Garth Brooks Hopes to Stay on the Road for the Next 20 Years

Image Courtesy Pearl/SonyGarth Brooks took more than a decade off from making music and touring to raise his three daughters, but don’t expect him to hang up his guitar anytime soon now, that he’s back on the road.

Garth tells The Oregonian, “I hope I get to do this for 20 more years, to tell you the truth. I love every second of it and can’t get enough of it, no matter — I don’t even want to use the word ‘work.’ No matter how busy you are, it’s fantastic. “

Garth is currently playing a run of shows in Buffalo, NY with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.


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RaeLynn Kicking off Music in Our Schools Tour Saturday at Disney World

Image Courtesy BMLGRaeLynn is kicking off the Music in Our Schools tour with a performance at Walt Disney World in Florida Saturday. She’ll perform as part of Festival Disney, a national competitive music event for high school students.  From there, RaeLynn will visit music students at five schools across the country.

RaeLynn can’t wait to share her story with the next generation of music makers.  Looking back on her school days, she says, “The way for me to be creative was being in choir and being in orchestra because you know, I wasn’t the kid that was good in sports. I was the kid that was always writing songs and playing my guitar. So, having those electives was always so awesome every day because it was my way to learn more about the craft that I wanted to do in the future.”

RaeLynn is hitting the road with Rascal Flatts this summer.


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Cole Swindell Salutes the Troops in “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” Video

 Image Courtesy Jim Wright/WarnerCole Swindell is saluting the troops in his new video for “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.”

The clip was shot at Nashville’s Silver Dollar Saloon and features an appearance by Kyle Davis, a friend of Cole’s who has served five tours of duty in the Middle East with U.S. Special Forces. Cole had Kyle join him onstage for a sing-along of “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.” It’s the latest single from Cole’s self-titled debut album, available now.


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Luke Bryan Releases “Spring Breakdown” Video from New Album, “Spring Break…Checkin’ Out”

Image Courtesy Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan‘s new video, “Spring Breakdown,” is now live at Vevo. The clip features footage from his past six Spring Break shows in Panama City Beach, FL, as well as behind-the-scenes video of Luke recording the song earlier this year.

“Spring Breakdown” is included on Luke’s new album, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out, coming Tuesday. The project includes five brand-new songs as well as all the tracks from last year’s Spring Break EP.

Luke will perform his final Spring Break shows in Florida this Wednesday and Thursday at Spinnaker Beach Club. More than 230,000 fans attended last year’s shows.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean‘s fiancée, Brittany Kerr, was once a contestant on which TV singing competition? ANSWER: American Idol.


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Jason Aldean Introducing His Brand of Country Music to Europe

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean closes out his first-ever shows in Europe this weekend as the C2C Country to Country Festival wraps up. He’s on the bill with Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line at London’s O2 Arena Saturday and Sunday, and Jason has had a blast playing tourist in between shows in Sweden, Ireland and Norway.

Before he left for the trek, Jason said, “I think it’s fun to go see things and be a tourist and get to play for people who have never heard your music or seen a show or any of that stuff.”

A big reason Jason wanted to tour in Europe is to introduce fans to his more aggressive style of country music.

“I still think there’s a lot of misconceptions around the world about what country music is. Like, what today’s country music is,” Jason explains. “For us to be able to go, ‘OK, this ain’t your grandaddy’s country music anymore. This is what it is.’ And it’s completely different than what, I think, a lot of people think.”

In the future, Jason hopes to play more shows in Europe and possibly expand these package concerts to other continents, too.

Says Jason, “I think it would be huge, not only for me, but for country music in general.”

Jason brings his tour back home to the U.S. March 26 with a show in Toledo, Ohio.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice is playing shows in Hawaii this weekend.

Hunter Hayes‘ has received a double-platinum certification for two million copies sold or streamed on his hit “I Want Crazy.” His singles “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me” and “Invisible” have both been certified gold for 500,000 copies sold or streamed.


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Hunter Hayes Is Ready to Become Country Music’s Hottest New Awards Show Host

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes served as a host for last month’s pre-telecast at the Grammy Awards, and he’s definitely open to emceeing even more events in the future.

Hunter tells ABC Radio, “I’ve always wanted to host stuff. Really, honestly. That’s been a secret goal of mine for a long time.”

At first, Hunter was nervous about reading the Teleprompter at the live Grammy pre-telecast. He messed up several times reading his script from the Teleprompter during a video shoot to promote the Grammys, but Hunter got the hang of it when it came time to rehearse for the live event.

“We did rehearsals, and it was, like, phew, easy,” Hunter says with a laugh, “I was so tempted to drop the mic [after rehearsals].”

Now that he’s gotten his feet wet hosting a live music event, Hunter is ready to emcee other big events like the CMA or ACM Awards.

He says, “Anybody who needs a host anytime soon, I know a guy.  Call me. Plenty of people that I can have as a co-host, too.”

Hunter will host a press conference in Nashville next week to announce some changes coming to this year’s CMA Music Festival. Look for that update on Friday, March 13.


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Chris Young Announces Full Slate of International Dates for 2015

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityChris Young has been a favorite of American audiences for years, but now he’s taking his brand of country music around the world.

Chris kicks off a tour of Australia and Asia March 11 in Melbourne, Australia. He’ll play military installations in South Korea and Japan on the trek, too.

In September, Chris heads over to Europe for a string of shows starting with a two-night stand in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Here are Chris’s 2015 World Tour dates:

3/11 — Melbourne, Australia
3/13 — Sydney, Australia
3/14 – 3/15 — Ipswich, Australia
3/17 — Pohang, South Korea
3/19 — Fuji, Japan
3/21 — Okinawa, Japan
9/11 – 9/12 — Gstaad, Switzerland
9/14 — London, England
9/16 — Glasgow, Scotland
9/17 — Dublin, Ireland
9/19 — Munich, Germany
9/20 — Cologne, Germany
9/22 — Berlin, Germany
9/24 — Stockholm, Sweden


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Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox Shaving Heads for Charity This Weekend in Las Vegas

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox is trading in his microphone for a pair of clippers this weekend in Las Vegas. Gary joins The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd and Olivia Newton-John among the celebrities shaving volunteers’ heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in their fight against children’s cancers.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gary and Craig will be shaving heads at Club Vinyl this Saturday. Olivia will be Rascal Flatts is currently performing their Vegas Riot! residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.


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