Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Country Bites News snippets July 2, 2018 – July 8, 2018

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

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On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist for the week commencing Saturday 7 July 2018
A Playlist:
Carrie Underwood - Cry Pretty
Kylie Minogoe - Golden

How Country Are Ya?
NEW ON THE BLOCK: Testing the waters Hearts that Beat released their first ever released acoustic sample of their single 'Now Or Never' to be released in August 2018! They have joined forces and are being promoted by Country Music Social Media (Website - Facebook Ken Meakin & Rachel Sellick). Country music social media is dedicated to giving artists the best opportunity to build an interactive fanbase and obtain radio play worldwide.
The >> part teaser track is written, recorded, produced and performed by band 'Hearts That Beat'. They comprise brother and sister songwriting duo (Daniel & Bianca Taylor) who hail from the North West, UK.

They shared: Our genre is country pop in line with our influences such as Leanne Rimes, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, The Shires etc...  this teaser track is only piano, acoustic guitar backing and lead vocal version.  Bringing our original music to your ears via Social Media.

Genre: Country, Pop, Soft Rock
Band Members: Daniel & Bianca Taylor (brother & sister)
Brother and sister songwriters from the UK.

(6 July 2018) A few weeks ago Katy Hurt and her band took part in a competition for a chance to win a slot at the legendary Pilton Party Festival.
They were chosen as the Wild Card and were sent through to the finals which took place this past weekend to compete up against 7 acts from all over England, all varying genres and backgrounds!!
Katy Hurt with her band & Michael Eavis (C)
Katy was thrilled to announce that she won and alongside fellow winners "Some Villains" are going on to perform at Pilton Party 2018 on August 31st.
Pictured - The Band and I with the legendary Michael Eavis!!

In other news, Katy ecstatically announced that she has partnered with Legacy Sportswear and is now their new Legacy Ambassador!! (add KATYHURT10 to your cart for 10% off everything in store)

(Left) Photo Credit: Instagram Post 

Katy Hurt wearing iconic Legacy ZHU Leggings (Product; £44.99) and a Legacy Trucker Hat Sand (Product; £14.99, features a silver rear mesh back to help keep you cool and dry during workouts)

Katy shared: “So not only do I get to wear these amazingly comfy workout clothes, but you can too!! Head on over and check out Legacy's site and don't forget to!!

Katy Hurt is stirring up a storm in 2018, with a highly anticipated EP on the way, produced by renown musician Murray Pulver. 2017 saw Katy at over 100+ shows, impressing fans with the honest lyrical content of country and raucous vocals of southern rock. 

CONNECT with Katy Hurt:
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Katy Hurt: Wearing Stretch Retro Boho Hippie Style Bell Bottoms
(6 July 2018) announced that four of the five Listeners' Club Song Awards finalists will perform their song in the live final of the Award:
  • Johnny Chirnside will perform "Nashville"
  • The Mighty Stampede will perform "Let 'Em All Go"
  • Robyn Taylor will perform "In The Arms Of Love"
  • Wayne Jacobs will perform "Signs Of Love"
People attending the ceremony will be able to vote for their favourite of these or the other finalist, Lily Garland's "I'm Coming For You", a clip of which will be shown on the video screens during the night. These votes will help determined the winner of the Award.
The winners will be announced at The UK Country Music Awards at Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport on Saturday 1st September.

Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 12 July 2018)
6 July 2018 - 12 July 2018
The Singles Chart will be 66 in four months but instead of retiring, it takes on a new, more radical shape this week, with the incorporation of video streaming and an adjustment to audio stream conversion rates making it more fit for purpose.
Despite these radical changes – which value both audio and video streams on subscription services at 1/100th of a sale and on ad-funded services at 1/600th of a sale – there was no change at the top of the chart, with George Ezra’s Shotgun blasting us into the new era, just as it fired the final shots of the old era.
Shotgun’s consumption was up 41.51% week-on-week to 75,986 units (19,547 sales + 56,439 streaming points). With more physical sales (1,415 copies on 7-inch), more paid-for downloads (18,132) and more audio and video streams combined (8,090,633) than any other track, its continued reign is not even slightly contentious. It is, however, possible that at some point in the future a track will be top of physical and download rankings, with more audio streams and video streams than any other record and still not be No.1 overall, if most of its streaming is at a 1:600 conversion ratio and something else scores well on 1:100 conversion ratio.

Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart (Week Ending 12 July 2018)
6 July 2018 - 12 July 2018
Aiming for her/their fourth straight No.1 album, Florence + The Machine’s high hopes for High As Hope ended in stinging disappointment as Drake’s SCORPION hightailed it to the summit.
Drake’s fifth official studio album – and his first double – Scorpion contains 25 songs and almost 90 minutes of music, including the No.1 hits God’s Plan and Nice For What, the No.37 hit I’m Upset and a trio of new hits that debut in the Top Five of the singles chart this week.
Not released on CD until July 13, Scorpion racked up first week sales of 63,690 copies, including a massive 49,715 from sale-equivalent streams a total surpassed only by the 78,944 streaming sales registered by Ed Sheeran’s ÷ on debut 69 weeks ago.

Kylie Minogue with GOLDEN fell 66-73 (1,300 estimated units) in her 13th week.
With Graham Nash now touring Europe, a new anthology, OVER THE YEARS…, cherry-picks his best work with various combinations of Crosby Stills Nash & Young, solo highlights and adds unreleased demos and alternative versions. It debuted at No.27 with 2,694 sales of which 13 are from digital downloads – and even that is higher than it should be. Amazon charge £16.99 for the album on mp3, iTunes £17.99. However, the cost of the 2 CD set at Amazon is just £5.99, with instant AutoRip available, rendering mp3 purchase an expensive nonsense.

Our Country: Americana Act 2 a second set of autobiographical songs written and arranged by 74-year-old Kinks leader Ray Davies, based on his experience of America over 50 or more years made a debut at No.58 (1,685 sales).

Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 12 July 2018)
6 July 2018 - 12 July 2018

The Shires with ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE held at #1 (11 weeks; #1 peak)
Dan + Shay with Dan + Shay held at #2 (2 weeks; #2 peak)
Big Country with Why The Long Face made a debut at #3
Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR fell 3-4 (14 weeks; #1 peak)
Sugarland with BIGGER fell 4-5 (4 weeks; #2 peak)
Neko Case with HELL-ON fell 5-6 (5 weeks; #2 peak)
Luke Combs with THIS ONE'S FOR YOU TOO fell 6-7 (5 weeks; #5 peak)
Dierks Bentley with THE MOUNTAIN rose 9-8 (4 weeks; #3 peak)
Gretchen Peters with DANCING WITH THE BEAST rose 10-9 (7 weeks; #2 peak)
Outside the Top 10
John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS rose 12-10 (12 weeks; #2 peak)
Brothers Osborne with PORT SAINT JOE fell 8-11 (11 weeks; #2 peak)
Willie Nelson with LAST MAN STANDING fell 6-7 (9 weeks; #2 peak)
Brothers Osborne with PORT SAINT JOE rose 10-8 (10 weeks; #2 peak)

Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 12 July 2018)
6 July 2018 - 12 July 2018
1 NEW Our Country - Americana Act 2 Ray Davies [Tagged Rock]
2 2 God's Favourite Customer Father John Misty [Tagged Alternative]
3 NEW Gota Fria Beth Rowley [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
4 1 Blow Your Mind Wilko Johnson [Tagged Rock]
5 5 From The Fires Greta Van Fleet [Tagged Rock]
6 6 Ruins First Aid Kit [Tagged Alternative]
7 NEW You Never Were Much Of A Dancer Gwenifer Raymond [Tagged Singer/Songwriter Contemporary Folk]
8 NEW Uniform Distortion Jim James [Tagged Alternative]
9 4 The Blues Is Alive And Well Buddy Guy [Tagged Blues]
10 8 Be More Kind Frank Turner [Tagged Alternative]
Outside The Top 10
11 9 The Prodical Son Ry Cooder [Tagged Rock]
12 7 Tearing At The Seams Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night [Tagged Rock]
13 NEW All The Things That I Did And All The Milk Carton Kids [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
15 10 Nation Of Two Vance Joy [Tagged Alternative]
18 3 Passwords Dawes [Tagged Alternative]
20 NEW Oh God Maam Sons Of Bill [Tagged Southern Rock]


(2 July 2018) Backwards Creek - When I Grow Up (Single; Spinnup) UK
Time: 4:33 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Spotify
When I Grow Up (>> Official Video) By LR Animation (Website; LR Animation Studios Ltd, 86-90 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE)
Debut: #160 UK iTunes Country Singles Chart, then #22 (#1253 UK all-genres), then #19 (#1051 all-genres), then #22 (#1062), then #8 (#661; #651 UK iTunes all-genres), then #5 (#576 all-genres), then #4 (#489; #468) | Tues July 3: #4 (#419; #402 *; #328 all-genres) * 240 places behind John Denver's April 12, 1971 single "Country Roads, Take Me Home". then #6 (#578) | Weds July 4: #8 (#713 all-genres), then #10, then #14 (#738), then #18 (#944), then #32 | Thurs July 6: Off the top 200

Home Town: Guildford | Backwoods Creek is a five-piece Country Rock band from the UK’s deep south that brings a fresh, exciting take on the genre to a part of the world that had forgotten just how much it loves it!
Band Members: Jamie Wood (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Yannick Van Riet (Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar), Dean Parker (Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar), Jack Densley (Bass), Kamil Bartnik (Drums)
The track is dedicated to Jamie Wood's best friend Chris who sadly died to cancer just after the C2C 2018 festival. They were best friends since childhood.
Blurb: The band's journey started back in 2014 with lead vocalist Jamie and guitarist Yannick meeting and finding a joint love for everything country. This very quickly resulted in their debut EP, titled "Stories From The Dirt Roads", which was received with great response. 
On 12th Jan 2018 they released their Single "Keep off the Grass" which debuted at #2 on UK Country iTunes Chart behind Dan + Shay's "Tequila". -

(4 July 2018) Sam Bailey - Bleed Red (Single; 2018 906553 Records DK) UK
Debut: #1 UK iTunes Country Singles Chart (#146 all-genres), then #2 (#136) | Sun July 8: #99 UK iTunes Country Singles Chart
Growing up in Sidcup, South East London, 2013 U.K. X Factor winner Sam Bailey has always had a passion for singing. The keen vocalist had worked the cruise ships in her early twenties and as a session vocalist before moving to Leicester, U.K. to start a family and eventually become a prison officer.
Bailey's #1 debut album, The Power of Love, dropped in March 2014 (sold 72,644 copies on its debut; UK: 165,711 total sales at Jan 2016), and contained a selection of covers and newly written songs including the single "Skyscraper" (Debut sales 148,853 and the titular Jennifer Rush cover, and featured duets with Nicole Scherzinger and Bailey's idol Michael Bolton. The following year, Bailey announced that she had parted ways with Cowell's Syco label. 2016 saw her land the role of Mamma Morton in a U.K. tour of the musical Chicago, while also recording her sophomore release Sing My Heart Out (released on Bailey's own Tiger Drum label it debuted at No.33 with 2,118 sales).
"Bleed Red" written by Andrew Dorff & Tommy Lee James was originally recorded by Ronnie Dunn and released by Arista Nashville on January 31, 2011. The song was Dunn's first solo release after Brooks & Dunn disbanded in 2010.

(4 July 2018) Cam Spinks - Cam Spinks (EP; 2018 CSMusic) 
4 Tracks/Time: 16:23 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut: #177 US iTunes Country Singles Chart
Genre: Country/Rock | Home Town: Montevallo, Alabama

(5 July 2018) Ward Thomas - Lie Like Me (Single; pregrat track) UK
1 Tracks/Time: 2:55 Amazon UK - UK iTunes  
Debut:  #17 UK Country iTunes chart (#411 UK iTunes all-genres), then #3 (#229 all-genres) | July 6: #2 (#182 UK iTunes all-genres) then #1 (#146 UK iTunes all-genres) | July 8: #5 (#629 all-genres)
Ward Thomas drop new single “Lie Like Me” and announce release of new album RESTLESS MINDS out October 5th

(6 July 2018) Williamson Branch – Free (Pinecastle Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: 44:44 Country/ Folk Amazon UKUK iTunes

(6 July 2018) Dan Bettridge - Asking for Trouble (2018 Dan Bettridge) UK
16 Tracks/Time: 50:37 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: #2 UK iTunes Country Singles Chart (#254 UK iTunes all-genres)
Genre: Alternative, Soul, Indie | Home Town: Ogmore-by-Sea
Dan Bettridge is an artist whose output has defied rigid classification as soul, rock or country. Bettridge stands up with the kind of growl and swagger you’d expect from a singer songwriter twice his age.
His debut release, the stripped-back, Hunter’s Heart EP – was embraced by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and, rarely, by Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2, showing an immediate ability to engage listeners across the tastemaker and classic spectrum. Following multiple sessions at the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios and supporting the likes of Band of Horses on their UK tour in 2016, Dan released brand new singles Heavenly Father and Blame in 2017.

(6 July 2018) Tommy Townsend - Turn Back The Clock (Black Country Rock)
7 Tracks/Time: 23:28 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Home Town: Nashville TN. | Singer/Songwriter, Lead singer with Waymore's Outlaws

(6 July 2018) Charlotte Lily - Days We Lived Best (EP; 2018 Charlotte Lily) UK 
6 Tracks/Time: 19:20 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut: #37 UK iTunes Country Singles Chart (#1443 UK iTunes all-genres)
20-year old acoustic singer Charlotte Lily is fast becoming one of the North West's most promising songwriters, as featured on BBC Introducing.

(6 July 2018) Eric Ethridge - Eric Ethridge (2018 Eric Ethridge)
7 Tracks/Time: 22:51 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut: #45 US iTunes Country Singles Chart (#335 US iTunes all-genres)
Eric Ethridge started to gain serious momentum in 2015 after the release of a series of orchestra country-pop covers, one of which garnered him a mention in Rolling Stone Magazine.
In 2017, Eric teamed up with Juno award-winning producer/songwriter Brian Howes to produce his debut single, “Liquor’s Callin’ the Shots”, peaked at #30 on the Canadian Country Charts, a rare achievement for an independent artist's debut single.

(6 July 2018) Matt Williams - Back to Me (EP; 2018 Matt Williams) 
6 Tracks/Time: 20:11 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut: #59 US iTunes Country Singles Chart (#426 US iTunes all-genres)
Home Town: Geneva, AL
Matt Williams is an up and coming singer/songwriter from south Alabama who writes and sings about life and war.
 After high school he joined the Army. He was in the army from 2004-2012, deployed 3 times as an Infantry Noncommissioned Officer. He toured 2 times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan and lost many friends to the war and gained a family as well.

(6 July 2018) VIDALIA - Look at Us Now (2018 DSR/Legless Dog)
7 Tracks/Time: 28:01 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut: #76 US iTunes Country Singles Chart (#538 US iTunes all-genres)
Home Town: Vidalia, La & Baton Rouge, La
About: Vidalia has created a powerful new blend of music that is hard to define. It’s a fresh new sound that seems to have the ingredients of Outlaw Country, Texas Red Dirt, Americana, and Rock N Roll.

(6 July 2018) Best Kept Kiwi Secrets - Kiwi Country TV, Vol. 1
Released on 31 May 2018, the first volume of a compilation album featuring some of New Zealand's best country music talent launched.
The 20-track ‘Best Kept Kiwi Secrets’ is the brainchild of Kiwi Country TV showcases a range of local artists who continue to achieve success both at home, in Australia, and at an international level.
From distinguished country artists - Brendan Dugan, Jodi Vaughan and The Warratahs - to the current stars - Kaylee Bell, Jody Direen, and Liam Kennedy-Clark - it celebrates the very best that Kiwi country has to offer.
Kiwi Country TV spokesperson Aly Cook said New Zealand has a fantastic new generation of country artists who are very much ‘hidden talent’ in their own country. With few outlets for recorded country music on commercial television and radio, it is often hard for the New Zealand public to hear the new and exciting music available.
"The reach of country music, from any country for that matter, to the New Zealand general public is not great," she says. "However, there is a growing grassroots country music industry that is producing new music that tells our stories. These artists are gaining chart status as they are being played heavily on community and commercial radio alike in Australia, as well as worldwide."

Watch Jackie Bristow (now USA based) and her beautiful country ballad ‘Warrior Spirit’ (first released May 31, 2016 ).

The album release is sponsored by Key 2 Artist Promotions, with the support of Creative New Zealand, and is available on iTunes as a bundle and direct via ($20, CD + Album download)
All proceeds from the sale of the CD, after royalty payments to the artists, goes back to keeping Kiwi Country TV going.
Kiwi Country TV is an independent non-profit VOD Channel that features music videos, interviews and live performances from Kiwi Country Artists which also has it’s episodes playing in the UK and across Europe on the channel out on Freeview SKY and FREESAT.

(1 June 2018) Various artists: Best Kept Kiwi Secrets - Kiwi Country TV, Vol. 1 (Southbound Music) NZ
20 tracks/ Time: 1:12:15 Amazon UKUK iTunes - Spotify
Recommended for download: "Warrior Spirit" (Jackie Bristow ft Jason Kerrison; former lead singer of acclaimed Kiwi band "Opshop"), "Flowers in your Hair" (Matt Joe Gow ft Katya Harrop), "Flowers in your Hair" - "Getting Closer" (Kaylee Bell),  "Do You Ever" (Kayla Mahon), "Dirt Rich" (Jody Direen),

(8 July 2018) Award-winning Canadian Singer And Children's Author Tia McGraff Signs With MTS For New Album, Tour
Hailing from just south of Toronto, Ontario Canada, Tia McGraff is an internationally-renowned, award-winning Americana/singer-songwriter and children's author. Accompanying Tia on her musical journey is her life/musical partner, Tommy Parham. Described as a "Modern Day Johnny and June," the two met and married while both were living in Nashville, TN and have enjoyed an extensive career performing, songwriting and recording together for more than 12 years.
2015-2017 were especially stand-out years for Tia and Tommy, with sold out shows around the world (including the coveted, Bluebird Café, in Nashville, TN); international acclaim for their cd release, "Crazy Beautiful," and radio play on such notable shows as Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2 in the UK.

With the upcoming August 13, 2018 release of new album, STUBBORN IN MY BLOOD approaching, the first single, "Let 'em See Your Strong" (written with WSM Radio host, Devon O'Day) has already reached beyond all demographics and boundaries, having been adopted by "Me2" and women's empowerment groups around the world! New summertime single, a cover of the classic, "One Tin Soldier" is waiting in the wings for radio release.
Tia's voice sends chills down your spine and heartache to your soul...” — Michael Stover, President, MTS Management Group

(8 July 2018) Wedding Belle: Josh Abbott married fiancée Taylor Parnell Sunday (8 July) in Austin. Their one-year-old daughter Emery Farryn Abbott participated in the ceremony. See more at

(July 6, 2018) - Emerging Country artist, Pearl Clarkin, will be hosting a celebration for her first release to radio and digita lretailers at her home the Spaceship House on Pensacola Beach July 13, 5PM for local media and sponsors.

The song Fishin’ has been played on over 180 radio stations and the initial reports from Heart Songs Corporation, Clarkin’s digital and streaming distribution company look healthy. The buzz around Nashville is that Clarkin is being closely watched by the major labels for a future deal for both publishings and as an artist.
The Spaceship Party is being held to celebrate Clarkin’s 75 sponsors. “A music career takes financial backing and I never thought I’d have 75 sponsors but I do and many are in Pensacola. These are people who believe in me and want to help me reach my goals. They are from all over the country and some are even flying in from as far away as California for the party. I got the idea to invite the local media last week when I was a guest on the TY, Kelly and Chuck Cumulus Media radio show and they talked about what a cool event it was going to be and how if they had the budget they would go. I thought about how I have a huge hometown following but have never developed a much-needed relationship with the local media or radio. I certainly am going to need help from these folks and a long term relationship with them in my future career.” 

(9 July 2018) – Rising country singer-songwriter Kendall Gary has released a new single, “Barefoot Country Mile.” The Country Note premiered an exclusive “first listen” of the track Friday, July 6. The single is available for download on Amazon UK, iTunes, or streaming on Spotify.
“I knew I had to, and really wanted to, write a song about being from the South,” said Kendall. “I’m a native Texan and of course proud to be from such a great state. This fun, upbeat song sums that up. It has some southern clichés, but I think that’s what makes the song so catchy and enjoyable.”
 Janeen Megloranzo from The Country Note said, “Gary’s vocals, reminiscent of vintage Taylor Swift, are showcased in the up-tempo single about the values she was taught while growing up in the south, such as being grateful, appreciating hard work, and lending a helping hand.”

(6 July 2018) “Fine By Me” - >> Official Lyric Video by The Heels (Published June 22, 2018 140 views)
The Heels are an award-winning female country music trio based in Vancouver, Canada. Bobbi Smith, Brittni Dominelli and Kyla Rawlins' music features three-part harmonies, sassy lyrics, unforgettable melodies – and outstanding heels. Their 10-track album Love, Heels dropped May 25, 2018 (UK iTunes) Read More at

(4 July 2018) Lisa Moen - Country Girls Rock And Roll (>> Official Music Video) Written by Canadian Lisa Moen and Garth Howell.  Releasing worldwide on July 9, 2018 (iTunes).  Song recorded, Produced/ Video filmed and directed by Nolita Studios.

(1 July 2018) The Shires attended the 2018 Sky Arts Awards at The Savoy, London
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards were hosted by Melvyn Bragg and continue their legacy as the world’s only awards celebrating the complete range of the arts. The awards were televised on Sky Arts on Wednesday 4 July at 8pm.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2018 Winners

Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes were >> interviewed on the red carpet. 
The duo performed ‘Stay the Night’ at the piano.

Crissie Rhodes wore a formal evening black sleeveless floor length chiffon dress featuring tiered and ruffed detailing with a deep plunging V neck, high waistline and centre fastening, spaghetti straps and side slits to show off her bronzed arms and toned legs. She added red pointy heels, beads and drop earrings and wore her hair down with cascading flowing golden locks |  Hair & Makeup (Celebrity Makeup Artist Gemma Aldous Slee (Website) | Hair (Barnets Website) | Styling (Frank Strachan)
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(Instagram Photo June 30, 2018 - Source: Getty Images Europe)

(6 July 2018) Serape, Storms, And Wide Open Spaces via COWGIRL magazine

Boho Style: Lovely contemporary UK country singer Jeannine Barry sported a lovely fresh cool summer look wearing a pocketed floral Kimono Romper (The Boho Boutique), adding a Necklace (Boho Chic Treasures) | Makeup (Mac Cosmetics)

Credit Instagram Photo Isobel Scarlette Photography

(6 July 2018)
Taylor Swift took a much-needed break from her Reputation Stadium Tour with her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn, over the 4th of July holiday in Turks and Caicos.
The pop superstar and her boyfriend, who revealed their relationship last May after dating in secret for several months, were photographed splashing around in the water and doing some snorkeling.

This marks the second year in a row of Swift not throwing her famous Independence Day party, though she didn't seem to mind; Swift looked carefree and patriotic in a retro striped bikini.
Taylor Swift’s friends reportedly want her to marry boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
The Look What You Made Me Do hitmaker began dating the British actor in October 2016, just a few months after she had a highly publicized fling with Tom Hiddleston.
Though her current relationship has been conducted mostly outside of the public eye, a source close to Taylor has now claimed that the star is gearing up to make a big announcement.
“Everyone in Taylor’s camp is buzzing with excitement right now about her and Joe, after Taylor told them they have some news,” the insider explained to Britain’s Reveal magazine. “She’s planning a huge family get-together for when her tour comes to a close. It will be held at her home in Nashville later this year, and rumours are flying around that this could be an engagement party, or even a surprise wedding.”
“His (Joe’s) family think she’s absolutely wonderful and would be over the moon if they got married,” the source insisted. “Similarly, Taylor’s parents think Joe is a true English gentleman, and miles better than the other men she’s brought home.

Birthdays in the week ahead
July 9: Jesse McReynolds (Jim & Jesse) (1929), David Ball (1953), the late Lee Hazlewood (July 9, 1929; Aug 4, 2007 (aged 78))
July 10: Arlo Guthrie (1947), Cheryl Wheeler (1951), Bela Fleck (1958), Ken Mellons (1965), Gary Le Vox (Rascal Flatts) (1970) 
July 11: Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (1947), Kathleen Edwards (1979) 
12 Jimmy LaFave (1955), Julie Miller (1956), Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) (1983) 
13 Louise Mandrell (1954), Victoria Shaw (1962), Roger McGuinn (Byrds) (1942), Brent Mason (1959), Neil Thrasher (Thrasher Shiver) (1965), Rhonda Vincent (1962)
14 Del Reeves (July 14, 1933; died Jan 1, 2007 (aged 74), the late Woody Guthrie (July 14, 1912; died Oct 3, 1967 (aged 55)), Leslie Satcher (1962), Jamey Johnson (1975) 
15 Linda Ronstadt (1946), Mac McAnally (1959)  

(3 July 2018) Eric Church's Brother, Brandon, Has Passed Away
Condolences to EMI NASHVILLE's Eric Church and family following the passing of Church's brother, Brandon, on FRIDAY, JUNE 29th. Longtime Church fans will note that BRANDON E. CHURCH is credited as a co-writer on multiple CHURCH albums, was given production credits on numerous tracks, and frequently performed alongside Church during the early years of his career.

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