Luke Bryan Performed for 1.7 Million Fans on the Road This Year

Image Courtesy Lyle Waisman/Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan performed for 1.7 million fans this year, playing a mix of headlining dates on his That’s My Kind of Night tour and fair and festival dates. His Spring Break concerts in Panama City Beach, FL and his Farm Tour dates in small, rural communities helped round out that huge attendance number.

“We’ve played all types of shows this year,” Luke says. “It’s just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a two-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming fans at the stadiums shows or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first-time fan who may have never been to a concert until the ‘Farm Tour’ came to their small rural community.”

Luke goes on to thank his road crew and fans for making this year so memorable. He adds, “I’m having the time of my life.”

Luke could walk away with the Entertainer of the Year trophy at next week’s 48th Annual CMA Awards. The show airs live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Using Hologram Technology to Broadcast from Nashville and Hollywood After CMA Awards

Image Courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesJimmy Kimmel is using some high-tech wizardry to appear both in Hollywood and Nashville for his late-night show the night of next week’s CMA Awards. He’ll deliver the monologue for next Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearing as a hologram on the stage of the CMA Theater in Nashville.

During the show one of the night’s CMA Awards winners will be interviewed appearing as a hologram in Hollywood while they’re actually in Nashville. Florida Georgia Line will also be beamed as a hologram from Nashville to Hollywood to virtually perform on Jimmy’s outdoor stage.

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Brad Paisley are also performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Wednesday, November 5 on ABC.  The show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley Headlining First-Ever New York City Country Festival

Image Courtesy The Greenroom Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley are headlining the first-ever country music festival in New York City, FarmBorough, coming up June 26 through 28, 2015 at Randall’s Island.

Additional acts include Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Randy Houser, Ashley Monroe, The Cadillac Three, and Dwight Yoakam. More performers will be announced soon.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 6. Go to for details.

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Brantley Gilbert Joining Kenny Chesney for 15 Stadium Dates Next Year

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyBrantley Gilbert is joining Kenny Chesney for 15 stadium dates on next year’s The Big Revival Tour. Some of those dates will overlap with the 10 stadium dates Kenny is playing with Jason Aldean.

Kenny thinks Brantley can hold his own on this superstar concert bill. “When I looked around, for those stadium shows that Brantley’s part of, he’s the man for the job,” Kenny says.  “He knows how to reach the crowd, how to make them rock — and he’s not afraid to push the rest of us.”

Kenny will launch The Big Revival Tour March 26 in Nashville. Tour dates will be announced soon.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich movie featured Tim McGraw in a supporting role and was then adapted into an NBC drama starring Nashville‘s Connie Britton? ANSWER: Friday Night Lights.

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Dierks Bentley Reveals His Favorite CMA Album of the Year Winner of All Time

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley‘s latest album, Riser, is up for Album of the Year at next week’s CMA Awards, so People magazine asked him which previous winner in that category is his favorite. Dierks chose the 1988 winner, Hank Williams, Jr.‘s Born to Boogie.

Says Dierks, “Every song on that album is awesome. I can’t say enough good things about Hank Jr. and his influence on all of us in country music. He’s that guy that came in with all the great songs, great lyrics that were really relevant to the times.”  

Look for Dierks to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Playing Little Rock Arkansas December 12 and 13

Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are headed to Little Rock, AR’s Verizon Arena December 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7 through Ticketmaster.

These shows mark the first time Garth has played Little Rock in more than 23 years.

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Johnny Cash’s Son Arrested at Canadian Airport for Disturbance

Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesThe 44-year-old son of Johnny Cash was arrested in Canada on Monday after authorities say he caused a disturbance in an airport.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police say John Carter Cash stripped down to his underwear in the Deer Lake, Newfoundland, airport and was drunk, according to CBC News.

Cash, who was in Newfoundland for a hunting trip, missed his flight. It was anticipated he would be released when sober.

Cash is not expected to face charges, since he was cooperative with police and security, and has no previous criminal record.

Cash is the only child Johnny Cash had with wife June Carter.

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Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry and Others Help Fight Breast Cancer as the Opry Goes Pink

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloRascal Flatts flipped the switch turning the Grand Ole Opry’s famous red backdrop pink Tuesday night for the annual Opry Goes Pink show. The show raises money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus remembered his grandmother’s battle against the disease.

He tells ABC News Radio, “She actually survived, but had a double mastectomy. So, we’re here to help create awareness and to tell people, you know, it’s really about early detection.”

Montgomery Gentry‘s appearance at the Opry Goes Pink show was personal for Troy Gentry, whose wife, Angie, was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks ago.

Troy says, “Tonight does take on a totally different meaning for me, but we’re still here for the cause, and that’s to raise awareness for breast cancer to get women to get out there and get checked.”

Danielle Bradbery, Sara Evans, Terri Clark and Nashville stars Charles Esten and Will Chase also appeared on the Opry Goes Pink show. A portion of the proceeds go to the Women Rock for the Cure organization in their fight against breast cancer.

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Sara Evans Takes on the Oddly Challenging Role of Sara Evans on Tonight’s “Nashville”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans makes a cameo on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night singing her latest single, “Put My Heart Down,” as a duet with the show’s resident male superstar, Luke Wheeler. In addition to singing onstage, Sara plays herself in a backstage scene, which she admits was a surreal experience. Sara tells ABC New Radio she tried to play herself as she would want fans of Nashville to see her.

She says, “The main thing was I just wanted to look great and perform great for that scene. And the acting stuff, I just wanted to be cool. Like, I tried not to act. It was really, really weird.”

Sara’s appearance on Nashville grew out of a meeting she had with the show’s writers over the summer to give them insight into the life of a female country star.

“Then they wrote a part in for me, ’cause I guess they loved me so much spending that time with me,” Sara adds with a laugh. “We really did have a great time”

Look for Sara on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night at 10 ET.

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