George Strait Announces Final Tour Leg
George Strait has announced the dates for the second leg of his two-year farewell tour. Strait will begin the first of the final dates of "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour January 9th in Bossier City, Louisiana. The outing will take Strait through 26 markets through the middle of 2014. Special guests will include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town among others. At a press conference at Dallas' AT&T Stadium Monday, Strait called the first leg of the tour earlier this year "very fun, but very emotional." The announcement came just hours after "The King OF Country" served as the Dallas Cowboys' honorary captain for the coin toss for Sunday night's football matchup between the Cowboys and the New York Giants.
Members of Strait's fan club will get the chance to purchase tickets ahead of the general public on September 24th. Tickets available to the general public will be released three days later on September 27th.
Here are the 2014 dates for George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" Tour:
January 9, 2014 CenturyLink¦Bossier City, La.
January 10, 2014 Frank Erwin Center¦Austin, Texas
January 17, 2014 CenturyLink Center¦Omaha, Neb.
January 18, 2014 Sprint Center¦Kansas City, Mo.
January 30, 2014 SAP Center¦San Jose, Calif.
January 31, 2014 Valley View Casino Center¦San Diego, Calif.
February 1, 2014 MGM Grand Arena¦Las Vegas, Nev.
February 7, 2014 US Airways Center¦Phoenix, Ariz.
February 8, 2014 Staples Center¦Los Angeles, Calif.
February 14, 2014 The Palace of Auburn Hills ¦Auburn Hills, Mich.
February 15, 2014 Nationwide Arena¦Columbus, Ohio
February 28, 2014 Wells Fargo Arena¦Philadelphia, Pa.
March 1, 2014 Prudential Center¦Newark, N.J.
March 7, 2014 KFC Yum! Arena¦Louisville, Ky.
March 8, 2014 Allstate Arena¦Chicago, Ill.
March 21, 2014 Bridgestone Arena¦Nashville, Tenn.
March 22, 2014 Philips Arena¦Atlanta, Ga.
April 4, 2014 Intrust Bank Arena¦ Wichita, Kan.
April 5, 2014 Pepsi Center¦Denver, Colo.
April 11, 2014 The Moda Center¦Portland, Ore.
April 12, 2014 Tacoma Dome¦Tacoma, Wash.
April 18, 2014 Wells Fargo Arena¦Des Moines, Iowa
April 19, 2014 BOK Arena¦Tulsa, Okla.
May 23, 2014 LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest ¦Baton Rouge, La.
May 31, 2014 Gillette Stadium ¦ Foxborough, Mass.
TBD AT&T Stadium ¦Dallas, Texas
Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line Announcing CMA Nominees On "GMA"
The nominees for the Country Music Association Awards are on the way. Sheryl Crow is teaming up with Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard to reveal the hopefuls Tuesday morning. They'll unveil the contenders in five categories live on ABC's "Good Morning America" during the show's 8:30 a.m. block. They'll finish the announcement off-camera, presenting the rundown in the remaining seven categories at an event at New York's Best Buy Theater. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are slated to host the 47th annual CMA Awards. They're marking their sixth year at the helm of the ceremony, which will take place in Nashville and air on ABC November 6th.
ACM Honors Recipients Getting Their Night
Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Lady Antebellum are receiving new recognition for their work as recipients of this year's ACM Honors, taking place in Nashville Tuesday night. Aldean is being honored for his recent career achievements while Shelton's nod is for his success on "The Voice." Lady A is getting acknowledged for taking country music beyond the U.S. borders. Other honorees include The Judds and the late Keith Whitley, who are being honored as innovators in country music. Guy Clark and the late Hank Williams are being awarded for their songwriting. The ACM Honors also recognizes off-camera winners from last spring's Academy of Country Music Awards.
In addition to being honorees, Lady A's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are also slated to perform at the event. They're part of a lineup that also includes Vince Gill, Chris Young, Thompson Square, and others. Darius Rucker, David Nail, Steve Wariner, and Deana Carter are on board as presenters. Dierks Bentley has been tapped to perform as well as serve as host of the gala.
Select Academy of Country Music Special Award Winners
Crystal Milestone Award (recognizing a specific achievement) - Jason Aldean
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award (recognizing unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement) - Blake Shelton
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award (recognizing innovators in country music) - Keith Whitley and The Judds
Jim Reeves International Award (promoting country music outside the U.S.) - Lady Antebellum
Poet's Award (for songwriting) - Guy Clark and Hank Williams
Blake Shelton Gets Cher As An Adviser On "The Voice"
Blake Shelton has his adviser on "The Voice." He'll be working with pop legend Cher on the NBC reality show this fall. But Blake isn't the only one who has an adviser. Coach Christina Aguilera has been paired with Taylor Swift's opening act, Ed Sheeran. Coach Cee Lo Green will get assistance from Miguel, and coach Adam Levine will team with OneRepublic frontman Teddy Ryan. The upcoming season also marks a return of the show's four original coaches, after Aguilera and Green took season four off. The fifth season of "The Voice" will launch on NBC on September 23rd.
Keith Urban Shares Beginnings Of "Fuse"
Keith Urban says for "Fuse" he teamed up with a number of people he's never worked with before. The country star explains he wanted to do something totally different with this new album.
Urban includes material on "Fuse" that he recorded with longtime producer Dann Huff. But he also cast a wide net. Keith worked with Jay Joyce, who produced Eric Church's "Chief," and Nathan Chapman, who produced some tracks on Taylor Swift's "Red." He also tapped the talents of songwriters and producers who've worked with such stars as Beyonce, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Eminem, and Ne-Yo.
Urban's "Fuse" arrives in stores Tuesday. He'll support the album with a release-day performance on NBC's "Today." Keith will appear on ABC's "The View" and CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday.
Steve Wariner Releasing First Vocal CD In Years
Steve Wariner says he's "really excited" for fans to hear his new album. The country star's latest studio effort, "It Ain't All Bad" arrives in stores Tuesday. It's Steve's first vocal album since 2005's "This Real Life." Wariner tells Billboard.com he "had kind of gotten into a guitar mode" following the success of his Chet Atkins tribute album, and "just stayed in that mode." But when fans started asking him when another vocal album would be coming, he began considering the project. Steve says he's continued to write songs with lyrics over the years, and realized that he "had a pretty good group of songs" at the ready so he recorded them.
Wariner will hit the road to support his new album. His next appearances are coming up this Friday and Saturday at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. In addition to performing, Steve will be on hand at the Opry gift shop to meet fans and autograph copies of his CD.
Justin Moore Explains New CD's Title
Justin Moore admits he had a tough time coming up with a name for his third CD.
Moore adds that musically he strays a bit as well. The country star says he had been "adamant" that he would never incorporate things like loops into his music, but ended up doing so on the record. The singer defends his back down, explaining that they're "subtle," and add "a new element" that makes his songs sound "a little fresher." "Off the Beaten Path" features Justin's current single, "Point At You." The album will be in stores on September 17th.
Kelly Clarkson Upset That Linda Ronstadt Has Parkinson's Disease
Kelly Clarkson says she's among the many hoping for the best for Linda Ronstadt as she battles Parkinson's disease. Kelly admits she's a longtime fan.
Kelly adds that she believes a lot of illnesses have environmental causes, such as the foods we eat. Ronstadt went public with her Parkinson's diagnosis last month. She told "AARP The Magazine" that she learned of her condition at the start of this year, but looking back can trace her symptoms back eight years. She added that the disease has affected her voice, and she can no longer sing. Ronstadt's memoir, "Simple Dreams," will be in stores September 17th. However, she does not address her illness in the book.
Miranda Lambert Helps Out At Hometown Dog Adoption Drive
Miranda Lambert continues to demonstrate her support for shelter pets. The country star spent her Sunday at home in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, helping out with the local Dog Days of Summer adoption drive. Miranda helped pair people up with pups, and posted photos on Twitter of some of the adoptees with their new families. Some of the animals were named after country stars, including Brett Eldredge and Miranda's husband, Blake Shelton. Lambert also shared the results of the day, tweeting that "over 40 shelter dogs from Tishomingo found a forever home" through the event, which is "somethin' to smile about!" She added her thanks to everyone who turned out and "took home a new family member!!!!"
Jennifer Nettles continues to promote her new solo single, "That Girl." She'll perform the song as the musical guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Tuesday night.
Terri Clark is feeling the love from her homeland. The country star captured the Fans' Choice Award at Sunday's Canadian Country Music Awards. It's the eighth time since 1997 Terri has earned the prize.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1982, the "Highways & Heartaches" album by Ricky Skaggs was released.
Today in 1983, a then-unknown singer-songwriter Kix Brooks made his debut on the country charts with the song "Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down." The song was a failure -- it only reached number 73. Eight years later, he was at number one on the chart with his new partner Ronnie Dunn and their first single, "Brand New Man."
Today in 1988, the first Elvis Presley credit card was issued.
Today in 1998, Mac Davis received the two-thousand-117th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Today in 1998, the albums "Crank It Up - The Music Album" by Jeff Foxworthy and "The Restless Kind" by Travis Tritt were certified Platinum, while Faith Hill's CD, "It Matters To Me," was certified triple Platinum.
Today in 1999, Kenny Chesney's single "You Had Me From Hello" was number one in "Radio & Records."
Today in 2000, SHeDAISY performed at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at the USGA Tennis Center in New York City. The ladies sang an a capella version of "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic" for the capacity crowd of 22-thousand there for the men's and women's semi-finals.
Today in 2001, Kenny Chesney was dubbed "Country's Hottest Bachelor" in "Country Weekly" magazine.
Today in 2001, Chris Cagle married Elizabeth Filer. The couple divorced a year later.
Today in 2001, Carolyn Dawn Johnson walked into the Canadian Country Music Awards with a record ten nominations and left a five-time winner.
Today in 2002, Radney Foster's "Another Way To Go" album, Rebecca Lynn Howard's "Forgive" CD, and Aaron Tippin's "Stars & Stripes" project arrived in stores.
Today in 2005, Alan Jackson, Hank Williams, Jr., Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Emmylou Harris, and Sugarland were among the wide variety of rock, pop, rap, and country stars who took part in the simultaneous multi-channel Hurricane Katrina fundraiser "ReAct Now: Music & Relief." Money raised went to several charities, including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and America's Second Harvest.
Today in 2006, Vince Gill joined his wife Amy Grant in a performance with the Nashville Symphony for the grand opening gala of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. LeAnn Rimes and Christian singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith also took part in the event.
Today in 2007, Hank Williams Jr. sang "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night" for the 18th year in a row as the new football season began. Among those joining him on the anthem this year were Gretchen Wilson, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi and Brian Setzer and his Orchestra.
Today in 2007, Big & Rich had another celebration for the chart-topping success of their hit "Lost In This Moment" at a party in Nashville.
Today in 2007, Emerson Drive was the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, capturing Group of the Year honors as well as Single and Video of the Year with the hit "Moments." Terri Clark took the Fans' Choice trophy from the event, while Carolyn Dawn Johnson was also a winner.
Today in 2008, Trisha Yearwood played a benefit at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium supporting Cumberland Heights, a local alcohol and drug treatment center.
Today in 2009, Tim McGraw helped launch the 2009-2010 football season with a performance at the NFL Kickoff Concert at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The event led into the first game of season, with the Steelers hosting the Tennessee Titans.
Today in 2010, Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum were among the stars taking part in the "Stand Up to Cancer" multi-network telethon in support of cancer research.
Today in 2010, Jerry Lee Lewis played a special encore with the cast following a performance of the Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet."
Today in 2011, Joe Nichols was a headliner at the Patriot's Day Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona, which commemorated the 10th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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