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Country News Digest, October 2019

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October 31, 2019 - "Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special" is set to air in early December on ABC. The variety special, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. eastern, will includePaisley's signature humor, field pieces and musical performances in a evening filmed at the Nashville War Auditorium. "Brad Paisley Thinks He's... »»»
October 30, 2019 - Miranda Lambert will release her seventh studio album "Wildcard" on Friday with several television performances. Lambert will perform tonight on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and tomorrow on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers." On Friday, Lambert plays NBC's "TODAY" and ABC's "The View.... »»»
October 29, 2019 - Sturgill Simpson will launch an arena tour in 2020 to support his non-country release , "Sound & Fury," with Tyler Childers providing support. The 2020 Sturgill Simpson: A Good Look'n Tour begins Feb. 21 in Birmingham, Ala. and ends May 24 in Louisville. Kentucky is the home state of both artists.... »»»
October 29, 2019 - Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, and Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne will perform at the 53rd annual Country Music Awards on Nov. 13, it was announced today. Additional performances and collaborations will be Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Lady Antebellum and... »»»
October 28, 2019 - Chris Lane and Bachelor alum Laura Bushnell tied the knot on Friday in Nashville. The two announced they were dating about a year ago and were engaged in April. I've just looked forward to the day for quite some time and I'm glad that it's finally here," Lane, 34, said to People.... »»»
October 28, 2019 - LANCO will hit the road in January for the What I See Tour. The quintet announced that Overland Park, Kansas will be the first stop on Jan. 9. The tour is named after their newly released single, which impacts Nov. 4. Tickets for the first round of dates will be available to the "FANCO" fan club on... »»»
October 28, 2019 - Canadian singer Madison Kozak reached one her bucket list goals on Saturday when she made her Grand Ole Opry on Saturday to a standing ovation. Kozak, 22, made her first visit to the Opry 12 years ago with her father - the inspiration behind her song, "First Last Name." "i was a little kid in pink... »»»
October 24, 2019 - Brett Young and his wife, Taylor Mills Young, became the parents of a girl, Presley, Elizabeth Young, on Monday, they posted on Instagram. The singer posted, "Taylor, my wife. You are a superhero. Your beauty and strength never cease to amaze me. You brought our beautiful girl into this world with a... »»»
October 23, 2019 - Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw will headline the three-day ocean side Tortuga Music Festival, which is returning to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. in 2020. Jon Pardi, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, , Gabby Barrett, Lee Brice, Blanco Brown, Billy Currington, Jordan Davis, Gone West, Riley Green,... »»»
October 23, 2019 - Chris Stapleton will headline the first-ever event at the new Texas Rangers baseball stadium, Globe Life Field, on Saturday, March 14, 2020 with very special guests Willie Nelson & Family, Jamey Johnson and Yola. The concert will go on sale to the public Friday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. local time.... »»»
October 23, 2019 - Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton with for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams, P!NK and Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban were announced as the first group of performers for The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, coming Nov. 13.... »»»
October 23, 2019 - It's going to be a boy for Maren Morris and husband Ryan Hurd, Morris announced on her Instagram page. Morris said on her page, "The irony is just too rich that after a year of living in the "GIRL" headspace, the universe would give us a baby boy to even things out. See you in 2020, little one.... »»»
October 22, 2019 - Keith Urban released a new version of his hit single "We Were" featuring Eric Church on Wednesday. Church penned the song with Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde and added vocals to the mid-tempo, nostalgic track. "I heard that my buddy Eric was a writer on 'We Were,' so I thought 'hey, what a cool... »»»
October 22, 2019 - Blake Shelton revealed the cover artwork and track listing for his upcoming Dec. 13 album "Fully Loaded: God's Country." The 12-song collection will feature seven hits from previous albums and five new tracks, including his single "Hell Right" and the recently released "Jesus Got a Tight Grip,"... »»»
October 18, 2019 - Chris Janson is out with "Real Friends," his third Warner Music Nashville. In addition to his co-producers, notably Tommy Cecil, Brock Berryhill and Zach Crowell, Janson worked with friends on the CD. His wife and manager Kelly Roland lent her pen as a songwriter, and Blake Shelton sang on the title track.... »»»
October 17, 2019 - Country radio personality Bob Kingsley, who hosted several different countdown shows during his career, died today at his home in Weatherford, Texas, at 80, due to complications from bladder cancer. Kingsley hosted the nationally syndicated programs American Country Countdown from 1978 to 2005 and Bob... »»»
October 16, 2019 - Kane Brown's drummer, Kenny Dixon, was killed in a single-car accident Saturday night near Nashville. Reports said that speed was a factor in the accident that killed the 27-year-old. "It is with profound sadness and disbelief that we confirm we lost our drummer Kenny this weekend in a tragic car... »»»
October 16, 2019 - Michael Ray debuted the video for his latest single, "Her World or Mine." Ray said that the heartbreak in the song "is the reason I got into country music." The video premieres today exclusively with "Good Morning America" and Ray's third single is on his 11-song sophomore album, "Amos.... »»»
October 16, 2019 - Plans are taking shape for a musical, "May We All," with Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley involved. The musical, which is named after the FGL song, is slated to staged sometime in the fall of 2020 in Memphis. Lively McCabe Entertainment partnered with Kelley via his CuzBro Productions banner.... »»»
October 15, 2019 - The Country Music Association's CMA Songwriters Series will hit the Twin Cities in November with featuring Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi in addition to CMA Award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The series , coming to the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul, Minn.... »»»
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October 15, 2019 - Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett will headline Stagecoach in 2020, it was announced today. Other key acts playing the 14th edition of the California festival at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, Cal. are April 24-26 are Alan Jackson, Jon Pardi, Dan + Shay, Midland, Brett Young and Dustin Lynch.... »»»
October 11, 2019 - Blanco Brown, the mastermind behind the out of left field hit "The Git Up," released his debut album, "Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs" via Broken Bow Records. Brown created TrailerTrap, a new genre that fuses hip hop beats with 808's and traditional country. Cody Jinks released the first of two albums... »»»
October 9, 2019 - Miranda Lambert has released Texas-tinged "Tequila Does" from her upcoming studio album "Wildcard." "'Tequila Does' is country. And country music makes me happy," said Lambert of the song on her album coming out Nov. 1. "No matter how rock or edgy or scorned you can get, when you come back to a... »»»
October 9, 2019 - Bobby Bones was one of the winners of CMA radio awards announced on Wednesday. Bones, Amy Brown, "Lunchbox" Dan Chappel and Eddie Garcia, who are on The Bobby Bones Show, Premiere Networks, won the National Market award. Other winners were: Major Market: Matt McAllister, Emily Raines, "Slow Joe"... »»»
October 8, 2019 - Luke Combs' new song "What You See Is What You Get" is debuting today. The song is the title track of Combs' sophomore album, which will be out Nov. 8 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville Combs is set to headline his first ever stadium show at Appalachian State University's Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.... »»»
October 8, 2019 - Sony Music Nashville announces the signing of singer/songwriter Adam Doleac to the Arista Nashville imprint. Doleac's "Famous," which he co-wrote with Andy Skib and Bobby Hamrick, will officially ship to country radio as his first Arista Nashville single on Dec. 16. A co-writer of songs recorded by... »»»
October 8, 2019 - Keith Urban announce this week he would launch Keith Urban Live, his first official European tour in more than a decade. The tour gets underway in Amsterdam on May 2, 2020 and includes stops in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway and four stops in the UK. Tour dates are: May 2 Amsterdam May 5... »»»
October 7, 2019 - Carly Pearce and Michael Ray had every little thing in place for their wedding on Sunday in the Nashville area. Ray, 31, and Pearce, 29, were married before about 100 family members and friends on a Nashville-area farm, according to People. "Knowing without a shadow of a doubt that I didn't settle for... »»»
October 7, 2019 - Dan + Shay announced their first ever arena tour, starting in March 2020 in Nashville. Hours later, the duo added three shows due to what they said was high demand for Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour. After kicking off the tour in Nashville on March 6, the duo will return for a second show at Music... »»»
October 4, 2019 - With his first release in nearly three years, modern outlaw Brantley Gilbert delivers his take on love and marriage, redemption and life in a small town. on "Fire & Brimstone. All 15 tracks were either written or co-written by Gilbert. Vocal collaborators include Lindsay Ell, Colt Ford, Jamey Johnson,... »»»
October 4, 2019 - The Mavericks will celebrate three decades as a band with "Play the Hits, an 11-song collection of songs that influenced the group. "Play the Hits" drops Nov. 1 on the group's Mono Mundo Recordings. The first single, "Swingin'," The Mavericks' take on the John Anderson's classic.... »»»
October 3, 2019 - Jon Pardi was playing two shows at the Ryman as part of his Heartache Medication tour, but night number two was extra special because Pardi got engaged. Onstage, he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Summer Duncan. She said yes. The couple quickly embraced and kissed.... »»»
October 3, 2019 - Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay will release a new single on Friday. Billboard reported the collaboration, while Bieber posted a graphic on video on Twitter and also wrote "New music. Wedding music. @DanAndShay and this guy. FRIDAY." The song is "10,000 Hours," a mid-tempo song penned by Dan + Shay's Dan... »»»
October 3, 2019 - Chris Stapleton will host a stadium concert in Kentucky next year to raise money for organizations benefitting Kentucky. "A Concert for Kentucky," which benefits Stapleton's newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund, will be held at the University of Kentucky's Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. on April 25, 2020.... »»»
October 2, 2019 - Garth Brooks will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. "Garth Brooks' appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music," said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. "During his career, Brooks has set... »»»
October 1, 2019 - Before the tickets have gone on-sale, response to the Gillette Stadium finale in Massachusetts of Kenny Chesney's 2020 Chillaxification Tour resulted in adding a second show on Saturday, Aug. 29. "It's amazing to me how much the people there and where I'm from have in common," Chesney said of his... »»»
October 1, 2019 - Songwriter and producer busbee, who produced such artists as Maren Morris, died on Sunday at 43 of brain cancer. busbee also co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y" and co-wrote Morris' first two singles, "My Church" and "80s Mercedes" plus Keith Urban's "The Fighter" featuring Carrie Underwood.... »»»