Jason Aldean Announces 2015 Burn It Down Tour Cities

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean has announced the tour cities for the 2015 leg of his Burn It Down tour. The trek kicks off February 12 with special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr.

Says Jason, “Cole and Tyler are two of the hottest up-and-coming artists out right now, and I really dig what they do in their live shows. They are also just great friends, so it’ll be cool to have them out and see what kind of trouble we can get into together.”

The tour announcement comes just days after Jason’s new album, Burnin’ It Down, topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart with more than 280,000 copies sold.

Here are Jason’s 2015 tour cities:

Greenville, SC
Greensboro, NC
N. Charleston, SC
Bossier City, LA
Tupelo, MS
Nashville, TN
Toledo, OH
Peoria, IL
Cedar Falls, IA
Wichita, KS
Tulsa, OK
Little Rock, Ar
Bozeman, WA
Spokane, WA
Eugene, OR
Grand Rapids, MI
Louisville, KY
Ft. Wayne, IN
Corpus Christi, TX
Beaumont, TX
Charleston, WV
Hartford, CT
Hershey, PA



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Garth Brooks Hosting Basketball Camp for Kids in Kentucky November 1

Credit: Mark TuckerGarth Brooks and his charity organization Teammates for Kids will host a Basketball Pro-Camp for 100 youth in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 1.

The camp coincides with Garth’s run of concerts at Rupp Arena in Lexington. He’s lined up University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari to lead the camp, and Garth will meet with the basketball campers, too.

Garth’s Teammates for Kids and Pro-Camps are hosting these sports clinics in each city on Garth’s World Tour.

 
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Miranda Lambert Performing with “All About That Bass” Singer Meghan Trainor on CMA Awards

Image Courtesy CMA“All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor will sing that song as a duet with Miranda Lambert on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live November 5 on ABC. As previously reported, pop star Ariana Grande will perform on the show with Little Big Town. Pretty Little Liars actress-turned-country singer Lucy Hale will present an award on the broadcast, too.

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban are among the other stars performing on the CMA Awards. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts.



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Alan Jackson Launching 25th Anniversary Tour January 8

Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson will launch his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY tour January 8, 2015 in Fort Myers, FL.

Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark are taking the opening slots on the trek, which includes a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on May 17 as well as dates in Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix. More dates will be added soon.

Here are Alan Jackson’s 2015 tour dates:

1/8 — Fort Myers, FL, Germain Arena
1/9 — Tampa, FL, USF Sun Dome
2/20 — San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
2/21 — Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Events Center
2/27 — Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre LA Live
2/28 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
3/6 — Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
3/27 — Augusta, GA, James Brown Arena
3/28 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
4/9 — Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Community College
4/17 — Kansas City, MO, Independence Events Center
4/18 — Enid, OK, Enid Event Center
4/24 — Roanoke, VA, Civic Center Auditorium
5/1 — Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center
5/2 — Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
5/8 — Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
5/9 — Bloomington, IL, US Cellular Coliseum
5/16 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
5/17 — Denver, Co, Red Rocks Amphitheatre



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Little Big Town Performing with Ariana Grande on the CMA Awards; Announces Major TV Appearances

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town is teaming up with one of pop music’s hottest stars, Ariana Grande, for a performance at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. The show broadcasts live from Nashville November 5 on ABC.

The appearance is just one of many LBT will be making in support of their new album, Pain Killer, in stores Tuesday. Look for the group to perform on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday. They’ll sing on ABC’s The View on Thursday and close out the week performing with The Roots on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday.

Following their CMA Awards performance with Ariana Grande, Little Big Town will kick off the Pain Killer tour November 8 in Youngstown, OH with special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich two members of Little Big Town are married to each other? ANSWER: Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild.


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Dustin Lynch Injured by Flying Beer Can During Friday Night Show

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsGet well wishes go out to Dustin Lynch, who was hit in the face with a full beer can during his Friday night show in Niceville, FL. Dustin was taken to the hospital and got stitches to close the wound. The guy who threw the can was not apprehended.  

Dustin tells People, “It’s not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night. The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that’s why I wanted to finish my show [despite the bleeding]. I didn’t want to get off the stage until I had to.”

TMZ has posted video of the incident.

Dustin was back onstage Saturday night in Georgia.

 


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Little Big Town Officially Inducted as the Grand Ole Opry’s Newest Members

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloLittle Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Friday night. Opry members Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens were on hand to welcome the group into the Opry fold. The quartet started their performance singing “Bring It on Home” with just an acoustic guitar. They then performed their breakthrough hit, “Boondocks,” and closed out their set singing Kris Kristofferson‘s “Why Me.”

Backstage before their performance, Little Big Town reflected on how much the Opry has meant to them over the years. Their first public performance ever took place on the show in 1999, and band member Kimberly Schlapman‘s grandparents could only pick up the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast on their car stereo. Since Kimberly had no idea when they were going on, her grandparents had to sit in the car for hours waiting to hear Little Big Town.

Kimberly said Friday night, “My papa had to go to the bathroom. So, he went into the bathroom, and, of course, we came on. So, my grandmother laid down on the horn — just laid down on it. And my papa comes out pulling up his pants trying to make it to the car. He made it in time.

She added with a laugh, “He’s in heaven with his pants on, I’m sure, watching tonight.”

Grand Ole Opry member Reba surprised Little Big Town onstage at the Opry earlier this month to extend the membership invitation. She walked out unannounced singing the “motorboating” line of “Pontoon” during LBT’s set.

Group member Karen Fairchild said, “We’ve replayed Reba singing ‘motorboating’ over and over and over. I don’t know if anything could ever beat that.”

The Opry induction kicked off a big week for Little Big Town. Their new album, Pain Killer, is coming out Tuesday featuring the hit single, “Day Drinking.”

LBT’s Phillip Sweet commented before their Opry appearance, “I feel like more people are gonna hear the music than ever before, and I really am proud that they’re gonna hear this record. I think we’re so honestly proud of it. It’s all Little Big Town.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line’s album release date for Anything Goes is chronicled in a series of photographs now posted at People.com.

Look for Reba to make a big career announcement Tuesday morning.


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Jerrod Niemann’s Latest Hit, “Buzz Back Girl,” Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has scored multiple #1 singles, so he knows what it feels like to perform a hit song in concert. That’s why he’s feeling great about his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl.”

Jerrod says, “Since the first day we put “Buzz Back Girl” in the set, it just seems to be one of those songs that connects with the crowd.”

Even though Jerrod felt like “Buzz Back Girl” would be a big hit, he’s learned you can’t predict how an audience will react to a song when they first hear it.

“You never know when you get on stage what songs will do that and what won’t,” Jerrod explains, “and it’s always fun whenever the songs that you care about the most are the ones that the crowd cares about the most.”

“Buzz Back Girl” is featured on Jerrod’s latest album, High Noon, available now.


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