May 30

Brad Paisley gets visual at CMA Music Festival 2017

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley will screen his visual album for Love and War at the Country Music Hall of Fame during this year’s CMA Music Festival.

The screening for the 62-minute, 16-song movie will take place on Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m. CT. Seats at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you can’t make it to Nashville for the special CMA Music Fest showing, you can check out Brad’s visual masterpiece for a limited time exclusively on Apple Music.  

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May 30

Why Dierks Bentley owes his 16th #1 to his wife Cassidy

ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley brings home the sixteenth #1 of his career this week, as “Black” ascends to the top of the country airplay chart.

“Every single we’ve put out… has been a really important piece of the story of this album…” Dierks says, referencing his previous hits “Different for Girls” and “Somewhere on a Beach.”

“‘Black’ is the one that’s really the cornerstone of the whole project,” he goes on, “and it’s about my wife. Watching this one rise to the top of the chart is extra sweet.”

Dierks’ wife Cassidy traveled with him to Iceland to shoot the steamy video for the song.

This weekend, Dierks takes his What the Hell Tour with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi to Hartford, Connecticut; Mansfield, Massachusetts; and Holmdel, New Jersey.

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May 30

And the awards keep coming: Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini and King George on tap for 11th Annual ACM Honors

ABC/Image Group LA It’s only been a couple of months since the 52nd ACM Awards, but the Academy of Country Music already has more trophies to hand out.

Eric ChurchKelsea Ballerini and George Strait are just some of the big names who’ll be celebrated at the 11th Annual ACM Honors on Wednesday, August 23 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Eric will get the Merle Haggard Spirit Award, while Kelsea will receive the Gene Weed Milestone honor. King George will be given the Cliffie Stone Icon Award.

Dolly Parton will be celebrated for her humanitarian efforts, while former ACM host Reba McEntire will be honored for her service to the Academy. Toby KeithWillie Nelson and songwriter/author Shel Silverstein will all receive the Poet’s Award, while the TV show Nashville will get the Tex Ritter Film Award.

The 11th Annual ACM Honors will air at a later date as a special on CBS, with the night’s performers to be revealed as the evening approaches.

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May 30

Lady A remembers Gregg Allman on opening weekend of You Look Good Tour

Capitol Nashville “We were jumping out of our skin to get back on that stage and I can tell you we have not had that much fun in a really long time,” Charles Kelley says, after wrapping up the opening dates of Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour this weekend on the West Coast.

In addition to their hits, Lady A responded to the passing of Gregg Allman by adding “Midnight Rider” to their set. They also did Hillary Scott’s #1 Christian hit, “Thy Will,” as well as tunes from their new Heart Break album, which comes out June 9.

“With this new music, we set out to bring on of the biggest touring productions we have ever had and the fans responded,” Charles continues. “Everything feels great and our fans really showed up this weekend. If that’s any indicator for the rest of the summer, this tour is going to be one we remember forever!”

This week, Lady A continues their trek with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young with stops in Albuquerque, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

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May 30

The queen and king of Fan Fair X? Martina McBride and Brad Paisley set to be Artists of the Day

ABC/Image Group LA Martina McBride and Brad Paisley are the first two stars confirmed to be Artists of the Day this year at Fan Fair X during CMA Music Festival.

They’ll each be part of an up-close-and-personal chat session inside Nashville’s Music City Center, with more Artists of the Day to be announced soon. Martina will look back on her 25-year-career, while Brad will focus on his nine years as CMA Awards host and last year’s historic 50th anniversary show.

Fan Fair X will take over Music City Center from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. CT each day from June 8-11, offering country music devotees one of their best chances to meet the stars one-on-one. Tickets will run you $10 a day or $25 for the entire festival.

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May 30

“The Ones That Like Me”: Why Brantley Gilbert's life is better than ever

Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert’s new single from his #1 album The Devil Don’t Sleep will be “The Ones That Like Me.” It’s the follow-up to his top-10 lead release, “The Weekend.”

With a hook that says “The ones that like me love me,” it’s a reminder that the Georgia native has plenty of affection in his life these days. He and his wife Amber recently announced they’re expecting their first little one later this year.

His tour opener, newcomer Luke Combs, also now has a two-week #1 under belt with “Hurricane,” making The Devil Don’t Sleep trek hotter than ever. Luke and Brantley get back to work with their summer dates June 2 in Tampa, Florida.

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May 30

“Good food, good music, good drinks, good hang and good people”: Tyler Hubbard takes you inside FGL House

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIf you’ve ever thought about throwing one back with Florida Georgia Line, there’s a new Nashville hot spot that just might make that a reality. Monday, June 5, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will open the doors to their new four-story restaurant and bar, FGL House.

“Man, you know the FGL House is just a little dream that BK and I had that really came to reality even quicker than we thought,” Tyler tells ABC Radio. “Just a place where we can get together with our friends and people that we want to get to know even better.”

“Good food, good music, good drinks, good hang and good people — that’s kinda the motto there,” he adds. “It’s just a really cool environment.”  

Tyler confirms that when he and Brian are in town, you’ll likely find them somewhere in the 22,000-square-foot space.  “BK and I are excited about opening up and stopping by and hanging out with the fans and whoever’s in there, so it’s gonna be a good time,” he promises.

Drinks will lean heavily toward the duo’s signature Old Camp peach/pecan whiskey, while they’re calling the food Southern with a California flair. You’ll have to stop in to find out exactly what that means.

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May 29

Memorial Day memories: How Sam Hunt's grandfather's service in WWII still affects him today

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCAs America celebrates its military men and women this Memorial Day weekend, it’s a holiday that makes Sam Hunt feel particularly close to his grandfather.

“My granddad was in World World II,” he reveals. “He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II.”

For the Georgia native, his grandfather became a living example of what it means to truly appreciate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

“He really took pride in what that meant,” Sam reflects, “and it was something I got to see firsthand, as somebody who experienced that, and somebody who had that galvanized American trait… Somebody who’s been through that, and seen that really appreciates what it means to be free.”

It’s a characteristic the “Body Like a Back Road” hitmaker has worked to cultivate himself.

“I’ve tried to channel that into my own life,” Sam says, “because I haven’t fought in any war, but I really, really have a ton of respect for folks who have, and folks who have sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”

On Thursday, Sam kicks off his 15 in a 30 Tour with Maren Morris and Chris Janson in Cleveland, Ohio.

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May 27

Founding Allman Brothers Band Singer Gregg Allman, Dead at 69

David Becker/WireImageGregg Allman, co-founding lead singer, keyboardist and one of the main songwriters of the legendary The Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69.

A statement on Allman’s official website reads, in part, “It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

The website statement concludes, “The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

Allman cancelled all his 2017 tour dates in March, at the time of his death he was working on a solo album, Southern Blood, recorded with his back up band at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals and produced by Don Was.

Allman formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida, with his older brother Duane, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley Jr., and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson.  The band combined blues, soul, jazz and gospel influences en route to becoming one of the most popular and influential Southern rock acts of all time.

Gregg Allman’s soulful vocals and Hammond organ were key ingredients in the group’s sound, while he also wrote or co-wrote many of the band’s enduring signature hits, including “Whipping Post,” “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More.”

The band was shaken by the deaths Duane Allman and Oakley in motorcycle accidents in November 1971 and November 1972, respectively, but continued on with a number of lineup changes before temporarily disbanding in 1976.

The Allman Brothers reunited a few times during the ensuing years.  While internal squabbles and other issues led to more roster shakeups — including the 2000 departure of Betts — the lineup solidified in the early 2000s and the group continued until calling it quits in October 2014.

Gregg Allman also had a successful solo career that paralleled his work with the Allmans, including his 1987 rock hit “I’m No Angel” and his acclaimed 2011 album, Low Country Blues.

Allman struggled with addiction and alcohol abuse, and in 2010 underwent a liver transplant. He also had a turbulent love life, marrying and divorcing five times, including a high-profile four-year marriage during the 1970s to Cher.

Gregg Allman and the rest of the Allman Brothers were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2012.  Shortly before his death, Allman had been busy touring with his solo backing band, and had recorded a new album that’s expected out in early 2017.

Gregg Allman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1995, and was welcomed into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

According to his website, Allman is survived by “his wife, Shannon Allman; his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; three grandchildren; his niece, Galadrielle Allman; lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family.”

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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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