Sunday 29 October 2023

49 Winchester announce 13-Date UK/European Headline Tour for May 2024

                              UK/EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR FOR MAY 2024

Hot Off The Heels Of Opening For Luke Combs’ Arena Tour

 On Their Debut European Run

(49 Winchester at The O2 Arena in London, 20th October 2023 - Credit: Jordan Dziekan)

LONDON, UK. – (27th October, 2023) – Hot off the heels of opening for country superstar Luke Combs on his 14-date arena tour across the UK and Europe, 49 Winchester, who The Sun described as "true masters of their craft," have announced that they will be returning overseas in May 2024 for their first international headline tour.

With “the world at their feet” (Entertainment Focus), this tour will see the band returning to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, The United Kingdom and Ireland, playing at iconic venues including London’s KOKO.

Tickets and more information, full tour dates can be found below:


49 Winchester 2024 UK & European dates:
Tickets went on GENERAL sale Friday 27 October
May 16th - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
May 17th - Stockholm, Sweden - Kägelbanan
May 19th - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
May 20th - Hamburg, Germany - Bahnhof Pauli
May 21st - Cologne, Germany - Club Volta
May 23rd - Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Tolhuistuin
Sunday 26 May 2024 - Thekla, Bristol (The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB)
Monday 27 May 2024 – KOKO, London (1A Camden High Street London NW1 7JE)
Tueday 28 May 2024 - Manchester Club Academy (University Of Manchester Students Union, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR)
Thursday 30 May 2024 - The Garage, Glasgow (490 Sauchiehall St Glasgow G2 3LW)
Friday 31 May 2024 - The Limelight 1, Belfast (17, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HD, Northern Ireland) EVENT
Saturday 1 June 2024 - 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin, D2 (73 Dame Street, Dublin, D2 D02 K135, Ireland) EVENT

Released on Sept 29, 2023, give a listen to their two new recordings of fan favorites “Everlasting Lover” and “Chemistry

For the past year, 49 Winchester, with their infectious energy, incredible vocals and roaring guitars” (Hive Magazine), have been on the road in support of their critically acclaimed New West Records debut Fortune Favors the Bold. The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top New Artist Chart, #7 on the Billboard Current Country Chart, and #10 on the Billboard Folk Americana Chart as well. Met with overwhelming critical acclaim, Rolling Stone called them “Country Music’s Buzziest of Buzz Bands,” and also named the album one of the “25 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2022.”

Bandcamp named Fortune Favors the Bold one of the “Best Country Records of 2022,” as did No Depression, Holler, PopMatters, Whiskey Riff, WMOT, and more. The album has quickly generated over 80 million global streams and over 35 million global streams for the single “Russell County Line.” The band also received a nomination for “Best Duo or Group” at this year’s Americana Music Awards.

Last month, the band released two brand new recordings of fan favourites 'Everlasting Lover' and 'Chemistry' (listen here), as well as a new video for ‘Everlasting Lover’, directed by Thomas Crabtree (watch here).

Formed on Winchester Street in the small mountain town of Castlewood, Virginia (population: 2,045), 49 Winchester started as a group of neighbourhood teenage friends set on a calculated DIY path.

In 2014 they independently released their eponymous debut, followed by 2018’s The Wind, and 2020’s celebrated III.

Reflecting on his early days as a jack-of-all-trades stone mason, where it was about trying to make ends meet in an effort to keep the band rolling along, frontman Isaac Gibson can’t help but be grateful for a well-earned notion at the core of the band’s ethos — anything worthwhile in life is built brick-by-brick. “Everything has to be built. And very few people are going to achieve success overnight,” says Gibson. “We didn’t start out as a bunch of hot shot pickers out of Nashville. We started out on the ground floor — very basic songwriting and instrumentation. But we kept working at it, always progressing in what we wanted to do and how we wanted to sound — each song better than the previous one, the show this evening better than last night.”

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Jon Pardi releases debut Christmas Album and announces UK dates




Announces Updated Europe and UK Dates For His Mr. Saturday Night World Tour

The Multi-Platinum-Selling Star Became Part of the Opry Family And The First Californian Native Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Earlier This Week With A Surprise Appearance From Opry Member Garth Brooks
Pardi Headlines Opry Country Christmas (Nov 26), NYC Beacon Theatre Holiday Show (Dec 16)

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter/producer Jon Pardi today released his first-ever holiday album, Merry Christmas From Jon PardiProduced by the award-winning producing team—Pardi, Bart Butler and Ryan Gore--the 12-track project is available everywhere here.

This week, Pardi become the first-ever California native inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in an emotional moment including a surprise from Opry member Garth Brooks. Watch the milestone moment here.  

Pardi was first invited to join the Opry back in April during country music’s Stagecoach festival, where he was surprised on stage by his friend and Emmy Award-winning restauranteur Guy Fieri, and directed to a video on the big screen where Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson appeared with the official Opry ask to the country star. Click HERE to watch the invitation from April. 

Pardi’s Opry induction and performance will air as a Saturday night Opry Live on November 18 on the Opry’s television broadcast home, Circle Network, Circle All Access Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Opry show will be heard on and, SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, and the show’s flagship radio home, WSM Radio. 
Pardi will kick off the holiday season performing live at Nashville’s favourite holiday tradition, Opry Country Christmas, on November 26, as his first major activity as an Opry member. 

Tickets for Opry Country Christmas are on-sale now at

The celebration then continues with Pardi’s previously announced winter holiday show at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY, on December 16. Tickets are available now at
Today, Pardi also announced newly rescheduled tour dates and an additional show for his Mr. Saturday Night World Tour in Europe and the UK!

Starting in April, Pardi will kick off the UK/Europe dates in Belfast before heading to several cities including Glasgow, London, Stockholm, and Oslo before wrapping in Amsterdam. For a full list of tour dates, visit 

Rescheduled Mr. Saturday Night World Tour UK/ Europe Dates:
Support: Dillon Carmichael
Thursday 18 April 2024 - Ulster Hall, Belfast (2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH) ** SOLD OUT ** £27.50 EVENT
Saturday 20 April 2023 - O2 Institute Birmingham, Birmingham (78 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DY,) seetickets
Sunday 21 April 2023 - Manchester Academy, Manchester (Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR, Manchester, United Kingdom, M13 9PR) £32
Tuesday 23 April 2023 - O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow (121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow, G5 9NT) £33 Ticketmaster UK
Thursday 25 April 2024 - O2 Academy Bristol | Bristol (Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA) ON SALE £33 Ticketmaster UK | (very limited)
Friday 26 April 2024 - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT) Tickets currently unavailable Ticketmaster UK
Monday 29 April 2024 - Fabrik, Hamburg, GERMANY
Weds 1 May 2024 – Berns, Stockholm SWEDEN 
Thurs 2 May 2024 - Sentrum Scene, Oslo, NORWAY  
Sat 5 May 2024 – Melkweg, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS

Merry Christmas From Jon Pardi Track Listing:
1. Beer For Santa
2. 400 Horsepower Sleigh
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
5. Merry Christmas From The Keys
6. Please Come Home For Christmas
7. Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy
8. I’ve Been Bad, Santa (And Pillbox Patti)
9. Reindeer
10. Swing On Down To Texas
11. Winter Wonderland
12. A Long December
About Jon Pardi
Since first hitting the country landscape, ACM and CMA award-winning artist Jon Pardi has separated himself from the pack, carving a lane that was all his own by producing, writing, and singing songs he created from the melodies up, and earning praise for it. Pardi recently launched his headlining Mr. Saturday Night World Tour and earned his sixth career #1 hit on Country radio, 'Your Heart Or Mine', off of his ACM Album of the Year nominated project, Mr. Saturday Night. Featured by NPR, PasteBillboardThe Tennesseanand more, Pardi’s album Mr. Saturday Night proved Pardi has “blazed his own trail over the past decade” (Billboard), and his “refusal to chase sets Mr. Saturday Night apart” (Taste of Country), proving "he might be the most successful at combining the old-school sound with today’s need for hooks” (Nash News).

The album earned Pardi back-to-back Album of the Year nominations and reunited the producing team of Bart Butler, Ryan Gore and Pardi- the same team behind the boards of his critically acclaimed album, Heartache Medication - Pardi’s CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominated project. Heartache Medication debuted among the top albums on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and was named in 2019 Rolling Stone’s 'Best Album of the Year' and by the Los Angeles Times as one of the (Top 10) 'Best Albums of the Year'. Heartache Medication followed his breakthrough Platinum-selling album, California Sunrise, which featured the multi-platinum, chart-topping hits 'Dirt On My Boots', 'Head Over Boots', 'Heartache On The Dance Floor' and 'Night Shift'. 

Having “cut a path through modern country’s embrace of pop, hip-hop and EDM” (The New York Times), Pardi is a “hero in the making” (Variety), with “an emboldened work… a distilling of his sound into a more potent form that draws both vitality and assurance from his anything-but-sterile relationship to his tradition's modern era” (NPR). With his “state-of-the-art blend of traditional instrumentation and progressive grooves that point to country's future” (Rolling Stone), Pardi is “a leader among a growing number of artists bringing back fiddle, steel and twang” (People). “Even when he’s singing sad songs, he wants people to have a good time” (Associated Press). His “long-lasting mark on the genre” (MusicRow) and his impressive ability to carve out his own path creating “the kind of country music multiple generations came to know, and love can still wok on a mass scale” (Variety). Filled with fiddle, twang and steel guitar, Pardi continues to “apply new ideas to country’s old sounds” (Los Angeles Times) and “bring authenticity back into Country music” (People). 

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Lady A longs for “A Love Song,” , new track drops


GRAMMY® Award-Winning Trio will Wrap Acclaimed, Fan-Driven REQUEST LINE TOUR This Weekend

Nashville, TN - October 27, 2023 - Multi-Platinum trio Lady A today releases the melancholy new track, “A Love Song,” featuring center stage their classic emotive sound and harmonies.
Written by Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, Sam Ellis, and Allison Veltz Cruz and produced by Dann Huff, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley trade vocals over Dave Haywood’s piano-driven melody, while the song’s poignant lyrics find a couple at the crossroads of their relationship, yearning instead for a simpler, forever kind of love. Available to listen HERE, fans can also watch the song’s visualizer:

“Sad songs always seem to be the ones that move me deeply,” said Scott. "When we sat down to write this song we really decided to brave the deep of telling a story of a couple at the place in their relationship where they are realizing this might not be a forever love. It’s a heartbreaking story but one I think many will relate to.”

“A Love Song” comes on the heels of a new creative chapter for Lady A with the release of “Love You Back." Critics and fans have already praised the song as “exactly what their fans have been yearning for” (Country Now), available to stream HERE. Lady A will also wrap their acclaimed REQUEST LINE TOUR this weekend, dubbed a “long overdue celebration between the band and their fans” (American Songwriter), with support from friend Dave Barnes.

In addition to the conclusion of the REQUEST LINE TOUR and the release of their new music, Lady A recently reached another milestone as their chart-topping hit, “Champagne Night,” was recently certified platinum by the RIAA. Built around rich vocal harmony, vivid emotional writing and a smooth fusion of country, rock and pop, Lady A has long been a model of mainstream success. The group has become one of the 21st century’s premier vocal groups, blending deeply felt emotions with classic Country sounds. As a Country-radio staple, the trio has amassed record-breaking success ushering in 11 No. One hits with more than 18 million album units and 34 million tracks sold and nearly 5 billion digital streams.  Known for their 11X PLATINUM hit “Need You Now” which is the highest certified song by a Country group, they have earned ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including seven GRAMMY awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and a Tony Award nod. For a full list of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit

Country News snippets October 16 – October 22, 2023

Country News snippets October 16 – October 22, 2023

UK News, UK Chart News, Billboard Country Charts, Album & Single Releases, US & Canadian News, Music News, Press Releases, TV, Interviews, Articles & Videos, Fashion, Birthdays, RIP’s 

Country News – October 18, 2023 with Shannon McCombs
Jon Pardi talks about his new song with Luke Bryan. Cody Johnson talks about his dream concert. Plus, Michael Ray shares his love of the classics!

On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist Saturday 21 October 2023
B List
Kane Brown - I Can Feel It [B-B]
C List
Luke Combs - Doin' This [C-C-C]
BRELAND - Cowboy Don't removed from the “B” Playlist [B-B-B] 

Opposites attract We Got MARRIED! Two Ways Home got hitched! The songwriters: Isabella MaK (originally from Vienna, Austria) and Lewis Fowler (who grew up in

Gloucestershire, UK) tied the knot at a rodeo wedding (see their Instagram posts
here & here published Oct 13) . The likeable pair fuse catchy melodies with luscious harmonies and rocky guitars, often referring to their style as folk/rock with a country twist. In late 2021 and 2022 they were nominated for best band/duo at the British CMA and have spent time writing and recording new songs creating an ever-growing buzz for new releases in 2023.

They have a limited run of band shows coming up in the UK in November playing in London, Cheltenham & Wakefield. Check their website for full details. 


Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart (Week Ending 26 October 2023)
20 October 2023 - 26 October 2023

Ren Gill’s SICK BOI was the subject of a late and very effective social media campaign, which saw it glide to a victory margin of nearly 6,000, delivering the Welshman not just his first chart entry but also his first No.1.

Born in Bangor, usually resident in Brighton but based in Canada for medical treatment for much of the last year, and known mononymously as Ren, the 33-year-old has spoken movingly about the “turbulence of my physical and mental illness”, while observing that it has also been a source of “constant inspiration”. That inspiration is there for all to hear on his second album, Sick Boi, which debuts at No.1 on consumption of 18,653 units (6,226 CDs, 2,036 vinyl albums, 624 cassettes, 8,619 digital downloads and 1,148 sales-equivalent streams). 4,533 of those digital downloads – well over half – took place on Thursday, with a £4.99 digital version on Ren’s website offering an exclusive track and a trio of instrumentals unavailable elsewhere providing the main thrust.

TW LW WOC Artist Title ( Peak )
1 NE 1 Ren ~ Sick Boi
34 32 15 Taylor Swift ~ SPEAK NOW (Taylor's Version)
45 44 88 Taylor Swift ~ RED (Taylor's Version)
53 86 17 Luke Combs ~ GETTIN' OLD (Peak: 5, Weeks: 17)
92 100 26 Taylor Swift ~ FEARLESS (Taylor's Version)
95 NE 1 Luke Combs ~ THIS ONE'S FOR YOU (Peak: 95,Weeks: 1)

Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 26 October 2023)
20 October 2023 - 26 October 2023
TW LW WOC Artist Title ( Peak )
72 57 10 Oliver Anthony Music ~ Rich Men North Of Richmond (Peak: 23,Weeks: 10; 10 weeks - 24/08/2023 to 26/10/2023)
99 RE 28 Luke Combs ~ Fast Car *** (Peak: 30,Weeks: 28; 27 weeks 6/4/2023-5/10/2023; 1 week - 26/10/2023)

Official UK Country Album Top 20 Chart (Week Ending 26 October 2023)
20 October 2023 - 26 October 2023
Luke Combs with GETTING’ OLD moved 2-1 (30 weeks; #1 peak)
Taylor Swift with FEARLESS (Taylor’s Version) fell 1-2 (132 weeks; #1 peak)
Zach Bryan with ZACH BRYAN made a re-entry at No.3 (4 weeks; #3 peak)
Old Dominion with MEMORY LANE climbed 5-4 (2 weeks; #4 peak)
Darius Rucker with CAROLYN’S BOY dropped 3-5 (2 weeks; #3 peak)
Outside the Top 10
Willie Nelson with BLUEGRASS fell 12-16 (5 weeks; #4 peak)


(20 Oct 2023) Chris Lane - From Where I'm Sippin' (EP; Red Street Records/ Voyager Records) 
(20 Oct 2023) Chris Shiflett - Lost at Sea (Snakefarm Music Group) 
(20 Oct 2023) Colin Stough - Promiseland (EP; 19 Recordings/ BBR Music Group) 
(20 Oct 2023) Craig Morgan - Enlisted (EP; This Is Hit/ Broken Bow Records)
(20 Oct 2023) Luke Grimes - Pain Pills Or Pews (EP; Mercury Nashville Release/ UMG Recordings) 
(20 Oct 2023) Restless Road - Last Rodeo (Sony Music Entertainment) 
(13 Oct 2023) Riley Green - Ain't My Last Rodeo (Big Machine Label Group)
(20 Oct 2023) Lisa McHugh - Watch Me (Sharpe Music) UK/SCOT 14 songs, 46:04 Instagram


Zach Bryan’s self-titled former No. 1 rose 5-4 on the Billboard 200 with 73,000 equivalent album units earned (up 37%), owed to the album’s release on vinyl and CD on Oct. 13. Pure album sales comprised 24,000 (up 2.7%).

Morgan Wallen banks his 10th leader on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as “Thinkin’ Bout Me” (Mercury/Republic/Big Loud) lifted from No. 2 to No. 1 on the ranking dated Oct. 28. It logged 32.474 million audience impressions  (+1.642), 8113 plays (+ 439)

Jelly Roll’s “Save Me” (Bailee& Buddy/Broken Bow/BMG/Stoney Creek), with Lainey Wilson, hopped 12-10 on Country Airplay (18.1million, up 18%) adding his third top 10, following two straight No. 1s.

Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves “I Remember Everything” rebounded for its fourth frame atop the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart (dated Oct. 28) with 23.7 million official U.S. streams, 4,000 sales (Oct. 13-19) with a No.33 ranking on Billboard Country Airplay.

Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of October 28, 2023)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (5 non-consecutive weeks) ** Zach Bryan - Zach Bryan
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (4 weeks) ** “I Remember Everything” Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 “I Remember Everything” Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) ** “Thinkin' Bout Me” Morgan Wallen 32.474 million audience (+1.642 million gain) / 8,113 radio plays (+439)
** Airpower ** No.19 “Different 'Round Here” Riley Green featuring Luke Combs (First time top 20 with increases in both plays and audience)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience ** No.28 “Cowboys And Plowboys” Jon Pardi & Luke Bryan (+5.169 million gain)
Debut No.60 “I'm In Love” Hailey Whitters

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (4 weeks) ** “I Remember Everything” Zach Bryan Featuring Kacey Musgraves
** Airplay Gainer” No.8 “Save Me” Jelly Roll with Lainey Wilson
** Streaming Gainer ** No.25 “Different 'Round Here” Riley Green featuring Luke Combs
** Sales Gainer ** No.37 “Enchanted” (Taylor's Version) - Taylor Swift
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.34 “It Takes A Woman” Chris Stapleton 
Debut No.47 “Mind On You” George Birge
Debut No.49 “Rednecker” HARDY

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart
Monday 23 October 2023 (for the chart week October 17-23, 2023) according to Mediabase/ Country Aircheck.

Congratulations to Jason Aldean, Carson James, Lee Adams, Shelley Hargis, Scotty O’Brien and the Broken Bow promotion team on taking “Try That In A Small Town” to No. 1. This is Aldean’s 27th trip to the top, which puts him alone in ninth place on the list of all-time No.1s, breaking out of a tie with Don Williams. Try That In A Small Town"” (Macon Music/Broken Bow) moved 3-1 logging 9,129 radio spins (+890), 39.437 million audience impressions (+2.406 million) with 33540 Total Points from 151 tracking stations (151 ADDS) for the published chart dated October 23, 2023. Songwriters are Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher, Tully Kennedy and Kurt Allison.

HunterGirl Is Most Added With ‘Ain’t About You
Congratulations to WHEELHOUSE’s  HunterGirl, Ken Tucker and the crew for earning 44 MEDIABASE adds this week for “Ain’t About Youmaking it the most added at Country radio. This is the first CA/MB Add Board leader for the label since January 2020 and the first-ever debut act from the label to top the board.

(17 Oct 2023) Jana Kramer was hospitalized with a "bad bacterial infection" during her babymoon in Florida. The singer, who is pregnant with her third child, posted a series of photos from the hospital on Instagram on Sunday and revealed that she spent two days in a hospital in Florida to be treated for "a bad bacterial infection that got into the kidneys". In the lengthy caption, the One Tree Hill alum explained that she had been brushing off back pain for weeks but finally sought medical attention after the pain became too great on the trip. "When we landed I just couldn't handle the pain anymore and I started to feel even more sick so we went to the hospital," she wrote. "Long story short it was a bad bacterial infection that got into the kidneys. This resulted in a 2 day stay in hospital and antibiotics because I let it get passed where I should have."

(17 Oct 2023) Nashville, TN  On Sunday (Oct 15), the NFL experienced a sensational showcase of talent on the international stage, as BBR Music Group/BMG Nashville recording artists Brooke Eden and Jordan Harvey delivered stellar performances electrifying NFL fans in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and around the globe. Eden performed the USA National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner”, and Harvey performed the United Kingdom’s National Anthem, “God Save The King.” Watch HERE & HERE 

On Sale October 17, 2023:
In Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones, global superstar Dolly Parton shares, for the first time, the full story behind her lifelong passion for fashion, including how she developed her own distinctly Dolly style, which has defied convention and endeared her to fans around the world. According to Parton:

I am happy, proud, and excited to present my book Behind the Seams to the public. It is my hope that you will enjoy a look at my life in costume and hair and get to know some of the great people who have helped shape my life and my look. Enjoy!”

Featuring behind-the-scenes stories from Dolly Parton’s life and career, and the largest reveal of her private costume archive, this gorgeously photographed book spotlights her most iconic looks from the 1960s to now. The sky-high heels, famous wigs, bold makeup, eye-catching stage clothes—she shares them all. Along the way, Parton discusses memorable outfits from her past, from the clothes her mother would sew out of feed sacks (including her “Coat of Many Colors”) and the bold dresses and hairdos that shook up Nashville, to the bunny suit on the cover of Playboy, evening wear at Studio 54, costumes from her most famous film and TV roles, and the daring styles that continue to entertain and inspire today. 

Behind the Seams Available HERE

(17 Oct 2023) Maren Morris and Husband Ryan Hurd Split After 5 Years of Marriage
Maren Morris and husband Ryan Hurd have called it quits after five years of marriage, Us Weekly confirmed.
Morris, 33, filed for divorce on October 2, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the pair’s split in docs obtained by Us. Their date of separation matches the date of filing, and the twosome have a prenup in place.
Morris and Hurd, 36, met while cowriting the 2014 Tim McGraw hit “Last Turn Home,” sparking a friendship before their dynamic turned romantic. They officially began dating in 2015, with Hurd proposing two years later. The musicians tied the knot in Nashville in March 2018.

ICYMI: Maren Morris on Her Country Music Future: ‘I couldn’t do this circus anymore’ | Popcast (Deluxe) >> YOUTUBE (published 4 Oct 2023)

(19 Oct 2023) Jason Aldean has doubled down on defending his song Try That in a Small Town.During an appearance on the Coop's Rockin' Country Saturday Night podcast, the country singer continued to defend his 2023 track following criticism that its lyrics and music video promote gun violence and racism. "If you've got common sense, you can look at the video and see, I'm not saying anything that's not true," Jason argued. "In the video, I'm showing you what happened - I didn't do it, I didn't create it - it just happened, and I saw it, and I'm not cool with it."

(19 Oct 2023) ICYMI: Colbie Caillat talked about her solo debut country album, Along The Way, and performed "I’ll Be Here” on NBC's Today (10/9).

Tigirlily Gold made their national TV debut with "Shoot Tequila” on Today with Hoda & Jenna (10/16). 

Brooke Eden performed the "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Jordan Harvey performed "God Save The King" for NFL fans in London.

The Track45 siblings shared their mental health journeys and more with People

(19 Oct 2023) Let The Gold Man In: Following strong reaction to Toby Keith's performance of "Don't Let The Old Man In" on the Sept. 28 People's Choice Country Awards, Keith has partnered with BMLG Records for promotion of the song. Penned by Keith for Clint Eastwood's 2018 film The Mule, the single impacts radio Oct. 30.

(19 Oct 2023) ICYMI: Randy Houser is featured in Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon (out 10/20) alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro; trailer here

(20 Oct 2023) Showman Empire: Empire's Sophia Scott made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Scott was first introduced to the Opry by her grandmother who traveled from Colorado with her parents to be in the audience for this special moment. Stepping into the circle for the first time in snow-white, floor-length dress accentuated with feathers, she performed her single, “Lipstick on You,” a clever ballad that puts a twist on the classic breakup using makeup as a metaphor for dashed hopes.

(20 Oct 2023) Big Loud Records has signed singer-songwriter Maggie Rose. The signing comes as the multi-genre artist preps to release new music that aligns with the label’s mission to expand their roster with talent in alternative genres such as Americana, indie, folk, alt-country and more.


Billboard Americana/Folk Albums Top 5
Week of October 28, 2023
TW LW WOC Title Artist ( Peak )
1 1 8 Zach Bryan - Zach Bryan ( 1 )
2 2 19 Stick Season - Noah Kahan ( 1 )
3 3 74 American Heartbreak - Zach Bryan ( 1 )
4 NEW 1 The Rest (EP) - boygenius ( 4 )
5 5 4 Boys Of Faith (EP) - Zach Bryan ( 2 )


Shania Twain received pushback from country music because of her daring looks and music videos.
During an interview with the New York Post, the hitmaker opened up about not fitting in in the country music genre.
"I had a lot of pushback from the country-music genre," the Man! I Feel Like A Woman! singer told the outlet of the music videos for her biggest hits. "The visual elements were rejected entirely. They made country very nervous." Shania added, "I don't feel I ever had country-music cred."

Graham Nash has sold the rights to his songwriting collection to Irving Azoff's Iconic Artists Group for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes songs from the 81-year-old music legend's solo career and time in The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Azoff told Variety: “I am thrilled to welcome Graham Nash to the iconic family, which now represents the works of all three of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

(21 Oct 2023) Gwen Stefani got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and Blake Shelton gushed. On Thursday, the “Don’t Speak” singer celebrated the honor with Blake Shelton and her sons in tow. She wore a glimmering silver dress with stars adorning her sleeves as Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Interscope Records, entertainment executive Irving Azoff and Shelton all burst with pride welcoming Stefani to Hollywood Boulevard’s highest honor.


(18 Oct 2023)
RCA's Chris Young and Riser House/Columbia’s Mitchell Tenpenny celebrated their gold-certified No. 1, "At The End Of A Bar," with their Sony/Nashville family. 

(19 Oct 2023) Chart Of Gold: BMLGR's Riley Green celebrated the release of Ain’t My Last Rodeo and gold certifications for "When She Comes Home Tonight" and Different 'Round Here at Nashville's Walk of Fame Park.

(19 Oct 2023) Good Charlotte: Triple Tigers' Scotty McCreery celebrated his induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The country star is joined by fellow inductees Betty DavisLoudon Wainwright IIIGeorge Beverly SheaFetchin Bones and Bill Curtis.

(19 Oct 2023) Cross Sitch: Bad Realm/Atlantic/Warner/WMN’s Breland receives a plaque commemorating the gold certification of Cross Country

Kix Brooks will be honored with the 2023 Nashville Symphony Harmony Award during the 39th annual Symphony Ball on Dec. 9 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.Presented annually by the Nashville Symphony and selected by a dedicated committee, the Harmony Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community.

(22 Oct 2023) Brandon Lake was the big winner of the night at the 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville last week, taking home trophies for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the YearArtist, Worship Recorded Song of the Year and Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year.

New Artist of the Year went to Katy NicoleJason Crabb and Dylan Scott took home Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year honors for their song “Good Morning Mercy”.


(16 Oct 2023) Sam Hunt's 2024 Outskirts Tour opens Feb. 22 in Grand Rapids, MI and wraps April 13 in Charlottesville, VA. The 17-city trek includes a March 1 stop at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Support acts are Brett Young and Lily Rose. schedule  info here.

Alex Hall's Side Effects Of The Heart Tour will visit eight cities this fall, and includes a music education collaboration with the CMA Foundation

Nate Smith's World On Fire Tour hits 21 cities next year, beginning Jan. 4 in Athens, GA and concluding May 23 in Dewey Beach, DE. Support includes Dylan Schneider and Aidan Canfield

(16 Oct 2023) Brad Paisley is set to launch his tenth overseas tour in Europe in early 2024. Paisley’s “Son Of The Mountains World Tour 2024” will visit Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England, Ireland and more, and will also include five Country to Country concerts. Special guests will be announced at a later date. The tour is named after his upcoming album Son Of The Mountains, due out around the time of the tour’s launch.

UMGN Chair/CEO Cindy Mabe is among those being honored by the Save The Music Foundation's 25th anniversary celebration, Music Saves Los Angeles, Nov. 1 at NeueHouse Hollywood. Performers will include UMGN artists Brad Paisley and The War and Treaty.

(18 Oct 2023) ICYMI: Brian Kelley's Tribe Kelley is partnering with Mossy Oak on a collection featuring the brand's Greenleaf pattern.
Dolly Parton will perform for the Dallas Cowboys' annual Thanksgiving Day halftime show on CBS.

(18 Oct 2023) Tour Support: Warner/WMN's Blake Shelton will hit 17 cities on his Back To The Honky Tonk Tour in early 2024. The newly announced US dates kick off Feb. 22 in Hershey, PA and wrap Mar. 29 in Wichita, KS. Support acts include Dustin Lynch and Emily Ann Roberts. full schedule and ticket info here. 

(18 Oct 2023)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the heels of his 80th birthday, Grand Ole Opry member Gene Watson announced his 2024 All the Hits & More Tour. The All the Hits & More Tour follows Watson's Celebration Tour, which found him celebrating with fans across the country this year on 80 dates for his 80th birthday. Tour dates at Watson also recently recorded a special with 650 AM WSM's Jeff Hoag for his program "WSM at Night."

(19 Oct 2023) Tour Support: Dylan Marlowe's Dirt Road When I Die Tour kicks off Feb. 1 in Mobile, AL. 

(20 Oct 2023) Lainey Wilson will launch her North American “Country’s Cool Again Tour” on May 31 with a show at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. Jackson Dean, Ian Munsick and Zach Top will join as support on the 35+ date tour. full schedule and ticket info here.

(20 Oct 2023) Country Fest 2024 Announces Full Lineup: Country Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin has revealed the full lineup for the three-day festival set for June 27-29, 2024.

Along with previously announced headliners Eric Church, Keith Urban and Jake Owen, the country’s largest country music and camping event packed with five stages and over 40 acts will also include performances by Scotty McCreery, Ashley McBryde, Warren Zeiders, Conner Smith, Morgan Evans and many more.

Country Fest Schedule:
June 26 – Tailgate Party (exclusive to 3-day ticket holders): Sawyer Brown, Slamabama, Six to Midnight and more.
June 27: Jake Owen, Scotty McCreery, Hailey Whitters, Chayce Beckham, Lorrie Morgan, George Birge, Kassi Ashton, Dylan Schneider and more.
June 28: Keith Urban, Warren Zeiders, Cooper Alan, Deana Carter, Neon Union, Dalton Dover, Redferrin, Shaylen and more.
June 29: Eric Church, Ashley McBryde, Conner Smith, Morgan Evans, Shane Profitt, Dillon Carmichael, The Castellows, Logan Crosby and more.

(23 Oct 2023) Toby Keith will headline two shows at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas on Dec. 10 and 11. Keith has been making public appearances with hometown shows and his recent performance on the People’s Choice Country Awards, signaling his return to touring after an 18-month break to focus on his health. Toby Keith and BMLG Records are partnering to release his latest single “Don’t Let The Old Man In,” which will impact country radio on Oct. 30. Keith performed the touching ballad last month on the People’sChoice Country Awards while being honored with the Country Icon award.

(18 Oct 2023) NASHVILLE, TN Charismatic and dynamic vocal group Girls Next Door, well-known for their exquisite harmonies, recently released a stunning Christian Gospel single, “Livin’ in the Rain.” The vocal quartet were thrilled to premiere their new music video in support of that single on their official YouTube channel. Teeming with faith and spirituality, and overflowing with angelic harmonies. The group consists of original members Cindy Nixon Psanos, Diane Williams Austin, Tammy Stephens Smith, and Doris King Merritt. Stay current with Girls Next Door

(20 Oct 2023) After just two releases - the ‘Childish Games’ EP and this summer’s ‘24F’ - rising singer-songwriter Maya Lane continues to go from strength-to-strength as she shares her brand new single ‘Just A Girl’. Maya also announces that she will be supporting Far From Saints - consisting of Kelly Jones of Stereophonics with Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker from The Wind and The Wave, on tour this November. Listen HERE

Watch the official video:  

(20 Oct 2023) ICYMI: Riley Green performed "My Last Rodeo" on ABC's Good Morning America (10/20). 

(23 Oct 2023) Bryce Leatherwood, the winner of season 22 of NBC’s The Voice, has signed his first major record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville in alliance with Republic Records. Leatherwood’s first song “The Finger” will release this Friday, Oct. 27.
Born and raised in Woodstock, Georgia, Leatherwood’s passion for music was cultivated throughout his childhood. After moving to Statesboro to attend Georgia Southern University, Leatherwood played college venues and continued to grow his stage presence and his country music repertoire.

(19 Oct 2023) Crib Note: Artist and Apple Music Today's Country Radio and The Kelleigh Bannen Show host Kelleigh Bannen is expecting her first child, a daughter, with her husband of nearly 20 years,

Nashville, TN (October 20, 2023) - Award-winning, breakout country artist and songwriter Madeline Merlo captivates audiences with a sensational joint release via BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records featuring original track "Take a Broken Heart” coupled with Merlo’s stunning rendition of Keith Urban's iconic #1 song, "You'll Think of Me.” Produced by Zach Crowell, “Take A Broken Heart”  speaks to all the places you can go with your broken heart as you drive forward leaving your ex in the past. Listen HERE or on SPOTIFY

(20 Oct 2023) HIT or MISS? : Beloved icon, Dolly Parton, has released the latest track from her upcoming Rockstar album (out November 17th) - a powerful duet of "Wrecking Ball" with her fairy goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. The dynamic pair first performed the track on Miley's New Year’s Eve Party which aired live on NBC.  

"When I heard 'Wrecking Ball' I almost wept in my car. When it started into the chorus it hit me like a wrecking ball! I thought how great can a song be and how great can Miley Cyrus be? I thought, I have to have that song on my rock album and I have to have Miley sing it with me! I love it and I hope you do!" said Dolly. LISTEN: "Wrecking Ball (feat. Miley Cyrus)"

(20 Oct 2023) Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is releasing a pair of new Willie Nelson titles to celebrate the artist's 90th birthday year and his abiding contributions to American popular music and culture. Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Live At The Hollywood Bowl, produced by Blackbird Presents, will be released December 15 as a 2CD+Blu-Ray deluxe edition, a complete digital edition and as a 2xLP highlights. Willie Nelson Greatest Hits, a freshly compiled career-spanning collection will be released on November 3. Pre-Order HERE

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Oct 19, 2023) Outback Presents released the lineup for ‘A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis - 1 Night, 1 Place, 1 Time’ at Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena in Huntsville, Alabama on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 7 pm.
The once-in-a-lifetime event will include performances of Randy’s twenty-three global # 1 hits by hitmakers and some of Randy’s favorite rising stars including Randy Travis, Kane Brown, Aaron Lewis, Ben Haggard, Craig Campbell, Darryl Worley, David Nail, Dennis Quaid, Garrett Miles, Jacob Tolliver, James Dupre, Jamie O'neal, Jerrod Niemann, John Berry, Lorrie Morgan, Shane Owens, Shenandoah, T. Graham Brown, Taylor Hicks, Thompson Square, Tony Jackson, The Original Randy Travis Band and surprise guests. 


(22 Oct 2023) Song Suffragettes, Bush Hall, London live review (featuring British stars Simeon Hammond Dallas and Catherine McGrath alongside Brooke Eden and Harper Grace representing the USA)…
Overall Song Suffragettes delivered another successful night showing the depth of emerging female country talent on both sides of the pond. All four performers showcased the range of their own musical styles, as well as the sheer range of sounds and influences women in country are drawing on today, and the connection between them all on stage elevated that to make for a really engaging and entertaining evening. It’s clearly becoming established as a fixture in the UK country music calendar….Setlists/ Read More 4.1/2 STARS Laura Cooney EF Country.


(Nashville, TN - Oct 20, 2023) Country powerhouse singer and songwriter Tyra Madison has dropped her new music video for her emotionally charged single, “Hurts A Little Less.” The video made its exclusive premiere on CelebMix HERE and will soon be streaming on

In the video, Tyra is portrayed spending quality time with her close friends while being bombarded with messages from a former lover. Recognizing the destructive cycle this past partner has subjected her to, Tyra chooses to fully engage with her friends, opting to immerse herself in video games rather than dwell on the one who has consistently caused her heartache.

(20 Oct 2023) Out now on Rounder Records / Concord, “Fox Hunt offers an early glimpse into Sierra Ferrell forthcoming, unannounced follow-up to her debut album, 2021’s Long Time Coming.
Since the release of Long Time Coming, Sierra Ferrell won Emerging Artist of The Year at the 2022 Americana Honors & Awards, and was nominated for Artist of The Year last month. She sold out every one of her headline shows in 2023, in addition to playing festivals such as Bonnaroo, Newport Folk and Stagecoach, and has earned 50 million album streams on Spotify alone. While she has recently collaborated with Zach BryanDiplo and Margo Price, contributed to new records from The Black KeysRay LaMontagne and Shakey Graves, shared stages with Lana Del ReyThe Avett Brothers and Nathaniel Rateliff, and been covered by Kelly Clarkson, the themes of survival and train car imagery in the “Fox Hunt” video and lyrics harken back to her formative, nomadic roots.

Birthdays in the week ahead
October 23: Dwight Yoakam (1956), Vic Allen (UK)
October 25:Chely Wright (1970)
October 26 Charlie Landsborough (1941), Keith Urban (1967),)
October 27: Lee Greenwood (1942), Beccy Cole (1972)
October 28: Charlie Daniels (1936), Brad Paisley (1972), Roo Arcus (Australian country; 1972?)

Next snippets blog will be published on Oct 31, 2023  stay tuned. Thanks for reading.