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Country News Digest, December 2019


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December 30, 2019 - Carrie Underwood will not return to host the CMA Awards show in 2020 after a dozen years, she announced today via Instagram. Underwood has hosted with Brad Paisley. This year, she was helped by Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. " "It's hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I've... »»»
December 26, 2019 - Rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef died today at the age of 84. LaBeef, an Arkansas native, was on labels including StarDay, Columbia and Rounder. LaBeef was born in Smackover, Ark, LaBeef was called "Sleepy" due to having a lazy eye. At 18, he moved to Houston where he sang gospel.... »»»
December 20, 2019 - Ashley McBryde debuted her new music video for current single "One Night Standards," the first of a three-part storyline that will be released over the upcoming weeks. The video made its debut on YouTube this week, along with two digital billboard counterparts in Times Square in New York City and in... »»»
December 19, 2019 - Maddie & Tae are slated to make two upcoming performances on NBC's TODAY Show. The duo will sing their single "Die From A Broken Heart" tomorrow, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. local time. The duo will return for the New Year's Eve edition of the show, performing "Bathroom Floor," a breakup song co-written by... »»»
December 19, 2019 - Blake Shelton is out with a hits plus CD, " Fully Loaded: God's Country." "Hell Right" with Trace Adkins is one of five new tracks. The disc includes his duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, "Nobody But You," as well as the title track, CMA Awards Single of the Year "God's Country.... »»»
December 18, 2019 - Sam Grow said he would release a deluxe version of "Love & Whiskey" on Dec. 27. The Maryland native also announced he would launch a winter tour. Grow hits the road early in 2020 on his "Whiskey Don't Freeze" 16-city winter tour commencing Jan. 4 in Hughesville, Md. Additional dates will be added.... »»»
December 18, 2019 - Letitia VanSant will release her sophomore album, "Circadian," on Feb. 21, 2020, she announced today. VanSant occupies a musical space that incorporates folk and roots sounds. The Baltimore singer released the song "Something Real" yesterday and its accompanying music video, filmed on the Chesapeake... »»»
December 17, 2019 - Aubrie Sellers will open tour dates with Robert Earl Keen after previously announcing dates with Tanya Tucker. Sellers will join the Keen tour from Jan. 23 in Birmingham, Ala. through Feb. 27 in Denver with stops in Georgia, Florida, Texas, and New Mexico. Sellers will tour in support of her... »»»
December 17, 2019 - Kenny Chesney announced on Tuesday that he would play 18 amphitheatre shows this year. That is in addition to the 22 stadium shows already announced as part of his Chillaxification Tour. Michael Franti & Spearhead will open the shows. "As crazy and awesome as the stadium shows are - and there's... »»»
December 16, 2019 - Caitlyn Smith released the live video for "Damn You For Breaking My Heart" from her sophomore album "Supernova," out March 13 on Monument Records. "Damn You For Breaking My Heart" is the second track released from "Supernova," the follow-up to her 2018 debut "Starfire.... »»»
December 16, 2019 - Hot off Friday's release of his new collaboration "Just the Way" with Parmalee, Blanco Brown, who had a hit single with "The Git Up," will release a remix of the viral hit featuring Ciara this Friday. "The Git Up (feat. Ciara) [Remix]" features a brand-new verse, written by Ciara and Jasper Cameron,... »»»
December 13, 2019 - Newcomer Adam Doleac released a new song today, "Neon Fools." But this is actually not his new single. Doleac, who just signed to Sony Music Nashville's Arista Nashville imprint, released his debut single, "Famous," which goes for adds at country radio on Jan. 13. Doleac wrote "Neon Fools" with Andy... »»»
December 13, 2019 - Canadian singer Madison Kozak released a video for her latest released, "OMG ILY." The video was captured via personal iPhone footage of her first awards week in Nashville, Kozak, 23, said, "We've all been to that party we're not crazy about showing up to, but we are crazy about the one we came with.... »»»
December 12, 2019 - Thomas Rhett will hit the road again in 2020 on The Center Point Road Tour, he announced today. The tour , which supports his album of the same name, gets underway on May 29 in Gilford, N.H. for the first of two shows there. Rhett concludes his outing on Aug. 29 in Bristow, Va. Cole Swindell and... »»»
December 11, 2019 - Canadian singer Tenille Arts will release her sophomore album, "Love, Heartbreak & Everything in Between," on Jan. 10. "I can't believe this is really happening, but it's official... 'Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Between' is a musical combination of every edge of my emotions over the past year,"... »»»
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December 10, 2019 - Tanya Tucker, who has enjoyed a career resurgence with "While I'm Livin' ," revealed the 2020 tour dates for the "CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour." The tour kicks off in Vienna, Va. on Feb. 5 and will hit Boston, Dallas, Houston, New York and Vancouver, Canada.... »»»
December 9, 2019 - Jake Owen will launch the Sitting on a Barstool tour next month, an acoustic tour. "Sitting on a barstool, just playing a guitar and singing songs is how I first started making music and is what first led me to fall in love with performing," Owen posted on social media. "Over the years ,I've been... »»»
December 9, 2019 - Mitchell Tenpenny revealed the second leg to his headline Anything She Says Tour today . Special guests include RCA Nashville duo Seaforth (Tom Jordan, Mitchell Thompson) and Sony Nashville's Adam Doleac. The first leg wraps this weekend after a run of sold out dates including the finale show at... »»»
December 9, 2019 - John Prine, Billy Strings, Colin Hay, Kelsey Waldon, and Gangstagrass will join the MerleFest line-up, it was announced today. The fest will be held April 23-26, 2020 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. Hay is the former lead singer of Men at Work. Waldon is a country-based... »»»
December 6, 2019 - Billy Strings announced spring 2020 tour dates that include four dates with special guest Molly Tuttle as well as two co-bills with Marcus King Band during New Orleans Jazz Fest. The tour kicks off on April 8 in Pittsburgh at the Roxian Theatre. Strings, a highly regarded guitarist,combines... »»»
December 6, 2019 - Bluegrass band Balsam Range is out with "The Gospel Collection," which includes gospel cuts on their previous recordings released in just over a decade. Twice named IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range includes songs that range from the traditional to the original. Songs on the disc include "The... »»»
December 5, 2019 - Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett will headline the TrailBlazer Country Music and Camping Festival, formerly known as Taste of Country Music Festival, in June. The eighth edition of the festival will be in Hunter, N.Y. at Hunter Mountain Resort on June 12-14. Additional artists including... »»»
December 4, 2019 - Filmed from the sandy shores of Florida, to the fallen leaves in Nashville, Florida Georgia Line released the video for Blessings today. The Justin Clough-directed scenes give thanks as the video shows Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley with their families. Showing they're a "lucky fam" as their latest... »»»
December 3, 2019 - Jameson Rodgers announced his headlining Grew Up in the Country Tour 2020, kicking off on Valentine's Day in St. Louis. The 18-city trek wraps with a hometown show for Rodgers at The Lyric Theatre in Oxford, Miss., which he previously sold out in 2018. "2019 has been a whirlwind year for me, signing... »»»
December 3, 2019 - ACM Lifting Lives announced today nationwide ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows in January and February with Jordan Davis, Ryan Hurd and Midland. The venues - Billy Bob's (Fort Worth, TX), Joe's Live (Rosemont, Ill.), and Joe's on Weed Street (Chicago) - agreed to donate a portion of each ticket sold at... »»»
December 2, 2019 - Keifer Thompson - one half of Thompson Square - officially enters the world of comedy as he announces 13 tour dates in early 2020. The Reviver Entertainment artist rolled out new comedic material back in August at Nashville's Zanies Comedy Night Club before a sold-out crowd. Thompson hosted the night,... »»»