George Strait has three months remaining on the final leg of his The Cowboy Rides Away tour, and while he’s enjoying traveling the country and saying a formal touring farewell to fans, he does have plans for a special vacation when the trek wraps in June.
George tells us: "I’m going somewhere. I don’t know where, but I’m going somewhere to celebrate. I haven’t been to Hawaii in years, so I would love to see it again and try to find my old house over there and all that stuff. And I want to go back to scope the (Army) barracks, I think, too, and see all the old spots (where) I used to hang out. So, I’m gonna do a lot of things." .
"King George" is currently climbing the country charts with "I Got a Car."
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE DEBUTS NEW VIDEO TODAY ON 'GMA'
Florida Georgia Line will debut the brand new music video for their current single "This Is How We Roll," featuring Luke Bryan, on ABC’s Good Morning America today (Friday, March 7th) during the 8 a.m. hour. Following the exclusive broadcast premiere, the first look online will be on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo and across all partners on Saturday (March 8th).
The video was filmed in the desert just outside of Los Angeles, and features jaw-dropping tricks, tractor-trailers and fiery cameos with X Games champion Travis Pastrana and The Nitro Circus.
"This Is How We Roll" is on the deluxe version of Florida Georgia Line's Here's To The Good Times CD.
The duo is currently out on Jason Aldean’s Night Train tour.
JASON ALDEAN, GEORGE STRAIT AMONG FIRST ACM AWARDS PERFORMERS
Academy of Country Music Awards nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban and The Band Perry are all scheduled to perform on the 49th Annual ACM Awards. The ceremony will again be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton and will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 6th on CBS.
In addition to Luke's ACM Awards performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he will also be part of a special performance with Florida Georgia Line at the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam via live remote at the Mandalay Bay Events Center during the awards telecast.
Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
CHRIS YOUNG HEADS BACK OVERSEAS
Chris Young made his very first trip to the UK and Ireland early last year for the CMA Songwriter’s Series with Kristian Bush, Brett James, and Bob DiPiero, and now he's packing his bags for another hop across the pond later this month to perform back-to-back dates at the C2C Festival.
On March 15th, he’ll take the stage in Dublin, Ireland then travel to London, England on March 16th for the closing date of the festival. Chris will then meet up with Brad Paisley as the Beat This Winter tour hits international turf for shows in Stavanger Norway (March 19th), Oslo, Norway (March 22nd), Gotteborg, Sweden (March 23rd) and Stockholm, Sweden (March 25th) before heading home at the end of the month.
Chris said, "Last year we had some lost luggage issues to start off the trip, so I’m really hoping my bags make it with me this time. I’m really excited to be returning to Europe! It’s so great to see so many fans in other countries and always cool to see them singing along with my songs, even if it hasn’t been a single."
Chris’ new single is called "Who I Am With You."
LADY ANTEBELLUM HAVE LIVED 'COMPASS'
Lady Antebellum’s latest single, "Compass," is headed toward the top of the country charts. They recorded the hit last summer on the heels of the May release of their album, Golden, but believed in the song so much that they put out a Deluxe Edition of Golden a few months later to include that song, plus five other new ones.
Lady A’s Charles Kelley tells us the band can personally relate to the song. "I think the song hits really close to myself, and I know Dave (Haywood), both moved from kinda the normal job circuit. (Dave) Leap of faith. (Charles) Yeah, leap of faith and took a chance and kind of followed our hearts and moved to Nashville. It was the best decision we ever made. Our families, though, were there and very encouraging; you know that line, ‘You’ll never be alone.’ And also, ‘Walk, instead of run.’ It’s kind of like, ‘Settle into it.’ You don’t have to chase after it and I think some people try so hard. It’s like, just let yourself settle in to what you know is what you do best in this world and believe in yourself and let it all happen. (Hillary) And don’t rush life."
Lady A is nominated for four ACM Awards, including Vocal Group of the Year and Single, Song and Vocal Event of the Year for "Wagon Wheel" with their friend Darius Rucker. The 49th Annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 6th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
BITS AND PIECES: DARIUS RUCKER, TIM McGRAW & MORE!
Darius Rucker’s True Believers album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. This is his third gold-certified country solo album, and it features Darius' hits "Wagon Wheel," "Radio," and his new single, "Miss You."
Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Cassadee Pope are among the acts lined up for this year's annual Watershed Music Festival. The three-day event takes place at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington August 1st - 3rd.
Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Asleep At The Wheel, Restless Heart, Wade Hayes, and Bryan White are among the acts performing on the 2015 Country Music Cruise aboard Holland America's MS Eurodam which sails January 18-25. In addition to daily concerts and artist-based events, the ship will stop in Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and Half Moon Cay. For more details visit countrymusiccruise.com.
Ronnie Dunn has released the official lyric video to the song "Peace, Love & Country Music." The tune will be included on his upcoming album.
CASSADEE POPE, DANIELLE BRADBERY TO PERFORM AT NCAA WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR EVENT
Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery will perform a free concert as part of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four activities in Nashville. The concert will take place on April 8th at 4:30 p.m. CT in the Music City Center.
Cassadee said, "It’s an honor for me to be a part of something that highlights females’ achievements. I’m thrilled to join the celebration around the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Music City and I can’t wait to perform for the fans."
Danielle added, "I’m so excited to be performing for the NCAA Women’s Final Four concert in the heart of Music City. It’s going to be a great show and I hope everyone has as much fun as I’ll be having."
The concerts are part of the NCAA's Tourney Town, which is a free, family-friendly festival featuring such events as basketball skills competitions, interactive games and experiences, the Women’s Final Four Pep Rally, the Battle of the Bands and AT&T Mascot Challenge, fan interaction with women’s basketball icon Lisa Leslie, NCAA Youth Clinics, and photo opportunities.
Cassadee is making her climb up the charts with her brand new single, "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart." It follows up her Top Five hit, "Wasting All These Tears," which only touches on the subject matter included on Cassadee's debut album, Frame By Frame.
She tells us: "The rest of the album, there’s songs about being vulnerable. There’s a song about my parent’s divorce in there. There’s stuff about maybe some cheating, stuff like that, that you go through in life. I think it tells a story, it’s almost like a movie. So, I’m excited for people to go through life’s journey with me."
Cassadee will join Tim McGraw on tour this summer.
TOBY KEITH TAKES COLT FORD, KRYSTAL KEITH ON NEW TOUR
Toby Keith has announced that Colt Ford and his daughter, Krystal Keith, will be joining him on his upcoming Shut Up And Hold On tour. As we reported earlier, the tour will be presented by Ford F-Series, and will begin at the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa on May 25th.
The tour title comes from Toby's new single "Shut Up And Hold On," from his Drinks After Work CD.