Kassi Ashton has released her single, “Dates In Pickup Trucks,” to radio. The California, Missouri singer/songwriter wrote and produced the song with Luke Laird and David Garcia. The idea for the song stemmed from a conversation with her grandmother.

“My grandma called me one day and said she went on a date with my grandpa and she was giggling, and my grandma does not giggle,” Kassi recalls. “I said, ‘What did you do on your date?’ And she said, ‘I made dinner and we packed it up in the truck, and we rode around on roads that we haven’t seen in years.’ And I giggled and got off the phone and I thought, ’Yeah, all my best dates were in pickup trucks.’”

The breezy tune takes the listener back to distant care-free memories of the past. Kassi’s unmistakable R&B influence shines throughout the song, while paired with a contrasting steel guitar creating a sound uniquely her own.

Kassi shares her excitement of releasing her debut single to country radio. “I’ve waited a very long time to say this, I’m so happy to be finally giving you my debut country radio single!” exclaims Kassi. “Dates In Pickup Trucks is meant to be sang along to, with the wheels rolling you forward and the speakers taking you back. Call your local station and tell them to play it.”

Kassi released her dynamic song, “Heavyweight,” this past October joining her previous critically acclaimed releases “California, Missouri,” “Hopeless,” “Violins,” and more released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records. Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean, and radio personal her “the next big country superstar.”


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Dierks Bentley unveiled his Gravel & Gold Tour this weekend marking the beginning of summer with sold out amphitheaters in Toronto, ON; Detroit, MI and Cleveland, OH. “Playing in front of a huge high-definition screen (seriously, the whiskey barrels and steel beams looked real)” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), his all-new production otherwise was fairly simple, leaving room for music and “night of serious fun.” Tickets for upcoming Gravel & Gold Tour dates can be found at

“I’ve been working on this tour ever since I started working on the album four years ago,” said Bentley. “My band, crew and I have poured everything into the show, the flow and the production. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible it feels to see it come to life in front of sold out crowds at these iconic venues. This will be the best tour I’ve ever been part of, no doubt.”

For the new tour, “Bentley certainly has the goods to throw a full-on party — 22 No. 1 country hits over the past two decades, along with a well-established reputation for eye-catching stages and a deft touch for blending silly and serious…a night of serious fun” (Oakland Press). Each night included his biggest hits and fan favorites, a stripped down bluegrass set, collaborations with openers Jordan Davis and Molly Tuttle and 90’s covers – all while Bentley “came off as a guy who has a blast onstage” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

Before returning to the road, Bentley will once again host CMA Music Fest in Nashville this week with Elle King and Lainey Wilson, airing July 19th on ABC. On June 26th, he will also host the NHL Awards on TNT, Sportsnet TVA Sports in the US and Canada.

Dierks Bentley recently released his 10th studio album GRAVEL & GOLD.


The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and ever-growing career of 10-time GRAMMY nominee and CMA Entertainer of the year Eric Church in its newest exhibition, Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul, presented by Gibson. The exhibit will chronicle Church’s unique path to stardom, from his early years playing late-night gigs in bars and writing songs in Nashville to his current prominence as one of country music’s most authentic voices and revered rule-breakers. The exhibit, which opens July 13 and runs through June 2024, is included with museum admission.


Having long eschewed industry norms with a sound and approach uniquely his own, the man praised by The Wall Street Journal as “knowledgeable and respectful of country’s history, but not shackled by it” has held tight to his artistic identity throughout his more than two decades in Nashville, earning a devoted audience and amassing an impressive list of accolades, including 10 Billboard #1 country radio hits and over 50 million units sold across multiple Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum-certified albums. A revered storyteller, Church has also written or co-written almost all of the songs he has recorded and released. He continues to fill sold-out venues with his raucous live show, as well as challenge his own musical approach with every new level of success he achieves.

“Eric Church has done it his way completely,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “His steadfast artistic vision and authenticity resonate deeply with audiences, and he continues to serve as an important collaborator and renegade role model for generations of country music artists.”

The exhibit will include musical instruments, song manuscripts, stage wear, tour memorabilia, awards, photographs and more from Church’s personal collection. Photos of artifacts featured in the exhibit can be found here. More information about the exhibit can be found on the museum’s website.

Examples of items to be displayed include:

  • the Harmony H-303 three-quarter-size acoustic guitar that belonged to Church when he was a child.
  • Ray-Ban Aviator Mirror sunglasses worn by Church onstage.
  • the Von Dutch trucker hat Church bought at a Mississippi truck stop in the late 2000s and began wearing onstage.
  • the outfit worn by Church on the album cover of The Outsiders and at the CMA Awards in 2013, which includes a Rogue two-tone leather jacket, John Varvatos shirt and Diesel jeans.
  • a sculpture made from vinyl records of various sizes, which replicates the soundwave of Church’s recording of “Record Year” and was used as a prop in the 2016 music video for the song.
  • a Gibson Eric Church Hummingbird Dark guitar. Church contributed to the design of the limited-edition guitar and used it on his “Double Down Tour” (2019).
  • the Tom Ford purple suede jacket that Church wore when he and Jazmine Sullivan sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in 2021.

In support of the exhibit’s opening, the museum will host a public program, Writers’ Round: The Songs of Eric Church, featuring Luke Laird, Jeremy Spillman and others, on Saturday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. The writers will perform and share the stories behind the songs they have crafted with Church. To reserve tickets to the program or learn more about the exhibit, visit the museum’s website.

The exhibit’s announcement comes ahead of Church’s CMA Fest performance at Nissan Stadium this Saturday, June 10 and the kickoff of The Outsiders Revival Tour on June 22. The first fully outdoor tour of his career will feature a rotating lineup of emerging artists across varying dates, Whiskey Myers, Cody Jinks, Jelly Roll, Ashley McBryde, Koe Wetzel, Lainey Wilson, Midland, Parker McCollum, Travis Tritt, Elle King and Paul Cauthen, plus Jackson Dean, Morgan Wade, Muscadine Bloodline, Shane Smith & The Saints, Hailey Whitters, Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Red Clay Strays.

For more information, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic.

Eric Church 2023 Tour Dates
* denotes festival dates

June 10*             Nashville, Tenn. / Nissan Stadium                                                                          CMA Fest
June 16*             Central Point, Ore. / Jackson County Expo                                                            Rogue Music Festival
June 17*             Santa Rosa, Calif. / Sonoma County Fairgrounds                                                  Country Summer Music Festival
June 22              Milwaukee, Wisc. / American Family Insurance  Amphitheater                              Elle King
June 23              Detroit, Mich. / Pine Knob Music Theatre                                                               Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays
June 24              Cleveland, Ohio / Blossom Music Center                                                                Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays
June 29              Charleston, S.C. / Credit One Stadium                                                                     Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays
June 30              Charleston, S.C. / Credit One Stadium                                                                     Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade
July 1                Virginia Beach, Va. / Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater                           Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade
July 6                Toronto, Ontario / Budweiser Stage                                                                          Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints
July 7                Toronto, Ontario / Budweiser Stage                                                                          Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints
July 8                Pittsburgh, Pa. / The Pavilion at Star Lake                                                               Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints
July 14              Cincinnati, Ohio / Riverbend Music Center                                                             Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline
July 15              St. Louis, Mo. / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre                                                   Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline
July 21*             Cheyenne, Wyo. / Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena                                                  Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 23*             Minot, N.D. / North Dakota State Fairgrounds                                                        North Dakota State Fair
July 27              Rogers, Ark. / Walmart AMP                                                                                    Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard
July 28              Dallas, Texas / Dos Equis Pavilion                                                                           Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard
July 29              Austin, Texas / Germania Insurance Amphitheater                                                  Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard
Aug. 4               Raleigh, N.C. / Coastal Credit Union Music Park                                                   Cody Jinks
Aug. 5               Bristow, Va. / Jiffy Lube Live                                                                                  Cody Jinks
Aug. 11             Indianapolis, Ind. / Ruoff Music Center                                                                  Cody Jinks
Aug. 12             Chicago, Ill. / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre                                                     Cody Jinks
Aug. 13*            Des Moines, Iowa / Iowa State Fairgrounds                                                           Iowa State Fair
Aug. 17             Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                                                       Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean
Aug. 18             Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                                                       Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean
Aug. 19             Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                                                       Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean
Aug. 24             Saratoga Springs, N.Y. / Saratoga Performing Arts Center                                     Lainey Wilson, The Red Clay Strays
Aug. 25             Holmdel, N.J. / PNC Bank Arts Center                                                                   Whiskey Myers
Aug. 26             Philadelphia, Pa. / Freedom Mortgage Pavilion                                                      Whiskey Myers
Sept. 8               Portland, Ore. / RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater                                               Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 9               George, Wash. / Gorge Amphitheatre                                                                      Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 10             George, Wash. / Gorge Amphitheatre                                                                     Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 15             Albuquerque, N.M. / Isleta Amphitheater                                                               Paul Cauthen, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 16             Phoenix, Ariz. / Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre                                               Jelly Roll, Paul Cauthen
Sept. 21             Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre                                                              Whiskey Myers
Sept. 22             Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre                                                              Whiskey Myers
Sept. 23             Charlotte, N.C. / PNC Music Pavilion                                                                    Whiskey Myers
Sept. 24             Charlotte, N.C. / PNC Music Pavilion                                                                    Whiskey Myers
Sept. 29             West Palm Beach, Fla. / iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre                                     Whiskey Myers
Sept. 30             Tampa, Fla. / MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre                                     Whiskey Myers
Oct. 7*              Bristol, Tenn. / Bristol Motor Speedway                                                                 Country Thunder Bristol
Oct. 15*             Sacramento, Calif. / Discovery Park                                                                       GoldenSky Festival


It’s that time of the year again! The 2023 CMA Fest is kicking off this week in Nashville, and the stars are coming out to perform and hangout with their fans. You can find out where your favorite artists are playing, if go to here.

Darius Rucker unofficially kicks off his Darius & Friends concert on Monday (June 5th) with proceeds going to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate CMA Fest in a huge way with performances by Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Bill Anderson and Lainey Wilson beginning Tuesday (June 6th). On Thursday (June 8th), Sam Hunt and Terri Clark will perform. On Friday (June 9th) and Saturday (June 10th), Vince Gill, Trace Adkins and more are set to perform.

The CMA Closeup Stage will feature interviews and more with the Artists of the Day — Thursday (Dierks Bentley); Friday (Reba McEntire); Saturday (Brothers Osborne); Sunday (Wynonna Judd).

Spotify is featuring performances from tons of country artists, including Jordan Davis, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Brad Paisley, Brothers Osborne, Dalton Dover, Josh Ross, Luke Grimes, Mickey Guyton and many more, at their fourth annual Spotify House located at Ole Red on Broadway in downtown Nashville beginning Thursday (June 8th).

Universal Music Group Nashville will be putting on a ton of performances, as well, at the Skydeck at 5th and Broadway for more than 20 hours of live music featuring Brothers Osborne, Jordan Davis, Maddie & Tae, Luke Grimes, Priscilla Block, Travis Denning, Kylie Morgan, Caylee Hammack, Catie Offerman, Josh Ross, Kassi Ashton, Dalton Dover, Boy Named Banjo, Sam Williams and many more beginning Thursday (June 8th).


On Wednesday (June 7th), the annual Concert for Love and Acceptance will take place at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. The show will feature performances by Maddie & Tae, Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Desmond Child and more. More information can be found at Wednesday (June 7th), the annual Concert for Love and Acceptance will take place at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. The show will feature performances by Maddie & Tae, Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Desmond Child and more. More information can be found at

Whiskey Jam will take over with performances by Kassi Ashton, the Hot Country Knights, Dylan Scott and many more. They start at Losers through Wednesday (June 7th) and then move downtown from Thursday (June 8th) to Sunday (June 11th).

Maddie & Tae are throwing their fans a party on Saturday (June 10th) from 11a – 1pm. This is their first-ever fan club party at 5th & Broadway’s Skydeck.

Audio / Darius Rucker returns to the historic Ryman Auditorium on Monday (June 5th) for his annual Darius and Friends concert benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He says there’s nothing like CMA Fest.


Darius Rucker (CMA Music Fest) OC: …awesome. :48
“Music Fest is like nothing else. I say all the time that country music is the only genre that could have something like that. It’s truly amazing, when I come that weekend, people are everywhere and they want to be your best friend. It’s always cool and I love coming here. The thing that always gets me is the show. The fact that you can get that many superstars at one show all playing for free, for the same goal, to entertain those people that are in that stadium that come here for the whole week from all over the world. They come here for one week to see country music, and it’s amazing that those artists say on Friday and Saturday night, this is country music come on out. That’s awesome.”



Dierks Bentley (signing a baby’s head) OC: …child’s brain. :13
“A baby’s head with a sharpie. Yeah, like a two-week old baby. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to do it. The woman was like, ‘Please.’ I was like, ‘Alright.’ The head at that point is so vulnerable, transparent, so I’m just hoping they didn’t get any ink in the child’s brain.”

Audio / Jordan Davis, who has multiple performances this week including on stage at Nissan Stadium Thursday night (June 8th), says he’s grateful to be a part of CMA Fest (what he calls the best music festival around).


Jordan Davis (CMA Fest) OC: …this one. :56
“The role reversal of who’s traveling. Now everybody gets to come to, not just my hometown, but all the artists. We’re all pretty much based in Nashville now, and it really is the best week of the year – from fan club parties to where we can go to and either play new music or just get a chance to say thank you. The fans are why we get to do this, so any chance we get to get one-on-one time with them or take a photo, play a song, say thank you, not just me, but we all love it. And also, to be able to be home, you know Broadway has such a special place in country music, so to bring country music to that street for a week and then end it every night at the stadium with the biggest names in country music. It’s the best music festival out there, and I’m truly blessed that I get to be a part of it. So, I’m grateful for it and looking forward to this one.”

Audio / Josh Turner, who will perform at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest on Sunday night (June 11th), talks about the weirdest thing he's signed for a fan.


Josh Turner (weirdest things he’s signed) OC: …Sharpie, though. :10
“A toothpick; an unused toothpick, let me throw that out there, an unused toothpick. It was quite challenging, actually, and it didn’t look anything like my autograph. It took a really small Sharpie, though.”



Keith Urban (CMA Music Fest) OC: …love it. :25
“I love it! It’s like summer camp. I mean, it is! It’s a chance to obviously see a lot of people I don’t normally see. I don’t know. It’s just palpable. Since Fan Fair, it’s just been that sort of week-plus of energy; the town just explodes, and what it is we love about this genre and the community aspect of it. I always love it.”



Luke Bryan (CMA Music Fest) OC: …for this week. :33
“It’s a great week. I truly love this week for hundreds of reasons. I always remember my first ones and starting out and doing River Stages and always dreaming of coming over here and performing at LP Field (now Nissan Stadium) and all of the stuff building the fan base early in the week. It’s an amazing week for Nashville, and it’s a great week for me. And then I get to be home and do all this stuff. It’s always been a fun week for me. A lot of my family always comes in for this week.”

Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his first time at CMA Music Fest.


Sam Hunt (CMA Music Fest-move to Nashville) OC: …good week for Nashville. :38
“You know, I was here several years ago for the first time for CMA Fest as a fan. I came out to the show, did the full experience, and it really was one of the big reasons I decided to move to Nashville. It kind of made the idea of being a songwriter more tangible and realistic, and also I fell in love with the city, Nashville, so I knew it’d be a place I’d be happy living, and also because of the music. So, yeah, that week here really inspired my move here, and it was a significant part of my life. But since then, I’ve been to every CMA Fest since, I think, and it’s a good week for Nashville.”

Audio / Tyler Hubbard, who is set to perform at Nissan Stadium on Thursday (June 8th), talks about his first time at CMA Music Fest.


Tyler Hubbard (1st CMA Fest) OC: …a special week. :55
“The first CMA Music Fest that I remember was we were not performing. We were not invited. It was BK and I were actually working as promotional guys for Coke Zero, so we were passing out free Coke Zero in the middle of summer in downtown Nashville, burning hot, and dreaming of the year that we would be able to play a show there. Looking back, it’s been such an awesome progression to go from that to playing small stages and then playing Riverfront and then getting to play Nissan Stadium multiple times was just a dream come true. Every year we’d go back, and we’d say remember where we started over there with the Coke Zero tent? So just a lot of great memories of that week, what a special week in Nashville and a special week for not only us as artists, but for the fans too to just connect, so it’s always a special week.”


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