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Country News Digest, January 2020


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January 31, 2020 - Fresh off winning two Grammys on Sunday, Billy Ray Cyrus released his new three-song EP, "The Singin' Hills Sessions Vol. 1 Sunset," via BMG/BBR Music Group, today. The disc includes"I am...I Said," a Neil Diamond-penned and recorded classic. "Thank you Neil Diamond for penning this reflective and powerful song.... »»»
January 31, 2020 - Jim Lauderdale, released a video his new song "Cackalacky" from his upcoming bluegrass album, "When Carolina Comes Homes Again," out March 27 on Yep Roc Records. Written with North Carolina songwriter/activist Si Kahn that declares North Carolina "always means home sweet home," "Cackalacky," is the... »»»
January 29, 2020 - DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, added to its line-up with Leftover Salmon, the Jerry Douglas Band and Molly Tuttle among the new acts. Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD, DelFest will be held May 21-24.... »»»
January 29, 2020 - Country duo Pryor & Lee have signed a deal with Black River Entertainment. Comprised of Pryor Baird and Kaleb Lee, the pair hits the road March 1 in Fontana, Cal. on their "Country's Back" tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. local time. "Even though this seems very quick, it... »»»
January 29, 2020 - Chris Stapleton's "All-American Road Show" will return this summer and fall including stops at Washington State's Gorge Amphitheatre, Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and New York's Madison Square Garden. Stapleton will make his headline debut at Chicago's famed Wrigley Field on Aug.... »»»
January 28, 2020 - Eliza Gilkyson announced the release today of her politically-charged album, "2020" on April 10 on Red House Records. Produced by Eliza's son, Cisco Ryder, "2020" features songs designed to be audience sing-a-longs in the Pete Seeger tradition of motivational political anthems from the call for unity... »»»
January 28, 2020 - Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Jon Pardi, Chase Rice, Bentley's '90s country-based side group Hot Country Knights and Bobby Bones were announced as performers at the iHeartCountry Festival on May 2. The festival will be held at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.... »»»
January 26, 2020 - Brantley Gilbert will go local sourced on his Fire't Up Tour when it comes to food. Gilbert is partnering with Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to purchase a selection of products for catering on each concert stop, spotlighting the value locally sourced meats, dairy and produce can make on each community.... »»»
January 26, 2020 - Tanya Tucker's comeback continued the Grammys on Sunday. The veteran took home honors for Best Country Album for "While I'm Livin'" and her "Bring My Flowers Now," penned by Brandie Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tucker, took home the Grammy for Best Country Song. Best Country Duo/Group... »»»
January 24, 2020 - In a surprise, Chase Rice released a seven-song EP, ""The Album Part I" today . Look for another release later this year. Rice had a hand in writing four of the songs. Rice had a big hit last year with "Eyes on You," which isn't on the EP. The Lil Smokies, an acoustic/bluegrass band from Montana,... »»»
January 24, 2020 - Tyler Farr released a new single, "Only Truck In Town," today via Broken Bow Records/Night Train Records. Set to go for adds on Feb. 18, the mid-tempo redneck love song is the first music released via Jason Aldean's Night Train Records. Rife with rock electric guitar, Aldean and his bandmates Kurt... »»»
January 24, 2020 - Chase Rice surprised fans with the release of a seven-song EP, "The Album Part I" today with Part II to follow in 2020. "I chose to call this 'The Album' because it's the first thing I would encourage someone to listen to if they want to know who I am as an artist," said Rice. "My career has been such... »»»
January 23, 2020 - Hot Country Knights, the comedic group featuring Dierks Bentley and his band, is out with its first single, "Pick Her Up" featuring Travis Tritt. Produced and written by Bentley along with co-writers Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers, the song features guitar solos. The release goes for ads on Feb. 3.... »»»
January 23, 2020 - Tony Conway, CEO of Conway Entertainment Group, who was honored with the CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award at the Country Music Association at the Eighth Annual CMA Touring Awards in Nashville. The awards show, held Tuesday, celebrated country's professionals from the 2019 touring season.... »»»
January 22, 2020 - Caleb Caudle wanted an earthy, funky sound for his new album. So he hauled over to Cash Cabin, which once upon a time was home for the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. "It feels like you're in the shadow of giants," Caudle said. The result will be "Better Hurry Up" out April 3 via Soundly Music.... »»»
January 22, 2020 - Kenny Chesney appears to be gearing up to release a new album. Just when, though, was unclear. Chesney has spent a lot of time making music, working on songs and recording, according to his publicist. His next album wll be his first for Warner Music Nashville. Chesney also will start rehearsing for... »»»
January 22, 2020 - Pokey LaFarge will release "Rock Bottom Rhapsody" on April 10 on New West, his debut with the label. The 13-song set was produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums). The album was recorded at Reliable Recorders on Chicago's Northwest Side during the polar vortex of 2019 and features the... »»»
January 21, 2020 - Watkins Family Hour, which features siblings Sara and Sean Watkins, will release "brother sister" on April 10. The disc is their first in five years. The lead track is "Just Another Reason," which came out today. The siblings have been involved in a number of musical ventures.... »»»
January 21, 2020 - George Strait is heading to Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 22 with special guests Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. central at ticketmaster.com. "Strait to Vegas" shows return to T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 28-29. Strait will be joined by... »»»
January 21, 2020 - Luke Combs will make his debut as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" next Saturday, Feb. 1, with host J.J. Watt. In November, Combs released "What You See Is What You Get," his sophomore album, which debuted at number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard's Top... »»»
January 20, 2020 - Marty Stuart will release "The Pilgrim: A Wall-to-Wall Odyssey," an illustrated tabletop book (with CD) that details the making of his record "The Pilgrim." "The Pilgrim project was the first step in a journey that led me to the outer edge of the awakenings of my true musical heart and soul," said Stuart.... »»»
January 19, 2020 - Ross Ellis has signed with Sony. "I'm so excited to join the Sony Music family. When I moved to this town five years ago, I was broke, had written maybe five songs and didn't know a soul on music row," said Ellis. "Now with an army of personal and professional support behind me and most importantly,... »»»
January 19, 2020 - David Olney died Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack during a performance in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. at 71. A key member of Nashville's music community since his move to Music City in 1973, the Lincoln, R.I. native leaned to towards more of a folk sound with country as part of the music.... »»»
January 17, 2020 - Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town are out with new music today. Lynch released his fourth album, "Tullahoma." The 11-song release is a concept disc about the people and life in his hometown. Zach Crowell was the producer of the disc, which contains the hit "Ridin' Roads." Little Big Town put out its... »»»
January 16, 2020 - Luke Bryan will release his seventh studio album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here" on April 24. The disc is the follow-up to 2017's "What Makes You Country," which was his third consecutive release to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200. Bryan will tour behind the album, starting May 28 in... »»»
January 16, 2020 - Old Dominion announced today the U.S. leg of the "We Are Old Dominion Tour" kicking off in May. The tour will hit 13 cities with Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce set to open on select dates. Old Dominion singer Matthew Ramsey said, "We are so excited for this line up. We've had the pleasure of playing... »»»
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January 15, 2020 - "Without Getting Killed or Caught," a documentary on Guy Clark, Susanna Clark and Townes Van Zandt, will premiere at SXSW 2020 in March. Author, filmmaker and producer Tamara Saviano and co-producer and co-director Paul Whitfield created "Without Getting Killed or Caught." The film features narration... »»»
January 15, 2020 - Jason Aldean announced the summer leg of his 2020 We Back Tour , launching in Toronto on July 17. Brett Young, Mitchell Tenpenny and Dee Jay Silver will be special guests. Tour dates are: Jan. 30 Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena Jan. 31 Orlando, FL - Amway Center Feb.... »»»
January 14, 2020 - Chris Young will take his arena/amphitheater "Town Ain't Big Enough World Tour 2020" out on May 28 in Detroit. Joined by Scotty McCreery and Payton Smith, the first leg of the tour will travel to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Seattle and St.... »»»
January 14, 2020 - Eli Young Band announced the group will launch the Eli Young Band 2020 Tour. "After taking some time off over the holidays to regroup and reset, we're so ready to get back to rockin' on the road," said EYB front man Mike Eli. "We've been rehearsing a new show and new songs, and we can't wait to share... »»»
January 14, 2020 - Brooks & Dunn will tour this summer for their first nationwide tour in 10 years. Brooks & Dunn REBOOT 2020 Tour will kick off in St. Louis on May 15. The tour follows the release of "REBOOT" last year, which paired the duo with other country performers recutting their songs. Ronnie Dunn also put out... »»»
January 13, 2020 - CMA announced the nominees for 2020's CMA International Awards, which honors industry executives and artists who have supported and made a difference to the growth and promotion of country internationally. Nominees from Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and U.S.... »»»
January 13, 2020 - Tim McGraw announced today he will head the 2020 Here On Earth Tour. Midland and Ingrid Andress will be openers. The tour gets underway July 10 in Syracuse, N.Y. and winds up in Chicago on Sept. 26. McGraw also will do two stadium shows with Luke Combs in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.... »»»
January 13, 2020 - Trampled by Turtles lead singer Dave Simonett will hit the road this spring in support of his upcoming album "Red Tail," out March 13 on Thirty Tigers. "Red Tail" marks the first time that Simonett has recorded a collection of solo material under his own name. Simonett has previously released two... »»»
January 10, 2020 - Brandy Clark said today she would release her new album, "Your Life is a Record," on Warner on March 6. "To me, this album is about endings and beginnings. You know, sometimes you have to have endings to have those beautiful beginnings. I hope you find yourselves in me finding myself," said Clark in a Twitter post.... »»»
January 10, 2020 - The ever prolific Jim Lauderdale announced today he would release his 33rd album, "When Carolina Comes Homes Again," on March 6 on Yep Roc Records. The first single, "As A Sign," co-written with the late Robert Hunter, is now available at all digital platforms. Returning to his geographical and... »»»
January 10, 2020 - Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn is out with a lengthy covers album, "Re-Dunn," today. Dunn covers country and pop/rock songs on his release. Among the songs are "Against the Wind," "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Wonderful Tonight" and "Amie." Bluegrass band Sideline... »»»
January 9, 2020 - Zac Brown band hits the road this year with the "Roar with the Lions Tour" is set to run until October. Gregory Alan Isakov will be coming along for the first month of "Roar with the Lions" as a special guest. St. Paul & The Broken Bones will open the tour. Zamily Fan Club members get a presale Jan.... »»»
January 9, 2020 - Blake Shelton is teaming up with girlfriend Gwen Stefani for "Nobody But You" as his new single. The pair will sing "Nobody But You" at the upcoming GRAMMY awards. The song, written by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James, is one of four new tracks on Shelton's recently... »»»
January 8, 2020 - Hailey Whitters will release her new album, "The Dream," on Feb. 28. The announcement follows Whitters' 2019 touring with Maren Morris, Brent Cobb and Lori McKenna (who co-wrote three songs on "The Dream"). "This is the first record that feels 100 percent me. It's a time capsule of my time in... »»»
January 8, 2020 - Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will take the stage together at the GRAMMYS for the first time ever, it was announced today. The GRAMMYS also said that Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Aerosmith would perform at the S62nd eition of the awards on Sunday, Jan. 26. The awards show will air live from Staples Center... »»»
January 8, 2020 - Sideline will hit the road starting in February in support of the bluegrass band's new release, "Breaks to the Edge." The reigning IBMA Song of the Year (for "Thunder Dan") award-winning group will headline shows across the U.S. The group consists of original member Steve Dilling's banjo and... »»»
January 8, 2020 - Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown are among 16 recipients of the 11th annual CMA Triple Play Awards, an honor presented to songwriters who pen three number one songs within a 12-month period based on the Country Aircheck, Billboard Country Airplay and Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.... »»»
January 7, 2020 - Rascal Flatts announced this morning it was launching its farewell tour, Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life is a Highway Tour. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney made the announcement on CBS This Morning today that their 20th anniversary this year will be their last. "When we started out 20... »»»
January 6, 2020 - The Panhandlers - Josh Abbott, John Baumann, William Clark Green and Flatland Cavalry's Cleto Cordero - will release its debut, a self-titled CD, on March 6 via The Next Waltz. Tracked live to analog tape by producer Bruce Robison, the group's self-titled debut is a modern disc recorded in the... »»»
January 3, 2020 - Lady Antebellum announced details today for the Ocean 2020 Tour, which kicks off May 21 in Albuquerque, N.M. Named after the trio's album, "Ocean," Lady A has tapped Jake Owen and Maddie & Tae as openers. Tickets go on sale Jan. 24. "After our Vegas residency and working on this record for the past... »»»
January 2, 2020 - Dierks Bentley's side project, Hot Country Knights, has inked a record deal with UMG Nashville, the band announced today. Bentley is the best known member of the comedic group, which, in reality is his backing band, and plays covers of country songs from the '90s. "This has to be the GREATEST DAY in your lives..... »»»
January 2, 2020 - Matt Stell will make his "Good Morning America" debut on Friday on ABC, performing his Gold-certified hit "Prayed For You." Stell's latest single, "Everywhere But On," is the title track of his debut EP and the name of his first headline tour ,which kicks off Jan. 24. "Everywhere But On" was... »»»