Toby Keith To Make Australian Concert Debut Next Year
Toby Keith is heading "down under." The country star has been tapped to headline next year's CMC Rocks the Hunter 2014 festival, taking place at Hope Estate in Hunter Valley, Australia next March. The event will mark Toby's first-ever concert appearance in Australia. Promoter Rob Potts says he's wanted to bring Toby to Australia for years, and he's thrilled it's finally going to happen. Potts adds that he and his team "can't wait" to see Toby "blow the punters away with his 20 years of incredible hits," promising "it'll be a ripper!" But Toby isn't the only American artist on board for the Australian country music event. Kellie Pickler, the Eli Young Band, Love And Theft, and Craig Campbell are just some of the other stars already on board, while the lineup is expected to grow. CMC Rocks the Hunter 2014 runs from March 14th through the 16th.
Band Perry Admits To Some Difficulties With Foreign Audiences
The Band Perry is pleased to be expanding their fan base and taking their brand of country music outside the U.S. But Reid, Neil, and Kimberly Perry admit they've hit a few snags overseas -- especially with Kimberly's between-song banter.
Kimberly adds that overall she hasn't noticed much of a difference between North American fans and audiences in the UK and Europe. She explains that in whatever country they're playing, the group is performing for "just a bunch of country lovers." The Band Perry will launch their first international headlining tour this fall. The "We Are Pioneers World Tour" will officially begin in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 8th, with North American dates starting in January. The Band Perry is currently opening shows on Rascal Flatts' "Live And Loud" tour, which will be in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday.
Kacey Musgraves Likes Tupac, Not Fond Of Dubstep
Kacey Musgraves admits people would likely be surprised to learn she's a fan of Tupac Shakur. The country singer tells the UK version of "GQ" she never delved deep into the late rapper's music. But she really likes the track "California Love," and a number of other songs on his 1996 release "All Eyez on Me." Kacey adds that Tupac wrote "some really catchy" material. Meanwhile, Musgraves says she's not fond of "anyone singing about trucks, in any form, in any song, anywhere." She adds that she "thought dubstep was cool for two seconds, but that can go away now too." Kacey says that to her dubstep "sounds like a malfunction of some kind."
Musgraves made her UK concert debut in London last month. She'll be returning overseas this fall for shows in Scotland, Britain, and Ireland in October.
Justin Moore Reviving "Heroes" Fundraising Campaign
Justin Moore's song "Heroes" is back. The country star released the Greg Bates composition as a special download for Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which honors hometown heroes and raises money for the Armed Forces Foundation. Justin says it wasn't tough to say yes to taking part in the initiative.
The original "Your Hero's Name Here" event ran over the summer, in conjunction with Brickyard 400 NASCAR race in July. But Justin and Crown Royal have decided to revive the fundraising aspect of the program. From now through Veteran's Day anyone aged 21 or older is welcome to visit CrownHeroesSong.com to download Justin's "Heroes" for free. Crown Royal will give a dollar to the Armed Forces Foundation for each download.
Craig Morgan Busy Promoting New Album
Craig Morgan's new album arrives in stores today. "The Journey (Livin' Hits)," features four fresh tracks including his current single, "Wake Up Lovin' You," along with eight fan favorites. And the country singer will be busy this week promoting the disc. He'll take part in a live CMT Twitter Q-and-A this afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, and be featured on GAC's "Daily Countdown," airing at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. On Wednesday Craig will make an in-store appearance at an FYE in Modesto, California. On Thursday Morgan will play a show in San Jose, California, and follow with a public meet-and-greet and CD signing event. He'll also perform, meet fans, and autograph his album at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup on Friday. And fans who can't see Craig in person can see him on GAC's "Top 20 Country Countdown," airing Friday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Tyler Farr Surprised How "Redneck Crazy" Has Touched People
Tyler Farr admits he never expected to reach people on an emotional level with his breakthrough hit, "Redneck Crazy." But the country newcomer says that's the feedback he's been getting from fans.
Tyler's surprised but also glad to learn listeners are moved by his music. The singer explains that it's his "job" to "reach in and tug on the heartstrings of people or make them laugh," and if he's getting people to "feel something" then he's succeeding in his work. "Redneck Crazy" is the title track to Tyler's upcoming debut album, which will be in stores September 30th.
Henningsens Proud Of Second Single
The Henningsens have a new single out. "I Miss You" is the second release from the country trio's debut self-titled debut album. Singer Clara Henningsen tells Billboard.com they wrote the song with Don Poythress, and she credits him with coming up with the initial idea. She recalls that when Don recited the first two lines of the song, their "jaws dropped," and they knew they had to "write the song with him." Clara adds that it has "such a touching lyric" that anyone can relate to, because "at some point in everyone's life, you've missed someone -- whether it's a death or a broken relationship." Fans will be able to hear The Henningsens perform the song in concert. The group will be playing the main stage at Septemberfest in Louisa, Kentucky on September 7th.
Miranda Lambert Working On New CD
Miranda Lambert is working on her next album. The country star tweeted over the weekend that she "got a great start on a record." She also posted a photograph of her in front of a microphone with the message "surprises in store..." Lambert is working on the follow up to her 2011 release, "Four The Record." That album yielded four top ten hits including the number one single "Over You." Lambert's last solo studio effort also gave her a Grammy nomination, along with several CMA, ACM, American Country, and CMT Music Awards. Her current single "All Kinds of Kinds" is also from "Four The Record."
Dierks Bentley Amazed By His Fans' Dedication
Dierks Bentley admits his fans really surprise him. The country star says some people have been following him for so long he knows them by name when he sees them at his shows.
Dierks will be performing for his fans in the Midwest later this week. He's on his "Locked and Reloaded Tour" with Miranda Lambert. They'll be performing in St. Louis on Friday and in Chicago on Saturday.
Country Birthdays Include
The Henningsens' Aaron Henningsen is 31.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1961, Loretta Lynn signed with Decca Records.
Today in 1985, George Strait's album "Something Special" was released.
Today in 1996, the "Did I Shave My Legs For This?" album by Deana Carter arrived in stores.
Today in 1998, Shania Twain appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine. She was only the fourth country star to have the honor, following Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton, and Garth Brooks.
Today in 2001, Lonestar performed the national anthem in Seattle, as the Mariners clinched a berth in the playoffs.
Today in 2001, Tammy Cochran, Billy Gilman, and Reba McEntire were among those who participated in the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon.
Today in 2002, Tracy Byrd became a daddy again when his new son was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. The singer's little bundle of joy arrived several weeks early, but weighed in at a hearty nine-pounds, one-ounce. Byrd and his wife took two weeks to decide on a name for the child, and eventually settled on Jared James.
Today in 2002, Pam Tillis' album "It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis, a collection of tributes to her father, Mel, arrived in stores; along with the reissue of Lee Ann Womack's "Something Worth Leaving Behind," which was rereleased with several bonus tracks.
Today in 2003, Lonestar celebrated the success of the chart-topping hit "My Front Porch Looking In" with a party in Nashville.
Today in 2004, Alabama kicked off the final leg of their "American Farewell" tour.
Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney closed down his "The Road and the Radio" tour in Indianapolis, Indiana before 25-thousand screaming fans.
Today in 2006, Tracy Byrd and Mark Chesnutt held their fourth annual Labor Day Concert at Ford Pavilion in Beaumont, Texas. Proceeds went to the Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund.
Today in 2008, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Cowboy Troy performed at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Together they sang "Our America," while Rich also performed "Raisin' McCain," the anthem he wrote for presidential candidate John McCain. In addition, The Charlie Daniels Band and Clay Walker took part in other convention-related events.
Today in 2008, Taylor Swift made her UK concert debut, performing before a sold-out crowd at London's King's College.
Today in 2008, Trent Willmon, Daryle Singletary, and Mark Wills performed at "Shoot for a Cure" in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a breast cancer awareness benefit for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Nashville.
Today in 2008, "Now That's What I Call Country" debuted at number one on the Billboard chart. The compilation album features hits by Sugarland, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and others.
Today in 2009, Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova" was rushed to radio earlier than planned after an unfinished version of the song leaked online.
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