Martina McBride to Be Honored with Humanitarian Award at the Music Business Association Luncheon

Image Courtesy BMLGMartina McBride will be honored with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Business Association’s 2015 Awards Luncheon coming up May 14 in Nashville. The event recognizes Martina’s years of philanthropic work in the fight against domestic violence as well her participation in events raising money for muscular dystrophy and cancer research.

Martina says, “While my goal was never to be recognized for my charitable efforts, this award is proof that we can all make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of others. I hope this recognition will encourage more people to support worthy organizations that speak to their hearts.”


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Florida Georgia Line Adds 29 Dates to Anything Goes Tour

Image Courtesy Sweet Talk PR/Justin MrusekFlorida Georgia Line has added 29 new dates to their Anything Goes tour, which kicks off Thursday night in Ohio. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will be along for the newly announced shows, too.

Look for Florida Georgia Line to perform their latest single, “Sun Daze,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, January 20.

Here are Florida Georgia Line’s new tour dates:

5/9 — Columbia, MD
5/28 — West Palm Beach, FL
5/29 — Tampa, FL
5/30 — Birmingham, AL
7/24 — Philadelphia, PA
7/25 — Washington, D.C.
7/26 — Virginia Beach, VA
8/7 — Bethel, NY
8/8 — Darien Center, NY
8/13 — Raleigh, NC
8/14 — Charlotte, NC
8/15 — Pittsburgh, PA
8/20 — Beaumont, TX
8/21 — Austin, TX
8/22 — Dallas, TX
8/27 — Bakersfield, CA
8/28 — Sacramento, CA
9/10 — Holmdel, NJ
9/11 — Hartford, CT
9/12 — Boston, MA
9/24 — Wichita, KS
9/25 — Tulsa, OK
9/26 — St. Louis, MO
10/3 — San Diego, CA
10/9 — Albuquerque, NM
10/10 — Phoenix, AZ
10/15 — Southaven, MS
10/16 — New Orleans, LA
10/17 — Atlanta, GA



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Reba Scores Highest Country Songs Chart Debut of Her Career with “Going Out Like That”

Image Courtesy BMLGReba‘s latest single, “Going Out Like That,” bows at #28 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart — her highest debut ever on that tally. 

This bests her previous entry at #32 on “If You See Him/If You See Her” with Brooks & Dunn in 1998. At that time, Hot Country Songs chart positions were based solely on radio airplay; now, downloads and streams are factored in with airplay to determine chart placement. “Going Out Like That” benefits from 21,000 downloads sold in the first week, which is Reba’s best digital sales week ever. Her previous digital high mark was the #1 hit “Consider Me Gone,” which sold 19,000 downloads one week in January 2010.

“Going Out Like That” is the first single from Reba’s new studio album, due out in April.


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Chris Young and Lee Brice Launching Joint Headlining Tour January 22 in New York

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLee Brice and Chris Young are headed out on a joint headlining tour starting January 22 in Syracuse, NY and continuing through a March 8 show in Honolulu, HI.

Lee and Chris have toured together in the past. Chris says, “Lee and I had a blast last year when we were out with Brad [Paisley] and so we thought it would be great to join up for a co-headlining tour for our fans this winter.”

Lee agrees. saying, “Chris and I have been talking about touring together again for a while. We have a lot of fun together!””

Brothers Osborne will be joining Lee and Chris on the road for select dates. Here’s the itinerary:

1/22 — Syracuse, NY, War Memorial at Oncenter
1/23 — Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
2/6 — Jonesboro, AR, ASU Convocation Center
2/7 — Corbin, KY, The Arena
2/19 — Independence, MO, Independence Events Center
2/20 — Bloomington, IL, U.S. Cellular Coliseum
2/21 — LaCross, WI, LaCross Center Arena
3/7 — Kahului, HI, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
3/8 — Honolulu, HI, Blaisdell Concert Hall



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Lee Ann Womack‘s signature song, which she performed at Maya Angelou‘s funeral last year? ANSWER: “I Hope You Dance.”


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Some of Country’s Hottest New Acts Playing “Nashville Lifestyles” Event Next Week

Image Courtesy BMLGA few of country’s hottest new acts have signed on to perform at Nashville Lifestyles magazine’s 11th Annual Music in the City event, coming up Tuesday, January 20. Danielle Bradbery, Mickey Guyton, Lindsey Ell and new duo Native Run are on the bill.

The show takes place at Barlines at Nashville’s Omni Hotel.  Tickets are available now at NashvilleLifestyles.com. Carrie Underwood graces the cover of the magazine’s Music Issue, on stands now.


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Glen Campbell Receives Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song

Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGrammy-winning country legend Glen Campbell is now an Oscar nominee. 

The 78-year-old Campbell, who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, has been nominated in the Best Original Song category for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which he co-wrote with Julian Raymond for the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.

While the Best Original Song nominees category at the Golden Globe Awards was filled with pop and rock acts, the Oscars category is very different.  There’s only only one song that was nominated for both the Oscars and Golden Globes: “Glory,” co-written by singer/songwriter John Legend and rapper Common for the movie Selma.  It won the Golden Globe last weekend.

The rest of the Best Original Song nominees include “Everything Is Awesome,” from The Lego Movie; “Grateful,” from Beyond the Lights; and “Lost Stars,” from Begin Again, otherwise known as “the movie that stars Adam Levine from The Voice.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC February 22.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack will perform on ABC’s The View on Monday, January 19.

The Swon Brothers have released the lyric video for their new single, “Pray for You,” at Cambio.com.


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Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard Ready to Get the Party Started on Florida Georgia Line Tour

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line launches their Anything Goes tour Thursday night in Toledo, Ohio, and they’ve taking two of country’s hottest up-and-comers along to get the crowd warmed up this year — Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.

This trek marks the first time Thomas has performed in the middle slot on a major tour, which means he’ll get about 40 to 45 minutes to play for the fans. Before now, Thomas has only had 20 minutes to play for fans on arena shows, but he sees the value in performing all those short shows.

Thomas says, “I just think that challenging ourselves to be entertaining in 20 minutes has made our long shows more entertaining than they have been in the past. We always just try to challenge ourselves and bring something new to every show that we play.”

Thomas likes to change things up every night so his fans get a spontaneous, entertaining show.

Now Frankie Ballard is stepping into that 20-minute first slot on the Florida Georgia Line tour, and he is very clear on his mission as the first act on the bill.

Says Frankie, “The crowd is definitely coming to see FGL, and it’s a party. They’re gonna be amped up, and it’s my job to get the blood movin’, you know. It’s my job to start the party.”

So, is Frankie ready to whip the crowd into a frenzy before Thomas and FGL hit the stage?

“I will,” he says. “I’ll make sure it happens.”

For a complete list of Anything Goes tour dates, go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.


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Brandy Clark Hits the Road with One of Her Songwriting Heroes, Alan Jackson

Image Courtesy EB Media PRBrandy Clark’s 2015 is shaping up to be a very big year. She’s up for two Grammy Awards — New Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year for 12 Stories — at next month’s ceremony. Brandy is also introducing her music to fans with an opening slot on Alan Jackson‘s 25th Anniversary tour, which launched this past weekend. Brandy has always looked up to Alan for his honest songwriting and commitment to keeping country music’s rich history alive.

Brandy tells ABC News Radio, “I was definitely a huge fan of his growing up. Just loved his songwriting and his singing. He always stayed deeply rooted in traditional country. That’s a lot of my influence.”

Alan first introduced himself to Brandy at the ASCAP Songwriter Awards last fall in Nashville, and they spent some quality time with one another last weekend while playing their first two shows together.

Says Brandy, “After the first show, he invited myself and Jon Pardi, who’s the other opener, up on his bus for a drink. Just so nice and wanted to make us feel great about being out there with him. He’s a class act.”

Look for Brandy at the Grammy Awards airing Sunday, February 8 on CBS.


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