Feb 19

Trailblazer Festival reveals “Next From Nashville” lineup

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesA group of up-and-coming country artists have been selected to perform at Trailblazer Festival’s “Next From Nashville” stage.

Fans who attend the New York-based festival will have the opportunity to see some of Nashville’s rising talent including FilmoreNiko MoonBrandon Ratcliff and Hailey Whitters.

Caroline Jones, who’s toured with the likes of Zac Brown Band, and dueted with Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett on her song “Gulf Coast Girl,” will also take the “Next From Nashville” stage, along with “Delight” trio Avenue BeatTeddy RobbKylie Morgan and many others.

The newcomers will join headlining acts Luke BryanDierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett during the three-day festival that sets up shop at Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, New York June 12-14. Tickets are on sale now.  

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Feb 19

Ashley McBryde announces European tour dates

ABC/Image Group LAAshley McBryde is heading back across the pond. 

The “One Night Standards” singer is set for a nine-date run across Europe in September, and is scheduled to perform in England, Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere. Ashley will spend roughly two weeks in the British Isles, playing for crowds at such venues as the Academy Dublin, Barrowlands in Glasgow, and the O2 Ritz in Manchester.

The tour begins at The Limelight in Belfast, Ireland on September 1 and concludes at The Long Road in Leicestershire, England on September 12.

Pre-sale tickets are available now for Premium Trybe members. For a full list of UK tour dates, visit Ashley’s website.

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Feb 19

Brad Paisley to see “The World” on 2020 tour

ABC/Mark Levine Brad Paisley is trekking across the globe on a new tour. 

Brad has booked the 2020 World Tour that takes him across North America and over to Europe throughout the spring and summer.

The tour includes shows all over the U.S. before heading to Europe for a string of dates in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany. Brad will also make a stop in Montreal, Canada at the inaugural Lasso Festival DeMusique Country.  

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go toward Brad and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley‘s new nonprofit The Store, a free, referral-based grocery story in Nashville that allows people in need to have access to essential items.    

“Singles You Up” hitmaker Jordan Davis and American Idol season 16 finalist Gabby Barrett will globetrot with Brad as opening acts. 

Paisley’s tour launches May 15 in Concord, California and wraps on September 27 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Feb 19

Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton turn Boise into a “Dive Bar” in live video

ABC Radio Garth Brooks has unveiled the long-awaited video of him and Blake Shelton performing “Dive Bar” live for the first time. 

Captured during Garth’s show at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho in July 2019, the video, which premiered on Facebook today, shows the two superstars delighting the capacity crowd with the lighthearted tune about the joys of a dive bar.

The performance begins with Garth singing the first verse solo before Blake rises from below the stage to join him. The crowd is thoroughly enjoying every moment, with shots of fans singing and dancing along and raising their beers in the air are interspersed between performance clips.

As the two duet, Blake pulls a sign from a fan in the audience that reads “Blake is My Hall Pass,” getting a laugh from Garth.

At song’s end, Garth lets out a celebratory scream while Blake soaks in the applause from the massive crowd, the set ending with a hug between the two stars.   

“Blake — he looks fantastic. But the crowd! The crowd just killed it for me,” Garth remarked about the video during the Monday night episode of his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G

“Dive Bar” will be featured on Garth’s upcoming album, Fun. 

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Feb 19

“Drink a Beer”: Luke Bryan announces original line of lager

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is venturing down a new creative path. 

The superstar has partnered with high-end wine, beer and liquor company, Constellation Brands, to launch his own brand of beer. Titled Two Lane American Golden Lager, the company says the beer is made from ingredients sourced from the U.S., including two-row barley and water gathered from the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Luke worked with Constellations to help develop the light lager, calling the new venture a dream come true. 

“Between my songs, Instagram posts and onstage toasts to my audience, it’s no secret that I like beer,” he says in a statement. “For a long time, I’ve dreamed of creating a beer to enjoy no matter if you are hanging out at one of my shows or at home with friends and family, and I was so grateful to find a partner in Constellation to make that dream a reality.”

Two Lane will first be available throughout the South and Mid-Atlantic, including Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Virginia, beginning March 2.

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Feb 19

Florida Georgia Line heads to the country for remix of Justin Bieber’s “Yummy”

ABC/Randy HolmesFlorida Georgia Line has added a country flavor to Justin Bieber‘s “Yummy.”

The duo teamed up with the pop superstar for a country remix of his hit track, adding countrified references ranging from black stallions to Chick-Fil-A.

FGL honors the song’s original instrumentation while Justin adds a little twang to his vocals. Meanwhile, the duo’s Tyler Hubbard takes on the second verse that mentions Waffle House, Chick-Fil-A and heading out to the country for home cooking.  

“Yummy let me take you to the country/We can call it home cooking/I mean chicken/You my dumpling/We say grace/I say thanks/For my baby and this drank,” he raps over the earworm melody.

“Just a little fun with the fellas,” Justin says of the song on Instagram

The “Meant to Be” hitmakers teased on social media that they were cooking up a “Yummy” remix with Justin 10 days before its release. “Yummy” is the lead single off Justin’s new album, Changes.

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Feb 19

Hold the seafood, but bring on the gelato: Maren Morris reveals her pregnancy diet

ABC/Image Group LAWhen Maren Morris plays the prestigious Houston Rodeo on March 7, she’ll be nine months pregnant and almost ready to deliver her first child, a son with fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd.

Maren’s clearly been pretty fearless during her pregnancy, but she admits there’s one thing that’s proved impossible, at least when it comes to eating.

“One food thing that’s been tough to enjoy, that I’ve kind of stayed away from during pregnancy, has been any sort of seafood,” she reveals. “I used to love salmon and any sort of fish dish, and recently I just can’t smell it without getting sick.”

Luckily, Maren’s found comfort in one particular sweet treat.

“One thing I can’t live without food-wise since being pregnant is Talenti gelato,” she explains. “That’s been a non-negotiable. Before bed, I have to have ice cream. It’s like a more amplified sweet tooth than I ever had.”

“Salted Caramel Truffle is the flavor.” she laughs, “And careful with it — because you’ll want to buy like twelve pints!” 

Here’s something else that’s pretty sweet in Maren’s life these days: this week, “The Bones” — the song she wrote about the strength of her relationship with Ryan — is spending its second week at the top of the country chart. 

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Feb 18

Chris Stapleton is smooth as “Tennessee Whiskey” with surprise performance at Tyler Perry show

ABC/Image Group LAFans who attended Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell play in Nashville got an extra treat with a surprise performance by Chris Stapleton

Chris and his wife Morgane were amongst the thousands of fans who attended Tyler’s production of Madea’s Farewell play Friday when it made a stop at Bridgestone Arena. The acclaimed filmmaker and playwright invited the country superstar to sing a snippet of his signature hit, “Tennessee Whiskey.” 

The crowd erupted in deafening applause the moment Chris rose from his seat with a microphone in hand and smoothly belted out the song’s first verse and chorus as the crowd roared with cheers around him. At performance end, Tyler could be seen clapping from the stage dressed in his Madea attire.

“Madea could not come to the end of the farewell tour and have @chrisstapleton in the audience in Nashville, Tennessee and not have him sing a verse of Tennessee Whiskey! And he KILLED IT!! Thank you Chris, blessings to you, your wife, and them babies!!” Tyler writes on Instagram

Nashville was one of the last dates on the Madea Farewell Play Tour that sees the end of Tyler’s famous character who’s been at the center of multiple films and plays over the past 20 years.   

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Feb 18

New study shows that country radio listeners are in favor of equal airplay

Courtesy CMTCMT has partnered with media research company Coleman Insights to gather more data regarding the lack of airplay female artists receive on country radio. 

In the new equal play research study conducted in partnership by the two organizations, it’s reported that 84 percent of the 1,000 listeners polled between the ages of 25-54 want equal airplay on radio for female artists, while seven out of 10 listeners want to have more female artists in country music.

Additionally, 72 percent of listeners said they hear more songs by men than women on country radio, while 44 percent responded that they would be “very interested” in a radio station that highlights women. More than half said they don’t have a gender preference when it comes to the artists they listen to. 

“When we approached Coleman Insights about this specific line of research, we were shocked to learn no one had ever commissioned data on the listeners themselves. CMT took it directly to the fans and what we found couldn’t have been more clear: listeners want equal play and women do want to hear women on the radio,” CMT Senior Vice President of Music & Talent Leslie Fram explains. 

“This tells us country music fans want to hear good songs period. But it also tells us that we are training listeners not to hear female voices. Without creating an equal playing field, fans don’t know what they are missing,” she continues. “This is about a balance of gender and diversity. It’s essential for all voices to be heard.”

The new study comes roughly one month after CMT put into effect its 50/50 video airplay initiative, meaning that its 29 primetime videos hours are split equally between female and male artists.  

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Feb 18

Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood + more to perform at 2020 Hometown Rising

ABC/Image Group LAHometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival has announced its star studded lineup. 

Blake SheltonCarrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion are among the superstar talent to perform at the second annual festival that unites bourbon and music in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Blake and Old Dominion are set to perform on September 12, topping a lineup that includes Jon PardiClint Black, and up and comers like Caylee Hammack and Jon Langston, among others. The closing night set sees Carrie and Dierks on the bill with additional performances by Chris JansonBilly Ray CyrusCamBlanco BrownMitchell Tenpenny and more.

In addition to the country stars, attendees also have access to bourbon tastings, workshops, art activations and several other activities. 

Hometown Rising will take place September 12-13 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville. Select tickets go on sale February 21 at 10 a.m. ET. 

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