Kip Moore Already Selling Out Shows for Up in Smoke Tour, Launching Thursday

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore launches his headlining trek, CMT on Tour:  Up in Smoke, Thursday with a sold-out show at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. He’s also sold out upcoming shows in Nashville, Boston and Minneapolis as well as two nights in Chicago. Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt are coming along to open the shows.

Kip says, “I’m floored that dates are already sold-out.  We’ve been working hard to make sure that the fans get their money’s worth and we’re going to put everything we have on stage every single night to do just that.” 

Fans can check out a video of Kip’s new song, “Heart’s Desire,” now at

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Trisha Yearwood Releasing New Album, “PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit,” on November 17

Image Courtesy Vector ManagementTrisha Yearwood’s new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, is due out November 17 featuring six new songs, including the title track. The set will be rounded out with 10 of Trisha’s greatest hits such as “She’s in Love with the Boy,” “XXX’s and OOO’s” and “Georgia Rain.”

Says Trisha, “These are the classic songs people fell in love with and the new songs that show ‘what’s next.’ When you come to the shows, it’s a mix of favorites with a few new ones that people are coming to hear and sing along with.”

Fans who pre-order Trisha’s new album now at GhostTunes — the new digital music platform spearheaded by Garth Brooks —  will get instant downloads of the song “PrizeFighter” as well as “She’s in Love with the Boy” and “How Do I Live.”

Trisha is on the road with Garth’s World Tour indefinitely. They’ll return for another round of shows in Atlanta this weekend.

Here is the song list for PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit:

“PrizeFighter” (featuring Kelly Clarkson)
“Met Him in a Motel Room”
“End of the World”
“Your Husband’s Cheating on Us”
“You Can’t Trust the Weatherman”
“I Remember You”
“Wrong Side of Memphis”
“The Song Remembers When”
“XXX’s and OOO’s”
“Walkaway Joe”
“She’s in Love with the Boy”
“How Do I Live”
“Perfect Love”
“In Another’s Eyes”
“Georgia Rain”
“Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love”

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Scotty McCreery Performing at Pre-Concert Event This December to Benefit the 12.14 Foundation

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is turning his December 4 concert in Wallingford, Connecticut, into a fundraiser for the 12.14 Foundation . Scotty is a National Goodwill Ambassador for the organization, which was founded in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting to promote the performing arts as a “healing mechanism” from tragic events. Scotty will meet with fans and play an acoustic set at a VIP pre-party prior to the December 4 show.

Scotty says, “I am looking forward to the event and hope we raise some awareness for this remarkable organization and have a great time in the process.” 

For more information on the pre-party, go to

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Little Big Town Online Unveils “Pain Killer” Game to Preview New Album

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town is literally playing games with their fans this week. The band has launched the new Pain Killer game at, and fans can unlock 90-second clips of songs from the group’s new album, Pain Killer, as they complete each level. Players work to kill viruses using color-coded pills thrown by the animated members of Little Big Town.

Pain Killer is now available for pre-sale through all digital retailers. It comes out October 21 and features the lead single “Day Drinking.”

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Eric Church Taking Part in Mavis Staples Tribute Concert November 19 in Chicago

Image Courtesy John PeetsEric Church will join an all-star lineup to pay tribute to music great Mavis Staples November 19 in Chicago.

I’ll Take You There — Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples pays tribute to the “I’ll Take You There” singer as she celebrates her 75th birthday. Marty Stuart, Grace Potter, Gregg Allman and Michael McDonald are also performing at the tribute concert, which will be recorded for release on several platforms at a later date.

Tickets for the concert at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre go on sale Monday, September 29 via Ticketmaster.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJake Owen hails from which Florida town? ANSWER: Vero Beach.

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Eric Church and Grammy Charity Online Auctions Offering VIP Package for His Wisconsin Theater Show

CMATickets for Eric Church‘s upcoming benefit concert at the intimate Orpheum Theatre in Madison, WI are sold out, but the Grammy Charity Online Auctions is offering two VIP packages for the show. The concert is set for October 8, with proceeds going to the Grammy Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools music education program.

Winners of the VIP packages will get two front-row balcony seats, as well as a meet-and-greet and photo with Eric. Go to now through October 2 to place your bid.

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Engaged to Girlfriend, Hayley Stommel

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleCongratulations to Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard on his engagement to girlfriend, Hayley Stommel.

Tyler broke the news on Instagram Monday night posting a picture of Hayley and himself drinking champagne while riding in a helicopter. The caption reads, “This is what a lucky man looks like right here. Not sure why but I sure am blessed to call this angel my fiancé. #loveisintheair #literally”

Earlier this month, Tyler opened up about his relationship with Hayley in an interview with ABC News Radio. He says, “She is a keeper, man. I got lucky with that one somehow.”

Tyler’s FGL duo partner, Brian Kelley, married his wife, Brittney, late last year.

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Kenny Chesney Says a Lot of Positive Energy Went into His New Album, “The Big Revival”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe title of Kenny Chesney‘s new album, The Big Revival, is an indication of the positive, creative energy listeners will hear on these 11 new songs. Since he took the past year off from launching a major tour, Kenny was able to give his full attention to making The Big Revival, which features his latest hit, “American Kids.”

He says, “It was really important for me at this point in my life and in this point of my career and as a human being to make a record that sounded fresh — that didn’t sound like it was made as part of a conveyor belt, [which] I may have been guilty doing. I’m not sure.”

By eliminating the demands of touring, Kenny had plenty of energy and focus to find the best songs around and co-write a few songs, too.

“I was able to really listen and not listen tired,” Kenny says. “I was really listening with a clear head, and that was good for me — really good for me.”

While Kenny describes the process of making The Big Revival as “enjoyable,” “frustrating” and “satisfying,” he didn’t spend that much time in the studio just to please himself. Kenny believes his long-term fans deserve new and exciting sounds from him.

Says Kenny, “It was just important for me and the connection that I feel like I have with the audience, that we’ve built over the years, that we protect the investment that both of us has made.”

Listen for Kenny’s new single from The Big Revival, “Til It’s Gone,” to hit the airwaves soon.

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Jake Owen Reveals How He Got the Coveted iPhone 6 Plus Without Hitting the Apple Store

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen is the proud owner of a brand-new, gold iPhone 6 Plus, but he didn’t wait in a long line at the Apple store to get it when the phone came out Friday. Instead, Jake turned to Craigslist Friday while on the road in Kansas City. He found a guy who’d waited in line to get the iPhone so he could then turn around and sell it at a higher price.

Jake explains, “I gave him a few hundred extra bucks for it and got one brand-new out of the box the day it came out. We were on the road. I just was out on Kansas City Craigslist and met the guy at a Starbucks.”

That iPhone investment is already paying off, though. Jake and Cadillac Three band member Jaren Johnston, who co-wrote Jake’s hit “Beachin’,” were already writing songs on the iPhone by Friday night.

Jake played a bit of the song during an interview prior to his #1 party in Nashville Monday to celebrate the success of “Beachin’.” While the song played, Jake said with a smile, “So, all the guys that were giving me hell during the day about, ‘Dude, you’re an idiot. You would waste 300 extra dollars on an iPhone?’ I’m like, ‘Sorry!’”

It’s no wonder Jake says he really identifies with his brand-new single about always wanting more, “What We Ain’t Got.” It’s the latest release from Jake’s current album, Days of Gold.

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