Maddie & Tae will release a 6-song holiday project titled We Need Christmas, slated to drop Oct 23. The album includes four popular holiday songs, plus two originals, including the title song and “Merry Married Christmas.” The two singer-songwriters said of the album: “Making We Need Christmas was such a bright spot for us this year and we hope this project brings a little joy and peace to our fans during this difficult year.” Other tracks on the project: “This Christmas”, “Holly Jolly Christmas”, “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Making the year a little less difficult for Maddie & Tae: news that their chart-topping “Die From a Broken Heart” has now been officially certified Platinum by RIAA. Follow Maddie & Tae at https://www.facebook.com/maddieandtae/
Four-time GRAMMY winning duo For King & Country have announced that they will be releasing a Christmas album titled A Drummer Boy Christmas on October 30. The album features 13 tracks – two of which are original Christmas tracks – and has been executively produced by Aqualung, otherwise known as Matt Hales, while Davide Rossi has put together the orchestral arrangements. For King & Coutry said that Christmas has always been something of huge importance to them as a pair, while also offering some handy advice on how to enhance your listening experience of the album. “The miracle of Christmas captivated us long ago and has been laced into the DNA of the band,” the duo said. “We felt it was the imperfectly perfect time for us to do our small part in telling the story of the redemption that Christmas offers to all of us. Last year, the pair performed at CMA Country Christmas, performing Little Drummer Boy and receiving a standing ovation for their efforts. Check out https://www.forkingandcountry.com/
GRAND OLE OPRY NEWS:
The Grand Ole Opry celebrates its 95th Anniversary on October 3 with a lot of country stars but not a lot of audience members. Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan and Terri Clark will perform for a limited in-venue audience at the kick-off of the Grand Ole Opry’s month-long 95th anniversary celebration. The 500 guests will be fans who previously held tickets for each night’s show. Health precautions include socially-distanced seating, mandatory masks for all guests and staff and enhanced cleaning practices. The show continues its one-hour livestream on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook as well as Circle TV, SiriusXM and WSM-AM/Nashville. Ticket info and show updates at https://www.opry.com/.
Dolly Parton is the subject of a deluxe, first-ever DVD collection highlighting her spectacular career. From her start out of Nashville in the ’60s to her Hollywood debut and beyond, Dolly has done it all…and in 6-inch heels! Now, the incredible highlights of Dolly’s remarkable career are together in a one-of-a-kind 19-DVD set from Time Life: Dolly – The Ultimate Collection. From her early appearances in the ‘60s through her own star-studded variety shows in the ‘70s and ‘80s, to concerts, interviews, TV appearances and blockbuster collaborations with her closest friends, she’s still going strong and lookin’ spectacular! “What a delightful trip down memory lane…. just the hair styles and outfits alone are worth a look and I’m surprised there are still any rhinestones left in this world! I hope you enjoy these moments as much as I did,” said Dolly. The DVD set is available now exclusively at TimeLife.com/DollyParton.
Due to the ongoing global pandemic and the government measures implemented to limit its spread, Thirty Tigers multi-platinum country star Scotty McCreery’s highly anticipated return to the UK – and his first trip to Ireland / Northern Ireland – has been postponed again, from October 2020 to May 2021. In a statement to fans, Scotty said: “I am so disappointed that we have to postpone our UK and Ireland tour yet again, but the safety of my fans, the venue workers, and my band and crew remains my first priority. I cannot wait until May 2021 to get there! Until then, I send much love to all of you there and hope everyone stays safe.” Customers are advised to keep hold of their tickets as they will be valid for the new rescheduled dates with limited tickets still available for shows in Manchester, London, Glasgow, and Dublin; (Belfast date sold out): Tickets for the UK shows are available via Gigs and Tours; tickets for Dublin via Ticketmaster. McCreery recently gained his third consecutive US #1 radio single with ‘In Between’, following previous hits ‘Five More Minutes’ and ‘This Is It’, all taken from his latest album Seasons Change. More at www.scottymccreery.com
Music industry veteran Steve Baker’s company, Visual Image Marketing, marks a major milestone as it celebrates its 20th year of providing music video promotion and marketing services to independent Country and Americana artists. Baker’s business strategies have helped Dolly Parton, The Bellamy Brothers, Larry Stewart, Gene Watson, Kevin Costner & Modern West, T. Graham Brown, Don Williams, The Grascals, Southern Halo, Soul Circus Cowboys, and numerous other acts meet success in a hyper-competitive market. Looking forward, Baker hopes to continue to add to his work with independent acts to create a more immersive viewing experience for their fans. “It’s so important for these artists to connect with their fans on multiple levels,” Baker observes. “Video is a key part of that relationship.” Info about VIM at https://www.visualimagemarketing.com/
INT’L MUSIC NEWS:
Curb recording artist Lee Brice has rescheduled his UK tour to June 2021, with the artist originally planning on going over in July this year, prior to the pandemic. The dates are as follows:
June 22 – Old Fruit Market, Glasgow, Scotland
June 24 – O2 Ritz, Manchester, England
June 25 – O2 Institute, Birmingham, England
June 26 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, England
Lee Brice has announced that his fifth solo album Hey World will be released on November 20, while he’s also released the video for the title track. You can see the video below and can pre-order the album @ https://leebrice.lnk.to/HeyWorldAlbum. Brice said that he believes that he has created the best album of his career thus far with Hey World, while also stating that he is constantly seeking to improve with every step that he makes. In addition to the title track, Brice’s latest record will also feature recently released singles One of Them Girls and his Number One record with Carly Pearce, called “I Hope You’re Happy Now”. More info at: www.leebrice.com.