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Sam Hunt Debuts New Song, “2016,” at Country Radio Seminar [Listen]

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:38

Universal Music Group held its 11th annual Team UMG at the Ryman event on Feb. 20 as part of Country Radio Seminar 2020.

This event showcased UMG Nashville’s incredible roster, including Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Little Big Town, Brandon Lay, Caylee Hammack, Adam Hambrick, Kylie Morgan, Parker McCollum and Travis Denning.

Sam Hunt debuted a new song, “2016,” from his upcoming album, Southside, which drops on April 3.

Watch Sam’s performance below.

What do y’all think of @SamHuntMusic‘s new song called “2016”? https://t.co/I398yLA1MM

— The Ty Bentli Show (@TheTyBentliShow) February 21, 2020

photo by NCD

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George Strait Announces Concert at Notre Dame Stadium With Chris Stapleton & Brothers Osborne

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 09:17

George Strait announced he will perform a concert at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., on Aug. 15.

The upcoming show, which is dubbed Strait to South Bend, will feature special guests Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne.

Tickets for the new show go on sale on March 6 at 10 a.m. ET, with pre-sale for American Express Card Members beginning on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. local time.

George’s previously announced concert dates include shows at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Aug. 22 with Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton, followed by two  dates in Las Vegas with Caitlyn Smith as part of his 5-year Strait to Vegas residency.

George Strait 2020 Tour Dates

  • Aug. 15 | Notre Dame Stadium | South Bend, Ind.
  • Aug. 22 | U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Aug. 28 | T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas
  • Aug. 29 | T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Kenny Chesney Reminds Us to Live in the Present in New Single, “Here and Now,” [Listen]

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:04

Kenny Chesney released his new single, “Here and Now,” on Feb. 21.

Penned by Craig Wiseman, David Garcia and David Lee Murphy at a writing retreat Kenny set up in Malibu, the new tune beckons listeners to live in the present with a chorus that proclaims: “You and me, ain’t it good to be alive / Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time / Than here and now.”

“This song kind of blew my mind,” says Kenny. “The chorus is everything I feel about my time onstage with No Shoes Nation . . . the rush of it absolutely being the best place, best moment in the entire world. There’s no rush like it.

“I know there will days and moments that suck, but so many of them, we can decide how we feel and what we want to focus on. I’m hoping No Shoes Nation—and everyone else—can hear this and feel really good about the moment.”

“Here and Now,” which will serve as the lead single to Kenny’s upcoming album that’s slated to drop this spring, follows his recent Top 10 single, “Tip of My Tongue.”

Listen to “Here and Now” below.

photo by AFF-USA.com

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Amazon Music Chronicles Kane Brown’s Rise in New Mini-Documentary, “Velocity” [Watch]

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:13

Amazon Music chronicles the rise of Kane Brown in a new 16-minute documentary, Velocity, which was released on Feb. 20.

Velocity documents Kane’s early days growing up in Georgia, personal moments like getting a tattoo of his daughter’s name, and his sold-out performance at the Staples Center in January. The new clip features commentary from Kane, wife Katelyn, agent Braeden Rountree, manager Martha Earls and more.

“I’m incredibly proud of the family I’ve been able to build along the way, including not only my wife and daughter but the family I have out on the road that works so hard behind the scenes to make it all happen,” says Kane. “This Amazon Music mini-documentary gives fans a new glimpse into my world, including some of the incredibly hard moments that have led up to this point. I appreciate everyone and all the fans who have been there since day one and hope anyone that watches takes away one thing. That this is a family. And we want to do you all proud.”

Watch the new doc below.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Luke Combs Extends “What You See Is What You Get Tour” With Ashley McBryde, Drew Parker & More

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:50

Luke Combs will extend his headlining What You See Is What You Get Tour with more than 15 new dates.

The tour, which kicked off on Feb. 7, will make newly announced stops in Dallas, Memphis, Las Vegas, New York, Boston and more. The new dates will feature a new in-the-round stage design.

Tickets for the shows—which will feature special guests Ashley McBryde, Drew Parker and Ray Fulcher—will be available for pre-sale starting on Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. local time with general on-sale following on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. local time. Luke’s official fan club, The Bootleggers, will have early access to tickets through Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale starting on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. local time.

What You See Is What You Get Tour

  • April 18 | Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Amphitheater* (SOLD OUT)
  • April 19 | Colorado Springs, CO | Broadmoor World Arena* (SOLD OUT)
  • April 21 | Las Cruces, NM | Pan American Center* (SOLD OUT)
  • April 24 | Corpus Christi, TX | American Bank Center* (SOLD OUT)
  • April 25 | Houston, TX | Toyota Center* (SOLD OUT)
  • May 2 | Boone, NC | Kidd Brewer Stadium* (SOLD OUT)
  • Sept. 19 | Raleigh, NC | PNC Arena*
  • Sept. 22 | New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center†
  • Sept. 25 | Dallas, TX | American Airlines Center†
  • Sept. 26 | Memphis, TN | FedEx Forum†
  • Oct. 2 | Grand Forks, ND | Alerus Center*
  • Oct. 3 | Sioux Falls, SD | Denny Sanford PREMIER Center*
  • Oct. 15 | Eugene, OR | Matthew Knight Arena†
  • Oct. 17 | San Francisco, CA | Chase Center†
  • Oct. 20 | Billings, MT | MetraPark – First Interstate Arena†
  • Oct. 22 | Salt Lake City, UT | Vivint Smart Home Arena†
  • Oct. 23 | Las Vegas, NV | T-Mobile Arena†
  • Oct. 24 | Bakersfield, CA | Mechanics Bank Arena†
  • Nov. 6 | Chicago, IL | United Center† (on-sale February 28 at 12:00pm CT)
  • Nov. 7 | St. Louis, MO | Enterprise Center†
  • Nov. 19 | Jacksonville, FL | VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena*
  • Nov. 20 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | BB&T Center*
  • Nov. 21 | Orlando, FL | Amway Center*
  • Dec. 1 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden†
  • Dec. 4 | Boston, MA | TD Garden†

*with Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker
†with Ashley McBryde and Ray Fulcher

Luke Combs additional tour dates

  • March 6 | Berlin, Germany | Verti Music Hall
  • March 7 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | AFAS Live
  • March 13 | Glasgow, UK | Glasgow SSE Hydro
  • March 14 | Dublin, Ireland | Dublin 3Arena
  • March 15 | London, UK | London The O2
  • March 31 | Nashville, TN | Grand Ole Opry
  • April 17 | Florence, AZ | Country Thunder Arizona
  • April 23 | Austin, TX | Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
  • May 8 | Key West, FL | Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater
  • May 30 | Cullman, AL | Rock the South
  • June 7 | Myrtle Beach, SC | Carolina Country Music Fest
  • June 13 | Winsted, MN | Winstock Country Music Festival
  • June 18 | Canandaigua, NY | CMAC
  • June 19 | Canandaigua, NY | CMAC
  • June 20 | North Lawrence, OH | The Country Fest
  • June 26 | North Platte, NE | Nebraskaland Days
  • June 27 | Topeka, KS | Heartland Stampede
  • July 10 | Fort Loramie, OH | Country Concert
  • July 12 | Craven, SK | Country Thunder Saskatchewan
  • July 17 | Brooklyn, MI | Faster Horses
  • July 18 | Eau Claire, WI | Country Jam
  • Sept. 4 | Los Angeles, CA | SoFi Stadium‡
  • Sept. 12 | Philadelphia, PA | Citizens Bank Park‡

‡with Tim McGraw

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Kenny Chesney Honored by Country Radio Broadcasters With 2020 Humanitarian Award

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:45

Kenny Chesney was honored with the 2020 Artist Humanitarian Award by the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) on Feb. 19 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 Saints—more than $1.1 million to date—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 Children’s Research Hospital, ACM Lifting Lives, the CMA Foundation, Kids Wish Network and more.

“I have to tell you, I have a lot of emotions standing up here,” Kenny told the crowd at the CRS opening luncheon. “I am embarrassed and uncomfortable, but God has given me the gift of communicating with people through music . . . and that’s given me a unique platform to help, especially with the Virgin Islands, with Songs for the Saints, which was written in the moment and came from the heart.

“You know, I’d heard ‘One Love’ by Bob Marley my whole life, but when you’re under that kind of stress, to see everyone coming together to rebuild and help? I got to see what that song was in action. What was really amazing were so many people who didn’t really have anything, and the way they gave.”

The CRS Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career. Past recipients include Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels and more.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Luke Bryan Has His Own Beer Now: Two Lane American Golden Lager

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 14:16

Luke Bryan has teamed with Constellation Brands to develop and produce his own beer: Two Lane Americana Golden Lager.

The new brew, which features American barley and water sourced from the Blue Ridge Mountains, will hitting the shelves in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia on March 2. Two Lane takes its name from the kinds of places you might find at the end of a two-lane road, including fishing holes, camping spots, dive bars and more.

“Between my songs, Instagram posts and onstage toasts to my audience, it’s no secret that I like beer,” says Luke. “For a long time, I’ve dreamed of creating a beer to enjoy no matter if you are hanging out at one of my shows or at home with friends and family, and I was so grateful to find a partner in Constellation to make that dream a reality.”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Robert Earl Keen Launches 2nd Season of “Americana Podcast: The 51st State”

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:59

Robert Earl Keen had such a good time hosting the likes of Lucero, Bruce Robison, Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada and more during the 2019 debut season of his Americana Podcast: The 51st State that he has signed on for Season 2.

Over the course of his 30-year career and countless number of performances, REK has grown accustomed to standing onstage behind the mic. Americana Podcast: The 51st State gives Robert the opportunity to sit down with an artist in the Americana genre for a deep-dive interview that seeks to expand the roots, reach and definition of the genre. Each monthly episode is told from the point of view of the artists who have dedicated their lives to Americana music.

REK’s upcoming episodes in 2020 include interviews with Lori McKenna, Mandolin Orange, Jamestown Revival and more. To kick off Season 2, Robert sat down with Drew Holcomb of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, which you can listen to here.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Maren Morris Says First Child Is “Gonna Be a Tour Bus Baby . . . I Feel Like I Can Do Motherhood and My Career”

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:46

Maren Morris is a self-described “workhorse,” and it’s hard to argue with her assessment.

Maren is slated to be onstage at the Houston Rodeo on March 7, just a couple of weeks before her due date. When Maren and husband Ryan Hurd’s little boy arrives, Maren plans to take two months before she gets back on the road for her first performance, which is scheduled for the BottleRock Napa Valley festival on May 24 in Napa Valley, Calif.

She will follow up that performance two weeks later at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York on June 7.

As Maren told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, “it’s kind of nice to have a goal” of getting back onstage.

“I don’t want to take a year off,” says Maren. “I don’t want to, like, be away from my fans for that long. I’m still, at my core, a workhorse, and I love performing. I love being onstage, and I love to sing, so my turnaround after I deliver is pretty short. It’s only two months and I have another gig, but mentally and emotionally—and I could change after I have my baby—but I think that it’ll be good for me to have an endpoint because if it’s just open-ended, I’m gonna be, like, [having] cabin fever, going stir-crazy in the house, like, taking care of this kid . . . It’s kind of nice to have a goal to be like, ‘Okay, I have two months,’ to not put pressure on myself but to get it back together, bring him on the road with me ’cause that’s gonna be the reality. He’s gonna be a tour bus baby, so it makes me feel like I can do motherhood and my career and not have to compartmentalize them.”

Maren’s current single, “The Bones,” is No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart for the second consecutive week. A solo female artist had not accomplished back-to-back weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart since Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” in October/November 2012.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Watch Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton Team Up for New “Dive Bar” Video From Live Show

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 08:46

Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton dropped a new video for “Dive Bar,” which features concert footage of the pair performing the song live for the first time during the G-man’s stadium show in Boise, Idaho, on July 19, 2019.

Penned by Garth, Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy, “Dive Bar” was shipped to country radio in June and is currently No. 8 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart after 35 weeks. The tune will be featured on Garth’s upcoming studio album, FUN.

“Blake . . . he looks fantastic,” says Garth. “But the crowd! The crowd just killed it for me.”

You can watch the new video below via Facebook, which is the only place it’s authorized to be viewed.

photos by NCD

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Brad Paisley Announces “2020 World Tour”

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 16:55

Brad Paisley announced he will embark on a 2020 World Tour.

Kicking off May 15 in Concord, Calif., the tour will make additional U.S. stops in San Diego, Detroit, Cincinnati, Tampa and more. The tour will also visit Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Canada.

Jordan Davis and Gabby Barrett will serve as support. Additional 2020 tour dates will be added soon.

Tickets are on sale now. A portion of all ticket sales will go to The Store, a nonprofit free-referral based grocery store that Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, in partnership with Belmont University, are spearheading in Nashville.

Brad Paisley 2020 World Tour

  • Feb. 21 | San Antonio, TX | San Antonio Rodeo*
  • March 6 | Penticton, BC | South Okanagan Events Centre**
  • March 7 | Abbotsford, BC | Abbotsford Centre**
  • March 9 | Grand Prairie, AB | Revolution Place**
  • March 12 | Moose Jaw, SK | Mosaic Place**
  • March 13 | Medicine Hat, AB | Canalta Centre**
  • March 20 | Thackerville, OK | WinStar World Casino*
  • March 21 | Houston, TX | Houston Rodeo & Livestock*
  • April 2 | Niagara Falls, ON | Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre**
  • April 3 | Uncasville, CT | Mohegan Sun Arena*
  • May 15 | Concord, CA | Concord Pavilion
  • May 16 | Irvine, CA | FivePoint Amphitheatre
  • May 17 | San Diego, CA | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • May 22 | Ridgefield, WA |Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
  • May 23 | George, WA | Gorge Amphitheatre
  • May 28 | Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Amphitheater
  • May 29 | Denver, CO | Pepsi Center
  • May 30 | Salt Lake City, UT | USANA Amphitheatre
  • June 4 | Detroit, MI | DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • June 5 | Chicago, IL | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • June 6 | St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • June 12 | Virginia Beach, VA | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
  • June 13 | Bristow, VA | Jiffy Lube Live
  • June 18 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center
  • June 19 | Alpharetta, GA | Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
  • June 20 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion
  • July 20 | Bergen, Norway | Bergenhus Festning
  • July 22 | Trondheim, Norway | Kristiansten Festning
  • July 24 | Goteborg, Sweden | Liseberg***
  • July 25 | Gavle, Sweden | Furuviiksparken***
  • July 29 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | AFAS Live
  • July 30 | Berlin, Germany | Zitadelle
  • July 31 | Schwetzingen, Germany | Schlossgarten Open Air***
  • Aug. 7 |Syracuse, NY | St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
  • Aug. 8 | Pittsburgh, PA | KeyBank Pavilion
  • Aug. 9 | Bethel, NY | |Bethel Woods Center
  • Aug. 13 | Wantagh, NY | Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
  • Aug. 14 | Montreal, QC | Lasso Festival DeMusique Country***
  • Aug. 15 | Mansfield, MA | Xfinity Center
  • Aug. 22 | Lima, OH | Allen County Fairground***
  • Sept. 3 | West Palm Beach, FL | iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • Sept. 4 | St. Augustine, FL | St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • Sept. 6 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Sept. 26 | Westbrook, ME | Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
  • Sept. 27 | Bloomsburg, PA | Bloomsburg Fair

*Paisley Only
**Paisley and local support
***Festival – includes Paisley and multiple artists

photo by NCD

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Darius Rucker to Serve as Official Ambassador for South Carolina Tourism

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:15

From titling his 2010 album, Charleston, SC 1966, to his ardent support of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, it’s no secret Darius Rucker is a Palmetto State pundit through and through. Now he has finally found the perfect job.

Darius will partner with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism to serve as an official ambassador for South Carolina tourism in 2020.

Darius will make appearances at several major tourism events, including the RBC Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head Island in April. He also will appear on marketing material for the state’s DiSCover campaign and as the cover story for the state’s official vacation guide.

As Darius shared with Nash County Daily a couple of years ago, his love for his hometown of Charleston, S.C., runs deep.

“Charleston is home,” says Darius. “I think it’s the greatest city in the world. The people are so nice. I love the weather. I love the fact I can play golf year round. It’s just one of those towns. I think the restaurants are absolutely incredible. I love to take my kids and just walk downtown. And just people watch and see all the amazing history. I can live wherever I want, but when I think about it, I don’t want to live anywhere but Charleston.”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Maren Morris’ “The Bones” Tops Country Charts for Second Consecutive Week

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:50

Maren Morris’ “The Bones” is No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart for the second consecutive week.

A solo female artist hasn’t accomplished back-to-back weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart since Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” in October/November 2012.

“2 weeks at number 1. If I can be honest, I really thought the only way this could ever happen is if I was the feature artist on a guy’s song,” said Maren via Twitter. “Sitting here seeing my name at the top of a chart at all is rare, but to break this 8 year streak just feels so unbelievable. Thank you.”

Maren co-penned the tune, which is featured on her 2019 album, Girl, with Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins.

“The Bones” follows Maren’s previous No. 1 hits, “I Could Use a Love Song” (January 2018) and “Girl” (July 2019), as well as Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You” (July 2017), which featured Maren.

Directed by Alex Ferrari, the video for “The Bones” features footage of Maren vacationing on the beach with husband Ryan Hurd. The lovebirds share plenty of hugs and kisses in the clip as Maren croons the chorus: “When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter / Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter / Let it break ’cause you and I remain the same / When there ain’t a crack in the foundation / Baby, I know any storm we’re facing / Will blow right over while we stay put / The house don’t fall when the bones are good.”

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Trace Adkins Announces “The Way I Wanna Go Tour”

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:21

Trace Adkins is hitting the road this spring and summer for his The Way I Wanna Go Tour.

Kicking off on April 15 in Lancaster, Pa., the tour will make additional stops in Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Tampa and more.

“I’ll be on stage singing ‘Every Light in the House Is On,’ and I look down at the crowd and realize that person right there wasn’t even alive when I recorded that song,” says Trace. “To watch their face go, ‘Oh, that’s a cool hook, I like this.’ It’s like, ‘Well, these songs still resonate today and are tried-and-true hits.’ It’s pretty special.”

Pre-sale tickets for select dates are available now.

Trace Adkins’ The Way I Wanna Go Tour 

April 15 | American Music Theatre | Lancaster, PA
April 16 | Packard Music Hall | Warren, OH
April 17 | The Ritz Theatre | Tiffin, OH
April 18 | Midland Theatre | Newark, OH
April 19 | Capitol Music Hall | Wheeling, WV
May 7 | Clay Center | Charleston, WV
May 8 | Del Lago Resort & Casino | Waterloo, NY
May 9 | Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races | Charles Town, WV
May 15 | IP Casino Resort & Spa | Biloxi, MS
May 16 | Delta Downs Racetrack Casino | Vinton, LA
June 27 | Frederick Brown Jr Amphitheater | Peachtree City, GA
July 2 | Fraze Pavilion | Kettering, OH
July 3 | French Lick Resort Casino | French Lick, IN
July 5 | Dauphin’s Countryfest | Dauphin, MB, CAN
July 8 | Northern Wisconsin State Fair | Chippewa Falls, WI
July 9 | Red River Valley Fairgrounds | West Fargo, ND
July 10 | Gathering On The Green | Mequon, WI
July 11 | Hodag Country Fest | Rhinelander, WI
July 17 | Sunset Station Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, NV
July 18 | Peppermill Concert Hall | West Wendover, NV
July 19 | Cheyenne Frontier Days | Cheyenne, WY
July 29 | Neshoba County Fair | Philadelphia, MS
July 30 | Tailgate N’ Tallboys Festival | Taylorville, IL
Aug. 1 | Jackson County Fair | Maquoketa, IA
Aug. 7 | Manitoulin Country Fest | Little Current, ON
Aug. 13 | Missouri State Fair | Sedalia, MO
Aug. 15 | Chase County Fair | Imperial, NE
Aug. 21 | Antelope Valley Fair | Lancaster, CA
Sept. 25 | Oklahoma State Fair | Oklahoma City, OK
Sept. 9-14 | Country Cruising | Tampa, FL

photo by NCD

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Carrie Underwood Announces Tour for Her New Book, “Find Your Path”

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:06

Carrie Underwood is hitting the road in March for a four-date tour to promote her new book, Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul and Get Strong With the Fit52 Life.

In the upcoming book, which goes on sale on March 3, Carrie “share secrets for fitting diet and exercise into a packed routine, which is based on her own active lifestyle, diet and workouts.”

“I want to be healthy and fit 52 weeks of the year, but that doesn’t mean I have to be perfect every day,” says Carrie. “This philosophy is a year-round, common-sense approach to health and fitness that involves doing your best most of the time—and by that I don’t mean being naughty for three days and good for four. I mean doing your absolute best most of the time during every week, 52 weeks of the year.”

Tickets for the book tour go on sale on Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. ET, with fan club pre-sale beginning on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. ET.

Carrie Underwood Book Tour

March 2 | Powerhouse | Brooklyn, NY March 3 | Chelsea Piers | Stamford, CT March 5 | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN March 17 | Ray Kurtzman Theater | Los Angeles, CA

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani Share Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse Into Making of “Nobody But You” Video [Watch]

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 12:47

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their “Nobody But You” video.

“There’s no point to this video, okay, but it’s a cool song,” says Blake, in jest, when describing the Sophie Muller-directed clip.

Penned by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James, “Nobody But You” is featured on Blake’s recently released album, Fully Loaded: God’s Country. The new single is currently No. 23 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after six weeks.

Watch Blake and Gwen’s new video below.

photo by Janet Gough, AFF-USA.com

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Rascal Flatts Extends Farewell Tour With 11 New Dates

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 08:47

Goodbyes are hard.

Country trio Rascal Flatts—comprised of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney—revealed they are extending their Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is a Highway Tour with 11 new dates.

After announcing an initial run of 25 dates, including stops in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and more, Rascal Flatts will make 11 additional stops in Kansas City, New Orleans, Nashville and more. Tickets for the new dates go on sale on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. local time.

In additional, Rascal Flatts shared that they will be inviting special guests Chris Lane, Chase Rice, Avenue Beat, Caylee Hammack, King Calaway, Matt Stell and Rachel Wammack to join them on select dates across the run.

Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is a Highway Tour (new dates in bold)

June 11 | Indianapolis, IN | Ruoff Music Center
June 12 | Detroit, MI | DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 13 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center
June 25 | Chicago, IL | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 27 | Pittsburgh, PA | S&T Bank Music Park
July 17 | Rogers, AR | Walmart AMP
July 18 | Dallas, TX | Dos Equis Pavilion
July 23 | St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 24 | Southaven, MS | BankPlus Amphitheater
July 25 | Kansas City, MO | Sprint Center
July 31 | Welch, MN | Treasure Island Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 1 | Omaha, NE | CHI Health Center
Aug. 2 | Dubuque, IA | Q Casino
Aug. 20 | New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center**
Aug. 21 | Brandon, MS | Brandon Amp
Aug. 22 | Birmingham, AL | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sept. 3 | Toronto, ON | Budweiser Stage
Sept. 4 | Cleveland, OH | Blossom Music Center
Sept. 5 | Buffalo, NY | Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sept. 10 | Raleigh, NC | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sept. 11 | Virginia Beach, VA | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sept. 12 | Washington, DC | Jiffy Lube Live
Sept. 17 | Wantagh, NY | Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 18 | Boston, MA | Xfinity Center
Sept. 19 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center
Sept. 25 | Columbus, OH | Nationwide Arena
Oct. 1 | Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre
Oct. 2 | San Diego, CA | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 3 | Irvine, CA | FivePoint Amphitheatre
Oct. 7 | Denver, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Oct. 9 | Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Amphitheater
Oct. 10 | Phoenix, AZ | Ak|Chin Pavilion
Oct. 15 | Atlanta, GA | Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Oct. 16 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 17 | West Palm Beach, FL | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Oct. 30 | Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena

**On sale date to be announced

photo by NCD

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Listen to Carly Pearce’s New Duet With Hubby Michael Ray, “Finish Your Sentences”

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 08:49

Carly Pearce released her self-titled sophomore album on Feb. 14.

The 13-track offering, which was produced by busbee, features a collaboration with husband Michael Ray on “Finish Your Sentences.” Penned by Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure, the new duet was initially sent to Carly by TR and Big Machine Label Group president Scott Borchetta while she and Michael were in the early stages of dating.

“Scott Borchetta and Thomas Rhett actually sent me that song while I was on the road, and Michael and I had just started dating,” says Carly to Nash Country Daily. “And they were like, ‘We want you to sing this with your new boyfriend.’ And I was like, ‘Well, no, because what if we break up?’ But we listened to it, and it was just this really interesting song. I had never heard anybody finish each others’ sentences in a duet and it really did embody that stage of dating and falling in love that was happening during the making of this record. And so when we knew we were going to be together, I was like, ‘You have to be a part of this record in some capacity.’ It was so fun. We put our vocals on it  . . . this really did embody what that first stage was for us. We love singing together. So now it will be great to have our own song.”

Listen to “Finish Your Sentences” below.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Luke Bryan Drops Title Track to Upcoming Album, “Born Here, Live Here, Die Here” [Listen]

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 07:56

Luke Bryan dropped the title track to his upcoming seventh studio album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, which will be released on April 24.

Penned by Jameson Rodgers, Josh Thompson and Jake Mitchell, “Born Here, Live Here, Die Here” follows the release of No. 1 lead single, “Knockin’ Boots” and current Top 10 single, “What She Wants Tonight.”

“‘Proud to be right here’ is a phrase from my new album’s title track,” said Luke. “From the moment I first heard it, I loved that this song related so closely to how I grew up and how I still have so many ties to my hometown. It’s a connection I feel is so important in country music. I am truly so thankful to have the opportunity to make music for my fans and to look out into the crowds each night from stage and be proud of what we’ve created.”

Listen to “Born Here, Live Here, Die Here” below.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” Earns 8x Platinum Certification & Becomes Top 5 Best-Selling Country Song

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:47

Darius Rucker’s 2013 No.1 hit, “Wagon Wheel,” has been certificated by the RIAA as 8X Platinum for sales of 8 million units.

The tune, which was written by Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, is now one of the Top 5 best-selling country songs of all time as certified by the RIAA.

Darius was surprised with a plaque presentation by the RIAA on Feb. 12 at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“I don’t believe you,” said Darius. “I don’t believe this! Wow, what a testament to the fans and their love of country music.”

“Even in my wildest dreams for ‘Wagon Wheel,’ the singer was never me or Bob,” said Ketch. “It could have been a lot of different people who had the big hit with it. It could have been one of those perfect-smile guys with the made-for-TV personalities. That it was instead a salt of the earth singer like Darius is something divine I’ll leave to the theologians to figure out.”

RIAA Best-Selling Country Songs

  1. “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line, 11X Platinum
  2. “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, 11X Platinum
  3. “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum, 9X Platinum
  4. “Love Story” – Taylor Swift, 8X Platinum
  5. “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker, 8X Platinum
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