Garth Brooks Ready to Compete on the Road with Today’s Top Country Acts

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Schmidt RelationsGarth Brooks is honored to be name-checked as an influence on current country superstars like Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to make it easy for them to compete with his upcoming world tour.

Garth explains, “Competition between us only makes the product better, which makes the consumer more happy. Under that flag of country music, it all keeps going in circles.”

Several  people in the music industry have told Garth they’ve seen a lot of acts steal elements from his live shows over the years, but Garth is quick to correct them, saying, “If they stole my show, then they must have stole Chris LeDoux‘s show, ’cause that’s where I stole it from. Chris got it from somebody else. That’s what we do.”

As for the new stage he’ll be taking on tour, Garth describes it as “phenomenal.” He says of his initial reaction to seeing it, “I was sitting there with my jaw open going, ‘You’re kidding me? This is what we’re going to roll around the world with?’ It’s very impressive.”

Though Garth’s live shows from the ’90s are now the stuff of country music legend, he’s setting out to top himself with this new presentation.

Says Garth, “I want these people walking out of these arenas going, ‘Best show I’ve ever seen. That thumped harder than any rap show I’ve been to. It was louder. It was more chaotic. It was just stupid.’  That’s what I want to hear.”

Garth will be bringing his wife, Trisha Yearwood, along to perform on the world tour.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Keith Urban‘s middle name? ANSWER: Lionel.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen will perform his latest hit, “Beachin,” Monday morning on NBC’s Today.

Blake Shelton will headline the 2015 Kicker Country Stampede Festival June 25 through 28 in Manhattan, Kansas.

According to Pollstar, George Strait has the highest-grossing tour in North America so far this year with $61.8 million coming in for 26 dates on his final trek, The Cowboy Rides Away.

Tyler Farr has earned a gold single certification for his latest hit, “Whiskey in My Water.”

Shania Twain is the first performer to sell out two back-to-back shows at the Calgary Stampede in Canada. The concerts took place last week at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Jon Pardi worked as a lifeguard when he first moved to Nashville.

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Keith Urban Performing with Fans in Australia Thanks to His New Hologram

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban just wrapped a run of shows in Australia, but fans Down Under can still see him perform virtually. Keith has partnered with ANZ Bank to present a hologram of himself performing his latest single, “Somewhere in My Car.”

Keith tells ABC News Radio with a laugh, “Somewhere in my hologram, right?”

Fans can actually perform the song onstage with Keith as the hologram travels from city to city over the next few weeks. Keith sees the hologram as an interesting way to stay connected to fans.

“I like the whole idea of that and what can be done with that,” Keith told ABC News Radio backstage after his performance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday. “We’ve already seen it a little bit at Coachella [with the late rapper Tupac Shakur] and places like that, so it’s interesting to see how that’s going to evolve as a technology.”

So, would Keith consider staying home while his hologram goes on a full-fledged tour?

Says Keith, “No, ’cause I love the crowd. I love the whole experience. I wouldn’t want to miss that. The traveling is so horrendous that the crowd make it all worthwhile.” 

He laughs, “Jackson Browne says he plays onstage two hours for free, but they pay him for the other 22 hours. I think that’s [about] right!”

Keith his now on the road in North America on the Raise ‘Em Up Tour. Go to for dates.

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The Band Perry’s “Pioneer” Album Launch Honored by Tennessee Tourism Association

Image Courtesy CMAThe Band Perry received some hometown love last week from the Greene County Partnership. According to the Tennessee’s Greeneville Sun, the sibling trio was honored with the 2014 Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association Pinnacle Award in recognition of their Pioneer album launch event in Greeneville in March 2013.

The band performed for a huge crowd at the event, which required government cooperation on the state, regional and local level. The event took place on the Saturday night before Easter, so Greeneville’s Public Works Department had to toil late into the night to clean up the downtown area before church services the next morning.

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Joe Nichols Ready to Go Eight Singles Deep with “Crickets”

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols is on track to score his second consecutive #1 hit from his album Crickets with the mid-tempo track “Yeah.” It’s the follow-up to his most recent chart-topper, “Sunny and 75,” and Joe thinks there are plenty more hits from Crickets waiting in the wings.

He tells Canada’s Regina Leader Post, “It certainly was part of the plan to have back-to-back hits and try to keep having hits, but with this album I think with can go eight singles deep — there’s just that many songs that are made for country radio.”

Joe will perform several of those hits at his show in North Myrtle Beach, SC later this week.

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Taylor Swift’s “Head Is Spinning” After Seeing “The Giver”, Watch Her at the Premiere at a Theater Near You

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift filmed her role in the movie The Giver quite some time ago, but she recently go to see the finished product — and boy, did she like it.

“Just saw a screening of The Giver. Honestly, I can’t believe I got to be a part of something so poignant and beautiful. My head is spinning,” she tweeted.  As previously reported, Taylor plays the small but crucial role of Rosemary in the movie, based on the popular 1993 young adult novel of the same name.  Her co-stars include Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.

You’ll be able to see Taylor walk the red carpet at the premiere of the movie on August 11 at a theater near you.  The Giver: World Premiere Red Carpet Event will be available at 250 select theaters nationwide, and tickets are available now.  During the presentation, which begins at 7 p.m. local time, you’ll not only be able to see all the action, but you’ll also be able to interact with the stars, including Taylor, as they speak directly to the theater audiences from the red carpet.

Tickets to the screening are available now; visit to see if it’s playing near you.

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Brantley Gilbert Goes Gold with “Just as I Am”; Announces New Tour Dates

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert’s latest album, Just as I Am, has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies. The news comes as Brantley announces the second leg of his Let It Ride tour, starting September 19 with special guests Tyler Farr and Aaron Lewis on select dates. Newcomer Chase Bryant will open all shows.

Brantley made the tour announcement in a video posted on his website. The clip features footage from the first leg of his trek as well as a special appearance from his sleepy dog, Sylo.

Here are Brantley’s new tour dates:

9/19 — Austin, TX, Cedar Park Center
9/20 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
9/26 — State College, PA, Bryce Jordan Center
9/27 — Worcester, MA, DCU Center
9/28 — Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center
10/9 — Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
10/10 — Southaven, MS, Landers Center
10/11 — Jackson, MS, MS Coliseum
10/16 — Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center
10/17 — St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
10/18 — Moline, IL, iWireless Center
10/23 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/24 — Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center
10/25 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/30 — Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
10/31 — Savannah, GA, Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena
11/1 — Norfolk, VA, The Ted Constant Convocation Center
11/20 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
11/21 — San Jose, CA, SAP Center
11/22 — Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
12/4 — Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
12/5 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
12/6 — Pikeville, KY, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

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Garth Brooks Revealing First City of World Tour to a Man in Georgia on Monday

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Schmidt RelationsGarth Brooks is announcing the first stop on his upcoming world tour on Monday, to a man in Georgia named Andy Roberts.

Andy went to see Garth in Las Vegas in January and asked the singer during the show’s Q&A session where he would kick off his world tour. Garth joked that the Vegas shows were the first stop on the world tour, but Andy wasn’t happy with that answer. Seeing the disappointment on the guy’s face, Garth told Andy to leave his name and number with the show’s staff.

During his live-streamed press conference Thursday, Garth told reporters he’ll call Andy Monday and tell him where the trek is launching.  Garth says, “What Andy chooses to do with that information is up to him.”

Andy was shocked to hear Garth mention his name during the press conference. He’s now reactivated the Twitter account for his commercial janitorial company, @TFMAndy, and plans to use it to reveal the tour city on Monday.

Andy tells USA Today, “I know everybody wants to know. I want to do it in the coolest way I can.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Garth Brooks‘ last proper studio album from 2001? ANSWER: Scarecrow.

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