by Christal & Jeremy
posted Oct 7 2015 2:56PM
One of country music's hottest stars will team up with one of its biggest legends for a very special performance to kick off The 49th Annual CMA Awards ceremony on November 4 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The annual ceremony will get started with Eric Church taking the stage with Hank Williams, Jr. for a world premiere of Williams' first Nash Icon release, "Are You Ready For the Country". Eric and Hank's performance will then be followed by CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and their highly-anticipated opening monologue. Church is one of this year's top CMA nominees, picking up five nods.
STRAIT SOLD OUT – GEORGE STRAIT
All six dates on George Strait's "Strait to Vegas" 2016 concert run in Las Vegas sold out shortly after they went on sale on Friday. The initial response from fans after Strait announced the concerts prompted him to add two shows in December, and now more dates are set to be added. Kacey Musgraves will join George for the concert series, which will take place on April 22, April 23, September 9, September 10, December 2 and December 3, 2016 at the new Las Vegas Arena. Adding to the excitement, Strait's new studio album, Cold Beer Conversation, has just debuted at the #2 spot on the country albums chart. The new album features 13 songs including his latest radio single, "Cold Beer Conversation."
A THOUSAND HORSES ALMOST MISS FESTIVAL APPEARANCE
A Thousand Horses recently ran into some trouble on their way to kick off the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Friday (10/2). ATH tells Rolling Stone Country their tour bus broke down three hours away from Las Vegas in San Bernardino, California, and they couldn't make their scheduled start time. After spending some hot hours in the California desert, the bus was eventually fixed and the group reached Vegas much later than expected. But, thanks to the generosity of their some of their fellow country stars, the group didn't have to cancel their festival appearance. Gloriana and Frankie Ballard moved their sets so they could play. The group will hit the road with Darius Rucker on Thursday (10/8) when he kicks off the fall leg of his "Southern Style Tour" in Chicago.
THE ISLAND TIME MUSIC AND FISHING FEST
Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, Love & Theft, and LOCASH are among the acts set to take the stage next year at for The Island Time Music and Fishing Fest on the island paradise of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The six-day event will take place on February 15-20, 2016 and will feature a series of intimate, live performances in local venues along with a fishing tournament that coincides with the winter migration of sailfish to the local waters. Proceeds from event tickets, the fishing tournament, an online memorabilia auction, and sales of commemorative merchandise will fund the operations of the Little Yellow Schoolhouse, which provides services to the special needs children of Isla Mujeres at no charge. Information on the festival can be found at IslandTimeMusicFest.com.
by Christal & Jeremy
posted Oct 2 2015 10:15PM
Charles Kelley took the stage for an intimate show in Nashville on Wednesday night (9/30), but there was something different about this concert; his Lady Antebellum bandmates -- Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood -- sat in the audience in support of their friend. Kelley gave the industry-only crowd (including Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert) a preview of his forthcoming solo project and was even joined by Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, who helped him perform his first solo single, "The Driver." Lady A recently announced they were taking a break after their "Wheels Up Tour" wrapped up, but made it clear that the band was staying together. Lady A will play their final show before their break tomorrow (10/3) at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
LUKE BRYAN POSTPONES FARM TOUR DATE
Luke Bryan may be rethinking the lyrics to his 2010 chart-topper, "Rain Is a Good Thing." Luke took to Twitter yesterday afternoon (10/01) to announce that his "Farm Tour" date in Lexington, Kentucky, scheduled for last night, had to be postponed due to weather. The message also said the Lexington concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 6. Luke soon returned to Twitter with another message for his fans. He said, "Postponing a show is so difficult for me because I know it's an inconvenience to the people that make my life amazing. The fans. Very sorry!" Bryan then tweeted in reference to his 2010 single, "Rain is not a good thing when farmers are trying to harvest crops and I'm doing farm tour shows."
EDDIE MONTGOMERY'S EX-WIFE REVEALS HOW THEIR SON DIED
Tracy Nunan, ex-wife of Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery, has revealed that their son Hunter died of an overdose. In a message posted on Facebook just days after the death of her 19-year-old son, Nunan said the media did not respect their family's privacy as requested, but she hopes her message will help others who may be facing similar issues. Nunan's message comes after a statement was released over the weekend that said Montgomery lost his son after an accident that had him on life support in a Kentucky hospital.
CHRIS YOUNG KICKS OFF U.S. TOUR LEG IN NASHVILLE
Chris Young was in Nashville on Wednesday night (9/30) to kick off the U.S. leg of his "I'm Comin' Over World Tour" with a show at the city's Ascend Amphitheater. A light drizzle didn't dampen the spirits of the more than 5,000 fans who made it out for the concert, which was Young's first headlining show in Music City since 2012. The show featured performances from Chris' Sony label mates Cam and Jerrod Niemann and also included a few surprises. Halfway through his 75-minute set, Young brought his friend Brad Paisley onstage and the two performed Eric Clapton's classic "Change The World." The tour will continue through December and will feature special guests Eric Paslay and Clare Dunn on several dates.
by Christal & Jeremy
posted Sep 30 2015 4:18PM
Sister Act is playing now through November 8th at the Riverside Center Dinner Theater! Now, if you loved the Whoopie Goldberg movies, you’re in for a treat with the musical adaptation. Riverside is one of the VERY few lucky theaters to have secured the rights to this show, so if you’ve been trying to decide whether to get your tickets, stop hesitating because they are selling fast. You don’t want to miss your chance to go back in time to the glory days of disco, where Donna Summer reigned supreme. The soundtrack to Sister Act will have you dancing in your chair, and the voice of main character, Deloris Van Cartier (played brilliantly by Felicia Curry) will have you wishing you knew all the words so you could sing along.
You remember the story, Deloris witnessed a murder and was placed in protective custody until she could testify against her sleazy ex-boyfriend. She finds herself placed in a convent where she’s forced to clean up her act and pose as one of the nuns. She takes on the task of leading the church choir, and ends up leading them into temptation instead! Shenanigans ensue, and it’s all set to fun upbeat music that will keep you smiling through both acts with these spunky Sisters.
I attended a Saturday night performance with one of my good friends, and our girl’s night was perfectly spent. The menu was full of delicious combinations, we enjoyed the chicken and pork chop entrees and the cheesecake and cherry pie desserts. Service was stellar, Colby was as entertaining as he was efficient and polite. I always remind my dining partners that the servers are usually part of the show, and we pride ourselves on showing our gratitude for their hard work.
Riverside Center Dinner Theater is going through some renovations, and while the work is showing, it doesn’t hamper the great service or the wonderful performance.
I’m excited to see the next show, Mame, which opens November 14th and will feature the much anticipated return of Sally Struthers. Get your tickets now for Sister Act by visiting www.riversidedt.com
by Christal & Jeremy
posted Sep 29 2015 8:49PM
It's with a heavy heart that we report the death of Eddie Montgomery's 19-year-old son who died Sunday after an accident. Montgomery said this in a statement released to press, "My son Hunter went to heaven today. I appreciate all your prayers and love and thank you for giving us privacy as we grieve and say goodbye."
"STRAIT FROM TEXAS" POP-UP STORE – GEORGE STRAIT
During a press conference held in Las Vegas last week, George Strait announced that he'll be performing a series of concerts at the new Las Vegas Arena next year and also revealed the release of his new album, Cold Beer Conversation, on Friday (9/25). To celebrate the new album's release, Strait also launched the "Strait from Texas" pop-up store in Nashville on Friday morning. The pop-up store will be located at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville and will remain open for at least ten days. The store will be stocked with new merchandise including t-shirts, memorabilia and catalog albums along with the new Cold Beer Conversation record.
ALBUM COVER AND TRACK LISTING REVEALED – CHRIS JANSON
Chris Janson has shared the cover art and track listing from his forthcoming debut studio album, Buy Me A Boat, out October 30. The album cover features a T-shirt-and-blue jeans clad Janson sitting on a set of stairs strumming an acoustic guitar. Chris co-wrote all 11 tracks that appear on the record, including a duet with Tim McGraw titled "Messin' With Jesus." McGraw recently brought Janson onstage during his "Shotgun Rider Tour" stop in Nashville last month, and Chris even co-wrote Tim's 2012 hit, "Truck Yeah." The new album also features the Gold-certified lead single "Buy Me A Boat," which recently became Janson's first #1 song. Chris hits the road this week on Luke Bryan's "Farm Tour 2015," which kicks off in in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Wednesday (9/30).
CARRIE GETS A GNASH-VILLE MAKEOVER - CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Carrie Underwood recently uploaded a picture on Instagram to show support for her husband Mike Fisher's hockey team, the Nashville Predators. The picture shows Carrie sitting in a dressing room chair getting her hair and makeup done by the Predators' saber-toothed cat mascot, Gnash. Underwood posted the picture leading up to the kick off of the NHL's 2015-2016 season next month and captioned the photo with a countdown until the Preds' season opener and a "Ya'll ready?" The picture also shows the number 12 Predators jersey draped over the back of Underwood's chair, with 12, or course, being Fisher's number and also the number of days she was counting down until the start of the season. The Preds will open their regular season with a home game against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 8.
by Christal & Jeremy
posted Sep 25 2015 1:32PM
A crowd of about 10,000 country music fans flocked to Music Row in Nashville on Wednesday night (9/23) to see Blake Shelton perform a free show. The show served as Warner Music Nashville's final Pickin' on Patio concert of the year, and Shelton didn't disappoint, performing an hour-long set to a crowd that sprawled over two blocks of Music Square East. Blake kicked off his 12-song set off with a performance of his 2014 chart-topper "Neon Light" and even pulled deep from within his catalogue of hits to play his very first #1 song, "Austin." But before Shelton launched into the 2001 tune, he told the crowd, "I want to be cool like Luke Bryan. I'm still gonna play this song, but if you don't sing along to it, I'll know I messed up and I'm just an old dude. This is my very first #1 song, 'Austin.'" Audience members young and old were seen singing the words.
BRAD PAISLEY HAS A SPECIAL SURPRISE FOR A SPECIAL TEACHER ABC's
Good Morning America recently honored Heather Piccoli, an elementary school art teacher from Virginia Beach, Virginia, in their "Above and Beyond" segment. The segment brought attention to Piccoli's charitable work in her community and especially highlighted her anti-bullying campaign "Just Be." Piccoli was also presented with a MakerBot 3-D printer for her classroom and was flown to New York City to appear on GMA. While on the show, Piccoli received a video message Brad Paisley, who offered her six VIP concert tickets and the chance to meet him backstage at his show in Virginia Beach this Sunday (9/27).
FLIPPING THE OPRY SWITCH – KACEY MUSGRAVES
Kacey Musgraves will flip the switch on the Grand Ole Opry's signature barn backdrop on October 27, turning it pink for the night in support of breast cancer awareness. The flipped switch is part of the seventh annual "Opry Goes Pink" show in partnership with Women Rock For The Cure, an organization committed to connecting and supporting young women facing breast cancer. Musgraves will also be on hand to perform during the night, as will Opry members Terri Clark and Montgomery Gentry.
PICKLER'S SHOW SET TO PREMIERE – KELLIE PICKLER
CMT has announced that I Love Kellie Pickler, the upcoming docu-comedy starring Kellie Pickler and her husband, Kyle Jacobs, will premiere on November 5 at 10 PM ET. The new show will follow Kellie and her fun-loving personality as she navigates her relationships with friends, family and Jacobs. Pickler can't wait to share the innermost quirks of their zany relationship with every one of her fans. Kellie is no stranger to the TV world as she catapulted to national fame thanks to her stint on American Idol and from winning Season 16 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.