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Country News Digest, September 2019

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September 27, 2019 - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers won the coveted "Entertainer of the Year" Award at the 30th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards; this is the band's first win - and first nomination - in this category. Billy Strings won two honors, including New Artist of the Year. Other winners were: ... »»»
September 27, 2019 - Jon Pardi is out with his third CD, "Heartache Medication," today. The 14-song set is the follow-up to his 2016 release, "California Sunrise." The disc features "Don't Blame It on the Whiskey," a song recorded with Lauren Alaina. The title track is the first single. Pardi produced the release along... »»»
September 27, 2019 - Bluegrass musician Billy Strings' is out with "Home" today, his Rounder Records debut. Strings' fall tour has sold out in advance in nearly every market. Two recently announced shows at Denver's Ogden Theater sold out instantly upon the on-sale time. "Home" is Strings' second studio album.... »»»
September 26, 2019 - Ernest, an artist who has had cuts recorded by Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane, has signed with Big Loud Records, the label announced today. Growing up in Nashville, he was inspired by everyone from Eminem to George Strait to Jimmy Buffett. Florida Georgia Line selected Ernest's "Dig Your Roots"... »»»
September 25, 2019 - Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley are releasing the video for "World Full of Blues," the title track of their Oct. 4 Compass Records album. The video was shot with bluesman Taj Mahal adding vocals and guitar,. "We knew we wanted a guest on this song and Taj Mahal was at the top of our dream list," Hensley said.... »»»
September 24, 2019 - Kenny Chesney will return to the stadiums in 2020. Chesney announced the Chillaxification 2020 tour today. Joining him will be Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Chillaxification 2020 kicks off Saturday, April 18 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and culminates Friday, Aug.... »»»
September 23, 2019 - Lady Antebellum will release "Ocean" on Nov. 15 on Big Machine Label Group. The 13-song release from Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott chronicles personal relationships and everyday responsibilities. "Pictures" and their single, "What If I Never Get Over You," are already out.... »»»
September 23, 2019 - Chris Stapleton received ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade in a surprise presentation recently in Nashville. Stapleton joins as the third recipient of the seven all-new ACM Decade Award categories, including most recently announced ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient Rhett Akins and ACM... »»»
September 23, 2019 - Kinky Friedman is going for "Resurrection" with the release of his new album on Oct. 25 on Echo Hill Records. Guitarist Larry Campbell, who has played with Bob Dylan, produced the set. The release contains 11 new songs, 4 co-written by Doc Elliot, and a special guest appearance by long-time Friedman... »»»
September 23, 2019 - Chris Young adds director to his resume as he helmed the video for his new single, "Drowning." Co-directed with Native 31 Films Producer and Director Jeff Johnson, the clip opens with Young holding a photo of Adam Carnes, his longtime friend whose loss is memorialized in the song.... »»»
September 20, 2019 - Miranda Lambert, currently on the road with her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour , returns to action in February with a tour in 2020. The Wildcard Tour, named for Lambert's Nov. 1 seventh-studio album, features 27 dates in the U.S. and Canada, including a Jan. 24 stop at Nashville's own Bridgestone Arena.... »»»
September 20, 2019 - Zac Brown Band is out with "Owl" today, a sonic departure from its usual fare. ZBB's sixth CD features intricate melodies and vocal arrangements and new sounds that stretch the boundaries of country. Zac Brown Band collaborated with producers and writers across different genres, Skrillex, whose... »»»
September 19, 2019 - A tour bus carrying Josh Turner's road crew was involved in an accident in California on Wednesday, resulting in the death of a long-time Turner crew member. The crash occurred near Shandon, Cal., resulting in the death of David Turner, 64, of Oxford, Miss., and and seven passengers injured.... »»»
September 19, 2019 - Luke Combs will kick off his What You See Is What You Get Tour next year with newly confirmed stops in Texas, Missouri and Kentucky. The shows will feature special guests Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker. Combs will release "What You See Is What You Get" on Nov. 8 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville.... »»»
September 19, 2019 - Recordings from Bob Dylan featuring Johnny Cash will be out this fall. "Bob Dylan (featuring Johnny Cash) - Travelin' Thru, 1967 - 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15" drops Nov. 1 on Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings. The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy's Bob Dylan Bootleg Series revisits... »»»
September 19, 2019 - Cody Jinks was on tap to release "After the Fire" on Oct. 11 on his own label. But he just announced that he would follow that up with the release of "The Wanting" one week later. The Wanting" features 12 new songs. Both albums are the first offerings from Jinks' own label, Late August Records.... »»»
September 19, 2019 - Kenny Chesney was named 2020's Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) Artist Humanitarian Award recipient today. "I was raised to lend a hand where I could, but also to reach out quietly and keep the focus on the people who need the help," said Chesney. "I've always tried to do the right thing where I could,... »»»
September 19, 2019 - LOCASH today announces plans to be on the road through March 2020, kicking off with a sold-out show tomorrow night in Michigan. Dates were announced through mid-December. Drew Baldridge will open six of the shows. The duo announced the music video for their latest single, "One Big Country Song," will... »»»
September 18, 2019 - Releasing "Years to Burn," Calexico and Iron & Wine's today announced new tour dates in 2020, kicking off with two nights in Chicago. Tour dates are: Jan. 29- 30 Chicago @ Thalia Hall
 Feb. 1 Cleveland @ Agora Theatre Feb. 2 Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall Feb. 4 Portland, Maine @ State Theatre Feb.... »»»
September 17, 2019 - Charley Pride will be the inaugural recipient of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's Crossroads of American Music Award at the Mississippi Museum's 2019 Gala on, Nov. 1. Established by the Museum's Board of Directors, the Crossroads of American Music Award honors an artist who has made significant musical... »»»
September 17, 2019 - Cold River Records is going to close after about 14 years, it announced today. The label was home to Drew Baldridge and Dylan Schneider and once was home to Katie Armiger, who ended up being in a legal battle with Cold River, which never had any big hits with its artists. "It is with bitter-sweet... »»»
September 16, 2019 - Jason Aldean revealed details today on his upcoming 2020 We Back Tour, which kicks off Jan. 30 in Columbia, S.C. Aldean is touring in conjunction with his ninth studio disc, "9," out Nov. 22. For the first leg of the tour, Morgan Wallen, Riley Green and Dee Jay Silver will offer support. Tour dates are: Jan.... »»»
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September 16, 2019 - Craig Morgan is reuniting with BBR Music Group's flagship label Broken Bow Records, his record label home for more than six years, on his first new music since 2016, "The Father, My Son, And The Holy Ghost." The song is being sent to country radio today. Morgan was signed to BBR Music Group from... »»»
September 13, 2019 - Brett Young is out today with "The Acoustic Sessions EP." The stripped-down collection features five tracks co-written by Young from his chart-topping album "Ticket to L.A.," which came out last December. The songs include "Here Tonight," "Catch," "Don't Wanna Write This Song," "Chapters" and the title track.... »»»
September 13, 2019 - Sammy Kershaw became a father for the sixth time. Kershaw and his longtime girlfriend, Mendy Gregory, announced the birth of Natelia Mae Kershaw. The couple's new baby girl was born Wednesday night in Lafayette, La., weighing 7 pounds and measuring 19 inches. "Natelia was my grandmother's name.... »»»
September 13, 2019 - Blanco Brown, the man behind the hit song "The Git Up," will release his debut album, "Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs," on Oct. 11 through BBR Music Group. Inspired by his youth growing up in Atlanta during the school year and rural Georgia during the summers, the album title is a tribute to his... »»»
September 12, 2019 - Luke Combs will release his second full-length CD, "What You See Is What You Get," on Nov. 8, he announced today. The new disc will contain 17 songs, including all five from his EP, "The Prequel," which came out in June. Combs also has a new track, "1, 2 Many" featuring Brooks & Dunn,.... »»»
September 11, 2019 - Brandi Carlile won the biggest honor - Artist of the Year - at the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Wednsday.. John Prine won two awards(Album of the Year and Song of the Year). I'm With Her won Duo/Group of the Year. The War and Treaty took home... »»»
September 11, 2019 - Blanco Brown, who has a huge hit with "The Git Up," today announced the music video for the song debuts this Friday across Viacom platforms (CMT, MTV Live, MTVU, BET Soul, Nick Music and Viacom Times Square billboard). Blanco will perform "The Git Up" at halftime during the Thursday Night Football... »»»
September 10, 2019 - Brantley Gilbert and wife Amber are celebrating the birth of their second child, Braylen Hendrix Gilbert, who was born in Monday in Athens, Ga. Braylen weighed in at 6 lbs., 7 oz. and measuring 19 inches in length. "It's such a blessing for us to welcome Braylen, and both momma and baby girl are... »»»
September 9, 2019 - Old Dominion announce dates for their "We Are Old Dominion Tour" in Canada kicking off in 2020. The tour will hit 12 cities with Mitchell Tenpenny and Meghan Patrick set to open on select dates. Old Dominion said that on Dec. 12 and 13, they will be doing two special nights in Niagara Falls at the... »»»
September 9, 2019 - Tenille Townes won four awards at the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards, the most of any act. Townes, who will release her debut album in the U.S. on Sony Nashville, won honors for Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year ("Somebody's Daughter"), Anthem Entertainment Songwriter of the Year and... »»»
September 9, 2019 - Jason Aldean announced today that he would release his next album, "9," on Nov. 22 on Broken Bow. "Early on I always thought if we ever got to make nine albums, I'm going to call it '9.' It was my baseball number growing up, and it's just kind of always been my lucky number," said Aldean.... »»»
September 6, 2019 - Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band and Earls of Leicester are among the performers at the IBMA's 30th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on Sept. 26 in Raleigh, N.C. McCoury and Jim Lauderdale will host the event at the Duke Energy Center. Performers include "Entertainer of the Year"... »»»
September 5, 2019 - King Calaway, which put out an EP earlier this year, announced its debut full-length album "Rivers," will be released on Oct. 4 via BBR Music Group's Stoney Creek Records. "We're so excited to announce the release of a record we've worked so hard on this past year. Everyone who worked on this album... »»»
September 5, 2019 - Super group The Highwomen made its debut today with a self-titled dozen-song release. The group consists of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby, best known for her songwriting. The quartet is focused on the role of women in society, including in the music business.... »»»
September 5, 2019 - Miranda Lambert released another song today, "Pretty Bitchin'," from her upcoming disc, "Wildcard," which drops Nov. 1 on Vanner Records/RCA Nashville. "'Pretty Bitchin' is so much fun. Everything in it explains talks about airstreams, Tito's, having a band and awesome fans," said Lambert.... »»»
September 4, 2019 - Randy Travis announced The Music of Randy Travis Tour featuring country singer and his co-star in "The Price," James Dupré. Travis will make a special appearance, and VIP passes are available in most markets that include a meet and greet with the country icon, himself. It was unclear if Travis... »»»
September 4, 2019 - Veteran singer TG Sheppard will release his first album in more than 20 years, "Midnight in Memphis ," on Sept. 20. "Two years seems like a long time to spend on an album, but when you've had as much fun as I've had making this one, it goes quickly," said Sheppard, 75. "Hard for me to believe it's... »»»
September 3, 2019 - Chris Lane will launch his Big Big Plans Tour this fall. Lane will begin the tour Oct. 31 in Cincinnati. He will play 29 cities around the country with Gabby Barrett, Blanco Brown and Ernest opening on select dates. "After a top-notch summer touring with Brad Paisley, I couldn't be more excited... »»»