Keith Urban Adds More Dates To Tour
Keith Urban admits he's very indebted to his followers. The country star says he comes from a "very, very working class family," but things are different for him now because of his fans.
Urban will be out entertaining those fans later this year. The country star and "American Idol" judge has added 17 dates to his "Light the Fuse" trek. The second leg will begin October 18th in Omaha, Nebraska. The tour will begin in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 18th. Urban will be joined by Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch on the outing. Meantime, fans can catch Keith on "American Idol" Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.
Here is a full list of tour dates for the Light The Fuse Tour:
July 18: Cincinnati
July 19: Twin Lakes, Wis.
July 20: Monticello, Iowa
July 25: Charlotte, N.C.
July 26: Raleigh, N.C.
July 27: Atlanta
Aug. 4: Detroit
Aug. 8: Columbia, Md.
Aug. 9: Canandaigua, N.Y.
Aug. 10: Boston
Aug. 15: Austin, Texas
Aug. 16: Houston
Aug. 17: Dallas
Aug. 22: Birmingham, Ala.
Aug. 23: St. Louis
Aug. 24: Indianapolis
Aug. 28: Albuquerque, N.M.
Aug. 30: Denver, Colo. [Dustin Lynch not on this date]
Sept. 12: Cleveland
Sept. 13: Pittsburgh
Sept. 14: Camden, N.J.
Sept. 21: Mountain View, Calif.
Sept. 22: Sacramento, Calif.
Sept. 27: Los Angeles
Sept. 28: San Diego
Sept. 29: Phoenix
Oct. 4: Tampa, Fla.
Oct. 5: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Oct. 18: Omaha, Neb.
Oct. 19: Oklahoma City
Oct. 20: Springfield, Mo.
Oct. 25: Tulsa, Okla.
Oct. 26: Bossier City, La.
Oct. 27: Lafayette, La.
Nov. 8: Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 9: Des Moines, Iowa
Nov. 10: Peoria, Ill.
Nov. 14: Manchester, N.H.
Nov. 15-16: Uncasville, Conn.
Nov. 22: State College, Pa.
Nov. 24: Toledo, Ohio
Dec. 6: Greenville, S.C.
Dec. 7: Charleston, W.Va.
Dec. 8: Louisville, Ky.
Blake Shelton Shares His Objections To Competing Against Usher
Blake Shelton admits he's not thrilled to be up against Usher on "The Voice." Blake tells "People" that the R&B star "stepped into this thing having basically won 'The Voice' already," given Usher's history with Justin Bieber. He explains that when "you discover, and work with, and mentor Justin Bieber," it leaves the rest of them knowing they have a proven talent scout to contend with. Shelton adds that it "isn't fair," because Usher's already found a singing superstar. He also says viewers might notice that he's staring a lot at Shakira this season. Blake explains that he's actually gazing past Usher, to avoid the "cocky and confident" look he has on his face.
But Blake got off to a strong start as the fourth season of "The Voice" launched on NBC Monday night. He's already chosen three contestants for Team Blake. Another episode of blind auditions will air Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
Blake Shelton Explains New Album's Title
Blake Shelton says there is no title track on his new album "Based on a True Story..." Billboard.com says the country star explained at a recent media event that he dislikes the practice of naming an album after a song, calling it "a cop out." Shelton has done so with three of his seven studio discs, and admitted he felt like he "wimped out" when he did. He said the name "Based on a True Story..." stems from how closely he identifies with the material on the album. He explained that every song addresses a situation he's either been through or is currently experiencing. Blake recalled that as he listened to the entire album he could hear his life in it "from start to finish," so he thought "Based on a True Story..." was an honest and appropriate title.
Blake will be marking his album's arrival with a performance this morning on NBC's "Today." But that's not all the singer has going on this week. He's also back on TV with the return of NBC's "The Voice," which launched its fourth season on Monday. Another episode airs tonight.
Thompson Square Feeling Good About "Just Feels Good"
Thompson Square's Shawna Thompson admits that she and Keifer initially felt some pressure regarding their sophomore CD, "Just Feels Good." But the singer tells Billboard.com they've become much more confident about the project as release day arrives -- which has everything to do with the disc's lead-off single, "If I Didn't Have You." She explains that the track's success has taken the pressure off, and they're now "past that." Shawna adds that they believe "Just Feels Good" is a better representation of Thompson Square than their self-titled debut. She says the first album "established" who the duo is, and this time around they've "really focused" on what they want to say with their music. Thompson Square's "Just Feels Good" arrives in stores today.
Lady Antebellum Explains Decision Behind New Album's Title
Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley says there's a reason the group chose the song "Golden" to be the title track to their next album.
Charles adds that he and bandmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood considered several songs as they searched for a name for the disc, explaining that they wanted to pick a track that was representative of the entire project. He says "Golden" got the nod in part because it's a single word, and he thinks there's "something kind of strong about having a one-word title." Lady A's "Golden" features the trio's current hit "Downtown." The album will be in stores on May 7th.
Trace Adkins Reveals Guests, Track List For New Album
Trace Adkins is now revealing the guests featured on his next album. On the eleven-track disc "Love Will...," the country star teams up with Exile for a remake of the group's 1978 hit "Kiss You All Over," and welcomes the Harlem Gospel Choir to join him on the CD's title track. Pop singer Colbie Callait is featured on the song "Watch The World End," which Adkins is also offering up as a pre-order bonus. Fans who make an advanced purchase of "Love Will..." via iTunes will get an instant download of the song. Pre-ordering begins April 2nd. "Love Will..." will be released on May 14th.
Missing from the newly unveiled track list is Adkins' current single, "Them Lips (On Mine)." The song was originally announced as the lead-off release from the album.
Mumford & Sons Announce North American Tour Dates
Album of the Year Grammy winners Mumford & Sons are hitting the road. The British folk-rock band have announced dates for their upcoming North American tour. The trek will kick off May 21st in Calgary, Alberta Canada before heading down the West Coast and Southwestern United States. Tickets will go on sale April 5th through Ticketmaster. The trek includes Mumford & Sons' headlining slot at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on June 15th. It will wrap up right before Mumford begins its Gentlemen of the Road Stopover series, which includes dates in Ontario, Ohio, Oklahoma and Florida. Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year Grammy Award in February for their critically-acclaimed album "Babel."
Here are Mumford & Sons Upcoming Tour Dates:
5/21 -- Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome*
5/22 -- Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place*
5/24 -- Surrey, BC @ Holland Park*
5/26 -- George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
5/27 -- Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena*
5/29 -- Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
5/30 -- Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
5/31 -- Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
6/2 -- San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Regional Park*
6/3 -- Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre*
6/5 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion*
6/6 -- Taos, NM @ Kit Carson Park*
6/8 -- Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater*
6/9 -- Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater*
6/11 -- Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion*
6/12 -- The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
6/13 -- New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World*
6/15 -- Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/17 -- Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre*
6/20 -- Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival
8/2-4 -- Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/23-24 -- Simcoe, ON @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
8/30-31 -- Troy, OH @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
9/6-7 -- Guthrie, OK @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
9/13-14 -- St. Augustine, FL @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
*w/Michael Kiwanuka, Mystery Jets
Tracy Lawrence's Easter Includes Easter Egg Hunt, Crawfish Bowling
Tracy Lawrence is making plans for a big Easter weekend. The country star will attending a family reunion along the Gulf, where his wife's family lives. He says they'll be taking part in a lot of traditional holiday activities.
But they have some nontraditional events planned as well. Tracy says they'll be holding a crawfish bowling contest on Saturday. He adds that there'll be plenty of food, and they really just plan to visit with one another and enjoy being together as a family.
Searching For "Country Music's Hottest Bachelor"
It's time for fans to weigh in once again on the best-looking single guy in country music. A total of 23 country hunks -- from Gary Allan to Chris Young -- are in the running for the 2013 "Country Music's Hottest Bachelor" title. Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Dwight Yoakam, and Randy Travis are in the running, along with The Band Perry's Neil and Reid Perry, Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, and Love And Theft's Stephen Barker Liles. Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore, Scotty McCreery, Dustin Lynch, and Casey James are up for the honor as well. "Country Weekly" is behind the poll. And the publication includes a write-in spot, just in case your favorite unattached country fella isn't on the list. Fans can cast their ballots at CountryWeekly.com. Voting closes on Sunday.
Alan Jackson and Crystal Bowersox have new CDs hitting stores today. Jackson is offering up the new gospel set "Precious Memories, Volume 2." He's said his latest collection of hymns and spirituals grew out of his 2006 effort, explaining that these are some of the songs he previously considered for his first "Precious Memories" disc.
Wynonna and Kellie Pickler have turned in new dances on "Dancing With the Stars." Wy earned another 18 with her Quickstep. But she was criticized by the judges for not being all that quick in her steps. Kellie, meanwhile wowed the judges with her jazz routine. She received a total of 26 points, which put her in a first place tie with Zendaya for the night. Kelly and Wy will go through their first elimination night tonight.
Country TV Today And Tonight
DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) Kellie Pickler and Wynonna go through their first elimination night.
THE VOICE (NBC) Blake Shelton keeps searching for team members as the blind auditions continue
Country Birthdays Include
Kenny Chesney is 45.
Baillie and the Boys' Michael Bonagura is 60.
Dean Dillon is 58.
Charly McClain is 57.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1952, A Grand Ole Opry troupe featuring Hank Williams, The Carter Sisters, and Roy Acuff appeared on "The Kate Smith Show" show.
Today in 1955, the single "Ballad of Davy Crockett" topped the U.S. charts.
Today in 1961, Elvis Presley set a British chart first when he hit number one with three consecutive releases, "It's Now Or Never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "Wooden Heart."
Today in 1983, "We've Got Tonight" by Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.
Today in 1986, 23-year-old Kerry McCarver Lewis -- the sixth wife of then-51-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis -- filed for divorce. The couple later reconciled. However, the couple split again in 2003.
Today in 1993, Clint Black hit number one on the country charts with the single "When My Ship Comes In."
Today in 1997, Garth Brooks held a press conference on a New York City rooftop to announce that he'd be giving a free concert in Central Park on August 7th. He also announced he would release his album "Sevens" the same day.
Today in 1998, Garth Brooks and rapper Warren G released a joint statement saying they had settled their five-month legal dispute over the use of the lower case letter "g." Garth said he now had a whole new understanding of the alphabet, explaining he learned that in the rap world "g" represents young people who aren't into violence and drugs but who are making positive contributions to society. He added, quote, "Knowing how much the symbol "g" means to Warren, I will strive to reach the standard that the "g" represents to him and to his community."
Today in 2000, Faith Hill subbed for Whitney Houston during a medley of old Oscar-nominated songs at the 72nd annual Academy Awards. Garth Brooks was also involved in the segment. Later he said he was thankful Faith was gracious enough to step in at the last minute and that he felt for Whitney, who was "so sick."
Today in 2002, Martina McBride was celebrating her second week at number one on the country charts with her single "Blessed."
Today in 2002, Phil Vassar married his longtime love, Julie Wood, in a private ceremony on a beach in Florida.
Today in 2002, the NItty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle be Unbroken" was re-released in a 30th anniversary by Capitol Records. It included additional tracks and new artwork.
Today in 2003, Darryl Worley's single "Have You Forgotten" was at number one.
Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney turned 39 by throwing a party at the Tin Roof in Nashville. He performed for hours, and Kix Brooks, Gretchen Wilson, John Rich, Jewel, Sara Evans, and Montgomery Gentry joined him onstage. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill attended the show.
Today in 2007, Danielle Peck organized her first Safe Haven event at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Today in 2007, Tim McGraw performed his single "Last Dollar" on CBS's "Early Show."
Today in 2008, Clay Walker hosted the "Clay Walker Charity Classic," a charity golf tournament in Houston, Texas, to support those battling multiple sclerosis.
Today in 2011, Styx frontman Tommy Shaw made his debut at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, performing in support of his solo bluegrass album, "The Great Divide."
Today in 2012, Kris Kristofferson received the Frances Williams Preston Lifetime Music Industry Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation at an event in Nashville. Martina McBride, Ronnie Dunn, and Charlie Daniels were among the performers at the gala along with Vince Gill, who also served as the event's host.
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