Miranda Lambert Bringing Back Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour with All-Female Lineup

Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert is bringing her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tour back this fall with an all-female lineup. Her longtime pals RaeLynn and Ashley Monroe will join Miranda on the bill, along with newcomer Clare Dunn, whom Miranda first saw perform at this year’s Stagecoach Festival.

Miranda says of Clare, “I hadn’t seen her before — but I’m a fan now. You don’t see that many women who get up there and really slay a guitar and play some real rock ‘n’ roll country.”

Brand-new artist Courtney Cole will also join the tour, performing songs from her debut acoustic EP, #NoFilter.

Miranda says of the women-only trek, “I really support female artists in any genre, especially country music right now. I’ve taken girls on tour for a long time and I want to continue to do that because I feel like I can give them a platform.”

Exact tour dates will be announced soon, but we already know the cities for the Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tour:

Missoula, MT
Billings, MT
Rapid City, SD
Mankato, MN
Augusta, GA
Fayetteville, NC
Roanoke, VA
Huntsville, AL
Tupelo, MS
Jonesboro, AR
Lacrosse, WI
Ft. Wayne, IN
Moline, IL


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockToby Keith‘s daughter, artist Krystal Keith, is expecting her first child with husband Andrew Sandubrae. The little one is due this October.

Dustin Lynch tells Entertainment Tonight he wants to release the song “Mind Reader” as a single from his latest album, Where It’s At, before he moves on to another project.

Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Craig Campbell, Lee Brice and Lauren Alaina are performing at the 2nd Annual Georgia on My Mind concert May 12 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The show is hosted by hit writers and Georgia natives Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip — collectively known as The Peach Pickers. Proceeds go to the Georgia Music Foundation.

Trisha Yearwood and her sister, Beth, will perform a song in memory of their late mother on Live with Kelly and Michael coming up May 8.

Toby Keith was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award at the international affairs think tank Atlantic Council’s annual gala Thursday night in Washington, D.C. The honor recognizes Toby’s work in support of U.S. troops around the world.

Randy Houser shares the details on why he recorded his latest single, “We Went,” in the new installment of his YouTube series, House Band TV.


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Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney Take Their Friendship to the Concert Stage Starting Saturday Night

Image Courtesy EB Media/Green RoomIf you go check out one of Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean‘s joint stadium shows this summer, you’ll get to witness a unique collaboration between two of country’s hottest superstars.

Jason explains, “It’s gonna be different. I don’t think it’s gonna be the thing of I do my show, he does his show, and it’s over. I think it’s going to be a lot more interactive than that.”

That fact that Jason and Kenny are only performing a handful of dates together makes these shows one of the hottest country tickets of 2015.

“To me, that makes it more of an event,” Jason says. “More so than just, you know, you throw in a bunch of shows in there and doing it all year. It’s like, ‘This is only gonna happen a few times, so you’ve only got a few chances to check this out.'”

It turns out Jason had another tour with Kenny in the works a few years ago, but those plans fell through and helped turn Jason into one of country’s top touring artists.

Says Jason, “I was going to go out and open for him, and he decided to take a year off, which actually ended up being a great thing for us, ’cause we went out and headlined our own stuff, and it was kind of the jump-start for us on that end.”

Jason and Kenny co-headline their first joint stadium show Saturday in San Francisco. They’ll play 10 stadium dates in all before wrapping things up August 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.


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Darius Rucker Reunites with Hootie & the Blowfish for “Late Show” Appearance

Chuck ArlundDarius Rucker took a break from his country career Thursday night to reunite with Hootie & the Blowfish in a rare TV appearance on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman.

They performed “Hold My Hand,” harkening back to their TV debut on the CBS program back in 1994, when they played the same song. It was the band’s way of saluting Letterman, who is stepping down as Late Show host later this month.

Rucker has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after it was invited to perform “Hold My Hand” on the Late Show two decades ago.

Hootie & the Blowfish have been on hiatus for several years, while Darius concentrates on his country music career.

Letterman’s final Late Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20.


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Little Big Town, Vince Gill and More Playing in City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game June 13

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLittle Big Town, Vince Gill, Love and Theft and Lauren Alaina will be taking the field for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game June 13 at Nashville’s brand-new First Tennessee Park. The event is a long-standing part of the activities surrounding the CMA Music Festival, and raises money for City of Hope’s ongoing fight against cancer.

The full team rosters will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.


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Toby Keith Says Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Award Will Be the Only Trophy He’ll Display

Image Courtesy Show DogToby Keith has won several music industry awards and honors over the years, but his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame tops them all. With all of his success as a touring and recording artist, Toby says he’s most proud to be a songwriter.

He explains, “It is what I take the most pride in. I am honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It means the world to me and it is the only award that I will display on my desk.”

Toby also plans to perform at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony set for June 18 in New York City.


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Florida Georgia Line and Kip Moore Performing at 2015 Summer Spotlight Concert in New York City

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is co-headlining with Kid Rock at the 2015 Summer Spotlight concert, May 5 at New York City’s Irving Hall. Kip Moore is also performing at the show in celebration of May 5 being designated as the first-ever National Concert Day.

The special day recognizes the fans who buy concert tickets.  It also salutes the artists, managers and venue staff who make those shows possible.

For more details, go to LiveNation.com.


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Canaan Smith’s Debut Album, “Bronco,” Due Out June 23

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleCountry newcomer Canaan Smith will release his debut album, Bronco, on June 23. The project features his top-20 hit, “Love You Like That,” as well as all of the other songs on his current self-titled EP. The full track listing will be announced soon.

As for that album title, Canaan named the project after a song he wrote in memory of his brother, who died when Canaan was young.  Says Canaan, “He was my hero and I wanted to put out something in memory of him. I think it symbolizes his wild spirit and I’m really proud of it.”

Canaan will hit the road with Dierks Bentley‘s Sounds of Summer tour, starting June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


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Dustin Lynch Premieres “Hell of a Night” Video; Explains Why He Does His Own Ironing on the Road

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch premiered his new video for “Hell of a Night” on ETOnline.com Thursday. The clip captures several different live shows from Dustin, including his dates on the road with Luke Bryan.

Dustin says, “I think it’s really cool ’cause it’s for the fans, and a lot of people will recognize their faces in this.”

When you watch the clip, be sure and take notice of how crisp Dustin’s shirts are on stage. He actually carries an iron and ironing board on his tour bus and does all the ironing himself. Luke Bryan has a staff member on tour who does all the ironing for him and his band, but Dustin hasn’t taken advantage of those services just yet.

Says Dustin, “I feel weird asking her. I’d rather iron my own stuff. It’s self-centering and gives me one of those moments to get collected before a show.”

Check out DustinLynchMusic.com to see where Dustin’s playing next.


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Dierks Bentley Headlining Stars for Second Harvest Benefit Concert June 9 in Nashville

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has signed on as the headliner for the 11th Annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert Tuesday, June 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Nashville cast members Charles Esten and Lennon and Maisy Stella are also on the bill.

Stars for Second Harvest raises money for the Second Harvest Food Back of Middle Tennessee.


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