Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Country Bites News snippets May 7, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Country Bites News snippets May 7, 2018 – May 13, 2018

UK & Irish News, UK Chart News, Album & Single Releases, TV, Music News, Press Releases, Interviews, Gossip, Birthdays.

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On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist for the week commencing Saturday 12 May 2018
A Playlist:
Cam - Diane
B Playlist:
Taylor Swift - Delicate added to the "B" Playlist
The Shires - Sleepwalk added to the "B" Playlist
Catherine McGrath - Wild


Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 17 May 2018)
11 May 2018 - 17 May 2018
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss enjoyed an easy fourth straight week atop the singles chart, and has resumed growth, with consumption up 3.23% week-on-week to 71,997 sales, including 54,086 from sales-equivalent streams.

Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey with "The Middle" rose 13-12 (22K overall units)
"Meant To Be" by Bebe Rexha Ft Florida Georgia Line fell 12-15 (21K units)

Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart (Week Ending 17 May 2018)
11 May 2018 - 17 May 2018
Three times The Motion Picture Soundtrack of The Greatest Showman had dipped to No.2, and three times it has immediately recaptured its throne. No.1 for the 15th time in 18 weeks, its latest encore is attended by consumption of 28,180 copies (including 10,126 sales-equivalent streams + 18,054 pure sales), the third lowest tally of its reign.

Kylie Minogue with GOLDEN fell 10-13 (4,415 units) in her 5th week.
The Shires with ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE fell 14-32 (2,700 sales; down 43%; 3-week total 22,100; chart run 3-14-32). By comparison their last album MY UNIVERSE after 3 frames was at No.14 with a 3-week total of 27,200 Chart Run: 3-7-14.
Willie Nelson with GOD’S PROBLEM CHILD fell off the top after the previous week debut at No.64.

Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 17 May 2018)
11 May 2018 - 17 May 2018

The Shires with ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE held at #1 (3 weeks; #1 peak)
Willie Nelson with LAST MAN STANDING rose 3-2 (2 weeks; #2 peak)
Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR fell rose 5-3 (6 weeks; #1 peak)
Brothers Osborne with PORT SAINT JOE fell 2-4 (3 weeks; #2 peak)
The Wandering Hearts with WILD SILENCE rose 6-5 (13 weeks; #1 peak)
Neil Young/ Promise Of The Real with PARADOX - OST fell 4-6 (4 weeks; #4 peak)
Keith Urban with GRAFFITI U climbed 9-7 (2 weeks; #7 peak)
John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS fell 7-8 (4 weeks; #2 peak)
Mary Chapin Carpenter with SOMETIMES JUST THE SKY rose 11-9 (6 weeks; #2 peak)
Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN held at #10 (4 weeks; #4 peak)
Outside the Top 10
Old Crow Medicine Show with VOLUNTEER fell 8-11 (3 weeks; #7 peak)
Chris Stapleton with FROM A ROOM - VOL 2 rose 13-12 (23 weeks; #1 peak)

Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 17 May 2018)
11 May 2018 - 17 May 2018
1 NEW Be More Kind Frank Turner [Tagged Alternative]
2 1 Last Man Standing Willie Nelson [Country]
3 3 Ruins First Aid Kit [Tagged Alternative]
4 5 Songbook Frank Turner [Tagged Alternative]
5 2 Isaac Gracie Isaac Gracie [Tagged Alternative]
6 7 From The Fires Greta Van Fleet [Tagged Rock]
7 9 Nation of Two Vance Joy [Tagged Alternative]
8 8 Find A Light Blackberry Smoke [Tagged Rock Southern Rock]
9 13 A/B Kaleo [Tagged Alternative]
10 16 A Deeper Understanding War On Drugs
Outside The Top 10
11 NEW Free Yourself Up Lake Street Dive [Tagged Alternative]
12 4 Wild Silence Wandering Hearts [Tagged Alternative]

UK Country iTunes Chart Sunday May 13, 2018 17:00
1. The Shires - Accidently On Purpose (#30 overall UK Albums chart)
2. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour (#207 overall UK Albums chart)
3. Andy Brown - Country Sessions, Vol.2 (EP) (#214 overall UK Albums chart)
4. The Shires - My Universe (#227 overall UK Albums chart)
5. Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe (#271 overall UK Albums chart)
6. Various Artists - The Country Album (#290 overall UK Albums chart)
7. Cam - Untamed (#367 overall UK Albums chart)
8. Keith Urban - Graffiti U (#373 overall UK Albums chart)
9. Lady Antebellum - Need You Know (#408 overall UK Albums chart)
10. Chris Stapleton - Traveller (#416 overall UK Albums chart)
Outside the Top 10
11. Luke Combs - This One's For You (#578 overall UK Albums chart)
16. Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon (#797 overall UK Albums chart)

UK Country iTunes Chart Sunday May 13, 2018 17:00
1. Cam - Diane (#106 overall UK Singles chart)
2. Paul Kelly - Cut the Grass (#254 overall UK Singles chart)
3. Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (#356 overall UK Singles chart)
4. Carrie Underwood - Cry Pretty (#404 overall UK Singles chart)
5. The Shires - Guilty (#424 overall UK Singles chart)
6. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers - Islands In The Stream (#474 overall UK Singles chart)
7. Nathan Carter - Give It To Me (#493 overall UK Singles chart)
8. John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads (#508 overall UK Singles chart)
9. Catherine McGrath - Wild (#608 overall UK Singles chart)
10. Taylor Swift - Love Story (#622 overall UK Singles chart)
Outside the Top 10
12. Mason Ramsey - Famous (#783 overall UK Singles chart)


(11 May 2018) Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon (Low Country Sound/Elektra Records)
11 Tracks/ Time: 40:00 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut May 11: #10 UK iTunes Country Albums (#600 UK iTunes all-genre) | #1 US Country Singles (#10 all-genre)
Following his 2016 major label debut, Shine On Rainy Day, Cobb’s third studio album was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A and produced by his cousin, Dave Cobb. It features 11 songs, including “Come
Home Soon,” “Mornin’s Gonna Come,” “King of Alabama” and “Ain’t A Road Too Long.”

(11 May 2018) Adam Sanders - Adam Sanders (EP; Big Yellow Dog Music/RLM Nashville) 6 Tracks/ Time: 21:24 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut May 11: #3 US iTunes Country Albums (#23 US all-genre)
Home Town: Lake City, FL
Adam landed his first publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music and has had songs recorded by super stars such as Luke Bryan, whose album Crash My Party (featuring Sanders' "Out Like That") had the third highest debut of any record in 2013. Additionally, Adam just got two more songs recorded by friend, collaborator, and rising star, Cole Swindell, and has several other artists asking for more from him. His cut titled “Sounds of Summer” featured on Dierks Bently’s seventh studio album, Riser. Adam continues to write songs, while working on fulfilling his next goal of becoming a household name in country music.
Adam Sanders gearedg up for his debut single release, “Nothin’ To Do But Drink”, which premiered on SiriusXM’s The Highway in June 2014.

(11 May 2018) Jamie Lee Thurston - The Window (2018 T4E)
13 Tracks/ Time: 51:39 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut May 11: #17 US iTunes Country Albums (#120 US all-genre)
The single ‘Givin' Up Breathin' promoted on the Hotdisc Edition #231 March 2018 reached #7 on the Hotdisc Top 40 (Chart dated April 8, 2018)

(11 May 2018) Ashley Campbell - The Lonely One (Whistle Stop Records)
Debut May 11: #80 US iTunes Country Albums, May 12: #37 US Country Albums (#323 US all-genre), then #65 (#550)
Recorded at Cal’s Agoura Borealis studios in Los Angeles, the debut album features 13 songs all co-written by the daughter of the late Glen Campbell. She also co-produced the project with her brother Cal Campbell and wrote the track “Looks Like Time” with her brother Shannon Campbell, who contributes vocals and guitar

(11 May 2018) Justin Adams - Horizon (2018 Justin Adams)
8 Tracks/ Time: 28:43 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut May 11: #14 US iTunes Country Albums (#107 US all-genre)
Adams’ eight-song sophomore album follows the release of his 2013 self-titled EP and his recent first major cut as a songwriter with Granger Smith’s “You’re In It.” The lead single “How It Rolls” was written by Eric Arjes and Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi, and the album was produced by guitarist Derek Wells.

(11 May 2018) Highland Travelers - Highland Travelers (2018 Mountain Fever Music) |
11 Tracks/ Time: 30:50 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut May 11: #49 US iTunes Country Albums (#428 US all-genre)
Members of two very popular bands in bluegrass, The Boxcars and Ramblers Choice (Junior Sisk's sidemen) have joined to create a new ensemble into one mecca of musicians to form the Highland Travelers. With Adam Steffey (mandolin), Keith Garrett (guitar), Jason Davis (banjo), Kameron Keller (bass), and Gary Hultman (dobro), the Highland Travelers, who state they like to "stay true to our traditional grass roots while creating new, original songs, as well as putting our stamp on our classic favorites," will no doubt set their chosen genre on its proverbial ear.

(11 May 2018) The Baker Brothers - The Baker Brothers (EP; 2018 Lamon Records)
5 Tracks/ Time: Contemporary Country Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut May 11: #122 US iTunes Country Albums (#937 US all-genre)
The Baker Brothers are an up and coming country music duo from Grand Rapids, MI featuring brothers Jordan and Seth Baker. Although they are fresh on the scene with their first official EP being released in May, The Baker Brothers are no strangers to the stage. With their parents actively involved in several Southern Gospel groups, Jordan and Seth began traveling and performing before they were even 10 years old. | (390 Likes)

(11 May 2018) Hayley Jensen - Turning up the Dial (2018 Hayley Jensen Social Family Records) AUS  8 Tracks/ Time: 29:31 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut May 11: #30 UK iTunes Country Albums (#1023 UK iTunes all-genre)

(11 May 2018) Jessica Mitchell - Heart Of Glass (RGK Entertainment Group Inc.) CAN
11 Tracks/ Time: 43:28 Amazon UK - UK iTunes | BLOG

(11 May 2018) Andy Brown - Country Sessions, Vol. 2 (EP) UK
4 Tracks/ Time: 12:38 Country Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut May 11: #10 UK iTunes Country Albums (#413, then #319 UK iTunes all-genre), then #1 UK Country Albums (#53 all-genre)

(7 May 2018) New Music Beverley Mahood "How Bout That"
The story behind the song.  From Beverley ... on the song: I am on the outside looking in ... looking in on my ex's new life. So what did I learn? Never believe someone who says they will never get over you. They always get over you! So there I am, seemly a strong confident woman, who becomes a little unravelled by the discovery of my ex's new girl. "How Bout That"?
I have done this song in my shows for quite a while. People always asked what album it was on. Now it will be on "Roots", my upcoming album. I'm finally recording it we just recreated the "live" setting in the studio. Full band off the floor, Fun, real ... Loved it!

(9 May 2018) NEW MUSIC Lauren Mayell "SAY IT"
Lauren Mayell is releasing her next single "Say It" (>> Teaser Video) from her upcoming album. "SAY IT" is a mid-tempo, fun summer song that should fill the airwaves from St John's to Victoria. This release will also be accompanied by a feature music video. "SAY IT" is Lauren's 5 release to Canadian Radio.

Lauren recently completed a 7 show tour of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan which covered over 5,000 road kms. This tour will be followed by a busy summer festival season along with continued songwriting in Nashville and Canada for the remainder of 2018. More tour dates for Eastern Canada will be announced soon. Details are available at
Lauren's 2017 included a nomination for ACMA Female Artist of The Year and Music Video of the year; winning Ranchman's Rising Star in Calgary; opening for many award winning Canadian and American artists; and sharing the Country Thunder Music Festival main stage with The Road Hammers, Terri Clark, Randy Houser and Thomas Rhett.
 Recent Performances have included opening for Brett Kissel, Gord Bamford, The Washboard Union, The Road Hammers, Meghan Patrick, and Kane Brown on his Western Canada tour.

(7 May 2018) busbee Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Warner/Chappell Music
Songwriter/producer BUSBEE signed a worldwide publishing agreement with WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC after leaving his previous publishing home at BMG. BUSBEE is known for his collaborations across genres, including teaming with Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Maren Morris in addition to Shakira, Usher, Timbaland, P!Nk, Kelly Clarkson, and more.
BUSBEE received the BMI Song Of The Year award in 2017 for co-writing "H.O.L.Y.," which BMLG RECORDS duo Florida Georgia Line took to the top of the charts. Busbee has also produced and contributed to songs on albums from emerging Country artists Lauren Alaina and Carly Pearce in addition to his award-winning and nominated work for other artists.

(9 May 2018) Columbia Nashville's Maren Morris was tapped to perform for a songwriter round at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville on Thursday, May 17th. Joining Morris is Ryan Hurd, Jimmy Robbins, and Laura Veltz. Proceeds will be donated to The Heroes Fund, Morris' charity that benefits fine arts programs and music education in public schools. The performance will be filmed for the "Bluebird" documentary, which will showcase the influence the venue has had on singers, songwriters, and music in general.

(12 May 2018) Jordan Davis Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut
MCA NASHVILLE's Jordan Davis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, May 12th. DAVIS performed cuts from his debut HOME STATE album, "Slow Dance In A Parking Lot" and "Leaving New Orleans." 
"To think of the history and the people who have stood here before me, it's crazy," Davis noted. "I want to thank the friends, family, and everyone who has helped me get to this point."

(8 May 018) ACM Honors Announce Special Award Winners
ENCINO, CA - The Academy of Country Music® announced the recipients of the Special Awards for the 53rd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™.  Honorees will be celebrated during the 12th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors for specific achievements. The event will take place Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
Additional off-camera categories to be feted at ACM HONORS include to-be-announced Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards, along with previously announced Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Rhett Akins. This marks Akins’ first ACM Songwriter of the Year award.

ACM Cliffie Stone ICON AwardAlan Jackson will receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award.
Darius Rucker has been chosen to receive the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award.
Sam Hunt has been chosen as the recipient of the Gene Weed Milestone Award.
ACM JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARDRob Potts (awarded posthumously) has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist or industry leader for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.
Rob Potts cultivated a country music connection between Australia and the United States, paving the way for American superstars to perform Down Under for thousands of new fans. Potts and his business partner Michael Chugg established the brand of CMC Rocks leading to festivals like CMC Rocks the Snowy, CMC Rocks the Hunter and CMC Rocks QLD.
ACM MERLE HAGGARD SPIRIT AWARDDierks Bentley has been chosen to receive the Merle Haggard Spirit Award. This award is presented to a singer-songwriter who is continuing the legacy of country legend and 20-time ACM Award Winner Merle Haggard by following his/her own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing Merle’s spirit through genuine performances and great storytelling.
ACM Poet’s AwardMatraca Berg and Norro Wilson (awarded posthumously) have been chosen to receive the Poet’s Award. This award is presented to a country music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of country music.
ACM SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Previously announced winner Rhett Akins has been chosen as the recipient of the Songwriter of the Year Award.

(7 May 2018) Carrie Underwood To Appear As Guest Mentor On 'American Idol'
Capitol Nashville's Carrie Underwood returned to ABC-TV's "AMERICAN Idol" as a guest mentor on the Sunday, May 13th episode. The five remaining contestants performed songs from UNDERWOOD's career, following a mentoring session with her during a trip to Nashville. Carrie also took the stage to perform her single, "Cry Pretty."

(7 May 2018) 'American Idol' Renewed For Next Season, With Judges And Host Also Returning
ABC-TV has renewed "AMERICAN Idol" for next season, with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, and host Ryan Seacrest also set to return. The 2019 season will be the 17th overall for "Idol," after the first 15 aired on FOX-TV.  The finale of Finale of American Idol (season 16) takes place May 20 and 21st.

(10 May 2018) Carrie Underwood Appeared On 'Today' Show
Capitol Nashville's Carrie Underwood appeared on NBC-TV's "Today" (Thurs May 10), joining host HODA KOTB to chat about moving on after her accident last year; being a mother; her new music; and her athletic clothing line, CALIA.
Watch the interview here. 

(7 May 2018) Big music labels sell over $1 billion in Spotify shares
Two big music labels have between them sold more than a billion dollars’ worth of their shares in Spotify, but one of them said that this move doesn’t reflect any concerns about the future of the company …
Re/code reported that Sony sold around half its shares in the company for about $750M, while Warner Music Group sold 75% of its own stake for roughly $400M.

(7 May 2018) The Time Jumpers, a Nashville treasure, celebrates its' 20th anniversary this year. As part of that celebration, the super-group will be adding a handful of dates to their standing Monday night shows at 3rd & Lindsley. The first additional show has been announced as Friday, June 1 at 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online HERE.
The Time Jumpers’ Monday night shows are historic and sell out quickly. For two decades the show has been the destination in Nashville on a Monday night—joining the tradition of other historic Monday night shows—the late Les Paul’s regular gig at the Iridium in New York, and Woody Allen’s weekly jazz performance at the now shuttered Michael’s Pub, also in New York.
The current edition of the Grammy-winning band includes 10 members, each a master of his instrument.  They are Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle, vocals), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals) Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals). 

(7 May 2018) Stoney Creek Records’ Jimmie Allen brought the packed crowd to their feet on Friday night (May 4), as he made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Following the realization of his life-long dream of performing in Country music’s hallowed circle, the singer was brought to tears as he received a standing ovation from the audience at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Jimmie also dazzled the crowd singing his debut single “Best Shot,” (>> Video) off his self-titled EP. The personal song was inspired by advice from Jimmie’s grandmother and is currently approaching Top 40 on the Country charts after debuting as the 2nd Most Added song at Country radio. 

(7 May 2018) Kenny Chesney tapped Vikings’ Coach Mike Zimmer: Coach led Team’s Signature SKOL chant in Minneapolis as 48,255 join in.

(7 May 2018) Three-time and reigning ACM "Entertainer Of The Year" Jason Aldean held down the top spot on both Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck singles charts for a second consecutive week marking his 20th career No. One single, "You Make It Easy,” which becomes the first Country song released in 2018 to be certified GOLD by the RIAA. After "shaking things up on the radio" (USA TODAY) with his eighth studio album REARVIEW TOWN's (Broken Bow Records) lead single, Aldean continues the momentum today with the release of “Drowns the Whiskey” featuring Miranda Lambert.
Fans can take a peak into the recording process with Aldean and Lambert for “Drowns the Whiskey” through its official lyric video here.

(9 May 2018) On the heels of his 20th career chart-topping single, three-time and reigning ACM “Entertainer of the Year” Jason Aldean announced JASON ALDEAN’S KITCHEN + ROOF TOP BAR. In partnership with TC Restaurant Group, the four-story entertainment complex in the middle of downtown Music City''s Lower Broadway (between 3rd and 4th Ave) will open on in June, featuring music on every floor, a one-of-kind homestyle menu and rooftop bar with customized cocktails.
It will feature over 27,000 square feet of space in the neon-lined heart of Music City, 250 dining seats, six bars and a world-class kitchen, welcoming guests for good times, Southern food and live entertainment - all designed to make each visitor a part of The Aldean Army.

(13 May 2018) Lauren Ashley of Lauren Ashley And The Trainwreckers was interviewed By Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show - BLOG

(May 2018) NKD Mag - Issue #83 (May 2018): Published on May 1, 2018 features articles on Lindsay Ell and Jordan Davis

(10 May 2018) Emma Jene A Girl Needs Her Daddy’s Love’ >> YouTube
Emma Jene is the newest Country Music Sensation sweeping Australia...
Emma Jene has been headlining many shows and Musters throughout 2018. To her credit, she has recently been named Tamworth ‘Break-Out Artist of the Year Winner’, has pocketed 3 number 1 hits in the last 12 months on the Top 40 Country Tracks Chart with her new album ‘Cross Your Heart’ and her album ‘Cross your Heart’ has given her the 2018 Gold Media Medallion Awards ‘Best Female Vocalist’ title determined by radio stations voting across Australia.

(9 May 2018) Taylor Swift referenced her feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as she urged fans to stand up to bullies during the first night of her Reputation Stadium Tour on Tuesday (8 May 2018).
The 28-year-old singer took to the stage at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, to kick off her highly-anticipated tour. And while the eight costume changes, impressive choreography and guest appearances delighted fans, it was Taylor's decision to address her long-running feud with Kim and Kanye that surprised audience members the most.

Referencing the snake images that littered the stage throughout the concert, Taylor explained: "You might be wondering why there are so many snakes... A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on. And then a lot of people called me a lot of names on social media. And I went through some really low times for a while because of it.
"I went through sometimes when I didn’t know if I was gonna get to do this anymore and I guess the snakes - I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name-calling to bully you on social media and even if a lot of people jump on board with it, that doesn’t have to beat you. It can strengthen you instead."
Taylor was first likened to a snake during her feud with ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, in which they disagreed over whether or not the singer had co-written the Scottish DJ and Rihanna's hit This Is What You Came For.
The Best Moments From the Opening Night of Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Tour - Billboard

(11 May 2018) Carrie Underwood may be relocating, months after her "freak accident" outside her home.
The country star, 35, and husband Mike Fisher, who plays for the NHL's Nashville Predators, will not be leaving the Tennessee capital city but are "looking to move," a source told PEOPLE.
"They are completely done with the neighborhood. The decision came after her fall," the source said, adding that security issues also contributed to the couple's decision to house hunt. "They've been having a lot of issues with neighbors letting people in the community to look around and it all escalated after the fall," the source explains.
A rep for Underwood didn't immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
After Underwood and Fisher wed in 2010, they purchased 400 acres of land in Franklin, where they built a custom estate, according to multiple reports.

(7 May 2018) Country Music Hall of Fame member and Recording Academy "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient Charley Pride celebrated his 25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with appearances on the Opry this weekend. Pride, who made his Opry debut in 1967, performed extended Opry sets in celebration of his milestone anniversary. Opry flagship station 650 AM WSM ( saluted the award-winning artist with a “Country Pride Weekend.”

L-R: Dan Rogers – Director Marketing, Communication and Artist Initiatives, Grand Ole Opry, Charley Pride, Gina Keltner – Sr. Talent Manager, Grand Ole Opry and Opry member Crystal Gayle.
Photo by Rachael Black, courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry.

Birthdays in the week ahead
May 14: Dustin Lynch (1985)
May 15: the late Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918; died May 8, 2008 (aged 89)), K T Oslin (1941) 
May 16: Rick Trevino (1971), Brooke McClymont (McClymonts) (1981)
May 17: the late Jesse Winchester (May 17, 1940; died April 11, 2014 (aged 69)), Kree Harrison (1990)
May 18: Gary Scruggs (1949), George Strait (1952), Joe Bonsall (Oak Ridge Boys) - (1948), David Nail (1979), Troy Cassar-Daley (1969) 
May 19: the late Mickey Newbury (May 19, 1940; died Sept 29, 2002 (aged 62)), Maggie Rose, Shooter Jennings (1979)
May 20: Jon Pardi (1985)

Hot Country TV Awards 2018

Tuesday 1st May saw the annual Hot Country TV Awards take place in the lovely Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell in Co Cavan. It was hosted by Hugh O’Brien and the event was filled to capacity.
The night featured many top artists including Nathan Carter, Jimmy Buckley, Dominic Kirwan, Derek Ryan, Mike Denver, Declan Nerney, Louise Morrisey and many more of Irelands Top Country Stars.

It was a fantastic star-studded night with the cream of Irish Country Music entertaining the massive audience.
(L-R) TR Dallas, Cliona Hagan, Derek Ryan, Louise Morrissey & Marty Morrissey
Hot Country TV Awards - 1st May 2018

Hot Country TV award winners 2018

Male Entertainer of the Year: Mike Denver
Female Entertainer of the Year: Cliona Hagan
Best Country Music TV Series - Nathan Carter Show RTE TV' - Nathan Carter
Female Vocalist of the Year - Sandy Kelly
The Authentic Voice of Country Music - Jimmy Buckley
Country Music Icon Female - Margo
Irish Country Music of the Year - Dominic Kirwan
Country Roots Award - Ray Lynam
The Authentic Tribute Music Award - 'The Jimmy Shand' Story Brandon McPhee
Hottest Act in Irish Country Music Male - Barry Kirwan
Hottest Act in Irish Country Music Female - Olivia Douglas
Irish Country Music's Personality of the Year - Declan Nerney
International Country Music Artist of the Year - Max T Barnes
Male Vocalist of the Year - Derek Ryan
Lifetime Achievement Award in 'Irish Country Music' - Philomena Begley
International Songwriter of the Year - Don Mescall
Personality of the Year - Marty Morrisey RTE
International Country Music Artist Recording of Irish Album - 'The Irish Collection' Marisa D'Amato
Celebration 30 Years In Irish Country Music - Louise Morrissey
The Country Music Icon Award - TR Dallas
Gene Stuart Music Inspiration Award: Paul Kelly
Johhny Loughrey Music Award - Kerry Fearon
Horizon Irish Country Music Award - Liam Kelly
Best Social Dancing Artist - Stuart Moyles
Video of the Year Award - 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It' by Allan Clarke & performed by Robert Mizzell
Exciting New Country Band - Ciaran Rosney & Band
Album of the Year Award - LIVING THE DREAM - Nathan Carter
Irish Songwriter of The Year Award - Derek Ryan
DVD of the Year Award - Mike Denver 'Entertainer Of The Year'
Original Single of the Year - 'Old Friends Are Best' Written by Billy Morrissey & performed by Trudi Lalor
The Larry Cunningham Music Award - Annette Griffin & John Stauton
For Services to Irish Country Music - Hugo Duncan, Big T, Tommy Rosney, Promotion FX, Glenn Rogers, Eddie Caffrey, Pio McCann, Brendan Farrell, David James, Bob Brolly
'Young' Video Producer Of The Year: Daniel Bloor
Pre Show Artists: Larrisa Tormey, Simon Donegan, Colin Kenny, Alex Roe

Mike Denver Male Entertainer of The Year & DVD of The Year Awards
Hot Country TV Awards - 1 May 2018

Nathan Carter had the crowd eating out of his hand with his 3 songs Good Time Girls and then his brand new single Give It To Me which he sang live for the first time. He finished off with what has become his signature tune he had the crowd on their feet rocking to Wagon Wheel.
Nathan was then presented with 2 very well deserved awards: Album of the Year & TV Series of the Year.
Nathan Carter wins Album of the Year & TV Series of the Hot Country TV Awards - 1 May 2018

Cliona Hagan shared: Delighted to have won “Female Entertainer of the Year” at the Hot Country Awards last night! Special thanks to Hugh O’Brien for having me! Such a great night! #happygirl #hardworkpaysoffs Hot Country TV. 
Her dress has sourced  by one of her favourites Crystal Boutique Armagh

Cliona Hagan (L) & Gemma McKeigue (R) Galway Irish Crystal Award sponsors
Hot Country TV Awards - 1 May 2018

The flower of Ferbane Olivia Douglas (Facebook) took home Hottest Act in Irish Country Music Female award. Last year Olivia had the honour of receiving the Gene Stuart Musical Inspiration Award (presented by Billy Morrissey and was delighted to be part of this year's show again.

Kerry Fearon was awarded the prestigious Johnny Loughrey Music Award at the Irish Hot Press TV Awards for her dedication and services to country music as a country artist, radio presenter and TV host.
Former editor of Maverick Magazine and 2008 Wesley Rose recipient Alan Cackett wrote: Every once in a while, seemingly out of nowhere, a singer crosses my radar and just about knocks me sideways. One such singer is petite Kerry Fearon, a genuine down-home Irish country girl raised in a loving family on a diet of music, fun and hard work. Her great passion is country music, mainly the more traditional sounds with pedal steel guitar and fiddles and lyrics that pack an emotional punch as they explore the kind of relationship issues we all face in our lives.

Though Kerry is a relative newcomer to the music scene, she’s experienced a lifetime of ups-and-downs. This energetic bundle of talent seemingly never stands still.

A qualified Business Studies Teacher, Kerry holds down a full-time vocation as a Special Needs Teacher. In addition to this, she presents the Homegrown Hour on Downtown Country Radio every night at 10pm and Ireland’s Hot 7 chart which goes out on both Downtown Country and Downtown Radio on a Sunday night. 

She also hosts her TV show Kerry’s Gold Country on the Keep It Country TV channel every Friday evening.
In a few weeks time Kerry will be releasing her long-awaited debut album, HONKYTONK GIRL, a superb collection of traditional-slanted country with a modern sheen. Keep a watch on Kerry Fearon, she’s the real deal in the age of imitation pretenders!

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Max T. Barnes Wins “International Artist Of The Year” Award At Hot Country Tv Awards In Ireland

Country hitmaker Max T. Barnes was honoured as the “International Artist of the Year” at the Hot Country TV Awards in Ireland on May 1.
The award is based on the artist’s popularity and the number of requests per week for the artist’s music. The Hot Country TV Awards is the largest annual country music event in Ireland. Max performed at the awards alongside Irish country artists Nathan Carter, Trudi Lalor and Margo O’Donnell.
“I am honored! I spent my whole life on music row writing songs and now I am having a blast singing them all around the world! What a crazy life. I am blessed,” said Barnes.
Max just finished his Spring tour of the UK and Ireland. In May and June, he will be performing in Branson, Mo., and Nashville, Tenn., before heading back to Ireland in July.
Max T Barnes (R) with Irish country star Trudi lalor (L)
Hot Country TV Awards - 1 May 2018

About Max T. Barnes
Max T. Barnes is a second generation hitmaker and the son of Max D. Barnes, who wrote some of country music’s most iconic tunes such as “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” by George Jones, CMA Song Of The Year “Look At Us” by Vince Gill, and of course, CMA song Of The Year “Chiseled In Stone” by Vern Gosdin. Between father and son they have had 33 #1 hits and have sold over 70 million records. Barnes wrote his first major song at the age of 19, Vern Gosdin’s “Way Down Deep," and has been topping the charts ever since, writing “Let Go of the Stone” (John Anderson), “At the Sound of the Tone” (John Schneider), “Before You Kill Us All” (Randy Travis) and “That’s How Your Love Makes Me Feel” (Diamond Rio), to name a few. “Love, Me,” the career-launching hit for Collin Raye, scored Max T. a CMA Song of the Year nomination. He most recently scored a cut on Trace Adkins new album titled “I’m Gone.” Max frequently tours in Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Scotland, England, Sweden, Norway, Canada and the U.S. He recently released his newest album, “Steamboat,” and is currently playing shows across the UK and Ireland on his international “Steamboat” Tour. For more information visit

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Olivia Douglas with her award for 
Hottest Act Female
at the Hot Country TV Awards
1 May 2018