Capitol NashvilleHurricane Matthew is interfering with Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour. The CMA Entertainer of the Year has been forced to cancel the first date on his eighth annual trek, which was to be Wednesday at Culler Farms in Gaston, South Carolina.
According to Luke’s website, evacuation orders for the coastal parts of the state will affect the traffic routes to the venue. Ticket-holders will be given refunds, with email notifications going out in the next 72 hours.
Luke’s set to carry on with the Farm Tour Thursday at Maple Lane Farms in Greenback, Tennessee.
ABC/Image Group LAYou can add t-shirt designer to the list of accomplishments for both Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line. While music is clearly the main passion for Dierks and FGL, they’ve also each taken time to design a $25 shirt for their home teams.
While Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are vying for their adopted Tennessee Titans, Dierks stays closer to his birthplace with the Arizona Cardinals.
They join fellow superstars like Kiss, Goo Goo Dolls, and Fall Out Boy who’ve also shown their devotion with their designs. You can check them out online.
Warner Music NashvilleThis week, newcomer William Michael Morgan makes history as “I Met a Girl” takes up residence at the top of the country chart. Penned by Sam Hunt, Old Dominion’s Trevor Rosen and Shane McAnally, the lead single from William Michael’s debut album Vinyl now officially holds the record on the Mediabase chart for the longest climb to number one, taking 49 weeks to land at the top spot.
The 23-year-old Vicksburg, Mississippi, native will celebrate with an appearance on the Opry Country Classics show Thursday at the Ryman Auditorium. Next January, William Michael heads out on the American Made Tour with Justin Moore and Lee Brice.
RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC ImagesCountry superstar and national treasure Dolly Parton mare her first-ever appearance Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Kimmel was genuinely excited to welcome Dolly, who for her part seemed tickled to be there. She wrote a skin-tight white top and sparkling sequined black pants and looked remarkably young for someone who will turn 71 in January.
Noting that Dolly’s new album, Pure & Simple, is her first number-one country album in 25 years, Kimmel asked if the resurgence of interest surprised her. “I never let up,” Dolly replied. “I’m always behind the scenes workin’ and any time someone says ‘Dolly makes a comeback’ I say, ‘Where did I go?’”
Dolly also shared a funny story about Willie Nelson, whom she’s known her entire professional life. She revealed it’s hard to sing with Nelson because of his signature phrasing. She said once, when they were working on a duet, she became so frustrated that she called him and said, “Willie, send me a sack of that grass you’re smoking, because I can’t follow you!”
Parton later appeared on the Samsung Stage to perform “Outside Your Door” from Pure & Simple, then treated the crowd to a lively version of “9 to 5” as the show closed.
Parton will do a short run of tour dates beginning in November and wrapping the second week of December. Visit DollyParton.com for details.
Mark TuckerThousands of people have paid to see Garth Brooks during his ongoing World Tour, and now, some lucky fans will get the chance to see the superstar for free. Garth will play Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater on October 24, to celebrate the diamond certification of seven of his albums.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the free show Monday during a news conference at the state capitol, while also officially making Garth a Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill. The concert is part of the Volunteer State’s “The Soundtrack of America” campaign. To find out how to get tickets, you’ll need to follow Tennessee Tourism on Snapchat.
The RIAA bestows diamond certification after an album has sold ten million copies. Garth officially pulls ahead of the Beatles now that seven of his projects have achieved that milestone.
BMLGThomas Rhett is gearing up for the release of Tangled Up Deluxe later this month and the launch of his first headlining tour early next year, but tonight in Nashville, he’ll be focused on a project that’s even closer to his heart. This evening, he and his wife Lauren host their inaugural charity dinner and concert to help the organization 147 Million Orphans.
“My wife, for the first time, went last year down to Haiti with that organization and has already been to Uganda twice this year to be at this orphanage in this town called Masindi…” Thomas Rhett says. “[147 Million Orphans] is really special to our hearts and I’ve never really done a big charity benefit before… Dierks [Bentley] is coming and one of my songwriter buddies, Shane McAnally, and Walker Hayes are gonna be there and a few more guests.”
Bidding for a seat at the exclusive event started at $250, which should go a long way to help Thomas Rhett’s cause.
“I’m so thankful to all the people who bid on it,” he says, “even though a lot of people that bid don’t get to come. They [are the] reason that… we get to donate so much money to the orphanages in Haiti and Uganda and the city of children.”
AtlanticIt’s been more than a year since Hunter Hayes released a song to radio, but that’s all about to change.
The Louisiana native recently celebrated his 25th birthday by giving fans a sneak peak of his new music on social media. “Amen,”“Young Blood” and the new single “Yesterday’s Song” are all set to be included on his as-yet-untitled third studio album.
In the past twelve months, the musical virtuoso has written more than 100 new tunes and even built his own mobile recording studio.
“I’ve been on such an incredible journey this past year, not just musically, but personally as well…” Hunter reflects. “This is the first time I’ve really been able to kind of step back… and just let my instincts and creativity flow. I’ve waited a long time to get this new music out, and ‘Yesterday’s Song’ really captures that free feeling, that joyous realization that you’re moving on and starting this fresh, new chapter,” he says.
You can download Hunter’s new music at the usual digital outlets now, or check out the audio-only clips on YouTube.
The GreenRoomAnd the award for best tour name goes to Dierks Bentley! The “Different for Girls” hitmaker will head out on the What the Hell World Tour January 19 in Dayton, Ohio, with his pals Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi. Inspired by the track “What the Hell Did I Say” from his Black album, the name seemed like the obvious choice given who his tourmates are, according to Dierks.
“I have a feeling I’ll be asking myself that question the morning after many of our shows and late night hangs because you really don’t know what will happen when the three of us get together,” he jokes. “There has been a lot of drunk calls and texts between all of us over the last year trying to make this tour happen…” Dierks confesses.
The Arizona native will hit 23 cities in the US and Canada before the end of April, headlining Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for the first time ever on the opening weekend of the trek. Pre-sales for select dates start Tuesday, with the general public getting its first crack at tickets on Friday.
Here are the cities on Dierks Bentley’s 2017 What the Hell World Tour:
Dayton, OH Louisville, KY Nashville, TN Hamilton, ON Oshawa, ON Ottawa, ON London,ON Winnipeg, MB Saskatoon, SK Calgary, AB Dawson Creek, BC Edmonton, AB Penticton, BC Vancouver, BC Cedar Rapids, IA Sioux Falls, SD Columbus, GA Tupelo,MS Knoxville, TN Billings, MT Rapid City, SD Fresno, CA Reno, NV
The black-and-white cover shot showcases a glammed-up Miranda, dressed in an elegant, bedazzled gown while carrying her guitar, juxtaposed against a dirt-road farmhouse setting. She’s centered perfectly in front of an iron gate emblazoned with a pair of wings.
The one other thing we do know about the project so far is that it will feature the lead single, Miranda’s current top-15 hit, “Vice.”