Friday, 22 June 2018

Country Bites News snippets May 21, – May 27, 2018


UK & Irish News, UK Chart News, Album & Single Releases, Country News, TV news, Press Releases, Birthdays.

UK & IRISH News
For a full listing of 2018 UK Tour dates PLEASE check out our Tour Dates Page

On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist for the week commencing Saturday 26 May 2018
A Playlist:
The Shires - Sleepwalk upgraded from the "B" to the "A" Playlist
B Playlist:
Taylor Swift - Delicate
OUT
Cam - Diane removed from the "A " playlist
Catherine McGrath – Wild removed from the "B " playlist

(22 May 2018) The Shires appeared on Lorraine to talk about their current tour and album on ITV! #TheShiresAOP

(22 May 2018) The Long Road Festival new line up additions are: Ward Thomas, American Young, Elizabeth Cook, Whispering Bob Harris, Joshua Hedley and more.They’ll be joining an already packed line up this summer, including Lee Ann Womack, The Shires, Billy Bragg and Aaron Watson, as well as some exciting experiences.

(23 May 2018) Cambridge Folk Festival is carrying on its long tradition of supporting rising talent with the announcement of The Den’s lineup. The Den is the festival’s space for young, up-and-coming acts, presenting the stars of tomorrow in an intimate and relaxed environment. Past performers have gone on to global success and can credit Cambridge as one of their big breaks. From Ward Thomas, The Staves and Passenger to The Wandering Hearts and Jake Bugg, The Den has been THE place to see the future of folk music.
Country Interest SUNDAY: Ferris & Sylvester & O&O
Critics’ favourites First Aid Kit are Friday’s headliner, Saturday’s headliner is the iconic Patti Smith and her band and Sunday's is the legendary John Prine who wraps up what is set to be an unforgettable weekend.

UK CHART NEWS

Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 31 May 2018)
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
There was no change at the very top, where Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss lingered for a sixth lip-locking week matching the amount of time the longest-reigning of Harris’ eight previous No.1s – 2011 Rihanna collaboration We Found Love – spent at No.1, though doing so in one stretch, whereas We Found Love had two three-week reigns. One Kiss racked up 54,424 sales last week, including 41,357 from sales-equivalent streams. With more paid-for sales (13,067) and more streams than any other track, it fully deserves to extend its residency.

Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart (Week Ending 31 May 2018)
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Greatest Showman started its fifth run atop the artist album chart, spending its 16th week at No.1 in total on sales of 35,900 copies (including 10,757 from sales-equivalent streams + 25,143 pure sales). It is a seven-week high for the album which was released 24 weeks ago, and which simultaneously passes half a million paid-for sales and total consumption of three quarters of a million units, ending the week with 506,382 of the former, and 766,406 of the latter.
A little over three years after his first album, Chaos And The Calm, debuted atop the album chart on sales of 64,440 copies, James Bay’s second album, Electric Light, opened at No.2 on sales of 14,809 copies.

The first black winner of BBC's Young Musician Of The Year, the youngest classical artist to make the Top 40 for almost a decade, and the youngest cellist to have a Top 20 album - he turned 19 on April 4 - Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s debut album, Inspiration, re-entered the chart at No.11 (4,731 sales) 16 weeks after debuting and peaking at No.18 (4,531 sales). Its return followed his performance at the royal wedding.
Already the best-selling classical album released in 2018, Inspiration rose to Number 11 this week after Sheku’s performance of Sicilienne during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials captured the attention of viewers across the globe. Sheku also impacts the Official Scottish Albums Chart at Number 10.
In addition to surpassing its previous Number 18 peak achieved in release week back in February, Inspiration also returned to
Speaking to OfficialCharts.com about his achievements, Sheku said: “It’s been a crazy week with the Royal Wedding and then my college exams straight after! The reaction to my performance has been incredible and it feels amazing to have my album in the Official Charts. I’m so happy that people are enjoying my music and really grateful for all the support I’ve received in the past few days – it’s been fantastic.”

Kylie Minogue with GOLDEN fell 13-31 (2,000 estimated units) in her 7th week.

The Shires with Accidentally On Purpose held at No.41 (2,000 estimated units; 5-week total 26,000; chart run 3-14-32-41-41). By comparison their last album MY UNIVERSE after 5 frames was at No.27 with a 5-week total of 34,000 Chart Run: 3-7-14-27-36

Gretchen Peters with DANCING WITH THE BEAST made a debut at No.81 (#2 Country) with 1,000 estimated units. Her last studio album BLACKBIRDS made a debut No.39 (2,321 sales; chart week Feb 21, 2015), then fell off the chart to #110, then off the top 200 
American singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne returned to the Top 40 with seventh studio album, Part Of The Light, debuting at No.28 (2,448 sales).

Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 31 May 2018)
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
The Shires with ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE held at #1 (5 weeks; #1 peak)
Gretchen Peters with DANCING WITH THE BEAST made a debut at No.2
Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR fell 2-3 (8 weeks; #1 peak)
Willie Nelson with LAST MAN STANDING fell 3-4 (4 weeks; #2 peak)
Brothers Osborne with PORT SAINT JOE fell 4-5 (5 weeks; #2 peak)
John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS held at No.6 (6 weeks; #2 peak)
Neil Young/ Promise Of The Real with PARADOX - OST fell 5-7 (6 weeks; #4 peak)
Mary Chapin Carpenter with SOMETIMES JUST THE SKY fell 7-8 (8 weeks; #2 peak)
Keith Urban with GRAFFITI U rose 14-9 (4 weeks; #7 peak)
Brothers Osborne with PAWN SHOP fell 9-14 (51 weeks; #4 peak)
Outside the Top 10
The Wandering Hearts with WILD SILENCE fell 8-11 (15 weeks; #1 peak)
Chris Stapleton with FROM A ROOM - VOL 2 fell 11-12 (25 weeks; #1 peak)
Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN fell 10-14 (6 weeks; #4 peak)
Brothers Osborne with PAWN SHOP climbed 14-9 (50 weeks; #4 peak)
Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN held at #10 (5 weeks; #4 peak)

Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 31 May 2018)
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
1 NEW Part of The Light Ray Lamontage | #28 Official UK Top 100 Albums
2 1 The Prodical Son Ry Cooder [Tagged Rock]
3 NEW Dancing With The Beast Gretchen Peters [Tagged Country]
4 NEW Deafman Glance Ryley Walker [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
5 2 Be More Kind Frank Turner [Tagged Alternative]
6 3 Ruins First Aid Kit [Tagged Alternative]
7 5 From The Fires Greta Van Fleet [Tagged Rock]
8 4 Last Man Standing Willie Nelson [Tagged Country]
9 8 Nation of Two Vance Joy [Tagged Alternative]
10 7 Isaac Gracie Isaac Gracie [Tagged Alternative]
Outside The Top 10
11 6 Songbook Frank Turner
12 11 A/B Kaleo [Tagged Alternative]
16 NEW Bloodlines Colin Macleod [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
19 10 The Lookout Laura Veirs [Tagged Alternative]

COUNTRY ALBUM & SINGLES RELEASES

(21 May 2018) Missouri Mile - A Million Miles Away (BHP Recordings)
7 Tracks/ Total Length: 24:48 Amazon UK - UK iTunes

(21 May 2018) Jade Helliwell - Infatuation (EP, 2018 Jade Helliwell) UK 
5 Tracks/Time: 16:20 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: May 21: #3 UK iTunes Country Albums (#146, then #149 UK iTunes all-genre), then #5 (#223 all-genres), then #4 (#193), then #5 (#304) | Tues May 22 : #10 (#578 UK all-genres), then #14 (#735), then #21 (#942) | Weds May 23: off the top 200 UK iTunes Country Albums

(25 May 2018) Lindi Ortega - Liberty (2018 Shadowbox Music Inc)  
15 Tracks/Time: 46:26 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: May 25: #2 UK iTunes Country Albums (#61 UK iTunes all-genre), Sat May 26: #2 (#155 all-genre) | Sun May 27: #6 (#379)

(25 May 2018) Tori Forsyth - Dawn of the Dark (2018 Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd./ Lost Highway Australia)
12 Tracks/ Time: 36:47 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #37 UK iTunes Country Albums | Sat May 26: off the top 200

(25 May 2018) Lisa Wright - Mind of Mine (EP; 2018 Lisa Wright) UK
4 Tracks/ Time: 13:33 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: May 25: #3 UK iTunes Country Albums (#118, then #108, #147 UK iTunes all-genre) | Sat May 26: #4 (#187 all-genre), then #3 (#238), then #7 (#346) | Sun May 27: #11 (#473, #761), then #18 (#818) | Mon May 28: #31 (#1282), then off the top 200

(25 May 2018) Hilary Williams - My Lucky Scars (Broken Angel Music (BMI)
12 Tracks UK iTunes
Debut: May 25: #133 UK iTunes Country Albums (#1060 UK iTunes all-genre)
Granddaughter of Hank Williams and sister to Holly Williams draws upon a life-changing car accident for inspiration for her first-ever LP.
The siblings were involved in a serious car accident in 2006 that left Hilary clinging to life, and the experience and her recovery inform My Lucky Scars.
"There are so many experiences, people and genres of music that have inspired this record. The horrific car accident and healing process I went through really were a foundation for several songs on the album. Writing them served as a very therapeutic measure for me," Hilary said. "I have been working on this album for quite some time and have been blessed to take my time to make the project that I've always dreamed of making. I didn't have any deadlines, I didn't have to rush the songwriting process and the final product is exactly how I envisioned it."

(25 May 2018) Lena Stone - Lena Stone (EP; 2018 Lena Stone)
5 Tracks UK iTunes
Debut: May 25: #6 UK iTunes Country Albums (#394 UK iTunes all-genre), then #15 (#706), Sat May 26: #22 (#1058) | #43 US iTunes Country Albums (#369 US iTunes all-genre), then #63 (#495) | Sun May 27: #78 (off Top 1500)

(25 May 2018) Betsy Lane - Betsy Lane (EP; 2018 Betsy Lane Music) 5 Tracks UK iTunes
Debut: May 25: #18 UK iTunes Country Albums (#794 UK iTunes all-genre), then #5 (#294 all-genre) | Sat May 26: #11 (#604) |
Country / Singer-Songwriter | Home Town: Nashville, TN

(25 May 2018) Leah Daniels - The Story (2018 LDM Entertainment)
7 Tracks/Time: 23:51 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #65 UK iTunes Country Albums (# UK iTunes all-genre) | Debut May 25: #182 US iTunes Country Albums (#1447 UK iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) Derek Austin - Derek Austin (EP; 2018 Derek Austin)
6 Tracks/Time: 21:34 Country/Pop Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #28 UK iTunes Country Albums (#1042 UK iTunes all-genre), then #26 (#1054) | Sat May 26: off the top 200

(25 May 2018) The Hobbs Sisters - If It Wasn't Love (EP; 2018 The Hobbs Sisters)
5 Tracks/Time: 16:17 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #60 US iTunes Country Albums (#495 US iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) Taylor Phillips - Six Strings Attached (EP; 2018 Taylor Phillips)
4 Tracks/Time: 14:21 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #2 US iTunes Country Albums (#19 US iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) Davisson Brothers Band - Fighter
8 Tracks/Time: 29:43 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #3 US iTunes Country Albums (#38 US iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) Josh Gibbs - Sound the Alarm (EP; 2018 Josh Gibbs)
5 Tracks/Time: 15:35 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #11 US iTunes Country Albums (#90 US iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) Tyler Dial - Repaint (EP; 2018 Room to Run Records)
5 Tracks/Time: 15:56 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #24 US iTunes Country Albums (#216 US iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) Lindsay Ell - The Continuum Project (2018 This Is Hit, Inc. d/b/a Stoney Creek Records) CAN
12 Tracks/Time: 49:10 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #7 UK iTunes Country Albums (#297 UK iTunes all-genre), then #5 (#216) | Sun May 27: #9 (#418) | Debut May 25: #25 US iTunes Country Albums (#229 US iTunes all-genre), then #1 (#14 US iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) Twang and Round - Way I Was Raised (2018 Thirteen Skulls Entertainment)
13 Tracks/Time: 48:02 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #56 US iTunes Country Albums (#461 US iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) The Church Sisters - A Night At the Opry (2018 Big Machine Label Group/ The Valory Music Co.)
11 Tracks/Time: 37:44 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #71 US iTunes Country Albums (#532 US iTunes all-genre), then #58 (#433)

(22 May 2018) Spensha Baker - The Complete Season 14 Collection (The Voice Performance)
11 Tracks/Time: 33:46 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: May 25: #59 US iTunes Country Albums (#476 US iTunes all-genre)

(25 May 2018) Adam Warner - Can't Get Enough (EP; Adam Warner)
6 Tracks/ Time: 19:24 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
In a day and age where modern pop country dominates the market, Adam Warner’s style stays true to the pioneers of traditional country music. Influenced and inspired by the likes of Hank Sr., Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Hank Jr. this former United States Marine veteran mixes the style of his heroes with his own to create his unique sound. Born and raised in Southeastern Illinois, Warner moved to Nashville in 2010 to complete college and pursue music following four years as an active duty Marine.

(25 May 2018) Danny McMahon - Move (Single; 2018 Puzzle Maker Studios Ltd) UK
Debut: #85 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart then #73

(26 May 2018) Kathy Crinion - I Still Love You (Single) IRE
It comes from her forthcoming album My Country Eyes. Kathy has been busy in the studio with producer Peter Ware and this song sees the addition of Sarah Jory on pedal Steel and David Arkins (son of Charlie) on guitars. The song appeared on the RTE Radio 1 Playlist.

CANADIAN NEWS
(28 May 2018) NEW MUSIC Jackie Guy "Right Now"
Jackie Guy, five-time Saskatchewan Country Music award nominee, was excited to share her latest, a sure summertime favourite, "Right Now" (released May 28 Amazon UK | UK iTunes). Produced by Beaird Music Group (Nashville) and Rich McFarlane of Mosaic Music (Prince Albert), "Right Now" is a high energy, uplifting love song penned by Jackie as a surprise for her husband to commemorate and celebrate 25 years of marriage.

Jackie Guy, has a knack for balancing family life and creative expression. Her long-standing passion for performing and writing country music began early on as bassist and lead vocalist in the band Young Country (winner of Best Original Song in the 1994 GX94 Talent Search) and later in Long Shot. Although away from the stage for a time to raise seven children, Jackie never stopped writing. In 2011, she made a bold return to recording with her first solo effort, Right Where I Wanna Be.
In January 2015, Guy released My Red Guitar, produced by Rich McFarlane (SCMA Guitar Player of The Year) and recorded at Mosaic Music in Prince Albert. In support of this album, Guy performed to a sold-out crowd at the Painted Hand Casino and made a series of casino appearances throughout the province. She debuted her single "Bridges" at the prestigious 2015 SCMA President's Banquet and through her strong social media presence, Guy's album caught the attention of Nashville producer Dean Miller. In August 2015, with encouragement from Miller and the boost of an Indiegogo campaign, Guy was able to make her Nashville dream a reality. She traveled to the country music mecca to rework her single "Bridges" and create a video with Miller and Emmy Award-winning videographer, Joel Evans, for submission to CMT.
 Jason Blume's Masters Songwriting Class in early 2016 led Jackie back to her first love: songwriting. With new material in the works for an upcoming EP, Jackie looks forward to recording a collaborative effort with Rich McFarlane and Nashville-based Larry Beaird producing.

NEWS
(22 May 2018) The "Leave the Light On" singer Jackie Lee stayed out of the spotlight as he battled cancer not once, but twice — now, he hopes his story will help others

(23 May 2018) Pop-Up Goes The Country: A Chris Stapleton pop-up store was erected at Nashville venue The George Jones from 10am-6pm during CMA Fest June 7-10. Details here.

TV
(22 May 2018) Brothers Osborne Perform On 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'
EMI NASHVILLE's Brothers Osborne performed their "Port St. Joe" album cut, "Weed, Whiskey And WILLIE," on NBC-TV's "Late Night With SETH MEYERS" Monday night (May 21). Enjoy the performance >> here.

PRESS RELEASES
(24 May 2018) CMA Fest Announced More Than 100 Additional Performances JUNE 7-10: Xfinity Fan Fair X Features Three Stages with Artist Panels, Performances, Meet and Greets, Music and Lifestyle Exhibits, Prize Giveaways and More, HGTV Lodge Returns to Downtown Nashville - CMA World

(24 May 2018) Excitement continued to build as performers were announced for the Second Annual Innovation in Music Awards to be held Sunday, June 3 at the Westin Hotel in Nashville. Lucie Silvas, Striking Matches and Charlie Worsham were set to perform at the gala to honor some of the music industry’s brightest risk takers and creative thinkers. The evening's festivities for honorees and ticket holders begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. awards ceremony

(25 May 2018) Summer in the South means hot days spent on the water with friends and family. Michael Ray’s new track “Summer Water” from his forthcoming album AMOS celebrates all the memories made in the summer months and comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Watch the >> video

(25 May 2018) GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, announced that country music icon Tanya Tucker will take the stage for a very special performance at the GLAAD + Ty Herndon Concert for Love and Acceptance, set for June 7 at the Wildhorse Saloon during CMA Fest in Nashville.

INTERVIEWS
(25 May 2018) Country Music People reviewer and country DJ Chris Smith chatted with Suzy Bogguss: SUZY BOGGUSS – tooting her horn and perfecting her yodel. – Read HERE
Read more in the June addition of Country Music People. Digital edition available here

BIRTHDAYS
Birthdays in the week ahead

May 28: Brent Rowan (1956), Jerry Douglas (1956), the late Sonny Burgess (May 28, 1931; died Aug 18, 2017 (aged 88)), Gary Stewart (1945), John Fogerty (1945), Jimmy Rankin (Rankin Family) (1964), Phil Vassar (1964), Nathan Carter (1990), Kylie Minogue (May 28, 1968 (age 50)
May 30: Wynonna (1964), the late Johnny Gimble (May 30, 1926; died May 9, 2015 (aged 88)), Katy Hurt (1997, UK)
May 31: the late Johnny Paycheck (May 31, 1938; died Feb 19, 2003 (aged 64)), Paul Franklin (1954)
June 1: Ronnie Dunn (1953), the late Hazel Dickens (June 1, 1935; died April 22, 2011 (aged 85)), the late Johnny Bond (June 1, 1915 died June 12, 1978 (aged 63))
June 3: Jamie O'Neal (1968), Thorne Hill (UK) 

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