In an interview that aired this weekend on TODAY with Willie Geist, country music group Lady Antebellum tell Geist how going to group therapy has helped them communicate better. “It’s like marriage counselling,” Dave Haywood says, with Charles Kelley folling up stating “and it helps you IN your marriage too!” Video courtesy of Credit: NBC’s “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” Lady Antebellum is currently gearing up for a tour with Darius Rucker.
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
With the holidays fast approaching everybody’s been so busy getting last minute errands run gifts bought and parties planned that following the latest country music news has been put on the back burner. I’m here today to give you a recap of what you may have missed in the last week. On Friday Jason Aldean and wife Brittany welcome their new baby boy into the world. The proud parents were quickly sharing pictures of baby Memphis all over social media with Brittany posting a beautiful shot of him on Instagram. Country Radio Seminar officials have announced the CRS 2018 new faces of country music performers. Those performers are Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Midland, Carly Pearce, and Michael Ray. These up-and-coming acts will perform as part of the closing ceremony for the country radio seminar, co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The seminar closes February 7th, 2018 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. For those still following Taylor Swift, it’s officially been announced that she is adding Australian tour dates to her Reputation tour routes. Details for those dates are to follow. Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line are now scheduled to headline the Country LakeShake festival in 2018. The festival will be held at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island outside of Chicago next June. The three-day event will run from Friday, June 22nd thru Sunday, June 24th. Additional artist performing during the Country LakeShake will include Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Cole Swindell, Russell Dickerson, Jillian Jacqueline, Chris Lane, Tracy Lawrence, Jackie Lee, LoCash, RaeLynn, Runaway June, and Dylan Scott. Tickets go on sale next Friday and will be available at countrymusicontour.com. And there you have it, all the headlines you may have missed over the weekend in country music news. Stay tuned next Monday for your next weekend recap.
After much speculation the rumors of a Sugarland reunion are getting stronger and stronger every day. According to sources close to the pair, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland are reportedly working with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records to put together and record new music, as well as plan a live tour. This would mark a MAJOR comeback since the award-winning duo cooled their jets after the arrival of Jennifer’s son. Each of the two took some time to develop their individual careers with solo albums, collaborations with other artists, and even musical production credits, but it would seem that when it comes to touring, nothing compares to the chemistry and pure love emanating from the Sugarland stage!
The most talked-about secret at tonight’s CMA Awards: Sturgill Simpson playing outside the rules, and outside of the building as the awards glammed on inside Bridgestone Arena. Sturgill Simpson may have had a Grammy in his guitar case, but tonight he spent the evening busking for tips outside the biggest award show of the year. His little piece of sidewalk was the stage, and a few hand-drawn signs were the set as he bared his three chords and truth for anyone who would listen. The artist was flanked by an open guitar case, his Grammy award for Best Country Album, and a couple signs that read, “I don’t take requests, but I take questions about anything you want to talk about … because fascism sucks” and another sign that read, “Struggling country singer… Anything helps (all donations go to the ACLU). God Bless America.” Simpson took questions from someone off-camera who was reading Facebook Live comments and the singer also answered queries from passers-by. Over the course of 48 minutes, several fans stopped by to give him props, chat and take selfies. More than a dozen people had gathered by the end of his chat, but there were more than 79,000 who viewed the video online by the time it concluded, with a steady stream of more than 4000 watching live. “I’m just hanging out, I’m just down here being an asshole,” he quipped when asked what he was doing. – RollingStone.com (via The Tennessean) Between tunes, Sturgill took questions. Asked what he’d say in a hypothetical CMA acceptance speech, he had a few key points to hit: – “Nobody needs a machine gun, coming from a guy who owns quite a few guns.” – “Gay people should have the right to be happy….” – “Black people are probably tired of getting shot in the streets and being enslaved by the prison industrial complex….” – “Hegemony and fascism is alive and well in Nashville, Tennessee.” At the end of his concert, Simpson decided the experiment was a success. “Well, we made 13 bucks for the ACLU tonight, so it was all worth it.“ Tell us what you think!
This morning country superstar Luke Bryan took to the Bobby Bones Show at iHeartRadio to share his newest track “Light It Up” and the story behind the song. Take a listen to the track then see what he had to say about writing with Brad Tursi, of Old Dominion. Luke Bryan is currently on tour for his “Huntin, fishin, and lovin every day” run with Brett Eldredge, RaeLynn, and Granger Smith, as well as a few Farm Tour dates with Jon Pardi. Afterwards he plans on taking things a little easier for a minute, telling The Boot: “I really have not ever taken a breath since I rolled into this town,” Bryan said at the time. “So I’m kind of taking a little breath and enjoying that.”
Country music bad boy Brantley Gilbert must be turning a few heads outside of our little circle because he has just been chosen to represent the country genre on the Apple Music platform. Brantley is only the second country artists to be highlighted on the platform. “I’ve never been one for commercials,” says the man who’s certified back-to-back Platinum for Halfway To Heaven and Just As I Am. “But when we started talking to the folks at Apple, they were saying, ‘We want to capture you, the way you live and the values you hold. We want people to see your world, show them what you hear and respond to. If they see you, it says everything.’” Decidedly rural, yet most definitely urban and rocking in its lean, the 30 seconds of documentary footage touches on every aspect of who the guy selling serious hard tickets in America’s arenas and amphitheaters is with his The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour.
It seems there’s no end to the good will of Garth Brooks as he takes time out of every single show to help make fans’ dreams come true. This was true last night when he noticed a fan proposing in front of the stage and offered to pay for their honeymoon, and it was true two nights ago as he made this amazing moment happen: *Warning… turn down your volume until the music starts at about 2 minutes in. That crowd is something else! The musician on that was on stage was none other than fellow Oklahoman Jonathan Chasteen, and we sure are proud to have him! you can see Jonathan at The Cherokee Ramona casino in Ramona Oklahoma on August 4th at 9pm Save
Joining the all-star line-up for the 37th annual edition of PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, are acclaimed country music singer and songwriter Kellie Pickler, Grammy-nominated gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Broadway star and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (BANDSTAND). Pickler, the AMERICAN IDOL alum, DANCING WITH THE STARS champion, and star of the hit TV show I LOVE KELLIE PICKLER will perform “This Land is Your Land” and “Small Town Girl” from her Gold-certified debut album. Adams, one of gospel’s seminal voices, will perform “Battle Hymn of the Republic” with Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music. Osnes will be featured in a patriotic medley and will also perform alongside the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags during the fireworks finale. A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. In addition, the concert will be live-streamed online on Facebook Live and http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2017. Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) will host A CAPITOL FOURTH, featuring performances by: soul men Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of The Blues Brothers; iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys, with special guests John Stamos (drums) and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath (vocals); legendary Motown stars The Four Tops; country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; THE VOICE Season 12 winner Chris Blue; and multi-talented actress and singer Sofia Carson (DESCENDENTS 2); with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment awards shows including the GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more. About Capital Concerts Capital Concerts is the production force behind two of television’s longest-running and highest-rated live programs commemorating America’s most important holidays. THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, the nation’s tribute to our men and women in uniform, and A CAPITOL FOURTH, our country’s biggest birthday party, have become American traditions that have consistently ranked among the highest rated programs on PBS over the past decade. The holiday specials have been honored with over 80 awards including the New York Film Festival Award, the Telly Award, the Golden Cine Award, the Videographer Award, the National Education Association Award, the Aurora Award, the Christopher Award, the Communicator’s Award, the AXIEM Award, the Omni Award and the Writer’s Guild of America Award. Underwriters A CAPITOL FOURTH is made possible by Continue reading