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Luke Bryan Announces Early 2014 Tour


Luke Bryan won't be taking much time off between road trips.  The country star, who's set to wrap up his "Dirt Road Diaries Tour" later this month, has announced plans for his 2014 "That's My Kind Of Night Tour."  The singer's 18-date trek will begin in Columbus, Ohio on January 16th, and come to a close in Bossier City, Louisiana on March 8th.  Luke will bring Lee Brice and Cole Swindell with him to open the shows.


2014 "That's My Kind of Night Tour"


January 16 - Columbus, OH        Schottenstein Center

January 17 - Lexington, KY          Rupp Arena

January 18 - Knoxville, TN           Thompson-Boling Arena

January 23 - Uncasville, CT         Mohegan Sun Arena

January 25 - New York City, NY  Madison Square Garden

January 30 - Lubbock, TX            United Spirit Arena

January 31 - Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

February 6 - Moline, IL                   iWireless Center

February 7 - Cedar Falls, IA          UNI-Dome

February 8 - Omaha, NE               CenturyLink Center

February 13 - Greensboro, NC     Greensboro Coliseum Complex

February 14 - Wilkes Barre, PA    Mohegan Sun Arena

February 15 - Atlantic City, NJ      Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

February 28 - Fargo, ND               Fargodome

March 1 - Bismarck, ND          Bismarck Civic Center Arena

March 2 - St. Paul, MN             Xcel Energy Solutions Arena

March 7 - Memphis, TN            FedEx Forum

March 8 - Bossier City, LA       CenturyLink Center


Kip Moore Unveils Dates For Headlining Tour


Kip Moore is still hitting the road next month.  But instead of opening shows for Lady Antebellum, he'll be playing his own headlining dates.  The country singer will launch his "Burn The Whole World Down Tour" with a show in Jacksonville, Florida on November 15th.  Kip says he named the trek after a song he's working on for his next album.  He adds that he'll be including some of his new material in his sets.  Moore explains that "the best way to test out new songs is always to play them live for the fans," and he's looking forward to getting their feedback.  Select shows will also feature Drake White and Joey Hyde as openers.


Moore will also tour with Lady Antebellum.  But Lady A's trek, which was originally scheduled to begin in November, has been pushed back to January.


Kip Moore's "Burn The Whole World Down Tour" Dates


November 15 - Jacksonville, Florida, at Mavericks Rock N' Honky Tonk

November 16 - Tampa, Florida, at The Dallas Bull

November 21 - New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Civic Theater

November 22 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the Texas Club

November 23 - Mobile, Alabama, at the Soul Kitchen Music Hall

December 4 - Oxford, Ohio, at the Brick Street Bar

December 6 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at The District

December 7 - Madison, Wisconsin, at the Orpheum Theatre

December 12 - Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Egyptian Room

December 13 - Detroit, Michigan, at The Fillmore

December 14 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the House of Blues


Florida Georgia Line To Play Billboard Touring Awards Show


Florida Georgia Line will be helping "Billboard" celebrate a milestone for the publication, and helping a good cause in the process.  The country duo has been tapped to headline a special show marking the tenth anniversary of the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards.  Money raised through the concert will go to Musicians On Call, which provide live music and recordings for patients in healthcare facilities.  Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says he and Tyler Hubbard are "honored to be a part of this event," because they're "huge supporters" of Musicians On Call and believe "music equals healing." 


Hubbard adds that the duo has been "given so much this year," so they want to "give back in any way" they can."  Florida Georgia Line will also take part in the conference, participating in the event's Artist Development Case Study.  The tenth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards will take place in New York on November 13th and 14th.


Ty Herndon Returning With New Album


Ty Herndon admits he wasn't sure just how he could "reinvent" himself and make his return to country music.  The singer tells he "kind of took some of that pressure off" by working with new producers and engineers on his upcoming album, "Lies I Told Myself."  He adds that he also paid attention to what's currently being played on the radio, and noticed it's "more of a pop sound with a country artist in the background."  Ty says he kept that in mind as he picked songs for the project, but also wanted to "stay true" to his "aesthetic of being a country artist."  And he believes he found the right balance.  Herndon adds that he really enjoyed recording the album.  The title track is the lead-off single from the disc, and Ty says fans are really responding to the song when he performs it in concert.


"Lies I Told Myself" will arrive in stores on October 22nd.  It's Herndon's first country album in seven years, and follows his 2010 bluegrass gospel album "Journey On."


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Gets Recognized


The public is getting more familiar with Florida Georgia Line.  The country duo's Brian Kelley says he was recently driving down the Interstate just outside of Nashville, and when he passed one car he's pretty sure he was recognized.

          {FLGALineRecognized2_1}      Q...pretty funny      000:11 Kelley admits he wasn't exactly trying to hide himself.  The singer says he had all the windows down and was "flying, just jammin' to some music."  He adds that he "kinda looked over" at the other car as he passed it.


Musgraves Developing Large Fan Base With Personal Songs


Kacey Musgraves says she bases her songs on her own experiences.  But the country singer is discovering that lots of people -- and not just Americans -- can relate to the things she's gone through.  She tells the "London Evening Standard" her concert debut in Oslo, Norway was a sell-out, and throughout her European tour people told her that her songs were about their lives.  Musgraves explains that she's singing about " a mindset," so while the specifics might be different her songs have universal themes and international appeal.


Kacey adds that her goal is to be authentic.  She says she'd "rather be recognized for being real than having a pretty voice or a pretty face."  The singer admits looks matter in the music industry, but "you don’t want to be sexy and have no brain or be all brain and have no sex appeal."  Musgraves believes there's "a balance," and she appreciates the artists who've "figured out how to have both."


Scotty McCreery Trying To Balance Traditional, Contemporary Country


Scotty McCreery admits that making records is a bit of a stylistic challenge for him.  The singer tells "CMT Hot 20 Countdown" that he's "an old soul" with "that traditional country" in him who wants to have fun and make his music sound "contemporary and current."  But Scotty thinks they succeeded on his new album, "See You Tonight."  He says he believes they "zoned in" and "got that mix just about right."  McCreery adds that having his sophomore album now in stores opens up the possibilities for his concerts.  He says he's "kind of revamping the whole show," and is performing "a lot more" of his own songs.  McCreery will be featured on "CMT Hot 20 Countdown," airing on CMT Saturday and Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.


Luke Bryan Bags His First Elk


Luke Bryan is experiencing another "first," but this one has nothing to do with music.  The country star's latest achievement is more of a personal milestone.


Bryan admits it was very exciting to bag his first elk.  But he's not sure when he'll get the chance to try it again.  Luke says he'll head back into the woods as soon as he can, but he's really busy this hunting season.  The singer is wrapping up is "Dirt Road Diaries Tour," which comes to a close next week.  But he won't be off the road for long.  Bryan just announced dates for his "That's My Kind Of Night Tour," which begins in January.


Miranda Lambert Gets Library Section


Miranda Lambert is helping her hometown promote literacy.  The "Tyler Morning Telegraph" says Lindale, Texas library has designated a new section to the country star.  And the shelves are stocked with books about a subject that is near and dear to Miranda.  The area features reading material about animals and pets. The Lindale Library held a dedication ceremony for the section on Sunday, marking a second big hometown occasion for the singer.  Miranda's second Pink Pistol store held its grand opening celebration at the new Lindale location over the weekend as well.


Taylor Swift Pleased To Have Country Music Ed Center


Taylor Swift is really proud to have her name on the new education center at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  The singer says she hopes when young country music fans visit, the center enhances the experience.  Taylor adds that the museum provides an opportunity for discovery she wasn't even aware existed when she was a child.


The Taylor Swift Education Center is now open.  Taylor took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony last weekend to officially launch the facility.  The museum developed the center from Swift's four-million-dollar donation, which is the largest contribution ever to the museum from an individual artist.


Country Birthdays Include


Josh Gracin is 33.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1968, Tammy Wynette's single "Stand By Your Man" entered the charts.


Today in 1980, "The Legend Of Wooley Swamp" by Charlie Daniels peaked at number 31 on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1991, Travis Tritt's single "Anymore" topped the country charts.


Today in 1992, Lynn Anderson was released from jail in Nashville after serving a two-day contempt of court sentence for swearing at her former husband in front of their teenage children.


Today in 2000, Alan Jackson's record label announced that the single "www.memory" was Alan's fastest rising song since "Little Bitty" hit the charts back in October of 1996.


Today in 2001, Trace Adkins' album, "Chrome," debuted at number four on the "Billboard" Country Album Chart, becoming the highest chart debut of his entire career.


Today in 2003, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors performed at Chicago's Teacherpalooza, a free concert and barbecue event honoring teachers.


Today in 2005, Charlie Daniels received the BMI Icon Award during publisher's BMI's 53rd annual Country Awards gala in Nashville.


Today in 2005, new CD releases included Martina McBride's "Timeless," Billy Currington's "Doin' Somethin' Right," Tracy Lawrence's "Then & Now: The Hits Collection," and "Joy Lynn White's "One More Time."


Today in 2006, The funeral mass for the late Freddy Fender took place at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in San Benito, Texas.  Fender died four days earlier after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 69.


Today in 2006, Tim McGraw attended the Los Angeles premiere of the movie "Flicka."  McGraw was one of the movie's stars, and he contributed the song "My Little Girl" to the soundtrack.


Today in 2008, Johnny Cash received another official pardon from authorities in Starkville, Mississippi, who formally forgave him for allegedly picking flowers in someone's yard after a show.  Cash was arrested in the 1965 incident and spent the night in jail, which inspired his song "Starkville City Jail."  Starkville's mayor originally gave the country legend his posthumous pardon at the 1st annual Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival in 2007.  With his repeat of the gesture it's become a featured highlight of the event.


Today in 2008, Tammy Cochran was both a performer and a guest speaker at the seventh annual Moonlight Martinis benefit, hosted by the North Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Today in 2009, Toby Keith was named the 2000-2009 Artist/Songwriter of the Decade at the 39th anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony.  Also during the event Tammy Wynette was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in the Songwriter/Artist category.


Today in 2010, Dierks Bentley launched a four-night stand in New York City with a country concert at the Bowery Ballroom.  Other shows focused on his songwriting and his bluegrass music.


Today in 2011, new releases included Montgomery Gentry's "Rebels on the Run," Brantley Gilbert's "Modern Day Prodigal Son," Shleby Lynne's "Revelation Road," and Kentucky Headhunters' "Dixie Lullabies."


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