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Country News Digest, September 2017

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September 29, 2017 - The Earls of Leicester won the big award - Entertainer of the Year - at the IBMA awards on Thursday. Other winners were: Vocal Group of the Year: Flatt Lonesome Instrumental Group of the Year: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Song of the Year: "I am a Drifter," Volume Five (written by Donna Ulisse... »»»
September 29, 2017 - Shania Twain released her first album in 15 years and fifth studio album overall today, "Now." The disc consists of a variety of styles with most veering towards the pop end. The release was preceded by the single "Life's About to Get Good" with the second single being "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed.... »»»
September 29, 2017 - Maren Morris is making a quick four-date run at some of the best known country clubs in the country in the "Renegade Revival Run," she announced today. Morris will play Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown, Cal., Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas and two nights at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Cal.... »»»
September 29, 2017 - Cale Dodds made his debut today with a double-sided single. "All Over / Lying" is the single from the Warner Brothers artist, who co-wrote both songs in an unusual release. Almost all singles are released as one song. This is the first of three double singles that he will release over the next few... »»»
September 29, 2017 - Not only did Josh Phillips sign a record deal, he also released music. Phillips inked witb Big Machine Records, it was announced today The singer/songwriter, who is recording his debut album, offers a preview "Lee County EP (The Acoustic Sessions). The track list is: 1. "Fixer Upper" | Josh... »»»
September 28, 2017 - Garth Brooks will release a five part book and CD anthology looking at the first five years of his career. The package will include a book written by Brooks. The release, set for Nov. 14, will five CDs. The CDs contain music that has never been heard, songs written long before the debut album,... »»»
September 28, 2017 - Miranda Lambert will go on the road next year as part of the Livin' Like Hippes Tour. Jon Pardi will open the tour, which starts Jan. 18 in Greenville, S.C. Members of Lambert's Fan Club, Ran Fans get exclusive first access to the pit and first five seated rows behind the pit. Jan.18 Greenville, SC Jan.... »»»
September 28, 2017 - Lady Antebellum released the video for its new single "Heart Break" today and also is donating $200,000 to relief efforts in Puerto Rico. There is a connection with the video because Lady A traveled to San Juan for its Spanish colonial buildings and culture to provide the backdrop.... »»»
September 27, 2017 - Bluegrass singer Molly Tuttle announced that has signed with Compass Records. Tuttle, a California native, who put out her own EP, "Rise," in June, said on her Facebook page, "I'm thrilled to have signed with Compass Records Group!! Alison Brown and Garry West have been so supportive of me from day one... »»»
September 27, 2017 - Chris Young and Cracker Barrel teamed up to produce a five-part docu-series, "Chris Young Losing Sleep Cracker Barrel Series," the first of its kind for the brand. The series, which debuts Sept. 28 on the restaurant chain's YouTube channel, features weekly episodes taking fans on a behind-the-scenes... »»»
September 26, 2017 - Scotty McCreery and his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal are engaged. The couple plans to wed in 2018. McCreery proposed today at one of their favorite places - the mountains of North Carolina near Grandfather Mountain. The singer/songwriter asked Dugal to go on a hike with him on their favorite trail,... »»»
September 26, 2017 - Thomas Rhett stayed first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 7 with "Life Changes." Sam Hunt remained first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." On the albums chart, Big & Rich debuted in second with "Did It for the Party.... »»»
September 25, 2017 - Sara Evans will launch a short version of her At Christmas Tour this year Tour dates are: Dec. 1-2 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Casino Dec. 7 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theatre Dec. 8 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Casino Dec. 9 Shipshewana, IN Blue Gate Theater Dec. 14 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place Dec.... »»»
September 25, 2017 - Cole Swindell will perform on Ellen on Thursday. "I've been blessed to get to perform in a lot of fun and special places, but I've been looking forward to hopefully having this opportunity to get to do The Ellen Degeneres Show since I started my career," said Swindell. "I have been a such a big fan of... »»»
September 24, 2017 - Ashley McBryde has signed with Warner Music Nashville/WAR. The Arkansas native released the single "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," which impacts radio Oct. 16. McBryde will be on the SiriusXM Presents: The Highway Finds Tour this fall with label mates High Valley. McBryde was raised in Mammoth Spring, Ark.... »»»
September 24, 2017 - Danielle Bradbery released the song "Hello Summer" along with a music video off her upcoming soph release, "I Don't Believe We've Met Yet." "'Hello Summer' actually came to me from Thomas Rhett who had co-written the song while writing for his own album with his dad Rhett Akins, Jaren Johnston of The... »»»
September 22, 2017 - Eric Church continued releasing live recordings from his recent tour on the "61 Days in Church" promotion with 30 new songs. The songs were culled from 200 hours of music across 61 dates in the form of double-set, 3-plus hour shows without an opener. The first group of 30 songs came out Sept. 1.... »»»
September 21, 2017 - Blake Shelton will release his 11th album, "Texoma Shore" on Nov. 3. The release includes his latest single, "I'll Name the Dogs." "Lake Texoma has always been a place of great memories, new and old," said Shelton. "I literally recorded this album on its shore so it's full circle for me to take the... »»»
September 20, 2017 - Ryan Kinder released a video for his soulful single "Still Believe In Crazy Love" on Tuesday via Billboard. Directed by Justin Key, the many versions of "Crazy Love" are showcased by the poignant visuals and intermittent audio breaks allowing each individual to share their story.... »»»
September 19, 2017 - Thomas Rhett dominated the Billboard charts for the week ending Sept. 30 with his new disc, "Life Changes,' which was the top selling country in the U.S. Rhett also landed nine songs on the Top Country Songs chart. Sam Hunt yet again was first on the songs chart, though, with "Beauty Like a Back Road.... »»»
September 19, 2017 - Willie Nelson will release "Willie Nelson and the Boys, the second installment in the Willie's Stash archival recordings series, on Oct. 20 on Legacy. The set is a family collaboration with Nelson, 84, and his sons Lukas and Micah performing country music standards and classics, including seven penned... »»»
September 18, 2017 - Thomas Rhett will have the first number one album in almost one year on the Billboard charts. Rhett was 1 of 3 country CDs to make the Billboard top 10. Rhett scored his first chart topper on the Billboard 200 chart with "Life Changes." The disc earned 123,000 equivalent album units for the week ending Sept.... »»»
September 14, 2017 - Chris Young, who was just invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, unveiled the new video for his latest single, "Losing Sleep." Directed by Peter Zavadil and filmed at Nashville's Omni Hotel, the, romantic video premiered today on Vevo. Written by Young with Josh Hoge and Chris... »»»
September 14, 2017 - The Oak Ridge Boys announced today they would release an album in the first quarter of 2018 produced by Dave Cobb. At a listening event during Americana Music Association AmericanaFest at Nashville's RCA Studio A, where the album was recorded, the group performed songs from the yet-untitled project... »»»
September 13, 2017 - John Prine won the big award at the Americana Awards show in Nashville on Wednesday, Entertainer of the Year. "I've been waiting for this award for awhile," Prine joked, referring to the entertainer honor. Sturgill Simpson won Album of the Year for "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." Simpson was on tour and... »»»
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September 13, 2017 - Jessi Zazu, singer of Those Darlins, a country and rock band, passed away on Tuesday at 28 of cervical cancer. Zazu died surrounded by family, friends and fellow musicians who lined the waiting room inside Centennial Hospital's intensive care unit. Zazu, who was born Jessi Zazu Wariner, but went by her... »»»
September 13, 2017 - Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line will headline the 2018 Stagecoach Festival in California, it was announced today. The festival will be held Sept. 27-29 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal. Florida Georgia Line will headline Thursday, Urban on Friday and Brooks on Sunday.... »»»
September 12, 2017 - Not much changes for Sam Hunt on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. That means "Body Like a Back Road" is first again for the week ending Sept. 23. Luke Combs was back atop the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." On the albums chart, Combs displaced "Happy Endings" from Old... »»»
September 12, 2017 - A public celebration of Troy' Gentry's life will take place on Thursday at noon at the Opry. Gentry, who was one-half of Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash on Friday afternoon, while on his way to a concert in Medford, N.J. A member of the duo for 19 years,Gentry was 50.... »»»
September 11, 2017 - Maren Morris will make multiple appearances this week including a return to The Tonight Starring Jimmy Fallon, on Wednesday. Late in the week, Morris performs on the 11th Annual ACM Honors that will air on CBS this Friday, Sept. 15. The singerl's SiriusXM concert from the McKittrick Hotel in New York... »»»
September 11, 2017 - Lady Antebellum released "Heart Break," the title track of its latest release, as the new single. Produced by busbee and written by Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jesse Frasure and Nicolle Galyon, "Heart Break" is the second single from the release. "A while ago, I had written down the... »»»
September 8, 2017 - Don Williams, the Gentle Giant, who scored 17 number 1 hits during his career, died at 78 on Friday. Known for his easy going singing bass, Williams was a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Among his best known songs was "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good" and "I Believe in You.... »»»
September 8, 2017 - Troy Gentry, one-half of Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash today. The Montgomery Gentry web site said, "It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at... »»»
September 8, 2017 - Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith, Kip Moore and Dustin Lynch all are out with new CDs today. Rhett releases his third album, "Life Changes," the follow up to 2015's "Tangled Up." Akins produced the album alongside Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Julian Bunetta and Joe London. The release features the hit single... »»»
September 7, 2017 - Old Dominion debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Sept. 16, while Sam Hunt stayed first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." On the songs chart, Dustin Lynch remained second with "Small Town Boy" and Kane Brown third with "What Ifs,"... »»»
September 7, 2017 - Jo Dee Messina, who has enjoyed hits with "Heads Carolina, tails California" and "I'm Alright," disclosed on Wednesday that she has cancer. Messina did not indicate what type of cancer she has, but said that treatments would begin this fall. "Over the years, Jo Dee has built a close relationship with... »»»
September 7, 2017 - The Turnpike Troubadours will release "A Long Way From Your Heart" on Oct. 20. The Oklahoma band's disc was produced/engineered by Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers). This is the band's fifth album and first since its self-titled release from September 2015.... »»»
September 7, 2017 - Chris Young revealed the 10 songs that will appear on "Losing Sleep," which comes out Oct. 20. Young had a hand in writing all 10 songs and co-produced with Corey Crowder. The track list is: 1. "Losing Sleep" - Chris Young, Chris DeStefano, Josh Hoge 2. "Hangin' On" - Chris Young, Corey Crowder, Josh Hoge 3.... »»»
September 6, 2017 - Margo Price announced today that she would release her second full-length disc, "All American Made," on Oct. 20. Price also announced the Nowhere Fast Tour that will begin in January 2018 in Louisville, Ky. The first single is "A Little Pain." "I'm so excited to share what the band and I have been... »»»
September 6, 2017 - Chris Stapleton will participate in a concert for Charlottesville, Va. being organized by the Dave Matthews Band. In response to the recent events in Charlottesville in which a woman was allegedly hit and killed by a white nationalist who participated in a rally, Dave Matthews Band will host an evening... »»»
September 5, 2017 - George Strait will headline a Hurricane Harvey benefit concert in San Antonio on Sept. 12. He also will participate in a telethon, "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief." Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen also will play at the concert.... »»»
September 5, 2017 - Blake Shelton will help open Ole Red Tishomingo, a restaurant, live music venue and retail space on Sept. 30 in his hometown of Tishomingo, Okla. The themed entertainment venue was inspired by Shelton's "Ol' Red," one of the superstar's earliest career-defining songs. RaeLynn and Opry members Jeannie... »»»
September 5, 2017 - High Valley will headline SiriusXM's The Highway Finds Tour this fall. Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel kick off the tour Oct. 18 and features fellow "Highway Finds" artists Ashley McBryde and Adam Doleac. High Valley made its U.S. debut with "Dear Life" in November 2016 on Warner.... »»»
September 4, 2017 - Miranda Lambert tops the list of nominees for The 51st Annual CMA Awards with five nominations. Little Big Town and Keith Urban each scored four nominations, tying for the second most nominations this year. Eric Church, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton each earned three nominations.... »»»
September 3, 2017 - Old Dominion debuts in seventh on the Billboard 200 with its second-full length studio album "Happy Endings." The disc moved 41,000 units with 31,000 in album sales. The group has a hit with the first single "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," which reached No. 5 on the Hot Country Songs chart and No.... »»»
September 1, 2017 - Veteran bluegrass band The Grascals are out today with "Before Breakfast." The release contains a dozen songs, three of which was penned by the group. Produced by The Grascals, they also cut songs from Bill Anderson and Jon Randall ("Demons"), Harley Allen and Robert Ellis Orrall ("Beer Tree") and Flatt... »»»