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Country News Digest, November 2019


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November 27, 2019 - Craig Morgan returned to Korea for a special Thanksgiving week visit to our troops serving overseas. Morgan, joined by CMT's Cody Alan and members of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders squad, visited Camp Humphreys, South Korea. The visit will be highlighted in a special episode of CMT's "Hot 20 Countdown.... »»»
November 26, 2019 - Jerrod Niemann will headline the Ghost Rider Tour, starting in February 2020, he announced today. The initial trek is set to kick off on Feb. 6 in San Diego, hitting several west coast cities before heading inland and wrapping in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Feb. 21. Niemann has said he would play new songs during his tour.... »»»
November 25, 2019 - An extensive six-CD collection of 144 songs from Hank Williams radio recordings will be released on Feb. 7, 2020 on BMG. The release will also include a boo of photographs. "Hank Williams: Pictures From Life's Other Side - The Man and His Music in Rare Photos and Recordings" represents the complete... »»»
November 22, 2019 - Jason Aldean is out with his ninth album, appropriately called "9." The disc includes the first single "We Back." Aldean's last release was "Rearview Town," which came out in April 2018. The release contains 16 songs, include a number of drinking songs, including "Tattoos and Tequila," "Champagne Town"... »»»
November 22, 2019 - Filmore is out with a new song, "London," the first of several new releases coming soon from the Curb Records recording artist. Filmore is also set to join Lauren Alaina for her That Girl Was Me Tour, which kicks off at Nashville's famed Exit/In on Jan. 15, 2020. "As I continue to put out new music,... »»»
November 21, 2019 - DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his family, will feature Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Punch Brothers at the 2020 festival in Cumberland, MD. from May 21-24, DelFest originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the... »»»
November 20, 2019 - Sam Hunt was arrested and charged with operating under the influence early Thursday morning in east Nashville. Hunt was arrested after allegedly driving the wrong way on a street. Hunt, 34, was also charged with having an open container, according to TV station WKRN. He was booked into jail at about 6:30 a.m.... »»»
November 20, 2019 - Thomas Rhett released his first-ever two Christmas songs today. Rhett unveiled "Christmas In The Country," written by Rhett, David Garcia, Ashley Gorley and Chris Tomlin. He went jazzy on the traditional "The Christmas Song." "Christmas is hands-down my favorite time of year," said Rhett.... »»»
November 20, 2019 - Tanya Tucker received four Grammy Award nominations this morning. Lil Nas X also received three nominations, but none in the country category. Americana artist Yola earned three nominations as well. Tucker received nominations for Song Of The Year: "Bring My Flowers Now," Best Country Album: While... »»»
November 19, 2019 - Ashley McBryde announced she would launch a new tour in March, the 2020 One Night Standards Tour. The tour is named after the first single off her sophomore album, which is slated to drop sometime in 2020. McBryde's 2020 One Night Standards Tour kicks off Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Saturn in Birmingham, Ala.... »»»
November 18, 2019 - Alabama has rescheduled its sold out "50th Anniversary Tour" concert in Nashville and has added a second show. The previously postponed live concert will take place next year at Bridgestone Arena on Friday, July 17 with the second show to follow on Saturday, July 18. Outback is presenting the concerts.... »»»
November 18, 2019 - Matt Stell announced the Everywhere But On Tour, his first headline tour, kicking off in San Diego on Jan. 24 and touring the U.S. through March 2020. The 24-date tour will feature support artists Chris Bandi and Ray Fulcher. The tour name echoes that of Stell's debut EP, "Everywhere But On," which came out May 24.... »»»
November 15, 2019 - The Secret Sisters' new album, "Saturn Return," will be released Feb. 28 on New West Records. Produced by Brandi Carlile and her bandmates Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth, the album includes an the first single, "Cabin." Recorded at Carlile's home studio in Washington state, the dsic includes 10... »»»
November 15, 2019 - Lady Antebellum is out with "Ocean," its first release for Big Machine. Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott are out with a 13-track project. The first single from the release is "What If I Never Get Over You." Dan Huff produced Lady A for the first time. "The Thing That Wrecks You" features Little Big Town.... »»»
November 14, 2019 - Long out of print, Yonder Mountain String Band's debut album, "Elevation," is now out on the 20th-anniversary of its release. The album is now available as a 180g double vinyl re-release. Originally released on the band's own independent Frog Pad Records, "Elevation" features founding members Dave... »»»
November 13, 2019 - Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will play the 2020 edition of MerleFest. MerleFest, which will be held April 23-26 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. announced its initial line-up. "For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of... »»»
November 13, 2019 - The emphasis was on the women of country at the CMA Awards on Wednesday, but the winner of the Entertainer of the Year Award was Garth Brooks. Luke Combs and Kacey Musgraves won two awards apiece. Combs won for Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Beautiful Crazy.... »»»
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November 13, 2019 - The 53rd Annual CMA Awards announced additional performers and presenters to its previously announced lineup this morning. Joe Walsh of the Eagles joins Dierks Bentley alongside Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne for a special performance honoring Kris Kristofferson, the 2019 CMA Willie Nelson... »»»
November 13, 2019 - Kacey Musgraves and Lil Nas X were the winners in two categories of the Country Music Association awards announced this morning. "Old Town Road (Remix)" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (Producers: YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross) was announced as winner of CMA Musical Event of the Year.... »»»
November 12, 2019 - Midland announced today that the trio will continue their headlining Let It Roll tour into 2020 kicking off in Boston on Jan. 31. Capping off the U.S. portion of the tour earlier this month, they will take their act overseas. Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale Friday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.... »»»
November 11, 2019 - Jimmie Allen and his fiance revealed today that they would be having a girl. Allen and Alexis Gale, who announced their engagement this summer, had a gender reveal in the form of balloon with pink smoke coming out of it on Instagram this morning. Allen popped the balloon that Gale was holding on a... »»»
November 8, 2019 - Pam Tillis has signed with ONErpm, a full global distribution and branding company, to release new music. "This week is a very exciting time for me," said Tillis. "I was so happy to be asked to be a presenter at the CMA Awards and to have inked my partnership with ONErpm. I can finally release the... »»»
November 8, 2019 - Luke Combs, who broke out big time with his debut, returns with his sophomore full-length release, the monstrous 17-song "What You See Is What You on River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. The disc includes his EP, "The Prequel," released in June and the hit "Beer Never Broke My Heart" and the current... »»»
November 7, 2019 - Alan Jackson will launch his 2020 tour right in early January, headlining arenas and festivals through October The tour starts in Cincinnati on Jan. 10 . Several of Jackson's concerts will also showcase a few of his favorite aspiring performers who perform at AJ's Good Time Bar in Nashville. Tour dates are: Jan.... »»»
November 6, 2019 - Dustin Lynch will release his fourth album, "Tullahoma," on Jan 17, 2020 on Broken Bow, he announced today. Lynch also said he would tour behind the disc. Named after the Lynch's Tennessee hometown, the self-portrait comes after six GOLD and PLATINUM certifications and membership in the Grand Ole Opry.... »»»
November 5, 2019 - Carly Pearce announced today that she would release her sophomore album on Valentine's Day 2020. The self-titled disc will be the follow-up to her 2017 debut, "Every Little Thing." "So much has happened to me in the last few years," Pearce wrote on Instagram. "Y'all have changed my life and given my... »»»
November 5, 2019 - Kris Kristofferson will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association, it was announced today. A tribute is planned during The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, featuring a performance of Kristofferson's classic "Me and Bobby McGee" by Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow,... »»»
November 4, 2019 - Cole Swindell, who has 11 number one songs to his credit will hit the road in March for the Down To Earth Tour. Shows get underway on March 5, 2020 in Toledo, Ohio. Joining Swindell are special guests HARDY and Trea Landon. "I have had such an amazing year in so many ways," said Swindell.... »»»
November 4, 2019 - Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Midland and Craig Morgan and Jennifer Nettles were among a variety of people named today as presenters at the 53rd Annual CMA awards on Nov. 13. Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones, Blanco Brown, ABC's Dancing With The Stars' Hannah Brown, Deana Carter,... »»»
November 4, 2019 - Brett Young will headline The Chapters Tour starting in January, hitting nearly 30 cities on the trek throughout the U.S. and Canada, Featuring opener Matt Ferranti, tickets go on sale starting Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. local time. "I'm so excited about The Chapters Tour for so many reasons," Young said.... »»»