Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Country Bites News snippets July 16, 2018 – July 22, 2018

UK & Irish News, UK Chart News, Album & Single Releases, Country News, Award New, TV news, Baby News, Press Releases, Gossip, Books, Fashion, Birthdays, R.I.P.


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 14 July 2018
A Playlist:
The Shires - Echo upgraded from the "B" to the "A" Playlist
B Playlist:
Catherine McGrath - Lost In The Middle added to the "B" Playlist
OUT
Kylie Minogoe - Golden removed from the "A" Playlist


(18 July 2018) Ward Thomas: We NEVER wanted COUNTRY to define Us
Lie Like Me & Restless Album Radio Promo begins
ICM Internet Call Manager?
Ward Thomas joined Stephanie Hirst for music and conversation on BBC Radio Leeds Listen back at 1hr 20.  
Ward Thomas joined Caroline Fleck live on Downtown Radio from 11:15am.
They chatted with Eleri Sion BBC Radio Wales after 3pm listen back at 2hr 30 "It's OK to flirt with POP but your COUNTRY in my mind" BBC Page

(17 July 2018) Catherine McGrath joined Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 Tuesday 17 July BBC Page
When Catherine McGrath met Taylor Swift: "I broke down crying" Catherine reveals how her love of country began and her new album 'Talk of This Town'.
Her single "Lost In The Middle" is on the Radio 2 "B" playlist for a third week



Catherine McGrath will be performing live and signing copies of her debut album at HMV stores in London (Sat 28 July 2pm), Manchester (Tues 31 July 5:30pm), Belfast (Fri 27 July 5:30pm) & Glasgow (Mon 30 July 5:30pm)

















UPDATE: Catherine organized an album listening party before the album comes out where she played the whole album through. People were picked randomly (July 24th) at the YouTube space in London!



Update: Special "Talk Of This Town" Full album Listening Party at YouTube Space London (Website; 6 Pancras Road N1C 4AG London) hosted by Bob Harris OBE.

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(19 July 2018) Little Folk have announced they shall be playing at this year’s BBC Countryfile Live Festival in August on the BBC Introducing Stage! Also playing at the festival are The Shires & Newton Faulkner & Ferris & Sylvester.

(20 July 2018) Southern Companion has shared the final version of the album artwork for Shine A Little Light to be released later in the year.

(23 July 2018) The Long Road Festival have announced their BBC Introducing Stage Takeover line-up for the Front Porch stage: the Lew Thomas Band, Lexie Green & The Indigo Blue Cooper & Davies, Jess Morgan, Painting Box, Little Folk, Emma Moore, Robert J Hunter & The Adelaides.

UK CHART NEWS
Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 26 July 2018)
20 July 2018 - 26 July 2018
Drake has the nation’s No.1 album for the fifth time in his career, the No.1 single for the 27th time and the No.1 simultaneously on both lists for the third time, as In My Feelings – the latest single from his new album Scorpion – jumps 4-1.
With consumption up 80.96% week-on-week at 90,887 units, including 79,411 from streams (11,476 pure sales), In My Feelings is Drake’s fifth No.1 in all, and his third from Scorpion, following earlier 2018 toppers God’s Plan and Nice For What, which reigned for nine weeks and one week, respectively.
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds’ "Three Lions" slumped 1-97 (5,162 sales). It is the first track in chart history to be No.1 one week and absent from the Top 75 the next. The previous record for the biggest fall was held by the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir with their Christmas Number 1 single of 2015 - A Bridge Over You, which beat Justin Bieber to the coveted festive crown, before tumbling to Number 29 in its second week on chart.

Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart (Week Ending 26 July 2018)
20 July 2018 - 26 July 2018
Overcoming a massive initial deficit on sales flashes, Drake’s Scorpion gained strength throughout the week, and tops the album chart for the third straight week, on consumption of 29,393 copies, including 22,806 from sales-equivalent streams.

Kylie Minogue with GOLDEN rose 83-81 (1,000 esitimated units) in her 15th chart frame.

Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 26 July 2018)
20 July 2018 - 26 July 2018
The Shires with ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE held at #1 (13 weeks; #1 peak)
Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR rose 3-2 (16 weeks; #1 peak)
John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS rose 6-3 (14 weeks; #2 peak)
Willie Nelson with LAST MAN STANDING climbed 8-4 (12 weeks; #2 peak)
Luke Combs with THIS ONE'S FOR YOU TOO held at #5 (7 weeks; #5 peak)
Brothers Osborne with PORT SAINT JOE rose 10-7 (13 weeks; #2 peak)
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real with NELSON/PROMISE OF THE REAL climbed 20-8 (11 weeks; #8 peak)
Sugarland with BIGGER held at #9 (6 weeks; #2 peak)
Gretchen Peters with DANCING WITH THE BEAST fell 7-10 (9 weeks; #2 peak)
Outside the Top 10
Wandering Hearts with WILD SILENCE held at #11 (23 weeks; #1 peak)
Dierks Bentley with THE MOUNTAIN fell 12-15 (6 weeks; #3 peak)
Big Country with WHY THE LONG FACE fell 2-19 (2 weeks; #2 peak)

Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 26 July 2018)
20 July 2018 - 26 July 2018
1 NEW All That Reckoning Cowboy Junkies | #78 Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart
2 NEW Back Roads And Abandoned Motels The Jayhawks [Tagged Rock]
3 2 From The Fires Greta Van Fleet [Tagged Rock]
4 3 God's Favourite Customer Father John Misty [Tagged Alternative]
5 5 Ruins First Aid Kit [Tagged Alternative]
6 4 Blow Your Mind Wilko Johnson [Tagged Rock]
7 NEW Sculptor Luluc [Tagged Singer-Songwriter]
8 7 Be More Kind Frank Turner [Tagged Alternative]
9 24 The Tree of Forgiveness John Prine [Tagged Singer-Songwriter]
10 1 NEW Our Country - Americana Act 2 Ray Davies [Tagged Rock]
Outside The Top 10
12 11 Nation Of Two Vance Joy [Tagged Alternative]
13 8 The Prodical Son Ry Cooder [Tagged Rock]
15 10 Tearing At The Seams Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night [Tagged Rock]

COUNTRY ALBUM & SINGLES RELEASES

(18 July 2018) Kamber Cain - Singin' My Own Song (EP; Kamber Cain)
5 Tracks/ Time: 16:27 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Kamber Cain grew up in El Dorado Springs, a small rural town in Missouri, but that has not kept her from having big city dreams about singing Country Music. No stranger to the stage, Kamber, born in 1990, has been quite the performer for the majority of her life. Influenced by artists such as Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, she has always strived for a piece of the limelight.
In March 2014, Kamber was one of Reverbnation's Featured Artist's of the week.
2017 Josie Music Award "Modern Country Female Vocalist of the Year". 2018 Indie Ville TV's "Song of the Year" for "Love Story That I've Already Read" https://www.facebook.com/KamberCainMusic/ (4,575 Likes)

(20 July 2018) Lori McKenna - The Tree (CN Records marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers)
11 Tracks/ Time: 35:21 Folk Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: July 20: #2 UK Singer-Songwriter iTunes Charts (#68 UK iTunes all-genre) | #1 US Singer-Songwriter iTunes Charts (#11 US iTunes all-genre) | Sat July 21: #6 UK Singer-Songwriter iTunes Charts (#142 UK iTunes all-genre)

(20 July 2018) Mason Ramsey - Famous EP (Big Loud Records/Atlantic Records)
6 Tracks/ Time: 17:21 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: July 20: #75 UK Country iTunes Charts, Weds July 25: #2 (#135) | July 20: #157 US Country iTunes Charts (#1228 US iTunes all-genre) | Weds July 25: #1 (#6 US all-genres)
The six-track EP includes his current single, "Famous," as well as his modern twists on Country classics by Hank Williams, Sr.
The six-track nod to country classics with a modern twist features his own tip-of-the-hat to his idol Hank Williams, Sr. with renditions of such hits as "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" and "I Saw The Light," plus brand new originals like "The Way I See It" and chart-rising lead single, "Famous." Penned by Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder (Chris Young, A Thousand Horses), Sarah Buxton (Chris Lane, Keith Urban), and Canaan Smith (Florida Georgia Line, Love & Theft), "Famous" - dubbed "The Song Of The Summer" by Refinery29 - rocketed to #1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart immediately upon release and has since sold 300K+ US copies.

(20 July 2018) Ranger Doug & Riders In the Sky - Songs of the Frontier (Rural Rhythm Records)
11 Tracks Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com - EPK >> YouTube
In the proud tradition of preserving historic classic roots music Rural Rhythm Records were pleased to announce the release of SONGS OF THE FRONTIER, the historic solo album from Ranger Doug. Guitarist Ranger Doug“ Governor of the Great State of Rhythm” and lead vocalist of the multi Grammy ® award winning Riders In The Sky who have for forty years been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, has been instrumental in reviving and revitalizing the classic roots genre.
Produced by Joey Miskulin, SONGS OF THE FRONTIER contains eleven traditional Americana roots classics performed by Ranger Doug with plenty of help from Riders In The Sky: Too Slim vocals and string bass; Woody Paul vocals and fiddle and Joey The Cowpolka King vocals and accordion.

(20 July 2018) The Tumbling Souls - Between the Truth and the Dream (2018 Wee Studio) UK
12 Tracks/Time: 42:21 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: July 20: #2 UK Country iTunes Charts (#171 UK iTunes all-genre), Tues July 23: #3 (#307 all-genres), Weds July 24: #14 (#844)
Brand new music that sounds old from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. A super group of local musicians playing cajun, country and folk infused songs.

(20 July 2018) Sarah Ross - Nervous Breakdown (EP; Average Joes Entertainment)
5 Tracks/Time: 15:31 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: July 20: #59 UK Country iTunes Charts
The EP opens with the title cut "Nervous Breakdown," where her voice is smooth as silk, where the listener can recall the early musical work of Sheryl Crow. The song was co-penned by such musicians as Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Trevor Rosen. It is followed by the rocking, spitfire tune "Headed For A Goodbye."
British singer-songwriter Danny Worsnop joins Ross on the sultry "All I Want to Know," which is one of the highlight songs on the EP. It closes with the acoustic "Love This Strong," where her vocals are reminiscent of Maren Morris, and it closes with on a liberating note with the empowering "Doin' just Fine."…Read more: Digital Journal.com

(20 July 2018) Valerie Ponzio - Timeless (Keynote Records)
5 Tracks/ Time: 15:23 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Lovely Latina Country Singer, The Voice Season 12 Contestant (2017 Team Blake >> "Ring of Fire" 4 judges chairs turned) . Went out in Battle Rounds (Episode 11; March 27, 2017 Enid Ortiz v Valerie Ponzio >> battle))
Valerie was a member of country band Val and the Southern Line (Facebook; Valerie Ponzio and boyfriend Mike Minjarez) from the little town of El Paso, TX. They released a 3-track EP/Single "Only Got Right Now" (DistroKid.com | Bandcamp) on 20 Oct 2015. Her voice was described as "like the marriage of Mariah Carey and Sheryl Crow, every note she sings seems to tell a story all it’s own"
On Jan 22, 2018 Valerie released a single "My America" (iTunes)
'The Voice' Alum Valerie Ponzio Releases Debut EP 'Timeless' - www.latina.com

(20 July 2018) Jeff Hodge - Better Than New (EP; 2018 P333 Music)
6 Tracks/Time: 20:57 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: July 20: #41 US Country iTunes Charts (#271 US iTunes all-genre)
Singer, songwriter and musician, Jeff Hodge, was born and raised in the Muscle Shoals area where he developed a deep appreciate for rootsy, R&B, southern rock and country music. Jeff now splits his time between his hometown of Decatur, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee where he enjoys writing country music and performing in writer’s rounds with good friends, co-writers and recording artists. https://www.facebook.com/jeffhodgemusic/ (1200 Likes)

(20 July 2018) WILKES - Wilkes (EP; 2018 High Flight Records)
5 Tracks/Time: 15:40 UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: July 20: #45 US Country iTunes Charts (#281 US iTunes all-genre)

(20 July 2018) Found Wild - Found Wild (EP; 2018 Memory Music)
6 Tracks/Time: 26:00 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: July 20: #156 US Country iTunes Charts (#1226 US iTunes all-genre)

(20 July 2018) 4NI - Loyalty (Thirteen Skulls Entertainment)
13 Tracks/ Time: 56:29 Country/ Rap & Hip-Hop UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Debut: July 20: #70 US Country iTunes Charts (#471 US iTunes all-genre)
The group was founded in 1996 and originated under the name CWB, or aka “crazy white boys”. The name came about due to the original founders grew up in, or around, the urban/ poverty-stricken lifestyle.

(20 July 2018) Lauren April - Lauren April (EP; Lauren April) UK
4 Tracks Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: July 20: #110 UK Country iTunes Charts, then #67, then #73, then #80 | Sat July 21: #73, then #37, #25 (#1189 all-genres), then #26 (#1256), then #29, then #23 (#1017), then #15 (#866), then #17, then #21, briefly #13 peak, then #15 (#780) , then #18 (#850) | Mon 23 July: #18, then #21, then #25, then #19 | Tues 24 July: #23 (#1227 all-genres) , then #58, then #72 | Weds July 25: #49, #59

Lauren is a Singer/ Song-Writer from Nottingham, UK.
Genre: Pop/Country/Rock Songwriter
Home Town: Nottingham
Debut airplay on BBC Introducing across Nottingham, Leicester and Derby on July 14.
Her EP Launch took place on Fri 20 July 2018 at The Maze, Nottingham (257 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FT) with support Kalli Ashton Tori Sheard 

(20 July 2018) Erin Enderlin - World Without Willie (feat. Tara Thompson) (Single; 2018 Erin Enderlin) Time: 4:00 Amazon UK - UK iTunes

(20 July 2018) RaeLynn - Tailgate (Single; Warner Music Nashville)
Time: 3:02 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: #52 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart

(20 July 2018) Liv Austen - Window Shopping (Single; NUA Entertainment!) UK 
Tagged Pop
Time: 2:58 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(21 July 2018) James Mullally - Longshot (EP; 2018 People of Paper) UK
5 Tracks/Time: 16:35 Genres: Country Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: July 210: #32 UK Country iTunes Charts (#1457 UK iTunes all-genre), then #36
Genre: Singer/Songwriter Music Artist / Producer | Home Town: London | Record Label: Un-Signed
Brought up on music ranging from Sting to Johnny Cash, James finds inspiration from many other artists, writers & producers for the diversity in lyrics, genres and how broad instrumentation can be from one song to another and this is something James has always really thought about when writing/composing his own music.

BLUEGRASS NEWS
(20 July 2018) Arden, NC — From a remote thicket of Stone County, Arkansas, to national festival stages, The Cleverlys have returned! Now the band has teamed up with Mountain Home Music Company to bring their first single in over two years, “Baby.” (Amazon). Well-known for a fun fusion of contemporary pop and traditional Bluegrass, The Cleverlys do not disappoint with their rendition of a tune made popular by one of the purveyors of classic American music, Justin Bieber.

NEWS
(21 July 2018) Lauren Alaina has announced her engagement to her longtime boyfriend, Alex Hopkins.
The pun-prone country singer turned to Instagram on Saturday (July 21) to share the joyous news, writing, "Being yours forever has a nice 'RING' to it. #HoppilyEverHopkins @_alex_hopkins WE ARE ENGAGED. EEEK."
She included emojis of a wedding ring and a heart. - Instagram.com

(23 July 2018) It's been a long wait for fans of the Pistol Annies, but new music from the trio is definitely getting closer. In a recent interview, trio member Angaleena Presley told The Boot that the Annies have finished recording their third studio album.
"We just finished our third record. Two weeks ago [as of July 23]," Presley explained. "So we don't really have a release date, per se, yet, but the record is there."

(23 July 2018) Chris Young Signs Global Publishing Deal with UMPG Nashville
RCA Nashville's Chris Young has signed a global publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Young's songwriting catalog includes his own back-to-back chart toppers "Losing Sleep," "Sober Saturday Night," "Think Of You," and "I'm Comin' Over," in addition to songs recorded by Kane Brown, Jackie Lee, and The Shires ("Tonight").

AWARDS
(17 July 2018) Save The Date: The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will be Feb. 10, 2019 and will air live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on CBS. Nominations in all 84 categories will be announced Dec. 5, honoring recordings released between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018
"We are delighted to host the world's premier music event back in our hometown and look forward to celebrating the remarkable musical contributions made by songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, and recording artists," said GRAMMY President/CEO Neil Portnow. "As always, GRAMMY season will kick off with a series of events that showcase various genres of music, educational programs, and our charitable initiatives. We look forward to working with our Los Angeles partners to produce some remarkable and unforgettable events." See a full schedule of GRAMMY events here.

(19 July 2018) Dustin Lynch, Ashley McBryde, Cam, More Slated To Perform During 'ACM Honors'
Dustin Lynch, Ashley McBryde, Cam, Deana Carter, Morgan Evans, Kassi Ashton, Old Crow Medicine Show, songwriters Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, and show hosts Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi have all been confirmed to perform during the Academy Of Country Music (ACM)'s "12TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS." Presenters will include Jordan Davis, Lindsay Ell, Lori Mckenna, and SIRIUSXM "THE HIGHWAY" personality Storme Warren. The show is slated for Wednesday, August 22nd at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with Alaina and Pardi handling hosting duties

TV
(17 July 2018) Big Loud's Chris Lane and Tori Kelly performed "Take Back Home Girl" on NBC's Today on Tuesday morning (17 July) Watch it back here.

BABY NEWS
(17 July 2018) Eric Paslay will be a father soon. The "She Don't Love You" singer reveals that his wife Natalie is pregnant with the couple's first child. Paslay made the announcement on Instagram with a photo of the pair kissing in a busking scene. He's holding a guitar above his open case in the distance. A sign reading "Need Diaper $" is in the foreground.

(20 July 2018) Congratulations to Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) Dir./A&R Project Management Tali Canterbury and her husband, WILL, who welcomed their first child (July 19). The Canterburys' baby girl, Lennon, made her debut late last night. "Words can't describe how in love we are with our precious Lennon," shared Canterbury via FACEBOOK. "She was born at 11:40p [CT] last night weighing 8lbs 3oz and 20 inches long. The miracle of childbirth is an incredible thing, and we are honored GOD chose us to be her mama."

(23 July 2018) After multiple miscarriages and a lot of heartbreak, Jana Kramer is finally getting to celebrate. Not only is she pregnant with her and hubby Mike Caussin’s second child, but they are also now rejoicing over the sex of the baby. Because ... it's a boy! - Instagram
The couple exclusively shared the amazing news with US Weekly. The baby boy will join big sister Jolie in the growing household.

MUSIC NEWS
(17 July 2018) The X Factor has unveiled a new-look judges' panel for the 2018 series. The husband-wife comb Robbie Williams and Ayda Field (film and TV actress) are joined by One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, as Simon Cowell also returns to complete the line-up. The four of them appeared at a press conference (July 17) alongside presenter Dermot O'Leary. Simon Cowell's partner Lauren Silverman is friends with Ayda Field
Louis Walsh confirmed last month that he was departing from the show after 13 years as judge, while Nicole Scherzinger is also not returning.

(19 July 2018) Love is the only way, there's Power in Love
A hectic week at the factory getting the Official Royal Wedding Album created and in to stores! Spotify

(22 July 2018) Edison Research always come through with interesting and usable research that helps our industry. Smart Speakers have replaced clock radios in the home.
With smart speaker ownership over 43M in the U.S. (18+), smart speakers have quickly expanded beyond first adopters. New smart speaker owners are emerging as a distinct audience in terms of user profile and behavior according to new research from The Smart Audio Report, which for the first time offers a preview into the realities of mainstream use and reveals opinions about brand activations and messaging within the voice assistant ecosystem.
"In homes that have had smart speakers for at least a year, they are now the number one device for consuming audio. This has profound ramifications for anyone in media and advertising. For millions of Americans, smart speakers are truly the new radio," says Tom Webster, Senior VP of Edison Research.

PRESS RELEASES
(17 July 2018) International Touring, Recording And Performing Artist, Re Mattei, Signs Exclusive Deal With Barfrog Music
International touring, recording and performing artist and Berklee College of Music graduate, Re Mattei, has signed an agreement with BarFrog Music for exclusive representation. The New Jersey native has toured globally entertaining crowds with her sultry, soulful voice and magnetic energy. Re Mattei is a Berklee music scholar, global entertainer and guitar aficionado. She launched her successful music career as the lead guitar player for the all-female, Top 40 band, Uptown Girls. https://www.facebook.com/ReMattei/ (800 Likes)

(17 July 2018) The Queen of Rockabilly is in Nashville with the Godmother of Punk, working toward a 2019 release of new music.
Known for her energetic stage shows and pioneering presence as a female artist, the one-and-only Wanda Jackson - popularly known as the Queen of Rockabilly and the First Lady of Rock & Roll - has returned to Nashville to work on new music.
Fellow female Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame member, Joan Jett, is producing the project. The as-yet-unnamed project is currently anticipated for a 2019 release. After decades of recording covers, Jackson hit the writing room for this project, co-writing with many hit Nashville songwriters including Angaleena Presley of the Pistol Annies. "Ex’s and Oh’s" singer Elle King also contributed a song to the project. Jackson is excited to go into the studio at the end of this month in Nashville to record vocals for the project with four-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell. Powell also assisted on Jackson's 2011 collaboration project with Jack White;The Party Ain’t Over, which peaked at #17 on Top Rock Albums, and #58 on the Billboard Hot 200.

(20 July 2018) Country music icon Tanya Tucker attracted the largest crowd in the history of the 24th Annual Norsk Countrytreff Festival in Norway during her recent performance in Europe. More than 17,600 festival goers attended the 3-day event in the city of Breim. 
"I really felt the love from the crowd singing along to every word! There's nothing like going overseas and seeing our international fans. Norway was breathtaking!" Tanya Tucker shared. 
"Norsk Countrytreff looked forward to the visit from country star Tanya Tucker at our festival. Their amazing band gave us an unforgettable evening in Breim. Tanya performed a concert with great energy and in such a way that stirred up many thousands of listeners. We also experienced an artist who spread joy and was easy to come into contact with during the visit, both for the organizer and the audience. 

Tanya Tucker is very popular in Norway among all age groups and she delivered to the fullest. She is a radiant ambassador for country music," shared Nils Sandal, Norsk Countrytreff festival organizer.
Tanya Tucker Canadian Tour Dates:
July 26 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede - Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada
July 27 River Cree Resort and Casino - Enoch, Alberta Canada
Aug. 18 Havelock Country Jamboree - Havelock, Ontario

(20 July 2018) Whiskey Myers Finds Musical Home On The Range With Kevin Costner Series “Yellowstone”
Whiskey Myers has tapped an enthusiastic audience on the Kevin Costner Paramount Network drama “Yellowstone.” With an on-camera appearance and three songs featured on the hit series so far, Whiskey Myers’ music is reaching a new, fervent audience that has propelled three of the band’s albums to the Top 10 of the iTunes Country Album Chart.
MUD topped the chart while FIREWATER followed at No. 2 and EARLY MORNING SHAKES reached No. 9. All three albums peaked in the Top 50 All-Genre with over 250,000 sales.
 “Getting asked to be on ‘Yellowstone’ was a cool opportunity and we are very honored to be a part of it since we are all big fans of Kevin (Costner) and Taylor (Sheridan),” said lead vocalist and guitarist Cody Cannon. “It’s really awesome to see people reacting to our music, taking a two-year-old album to the No. 1 spot on iTunes and five of our songs to the Top 200, with “Stone” even hitting the Top 10 for Country Songs. We are very thankful that people are digging it.”

BOOKS
(17 July 2018) Wheelhouse Records artist Granger Smith's alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., will release his first-ever book, "If You're City, If You're Country," on Tuesday, August 21st. The illustrated paperback is a collection of comedic anecdotes comparing and contrasting city life and country life as narrated through a cartoon Earl Dibbles Jr. The book will also come with a 5-song EP.
Shared Smith, "This book has been several years in the making, and I couldn't be more excited to finally put the idea into fruition. Writing these jokes as a creative outlet has been the product of so many late night, after show laughs with the band. Earl, in his entire existence, has been a walking caricature, and finally seeing him in all his glory come to life in illustrations seems so natural. Ultimately, I hope it makes people smile, and the thought of that makes me happy." Visit www.grangersmith.com for more information.

COUNTRY FASHION

(17 July 2018) Sizzlin' Summer Arrivals from Old Gringo Boots

These boots are made for walking! Old Gringo has some smokin' new boot styles for summer including these stunning turquoise Harper boots! - www.oldgringoboots.com

Handy Bags: Texture, fringe, and fuzz make for standout bags that will make all your friends jealous! (Espuela Design Co., Vintage Boho Bags, pintoranch.) Cowgirl Magazine
Mary Frances Hall Of Fame Guitar Handbag www.pintoranch.com

(17 July 2018) Taylor Swift was snapped leaving her apartment in New York City (July 17, 2018) wearing a Fausto Puglisi Custom Romper adding Saint Laurent Shoes | Sunglasses (Linda Farrow), Backpack (Kate Spade)

For her “Window Shopping” single cover art Liv Austen wore a JADED Badges High Neck Mesh Bikini Top (80% polyamide / 20% elastane £25.00 (Product; regular price £35.00) adding a wipe clean JADED Pink Patent Mini Skirt £20.00 (Product; regular price £40.00) with a front zip with ring puller and jaded taping. With an off the shoulder pose she co-ordinates with a JADED Rose Gold Rain Mac £35.00 (Product; regular price £50.00)







COUNTRY GOSSIP
(19 July 2018) Carly Pearce and Michael Ray have confirmed that they are dating.
The singers both turned to Instagram on Wednesday night (July 18) to share a picture of them snuggled up together on a sofa backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, laughing, making it clear they are a couple.
They apparently met at the Nashville Palace one night.
"And then one random night at the Nashville Palace changed everything," Carly Pearce writes to accompany the photo, adding a heart emoji.

The news comes on the heels of fan speculation that the two rising stars might be an item, since they've been flirting openly online recently
“When it comes time to talk about the dating life, it will come out,” he told assembled reporters (quote via One Country). “She’s a great girl and I think that she’s an incredible person. Right now everything on both ends are about both our singles and both our music, and it’ll come out. She’s great, I’m a big fan. I’ll leave it at that.”
If things don't work out for NRA's Artist of the Month (August 2017) Carly will be the "One That Got Away".
Carly may want to "Hide the Wine" as Ray was >> arrested at a McDonald's drive-thru on Dec. 20, on charges of DUI and drug possession. Ray released a Statement after his arrest: “I want to apologize to my fans, family, and my hometown community for placing myself in this situation,” said Michael. “I am so very sorry for the disappointment these events have caused everyone. I know it will take time, however, I will do everything I can to rebuild your trust.”
According to the police report, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler that Michael was driving bumped the car in front of him in the McDonald’s drive-thru around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 20 in Eustis, Fla. The “Kiss You in the Morning” singer failed several sobriety tests and refused a breathalyzer test. Cops also found marijuana oil in Michael’s pocket.

(21 July 2018) Taylor Swift’s love of all things British now extends to its native accent.
“The Look What You Made Me Do” hitmaker Taylor Swift began dating London-born actor Joe Alwyn in October 2016, just a few months after she had a highly publicised fling with The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston.
And according to editors at Heat magazine, the Reputation star has cultivated a love of all things British such as fish and chips, afternoon tea in the capital, and the English accent too.
“Taylor has always been an Anglophile, but lately it’s gone up a notch and she speaks in a British accent a lot of the time,” an insider told the publication. “She’s also begun drinking tea, watching football, and she’s obsessed with the royal family.”
The couple’s relationship has gone from strength to strength with the Bad Blood singer recently pictured strolling hand in hand on the beach with the 27-year-old Brit as they holidayed in the paradise isle Turks and Caicos.
Taylor, 28, and Joe looked relaxed, and she stared adoringly at her man amid reports that she and the film star, who will soon be seen in movie Mary Queen of Scots, are thinking of marriage.
“She’s down with buying a place in London and is even looking into dual citizenship,” added the source. “The word among friends is that it’s only a matter of time and they could even elope over the summer.”
The singer, who Forbes estimate is worth $280 million, has an extensive portfolio of real estate in the U.S. including apartments in New York, homes in Nashville, an oceanfront mansion in Rhode Island, and the historic Samuel Goldwyn estate in Beverly Hills.

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(20 July 2018) Day Tripper: Southern Halo's Hannah Morris, Natalia Morris and Christina Morris (L-R) with WAXX/Eau Claire, WI's Phil Tripper.


















The Adelaides (Paris Georgia, Alicia Alba, Abi Phillips) attended the Care After Combat Summer Ball (Sponsors Tables of 10 – £10,000 | VIP Tables of 10 – £5,000) at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel (86-90 Park Lane, W1K7TN London) on July 18th.

Paris Georgia (L) wore a Burgundy Deep V sequined evening fitted beaded bodice gown with a high slit, spaghetti strap with silk charmeuse skirt. Get the look
Alicia Alba (C) wore an attractive short halter neck dress with black piping and flower print detailing and sported a warm smokey eye and a red lippie Makeup (Megan Layland)
Abi Phillips (R Instagram) wore a strapless and sleeveless white bodycon mini dress with embroidered detailing on the bodice



BIRTHDAYS
Birthdays in the week ahead
July 23: Alison Krauss (1971), Tony Joe White (1943), Shannon Brown (1973), Briana Rae Bagwell (born in Las Cruces, New Mexico 1987), Marianne Dunkling (1987; Retreat, UK)
July 24: the late Max D Barnes (July 24, 1936; died January 11, 2004 (aged 67)), Pam Tillis (1957), Jerrod Niemann (1979)
July 25: Jason Roberts (Asleep At The Wheel) (1975), Marty Brown (1965) 
July 26: Al Anderson (1947)
July 27: Stacy Dean Campbell (1967), John Gorka (1958), Bobbie Gentry (1944) 
July 28: George Cummins (Dr Hook) (1938), the late Frank Yankovic (July 28, 1915; died Oct 14, 1998 (aged 83))
July 29: Martina McBride (1966), James Otto (1973)

R.I.P
(19 July 2018) Former Drummer For The Railers, Tyler Oban, Passes Away
Sympathies to Country group THE RAILERS, as they are mourning the passing of former band mate Tyler Oban. He was 34.
"TYLER was a brilliant, kind, thoughtful spirit and loved his family; deep conversations; helping others realize their potential; being out on the lake; and his hometown football team, the [INDIANAPOLIS] COLTS," shared The Railers via Facebook. 

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