Country Stars Taking Ice Bucket Challenge to Bring Attention to ALS

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Chase Rice and Dierks Bentley are just a few of the country stars who’ve doused themselves with a bucket of ice cold water in the past few days. They’re not just trying to beat the heat, though. The stunt is part of a large movement to bring attention to the disease ALS. Look for even more country stars to get in on the act as the trend sweeps the nation by searching the hashtag #icebucketchallenge.

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Country Stars React to Robin Williams’ Death

Image Courtesy Monty Brinton/CBSCountry stars have been reacting to the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, who was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, CA Monday at age 63. Brad Paisley recently guest starred on Williams’ CBS sitcom, The Crazy Ones. Brad tweeted, “Devastated right now. Loved you Robin.”



Here are more reactions on Robin Williams’ passing:

Reba – “My favorite memory of Robin Williams was from Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night. I was the em-cee at the benefit dinner/auction, trying to get everyone to take their seats so we could start the show but not having much success. Jim Carrey jumps up on his chair at the head table and says, “Hey!! Do you know who that is? That’s Reba McEntire! Now sit down and shut up!” Robin at the other end of the head table, stands on his chair and says the same thing but in a foreign language! The crowd loved it, laughed and found their seats. I was speechless and in awe of these very talented wonderful men.

I will miss Robin so much, as we all will. Thank God we have so many wonderful memories of him, his wit, talent, big heart and generosity.”

Sara Evans — “I’m SO sad to hear of Robin Williams’ death. Praying for his family.”

Brett Eldredge — “Wow, I love Robin Williams, god bless that fella, he will be missed, BIG time!”

The Band Perry — “‘Oh Captain, my Captain…’  Forever in our hearts. #RIPRobinWilliams #YoullBeMissed”

Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley — “Dayum, Robin Williams. Wow. #rip one of the good ones.”

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Tim McGraw Closes Out Sundown Heaven Town Tour; Daughter Audrey Wows with Backstage Performance

Image Courtesy Big MachineTim McGraw presented a record 100th mortgage-free home to a military veteran over the weekend in Texas as he closed out his Sundown Heaven Town tour. He has been giving the homes away to veterans for the past three years in partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront.

Before this weekend’s shows in Dallas and Houston, Tim and Faith Hill‘s youngest daughter, 12-year-old Audrey, performed The Dixie Chicks‘ “Travelin’ Soldier” for a small crowd backstage. One lucky fan caught the performance on Instagram.

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Love and Theft Launching Night That You’ll Never Forget Tour October 16

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleLove and Theft are headed out on the Night That You’ll Never Forget tour starting October 16 in Portland, Maine. Country newcomer Joel Crouse is opening the show, and there also will be two DJ’s along for the trek.

The duo’s Stephen Barker Liles says, “Joel is an awesome dude, not to mention a killer artist.  Having DJ DU and DJ Rod Youree will add a great element to the shows, making this a tour we will never forget and we are excited to share the experience with our fans!”

Go to for up to date ticket information.

Here are Love and Theft’s tour dates:

10/16 — Portland, ME, Asylum
10/17 — Boston, MA, Royale
10/18 — Fairfield, CT, Fairfield University
10/24 — Baton Rouge, LA, Louisiana State University
10/30 — New York, NY, The Gramercy Theater
10/31 — Rochester, NY, Water Street Music Hall
11/1 — Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
11/2 — Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
11/6 — Davie, FL, The Round Up
11/7 — Sarasota, FL, White Buffalo Saloon
11/8 — Daytona Beach, FL, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
11/13 — Roostown, OH, The Dusty Armadillo
11/14 — Columbus, OH, The Bluestone
11/15 — Morgantown, WV, Schmitt’s Saloon
11/20 — Wilmington, NC, Ziggy’s by the Sea
11/21 — Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s
11/22 — Kernersville, NC, Bucked Up Super Saloon
12/5 — Houston, TX, Firehouse Saloon
12/11 — Phoenix, AZ, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill
12/12 — Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill
12/13 — Folsom, CA, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill
12/17 — Bemidji, MN, Sanford Center
12/18 — Lincoln, NE, The Single Barrel
12/19 — Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose
12/20 — Ogden, UT, The Outlaw Saloon

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Reba Headed to Italy for Celebrity Fight Night, Headlining Sold-Out Johnny Cash Music Festival

Image Courtesy CMAReba is headed to Italy next month to take part in Celebrity Fight Night, which is being held out of the United States for the first time this year. The annual event benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, and Reba will receive a special honor for her charity work during a gala dinner on September 7 in Florence. Reba is also bringing her pal Ronnie Dunn along to perform, as well as Lionel Richie.

In other Reba news, she’s headlining the sold-out Johnny Cash Music Festival this Friday night at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. Loretta Lynn and Bobby Bare are also on the bill.  Proceeds go to preserving Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, AR.

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Dierks Bentley Announces 20 Cities for Second Leg of 2014 Riser Tour

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has announced the 20 cities he’ll be hitting on the second leg of his 2014 Riser tour. The shows start October 2 in Stockton, California, with Randy Houser and Eric Paslay opening the U.S. shows. New Canadian artist Tim Hicks will join Dierks and Randy for the Canadian shows.

Dierks has had a blast on the road this summer with the Riser tour’s first leg. He says, “Every night I get more excited and don’t want this run to end.  I’m just living in the moment as much as I can and taking it all in…it really has been the best summer of my life.”

As for the second leg, Dierks adds, “I’m looking forward to having Randy, Eric and Tim out on the road for the next leg…all three of them are crazy talented.”

Go to for ticket information.

Here are Dierks’ new tour cities:

Stockton, CA
Fresno, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Boise, ID
Missoula, MT
Edmonton, AB (CAN)
Saskatoon, SK (CAN)
Calgary, AB (CAN)
Winnipeg, MT (CAN)
Fargo, ND
Bismark, ND
Brookings, SD
Hershey, PA
Uncasville, CT
Utica, NY
Huntington, WV
Roanoke, VA
Baltimore, MD
Ottawa, ON (CAN)
Hamilton, ON (CAN)
Oshawa, ON (CAN)
London, ON (CAN)

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Blake Shelton Singing with Barbra Streisand on Her New Duets Album, “Partners”

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton is sharing the mic with Barbra Streisand on her new duets album, Partners, due out September 16. Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and even Elvis Presley are among the other “partners” joining Barbra on the album.

Barbra made the announcement on Instagram along with the caption, “What an extraordinary collection of talent!”

This will be Streisand’s first new studio album since 2011′s What Matters Most.

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Kacey Musgraves Launching “Same Tour Different Trailer” Outing September 25

Image Courtesy Kelly Christine Musgraves/SandboxKacey Musgraves launches her new tour, titled Same Tour Different Trailer, on September 25 at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK. The trek will hit 13 cities in the U.S. before wrapping up in Las Vegas at the Life Is Beautiful tour on October 26. Kacey just launched her run of shows opening for Katy Perry this past weekend after spending a few months opening for Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss.

“I’m so lucky to have toured on so many different sides of the musical spectrum this year with artists who are all over the map,” Kacey says, “And I’m really excited to be bringing a little piece of my world to the fans that have done so much for me.”

For the latest ticket information, go to Newcomers John & Jacob will serve as her opening acts this fall.

Here are Kacey’s new tour dates:

9/25 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
9/26 — Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
9/27 — Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
10/1 — Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
10/2 — Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
10/3 — Baton Rouge, LA, Varsity Theatre
10/4 — Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
10/17 — Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre
10/18 — Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
10/19 — Savannah, GA, Trustees Theatre
10/23-10/24 — New Braunfels, TX, Gruene Hall
10/26 — Las Vegas, NV, Life Is Beautiful Festival

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Lady Antebellum Headlining Nashville’s 2015 New Year’s Eve Bash

Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will be ringing in 2015 with a performance in downtown Nashville. They’re headlining the Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway, complete with Nashville’s signature “Music Note Drop” at midnight.

Lady A’s Hillary Scott says, “We’re so looking forward to celebrating New Year’s this year in our hometown. It’s such a magical time of year, so getting to be home with our friends, family and all of Nashville downtown on Broadway will be such a fun way to ring in 2015!”

More than 85,000 people were on hand for the Music Note Drop last New Year’s Eve. More artists will join Lady A on the bill soon.

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Garth Brooks Meeting with Ticketmaster Today to Iron Out Ticketing Issues

Image Courtesy CMASome fans had trouble getting tickets for Garth Brooks‘ upcoming Atlanta concerts when they went on sale Friday, and Garth isn’t taking the matter lying down. His rep issued a statement Monday morning, saying, “Ticketmaster and Garth Brooks are meeting to discuss how to make the on sale for Garth shows the best they can be.”

As it stands now, Garth is playing three shows in Atlanta on September 19 and 20. His world tour kicks of with 10 shows in Chicago starting September 4. We expect a new tour city will be announced very soon.

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