Garth Brooks Officially Gives Up On Irish Concerts

Pearl RecordsEven after Garth Brooks‘ five shows in Ireland were canceled, the country superstar continued to hold out hope that he’d find a way to make them happen. But in a written statement Monday evening, Garth officially threw in the towel.

“I just received the news the Dublin City Council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows.  To say I am crushed is an understatement,” he says in the statement, adding, “All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice.  She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason.  As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.  So it is with a broken heart [that], I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster.”

Garth goes on to thank the folks who bought tickets, as well as the concert promoter and the Irish authorities who had continued to work toward a solution. He ends by urging his Irish fans to try to attend other shows on his world tour, and show their pride while doing so.

“I love you, always have, always will. I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you,” he closes, signing the statement simple “garth,” in all lower-case letters.

The Dublin city council initially only approved licenses for three out of the five concerts at the city’s Croke Park.

On Tuesday, we’ll learn more details about Garth’s world tour, which is set to kick off in Chicago.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Little Big Town to Deliver a Dose of Pain Killer in October

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will deliver a dose of Pain Killer for country fans come October 21.  That’s the newly announced release date for LBT’s sixth studio album which the group hopes will build on the success of its first single, “Day Drinking.”  The foursome co-wrote eight of the project’s 13 tracks, reuniting with producer Jay Joyce, the man behind their million-selling Tornado CD.

Fifteen years into LBT’s history as a band, Karen Fairchild says she and band mates Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet are still forging new territory.

“Sometimes you don’t know what’s going to happen in the studio. You just have to dive in head first and work hard to do something unique,” Karen observes. “We’re always striving and pushing ourselves to go somewhere new. Pain Killer is a new place for sure.”

Here’s the track list for Pain Killer:

“Quit Breaking Up with Me”
“Day Drinking”
“Tumble and Fall”
“Pain Killer”
“Girl Crush”
“Faster Gun”
“Good People”
“Stay All Night”
“Save Your Sin”
“Live Forever”
“Things You Don’t Think About”
“Turn the Lights On”
“Silver and Gold”

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Carrie Underwood Takes “Sunday Night Football” to the Big Screen

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood hits the big screen on Friday, July 25, as this year’s Sunday Night Football theme debuts in 19,000 movie theaters across the country.  The debut comes as part of a  two-and-a-half-minute trailer taking viewers behind the scenes as the former American Idol champ records the latest version of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.”

This is Carrie’s second year to sing the theme, based on Joan Jett‘s hit, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Pink was the first artist to perform it in 2006, before Faith Hill took over in 2007.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks to Kick Off World Tour in Chicago

Pearl RecordsThanks to an Atlanta man named Andy, we now know Garth Brooks‘ world tour will start in Chicago.

Andy Roberts was one of the lucky fans picked to ask Garth a question during his run of shows at the Wynn Las Vegas. When he inquired about where Garth’s next tour stop would be, the country superstar took his number and vowed he’d be the first to know once he decided to come out of retirement. Monday afternoon, Garth phoned the janitorial service company owner and made good on his promise, with Andy quickly posting the news on Twitter.

Garth is set to make a formal tour announcement on Tuesday. Last Thursday, he revealed he’s working on a new album for Sony Music Nashville, due sometime around Black Friday.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kenny Chesney Missing from the Cover of His New CD, The Big Revival

Allister Ann/Essential Broadcast MediaYou won’t find Kenny Chesney’s picture anywhere on the front of his forthcoming 15th studio album, The Big Revival. Instead, the country superstar opted for a photo of the multi-colored bus featured in his new “American Kids” video.

“I wanted a cover that was surprising, that suggests anything is possible,” Kenny says, giving a glimpse at the inspiration behind the bus’s crazy paint job he helped create himself.

“I figured, let’s throw open our imaginations! Let’s see what the bus, ‘American Kids’ and the rest of the songs can mean,” he says, turning philosophical. “Look at the bus — No! Get on the bus… and take the ride for whatever it is you dream. No matter where you are in your life, how tired or lost or demoralized, with a little faith and a little help, anything’s possible. Because it’s all within you.  Or me.”

The Big Revival is due in stores and online September 23.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Country Star Trivia

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

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


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.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio