Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley has been named an honorary co-chairman of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society, which supports the Foundation’s Air Safety Institute. Morgan Freeman and Harrison Ford are among the other co-chairmen.
Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Josh Turner and Trace Adkins are on the bill for the first-ever NIFI Festival at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky August 28 through 30.
Montgomery Gentry‘s new video, “Folks Like Us,” is now live at CMT.com.
Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini recently played her first arena concert as an opening act for Lady Antebellum. The gig was even sweeter since Kelsea is a huge Lady A fan and stood in line to meet them a few years ago at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Kelsea was thinking about that meeting when she joined Lady A on stage for a joint performance during the band’s headlining set.
Kelsea tells ABC Radio, “It’s like one of those moments where you’re just like, ‘Life is so cool.’ That was a very cool moment for me.”
Though they’ve only recently shared the stage, Kelsea and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott have been friends for two years now. They meet through a mutual songwriter friend, Ryan Griffin, and Hillary quickly took Kelsea under her wing.
“She has just kind of encouraged me,” Kelsea says. “So, to be able to do a first [arena] show like that with a friend like that is really cool.”
Kelsea is riding high on the country radio chart with her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Her debut album, The First Time, is on sale now.
Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert’s Platinum Edition re-release of his album, Just as I Am, has landed the project at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart. The set also hits the top 10 on the overall Billboard 200 tally. The expanded version of the project includes the song “Just as I Am” as well as a remix of Brantley’s hit single, “Bottoms Up,” with rapper T.I.
CMADierks Bentley‘s decade of success as a country star means most everyone knows how to pronounce his unique first name. That wasn’t always the case, though.
“I’ve seen it spelled and pronounced wrong so many times,” Dierks tells Glamour.
Though many suspect “Dierks Bentley” is a stage name, Dierks is actually the maiden name of the singer’s great-grandmother. Not that anyone would know that when they criticize it, which they apparently do.
Says Dierks, “People tell me it’s a horrible name! Like maybe I should have gone by Buck Bentley?”
Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer tour kicks off June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Capitol NashvilleThe lineups for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game have been announced, with members of Little Big Town on opposing teams. Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman are playing for one team, while Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild are batting for the other squad. Nashville‘s Charles Esten, plus Lauren Elaina, Love and Theft and newcomers Lindsay Ell and Doug McCormick are also stepping up to the plate at this year’s event.
This year’s Celebrity Softball Game takes place at Nashville’s First Tennessee Park on June 13. Proceeds from the game benefit City of Hope in their fight against cancer.
Dove Wedding Photography/CMHOFThe Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville will present an impressive list of stars performing and signing autographs during the 2015 CMA Music Festival. The festivities kick off Wednesday, June 10 with appearances from Chase Bryant and Old Dominion. Kelsea Ballerini, Danielle Bradbery and RaeLynn are among the artists performing at the Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 11 for CMT’s Next Women of Country showcase.
Eric Paslay, Trisha Yearwood and Montgomery Gentry are among the other stars signing autographs at the Country Music Hall of Fame through Saturday, June 13.
Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.GarthBrooks will bring his Man Against Machine world tour to New Orleans, LA, for two shows in July. The stop marks Garth’s first stop in Louisiana in 18 years.
The shows will be Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center. Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood will join him for the shows. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster Friday, June 5.
Garth’s next shows take place this Thursday through Sunday at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. There are apparently still some tickets available for the Thursday night show — the others are sold out.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge will perform his new single, “Lose My Mind,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday, June 1.
Mickey Guyton‘s self-titled debut EP is now on sale at all digital outlets featuring her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me.”
Zac Brown Band‘s new video for “Lovin’ You Easy” will premiere Saturday, May 30 on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown.
Kip Moore will perform an hour-long concert at the Daytona International Speedway Sunday, July 5 prior to the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and Dolly Parton are among the stars singing a bit of Glen Campbell‘s 1975 smash, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” in a new video at People.com. The clip celebrates the song’s 40th anniversary.
Mercury NashvilleCanaan Smith is closing in on the top 10 with his debut hit “Love You Like That,” and it turns out Canaan is just as romantic with his wife, Christy, as the song would lead you to believe.
He says, “I have no problem buying her flowers and stuff like that, but I’d rather show her I love her just with taking her out on a cool date somewhere, being creative like that.”
Christy is the inspiration for a lot of Canaan’s songs, but he says, “I don’t get cheesy with it, you know what I’m saying? I try to make sure I’m coming home as the man that she needs.”
“Love You Like That” is the lead single from Canaan’s debut album, Bronco, due out June 23.