Christal's Country News - Thursday, April 10th
by Christal Blue
posted Apr 10 2014 9:40AM
Eric Church has announced that he will be hitting the road later this year on a headlining tour in support of his new album, The Outsiders. Eric's "The Outsiders World Tour" kicks off in Bossier City, Louisiana on September 11 and will run through December. Special guest Dwight Yoakam will join him for the duration. The tour will bring Eric to more than 30 arena dates across the country, including a show at New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden on October 17. Tickets for the tour will go on sale April 18 in select markets with members of the Church Choir having access to a pre-sale starting on April 15.
The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, with some of country music's hottest stars among the nominees. Luke Bryan has earned 8 nominations at the show, including nods in the all-genre categories Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for his 2013 release Crash My Party. Luke also earned two nominations in the Top Country Song category for "Crash My Party" and "That's My Kind of Night." Other country stars to get all-genre nods include Florida Georgia Line for Top Duo/Group and Taylor Swift for Top Social Artist. Luke and Carrie Underwood have also been named as finalists for the second annual Milestone Award. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18 at 8 PM ET on ABC.
Lee Brice's song "I Don't Dance" was chosen by wedding site TheKnot.com as one of the top wedding songs of the year and was the only country song on the list. The song was also selected by TheKnot.com for the Dream Wedding it threw for Boston Marathon bomb survivors Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino on April 4 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Brice originally wrote the song as a wedding gift to his wife Sara for their first dance when they got married in April of last year. "I Don't Dance" was released in February as the lead single from Lee's forthcoming third studio album. (Photo credit: www.tasteofcountry.com)
The Tug McGraw Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual "Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am" on June 3 at the Nashville Gun Club in Music City. The event will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation and its efforts to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The event will feature a star-studded lineup of celebrities from both the music and professional sporting clay communities. Some of the country stars who have signed up for this year's event include Brantley Gilbert, Rhett Atkins, Troy Gentry, and many more.