Jason Aldean has a new album due to drop November 22.  Titled 9 (because it’s his ninth album, gettit?) Aldean describes it as “an album with an old school soul and 16 interwoven tracks in an era of stand-alone singles and superstar EPs.”  It’s available now for pre-order at all digital retailers. Fans can already access five tracks off the album, including the latest one, “Dirt We Were Raised On.”  Aldean said, “People buy albums with eight songs for 10 bucks now, but with 9 it’s like you’re getting two whole albums at once.  I want fans to feel like they’re getting more than they bargained for.”  You can pre-order the album via https://www.jasonaldean.com/

Jon Pardi is sometimes described as a torch-bearer for traditional Country music. His third album, Heartache Medication, was released on Friday, Sept 27, and contains plenty of fiddle and steel guitar that should please traditional Country fans.  The album’s title song, “Heartache Medication,” is already in the top 30 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Lots of ‘drinking’ songs here: “Tequila Little Time,” “Me and Jack,” “Tied One On,” “Buy That Man a Beer” and “Blame It On The Whiskey,” that was co-written by Church and Miranda Lambert and features Lauren Alaina.

“I Know Country” Q&A from www.IKnowCountry.com

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QUESTION: Born Oct. 2, 1948, this real cowboy was a career rodeo star and national bareback riding champion, selling his records from a pickup truck at rodeos before being introduced to Capitol/Liberty Records by his big fan, Garth Brooks. Can you name him?

More album release news… Mark Chesnutt is set to introduce his very first vinyl LP—Live From the Honky Tonk — Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Produced by Chesnutt and pressed on 180g vinyl, the 12 sides showcase live performances of the string of hits that made him a star in the 90s (“I’ll Think Of Something,” “I Just Wanted You To Know,” “Ol Country” and “Too Cold At Home”) along with country music standards, fan favorites and medley tributes to George Jones and Waylon Jennings. The tracks were recorded at The Trapp in Nashville. More at https://www.markchesnutt.com/

Billboard’s Country Airplay Top 5 for the week of September 30, 2019 [last week’s position in parentheses]

  1. (2) Chris Lane “I Don’t Know About You”
  2. (1) Dierks Bentley “Living”
  3. (6) Matt Stall “Prayed For You”
  4. (4) Carrie Underwood “Southbound”
  5. (7) Cole Swindell “Love You Too Late”

“I Know Country” Q&A Answer:

Chris LeDoux, who passed away March 9, 2005.  Garth recorded “Good Ride Cowboy” as a tribute to LeDoux.

  • Chris LeDoux’s son, Ned LeDoux, has his first single, “Old Fashioned,” and his new 13-song album, Next In Line, due out November 8, 2019, produced by Mac McAnally.

On this day in Country Music…

Oct. 2, 1954   Elvis Presley made his one and only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. His performance of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was not well received by the Opry audience. He was told by then Opry talent manager to “go back to truck driving.”  Two weeks later he appeared on the Opry’s biggest competitor, the Louisiana Hayride, and signed on for 52 Saturday night appearances on the radio show, which launched his legendary career.

Oct. 2, 1998  Gene Autry, ‘the Singing Cowboy,’ died three days after his 91st birthday. Among the many songs he wrote or co-wrote: “Back In The Saddle Again” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” (Autry did NOT write his biggest hit, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Autry originally rejected the idea of recording “Rudolph” as the B-side to his next release, until his wife persuaded him to record it. It was Number One at Christmas 1949, and has charted almost every year since then.)

This week’s Country Music Birthdays

Sept. 30  Eddie Montgomery, 1963

Marty Stuart, 1958

Oct. 04    LeRoy Van Dyke, 1929 (and still performing at the age of 90!)

Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony), 1970


Preshias Harris is the author of “I Know Country” with 366 daily country music questions and answers. You can buy and instantly download your e-book copy at www.IKnowCountry.com.

Harris also a music career development consultant with the emphasis on new and aspiring artists and songwriters. Visit www.collegeofsongology.com for more details.   Follow her blog at  www.nashvillemusicline.com

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