Rascal Flatts Launching Riot Tour 2015 May 29 with Special Guest Scotty McCreery

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is headed out on their Riot Tour 2015 starting May 29 in St. Louis. Scotty McCreery will be coming along as the opening act. The new tour follows the Flatts’ upcoming residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Las Vegas February 25 through March 14.

Flatts band member Jay DeMarcus says of the Vegas dates, “Those shows are going to be the ultimate way to kick off our 2015 tour, where we can try new things and pretty much do whatever the hell we want.   We’re having a blast with it.”

The Riot Tour 2015 takes its name from Rascal Flatts’ latest single, “Riot,” from their album, Rewind.

Here are the Riot Tour 2015 stops.  Dates and venues are forthcoming:

Cozumel, Mexico
Atlanta, GA
Forest City, IA
St. Louis, MO
Indianapolis, IN
Hershey, PA
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC
Hartford, Ct
Columbus, OH
Cadott, Wi
Dallas, TX
Pittsburgh, PA
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh, NC
Holmdel, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
Boston, MA
Detroit, MI
Brownsville, OR
Toronto, ON (CAN)
Cleveland, OH
Darien Center, NY
Jones Beach, NY
Cincinnati, OH
Chicago, IL
Albuquerque, NM
Phoenix, AZ
Irvine, CA
Mountain View, CA
West Palm Beach, FL
Tampa, FL

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Eric Church‘s fan club? ANSWER: The Church Choir.

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Justin Moore Wants His Fans to Share Their Best Recipes with Him

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore loves to cook for his family when he’s at his house near Little Rock, Arkansas, but he’s not always sure of what to make for dinner. That’s why he is reaching out to his fans for recipes.

He says, “I do run out [of ideas] from time to time of things to do. So anybody who’s got any ideas, bring ‘em to the show and give ‘em to me or somethin’.”

Justin is enjoying the catering on Miranda Lambert‘s Certified Platinum tour this weekend with shows in South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Eric Church Tries to Freeze Time with His Latest Hit, “Talladega”

Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s latest hit, “Talladega,” looks back on the memory of a day spent at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, but the song really isn’t about NASCAR racing at all. The lyrics capture the memory of a carefree group of teenagers setting out on an adventure together.

Eric explains, “I think that’s the most interesting thing about the song is it’s about life, and it’s about freezing life and wishing you could freeze life, and we all wish we could do that. “

Eric has had several experiences like the one he sings about in “Talladega,” and songs like this one always bring those memorable moments back to life for him.

He says, “Really what the best of music, what it does is it transports you back to that time and that place when you wish you could’ve frozen, and in a way you can, because the song does. And it takes you back to when you were that age.”

“Talladega” is the latest single from Eric’s Grammy-nominated album, The Outsiders.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSam Hunt will play his first show in the United Kingdom on March 9 at the Borderline in London.

Alabama will perform with the Nashville Symphony on May 12, 13 and 14, 2016 as part of the symphony’s Pops Series.

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Dierks Bentley and Josh Turner Featured on New Ralph Stanley Collaborative Album

Image Courtesy Michael Wilson/EB Media PRDierks Bentley and Josh Turner are among the featured artists on bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley‘s new album, Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow. Dierks joins Ralph on the song “I Only Exist,” and Josh is featured on “We Shall Rise.”

Says Ralph, “I’ve always enjoyed singing with other artists.  Everyone who joined me on this record did a fine job.  I think this will be a project that my fans will really enjoy.” 

Lee Ann Womack, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs and Elvis Costello are also featured on the album. It is now available exclusively through Cracker Barrel stores and CrackerBarrel.com.

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Kenny Chesney Scores 26th #1 Hit with “Til It’s Gone”

Image Courtesy Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has scored the 26th #1 radio airplay hit of his career with “Til It’s Gone.” The song, which tops the Billboard Country Airplay chart, is the second #1 from Kenny’s latest album, The Big Revival, and he recorded the track as a message straight to his fans.

“It’s hard to believe,” Kenny says about the success of “Til It’s Gone.” “All that music… All those songs… And here we are. 26 #1 hits is hard to get your head around, but I’m glad it could be this song — because this song is very much from me to the fans.”

Kenny will perform “Til It’s Gone” on The Big Revival tour launch March 26 in Nashville.

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Thomas Rhett Covers Bruno Mars Ballad, Reflects on Opening Weekend of Florida Georgia Line Tour

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is showing off his souful side with a cover of Bruno Mars‘ ballad, “When I Was Your Man.” A video of the performance has been posted at RollingStone.com just as Thomas comes off his first weekend of shows opening Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes tour. Thomas also covers Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson‘s “Uptown Funk” for his finale.

He says, “I’m obsessed with Bruno Mars’ records. I’d give my right leg to be able to sing like that dude.”

As for the first shows with FGL, Thomas adds, “It was definitely a weekend for the record books. From the crowds’ energy, to playing with my buddies in FGL… it was an awesome way to kick off the New Year.”

Thomas is currently climbing the country chart with his latest hit, “Make Me Wanna.”

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Florida Georgia Line Takes Time Out to Visit Patients at Ohio Ronald McDonald House

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line visited children at the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton, Ohio, last week while in town for their Anything Goes tour. The duo posted a picture on Twitter of themselves with two of the child patients calling the visit, “The best part of our job.”

The caption continues, “Amazing families. Glad we got to do this.”

Look for FGL to perform their latest single, “Sun Daze,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday.

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Keith Urban Explains How He Recruited Eric Church for His Cinematic New Single, “Raise ‘Em Up”

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban first heard “Raise ‘Em Up” when a Nashville publisher sent it to him in an email with the subject line, “Song of the Year.” Keith thought that was a “tall order” for any song to live up to, but he realized “Raise ‘Em Up” was something special when he saw the hit writers who collaborated on it. Between them, they’ve penned #1 hits for Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Keith and many more.

Keith says of the song, “The lyric is just absolutely extraordinary of all the things that ‘’Raise ‘Em Up” can apply to. I felt this song was such a journey and a deeply American aspect to the song too, particularly in the second verse.”

The song played out like a movie in Keith’s head, which is why he wanted to bring in his pal Eric Church to turn “Raise ‘Em Up” into a duet.

“It’s such a cinematic song as well, and I’ve always considered Eric to be a very cinematic artist,” Keith explains, “and I sent him the song and he was in the studio immediately. I’m so glad he wanted to be a part of it because it took the song to a new place.”

“Raise ‘Em Up” is the latest single from Keith’s album, Fuse, available now.

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