Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett To Headline Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Hot off the press at CountryMusicNewsBlog.com!

EMI NASHVILLE’s ERIC CHURCH, BMLG RECORDS’ FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, and VALORY MUSIC CO.’s THOMAS RHETT have been slated to headline this year’s PEPSI GULF COAST JAM taking place FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st through SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd in PANAMA CITY BEACH. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are available to purchase now at CountryMusicOnTour.com “Last year was absolutely amazing, and we’re beyond excited about our headliners and can’t wait to get our entire lineup out there for this year,” said PEPSI GULF COAST JAM Exec. Producer RENDY LOVELADY. “We’re proud to have built this into the biggest Country music festival in the SOUTHEAST, and we love showing off our fourth headliner – the beautiful beaches of PANAMA CITY BEACH.”

ACM Teams With Stagecoach Festival For Fan Giveaways

ACM Award News on Country Music News Blog

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) and STAGECOACH FESTIVAL have teamed up to provide Country music fans with the chance to win passes to this year’s FESTIVAL — set for FRIDAY, APRIL 27th through SUNDAY, APRIL 29th — and next year’s “ACM AWARDS.” Interactive fan activation points will be featured at select ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE events happening FRIDAY, APRIL 13th through SUNDAY, APRIL 15th in LAS VEGAS, leading up to SUNDAY’s (4/15) “53RD ANNUAL ACM AWARDS.” The ACM will also take over STAGECOACH’s INSTAGRAM account for a portion of “ACM AWARDS” weekend to give fans a behind-the-scenes peek at the AWARDS. “I am beyond excited about teaming up with the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC,” said Dir./STAGECOACH FESTIVAL STACY VEE. “Our organizations share a passion for creating quality events and opportunities for artists and fans alike.” Added ACM SVP/Events & Partnerships ERICK LONG, “The ACM is thrilled to collaborate with SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’s preeminent Country music festival, STAGECOACH. It seemed like a logical, natural fit to bring together these two WEST COAST forces to create additional opportunities for our Country music fans.”

Kenny Chesney Adds Intimate Amphitheater Dates to 2018 Trip Around the Sun

Kenny Chesney Tour News | Photo Credit: Allister Ann

Everyone knows: nobody does stadium shows like Kenny Chesney! With an armful of No. 1s, a high-energy band and the energy to throw his songs to the seats at the top of the other end zone, The Wall Street Journal crowned him “The King of the Road.” But for the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee, there is an intimacy – and an exhale — that comes with amphitheater shows that offer an equally important experience the No Shoes Nation demands. is right in our “Nothing’s like the energy of a stadium show,” Chesney admits. “But there’s also something about the amphitheaters, where the people are all so close. It’s like being with your friends somewhere back home, singing songs and hanging out, and having the best party of the year. For us, it feels like the people are so right there, and the songs are driving the night. It’s an experience we know No Shoes Nation loves and misses when we don’t do it, so this year, we’re going to make sure there are plenty of opportunities to see us under the pavilion or out on the lawn.” While the tour kicks off April 21 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, look for the more intimate amphitheater plays to begin May 10 at Virginia Beach’s Farm Bureau Live, May 11 at Charlotte, NC’s PNC Music Pavilion and May 12 at Raleigh, NC’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park. The 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour will thread between massive stadium shows and the more streamlined concerts throughout the summer – and see Chesney create two very different kinds of concert experiences. “Part of the fun of mixing the venues is riding the energy, letting the music breathe in different ways and really giving the audience dynamics that are so intense without being the same show across America,” Chesney explains. “The amphitheaters all have their own vibes, their own attitude – and those experiences shift very specifically. Darling’s Waterfront in Bangor, Maine is one thing; Mountain View, California’s Shoreline Amphitheater is something else altogether, just like the folks in Toronto at the Molson or Austin’s Austin360 Amphitheaters.” With Chesney returning to a full touring calendar after creating more seats at Boston’s Gillette Stadium – to break the attendance record with 121,624 people over two nights – Chesney’s passion to play is at a new high. Energized by the response to Cosmic Hallelujah, The Big Revival, and the hits “American Kids,” “Noise,” “Save It for a Rainy Day” and “All the Pretty Girls,” the 8-time Entertainer of the Year is fired up and focused. “I feel like this summer, we’re going to take those songs on Live in No Shoes Nation, and lift them even higher,” Chesney says. “Listening to it over and over, hearing everyone’s voices raised… It’s what makes coming out to see us special! When you get to hear all that heart, all that fun, and life, and love coming towards the stage, it really takes our breath away. So, get ready Continue reading

KATHY MATTEA TO PERFORM 35TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT ALIVE AT THE BLUEBIRD SERIES

Kathy Mattea Alive at the Bluebird

Kathy Mattea first performed at the Bluebird Cafe on January 25, 1983, and her performance tomorrow as part of the 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird concert series benefiting Alive Hospice will mark 35 years to the day when she first set foot in the famed club. She and her GRAMMY Award-winning husband, songwriter Jon Vezner, appeared on WSM-AM’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” to chat about her history with the Bluebird Cafe and their performances this week as part of Alive at the Bluebird. Pictured following the WSM-AM appearance are: (l. to r.)- WSM-AM Coffee, Country & Cody host Bill Cody; Anna-Gene O’Neal, Alive Hospice President/CEO; Kathy Mattea; Jon Vezner; Charlie Mattos, Coffee, Country & Cody producer. An Evening with Kathy Mattea Celebrating 35 Years is scheduled TODAY, Thursday, January 25 at 9:30 p.m., and Jon will be joined by Pat Alger, Don Henry and Tom Paxton on Friday, the 26th at 9:30 p.m. Both shows are currently sold out, but there is a possibility of seats becoming available at the door due to no shows or last-minute cancellations. Admission for most Alive at the Bluebird shows follows the standard Bluebird Cafe reservation policy. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shows are available at 8:00 a.m. one week prior to the posted show, and weekend shows may be reserved on the preceding Monday beginning at 8:00 a.m. at www.BluebirdCafe.com. Please refer to the same website for admission pricing. Presenting sponsors for Alive at the Bluebird include Bass, Berry & Sims, Cigna, HCA, Hub International, Jackson National and Tennessee Oncology. SouthComm and WSM-AM return as media sponsors. Two special items have been donated to Alive Hospice to be auctioned during the 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird concert series. A beautiful original “Wings to Fly” oil painting donated by acclaimed artist Deann Hebert and an Epiphone FT-100 acoustic guitar donated by Earl E. Owens, a prominent Nashville manager, producer, promoter and public relations executive who was cared for by Alive Hospice last year. The guitar will be autographed by all artists and writers performing during the Alive at the Bluebird series, and both items will be available for bidding online at www.bluebirdcafe.com and in person on the final night of the series. The Bluebird Cafe opened in June of 1982 and has been celebrating its 35th anniversary with special shows and events. Bluebird: The Movie, an in-depth documentary about the influence the tiny 90-seat venue has had on singers, songwriters and popular music in general, is currently in production. About Alive Hospice: Alive Hospice is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit that provides compassionate care and support for terminally ill patients and their families, grief support for adults and children, and education about the end of life. Alive Hospice was founded in 1975, making it the first hospice program in Tennessee and the Southeast, and the first in the nation to provide hospice care in private homes. Alive Hospice is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, call 615-327-1085 or visit www.AliveHospice.org. Alive Hospice’s Mission: Continue reading

Academy of Country Music Reveals Schedule & Ticket On-Sale for 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause

ACM Party For A Cause

The Academy of Country Music® announced exciting details about The Week Vegas Goes Country®, including a schedule of events and on-sale ticket information for the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® to be held Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, 2018.  This year’s ACM Party for a Cause will consist of fan events across the Las Vegas Strip leading up to and immediately following the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Portions of all event proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, which works to lift lives through the power of music.  Tickets will be available Thursday, January 25 via pre-sale and to the general public on Friday, January 26 for marquee ACM Party for a Cause events, including: ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, an upscale evening modeled after an old-fashioned guitar pull, featuring today’s best songwriters in the round alongside superstar country artists performing songs they composed and the stories of how those collaborations came together. The first-ever ACM Topgolf Tee-Off, an update to the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic, where fans can watch their favorite country artists compete in a tournament of golf skills – and also take in LIVE performances by hot new acts (to be announced). ACM Awards Official After Party, the biggest party of the night featuring all-star performances following the big show! Each of the announced festivities will feature performances by some of the biggest names and hottest new talent in country music to be announced in the coming weeks. TICKET ON-SALE INFORMATION:  ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER AND ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE: Both can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Thursday, January 25, 2018 by visiting www.PartyForaCause.com. The pre-sale code will be emailed prior to the on-sale.  GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE: Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10:00 AM (PT) Friday, January 26, 2018 at www.PartyForaCause.com.  Tickets start at $35. Please note, tickets for ACM Party for a Cause: WME’s Bash at The Beach events will go on sale at a later date, for more information please visit www.PartyForaCause.com.   SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 7:30 PM               95.5 The Bull’s 10th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull Presented by 95.5 The Bull and benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital                                 Location: The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort 10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 12:00 PM             ACM Party for a Cause: Tailgate Party                                 Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country 6:00 PM               ACM Party for a Cause                                 Location: Sandbar Pool, Red Rock Casino Resort 7:00 PM               ACM Party for a Cause: WME’s Bash at The Beach Location: The Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino 8:00 PM               ACM Stories, Songs & Stars A Songwriter’s Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 10:00 PM             Continue reading

Sugarland 2018 Concert Tour Details Announced!

Sugarland Still The Same Official

According to our friends over at CountryMusicOnTour.com Sugarland has confirmed their 2018 comeback tour! Fans across the internet waited with baited breath and hilarious .gifs as Sugarland teased their Wednesday announcement. In fact, one fan summed it up perfectly: I’ve waited 6 long years for the return of country’s favorite duo powerhouse. Today I find out when I can see them again and I’m sure they’re #StillTheSame as they were with beautiful souls, hearts, and voices. We’re ready. @Sugarlandmusic @JenniferNettles @kristianbush pic.twitter.com/0M4uFw6QGH — Scott Lowery (@ScottLowery94) January 3, 2018 Joining Sugarland on tour is country newcomer Lindsey Ell and Frankie Ballard.  Ticket presales start January 10th. In addition to Sugarland’s headlining tour, the award-winning duo have also confirmed performances for the C2C: Country To Country festival tour with stops in London, Glasgow, and Dublin. Still The Same 2018 Tour Stops: allentown, pa anaheim, ca atlanta, ga augusta, ga bakersfield, ca bismarck, nd chicago, il columbia, md columbus, oh dallas, tx daytona beach, fl denver, co des moines, ia durant, ok gilford, nh grand island, ne grand rapids, mi green bay, wi greenville, sc huntsville, al las vegas, nv los angeles, ca louisville, ky moline, il nashville, tn newark, nj niagara falls, ont omaha, ne Pensacola, FL – July 26th w/ Lindsey Ell & Frankie Ballard phoenix, az portland, or raleigh, nc rapid city, sd san diego, ca santa barbara, ca seattle, wa sioux falls, sd spokane, wa st. louis, mo st. paul, mn sugarland, tx toledo, oh tulsa, ok uncasville, ct verona, ny wichita, ks worcester, ma youngstown, oh

Tune In Alert: KELSEA BALLERINI “UNAPOLOGETICALLY” CONCERT SPECIAL TONIGHT

Kelsea Ballerini on Country Music News BLog

KELSEA BALLERINI UNAPOLOGETICALLY CAPS STAR-DEFINING YEAR WITH  AT&T AUDIENCE NETWORK TELEVISION CONCERT SPECIAL TONIGHT Before ringing in 2018, Black River Entertainment recording artist KELSEA BALLERINI is topping off a “mountaintop” year with an exclusive one-hour television concert special, Kelsea Ballerini, presented by AT&T AUDIENCE Network tonight. Filmed live from Nashville, Ballerini is offering at-home viewers a front-row seat to her milestone performance at Bridgestone Arena. Airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT on DIRECTV channel 239, AT&T U-verse channel 1114, and on-demand through DIRECTV NOW, the high-caliber footage was captured in front of a sold-out audience during the final U.S. date of her fall run on Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR. “Some of my biggest concert memories have been at this venue and Nashville shows are always super special,” Ballerini shares. “To be able to bring fans into my tour world and share this epic night with them is really cool.” Mixing her history-making #1s from her GOLD-certified debut THE FIRST TIME – PLATINUM-certified “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Peter Pan,” and “Dibs” – with breakout tracks from her acclaimed sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY, such as the anthemic title track, “I Hate Love Songs,” and Top 15 and rising lead single, “Legends,” Ballerini’s top-tier set further cements her Country music stardom. Click here to see a standout first look of Ballerini’s “Legends” performance, as revealed by Rolling Stone Country. A trailer and preview of Ballerini’s post-show interview with AUDIENCE Music series host Ted Stryker is also now available. As UNAPOLOGETICALLY continues to garner overwhelming support, illustrious outlets are including the poignant project on their reputable year-end lists. Spotlighted in The New York Times’ “The Best Albums of 2017” and Rolling Stone Country’s “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017,” UNAPOLOGETICALLY has also received a genre-blurring nod by BuzzFeed’s “The Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2017” for the self-assured knockout “Get Over Yourself.” Beginning in February, Ballerini will welcome fans inside her whirlwind world of loss, life, and love, as she introduces UNAPOLOGETICALLY nationwide on THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR. From the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, AL, on February 8, to the annual Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA, on April 27 – with big city stops in Nashville, TN, New York, NY, and Seattle, WA in-between – she will be supported by special guest and breakout artist Walker Hayes. Rising star Bailey Bryan will also join for a special one-night-only appearance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Valentine’s Day. For more information on KELSEA BALLERINI and VIP Experiences for THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR, visit KelseaBallerini.com and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can also follow along the tour with #KB2TOUR.

Dustin Lynch, Lauren Alaina, More To Perform At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Lauren Alaina on Country Music News Blog!

DUSTIN LYNCH, LAUREN ALAINA, CAM, and SARA EVANS are slated to perform at the “91ST ANNUAL MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE” in NEW YORK CITY. The parade will air on NBC-TV beginning at 9a until noon (ET) on THANKSGIVING DAY. Other performances include Pop acts 98 DEGREES, SABRINA CARPENTER, ANDRA DAY & COMMON, FLO RIDA, BEBE REXHA, and more.

Garth Brooks Announces Nashville Tour Stop

PEARL RECORDS’ GARTH BROOKS has announced the final show for the NORTH AMERICAN leg of his “GARTH BROOKS WORLD TOUR WITH TRISHA YEARWOOD,” and it will be in his adopted hometown of NASHVILLE. BROOKS originally launched the tour in CHICAGO back in SEPTEMBER 2014 and has since played approximately 400 shows in just over 70 cities across the span of three years. BROOKS’ NASHVILLE show is set to hit BRIDGESTONE ARENA on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th at 7:30p (CT). In celebration of the conclusion of the three-year tour, and to commemorate the impending seventh anniversary of BROOKS’ “NASHVILLE FLOOD RELIEF CONCERT” series at BRIDGESTONE ARENA in 2010, BROOKS was joined today (11/1) by NASHVILLE Mayor MEGAN BARRY and TENNESSEE Governor BILL HASLAM to unveil a banner that will hang permanently at the ARENA. BROOKS also discussed the conclusion of his tour, telling ALL ACCESS, “If you want to see a GARTH show, come on out. This is the last stop. So, if it goes one show, or if it goes 40 shows, I’m going to run, because you’re home. This is going to be fun.” Tickets for the show go on sale FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10th at 10a (CT) via TICKETMASTER. Per BROOKS’ typical model, shows will be added until ticket demands are met.

Kris Kristofferson in ‘The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson’

CMT & BLACKBIRD PRESENTS CELEBRATE MUSIC & CULTURAL ICON KRIS KRISTOFFERSON IN NEW STAR-STUDDED CONCERT FILM AND RECORDING ‘THE LIFE & SONGS OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON’ PREMIERING TONIGHT AT 10PM ET/PT FULL LENGTH CONCERT FILM AND AUDIO RECORDINGS ARE AVAILABLE NOW VIA BLACKBIRD PRESENTS RECORDS Blackbird Presents Records and CMT are proud to announce the broadcast premiere and CD/DVD release of The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson. The broadcast, concert film and music release features a collection of legendary singers, songwriters, and rising superstars who came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the songs of music icon Kris Kristofferson. CMT will premiere the 90-minute broadcast tonight, October 27 at 10 PM ET/PT, and Blackbird Presents Records will release the full-length concert film as a CD/DVD combo, which is available now at songsofkristofferson.com and pledgemusic.com/projects/songsofkristofferson. The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and compelling behind-the-scenes footage with Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, The Travelin’ McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack. Performances include a range of Kristofferson classics, such as “Me And Bobby McGee” (performed by Reba McEntire), “Help Me Make It Through The Night” (Performed by Lady Antebellum), “To Beat The Devil” (Performed by Eric Church), a very special performance of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” (performed by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson), and an all-star grand finale performance of “Why Me”, premiering today at Rolling Stone County rollingstone.com/country and available at all digital outlets. In addition to the CD/DVD release fans can get exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic (pledgemusic.com/projects/songsofkristofferson) including a limited edition framed gig poster from the night of the show, color photo, and an Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 1963 J-45 guitar, all signed by Kris Kristofferson. Merchandise bundles which include the official concert t-shirt, hat and CD/DVD are available via Blackbird Presents at songsofkristofferson.com. Kristofferson, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs such as “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Lovin’ Her Was Easier.” These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star. Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. GRAMMY® Award-winner Don Was served as music director alongside country music legend Buddy Cannon. An all-star band that included featured artist and GRAMMY® Award-winner Buddy Miller backed the performers at this incomparable concert event taping. “Few musicians have had as profound an Continue reading