Home State

Internationally renowned superstar, Billy Ray Cyrus, will soon be honored by his beloved home state of Kentucky as he is inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2018. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum honors Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters, comedians and other music professionals who have made significant contributions to the music industry in Kentucky and around the world. Cyrus will join the ranks of artists such as Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe and the Osborne Brothers. Officials say the actual induction will be on May 11th, 2018.

 

Strait Down Route 66

George Strait will take the stage once again at Tulsa’s BOK Center on June 1st & 2nd for “Strait Down Route 66,” an exclusive one night engagement in Oklahoma presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.  The King of Country Music’s summer concert is the first show announced for BOK Center’s “10 for 10” concert series in 2018, a planned celebration that will feature 10 blockbuster artists commemorating the arena’s 10th anniversary. 

Livin’ Like Hippies

Miranda Lambert is currently on the“Livin’ Like Hippies Tour” with Jon Pardi until March 24th. Miranda Lambert’s “MuttNation Foundation” will collect dog food, treats, supplies and cash donations for a local shelter at every show on her “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour”. Fans can drop off donations and sign up for a chance to win a meet and greet with Lambert at the “Fill the Little Red Wagon” activation, located at the entrance of each venue before the show. See tour stops here

Jumping On The Bandwagon

Country music superstars and GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Award-winners Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town announce their co-headlining tour, The Bandwagon Tour, scheduled to hit the road summer 2018. The joint tour kicks off July 12th in Charlotte, North Carolina and will take the country music troupe along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, Southeast and Midwest regions. More info here.

Standing Up

Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Keith Urban are among those paying tribute to Elton John at “Elton John: I’m Still Standing–A Grammy Salute”, taped on January 30th at Madison Square Garden and airing later in 2018 on CBS TV.

Hey Good Lookin’ 

Boot Barn, America’s largest western and work wear retailer, is proud to introduce “Idyllwind” – a lifestyle brand created by Miranda Lambert. The brand is inspired by vintage and retro looks with a modern fashion edge and a focus on comfort, fit and quality. The product range of apparel, accessories, and, of course, cowboy boots. Idyllwind will be introduced this holiday in select Boot Barn stores in California, Texas, Tennessee, Nevada, Florida, Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado, and Arizona. The full Idyllwind Fueled by Miranda Lambert launch will occur in Fall 2018.

On Tour With The Ones That Like Him

Aaron Lewis joins country-rocker Brantley Gilbert for his “The Ones That Like Me 2018 Tour”. Having spent the better portion of 2017 crisscrossing the nation on his Sinner Tour, Lewis’ no-holds-barred attitude continues breaking barriers that are so prevalent in today’s music industry. His raw lyrics and authentic sound continue to keep his loyal fan base satisfied while adding to it with each performance. “The Ones That Like Me 2018” is set to run through May 12th. For a complete list of dates, visit here. (FYI: April 28 — Rogers, Ark. @ Walmart Amp-Arkansas Music Pavillion)

Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour

Chris Young is revealing the launch of his 2018 headlining concerts. “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour” will have featuring special guests Kane Brown and LANCO. The tour runs through February 24th.

Another Trip Around The Sun

Kenny Chesney will kick off his “2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour” April 21 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, one of 18 stadiums on the run. Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, and  Brandon Lay will join him. More dates and venues will be added. See the schedule here.

Kid Rockin’ It In The Free World

Kid Rock announced that he will hit the road on his “Greatest Show On Earth Tour 2018,” produced by Live Nation. The tour runs through March 24, 2018 with 21 shows from coast to coast. A Thousand Horses will open. Fans of the rocker can expect the same high-energy experience, but with brand new tracks from his latest album,“Sweet Southern Sugar” . 

Life Changes

Thomas Rhett will launch the “Life Changes Tour” April 5, 2018, in Tulsa, OK. He’ll be joined by Brett Young on all dates, and on select dates, by Midland and Carly Pearce, Jillian Jacqueline and Russell Dickerson.

Freaks On The Loose

Blake Shelton will jump into 2018 with his fellow “Country Music Freaks” on his headlining tour. Shelton will hit the road alongside Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce, and very special guest Trace Adkins on February 15 in Tulsa, OK. 

The Road Warriors

Brad Paisley has announced the continuation of his highly successful “Weekend Warrior World Tour” with dates added in 2018. The 26-date tour will extend through April, with more dates to be added. Brad Paisley will have special guests Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant & Lindsay Ell to the tour. (FYI: Little Rock, AR on April 12th)

Reason To Drink On Tour

Cole Swindell will kick-off 2018 with the launch of his first career headlining tour, the “Reason To Drink Tour”, on February 15th in Allentown, PA. Joining Cole Swindell on his tour are Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina.

 It’s Grammy Time

The 60th Grammy Awards aired on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 on CBS TV. The winners were:

  • Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton – Either Way”
  • Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town – Better Man”
  • Best Country Song: Chris Stapleton – Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters
  • Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton – “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Best Roots Gospel Album: Reba McEntire – “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope”

Three For The Long Way

Brett Eldredge will go nationwide for his first ever headlining tour in 2018. “The Long Way Tour” will kick off on April 5th in Idaho with 10 cross-country dates, including a stop at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, with special guest Devin Dawson and Jillian Jaqueline.

Here’s One For Troy Gentry

Montgomery Gentry’s “Here’s To You Tour” will run through September 15, 2018. This marks the first time Eddie Montgomery will tour without the late Troy Gentry, who died September 8, 2017 in a helicopter crash. Dates here.

Texan Proud

George Strait has been named the 2018 “Texan of the Year” by the Texas Legislative Conference. He will be presented the award at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center March 22nd. “No one has done more than George Strait to raise awareness and funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts,” says Conference Chair and former Texas State Representative Doug Miller. “He put his well-earned reputation on the line and asked not only his fellow Texans to step up, but all Americans. And they have.” To date, Strait’s efforts on behalf of Hurricane Harvey victims have raised more than $50 million. 

Nominated

Country Music Hall of Fame and legendary Grand Ole Opry member Whisperin’ Bill Anderson is a 2018 Nominee for the Songwriter Hall of Fame. The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced nominees to be elected for induction at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 14, 2018, in New York City.

Being Recognized

Reba McEntire will receive the 2018 Horatio Alger Award. She joins 11 other esteemed business, civic, and cultural leaders from across North America, honored as leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities. “I always say that you need three things to succeed in life: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone,” says McEntire. “These qualities have served me well in every part of my life, and I have no doubt my fellow honorees would agree. I am honored to be inducted into the Horatio Alger Association, and I can’t wait to meet our 2018 Scholars and help them in any way I can to reach their own dreams.” The 2018 Horatio Alger Award recipients will be formally inducted into the Association on April 5-7, 2018, during the Association’s 71st Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies in Washington, D.C. See the complete class here.

The Dawn of the Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves announced that her upcoming album “Golden Hour”,  will be out in early 2018. In an interview, she admitted that following her heart meant trying out new styles as well as writing some of the most honest and genuine tunes of her career. She describes her new LP as having a “trippy” twist, citing the Bee Gees, Sade, and Neil Young as influences. And while she’s often celebrated for her clever wordplay and witty turns of phrase about small-town life, Musgraves says she avoided wrapping every lyric “up in a little bow” in favor of more direct, reflective songwriting. Musgraves wrote most of the album during the past year, with the exception of one track, an unreleased fan favorite that she’s often performed live. In addition to reuniting with previous collaborators such as Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and Natalie Hemby, Musgraves sought out pals Ian Fitchuk and the Silver Seas’ Daniel Tashian as her primary co-producers and co-writers. While she was working on the album, Musgraves quite literally experienced the golden hour when this summer’s solar eclipse — whose path of totality included Nashville — occurred on her birthday. “It felt like this majestic time where God was saying, ‘This is a moment to be present for, to witness and relish in the beauty of this incredible world,’” she says. “That was important for me to include on this record. It’s such an ugly time right now with society and politics, and it could be easy to focus on that. But one thing we could use is a little more love and positivity and pretty colors.”

More Than 5 Minutes of Music?

Scotty McCreery released his single, “Five More Minutes,” a song People Magazine called an “emotional walk down memory lane” that pleads for more time with the people and experiences that are important in his life. The ACM, BMI and CMT Award winner wrote the Top 20-and-climbing hit song that The Tennessean says “pulls heartstrings” just two weeks after the passing of his grandfather. Now, the North Carolina native expands on his reflections about life with his highly-anticipated third studio album, “Seasons Change”, due March 16 on Triple Tigers Records.

“Seasons Change” Track Listing: 

1. “Seasons Change” (Scotty McCreery/James McNair/Tommy Cecil)
2. “Wherever You Are” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Dan Isbell)
3. “Boys From Back Home” (Scotty McCreery/Dan Isbell/Jason Gantt)
4. “Five More Minutes” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Monty Criswell)
5.  “In Between” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Jessi Alexander/Jonathan Singleton)
6.  “This Is It” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Aaron Eshuis)
7.  “Wrong Again” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Phillip White)
8.  “Move It On Out” (Scotty McCreery/Dan Isbell/Aaron Eshuis)
9.  “Barefootin'” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/David Lee Murphy
10. “Still” (Scotty McCreery/Aaron Eshuis) 
11. “Home In My Mind” (Scotty McCreery/James McNair/Tommy Cecil)

Women On A Mission

Sara Evans has partnered with CMT for its 4th annual Next Women of Country Tour in 2018. “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” launches February 12th in NYC and will feature fifteen shows from coast to coast. (FYI: March 10: Pocola, OK @ Choctaw Casino Resort — Centerstage)

Exile Announces “No Limit Tour” In Celebration Of 55th Anniversary

2018 is a milestone year that marks the 55th Anniversary for a band formed in Richmond, Ky. in 1963. Crossover hit-making band, Exile, is celebrating the band’s distinguished career as the longest running self-contained vocal group. Exile has sold over 8 million records, including three Gold records and eleven number one hit songs, along with numerous hits on the pop and country charts. They are known for major hits including “Kiss You All Over,” “Give Me One More Chance,” and “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory,” to name a few. Fittingly and appropriately titled the “No Limit Tour”, will keep them on the road until December 15th, 2018. 

The Woman Takes The Chair

Maren Morris has been named honorary chairwoman of the “Texas Music Project”, a nonprofit working to increase access to music education programs. Morris participated in a songwriting camp coordinated by the organization when she was 16.

Back On The Road

Rascal Flatts will hit the road this summer for their headlining “Back To Us Tour” kicking off in Hartford, CT on February 14th and runs through September 20, 2018. The trio has invited chart-toppers Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce to join them this summer. Fans can purchase tickets at www.Megaticket.com.

Honky Tonk Highway

Randy Houser, Lauren Alaina, Runaway Juneand Lee Ann Womack will join Alan Jackson’s “Honky Tonk Highway Tour” on select dates. The tour runs through September 22, 2018. Schedule here.

Road Ragin’

Sugarland have announced the cities and dates for their“Still the Same Tour”, which will reunite them on stage for the first time since 2011. The duo composed of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush announced 48 dates for their reunion tour. Brandy Clark and Nashville star Clare Bowen will support the duo on the first half of the dates (May 25 – July 14), and Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell will serve as their opening acts for the second part of the road trek (July 19 – September 8). More details are available at Sugarland’s website.

Roadies!

Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are heading out together on the road for a co-headlining “Summer Plays On Tour”, kicking off on July 19th in Toronto, Ontario and runs through October 6, 2018. Joining them for the fun is up-and-coming standout Russell Dickerson.

Keith Urban Reveals New Album And Tour

Keith Urban revealed plans for his new album and 2018 tour – both called “GRAFFITI U.” “GRAFFITI U” is his ninth studio album, the follow-up to his platinum-selling “Ripcord” that is home to hits including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “The Fighter” and “Wasted Time.” A release date for “GRAFFITI U” wasn’t announced. “GRAFFITI U World Tour 2018” will kick off June 15 in St. Louis and conclude in November. Kelsea Ballerini will provide direct tour support. (FYI: Wednesday, August 15th in Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP & Thursday, November 1st in Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena)

It’s High Noon

Jason Aldean announced that he will switch on his headlining “High Noon Neon Tour” this summer, kicking off in Kansas City, MO on May 10 and going on until September 29, 2018. Jason Aldean, along with special guests Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina, will take the energy-charged tour to 34 cities across the country. The new album will be named “Rearview Town” with the release date set for April 13, 2018.

Girl Going Nowhere

Ashley McBryde’s motivation came from a different front, an Arkansas algebra teacher who told her she would never achieve her dreams. So, it is particularly satisfying that the woman dubbed an “Arkansas red-clay badass” by Rolling Stone is ready to release an album titled “Girl Going Nowhere” on March 30, 2018. It’s a collection reflective of her authentic, take-no-prisoners honesty and willingness to not just look at life, but live it, and reflect that experience in her music. Produced and mixed by award-winner Jay Joyce, “Girl Going Nowhere” showcases an artistic vision that will prove her to be one of the genre’s keenest working storytellers, bringing unwavering honesty back into a pop-preoccupied genre.

“Girl Going Nowhere” Track Listing

  1. “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” 
  2. “Radioland” 
  3. “American Scandal”
  4. “Southern Babylon”
  5. “The Jacket” 
  6. “Livin’ Next to Leroy” 
  7. “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega”
  8. “Andy” (I Can’t Live Without You) 
  9. “El Dorado”
  10. “Tired of Being Happy”
  11. “Home Sweet Highway”

High On A Mountain

Dierks Bentley will kick off his “Mountain High Tour” on May 17 in Columbia, MD. Joining him are Brothers Osborne and LanCo. Dates and cities here.

Front And Center

Frontmen (Restless Heart’s Larry Stewart, Lonestar’s Richie McDonald and former Little Texas lead singer Tim Rushlow) will kick off their tour February 3rd in Gulfport, MS. Schedule here.

Gone Platinum

The RIAA has issued platinum certification for Eric Church’s EMI Nashville album, “Mr. Misunderstood”.

Two Peas In A Pod

Country legends Johnny Lee and Mickey Gilley will be joining forces to co-headline the “Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour” beginning January 26th and running until November 27th. The two friends are reuniting for a series of live concert dates throughout 2018. The tour kicks off in Stafford, Texas and will visit cities all across the country, including Nevada, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. After working together for over 50 years, Gilley and Lee have a friendship and stage chemistry that goes unmatched. The duo can be seen throughout the year in their hometown of Branson, Mo. at Mickey Gilley’s Shanghai Theater. 

Luke Bryan Extends His “What Makes You Country Tour”

The first leg of the tour kicks off on February 16th in Springfield, Mo. including stops in Louisville, Atlantic City, New Orleans and more. Kip Moore, The Cadillac Three, Brothers Osborne, and Granger Smith will join Luke for select dates. The second leg of Luke’s tour begins on April 6th in Albuquerque, N.M, and includes stops in Indianapolis, Dallas, Boise, Salt Lake City and more. Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen and Carly Pearce will join Luke for select dates throughout the second leg.

Singer, songwriter and actress, Lari White has passed away at the age of 52 after a brief battle with cancer

Her family shared the news on her GoFundMe page saying, “With a heavy heart, we share the news of the passing of Lari. She passed at home surrounded by her family, comforted with the knowledge that her family has so much support from her friends and the music community that loves her.” The news was shared across social media Tuesday morning (January 23) from friends of Lari including fellow singer Anita Cochran who called Lari a “woman full of life and talent” and Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander who said “Gone too soon and from something that we should not be dying from anymore! #EradicateCancer #TooManyAreLeavingUs Lari White Cannon.” 

Trace Adkins will be serving as Blake Shelton’s adviser during the battle rounds when the singing competition returns in February

Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins have been longtime friends and even have a song together called “Hillbilly Bone,” but this is the first time the two have joined forces on the TV show, “The Voice”.  Shelton’s former advisers have included Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Michael Buble, Bette Midler, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, girlfriend Gwen Stefani, and even Kelly Clarkson, who has signed on as a coach for season 14. Clarkson seems pretty serious about her role, so Shelton and Adkins had better be ready for quite a competition. Adam Levine and Alicia Keys will also be competing as coaches in season 14. “The Voice” premieres Monday, February 26 with the first round of blind auditions on NBC TV. 

Movin’ On Up!

Craig Morgan and family will premiere their new docuseries, “Morgan Family Strong” on March 1st on UP TV. The series is centered around country singer Craig Morgan and his family. More here.

All In The Family

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott shared some big news on Instagram: “Our family is thankful and proud to announce the arrival of our precious baby girls. They were born in the early hours of January 29th, 2018 and we can’t wait to share more about them in the days to come. Thank you to everyone who prayed and prayed for these little ladies, and thank you Lord for healthy babies. #twins”

 

Tour Of Duty II

Along with doing shows with Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins will embark on his own “How Did We Get Here Tour” in 2018, kicking off on April 6 in Biloxi, MS with dates across the U.S. and Canada into the fall through October 27th.

Acting On It

Trace Adkins will add another major motion picture role to his prolific acting resume in 2018, starring alongside Dennis Quaid and Bart Miller in “I Can Only Imagine”. Telling the story behind the all-time best-selling Christian song of the same name, “I Can Only Imagine” releases in theaters March 16.

Daddy’s Little Girl

Zac Brown Band’s Coy Bowlesand wife Kylie welcomed daughter Millie Mercy Bowles Monday (2/12). She joins big sister Hattie, age 15 months.

Heartfelt & Brewed

Josh Abbott Band has teamed with Bud Light on their “Brewed Deep in the Heart” campaign, celebrating the brand’s 35-plus years of Texas heritage. The band’s new version of the song “Deep in the Heart of Texas” will be featured in one of Bud Light’s new Texas-focused commercials. Listen here. Bud Light will also be the sponsor of JAB’s Brewed Deep in the Heart regional tour.