After Miranda Lambert caps her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour at the end of November, she’ll refuel during December before hitting the road in January for her headlining Wildcard Tour, which takes its name from her upcoming seventh studio album (Nov. 1).
The 27-date run kicks off on January 16 in Tupelo, Miss., making additional stops in Nashville, Denver, Boise, Vancouver, Montreal and more. Cody Johnson, Lanco, Randy Rogers Band and Parker McCollum will serve as support on select dates.
â€œThe essence of a wildcard is always having something up your sleeve, in whatever capacity that means to you,â€� says Miranda. â€œIt is universal. Which is why Iâ€™m excited to kick off this tour with an incredible group of talented artists. Weâ€™re going to have a blast!â€�
Ticket pre-sale begins on Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. local time, while tickets for the general public will begin to go on sale on Sept. 27.
Wildcard Tour Dates
Featuring Cody Johnson and Lanco
Â Jan. 16 | BancorpSouth Arena | Tupelo, Miss.
Â Jan. 17 | Mississippi Coast Coliseum | Biloxi, Miss.
Â Jan. 18 | Legacy Arena at the BJCC | Birmingham, Ala.
Â Jan. 23 | Verizon Arena | Little Rock, Ark.
Â Jan. 24 | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, Tenn.
Â Jan. 25 | Ford [...]
Lady Antebellum will release their eighth studio album, Ocean, on Nov. 15.
The 13-track offering, which was produced by first-time collaboration Dann Huff, features a number of top songwriters, including Ross Copperman, Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, busbee, Ryan Hurd, Laura Veltz, Corey Crowder and more. Lady A’s Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley had a hand in writing seven of the tracks. The album’s “The Thing That Wrecks You” features a collaboration with Little Big Town.
â€œThereâ€™s this theme of returning to the core of who we areâ€”as writers, vocalists and peopleâ€”that came out in each of these songs,” says Dave. â€œOur time in the studio with Dann had an excitement that felt like we were making our first album all over again.”
“It’s such a cinematic and theatrical melody that really tied together our standpoint of this record as a whole,” says Hillary. â€œOcean stands for all of the things that we think and feel when we hear the word. Its parallel with those feelings much like the songs about barely keeping your head above water and others that make you feel like everything is smooth sailing.â€�
The album’s lead single, “What If I Never Get Over You,” is currently No. 15 [...]
George Strait has teamed with Discovery Land Company Foundation to create a themed t-shirt to support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.
All proceeds from the shirtâ€”which costs $20â€”will benefit the Abaco Relief Fund, which the Foundation created to “assist with the immediate disaster relief needs of Bahamian citizens, including water, shelter, medical needs, and the recovery of the community.â€�
The t-shirt features a play on George’s chart-topping song, â€œOcean Front Property,â€� with the colors of the Bahamian flag. The t-shirt is available for pre-order now through Oct. 19, with shipments going out the week of Nov. 4.
Luke Combs announced he will hit the road in 2020 for his headlining What You See Is What You Get Tour.
Kicking off on Feb. 7 in Columbia, Mo., the tour will make additional stops in Lexington, Albuquerque, Houston and more. Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker will provide support on the tour that takes its name from Luke’s upcoming sophomore album, which is set to drop on Nov. 8. Produced by Scott Moffatt, What You See Is What You Get features 17 songs, including the five tracks previously released on Luke’s recent EP, The Prequel.
Tickets for the new tour dates will be available for pre-sale on Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. local time, with general on-sale beginning on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. local time.
Cover art by Rob Hendon; original photo by David Bergman
Luke’s 2017 debut album, This One’s for You, spawned five consecutive No. 1 singles, including “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number Away,” “She Got the Best of Me” and “Beautiful Crazy.” He scored a sixth consecutive No. 1 single with the release of “Beer Never Broke My Heart” from his 2019 EP, The Prequel.
Earlier this year, the recent Grand Ole Opry inductee made history as the [...]
Kenny Chesney has been named the recipient of the 2020 Artist Humanitarian Award by the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) for his ongoing charitable work.
Notably, Kenny’s Love for Love City Foundation helped spearhead the rebuilding of St. John after the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. In addition to humanitarian aid and working with local teams to facilitate clean-up and rebuilding, Kenny and his staff worked to rescue and relocate more than 2,000 displaced animals of St. Thomas and St. John. The proceeds from Kenny’s 2018 album, Songs for the Saintsâ€”more than $1.1 million to dateâ€”benefited the Love for Love City Foundation.
Over the years, Kenny has also partnered with a number of charitable organizations, including MusiCares, the Red Cross, Farm Aid, St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital, ACM Lifting Lives, the CMA Foundation, Kids Wish Network and more.
“I was raised to lend a hand where I could, but also to reach out quietly and keep the focus on the people who need the help,â€� says Kenny. â€œI’ve always tried to do the right thing where I could, but this award really belongs to all the people I’ve met over the years who are rebuilding their lives, their homes, their world. [...]
The California Highway Patrol has confirmed one death following a tour bus crash in Shandon, Calif., on the night of Sept. 18.
The tour bus was transporting Josh Turner’s road crew after a concert at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, Calif. Josh was not on the bus, nor were members of his band.
KGET.com is reporting that the tour bus veered off the road for unknown reasons and traveled through 20 yards of vegetation before falling off an 80-foot cliff into the sand. Two of the eight passengers were ejected. One suffered fatal injuries. All passengers suffered injuries and were transported to hospitals.
Josh has scored a handful of No. 1 singles over the last decade, including “Hometown Girl,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Would You Go With Me” and “Your Man.”
Vince Gill hosted an All for the Hall event at the Novo Theater at L.A. Live on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles with special guests Emmylou Harris, Luke Combs and Sheryl Crow.
The foursome performed songs and swapped stories during the â€œguitar pull,â€� a casual affair in which songwriters take turns performing while their fellow artists listen or add accompaniment.
One of the highlights of the evening was Luke’s performance of “When It Rains It Pours,” which was his second No. 1 hit in 2017. As Luke crooned the tune and strummed his guitar, Vince provided some improvised lead guitar. The performance received a hearty ovation from the crowd, as well as from Emmylou and Sheryl.
Since founding All for the Hall in 2005, Vince Gill has helped raise more that $4.3 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s educational department, which serves more than 100,000 people annually.
Watch Luke perform “When It Rains It Pours” with Vince below.
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosted its 2nd annual Nashville Songwriter Awards at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 17.
In addition to performances by Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, David Lee Murphy, Dean Dillon and more, the NSAI handed out a number of awards, including:
Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award: Loretta Lynn
Presidentâ€™s Keystone Award: George Strait
The White Hat Award: Senator Lamar Alexander
Songwriter/Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
Songwriter of the Year: Josh Osborne
Song of the Year: â€œBreak Up In the Endâ€� by Cole Swindell; Writers: Chase McGill, Jessie Jo Dillon, Jon Nite
“10 Songs I Wish Iâ€™d Written” Awards:
â€œMeant to Beâ€� by Florida Georgia Line; Writers: Bebe Rexha, David Garcia, Josh Miller, Tyler Hubbard
â€œWhiskey Glassesâ€� by Morgan Wallen; Writers: Ben Burgess, Kevin Kadishâ€‹
â€œDrunk Girlâ€� by Chris Janson; Writers: Chris Janson, Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas
â€œGodâ€™s Countryâ€� by Blake Shelton; Writers: Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy
â€œBurning Manâ€� by Dierks Bentley; Writers: Bobby Pinson, Luke Dick
â€œTequilaâ€� by Dan + Shay: Writers: Dan Smyers, Jordan Reynolds, Nicolle Galyonâ€‹
â€œSome of Itâ€� by Eric Church; Writers: Bobby Pinson, Clint Daniels, Eric Church, Jeff Hyde
â€œEverythingâ€™s Gonna Be Alrightâ€� by David Lee Murphy; Writers: Chris Stevens, David lee Murphy, Jimmy [...]
The Grand Ole Opry’s 11th annual Opry Goes Pink show on Oct. 22 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will feature two performance by Luke Bryan at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. In addition, Luke will “flip the switch” to turn the Grand Ole Opryâ€™s signature barn backdrop pink.
â€œI wanted to make this Opry appearance something special,â€� says Luke. â€œPerforming in the Opry circle is unlike any other stage in the world and I want it to be a unique memory for me and the fans.â€�
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are on sale now, while tickets for the 9:30 p.m. show go on sale on Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. CT. Additional performers include Anita Cochran, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan and the Oak Ridge Boys.
The Opry will donate $5 from each ticket soldâ€”beginning todayâ€”to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
#OpryGoesPink is BACK on October 22 with @LukeBryanOnline and more as we join in the fight against breast cancer with @KomenCentralTN
7PM show tickets are on sale now, & 9:30PM show tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10AM CT!
â€” Grand Ole Opry (@opry) September 18, 2019
Since suffering a stroke in May 2017, Loretta Lynn, 87, has only made a handful of public appearances, but she stepped out on Sept. 17 to accept the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2nd annual Nashville Songwriter Awards at the Ryman Auditorium.
The star-studded affair featured performances by Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Dean Dillon, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Chris Janson, Cole Swindell and more.
Loretta was honored throughout the night with performances from her catalog, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by her granddaughter Tayla Lynn, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” by Kellie Pickler and “You Ain’t Woman Enough” by Reba.
Escorted to the podium by Kid Rock and son Ernest Ray Lynn, Loretta received a standing ovation as she accepted her award, saying, in part, “I want y’all to know I love you.”
Loretta was honored with the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the American songbook and inspiring the careers of others.
Check out our photo gallery below, courtesy of Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com.
The Academy of Country Music announce the addition of seven new ACM Decade Awards: Song of the Decade, Album of the Decade, Artist-Songwriter of the Decade, Breakout Artist of the Decade, Single of the Decade, Songwriter of the Decade and Music Event of the Decade.
The ACM Songwriter of the Decade has been awarded to Rhett Akins.
The ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award recognizes a songwriter whose creative works have impacted country music over the decade, including body of work at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.
Rhett won the ACM Songwriter of the Year Award in 2017 and was nominated in the same category in 2011 and 2013. Additionally, Rhett received his first-ever ACM nomination in 1997 for ACM Top New Male Vocalist category. Rhett has written 30 No.1 singles, including “Boys â€™Round Here” (Blake Shelton), “Hey Girl” (Billy Currington), “Dirt on My Boots” (Jon Pardi), “Life Changes” (Thomas Rhett), “Mind Reader” (Dustin Lynch), “Don’t Get Me Started” (Rhett Akins) and more.
Previously announce, the ACM Song of the Decade was awarded to Miranda Lambert and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin for “The House That Built Me.” The tune earned Miranda her first [...]
CMT announced its 2019 Artists of the Year: Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett.
The artists will be honored on Oct. 16 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center in a televised special, CMT Artists of the Year. In addition to paying tribute to the honorees with live performances from other artistsâ€”including those from outside the country genreâ€”the 90-minute TV special will also feature a live-streamed performance from Carrie’s Cry Pretty 360 Tour in Cleveland, Ohio.
Additional awards, performers and special guests will be announced soon.
This year’s celebration will mark the fifth time Carrie has been honored with a CMT Artist of the Year award since its inception in 2010. Luke, Kane and Dan + Shay are first-time honorees, while Thomas Rhett is being recognized for the second time.
Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton have a Top 20 hit on their hands with their new duet, “Dive Bar,” which is currently No. 19 on Billboardâ€™s Country Airplay chart after 13 weeks. Penned by Garth, Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy, “Dive Bar” will be featured on Garth’s upcoming album, FUN.
If you were wondering how two of country music’s biggest stars ended up joining forces for the duet, it was a simple phone call. As Garth tells Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, he was inspired to make the call after watching Blake’s performance of “God’s Country” during the ACM Awards in April.
â€œI saw him on the ACMsâ€”he was doing â€˜Godâ€™s Country,â€™ his current single,” says Garth to Kix. “And I just saw it in his face. It was like, â€˜Wow.â€™ . . . Every entertainer, if youâ€™ll listen to what youâ€™re saying and if it still gets you, thatâ€™s a statement to the song, itâ€™s a statement to how youâ€™re treating the song. And something got [Blake], you could see it in his face when he was singing ‘God’s Country,’ so I called him up afterwards just to say, â€˜Hey, man. I was just real impressed. That was cool. Would [...]
After more than 50 years as a recording artist, Mississippi native Charley Pride can add another feather to the cap of his Hall of Fame career as he will be the recipient of the inaugural Grammy Museum Mississippi’s Crossroads of American Music Award.
The award honors an artist who has made significant musical contributions “influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music.” Charley will appear at the Grammy Museum Mississippi’s 2019 Gala to accept the award on Nov. 1.
â€œI’m honored to be the first recipient of this award from the Grammy Museum Mississippi,” said Charley. “And thankful to the many great American music artists before me that helped to pave the way for my success. I applaud the Museum for celebrating those artists and championing the importance of American music.â€�
Charley, a three-time Grammy winner, is considered country musicâ€™s first African-American superstar. He signed to RCA Victor in 1967 and earned a string of No. 1 hits, including â€œAll I Have to Offer You (Is Me),â€� â€œ(Iâ€™m So) Afraid of Losing You Again,â€� â€œKiss an Angel Good Morninâ€™,â€� â€œAmazing Loveâ€� and many more.
Charley won the CMAâ€™s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 [...]
Lauren Alaina made her debut on Dancing With the Stars on Sept. 16 as she danced the cha-cha to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” with partner Gleb Savchenko.
The dancing tandem scored 19 out of 30 points from judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, with Carrie Ann remarking that the couple had “style.”
Lauren’s score from Week 1 (19 points) and Week 2 will be combined with Week 2 fan voting to determine the first elimination. Dancing With the Stars also features Hannah Brown, Karamo Brown, Mary Wilson, Lamar Odom, James Van Der Beek, Ally Brooke, Kate Flannery, Sean Spicer, Kel Mitchell, Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Ray Lewis.
Over the past 27 seasons of DWTS, a number of country artists haves taken their talents to the dance floor, including Sara Evans, Billy Ray Cyrus, Chuck Wicks, Kellie Pickler, Jana Kramer and more.
Watch Lauren and Gleb’s cha-cha below.
The Highwomenâ€”Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hembyâ€”reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with the release of their self-titled debut album.
The new album, which also reached No. 10 on the Billboard all-genre Top 200 chart, moved 34,000 equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music.
The Highwomen were joined by several guest musicians, vocalists and songwriters on the new album. The project features Sheryl Crow (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) with songs written by Carlile, Hemby, Morris, Shires, Isbell, the Hanseroth twins, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert and Ray LaMontagne among many others.
â€œAnyone can be a Highwoman,â€� Carlile notes. â€œItâ€™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.â€�
The supergroup’s name is a play on The Highwaymenâ€”a supergroup that featured Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
Craig Morgan shared his first new music in more than three years with the release of “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost” in August.
The new tune, which Craig penned and produced, honors his late son, Jerry Greer, who passed away after a boating accident in July 2016 at the age of 19.
After Blake Shelton spearheaded a successful viral campaign to get the new tune to No. 1 on the all-genre iTunes Songs chart on Sept. 12, “The Father, My Son & the Holy Ghost” will be released to country radio as an official single on Oct. 7 with major-label support from Broken Bow Records, Craig’s label home for six years in the 2000s.
â€œI am truly humbled by the response to the song so far and to my friend Blake Shelton for what he has done to honor Jerry,â€� says Craig. â€œItâ€™s incredible to reunite with the team at Broken Bow to share this song with radio and my hope is, it will be a help to those who need it most.â€�
Craig was signed to BBR Music Group from 2002 to 2008 where he delivered signature songs, including â€œAlmost Home,â€� â€œInternational Harvester,â€� â€œRedneck Yacht Club,â€� â€œToughâ€� and â€œThatâ€™s What [...]
George Strait will ship a new single, “The Weight of the Badge,” to country radio on Sept. 30.
Penned by George, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon, â€œThe Weight of the Badgeâ€� is featured on George’s 2019 album, Honky Tonk Time Machine.
The new tune finds George paying homage to law officers as he croons, “He swore that oath to protect and serve / Pours his heart and soul into both those words / Lays his life on the line / And the line he walks is razor fine / Tempered strength is always tough / But he ainâ€™t gonna buckle under the weight of the badge.”
Listen to “The Weight of the Badge” below.
Taylor Swift will serve as a mentor during Season 17 of The Voice, which debuts on Sept. 23 on NBC with coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani.
As a mentor, Taylor will help the contestants on each team prepare for the Knockout Rounds, which pit teammates against each other in a loser-goes-home song performance. The Knockout Rounds are slated to begin in late October.
Blake and John shared the announcement in a video via Instagram that featured Taylor. Check it out below.
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And our @NBCTheVoice mega mentor isâ€¦.. @TaylorSwift!!! #TheVoice @johnlegend
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Justin Moore will try to score the 9th No. 1 hit of his career with the release of the spirited new single, “Why We Drink.”
Penned by Justin, Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy and Jeremy Stover, “Why We Drink” is featured on Justin’s 2019 album, Late Nights and Longnecks, which recently spawned No. 1 hit, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home.”
The new tune will impact country radio on Sept. 30.
Listen to “Why We Drink” below.
Jason Aldean announced he will hit the road in 2020 for his headlining We Back Tour.
The 20-date trek, which kicks off on Jan. 20 in Columbia, S.C., takes its name from the lead single to Jason’s upcoming ninth studio album, 9 (Nov. 22).
Morgan Wallen, Riley Green and Dee Jay Silver will serve as support. General tickets go on sale on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. local time in select cities, with pre-sale for Citi cardmembers beginning at noon on Sept. 17.
â€œWhen I came into country music and made my mark, it was with a banger,â€� Jason says. â€œBut we havenâ€™t put out a lot of that stuff over the last couple years. So we got [“We Back”], and to me it just says what it says: â€˜Thought we were gone, but youâ€™re wrongâ€”now itâ€™s on.â€™â€�
We Back Tour
Jan. 30 | Columbia, SC | Colonial Life Arena
Jan. 31 | Orlando, FL | Amway Center
Feb. 1 | Jacksonville, FL | VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Feb. 6 | Des Moines, IA | Wells Fargo Arena**
Feb. 7 | Omaha, NE | CHI Health Center Arena**
Feb. 8 | Fargo, ND | Fargodome**
Feb. 13 | Moline, IL | TaxSlayer Center
Feb. 14 | Springfield, MO | JQH Arena**
Feb. 15 [...]
Dates and cities have been announced for Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett's shows for the 14th annual CMT on Tour. Danielle Bradbery, season four winner of The Voice, will be the special guest during CMT on Tour: Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett — Suits & Boots which kicks off Oct. 29 in New York City…. »
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BBR Music Group, label home to Jason Aldean, Thompson Square and others, is launching Wheelhouse Records as the company's fourth label imprint. Trace Adkins and Texas singer-songwriter Granger Smith are the first artists signed to the new label. Broken Bow Records was established as an independent label in 1999 by businessman Benny Brown, the company's… »
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It's already been two and a half years since the Boston Marathon bombing. But if it's up to Kenny Chesney, it's always going to feel like it just happened yesterday. When his Big Revival tour brought him to the Boston area last week, he attended a luncheon with several of the survivors, according to the… »
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He plays a mean fiddle, but Charlie Daniels himself is anything but mean. In fact, the “Devil Went Down to Georgia” singer and master fiddler is more like an angel in disguise. Daniels' Volunteer Jam is a massive night of music that benefits charities. And this year, he had a lot to donate when the… »
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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has opened its latest exhibit, Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips, and several key figures in the history of rockabilly music will gather Saturday (Aug. 29) to discuss the visionary producer's legacy. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in… »
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When Waylon Jennings sang “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” back in the late ‘70s, it wasn't about dogs at all. But now that Miranda Lambert is building her two-day rescue dog charity event around the classic country tune, it all makes perfect sense. Her MuttNation Foundation is hosting the eighth Cause for… »
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