, Bobby Bare
and Loretta Lynn
have been announced as performers at this year's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The concert will take place on August 15 at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center. Proceeds from the event will fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as support a scholarship fund established in the Cash's name.
was in Nashville yesterday to celebrate the success of his single "Friday Night" at a number one party in town. Paslay has written several chart-topping songs in recent years, but "Friday Night" marks his first number one hit as an artist. Before the party got underway at the CMA headquarters near Music Row, Eric talked about topping the chart for the first time as an artist. Paslay said, "I think now I know how hard it is to get a number one as an artist. As a writer, you write the song and move on to the next one. As the artist, you promote it for 42 weeks. And it's just awesome. I'm glad. All smiles today."
When Dierks Bentley
needed advice about one of the personal songs from his new album, Riser
, he looked no further than Bono
from the group U2
. Dierks told Country Weekly
that he first met Bono in 2011 after U2 had performed a show at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. He said that the two were seated next to each other at a dinner Bono did with Tennessee Senator Bill Frist
, and they talked about their shared love of country music. Dierks recently asked Bono for feedback on a song from his Riser
album titled "Here on Earth," which he wrote about his father passing away. Bono then emailed Dierks with very positive feedback on the song, telling him that the song's lyrics were like a prayer. Dierks says a future collaboration between the two singers is a strong possibility.
recently kicked off her 20-city "Just Because Tour," and she says that her reason for getting back out on the road is evident in the name of the headlining trek. Trisha tells Billboard
, "I don't have an album out, nothing to promote and people are like, 'Why are you going on tour?' Because I want to. So that's why I'm calling it the 'Just Because' tour." And because she's not promoting a new record, Yearwood says this tour will really just be about giving her fans a great show. The next date on the tour is scheduled on February 27 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo Credit: www.trishayearwood.com)