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Zac Brown Featured on New Avicii Album, Due Out October 2


ShorefireZac Brown Band recently scored a #1 at rock radio with the Chris Cornell collaboration "Heavy Is the Head."  Now Zac is headed to the pop/EDM world. He's teaming up with Avicii for a song on their new album, Stories. The project is due out October 2.Gavin DeGraw and Wyclef Jean are also featured on the Avicii album.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Darius Rucker Reflects on Last June's Deadly Church Shooting in Charleston


Capitol NashvilleLast June's church shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina hit very close to home for Darius RuckerHe tells Rolling Stone, "My son goes to school directly across the street from Mother Emanuel. I mean directly across the street. I park in the parking lot to pick him up sometimes. That was . . . home. That was right in the heart of where we live, of our community."In the time since those shootings, Darius says he's seen a big outpouring love in the Charleston community.He adds, "It's just love, coming every day and every minute."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Georgia Line Taking Over Your TV September 4


Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is taking over your TV on Friday, September 4. The duo will close out Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series that morning on ABC. Later that night, FGL will perform on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.Florida Georgia Line continues their Anything Goes tour into the fall. Go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for details.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett Releasing New Video Every Friday Until "Tangled Up" Release


Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is releasing a new video every Friday until his album, Tangled Up, comes out September 25. The clips will be posted on Vevo, and you can get a copy of the corresponding song every Friday if you pre-order the album.The first release in the series, "Vacation," is out now. Thomas says of the song, "Clearly, with lyrics like ‘Billabong bikini’ and ‘solo cup amplifier,’ the song is about having a good time, whether you actually are on vacation -- like we are in the video -- or just kicking back in a kiddie pool in your back yard." "Crash and Burn" is the lead single from Tangled Up. It's currently sitting inside the top five at country radio.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cassie Kelley, Wife of Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Opens Up About Fertilit


Womanista/Greenroom PRAs part of chart-topping Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley has helped take country music by storm. Now he has another reason to sing: He and his wife, Cassie McConnell Kelley, are expecting a baby after six years of marriage."We're almost four months and I'm due in February and we just found out that we're having a boy, which I just get choked up thinking about and we're thankful, we're so -- blessed isn't a strong enough word," Cassie said on Friday's Good Morning America. Cassie's road to pregnancy wasn't easy -- in fact, it was a two-year struggle. "When you're young and healthy and you're ready to start a family you just don't envision there will be any problems doing that," she explained.The couple went through months of negative pregnancy tests before visiting a fertility specialist in November. There, they learned that Cassie doesn't ovulate regularly and also has a blocked Fallopian tube. "Our doctor told us we had a one percent chance of conceiving a child naturally without doing IVF," Cassie said.Then, just when the Kelleys planned to start IVF, Cassie said she and her husband were surprised to learn she was already pregnant. The baby is due in spring 2016.Charles and Cassie tied the knot in the Bahamas in 2009.  Cassie's the founder of the women's lifestyle site Womanista.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.ABC Latest News | Latest News Videos

Dustin Lynch Admits He Practiced Signing Autographs Before Becoming a Country St


CMADustin Lynch spent a lot of time writing songs and practicing guitar in preparation for his career as a country star. He was so set on making it in the music business, Dustin even admits to practicing signing his autograph.He tells ABC Radio, "Man, signing autographs was nerve-racking. Man, how do I sign my name? You don't think about that. I want it to look cool."Now that he's been signing autographs for a few years, Dustin has noticed his signature has changed as fans have him sign the same T-shirt  each time they see him."I'll have people come back with the same shirt, our first T-shirt we sold, and they've seen me five times, and you can see the progression of my autograph," Dustin explains. "It's a lot more round and loopy now than it was. Used to, it was a D, a line, an L and then a line, and now it's just a D and an L. Now, I'm really efficient."While the latest version of his autograph looks fancy, Dustin is most concerned with making sure he can sign his name really quickly.He says, "For me, you want to hit as many people as you can."Dustin's latest single, "Hell of a Night," could hit #1 at country radio over the weekend.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood Named Guest Judge for "Project Runway" Season Finale


Richard Gabriel Ford/FilmMagicCarrie Underwood has scored a new TV gig.  She'll serve as a guest judge on the 14th-season finale of Project Runway next month, joining Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen at New York Fashion Week, People magazine reports.Season 14 began on Lifetime earlier this month.Underwood has another TV role lined up for later in the year, when she and Brad Paisley co-host the 49th Annual CMA Awards November 4.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Maddie & Tae Turns Up the Fiddle and Steel Guitar on Harmony-Driven Debut Album,


Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae were so set on keeping their debut album, Start Here, squarely in the country format, they taught veteran producer Dann Huff a thing or two about making a country album. Dann started out playing guitar on classic albums from the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Madonna before coming to Nashville to produce hits for Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and many others.Maddie & Tae's Maddie Marlow tells ABC Radio, "With Dann Huff, you know, he's, like a rocker at heart, but he loved it, because it was such a challenge. He was like, 'I think this is the most country thing I've ever produced.'"Over the past decade, the fiddle and steel guitar have been replaced on a lot of country songs with drum loops and loud electric guitars. Maddie & Tae employed a few of those tricks on their debut hit, "Girl in a Country Song," in an effort to prove a point about the state of modern country music.As for the rest of Start Here, the duo's Tae Dye says their latest single, "Fly," is a better representation of what you'll hear on the rest of the project."Everything's country," Tae explains. "The way we write our music. The way we present it. Everything about it."Maddie & Tae also keep it country with their honest lyrics on "Sierra" -- a song about calling out a female bully -- and "Shut Up and Fish" -- an ode to women looking for a no-nonsense kind of guy.Tae says of their lyrical approach, "It's a really bold message, so we decided to take those messages head-on. In country, that's what you get to do. You get to speak about things that haven't really gotten talked about."She adds, "It's like the big elephant in the room. It's like, 'Let's address it and make light of the situation.'"Look for Maddie & Tae to perform on NBC's Today on Tuesday, September 1.

Lady Antebellum's Backstage Daycare Getting Crowded with Charles Kelley's Baby C


Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are expecting their first child in the spring. The little one will join Dave Haywood's son, Cash, and Hillary Scott's daughter, Eisele, in the Lady A daycare backstage at the band's shows.Hillary tells E! News Charles and Cassie know the sex of their baby, but they aren't announcing it just yet."They're going to be the most amazing parents," Hillary says. "It's just so funny to see how Charles is starting to look at the world differently and through a different lens, and as Cassie continues to carry this baby you're forever changed, and the pregnancy process starts that change, even for the dad, too."Look for Cassie Kelley to talk about her fertility struggles on ABC's Good Morning America Friday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Says Sons Bo and Tate Are Adjusting Very Well Since His Nephew Til Mo


CMALuke Bryan's oldest son, Bo, went from being the "alpha male" in the house to being the middle child when Luke's 13-year-old nephew, Til, moved in with them last year. The adjustment hasn't fazed Bo or his younger brother, Tate, though."It's been amazing watching them do so well with it," Luke tells People. "They treat Til like their brother, and Til does the same."Til has even helped Bo and Tate improve as athletes.Says Luke, "When I come home, they're throwing the baseball a little farther and hitting the ball a little harder. I know that's 'cause Til's been out in the yard with them."Til came to live with Luke and his wife, Caroline, late last year when his father, Luke's brother-in-law Ben Cheshire, passed away. Til's mother, Luke's sister Kelly, died in 2007. When it comes to guiding his family through the loss, Luke leans on his faith to see him through."I think with everything that's happened in my family, I just have to lean on my faith and the understanding that God has a plan for all of us. We just wake up every day and do our best."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shania Twain's Rock This Country Tour Doing Big Business


Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain is raking in the cash on her Rock This Country farewell tour. According to Billboard, the trek has grossed $40 million so far. More than 407,000 tickets have been sold since Shania launched the tour in June.Shania will continue the Rock This Country tour this fall with a six-week run of shows starting September 12 in Spokane, Washington.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jennifer Nettles Signs New Record Deal; Launching Playing with Fire Tour in Octo


James Minchin IIIJennifer Nettles has signed a new contract with Big Machine Records and will release a new single this October. A new album will follow in early 2016.In celebration of the new music, Jennifer is headed out on the Playing with Fire tour in October with special guests Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. She's currently filming her part as Dolly Parton's mother in the new NBC TV movie, Coat of Many Colors, airing December 10.Here are Jennifer's new tour dates:10/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 10/24 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 10/25 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts 10/29 -- Newark, OH, Midland Theatre 10/30 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center 10/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino 11/13 -- Red Wing, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino 11/14 -- Elkhart, IN, Lerner Theatre 11/15 -- Windsor, ON (CAN), The Colosseum at Caesars 11/20 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore 11/21 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 11/22 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 11/27 -- Johnson City, NY, Magic City Music Hall 11/28 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino 12/3 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues - Dallas 12/4 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City 12/5 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre 12/11 -- Reno, NV, Silvery Legacy Resort and Casino 12/12 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center 12/13 -- Temecula, CA, Penchaga Resort and CasinoCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood Steps Away from Her Problems in Order to Solve Them


Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood's latest single, "Smoke Break," is all about stepping back from the worries of your life and giving yourself some time to breathe. While Carrie doesn't have a cigarette in her hand while she's taking a break, she finds it incredibly useful to just sit and think when she's facing a problem.Carrie says, "It puts things in perspective, and you can come back and actually solve the problem. I just go somewhere where it's quiet. You know, that's kind of my way of handling things. Go sit out on the porch for a second. Just have a moment where nobody is talking at me, you know?"After taking some time away from distractions, Carrie usually finds the answer to the problem was right in front of her.She adds, "I think that's kind of a good tool that anybody could use. Just step away from [the problem]. Go to your happy place.""Smoke Break" is the lead single from Carrie's upcoming, fifth studio album, Storyteller, due out October 23.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dan + Shay Knows How to Stretch a Dollar at a Mexican Restaurant


Warner Music NashvilleCountry duo Dan + Shay consider themselves experts when it comes to hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants in Nashville. If they're downtown, the guys love to go to Las Palmas. While making their debut album, Where It All Began, the duo's Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney spent a ton of time at a little place called Nacho's in the Music City suburb of Bellevue.Dan tells ABC Radio, "When we were writing most of our album out at [our producer] Danny Orton's house, we went to this place."Shay chimes in, "I thought you were gonna say we wrote most of it at Nacho's, which is probably true."Since they were just getting started on their country career, Dan and Shay didn't have much money to buy tacos and burritos. They found a way to make it work.Says Dan, "We would just get, like, a huge basket of chips. I had, like, 20 baskets of chips."After 30 minutes of eating chips, the waiters would start to wonder if Dan and Shay were ever going to order. That's when the guys would order a small bowl of the tortilla soup.Shay says with a laugh, "That's like 89 cents. It's the dream."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Toby Keith's duet partner on the 2003 hit "Beer for My Horses?" ANSWER: Willie Nelson.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIt looks like Brett Eldredge has found love with his "Lose My Mind" video co-star Rachel Hilbert. The Victoria's Secret model has posted several pictures with Brett on her Instagram account, including one calling him a "babe." They've also posed together while rafting and holding goats at a fair in the past month. What a babe holdin muh hand ? @bretteldredge ? ??A photo posted by Rachel Hilbert (@rachelhilbert) on Aug 22, 2015 at 4:37am PDT  I want one!!!! ???? @bretteldredgeA photo posted by Rachel Hilbert (@rachelhilbert) on Jul 24, 2015 at 8:30am PDT Toby Keith's wife, Tricia Covel, has unveiled SwingDish, a line of women's golf wear available SwingDish.net. According to HauteLiving.com, she was inspired to develop the clothing line after noticing a lack of attractive golf apparel for women. Toby and Tricia own the Belmar Golf Course in their hometown of Norman, Oklahoma.Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks joined Taylor Swift on stage Monday night during a stop on Taylor's 1989 World Tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to perform "Goodbye Earl."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kenny Rogers Announces Details of "Once Again It's Christmas" Album & Tour


Webster PRKenny Rogers heads out on his 34th Annual Christmas tour in November in support of his forthcoming new holiday album, Once Again It's Christmas.  The new project features a duet with Jennifer Nettles on "Here It Is Christmas/Baby, It's Cold Outside," and Alison Krauss is featured on "Some Children See Him."  The album's due out September 25.Kenny says, "I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been doing another Christmas album -- it’s my favorite time of year. Recording a project like this means I was able to re-live some old memories singing some of the songs I was raised listening to and grew to love as a child."Once Again It's Christmas is Kenny's sixth holiday album. His first one, Christmas, was released in 1981.Here is the track listing for Once Again It's Christmas:"Once Again It's Christmas" "There's a New Kid in Town" featuring Winfield's Locket "Here It Is/Baby, It's Cold Outside" featuring Jennifer Nettles "Little Drummer Boy" "Back to Bethlehem" "Winter Wonderland" "Some Children See Him" featuring Alison Krauss "I'll Be Home for Christmas" "Children, Go Where I Send Thee" featuring Home Free "That Silent Night" featuring Jim Brickman "The Light" Here are Kenny's Christmas & Hits Tour Dates:11/11-14 -- Niagara Falls, ON (CAN), Niagara Fallsview Casino Avalon 11/17 -- Moncton, NB (CAN), Casino New Brunswick 11/18 -- Truro, NS (CAN) Rath Eastlink Centre 11/20 -- Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador (CAN), Pepsi Centre 11/21 -- Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Clarenville Events Centre 11/22 -- St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Mile Once Centre 11/27 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield 11/28 -- Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre 11/30 -- Terre Haute, IN, Hulman Center 12/2 -- Norfolk, NE, Divots Conference Center 12/4 -- Bowler, WI, North Star Mohican Casino Showroom 12/5 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino 12/6 -- Windsor, ON (CAN), The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor 12/8 -- Ashland, KY, Paramount Arts Center 12/10 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre 12/11 -- White Plains, NY, Westchester County Center 12/12 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 12/13 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center 12/15 -- Hagerstown, MD, Maryland Theater 12/16 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Theatre 12/17 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino 12/18 -- King of Prussia, PA, Valley Forge Casino Resort 12/19 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 12/20 -- Concord, NH, The Capitol Center for the Arts 12/22 -- Erie, PA, Warner Theater 12/23 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at WestburyCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kacey Musgraves, Josh Turner and More Added to ACM Honors Performers Lineup


Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves, Josh Turner, Holly Williams and Chris Isaak have been added to the performers lineup for the 9th Annual ACM Honors, coming up September 1. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, and Miranda Lambert, as well as Jake Owen, who's also hosting the event. Kelsea Ballerini and The Swon Brothers will serve as presenters.The ACM Honors will be held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to recognize the ACM Award winners not recognized on-camera during the ACM Awards broadcast earlier this year. Tickets are on sale to the public through Ticketmaster.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cole Swindell Announces 2nd Annual Down Home EP and Tour


Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell will launch his 2nd annual Down Home tour November 11 at New York City's Best Buy Theater. A second installment of his Down Home Sessions EP series will be released around the same time."Last year we did an EP and did a club tour and we just had such a blast, I said we had to do it again," Cole says. "We just recorded [the new EP].  I’m excited about it."Country newcomer Adam Sanders joins Cole in the Down Home tour. Adam is a co-writer on Cole's recent #1 hit, "Ain't Worth the Whiskey."Here are Cole's Down Home tour dates:11/11 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre 11/12 -- Patchogue, NY, The Emporium 11/13 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun - Wolf Den 11/18 -- Knoxville, TN, Cotton Eyed Joe's 11/19 -- Carrollton, GA, The Coliseum 11/20 -- Athens, GA, The Classic Center 11/27 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas 11/28 -- San Antonio, TX, Cowboys Dance Hall 12/2 -- Chicago, IL, Joe's Sports Bar 12/3 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights 12/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave 12/5 -- Indianapolis, IN, 8 Seconds Saloon 12/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory 12/11 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 12/17 -- Winston-Salem, NC, Johnny and Junes Ultra Salon 12/19 -- Greenville, SC, Blind Horse SaloonCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood Reveals Cover Art for Her "Relatable" New Album, "Storyteller"


Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has revealed the cover for her new album, Storyteller. The image shows Carrie sitting on the floor wearing an oversized silk top with red beading and red boots.Carrie thinks both the album cover and just-released video for the lead single, "Smoke Break," will give you a good indication of what to expect from the new project. She tells Entertainment Weekly, "Each album so far has had its own look, its own feel, its own sound, and this upcoming album is definitely no exception.”Storyteller is due out October 23 featuring 13 new tracks.Carrie says of the new music, "I feel like [Storyteller] is just really relatable. There's going to be a lot of songs on the album that people can listen to and be like, 'I totally get what you're trying to say."Carrie's last proper studio album, Blown Away, was released in 2012.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Antebellum Teams up with Chili's to Raise Money for St. Jude Children's Res


Chili's Bar & GrillLady Antebellum has teamed up with Chili's to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The restaurant chain's annual Create-a-Pepper for St. Jude campaign is underway to help fund St. Jude's fight against childhood cancer, and Lady A is proud to be the face of this year's effort.Band member Hillary Scott says of St. Jude, "As a band and as parents, we love the work they do for kids fighting really tough stuff like cancer. It's something really close to our hearts and we're excited to be part of what Chili's is doing to help advocate for these kids and their families." You can get involved in the effort by printing off a picture of the Chili's pepper logo and coloring it in while blindfolded. Upload a video of your coloring adventure on social media using the hashtag #createapepper.For more information on how you can join Lady Antebellum in Chili's Create-A-Pepper for St. Jude campaign, go to CreateaPepper.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett's Love Affair with Wife Lauren Crashed and Burned Several Times in


CMAThomas Rhett hasn't gone through a painful breakup like the one he sings about in "Crash and Burn" for many years now. He's been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Lauren, for nearly three years now, but there was a time "Crash and Burn" described their dating relationship to a T."When we dated in high school it was so ridiculous," Thomas says. "I think she broke up with me like maybe seven times over the course of a year. We were, like, freshmen in high school, and I was just one of the those guys that kept goin’ back, and just kept goin’ back, and really just wanted to date her and me not getting the hint."Thankfully, Thomas and Lauren were able to rekindle that fire later in life."Crash and Burn" is the lead single from Thomas's sophomore album, Tangled Up, due out September 25.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Co-Writers Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley Celebrate Their #1 Hit, "Homegrown H


EB Media PRDarius Rucker is always happy to celebrate a #1 hit he wrote, but the party is even sweeter when he's sharing the honor with a friend. Darius and pal Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum were on hand for an event in Nashville Monday afternoon celebrating the hit they co-wrote, "Homegrown Honey."Darius says of the achievement, "It's awesome. One of the reasons is because it's Charles. You know, we go back, and I've loved Charles for a long time.""Homegrown Honey" also is the first #1 hit co-written by Nathan Chapman, best known for producing Taylor Swift's early albums.Darius adds, "I love the song so much. It's really cool to be here having this party. I mean, I'm just proud of it."Darius's number one party for "Homegrown Honey" was a laidback affair with food and cocktails served at a Nashville-area bar. It's a far cry from the number one party Darius's tour mate Brett Eldredge is planning to celebrate his hit, "Mean to Me." Brett wants to have dinner in the sky with a full meal served to him and some guests on a platform raised on a crane 300 feet in the air.When asked if Darius would like to be one of Brett's guests at that dinner, he says quickly, "Absolutely not. See, the crazy stuff is long gone for Darius. Like, 15 years ago he could have gotten me up there. Right now, absolutely not."Darius would consider joining the party if the money was right, but he doesn't see Brett coming up with that kind of cash.Darius adds with a laugh, "Trust me. They'd have to say a really big number, and no one's gonna say it for me to get up on that thing."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Unveiling Tribe Kelley Clothing Line's 2016


Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and his wife Brittney will show off the latest looks from their Tribe Kelley clothing line at Nashville's Off the Record fashion show this fall. The invitation-only benefit show is set for November 1, with proceeds going to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.Tribe Kelley "promotes individuality and uniqueness" using comfortable, neutral materials, and Brian is honored the clothing line will be featured at the event.He says, "This will be the first show that Tribe Kelley will send both men's and women's designs down the runway. It is humbling to be one of the featured local designers in Nashville and we are eager to see the future development of the fashion industry in our community.”Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jon Pardi Taking Brothers Osborne Out for All Time High Tour Starting October 8


Universal Music GroupJon Pardi is headed out on his All Time High Tour starting October 8 in his home state of California. The trek features Brothers Osborne in the opening slot, and Jon says he's been looking to tour with the duo's T.J. and John Osborne for years now."It’s finally here and going to be a blast," Jon says.You can expect Jon to play some never-before-heard material on the trek, too."I really love the new music I have been working on for the next album and cannot wait to start playing it out on the road for the fans,”  he says.Here are Jon's All Time High Tour dates: 10/8 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues 10/9 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues 10/15 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues 11/7 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's 11/21 -- Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues 12/17 -- Washington, D.C., Fillmore 12/18 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 1/7 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room 1/8 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 1/9 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew's Hall 1/14 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 1/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 1/16 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount 1/22 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 1/23 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 1/29 -- Charlotte, NC, Fillmore 1/30 -- Raleigh, NC, The RitzCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Chris Young Adds Nashville Date to I'm Comin' Over World Tour


Sony Music NashvilleChris Young has added a Nashville stop to his I'm Comin' Over World Tour 2015. The show is set for September 30 at Ascend Amphitheater with special guests Jerrod Niemann and Cam.Chris will have plenty of family and friends in the audience for the Nashville show since he grew up just down the road in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 28 through Ticketmaster.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Frankie Ballard Scores Third Consecutive #1 Hit with "Young & Crazy"


Warner Music NashvilleCongratulations to Frankie Ballard on scoring his third consecutive #1 hit with "Young & Crazy." The track follows up his previous chart-toppers "Helluva Life" and "Sunshine & Whiskey." All songs are included on Frankie's current album, Sunshine & Whiskey.Frankie says of the big achievement, "I couldn't have asked for more out of this album or my fans. It has been so much fun playing it for you on the road these past months. Thank you to all the people who make country radio possible. My spirit is celebrating today!"Frankie is currently on the road with Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes tour. He'll join Randy Houser on the We Went tour in November.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Taps Chris Janson and Sam Hunt as Special Guests for Farm Tour 2015


Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has lined up Chris Janson and Sam Hunt as special guests on select dates for his Farm Tour 2015. The trek kicks off September 30 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and wraps up October 10 in Valdosta, Georgia.Look for Chris to perform on all dates. He says, "I grew up in a small town like the places the tour hits and I could not be more excited to be included. I love Luke Bryan, and am extra excited to be hitting South Georgia on the tour. We’re gonna be in my wife's hometown!”Luke's Farm Tour raises scholarship money for children of farmers living and working in each city on the trek. Go to LukeBryan.com/FarmTour for full details.Here are Luke's 2015 Farm Tour dates:9/30 -- Fort Wayne, IN 10/1 -- Lexington, Ky 10/2 -- Knoxville, TN 10/3 -- Columbia, SC 10/7 -- Starkville, MS 10/8 -- Tuscaloosa, AL 10/9 -- Macon, GA 10/10 -- Valdosta, GACopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Toby Keith to Perform on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Premiere Week


Show DogToby Keith has signed on to perform during the premiere week of CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The first episode airs Tuesday, September 8 with George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush as the first guests. Toby will appear on Thursday, September 10.The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air weeknights at 11:35pm ET on CBS.  Colbert is, of course, replacing David Letterman, who signed off earlier this year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Canaan Smith Wants to Help You Tie One On with Latest Single, "Hole in a Bottle"


UMGCanaan Smith established himself as a romantic kind of guy on his debut hit, "Love You Like That." Now he's out to show you he can bring the party with his second single, "Hole in a Bottle.""I kick off the show with 'Hole in a Bottle,'" Canaan says. "It sets the tone for, 'Here we go, y’all. I hope you came to party 'cause we did.'"The song even talks about taking the limits off a night of drinking and partying, which makes for some pretty wild and crazy moments during Canaan's concerts.He says, "It sets the tone for them to feel like they can dial it up when the moment feels right and when they’re in that kind of mood to just tie one on, here’s a song, here’s a soundtrack for that.""Hole in a Bottle" is included on Canaan Smith's debut album, Bronco, out now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Judds Launching Girls Night Out Residency in Las Vegas October 7 at The Vene


Donn Jones/CMAThe Judds are reuniting again -- this time in Las Vegas for nine-show residency starting October 7 at The Venetian. The show will run through October 24 and is titled "Girls Night Out" after Wynonna and Naomi Judd's #1 hit from 1985.Wynonna tells People, "We're going to talk a lot about our story. We have a great sense of humor and the show's about laughter and celebration as well as music."The Judds last toured together in 2010, and Wynonna adds, "I'm looking forward to this show because it's an opportunity to celebrate my mom."Naomi admits she has already started working on her wardrobe for the Vegas shows. She says, "This show is for the fans that I have missed every single day since leaving the stage. It will be the thrill of my life to join Wynonna on stage again in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world."Tickets for The Judds' Vegas shows go on sale Friday, August 28 at Venetian.com.Here are The Judds' concert dates: 10/7, 10/10, 10/13, 10/14, 10/16, 10/17, 10/21, 10/23, 10/24.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook Hitting the High Notes Following Recent Vocal C


Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town's Jimi Westbrook returned to the stage over the weekend following his recent vocal cord surgery. Though he's now singing higher than he has in years, Jimi admits he was worried about the prospect of never singing again.He says, "You don't realize how not being able to use your voice, which is something that we all -- it's just a given. To not have that is an eye-opener."Jimi's wife and band mate, Karen Fairchild, enjoyed the quiet, peaceful atmosphere around their house while Jimi was on voice rest. They also learned their son, Elijah, is an outstanding lip reader."[He was] best lip reader of anyone I ever encountered during the whole experience, Jimi says. "I rarely had to repeat myself to him or mouth things to him the second time."Jimi's friend, Keith Urban, was another big source of support since he went through the same surgery a few years ago. Keith even helped keep Jimi entertained during his recovery time.Says Jimi, "He periodically would send me texts of encouragement or iTunes gifted me several documentaries. Like, 'I know you're not doing anything. So, watch these, you'll like 'em.' But, I appreciate that."Now that Jimi's voice is getting stronger and stronger, you might hear him going for some Justin Timberlake-inspired high notes on their next album. In fact, Karen knew Jimi was on the road to recovery when she heard him singing a Timberlake song at a post-surgery check up.Jimi says, "[Karen] was like, 'Holy cow! I haven't heard you sing like that in that range for a while.' So, there are new things that it's like, 'Wow! It's amazing.'"Go to LittleBigTown.com for an update on their tour schedule.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.