Image Courtesy CMAFirst-year headliner Dierks Bentley returns to the Northwests’s Watershed Music and Camping Festival this summer, as the three-day show celebrates its fourth year. Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood also top a bill that includes Gary Allan, Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Parmalee, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young and more. Sam Hunt will play a late-night set on the festival’s “Next from Nashville” stage, in addition to his stint on the main platform.
The shows take place July 31-August 2 at Gorge Amphitheatre, just outside Quincy, Washington. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 3 and typically sell out within minutes.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAs Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe head for number one with their single “Lonely Tonight,” Blake praises his duet partner in the ads for her new song, “On to Something Good.”
“Ashley has been like a member of my family for many years,” The Voice coach says. “She’s been one of my favorite artists since before that. I challenge anyone to spend a little time with her and NOT fall in love. It’s time she gets her due as a solo recording artist and I’m so damn proud and excited to watch her star rise!!!”
You can preview the infectious first single from Ashley’s forthcoming album in a new “unofficial” YouTube video that takes fans behind-the-scenes during her latest photo shoot. So far, there’s no release date for Ashley’s new set of songs, produced by country legend Vince Gill.
Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Little Big Town are playing Matthew McConaughey‘s annual fundraising event in Austin, Texas on April 16. Matthew co-founded the Mack, Jack and McConaughey fundraising effort with ESPN analyst and football coach Mark Brown and country star Jack Ingram. Toby and LBT are the entertainment for the organization’s Gala Night kicking off the two-day event with Jimmy Kimmel helping entertain guests on the closing night, April 17.
Proceeds from the fundraiser go to children’s charities across the United States. Go to MackJackMcConaughey.org for further details.
Image Courtesy CMARascal Flatts kicks off their Vegas Riot! residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Wednesday night. They’re playing The Joint — a venue that allows them more interaction with the audience than one of their arena or amphitheater shows. Fans can expect to hear the Flatts’ biggest hits at this show, but they may sound a little bit different than the album versions.
Lead singer Gary LeVox says, “We’ve taken songs that have been really big hits for us and musically we’ve done somethin’ different, put a new flavor on ’em. We’re just takin’ out some background singers. We customized this show just for Vegas.”
Rascal Flatts will play select dates at the Hard Rock Las Vegas through March 14. Tickets are available at AXS.com/RascalFlattsVegas.
Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleBrantley Gilbert is playing his second round of shows in Europe starting this weekend as part of the C2C – Country to Country Festival. When he went across the pond for the first time, Brantley was reminded of his early days playing clubs before he ever scored a hit song on the radio.
“It was a familiar feelin’, but it was, it was actually a good feelin’,” Brantley says of those initial European dates. “It felt like I was rollin’ back into a college town in a state that I’d never been to. You know what I mean? It’s that uncharted ground, you never know what to expect. There may be five people there, there may be 500.”
Brantley looks forward to seeing how many fans will know his music on his second go-round through Europe. He also hopes the foreign fans can understand his thick Georgia accent since he sometimes has trouble being understood in certain parts of the United States.
Says Brantley, “Europe’s a different animal, especially for a guy like me. I got subtitles on a show I did in New York. Those people [in Europe]…I need a translator over there.”
Brantley will launch his European trek at the C2C – Country 2 Country show in Oslo, Norway Saturday. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum are also on the bill.
Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush‘s debut solo album, Southern Gravity, is now available for pre-order at iTunes. With each purchase, fans will get an instant download of Kristian’s top 20 hit “Trailer Hitch.”
Fans who pre-order the album at KristianBush.com get an even sweeter deal. The bundles offered come with a CD copy of Southern Gravity as well as an exclusive T-shirt and poster. Kristian will even sign the first 100 albums purchased.
With each bundle purchased, fans will be entered to win concert tickets, a Skype chat with Kristian and other goodies. One lucky fan will get the Ultimate Kristian Bush Concert Experience, including a meet-and-greet and dinner with Kristian, side-stage access during the show and a shout-out and song dedication during the show.
Kristian’s new album, Southern Gravity, will be released on April 7.
Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band has lined up a pretty impressive gig as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live March 7. The appearance marks the first time they’ve appeared on SNL, which is celebrating its 40th season this year. Chris Hemsworth will be the host that night.