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Country News Digest, May 2020

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May 28, 2020 - Tyler Farr will release a four-song EP, "Only Truck in Town," on June 5 on Broken Bow Records. This marks Farr's first non-single release since 2015. He had hits with "A Guy Walks Into a Bar," "Whiskey in My Water" and "Redneck Crazy." Jason Aldean, who signed Farr to his label, Night Train Records,... »»»
May 27, 2020 - Bucky Baxter, a founding member of Steve Earle's backing band, The Dukes, and a long touring member of Bob Dylan's band, died at 65 in Sanibel, Fla. of undisclosed causes. Baxter's son, Rayland, an Americana artist, announced the death of his father. He wrote, "BUCKY BAXTER is God's most beautiful invention.... »»»
May 27, 2020 - Charley Crockett today announced his next studio album, "Welcome To Hard Times," will be released July 31 on Thirty Tigers. Produced by Mark Neill, with songwriting contributions from Pat McLaughlin and Dan Auerbach, "Welcome To Hard Times'" is a genre bending mix of classic country, psychedelic... »»»
May 26, 2020 - Alan Jackson will perform two shows next month in Alabama as he launches his first-ever "Small Town Drive-In" concerts, Jackson will stage two shows - June 5 in Cullman on the open-field site of the long-running Rock the South festival and June 6 in Fairhope on the grounds of Oak Hollow Farm.... »»»
May 22, 2020 - Florida Georgia Line and Steve Earle lead the new releases out today. Florida Georgia Line dropped "6-Pack," which is a six-song EP. The release contains the current single "I Love My Country." Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley had a hand in writing four of the six cuts and also helped produce.... »»»
May 21, 2020 - Mac McAnally, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and 10-time CMA Musician of the Year, will be out with "Once in a Lifetime" on July 31 on Mailboat Records. Mailboat is the label owned by Jimmy Bufffett. McAnally is a longstanding member of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band.... »»»
May 20, 2020 - Turnpike Troubadours fiddler Kyle Nix will release his debut solo album "Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories" on June 26. Nix crafted a western-inspired collection of literary songs, which tell stories from Nix's own history as well as many of the unique characters he "may or may not have... »»»
May 20, 2020 - The Jayhawks will release their 11th album, "XOXO," on July 10 via Sham/Thirty Tigers. The album is a change of pace for the band because for the first time it, all four members - Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O'Reagan - are on lead vocal and contribute songs.... »»»
May 20, 2020 - The Faster Horses Festival is being postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, it was announced today. The Festival in Brooklyn, Mich. will be delayed until July 16-18, 2021 with original headliners Jason Aldean, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. A press release cited the move "in the best interest of the... »»»
May 19, 2020 - Jason Aldean scuttled his 2020 We Back Tour today, one of three tours postponed today in the wake of COVID-19. "We're making the call to postpone my We Back Tour until 2021," Aldean posted on social media. "The health and safety of my fans, my band and crew and all the local workers in your town who... »»»
May 19, 2020 - Tim McGraw today joined the increasingly long list of 2020 tours being postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. McGraw posted on social media, "I hope my live shows are proof enough of how much I absolutely love performing for you guys. I'm so sad to have to cancel this year's Here on Earth Tour, but... »»»
May 18, 2020 - The farewell tour of Rascal Flatts was canceled today, the band announced on social media. It was unclear if the trio of Gary Levox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney would tour to makr their farewell. The band formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The tour was scheduled to began on July 17, in Rogers, Ark.... »»»
May 18, 2020 - In a day where country artists announced tour postponements due to COVID-19, add Lady Antebellum to the list. While the trio pledged go return the road, there was no indication when that would happen. Thomas Rhett and Rascal Flatts also announced postponement of their tours today.... »»»
May 18, 2020 - Thomas Rhett announced today that The Center Point Road Tour is being postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19. "Hometeam, it has been a wild few months. I pray each and every one of you are well," said Rhett. "I hope that those who can be are safely at home with their families, and to those of you who are... »»»
May 17, 2020 - Chris Stapleton announced today he was postponing this year's All-American Road Show until 2021, another victim of COVID-19. "We are very sorry to announce that this year's All-American Road Show has been postponed & rescheduled for 2021," he said in a social media post. "We've made this decision with... »»»
May 17, 2020 - Jake Owen's new single "Made For You" arrives on country radio today The song is the follow up to Owen's eighth career number one song "Homemade." "I couldn't be more excited to announce 'Made For You,' this song has been so special to me and many others," Owen said. "I'm excited to finally hear it on the radio.... »»»
May 15, 2020 - Keith Urban took to a stage Thursday night to perform for first responders at the Stardust Drive-In Movie Theater, about 40 miles east of Nashville. "To all of you guys here tonight, for everything that you've done, and continue to do, to all of your families, we say thank you - this concert is for all... »»»
May 15, 2020 - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are back with "Reunions," perhaps his most personal album yet. Isbell keeps the album a taut 10 songs. The disc was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A. "Reunions" is Isbell's seventh full-length studio album... »»»
May 15, 2020 - Collin Raye will headline a free live concert in Utah on May 30 in support of those wanting to reopen business despite COVID-19. Raye will play at a concert sponsored by the Utah Business Revival, in Kaysville, Utah. The event marks Raye's first public performance since COVID-19 ushered in national... »»»
May 15, 2020 - One day after Runaway June was down to a duo, the group announced it has a new member, Natalie Stovall. The group announced via social media: "Everyone meet the newest member of Runaway June, @nataliestovall!! We couldn't be more excited for the future and we can't wait to perform again soon.... »»»
May 14, 2020 - Add Maren Morris to the list of musicians who are bagging their touring plans this year. Morris announced on Thursday she was postponing her RSVP The Tour until 2021 due to COVID-19. The tour now is slated to get underway April 30, 2021 in Alpharetta, Ga. and will run through Sept. 6, 2021 in Morrison, Col.... »»»
May 14, 2020 - Runaway June member Hannah Mulholland announced Thursday that she is leaving the trio. There was no reason given for the decision. That leaves Jennifer Wayne and Naomi Cooke as members. Mulholland, who was from Los Angeles, sang low harmonies and played mandolin. The trio met in Nasvhille and released... »»»
May 14, 2020 - Kenney Chesney announced today he is postponing the 2020 Chillaxification Tour into 2021. Chesney's tour was another in the long list of concerts and tours being cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. "We have done everything possible...⁣⁣and things I'm not even sure we would've thought... »»»
May 13, 2020 - Garth Brooks released two new songs for his upcoming album, "Fun," via Amazon Music. The songs were "That's What Cowboys Do" and "Party Gras." Brooks indicated he might release new songs at his Inside Studio G Facebook series on May 11 after a fan named Jack asked Brooks when "Fun" would be released.... »»»
May 12, 2020 - Jason Isbell will perform an acoustic livestream concert this Friday, May 15 in celebration of his new album, "Reunions," which is out the same day on Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. Isbell will perform with his wife and 400 Unit bandmate, Amanda Shires, live from Nashville's new Brooklyn Bowl at 8 p.m. ET.... »»»
May 12, 2020 - The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced the first round of Official Showcase Artists, including Special Consensus and Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, for the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble coming to Raleigh, N.C. from Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Artists named were: Ali Shumate ... »»»
May 11, 2020 - Keith Urban said in a video that he would release his next album, "THE SPEED OF NOW, Part 1," on Sept. 18. The album title came to Urban in October 2019. "I liked it because I felt like life was flying by so fast. Faster and faster all the time. But music has always been a place where it slows down,... »»»
May 11, 2020 - Florida Georgia Line announced a surprise six-pack of songs is coming out May 22. The duo made the announcement via social media: "Can't keep all this new music to ourselves any longer. Excited to announce the #6Pack EP drops next Friday, 5/22 feat. #ILoveMyCountry + 5 more songs to jam out to all... »»»
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May 8, 2020 - Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers are back with "Hold My Beer, Vol. 2." The previous edition came out five years ago. The 12-track album was produced by Lloyd Maines. The release features "Ode To Ben Dorcy (Lovey's Song)" featuring Waylon Jennings and Shooter Jennings. Waylon's vocals were from an unreleased... »»»
May 8, 2020 - Maren Morris surprised her fans today with a four-song live EP available on Amazon. "Maren Morris Live From Chicago " was recorded at the inaugural show of her GIRL: The World Tour on March 9, 2019, which was livestreamed globally by Amazon Music. The footage features performances of "GIRL," "A Song... »»»
May 8, 2020 - Austin country singer Drew Fish, lead singer of the Drew Fish Band, will perform live at 4 p.m. today on the Country Standard Time Facebook page. This will be the first in a series of livestream concerts that Country Standard Time will broadcast in the wake of COVID-19. "We are ultra excited to have... »»»
May 8, 2020 - Gillian Welch is out today with a new song - sort of - in time for Mother's Day. The singer put out "Happy Mother's Day," a song she recorded for her mother years ago. The song was put out through Acony Records, the independent record label she and partner David Rawlings founded in 2001 and comes from... »»»
May 8, 2020 - Friday livestreams The Waco Brothers' Ramblin Deano's "Coffee & a Song" on his Facebook page, 9 a.m. CT. Bobby Bones, Super Easy Trivia at 10 a.m. CT. Tim McGraw, Amazon Live at noon CT. Mickey Guyton, Coffee with Cam at noon CT. Stephanie Quayle, Nashville Meets London at 2 p.m. CT.... »»»
May 7, 2020 - Chris Young announced Thursday night that he was canceling eight shows this summer due to COVID-19. Young said, "With the public's safety as my first priority," he was cancelling shows in Detroit on May 29, Chicago on May 30, Salt Lake City, Utah on June 10, Portland, Ore. on June 12, Seattle on June... »»»
May 7, 2020 - Lori McKenna will get person on "The Balladeer, "which will be released July 24 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, "The Balladeer" may be McKenna's most personal album to date featuring songs that reflect... »»»
May 7, 2020 - Hot off the success of "More Hearts Than Mine," Ingrid Andress is out with her second single, "The Stranger." The song, from her debut disc, "Lady Like," goes for adds at country radio on June 1. Andress already has tasted success with her debut single, "More Hearts than Mine," which went to the top of the charts.... »»»
May 7, 2020 - Thursday livestreams Scotty McCreery, Country Now at noon CT. Charlie Worsham, Lawn Chair Don't Care at noon CT. Cam, Coffee with Cam featuring Caleb Caudle at noon CT. Lindsay Ell, iHeartCountry IG Live at 1 p.m. CT. Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey, CMHoF's Words & Music at Home at 2 p.m. CT.... »»»
May 6, 2020 - The ever prolific Luke Combs unveiled two new songs at his latest livestream tonight. Combs, who performed from his home, sang "Tomorrow Me" and "Cold As You." The former was a love ballad. He wrote the song with Ray Fulcher, with whom he has previously collaborated, and Dean Dillon.... »»»
May 6, 2020 - Kenny Chesney dropped a surprise for No Shoes Nation - a video for "We Do," the lead-off track of his disc, "Here And Now," tonight on YouTube. "Everything now is just so different," he said. "There's so much we can't know. But the one thing I am absolutely, completely sure of is this: No matter... »»»
May 5, 2020 - Garth Brooks has teamed up with Zynga, an interactive entertainment company, and Amazon to bring free content to Amazon Prime members in Words With Friends. Brooks will promote Words With Friends with original broadcasts and specialized in-game activations. Prime members will also be able to unlock a... »»»
May 5, 2020 - Wednesday livestreams The Waco Brothers' Ramblin Deano's "Coffee & a Song" on his Facebook page, 9 a.m. CT. The Shires, 2 p.m. CT. Steve Earle, Cam and Brandy Clark, MusiCares and Twitch's Sessions at 3 p.m. CT. Madison Kozak, The Household World Tour at 3 p.m. CT. Lindsay Ell, KJUG/Visalia, CA... »»»
May 5, 2020 - After winning ABC's American Idol last season, Laine Hardy is back with a highly-anticipated performance this Sunday, May 10 kicking off at 8 p.m. eastern. Hardy will give his take on "Life Is A Highway" as part of the show's Disney Night. Lane recently released the songs "Ground I Grew Up On" and... »»»
May 5, 2020 - Chris Bandi announced today that his self-titled debut EP will drop on May 29. The seven-song collection includes "Man Enough Now," which has racked up over 80 million global streams. Bandi penned four of the seven tracks. "I am so excited to let everyone know about my debut EP," said Bandi.... »»»
May 5, 2020 - Tuesday livestreams RaeLynn, Rae from the Heart at 8 a.m. CT. Bobby Bones, Super Easy Trivia at 10 a.m. CT. Stephanie Quayle, Facebook Live with WCOL/Columbus, OH at 11 a.m. and Kampgrounds of America at 4 p.m. CT. Chris Bandi, on Sounds Like Nashville, noon CT. Cam, Coffee with Cam featuring Chef... »»»
May 4, 2020 - Dwight Yoakam married his long-time girlfriend Emily Joyce, he revealed today. Yoakam, 63, married Joyce, who he has dated for 10 years, in March in a church ceremony in California before less than 10 guests and prior to quarantines for COVID-19. "Dwight Yoakam and Emily Joyce were married in March... »»»
May 4, 2020 - Monday livestreams Ingrid Andress, Caitlyn Smith's Lonely Together at 2:30 p.m. CT. Matt Stell, Couch Concert Series at 3 p.m. CT. Niko Moon, There's Comfort in Giving at 4 p.m. CT. Lewis Brice, Monday Night Happy Hour at 5 p.m. CT. Charlie Worsham, Songs From the $h... at 6 p.m. CT.... »»»
May 3, 2020 - Sunday livestreams Tyler Rich, Leave Her Wild Sunday Brunch at 3 p.m. CT. Madison Kozak, The Household World Tour at 3 p.m. CT. Jason Eady, 7 p.m. CT. Zac Brown Band, 7 p.m. CT. Southern Halo, KRVN/Lexington, NE takeover at 8 p.m.... »»»
May 2, 2020 - Saturday livestreams Dan Smalley and Lane Hardy, Virtual Country Brunch, 11 a.m. CT. Stephanie Quayle, Wrangler's Can't Stop Country at 4 p.m. CT. Ross Ellis (Ross Writes Series), on Facebook and Instagram, 6 p.m. CT. Garth Brooks, 6:30 p.m. CT. Scotty McCreery, Circle Sessions at 6:30 p.m. CT.... »»»
May 1, 2020 - Gabby Barrett will release her debut, "Goldmine," on June 19, she announced today. "I am so excited that my first album is finally complete," said Barrett. "I've been writing for this project for almost two years, pulling together who I am as an artist and working hard with my team to make this album... »»»
May 1, 2020 - Kenny Chesney is out with a new CD, "Here and Now," today, while Hot Country Knights, whose singer is one of country's leading voices, makes its debut with "The K is Silent." Chesney's disc was once again produced by Buddy Cannon along with Chesney. Chesney worked on the 12-song album for the past 18 months.... »»»
May 1, 2020 - Tim McGraw will release his first new music, "I Called Mama," since returning to Big Machine Records next Friday. Seen through the lens of the special connection with mothers, "I Called Mama" is a look at the ways we ground ourselves when we are shaken or hurting. Written by Lance Miller, Marv Green... »»»
May 1, 2020 - Tyler Braden, a former firefighter with both the Montgomery, Ala. and Brentwood, Tenn. fire and rescue services, honors those ties with his take of "Brother." The song was originally recorded by NEEDTOBREATHE. "I was in the fire service for seven years before committing to music full-time," Braden said.... »»»
May 1, 2020 - Friday livestreams Bobby Bones, Super Easy Trivia at 10 a.m. CT. Madison Kozak, The Household World Tour, 4 p.m. CT. Craig Morgan, Fridays at Four, 4 p.m. CT. Brandon Lay, Instagram Live at 5 p.m. CT. Adam Doleac, Cracker Barrel and Sony/Nashville livestream at 5 p.m. CT. CJ Solar, https://www.facebook.... »»»