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Vassar and Pickler team up to be on the The Naughty List

Two essential holiday-favorites, recording artist Phil Vassar and country music darling Kellie Pickler, are teaming up this season for a special Christmas tour around the country launching at the end of November and continuing throughout December. In honor of the tour, Pickler and Vassar teamed up to release a new Christmas single this holiday season called “The Naughty List,” written by Phil Vassar and Juliana Songs, and co-produced by Vassar and long-time friend Dane Bryan, who also co-produced Vassar’s first Christmas album, “Noel”.

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.

2017 Country Music Association Awards Winners

Nominations for The 51st Annual CMA Awards aired on Wednesday, November 8th, on ABC-TV. The winners were:

Entertainer of the Year – Garth Brooks
Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producers) – Chris Stapleton “From A Room, Vol. 1″
Female Vocalist of the Year – Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year – Chris Stapleton
Vocal Group of the Year – Little Big Town
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters) – Little Big Town “Better Man” (Taylor Swift)
Vocal Duo of the Year – Brothers Osborne
New Artist of the Year – Jon Pardi
Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producer) – Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Musical Event of the Year – Glen Campbell feat. Willie Nelson “Funny How Times Slips Away”
Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Director) – Brothers Osborne “It Ain’t My Fault”
Musician of the Year – Mac McAnally

Diggin’ Their Roots

Country Music Hall of Fame members and five-time GRAMMY winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys, announced they will release a project with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb in the first quarter of 2018. For the new project, Cobb’s vision for the Oaks was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel. The album will be released by Lightning Rod Records and distributed by Thirty Tigers.

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. 

Coming Strait At’cha

George Strait has added two more dates to his “Strait To Vegas” concert series, performing February 2nd and 3rd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will open. More info here.

Livin’ Like Hippies

Miranda Lambert is going back on the road in 2018 in a tour called “Livin’ Like Hippies”! She tweeted “Y’all make every tour special. Can’t wait to see you on the with .” See tour stops here.

On The Road

Luke Bryan will kick off the first leg of his “What Makes You Country Tour” on February 16, 2018 in Springfield, MO. Tagging along will be Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three. Cities and dates here.

What Makes You Country

Luke Bryan will be winding up with his sixth studio album and spot at the judges’ table on a reboot of “American Idol”. Luke Bryan shared some details about his new album, titled “What Makes You Country” to be out on December 8th.

“What Makes You Country” track listing:

  1. “What Makes You Country” (Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley)
  2. “Out of Nowhere” (Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley)
  3. “Light It Up” (Luke Bryan, Brad Tursi)
  4. “Most People Are Good” (David Frasier, Ed Hill, Josh Kear)
  5. “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” (Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd, Chase McGill)
  6. “Bad Lovers” (Justin Wilson, Dallas Davidson, Kyle Fishman)
  7. “Drinking Again” (David Lee Murphy, Brad Warren, Brett Warren)
  8. “Land of a Million Songs” (Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens)
  9. “Like You Say You Do” (Luke Bryan, Michael Carter, Ashley Gorley)
  10.  “Hooked On It” (Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, David Lee Murphy)
  11.  “She’s a Hot One” (Michael Carter, Chase McGill)
  12.  “Hungover in a Hotel Room” (Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear)
  13.  “Pick It Up” (Luke Bryan, Rodney Clawson, Matthew Dragstrem)
  14.  “Driving This Thing” (Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Jody Stevens)
  15.  “Win Life” (Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon)

American Music Awards

Winners for the 2017 American Music Awards were announced on November 19th live on ABC TV.


  • Favorite Male Artist (Country) – Keith Urban
  • Favorite Female Artist (Country) – Carrie Underwood
  • Favorite Duo or Group (Country) – Little Big Town
  • Favorite Album (Country) – Keith Urban “Ripcord”
  • Favorite Song (Country) – Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Making Some Noise

Shenandoah have signed with BMG, releasing new single “Noise,” produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus. A full-length album is being recorded for release Q1 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 kick off February 1 in Worcester, MA at DUC Center. For a complete list of dates, visit here.

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 kick-off in the new year with 18 shows during the initial winter run featuring special guests Kane Brown and LANCO. The tour kicks off on January 11th in Indianapolis, Indiana and 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 kicks off on January 19 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and will continue 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” . 

Leading The Way

Kelsea Ballerini and Kelly Clarkson are among the performers joining host Nick Cannon for “The Nickelodeon HALO Awards 2017″, an annual concert that honors four young leaders who are changing their communities and the world by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). The show airs from NYC’s Pier 36 November 26th on Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons.

Tall Tales and the Truth

Kip Moore, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will join forces for four dates in December for the “Tall Tales and the Truth Tour”. The singer/songwriters will take the stage together each night for a special acoustic performance. Dates are December 7th & 8th and 13th & 14th. More details here.

Life Changes

Thomas Rhett will launch the “Life Changes Tour” April 5 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.

Moving Across Town

Jake Owen has signed with Big Loud Records. The move reunites Jake with founder Joey Moi, who produced his “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” album, which earned him four consecutive #1 hits. Jake joins Big Loud from RCA Nashville after launching “Good Company Entertainment”, and signing with WME for representation.

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. 

Good As Gold

The RIAA announced it’s latest round of certifications which included: Lee Brice’s “Hard to Love” achieving 2x Platinum status, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” reaching 4x Platinum, Kane Brown feat Lauren Alaina “What Ifs” going Platinum, Lee Brice’s”Drinking Class” reaching Platinum, Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault” going Gold along with Kenny + Dolly’s “Island in the Stream,” Lanco’s “Greatest Love Story,” Brice’s “That Don’t Sound Like You,” Luke Combs’ “When It Rains It Pours,” & Thomas Rhett’s “Unforgettable.” Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” & “Love Like Crazy” albums were also certified Gold.

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 kick-off on January 25th in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center and extend through April, with more dates to be added. In some ways, this is Brad Paisley & the BBR Tour as special guests Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant & Lindsay Ell are all returning to the tour. (FYI: Little Rock, AR on April 12th)

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.

Sexiest Man?

Country superstar Blake Shelton might have made a name for himself as a coach on NBC’s hit series, “The Voice“, but he’s got another title now: 2017’s Sexiest Man Alive! But a bigger incentive for the singer was being able to stick it to his fellow coach (and 2013 Sexiest Man Alive) Adam Levine. “I can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s ass,” Shelton adds. “As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.” Read about it here.

Country Music Hitmaker

Grand Ole Opry member John Conlee shows no signs of slowing down, at age 71, with the announcement of a new album, “Classics 3“, which will include some of his signature hits as well as a few new cuts. The project is slated for release Friday, January 26 on his own Rose Colored Records, and is currently available for presale through his website and iTunes.

Gone, but not forgotten

Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Mel Tillis died Sunday morning (11/19) at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, FL after battling intestinal issues. He was 85. According to his publicist, the suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis had six No. 1s, including “I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy” and “Southern Rains.” As a songwriter, his cuts include Kenny Rogers’ “Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town,” George Strait’s “Thoughts Of A Fool” and Ricky Skaggs’ “Honey, Open That Door.” In February 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.