Tuesday 31 July 2018

CMA Songwriters Series Announces Second UK Tour in October

Building on the annual sell-out success of the CMA Songwriters Series show in London during C2C Festival and following the first U.K. tour last autumn during the inaugural Country Music Week, the Country Music Association’s critically acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series returns to the U.K. Oct. 16-22.
Hosted by Chris DeStefano, the lineup also features Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, and Tenille Townes (Scroll down for artist profiles).

Tickets are on General sale this Friday, August 3 at CMASongwritersSeries.com & Ticketmaster UK

Presale starts: Wed 1 August, 9am - AXS.com

U.K. Tour:
Featuring Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Tenille Townes,

Tuesday 16 October 2018 - St. Luke’s, Glasgow (Calton 17 Bain Street, G40 2JZ)                           
Wednesday 17 October 2018 - St. George’s Hall, Liverpool (St George's Place, L1 1JJ)                          
Thursday 18 October 2018 - Sage Two, Gateshead (St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR)                     
Saturday 20 October 2018 - RNCM, Manchester (124 Oxford Road, M13 9RD)                   
Monday 22 October 2018 - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8TT) *part of Country Music Week 2018
All shows are seated: Tickets available on Ticketmaster UK

Euro Dates:
Featuring Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Drake White (excluding Stockholm), Charlie Worsham with special appearance by Jill Johnson (Stockholm and Oslo). Johnson is host of the Sveriges Television (SVT) award-winning documentary series “Jills Veranda Nashville,” which invites Swedish artists to explore Nashville with Johnson.
October 8, 2018: Nalen, Stockholm, SE - Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Charlie Worsham, with Special Guest: Jill Johnson
October 9, 2018: Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, NO - Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Drake White, Charlie Worsham, with Special Guest: Jill Johnson
October 11, 2018: Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, DE - Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Drake White, Charlie Worsham
October 12, 2018: Zonnehuis, Amsterdam, NL - Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Drake White, Charlie Worsham

CMA Songwriters Series has a track record of launching new artists through its intimate storytelling format, which allows audiences to get to know the artists, their journey and the stories behind their songs. The two-hour seated show features the artists together on stage, taking turns sharing a story before performing their song acoustically. Each CMA Songwriters Series is unique—uplifting, amusing and often emotional, leaving audiences feeling closer to the artists and the music.

The tour introduces DeStefano, Ashton and Townes to U.K. audiences for the first time as they join Campbell making her fourth appearance.
“Presenting this very Nashville experience in an international setting not only makes for a magical evening, but it truly forges a deeper connection to the music for new audiences,” said Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development. “The artists on this tour represent a true cross section of Country Music and we’re honored to be part of their journey as they build their international base.”
The tour dates continue to further CMA’s global expansion initiatives. In the U.K. alone, Country Music streaming is up more than 50 percent this year compared to 2017, where 78 percent of Country fans listen to a greater and more varied number of Country artists compared to last year, while 80 percent of Country fans are interested in and seek out more live Country Music shows and events. Earlier this spring, CMA visited both the U.K. during C2C: Country to Country festival—where CMA Songwriters Series held a sold-out show at London’s indigo at The O2—as well as Australia during CMC Rocks QLD festival.
Kassi Ashton

UK! I’m joining the CMA Songwriters Series tour for 5 dates in October! I’m so excited to come see you!

Kassi Ashton is one of Nashville’s most compelling rising stars. Signed to UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records, the California, Missouri singer/songwriter has been making a name for herself thanks to her authentic songwriting and soulful, rich voice. Huffington Post gives Ashton “mad props for her songwriting and stage presence” while CMT calls her “fearless” and notes “her point of view is inspired and her storytelling knows no bounds.”

Ashton recently released her auto-biographical song “California, Missouri,” where she paints an unconventional portrait of life growing up in her small town. Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean and radio personality Bobby Bones’ “Class of 2018,” she also caught the attention of Country superstar Keith Urban. Describing her as “such a unique, original creature,” Urban featured Ashton on his song “Drop Top” for his latest album Graffiti U. Read more at KassiAshton.com.

Ashley Campbell

Following in the footsteps of a famous parent is never an easy path, and Campbell, the daughter of music legend Glen Campbell, initially pursued dance and acting. But when Campbell was asked to learn banjo for a part in a play, a spark was lit and her calling was found. 

Soon Campbell was studying with banjo luminary Carl Jackson (her godfather and longtime member of Glen’s band) and mastering her technique. She would go on to join her father’s touring band, including his poignant Goodbye Tour in 2011-12, and appear in the award-winning 2015 documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” 

The family affair continues with the release of her debut album The Lonely One, which was co-produced by Campbell and her brother Cal Campbell. Campbell’s older brother Shannon Campbell contributes vocals and guitar in addition to having co-written the track “Looks Like Time” with her. Read more at AshleyCampbellMusic.com.

Chris DeStefano

Chris DeStefano is a Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. The prolific songwriter has had multiple No. 1 songs with artists Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl,” “Little Toy Guns”), Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya,” which he also produced), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night,” “Kick the Dust Up”), Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood (“Somethin’ Bad,” later reworked as the opening theme for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”), Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”) and Jason Aldean (“Just Gettin’ Started”). Underwood’s “Good Girl,” which DeStefano co-wrote, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 2012. He also co-wrote Underwood’s seven-week No.1 song “Something in the Water.” DeStefano and American songwriter Josh Osborne co-wrote Australian singer Morgan Evan’s current single “Kiss Somebody,” which won Country Work of the Year at the APRA Music Awards in 2018.

Tenille Townes

On Instagram she shares: Ahhhhhhh I’m so excited for this. I’ve been dreaming of the day that music would find a way to pack my bag for Europe and this is truly so wild. Thank you so much CMA for this opportunity. I cannot wait for October!!!

The Canadian-born Townes has the lyrical fortitude of Griffin or Lori McKenna, the soulful nature of Chris Stapleton or even Adele, but Townes is paving ground all her own. Working on her debut LP with Jay Joyce, Townes started her journey to becoming one of Country’s most promising new artists back in rural Canada, in the backseat of a car.
Once settled in Nashville, Townes spent her days songwriting and her nights at guitar pulls or at the Bluebird Cafe, studying everything she could. Eventually, she scored a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog and headed into the studio with Joyce. Together, they tapped into her organic nature and her sheer ability to tell a story and emote it through the visceral range of her vocals – tender, bluesy, wise and full of wonder but never naive. Read more at TenilleTownes.com.

Tenille released her first album, the 13-track REAL (Royalty Records), in June 2011. She appeared on the national television show Canada AM in August 2011, performing her single "Real Me", and had released multiple songs to Canadian country radio. The album reached #13 on the Soundscan Country chart in its first week and earned Tenille the title of youngest ever nominee for Female Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards

As an up-and-coming the country artist she was fortunate to land opening slots for well-known acts including Terri Clark, Easton Corbin, John Landry, Aaron Pritchett, Emerson Drive and Gord Bamford. She has performed at some of Canada's biggest country music festivals

She released her second album, LIGHT, in March 2013.
As the youngest recipient in history, Tenille was with the 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Saskatoon, SK. Also awarded the 2012 Alberta Country Music Association Award for Female Artist of the Year.
Tenille was signed to Royalty Records at seventeen years old and was selected to sing when the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay went through her hometown.
Tenille's exceptional songwriting skills aligned her with Nashville SESAC Legacy Award Winner Stan Webb, and multi JUNO nominated and CCMA Award winners Tim Taylor, Byron Hill and Troy Kokol. Additionally, Tenille has recorded a song written by Grammy award winner, Gordie Sampson. One year later working with Nashville-based Canadian producer Fred Mollin, Tenille released her debut album, 'REAL', in 2011.

On April 13, 2018 she announced she had signed a record deal with Columbia Nashville.
On the 23rd June she made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry (Instagram).

The singer made her Sundance Film Festival and SXSW debuts and was set to join Devin Dawson, Maren Morris and Steve Moakler for select tour dates in the Spring and tapped by Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town for their co-headlining The Bandwagon Tour (Instagram) in July 2018.

On July 27, Columbia Nashville’s emerging singer-songwriter released Somebody’s Daughter(smarturl.it), the lead single from her forthcoming album produced by Jay Joyce (Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church). Originally introduced to fans acoustically on Townes’ 4-track Living Room Worktapes ( Released April 12, 2018 Amazon UK), “Somebody’s Daughter” received early critical praise from NPR calling the track a “humanizing, empathetic portrait of suffering”. Read more at TenilleTownes.com.

Country Bites News snippets July 23, 2018 – July 29, 2018

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

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 28 July 2018
A Playlist:
The Shires - Echo
B Playlist:
Catherine McGrath - Lost In The Middle
Ward Thomas - Lie Like Me added to "B" Playlist

(26 July 2018) The Rising to release sophomore album MOVING ON August 3rd
Watch the >> official video Rebound is the first single from The Rising's new album new album Moving (Out Aug 3rd 2018).
Performance and Signing at HMV Belfast at 17.30 on August 3rd
"Amazing" - Gaby Roslin, BBC London
"I mentioned Taylor Swift earlier, but this is even better." - Essentially Pop
"A band that is a going a long way." - Keith Greentree, BBC Norfolk
See BLOG Post (4 June 2018) Chris Country gives The Rising's Rebound its first spin! Check it out now at Lyric Magazine!


Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 2 August 2018)
27 July 2018 - 02 August 2018
Drake is No.1 for the 28th time in his career, the 12th time in 2018 and the second time in a row, with In My Feelings upping the ante again, its consumption increased 4.29% week-on-week to 94,787 units. George Ezra’s former No.1, Shotgun, is runner-up for the third week in a row, and also sees its consumption rise to a personal best of 83,051.

Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart (Week Ending 2 August 2018)
27 July 2018 - 02 August 2018
Here We Go Again: Not for the first time, the nation is in a state of Abbamania, with the cinematic release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again propelling the Motion Picture Cast Recording 4-1 on the artist album chart (34,661 pure sales (7,618 downloads + 4,550 sales-equivalent streams + Physicals 22,493), including 4,550 from sales-equivalent streams), while the original Mamma Mia! soundtrack, released a decade ago, surged 13-5 (9,568 sales) and Abba’s Gold: Greatest Hits leaps 19-7 (6,759 sales).
It is the highest chart position yet on the artist album chart for Mamma Mia!, which was No.1 on the compilation chart in 2008, but has only just had its chart eligibility reassigned to the artist album chart.

Kylie Minogue with GOLDEN rose 81-74 (1,000 estimated units) in her 16th chart frame.

Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 2 August 2018)
27 July 2018 - 02 August 2018
The Shires with ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE held at #1 (14 weeks; #1 peak)
Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR held at #2 (17 weeks; #1 peak)
John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS held at #3 (15 weeks; #2 peak)
Lori McKenna with THE TREE made a debut at No.4
Luke Combs with THIS ONE'S FOR YOU TOO held at #5 (8 weeks; #5 peak)
Willie Nelson With LAST MAN STANDING fell 4-6 (13 weeks; #2 peak)
Wandering Hearts with WILD SILENCE rose 11-7 (24 weeks; #1 peak)
Brothers Osborne with PORT SAINT JOE fell 7-8 (14 weeks; #2 peak)
Sugarland with BIGGER held at #9 (7 weeks; #2 peak)
Chris Stapleton with FROM A ROOM - VOL 1 rose 12-10 (64 weeks; #1 peak)
Outside the Top 10
Chris Stapleton with FROM A ROOM - VOL 2 climbed 17-11 (34 weeks; #1 peak)
Dan + Shay with DAN + SHAY fell 6-12  (5 weeks; #2 peak)
Gretchen Peters with DANCING WITH THE BEAST fell 10-13 (10 weeks; #2 peak)
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real with NELSON/PROMISE OF THE REAL fell 8-17 (11 weeks; #8 peak)

Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 2 August 2018)
27 July 2018 - 02 August 2018
1 3 From The Fires Greta Van Fleet [Tagged Rock]
2 5 Ruins First Aid Kit [Tagged Alternative]
3 1 All That Reckoning Cowboy Junkies
4 4 God's Favourite Customer Father John Misty [Tagged Alternative]
5 6 Blow Your Mind Wilko Johnson [Tagged Rock]
6 8 Be More Kind Frank Turner [Tagged Alternative]
7 2 Back Roads And Abandoned Motels The Jayhawks [Tagged Rock]
8 NEW The Tree Lori McKenna [Tagged Singer-Songwriter]
9 NEW All Ashore Punch Brothers [Tagged Singer-Songwriter]
10 11 The Blues Is Alive And Well Buddy Guy [Tagged Blues]
Outside The Top 10
13 10 New Our Country - Americana Act 2 Ray Davies [Tagged Rock]
14 NEW Earthly Days William Prince [Tagged Alternative]
23 7 Sculptor Luluc [Tagged Singer-Songwriter]

34 9 The Tree of Forgiveness John Prine [Tagged Singer-Songwriter]

(27 July 2018) Kenny Chesney - Songs For The Saints (Blue Chair/Warner Bros./WEA)
11 Tracks/Time: 43:15 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: #3 UK Country iTunes Chart (#52 all-genres) | Debut: #1 US Country iTunes Chart (#1 US all-genres)
Co-produced with Buddy Cannon, Chesney’s 17th studio album features 12 songs, five of which he wrote, and is his Blue Chair/Warner Bros. Nashville debut. Proceeds will benefit his Love for Love City Foundation, which raises money for US and British Virgin Islands victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
(27 July 2018) Catherine McGrath - Talk Of This Town (2018 Warner Bros Records) UK
13 Tracks/ Time: 43:07 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: #1 UK Country iTunes Chart (#6 all-genres) Mon 30 July: #1 (#10 all-genres), Tues July 31 #1 (#15 all-genres) | Debut: #16 US Country iTunes Chart (#108 all-genres), then #15 (#104 US all-genres) | Mon July 30: #45 US Country iTunes Chart (#235 US all-genres)
Lost in the Middle #1 UK Country iTunes Singles (#200 UK iTunes all-genres)
Catherine McGrath shared: CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING and I’m saying this... My first ever album, ‘Talk Of This Town’ is out right now and this is probably up there with the coolest days of my life. If you bought this album you have no idea how much it means to me that you care about my songs, and if you haven’t got it yet, you can buy it here! Thanks so much to everyone who made this album possible      

(27 July 2018) Nashville Cast - The Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 6 Volume 2
The final soundtrack for CMT-TV's "Nashville" is set to be released on Friday, July 27th. The project will feature 16 tracks from the show's sixth season, with several cast members contributing their voices to both the recording a songwriting credits. Included on the soundtrack are "The Giver," "Going Electric," "Free," and several others.
"NASHVILLE" first aired in 2012 on ABC-TV and premiered its final episode on Thursday, July 26th on CMT-TV.

(27 July 2018) Kirsty Lee Akers - Under My Skin (Social Family Records) AUS
10 Tracks/Time: 36:18 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: #133 UK Country iTunes Chart

(27 July 2018) Cody Jinks - Lifers (Cody Jinks LLC) 
11 Tracks/Time: 42:41 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: #4 UK Country iTunes Chart (#107 all-genres)

(27 July 2018) Hawks and Doves - From a White Hotel (Jullian Records)
12 Tracks/Time: 55:36 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: #36 UK Country iTunes Chart (# all-genres)
4 STARS Maverick Magazine Review
Hawks and Doves’ new release From a White Hotel (Julian Records) is a powerful album. Kasey Anderson has one of those reassuring, confident, gravelly voices that compels you to follow his lead, like he’s the Pied Piper.   With his new orientation in this pseudonymous band Hawks and Doves – with Ben Landsverk, Jesse Moffat, and the album produced by Jordan Richter — fans will find his unmistakable musical signature.....Americana Highways.org

(27 July 2018) Philip Marino - Chasing Ghosts (2018 Philip Marino)
10 Tracks/Time: 38:37 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com Genre: Alt-Country, Americana, Folk-Rock, Acoustic
Philip Marino is an American living in England, influenced at a young age by the likes of John Mellencamp, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. Philip's music has been heard on BBC Radio, and he has gigged throughout the east of England. https://www.facebook.com/philipmarinomusic/ (1,211 Likes)

(27 July 2018) Felix Truvere - Learn to Be (Felix Truvere)
13 Tracks/Time: 45:21 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Home Town: San Antonio, TX | Record Label: Independent
Felix Truvere’s Texas Country Music is originated, recorded, mixed, & mastered in LOCAL Texas studios with our Texas musician colleagues! https://www.facebook.com/FelixTruvereBand/ (3,774 Likes)

(27 July 2018) Trent Glisson - Don't Stop (EP; 2018 Trent Glisson)
5 Tracks/Time: 18:29 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: #43 US Country iTunes Chart
Singer/songwriter from NC trying to make a name for himself in Nashville. His sound is described as "a unique blend of country and R&B". https://www.facebook.com/trentglissonmusic/ (3,317 Likes)

(27 July 2018) Ward Thomas - Lie Like Me (Acoustic) - Single (2018 WTW Music Ltd/ Sony Music Entertainment UK) UK
1. Lie Like Me (Acoustic) 2:52

(27 July 2018) Lisa McHugh - Y'all Come (Single; Sharpe Music) UK
Debut: #2 UK Country iTunes Singles (#369 UK iTunes all-genres)         

(27 July 2018) Adam Harvey - The Nashville Tapes (Sony Music Entertainment) AUS
12 Tracks/ Time: 39:43 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: #1 AUS Country iTunes Singles (#8 AUS iTunes all-genres)        

(27 July 2018) Parmalee - Hotdamalama (The Remixes) - EP
Platinum-selling band, Parmalee announces its Hotdamalama Remixes EP, a compilation of five versions of the band of brothers' summer jam, "Hotdamalama." The EP offers three EDM reimaginations of the track from top touring DJ/remixer/producer Dee Jay Silver, DJ DU as well as Parmalee's own Barry Knox in addition to a "Roll Tide Remix," sure to delight Alabama fans come football season. 

(30 July 2018) Katy Hurt - See Ya Later (Single; 2018 Katy Hurt) UK
Debut: #120 UK Country iTunes Single chart, then #87, then #63, then #66, then #51, then #44, then #42 | July 31: #59

(25 July 2018) Ricky Skaggs To Be Inducted Into Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame
GRAMMY Award-winning Country artist Ricky Skaggs has been announced as a Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 inductee by the International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA). Skaggs is set to be inducted on Thursday, September 27th in RALEIGH, NC at the International Bluegrass Music Awards show, which will broadcast live beginning at 7p (ET) via SIRIUSXM's "Bluegrass Junction" channel.

(25 July 2018) 2018 IBMA Award nominees announced
At a press conference, on morning of Wednesday July 25th in Nashville, the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the final nominees for their 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards, along with this year’s Hall Of Fame Inductees and Distinguished Achievement Award recipients.
The winners will be announced during a gala awards presentation on September 27 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC. Tickets are available now online.
See full list of nominees at bluegrasstoday.com

(29 July 2018) Balsam Range drop second summer single, "Hobo Blues" on July 27
There is a deep tradition in Bluegrass of performing Southern blues ballads with Bluegrass instrumentation, and no one can do it better than the award-winning Balsam Range. With lead vocals from guitarist Caleb Smith, "Hobo Blues" (Mountain Home Music Company | Amazon UK - UK iTunes) written by Ray LaMontagne, is a cross-picked stroll through lonesome lyrics and a sad story of a down-on-his-luck character singing through his hardships.  "I don't know whose life you're living, but it sure ain't mine," he sings — a lament about a life misled.
Haunting dobro from Tim Surrett, harmonies from Buddy Melton and feathering mandolin from Darren Nicholson supply the dark mood to "Hobo Blues" that leaves you listening hard to this unexpected heartfelt Balsam Range song.
Balsam Range, formed in 2007, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts in recent years, garnering 10 International Bluegrass Media Association Awards on the heels of six critically-acclaimed albums. The group has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the nation and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.

(24 July 2018) Platinum Producer Michael Knox launches New label imprint with BMG
Michael Knox may best be known as the longtime production partner with Jason Aldean but he’s also produced songs for Thomas Rhett, Ludacris, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Michael Tyler and songs featuring Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert along with being one of the best A&R song guys in Nashville via his role as one of the most respected publishing executives (currently as the Vice President of peermusic Group in Nashville. Combined, his projects have yielded 21 No.1s, and 40 million singles and 18 million albums sold, according to BMG.
Knox has teamed with BMG USA to launch his new label Music Knox Records to actively develop, sign and release music from up-and-coming artists.

(24 July 2018) Ray Stevens, Brenda Lee, Jeannie Seely To Receive Stars On The Music City Walk Of Fame
Country legends Ray Stevens, Brenda Lee, and Jeannie Seely will be joined by NASHVILLE-based Pop artist Ben Folds as the four newest inductees to the Music City Walk Of Fame. The official induction ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 21st at 11:30a (CT) at the Music City Walk Of Fame Park in downtown NASHVILLE. The event is free and open to the public. The inductees will receive the 81st, 82nd, 83rd, and 84th stars on the Music City Walk Of Fame.

(25 July 2018) Hear Gloriana Singer Rachel Reinert's First Solo Effort, 'Cool' [Exclusive Premiere] 
Rachel Reinert has dreamed of introducing her brand of California country to fans for more than a decade. "Cool" is the former Gloriana singer's first bow, and if you're time-warped to an era when Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt ruled their respective radio formats, you're picking up the right vibes.
The Laurel Canyon (California) inspired single — heard first exclusive on Taste of Country — is the sound Reinert brought with her when she moved to Nashville 13 years ago.

(26 July 2018) Dolly Parton is reuniting with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for a sequel to their smash 1980 movie hit, 9 to 5.

According to the Today show, Fonda confirmed the news on Wednesday (July 25) at a Television Critics Association press event, telling reporters, “Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it."
The news comes just months after speculation about a possible sequel began to spread, after movie studio 20th Century Fox reportedly said it was interested in asking Angie Tribeca star Rashida Jones to collaborate on a script for a sequel with 9 to 5 screenwriter Patricia Resnick.

(30 July 2018) Luke Bryan Makes History as First Country Artist to Play L.A.’s Dodger Stadium
Luke Bryan is no stranger to playing in Los Angeles. The superstar and American Idol judge has rocked crowds over the years at many of L.A.'s iconic venues, including the Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, the Forum, and Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre in neighboring Orange County.
However, he got to make a piece of L.A. history on Saturday night (July 28), when he played at one of the city's most beloved institutions—Dodger Stadium. Although the baseball stadium has hosted scores of concerts over the years, Bryan's performance, part of his What Makes You Country XL Tour, marks the first time a country artist has played there.
Luke Bryan Receives Eight BMI 'Million-Air Awards,' Is The First Country Act To Headline Dodger Stadium
Luke Bryan was presented with eight "Million-Air Awards" by BMI at his show at DODGER STADIUM in LOS ANGELES on Saturday night (July 28). The awards honor several of Bryan’s songs hitting one million U.S. broadcast performances, including "Move" (1 million); "Fast" (1 million); "Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day" (1 million); "I See You" (2 Million); "Someone Else Calling You Baby" (2 million); "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (2 million); "This Is How We Roll" with Florida Georgia Line (2 million); and Billy Currington's hit -- which Bryan wrote -- "Good Directions" (4 million).

Roger Dodger: BMI presents Capitol's Luke Bryan with eight Million Air Awards before his show at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles Saturday (7/28). Pictured (l-r) are BMI’s Mason Hunter and David Preston, Bryan, BMI’s Leslie Roberts and KPE's Kerri Edwards.

(25 July 2018) Ashley McBryde Brings Her “American Scandal” To NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The career ascension continues for the artist that Rolling Stone calls “one of the most exciting new voices in country music,” as country newcomer Ashley McBryde made her debut on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. Ashley McBryde performed her sultry “American Scandal,” which The Tennessean declares is the highlight of “one of the strongest country records of the year.”
Fans can catch McBryde’s performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon here

(27 July 2018) Spotify Reports 26% Rise In Q2 Revenues
SPOTIFY has reported financial results for Q2, commenting, "The quarter was largely in line with our expectations, with some metrics performing at the high end of our guidance range. We finished the quarter with 180 million Monthly Active Users and 83 million Premium Subscribers, up 30% and 40%, respectively." Total Revenue was €1,273 million, up 26% over Q2 2017 and 34% Y/Y after "adjusting for the negative impact from changes in foreign exchange rates."
The company wrote, "Our Operating Loss was €90 million, or approximately 7% of Total Revenue. This includes a €30 million cash expense related to our direct listing on the NYSE in APRIL and €32 million of accrued social costs for options and RSUs3 (€24 million more than anticipated in our Q2 guidance as a result of the strong stock performance in the quarter).

(24 July 2018) The Americana Music Association® names Rosanne Cash as its recipient of the 2018 “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award.
 In partnership with the First Amendment Center, the honor will be presented to Rosanne Cash at the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards, which will take place Wednesday, September 12 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
Throughout her career, the four-time GRAMMY® Award winner has consistently used her voice to speak to her truth. As a fearless advocate and board member of the Content Creators Coalition (C3), she has endlessly devoted her time and efforts to championing artists’ rights. Her most high-profile instance took place representing artists and the Americana Music Association® in 2014 during a testimony before Congress on the issue of intellectual property rights and digital music licensing.
In addition to actively supporting other musicians, Cash has also been involved in advocating against gun violence for almost 20 years as a strong proponent of organizations like Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety, among others. The Americana stalwart has never shied away from speaking her mind on a career platform she has built over the last four decades with her renowned artistry.

(26 July 2018) The Times Is Catherine McGrath Northern Ireland’s answer to Taylor Swift?
The 21-year-old singer is wowing audiences with a pop-friendly take on country. We’ve seen that somewhere before
Meeting a hot new country star from the unlikely environs of Rostrevor in Northern Ireland is one thing. Meeting her entire extended family at the same time is quite another. I have come to this beautiful fishing village in Co Down, which provided the inspiration for CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and where many scenes from Game of Thrones have been filmed, to speak to Catherine McGrath; a slight, pretty, unassuming 21-year-old whose pop-friendly take on country music has resulted in her being hailed as the new Taylor Swift. (Newspaper Image)

Get to know Amy Wadge, the superstar songwriter behind BBC Wales' Keeping Faith soundtrack
The Grammy-winning songwriter is back in the limelight as a performer thanks to her new EP.
While Amy Wadge has released seven studio albums across her career, much of her success up to now has come from her songwriting for other artists. However, it looks like that's about to change. Amy's latest EP Keeping Faith is the soundtrack to the TV show of the same name. Filmed in Welsh for S4C and English for BBC Wales, the drama/thriller was promoted to BBC One this summer following the highest audiences for a non-network drama shown in Wales for over twenty years…Read More

(28 July 2018) Can We All Get Along?
Country Music needs Sam Hunt and it needs Walker Hayes just as much as it does Margo Price and Joshua Hedley
LYRIC Magazine by James Daykin Podcast: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?’ Soundcloud

After hearing AJ McLeanBack Porch Bottle Service’ played by CMR Nashville CEO Lee Williams (July 27) and then Keith Greentree on BBC Radio Norfolk (July 28 BBC Page 1h 49mins) We tweeted:

Keith took it all in good spirits with this response:

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line claim the record for the longest-ruling No.1 in the history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart 
Florida Georgia Line, Bebe Rexha, "Meant to Be" placed at No.1 in their top songs of 2018 Taste Of Country posted: You might be sick of it. "Meant to Be" is a pop hit, a country hit and one of the bestselling songs of the country decade. We can't overlook that because some people complain about the country cred. Plus, there's that one thing about this song: it's more contagious than smiling.

This weekend, Emma Jade will be releasing her debut EP 'Older Now' on Sunday 29th July (the same weekend that Emma will be performing at FSA festival). Older Now features 4 songs which have such a country feel to them.

(25 July 2018) Building Our Own Nashville Interview: The Adelaides discuss playing an All – Female line up at Cornbury Festival, having Marcus Hummon write for them and much more

(24 July 2018) Ward Thomas - Lie Like Me (>> Official Video) taken from the 15-track album RESTLESS MINDS (Amazon) released on October 5, 2018. http://smarturl.it/WardThomas_RMPV

(30 July 2018) Denny Strickland Unveils Video for "California Dreamin’" >> YouTube The tried and true country artist seamlessly pairs his love for the West Coast with his Arkansas roots to curate a perfect visual for the current radio hit.

(30 July 2018) Published on Jul 30, 2018 Rachel Wammack Damage” >> YouTube

(25 July 2018) Long Hot Summer & Blooming Lovely: UK Country/Pop singer Jeannine Barry is seen wearing a ASOS Floral Wallpaper Maxi Dress with Broderie Trim (Product 1195740;  £45.50 >> Video)
Photo Credit: Isobel Scarlette Photography (London) Instagram

This lovely floral print, short sleeves plunge neck dress has  Oh-so-pretty broderie anglaise trims with a white eyelet pattern which drapes softly over the body #bohemianstyle #bohodress #bohogirl

Listen to Jeannine's 2016 single "Long Hot Summer" taken from her EP OFF THE HOOK available on Musicglue.com
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(28 July 2018) 2017 BCMA Female vocalist of the Year Jade Helliwell played live at Nashville Meets London at Canary Wharf on Saturday 28 July. Doin’ a Boomerang - Instagram
She wore a MissGuided purple fringe sequin plunge bodysuit (Product; £60.00 >> Video) 100% polyester, the purple long sleeve bodysuit features all over sequins, long fringe detail and cut out choker design.

(28 July 2018) The Adelaides (Paris Georgia, Alicia Alba, Abi Phillips) performed a full band show (2.45-3.45pm) at Nashville Meets London at Canary Wharf on Saturday 28 July. Pictured with Baylen Leonard (Chris Country. Long Road Festival) Instagram
Setlist: Jack Daniels, I'd Do It Again, My Church (Maren Morris cover), Reckless, Painkiller, Leave (writer: Marcus Hummon), Don't Wanna Love You, Daddy's Lesson (Beyoncé), What Your Heart Would Say, Whiskey In The Dirt, Jelly Baby.
Photo Credit: Mark Cavill (MACPhotographyZ) Facebook  

Paris Georgia donned a Vera Black Bohemian Moonstone Feather Headpiece (Product; £55.00) Centered with a moonstone pendant and draping antique bronze chain and crystal quartz stone droplets on either side it ties at the back and is adjustable in size and varies in the way you can wear it. The feather and charm detailed ties can also be used to braid through your hair to create that perfect bohemian look.
She add chunky caged booties and a belted v plunge wine/plum sleeveless playsuit (Pretty Little Thing) with all-over embroidered pattern with slight scalloped and fringed detailing at the hem.

Alicia Alba sported a groovin’; Vera Black Midnight Sky Fedora (Product; £120.00). She added a white top, burgundy tassel Shawl Wrap, denim shorts and fawn booties.
Abi Phillips wore a Vera Black Purple Haze Fedora (Product; £120.00) which is a cool, undeniable rock n roll statement piece. She added a belted denim mini dress, burgundy top and lightweight black/ purple floral design playsuit top and platform booties

Watch the Vera Black (254 Whitton Dene TW7 7LU London, United Kingdom) 2018 summer festival fashion video, starring The Adelaides!

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(28 July 2018) Taylor Swift gave local authorities in Weymouth, Massachusetts a morale boost following the loss of a police officer by donating hundreds of tickets for her Thursday night (26 July 2018) concert.
Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund reveals the Blank Space hitmaker sent emergency service officials "a significant number of tickets" for the first show in her three-night run at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts to try and lift their spirits after learning of the tragic death of Sergeant Michael Chesna.
The officer was shot and killed after arriving at the scene of a car crash on 15 July (18). The suspect is also accused of killing a female bystander.
It's not known exactly how many tickets Swift gave to first responders, but Hedlund explains the bundle had more than enough for the local forces, and extras were shared among other nearby police departments.
"My understanding is that they did it low-key and weren't looking for publicity," Hedlund told The Patriot Ledger. "There were enough to send every police officer, firefighter and extended family to the concert, and then some."
Thanking Swift for the kind thought on behalf of the town, he added, "The gesture was absolutely generous, significant and appreciated."

(26 July 2018) Fair Enough: Jo Dee Messina (c) with WQXK/Youngstown, OH's John Crenshaw and Lisa Rossow at the Carroll County Fair Saturday (July 21).

(27 July 2018) Do I Feel Lucky? Well, Do Ya, Monk? Sylvia with SiriusXM's Charlie Monk.

Birthdays in the week ahead
July 30: Neal McCoy (1958)
July 31: Heather Myles (1962), the late Bonnie Brown (The Browns July 31, 1937; died July 16, 2016 (aged 77)), Chad Brock (1963), Zac Brown (1978)
Aug 1: Cindy Burch (Burch Sisters) (1963), George Ducas (1966), Frankie Davies (Jersey)
Aug 2: the late Hank Cochran (Aug 2, 1935; died July 15, 2010 (aged 74))
Aug 3: Mick Flavin (1950), the late Randy Scruggs (Aug 3, 1953; died April 17, 2018 (aged 64)), Whitney Duncan (Post Monroe, 1984) 
Aug 5: Mark O'Connor (1961), the late Vern Gosdin (Aug 5, 1934; died April 28, 2009 (aged 74)), Sammi Smith (1943), Terri Clark (1968), Bobby Braddock (1940), Carolynne Poole (UK; 1980)