Luke Bryan is eager to get back on the road. One of the things he missed the most was the view from the stage. "When I lay my head down at night I remember the look on this child's face when I played their favourite song and they were singing back to me," says Luke. "And I remember the sign they were holding up." Luke's Proud To Be Right Here tour kicks off July 8.
Kelsea Ballerini has been announced as the supporting act when the Jonas Brothers hit the road this year. The Remember This Tour is scheduled to start August 20 and wraps up October 27 with a show at the Hollywood Bowl. Kelsea is scheduled to open for them on most of the dates.
The first round of performers for the upcoming CMT Music Awards have been announced. Some of the collaborations are Mickey Guyton and Gladys Knight, Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and JP Saxe, and Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. Chris Stapleton and Luke Combs have been announced as solo performers. The show is set for June 9th at 8pm.
George Strait will be back in Las Vegas this summer for two shows that were postponed from last August. The Straight to Vegas concert will now take place August 13 and 14. "The Ace in the Hole Band and I have been looking forward to this day for a year and a half," George says in a press release. "I cannot wait to see Vegas and all of my great fans once again. It's been way too long. We will finally ride again. See you soon." Caitlyn Smith will be his special guest.
Jimmie Allen has decided to put together his own music festival. Named after his late grandmother, Bettie Snead, and late father, James "Big Jim" Allen, the Bettie James Fest will take place in his hometown of Milton, Del., on August 7th. Jimmie will headline the concert, which will also feature special guests DJ Jazzy Jeff, Neon Union, Hero the Band, Chuck Wicks and Chase Martin.
After he had to postpone his Friends and Heroes Tour last year because of the pandemic, Blake Shelton has announced that it will return this year for 17 shows. The tour starts August 18th and runs until the beginning of October. Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd, Trace Adkins and Lindsay Ell will be joining him on the road.
Just a couple of weeks back Old Dominion announced the dates for their An Evening With Old Dominion: The Band Behind The Curtain Tour, and now they have revealed plans to do a string of special shows in ballparks across America in the summer. The We Are Old Dominion: Live At The Ballpark Tour starts July 17th and will run for six shows in August, September and October. Scotty McCreery, Randy Houser, Matt Stell, Blanco Brown, Caitlyn Smith and Walker County will join them for various dates.
Miranda Lambert's parents Rick and Bev were recently featured on the show From Cradle to Stage. They shared how they were on the brink of a divorce until they got pregnant with Miranda. Bev was just 15 years old when they first met, and according to Rick he was a pretty wild guy. They were married for four years when things started to fall apart. Bev says she was managing a country club and was hanging around with upper-class people. According to her, she "got weird and stupid" and Rick told her he was done. Bev moved home with her mom, found religion and straightened herself out. The divorce was supposed to be finalized on Valentine's Day in 1983, but when Rick came to Dallas he stayed with Bev, and four months later she called to say she was pregnant with Miranda. Rick had a change of heart and they stayed together. They went on to have a second child - a son named Luke- and are still together today.