Morgan Wallen has made his mark as “the most wanted man in country” (The New Yorker) with over 7 BILLION on-demand streams, multi-platinum certifications, and four consecutive #1 hits. His record-shattering, platinum sophomore effort Dangerous: The Double Album (Big Loud/Republic Records) topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 10 consecutive weeks upon release, stayed #1 atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for 32 weeks and counting, and earned the biggest streaming week for a Country album in history.
The country music icon will launch his Last Call: One More for the Road Tour – promoted by Live Nation. The three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year will thrill audiences – visiting cities and areas he hasn’t in several years for the last time – as fans relive hits like “Chattahoochee” and “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere” night-after-night.
Jackson’s Last Call: One More for the Road Tour follows his Fall 2021 announcement (on NBC’s TODAY) that he is living with CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth), a chronic, inherited neuropathy condition that results in nerve deterioration and hampers muscle function, movement and balance. $1 from every ticket sold for the Last Call: One More for the Road Tour will be donated to the CMT Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt organization that funds research for drug development. In addition, $1 will be matched by a generous group of CMTRF donors and board members.
Alan Jackson’s music and performances have gained worldwide acclaim from critics and fans alike. In 2022, he’ll continue his long-running tradition of “keepin’ it country” as he brings over 30 years of hits to a city near you once more. It’s Last Call: One More for the Road!
It’s Last Call: One More for the Road! Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson is embarking on his latest tour, one that’ll bring over 30 years of hits to cities across America as he hits the road for the first time since revealing a health diagnosis last fall. Last Call: One More for the Road! with Alan Jackson stops at T-Mobile Center on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Five-time Entertainer of the year Luke Bryan, who in his career has played sold-out shows for 12+ million fans inclusive of nearly 40 stadium concerts, Spring Break shows, Farm Tours and seven sold-out Crash My Playa destination concerts, is revealing the details of his RAISED UP RIGHT TOUR. The tour will launch on June 9 in Charleston, West Virginia featuring Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny and DJ Rock and playing 30+ cities before wrapping in late October. Promoted by Live Nation, tickets go on sale this Friday, February 4 at 10am local time at Lukebryan.com.
Tickets on sale Friday, 6/17
Known for his explosive live shows and electrifying stage presence, COJO Music / Warner Music Nashville Platinum recording artist Cody Johnson has established a following of passionately loyal fans who regularly sell out shows across the country. In the last year, Johnson, who MusicRow predicts “just might be the future of real country music,” has released a critically acclaimed, award-winning feature-length documentary (Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story), delivered two celebrated albums (Human The Double Album and A Cody Johnson Christmas), sent his most successful single to country radio with Platinum-selling, two-week #1 single “’Til You Can’t,” added more RIAA platinum and gold singles and album certifications, played sold-out concerts and more. Johnson increased his worldwide streams by nearly One Billion in 2021, growing from two to over three billion streams and averaging 25 million streams per week. Johnson’s new album Human The Double Album has received tremendous media praise making the ‘best-of’ lists with All Music (Favorite Country Albums of 2021, Human), Billboard (15 Best Country Songs of 2021, “’Til You Can’t), Holler (Country Records of the Year, Human), New York Times (Best Album of 2021, Human), Saving Country Music Best Mainstream Country Albums of 2021, Human), Taste of Country (Best Country Albums of 2021, Human and Top Country Songs of 2021, “’Til You Can’t), Yardbarker’s (Country Music’s Biggest Breakout Stars of 2021) and more.
With an inimitable voice, the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Randy Houser racked up three consecutive No. 1hits with his album, How Country Feels, plus earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year-nominated “Like A Cowboy.” Houser added a fourth No. 1 to his catalog with “We Went” from his 2016 album, Fired Up. Houser’s fourth studio album, Magnolia, marks a new era for the singer/songwriter, which many have called “Houser at his best.” Listeners got their first taste of Houser’s critically acclaimed rootsy project with the Top 30 hit “What Whiskey Does,” which debuted on Country radio as #1 Most Added and Rolling Stone immediately dubbed “a classic tears-and-twang drinking song.” The album, which NPR claims are home to “some of the most expressive performances of his career,” also includes his single, “No Stone Unturned,” a gypsy-hearted traveling song that Whiskey Riff calls “the best song from the best album of 2019.”
In early 2021 Houser teamed up with good friend Jamey Johnson to share the stage on their unforgettable co-headlining Country Cadillac Tour. Among the first routed tours in 2021, the tour consisted of 18 social distanced tour dates and a one-of-a-kind live stream: Live from Graceland from the iconic home of Elvis Presley.
Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner Keith Urban has set Summer ’22 for the North American debut of his first world tour in four years, THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR. The tour’s newly announced North American leg, with 3x GRAMMY© nominee Ingrid Andress, will add fifty shows to the previously announced concerts in Australia, Germany, Netherlands and the U.K.
MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, while a multi-platinum-selling star himself, is a country music fan first and foremost. He’s even concocted his own version of Mount Rushmore conceived solely of country music legends. Turner’s “Mount Rushmore of Country Music” boasts five faces rather than four (it’s his mountain, after all) — Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin, and Hank Williams.
The giants carved into the granite of Turner’s musical soul form the core of his aptly titled new album, Country State of Mind. “I’ve always said that any song you hear coming from my voice, you’re going to hear bits and pieces of those five guys,” he says. “They taught me how to be Josh Turner.”
The dozen songs on Country State of Mind, including songs from those five legends among others, span more than half a century of classic country music, encompassing both well-known standards and deep-catalog cuts. The album shows a singer in dialogue with the songs and the artists that shaped his vision. It’s a conversation — relayed in the distinctive, resonant baritone that brought Turner #1 hits and five gold and platinum albums — between the past and present of country music. And on half the tracks, Turner invites other voices — some heroes, some contemporaries — to join him in the conversation.
“I knew the artists I wanted to represent,” explains Turner, “and I chose songs that exemplified who each of these artists was from my perspective.” The result is a multifaceted album that reflects a distinctive mix of popular and personally meaningful songs. “Forever and Ever, Amen” marks Randy Travis’ first recording session since an incapacitating 2013 stroke. John Anderson, who has written and recorded with Turner in the past, joins him to reprise Anderson’s 1993 hit “I’ve Got It Made.” Early in his career, Turner often performed Vern Gosdin’s first chart-topping single, “I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight),” and has long dreamed of re-introducing it to a new generation of listeners. Turner plays guitar for the first time on one of his albums on his renditions of Johnny Cash’s “The Caretaker” and Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken” — the album’s oldest, and darkest, songs.
“When I was growing up, before I moved to Nashville, I was crazy about sad songs,” he says. “There has always been a part of my heart that has loved those sad, lonesome, and slow songs.”
Turner chose his guests as carefully as he did his material, selecting artists who shared his love and respect for the material. “I wanted artists I knew have an appreciation for traditional country music,” he says. Besides heroes Travis and Anderson, Turner invited Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson to record a new version of his 1973 chart-topper “Why Me” with him. The title track, originally a 1986 hit for Hank Williams Jr., becomes a duet with fellow Grand Ole Opry member Chris Janson. The members of Runaway June take George Jones’ part on “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me,” and Maddie & Tae sing with Turner on “Desperately,” a 2004 single for George Strait and the album’s newest song.
Country State of Mind also includes songs originally made famous by Keith Whitley (“I’m No Stranger to the Rain”), Waylon Jennings (“Good Ol’ Boys” Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard), and Alan Jackson (“Midnight in Montgomery”).
From the very start of his career through chart-topping hits like “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “All Over Me,” Turner has immersed himself in country music’s history and its iconic figures. After all, this is someone who, as a student at Nashville’s Belmont University, took an open gate on Johnny Cash’s property as a sign he should knock on the legendary singer’s door and introduce himself.
“The doorknob wiggles, the door swings open, and there stands Johnny Cash,” Turner recalls. “He and I both jump back, because he didn’t expect to see me, and I sure didn’t expect him to answer the door.”
Later, as the hits came, along with multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations, Turner joined the Grand Ole Opry. One of country music’s oldest and most hallowed traditions, the Opry once counted Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, and George Jones among its ranks; now, Turner shares membership with heroes like Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless, as well as guest Chris Janson.
For nearly two decades, Turner has been one of country music’s most recognizable voices, selling more than 8.5 million units and amassing more than 2.5 billion global streams. He has never kept his reverence for traditional country music a secret, but, with this latest album, Josh Turner is definitely in a Country State of Mind.
Really, though, he always has been.
For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.
Seven-time multi-platinum selling band and the most decorated country music group in history ALABAMA has added yet another arena performance to its extensive “50th Anniversary Tour.” Band members Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen have tapped very special friends The Beach Boys to join them for a “once-in-a-lifetime” concert at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Many guest artists have joined ALABAMA on the road to help celebrate its 50-year milestone. However, Wichita is the only North American city on the tour to feature a performance by The Beach Boys.
Kelsea Ballerini has consistently made history. With the release of her debut album The First Time (Black River), she became “the only female country artist to hit #1 with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album.” She has logged four back-to-back Top 10 entries on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, including the platinum-selling The First Time , gold-selling Unapologetically , gold-selling kelsea , and ballerini . With 25 certifications from the RIAA to date, her catalog boasts a string of essential smashes such as the double-platinum “Miss Me More” and “Peter Pan,” platinum-selling “hole in the bottle” with Shania Twain, gold-selling “I Quit Drinking” with LANY and the recently certified platinum “half of my hometown” feat. Kenny Chesney, which marked Kelsea’s seventh #1. Among dozens of accolades thus far, she has garnered two GRAMMY® Award nominations, won two ACM Awards, two CMA Awards, took home the iHeartRadio Music Awards honor for “Best New Artist,” and received multiple career nominations from the ACM Awards, American Music Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Awards and People’s Choice Awards. Most recently, Kelsea led the field for 2022 CMT Music Awards nominations with three nominations for “Video of The Year,” “Collaborative Video of The Year” and “CMT Performance of The Year.” She also earned a nomination for “Music Event of the Year” for the 2022 ACM Awards as both artist and producer of “half of my hometown” feat. Kenny Chesney. This marked Kelsea’s first ACM nomination as a producer. She concluded 2021 as the “#3 most-played female artist on country radio” and CMT “Artist of the Year” in addition to picking up “Musical Event of the Year” and “Video of the Year” at the CMA Awards for the platinum-certified “half of my hometown” feat. Kenny Chesney. On April 11th, Kelsea co-hosted the CMT Awards on CBS nationwide. Expanding her sphere of influence, she released her first original book of poetry Feel Your Way Through, and Dolly Parton tapped her to star in the audiobook of Run, Rose, Run. In addition, the multi-platinum country superstar was recently named the newest face of COVERGIRL. She has joined the brand in a multi-year partnership and is set to launch a cosmetic collaboration with the brand next year. It’s no wonder NPR proclaimed, “Kelsea Ballerini is definitely one of the most influential women in country right now… she’s defining the sound of the genre.” She also was inducted as a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry in 2019. At the time, she notably was the Opry’s youngest member, in its nearly 100-year history, since being founded in 1925. Kelsea’s upcoming fourth album, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, is slated to be released on September 23, 2022. The first single off the album, “HEARTFIRST,” quickly took over airwaves, and was notably the “most added song at country radio” the week of its release. Kelsea Ballerini is ready to continue making history in 2022 and beyond.
Multi-Platinum entertainer Jason Aldean announces today that he will gear up for the road this summer with his ROCK N’ ROLL COWBOY TOUR, produced by Live Nation. The 34-city trek will launch July 15th in Scranton, PA and conclude October 29th in Wichita, KS.