Kenny Chesney is in the top ten of the just released Top Live Acts of the past quarter century complied by Billboard
. Topped by the Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen, Chesney arrived at #9 on the list – in spite of taking 2010 and 2014 off the road – with 12,681,629 tickets sold. He said, “You look at a list like this... with so many iconic rock acts, people like Madonna, or Elton John, and you think, ‘Man...' When you get on the bus for the first time, you’re just hoping people will come. You never expect to be in this kind of company, unless you’re buying a ticket."
Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama will kick off the nightly LP Field concerts at the 2014 CMA Music Festival in Nashville June 5. It's their first full performance at the event in 19 years. The group said in a joint statement, "It has always been about the fans with us, and we realized that the best way to celebrate and share our 40th anniversary was to do what we do best – play live music for the fans that we love at the biggest country music festival in the world."
Miranda Lambert is excited to release her new studio album, Platinum
, next week, but all the TV appearances and interviews that go into promoting the project are distracting the singer from her favorite new hobby -- horse-riding competitions. She recently picked up a few ribbons in her first competition, and Miranda is planning her upcoming Platinum tour around even more horse shows. Miranda's obsession started last November when husband Blake Shelton bought her a Gypsy Vanner show horse for her birthday. That's when Miranda decided to begin taking proper English riding lessons. Miranda has now added two Welsh Cob horses to her stable -- one named Sayeth, as in "Sayeth the Lord," and another named Ellie. Miranda will leave her horses at home in Oklahoma when she performs "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood on the 2014 CMT Music Awards coming up Wednesday, June 4.
Sara Evans recently announced that she will be among the performers helping to celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday when she joins the Fourth of July festivities and fireworks of this year’s airing of A Capitol Fourth on PBS. Hosted by Tom Bergeron, the 90-minute special also features Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Jordin Sparks, Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara and many others. It will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. (Photo Credit: www.tasteofcountry.com )