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Country News Digest, April 2020

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April 30, 2020 - Luke Combs is out with a new song today, penned in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Combs dropped "Six Feet Apart," a song he wrote with Brent Cobb and Rob Snyder. He unveiled the song during a livestream last month. The lyrics include the lines " "I miss my mom/I miss my dad / I miss the road / I... »»»
April 30, 2020 - Thursday livestreams Scotty McCreery, Instagram Live with WBEE/Rochester, NY at 11 a.m. CT, Facebook Live with WOGK/Gainesville-Ocala, FL at noon, and All Our Favorite People at 12:30 p.m. CT. Travis Denning, WQDR/Raleigh's Quarantine Confessions at 1 p.m. CT. Words & Music At Home at 2 p.m. CT.... »»»
April 30, 2020 - Tenille Townes, the Canadian singer behind "Somebody's Daughter," will put out her debut album, "The Lemonade Stand," on June 26 via Columbia Nashville and RCA Records. This is the follow-up to her "Road to the Lemonade" EP that came out in February. The project was produced by Jay Joyce and includes... »»»
April 29, 2020 - Wednesday livestreams Carly Pearce, Q&A and a wine tasting from her home in Nashville on Pandora's Instagram, 4 p.m. CT. Runaway June's Jennifer Wayne, WUBL/Atlanta IG Live at 4 p.m. CT. Gone West, One Country at 5 p.m. CT. Matt Stell, on Sounds Like Nashville Facebook, 5 p.m. CT.... »»»
April 29, 2020 - The Newport Folk Festival, one of the premiere musical festivals, is cancelled this summer due to COVID-19, organizers announced today. At the same time, they also canceled the Newport Jazz Festival, which takes place the following weekend. Organizers indicated the festivals will be held in some form... »»»
April 28, 2020 - Born and raised in the small town of Monterey, La., Ross Ellis moved to Nashville after graduating college. The Sony Nashville recording artist has been writing songs ever since, including "Neon Church" for Tim McGraw. To showcase his catalog of songs and offer fans some at home entertainment while we... »»»
April 28, 2020 - Tuesday livestreams RaeLynn, Rae From the Heart at 8 a.m. CT. Bobby Bones, Super Easy Trivia at 10 a.m. CT. Dolly Parton, What's Up with Linda Perry at 2 p.m. CT. This Is Eli Young Band at 4 p.m. CT. Cole Swindell, CMT Next Women of Country with Caylee Hammack at 5 p.m. CT. Mitchell Tenpenny,... »»»
April 27, 2020 - Roots singer Will Hoge will release "Tiny Little Movies" on June 26 via Thirty Tigers. After tackling the arrangements over four days in an East Nashville rehearsal space, Hoge, guitarist Thom Donovan, drummer Allen Jones, and bassist Christopher Griffiths headed into Trace Horse Studio and tracked each... »»»
April 27, 2020 - Keith Urban debuted "Polaroid," another song being released in advance of his fall 2020 album release, on Friday. Urban also released a video to go with the song. "Polaroid," a song that Urban says he connected with almost immediately, is paired with a video that sees Urban seamlessly moving through... »»»
April 27, 2020 - Monday livestreams Ingrid Andress, Grammy Museum Live at 4 p.m. CT. Temecula Road, 3:30 p.m. CT. Niko Moon (At Home Concert Series), on Instagram and Facebook, 4 p.m. CT Lewis Brice, Monday Night Happy Hour at 5 p.m. CT. Garth Brooks, Inside Studio G, 6 p.m. CT. Travis Denning, KWNR/Las Vegas'... »»»
April 27, 2020 - The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place in Nashville for the first time in the show's 55-year history on Sept. 16. The awards were postponed from April 6 due to COVID-19 and were slated to be held in Las Vegas. The ACMs will be the first awards show to broadcast from the Grand Ole... »»»
April 25, 2020 - Harold Reid, Country Music Hall of Fame member, nine-time CMA Awards winner and bass vocalist in the Statler Brothers, passed away Friday, April 24. He was 80. "Harold and the Statler Brothers were a staple on many of the great CMA Awards shows throughout the 1970s," says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.... »»»
April 25, 2020 - Saturday livestream Stagecouch Weekend from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. CT on SiriusXM's The Highway; additional performances, Q&As and more. Tenille Townes, on Stagecoach's "Stagecouch Series" (Guitar Lesson), 2 p.m. CT. Alyssa Bonagura (Virtual Tour), on Instagram and Facebook, 4 p.m. CT Ross Ellis, on... »»»
April 24, 2020 - Rosanne Cash and John Paul White released a song today to benefit the fight against COVID-19. "We're All In This Together Now" benefitting the Musical Health Alliance, was penned by Cash and White last year. Cash and White trade off on verses that are relevant in these COVID-19 times.... »»»
April 24, 2020 - Lucinda Williams is out with "Good Souls Better Angels "(Highway 20/Thirty Tigers). The Louisiana native tackles domestic and socio-political issues on the 12-song release, including "Man Without a Soul." Williams, Tom Overby and Ray Kennedy produced the set, which was recorded in Nashville.... »»»
April 24, 2020 - Friday livestreams Stagecouch Weekend from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. CT on SiriusXM's The Highway; additional performances, Q&As and more. Cailtlyn Smith, 3:30 p.m. CT. Craig Morgan, Fridays at Four, 4 p.m. CT. Tenille Arts, PAW/Greensboro, NC's Live in the Wolf's Den, 6 p.m. CT. John Rich and David Lee... »»»
April 23, 2020 - Russell Dickerson surprised a bride today, whose wedding plans were put on hold due to COVID-19, by singing his hit "Yours" as the couple's first dance in a surprise Zoom wedding. Dickerson sang his song for newlyweds Melanie Mulvihill and John Sizer." The first dance immediately followed an impromptu... »»»
April 23, 2020 - Thursday livestreams Michael Ray, WKIS/Miami IG Live at 11:30 p.m. CT. Rachel Wammack on Facebook and Instagram, at 4 p.m. CT. Tyler Farr, on Taste of Country, 4:30 p.m. CT. Temecula Road, 4:30 p.m. CT. Ingrid Andress, She Is The Music at 5 p.m. CT. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, IG Live at 5 p.m. CT.... »»»
April 22, 2020 - The Stagecoach Festival, the three-day extravaganza in California, will carry on - as Stagecouch. "Since fans can't come to the desert this April, we are bringing good Stagecoach vibes to them to via #STAGECOUCH," concert promoter AEG said in a press release. "Throughout the originally scheduled... »»»
April 22, 2020 - Kacey Musgraves released a song today, "Oh What a World, 2.0 Earth Day Edition," in honor of the golden anniversary of Earth Day. A longer version of the song appeared on her last album "Golden Hour." The new version starts off with acoustic guitar and emphasizes Musgraves' vocals.... »»»
April 22, 2020 - Steve Earle was nominated for "Outstanding Music in a Play" category for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards on Wednesday. Jessica Blank also received an "Outstanding Director" nomination as well. The Drama Desk Awards ceremony will take place virtually on Sunday, May 31. The music will be released by... »»»
April 22, 2020 - Midland, "Mr. Lonely" YouTube Chat at noon CT. Seaforth, on American Songwriter, 2 p.m. CT. Temecula Road, 4 p.m. CT. Scotty McCreery, Facebook Live with WLHK/Indianapolis at 5:30 p.m. CT, WHKO/Dayton, OH at 6 p.m. CT and WYCT/Pensacola, FL at 6:30 p.m. CT. Adam Doleac (Martin Guitar's Jam In Place Series), 6 p.... »»»
April 21, 2020 - Average Joes Entertainment launched a new imprint, Nashville-based Buffalo Roam Records. Texas country music artist/songwriter, Rich O'Toole, will oversee the new venture and is also the first signing to the label. O'Toole will release an 11-track album, "New York City," on June 26.... »»»
April 21, 2020 - The wait for The Dixie Chicks to release new music grew longer because the trio's upcoming album, "Gaslighter," will be postponed from its expected May release date due to COVID-19, The Tennessean reported today. The newspaper did report an expected release date. "Gaslighter" was the band's first... »»»
April 21, 2020 - RaeLynn, Rae from the Heart at 8 a.m. CT Bobby Bones, Super Easy Trivia at 10 a.m. CT Scotty McCreery, Facebook Live with WCOL/Columbus at 11 a.m. C, WAVW/Ft. Pierce at noon CT and One Country at 12:30 p.m. CT Travis Denning, Instagram Live at 4:45 p.m. CT and WGAR/Cleveland's New You Should Know at 4 p.m.... »»»
April 20, 2020 - High Valley will be back with a new EP, "Grew Up On That," on May 22 through Warner. The six-song project of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel tells of childhood, family and love. High Valley is previewing the EP with the release of new song "River's Still Running." Brad wrote the song with Randy... »»»
April 20, 2020 - John Hartford will receive the tribute treatment come June from the likes of The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin' McCourys and Hartford's son, Jamie. LoHi Records will release "On The Road: A Tribute To John Hartford" on June 26. All net proceeds will be donated to MusiCares in order to assist... »»»
April 20, 2020 - Chris Bandi on The Boot at 1 p.m. CT. Tenille Townes on American Songwriter (Behind The Mic Series), 2 p.m. CT. Laine Hardy, Couch Concert Series at 3 p.m. CT. Willie Nelson, Come and Toke It at 4:20 p.m. CT. Mo Pitney, Sounds Like Nashville Facebook at 4:30 p.m. CT. A HREF=https://weedmaps.... »»»
April 19, 2020 - Laine Hardy,American Idol Facebook Live at 4 p.m. CT. Carly Pearce, on Chuck Wicks' Sunday Serenade at 7 p.m.... »»»
April 18, 2020 - Saturday livestreams Thompson Square goes live at 6 p.m. CT. Tyler Rich, Cameo Cares Virtual Festival at 6:15 p.m. CT. Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and Bobby Bones, Opry Livestream at 7 p.m. CT. Old Crow Medicine Show and Charlie Worsham, Hartland Hootenanny at 7 p.m. CT. Jameson Rodgers,... »»»
April 17, 2020 - Bobby Bare is 85 and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and he is going back in time - way back - to release a new album. "Great American Saturday Night" is out today despite being decades in the making. He recorded the disc at RCA's Studio B in Nashville in the late 1970s, cutting mainly Shel... »»»
April 17, 2020 - Aussie group The Wolfe Brothers signed a record deal with BMG, a subsidiary of Broken Bow Music Group. The duo also released a new song, "No Brakes," today. The Wolfe Brothers are a country rock band, composed of Nick and Tom Wolfe. They originally formed the group with childhood friends Brodie... »»»
April 17, 2020 - Luke Combs is not one to rest on his laurels. Despite having a steady flow of singles on the country airwaves, Combs offered a new song this week on social week, "Six Feet Away." The song, which he wrote with fellow musicians Brett Cobb and Rob Snyder, was inspired by COVID-19. "Six Feet Away" talks of... »»»
April 17, 2020 - Friday livestreams Bobby Bones, Super Easy Trivia at 10 a.m. CT. Coffee with Cam at 12 p.m. CT. Tiffany Woys, Sounds Like Nashville at 12 p.m. CT Randy Houser, American Songwriter at 1 p.m. CT. The Americana Music Association, discussion on the effects of COVID-19 in the music community at 1 p.m. CT.... »»»
April 16, 2020 - Brad Paisley has unveiled a new song, "No I In Beer," his first country radio single of 2020 impacting immediately. The new arrival, which Paisley co-wrote with longtime collaborator Kelley Lovelace in 2018, is about spending time with close friends and family. "People are utilizing this time to... »»»
April 16, 2020 - Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June disclosed on Instagram on Wednesday that she was COVID-19 positive. The singer from the all-female trio said she was recuperating from the virus. " "I've been struggling with whether or not to share, because to be honest it's kind of rocked me and I wasn't sure that... »»»
April 16, 2020 - Thursday livestream Travis Denning joins KNIX/Phoenix's Tim, Ben, and Brooke Happy 1/2 Hour at 8:30 p.m. CT. Eli Young Band goes live on Facebook at 9 p.m. CT. Friday livestreams Bobby Bones, Super Easy Trivia at 10 a.m. CT. Coffee with Cam at 12 p.m. CT. Tiffany Woys, Sounds Like Nashville at 12 p.m.... »»»
April 14, 2020 - Kenny Chesney will drop a new song, "Guys Named Captain," on Friday. "Guys Named Captain" is the closing song on Chesney's "Here And Now" disc coming out May 1. The reflective recording, featuring Mac McAnally on acoustic guitar and John Hobbs on piano, closes "Here And Now." Half shanty,... »»»
April 14, 2020 - Ryan Hurd has released his live performance cover of Taylor Swift's "False God." Hurd included the cover on his headlining PLATONIC TOUR setlist, and put his own spin on the song. Swift released the song in 2019 on her "Lover" release. Hurd claims co-pen credits on some of the format's biggest hits... »»»
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April 14, 2020 - Chase Rice announced "The Album Part II" is set for May 15 release during this morning's appearance on "Good Morning America." Rice FaceTimed into the show to perform current single "Lonely If You Are" live from his farm in Nashville. The four-song digital project, titled in keeping with January's... »»»
April 14, 2020 - Tuesday livestreams Bobby Bones' Super Easy Trivia happens every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. CT. Maddie & Tae will answer questions about their new album, "The Way It Feels," at noon Tuesday CT. Laine Hardy's Ground I Grew Up On virtual tour stops by CMT at noon Tuesday. The Couch Concert Series... »»»
April 14, 2020 - Almost two years after his last release, Brett Eldredge returns Friday with a new single, "Gabrielle." Having co-written the wistful, piano-driven track alongside its award-winning producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour"), "Gabrielle" finds Eldredge reflecting on the... »»»
April 12, 2020 - The Couch Concert Series continues with Ryan Griffin at 3 p.m. CT. Tenille Townes (Martin Guitar's Jam In Place Series) 4 p.m. CT. Niko Moon (At Home Concert Series) on Facebook and Instagram, 4 p.m. CT. Laine Hardy's Ground I Grew Up On virtual tour stops at Wrangler Network at 5 p.m. CT.... »»»
April 12, 2020 - Sunday livestream The Secret Sisters on Instagram and... »»»
April 12, 2020 - Sturgill Simpson announced on Saturday that he has COVID-19. "All I know is I first felt symptoms a month ago yet I'm still positive and contagious and now on quarantine in the dojo until April 19th and really wishing I'd taken my wife's advice and put a bathroom in the floor plans..... »»»
April 9, 2020 - John Anderson returns with his new album "Years," on Easy Eye Sounds. Produced by Dan Auerbach and David "Fergie" Ferguson, the album includes 10 new original songs as well as special guest appearance by Blake Shelton on the track "Tuesday I'll Be Gone." Anderson and Auerbach wrote all 10 songs... »»»
April 9, 2020 - Thursday livestreams Big Machine Records' Dan Smalley is guest hosting Big Machine Radio this week (4/6-11) here. The Couch Concert Series continues with Michael Ray at 3 p.m. CT. Thompson Square are live in your living room on Stageit at 3 p.m. CT. Country Rebel's Fireside Sessions kicks off with... »»»
April 8, 2020 - Charlie Worsham enlisted 11 of his friends and peers to join him in covering the Beatles classic, "With a Little Help From My Friends: from afar. The video premiered at on Monday with Worsham offering insight into the song selection, the recording process and his hope that the video might... »»»
April 8, 2020 - Dustin Lynch released the video today of "Mama's House," his new single. Shot in Lafayette, Tenn., and directed by Mason Dixon, the transports viewers to a small town where Lynch strikes a match to watch the world burn over a broken heart. Only when he realizes the consequences of his heavy-handed... »»»
April 8, 2020 - The country music world is mourning the loss of one of America's greatest songwriters, John Prine. Prine, who combined folk and country sounds amidst his songs detailed life of common people, recorded with such artists as Kacey Musgraves,. His songs were covered by the likes of George Strait and Miranda Lambert.... »»»
April 8, 2020 - Wednesday livestreams Chrissy Metz has a conversation every day in her Facebook Group "The Dreamers" at 1 p.m. CT. Ashley McBryde goes live on Facebook in partnership with Ariat to perform songs from Never Will at 2:30 p.m. CT. Lucas Hoge's What's Up Wednesdays is back at 4 p.m. CT.... »»»
April 7, 2020 - Farm Aid, the non-profit organization supporting farming in the U.S., and AXS TV, the music channel, present a special broadcast of At Home With Farm Aid, featuring performances by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, on Saturday, starting at 8 p.m. eastern.... »»»
April 7, 2020 - John Prine, who rose from postman to one of America's finest songwriters, passed away today in Nashville at 73 from coronavirus. Prine, known for such songs as "Angel from Montgomery" and "Paradise," had been hospitalized since March 26. He tended to write about common people in a most literary way,... »»»
April 7, 2020 - Tuesday livestreams Jameson Rodgers on Romeo Entertainment's Couch Series, 3 p.m. CT Temecula Road and Haley & Michaels on Instagram at 4:30 p.m. CT CMT Next Women of Country goes live with Ashley McBryde and host Caylee Hammack at 5 p.m. CT. Ryan Hurd "Wish For The World" YouTube Video Premiere... »»»
April 6, 2020 - Alex Harvey, who penned "Delta Dawn" and "Reuben James,' died on Saturday at 73. Harvey was born in rural western Tennessee near Brownsville. In 1964, he graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky with a Master's Degree in Music and Education. Harvey was a musician himself, releasing his... »»»
April 6, 2020 - Monday livestreams The Couch Concert Series continues with JoDee Messina at 3 p.m. CT. Niko Moon continues his At Home Concert Series on Instagram andFacebook at 6 p.m. CT. KTHK/Idaho Falls, ID's Don Jarrett welcomes CJ Solar at 5 p.m. CT. Luke Combs "Does To Me" Music Video Youtube Premiere + Live... »»»
April 6, 2020 - Budding singer/songwriter Tenille Townes released a new song, "The Most Beautiful Things." Townes' label, Sony Music Nashville announced a new partnership today with RCA Records which will combine the efforts of RCA, Columbia Nashville and the SMN label group behind a global plan for Townes.... »»»
April 5, 2020 - Sunday livestreams in the wake of COVID-19 Lauren Jenkins and Ashley Campbell as part of a StatgeIt concerts, 3:45 p.m. eastern. Tyler Rich's The Distance and Leave Her Wild Sunday Brunch kick off on Instagram at 3 p.m. CT. "ACM Presents: Our Country" Pre-Show with Lauren Alaina, Ingrid Andress,... »»»
April 3, 2020 - Michael Ray released a strings version of his current single "Her World or Mine." "I do believe music is medicine, especially in times like we're living right now," Ray said, speaking of his decision to release a new version of the song written by Brett Beavers, Jamie Paulin and Travis Denning.... »»»
April 3, 2020 - Billy Strings is planning a two-plus hour-long solo set right from his living room in Nashville on Saturday night, part of a series of livestream shows musicians are doing in the wake of COVID-19. This solo acoustic performance will be broadcast via Nugs on Sat, April 4 at 9 p.m.... »»»
April 3, 2020 - Sam Hunt finally returns to action with a full-length release, "Southside," while Ashley McBryde drops her sophomore album. Hunt released his debut, "Montevallo," in 2014 and enjoyed major success with hit songs like the massive hit "Beauty Like a Back Road" (2017), "Downtown's Dead" and "Drinkin' Too Much.... »»»
April 3, 2020 - Old Crow Medicine Show released a new track and video today of "Nashville Rising" in the wake of recent disasters. The song drops exactly one month after eight deadly tornados ravaged through the state of Tennessee. Proceeds from the song will directly benefit The Community Foundation of Middle... »»»
April 3, 2020 - Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster that killed 29 men in West Virginia, Steve Earle will perform a special live stream this Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern on Facebook and the Sirius XM Outlaw Country Facebook page. The audio from the live stream will also air via... »»»
April 3, 2020 - Old Dominion unveiled its video for single "Some People Do" today. The video was inspired by Jason Schneidman, celebrity men's groomer, who also works with Old Dominion. Schneidman was previously homeless and overcame drug addiction to turn his life around. In his spare time, he helps out the homeless... »»»
April 3, 2020 - Loretta Lynn released a newly recorded version of "I Fall to Pieces," the song recorded by Patsy Cline, today The song is in celebration of the forthcoming book, "Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust," on Grand Central Publishing. Available on April 7, the book written by Lynn with her daughter, Patsy Lynn... »»»
April 3, 2020 - Friday livestreans Caitlyn Smith and Tenille Townes on Instagram, 2 p.m. CT Big Machine Presents Home School Sessions continues with Drawing Class with Professor/Midland's Cameron Duddy at 3 p.m. CT Romeo Entertainment's Couch Concert Series welcome Seaforth at 3 p.m. CT Kane Brown and John... »»»
April 2, 2020 - John Prine remains "very ill" and in the hospital, his wife said on Thursday, but she was "very hopeful" in an update on the singer's condition. Prine has been at a Nashville hospital for eight days due to being infected by the coronavirus. Fiona Prine, John's wife, wrote on Instagram, "This is John's... »»»
April 2, 2020 - CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares, a night honoring the music of the late singer, is coming April 8 at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific. The tribute will feature virtual performances due to the coronavirus and interviews from Rogers' friends including Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell and... »»»
April 2, 2020 - Toby Keith will release his new song "What's Up Cuz" tomorrow on his Show Dog Nashville label. Written and produced by Keith and longtime collaborator Bobby Pinson, the upbeat, uptempo song clocks in at under two minutes with the line, "Hey, what's up cuz, man, I got a two beer buzz.... »»»
April 2, 2020 - Keith Urban has released a video for his new single "God Whispered Your Name." Directed by Jennifer Massaux, Urban said, "I wanted to first try and capture a sense of isolation, a lonely, dark place, that transitions into light a bit more as the video progresses, which for me is how I found my own... »»»
April 2, 2020 - Lady Antebellum is postponing the May and June concerts of their Ocean 2020 Tour. The tour is now scheduled to launch on July 2 at Toyota Amphitheatre in Sacramento, Cal. Jake Owen and Maddie & Tae will continue to open the newly-rescheduled shows. July 2 - Sacramento, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre * July... »»»
April 2, 2020 - Thursday livestreams due to the COVID-19 outbreak are: Big Machine Presents Home School Sessions offers Music Class with Payton Smith at 3 p.m. CT. RCA's Rachel Wammack goes live on Instagram at 4 p.m. CT. KFRG/Riverside, CA welcomes Honey County at 4 p.m. CT. Rebel Engine's Stephanie Quayle... »»»
April 1, 2020 - The Country Music Association and its philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation, pledged $1 million to the COVID-19 Relief Fund established by The Recording Academy and MusiCares. The funds will be used to provide support to those in the music industry whose employment has been impacted by the effects of... »»»
April 1, 2020 - Wednesday livestreams Warner/WEA's Ingrid Andress goes live with her stylist Sonia Young at 5 p.m. CT Rebel Engine's Stephanie Quayle continues Whatcha Drinkin Bout Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT here and goes live with KHGE/Fresno, CA on Instagram at 7:15 p.m. CT. Riser House's Dillon Carmichael takes... »»»