Tim McGraw Launching Shotgun Rider Tour This June with Billy Currington and Chase Bryant

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will launch his Shotgun Rider Tour ’15 this June with special guests Billy Currington and Chase Bryant. The tour takes its title from Tim’s latest #1 hit, “Shotgun Rider.” 

Tim will surely have to bump one of his other 34 chart-toppers to make room for the newer music, but putting together a new show is pure pleasure for him.  He says, “I love going through the process of making our set list and working on the production elements to bring the show to life. We just like to lay it all out there every night — sling sweat, have fun and help make some summertime memories for everyone who joins us.”

So far, Tim has only announced the tour cities for his new trek. They include:

Little Rock, AR
Dallas, TX
Wantagh, NY
Boston, MA
Phoenix, AZ
Albuquerque, NM
Raleigh, NC
Charlotte, NC
Toronto, ON (CAN)
Hartford, CT
Holmdel, NJ
Virginia Beach, VA
Darien Center, NY
Cleveland, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Detroit, MI
Indianapolis, IN
Chicago, IL
St. Louis, MO
West Palm Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Sacramento, CA
Mountain View, CA
Irvine, CA

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Luke, Blake, Miranda, Eric and More Playing Houston Rodeo Starting March 3

Image Courtesy ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw are among the headliners for the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The nightly concerts kick off March 3 at NRG Park and run through March 22. Tickets are available at RodeoHouston.com and AXS.com/RodeoHouston.

Here are the country stars performing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo:

3/3 — Eric Church
3/4 — Hunter Hayes
3/5 — Miranda Lambert
3/7 — Alan Jackson
3/9 — Justin Moore
3/10 — Tim McGraw
3/11 — Brantley Gilbert
3/12 — Zac Brown Band
3/14 — Billy Currington
3/16 — Dierks Bentley
3/18 — Florida Georgia Line
3/19 — Blake Shelton
3/20 — The Band Perry
3/21 — Brad Paisley
3/22 — Luke Bryan

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Semi-Finalists Announced for Fan-Voted ACM New Artist of the Year Award

Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicThe semi-finalists for this year’s fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year award have been announced. Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Dan + Shay all made the cut and will go on to compete for a spot among the final three nominees.

Fan voting will start Tuesday, January 27 and run through Tuesday, February 10 at VoteACM.com and VoteACM.CMT.com.  The final round of voting will run April 8 through 19, and the winner will be determined combining fan votes with the professional ACM member votes.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Eric Church Announces Spring Dates for The Outsiders World Tour

Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church has announced a new round of The Outsiders World Tour dates starting March 4 in Austin, TX. He’s got Brothers Osborne and The Cadillac Three in the opening slots on select shows, along with Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, and The Lone Bellow.

Eric’s tour has proven to be a very hot seller so far. His Saturday night show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena set a new venue attendance record with more than 18,000 fans in the audience.

Here are Eric’s new tour dates:

3/4 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
3/10 — Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
3/12 — Albany, NY, Times Union Center
3/13 — Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/18 — Ft. Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
3/19 — Bloomington, IL, U.S. Cellular Coliseum
3/20 — Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
3/21 — Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena
3/26 — Tallahassee, FL, Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
3/27 — Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
3/28 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/7 — Grand Forks, ND, Ralph Engelstad Arena
4/8 — Winnipeg, MB (CAN), MTS Centre
4/10 — Saskatoon, SK (CAN), SaskTel Centre
4/11 — Calgary, AB (CAN), Scotiabank Saddledome
4/23 — Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/30  — Boston, MA, TD Garden Arena
5/1 — Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
5/2 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
5/7 — Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
5/8 — Columbia, MO, Mizzou Arena
6/12 — Orange Beach, AL, Amphitheater at the Wharf
8/27 — Syracuse, NY, New York State Fair

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Kenny Chesney’s Latest Hit, “Til It’s Gone,” Is Directed Straight to His Concert Crowds

Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney will launch his first concert tour since 2013 on with a show in Nashville on March 26, which also happens to be Kenny’s birthday. You can bet Kenny’s latest hit, “Til It’s Gone,” will be in the set list that night. In fact, he recorded that song specifically with his concert crowds in mind.

While looking for material for his latest album, The Big Revival, Kenny was challenged by his songwriter friend, David Lee Murphy, to think about what he wanted to say to his fans when he got back onstage.

Kenny continues, “Okay, imagine me, my first night in 2015: very first show, very first night. And there I am at the edge of the stage, and here’s my audience. And I haven’t seen them in a while. What do I want to say to ’em?”

Luckily, David had co-written “Til It’s Gone” with some other hit writers in Nashville, and it summed up exactly how Kenny felt about his fans.

Even though it’s written about a male/female relationship, Kenny says of “Til IT’s Gone,” “If you take that [romantic element] away, and add thousands of people, this song fits.”

Go to KennyChesney.com to check out his latest tour dates.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves co-wrote which one of Miranda Lambert‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

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Eric Church Sets Attendance Record at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena

Image Courtesy John Peets/CapitolEric Church set an attendance record at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Saturday night.  There were 18,411 fans in attendance, which breaks the previous venue attendance record set by The Blue Collar Comedy Tour stop in February 2006.

Eric started the show off telling the audience, “Nashville, I have expectations for you. I live here!” He continues The Outsiders World Tour with a show in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, January 14.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves has added a March 26 show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club to her 2015 tour schedule.

Condolences to country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, whose longtime drummer, Chuck Landry, was killed in a house fire in Branson, Missouri, Thursday night.

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Jason Aldean Shares His Long-Term Goal of Getting into the Bar Business

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean has long-term dreams of opening up his own bar or nightclub, but unlike most country stars with bar or restaurant ventures, Jason won’t be banking on his famous name to bring in customers. He sees the business venture as something to do in case his star fades a little bit down the road.

Jason tells The Country Vibe, “I’d almost rather not even have my name on it and just build something so that when my career’s over or whatever, and all the sudden my name recognition may not be that big a deal for what it is.”

Since Jason started playing in bars when he was just 14-years-old, he feels like he would be a natural at owning and operating his own watering hole.

“I feel like I know a pretty good bit about the bar business,” Jason explains. “So, something like that would be pretty cool, but I’m talking big nightclub kind of thing. That would be something I’d be into.”

Jason’s career is still red hot these days with his 2015 Burn It Down tour launching February 12 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Eric Church Makes Sure Every Show Is Different on The Outsiders World Tour

Image Courtesy EB Media PREric Church has yet to play the exact same set of songs at any of his shows so far on The Outsiders World Tour. Instead of sticking with a fixed rundown of songs, Eric encourages his fans to write down the titles of their favorite songs from his back catalog on posters and bring them to the show. Some of those fans are requesting songs Eric and his band haven’t played in five or six years.

Eric tells The Oklahoman, “The most fun is grabbing that sign and turning around and seeing the band members shaking their head ‘no’ and the other half going, ‘you know, lets try it.’”

Eric admits they usually mess up playing the unrehearsed song, but it provides an off-the-cuff moment for his concert crowds.

“I think that goes back to that’s a unique experience for that show, for that crowd,” Eric explains. “They can say, ‘Hey, that was the show that he messed up that one number [on] the sign.’”

Check out EricChurch.com to see where he’s playing next.

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