitarist Drew Matulich (Billy Strings) and Gina's sister, violinist Malia Furtado who is also... »»»
July 16, 2019 - Alabama, Steve Wariner and studio greats were among a slew of artists named to the Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Warner will be joining in the musicians category along with Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals. Alabama (Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen) will join through the Lifetime Achievement Award.... »»»
July 15, 2019 - Russell Smith, the lead singer of Amazing Rhythm Aces, died on Friday of cancer at 70. Smith was the writer behind the band's biggest hits "Third Rate Romance" and "Amazing Grace (Used to be Her Favorite Song)." He also was the lead singer of the country novelty group Run C&W. Smith played with member... »»»
July 15, 2019 - Oklahoma native Kylie Morgan signed with UMG Nashville, it was announced today. "When I was 12, I told my mom I wasn't going to college and going to move to Nashville to be a country music singer. Well Mama, I DID IT!! I've waited 24 years for this moment and my heart could not be more full," Morgan... »»»
July 15, 2019 - Chris Knight will release his first new music in over seven years with "Almost Daylight" on Oct. 11 via Thirty Tigers. Knight's ninth album contains tales of small-town despair ("I Won't Look Back") and outsiders bound by love ("Crooked Mile") along with testaments to perseverance ("Go On"),... »»»
July 12, 2019 - James Barker Band and Brett Kissel lead the Canadian Country Music Association awards nominations with five apiece. Kissel is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, MNP Male Artist of the Year and Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year .... »»»
July 12, 2019 - Chris Young and Lauren Alaina released their collaboration, "Town Ain't Big Enough," to digital and streaming services today. Young wrote the anthem with Cary Barlowe, Corey Crowder and Shay Mooney, who also contributes background vocals on the track. The lyrics include the lines: This town ain't... »»»
July 11, 2019 - Acoustic roots quintet The Steel Wheels release their seventh studio disc, "Over the Trees." The band recorded the 11 songs in Maine with producer Sam Kassirer, who also produced their previous effort, "Wild As We Came Here." The difference is that the Virginia-based band adds percussion to the mix.... »»»
July 11, 2019 - Luke Combs will extend his sold out "Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour" with five new dates including a second show added in Nashville. Combs added a second show at Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 12 after selling out the first show in six minutes. The additional dates also include stops at Los Angeles'... »»»
July 11, 2019 - Two years in the making, Kenny Chesney is reliving his concerts with a massive coffee table book, "Kenny Chesney: Living in Fast Forward." With only 3,500 books being printed, Chesney will institute a lottery system to sell them to his fan club. The 456-page book features 571 pictures by photographers... »»»
July 10, 2019 - Jeremy Ivey, a member of wife Margo Price's band, will go his own musicl route. He will put out his debut, "The Dream and the Dreamer," on Sept. 13 via ANTI- Records. "The only objective here was to film some ridiculous scenarios and make them seem ordinary," Ivey said of the music video for the new... »»»
July 9, 2019 - Luke Bryan will head to the farms again this fall for concerts on six never-before payed farms for his 11th Farm Tour. Bryan, who will take a break from his Sunset Repeat Tour, will feature Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny, the Peach Pickers and DJ Rock during the Sept. 26-Oct. 5 run.... »»»
July 9, 2019 - Kane Brown will headline STAPLES Center's 20th anniversary concert at the downtown Los Angeles arena on Oct. 18. The concert marks the first major milestone event in what will be a year-long celebration of the arena's history since opening the doors on Oct. 17, 1999. "We are thrilled to have Kane... »»»
July 8, 2019 - Old Dominion announced its self-titled, third studio album will be out Oct. 25. For the first time, the band will be co-producing the album alongside longtime collaborator Shane McAnally. Old Dominion recently named "One Man Band" as the next radio single. The band's most recent single "Make It... »»»
July 8, 2019 - Garth Brooks announced a new tour on Sunday, the Dive Bar Tour, which starts July 15 in Chicago. That was the only date announced on the tour. Brooks will play Joe's on Weed Street, it was announced Monday with local radio stations distributing the tickets. There will be seven dates on the tour.... »»»
July 3, 2019 - Willie's Remedy, the company co-founded by Willie Nelson and wife Annie Nelson, is releasing two new products: Willie's Remedy Relief Balm and Willie's Remedy Tea, he announced today. The new items, infused with hemp oil, arrive after the debut of Willie's Remedy Coffee, and Willie's Remedy Hemp Oil Tincture.... »»»
July 2, 2019 - Mitchell Tenpenny is set for a Nashville residency July 8-10 at listening rooms throughout the city, featuring a diverse lineup of artists and songwriters. On July 8, the CMT and ACM Awards nominee will host a writers round at the Listening Room Cafe featuring Jameson Rodgers, Seaforth and The Sisterhood Band.... »»»
July 1, 2019 - Kenny Chesney will release a new single, "Tip of My Tongue," on July 12, the first song from an upcoming album. Blue Chair/Warner Music Nashville will release the song. Chesney has spent a chunk of this years on his Songs for the Saints Tour. "It's funny how a figure of speech can lead you to all... »»»