Kacey Musgraves has announced dates for her new international tour, “The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue.” The tour kicks off in Atlanta on August 27 and will make several stops in the U.S. through the end of October. The tour will then jump across the pond for a series of shows in Europe, including several stops in the U.K. as well as concerts in Dublin, Ireland, Hamburg, Germany, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The tour wraps in Amsterdam on November 22 and is scheduled to hit a series of iconic venues along the way, including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, The Apollo Theatre in New York City, and London’s Royal Albert Hall. The tour announcement comes as Kacey’s sophomore album, Pageant Material, hits store shelves this week.
THERE WAS NEVER A RIFT – BROOKS AND DUNN
When Brooks and Dunn’s Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn split up and subsequently pursued their own solo careers, there was a lot of speculation that there was bad blood between them. But the duo – who reunited to kick of their Las Vegas residency with Reba last week – says those rumors are false, explaining the real reason why they went their separate ways. Ronnie told People, "There was never a rift. We (broke up) because we'd been doing it for over 20 years and felt like we'd accomplished everything that we could." Kix added, "We ran out of gas. We needed a break, you know."
CHASING RAINBOWS AWARD - DOLLY PARTON
Dolly Parton recently presented a Kansas teacher with the Chasing Rainbows Award. Dyane Smokorowski of Andover, Kansas was named the 14th recipient of the prestigious award, which honors someone who “has overcome great obstacles in his or her life, has captured the rainbow and is helping children.” The winner, an Instructional Technology Coach for Andover Public Schools, enjoyed a weekend trip to Dollywood where Dolly herself presented her with the award. Each year, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) honors one outstanding educator with this prestigious award. In 2002, Dolly became the first to receive this award from the NNSTOY for her commitment to nurturing children’s love of reading through her Imagination Library. Since then, Dolly has presented the award each year. Dyane’s name will be added to the award displayed in the Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood.
The George, an open air restaurant and bar atop the George Jones Museum, will host a special, reserve-seat event, which will provide patrons the perfect view of both the Nashville’s July 4th fireworks display and the pre-show concert on the Riverfront Stage below. In addition to providing a great view, individuals who purchase a ticket will be treated to premium seating for the fireworks and a buffet dinner. Tickets are being sold on a first-come, first served basis, and quantities are limited. Purchase price is $200 per ticket.