Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCondolences to Vince Gill and his band mates in The Time Jumpers on the death of the band’s other vocalist, Dawn Sears. She died Thursday night after a battle with lung cancer.
Lee Brice is playing Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on February 24 with special guests Maddie & Tae.
Luke Bryan‘s 2014 Crash My Party tour brought in nearly $62 million to finish as the highest-grossing country trek of the year, according to Billboard. George Strait is second with more than $58 million coming in this year on the road, and Jason Aldean finishes third with more than $53 million in ticket sales.
Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s hot streak continued in 2014 with the release of their sophomore album, Anything Goes, and a few headlining dates sprinkled in between their opening dates on Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour. The guys walked away with hardware at just about every awards show this year, too, but FGL’s Brian Kelley tells ABC News Radio the people in their concert crowds are really what made this year special.
“I think the thing we leave this year on is the fans,” Brian says. “They are what makes country music. They’re what’s making country music explode again. Night after night, I think, they continue to blow our minds.”
While Anything Goes contains FGL’s current party anthem, “Sun Daze,” the guys showed off their serious side with the project’s lead single, “Dirt.” That ballad only deepened FGL’s relationship with their fans.
Brian adds, “[We're] Very blessed to do what we do and to have the support and the loyalty that not only our fans are showing up singing these songs out with us every night, but they’re living them out with us. It’s incredible.”
Florida Georgia Line will kick off their Anything Goes tour in January 15, 2015 in Toledo, OH with special guests Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry newcomer Kelleigh Bannen has a new song out titled “Smoke When I Drink,” telling the story of a woman who can’t say no to her ex when she’s had a cocktail or two.
Kelleigh tells ABC News Radio, “I love an addiction metaphor like that for a love thing. ‘Cause we’ve all been in those relationships. And whether they’re good for us or not, we all know that addictive power of those people in our lives.”
While guys score hits singing about drinking all the time, it’s not always easy for a woman to climb the charts singing about downing a few and calling up an old flame. Taking a risk by doing something unexpected is worth it for Kelleigh.
“We’re already wondering if anyone’s listening, and nobody’s listening if you’re putting out something safe and boring,” Kelleigh explains. “I’d almost rather lead with things that people are going to like or dislike.”
Kelleigh is singing “Smoke When I Drink” on the road with Cole Swindell this fall, and they’ve added a duet to the set.
Says Kelleigh, “Cole himself has been so supportive and welcoming. We do a song together in the encore, which is really fun. It’s really gracious of him to bring me out and share his stage with me.”
Look for Kelleigh’s new video for “Smoke When I Drink” now on Vevo. Go to KelleighBannen.com to check out her tour schedule.
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith are headlining the first-ever Delaware Junction Country Music and Camping Festival next summer. The three-day event runs August 14 through 16, 2015 in Harrington, DE at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.
More artists will join the lineup for Delaware Junction in the coming days. Ticket information is available at DelawareJunctionFestival.com.
Image Courtesy RCA/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has added three more shows in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after the first three dates sold out Friday morning. He’ll kick off his run at the city’s CONSOL Energy Center on February 5 with shows through Sunday, February 8.
Trisha Yearwood is on the road for all of Garth’s World Tour dates. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.com.
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLadyAntebellum has signed on to perform at the People’s Choice Awards 2015 next month. They’re up for Favorite Country Group, which is their fifth People Choice Award nomination. The awards will be presented live Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker wanted to include a duet on his new Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, so he went with the classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The reason he chose that song may surprise you, though.
Darius says, “I decided to do that for one reason, for Elf, for that movie and how great they did it when she’s taking a shower in the bathroom, and he comes and sits on the counter and he’s singing along with her. I thought it was just a great song.”
When it came to choosing his duet partner, Darius called on his friend Sheryl Crow.
“We got Sheryl to come and do it,” Darius says,” and after sitting there with her in the studio right next to each other singing it over and over and laughing and having a great time, I knew it was a great choice.”
Home for the Holidays is now available in stores and online.
Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has sold more than a million tickets since he launched his World Tour in September, and quite a few superstars have been in the audience. Lady Gaga attended one of the shows in Chicago, and Justin Timberlake sat in the front row at one of Garth’s concerts in St. Louis last week. Both stars completely freaked out as Garth performed his hits.
Garth tells ABC News Radio, “Lady Gaga. I didn’t think I was gonna keep her off the stage. She was so fired up. Her security was getting mad at her because she kept running, screaming, yelling. She was having a great time.”
As for Justin, Garth says he knew every word to every song in the set.
“He filmed the whole thing,” Garth says. “He was asking people to film him.”
Even though Justin and Gaga regularly sell out arenas on their own, they didn’t distract the other fans in the audience from enjoying the show.
Says Garth, “You could not ask for either one of those to be a better fan in the seat than they were. They paid great respect to me as an artist, but blended in with the rest of the fans, which is a big statement for them because they are extraordinary people. They love music. You can tell.”
Justin has paid Garth with an even bigger compliment by including a cover of “Friends in Low Places” in his recent live shows. Keep up with Garth’s tour dates at GarthBrooks.com.