Thursday, 17 August 2017

More acts announced - Country Music Week in London presale tickets available


Broken Bow Records presents Randy Houser, Lindsay Ell & Walker McGuire

Eric Paslay with Temecula Road and Jillian Jacqueline

Sonia Leigh with Megan O’Neill and Sam Wickens

Daytime Hub Saturday & Daytime Hub Sunday at The Borderline
Plus more support acts added!
The organisers of the hugely successful Country to Country (C2C) music festival have announced more artists and events appearing during Country Music Week, the exciting, brand new week-long series of shows taking place from Mon 2 to Sun Oct 8, 2017 in London venues! Check out  for all the details! 
 ** NOTE Shows are STANDING **
PRESALE tickets available now! Aug 17, 2017 at 9AM -
GENERAL SALE Starts Fri August 18, 2017 -

Country Music Week New: CMW/AEG Presale

Get presale tickets for these Country Music Week shows:
by Randy Houser, Lindsay Ell and Walker McGuire, Eri Paslay, Sonia Leigh, Jillian Jacqueline, Temecula Road, Levi Hummon, The Adelaides (UK), Logan Brill, Walker McGuire, Jake Morrell (UK) and more!

Broken Bow Records Presents: Randy Houser, Lindsay Ell and Walker McGuire
Mon, 2 October 2017 - 19:00 Bush Hall, London (310 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 7LJ) £15 Standing

Eric Paslay Country Music Week with Temecula Road & Jillian Jacqueline
Thurs, 5 October 2017 - The Borderline, London (Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB) £12:50 Standing

Sonia Leigh Country Music Week Megan O'Neill (IRE) & Sam Wickens (NI)
Fri, 6 October 2017 - The Borderline, London (Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB) £10 Standing

CMW Daytime Hub - Saturday Country Music Week Jillian Jacqueline, Temecula Road, Levi Hummon, The Adelaides (UK) * and more
Sat, 7 October 2017 -   Midday - 5pm The Borderline, London (Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB) £12:50 Standing

CMW Daytime Hub - Sunday Country Music Week Logan Brill, Walker McGuire, Jake Morrell (UK)
Sun, 8 October 2017 - Midday - 5pm The Borderline, London (Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB) £12:50 Standing

** UPDATE ** The Wandering Hearts will be opening for Marty Stuart at Cadogan Hall on Weds 4th October 2017!

* Who are The Adelaides?

They are a gorgeous UK Country-Pop all female trio (formerly known as DAHLIA) based in the Midlands/ London
They now comprise Paris Georgia, Abi Phillips and new member Singer/Songwriter Alicia Antonietta Albanese (Twitter)
The Adelaides name derives from the musical Calamity Jane, there was a character named >> Adelaid Adams who was a popular showgirl.

They have more announcements very soon along with the release of official photos!
Meet them at the CMW Daytime Hub on Sat, 7 October 2017 -   Midday - 5pm at The Borderline, London | Follow them on Twitter | Instagram

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Sandra Lynn shines in video for latest single, “Hey California”

Sandra Lynn Shines in Video for Latest Single, “Hey California” 
 Premiering Exclusively on Taste of Country

(Nashville, Tenn. – August 15, 2017) 
Country singer-songwriter, Sandra Lynn has debuted the video for her single, “Hey California;” exclusively available on Taste of Country (here). The video showcases a playful romance between Lynn, with on-screen love interest, actor Liam McNeil ("Manchester by the Sea").

The video was shot over two days on location in Los Angeles. Viewers will recognize many of Los Angeles' famous landmarks including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, Chinese Theater and the iconic coast of Malibu. "I had an absolute blast shooting the music video for my latest single, ‘Hey California!' Not only did we get to film in some of Los Angeles's most iconic locations, but I also got to work with my incredibly good and talented friends,” comments Lynn.  

The video, directed by husband and wife duo, Brandon Hess and Tara Tucker, captures the spirit of the song perfectly. “Brandon and Tara went above and beyond to deliver a visual, beautiful video that captures the essence of what I was trying to communicate when I wrote the song. I hope fans love it as much as I do!" says Lynn. 

“Hey California” premiered earlier this summer on Radio Disney and has since garnered over 200,000 streams on Spotify. Co-written by Lynn and Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark), who also produced the track, the song describes a picture-perfect day on the West Coast and all that comes with it—sunshine, romance, with a hint of mystery.

Currently, Lynn is busy writing, putting her lyrics to melodies, recording and putting the finishing touches on her highly-anticipated, full-length debut album due out January 2018. Fans can expect to hear more of Lynn’s unique blend of California vibes and contemporary country sound throughout the upcoming album. Lynn’s goal is to create music that strikes a chord with people, to get them dancing or through a hard time—letting her lyrics speak for themselves.
Related BLOG POST (June 2017): Sandra Lynn returns with new single for Summer, “Hey California”

Miranda Lambert’s award-winning song “Vice”reaches Platinum


Photo Credit: Daniela Federici

Nashville, TN -- Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville GRAMMY Award-winner Miranda Lambert’s critically acclaimed and award winning song “Vice” is now certified PLATINUM by the RIAA.

The newly PLATINUM song, “Vice,” that received (* but didn’t win) GRAMMY and ACM nods for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song as well as SINGLE OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR (artist and songwriter), and VIDEO OF THE YEAR respectively was co-written by Lambert along with fellow GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

RIAA Certifications
Platinum = 1-million units (which also includes streaming units)
150 on-demand streams = 1 track download
Vice (RCA Nashville) was first released on July 18, 2016. It had opening week sales of 64,000 copies and 14.6 million audience impression, prompting it to debut at No.1 on Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart and No.2 on the Hot Country Songs chart, becoming her highest debuting single on that chart, beating the number five debut of "Somethin' Bad."
On the Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart (Chart issue week of Feb 4, 2017) “Vice” was placed at #58 with total sales 494,000  On March 6, 2017 it was at #99 having passed the GOLD marker at retail with total sales (* excluding streaming) of 508K.

Just a little over a year removed from it hitting the Country Radio airwaves “Vice” now stands tall with PLATINUM status in addition to appearing on the album The Weight of These Wings also touting PLATINUM.

The song “that points Lambert in a new direction” [Rolling Stone] was the first taste of music from the singer/songwriter’s sixth studio album The Weight of These Wings, that Lambert’s overwhelming fan base received when it hit the Country Radio airwaves in July 2016.

The PLATINUM album released on November 18, arriving at No.1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart with 122k albums sold and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 all genre Chart with 133k total consumption.

The Weight Of These Wings features 24 songs and was produced by Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Eric Masse.

About Miranda Lambert: 
Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, having been bestowed this honor for eight consecutive years. Her accolades include 2 Grammy Awards, 12 (CMA) Country Music Associations Awards, and 28 (ACM) Academy of Country Music Awards as well as many other honors, including the prestigious Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony.

The Texas native released her most recent effort, a double album titled The Weight of These Wings in November 2016, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. She touts six studio albums to her repertoire; Kerosene (2005), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007), Revolution (2009), Four The Record (2011) and Platinum (2014), the latter earning Lambert a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album, in addition to her previous GRAMMY win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2010 for “The House That Built Me.”  The first song released from The Weight Of These Wings, “Vice,” received multiple Grammy and ACM Award nominations. Her third single, “Tin Man”, is currently at Country Radio.
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Country Bites News snippets August 7, 2017 – August 13, 2017

UK News, UK Chart News, Album Releases, Canadian News: Country News, Press Releases, Gossip, Baby News, Birthdays, RIP.


For the latest Billboard Country Charts Blog Post go HERE


2017 UK Tour dates PLEASE check out our Tour Dates Page

On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist for the week commencing Saturday 12th August 2017
B Playlist:
Glen Campbell - Tracks from Adios added to the "B" Playlist
The Cadillac Three - American Slang added to the "B" Playlist
C Playlist:
Wildwood Kin - Taking A Hold added to the "C" Playlist
Glen Campbell - Just Like Always removed from the "B" Playlist


Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 17 August 2017)
11 August 2017 - 17 August 2017
All seven of Calvin Harris' previous No.1 hits debuted in pole position but "Feels" (guest collaborators Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean) has taken a more leisurely route to the summit, and only now achieved chart-topping status, advancing 3-1 (39,569 sales, including 24,298 from sales-equivalent streams) some seven weeks after debuting at No.21. It is the first time sales of the No.1 single have been below 40,000 since Kid Rock's All Summer Long sold 37,111 copies on its only week at No.1 nine years ago last week.

Glen Campbell with "Wichita Lineman" was new on the chart at #98

Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart (Week Ending 17 August 2017)
11 August 2017 - 17 August 2017
Returning to pole position after an absence of three weeks, Ed Sheeran's ÷ started its fifth run atop the chart (16,071 units; 8,784 pure sales; 7,287 streaming units) and is No.1 for the 15th time in its 23-week chart career.

Eight weeks after becoming his first ever Top 10 studio album at the 64th attempt, country legend Glen Campbell's farewell album ADIOS sprinted 13-2 (9,657 sales; 8-week estimated total 72,200), following his death from Alzheimer's Disease at the age of 81 on Tuesday (August 8). Adios was recorded in 2012/3 after his diagnosis, and following his final tour, and is Campbell's 15th Top 75 album and his third to make the Top 10, following 1971's Greatest Hits (No.8) and the 1976 chart-topper 20 Golden Greats. With only 429 of its sales coming from streams, it topped the paid-for sales chart.

John Denver, rebounded 10-6 (5,607 sales) in its 17th frame. with his posthumous 2011 set THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, which peaked three weeks ago at No.5.
Dolly Parton with THE VERY BEST OF (Sony BMG) re-entered the chart at #75 (peak #8; 35 chart weeks) with estimated sales of 1,000 copies sold

Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 17 August 2017)
11 August 2017 - 17 August 2017

Glen Campbell with ADIOS held at #1 (9 weeks; #1 peak)
Lady Antebellum with HEART BREAK held at #2 (9 weeks; #2 peak)
Nathan Carter with LIVIN' THE DREAM rose 9-3 (8 weeks; #3 peak)
Nashville Cast with THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE - SEASON 5 VOL 2 held at #4 (10 weeks; #3 peak)
Steve Earle & The Dukes with SO YOU WANNABE AN OUTLAW held at #5 (8 weeks; #2 peak)
Nashville Cast with THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE - SEASON 5 VOL 1 held at #6 (19 weeks; #4 peak)
The Shires with MY UNIVERSE fell 3-7 (25 weeks; #1 peak)
Chris Stapleton with FROM A ROOM Vol 1 fell 7-8 (14 weeks; #1 peak)
Zac Brown Band with WELCOME HOME fell 8-9 (13 weeks; #1 peak)
Alison Krauss with WINDY CITY held  at #10 (23 weeks; #1 peak)
Outside the top 10
Willie Nelson with GOD'S PROBLEM CHILD fell 11-12 (15 weeks; #2 peak)
Brett Eldredge with BRETT ELDREDGE made a debut at #13
Glen Campbell with GHOST ON THE CANVAS re-entered at #14

Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 17 August 2017)
11 August 2017 - 17 August 2017
This Week/ Last Week/ Title/ Artist
1 1 Adios Glen Campbell [Tagged Country] #2 Official Top 100 Albums
2 2 Life Love Flesh Blood Imelda May [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
3 4 Crack-up Fleet Foxes [Tagged Alt]
4 3 A/B Kaleo 
5 NEW Party Of One George Thorogood [Tagged Blues] 
6 NEW Proud Disturber Of The Peace William The Conqueror [Tagged Alt/ Indie Rock] 
7 5 Cleopatra Lumineers [Tagged Alt] 
8 6 Pure Comedy Father John Misty [Tagged Alt]
9 11 Semper Femina Laura Marling [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
10 9 The Nashville Sound Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit [Tagged Rock]
Outside The Top 10
11 7 Something's Changing Lucy Rose
12 10 12 So You Wannabe An Outlaw Steve Earle & The Dukes [Tagged Country]
26 8 NEW America Juanita Stein [Tagged Americana]

UK Country iTunes Chart August 14, 2017 08:00
1. Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman (#55 overall UK Singles chart)
2. Glen Campbell - Rhinestown Cowboy (#64 overall UK Singles chart)
3. Glen Campbell - Galveston (#117 overall UK Singles chart)
4. Glen Campbell - By The Time I Get To Phenix (#162 overall UK Singles chart)
5. Lonestar - Amazed (#201 overall UK Singles chart)
6. Johnny Cash - Hurt (#253 overall UK Singles chart)
7. Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind (#289 overall UK Singles chart)
8. Glen Campbell - Adios (#320 overall UK Singles chart)
9. Dolly Parton - Islands In The Stream (#336 overall UK Singles chart)
10. Nashville Cast - Tennis Shoes (feat. Lennon & Maisy) (#358 overall UK Singles chart)
Of Note:
11. John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads (#372 overall UK Singles chart)
12. Shania Twain - Life's About To Get Good (#385 overall UK Singles chart)
14. Nashville Cast - Saved (feat. Lennon & Maisy) (#535 overall UK Singles chart)
20. Kelsea Ballerini - Unapologetically (#546 overall UK Singles chart)

UK Country iTunes Chart August 14, 2017 08:00
1. Glen Campbell - Adios (#10 overall UK Albums chart)
2. Glen Campbell - 20 Greatest Hits (#41 overall UK Albums chart)
3. John Denver - The Ultimate Collection (#84 overall UK Albums chart) 
4. Glen Campbell's - Twenty Golden Greats (#95 overall UK Albums chart) 
5. The Shires - My Universe (#126 overall UK Albums chart)
6. Various Artists - The Country Album (#127 overall UK Albums chart)
7. Glen Campbell - Glost On The Canvas (#151 overall UK Albums chart)
8. Lady Antebellum - Heart Break (#178 overall UK Albums chart)
9. Nashville Cast - The Music of Nashville (Original Soundtrack from Season 5), Vol.3  (#181 overall UK Albums chart)
10. Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowbloy - The Best Of (#208 overall UK Albums chart)
Of Note:
13. Nathan Carter - Livin' the Dream
105. Lindsay Ell - The Project
Debuts Fri 11 Aug 2017
Lindsay Ell - The Project Debut #7 (#99 overall UK Albums chart) then #8 (#125)
Shane Owens - Walking On the Waves Debut #36
Will Hoge - Anchors (tagged Folk-Rock) Debut #9 Singer-Songwriters (#245 overall UK Albums chart), then #338


(7 Aug 2017) Lars Pluto and The Reavers - The Remote Sessions (Lars Pluto) UK
UK iTunes Debut UK iTunes Country Albums #14
Lars Pluto from Georgia has lived in Devon for 6 years met a English girl in New York City
Band Members; drums - Spencer Lingwood, bass - JJ King, pedal steel, guitars - Jeff Mead

(11 August 2017) Nashville Cast - Season 5 Vol 3 (Big Machine Records)
17 Tracks/ Time: 1:00:02 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
The 17-track album will include "Good Rain Or Jesus," "Clockwork," "Stand Up," and many more songs from the show.

(11 August 2017) Lindsay Ell - The Project (Stoney Creek Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: 40:44 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
UK Country iTunes Album Debut #7 (#99 overall UK Albums chart) then #8 (#125) | #1 US Country iTunes Debut
Continuing her red-hot momentum, Country artist Lindsay Ell has released her eagerly-awaited debut album The Project via Stoney Creek Records.
The Project, produced by celebrated Grammy-winner Kristian Bush (of Sugarland), follows their acclaimed collaboration on Ell’s debut EP Worth The Wait.

The album features current single “Waiting On You” which Rolling Stone Country applauds “is a showcase not only for the Canadian’s gifts as a singer but also as a guitarist.” Ell wrote nine of the 12 tracks. Other songs include “Champagne,” “Criminal” and “Always Kiss The Girl.”

(11 Aug 2017) Will Hoge - Anchors (Edlo/Thirty Tigers)
11 Tracks/ Time: 38:42 Folk Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Hoge’s 11th studio album (self-produced) includes singles “Little Bit Of Rust,” and “Baby’s Eyes,” plus “17,” “The Reckoning,” “Cold Night In Santa Fe” and “This Ain’t An Original Sin.”
UK Singer-Songwriters iTunes Album Debut #9 (#245 overall UK Albums chart), then #338

(11 Aug 2017) Shane Owens - Walking On the Waves (Sharpe Music) IRE
10 Tracks/ Time: 34:24 Amazon UK - UK iTunes UK Country iTunes Album Debut  #36

(11 Aug 2017) Casee Allen - Double You (EP; Casee Allen)
7 Tracks/ Time: 21:42 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - #31 US iTunes debut

(11 Aug 2017) Alex Williams - Better Than Myself (Big Machine Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: 48:53 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -  #29 US iTunes Debut
Williams debut was produced by Julian Raymond (Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Glen Campbell), its basic tracks recorded live on the studio floor in two days. He wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs, with titles including “Old Tattoo,” “Freak Flag” and “Hellbent Hallelujah.”

(11 Aug 2017) Kenna Danielle - Like a Tumbleweed (EP; Kenna Danielle Music)
5 Tracks/ Time: 21:34 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - #50 US iTunes Debut

(11 Aug 2017) Chase Fouraker - Songs About a Girl (EP; The Nash Group) 
4 Tracks/ Time:  13:04 Country/Pop Amazon UK - UK iTunes - #59 US iTunes Debut

(11 Aug 2017) Ben Gallaher - Ben Gallaher (EP)
5 Tracks/ Time: 17:33 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - #60 US iTunes Debut

(11 Aug 2017) Hymn River Suite - Hundred Proof (Hymn River Suite)
10 Tracks/ Time: 37:50 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

(11 August 2017) Lee Roy Parnell - Midnight Believer (BFD)
10 Tracks/ Time: 48:18 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
11 years after his last project, Lee Roy Parnell is back with a new project that will be released in August titled Midnight Believer. That last album saw the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member stretching his reach past the traditional country genre, touching on blues and southern roots in his music.

(11 Aug 2017) Steve Azar & The Kings Men - Down at the Liquor Store (Ride Records)
13 Tracks/ Time: 48:42 Blues/ Country Amazon UK - UK
His debut album Waitin’ On Joe was released in 2001. The title track went to #1 on CMT and featured Academy award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. From the same album the hit single “I Don’t Have To Be Me, Til Monday” received three Million-Air awards from BMI and is one of the top five most played songs of the past decade on country radio.
In April of 2016, Steve became the first artist to record a full-length studio album at the legendary Mississippi landmark, Club Ebony. A long time in the making, and his first record in 5 years, Steve cut 13 new original tracks. The club, now belonging to the B.B. King Museum, was turned into a recording studio capturing the rich history and vibe of the room and in turn creating inspirational performances on the record. The album, Down At The Liquor Store, was made with the participation of The Kings Men, a group of musicians who backed B.B. King, Elvis Presley and other musical Kings. 

(11 Aug 2017) Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones - Love You to Life (Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones)
11 Tracks/ Time: 40:31 Blues/ Rock Amazon UK - UK iTunes - - Bandcamp

(8 Aug 2017) IB: International Bluegrass August 2017 Magazine: Keynote Speaker Rhiannon Giddens, 2017 IBMA Awards Finalists, 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees, 2017 Distinguished Achievement Awards Recipients, Full Lineup of the Wide Open Main Stage -

(11 Aug 2017) Rural Rhythm Records artist Billy Droze reached #1 back-to-back weeks with his new single “Better With Time” on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart.  Droze’s first single “Kentucky Blue” raced up the Bluegrass charts reaching #1 in back-to-back weeks on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart and reached #3 on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction – Top Tracks Monthly chart.

It's the Zac Brown Band in miniskirts; the Runaways at a hoedown; the Spice Girls on a whiskey bender. Girls just wanna have fun - and Nice Horse are the best of the good-time girls. 
Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Kaley Debra, Katie Marie, Brandi Caroline and Krista Lee are ready to unleash a jacked-up, bushpartying bolt of energy on the country music scene. 

Longtime friends and musical allies, joining forces (as horses) seemed long overdue. One strong, smart, powerful girl on her own can start a spark - but four together can create an explosion.
The single Pony Up is taken from their 4 track EP A LITTLE UNSTABLE (Coalition Music (Records) Inc.) available for digital download Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Spotify . The >> video has aired on Keep It Country TV (SKY 389/ Freesat 516)

(8 Aug 2017) Sony Music Nashville Signs Ben Gallaher
SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE has signed singer-songwriter Ben Gallaher to a long-term recording agreement. Gallaher released his self-titled debut EP via Sony Music Nashville on August 11th. To celebrate his EP release and label signing, GALLAHER was slated to perform at the FLORA-BAMA on the Florida and Georgia state line for three consecutive nights from Thurs Aug 10 – Sat Aug 12th.

(9 Aug 2017) Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.): Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd (also appearing with Naomi Judd as The Judds) have been added to the lineup of All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration set for Oct. 25 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. They join the previously revealed lineup of Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, and Elle King.

(9 Aug 2017) John Mayer paid a special tribute to Glen Campbell at a show in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday night (8 Aug 2017) after learning of the music legend's death. The singer-songwriter performed a surprise cover of the late legend's Gentle on My Mind for fans at the Bridgestone Arena, including young country star Kelsea Ballerini.
He told the crowd, "I’m going to play this song with more love than precision. And I play it because it’s my favourite song in the world. Whether I play it right or wrong, I’d rather have played it."
Gentle on My Mind was a hit for Campbell in 1967, earning him a Grammy for Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance.
Impressed Ballerini called the musical tribute "tender and beautiful" in a Twitter post after the gig.

(11 Aug 2017) Macon His Way The Only Way He Knows How: Broken Bow's Jason Aldean raised more than $700,000 Friday (Aug 11) for Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health at his second annual Concert For The Kids in his Macon, GA hometown.

(9 Aug 2017) Wichita Linemen: Jim McBride, Walt Aldridge, Tim Nichols and the late Vern Gosdin will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during the 47th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala Oct. 23 at Nashville's Music City Center.
GOSDIN's "Chiseled In Stone" was the 1989 CMA Song Of The Year winner; ALDRIDGE penned 1982 ASCAP Country Song Of The Year, "There's No Gettin' Over Me," and 1983 NSAI Song Of The Year, "Holding Her And Loving You," among others. NICHOLS' many credits include the highly-decorated "Live Like You Were Dying," which won 2004 awards for GRAMMY's Best Country Song, CMA Song Of The Year, ACM Song and Single Of The Year, and Song Of The Year honors for both ASCAP and BMI in 2005. MCBRIDE's 1993 smash, "Chattahoochie," picked up CMA Song Of The Year, plus ASCAP and Songwriter Magazine awards.  

(10 Aug 2017) Gospel Truth: Country artists receiving nominations for the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards were Reba McEntire ("Back To God" for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year) and Hillary Scott ("Thy Will" for Song Of The Year, co-written with Bernie Herms and Emily Lynn Weisband). The Dove Awards will air live from Nashville's Lipscomb University Oct. 22 on TBN.
More than forty years into her recording career, Reba McEntire has managed to score another first. This was Reba's very first nomination for a GMA Dove Award, Christian music's equivalent of a Grammy. The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer is up for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year for “Back to God.” Written by Randy Houser, the track was the lead release from her gospel double album, Sing It Now:  Songs of Faith & Hope. You can find out if Reba wins October 22, when the 48th annual show airs on TBN.

(13 Aug 2017) Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt Land 'Teen Choice Award' Wins
Capitol Nashville's Carrie Underwood and MCA Nashville's Sam Hunt were among the winners at Sunday Night's (Aug 13) "Teen Choice Awards," which were broadcast on FOX-TV.
Carrie was the winner in the Choice Country Artist category, where her competition included Hunt, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan.
Sam Hunt walked away with the honors for Choice Country Song for "Body Like A Back Road" after beating out Thomas Rhett's "Craving You" featuring Maren Morris; Blake Shelton's "Every Time I Hear That Song;" Keith Urban's "The Fighter" featuring Underwood; Florida Georgia Line (FGL)'s "GOD, Your Mama, And Me" featuring Backstreet Boys; and Brett Young's "In Case You Didn't Know."
Blake Shelton got a mention as NBC-TV's "The Voice" nabbed the Choice Reality TV Show category.

(12 Aug 2017) Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins welcomed their second daughter — Ada James Akins — on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:28 p.m., a rep confirmed to PEOPLE. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Ada weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. Our baby girl is here sweet Ada James Akins came into the world at 10:28 last night after almost 36 hours of labor (only Jesus got me through that-& she is sooo worth it) " Lauren captioned a sweet hospital photo on Instagram.
Baby Ada joins big sister Willa Gray Akins, who TR and Lauren adopted this past May from a Ugandan orphanage.
TR's new album, which is appropriately titled LIFE CHANGES, is due September 8.

(9 Aug 2017) Collin Raye Honors Glen Campbell With 2013 Album 'Still On The Line: The Songs Of Glen Campbell'
– In 2013, multi-platinum selling country sensation Collin Raye honored one of his heroes, Glen Campbell, with a tribute album of the Rhinestone Cowboy’s iconic songs. The 12-track album titled, Still On The Line: The Songs of Glen Campbell, was an opportunity for Raye to show his respect and admiration for Campbell. Click here to order Still On The Line: The Songs of Glen Campbell. Raye released the following statement on Campbell’s passing: “My hero... My Friend... Glen Campbell, is gone. My heart is heavy. A lot of memories… the end to a beautiful era in music. -

(9 Aug 2017) Internationally renowned superstar, Billy Ray Cyrus, will soon be honored by his beloved home state of Kentucky as he is inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame on May 11, 2018 at the Center For Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky. Other 2018 inductees are Jason Crabb, Jackie DeShannon, Dale Ann Bradley, Bobby Lewis and late Grand Ole Opry member David "Stringbean" Akeman.
“It’s been a long journey since those days of growing up in Flatwoods, Kentucky,” said Cyrus. “For me, getting the chance to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame just brings it all full circle.”

(9 Aug 2017) Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, and George Strait have been confirmed to perform at the "11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS". The Academy Of Country Music (ACM) will host the event at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Wednesday, August 23rd. The celebration will then be broadcast on CBS-TV on Fri Sept 15, 2017.

(10 Aug 2017) Wynonna and Naomi Judd will reunite to perform together at “All in for the Gambler:  Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration.” Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton and Lady Antebellum are also joining the star-studded lineup for the October 25 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

(10 Aug 2017) Darius Rucker is busy launching “For the First Time,” the second single from his forthcoming album, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME, due October 20. The weekend (Aug 13 & 14), he reunited with the band that first brought him to the party: Hootie and the Blowfish.  “We play two shows in August every year,” Darius told ABC Radio, “and it sells out in minutes every time we do it, because it's the only real time you can see us that's a public appearance”

(10 Aug 2017) Taylor Swift's mum sobs while testifying against Denver DJ
Taylor Swift's mum blasted disgraced KYGO DJ David Mueller during testimony in her daughter's groping case on Wednesday (9 Aug 2017), insisting she has no doubt he "assaulted" the singer.
Swift returned to court in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday afternoon and faced off with the radio host she accused of touching her butt during a backstage meet and greet in 2013. Taylor Swift testified that former radio DJ David Mueller intentionally grabbed her butt beneath her skirt during a meet and greet photo in June 2013.
It was a very long grab,” she said in a Denver courtroom. Questioned about Swift's reaction to Mueller being terminated, Swift said, "I didn’t have a reaction to a strange person I didn’t know losing his job ... that was a product of his decisions, not mine. I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel like this is my fault."

Additionally, Swift testified that she’d never experienced such an incident before and that after it is said to have occurred, she told Mueller “thank you for coming” in a monotone voice. “My eyes were to the floor. I couldn’t make eye contact with either one of them [Mueller or his girlfriend],” tweets Amanda Zitzman, also with KDVR….Read More

The 27-year-old's mother Andrea took the stand and tearfully recalled her daughter telling her what had happened.
"I knew what happened, I heard it from her, I heard it from my daughter’s mouth," she said. "He sexually assaulted her, right there, that guy."
She pointed at Mueller, who lost his job at a local radio station when the scandal broke.
"She (Taylor) couldn't believe that after he grabbed her, that she thanked them for being there," Andrea recalled. "It was just destroying her that she said that... As a parent it made me question why I taught her to be so polite in that moment."
"I was upset to the point where I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time," Andrea testified. "We felt it was imperative to let his employers know what happened."
Mueller also hit the stand on Wednesday, and was cross-examined by Swift's attorney, Doug Baldridge, who attacked the radio host's claims that Swift's accusations had "rendered him unemployable".
Mueller filed a $3 million (£2.3 million) slander suit against Swift in Sept, 2015, claiming he lost his job at Denver radio station KYGO after the singer falsely accused him of lifting up her skirt and touching her rear-end. The Shake It Off hitmaker fired back in a countersuit, accusing him of sexual assault and battery.
Mueller, 55, vehemently denies the allegations. The case continues. “He grabbed my bare ass,” Taylor Swift testifies. See coverage in the Denver Post  

Birthdays in the week ahead
14 Connie Smith (1941),
15 Paul JeffersonRose Maddox (1925),
16 Billy Joe Shaver (1939), Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) (1972), Ashton Shepherd (1986), Dan Smyers (Dan + Shay)
17 Kevin Welch (1955) 
18 Steve Wilkinson (Wilkinsons) (1955),
19 Lee Ann Womack - (1966), Clay Walker (1969), Eddy Raven (1934)
20 Jim Reeves (1924), Sneaky Pete Kleinlow (1934), John Hiatt (1952)

(9 Aug 2017) Campbell Laid To Rest: Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell, who died Tuesday at age 81 (BN 8 Aug), was laid to rest Wednesday (Aug 9, 2017) in a private ceremony in his hometown of Delight, AR, according to a statement on his official Facebook page.
Glen Campbell April 22, 1936 - August 8, 2017 (aged 81) BLOG: Country singer Glen Campbell dies at 81