ABC/Image Group LABrothers Osborne have extended their current world tour into 2019. The reigning two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year will kick off their 2019 trek on Jan. 10 in Chicago, IL, and will visit more than 40 additional cities throughout the tour, which runs through April.
The Maryland natives will welcome numerous opening acts throughout the tour. The Wild Feathers, Ruston Kelly and Devon Gilfillian will join Brothers Osborne for select dates. Tickets go on sale Friday via the band's website.
Brothers Osborne are nominated for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards. Additionally, they're nominated for Music Event of the Year alongside Dierks Bentley for their collaboration, "Burning Man."
Here’s the complete itinerary for Brothers Osborne's 2019 World Tour:
1/10 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theater 1/11 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit 1/12 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Theatre 1/23 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5 1/24 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 1/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore 1/26 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE – Indoor 1/30 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre 1/31 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 2/1 -- Mobile, AL, Saenger Theater 2/6 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre 2/7 -- Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium 2/8 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob’s Texas 2/14 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 2/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 2/16 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 2/20 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live! Indoor Pavilion 2/21 -- Ashland, KY, Paramount Arts Center 2/22 -- Richmond, VA, The National 2/23 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem 3/2 -- Saint Augustine, FL, The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre 3/6 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 3/7 -- Sioux City, IA, Orpheum Theatre 3/8 -- Saint Louis, MO, The Pageant 3/9 -- Dubuque, IA, Five Flags Center 3/13 -- Knoxville, TN, Knoxville Civic Auditorium 3/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle 3/15 -- Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theater 3/21 -- New Orleans, LA, The Fillmore New Orleans -- Music Hall 3/22 -- Little Rock, AR, Robinson Hall Little Rock 3/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Union Event Center 3/27 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory Concert House 3/28 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo 3/30 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater 3/31 -- Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theatre 4/2 -- Bakersfield, CA, Fox Theater 4/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Novo 4/4 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues 4/9 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Jones Assembly 4/10 -- Austin, TX, Stubbs Waller Creek 4/12 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl -- Las Vegas 4/25 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion Ballroom 4/26 -- Lincoln, NE, Lincoln In The Streets 4/27 -- Columbia, MO, The Blue Note -- Outdoors
Reviver Entertainment GroupThe CMA Awards air live from Nashville Wednesday night on ABC. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy's #1 duet, is nominated for Musical Event of the Year. David Lee, best known for his '90s hits "Dust on the Bottle" and "Party Crowd," says this is a career milestone for him.
"This is the first time that I've been nominated for the CMAs but it really feels great...just to be here," David Lee told ABC Radio on Monday. "Just to have a song in consideration with Kenny...[it's] really cool...it's gonna be a fun week!"
Even before Kenny produced his album No Zip Code, David Lee had penned many songs for the four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner. But he rejects the idea that he just might be the official songwriter for No Shoes Nation.
"Well, I don't know about that," he laughs. "There's some pretty good songwriters out there that contribute to all those records. But I sure do love being a part of it and they've shown me a lot of love, so I love every bit of it."
David Lee recalls getting the news that "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" hit number one the night he performed with Kenny in Columbus, OH.
"I think the same night, we got a good record, so it was double fun," he says. "And I remember that night they brought me out this gigantic margarita onstage!"
"But just the whole 2018...it's just been fantastic to be out here, having new music and getting to hang out with all my buddies and play music."
Tune in to see if David Lee and Kenny pick up a CMA Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Comstock/Thinkstock Though Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year trophy in both 1970 and 1971, they only scored a single #1 during their career. Can you name it? ANSWER: 1974's "Please Don't Stop Loving Me."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock "David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs" hitmaker Travis Denning will make his Grand Ole Opry debut November 16 at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
Clint Black's new holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, premieres November 20 at The Old Globe in San Diego, California, and runs through the end of the year. The show will go on tour during the 2019-20 season.
Cassadee Pope will perform at this year's Christmas tree lighting at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. She'll kick off the annual celebration known as Deck the Hall November 23 at 4:30 p.m. CT.
Shenandoah launches their Good Ole Fashioned Christmas Tour on Monday, November 19 at the annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit show at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. The band's first-ever holiday trek supports The Salvation Army.
ABC/Ed HerreraRight now in Nashville, rehearsals are underway for Wednesday's 52nd Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena.
Eleven-time hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have been so busy working on their open, they're just learning about many of the performances for the first time.
"What we do in this time period is really focus on the monologue," Brad explains. "And then, that's sort of the part later where you see a lot of ad-libbing, which is sort of the introduction of the people."
"And we'll go through and look at what they're singing and have a little fun with that. But I haven't really looked at this point," he admits.
"I don't know what songs people are singing," Carrie agrees. "I kinda have a rough idea of who's gonna be there. Whatever it is, it's country music, so it'll be good," she smiles.
After a decade of hosting Country Music's Biggest Night, there are several things fans have come to expect from Brad and Carrie. Number one on the list is parodies.
"The only clue I'll give," Brad teases, "is that there's a lot of things going on that are kind of meaningless and fun, and that's what we're looking at..."
"Keep it light! Keep it light," Carrie chimes in.
In that spirit, Brad and Carrie say politics won't be part of their plan.
"Everybody wants to forget about all that right now, I think," Brad tells ABC Radio. "So that's what we're gonna do, I think."
"Forgotten," Carrie adds.
While Barbie and Ken have sometimes been a part of Brad and Carrie's comedy in the past, they say they're likely to leave them in the toybox this year, too.
You can tune in for all the fun of the 52nd CMA Awards Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Courtesy of Crown MediaIn 1997, when LeAnn Rimes was just 14, she starred in her first Christmas movie, Holiday In Your Heart. Saturday night at 8 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel, she's starring in her second holiday movie,It's Christmas Eve, which she also executive-produced. LeAnn says she really needed to see herself in a Christmas movie where she isn't a teenager.
"That was one of my motivations for this," she laughs. "I mean, Holiday in Your Heart...they play it every holiday, over and over again! And finally, one day I was like, 'You know what? I think it’s time for a new movie where I’m not 14!'"
"[Hallmark and I]...had a meeting of the minds...and they were super open for me to be able to create the story that I wanted to create," LeAnn tells ABC Radio.
That story finds LeAnn playing Eve, a school superintendent who must solve her hometown's school budget crisis. She decides to cut the music education program...until she meets the school's music teacher, Liam, a single dad to daughter Abby.
The theme of blended families was important for LeAnn to include: She's married to actor Eddie Cibrian and is stepmom to his two kids.
"It just needs to be spoken about more. We have more blended families in this world than we actually do blood-related families," she says.
ABC/Image Group LA The 52nd Annual CMA Awards won’t officially begin until 8 p.m. ET next Wednesday on ABC, but we’ll find out who wins two of country music’s most prestigious trophies about twelve hours earlier.
The CMA excitement starts Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on ABC, as Dierks Bentley performs two songs on ABC's Good Morning America from his Whiskey Row honky tonk in downtown Nashville. The winners of both Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year will be revealed on GMA as well.
Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron, hosts of the syndicated Nashville-based show Pickler & Ben, will also appear on both GMA and GMA Day before they host the CMA Awards pre-show later in the day.
You can watch the CMA Awards: All Access red carpet livestream starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on both the ABC YouTube channel and at CMAAwards.com. It’ll last until 8 p.m. ET, when the main show airs live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
ABC/Image Group LA Trisha Yearwood’s new album of Frank Sinatra covers, cleverly titled Let’s Be Frank, will be available December 20 through Williams Sonoma.
“I’ve been wanting to make this record for 20 years!” the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year tells People. “I have always loved standards, and nobody sings them better than Sinatra.”
“I’m honored to get the chance to pay tribute to him and the songwriters in these timeless classics,” she adds.
This isn’t the first time Trisha’s tackled a Sinatra tune. Three years ago, she sang the classic “I’ll Be Seeing You” on CBS’s Sinatra 100 -- An All-Star Grammy Concert special.
The Georgia native recorded her first all-new project since 2007 at the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood, where Ol' Blue Eyes himself created the originals. Trisha even used the same microphone and stool Sinatra used as she sang with the orchestra.
Earlier this week, Trisha teased the project by sharing pieces of the sexy cover photo on her socials.
You’ll be able to get Let’s Be Frank December 20 at Williams Sonoma, along with Trisha’s line of culinary products, before it become widely available in February.
Black River Entertainment Kelsea Ballerini enlisted the help of the fight coordinator for Creed for her new boxing-themed video for “Miss Me More.”
Shot during an eleven-hour marathon workout session at Jaxon Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, the new clip is the realization of a vision Kelsea had shortly after writing the song.
“I wrote ‘Miss Me More’ about a time when I was rediscovering myself after a bad breakup,” she reveals. “I felt like I was fighting for myself and so, I always had the vision for this video as a dark, intense, fight scene to reflect that.”
“I can’t wait for everyone to see a new perspective of this song,” she adds.
The video throws in a twist at the end, when you realize who Kelsea is sparring with in her big fight scene.
You can check out the “Miss Me More” video now on YouTube.
PR NewswireZac Brown Band collaborated with their recent CMT Crossroads partner, pop star Shawn Mendes, to write their new single, “Someone I Used to Know.”
“It’s been a long time coming/Couldn’t keep on running/Had to hit rock bottom to know,” Zac sings on the new tune. “When you keep on losing/With the path you’re choosing/Then it’s time to let go/Of someone that I used to know.”
ZBB is set to perform “Someone I Used to Know” for the first time Friday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can tune in to watch starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
The eight-piece band is also extending their Down the Rabbit Hole Live Tour, adding a 2019 leg to the trek.
"This is an exciting time for us and we can't wait to get back out on the road and play for our fans next spring," Zac says. "In the meantime, we're hard at work in the studio and really proud of 'Someone I Used To Know.'”
“It's a special track and is just the beginning,” he adds. “There's a lot more to come."
Pre-sales for the band’s new dates start next Wednesday, before tickets become available to the general public on Friday.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Zac Brown Band’s spring leg of the Down the Rabbit Hole Live Tour:
3/1 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center 3/9 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 3/10 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Amphitheater at the Wharf 3/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 3/16 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Events Center 3/28 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 3/29 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater 3/30 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum 4/11 -- Evans, GA, Evans Towne Center Park 4/12 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 4/13 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 4/14 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 4/25 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 4/26 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 4/27 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
Comstock/Thinkstock When was the last time female artists took home back-to-back Entertainer of the Year trophies at the CMA Awards? ANSWER: 1999 and 2000, when Shania Twain's win was followed by the Dixie Chicks claiming the title.
Courtesy of Crown MediaLauren Alaina's new single, "Ladies in the '90s," celebrates a time when females were plentiful on country radio.
Even though she was a teen at the time, LeAnn Rimes was one of those voices sending songs up the chart.
"There was something about the nineties that was just undeniable..." she recalls. "Women were cutting just hit after hit after hit. It just worked. It really did."
"The nineties were a very, very special moment for women in music," LeAnn points out, "and I'm so grateful to have been a part of that time."
Contrast that with this week, when only one female solo artist -- Maren Morris -- has a song in the top thirty.
LeAnn rejects the argument that female listeners only want to hear men.
"I know that's a lot of what's being said is 'Oh women don't want to hear women. I mean, that is total b.s. in my opinion," LeAnn tells ABC Radio.
The "Blue" icon admits there can sometimes be competition between female singers -- and adds that she thinks men like it that way. But she goes on to say that's changing -- at least for the women.
"We're realizing that we need to lift each other up, and we are sisters, and that sisterhood is so important..." she asserts. "I really see women... really wanting to hear and celebrate their own kind, their own gender and their own... soul sisters. And it's time for us to come back again."
This weekend, LeAnn is back, as she stars in her first Christmas movie since 1997's Holiday in Your Heart. It's Christmas Eve also includes three new yuletide songs she wrote for the film. You can tune in for its premiere Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.
ABC/Mark LevineChris Stapleton will deliver a special performance at next Wednesday’s CMA Awards with Maren Morris and R&B legend Mavis Staples. Brad Paisley, Lauren Alaina and newly-inducted Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs join the impressive lineup as well.
Vince Gill, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Chris Janson, Marty Stuart, Lindsay Ell, and Ashley McBryde will appear during the annual show as well.
Already on board to perform: Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert; Kelsea Ballerini; Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne; Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan Shay; Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha; Midland, Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Brett Young.
We’ll learn who the presenters will be in the days leading up to Country Music’s Biggest Night.
In addition to their performances, Brad and Carrie will host for the eleventh time this year. You won’t want to miss the 52nd CMA Awards, live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, starting at 8 p.m. ET next Wednesday on ABC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, Walker Hayes, LANCO, Chris Lane, Dylan Scott, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen, and Aaron Watson are the contenders to play next year's prestigious New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and Miranda Lambert (featuring Pistol Annies) will headline the fifth Country LakeShake festival June 21-23 in Chicago.
Singer/songwriter Caylee Hammack is the newest artist signed to Universal Nashville. She's currently in the studio crafting her debut album.
CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are set to guest on GMA Day on Friday starting at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
Sony Music NashvilleKane Brown admits his self-titled debut album was so unexpectedly successful, he found the prospect of making his second record daunting.
But instead of being intimidated, he decided to take some chances.
"There's not one song that sounds the same," he tells ABC Radio. "I called it Experiment, just because I was experimenting with a bunch of different instruments, and I was just all over place with it. So it's really just me, and me trying to have fun."
One of the songs on the album, "Short Skirt Weather," is a throwback to Kane's beginnings.
"I wanted it to sound kind of nineties country..." he explains. "The first song I ever knew was 'I Like It, I Love It' by Tim McGraw, and that was the feel I was going for. And Dan Huff, the producer, played on that song, so he already knew how it sounded, and to me he killed it."
Initially, Kane wasn't sure the song's title was for him.
"I had a writer that said he wanted to write a song called 'Short Skirt Weather.' At first, I didn't like it," he admits, "so we just started messing around and we just had fun with it. We had a bunch of different things that we were saying in there that's now behind-the-scenes jokes. And it was just a fun song to write."
ABC/Image Group LA The country music community continues to process the latest mass shooting in the U.S., this time at a country bar in Thousand Oaks, California.
A dozen people lost their lives at the Borderline Bar & Grill about 40 miles West of Los Angeles. Ten to fifteen others were wounded, and the suspect was killed as well.
Ironically, Aubrie Sellers -- a Warner Brothers artist who's also the daughter of Lee Ann Womack and songwriter Jason Sellers -- had planned to be there Wednesday night.
"Last night we were going to go line dancing at 9:30 PM at a bar called Borderline we heard about in Thousand Oaks..." she tweeted. "An hour before we were to leave, I got home and [my cat] Laney’s eye was swollen shut so we didn’t go. Thinking of everyone affected by this today. Truly unbelievable."
Kip Moore released the new track, "It Ain't California," from his forthcoming Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions EP, which turned out to be fitting. You can hear the song at RollingStone.com.
"Started writing this song over 10 years ago... always hoped this chorus would be heard," he shared on Twitter. "My heart is in California today with our country fans."
Here's what other members of the country family were saying on their socials:
Jon Pardi: "Another tragedy, and this time in my home state of California. My heart goes out to the people who lost their lives in Thousand Oaks last night, along with those who suffered injuries. Praying for their family and friends as well."
Brad Paisley: "Though broken, my heart is with these families and friends in Thousand Oaks today."
Chris Young: "Heartbroken for all the families that will go through today without someone they had yesterday. Completely senseless."
Zac Brown Band: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones affected by the shooting in Thousand Oaks. Together, with the music community, we grieve for their loss."
ABC/Image Group LA Kane Brown will deliver what’s sure to be a moving moment tonight, before the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Carolina Panthers in Pennsylvania.
The “Lose It” hitmaker will sing the new track “Homesick” for 80 returning soldiers as part of the pre-game festivities at Heinz Field. The Army’s Golden Knights will also parachute in during the performance.
“Homesick” is just one of the tracks on Kane’s sophomore album, Experiment, which comes out tomorrow.
You can watch the Salute to Service Game tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox, NFLN or Amazon Prime Video.
Sony NashvilleThe country music community is remembering the dozen people killed in the shooting late Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
In all, thirteen people died at the scene about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, including the suspect. Ten to fifteen more were wounded.
"Redneck Crazy" hitmaker Tyler Farr says he knows the bar well. "I’ve played the Borderline Bar & Grill many times," he tweeted on Thursday. "I’ve watched those country music fans sing every word. I’ve seen their faces. I’ve shaken their hands."
"They are good people who were just trying to have a good time," he adds. "My heart breaks for Thousand Oaks. Sending prayers and love."
Here's what other members of the country music family are saying on social media:
Big Kenny of Big & Rich: "Heartbreaking news out of CA this morning. Praying for the victims, and sending big love to those affected by the horrible tragedy in Thousand Oaks."
John Rich of Big & Rich: "Waking up in NYC to the terrible news in California that 12 were killed in a country bar last night. 1 officer killed in the line of duty as he ran toward the shooter to save lives. Join me in asking the Holy Spirit to pull those families close this morning."
Maddie & Tae: "Sending prayers and love to everyone in Thousand Oaks, CA today. Absolutely heartbroken thinking of all those sweet souls just trying to listen and dance to country music. Hug your loved ones tight."
ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett’s nearest and dearest are having a little fun at his expense, as People honors him in its new Sexiest Man Alive issue. The magazine proclaims the “Sixteen” hitmaker its Sexiest Country Star as it passes out the 2018 accolades.
“Definitely feel like I just won a high school superlative,” TR shared on his socials. “Thank you People for this.”
“Our family group text was hilarious but brutal…” he added.
Thomas also attached a preview of his photo and article in People. The full issue hits newsstands on Friday.