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Country News Digest, August 2019

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August 30, 2019 - Sara Evans, along with her daughter Olivia Barker (16) and son Avery Barker (19), released a live album today, "Live From City Winery Nashville" on her Born To Fly Records. The 16-song collection was recorded live from the family band's sold-out concert at City Winery Nashville during their limited... »»»
August 30, 2019 - Ashley McBryde is out with a new song, the first from a sophomore disc expected in 2020. "One Night Standards" was released today. McBryde was sitting in a writer's room of her management office in East Nashville earlier this year with "Girl Going Nowhere's" "Livin' Next to Leroy" and "A Little Dive... »»»
August 29, 2019 - The Americana Music Association announced today an additional 56 showcasing acts that round out a lineup of more than 300 artists playing the 20th annual AMERICANAFEST from Sept. 15-20 in Nashville. The new artists named include Banditos Ben Danaher Beth Nielsen Chapman Bette Smith Brandy... »»»
August 29, 2019 - Colt Ford will release his seventh studio album, "We the People, Volume 1" on Sept. 20 on his Average Joe's Entertainment. The 14-song album includes "Slow Ride," the groove-driven song featuring guest vocals by Mitchell Tenpenny. The accompanying video for "Slow Ride" featuring Tenpenny was directed... »»»
August 28, 2019 - Muscle Shoals musician, songwriter and actor Donnie Fritts, who had success as a country songwriter and musician has died at 76 after a lengthy battle with health issues. Fritts was an influence in the development Southern soul music whose songs were recorded by Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Ray... »»»
August 28, 2019 - Maren Morris topped the 53rd annual Country Music Association awards nominations on Wednesday with six. Brothers Osborne receives four nominations, the second most nominations this year, while 11 garner three nominations each-Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Scott Hendricks, Dann... »»»
August 27, 2019 - Lauren Alaina postponed her fall tour until January. Alaina had to push off the tour because of her participation in Dancing With the Stars with filming set for this fall. Fillmore will be opening the shows. The new dates of the That Girl Was Me Tour are: Jan. 15-16 - Nashville Jan. 18 - Indianapolis Jan.... »»»
August 26, 2019 - The Milk Carton Kids will once again host the Americana Honors and awards Show, while Buddy Miller will return as musical director of the 18th annual event on Sept. 11 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Miller will lead the Americana All-Star Band featuring Brady Blade, Ian Fitchuk, Jim Hoke, Shannon... »»»
August 23, 2019 - Tanya Tucker releases her first album in 17 years, while Midland releases its second album and veteran Vince Gill is back with a very personal album. Tucker is out with "While I'm Livin'," an autobiographically-based disc, although she only wrote one song. Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings... »»»
August 22, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line are expanding beyond their own music by forming a record label, Round Here Records. The duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley signed Canaan Smith as the first artist. Smith previously had an album out on Mercury in 2014. Smith has released a song, "Beer Drinkin' Weather," an... »»»
August 21, 2019 - Taylor Swift said in an interview slated to be released on CBS Sunday Morning that she would re-record her first six albums in an effort to regain control over her work. Swift, who releases a new disc, "Lover," on Friday on Universal Music, chastised her former label, Big Machine Label Group, for... »»»
August 21, 2019 - Dwight Yoakam announced he would do a Vegas residency today, starting in December for nine shows. Yoakam will play with The Bakersfield Beat at the Wynn Las Vegas Encore Theater. Yoakam will offer an evening about the California country sound. Beginning with the Dust Bowl Era, Yoakam will texplorethe... »»»
August 21, 2019 - Alabama is postponing the remainder of its "50th Anniversary Tour" due to lead singer Randy Owen's ongoing complications with cluster migraines and vertigo. The group had hoped to continue its 50-city tour, however, doctors have advised more time is needed for Owen to fully recover.... »»»
August 20, 2019 - NBC's Sunday Night Football will unveil an all-new show open with Carrie Underwood this season, with a nod to the first-ever NBC SNF open in 2006 featuring a new rendition of the original "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" music. Underwood stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive... »»»
August 20, 2019 - Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line became a father for the second time. Luca Reed Hubbard was born on Monday to Hubbard and his wife, Hayley. Luca came in right on the due date at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 20.5 inches long, according to People. He was born at 3:40 a.m. "Hayley was absolutely amazing... »»»
August 20, 2019 - Michael Ray will headline the 18th annual CMT On Tour, featuring Jimmie Allen, and sister duo Walker County. The tour kicks off on Oct. 17 in Greensboro, N.C. "Michael Ray is a proven road warrior who has developed an undeniable connection with his fans, and we're thrilled to welcome him as... »»»
August 19, 2019 - Carrie Underwood will host The 53rd Annual CMA Awards" with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in Country Music throughout the ceremony. That means the co-hosting of Underwood and Brad Paisley is over after 11 years. The awards show airs live from... »»»
August 19, 2019 - Jason Aldean is going back to Vegas. Aldean, who headlined the Route 91 Harvest music festival the night 58 people were murdered by a gunman firing from a hotel, will be back for three nights at the Jason Aldean: Ride All Night Vegas, Dec. 6-8, at the Park MGM. The "Aldean Army" fan club can first... »»»
August 19, 2019 - Allison Moorer will replace "Blood," an album that is a companion piece to a forthcoming memoir, on Oct. 25. The album, due onAutotelic Records / Thirty Tigers, is Moorer's first solo album in four years. Moorer is also putting out "Blood: A Memoir," on Oct. 29 through Da Capo Press, an imprint of Hachette Books.... »»»
August 16, 2019 - Following their limited engagement tour earlier this year, Sara Evans with The Barker Family Band - Bloodline Tour, a live disc drops on Aug. 30. "Live from City Winery, Nashville" features Evans, along with her daughter Olivia Barker (16) and son Avery Barker (19). The 16-song collection chronicles... »»»
August 16, 2019 - Only a few days after announcing his new album, Hunter Hayes dropped "Wild Blue (Part 1)" today. Hayes wrote/co-wrote all 10 songs on the album, playing multiple instruments on every track. He had started cutting a new album when he bagged those compositions for songs he felt better represented him.... »»»
August 15, 2019 - Texas country singer Cody Jinks announced he would release "After The Fire" on Oct. 11 on his own label, Late August Records. After being with Rounder Records for "Lifers" in 2018, the 10-song collection will be the debut offering from the label. Jinks released his previously six albums on his own... »»»
August 15, 2019 - Miranda Lambert's seventh studio album, "Wildcard," will arrive Nov. 1 on Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville. "When people listen to this record, I want them to know that I see them and hear them," said Lambert. "I feel you, because I'm just a girl from East Texas, writing about all the things that... »»»
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August 14, 2019 - Hunter Hayes made a surprise announcement this morning while playing on the Today Show - he's going to release a new disc, "Wild Blue (Part 1)," on Friday. , "So, we initially planned to perform on Today and announce our October album release, however because the album was finished and because the fans... »»»
August 13, 2019 - The Americana Music Association will honor Elvis Costello, Maria Muldaur, Delbert McClinton and the songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant for lifetime achievement honors at the group's annual awards show Sept. 11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Bryants are receiving the President's Award.... »»»
August 12, 2019 - Martina McBride will hit the road again this fall in what's become a tradition - a holiday tour. "I look forward to the Joy of Christmas Tour every year! From classic hymns like 'O Holy Night' to big band swings like "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," these shows are fun for the... »»»
August 12, 2019 - Brothers Osborne will release a live disc, "Live At The Ryman," digitally on Oct. 11. The disc was recorded during their three-night, sold-out run at the auditorium earlier this year and includes such hits as "It Ain't My Fault," "Shoot Me Straight" and the current hit "I Don't Remember Me (Before You).... »»»
August 9, 2019 - -The rumors were true about Miranda Lambert. After teasing that something might be released today, the singer put out a new song, "Mess With My Head." But the song is pretty much a straight ahead rocker. "'Mess with My Head' is a departure from anything that I've done before," said Lambert. "It has a real rock edge.... »»»
August 8, 2019 - Willie Nelson was forced to cancel at least three shows due to illness. "I'm sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out," Nelson posted on his website. "I'll be back." A later post on Facebook said, "Willie is resting and feeling better.... »»»
August 8, 2019 - Maddie & Tae released the official music video today of their latest single, "Die of a Broken Heart." The treatment was predominately written by the duo about the demise of a young couple's relationship. Taylor Dye acted in the video with Maddie Marlow taking lead vocals. "We knew that with a... »»»
August 8, 2019 - Following the recent release of her new single "Drag You Down," Aubrie Sellers put out an acoustic live video performance of the track. Directed by Chloé Aktas and captured in one take, the video features Sellers accompanied solely by her guitar atop a convertible at sunset, offering a serene... »»»
August 8, 2019 - Luke Combs will release his second full-length album on Nov. 8 on River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. There was no information about the title or songs. "Additional details to be announced soon," according to a press release. The new album is the follow up to the ACM, CMA, CMT and Billboard Music... »»»
August 7, 2019 - Miranda Lambert apparently will release a new song on Friday, "Mess With My Head." Lambert teased the song with a nine-second clip on social media on Wednesday. The words "mess with my head" are included in the clip with the word "Friday" posted on it as well. Lambert previously released "It All Comes... »»»
August 7, 2019 - Rhiannon Giddens and the late American folk museum Frank Johnson will be honored with the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award. The award is the creation of the Americana Music Association and the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM). The museum honors the accomplishments of the many music... »»»
August 7, 2019 - Dwight Yoakam leads a list of six songwriters who will join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, it was announced today. Larry Gatlin, Rivers Rutherford, Sharon Vaughn, Marcus Hummon and Kostas also will be inducted in October. The six new inductees will join the 213 existing members of the... »»»
August 6, 2019 - Luke Combs' historic success continues this week as his double-Platinum certified debut album, "This One's For You," is number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for the 44th week. This is the longest reign ever for a male artist and second longest for an artist overall following Shania... »»»
August 5, 2019 - Kane Brown achieves this week's number one most added single at country radio with "Homesick," the third release from his Gold-certified sophomore album "Experiment." Brown, 25, co-wrote "Homesick" with Brock Berryhill, Matthew McGinn and Taylor Phillips. Produced by Dann Hunn, Brown's new single is... »»»
August 2, 2019 - Tyler Childers' sophomore disc, "Country Squire," is out today via Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records. This marks the traditional country singer's first release in partnership with RCA Records, Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson produced the nine-song disc at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville.... »»»
August 2, 2019 - Brantley Gilbert will turn up the "Fire & Brimstone" when his fifth album is out Oct. 4 With 15 songs - all written or co-written by Gilbert - the album includes already-released cuts like the personal ode to his children "Man That Hung the Moon," "Not Like Us" and the collaboration with Lindsay Ell,... »»»
August 2, 2019 - Ruston Kelly debuts a new cover of The Carter Family's "Weeping Willow" today. Recorded at the Carter's own family home in Virginia, Kelly's rendition is released in honor of the song's 92nd anniversary (originally released Aug. 2, 1927 under the title "Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow").... »»»
August 2, 2019 - Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will release their third album together, "World Full of Blues," on Oct. 4 on Compass Records. Ickes is a 15-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Dobro Player of the Year, while Hensley is more of a country singer, who made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 11.... »»»
August 1, 2019 - Toby Keith will release a greatest hits plus package, "Toby Keith Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years," on Oct. 25. Keith started the Show Dog Records label in 2005. The new disc features more than a dozen tracks with four newly recorded songs including "Don't Let The Old Man In" and his current single,... »»»
August 1, 2019 - The music video for John Prine's song "Lonesome Friends of Science" is premiering today. The video was illustrated by Barcelona-based graphic designer Tiago Majuelos and produced by Spanish animation production company BLISS. "Lonesome Friends of Science" comes from Prine's most recent album, "The... »»»