May 26

Till the Rivers All Run Dry: Alison Krauss to lead Opry tribute to “the Gentle Giant”

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Grand Ole Opry will pay tribute to “the Gentle Giant” on Tuesday, honoring Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams.

1995 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Alison Krauss will lead the way, performing the classic “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” from Gentle Giants:  The Songs of Don Williams. Revered singer/songwriter John Prine and Americana favorite Jason Isbell will do their tunes from the record as well.  

Conceived as a benefit for the Grammys’ MusiCares charity, the just-released album also boasts covers from Chris StapletonDierks BentleyLady AntebellumGarth BrooksPistol Annies, and Trisha Yearwood.

Darius Rucker is also scheduled to play the Opry on Tuesday, though he’s not set to be part of the Williams tribute at this point.

Just last year, Don Williams was forced to postpone his tour due to unexpected hip replacement surgery, which resulted in the 77-year-old’s eventual retirement from performing.

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May 26

Music to crash your “Cars” by: Brad Paisley's new tunes for a demolition derby

Walt Disney RecordsBrad Paisley is revving up his engines for Cars 3.

The West Virginia native contributes two songs to the soundtrack of the latest installment of the Disney franchise — but he won’t be singing. Brad wrote the instrumentals “Truckaroo” and “Thunder Hollow Breakdown” especially for the animated feature.

If you’re listening for Brad’s tunes, you’ll find them in the Crazy 8 demolition derby sequence where Owen Wilson’s Lightning McQueen deals with total chaos. Both the movie and the soundtrack come out Friday, June 16.

The “Last Time for Everything” singer has a long history with the Cars films. He contributed “Behind the Clouds” and “Find Yourself” to the soundtrack of the original, and did “Collision of Worlds” and “Nobody’s Fool” for Cars 2.

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May 26

The Race Is On: Keith Urban leads country's two-track weekend

ABC/Image Group LA During a Memorial Day weekend filled with barbecues, picnics and pool parties, plenty of folks will also be headed to the racetrack — and you can count lots of country stars among them.

Saturday, Keith Urban and Dustin Lynch will both be hanging out at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, playing the yearly Legends Day concert. The Aussie superstar won’t be able to stick around for Sunday’s Indy 500, however, since he has a gig at another track.

This weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida, Keith is just one of the stars set to play the Country 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Jake OwenBrooks & Dunn and Miranda Lambert are part of the Friday night lineup, while William Michael MorganDan + ShayThomas Rhett and Blake Shelton take the stage on Saturday.

Keith Urban goes on Sunday immediately before headliner Kid Rock, with Eric PaslayChris JansonKip Moore and Easton Corbin also on the bill.

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May 26

Lady A, the star-makers: Why Brett Young may be on the Sam Hunt path

Capitol NashvilleTonight in Bakersfield, California, the audience at Rabobank Arena will be the very first to take in Lady Antebellum’s new You Look Good World Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young.  

While he’d never want to brag, Charles Kelley admits Lady A does have quite a track record when it comes to picking opening acts.

“We’ve been really lucky you know,” he remembers. “A couple years ago we lucked out and had Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt. You know, we didn’t know that he was going to be as big as he is, so we’re hoping Brett Young is gonna be our Sam Hunt this year too!” he jokes, as Hillary Scott giggles.

“We had heard his first single,” Charles goes on. “I think it wasn’t even top 20, and I was like, ‘I think this guys’s gonna be big, man.’ And he’s 6′ 6″ like me,” he adds, as his band mates laughs.  

While this is Brett’s first time out with Lady A, Kelsea already has quite a history with the band.

“Kelsea had opened up, probably eight shows for us over the past couple years…” Charles recalls. “I remember the first time I saw her, I was like, ‘Man, she’s got something!’ You could tell she was kinda green still on stage, and then now, seeing her, you’re like…  the amount of growth! She’s a rock star, man!”

Kelsea, Brett and Lady A continue on to Mountain View and Wheatland, California this weekend as well. By the time they finish the trek, they’ll have clocked 65 shows in six different countries, including South Africa.

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May 25

Why Eric Church is doing a whole lot better than just Holdin' (His) Own

ABC/Image Group LA This weekend, Eric Church wraps his Holdin’ My Own Tour with two sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena — but then again, capacity crowds are the rule these days for the hitmaking star.

In fact, Eric has sold out all 60 shows on the four-month North American trek, causing Pollstar to proclaim it the “#1 most-attended music tour in the world so far this year.”  Along the way, the North Carolina native also cancelled more than 33,000 tickets to keep them out of the hands of scalpers.

If the Mr. Misunderstood singer is ready for a break, no one would blame him. He routinely played more than three hours every night, with no opening act and only one intermission.

Eric will do a handful of shows this summer — including an August 18 stop at Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on ABC — before hitting the road again in September.

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May 25

Florida Georgia Line will start the party at FGL House just in time for CMA Music Festival

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCFlorida Georgia Line’s new FGL House will open Monday, June 5, just in time for CMA Music Festival 2017. The fun cranks up at the four-story restaurant and entertainment destination that night starting at 7 p.m. CT.

Located at 120 3rd Avenue South in the heart of Music City’s honky tonk district, FGL’s signature venue will feature a different bar and a different vibe on each level. At the same time, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will offer what they’re calling “Southern-style fare with a California twist.”   

If you’d like to skip the lines and the cover charges, you can explore a VIP membership online or buy one in person. It’ll run you $100 for a year, or $250 for a lifetime pass.  

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May 25

Little Big Town's recipe for “Happy People”: Just add wine

PRNewsfoto/4 CellarsIn the past, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman have both launched their own fashion and food empires, respectively. But now the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year is embarking on their first non-musical venture together: they’re going into the wine business.

“This is the first collaboration outside of the band that the four of us have worked on together,” Karen says, “and it’s a natural extension of what we hold dear: relaxing and celebrating with good friends, coming together and breaking bread, and fellowship.”

Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet are joining with Karen and Kimberly to launch 4 Cellars, in partnership with Browne Family Vineyards. LBT met proprietor Andrew Browne through mutual friends when they were exploring the wine country of Washington state.

4 Cellars’ first two offerings will be a 2015 Chardonnay and a 2014 Red Blend. You’ll be able to buy them exclusively online starting June 1, and in select Tennessee restaurants.

You can find out all the details at Little Big Town’s latest single, “Happy People,” is currently making its way toward country’s top 40.

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May 25

Here's to the Farmer: Luke Bryan makes it nine in a row with fall Farm Tour

ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan will head off the beaten path this fall, continuing his Farm Tour for the ninth year in a row.

ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Jon Pardi will join Luke for the trek, with more artists still to be added to the lineup. The four-time Entertainer of the Year will play six rural locations on the tour, starting September 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Proceeds go to fund scholarships for students from farm families. Since he started in 2009, Luke’s been able to send 50 kids to college.

Here are the dates for Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour 2017, with pre-sales starting May 30, before going on sale to the general public on June 2:

9/28 — Lincoln, NE, Benes Farm
9/29 — Baldwin City, KS, Don-Ale Farms
9/30 — Boone, IA, Ziel Farm
10/5 — Fort Wayne, IN, Spangler Farms West
10/6 — Edinburg, IL, Ayers Family Farm
10/7 — Centralia, MO, Stowers Farm

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May 25

FGL's ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple Friday on GMA's Summer Concert Series

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCFriday morning, Florida Georgia Line will be up bright and early to kick off the Memorial Day weekend on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series.

Brian Kelley says it’s a wake-up call he and Tyler Hubbard don’t mind one bit.

“Oh, it’s something that we look forward to every year,” he tells ABC Radio. “We always hope we get that call to go play the Summer Concert Series. It always feels good that time in New York. The fans are nuts… a lot of FGL fans there.”

Even with the early start to the day, Tyler’s already planning to take his own bite out of the Big Apple.

“A lot of history in New York City,” he says. “We love going there. Every time it gets cooler and cooler. I like to hit some vintage stores while I’m there too. It’s just awesome… GMA‘s gonna be amazing!”  

FGL will also bring their Smooth tourmate Nelly to the early-morning party.

“We’re gonna take a little ‘Cruise’ with our boy,” Tyler says, referencing the duo’s breakthrough hit from 2012.

You can catch Florida Georgia Line’s Summer Concert Series appearance on Good Morning America starting Friday at 7 a.m. on ABC.

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May 24

Meghan Trainor surprises Lauren Alaina at her onesie party

ABC RadioMeghan Trainor surprised Lauren Alaina by flying in for her very first #1 party Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The two co-wrote Lauren’s hit “Road Less Traveled” with Jesse Frasure long ago, even though it just hit the top of the charts in April.

Meghan recalled secretly fan-girling Lauren, sending her mom photos of the American Idol runner-up, since she at the time was still completely unknown. Since then, of course, Meghan broke through with her mega-hit “All About That Bass,” and took home the Best New Artist Grammy.

While this is Lauren’s first chart-topper, it’s Meghan’s second on the country chart, having hit #1 last year with Rascal Flatts’ “I Like the Sound of That.”    

Lauren managed to inject her own quirky sense of humor into the gathering at the Sutler Saloon just off 8th Avenue South in Music City, turning her #1 party into a onesie party. Meghan wore a simple black number, while Lauren sported a custom-made turquoise sequined outfit. Guests were issued their own onesies at the door, in designs ranging from hotdog to astronaut to Frankenstein.

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