Trace Adkins Making TV Appearances This Weekend; Two New Vocalists Added to Tour


Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins has a busy weekend lined up, starting with a Friday morning performance on FOX News' Fox & Friends. The mini-concert is open to the public; head over to FoxandFriends.com/Concert for further details. On Saturday, Trace performs the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park as the Red Sox take on the Yankees. Look for that game on FOX as well.Trace is also keeping the road hot with his band, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club.  They've just added a female vocal duo to the lineup: Jill & Kate, who previously toured as backup singers with Kelly Clarkson for six years.  Trace says with a smile, "With the addition of these soulful voices, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club may just have a shot at salvation after all."Trace is on the road playing 30 shows between now and an October 25 date in Raleigh, NC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Miranda Lambert and Crystal Light Introduce "Playable Poster" Technology on Plat


Image Courtesy Kraft Foods GroupMiranda Lambert and Crystal Light have partnered to create the United States' first-ever "playable poster" to give fans a chance to listen to her latest album, Platinum.The new technology will be on display at stops on Miranda's Platinum tour. The Crystal Light poster uses conductive ink to sends a signal to a tiny processor that sends the music through a mega-watt speaker attached to the back of the poster.Miranda says, "I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music. What better way to kick off the Platinum tour than with my favorite brand Crystal Light, and a fun, unique way for concertgoers to enjoy my album.”Miranda's Platinum tour continues through October.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tyler Farr Drops First Single from Upcoming Sophomore Album


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is following up his back-to-back #1 hits, "Whiskey in My Water" and "Redneck Crazy," with a brand-new single from a brand-new album.The song is called "A Guy Walks into a Bar," but it's not the amped-up party anthem you might expect based on the title. The heartbreak ballad tells the story of a guy starting a relationship with a girl he meets in a bar, only to return to the watering hole once she eventually says goodbye."A Guy Walks into a Bar" is now available for digital download at iTunes.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Georgia Line's Concert Crowds Include Fans of All Ages


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is credited with introducing a younger generation to country music in the past few years, but that doesn't mean their fans are all in high school and college. In fact, the duo's Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they see pretty much every age group represented at their concerts and the meet-and-greets they hold before the show stars."It's a pretty nice mix," says Tyler. "You got five-year-old kids. You got [a] 70-year-old coming through."FGL's Brian Kelley adds, "And then you got the parents coming, too. College kids."Tyler goes on to call their shows a "big family night," but he stresses, "At the same time, it's a party."Thanks to their collaborations with Nelly and Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line has picked up a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn't listen to country music. The duo takes that as a big compliment.Says Brian, "We love representing country music. We feel it's an honor. We take pride in it. We love the format -- it's amazing. It's changed our life. Country music is alive and well more than ever it feels like."Florida Georgia Line's string of hits continues with their latest single, "Dirt." Their new album is due out later this year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2014 Dates


ABC/Matt BrownLuke Bryan will launch his sixth annual Farm Tour with an October 1 concert in Knoxville, Tennessee.This year’s Farm Tour will once again include shows in eight towns, wrapping up October 11 with a concert in Macon, Georgia.Last year, Luke performed for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns.A portion of the proceeds from the shows fund local college scholarships for students from a farming family in the communities the tour visits.  Get ticket details at Luke's official website.  Special VIP experiences are also available for purchase. Details at cidentertainment.com.Here are the dates for Farm Tour 2014:10/1 -- Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms 10/2 -- Auburn, AL, Ingram Farms 10/3 -- Tallahassee, FL, Cross Creek Place 10/4 -- Gainesville, FL, Whitehurst Cattle Farm 10/8 -- Statesboro, GA, Perry Field 10/9 -- Athens, GA, Meldon Farm 10/10 -- Columbia, SC, Culler Farms 10/11 -- Macon, GA, Midway at Central City ParkFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Joe Nichols Explains How His "Yeah" Video Went from "Cheap and Cheesy" to Comic


Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols' new video, "Yeah," uses animation to place a young couple on the pages of a comic book as their love story plays out over the course of a night.  It's easily one of country's most compelling videos so far this year, but that comic book effect was actually an afterthought. Joe and his team originally wanted the video to look cheap and cheesy with the couple acting out the song around a fake campfire and fake trees set up in a studio. That idea didn't quite pan out, though.Joe tells ABC News Radio, "It came off looking incredibly cheap and cheesy. That was the only problem. It was supposed to be funny, and it kind of missed."He adds with a laugh, "It just looked like we ran out of money or something."Luckily, Joe's video director had the idea to take that cheesy-looking footage and add animation to create the comic book look."He showed me 30 seconds of it, and I was like, 'Yeah. Love that!' It changed everything, "Joe explains. "It was probably a mediocre video at best to I think it's a pretty dang good one right now.""Yeah" is included on Joe Nichols' latest album, Crickets, now in stores.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan Wait All Year for Their Buck Commander Hunting Trips


Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean and Luke Bryan will join their Buck Commander buddies -- Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame and baseball players Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans -- for about two or three hunting trips this winter. The guys always have a blast on these trips, and all the action ends up on the Outdoor Channel series, Buck Commander.Jason tells USA Today Hunt & Fish magazine, "There are so many hunting shows out there that are all about the technical hunt. But we wanted to capture the fun and friendships that are developed in the outdoors."The hunting trips also give Jason a chance to unwind from the stress of being on the road all summer long.  "It’s like a vacation," Jason says, "and I think all of us, especially with our careers, wait all year for those times.”Jason continues his 2014 Burn It Down tour Friday night in Philadelphia.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Selling Malibu Home for $7.5 Million


Image Courtesy CMAIt looks like Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are pulling up stakes in Malibu. According to Variety, the couple's California home is now on the market for $7.5 million. The house was built in the late '50s and was remodeled in 2007. It boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.Garth and Trisha will be spending more time in Nashville as they spend the next few years on a world tour. They plan to keep a residence back in Oklahoma, too.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Zac Brown Band and More Added to CMA Music Festival Spec


Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new hit, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," on the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special next week on ABC. Zac Brown Band is teaming up with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on the special, and Justin Moore will sing "Home Sweet Home" with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.Look for show hosts Little Big Town to sing in addition to performances from Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. They join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.The CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock airs Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

David Nail Launching I'm a Fire Tour September 11 in Mississippi


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail launches his I'm a Fire tour this fall with special guests Native Run. The first show is set for September 11 in Oxford, MS, with 22 dates announced so far. More shows will be added soon.Headlining his own tour gives David the chance to play much longer sets than he would opening for another artist. He tells Rolling Stone Country, "I've always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75- to 90-minute show. We can show the range of the past three records."Here are the I'm a Fire tour dates: 9/11 -- Oxford, MS, The Lyric Oxford 9/12 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues 9/24 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre 9/26 -- Tallahassee, FL, The Moon 9/27 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues 10/9 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion 10/10 -- Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose 10/16 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Jupiter Bar 10/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Maverick's 10/24 -- Columbia, MO, 9th Street Summerfest 10/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's 10/29 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre 10/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom 10/31 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre 11/6 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center 11/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 11/8 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 11/9 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 11/11 -- London, ON (CAN), London Concert Theater 11/13 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 11/14 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection 11/15 -- Green Bay, WI, Meyer TheatreFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Toby Keith Tops "Forbes" Country Cash Kings List for a Second-Straight Year


Show Dog/Universal Forbes magazine has released their 2014 Country Cash Kings list, and Toby Keith tops the countdown for a second straight year, with an estimated $65 million coming in from his tour dates, restaurants and other business ventures.Taylor Swift is second with $64 million, and Kenny Chesney rounds out the top three with a $44 million payday.In fourth place, Jason Aldean earned $37 million from about 88 shows during the ranking period.  Luke Bryan took in $34 million for a number-five finish.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tim McGraw Reveals Album Cover and Track Listing for "Sundown Heaven Town"


Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw revealed the album cover and track listing for his new project, Sundown Heaven Town. via social media Monday morning. The a album features his latest hit, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" with wife Faith Hill, as well as a collaboration with Kid Rock on the song "Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs." The deluxe edition of Sundown Heaven Town will feature a total of 18 tracks, which is an indication of just how excited Tim is about the new music.He says, "I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could. I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music."Tim has been out on his Sundown Heaven Town tour all summer long. The new album is due out September 16.Here's the Sundown Heaven Town track listing: "Overrated" "City Lights" "Shotgun Rider" "Dust" "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools" (with Catherine Dunn) "Words Are Medicine" "Sick of Me" "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill) "Keep on Truckin'" "Last Turn Home" "Portland, Maine" "Lookin' for That Girl" "Still on the Line"Bonus Tracks: "Kids Today" "Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs" (duet with Kid Rock) "The View" "I'm Feelin' You" "Black Jacket"Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Brantley Gilbert Gets His Racing Fix Watching NASCAR


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleBrantley Gilbert performed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the events surrounding the big NASCAR race there this past weekend. The country star always jumps at the chance to play at NASCAR events since he's such a big fan of the sport. In fact, he recently went out for a couple of laps with NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.Brantley says, "That joker can drive the hell out of some race cars. So I think I became a fan that day of his. He’s just an awesome guy, and it was great hanging out with him.”Like most race fans, Brantley loves to see a good pile-up on the track."I do like watching wrecks," Brantley admits. "I think there’s a few of us out there. It’s fun, you know, when they get a little bit out of control. I don’t want nobody to get hurt."You can catch Brantley on his Let It Ride tour all summer long. His concert dates are posted at BrantleyGilbert.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Blake Shelton Reveals How He and Miranda Lambert Deal with Tabloid Gossip


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert aren't shocked to see their faces on the cover of supermarket tabloids anymore, but Blake says Miranda was pretty upset with the rags started making up stories about their marriage.He explains, "I do think some of that early tabloid stuff that happened probably did have an effect on her, and it was a little tough for her to go through."Miranda is able to shake off the tabloid rumors a little more easily these days, though.Says Blake, "Now it's as common as slapping a fly off of your back. Know what I mean? It's annoying, but you don't even remember that it happened."As for the outrageous stories about Blake and Miranda getting divorced and having babies, Blake says it's never true."There may be a shred of something in there that they grab a hold of, and then they create this alternative reality," he explains. "I would think they would get bored with it after a while, but they don't."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Says Their New Album Is Full of Hit Singles


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has been logging long hours in the studio working on their upcoming album. The new project is due out later this year, and the duo's Tyler Hubbard is giving fans a hint about what to expect with the new music."All of [the songs] have their own flavor, their own taste, and all serve their purpose," Tyler tells Rolling Stone Country. "They fit their slot on the record and it's fun to listen to all the songs and not want to skip one. That's one of our goals when we're recording -- slam an album full of singles and make people want to listen to every song."The first single from FGL's new album, "Dirt," is now on sale at all digital outlets.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cole Swindell Getting a Head Start Writing His Sophomore Album


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell's second single, "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," is still climbing the country chart, but he's already laying the groundwork for his sophomore album. Following up the success of his #1 debut hit, "Chillin' It," is a little intimidating for the Georgia native."As of last weekend, I had a writer out on the road with me in order to get back into the writing thing,” Cole tells Playback STL. “I’m proud of this [album] and my first single, but it puts pressure on you to follow all that up. It’s never too early to get started in my opinion, so I’m excited to get going.”Cole is opening for Luke Bryan this weekend with back-to-back shows in Atlanta.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Band Perry to Appear on Teen Choice Awards August 10


Image Courtesy CMAThe Band Perry has signed on to appear at Teen Choice 2014 airing live on Fox Sunday, August 10. They're up for Choice Country Group at the fan-voted awards show. Teenagers can cast their ballot now at TeenChoiceAwards.com.Look for actress and country star Lucy Hale to appear on Teen Choice 2014, too.  The show begins at 8 p.m. ET and is tape-delayed in Pacific time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks Is Now Playing 10 Shows in Chicago


Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is now playing 10 shows at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, starting September 4. He'll do two shows on September 6, 12 and 13 with single shows also slated for September 5, 11 and 14.Trisha Yearwood is opening all dates on Garth's World Tour, and he's expected to announce another tour city soon. Tickets for the Chicago shows are on sale through Ticketmaster.Garth will announce each city on his World Tour individually at GarthBrooks.com. We'll keep you posted where he's playing next.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Currington Has the Crowds Going Wild with "We Are Tonight"


Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington had his concert crowds in mind when he recorded his latest hit, "We Are Tonight." Now that fans are screaming the lyrics back to him, Billy is seeing his vision for "We Are Tonight" come to life."When I heard the song, I was like, 'Now there is an anthem for the live show,'" Billy explains.  "As I grew to know the song better and better, and, of course, when I finally recorded it, I just started envisioning everybody chanting the 'We Are Tonight.'"The song is now getting the biggest response of any number in Billy's set, so he's pushed "We Are Tonight" towards the end of the show.Says Billy, "People are singing it as loud as they can, probably louder than any song that I have right now. I don’t know if it’s just ‘cause it’s current and they’re hearing it a lot, but, boy, they sing it loud.""We Are Tonight" is the title track of Billy's current album, available in stores and online now. Look for him on the road with Lady Antebellum through August 31.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Is Garth Brooks Planning a Mini-Residency in Chicago?


Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Schmidt RelationsTickets for Garth Brooks' first World Tour stop in Chicago go on sale Friday morning. So far, he's only announced a Thursday, September 4 date at Allstate Arena, but fans can expect more shows to be added once that show sells out.As it stands now, Garth's show is the only event taking place at the Allstate Arena for a three-week period, starting August 24 and running through September 16. That means Garth's Chicago engagement could potentially turn into a mini-residency.Garth will announce future tour cities individually.  His wife Trisha Yearwood is set to open all shows.Fans can expect to hear new music from Garth, as well as his signature hits like "Friends in Low Places" and "The Thunder Rolls." He performed a full-band show at the Wynn Las Vegas this past New Year's Eve, and Garth says all of those '90s hits stood the test of time when he played them for the Sin City crowd."Now, the people's voice will tell me if that happens when we go out on tour," Garth says, "but from an artist looking at the music, I feel very lucky to be associated with songs like those."A new single from Garth is expected at radio in the coming weeks, with a new double-album coming out around Thanksgiving. In addition, his back catalog will be available digitally for the first time soon at GarthBrooks.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio