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Luke Bryan Announces 2023 'Country On' Tour

Luke Bryan will be busy this summer and fall on his headlining Country On Tour run set to open on June 15th in Syracuse, New York. The 36-city tour will feature special guests on select dates including Chayce Beckham, Tyler Braden, Ashley Cooke, Jackson Dean, Jon Langston, Conner Smith, Alana Springsteen, Hailey Whitters, and DJ Rock.    

Luke said, “Artists get into the business to make music and perform it for the fans. Leaving it all out on that stage is what it’s all about for me. I’m excited to support and have so many talented new artists along for the ride this year.  It’s one of the most rewarding parts of our job."   

The tour borrows its name from Luke’s 30th Number One hit single, “Country On."





Cole Swindell Releases Single Off Upcoming Deluxe Album

Cole Swindell has released his new single, called “Drinkaby,” across all digital platforms. It will be one of the three new songs included on his upcoming deluxe album, Stereotype Broken, due out on April 28th. 

Cole said, “’Drinkaby,’ from the first time I heard it, I pictured it being a huge show opener. The guitar lick in the intro just grabs you and doesn’t let you go. I’m not sure if there is such thing as a fun breakup song but that’s kind of what this is. Glad it’s finally out and can’t wait to get out there and play it live.”

“Drinkaby” was co-written by Jon Pardi, Jordan Schmidt, HARDY and Hunter Phelps. It follows on the heels of Cole's three Platinum-certified, multi-week Number One singles from his latest album, Stereotype -- “Never Say Never” featuring Lainey Wilson, “Single Saturday Night” and, most recently, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina."





Luke Combs Shares Album Title, Artwork On Social Media

Luke Combs shared the album cover and title of his upcoming project with fans on social media yesterday (Thursday, January 26th). The album is called Gettin’ Old, and it's due out on March 24th. Luke will release two songs -- the title track and one called "Growin' Up" -- today (Friday, January 27th).

In addition to the album artwork, Luke wrote, “This album is about the stage of life I’m in right now. One that I’m sure a lot of us are in, have been through, or will go through. It’s about coming of age, loving where life is now but at the same time missing how it used to be, continuing to fall for the one you love and loving them no matter what, living in the moment but still wondering how much time you have left, family, friends, being thankful, and leaving a legacy. Me and so many others have poured their hearts and souls into this record and I hope you love it as much as we do.”

Gettin' Old will feature 18 songs. It follows Luke's 2022 release, Growin’ Up.





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Luke Bryan Apologizes For Dustin Lynch Intro At Crash My Playa

Luke Bryan turned to Instagram Stories last night (Wednesday, January 25th) to publicly apologize to Dustin Lynch for the controversial introduction he gave Dustin when he called him to the stage on the last night of Crash My Playa in Mexico on Sunday (January 22nd). Some on social media took issue with his comments, which included, "No one has drank more liquor, no one has vomited more, no one has taken more drugs, no one has taken more IVs, no one has passed more STD tests than this next gentlemen right here . . ." Luke explained that his words were "complete sarcasm."

Luke sent the message while “flooded cornfield, doing a little duck hunting." He said, “Just saw where people are starting to chat about my introduction of Dustin Lynch. Dustin Lynch is one of my dearest friends on the planet. No one respects him more than I do and that night at (Crash My) Playa, Sunday night, the last night I get everybody out and my introduction of him was complete sarcasm.”

He added, “Those words were so absurd. I figured everybody would take it as sarcasm. Obviously some people didn’t. I spoke to Dustin. I love him. He and I are all good and I apologize to anybody that doesn’t understand my humor and sarcasm. It’s been going on like that down there for years."

Dustin responded to Luke via Instagram stories writing, “Thx for the call, love ya bro. All good. We had a lot of fun down there again with the pirates.” 


Check out Luke Bryans rocky intro here: 


@country_musicfan23 What Luke Bryan said about Dustin Lynch is absolutely uncalled for! Nobody deserves an introduction to stage like Luke did to Dustin. #dobetter #countrymusic #cmp23 #crashmyplaya #crashmyplaya2023 #lukebryan #dustinlynch #dustinlynchmusic #isaidwhatisaid #GenshinImpact34 #fyp #foryoupage #foryou #viral #viraltiktok ? original sound - Country Music Fan



Jordan Davis Tops Country Charts For Second Week

Buy Dirt singer, Jordan Davis, claims his second week at Number One on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase country airplay charts this week with “What My World Spins Around.” The song is his fifth career chart-topper single to date.

 “What My World Spins Around” was co-written Jordan, Ryan Hurd and Matt Dragstrem, and as Jordan tells us, they knew the song was special. “Anytime I go in to write with Ryan, like he’s just a beast, like that guy is an incredible songwriter and knows how to pull out, like truly pull out what you do real well. And I think even with Ryan, my first inclination with that chorus was to drop it a little bit, ‘cause it’s kind of up there for a long time, but Ryan was like, ‘Naw, you got it. Just sing it.’ But obviously super-talented, and Matt has become one of my favorite writers. So, I think we left that day realizing that we had something that felt really, really good."

Thomas Rhett Releases New Single, 'Angels Don't Always Have Wings'

Thomas Rhett has released a new single called “Angels Don’t Always Have Wings." Previously titled “Angels,” the track first appeared on Thomas' most recent album, Where We Started, which was released last spring.

Thomas said, “This is my favorite song from the album. I wrote it from a personal perspective, but I think it will resonate with a lot of people. It’s about how none of us are perfect, and how lucky we are to have those people in our lives who show up and love us despite our flaws. I often look at my wife and think she’s truly an angel, for the love and grace she shows me every single day.”

Thomas will kick off the Canadian leg of his Bring The Bar To You Tour with Jordan Davis and Kameron Marlowe on February 9th in Vancouver. His summer headlining Home Team Tour 23 featuring Cole Swindell and Nate Smith will play in 40 cities.




Dierks Bentley Pays Homage To Shuttered Nashville Bar In New Video

Dierks Bentley has released a performance video of the opening track, called "Same Ol' Me," from his upcoming album, Gravel & Gold. The clip was shot at the end of December at a well-known Nashville bar and performance venue called Exit/In which closed last year after more than 50 years. 

Dierks said, “My first time playing Exit/In was just as meaningful to me as playing the Ryman and Bridgestone Arena. I opened for Asleep at the Wheel before I had a record deal or anything. A manager was supposed to come watch me play, but they didn’t show up. I had a few too many Busch Lights and passed out under a bench. The last thing I remember hearing was Ray Benson’s booming voice. I woke up around 4:00am and realized I was all alone! It was bittersweet to be in there during the last days of December as they were closing it down. I felt honored to take a shot with the guys and toast to the history there and turn the lights off.”

Dierks' Gravel & Gold album will be released on February 24th.

The project includes 14 tracks and will be Dierks' 10th career studio album.





Kenny Chesney Announces Return Of A Favorite Rum

Kenny Chesney and Blue Chair Bay have announced the return of Mocha Rum Cream. The drink features a blend of slow-brewed coffee mingled with a rich chocolate flavor.


Kenny said in press release, “Nothing allows a nice meal with friends to linger a little longer than a nice cup of coffee or an after dinner cocktail.”


He says the rum has been so popular that will no longer be a limited flavor and from now on, will be available year round. However, an ice-cream bearing the name will only be available around Valentine’s Day.



Check it out here: 


Kelsea Ballerini Announces Second Leg Of 'Heartfirst' Tour

Kelsea Ballerini will head off on the second leg of her headlining Heartfirst Tour beginning on March 6th in Toronto. The nine-date North American run will conclude on March 18th in Pittsburgh, Pa. Kelsea shared the dates on social media with the caption, "Let's do this again." She will be joined by Georgia Webster.

Kelsea originally launched the Heartfirst Tour last fall in conjunction with the release of her latest album, Subject to Change, in September.  

This year's tour dates also include four shows in the UK next month as well as a few shows on The Judds Final Tour run.  

ARTICLE PHOTO CREDIT: Kelsea Ballerini Instagram

Check out her tour announcement here:



Scott McCreery Made Latest Video A Family Affair

The video for Scotty McCreery's latest hit, "It Matters To Her," is a personal one for him and his wife, Gabi. The clip features all sorts of footage from Scotty's early days as a contestant on American Idol up through Scotty and Gabi getting ready for the arrival of their first child, son Avery, who was born in October. 

He tells us: "I love to share my life and I love to talk about my wife and to share stories about what we're up to with (dog) Moose and with Avery, so she was kind enough to let us film our wedding. I didn't expect her to let us film that for 'This Is It,' and then I was like, 'Hey, can we like film from the whole way through like this journey for a music video,' and she was like, 'Really,' and I was like, 'Look, we'll set the phone in the corner and we'll like build the nursery and we won't even know we're doing it,' and so she was super cool about that so . . . To me it came out better than I could've imagined, for sure."

"It Matters To Her" is the third single from Scotty's 2021 Same Truck album. It follows the previous two Number Ones from the project, "You Time" and "Damn Strait."


Check out the video here:


ARTICLE PHOTO CREDIT: Scotty McCreery Official


Jon Pardi And Wife Celebrate Baby At Ski Lodge-Themed Shower

Jon Pardi and his wife, Summer, were the guests of honor at a ski lodge-themed baby shower on Saturday (January 7th) hosted by Kane and Katelyn Brown at their Nashville area home. The couple will welcome their first child -- a girl -- in just a few weeks. During the party, the baby's name was revealed to be Presley Fawn Pardi.


Country Now reports that attendees received such party favors as  “Presley’s Ski Lodge”-branded coffee mugs filled with hot chocolate bombs, a coozie, cookie and lip gloss.


Jon and Summer shared a collage of pictures from the celebration with Jon writing, “Presley Pardi, we ready!!," and Summer adding the caption, “Presley Fawn Pardi we’re counting down the days till we get to meet you baby girl!"

While the parents-to-be haven't shared an exact due date, little Miss Pardi is due early this year.

ARTICLE PHOTO CREDIT: JonPardi (Instagram)

Check out their TikTok here: 



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Shania Twain Releases New Single & Video, 'Giddy Up!

Shania Twain released her new single yesterday (Thursday, January 5th) called "Giddy Up!” along with the video. The song is the second single off her upcoming career sixth full-length album, Queen of Me, due out on February 3rd.


Shania said, "The saying 'Let’s Go Girls!' is such a wonderfully uplifting sentiment now, but it’s just something I said during the recording in the studio and I guess that’s the same for 'Giddy Up!'. These lines come to me when I’m thinking about how to put a little 'pep in my step.' I want people to feel good when they hear the new album. I want to set a celebratory tone and 'Giddy Up!' is a way to call to the audience and say 'let's get ready for some fun!'”   


Shania's Queen of Me album includes 12 new tracks.


Her global Queen of Me Tour, featuring rotating special guests Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Hailey Whitters, Breland, Robyn Ottolini, Priscilla Block, Mickey Guyton, Lily Rose, Talk, and Tenille Townes, kicks off on Friday, April 28th at Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA.


Watch her new video here: 


Article Photo Credit: Shania Twain, YOUTUBE

Kane Brown Opens Up About Childhood

It's hard to find a moment in which Kane Brown doesn't have a smile on his face. The fun-loving singer can be seen living his best life on stages across the globe and goofing around with this daughters on social media. However, behind that smile is a past that Brown sums up as "crazy." 


"I don't know if I ever told you, but I had, like, a crazy childhood," Brown shares with CBS News"I had to grow up a lot faster than the normal person." 


When asked why, Brown explains that he was abused as a child at the hands of his stepfather. He said he was "beat a lot" as a kid, and sometimes, he was punished in dangerous ways for his mistakes. 


"One of my stepdads, for my punishment, shaved my head bald and put aftershave on me," he shares before adding, "Made me physically eat half a bar of soap, not just bite into it. I had to physically eat it and swallow it. All kinds of crazy things."


In the past, Brown has shared that his upbringing was painful. In 2016 he revealed that at times when he was a kid, he and his mother were homeless. They moved between grandparents and friends' homes, but sometimes when there was no were else to go, they lived in a car. 


Despite his past, Brown is focused on giving everything to his daughters. He didn't envision what kind of father he would but he knew that giving his children a better life was going to be a top priority. "I just always knew that I was going to try to be there for her or him — we didn't know — but I was just always gonna try to be there," Brown explains, "And I just always wanted to give them the life that — I know a lot of people say this — but I did want to give them the life that I never had." 

Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney Gives New Year's Fitness Motivation

If you need some motivation for shedding that holiday weight and getting in shape, look no further than Shay Mooney's Instagram page. Yesterday (Monday, January 2nd), the Dan + Shay singer shared a side-by-side comparison of him shirtless before and after six months of hard work and dedication. He captioned it, "Consistency. I changed my entire world in 6 months. No gimmicks or fads. Just consistency. If that tired guy on the left can do it so can you."


The post drew encouraging comments from fellow country artists including Carrie Underwood, Brian Kelley, and Cole Swindell, to name a few.


Back in October, Shay announced that he had lost almost 50 pounds over the course of five months. In a social media post at the time, he attributed it to "Eating clean/not drinking alcohol and walking 7 miles a day. And some weights . . ."


Shay Mooney and his wife, Hannah, are expecting their third child and third son.  


Check out his Instagram post below: 



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How to Celebrate New Years with Country's Biggest Stars

Lots of channels and networks including news outlets are hosting their own New Year's Eve event with  stars from all genres of music and that includes appearances by country artists. New bookings are popping up daily, but here's a few of the major performances:


Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Dierks Bentley  are among the performers for the CBS New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. The special, which kicks off at 8pm ET will also feature performances by Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Brooks & Dunn, Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow, Flo-Rida, Riley Green, Ashley McBryde and Zac Brown Band. Jimmie Allen, Elle King, and Rachel Smith will host five-hours of 50 consecutive performances from Music, City USA.


Maddie & Tae will perform two songs on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The festivities kick off at 8pm ET.


Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party with Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton will feature Brandi Carlile. The show airs on NBC and begins at 10:30pm ET. It will also livestream on Peacock.

Luke Bryan Lists Home For $18 Million

Luke Bryan has listed his beach house in Santa Rosa, Florida for $18 million. It has four bedrooms, four baths, a private pool and a view of the gulf from the master suite.


Built in 1994, it last sold for $2.5 million in 2013. Luke named the property "Snowman" in honor of his brother Chris, who died in a car accident. He got the nickname because of the way he played golf. He often scored an eight, which looks like a snowman on the scorecard.


Since buying it, a fourth floor was added with two additional living rooms. It also has an elevator that opens to the beach.


Taste of Country noted, that if the house sells for that price, it will become one of the most expensive country celebrity home transactions ever.



Kelsea Ballerini Keeps Up Christmas Lights Year Round

Even though it’s almost a new year, Kelsea Ballerini says to keep those Christmas lights on. In a story posted on Taste of Country, they referred to her comments in a video promo for the 2017 CMA Country Christmas TV special. Kelsea explained that her family's Christmas decorations stay put all year 'round. She said, “"I'm from East Tennessee. We keep up our Christmas lights all year."


In the past, she also said she loves Christmas music all year round and that during the season, she and her mom wear their Christmas pajamas everywhere… including grocery shopping and to church.


That was 5 years ago, no word as to whether or not that‘s still a family tradition.

Brantley Gilbert Planning on Recording New Music in February

Even though Brantley Gilbert just released a new album, So Help Me God, he plans to start working on the next one very soon.


Gilbert says “I’m excited about gettin’ ready to go write in February, another Texas trip. That usually starts the process, so we’ll be workin’ on a new record. I’ve already been working on it since we finalized the track list for this one."


He finished by saying "I’m always workin’ on what’s next. And to be honest with you, there’s so much in the windshield I don’t have time to look in the rearview. There’s a lot in front of us. I got a lot of work to do.”

Tyler Hubbard Planning "Low-Key" Christmas Ahead of Album Release

After a busy year as a solo artist, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard has been looking forward to some down time with his family. He and his wife Hayley and their three children — Olivia, Luka, and Atlas usually spend the holidays in the Idaho snow, but this year, they’re staying home in Nashville.


“We’re gonna try to lay low and kind of have a low-key Christmas with the family," Hubbard said. "It’s been a really kind of a hectic last six months in a great way, but I’ve really been just pushing hard, working hard knowing that when the holidays hit, I’m gonna relax for a few weeks and then really prepare for end of January and getting ready to rock hard next year.”


Hubbard’s debut solo album will be out on January 27th.

Walker Hayes Holds Top Two Spots For 2022 Digital Record Sales

The year-end numbers have been tallied and Walker Hayes is holding down the top two spots on Billboard’s 2022 Country Digital Songs chart. Beating out every song in the genre, “Fancy Like” was the top-selling song of the year and right behind it was “AA.” Cody Johnson is at #3 with his Grammy nominated single, “’Til You Can’t.” And Morgan Wallen has both #4 and #5 positions.


Some of the other notables include - an older song still proving that it’s relevant, Chris Stapleton’s 2015 release, “Tennessee Whiskey” in at #8.


There were no female artists in the Top 10, not even as a guest performer, however, Carrie Underwood made the Top 20 at a guest vocal on Jason Aldean’s “If I Didn’t Love You.”


The only female-fronted tracks to make it into the Top 25 were Miranda Lambert and Elle King’s "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)” and Taylor Swift’s "All Too Well."


Top 10 Highest-Selling Country Digital Songs Chart, per Billboard

  • 10. "Sand in My Boots," Morgan Wallen
    9. "The Kind of Love We Make," Luke Combs
    8. "Tennessee Whiskey," Chris Stapleton
    7. "Buy Dirt," Jordan Davis feat. Luke Bryan
    6. "She Had Me at Heads Carolina," Cole Swindell
    5. "Wasted on You," Morgan Wallen
    4. "You Proof," Morgan Wallen
    3. "'Til You Can't," Cody Johnson
    2. "AA," Walker Hayes
    1. "Fancy Like," Walker Hayes

Maren Morris Set to Guest Judge on MTV Show

Maren Morris has signed on to guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race on MTV. Ariana Grande has been named as one of the judges too. It’s not clear if Maren will also perform.


The show is based on 16 queens competing to be the best and take home $200,000 in cash. After moving from VH-1, the realty show will begin airing on MTV on January 6.




Alan Jackson is a Grandpa

Alan Jackson is officially a grandpa! His daughter, Ali, and her husband welcomed their first child, son Jackson Alvie Bradshaw, into the world on Tuesday, just in time for Alan and his wife, Denise's, wedding anniversary, which was yesterday (Thursday, December 15th).


Alan shared a picture of the new grandparents holding Jackson on social media yesterday writing, "Denise and I are celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary with our new grandson Jackson Alvie Bradshaw . . . So happy that this little guy has made us grandparents!"


Alexandra “Ali” Jackson Bradshaw is the youngest of Alan's three daughters.



Luke Bryan Reaches 30th #1 Hit

Luke Bryan is celebrating his career 30th Number One hit this week with "Country On," the lead single from his upcoming album. "Country On" claims the top spot on the Mediabase country chart.


Luke celebrated the feat with his manager and other members of his team. He shared several pictures on social media writing, “30 #1 songs at country radio is really crazy to hear. I’m blessed to have this career and can’t thank everyone involved enough for supporting my dreams. ‘Hey, hey, USA! We ain’t seen our better days’ is a come together moment. I couldn’t have hand picked a better 30th."


Luke tells us that the song's lyrics immediately resonated with him “When you hear, ‘Hey Farm Boy…’ I mean that certainly spoke to me right off the bat, and the fact that we were able to put so many different aspects of the way, the country American way of life out there, and I felt like this song really, really nailed it."


Luke will kick off 2023 with his annual Crash My Playa in Riviera Cancun, Mexico from January 19 - 22. 

'Yellowstone' Star Signs Music Deal

Yellowstone star Luke Grimes has joined the roster of Universal Music Group Nashville. You might know him as Kayce Dutton on the hit Paramount show. In a social media post, Luke shared the news that his debut release, “No Horse To Ride,” which he co-wrote, will be release on Friday (December 16th). 


Luke is set to perform at Stagecoach in Indio, CA on April 30th.


He's in the process of recording his debut album, which is being produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton).



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Scotty McCreery Announces New Tour, Two Stops in Indiana

Scotty McCreery will kick off the new year with a new tour. He'll launch his 22-city Damn Strait Tour beginning on January 20th in Hinton, OK and wrap things up on April 30th in Hagerstown, MD. Tickets for the Damn Strait Tour go on sale on Friday, December 16th.


The tour name is borrowed from Scotty's latest Number One hit, "Damn Strait," the second consecutive chart-topper from his 2021 Same Truck album.


The third single, called "It Matters to Her," is currently climbing the country charts.


2023 Damn Strait Tour dates:
Jan. 20 — Hinton, Okla. @ Sugar Creek Casino
Jan. 21 — San Antonio, Texas @ Let’s Rodeo Ball
Jan. 27 — Joliet, Ill. @ Rialto Square Theatre
Jan. 28 — Milwaukee, Wist. @ UW-Milwaukee Panter Arena
Feb. 2 — Knoxville, Tenn. @ Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Feb. 3 — Charlotte, N.C. @ Coyote Joe’s
Feb. 4 — Greenville, S.C. @ Blind Horse Saloon
Feb. 8 — The Villages, Fla. @ Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
Feb. 9 — Fort Meyers, Fla. @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Feb. 10 — Sarasota, Fla. @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Feb. 11 — Port St. Lucie, Fla. @ MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center
March 10 — Grant, Okla. @ Choctaw, Casino
March 11 — Tulsa, @ Okla. @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 18 — Shipshewana, Ind. @ Blue Gate Theatre
March 19 — Nashville, Ind. @ Brown County Music Center

March 24 — DuQuoin, Ill. @ Cord McCoy Du Quoin Rodeo
March 25 — Opp. Ala. @ Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo
April 21 — Scottsdale, Ariz. @ Talking Stick Resort & Casino
April 22 — Henderson, Nev. @ Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
April 27 — Carteret, N.J. @ The Carteret Performing Arts Center
April 28 — Lancaster, Pa. @ American Music Theatre
April 30 — Hagerstown, Md. @ The Maryland Theatre