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Garth Brooks to Receive Inaugural “George H.W. Bush Award” for Philanthropy

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:58

Garth Brooks will soon add another award to his crowded trophy case, the inaugural George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion.

Points of Light, a global nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, created the award to honor outstanding individuals who advance solutions to the world’s toughest challenges and exemplify the extraordinary traits of its late founder and the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.

Garth will be recognized at The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala on Sept. 26 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Former Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of the Awards Gala.

“The fact that this award is a reflection of 41, his beloved Barbara, and the work they believed in is the greatest honor,” said Garth. “An award is only as good as its recipient—my hope and goal is to make the Bush family and the Honorary Chairs proud that Garth Brooks is the first name on this award for caring and compassion.”

Since Garth co-founded Teammates For Kids with Bo Mitchell in 1999, more than 4,700 professional athletes from baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, rodeo and racing have helped raised more than $100 million to aid children in over 60 countries around the globe. In addition, Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade.

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Drake White Reveals He’s Suffering From a Brain Condition

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 10:59

Drake White revealed to People in July that he is suffering from arteriovenous mallformation, a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.

The news comes to light after Drake stumbled onstage and cut short his performance in Roanoke, Va., on Aug. 16.

Drake says he was diagnosed with the condition in January after suffering from headaches. He is currently undergoing a series of “embolization procedures to cut off blood flow to the affected vessels.”

“Hey my friends—I am beyond overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, prayers and good vibes the past few days,” said Drake via Instagram. “I’ve felt them all. I’m gonna take some time to rest up and I can’t wait to get back out there with y’all.”

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Hey my friends – I am beyond overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, prayers and good vibes the past few days. I’ve felt them all. I’m gonna take some time to rest up and I can’t wait to get back out there with y’all. DW.

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Carrie Underwood Returns to “Sunday Night Football” With New Rendition of Original Theme Song Featuring Joan Jett

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:48

Carrie Underwood is returning to Sunday Night Football on Sept. 8 with a new rendition of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” that features Joan Jett.

From 2013 to 2015, Carrie opened SNF with “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” which is based on Joan’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” The re-tooled song replaces “Game On,” which was featured during the 2018 season.

“I have always been a huge fan of Joan’s, and I’m thrilled that she’s joining us for the Sunday Night Football open,” Carrie said. “What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on primetime’s biggest stage?”

“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” which was performed by Pink, was the original opening for SNF in 2006. Faith Hill replaced Pink from 2007 to 2012.

Carrie opened SNF with “Oh, Sunday Night” during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, which was based on her 2014 duet with Miranda Lambert, “Somethin’ Bad.”

Sunday Night Football on NBC will debut on Sunday, Sept. 8, as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Garth Brooks Announces Third Stop on “Dive Bar Tour”

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:04

After taking his Dive Bar Tour to Chicago (July 15) and Bakersfield (Aug. 15), Garth Brooks announced the third stop on his seven-date tour: Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, on Sept. 23.

Built in the 1870s and known as the oldest continually run dancehall in the state, the 6,000-square-foot Gruene Hall is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.

Like the first two stops on the tour, tickets to the Gruene Hall show are only available via country radio in the area.

Garth’s seven-date Dive Bar Tour takes its name from his current single, “Dive Bar,” which features Blake Shelton. .themify_builder .text-589465-0-0-0.module-text{background-repeat: repeat}

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Lauren Alaina to Be Featured on New Season of “Dancing With the Stars”

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 08:47

Lauren Alaina will be one of 12 contestants vying for the Mirror Ball trophy on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.

Kicking off on Sept. 16 on ABC, Dancing With the Stars will also feature Hannah Brown, Karamo Brown, Mary Wilson, Lamar Odom, James Van Der Beek, Ally Brooke, Kate Flannery, Sean Spicer, Kel Mitchell, Christie Brinkley 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.

Mirror, Mirror on the ball. Surprise!!! @DancingABC

— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) August 21, 2019

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Dwight Yoakam Announces 9-Date Las Vegas Residency

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:34

Dwight Yoakam will bring his distinctive croon and swiveling hips to the Wynn’s Encore Theater in Las Vegas for nine dates this winter.

The nine-date residency, billed as An Evening with Dwight Yoakam & the Bakersfield Beat, is scheduled to take place on Dec. 4, 6, 7, 10, 12 and 14, as well as March 4, 6 and 7.

Beginning with the Dust Bowl era, Dwight will take the audience on a musical excursion exploring the history of the sounds associated with Bakersfield, Calif., through songs and storytelling. The showcase will reflect the concepts that created his self-curated SiriusXM channel, Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat.

Tickets ($59.50–$175 plus fees) go on sale on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. PDT.

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Michael Ray to Headline “CMT on Tour” With Jimmie Allen & Walker County

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:53

Michael Ray will headline the 19th annual CMT on Tour.

The tour will kick off on Oct. 17 in Greensboro, N.C., making additional stops in Birmingham, Fort Wayne, New York and more.

Jimmie Allen and Walker County will provide support. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. CT.

“I’m so honored to be headlining CMT on Tour with Jimmie and Walker County,” says Michael Ray. “I think CMT has a great way of putting a package together that really sets up artists for the next chapter.”

CMT on Tour

Oct. 17 | Greensboro, NC | Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Oct. 18 | Birmingham, AL | Iron City
Nov.1 | Grand Rapids, MI | 20 Monroe Live
Nov. 2 | Fort Wayne, IN | The Clyde Theatre
Nov. 22 | Lexington, KY | Tipsy Cow Bar
Nov. 23 | Macon, GA | The Crazy Bull
Dec. 5 | New York, NY | The Gramercy Theatre
Dec. 6 | Sayreville, NJ | Starland Ballroom
Dec. 7 | Clifton Park, NY | Upstate Concert

Additional cities to be announced at a later date.

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Grand Ole Opry to Feature New Dolly Parton Exhibit

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:51

Dolly Parton is celebrating her golden anniversary—that’s 50 years—as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2019.

In honor of the anniversary, the Opry is hosting a new exhibit, Dolly: My Opry Memories, which features 24 wardrobe pieces Dolly has worn on the Opry stage over the last 50 years.

Garments featured in the exhibit include:

  • Dress worn on the evening of her Opry induction (1969)
  • Gown worn for a duet with fellow Opry member Vince Gill while singing “I Will Always Love You” (1995)
  • Ensemble worn during a surprise Opry appearance to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Reba McEntire’s Opry debut (2017)

Also included in the exhibit in the Opry House’s historic Studio A are exclusive videos of Dolly recounting some of her favorite Opry memories, along with rarely seen performance clips spanning her five decades of Opry membership.

Tickets for the exhibit, which runs from Sept. 3 to Oct. 31, are $17.

“It was always my dream to be on the Opry,” says Dolly. “I actually got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 10 years old. I officially became a member back in 1969 and I cannot believe [I’m celebrating] 50 proud years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry! They call it the ‘Mother Church’ because the old Ryman was a church, but it’s sacred to me, wherever it goes—the church of my heart. For me, the Opry is like the song ‘New York, New York’—if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership.”

The Opry will celebrate Dolly Week in October with a number of performances on Oct. 10, 11 and 12.

  • Oct. 10 | Opry Country Classics featuring performances of Dolly’s No. 1 hits
  • Oct. 11 | Dolly’s Mountain Soul: Bluegrass, Americana & Roots Music honors Dolly
  • Oct. 12 | Dolly Parton’s 50th Grand Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration featuring Dolly Parton and many more (two shows)

Over the course of her career, Dolly has earned eight Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Dolly was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—both as a solo artist and as a member of Trio. She became a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) honored her with their Icon Award in 2003, and in 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award. In 2005, she was presented the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government, the National Medal of Arts. Dolly will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy Week in February.

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Luke Bryan Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Sophomore Album, “Doin’ My Thing,” With Vinyl Release

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:14

Luke Bryan will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the release of his sophomore album, Doin’ My Thing, by releasing the album on vinyl for the first time on Oct. 4.

Initially released on Oct. 6, 2009, Doin’ My Thing spawned Luke’s first No. 1 single, “Rain Is a Good Thing,” as well as the follow-up No. 1 hit, “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”

The 13-track deluxe vinyl record features two bonus tracks, “Ya’ll Can Have This Town” and “Favorite Flowers.” The deluxe edition will also be released digitally on Oct. 4.

Doin’ My Thing Track List
Side A:
1. Rain Is A Good Thing
2. Doin’ My Thing
3. Do I
4. What Country Is
5. Someone Else Calling You Baby
6. Welcome To The Farm
7. Apologize
Side B:
8. Every Time I See You
9. Chuggin’ Along
10. I Did It Again
11. Drinkin’ Beer And Wastin’ Bullets
12. Ya’ll Can Have This Town (Bonus Track)
13. Favorite Flowers (Bonus Track)

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard & Wife Hayley Welcome Baby Boy

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:53

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley welcomed their second child, a baby boy named Luca Reed Hubbard, on Aug. 19.

“Words can’t describe the overwhelming emotions that I experienced last night as we witnessed the miracle of life,” said Tyler, in part, via Instagram. “I couldn’t be more proud of my amazing wife @hayley_hubbard through this whole journey. She’s an absolute angel and meant to be a mother. I thank God for answering our prayers and bringing Luca into the world peacefully and smoothly. I didn’t think life could get any better but it just did.”

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Words can’t describe the overwhelming emotions that I experienced last night as we witnessed the miracle of life. I couldn’t be more proud of my amazing wife @hayley_hubbard through this whole journey. She’s an absolute angel and meant to be a mother. I thank God for answering our prayers and bringing Luca into the world peacefully and smoothly. I didn’t think life could get any better but it just did. Thank you @katiekauss for catching these moments and @people for telling our story. Link in bio #mynewridingbuddy

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According to People, Luca Reed weighed in at 8 lbs., 11 oz., and measured 20.5 inches long.

Tyler and Hayley’s new addition with join 20-month-old big sister, Olivia, in the Hubbard household.

Congrats to the family.

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ACM Honors Ceremony Announces Final Performer & Presenter Lineup

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 12:06

The Academy of Country Music announced its final performer and presenter lineup for the 13th annual ACM Honors ceremony.

Performers: Lauren Alaina, Caylee Hammack, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Midland, Billy Joe Shaver, Tenille Townes, Keith Urban, Chris Young.

Presenters: Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Chris Janson, Barbara Mandrell, Shane McAnally, Midland, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young.

The ACM Honors, which will take place on August 21 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, will recognize the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 54th ACM Awards, including Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming, Billy Joe Shaver, Gayle Holcomb and A Star Is Born.

Tickets for the ACM Honors are on sale now.

Check out the list of awardees, awards and past winners below.

Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride

Cliffie Stone Icon Award: This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry leader who throughout their career has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts.
Past Winners: Alabama, Bob Beckham, Garth Brooks, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, George Strait, The Judds, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs, The Statler Brothers, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Keith Whitley, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Wills, Dwight Yoakam and Alan Jackson.

Gayle Holcomb

Gary Harber Lifting Lives Award: This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry professional who is devoted to improving lives through the power of music, has a generosity of spirit, and is committed to serving others, voted on by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors.
Past Winners: Brooks & Dunn, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Lonestar, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker.

Miranda Lambert

Gene Weed Milestone Award: This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry leader for a specific, unprecedented or outstanding achievement in the field of country music during the preceding calendar year.
Past Winners: Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, George Burns, Kenny Chesney, Jeff Foxworthy, Merle Haggard, Gayle Holcomb, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt.

Kacey Musgraves

Jim Reeves International Award: This award recognizes an artist or industry leader for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.
Past Winners: Joe Allison, Bill Boyd, Garth Brooks, Steve Buchanan, Joe Cates, Eric Church, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Al Gallico, Merv Griffin, Jim Halsey, Alan Jackson, Ken Kragen, Lady Antebellum, Sam Louvello, Thurston Moore, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Roy Rogers, Bob Saporiti, Louise Scruggs, Dinah Shore, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Jeff Walker, Jo Walker-Meador, Bill Ward and Rob Potts.

Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming and Billy Joe Shaver

Poet’s Award: This award is presented to a country music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of country music.
Past Winners: Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Shel Silverstein, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Guy Clark, Jack Clement, Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Eddie Rabbitt, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams, Matraca Berg and Norro Wilson.

Shane McAnally

Songwriter of the Year Award: This award is presented to an individual known predominately as a songwriter, selected by a Professional Panel of judges composed of songwriters, publishers, producers, and performing rights organization representatives.
Past Winners:
Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Roger Miller and Rhett Akins.

A Star Is Born

Tex Ritter Film Award: This award recognizes an outstanding television movie, series or feature film released during the preceding calendar year which prominently features country music.
Past Winners: Beer For My Horses, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Country Strong, Crazy Heart, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, Nashville, O Brother, Where Art Thou, Sweet Dreams and Walk the Line, among others.

photos: Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban by Curtis Hilbun; Chris Young & Lauren Alaina by Tammie Arroyo,

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Tyler Childers Announces 4-Night Residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:08

Fresh off of debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart last week with Country Squire, Tyler Childers has announced a four-night residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The shows will take place on Feb. 6 (special guest TBA), Feb. 7 (special guest TBA), Feb. 15 (special guest Larry Cordle) and Feb. 16 (special guest Daughter of Swords). Ticket pre-sale begins on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. CT, with public on-sale beginning on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. CT.

Produced by Sturgill Simpson and Dave Ferguson, Country Squire moved 32,000 equivalent album units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The nine-song offering marks the Kentucky native’s first No. 1 album. Tyler’s sophomore album, Purgatory, peaked at No. 17 on the chart in 2017.

Tyler will embark on his extensive Country Squire Run headlining tour this fall, including stops in Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston and more.

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Jason Aldean Returns to Las Vegas for Three Shows in December

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 10:17

Jason Aldean will return to Las Vegas for three shows in December as part of the Jason Aldean: Ride All Night Vegas mini-residency.

The concerts will take place on Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at the 5,200-seat Park Theater in Park MGM.

Jason was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, when a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd from an elevated position, killing 58 people and wounding more than 400. Jason performed in Las Vegas at a music festival in 2018, however, Ride All Night Vegas marks Jason’s first headlining gig in Vegas since the shooting.

“I’ve wanted to bring our show back to Vegas for a while now, and the timing feels right,” said Jason. “We’re going to pack up the show, set it up for a couple days and hang out with our Vegas family. I’m looking forward to being back.”

Dee Jay Silver will provide support.

Tickets for fan club members go on sale on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. PT, while general tickets go on sale on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. PT.

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Carrie Underwood to Host the CMA Awards With Special Guests Reba McEntire & Dolly Parton

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:07

The Country Music Association announced that Carrie Underwood will host the 53rd CMA Awards with special guest co-hosts Reba McEntrie and Dolly Parton on Nov. 13 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Carrie and Brad Paisley co-hosted the CMA Awards for the past 11 years.

Dolly hosted the CMA Awards in 1988, while Reba hosted the show in 1991 and co-hosted the show in 1990 and 1992.

Carrie, Dolly and Reba earned a combined 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins, 11 for Female Vocalist of the Year. In addition, the three superstars hold a combined 14 nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, with Dolly receiving the award in 1978 and Reba winning in 1986.

Final nominees for the 53rd CMA Awards will be announced on Aug. 28 during ABC’s Good Morning America and via stream following the broadcast.

photos: Carrie Underwood & Dolly Parton by Curtis Hilbun; Reba McEntire by Tammie Arroyo,

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Listen to Jon Pardi’s Laid-Back New Song, “Tequila Little Time”

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:43

Following in the long line of agave-inspired country songs, Jon Pardi released a new tune, “Tequila Little Time,” from his upcoming album, Heartache Medication, which drops on Sept. 27.

Written by Jon, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird, the laid-back song features a south-of-border flair with horns, accordion and stylized strings.

‘It’s about picking up a girl that’s down and maybe—maybe—we want to do a shot of tequila,” says Jon. “It’s just a fun song.”

Listen to “Tequila Little Time” below.

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Randy Travis Releases Affectionate New Single, “Lead Me Home” [Listen]

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:21

Warner Music Nashville has shared a previously unreleased song, “Lead Me Home,” by Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Travis.

Randy recorded the bluegrass-infused ballad prior to his stroke in 2013. The new tune follows the release of “One in a Row” in May and comes out on the heels of the release of his new book, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life, which chronicles Randy’s working-class childhood, country music career, medical problems, broken marriage and more.

Over the course of his career, Randy has recorded 18 No. 1 hits and sold more than 25 million albums. He suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2013, but with the help of wife Mary and physical therapy, he has made improvements in his speaking, walking and singing. He was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Randy celebrated his 60th birthday in April.

Listen to “Lead Me Home” below.

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Dierks Bentley to Host Westwood One’s Labor Day Special

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:13

While Dierks Bentley has plenty of sizzling songs in his cache of hits—including “Feel That Fire,” “Somewhere on a Beach” and “Burning Man”—the Arizona native will help say goodbye to summer and hello to cooler weather (hopefully) when he hosts Westwood One’s Labor Day special: Workin’ Hard Country.

During the four-hour radio special, Dierks will share some of his pre-fame jobs and help curate a playlist of work songs and summertime anthems that feature many of country music’s top artists, including Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more.

Stations can air Westwood One’s Labor Day holiday special Workin’ Hard Country with Dierks Bentley anytime Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2, between 6 a.m. and midnight.

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Watch Brett Young Team With Gavin DeGraw for Acoustic Version of “Chapters”

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:47

Brett Young continues to roll out songs from his monthly video series, Acoustic Sessions, which features stripped-down performances of tunes from his recent sophomore album, Ticket to L.A.

The new installment teams Brett with Gavin DeGraw for a performance of “Chapters,” which the tandem co-penned with Ross Copperman.

“This song is so special to me,” says Brett. “It’s exactly my life. Getting to revisit and retool it with Gavin was a really cool experience, especially now that I’m in an exciting new stage of my life. I hope the fans feel like they can relate to it too and enjoy the new spin we put on it.”

Brett will release his new EP, Acoustic Sessions, on Sept. 13.

Watch Brett’s performance of “Chapters,” featuring Gavin DeGraw.

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Alabama Cancels More Shows as Randy Owen Deals With Health Issues

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:56

After canceling four shows in July (19th, 20th, 26th and 27th), Alabama has scratched their upcoming shows in Lewisburg, W.Va. (Aug. 16), and Holmdel, N.J. (Aug. 17), as frontman Randy Owen continues to deal with vertigo and migraines.

Alabama’s management company, Conway Entertainment Group, released a statement via Instagram on behalf of the Hall of Fame group: “The Group Alabama regrets that they will not be appearing in Lewisburg, WV, this Friday. Randy Owen, the lead singer is being treated for cluster migraines and vertigo and is under Doctor’s orders not to perform. The group was to appear in Lewisburg, WV, at the State Fair of West Virginia on August 16, and PNC Bank Arena in Holmdel, NJ on Saturday, August 17. The band Alabama was looking forward to performing for the fans on the 50th Anniversary Tour and apologize for the inconvenience.”

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NOTICE ON 8/16/19 ALABAMA SHOW: “The Group Alabama regrets that they will not be appearing in Lewisburg, WV, this Friday. Randy Owen, the lead singer is being treated for cluster migraines and vertigo and is under Doctor’s orders not to perform. The group was to appear in Lewisburg, WV, at the State Fair of West Virginia on August 16, and PNC Bank Arena in Holmdel, NJ on Saturday, August 17. The band Alabama was looking forward to performing for the fans on the 50th Anniversary Tour and apologize for the inconvenience.”
- Tony Conway Ontourage Management Nashville, TN Refunds from ticket sales at the State Fair of West Virginia will be issued immediately for credit cards and within 7-10 business days after the fair for cash or checks. Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment. State Fair of West Virginia is not responsible for tickets bought or sold from third party vendors. Refunds will only be issued to tickets purchased from ETIX and the State Fair of West Virginia. Jamey Johnson will now be performing at the State Fair of West Virginia on Friday, August 16 at 8 pm. Tickets for this show are $30 for reserved box seats and $25 for track standing room only, grandstand and ADA. All tickets include admission into the fair. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (3849), by visiting or by visiting the State Fair Box Office. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Alabama is celebrating a half-century of making music with their current 50th Anniversary Tour. The cross-country trek kicked off in January with an announced run of more than 50 shows through November, featuring an array of openers, including Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Beach Boys, John Anderson, Restless Heart, Exile, John Michael Montgomery, Scotty McCreery and more.

Alabama has not performed since a July 12 show in Arkansas. The band’s next slated date is on Aug. 23 in Michigan.

Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour

  • CANCELLED Aug. 16 | State Fair of West Virginia | Lewisburg, WV
  • CANCELLED Aug. 17 | PNG Bank Arts Center | Holmdel, NJ (w/ Scotty McCreery)
  • Aug. 23 | Van Andel Arena | Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Restless Heart)
  • Aug. 24 | The Country Fest’s Neon Nights | North Lawrence, OH
  • Aug. 29 | Mohegan Sun Arena | Wilkes|Barre, PA (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Aug. 31 | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion | Gilford, NH (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Sept. 1 | Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion | Bangor, ME (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Sept. 13 | Fox Theatre | Detroit, MI (w/ Exile)
  • Sept. 14 | Tailgates N’ Tallboys | Peoria, IL
  • Sept. 27 | Martin Luther King Jr. Arena | Savannah, GA
  • Sept. 28 | Hertz Arena | Estero, FL
  • Oct. 3 | Colonial Life Arena | Columbia, SC (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Oct. 4 | Legacy Arena at the BJCC | Birmingham, AL (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Oct. 10 | Donald L. Tucker Civic Center | Tallahassee, FL (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Oct. 11 | Spectrum Center | Charlotte, NC (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Nov. 1 | WinStar World Casino & Resort | Thackerville, OK
  • Nov. 2 | Intrust Bank Arena | Wichita, KS (w/ The Beach Boys)
  • Nov. 8 | Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center | Madison, WI (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Nov. 9 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Indianapolis, IN (w/ Restless Heart)
  • Nov. 20 | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Nov. 22 | Royal Farms Arena | Baltimore, MD
  • Nov. 23 | Wicimico Civic Center | Salisbury, MD (w/ Exile)

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Listen to Blake Shelton’s New Single, “Hell Right,” Featuring Trace Adkins

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 23:11

Blake Shelton will try to score the 27th No. 1 single of his career with the release of “Hell Right.”

The new tune, which features vocals from Trace Adkins, was penned by David Garcia, Brett Tyler and Michael Hardy, who is one of the co-writers behinds Blake’s most recent No. 1 hit, “God’s Country.”

“The first time I ever heard ‘Hell Right,’ [producer] Scott Hendricks sent it over to me—and we had pretty much decided that we were finished recording for a while, and I wasn’t even thinking about it,” says Blake. “But he said that Hardy had written a song and he wanted me to hear it, so with the success of ‘God’s Country’ and just knowing how talented that guy is, I thought, ‘Man, I better at least listen to it even though I don’t see myself going in and recording.’ About three-quarters of the way through the song, I decided, ‘Oh, my god, I’m not done recording. I’ve gotta go cut this song. It’s just so much fun and just so infectious. It seems like something that would be great to have out this summer, like, let’s do this thing, let’s get it out now.’ It’s one of the reasons that I’ve been so excited about not releasing an album because it’s awesome to be able to react to great songs and just get em out there to the fans.”

Blake invited longtime friends Trace Adkins to add his baritone vocals to the tune, much like he did for 2009 No. 1 hit, “Hillbilly Bone.”

“I decided it would be great to have Trace Adkins on this [song] just because he’s got that low, deep, big voice and he’s so great at the ad-lib stuff,” says Blake. “He just brings a certain quality to any recording that nobody else can touch. The guy’s got so much personality in his voice and the way he sings, and I still think that he’s one of the most underrated country artists out there, so I called him and asked if he would be on the record with me and he said something that was close to ‘hell right,’ but it was a different cuss word.”

Listen to “Hell Right” below.

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