• NEWS AND NOTES: Brothers Osborne, The War And Treaty, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum

    Brothers Osborne had to cancel their appearance at Monday night’s (March 20th) Love Rising concert. In a message to fans on their socials John Osborne explained the reason behind the cancellation. John also posted on his own Instagram account that it’s “go time” while wearing a surgical mask and other hospital gear (see this post below).

    The War and Treaty‘s Michael and Tanya Trotter will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live March 27th. Check local listings for time.

    Little Big Town will hit the road on their Friends of Mine Tour next month. Opening on the trek, which kicks off April 13th in Birmingham, Alabama, are Caitlyn Smith, Ashley Ray, Jonathan Hutcherson, Patty Griffin and Carter Faith. Tickets are now on sale.

    Parker McCollum is set to perform a pre-race concert at the Nashville Superspeedway ahead of the Ally 400 on June 25th. “I’ve always been a big fan of NASCAR and am excited to bring my show to the track in June,” said Parker in a press release.

  • THE WAR AND TREATY OPEN THEIR HEARTS, SOULS AND STUNNING VOCALS ON THEIR NEW ALBUM, LOVER’S GAME, OUT MARCH 10TH.

    Welcome to the Church of Love with The War And Treaty! Covering a diverse range of music pallets with their “jaw-dropping harmonies” (American Songwriter), the trailblazing husband-and-wife duo expand on their sound that cuts through the whole of Southern music tradition with the release of their milestone album, LOVER’S GAME (Mercury Nashville), out Friday (March 10th). The 10-song collection produced by Dave Cobb proves why the “Nashville couple is as good as it gets” (Music Row) as they offer “stunning vocals and thought-provoking lyrics” (Nashville Lifestyles) that share a unique perspective on shifting cultural and musical tides while pulling back the layers of a maturing relationship.

    After receiving their first-ever CMT Music Awards nomination, Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter will showcase why “they are unlike any other act in music” (The Tennessean) when they perform the album’s title-track on the TODAY show Friday (March 10th). Additionally, The War And Treaty will sit-down with CMT Hot 20 Countdown this weekend (3/11 & 3/12 @ 8:00A CT on CMT) as they discuss the authenticity and truth behind LOVER’S GAME. Next week, they will bring their “massive, show-stopping vocals” (Vulture) to multiple performances at SXSW before launching the 35-city trek LOVER’S GAME TOUR on March 19th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    As “the music world has definitely shown that it’s ready to love The War And Treaty,” (Billboard) LOVER’S GAME has been touted by critics ahead of its release as the duo “keeps soaring past expectations” (Associated Press).

    “Every single song on LOVER’S GAME is alone worth the price of the album…a stunning collection of songs that explore the vulnerability and incandescent passion of love.” – No Depression

    “Vital and fiery, The War And Treaty draft an authentic Southern revival feeling. They’ve fashioned an album fusing steamy Muscle Shoals with classic Hank Williams Country.” – HITS Magazine

    “Offers an insightful perspective on a long-lasting relationship. It speaks of everlasting and ever-growing love between two people.” – Paste

    “The War And Treaty bare their souls with scorched-earth vocals and heart-rending, confessional songwriting.” – Holler

    “LOVER’S GAME is a fitting tribute to the force that brought Michael and Tanya together as they capture hearts with their riotously soulful sound.” – The Bluegrass Situation

    Founded in 2014 by the husband-and-wife duo Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter, The War And Treaty have emerged as one of the most electrifying new acts in American music. With a lionhearted sonic blend – both roaring with passion and tender to the touch, they “are making soul moves that are captivating everyone who sees them,” (HITS Magazine). Earning respect, they’ve gone on to appear as top-flight collaborators, and have been recognized by the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Americana Music Association as 2022 Duo/Group of the Year. With more than 100 shows last year, the duo has dominated stages across the globe including North America, Europe, Italy, Australia, and Ireland, while headlining their own shows and opening for a diverse group of living legends: Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend, Lauren Daigle, and Van Morrison among them. As they have created vastly diverse tour opportunities across multiple genres, The War And Treaty will join Chris Stapleton on the All American Road Show Tour this summer. For more information visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

     

     

    Audio / Michael and Tanya of The War and Treaty talk about the sounds that make up their Lover's Game album.

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    The War And Treaty (Lover’s Game) 1 OC: …was honest. 1:26
    TANYA: “We come from so many different places with music. I mean, we love blues, and when you think of country music and people always ask, ‘Why are you signed to a country music label?’ Well, blues, jazz, gospel, all of the things that make up who we are, you know, what we grew up listening to, even Calypso. My mother was Hispanic, so we grew up listening to all different styles of music. And then the Country music genre itself, it really exemplifies the kind of lifestyle that Michael and I have. It’s the one music you can have fun, you can drink a beer, you can talk about your faith, you can have a good time and it encompasses that sound, so you can write about all those things and the storytelling is there as well.” MICHAEL: “But with this album, if you don’t mind me interjecting, I think that the main focus was to let it just pour out of you however it’s gonna come out and intentionally given the sound of our love. Sometimes our love has the heartbreak of a country or a blues song; sometimes our love has the elegance and smokiness of jazz or the sexiness of R&B or the urgency salvation of gospel and Christian. So, we just wanted it to sound the way we felt and that was honest.”

    Audio / The War and Treaty's Michael and Tanya talk about how their new album is a gift of love.

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    The War And Treaty (Church of The War and Treaty) OC: (Michael) …gift of love. :34
    TANYA: “It’s what we say at our shows, you know, ‘Welcome to the Church of The War and Treaty and the message you’re gonna get here is love, love, love, love.’ That’s it. That’s how we introduce them to our shows, every show.” MICHAEL: “That’s our saying, all the time. It’s very important that you remember just how powerful love is, and love is not cliché, no matter how you slice it. Love never goes out of style, love is always in, and what we all need now is love and so this record is Tanya and I’s gift of love.”

    Audio / LINER The War and Treaty (available this week)

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne, The War and Treaty, Luke Grimes, Boy Named Banjo, Jordan Davis, The War and Treaty, Boy Named Banjo

    Eric Church, Jon Pardi and Kip Moore are among the artists performing during the 2023 Frontier Nights during the Cheyenne Frontier Days. The week+-long event kicks off July 21st and will also feature performances by Old Dominion, Zach Bryan, Five Finger Death Punch, Tim McGraw, Carly Pearce and wrapping up with a show by Cody Johnson on July 29th. Tickets go on sale March 15th. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

    Brothers Osborne will perform at a benefit concert, “Love Rising,” to support Tennessee equal rights organizations on March 20th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show will also feature performances by Maren Morris, Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow, Hayley Williams, Hozier, Amanda Shires, Joy Oladokun.

    Brothers Osborne’s TJ Osborne is being honored by the Human Rights Campaign with the Visibility Award at their 2023 Nashville Dinner on Saturday (March 11th). The award recognizes LBGTQ+ individuals who are living open and honest lives at home, at work and in their community.

    The War and Treaty, Luke Grimes and Boy Named Banjo have been tapped to perform at this year’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, taking place September 23rd-24th in Franklin, Tennessee. Zach Bryan and The Lumineers will headline the two-day event, with additional performances by Ashley McBryde, Hailey Whitters, Yola, The Black Crowes, Charlie Worsham, James Bay, Madeline Edwards, Margo Price, Tigirlily Gold and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (March 9th) at 10am CT. For more information on tickets, click here.

     

     

    Jordan Davis performed his latest single, “Next Thing You Know,” on ABC’s Live With Kelly and Ryan last week.

     

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  • POWERHOUSE VOCALISTS THE WAR AND TREATY TAP KAT & ALEX AND WILLIAM PRINCE TO OPEN ON THE LOVER’S GAME TOUR, KICKING OFF NEXT MONTH.

    As powerhouse vocal duo The War And Treaty launch their headlining LOVER’S GAME TOUR next month in Oklahoma City, OK (3/19), the duo is enlisting Kat & Alex and William Prince as direct support. The 35-city run named after their forthcoming LOVER’S GAME album, out Mar. 10, takes the husband-and-wife duo to major markets including Los Angeles, CA (3/26) and New York City (5/03) before closing out the leg in Nashville, TN (5/13). With a stint of sold-out shows before the run has started, limited tickets are still available at www.thewarandtreaty.com. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and Vet Tix.

    “Michael and I have been working hard to make this tour a special opportunity for fans to unite through the power of love with our new music,” Tanya Trotter said. “We are so excited to have Kat &  Alex and William Prince join us on the road and we are looking forward to creating some unforgettable moments together.”

    Fans will see firsthand why “they are unlike any other act in music” (The Tennessean) as they offer “massive, show-stopping vocals” (Vulture) and deliver new music from LOVER’S GAME. The 10-song collection produced by Dave Cobb, marks their first major-label release under Mercury Nashville as it finds Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter offering a unique perspective on shifting cultural and musical tides while pulling back the layers of a maturing relationship.

    Ahead of their headlining run, The War And Treaty sat down with Sunday TODAY yesterday (2/12) as they discussed the importance of black culture in Country music while sharing a look at their recording process. To watch the segment click here.

    LOVER’S GAME TOUR DATES: 
    3/19 Oklahoma City, OK *
    3/21 Phoenix, AZ *
    3/23 Solana Beach *
    3/24 Santa Ana, CA *
    3/25 Pioineertown, CA *
    3/26 Los Angeles, CA *
    3/28 San Francisco, CA *
    3/30 Portland, OR *
    3/31 Seattle, WA * SOLD-OUT
    4/01 Vancouver, BC, Canada *
    4/03 Bozeman, MT  SOLD-OUT
    4/05 Salt Lake City, UT *
    4/07 Denver, CO *
    4/13 Louisville, KY –
    4/14 St. Louis, MO  –
    4/15 Davenport, IA  –
    4/16 Minneapolis, MN –
    4/19 Evanston, IL –
    4/20 Grand Rapids, MI –
    4/21 Detroit, MI –
    4/22 Columbus, OH –
    4/23 Cleveland, OH –
    4/25 Buffalo, NY –
    4/26 Toronto, ON, Canada
    4/28 South Burlington, VT –
    4/29 Brownfield, ME
    4/30 Rockland, ME –
    5/02 Hamden, CT –
    5/03 New York, NY –
    5/05 Ardmore, PA –
    5/06 Washington, DC –
    5/09 Charlotte, NC –
    5/10 Durham, NC –
    5/11 Knoxville, TN –
    5/13 Nashville, TN –

    * Kat & Alex Support
    – William Prince Support

  • THE WAR AND TREATY OFFER NEXT CHAPTER OF LOVER’S GAME WITH NEW SONG “AIN’T NO HARMIN’ ME.”

    Trailblazing husband-and-wife duo The War And Treaty release their new single, “Ain’t No Harmin’ Me,” today from their forthcoming milestone album, LOVER’S GAME, out March 10th. The fiery track co-written by “the genre-bending duo” (Paste) and produced by Dave Cobb combines their fire-and-brimstone harmony with a prowess lyrical anthem that wards off any doubts. As hints of truth have always been present in their music, The War And Treaty continue to offer their unique perspective on shifting cultural and musical tides that encompass their first major-label release under Mercury Nashville. LOVER’S GAME is now available for pre-order HERE with instant access to “Ain’t No Harmin’ Me.”

     

    “Love is the foundation of our new record and ‘Ain’t No Harmin’ Me’ reminds us that no matter what troubles are waiting around the corner…the power of love will pull us through,” Michael Trotter Jr. said. “We wrote this together as a personal testament to ourselves…we aren’t afraid to face the hard times knowing we have the other by our side. It felt like an awakening for us, and I hope fans can feel that same energy when they hear it.”

    Listen to “Ain’t No Harmin’ Me” HERE

    “Aint No Harmin’ Me” pulls back another layer of The War And Treaty’s maturing relationship found throughout the 10-song collection, as Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter share a sonic landscape that builds off “their rootsy vocals and chameleonic arrangements,” (Billboard).  The War And Treaty dug deep into the lessons their love has laid bare, with more than 100 songs written over the last two years before completing LOVER’S GAME. The duo’s previously released BLANK PAGE EP offers an introduction to “their genre-crossing essence” (NPR).

    On the heels of new music, The War And Treaty sit-down this weekend with Sunday TODAY (February 12th at 9a CT on NBC), where they take viewers inside the studio and highlight the importance of black culture in country music.

    Founded in 2014 by the husband-and-wife duo Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter, The War And Treaty have emerged as one of the most electrifying new acts in American music. With a lionhearted sonic blend – both roaring with passion and tender to the touch, they “are making soul moves that are captivating everyone who sees them,” (Hits Magazine). Earning respect, they’ve gone on to appear as top-flight collaborators, and have been recognized by the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Americana Music Association as “2022 Duo/Group of the Year.” With more than 100 shows last year, the duo has dominated stages across the globe including North America, Europe, Italy, Australia, and Ireland, while headlining their own shows and opening for a diverse group of living legends: Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend, Lauren Daigle, and Van Morrison among them. “In context and talent, they are unlike any other act in music,” (The Tennessean) which has created vastly diverse tour opportunities across multiple genres. It was just announced that this summer, The War And Treaty will join Chris Stapleton on the All American Road Show Tour.  But first, they will bring “their rootsy vocals and chameleonic arrangements” (Billboard) to more than 35-cities this spring on their own LOVER’S GAME TOUR, kicking off Mar. 19 in Oklahoma City, OK. For more information visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

     

    Audio / Michael and Tanya of The War and Treaty reveal the inspiration behind their upcoming album, Lover's Game.

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    The War and Treaty (Lover’s Game album) OC: …falling in love. :15
    MICHAEL: “Hey everybody, it’s Michael and Tonya here from The War and Treaty. Our album, Lover’s Game, is strictly about finding love in some of the most obvious ways (TANYA: “Yes.”) and the games that lovers actually play in the process of falling in love.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Tyler Hubbard, Kylie Morgan, Maddie & Tae, The War and Treaty

    Tyler Hubbard performed his latest single, “Dancin’ In The Country,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (January 30th). The Georgia native also performed on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday (January 31st), which also is his birthday (see performance below). Tyler just released his new self-titled solo debut album, which features “Dancin'” and his recent No. 1 song “5 Foot 9.”

     

     

    Kylie Morgan just announced her first headlining tour. The Independent With You Tour kicks off April 6th in San Diego and tickets go on sale Friday (February 3rd) at 10am ET/9am CT.

    https://twitter.com/kyliemorgan/status/1620174099267076102

     

    Maddie & Tae and The War and Treaty will take part in the first annual Rock The Ryman Concert on March 1st at 7:30pm CT. The evening, which will also include performances by event host Charlie Worsham and Gavin DeGraw, will honor the legacy and impact of the Rock & Ro9ll Hall of Fame inductees who have been on the Ryman stage. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

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  • JON PARDI AND THE WAR AND TREATY HELP UNVEIL THE GRAND OLE OPRY’S NEW STAGE.

    Jon Pardi and The War and Treaty were among the artists helping the Grand Ole Opry, the home of country music, unveil a new stage on Saturday night’s (February 4th) show. The show’s artist line-up also included performances by Mandy Barnett, Rudy Gatlin, Kat & Alex, Oak Ridge Boys, Don Schlitz, Ricky Skaggs, and Mark Wills. This marks the first major set change since the show’s 75th Anniversary more than two decades ago.

    The staging is part of more than $4 million in venue upgrades to the set, audio/visual technology, and auditorium including:

    • A new Barn with new lighting elements and capabilities
    • A 52’ w x 27’ h, 2.9mm high resolution Ross/D3 video wall upstage of the barn set
    • A fully redundant Disguise GX3c media server system
    • Completely new JBL A Series PA system
    • New audience and key lighting elements
    • A “Halo” lighting effect for “The Circle”

    Among the artists scheduled to appear on the Opry in the coming weeks include Bill Anderson, Henry Cho, Ashley Cooke, Dailey & Vincent, ERNEST, The Isaacs, Crystal Gayle, Vince Gill, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Lady A, LOCASH, Dustin Lynch, Ashley McBryde, Scotty McCreery, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, Wendy Moten, Carly Pearce, Chase Rice, Darius Rucker, Ricky Skaggs, Nate Smith, Lainey Wilson, among many others.

  • POWERHOUSE VOCAL DUO THE WAR AND TREATY EXPAND THEIR HEARTS AND BORDERS WITH LOVER’S GAME ALBUM OUT MARCH 10TH.

    Trailblazing husband-and-wife duo The War And Treaty expand on their sound that cuts through the whole of Southern music tradition with their forthcoming milestone album, LOVER’S GAME, available March 10. The 10-song collection produced by Dave Cobb, marks their first major-label release under Mercury Nashville as it finds Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter offering a unique perspective on shifting cultural and musical tides while pulling back the layers of a maturing relationship.

    “There is no greater or higher calling in life than to be conduits of love and that’s exactly what LOVER’S GAME is to us,” says Tanya Trotter. “From the opening guitar riff to the last piano note on this record…love is the intention and love is the subject that can’t be ignored. We’ve been through every facet of it together and we could not be more excited to share another layer of our story.”

    The previously released BLANK PAGE EP offered an introduction to the full LOVER’S GAME sonic landscape with songs like the title track “showcasing their genre-crossing essence” (NPR) while “That’s How Love Is Made” echoes “the sound of pure love that shatters and defies every musical category,” (MusicRow)The spirit-lifting “Angel” soars on wings of gratitude, while “Have You a Heart” aches for real partnership. “Ain’t No Harmin’ Me” offers fire-and-brimstone harmony, while “Yesterday’s Burn” is a devoted partner pledge to soothe all scars, no matter how deep they go. The War And Treaty dug deep into the lessons their love has laid bare, with more than 100 songs written over the last two years before completing LOVER’S GAME.

    LOVER’S GAME Track Listing: 

    1. “Lover’s Game” Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter, Dave Cobb
    2. “Blank Page” Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter
    3. “Ain’t No Harmin’ Me” Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter
    4. “Yesterday’s Burn” Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter
    5. “That’s How Love Is Made”  Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter, Dave Barnes
    6. “The Best That I Have” Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter
    7. “Dumb Luck”  Written by Beau Bedford
    8. “Angel”  Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter
    9. “Up Yonder”  Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter
    10. “Have You A Heart”  Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter

    “In context and talent they are unlike any other act in music,” (The Tennessean) which has created vastly diverse tour opportunities across multiple genres. It was just announced that this summer, The War And Treaty will join Chris Stapleton on the All American Road Show Tour.  But first, they will bring “their rootsy vocals and chameleonic arrangements” (Billboard) to more than 35-cities this spring on their own LOVER’S GAME TOUR, kicking off March 19 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Additionally, the duo will return to the Grand Ole Opry stage tomorrow night (February 4th).

    LOVER’S GAME TOUR DATES: 

    3/19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall

    3/21 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

    3/23 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

    3/24 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

    3/25 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy + Harriet’s

    3/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour

    3/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

    3/30 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

    3/31 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern

    4/01 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret

    4/03 – Bozeman, MT – Live From The Divide

    4/05 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room

    4/07 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

    4/13 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall

    4/14 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House

    4/15 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Hotel

    4/16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

    4/19 – Evanston, IL – Space

    4/20 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache

    4/21 – Detroit, MI – El Club

    4/22 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar

    4/23 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

    4/25 – Buffalo, NY – The 9th Ward

    4/26 – Toronto, ON – Drake Underground

    4/28 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom

    4/29 – Brownfield, ME – Stone Mountain Arts Center

    4/30 – Rockland, ME – The Strand Theatre

    5/02 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom

    5/03 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

    5/05 – Armore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall

    5/06 – Washington, DC – Union Stage

    5/09 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre

    5/10 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theater

    5/11 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre

    5/13 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

     

    Founded in 2014 by the husband-and-wife duo Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter, The War And Treaty have emerged as one of the most electrifying new acts in American music. With a lionhearted sonic blend – both roaring with passion and tender to the touch, they “are making soul moves that are captivating everyone who sees them,” (Hits Magazine). Earning respect, they’ve gone on to appear as top-flight collaborators, and have been recognized by the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and the Americana Music Association as “2022 Duo/Group of the Year.” With more than 100 shows last year, the duo has dominated stages across the globe including North America, Europe, Italy, Australia, and Ireland, while headlining their own shows and opening for a diverse group of living legends: Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend, Lauren Daigle and Van Morrison among them. Their debut CMA Awards performance was dubbed one of the best moments of the night by The Washington Post, Vulture, Rolling Stone, Billboard, American Songwriter and more. For more information visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Maddie & Tae, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Alan Jackson

    Maddie & Tae will perform a pair of songs — “Bathroom Floor” and “Every Night Every Morning” on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Coming at you from multiple locations — New York, Disneyland, Los Angeles and New Orleans — the special, which kicks off at 8pm ET/7pm CT, will also feature performances by Ciara, Aly & AJ, Bailey Zimmerman, Ben Platt, Fitz and the Tantrums, Halle Bailey, Lauren Spencer Smith, Shaggy, TXT, Armani White, Betty Who, Dove Cameron, Finneas, Nicky Youre and Wiz Khalifa.

    https://twitter.com/MaddieandTae/status/1600152491894534144

    Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and The War & Treaty are among the performers recently announced for CBS’ New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. The special, which kicks off at 8pm ET/7pm CT, will also feature performances by Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow, Flo-Rida, Riley Green, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Steve Miller, Thomas Rhett, Lainey Wilson, Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini and Zac Brown Band.

    Eric Church and Little Big Town are among the country stars performing in a new tribute show to Paul Simon. The two hour special, Homeward Bound: A GRAMMY Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon, will pay tribute to the iconic singer-songwriter. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Rhiannon Giddens, Stevie Wonder, the Jonas Brothers, Dave Matthews and Sting will also perform during the special, which is set to air Wednesday (December 21st) at 9pm ET/8pm CT on CBS (and available to stream on demand on Paramount+).

    While celebrating his 43rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Denise, Alan Jackson also announced he became a grandfather to grandson Jack.

     

  • CATIE OFFERMAN, DALTON DOVER AND THE WAR AND TREATY PART OF CMT’S NEW “LISTEN UP” CLASS.

    CMT revealed its newest lineup of rising artists to watch in its highly anticipated 2023 CMT LISTEN UP program, which recognizes and supports country music’s most promising newcomers across CMT platforms. The year-long initiative is committed to raising support for these artists via full cross-brand support for their music and videos across CMT and CMT Music, CMT Hot 20 Countdown, CMT Hits on Pluto TV, CMT.com and @CMT social platforms, in additional to opportunities with other brands across Paramount Media Network including live events, Paramount Times Square NYC Billboard and more. UMG’s Catie Offerman, Dalton Dover and The War and Treaty are among the artists taking part in the program, which also includes Bailey Zimmerman, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean and Zach Bryan, among others.

    “We’re thrilled to welcome this exciting list of new artists to our 2023 LISTEN UP initiative,” shared Leslie Fram, SVP of Music & Talent at CMT.  “Each of these acts stand out in their authenticity and are already finding an audience with exceptional music. We look forward to amplifying their content across all CMT platforms and building long lasting relationships with this dynamic group of individuals.”

    The following 20 artists join CMT’s prestigious 2023 LISTEN UP roster:

    Since 2011, CMT’s LISTEN UP franchise has introduced new talent to the brand’s passionate fan base and has helped launch the careers of many country sensations. Some notable alumni of the franchise include: Ashley McBryde, Blanco Brown, BRELAND, Brett Eldredge, Brittney Spencer, Carly Pearce, Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Ingrid Andress, Jimmie Allen, Jon Pardi, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Lily Rose, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Morgan Wade, Thomas Rhett, Walker Hayes and Yola among others.

    For updates and more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok and use #CMTListenUP to join the conversation.