The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating Hank Williams‘ 100th birthday with a special tribute concert.
Happening Thursday, September 21, the event will feature performances from Hank’s grandchildren Sam Williams, Holly Williams and Hilary Williams alongside Charlie McCoy, Suzy Bogguss, Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Chuck Mead, Wendy Moten and more.
The lineup for the 2024’s We Fest has been announced.
Eric Church, Jelly Roll and Parker McCollum have been tapped as headliners for the three-day festival. Joining them as performers are Carly Pearce, Trace Adkins, Elle King, Koe Wetzel, Lonestar, Warren Zeiders, The Bellamy Brothers, Paul Cauthen, Lauren Watkins, Stephen Wilson Jr. and Tanner Adell. More artists are slated to join the bill soon.
We Fest will take place from August 1 to August 3 at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
Carly Pearce experienced a full-circle moment recently.
The country star, who’s been a longtime NEEDTOBREATHE fan, was enlisted by the rock group for their stirring new duet, “Fall On Me.”
“Years ago I bought a ticket and went by myself to see @NEEDTOBREATHE live because I was such a fan,” Carly shares on X, formerly known as Twitter. “It is such an honor that they asked me to be on a song with them. ‘Fall On Me’ is out now [white heart emoji]”
“Fall On Me” is off NEEDTOBREATHE’s latest album, CAVES. Out now, the 18-track project also features Old Dominion on the euphoric “Wasting Time.”
Could George Strait and Chris Stapleton be working on new music together? Quite possibly, yes.
Grammy-winning producer Tony Brown recently posted a photo of him, George, Chris and several Nashville musicians together in Castle Recording Studios in Franklin, Tennessee.
“New Music from GEORGE STRAIT [CD emojis],” Tony captions his Facebook post.
Earlier in September, famed guitarist Brent Mason also posted an Instagram carousel of his session time with George and Chris from the same day.
“Swipe <————- to see some #nashvillecats in their natural habitat at The Castle Studio working this past week on new music for the King [crown emoji] #georgestrait and a little #chrisstapleton too…..along with the hitmaker himself @tonybrownproducer and @chuck_ainlay at the helm behind the board,” Brent wrote in the captions.
“Working with some of my favorite fellow cats it’s been an awesome week and my 24th consecutive studio album for George,” he added.
George and Chris recently announced their 2024 stadium tour with opening act Little Big Town. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 22, at 10 a.m. local time. For a full list of dates, visit George’s website.
Kane Brown is set to hit the road in 2024 for his In The Air Tour.
The newly announced 29-city trek kicks off March 28 in Charlottesville and will hit Houston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and more before concluding in Arlington on September 14.
Tyler Hubbard, Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Bailey Zimmerman, Parmalee, LOCASH and RaeLynn will open for Kane on select dates.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 28, at 10 a.m. local time. However, fans can register their interest now at tour.kanebrownmusic.com for access to the presale on Tuesday, September 26, at 10 a.m. ET. A full list of can be found on Kane’s website.
Coming up, Kane will release his brand new single, “I Can Feel It,” on Thursday, September 21, at 11 a.m. CT. You can presave it now to hear it as soon as it drops.
For many who are born in Nashville, being surrounded by country music is inevitable.
But not only did Conner Smith grow up listening to the genre, he was introduced to the music industry at a young age by his veteran broadcaster mom, Jennifer Vickery Smith.
“Growing up, my mom was a TV reporter on the local station. But she always loved country music, so she would really kind of raise her hand for all those jobs. She would interview songwriters and artists,” Conner recounts to ABC Audio. “I remember she would go to number-one parties, and she’d pull me out of school every now and then. I remember she pulled me out of school one day to go to the ‘Why Don’t We Just Dance’ Josh Turner number-one party.”
As Conner embraced being a fly on the wall, he started analyzing interviews his mom had with hit songmakers — which later sparked his passion for country songwriting.
“She would interview songwriters, these [legends like] Craig Wiseman, Neil Thrasher, Kelly Lovelace, Tom Douglas. And I would just study these interviews of these guys that were telling the stories of these country songs,” Conner recalls. “That was where, [in] my heart, I was just like, ‘Whatever that is, I have to do that.’ So that’s really where it started for me.”
Conner’s currently approaching the top 20 on the country charts with his single “Creek Will Rise.”
Rising country artist and Yellowstone star Luke Grimes is set to release his debut EP, Pain Pills Or Pews, on October 20. The Dave Cobb-produced EP features six songs, including “Burn,” which drops Friday, September 22. Pain Pill Or Pews is available for presave now.
The Oak Ridge Boys have announced their American Made: Farewell Tour. “We are doing a farewell tour because we owe it to our fans to say goodbye. They have always been there for us through the good times and the bad,” shares the group’s William Lee Golden. The full statement and tour schedule are available now at oakridgeboys.com.
Tyler Booth‘s EP, Keep It Real, is out now. “It’s always cool for me to watch artists I look up to grow in their music and evolve. With this new music, I feel like I’ve moved on to another stage myself, which is a very cool thing and makes me really excited to share what I’ve been working on with the world,” Tyler says of his new six-track project.
Country icon Martina McBride is headed to a city near you this festive season.
Martina has announced the return of her The Joy of Christmas Tour. The 13-date trek kicks off November 24 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will wrap in Englewood, New Jersey, on December 17.
“The Joy of Christmas tour is heading out for another run this year! [heart + Christmas tree emojis] This is one of my favorite tours, and it gets better and better every year!” Martina shares on X, formerly known as Twitter.
As Ashley McBryde celebrates her new album, The Devil I Know, she’s revisiting her childhood and sharing some of her music influences.
“When I was growing up, I loved listening to such a wide variety of music,” says Ashley. “One of my favorite vocalists is still Ronnie Milsap. I love Karen Carpenter, classic country and really musical soundtracks.”
Her love for musical soundtracks came from none other than her mom.
“My mom was big in the musicals,” she shares. “And I was lucky enough to be steeped in that from a really young age.”
Ashley’s currently top 20 on the country charts with “Light On In The Kitchen.” The heartwarming track serves as the lead single off The Devil I Know, out now.