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Country News Digest, February 2020

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February 28, 2020 - The Secret Sisters make their debut on New West Records with "Saturn Return" after previously been on Rounder and Universal. Produced by Brandi Carlile and Phil and Tim Hanseroth of Carlile's band, the album consists of 10 new songs written by Laura and Lydia Rogers and features the real-life sisters... »»»
February 28, 2020 - Pam Tillis will release a new album, "Looking for a Feeling," on April 24 on Stellar Cat Records via OneRPM Distribution. "Stylistically, there's so much here that's always been a part of me," she said of the dozen tracks. "It's a story I haven't told on any of my records so far.... »»»
February 27, 2020 - Steve Earle & The Dukes will release "Ghosts of West Virginia" on May 22 via New West Records, Earle's 20th album. Earle produced the 10-song set, which was engineered by Ray Kennedy at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The CD was mixed entirely in mono. In recent years, Earle has... »»»
February 27, 2020 - Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and producer Dann Huff led the Academy of Country Music nominations announced Thursday with five apiece. Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Rhett were nominated for the Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year on Thursday.... »»»
February 27, 2020 - Keith Urban today announced the release of his first new song of 2020, "God Whispered Your Name" and that he would host the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. The song is a soulful, mid-tempo cut from an album due later this year. "As if having a new song out today wasn't enough, I also get to... »»»
February 26, 2020 - Maren Morris will embark in June on "RSVP: The Tour" throughout North America, including festival dates at Governors Ball Music Festival and Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience and headline stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Colorado's Red Rocks . Supporting acts James Arthur, Ryan Hurd and... »»»
February 25, 2020 - The Shires, the United Kingdom's best-selling country act of all time will release its new album, "Good Years," in the U.S. on March 13, 2020 via BMG. As the follow-up to "Accidentally on Purpose" and GOLD-certified albums "Brave" and "My Universe," Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle recorded in Nashville.... »»»
February 21, 2020 - Tim McGraw has signed a new record deal - he is returning to the Big Machine Label Group. McGraw, who most recently was onSony Nashville, started his career on Curb. BMLG head Scott Borchetta introduced McGraw as "a real bad boy ... and a real good man" at the Country Radio Seminar session today.... »»»
February 21, 2020 - The ever prolific Willie Nelson returns with "First Rose Of Spring" on April 24, five days before his 87th birthday. The disc is Nelson's 70th solo studio album and 14th for Sony Legacy Records. The title track and the "First Rose Of Spring" music video are being released today.... »»»
February 20, 2020 - Reba is going home. She announced today she was leaving Big Machine Label Group for her original label home, Universal Music Group Nashville, where she spent the first 32 years of her career. During her time on both Mercury and MCA Records, two of the four labels that form Universal Music Group... »»»
February 19, 2020 - Kenny Chesney was honored with the Country Radio Broadcasters' Humanitarian of the Year Award. "I have to tell you, I have a lot of emotions standing up here," Chesney told the standing room only crowd of over 1,000 at the Country Radio Seminar opening luncheon. "I am embarrassed and uncomfortable, but... »»»
February 19, 2020 - The Academy of Country Music revealed today the full list of Radio Awards winners for the 55TH Academy of Country Music Awards, including National On-Air Personality of the Year winner, The Bobby Bones Show. This marks the fourth ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year win for The Bobby Bones Show.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion will top the acts playing the second Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival in Louisville, Ky. On Sept. 12-13. Jon Pardi, Chris Janson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Clint Black, CAM and other acts will be playing the festival.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Brett Young will trade vocals with Norway's Astrid S on her new song "I Do," out Feb. 28 via Virgin EMI Records / Universal Music Norway. "I've grown up with country music," Astrid said. "It's a genre I admire very much, and it's been a big influence and inspiration throughout the years in my songwriting.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Amazon will release a mini-documentary about Kane Brown and a live EP as well this Thursday, it was announced today. The film, "Velocity," captures Brown's rise from his early days posting clips on social media to his first headlining show at STAPLES Center last month, which sold out in just 90 minutes.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Trace Adkins unveiled The Way I Wanna Go Tour 2020 today. The 27-stop tour begins April 15 in Lancaster, Pa. "I'll be on stage singing 'Every Light in the House Is On,' and I look down at the crowd and realize that person right there wasn't even alive when I recorded that song," Adkins said.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Brad Paisley announced his 2020 World Tour, which kicks off May 15 in Concord, Cal. Special guests on the U. S. tour dates will be Jordan Davis and Gabby Barrett. Additional 2020 tour dates will be added soon. A portion of all ticket sales will go to The Store - a nonprofit free-referral based... »»»
February 17, 2020 - Audium Records is back. Bob Frank, CEO and founder of BFE (Bob Frank Entertainment), is relaunching Audium in Nashville. The revived imprint will now operate under the name Audium Nashville, a music distribution brand of BFD (Bob Frank Distribution). Audium Nashville's flagship artists include... »»»
February 14, 2020 - It may be Valentine's Day today, so Travis Denning probably figured why not release a break-up song. Denning is out today with "ABBY." Written by Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins and Chase McGill, the track marks singer/songwriter Denning's first outside recording. The track follows his current single, "After A Few.... »»»
February 14, 2020 - Carly Pearce released her sophomore album, a self-titled affair. Pearce is out with the single "I Hope You're Happy Now" with Lee Brice. Pearce wrote the song with Luke Combs, Randy Montana and Jonathan Singleton. She also recorded "Finish Your Sentences" with husband Michael Ray.... »»»
February 13, 2020 - Whitney Rose will be out with "We Still Go to Rodeos" on April 24 on her own artist/management-run record label, MCG. Produced by Paul Kolderie, whose resume includes Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies, Toots & Maytals, Hole and Morphine, the disc contains 12 songs, all penned by Rose.... »»»
February 13, 2020 - Darius Rucker was surprised with a plaque celebrating the RIAA's recent 8x-Platinum certification of his hit song "Wagon Wheel" during a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum yesterday. Since topping the charts for back-to-back weeks in 2013, "Wagon Wheel" has now become one of the top five... »»»
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February 12, 2020 - Rounder recording artists Darin and Brooke Aldridge will release their new video for "Emmylou" on Friday. The video is the first video from their latest album, "Inner Journey." Nashville's Lower Broadway served as the backdrop for the video. For additional locations, directors Andy Pollitt and... »»»
February 12, 2020 - Thomas Rhett became a father again on Tuesday with wife Lauren giving birth to their third girl. Rhett posted on Instagram, "Lennon Love Akins was born at 8:30 AM on February 10th! It was such a joy to watch this little angel be brought into the world. My wife is just incredible through the entire birth...... »»»
February 12, 2020 - Paul English, long-time drummer for Willie Nelson, died today at 87. A cause of death could not be ascertained for English, who was the subject of Nelson's song "Me and Paul." The song contains lyrics about Nelson and English being detained at an airport in Milwaukee, Wisc. and arrested in Laredo, Texas over drugs.... »»»
February 11, 2020 - Tim McGraw has left Sony Nashville, Billboard reported today. McGraw had been on the label, along with wife Faith Hill, since 2017. They released "The Rest of Our Life," "Neon Church," which peaked at 20 on Country Airplay and "Thought About You," which hit 17 last year. The news comes at a time when... »»»
February 11, 2020 - Russell Dickerson releases the lead track "Love You Like I Used To" off his sophomore album due out later this year. Dickerson previously has enjoyed hits with "Yours," "Blue Tacoma" and "Every Little Thing." "The beginning of this song is intentionally different from me," said Dickerson about the single.... »»»
February 10, 2020 - The Mavericks announce the conclusion of its 30th Anniversary World Tour with a final run of dates across America and Canada. The tour followed the Nov. 1, 2019 release of the band's covers album, "The Mavericks Play the Hits," which pays tribute to the songs and artists that have inspired their 30-year career.... »»»
February 10, 2020 - Chris Young added five shows to his upcoming Town Ain't Big Enough World Tour 2020,which now kicks off April 30 in Columbus, Ohio. The tour previously was going to start May 28 in Detriot. Young will be joined by special guests Scotty McCreery and Payton Smith on tour April through September .... »»»
February 10, 2020 - Greensky Bluegrass and Mavis Staples are among the final additions to the MerleFest line-up, it was announced today. Paul Thorn, Cane Mill Road, Sweet Potato Pie, The Barefoot Movement, Nefesh Mountain, and Smitty and the Jumpstarters also were added to the fest, coming April 23-26 at Wilkes Community... »»»
February 9, 2020 - A one-night gig by Midland at the revived Palomino Club in Los Angeles last year will be released as a live CD this year. "Midland Live from the Palomino" will be a 10-song release on Feb. 28 on Big Machine. "Places like this are disappearing," saidlead singer Mark Wystrach, "so you want to remember,... »»»
February 7, 2020 - The Cadillac Three are out with "Country Fuzz," their fourth release. The trio consisting of lead singer/guitarist Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason and lap steel ace Kelby Ray put a hard edge to their country rock sound. The band produced 15 of the 16 songs with Dann Huff helming "Crackin' Cold Ones With The Boys.... »»»
February 6, 2020 - The Country Music Association's international artist-focused touring series, Introducing Nashville, will bring Abby Anderson, Niko Moon, Cassadee Pope and Mitchell Tenpenny to the Pacific Rim in March. They will visit multiple cities in Australia before stopping in Auckland, New Zealand and Tokyo, Japan.... »»»
February 6, 2020 - Fresh off the release of his surprise project, "The Album Part I," Chase Rice today released "Lonely If You Are" music video. The video directed by Reid Long puts a twist on live concert footage with young aspiring musicians taking center stage in place of Rice, plus his band and crew, at a recent... »»»
February 5, 2020 - Six years after the release of his massively successful debut CD, Sam Hunt will finally return with "Southside" on April 3 on MCA Nashville. The album includes his current hit "Kinfolks" and "Sinning With You." "Montevallo" had four number one singles including "Leave the Night On," "House Party,"... »»»
February 5, 2020 - Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr. top the line-up of the first Born & Raised Music Festival, a new outlaw, Texas and Red Dirt country music and camping experience in Pryor, Okla. The festival will be June 6-7 with a pre-festival party on June 5. Jamey Johnson, Whiskey Myers, Blackberry Smoke, Margo... »»»
February 5, 2020 - Kenny Chesney will release his next album in late spring, he said today. This will be his first for Warner Nashville. No album title or track list was released, nor a specific release date. "No Shoes Nation are the most passionate people I've ever seen," Chesney said. "When I started listening to... »»»
February 4, 2020 - Lucinda Williams announced today she would release "Good Souls Better Angels" (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers) on April 24. The disc reunites her with producer Ray Kennedy, who last worked with Williams on her 1998 landmark album "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road." Williams tackles human, social and political... »»»
February 4, 2020 - Ingrid Andress will release her debut album, "Lady Like," on March 27 on Warner. The release includes her hit single "More Hearts Than Mine." The ballad, which was the only debut from a solo-female to crack the Country Airplay Top 20 in 2019. Andress has penned several songs for artists across... »»»
February 3, 2020 - Nominations are in for the ACM radio awards with Bobby Bones, Storme Warren and Crook & Chase among those nominated. The nominees are: Blair Garner & "Off Eric" Garner, The Blair Garner Show Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie, Morgan and Ray, The Bobby Bones Show Lorianne Crook & Charlie Chase,... »»»
February 3, 2020 - Morgan Wallen will head across the pond for his first European headline run in May for four shows in Great Britain. "I can't wait to get over to the UK for my first time ever," shares Wallen. "I've always heard how amazing the fans are over there - looking forward to experiencing it for said.... »»»