Yes, the big networks all have their outdoor summer concerts with some big names in country music. But you know what, so does Fox News' morning show Fox & Friends. In fact, they have some of the best names on country music gracing their outdoor stage this summer. Best part is, it is not only FREE, but they provide you with FREE BBQ too!
If you tweet them, remember to use the hashtag #AASCS
June 21............Kip Moore
July 5.......Dustin Lynch
August 9......Eli Young Band
August 23....Thompson Square
August 30......Justin Moore
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Keith Urban, whose latest single "Little Bit of Everything" has one of the biggest spin increase this week on country radio, just announced a release date for his new album. The album, his first in 3 years and entitled, Fuse is set for release September 10th. He tells Billboard magazine that diversity is the buzz word for this record due to his many collaborators. He will also have a mix of songs he has written and those written by others,
including the Warren Brothers. His "Light the Fuse" 2013 tour kicks off this week and he said he hopes to play some of the new material on the tour, something he has not done before prior to an albums release. For more info including tour dates check out www.keithurban.net
Blake Shelton's Healing the Heartland concert to benefit those affected by the tornadoes in OK will air this Wednesday May 29th on NBC as well as CMT and Bravo. The show will be a telethon with proceeds going to the United Way of Oklahoma. Tickets to the event, which will be held at the Chesapeake Energy Center, are sold out. Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Ryan Tedder and Vince Gill will perform. In addition, Usher and Darius rucker were also added to the line-up. Blake said in a statement "Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy. This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."
Craig Campbell, in honor of his late father, will host the inaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge to benefit the TJ Martell Foundation’s colon cancer research. The event will happen Tuesday June 4 from 2-7pm at the public square in downtown Nashville. Fellow country artists and friends Bridgette Tatum, Dean Alexander, James Wesley, and Ryan Kinder will be there along with GAC and SiriusXM personality Storme Warren as emcee. Big D & Bubba will join previously announced competitors including Chase Rice, THE FARM, Gloriana, Greg Bates, Jerrod Niemann, LoCash Cowboys, Love and Theft, Rachel Bradshaw, Whitney Duncan, Baylou, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, and Titans Kicker Rob Bironas. You can play Cornhole with Greg Bates and James Wesley by bidding on the opportunity on ebay. To find out more click here.
Jason Aldean took to his Facebook stating “Decisions Decisions!!!! Tryin' to decide on what the next single should be. Any
thoughts?” He also posted a photo displaying the three options he’s weighing: ‘Feel That Again’, ‘Night Train’ and ‘When She Says Baby.’ If you want to add your two cents, head on over to his FB page and write the song title that gets your vote!
Gretchen Wilson will release her second album this year, a ten song collection of 70's covers entitled "Under the Covers". Songs include "Lights", "I Want You top Want Me" and "Hot Blooded". The physical album will hit stores 6/4, but you can preorder a cd/lp combo from her online store right now. The first 100 people to purchase will get a personalized, autographed copy. Now that's cool.
On Monday, tornadoes destroyed the town of Moore, OK, Toby Keith's hometown. He had this to say via email to members of his fan club:
"This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in. I rode my bike through those neighborhoods. I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all." - Toby Keith
In fact, he had just left his hometown before the tornado struck. His family, thankfully, was safe. He told CNN:
“The first thing people do is get you transportation, get (you) water, take care of your kids. Pray and be glad you made it through and pray for the ones that lost people in these things,” “The good thing is we’re resilient here. I’m proud to live here in this town,” he added.
He also mentioned that he is trying to plan a benefit concert. There are many ways for you to help. Please visit www.redcross.org
TV Listings for the week of May 20th...where you can find country stars on TV
5/20 Trace Adkins on Jimmy Fallon
5/21 Darius Rucker performs on GMA
Trace Adkins on Live with Kelly and Michael
Thompson Square on Leno
Trace Adkins on Wendy WIlliams
5/22 Darius Rucker on Jimmy Kimmel
5/23 Little Big Town on GMA to premiere their new video for "Your Side of the
Bed" plus an exclusive CMA Fest announcement
Darius Rucker's third country album hits the streets tomorrow May 21st. We have been huge fans since he was Hootie and continue to be since his first country album in 2008. On his website, Darius says, “I’m very proud of this record. The songs, the co-writes, the vibe – it’s all really different from what we’ve recorded and released on the past two albums, and I hope that difference resonates with the fans.” The new record contains 12 tracks including his current hit single "Wagon Wheel". For more information visit www.dariusrucker.com
Benefitting Musicians on Call, Country Weekly announced their kick off party during CMA Fest. The event will feature Easton Corbin, Dustin Lynch, Greg Bates and Chris Janson (who we just love). It will be held on June 4th at 8pm (doors at 7pm). This event is not to be missed! But how to fit it in as so many great things are happening on Tuesday night, which one to chose??? general Admission and VIP packages are on sale now. Visit www.musiciansoncall.org