Ahead of closing out the U.S. leg of his 55-show The Gather Again Tour at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 20, Eric Church takes home 2022’s Billboard Music Awards’ Top Country Tour award; an award he wears like a badge of honor.

    Just over a year ago Church graced the magazine’s cover talking about the future of touring: how, when and what it would feel like, with The Wall Street Journal taking note of his leadership pioneering the return of arena-sized live music.

    “We all held faith that live music would return,” reminds the CMA Entertainer of the Year winner of the two year hiatus spent away from the Church Choir. “Every night when we hit the stage there’s a moment where I think we can’t go any harder; then we see someone in the crowd who reminds us how fortunate this time is together because they’re so in it … and it’s like we’re in overtime. The stakes are higher and the plays are bigger. To take home this award means that we all came through this together because we believed we would, and we did. And music did that. Country music did that.”

    Church continues to expand the parameters of his live shows with two distinct one-night-only stadium concerts at Milwaukee’s American Family Field on May 28 and Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium on June 11 on the heels of The Gather Again Tour’s U.S. wrap.

    “Playing Nissan Stadium as our last show in 2019 without knowing it was our last left an impression on us,” he adds. “When there’s that much raw energy in one place, it creates a different kind of show. It’s not something we want to do night-after-night, but in the right stadium on the right night, we gotta keep it going!”

    For the latest information and to learn how to join the Church Choir, visit www.EricChurch.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic.

    About Eric Church
    Eric Church spent last year releasing new music at a relentless pace; sharing the results of a marathon session during which he spent nearly a month writing and recording a song per day while sequestered in rural North Carolina – including his latest Gold-certified No. 1 “Hell of a View” and Top 5 “Heart On Fire.” The resulting critically acclaimed and chart-topping three-part project, Heart & Soul, is available everywhere now.

    Just as unique as Church’s approach to recording and releasing music is his tenacity on the road. During 2019’s Double Down Tour, Church played back-to-back nights of two unique shows in each market sans opening act, giving every city’s fans six-plus hours of his iconic music. The tour also featured a massive stop at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where he broke the venue’s concert attendance record with more than 56,000 fans in attendance and became the first artist to sell out the venue with a solo lineup. Church has now returned to the road for his 55-city The Gather Again Tour, visiting full-capacity arenas for an in-the-round show. He is also scheduled to headline two one-of-a-kind stadium shows this summer; May 28 in Milwaukee in June 11 in Minneapolis.

    A seven-time ACM Award winner, four-time CMA Award winner (including the 2020 award for Entertainer of the Year), Billboard Music Awards’ 2022 Top Country Tour winner and 10-time GRAMMY nominee, Church has amassed a passionate fanbase around the globe known as the Church Choir as well as a critically acclaimed catalog of music. His previous project, the Gold-certified Desperate Man, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album (his third nod in the category). Prior releases include the Platinum-certified Sinners Like Me (“How ’Bout You,” “Guys Like Me”), Carolina (“Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most”) and Mr. Misunderstood (“Record Year,” “Round Here Buzz”), the Double-Platinum certified The Outsiders (“Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Talladega”) and the 3x Platinum-certified Chief (“Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand”)as well as 30 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certified singles.


    On the heels of her triumphant headlining return to the iconic Stagecoach Festival, 8-time GRAMMY® Award winner and 3-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, Carrie Underwood, announces her new arena tour, THE DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR, with dates in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023.  The new tour, promoted by AEG Presents, will kick off on October 15 in Greenville, SC, making stops in 43 U.S. cities including New York’s Madison Square Garden, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and L.A.’s Crypto.com Arena before concluding in Seattle, WA on March 17.  Underwood will be joined on THE DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR by special guest Jimmie Allen on all dates. After teasing fans about the impending announcement on social media and on last night’s episode of American Idol, Underwood made the official reveal this morning.

    Allen will join Underwood’s THE DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR as his star continues to rise, following his first GRAMMY Award nomination for Best New Artist in 2022 and CMA and ACM Award wins for New Artist of the Year & New Male Artist of the Year, respectively, in 2021. His third album Tulip Drive will be released June 24.

    Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 20 at 10am local time.  A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available which include an amazing selection of tickets, Meet & Greets, custom merchandise, and much more.  For more information, go to http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com.

    “I’m thrilled to be hitting the road again with THE DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR,” says Underwood.  “I’m having such an amazing time with my Las Vegas residency and look forward to continuing that next year after the tour. I’m excited to bring the new music of Denim & Rhinestones to life on tour, as well as put new spins on familiar favorites.  We’ve been working hard already preparing an amazing show, and I can’t wait to see everyone on the road!”

    The all-new production will be directed by Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson), and Nick Whitehouse/Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Beyonce) is Production Designer.

    Since early in her career, Underwood has designated a portion of ticket sales from her tours to support worthwhile charities and organizations. She continues that tradition by arranging for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold for THE DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR to be contributed to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (t2t.org), which has been helping America’s heroes since 9/11 by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building custom-designed smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. The Foundation is also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and aiding the victims of major U.S. disasters.

    Underwood will release her highly-anticipated album, Denim & Rhinestones, on June 10.  The album is her latest collaboration with David Garcia, with Garcia and Underwood having co-produced her critically-acclaimed 2018 release, Cry Pretty, which marked the first time Underwood produced her own album.  Garcia and Underwood also co-produced Underwood’s 2021 GRAMMY® Award-winning album of gospel hymns, My Savior.  The lead single from the new upcoming album, “Ghost Story,” is currently climbing the charts and has garnered over 30M global streams.  The song’s cinematic music video, directed by acclaimed director and photographer Randee St. Nicholas, is available now (Watch Here).

    The Denim & Rhinestones Signed CD Box Set and Vinyl Box Sets are available for preorder now, which include an exclusive t-shirt, rhinestone pack, denim tote bag, and album slip mat in limited quantities here. Fans can order from physical retailers here. The vinyl edition will be available in July and a cassette version on August 5.

    2022 dates for Underwood’s ongoing REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at the Resorts World Theatre continue through May 21.  The first artist to grace the largest and tallest stage in Las Vegas, Underwood opened the new 5,000-capacity, world-class theatre with a sold-out engagement in December 2021, followed by sold-out runs in March and April 2022.  2023 dates for REFLECTION will be announced at a later date.


    October 15, 2022 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
    October 17, 2022 Indianapolis, IN Gainbridge Fieldhouse
    October 18, 2022 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
    October 20, 2022 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
    October 22, 2022 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
    October 23, 2022 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
    October 25, 2022 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
    October 27, 2022 Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center
    October 31, 2022 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
    November 2, 2022 Austin, TX Moody Center
    November 3, 2022 Houston, TX Toyota Center
    November 5, 2022 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
    November 7, 2022 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
    November 12, 2022 Moline, IL Tax Slayer Center
    November 13, 2022 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
    November 15, 2022 Denver, CO Ball Arena
    November 17, 2022 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Arena
    November 19, 2022 San Francisco, CA Chase Center


    February 2, 2023 Miami, FL FTX Arena
    February 4, 2023 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
    February 6, 2023 Jacksonville, FL Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
    February 7, 2023 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
    February 8, 2023 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
    February 10, 2023 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
    February 11, 2023 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
    February 14, 2023 Charleston, WV Charleston Coliseum
    February 15, 2023 Washington DC Capital One Arena
    February 17, 2023 Boston, MA TD Garden
    February 18, 2023 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
    February 21, 2023 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
    February 22, 2023 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
    February 24, 2023 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
    February 25, 2023 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
    February 26, 2023 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
    March 1, 2023 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
    March 2, 2023 Cincinnati, OH Heritage Bank Center
    March 4, 2023 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
    March 8, 2023 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
    March 11, 2023 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
    March 13, 2023 Los Angeles, CA Crypto.com Arena
    March 14, 2023 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
    March 16, 2023 Portland, OR MODA Center
    March 17, 2023 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena

    Eric Church won the Top Country Tour Award for his Gather Again Tour at Sunday night’s (May 15th) Billboard Music Awards. Taylor Swift also picked up several awards, including Top Country Artist, Top Country Female Artist and Top Country Album for Red (Taylor’s version).


    Top Country Artist
    Taylor Swift

    Top Country Female Artist
    Taylor Swift

    Top Country Tour
    Eric Church (Gather Again Tour)

    Top Country Album
    Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version)


    EMI Records Nashville recording artist Tyler Hubbard has been working on his solo project for over a year to much speculation and anticipation. After sharing previews of new music on his socials earlier this week, Hubbard revealed today the lead single “5 Foot 9” comes out May 20 and impacts country radio May 23. Pre-Save “5 Foot 9” HERE.

    Hubbard wrote “5 Foot 9” with Jaren Johnston and Chase McGill, and co-produced the track with Jordan Schmidt. As he works towards his first solo album release, Hubbard shares, “Songwriting is central to everything I do as an artist. It has allowed me to connect with fans for many years, and I’m excited for everyone to hear new music for a new chapter in my career.”

    For the past decade, country fans have gotten to know Tyler Hubbard as the lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling, record-breaking duo Florida Georgia Line. Hubbard, who has written seven No. 1 hits for FGL (singing lead vocal on all 19), plus he has written cuts for artists across multiple genres including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Chris Tomlin, Nelly and Bebe Rexha.

    About Tyler Hubbard
    With 19 No. 1 singles on country radio, countless awards, and sold-out tours, Tyler Hubbard has already had a remarkable career as a songwriter and as one half of multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line. Now ready for the next chapter, the Georgia-native and prolific songwriter has written well over 100 songs as he works towards his debut solo album release on EMI Nashville. The first song, “5 Foot 9,” releases May 20 with more music expected throughout the year.

    For the new album, Hubbard teamed up with some of Nashville’s most prominent hitmakers including Ross Copperman, Zach Kale, Rhett Akins, Rodney Clawson, Jon Nite, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and more.  The project will show Hubbard’s many musical sides and influences from urban to contemporary Christian with his country roots remaining in the forefront.

    For more information, visit www.TylerHubbardOfficial.com

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Tyler Hubbard, Brothers Osborne

    Dierks Bentley brought home a huge surprise, and his kids were brimming with excitement. The superstar and his family are HUGE hockey fans, and the kids came home from school to see the Stanley Cup sitting on the kitchen counter.


    Kacey Musgraves is among the headliners at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place October 7th-9th and October 14th-16th at Zilker Park in Austin. The Chicks, P!nk, Paramore, Lil Nas X and Red Hot Chili Peppers will also headline the festival. Tickets are on sale now.

    Tyler Hubbard will team up with fitness trainer Erin Oprea for Fitness at Fest, taking place during CMA Music Fest at Bridgestone Arena Plaza June 10th at 8:15am CT. All proceeds from the $10 ticket will be donated to the CMA Foundation.

    Brothers Osborne will perform at Nashville Superspeedway prior to the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26th.


    Carrie Underwood is set to return to American Idol on Sunday (May 15th) to mentor the Top 5 contestants from Resorts World , the home of her Las Vegas residency.


    Carrie, who returns to her Vegas residency on Wednesday (May 11th), was crowned the winner of American Idol’s fourth season in 2005.

    The Oklahoma native is currently making her way up the country charts with her latest song, “Ghost Story.”


    Priscilla Block kept her promise to come back on the Tamron Hall Show to perform. She turned in an amazing version of her latest single, “My Bar,” which is from her debut album, Welcome To The Block Party.


    Priscilla may have wrapped her Welcome To The Block Party Tour recently, but has a slew of fair and festivals on the books, including the return of CMA Music Fest taking place in downtown Nashville June 9th – 12th.


    Kassi Ashton is definitely a renaissance woman, as she has a wide range of abilities and interests. Her parents made sure she had a very diverse childhood comprised of assorted interests and hobbies. At her mom’s it was beauty pageants, dance class six days a week , speech contest, theatre, etc., while at her Dad’s she grew up on a farm shooting muzzleloaders with her grandpa competitively her entire life. She also grew up on dirt bikes and literally strapped to the back of her father’s Harley.

    Kassi’s artistry is also varied, evoking different feelings and different experiences. Her critically-acclaimed songs “Heavyweight,” “California, Missouri,” “Hopeless,” “Violins” and more join her debut radio single “Dates In Pickup Trucks,” which is climbing the country charts and says it’s a song that hopefully takes people on a happy, stress-free journey. “All the songs I previously put out all show a different side of who I am as an artist, and ‘Dates In Pickup Trucks’ is just another side,” says Kassi. “If I was in a mini-van with three screaming kids in the back talking about tiktok, my boss has pissed me off and I have to go home and make dinner, what do I want to hear? One, I want to hear something nostalgic. Everybody loves nostalgia. I want to be taken back, but also maybe live in it again, and I want something fresh enough, light enough that makes me forget about what’s holding me down and stressing me out and feel a little better.”

    Kassi wrapped up a handful of dates with Caitlyn Smith recently, and you can catch her next at CMA Music Festival in Nashville in a few weeks.


    Audio / Kassi Ashton says "Dates In Pickup Trucks" shows a different side of who she is as an artist.


    Kassi Ashton (songs show different sides) OC: …little better. :33
    “All the songs I previously put out all show a different side of who I am as an artist, and ‘Dates In Pickup Trucks’ is just another side. If I was in a mini-van with three screaming kids in the back talking about tiktok, my boss has pissed me off and I have to go home and make dinner, what do I want to hear? One, I want to hear something nostalgic. Everybody loves nostalgia. I want to be taken back, but also maybe live in it again, and I want something fresh enough, light enough that makes me forget about what’s holding me down and stressing me out and feel a little better.”


    Photo Credit: Nick Zinnanti

    MCA Nashville/Republic Records dynamic duo YA’BOYZ brought their signature party-starting energy to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (5/7), performing their song “WOO WOO,” which has been named the official 2022 playoff anthem of the Nashville Predators. Fans can hear “WOO WOO” again during tonight’s match up, and any future Predators games broadcast on Bally Sports South this season.

    YA’BOYZ, comprised of Zach Kale and Joe Ragosta, are no strangers to having their energetic country jams tied to epic moments in sports. Their music has already been heard on Fox Sports, ESPN for the previous two college football seasons including SEC and ACC Networks, and season 13 of American Ninja Warrior.

    Their self-titled latest release “YA’BOYZ” is a backwoods banger, with clever lyrics nodding to gator Luccheses, Piggly Wiggly, and double-wide trailers. Firing on all cylinders, the pair previously turned heads with boundary-breaking tracks “LEGENDS” and “STOMP YOUR BOOTS.” More new music is on the way for YA’BOYZ, melding punchy beats and infectious hooks for an in-your-face sound the genre has never heard before.

    Keep up with them on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.

    With unparalleled energy and wit, Zach Kale and Joe Ragosta are the very definition of entertainers as duo YA’BOYZ. Acclaimed songwriter and lead vocalist Kale has penned hits for artists including Florida Georgia Line, Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth, NELLY, Keith Urban and more. Ragosta fronted a thriving punk rock band, but he always felt destined for more. After a chance meeting in 2016, Kale and Ragosta formed an instant friendship founded in a shared passion for music, fun, and the dream of smashing genre barriers. The pair soon began writing together, easily blending their diverse backgrounds and creating an all-new sound. The music is high-energy, quirky, and clever, just like Kale and Ragosta. Their tunes have already been featured on American Ninja Warrior, ESPN for its 2020-2021 college football season, and FOX Sports’ 2021-2022 season, and the dynamic duo have more new tracks on the horizon. YA’BOYZ are hitting the road this year with a live show that can be summed up like the final 5 minutes of a fireworks show – explosive, engaging, and keeps you looking for more. For more information, visit www.yaboyzmusic.com.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Jon Pardi, Travis Denning

    Kacey Musgraves has recorded a cover of Elvis Presley’s 1961 song “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the soundtrack to the upcoming Elvis biopic, directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film will premiere at Cannes Film Festival later this month and will hit theaters nationwide June 24th.

    Carrie Underwood and Jon Pardi are among the artists scheduled to perform at the Grand Ole Opry as the famed institution kicks off its CMA Fest week with a pair of shows on Tuesday, June 7th. Highlights of the shows, which also includes performances by the Oak Ridge Boys and more, will air on Saturday, June 11th as the Saturday night Opry Live on the Opry’s television broadcast home, Circle Network, Circle All Access Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    Travis Denning will hit the road on Jake Owen’s Up There Down Here Tour this fall.