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Christal's Country News - Friday, February 21st

by Christal Blue posted Feb 21 2014 9:16AM
The Academy of Country Music has announced that they will hold concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces later this year. The event, which is dubbed ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops, will be broadcast on May 20 at 9:00 PM ET on CBS. The special concert event will feature performances by Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry, with more artists to be added to the star-studded lineup soon. The concert will honor our nation's remarkable servicemen and women and will include special moments and stories of their bravery and integrity. The special will be taped on Monday, April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which is the day after the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards is broadcast live from the very same arena.

Dierks Bentley's seventh studio album, Riser, will hit store shelves on Tuesday, February 25, and Bentley will spend the album release week making several appearances to promote it. Dierks will kick off release day with an appearance on Good Morning America before stopping byThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the next day.  He is also scheduled to appear on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on February 26 followed by an appearance of The View the next day.  From New York City, he will head to Chicago for an album release show on February 27 and will round out the album release week with a surprise concert at an unannounced location. The location of the show will be revealed on social media over the course of the release week. (Photo credit: www.countrymusicislove.com)

Kacey Musgraves' has pushed the boundaries of the country music norm with her music, and that edgy approach has caused some to push back. But while some may disapprove of Kacey's brave lyrics and unconventional brand of country music, Musgraves doesn't mind the criticism it draws. Kacey says that her creativity flourishes when she steps outside of her comfort zone, and she wouldn't have it any other way. She says, "Music isn't supposed to be vanilla. It's not supposed to be something absolutely everyone enjoys. Frankly I'd love to see even more diversity in country music. Art is not supposed to be McDonalds."

Lee Brice spends long periods of time on the road away from his family, leaving his wife, Sara, with their two young boys, Takoda, age 5, and Ryker, who is nearly 3-months-old. But even though Lee is away from his family while he's out on tour, the couple always finds a way to make everything work. Brice told CMT, "It ain't no secret that I spend too much time on the road. And the more my heart wants to be home, the further I go. I'm not complaining, because I'm living my dream. But there's that balance." With a 3-month-old in the house, Sara certainly has her hands full while Lee is away, but even Ryker's big brother pitches in to help everything run smoothly. Lee's next scheduled show is on February 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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