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Garth Brooks celebrates five million tickets sold in 60 cities

#Garth5Million

Garth Brooks celebrated the five millionth ticket sold on The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood and nine sold out concerts Friday (Feb 25th) at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB. On the 1996-1998 tour the five millionth ticket was in College Station, TX during November 19 – 22, 1998 at Reed Arena. It was the 100th city on the tour. This time, it has only taken 60 cities. The tour is presented by Amazon Music Unlimited.

Twitter fans had #Garth5Million trending, sharing their Garth memories and concert highlights. Brooks himself posted a video on Facebook just before going to greet the five millionth ticket holder.

The pair awarded a husband and wife with a Lexus SUV and a Nissan truck along with a $5k shopping spree to Amazon, $5k Edmonton mall shopping spree, a trip for two to the Wynn Las Vegas and a bunch of Garth and Trisha merch.

The surprise presentation began as Yearwood interrupted her own set to invite up Jared Smith, President of Ticketmaster and Michael Evans, President of Arenas for Live Nation. They presented Brooks with a commemorative plaque honoring the five million tickets sold in 100 cities during the 1996-1998 world tour but they then presented Brooks with a second plaque honoring the five millionth ticket sold in just 60 cities during the current tour. Garth Brooks and Ticketmaster have been working together for more than twenty years to ensure tickets get into the hands of real fans.

“That is awesome! I don’t know how it gets better than this”

As Brooks tried to leave the stage so Yearwood could finish her set, Trisha stopped him and invited up Bob Nicholson, Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & Vice Chair and Susan Darrington, General Manager of Rogers Place. They ascended the stage to unveil a new banner hanging from the rafters, celebrating the five millionth ticket sold and nine sold out concerts played at the new Rogers Place in Edmonton. The banner will hang alongside the championship banners of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings.

Brooks tried to leave again but Yearwood stopped him one more time for a very special video message from Wayne Gretzky that played on the big screen. What followed was roaring applause as Brooks took in the newly hung banner.

John Mellencamp announces ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’

John Mellencamp - Sad Clowns & Hillbillies

On April 28th, Heartland rocker John Mellencamp will release his 23rd full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, on Republic Records. The album returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. Mellencamp is an authentic voice of American music and master storyteller with a commitment to creating traditional rock & roll, bittersweet songs of happiness and melancholia, and fervent political dissent. His passions and experiences resonate beautifully in this showcase of his music. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is produced by John Mellencamp.

Mellencamp’s new single, “Grandview” features country music star, Martina McBride. He released the track, “Easy Target” in January as a continuation of Mellencamp’s journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. The video’s release occurred on the eve of the inauguration. The song focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as gun violence in America. Fans who pre-order Sad Clowns & Hillbillies will get an instant download of “Grandview” and “Easy Target.”

This summer, Mellencamp will tour for 22 stops across North America for his all-new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour kicking off on June 5th in Denver, Colorado with special guests, Emmylou Harris, tour-mate Carlene Carter and Lily & Madeleine. Every online ticket purchased comes with one physical CD of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

Sad Clowns and Hillbillies is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s follow up to 2014’s critically-acclaimed, Plain Spoken, Mellencamp’s fourth consecutive Top 20 album, dating back to 2007’s Freedom Road.

CD | LP

1. Mobile Blue
2. Battle Of Angels
3. Grandview featuring Martina McBride
4. Indigo Sunset
5. What Kind Of Man Am I
6. All Night Talk Radio
7. Sugar Hill Mountain
8. You Are Blind
9. Damascus Road
10. Early Bird Cafe
11. Sad Clowns
12. My Soul’s Got Wings
13. Easy Target

Tour Dates:

6/5 Greenwood Village, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
6/7 Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
6/8 Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
6/10 Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield #
6/11 Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater #
6/13 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
6/14 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
6/17 Murphys, CA @ Ironstone Amphitheatre
6/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
6/21 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
6/22 Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
6/24 Saint Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
6/25 Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre
6/27 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
6/28 Cary, NC @ Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
6/30 Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/1 Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood
7/3 Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
7/6 Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Music Center
7/7 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/8 Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
7/11 New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
8/4 West Allis, WI @ Wisconsin State Fair *
8/5 Davenport, IA @ Mississippi Valley Fair *
8/29 St Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair *
8/31 Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair *
9/1 Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Fair *

# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be performing
* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing

BMLG showcases talent during CRS

BMLG at CRS

Big Machine Label Group President & CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA, CRB Executive Director BILL MAYNE and BMLG artists MADDIE & TAE, A THOUSAND HORSES, TRENT HARMON, MIDLAND, CARLY PEARCE and DELTA RAE

Capping off Country Radio Seminar (CRS) week, Big Machine Label Group showcased six stellar acts on Friday (Feb 24th) at the Omni hotel in Downtown Nashville. The annual event hosts country radio and industry executives, who were treated to show-stopping performances from Maddie & Tae, A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Midland, Carly Pearce and Delta Rae.

BMLG President & CEO Scott Borchetta invited the room to enjoy new music and celebrate career milestones they helped create alongside imprint leaders Jimmy Harnen (BMLG EVP & BMLG Records President), George Briner (The Valory Music Co. GM), Jack Purcell (Big Machine Records SVP Promotion) and Chris Stacey (Dot Records GM).

A Thousand Horses lived up to their label as “country’s coolest band” (Rolling Stone Country), serving up Southern rock and contemporary country mixed with rowdy jams as the afternoon began. They performed their chart-topping “Smoke,” which solidified them as the first band (with at least three members) to send a debut single to No. 1 on Billboard Country Airplay Charts this decade. The ACM Awards New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year nominees also performed “Travelin’ Man” and brand new song “Preachin’ to the Choir” that will soon impact country radio.

With a set that honored her Kentucky Bluegrass background and years collaborating in Nashville, Carly Pearce proved country music is her destined path. The CMT Next Women of Country alum, who took the stage earlier this week during the CRS-themed Grand Ole Opry, crushed hearts with her debut single “Every Little Thing.” She also sang “Hide the Wine” from her forthcoming album, recorded with buzzed-about producer and frequent co-writer busbee.

Maddie & Tae, A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Midland, Carly Pearce & Delta Rae Perform for Radio Programmers & Industry Crowd

Making waves with their history-making, Platinum-certified, chart-topping breakout “Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie & Tae treated the audience to four new songs. The hit songwriting pair previewed new tunes “Blame It on the Tree,” “Welcome to the Club,” “Just Fine” and the emotional ballad “Somebody Will.” Following their own headline tour and opening slots for Brad Paisley and Lee Brice over the last couple of years, the ACM Awards Vocal Duo of the Year and New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year nominees also partnered with Bloomingdales on a Special Capsule Collection called AQUA x Maddie & Tae.

Intentionally nodding to the wild west with country music reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s, Midland kicked off their performance with “Check Cashin’ Country.” Lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts the band’s rich sound, which is rounded out by lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy throughout additional songs “Burn Out” and current single “Drinkin’ Problem.” Originally formed in Dripping Springs, TX Midland is rooted in tradition both in sound and style, channeling idols Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson.

Earning national recognition as the reigning American Idol, Trent Harmon continues to demonstrate unparalleled vocals and Southern boy charm. He serenaded the crowd with his Top 20-and-rising debut single “There’s A Girl” before bringing the crowd to their feet for a stirring performance of “Her.” From singing “Amazing Grace” with his family to starring in various musicals in college, Trent credits life on his family’s farm as a major influence on his music career.

The event culminated with six-piece band Delta Rae offering up the robust bravado of Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes along with the sultry harmonies of brothers Eric (vocals, piano) and Ian (vocals, guitar), which are further fleshed out by Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass). They mesmerized the crowd with haunting previews of “Walk With Me,” “No Peace in Quiet” and “I Moved South.”

Connie Britton leaves ‘Nashville’, Season 5 soundtrack due Mar 10th

Connie Britton dies on Nashville
This story includes spoilers from the January 23rd episode of Nashville

Fans of CMT’s Nashville are upset over last night’s (Jan 23rd) jaw dropping episode of Nashville. Connie Britton’s Rayna Jaymes was killed off as she exited the show nine episodes into season five. Jaymes succumbed to her injuries sustained from a random car crash while being escorted in a police cruiser after fighting off an armed stalker. The news was especially shocking since Britton denied rumors she was leaving when she recently told Ellen DeGeneres, “I’m in it. I’m in. I’m in for the duration.”

“It was something that had been percolating over time, and there were lots of different reasons behind it,” Britton tells TV Line of her decision to leave. “But my priority was really making sure that the timing was right. My priority has always been Nashville. So when the show was moved to CMT and we got these great new showrunners — Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick — I was [confident] the show would be in a good place. Because one thing we learned over the summer is how passionate the fans are. We would not be on the air right now if it weren’t for the fans. We’ve all been so incredibly grateful for that. But the fans love every single one of these characters. And the show is now in a place where all of these characters can live and just be incredibly dynamic and amazing. I feel like Nashville can go on indefinitely.”

“We had already taken over the show when CMT picked it up,” Herskovitz tells Deadline. “That’s when Connie came came to us and said that even though she was still under contract, she felt at a creative level that she wanted to leave. It was actually a very painful decision for her because she felt close to the people on show, very close to the show itself but had been doing it for four years, and she just felt it was time to go.”

Britton’s character died with two episodes left before the mid-season finale. Herskovitz says it was important not to leave fans hanging.

“My primary objective was to allow the audience time to absorb, respond and work through the shock of her death,” he states. “It was originally suggested to us that we have Rayna die at the end of Episode 11, right at the end of this mini-season we are doing. I said, ‘No, that makes no sense, you can’t do that to the audience, ‘Oops, she died, bye, see you in three months.’ That would not work.’ Once we understood that, we then saw that we really had to work backwards, how much time, how many episodes we need to process what happened. We arrived at the formula that we used — she had the accident in the eight episode, dies in the ninth episode and then we have the tenth and the eleventh to deal with the aftermath. It’s actually worked out very well.”

Herskovitz says the next couple of episodes will have the surviving cast members dealing with Jaymes’ death as the show introduces new characters and storylines. He says he’s also planning ahead for season six even though CMT hasn’t given it a green light yet.

Fans of Britton will continue to see her character pop up in the next couple of episodes in flashbacks and for Rayna’s funeral.

The Music of Nashville Season 5, Vol 1

Also, The Music of Nashville, Season 5 Volume 1  soundtrack will be available at digital retailers worldwide Friday, March 10th on Big Machine Records. The collection features the wide array of the music heard throughout the current season and is available for pre-order. Fans who purchase a physical copy exclusively at Amazon.com and will receive two bonus tracks for digital albums.

Since the show’s 2012 debut, Big Machine Records has released eight Nashville soundtracks. The music has collectively sold more than one million albums and five million single-track downloads with over 200 million streams to date.

CD | LP

1. “God Shall Wipe All Tears Away” | Rhiannon Giddens
Arrangement by Tim Lauer
2. “Your Best” | Lennon & Maisy
Written by Claire Guerreso
3. “All Of Me” | Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio
Written by Phillip LaRue, Tim Lauer, Lindy Robbins
4. “Simple As That” | Charles Esten
Written by Kalisa Ewing, James LeBlanc, Brad Tursi
5. “A Few Steps My Way” | Joseph David-Jones
Written by Gareth Dunlop
6. “My Favorite Hurricane” | Connie Britton & Charles Esten
Written by Jillian Edwards, Jake Etheridge
7. “Burn To Dark” | Chris Carmack
Written by Jake Etheridge, Garrison Starr
8. “On My Way” | Hayden Panettiere with Jonathan Jackson
Written by Paige Blue, Thomas Finchum, Chance Peña
9. “Won’t Back Down” | Jonathan Jackson
Written by Trent Dabbs, Matt Dragstrem
10. “Sanctuary” | Charles Esten, Lennon & Maisy
Written by Jill Andrews, Gary Nicholson, Sarah Siskind
11. “Close To The Fire” | Joseph David-Jones *
Written by Keelan Donovan, Brian Loschiavo
12. “To Make You Feel My Love” | Maisy Stella *
Written by Bob Dylan
*Amazon Bonus Tracks – Digital Only

Nashville airs Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT only on CMT. Don’t forget to join the conversation after the show during “NASHCHAT,” a CMT Facebook Live series, hosted by radio personality Amy Brown at 10 pm ET.

Fans can see cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio out on the road when they return to Europe for a June tour across Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Brighton, Nottingham, Manchester, Dublin and Belfast. Tickets on sale now.

Darius Rucker plays villain on ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Darius Rucker

This will be Rucker’s first dramatic role

GRAMMY Award-winning country music singer/songwriter Darius Rucker will showcase another talent this week as he makes a guest appearance on Hawaii Five-0. As originally reported by Entertainment Weekly, Rucker will play the role of bomb maker and notorious criminal Desmond Abati in the episode airing this Friday, February 24th at 9 pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

“This was an amazing opportunity and, for me, one that challenged me in a different way than being in the studio or on stage does,” shares Rucker. “I can’t wait to see the full episode alongside fans this Friday!”

In the episode entitled “E mālama pono,” Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny Williams (Scott Caan) finally track down the missing uranium, which has been used to build a bomb located in the middle of the jungle. Now, they must carefully extract the unstable explosive through treacherous terrain before it detonates.

While it’s not the first time Rucker has showcased his acting chops, playing international criminal Desmond Abati does mark his first time tackling a dramatic role. Rucker’s previous acting credits include a role in the 2001 hit film Shallow Hal as well as playing Jesus in an episode of CMT’s Still the King alongside Billy Ray Cyrus.

Garth Brooks: ‘Concerts are like sex’

Garth Brooks

This week, country radio execs across the nation have ascended on Nashville for Country Radio Seminar (CRS). The yearly event brings radio personnel to Music City for a unique convention and trade show. On Thursday (Feb 23rd), Garth Brooks gave a keynote, titled “Inside Studio G,” where he offered “an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the business and life of the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.”

The singer took a Q&A style approach to his weekly Facebook Live series and interacted with the crowd face to face. Among the topics was his approach for announcing tour dates one city at a time. Conducted by Brooks’ own Pearl Records Regional Promotion Director Glenn Noblit, Brooks explains this process.

“We like to take a city and grab it… and now just don’t let it go!” he states. “So six weeks before the show, we’re gonna announce. Five weeks before the show, we’re gonna put tickets on sale and hopefully it’s just gonna boil. And our job when we come into the city is to burn that thing down. That’s our job! You talk about a fun, fun thing to do, but concerts are like sex, actually, when you think about it. Because the whole time you’re working to get an invitation back!”

Brooks explains that attending concerts isn’t an easy task when you factor in the price of multiple tickets, babysitters, meals, beer, souvenirs and parking. “In Boston the parking was more than the price of the concert ticket,” he noted. “It’s a pain in the ass to go to these things. And yet they show up, man. And they show up in the back freakin’ rows. And they’re as excited as the people up front.”

During the hour long keynote, Brooks also explained why he has gone fully independent and hired his own label staff to promote and distribute his music.

“You’re always fighting for the music,” Brook explains. “Labels fight for the music, but they’re publicly owned companies so they have other agendas that they have. What I love about dealing with radio is it’s just straight forward. You get people listening to the station, advertising pays the bills, good music, hopefully, is your job, and so everybody gets to work in the music business there.”

Brooks, who owns the master recordings to all of his albums, signed with Sony Music Nashville in 2013, but left after the label realized Brooks was unwilling to change his stance on digital downloads and streaming.

“When it came to Sony, they realized no digital downloads, no streaming, and no YouTube — there’s a big one right there,” he says. “So those three things you realize, ‘Holy cow, I’m no good to a label, so maybe the label I need to be on is something that works in this area here.'”

Brooks has since partnered with Amazon Music for streaming and digital downloads. He says the opportunity was a “no brainer” since they also have a physical component.

“Right when the label was being formed, we got a call from Amazon, out of the blue,” he explains. “We had wonderful talks with Spotify and we’ve had honest conversations with iTunes, but none of them were what we needed. We needed somebody who was involved in digital and physical and streaming — all three. There ain’t anybody like that out there, until now. So, when Amazon called, it was like a no brainer. And Amazon was just quoted as the most reliable retail source on the planet, so it seemed like a great marriage. It’s just starting.”

Also during the speech, it was noted that Brooks latest single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down And Dance,” is working its way into the Top 10, which is a feat for an independent artist. He also confirmed a new live album, jokingly called Triple Live, coming after the North American leg of the tour wraps this fall. No other details were revealed.

See the entire keynote below.

Justin Moore celebrates sixth No 1

Justin Moore celebrates sixth #1

“You Look Like I Need A Drink” is from Moore’s Kinda Don’t Care album

Joined by peers, friends and his Big Machine Label Group family, Justin Moore raised a glass to his sixth No. 1, “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” and its songwriters Rodney Clawson, Natalie Hemby and Matt Dragstrem. Fittingly surrounded by a vast selection of beverages at South, the BMI and ASCAP hosted event drew a large crowd of revelers and well-wishers including producers Jeremy Stover, Julian Raymond and BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta. The latter two marked their first No. 1 hit as producers.

The first single from Moore’s fourth studio album, Kinda Don’t Care, “You Look Like I Need A Drink” acted as a catalyst for the project’s success. He achieved his third No. 1 spot on the country charts upon the album’s release and produced his second single, “Somebody Else Will.” Moore performed the Top 40-and-rising tune this week during his Grand Ole Opry performance. The multi-platinum selling artist is currently traversing the US on the American Made Tour with co-headliner Lee Brice performing for packed audiences through April. He will also perform at the NASCAR All Star Race Concert on May 20th in Charlotte, NC.

Moore will make his late-night debut on March 7th when he performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.

Three iconic Glen Campbell albums reissued on vinyl

Glen Campbell - Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman, Galveston

Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston, the star-making albums that helped make Glen Campbell a global superstar and household name, will be reissued on vinyl on March 24th via Capitol Nashville/UMe. The three titles, which haven’t been available on vinyl for decades, will be released on standard black vinyl and housed in replicas of the original sleeve art. Each album will also receive a limited edition color run that will be available exclusively at GlenCampbell.com at a later date.

Gentle on My Mind, released in 1967 on Capitol Records, was Campbell’s breakthrough album. It was the first to go to No. 1 on the country music charts and reach the platinum sales mark of one million albums sold. At its heart was the single, “Gentle on My Mind,” a cover of John Hartford’s original that so enchanted Campbell, he called in some of his buddies from his legendary studio band, The Wrecking Crew (which included Leon Russell), and recorded it himself to submit to his producer Al De Lory. His first major hit, the song earned him his first two Grammy Awards and made the Arkansas native a rising star.

Released as Campbell was becoming a television star, film actor and crossover sensation, Wichita Lineman remains Campbell’s best-selling album. The double-platinum release reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed there for a month (bracketed by Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and only unseated by The Beatles (The White Album). Wichita Lineman stayed atop the country music charts for 20 weeks and was the year’s top release in the genre. Centerpiece single, “Wichita Lineman,” written by Campbell’s songwriting soulmate Jimmy Webb, was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards and Single of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. In 2000, the title track – one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” – was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Campbell teamed up with Webb again for two hits on his next album, Galveston, released in 1969. The title track returned to No. 1 and was a crossover hit. The duo logged another minor hit with the follow up single, “Where’s the Playground Susie.” Campbell’s last platinum-selling album of his late-1960s run arrived as he began to host his own television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and became a household name in the U.S.

Taken together, Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston capture the Country Music and Musicians Halls of Fame member at the height of his powers. A country superstar, a member of The Beach Boys with his fingerprints on music history, one of pop’s greatest guitar players – all his personas can be found on this amazing run of albums.

Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind

Gentle On My Mind

Side A

1. Gentle on My Mind
2. Catch the Wind
3. It’s Over
4. Bowling Green
5. Just Another Man
6. You’re My World

Side B

1. The World I Used to Know
2. Without Her
3. Mary in the Morning
4. Love Me As If There Were No Tomorrow
5. Cryin’

Wichita Lineman

Side A

1. Wichita Lineman
2. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay
3. If You Go Away
4. Ann
5. Words
6. Fate of Man

Side B

1.Dreams of the Everyday Housewife
2. The Straight Life
3. Reason to Believe
4. You Better Sit Down Kids
5. That’s Not Home

Glen Campbell - Glaveston

Galveston

Side A

1. Galveston
2. Take My Hand for a While
3. If This is Love
4. Today
5. Got to Have Tenderness
6. Friends

Side B

1. Where’s the Playground Susie
2. Time
3. Until It’s Time for You to Go
4. Oh What a Woman
5. Every Time I Itch I End Up Scratchin’ You

Florida Georgia Line, Nelly announce The Smooth Tour

Florida Georgia Line, Nelly & Chris Lane - The Smooth Tour 2017

Musical worlds will collide this summer as superstar Country duo Florida Georgia Line, Hip-hop Icon Nelly and breakout star Chris Lane embark on the groundbreaking, genre-busting The Smooth Tour 2017, presented by Old Camp Whiskey and sponsored by Advance Auto Parts.

Offering an unparalleled night of crossover hits, the super tour begins June 2nd in Austin, Texas, with stops nationwide in cities like San Diego, Denver and Tampa. The Smooth Tour 2017 ends with a two-night stand October 20 – 21 in Alpharetta, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, a melting pot for inventive collaborations. Tickets to 39 select shows are on sale now as part of Live Nation’s Megaticket. Live Nation is the official promoter of the tour and remaining dates go on sale beginning February 24th.

“It’s good to be back out on tour with some of our best friends, Nelly and Chris Lane,” exclaims FGL’s Brian Kelley. “If it’s any indication of our ballpark tour a couple years ago, this should be the party of the year! We are excited to see and connect with all of our fans, and make as many memories as we can.”

FGL and Nelly first collaborated on a remix of the duo’s epic 2012 debut single, “Cruise,” a Diamond-certified hit that reached No. 4 on Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 chart. Since then, they have teamed up for numerous concert and award show appearances. Lane broke out in 2015 with his addictive GOLD-certified No. 1 debut, “Fix,” and is currently out on FGL’s 2017 Dig Your Roots Tour.

FGL’s electrifying 2017 Dig Your Roots is on the road now, selling out shows in support of their chart-topping BMLG Records Dig Your Roots album. The project has already delivered back-to-back No. 1 singles with the 2X Platinum-certified “H.O.L.Y.” – which spent an incredible 18 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart – and Gold-certified “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw). The duo’s third chart-rising single, “God, Your Mama, And Me,” is a knockout collaboration with Backstreet Boys. To date, the undeniable duo has notched 12 chart-topping singles.

GET TICKETS

JUNE

June 2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
June 3 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
June 15 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
June 16 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
June 24 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 25 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

JULY

July 21 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
July 22 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
July 23 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 27 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

AUGUST

August 3 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
August 4 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
August 5 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 10 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 17 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
August 18 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theater
August 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

SEPTEMBER

September 7 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
September 8 – San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Amphitheater (formerly San Manuel Amphitheater)
September 9 – San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
September 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 14 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
September 15 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
September 16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 21 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
September 22 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
September 23 – Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
September 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
September 30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

OCTOBER

October 1 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
October 6 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
October 7 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
October 12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
October 13 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 14 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
October 19 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
October 20 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheater
October 21 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheater

Reba maintains No 1 album with ‘Sing It Now’

Reba McEntire - Sing It Now - Songs of Faith & Hope

Iconic entertainer Reba McEntire mesmerizes an audience like no other and the mutual adoration continues as Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope remains perched atop both Billboard Country and Christian/Gospel charts for a second consecutive week. With the double-disc album – her thirteenth summit to No. 1 – Reba maintains the record for the most Top Country Albums No.1s among women and only the second artist to have a chart-topping album in each of the last four decades. Nash Icon Records and Capitol Christian Music Group jointly released the collection of traditional hymns and contemporary tracks, featuring her sisters, mom, Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and The Isaacs. The music video for the lead single “Back To God” has already garnered over 4.8 million views to date.

During her first-ever headline gigs at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Reba performed for two hours each during the pair of shows last Wednesday (Feb 15th). In between stories stemming from her Oklahoma roots to successful acting roles and milestones throughout her illustrious career, the GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist performed a mix across 35 No.1 hits and the new music with high praise pouring in:

“Some people sing. Other people entertain. More than four decades into her recording career,
Reba McEntire still has the market cornered on both.”
The Tennessean


“…we were all reminded of the reason Reba McEntire has sustained a career in Country music
for 41 years—she’s simply the best!”
Nash Country Daily


“…witnessed a master at work.”
CMT.com


“…the audience rose to embrace the legendary entertainer from the pews.”
MusicRow


Wednesday night (Feb 22nd), Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together In Vegas returns as the longest-running country act in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace history.