The Highwomen—the acclaimed collaborative movement formed by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires—released their highly anticipated self-titled debut album September 6. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the album has already received overwhelming critical praise.  The Highwomen are joined by several guest musicians, vocalists and songwriters across the album. The project features Sheryl Crow (vocals, background vocals, bass), Yola (vocals, background vocals), Dave Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar), Jason Isbell (acoustic/electric guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocals), Tim Hanseroth (guitar, background vocals), Chris Powell (drums) and Peter Levin (piano and keyboards). Of the album, Brandi Carlile said, “Anyone can be a Highwoman. It’s about banding together, abandoning as much ego as humanly possible, holding one another up and amplifying other women every chance we get. Shoulder to shoulder. One push, one love.” More at

And speaking of Carlile…Tanya Tucker’s celebrated new album While I’m Livin’, produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, debuted at No. 9 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, marking her 10th Top 10 album overall and the first Top 10 debut of her illustrious career. The album also entered Billboard’s Current Country Albums chart at No. 2 and marks her first-ever No. 1 album on Nielsen’s Americana/Folk chart. Additionally, While I’m Livin’ scored impressive debuts overseas landing at No. 2 on the UK Country chart, No. 3 on the UK Americana chart and No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart in Canada. The Fantasy Records release is the legendary country star’s first new material in 17 years. Videos, music and tour updates at

“I Know Country” Q&A for Sept. 11, 2019  from

QUESTION: Today’s “Birthday Boy” is part of a group whose debut single was “Love Don’t Live Here.” Name him and name the group.

The stars came out for the Earl Thomas Conley Tribute Show, held Tuesday, September 10, in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame, hosted by WSM’s Bill Cody and Devon O’Day. Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Wade Hayes, Dale Ann Bradley, Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, Walt Aldridge and more were there, plus there were video tributes by Brad Paisley, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Toby Keith, Marty Raybon and Vince Gill.  Lile many artists, ETC got his break in Nashville as a songwriter: His first cut as a writer was “This Time I Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me” by Conway Twitty followed by Mel Street’s “Smokey Mountain Memories.” Earl moved to Nashville and was soon having hits of his own, with his first number one coming in 1981 by way of “Fire & Smoke”.  He was known as “the thinking man’s country artist.” The lyrics he wrote were powered by emotion and his vocals touched the heart and soul of his growing legion of fans. in 1984, he became the first artist in any genre to have four number one singles off one album, “Don’t Make It Easy For Me.” Three songs, “Your Love’s On The Line,” “Holding Her and Loving You,” and “Don’t Make It Easy For Me,” hit the top of the “Billboard” charts in 1983, while “Angel In Disguise” followed in 1984. All total, Earl had 22 number one career singles.  ETC passed away April 10, 2019.

Billboard’s Hot Country Songs for the week of Sept. 14, 2019 [last week’s position in parentheses]

  1. (1) The Git Up Bianco Brown
  2. (3) Knockin’ Boots Luke Bryan
  3. (2) Beer Never Broke My Heart Luke Combs
  4. (9) One Thing Right Marshmello & Kane Brown
  5. (5) Whiskey Glasses Morgan Wallen

“I Know Country” Q&A ANSWER:

Charles Kelley and Lady Antebellum.


On this day in Country Music…

September 11, 1984   Barbara Mandrell suffered multiple injuries, including severe concussion, in a car accident. She took an 18-month break from performing to focus on her recovery.

September 11, 1987   Randy Travis was at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album charts with Always & Forever.

This week’s Country Music Birthdays

September 09             Hunter Hayes, 1991

September 10             Ashley Monroe (Pistol Annies), 1986

September 11             Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), 1981

September 12             George Jones, 1931

Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland), 1974

Kelsea Ballerini, 1993

September 13             Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts), 1975

September 14             John Berry, 1959


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