The Winners Are In For The 56th ACM Awards

Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton’s cohosting duties at 56th ACM Awards are a wrap and the winners have been chosen.

Alan Jackson’s performance brought COUNTRY music to the ACM Awards. Carrie Underwood and CeCe Winans took us all to church. Which was definitely needed.

Congrats to all of the winners and to the artists who performed at the 2021 ACM Awards. Hopefully next year…we will see Morgan Wallen who definitely deserves to be there.

Jason Aldean Is Ready To Play Again

Jason Aldean is set for his first performances in over a year, with two headlining shows at Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee, on May 14-15.

JASON ALDEAN: Live at The Bonnaroo Farm will host a limited number of fans in socially distanced, four-person pods, with tickets beginning at $99 per pod. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 9 at 10 am. CT at jasonaldean.comand bonnaroofarm.com, with $1 from each ticket benefiting the Bonnaroo Works Fund.

“You could’ve asked me to play a gas station at this point and I would say yes,” Aldean said. “So being able to setup the full show with all the band guys plugged in is going to make for a really good time. We’re going to turn it up – there’s nobody out there to bother – and make up for some lost time for sure.” 

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to create their own comfortable space within their pod. Concessions and merchandise will be available on-site through mobile ordering. Masks will be required for all attendees when moving around the venue, but may be removed while inside their own reserved seating area. 

As more people across the country continue to receive their COVID-19 vaccines, concert venues are slowly adding new shows. Other artists slated to perform at Bonnaroo Farm in coming months include bluegrass artist Billy Strings, Jon Pardi, and The Avett Brothers. Meanwhile, the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is set for Sept. 2-5, 2021.

You can read more at CMT.

Eric Church Is Coming To A City Near You…Hopefully

Eric Church has announced plans to return to finally hit the road in the Fall of 2021. The country superstar revealed the venues and dates for his Gather Again Tour, which is set to launch on Sept. 17 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

Billboard reports that Church and his band are scheduled to hit 55 cities in North America before wrapping the road trek at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 20, 2022.

Seats for the upcoming shows will be sold at full capacity, featuring seating in the round.

Tickets for the U.S. dates are set to go on sale to members of Church’s fan club, the Church Choir, on May 4. General public ticket sales will follow on May 7, with Canadian dates to going on sale “soon,” per Billboard.

Church is also set to release a triple album project titled Heart & Soul in three parts in April. Heart is due out on April 16, followed by the Church Choir fan club-only release on April 20 and Soul on April 23.

Eric Church’s 2021 Gather Again Tour Dates:

Sept. 17, 2021 – Rupp Arena Lexington, Ky.
Sept. 18, 2021 – Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 24, 2021 – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 25, 2021 – KeyBank Center Buffalo, N.Y.
Oct. 1, 2021 – Alerus Center Grand Forks, N.D.
Oct. 2, 2021 – Bell MTS Place Winnipeg, Manitoba
Oct. 8, 2021 – PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, Pa.
Oct. 9, 2021 – Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pa.
Oct. 15, 2021 – Ball Arena Denver, Colo.
Oct. 22, 2021 – Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, Alberta
Oct. 23, 2021 – SaskTel Centre Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Oct. 29, 2021 – Rogers Arena Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct. 30, 2021 – Climate Pledge Arena Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 12, 2021 – Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, Tenn.
Nov. 13, 2021 – Ford Center Evansville, Ind.
Dec. 3, 2021 – SNHU Arena Manchester, N.H.
Dec. 4, 2021 – UBS Arena Belmont Park, N.Y.
Dec. 10, 2021 – The Anthem Washington, D.C.
Dec. 11, 2021 – The Anthem Washington, D.C.
Dec. 17, 2021 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena Greenville, S.C.
Dec. 18, 2021 – Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, N.C.
Jan. 7, 2022 – Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, Neb.
Jan. 8, 2022 – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jan. 14, 2022 – Scotiabank Arena Toronto, Ontario
Jan. 15, 2022 – Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa, Ontario
Jan. 21, 2022 – Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jan. 22, 2022 – Little Caesars Arena Detroit, Mich.
Feb. 4, 2022 – KFC Yum! Center Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 5, 2022 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Ind.
Feb. 11, 2022 – CHI Health Center Omaha Omaha, Neb.
Feb. 12, 2022 – Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa
Feb. 18, 2022 – T-Mobile Center Kansas City, Mo.
Feb 19, 2022 – BOK Center Tulsa, Okla.
Feb. 25, 2022 – Hampton Coliseum Hampton, Va.
Feb. 26, 2022 – Spectrum Center Charlotte, N.C.
March 4, 2022 – Amway Center Orlando, Fla.
March 5, 2022 – Amalie Arena Tampa, Fla.
March 11, 2022 – United Center Chicago, Ill.
March 12, 2022 – Enterprise Center St. Louis, Mo.
March 18, 2022 – Resch Center Green Bay, Wis.
March 19, 2022 – Resch Center Green Bay, Wis.
March 25, 2022 – Legacy Arena at the BJCC Birmingham, Ala.
March 26, 2022 – Simmons Bank Arena Little Rock, Ark.
April 1, 2022 – Dickies Arena Fort Worth, Texas
April 2, 2022 – AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas
April 8, 2022 – Toyota Center Houston, Texas
April 9, 2022 – Smoothie King Center New Orleans, La.
April 15, 2022 – Moda Center Portland, Ore.
April 16, 2022 – Spokane Arena Spokane, Wash.
April 29, 2022 – ExtraMile Arena Boise, Idaho
April 30, 2022 – Vivint Arena Salt Lake City, Utah
May 6, 2022 – Pechanga Arena San Diego, Calif.
May 7, 2022 – STAPLES Center Los Angeles, Calif.
May 11, 2022 – Golden 1 Center Sacramento, Calif.
May 13, 2022 – T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nev.
May 14, 2022 – Gila River Arena Glendale, Ariz.
May 20, 2022 – Madison Square Garden New York, N.Y.


Read More: Eric Church Sets Gather Again Tour Dates for Fall of 2021 

Payton Smith LIVE From Ole Red In Nashville

Had the chance to see Payton Smith on his radio tour and was blown away by his talent. He plays guitar like Keith Urban and sings his ass off. You can feel the energy when he performs and he’s one of the most humble people you can ever meet. Blake Shelton’s Ole Red in Nashville has been giving new artists a chance to work and showcase their talent during a time a lot of new artists can’t. This news couldn’t be any better for Payton Smith.


Opry Entertainment has tapped Payton Smith as Artist in Residence over the next few months at Ole Red Nashville. The 21-year-old Louisiana native will take the stage every Wednesday from April 7 through June 30 – except April 14 – beginning at 8:00 pm CT. The first hour will be live-streamed via RIFF with the second hour featuring surprise appearances. Guests are invited to dine and watch the show live at Ole Red Nashville. No tickets are required. Ole Red upholds enhanced safety measures at every guest and staff touch point to ensure everyone’s experience is safe and fun. To review Ole Red’s updated COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit olered.com.

Alan Jackson’s New Album Will Be Here May 14th

Alan Jackson has new music coming in May!

It’s COUNTRY and we wouldn’t expect anything less from Alan Jackson who never sells out. He’s been real country since 1989.

Alan Jackson’s Twitter, “Where Have You Gone, the new album from Alan Jackson, will be released on May 14th and is available for pre-order NOW! The title track as well as “Things That Matter” and “Way Down In My Whiskey” are now on all streaming platforms.”

According to a listing at Amazon, Jackson will release “Where Have You Gone” on May 14, 2021. The 21-song project features several tracks inspired directly by Jackson’s family, including two songs that he wrote for his daughters’ weddings, “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “I Do.” There’s also a song inspired by Jackson’s mother titled “Where Her Heart Has Always Been,” which he wrote for her funeral. That track features an old recording of her reading from the Bible.

Can’t wait to hear this entire new album from one of the best to ever be apart of country music. Country music is alive and well y’all.

FGL’s Brian Kelley Inked A Solo Deal

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s BRIAN KELLEY (BK) has signed with WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE (WMN) to support his solo artist venture, NASHVILLE SOUTH RECORDS, INC, created specifically by KELLEY as an outlet for his solo projects. He is being represented by FULL STOP MANAGEMENT in partnership with WHY&HOW. A solo album is in the works for later this year.

“We are honored that BRIAN KELLEY chose WMN as home to his solo endeavors,” said WMN EVP/A&R CRIS LACY in a press release. “I’ve been an FGL [FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE] believer from day one, and BK’s clear vision for himself and his upcoming project is a testament to his heart, soul, and talent. His new music is the perfect antidote to 2020, and what an incredible way to start 2021!”
 
“I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has helped me on my journey to get here,” said KELLEY’s prepared statement. “I’m humbled to team up with WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE to take the music I’ve been dreamin’ and schemin’ up to the next level. This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure. My vision for what’s next is a vibe and state of mind – get ready to ride the wave with ya Beach Cowboy, y’all!”

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE remains signed to BMLG RECORDS.

Kelley also teased his new music on Instagram on Tuesday (March 30), by wiping his Instagram profile clean and uploading a single music video clip with a vibe that’s equal parts western and coastal.

The video is captioned, “There’s a new kind of cowboy in town… who’s ready to ride this wave?”

Sources: All Access, Billboard, CMT and Brian Kelley’s Instagram

Blake Shelton’s New Album “Body Language” Is Almost Here

It’s now been three and a half years since Blake Shelton released a full-length studio album. So, we’d say it’s about time. This spring Blake will add to his massive legacy with Body LanguageBody Language, is due May 21 (available for pre-order April 23), the album features 12 tracks, including the No. 1 duet Happy Anywhere and current single “Minimum Wage.”

BODY LANGUAGE TRACKLISTING
1.    Minimum Wage (Nicolle Galyon, Jesse Frasure, Corey Crowder)
2.    Body Language (feat. The Swon Brothers) (Colton Swon, Zach Swon, Matt McGinn, Ryan Beaver)
3.    Happy Anywhere (feat. Gwen Stefani) (Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins)
4.    Now I Don’t (Jessi Alexander, Alyssa Vanderheym, Michael Hardy)
5.    Monday Mornin’ Missin’ You (Jessi Alexander, Deric Ruttan, Josh Thompson)
6.    Corn (Craig Wiseman, Matt Dragstrem, Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawon)
7.    Makin’ It Up As You Go (Brad Tursi, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
8.    Whatcha Doin’ Tomorrow (Dallas Davidson, Kyle Fishman, Casey Beathard)
9.    The Girl Can’t Help It (Ben Hayslip, Josh Osborne, Mark Holman)
10. The Flow (Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne)
11. Neon Time (Jaron Boyer, Michael Tyler, Ben West)
12. Bible Verses (Joe Fox, Andrew Peebles, Brett Sheroky)

Chase Bryant Is Finally Back With New Music

Chase Bryant has had a rough go. After letting the world know about his attempted suicide. In a interview with PEOPLE he said, “I was chasing success…I wasn’t chasing happiness…I was trying to be something I wasn’t. I was just being who they told me to be”

It was 2018 Chase Bryant — best know for country hits such as “Take It on Back” and “Little Bit of You” — got into his truck, placed a handwritten note on his passenger seat and drove to a Nashville gas station where he would ultimately place the barrel of his loaded .357 revolver to his head.

Thank God he didn’t follow through with the ultimate solution to a temporary problem. Life will kick you down and continue to kick you while you’re down. You have to find a way to get your ass up and live. Live everyday God gives you. Kick life’s ass, show people you what you’re made of and show people love while doing so. Unless they’re an asshole. Then by all means cut them out of your life and let them see the your success from the sidelines.

Chase Bryant is back with a hell of a new song that screams COUNTRY and TEXAS! It’s called “Upbringing.”

We couldn’t be more proud of Chase for letting people in on personal his life and how it almost got the best of him. Life is not easy, but giving up is never the answer.

You can read more of his interview with PEOPLE here.

Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous Hits It’s 10th Week At The Top Of Billboard

Our prediction was spot on. Morgan Wallen is still not being canceled all thanks to country music fans and people who know people aren’t perfect. Morgan may say dumb shit, but he’s absolutely one of the best people to ever get to know personally. He’s real and honest. His music speaks for itself. It’s fucking great.

Morgan Wallen continues his reign as the best selling artist of 2021! The cancel culture went after him and it’s clearly not working. Morgan’s sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album, sits at No. 1 for a 10th consecutive week now.

According to Billboard, Dangerous is the first album to spend its first 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since 1987, when Whitney Houston’s Whitney album logged all 11 of its weeks at No. 1 from its debut week (from the June 27 through Sept. 5, 1987-dated charts). Before that, the only other album to spend its first 10 weeks at No. 1 on the chart, which began regularly publishing as a weekly survey in March of 1956, was Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life. It spent its first 13 weeks at No. 1 (of a total of 14 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1) from the Oct. 16, 1976, through Jan. 8, 1977-dated charts. Notably Dangerous is the first album to accomplish the feat since MRC Data (then SoundScan) information began powering the chart in May of 1991.

Dangerous is also the first album to string together 10 weeks in a row at No. 1 in total since Adele’s 21 linked 10 weeks in 2012 (of its total 24 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1).

Dangerous is one of just four country albums to spend at least 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — since the chart began publishing on a regular weekly basis in March of 1956. (Country albums are defined as those that have charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.) Ahead of Dangerous among country sets with the most weeks at No. 1: Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind (18 weeks, 1991-92), Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All (17, 1992) and Taylor Swift’s Fearless (11, 2008-09).

Will Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous album hit 11 weeks at the top of of Billboards albums chart to tie Whitney Houston’s Whitney album? We will see next week.

You can read more at Billboard.

Kenny Chesney’s Chillaxification Tour Now Pushed To 2022

This is not the news that country music fans want to see. Looks like Kenny Chesney has postponed his Chillaxification Tour, again. Chesney and his team are pushing his plans back to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenny’s Chillaxification Tour was originally set for the spring and summer of 2020, then it was postponed to the spring and summer of 2021, Chesney will now stay off the road until 2022. A press release explains that he would rather wait another year for the all clear than try to run the tour at a reduced capacity and with pandemic-related guidelines and safety regulations varying from state to state and venue to venue. Kenny and his team feel this is the best decision.

Kenny Chesney said, “we have waited for so long, I can’t play knowing I would disappoint a portion of No Shoes Nation who wouldn’t be able to get into the stadiums and the amphitheaters. There’s no way around that this year. As much I hate postponing further, I would hate telling people who waited we won’t be able to let them come due to capacity restrictions. That’s just not fair.”

Chesney’s 2022 tour will apparently stop at the same stadiums that were scheduled for his 2021 tour, but the tour’s name and supporting lineup, and the show itself, will be different. The press release also teases new music in the setlists.

Read More: Kenny Chesney Pushes Chillaxification Tour to 2022