• Chris Stapleton White Horse
  • Parker McCollum Burn It Down
  • Tyler Hubbard Back Then Right Now
  • Brothers Osborne Nobody's Nobody
  • Jordan Davis Tucson Too Late
  • Maddie & Tae Heart They Didn't Break
  • Anne Wilson Rain in the Rearview

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DALTON DOVER IS BRINGING IT ON TOUR WITH LARRY FLEET.

Dalton Dover is on the road with Larry Fleet playing several dates on The Earned It Tour, and he says he and Larry bonded while on the road with Parker McCollum.

“I met Larry when I was out with Parker McCollum. We played a couple shows together,” says Dalton. “Larry was so kind. We talked, and man, we just connected right off the bat, and it’s gonna be so much fun going out on the road, and I’m excited. Anytime you’re able to go on the road and meet fans and play your songs and pour your heart out to people who want to listen, it’s awesome, so I couldn’t be more grateful for Larry and everybody in his camp for having us out. I know it’s going to be a great time, and I’m really excited about it.”

The next stop on the trek is Thursday (February 29th) in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dalton just released a three-song EP, Take Me Home: Covers, which features his takes on the late John Denver‘s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain” with backing vocals from the 22x GRAMMY winner himself and a rousing performance of Alabama’s “Mountain Music.”

 

 

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Dalton Dover (Larry Fleet Tour) OC: …excited about it. :32
“I’m going on tour with Larry Fleet on his Earned It Tour, and I’m really excited. I met Larry when I was out with Parker McCollum. We played a couple shows together. Larry was so kind. We talked, and man, we just connected right off the bat, and it’s gonna be so much fun going out on the road, and I’m excited. Anytime you’re able to go on the road and meet fans and play your songs and pour your heart out to people who want to listen, it’s awesome, so I couldn’t be more grateful for Larry and everybody in his camp for having us out. I know it’s going to be a great time, and I’m really excited about it.”

PARKER McCOLLUM IS BURNING IT DOWN ON THE ROAD.

Parker McCollum is in the midst of his Burn It Down Tour, and he’s having the time of his life. What performing live gives him is the gratification of seeing crowds sing his own songs back to him.

“It is the gratification of knowing that you’re a good songwriter and your songs are connecting,” says Parker. “When you’re out there in person seeing ‘em sing every word to those songs back to you, that’s the biggest part of being a songwriter.”

Parker continues his treak across the country on Friday (March 1st) in Columbia, South Carolina.

Burn It Down Tour 2024:
Fri Mar 01 | Columbia, SC | Colonial Life Arena
Sat Mar 02 | Savannah, GA | Enmarket Arena
Thu Apr 04 | Abilene, TX | Taylor County Expo Center
Fri Apr 05 | Edinburg, TX | Bert Ogden Arena
Tue Apr 11 | New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center
Sat Apr 12 | Lake Charles, LA | Lake Charles Civic Center
Sat Apr 13 | Waco, TX | Touchdown Alley at McClane Stadium
Tue Apr 18 | Roanoke, VA | Berglund Center
Fri Apr 19 | Greensboro, NC | White Oak Amphitheatre
Thu May 02 | Salina, KS | Tony’s Pizza Events Center
Fri May 03 | Rogers, AR | Walmart AMP
Sat May 04 | Columbia, MO | Mizzou Arena
Fri May 24 | Saratoga Springs, NY | Broadview Stage at SPAC
Sat May 25 | Gilford, NH | Bank of NH Pavilion
Sun May 26 | Bangor, ME | Maine Savings Amp
Sat Jun 01 | Jacksonville, FL | Daily’s Place
Sat Jun 08 | Detroit, MI | Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Thu Jun 27 | Des Moines, IA | Wells Fargo Arena
Fri Jun 28 | Indianapolis, IN | TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
Sat Jun 29 | Kansas City, MO | Starlight Theatre
Tue Jul 18 | Brandon, MS | Brandon Amphitheater
Fri Jul 19 | Orange Beach, AL | The Wharf Amphitheater
Thu Aug 15 | Nampa, ID | Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Fri Aug 16 | Bend, OR | Hayden Homes Amphitheater
Sat Aug 17 | Ridgefield, WA | RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Fri Aug 23 | Rio Rancho, NM | Rio Rancho Events Center
Sun Aug 25 | Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri Aug 30 | College Station, TX | Reed Arena
Sat Aug 31 | Corpus Christi, TX | American Bank Center Arena

Parker’s latest single, “Burn It Down,” is from his album, Never Enough, and it’s currently making its way to Top 5 on the Country Radio charts.

 

 

Audio / As a songwriter, Parker McCollum says the gratification of seeing crowds sing his songs back is the biggest gratification in performing live.

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Parker McCollum (performing live) OC: …a songwriter. :16
“It is the gratification of knowing that you’re a good songwriter and your songs are connecting. It’s easy to look at streaming numbers and radio airplay, but when you’re out there in person seeing ‘em sing every word to those songs back to you, that’s the biggest part of being a songwriter.”

 

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NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves

Reba McEntire returns as a Coach for Season 25 of The Voice tonight (February 26th) after making her red-chair debut on the show in Season 24. Check out the season premiere beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on NBC.

 

 

What is Keith Urban up to? He posted a cryptic message on his socials this morning (February 26th) saying, “hey…what are you doin’ right now?” The image in the post is a clock with its hands at 2:45 with

I’M OUT TONIGHT
AND I’M FEELIN’ LIKE
I SHOULD CALL YOU UP
AND MAYBE TAKE A SHOT
THAT YOU’RE WIDE AWAKE
AT A QUARTER TO 3

 

Luke Bryan and his fellow American Idol judges — Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — were stunned on Sunday night (February 25th) when Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter, Emmy Russell, auditioned for the popular competition show. She performed an original song about an eating disorder called “Skinny,” and all three judges sent her to Hollywood with a golden ticket.

 

Don’t forget to catch Kacey Musgraves performing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this Saturday (March 2nd). Actress Sydney Sweeney (Anyone But You, Euphoria, The White Lotus) will host. Check local listings for time.

 

 

 

 

JORDAN DAVIS RELEASES NEW SONG “GOOD NEWS SOLD.”

Jordan Davis has released the new track, “Good News Sold.” Written by Jacob Davis, Cole Taylor, and Jordan Rowe, “Good News Sold” follows Davis’ current hit, “Tucson Too Late.” Reflective of Davis’ ability to capture and perfectly crystallize real-life snapshots, Country Now notes the “Louisiana native has become known for building a catalog of songs about real-life experiences that connect with listeners…from falling in love to starting a family and overcoming challenges to discovering happiness in everyday moments.”

Sharing his inspiration for cutting the song, Davis shares, “I think at times there is no shortage of very heavy headlines locally and globally, and it’s hard sometimes to not get lost in that and spiral into being overwhelmed by them. But when you go home and hear your kid laugh or see someone go out of their way to help a stranger, these acts aren’t being highlighted in the same way but they very much exist.” Adding, “This was sort of that reminder to me when I heard it, and I hope will be for other people, of what’s good in the world and that there is good in the world. It’s a reminder that there are good people, acts of kindness, moments of pay it forward, moments of light and joy.”

Davis has earned six No. 1 hits from his Platinum-selling debut album Home State and his current GOLD-selling album, Bluebird Days. Bluebird Days has earned three multi-week No. 1 singles “Buy Dirt” (4x Platinum), “What My World Spins Around” (2x Platinum), and “Next Thing You Know”(2x Platinum) as well as his current top 15 hit at country radio, “Tucson Too Late.”

In addition to numerous award show nominations including Billboard, AMA, iHeart, ACM and CMA award nominations Davis was nominated for CMA Song of the Year for two consecutive years (2022 & 2023) and a first time ACM Male Vocalist of the Year nomination (2023). Additionally, Davis earned a NSAI and CMA Song of the Year win for “Buy Dirt” (2022) and was selected as ASCAP Songwriter Entertainer of the Year (2023).

His current radio single “Tucson Too Late” reunites the award-winning writing team of “Buy Dirt,” Jordan and Jacob Davis, and fellow brothers Matt and Josh Jenkins. Davis just wrapped his sold-out international run of his DAMN GOOD TIME Arena tour and next returns to headline in U.S. and Canada for additional tour dates in April. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit www.jordandavisofficial.com.

DAMN GOOD TIME TOUR DATES:

4/11/24 Moline, IL Vibrant Arena
4/12/24 Minneapolis, MN The Armory
4/18/24 Saginaw, MI Dow Event Center Arena
4/19/24 Youngstown, OH The Covelli Centre
4/25/24 Allentown, PA PPL Center
4/26/24 Albany, NY MVP Arena
5/2/24 Charlotte, NC Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/3/24 Wilmington, NC Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park
5/31/24 San Diego, CA Gallagher Square at Petco Park
6/7/24 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
6/14/24 Tahoe, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
6/20/24 Bend, OR Hayden Homes Amphitheater
6/21/2024 Seattle, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle
6/22/24 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Amphitheater
6/23/24 Missoula, MT University of Montana – Adams Center
7/18/24 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
7/19/24 Bridgeport, CT Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
7/25/24 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7/26/24 Charleston, WV Charleston Coliseum
7/31/24 Indianapolis, IN TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
8/1/24 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
8/2/24 Toledo, OH The Huntington Center
8/8/24 Springfield, MO Great Southern Bank Arena
8/9/24 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
8/16/24 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
8/17/24 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater
9/5/2024 Boston, MA Leader Bank Pavilion
9/6/24 Gilford, NH BankNH Pavilion
9/7/24 Bangor, ME Maine Savings Amphitheater
10/2/24 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
10/4/24 Toronto, ON Coca Cola Coliseum
10/5/24 Kingston, ON Leon’s Centre
10/6/24 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
10/8/24 Laval, QC Place Bell
10/11/24 Moncton, NB Avenir Centre
10/12/24 Halifax, NS Scotiabank Centre
10/17/24 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
10/18/24 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
10/19/24 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
10/20/24 Abbottsford, BC Abbotsford Centre

 

 

Audio / Jordan Davis talks about his song, "Good News Sold."

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Jordan Davis (Good News Sold) OC: …in the future. :25
“‘Good News Sold’ was a song that came to me a couple of years ago, I think, kind of at a time where every time I turned the TV on or opened my phone, it was bad news, something I didn’t want to read or see. And I honestly think that there’s great news out there every day, and unfortunately, we just have to dig a little deeper to find it. ‘Good News Sold’ is my hope that good news will turn around here in the future.”

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KYLIE MORGAN RELEASES NEW TRACK “TWO NIGHT STANDS.”

Kylie Morgan is sharing an autobiographical new song, “Two Night Stands,” available today. Known for her confessional storytelling and relatable lyrics, Kylie co-penned the track with Shane McAnally and Ben Johnson. Produced by McAnally and Johnson, the track follows her Making It Up As I Go album released last fall and featuring her hit single “If He Wanted To He Would.”

“No one’s love story is perfect and ours is no exception… but it’s ours,” shares Kylie. “Here’s a little piece of our story that hasn’t ever been told, till now. Definitely the best bad decision I ever made.”

Kylie’s latest track arrives just one week before second headlining run, the Making It Up As I Go Tour, kicks off February 29th in Grand Rapids, MI. Performing in major markets including Chicago, San Diego, Las Vegas and over a dozen more, her spring tour dates also include a high-profile festival appearance at Stagecoach, and a home state show in Oklahoma. Tickets are available now at www.kyliemorgan.com.

Kylie Morgan’s Making It Up As I Go Tour Dates:
2/29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
3/1 – Chicago, IL – Joe’s on Weed St.
3/2 – West Chester, OH – Lori’s Roadhouse
3/21 – Fort Myers, FL – The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon
3/22 – Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Block
4/12 – Columbus, OH – The Bluestone
4/13 – Rootstown, OH – Dusty Armadillo
4/19 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Coast City Country Festival*
4/20 – Tacoma, WA – Steel Creek
4/21 – Portland, OR – Ponderosa Lounge & Grill
4/23 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
4/25 – San Diego, CA – Moonshine Beach
4/26 – Las Vegas, NV – Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
4/27 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach*
5/3 – Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Ranch
5/4 – Omaha, NE – Barnato
5/10 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
5/11 – Indianapolis, IN – 8 Second Saloon

* = denotes festival appearance

 

Audio / Kylie Morgan talks about her new song, "Two Night Stands."

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Kylie Morgan (Two Night Stands) OC: …10 years now. :46
“So the idea behind my song, ‘Two Night Stands,’ actually comes from a two-part story. The first part comes from when I was on the road with Old Dominion this past fall, and my childhood best friend came out to support me one weekend. She is always such a good sport with letting me draw inspiration from her life. So, she told me she had a song idea for me, and she wanted me to write about the fact that every time she goes to a guy’s house, she knows they’re single, because they only have one night stand, aka there’s nowhere for her to charge her phone. (laughs) So, that was the original idea of ‘Two Night Stands.’ And then the second idea was the fact that there’s a little piece of honesty from Jay and I’s story – my husband – and that’s the fact that it was definitely just supposed to be a one-night stand, was not planning on being in a relationship or anything like that, and obviously, turned into a lot more and we’ve been together for almost 10 years now.”

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TRAVIS DENNING ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM ROADS THAT GO NOWHERE COMING MAY 24th.

Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning is releasing his debut album, Roads That Go Nowhere, on May 24th. The Paul DiGiovanni and Jeremy Stover produced album features 15 tracks, 12 of which were co-written by Denning. It also includes features by HARDY and Josh Ross. The title track, “Roads That Go Nowhere,” written by Denning, Ben Foster and James McNair, is out today.

“‘Roads That Go Nowhere’ is a culmination of songs and stories that I really believe reflect where I’ve come from, what I’ve been through, and the places I’ve yet to go and where I want to go,” said Denning. “That’s with love, music, life, everything. I’m at that point in my life where I’m able to look back and reflect on the things that have gotten me here. A lot of them are positive and there are some negatives for sure. But I think that’s kind of everybody’s goal is to be able to look back and just be happy with the progress they’ve made and the potential they’ve still got. I wanted to take that mindset lyrically and production wise for the record that I’ve gotten to where I am, and I’ve had the successes I’ve had because I just stuck to the guns of what I enjoy doing. That’s being a guitar player, it’s trying to moonlight as a metalhead in country music and telling the stories about the things I have conviction about.”

 

Denning has tour dates through the fall. This spring and summer, he will support HARDY on his Quit!! tour. Tour dates listed below. Tickets available HERE.

Track List:

  1. Why I’m Drinking (Josh Kerr, Jon Nite, Cole Taylor) 
  2. I Know How It Sounds (Travis Denning, Will Bundy, Chase McGill) 
  3. Better At Leaving (Travis Denning, Jared Hampton, Tripp Howell) 
  4. Strawberry Wine And A Cheap Six Pack (Travis Denning, Thomas Archer, Paul DiGiovanni, Jerry Flowers) 
  5. Going Places (Travis Denning, Paul DiGiovanni, Matt Mulhare, Jeremy Stover)
  6. Someone That Isn’t Me (Travis Denning, Paul DiGiovanni, Blake Pendergrass, Bobby Pinson)
  7. Southern Rock (Featuring HARDY) (Travis Denning, Jessi Alexander, Chase McGill)
  8. Love You Past That (Travis Denning, Bobby Pinson, Chris Stevens, Jeremy Stover)
  9. Things I’m Going Through (Jordan Dozzi, Matt Mulhare) 
  10. Add Her To The List (Paul DiGiovanni, Bobby Pinson, Jeremy Stover) 
  11. Roads That Go Nowhere (Travis Denning, Ben Foster, James McNair) 
  12. The Sound Of A Beer Getting Cracked (Featuring Josh Ross) (Travis Denning, Will Bundy, Chase McGill) 
  13. Can’t Find One (Travis Denning, Chase McGill, Chris Stevens, Jeremy Stover)
  14. Here And Her (Travis Denning, Ben Johnson, Cole Taylor)
  15. Ocmulgee River (Travis Denning)

Upcoming Tour Dates

3/2 Tifton, GA Rhythm & Rib BBQ Fest
4/19 Vancouver Coast City Country
5/18 Hamler, OH Hamler Country Fest
5/30 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP*
5/31 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
6/1 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center*
6/6 Toronto Budweiser Stage*
6/7 Saratoga Springs, NY Broadview Stage at SPAC*
6/8 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater*
6/14 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion*
6/15 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park*
6/20 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center*
6/21 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center*
6/22 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
6/27 Camden, NJ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion*
6/28 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live*
6/29 Bristol, TN Country Thunder Bristol
7/25 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center*
7/26 Yerington, NV Night In The Country
7/27 Tinley Park, IL Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre*
8/10 Hinckley, MN Grand Country Nights
10/18 Sacramento, CA Golden sky Festival 2024
*Supporting HARDY on his Quit!! tour

 

Audio / Travis Denning talks about writing the title track of his new album, "Roads That Go Nowhere."

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Travis Denning (Roads That Go Nowhere) 1a  OC: …gone nowhere. :48
“The title of the album is Roads That Go Nowhere, and I think the day that I wrote that song I knew that the birth and the scheme had been drawn for a full-length album. I wrote it during a week of kind of just a pivotal point in my life. I was about a month-and-a-half away from getting married, some changes had happened in my professional life and stuff. It was a week that I was kind of just thinking and reflecting and thankful and worried about the future and my life, anything of that nature, and I walked into the room with James McNair and Ben Foster. James threw out that title, and he wanted to write it kind of more upbeat, rocking like we made memories on them roads that go nowhere, and the second he said it, I knew. I said, ‘I think this is a bigger thing. I think it’s about all those roads that have gone nowhere.”

Audio / Travis Denning talks about the inspiration behind the title track of his forthcoming album, Roads That Go Nowhere.

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Travis Denning (Roads That Go Nowhere) 1a  OC: …for everything. :40
“It just poured out, every little detail of it, and we kind of broke those little taboo Nashville rules, like we sang about being a singer. And I think what’s come out of that of just being true and not worrying about the tiny little rules of writing this song, I think it’s become a more relatable song because it came strictly from where we came from. I started thinking back on my career – the success I’ve had, the success I haven’t, the success I’m still hoping to have – and I just realized how many paths I’ve been down to get to those points, and yeah, I just knew this song was the thing and it was gonna be the anchor for everything.”

 

NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves

On Sunday night’s (February 25th) episode of ABC’s American Idol, Luke Bryan gives his fellow Idol judges a tour of his family’s peanut farm in Leesburg, Georgia. The episode will air Sunday at 8pm ET on ABC.

Maddie & Tae have been added to the lineup of the Voices of America Country Music Fest. The four-day concert, taking place August 8th – August 11th at Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester, Ohio (near Cincinnati), will also include performances from headliners Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean and Ernest, will also feature Brett Young, Michael Ray, Larry Fleet, Chase Matthew and many more. Tickets are now on sale at voacountryfest.com.

Kacey Musgraves has launched a new Deeper Well candle with Boy Smells, following her collaboration with the company following her Slow Burn candle drop in 2020.  She says the candle is “an earthy ode to your inner world. Elements like oak moss, mushroom, saffron, beet root, lavender, clary sage, and raspberry come together to make your space smell like the bottom of a forest in the clouds. It’s a grounded, comforting smell (like a hug from someone you’ve missed) but a bit sweet, airy and fresh (like they just came in from the rain.) The smell of wet stone but also a breeze carrying a subtle scent of dried flowers. Balanced somewhere between feminine and masculine and completely at peace.”

 

 

 

DIERKS BENTLEY DROPS HIS TAKE OF THE TOM PETTY CLASSIC “AMERICAN GIRL.”

Dierks Bentley has released his take on the Tom Petty classic, “American Girl.” The free-spirited, bluegrass-tinged track officially impacts country radio today (via Big Machine Records/The Valory Music Co.) and is from the forthcoming Tom Petty tribute album, Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty to be released by Big Machine in partnership with the Tom Petty Estate. The album brings together the top Country and Americana artists to create a tribute to Petty’s musical legacy.

Of the song, Bentley shares, “Petty’s southern roots shined through across his songwriting and storytelling. He might not have ever been considered as country, but you can’t go into a bar in Nashville without hearing this song. It is one of the greatest songs in a life’s work of great American songs. The spirit of this woman, the idea of such relentless hope – and disappointment – ignites such a spark. Jon and I were driven to make that feeling of American roots stand tall.”

LISTEN TO DIERKS BENTLEY’S “AMERICAN GIRL” HERE

Now considered as one of Petty’s greatest hits (Billboard, Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone), Bentley’s banjo-forward, spirited reimagination of “American Girl” is a festival of swirling fiddles, right hand organ figures and mandolin runs complimented by a pre-bridge breakdown that reinforces the stop/start nature of the moment.

Bentley and producer Jon Randall recruited A-list session players Chad Cromwell on drums, Craig Young on bass, Rob McNelley and Randall himself on electric guitars, as well as Jimmy Wallace on piano and B-3. They also drafted acclaimed musicians Noam Pikelny on banjo, Andy Leftwich on fiddle and mandolin, and Chris Eldridge on acoustic guitar for the sweeping consideration of the desperation, dreams and betrayals plaguing a girl “raised on promises.” The instrumentation teams with Bentley’s vocals, equal part witness and mercy capturing the song’s urgency and injecting Petty’s signature pride and defiance even in the roughest places.

George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Dolly Parton, Luke Combs, Wynonna and many others are also featured on the album, which is set for release May 31st.

 

 

 

Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about recording "American Girl" for the new Tom Petty tribute project.

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SAM HUNT KICKS OFF HIS OUTSKIRTS TOUR 2024 ON THURSDAY, 2/22.

Sam Hunt is getting ready to launch his Outskirts Tour 2024 in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday (February 22nd), and he couldn’t be more excited to be on the road playing music for fans.

“My favorite thing about being on the road and playing our music in front of our fans is connecting with the folks who have provided me with a career, an opportunity to live out this dream that I had as a young college graduate years ago,” he says. “And I really enjoy being out on the road with my buddies in the band and our whole crew. We have a real family out there now that we’ve been out here for several years, get to travel and see places that I wouldn’t otherwise get to visit, and we get to play music. And that’s at the end of the day is something that I always wanted to do and that I really enjoy doing, but most importantly, it’s connecting with the fans.”

He adds, “You write these songs in little rooms in Nashville, and you hope that they mean something to somebody. It’s hard to believe that that’s true until you get out there and see the smiles on people’s faces and see people enjoying themselves and having a good time, and it really gives a lot of meaning to the whole thing.”

The trek, which will include stops in Louisville, Nashville, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Knoxville and more, is set to wrap in Charlottesville, Virginia April 13th. Sam is taking along openers Brett Young and Lily Rose.

Sam is making his way to the Top 15 on the country charts with his latest single, “Outskirts.”

Audio / Sam Hunt says his favorite thing about being on tour is playing music for the fans.

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Sam Hunt (on touring) OC: …the whole thing. 1:05
“My favorite thing about being on the road and playing our music in front of our fans is connecting with the folks who have provided me with a career, an opportunity to live out this dream that I had as a young college graduate years ago. And I really enjoy being out on the road with my buddies in the band and our whole crew. We have a real family out there now that we’ve been out here for several years, get to travel and see places that I wouldn’t otherwise get to visit, and we get to play music. And that’s at the end of the day is something that I always wanted to do and that I really enjoy doing, but most importantly, it’s connecting with the fans. You write these songs in little rooms in Nashville, and you hope that they mean something to somebody. It’s hard to believe that that’s true until you get out there and see the smiles on people’s faces and see people enjoying themselves and having a good time, and it really gives a lot of meaning to the whole thing.”

NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town

Kacey Musgraves just revealed on socials she will be the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on March 2nd. Actress Sydney Sweeney (Anyone But You, Euphoria, The White Lotus). This will be Kacey’s third musical performance on the long-running show.

 

Reba McEntire will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd annual Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on April 13th. Reba’s late father, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer and three-time world champion steer roper Clark Vincent McEntire, was posthumously inducted by Red Steagall (who discovered Reba singing the National Anthem 50 years ago) into the Hall of Great Westerners in 2019.


Darius Rucker
‘s episode of CMT’s Campfire Sessions will air this Friday (February 23rd) at 10pm ET/9pm CT. He performs several of his hits in stripped-down acoustic versions in front of an actual campfire.

The members of Little Big Town are guest-hosting Apple Music Country’s The Kelleigh Bannen Show this week through Thursday (February 22nd).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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