Luke Bryan Announces 2017 Farm Tour
Luke Bryan announces the ninth annual “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017” set to run September 28th to October 7th. Since the tour’s inception in 2009 Luke has awarded 50 college scholarships to a local student from a farming family within the communities the tour has played.
A total of more than 100,000 fans have gathered on the farms each year. 2017 ACM New Male Vocalist Jon Pardi will support Luke at each stop with additional talent to be announced later. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 2 at 10am local time.
“Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017”
September 28 Lincoln, NE Benes Farm
September 29 Baldwin City, KS Don-Ale Farms
September 30 Boone, IA Ziel Farm
October 5 Fort Wayne, IN Spangler Farms West
October 6 Edinburg, IL Ayers Family Farm
October 7 Centralia, MO Stowers Farm
On May 30, exclusive “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017” ticket presales will begin for Luke’s Fan Club (the Nut House), Luke’s official App and Citi® cardmembers at www.CitiPrivatePass.com. Additional presale tickets will be available through radio and Spotify on May 31st
and through the tour’s sponsors via their digital platforms on June 1st.
Kelsea Ballerini Stuns London Fans
Kelsea rocked Under the Bridge last night and now she’s tested the waters in the UK
Kelsea Ballerini made her wildly successful UK debut last week when she performed a SOLD OUT headlining concert at London’s hip Under the Bridge nightclub, charmed viewers during several TV appearances and even popped in to chat with Steve Wright at BBC Radio 2, further showing strong international appeal that will propel the star toward new horizons this year.
Having already captured American hearts with her graceful, sincere and fun-loving brand of modern country music, Sony Music Commercial Group in conjunction with Black River Entertainment hosted the record-breaking singer/songwriter in support of the UK release of her critically acclaimed debut album THE FIRST TIME.
This special UK edition features four bonus acoustic tracks along with her lead UK single, “XO” (Ballerini / Gravitt / O’Brien), now spinning on BBC Radio 2.
Kicking the week off with a packed showcase in front of the UK’s finest in media, streaming, television and radio (May 9), Ballerini was then greeted by roaring fans at Under the Bridge (May 11) who sang along to every word of historic #1 hits like the deeply moving ballad “Peter Pan,” uptempo jams “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs,” and her fun-and-flirty Top 5 single “Yeah Boy.” Ballerini’s concert experience was described by local media as “electric” and a hint of big things to come.
“Kelsea rocked Under the Bridge last night and now she’s tested the waters here in the UK … With a warm stage presence, an engaging personality and a set list full of great songs, Kelsea showed the UK why she’s one of the biggest new artists in Country music.” – Entertainment Focus
Ballerini won’t stay away from her new fans for long. On May 26th, she’ll kick off Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR in Bakersfield, California, which this fall will play to massive international audiences including the following dates:
10/04/17 – MANCHESTER @ Manchester Arena
10/05/17 – DUBLIN @ 3Arena
10/07/17 – GLASGOW @ The SSE Hydro
10/09/17 – BIRMINGHAM @ Barclaycard Arena
10/10/17 – LONDON @ The O2
Meanwhile, Ballerini heads into the 2017 CMT Music Awards with an incredible four nominations (tying her for the lead with fellow superstars Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett): Video of the Year (“Peter Pan”), Female Video of the Year (“Peter Pan”), CMT Performance of the Year (Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini, “You’re Still the One/Any Man of Mine/Man, I Feel Like a Woman” From CMT Artists of the Year), and CMT Social Superstar. This year’s show airs live from Nashville June 7 at 8 p.m. ET and voting is now open on CMT.com.
She’ll follow up on June 9 with a high-profile co-host appearance at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium for the 2017 CMA Music Festival and is currently working on her much anticipated sophomore album, with more details coming soon.
For more information visit KelseaBallerini.com
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Line-Up Announced
Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan will headline the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam on Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2017 at Frank Brown Park in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida.
“We had a blast at Pepsi SpringJam tonight and anticipate another awesome day tomorrow,” said Lovelady. “We’re going to keep the party going in Panama City Beach with an amazing lineup of artists for Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in September.”
Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Granger Smith, Colt Ford, Kane Brown, The Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley, Diamond Rio, William Michael Morgan, The Railers, Gal Friday Band, Them Dirty Roses and Muscadine Bloodline are all scheduled to hit the stage during the action-packed weekend, and additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
For additional information about Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, including tickets, artist lineup updates, directions, parking, lodging and more, visit http://www.GulfCoastJam.com.
Shania Twain Rocks the Boots Off Stagecoach
Global superstar and 5x time Grammy Award winner Shania Twain rocked Stagecoach last night, thrilling 75,000 music fans who made their way to Indio this weekend. Headlining and performing at the festival for the first time, Twain opened with fan-favorite, “Rock This Country,” setting the scene for a performance which had the audience packed into any available space in front of the Mane stage. Filled with hit after hit, her electric 90-min set showcased her illustrious career and was a reminder that Twain is one of the most dominant and exciting artists of all time.
Surprises of the night included performances from pop heartthrob Nick Jonas, who came out to join his idol on stage for a version of Twain’s hit “Party For Two” and country darling Kelsea Ballerini, who accompanied Shania for “Any Man of Mine”.
With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Twain remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Twain’s albums include her platinum-selling 1993 debut, “Shania Twain”; “The Woman in Me,” her Grammy Award-winning double diamond-selling 1995 release; “Come on Over,” the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with more than 40 million units sold worldwide; and “UP!,” Twain’s third consecutive diamond-selling album release.
Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Twain is the first and only female to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award and she recently received the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Twain’s many hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
George Strait Extends His “2 Nights of Number 1’s” to July 28-29
Following right on the boot heels of his wildly successful Two Nights of Number 1’s at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas earlier this month, the King of Country George Strait announced that directly due to the overwhelming fan reaction, he will continue the concept of playing his record-setting collection of 60 Number One hits again in July.
“Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” says Strait, who has won every honor in the format from a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album to multiple ACM and CMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year plus a coveted place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This is something they want more of, so that’s what they will get.”
Strait debuted the unprecedented two nights of No. 1’s during his recent T-Mobile Arena shows on April 7th-8th. With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts during the span of his career and more than 280,000 fans streaming Strait’s 60 #1 Hits playlist on Spotify every month, Strait wanted to showcase these radio hits plus several fan-favorites such as “Troubadour” that, surprisingly to many, never reached No. 1.
He did it by playing 30 No. 1 hits on April 7th and 30th No. 1 hits on April 8, in addition to those “can’t miss” classics from the early hits like “Fool Hearted Memory” and “You Look So Good In Love” to more recent hits including “River of Love” and “I Saw God Today” – and the 56 No. 1’s in between.
Strait stepped away from touring in 2014 with The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, culminating with a Texas-sized farewell concert at AT&T Stadium near Dallas that drew a record-setting attendance of 104,793. In 2015, he revealed that he would perform a limited series of exclusive, worldwide engagements at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas that commenced with a pair of at-capacity shows in April 2016 with fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves. In November, it was announced that the unparalleled, sold-out series would continue through 2017, including his most recent dates with GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Cam.
Strait may have closed the book on touring, but the exclusive engagements at T-Mobile Arena provide him with a new page and the ability to connect with fans on his terms and create concert experiences that stay fresh and compelling. Rolling Stone called the historical 2 Nights of Number 1’s shows “extraordinary” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal duly noted that “Strait receives something like 10 standing ovations around the venue every night.”
Upcoming dates include:
Friday, July 28, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Tickets and VIP packages for the July 28-29 2 Nights of Number 1’s shows are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit StraitToVegas.com.
Strait has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences and Travel Packages for all upcoming Strait to Vegas shows. VIP Experience amenities range from access to the King’s Exhibit featuring memorabilia showcasing George Strait’s career to a signed coffee table book with rare and previously unreleased photos. All VIP Experiences include premium concert tickets and exclusive merchandise gifts. Travel Packages include Strait to Vegas tickets, plus hotel accommodations and exclusive merchandise. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment.
Many of the songs that Strait will be performing during 2 Nights of Number 1’s are also featured on Strait Out of the Box: Part 2, available now. The three-disc, 56-track collection spans 20 years of Strait’s remarkable career from 1996 to 2016 and offers fans two new songs with “Kicked Outta Country” and “You Gotta Go Through Hell,” both of which Strait co-wrote. For more information, visit www.georgestrait.com or www.straittovegas.com.
Thomas Rhett Brings ‘Home Team Tour’ to Nashville
Rhett’s headlining 2017 Nashville’s Home Team Tour dates tally 15 sold-out shows
Thomas Rhett brought his Home Team Tour to Nashville, performing back-to-back sold out shows at Ascend Amphitheater (4/20 and 4/21). More than 13,600 fans packed the venue over the course of the two nights, despite a constant downpour Friday night. Thomas Rhett put on a show that was “a whole lot of fun” (The Tennessean) joined by tour openers Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Hurd and Russell Dickerson.
Thomas Rhett’s set was a “hit parade” (Rare) as he performed favorites like platinum-selling songs “Crash And Burn,” “T-Shirt,” “It Goes Like This,” “Die A Happy Man” and more. On night one, Thomas Rhett surprised fans by bringing out Dierks Bentley as the two performed the hit “Somewhere On A Beach” while Danielle Bradbery joined him for a duet of “Playing With Fire.”
Maren Morris also made a surprise appearance as she and Thomas Rhett performed “Craving You” the “driving, sexy” (Rolling Stone) new lead single from his highly-anticipated third studio album. Friday night included Morris, and Thomas Rhett’s father Rhett Akins also joined him for a multi-song performance. Ballerini, Hurd and Dickerson returned to the stage with Thomas Rhett to cap off both nights with an “explosive” (CMT) performance of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” complete with fireworks.
The Nashville dates tally 15 sold-out shows Thomas Rhett’s headlining 2017 Home Team Tour has seen so far, one of Rolling Stone’s most anticipated tours of this year. After drawing capacity crowds overseas last year, he returns as a “force to be reckoned with” (Daily Star) with plans to return to Europe while also making his debut headlining run in Canada in addition to US dates. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit http://www.thomasrhett.com.
– CMTT [Photo Insert credit: Corey Bost]
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Announces Headliners
Award-winning Country Music superstars Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan are confirmed to headline the 5th Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, it was announced on FOX News’ popular FOX411 Entertainment Report this morning. This year’s three-day Country Music extravaganza is set for Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2017 at Frank Brown Park in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida.
“This is the most exciting line up of headliners we’ve had in our five year history, and we can’t thank FOX News enough for letting the world know,” said Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Executive Producer Rendy Lovelady. “Add the fourth – and biggest – headliner, the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches, and you have the best concert experience in the country.“
Music begins each day at 2:00pm, so festival goers can spend the morning taking a leisurely walk on the beach, enjoying the bright sunshine, grabbing lunch at one of Panama City Beach’s wonderful restaurants or checking out other area attractions before heading to the concert grounds for an afternoon and evening of entertainment.
Tickets for the three-day festival will be available beginning Sunday, April 2, 2017 and will include General Admission, VIP, Skybox, Side Stage, Golden Circle and the new VIP Pit Experience. Special Military tickets and early entry will also be available.
Tin Pan South 2017 Tickets Go on Sale February 28th
The 25th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank will encompass a record 100 shows over five nights at 10 of Nashville’s hottest music venues. Organizers have announced the popular Fast Access Passes will go on sale at 10:00am CST, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at TinPanSouth.com.
The Festival is set to run March 28-April 1, and the Fast Access Passes allow patrons to bypass the cover charge at the door and allow advance entrance (space permitting.) Quantities are limited, and last year’s passes sold out in record time.
Close to 400 songwriters are scheduled to perform at 3rd & Lindsley, Blue Bar, The Bluebird Cafe, Commodore Grille, The Country, Douglas Corner, Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, The Listening Room Cafe, Station Inn and Whiskey Rhythm Saloon. In addition to Fast Access Passes, each show will have a Cash Line admitting patrons as space permits after pass holders have entered.
Produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Tin Pan South reigns as the world’s largest all-songwriter festival. Last year, over 350 talented songwriters performed 92 shows at 10 of Nashville’s top music venues. Regions Bank returns for the tenth year as the presenting sponsor of the Festival. For up-to-date lineups, tickets, venues, schedules and other festival information, visit tinpansouth.com. The Tin Pan South program will be published in the March 22, 2017 issue of the “Nashville Scene.”
Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase Receive “Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award”
Music industry veterans Lorianne Crook & Charlie Chase were honored with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award for their impact on country music during an event held recently at the Grand Ole Opry House
The honor was a well-kept surprise for both who were recognized as a powerhouse duo who for 34 years have been delivering Country music news, interviews and performances to fans across the globe via television, radio and online channels. No other personalities have played such a key role in the creation of Country content on television, entering fans’ homes via TNN (The Nashville Network), becoming an extension of the family, and introducing multiple generations of future superstars and legends to more than 80 million homes. The evening benefitted the Opry Trust Fund, which for more than 50 years has supported members of the country music community in nee.
Among the artists who participated in the evening with performances, appearances and taped messages were Trace Adkins, Moe Bandy, John Conlee, Billy Dean, Tareva Henderson, Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery, Jeannie Seely, Ricky Skaggs, T.G. Sheppard, Doug Stone, Tanya Tucker, The Whites and Mark Wills presenting Crook & Chase with their award.
it was fitting the event was held on the Opry stage as Lorianne & Charlie also “made country music famous.” When accepting the award an emotional Lorianne shared, “we feel like we’ve grown up in the business with you guys. Thank you for trusting us with your artists. It’s been a beautiful, life changing dance.”
The inaugural celebration honored Bob Kingsley in 2014. Due to the overwhelming response and success of that evening, Bob opted to make it an annual event where individuals would be honored on the stage of the Opry. The award, given to Joe Galante in 2015 and Jim Ed Norman in 2016, recognizes the most deserving individuals across the country music industry, including record labels, radio, and media.
Kenny Chesney Teams With Drew Brees and Matthew McConaughey
Kenny Chesney may not be touring in 2017, but he does have nine performances already slated for the year, including the headlining gig at the House of Blues in New Orleans on April 8.
Kenny will be the featured performer at the House of Blues’ Amazing Race show, which is hosted by NFL quarterback Drew Brees and actor Matthew McConaughey. The show, which Kenny headlined in 2012 and 2014, will benefit Drew’s The Brees Dream Foundation and Matthew’s Just Keep Livin Foundation.
The ticket pre-sale for No Shoes Nation premium members will begin on Friday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. CT, while general public tickets go on sale two hours later at noon CT. If it’s anything like past events, you can expect a sellout immediately.