Eric Church Getting Closer than Ever to His Fans on The Outsiders World Tour, Starting Tonight

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church‘s Outsiders World Tour kicks off Thursday night in Bossier City, Louisiana. For the first time, Eric is setting up his stage in a 360-degree configuration, which means he’ll be surrounded by fans during the show.

Eric explains, “There’ll be no barrier if you’re behind the stage, if you’re in front of the stage, wherever you are, it’s gonna be the same experience. We’re gonna work it that way. There won’t be just one front row, there’s gonna be multiple front rows all the way around the stage.”

Giving his fans more access is very important to Eric, who goes to great lengths to make sure his fans access to concert tickets over scalpers. He’s got a few other tricks up his sleeve with the show’s design to connect with fans all the way up in the upper levels, although he’s not spilling the details on those.

Eric adds, “I wanted [people anywhere in the arena] to have that experience, that complete arena experience, where regardless of where you were sitting, you were a part of the show, just like we were.”

Eric is taking Dwight Yoakam along on The Outsiders World Tour along with Brandy Clark and Brothers Osborne on select dates.


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Keith Urban and Raise ‘Em Up Tour Cohorts Lip Sync the Journey Classic “Faithfully”

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban together with his band, crew and opening acts Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge, have worked to create a hilarious video showing them lip syncing the Journey hit, “Faithfully.” The clip, which was posted to Keith’s YouTube account, commemorates the end of his Raise ‘Em Up tour earlier this month.

The trek was very successful for Keith, who just earned a CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination. See if he takes home the trophy when the CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville November 5 on ABC.


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Vince Gill to Be Honored as a BMI Icon This November at 62nd Annual BMI Country Awards

Morris PRVince Gill will be honored as a BMI Icon at the 62nd Annual BMI Country Awards Tuesday, November 4 in Nashville. The music rights organization gives the Icon award to “songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous recipients include Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, Jr.

The BMI Country Awards are an invitation-only event held every year the night before the CMA Awards.



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Lady Antebellum Debuting Heartland Home Bed and Bath Linen Collection Next Week

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum already provides sweet sounds for their fans’ ears. Now they’re expanding their vision to the bedroom and bathroom with a new line of bed and bath linens called Lady Antebellum’s Heartland Home Collection. Lady A has teamed up with New York-based textile manufacturer Divatex to create the linen line featuring plaid, floral and solid designs.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott says, “We’ve had the chance to tour all over the country and see some really amazing things that inspired these designs. This collection pays homage to all that is great about American style…we are looking forward to sharing it with our fans!”

Lady Antebellum’s linen line will debut during New York’s Fall Home Fashion Week next week.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThomas Rhett’s father was a country star in the ’90s before he became one of Nashville’s top songwriters. What is his name? ANSWER: Rhett Akins.


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Garth Brooks Hosting Teammates for Kids Football Camp in Atlanta

CMAGarth Brooks‘ Teammates for Kids organization will host a sports camp in every city Garth plays on his world tour. His run of seven shows in Atlanta starts September 19, and Garth will be on hand for the Teammates for Kids Football ProCamp-Atlanta that same weekend. 150 young people from the Children’s Restoration Network will attend the camp and receive instruction from Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.

Garth attended a Teammates for Kids basketball camp in Chicago last weekend while in town for his shows for the Windy City. He’ll host another Teammates for Kids sports camp when he plays Jacksonville, Florida, the weekend of October 10.


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Jason Aldean Says CMA Awards Snub Is “Frustrating”

James Minchin IIIJason Aldean admits feeling frustrated over the fact that he was shut out of the nominations for the CMA Awards last week.

Speaking with Rolling Stone Country, Aldean points to his successful Burn It Down tour, and his five-night run at various Major League Baseball stadiums this summer. He says, “Obviously it’s disappointing. We’re still out there selling out shows. With maybe the exception of Luke [Bryan], I don’t think there is anybody else out there that is doing the kind of touring numbers that we’re doing. It’s frustrating, man.”

Aldean adds, “It does suck a little bit when awards season comes around and you feel like you’re, as far as artists go, you’re up there at the cream of the crop, and to get overlooked like that is upsetting.”

However, he says he’s not going to “pitch a fit” over the slight. He notes other acts that he believes didn’t receive their proper due from the CMAs, including tourmates Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. He laments, “Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan having ‘This Is How We Roll,’ one of the biggest songs of the year, and not getting a nod for [Musical Event]. I don’t really understand how they come up with that stuff.”

The CMA Awards will be held November 5.


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Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry and More Perform on Fashion Rocks

Fashion RocksMiranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry were among the performers on the CBS Fashion Rocks special on Tuesday night.

Miranda was the second performer of the night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. She sang “Little Red Wagon” off her most recent album, Platinum.

Luke sang “I See You,” and The Band Perry delivered a rendition of their hit “DONE.”

The two-hour broadcast also featured musical guests such as Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Duran Duran, MAGIC! and KISS.


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Carrie Underwood Gets Emotional, Rascal Flatts “Tebows” at 8th Annual ACM Honors

ACMCarrie Underwood‘s emotions got the best of her as she accepted her trophy at the 8th Annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Tuesday night. Wearing a pink-and-white gown with a belt above her baby bump, Carrie teared up as she accepted the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award recognizing her recording and tour career as well as her acting work in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music and other ventures. Fellow Oklahoma natives The Swon Brothers sang a medley of “See You Again” and “Wasted” in Carrie’s honor.

Tim Tebow made a special guest appearance to present the Jim Reeves International Award to Rascal Flatts. That trophy recognizes the band’s efforts in taking country music to Europe on multiple tours. After accepting the trophy, the Flatts called Tim over to “Tebow” with them onstage. The crowd applauded as all four of them took a knee and posed in Tim’s famous kneeling prayer position.

Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott teamed up to perform a medley of songs they recorded written by ACM Songwriter of the Year, Shane McAnally. The three singers all backed each other up as Hillary first sang Lady A’s “Downtown,” Kelly took the lead on “Tie It Up” and Kacey closed it out singing “Merry Go Round.” Kenny Chesney was also on hand to present Shane with the Songwriter trophy.

Hunter Hayes and the show’s host Jake Owen both sang in honor of this year’s ACM Career Achievement Award winner, Ronnie Milsap. Dierks Bentley honored Poet’s Award winner, the late Buck Owens, with a performance of “Love’s Gonna Live Here.”

Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Jack Ingram and Nashville‘s Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen also sang in honor of this year’s ACM special awards recipients. Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore were also on hand to present the Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards categories.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson contributes a cover of the Beatles‘ “Yesterday” for The Art of McCartney, a new release coming out November 18 celebrating Paul McCartney‘s vast songwriting catalog. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Def Leppard and Barry Gibb are among the other artists covering McCartney songs on The Art of McCartney.  

New interview content with Tim McGraw will be posted daily now through next Tuesday at TimMcGraw.CMT.com to promote his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out Tuesday, September 16.


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