The Politics of Butt-Grabbing, by Luke Bryan

Capitol NashvilleWith a booty like Luke Bryan’s, it’s bound to get grabbed. The hip-shaking CMA Entertainer of the Year discussed his fans’ propensity to get a little handsy Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

It’s gotten to be such an issue, in fact, that Luke’s had to institute a “no butt-touching” rule at his meet-and-greets. “They’ll sneak one in on you,” he joked.

When pressed if it really is that big a problem, Luke confessed, “It still happens,” adding, “We’ve learned to understand it.”

After Ellen inquired if all country stars have this issue or if it’s just Luke, he promised to so some research. “I’ll run it by Blake [Shelton] and see what he says,” he quipped.

Luke went on to demonstrate why he has such an in-demand derriere, performing his latest hit “Move.” You can check out both the interview and Luke’s song online.

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Vince Gill, Chris Stapleton & Kacey Musgraves Play Side-by-Side with James Taylor and the Eagles' Joe Walsh at All for the Hall L.A.

Photo by Mike Windle, Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Vince Gill hosted his ninth on-the-road version of All for the Hall, a concept he pioneered to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  

“These shows are a gift to me because I get to invite artists I’m crazy about to come and play and sing music,” Vince confessed. “This night is one of the best we’ve been able to accomplish, because every one of these artists has had a huge impact on my life. It’s not just people who have come before you who have an impact on you,” he said, referring to icon James Taylor and the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, who both joined him for the L.A. guitar pull. “It’s also people who come after you and impact your life, too,” he offered, tipping his hat to Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, who were also on the bill.

The money raised from the two-hour show at The Novo will go to Hall’s music education programs.

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Dan + Shay Make Their "Jimmy Kimmel" Debut with "How Not To"

Warner Music NashvilleWednesday night, Dan + Shay are set to do their new single, “How Not To,” in their first-ever performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can catch the show at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

You can also get a preview of the duo’s new song in the Instant Grat YouTube video that was released in May, previewing their sophomore album, Obsessed.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney set out on their headlining tour of the same name next month, kicking off the trek November 10 in Denver, Colorado.

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Brett Eldredge Books Two Hours of the "Today" Show on Friday

Warner Music NashvilleIt’ll be an early morning this Friday in New York City for Brett Eldredge. The Illinois hitmaker is booked to end the week by performing his latest top-25 single in the 8 a.m. hour of the Today show.  

“’Wanna Be That Song’ is everything I want to say about love and about what I’m trying to be,” Brett explains. “I want to be that part of your life, that song that means so much to you, the one that takes you back to that special place. The song that makes you laugh, the song that makes you cry when you need to cry and you dance when you need to dance,” he says.

If that’s not enough Brett for you, he’ll also stick around to sing again in the 10 a.m. hour of the NBC morning talker, and to chat with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Brett’s very first holiday album, Glow, is on the way October 28.

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Thomas Rhett Signs Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson & Ryan Hurd to Home Team Headlining Tour

Courtesy The Valory Music Co.With the kind of year Thomas Rhett’s had, it’s hard to believe he’s never done a headlining tour — until now.

TR will kick off his 2017 Home Team Tour in Saginaw, MI February 23.  Joining the lineup is Kelsea Ballerini, as well as newcomers Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd. 

In a statement, Thomas say, “This is really the first time we’ve been able to totally build our own stage and really plan for our show with all our fans,. There has been this undeniable energy out on the road this year, and I know having Kelsea out there is going to amp things up even more.”

He adds, “Having my own tour also gives me the opportunity to introduce some people I think are going to explode in the next couple of years and help give them a platform to reach the fans, like how Blake, Toby and Jason did for me. I’m a huge fan of both Ryan and Russell and I can’t wait for my fans to get to know them too.”

Russell’s EP, Yours, has done well on iTunes and on streaming services, while Ryan has written songs for Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and many others.  He also wrote “Lonely Tonight,” the #1 Blake/Ashley Monroe duet. His debut single “We Do Us” is out now.

The Home Team Tour will wrap in TR’s hometown of Nashville.  Pre-sale tickets go on sale October 4; the general public can grab them starting October 7.

Here are the cities on the tour, with dates to be announced later:

Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center*
Erie, PA, Erie Insurance Arena*
Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center*
Ft. Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
DeKalb, IL, NIU Convocation Center*
Duluth, MN, AMSOIL Arena
Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza*
Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
Dayton, OH, Wright State University Nutter Center*
Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena*
Winston-Salem, NC, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum*
Knoxville, TN, Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Southaven, MS, Landers Center
Norman, OK, Lloyd Noble Center
Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater*
*Tickets on sale 10/7.

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Dierks Bentley Brings on Maren Morris for a Super-Sized Show at Red Rocks

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley was so hyped up on the first night of his sold-out, two-night stint at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday, he just couldn’t stop playing, eventually extending his set so long he went past the iconic venue’s curfew.

“This is my fifth time… but it gets more crazy and crazy every time,” he told the crowd. “It’s not every night you get to play here, so I texted a friend to see if she could be part of tonight. She’s got one of the best voices in country music and came all the way from Boston to be here…” he said, before bringing on Maren Morris to perform “I’ll Be the Moon,” the duet she wrote for his album Black.

The two then harmonized on Maren’s breakthrough, “My Church,” before Randy Houser joined them for “Bad Angel,” originally a collaboration between Dierks, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson.

The “Different for Girls” hitmaker clocks one more show at Red Rocks, before kicking off the fall leg of his Somewhere on a Beach tour October 13 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Legendary Hall of Famer and Opry Member Jean Shepard to Be Laid to Rest on Friday

Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryFuneral services for Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard will be Friday at 1 p.m. CT in her hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee, with visitation beginning at noon on Thursday at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Friends, family and fans also will be able to pay their respects starting at 11 a.m. on Friday. The public is invited to the remembrances.

The Opry also will pay tribute to its longest-standing female member during its shows this weekend. Shepard passed away Sunday in hospice care at the age of 82, after six decades as a member of the cast of the world’s longest-running radio show.   

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Kacey Musgraves Hits the Road with Her Traveling Christmas Show

Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves will mark the release of A Very Kacey Christmas by mounting a headlining tour with the same name. The eight-date trek kicks off November 26 in Windsor, Ontario, before making its way to Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium on the 28th.

The Grammy winner’s first holiday set comes out October 28, with a vinyl version following on November 18.

Here are the dates for Kacey’s yuletide tour, with most of the shows going on sale this Friday:

11/26 — Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
11/28 — Nashville, TN, The Ryman Auditorium
12/8 — New York, NY, The Town Hall
12/9 — Wilkes-Barre, PA, FM Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
12/10 — Washington, DC, National Theater
12/15 — Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theater
12/16 — Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theater
12/17 — Evansville, IN, Victory Theater

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Why Justin Moore Will Have That Drink Now, Thank You Very Much

BMLGThe main character in Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need a Drink” is about to imbibe based on the impending breakup of his relationship. But Justin himself can raise a glass for an entirely different reason. This week, the lead single from his album Kinda Don’t Care becomes his sixth number one.

The Arkansas native confesses that the way he usually marks such an occasion is in keeping with the theme of the song.

“Absolutely! I drink quite a bit, typically!” he laughs. “I mean, we don’t have like a ritual that we always go do this or we go do that, but I definitely have a good time in celebration,” he tells ABC Radio.

For the father of three little girls, the success of his latest single is especially sweet, having taken a little time off.

“It’s good to be back, woo-hoo!” he shouts. “It’s exciting to have another hit record. We took eight months off, or something, from putting out new music, and so you always have reservations about doing that… It’s somewhat scary to step away. I needed to do so in order to make sure I brought country radio the best music I could bring ’em. You never take ’em for granted. Big hits are great and I’ve had a lot of ’em, but you certainly enjoy ’em while you’re having ’em, because you never know when it’s going to be your last one, you know?”  

Justin’s next shot at number-one comes with his new single, “Somebody Else Will.” Next January, he sets out on the American Made Tour with Lee BriceWilliam Michael Morgan and Brett Young.

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Why Diamonds Are Garth Brooks' Best Friend

Mark TuckerMove over JohnPaulGeorge and Ringo— Garth Brooks is pulling up beside you in the passing lane!

The Recording Industry Association of America bestows diamond certification on an album when it’s sold more than ten million copies. Previously, Garth and the Beatles were tied, with half a dozen diamond records apiece. But now that Garth’s Ultimate Hits has moved ten million units, he officially moves ahead of the Fab Four, notching his seventh diamond album.

Trisha Yearwood led the celebration this weekend, breaking the news at her husband’s Fresno tour stop. Champagne showers followed backstage. You can check out all the antics on Garth’s Facebook page.

When it comes to total sales, it’s worth pointing out that the Beatles still hold the title there. They’re at 178 million units, while Garth lags behind at 138 million.

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