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Country Round-Up: 6th October



Here’s your round-up of all the latest country news!


If you were one of the lucky ones who saw Phil Vassar perform at this year’s Buckle and Boots Festival you will recall that Phil sang a duet with Gary Quinn. Gary has been in Nashville over the last couple of weeks and has caught up with Phil again. If you tune into ‘Keep It Country’ on Sky you will be able to watch Phil Vassar’s ‘Songs From The Cellar’ show which airs every Friday at 7pm. This week (7th October) features Gary Quinn.


We are fast approaching that time of the year when C2C artists are unveiled. No doubt everyone will have their own wish lists but it may be significant that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have this week stated that they are embarking on a joint tour. Tim made an announcement from the Ryman Auditorium – “we are going back on the road on tour. We are going to go from side to side, south to north and around the globe.”

It would be convenient to link this with our major festival but it has subsequently been announced that the Soul2Soul World Tour will kick off in New Orleans on the 7th April. This is a little late for C2C but….

It’s worth pointing out that the “world tour” dates so far announced only include US and Canadian concerts.


Shania Twain is to be honoured with the Artist Of A Lifetime award at this year’s CMT Artists of the year event later this month. The show will feature Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. These are the artists that CMT state have dominated the last 12 months, ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, selling the most albums and also selling out arenas around the country.

Shania still holds the record for top selling female country artist of all time with sales of 75 million albums worldwide. Her ‘Come On Over’ album released in 1997 sold 15.65 million and is the highest selling album by a female artist covering all genres.


The recent ‘Forever Country’ music video seems to have been received favourably by the vast majority of country fans. It was released to celebrate the CMA awards golden anniversary. As a follow-up they have also now released a series of videos of award winning songs performed by various artists. These include Josh Turner, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Lee Ann Womack, Drake White, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi and many others. There are 45 artists who have contributed. They are featured at


Another artist who is planning a World Tour in 2017 is Dierks Bentley.  The “world” section of the tour currently only includes Canadian gigs but no doubt Dierks is another name that will be thrown into the C2C hat. It’s been a couple of years since he appeared at the 02 and he may be tempted to appear again.


It looks like the forthcoming CMA awards will be a ‘Black Tie’ event this year. The attendees have been asked to dress up “to the nines” to honour the heritage and tradition of Country Music’s biggest night. No cowboys hats this year.


It’s almost a case of “who isn’t releasing a Christmas album” and bearing in mind the fairly short period that anyone would want to listen to festive music it seems fairly obvious that this years glut will result in low sales.

We will be keeping a close check on the Christmas albums this year, in particular Kacey’s ‘A Very Kacey Christmas’. She seems to have taken this very seriously. She has written a selection of her own songs with Shane Mcanally and Josh Osborne, included Willie Nelson in the project and is going out on the road on tour in December to support it.

The track listing is as follows:

1 “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

2 “Let It Snow” (featuring the Quebe Sisters)

3   “Christmas Don’t Be Late”

4  “A Willie Nice Christmas” (featuring Willie Nelson and Trigger)

5  “Feliz Navidad”

6     “Christmas Makes Me Cry”

7     “Present Without A Bow” (featuring Leon Bridges)

8     “Mele Kalikimaka” (featuring the Quebe Sisters)

9     “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

10   “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

11   “Ribbons and Bows”

12   “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”


October 7th

Mo Pitney – ‘Behind This Guitar’

Brent Cobb – ‘Shine on Rainy Day’

Tucker Beathard – ‘Fight Like Hell’ EP

October 14th

Chris Young – ‘It Must Be Christmas’

Steve Earle – ‘Guitar Town’ (30th Anniversary)

October 21

Rascal Flatts – ‘Greatest Gift Of All’

Oak Ridge Boys – ‘Celebrate Christmas’

Amy Grant – ‘Tennessee Christmas’

October 28th

Kenny Chesney – ‘Cosmic Hallelujah’

Cole Swindell – ‘Down Home Sessions 3’ EP

Jennifer Nettles – ‘To Celebrate Christmas’

Thomas Rhett – ‘Tangled Up’ (Deluxe)

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