Charles Kelley sets out on his first headlining tour without his Lady Antebellum bandmates this winter, as he kicks off The Driver Tour November 28 in Cleveland, Ohio. He’ll play 22 venues along with special guest Maren Morris, shining the spotlight on material from his upcoming solo CD.
“I've played some great shows at arenas and amphitheaters, but I'm definitely looking forward to getting into clubs with people grabbing on your legs and being able to see every face,” Charles says. “I can't wait to get right up there in it with the fans and try out some of this new stuff we've been working on. I'm pretty excited about just scrapping the set list and playing whatever we feel like playing.”
Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay join Charles Tuesday night to perform his single “The Driver” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time at CharlesKelley.com. Here are the dates for the Driver Tour:
11/28 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 11/29 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 12/1 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre 12/3 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Theatre 12/4 -- Tallahassee, FL, The Moon 12/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle 12/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre 12/11 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom 12/12 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 12/17 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 12/18 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 12/19 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
2016 1/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave 1/8 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues 1/9 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's 1/16 -- Washington D.C., The Fillmore Silver Spring 1/17 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 1/22 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom 1/23 -- Springfield, IL, Boondocks 1/24 -- Sioux City, IA, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1/26 -- Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre 1/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
Courtesy CMAThe CMA Awards continue to add more names to its performance lineup. Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie & Tae and Kacey Musgraves will all take the stage during this year's telecast.
Between them, the four women have 14 nominations. Miranda is the only woman up for Entertainer of the Year this year.
Previously-announced performances include Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church with Hank Williams Jr., and Thomas Rhett collaborating with Fall Out Boy. More names will be released in the coming weeks.
EB Media PRScotty McCreery has already conquered the music world, and now he's sharing the story of his rise to fame in the new book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream. The memoir will cover Scotty's childhood singing Elvis Presley songs on the school bus to eventually winning American Idol's 10th season and launching his country career.
"God gave me a voice and America gave me a chance,” says Scotty. “This book is about those two things, and about the amazing journey that began the moment I decided to say two words about this show I knew and loved. ‘Why not?’”
Look for Scotty's new book, Go Big or Go Home, to be released on May 3, 2016.
CMAMiranda Lambert wants to release at least one more single from her CMA Award-winning album, Platinum, and she's hoping that song is the self-penned ballad about self-image struggles, "Bathroom Sink."
Though her record label hasn't given her the final confirmation yet, Miranda says, "In my mind, that's what I would pick, just because that's where I am artistically. Clearly with my life where it is right now, I just feel like that sort of sets up where I'm headed."
The raw lyrics of "Bathroom Sink" have rung true with Miranda in the past few months, since she divorced husband Blake Shelton in July. She says of the song, "It's not necessarily sunshine and roses. I just went through kind of a difficult time in my life, and that seems to be the clear choice."
"Bathroom Sink" has also been a highlight of Miranda's shows this summer on her all-female tour with Ashley Monroe, RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and more. "It sort of speaks to what we go through as women," Miranda adds with a laugh. "Some days we look in the mirror and then we don't. We look away."
Miranda is up for several trophies, including Entertainer of the Year, at the 49th Annual CMA Awards, airing Wednesday, November 4 on ABC.
Valory Music Co.Before he reconnected with his now-wife, Amber,Brantley Gilbert had sworn off the idea of ever tying the knot. He'd had some failed relationships in the past, but he never forgot about Amber -- the one that got away.
He says, "She always had a very, very, very big piece of my heart. I think that had a lot to do with why I never could give a lot of myself away."
After several years apart, Brantley met up with Amber again on June 16, 2014. He says with a laugh, "When she walked around the corner, it wasn't anything I could do. All that 'single for life' s*** just went out the window."
Now that he's tied the knot with Amber, Brantley says life couldn't get any sweeter.
"She's my best friend, too," Brantley explains. "There's nothing like having somebody that loves every single bit of you, and that you love the same way, to actually, really share it with. Everything that's mine is yours. Every bit of joy in my heart, you know, every smile on my face is yours. It's awesome to be able to share that with somebody."
Brantley is currently climbing the country chart with his latest hit, "Stone Cold Sober."
Greenroom PRKipMoore is releasing "Running for You" as the new single from his sophomore album, Wild Ones. The track has been getting rave reviews from his concert crowds.
Kip says, "Whenever we've played ‘Running For You’ in our set it always feels like a real ‘moment.’ We’ve had a couple weeks of downtime since our summer run and honestly we’re already just itching to get back out there and I’m looking forward to doing what we do on stage.”
Kip's 2015 Wild Ones Tour is now underway. Go to KipMoore.net for dates.
Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery celebrates his 22nd birthday Friday, and he's asking his fans to make a donation to St. Jude in memory of his late fan club president, Sharon Eaves, who passed away suddenly September 25. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was a cause very close to Sharon's heart.
Scotty says, "I miss my friend Sharon, who would have had a birthday just yesterday if she was still with us. I’d love to see my fans honor her and continue her great work with St. Jude.”
CMACMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood plan to have a field day with some of the recent scandals in the news, including the Ashley Madison website hack.
"I guess it's the wrong thing to say, but God bless the Ashley Madison website hack for many reasons," Brad says, before Carrie clarifies, "The hack. Not the website itself."
While Brad doesn't condone using the cheating website, he is glad it exists for the purposes of the CMA Awards monologue. He says, "If anybody has a right to deal with a cheating website, it's us. Don't you think? In country music."
The current political election will also provide some great comedy bits. "This election has been just amazing," Brad adds. "They give us sound bites. We can't keep up."
Brad and Carrie co-host the 49th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer's new album, thirty one, is out Friday featuring the lead single, "I Got the Boy." Look for Jana to perform the song on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, October 12.
As for the album title, Jana explains, "thirty one was the perfect title because it’s taken me 31 years to live and write this album, and I believe it shows strength, grace, vulnerability, fun and confidence. thirty one is who and what I am, and I think when my fans listen to the album they will discover so much more about me."
Jana co-wrote six of the 11 songs on the new project.
Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith admits his latest album, 35 MPH Town, doesn't really break any new ground, musically speaking. That's exactly what he hopes listeners say after they give the project a spin.
He says, "I hope they look at this album and go, 'Same ol’, same ol'. He’s sticking to his guns.'"
Though he's not going to work to keep up with current trends at country radio, Toby promised himself he would never say anything bad about the music coming from the new generation of country artists.
"I heard the guys whining, saying that the youth like, twenty years ago when I was coming in, there were people that were saying my generation wasn’t country enough, and I was like, 'Man I never want to be that guy.' So, I don’t care what the kids are doing."
Toby co-wrote nine of the 10 songs on 35 MPH Town, including the new single, "Beautiful Stranger." The album is out now.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard will play his 6th Annual Country Christmas Concert at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 19. Proceeds will go to Detroit's Notes for Notes Studio providing young people with access to musical instruments, instruction and recording studio environments.
Luke Bryan's new video for "Strip It Down" features two couples getting away for some alone time. Check it out now on Vevo.
Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town's Karen Fairchild is easily one of country music's most stylish stars, so it makes since she's now launching her own fashion collection. Fair Child by Karen Fairchild is described as a "unique fusion of sexy, bold, pieces that Nashville inspired with a rock and roll sensibility."
Karen says, "Fair Child is a blend of everything I love. It’s a collection of rich textures, details and embellishments in iconic pieces that are easy to wear, glamorous and affordable. These versatile pieces are made to be worn together through mixing, matching and layering.”
Look for Fair Child by Karen Fairchild to debut October 27 at Evine.com.
Rick Diamond for Getty ImagesMaddie & Tae kicked off their Start Here tour Wednesday night at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. The 75-minute set included a crowd sing-along on the duo's latest hit, "Fly," as well as covers of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," Rihanna's "Umbrella," and "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. Of course, "Girl in a Country Song" was a big highlight.
Maddie & Tae's Tae Dye says, "“This is everything Maddie and I have dreamed since we started writing songs at 15."
Maddie & Tae are up for three trophies at the 49th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will hit the road this February for a brand-new tour, including a March 4 show in Nashville.
Blake says of his plans for 2016, "We've got a new album coming and I can't wait to get back out on the road and play some new music for my fans. As an artist, my favorite thing to do is go on the road and play shows. I’ve missed it, and it's gonna be like old times. So y'all get ready to party, ‘cause Blake Shelton is comin to see ya!'"
Tickets for Blake's show in Nashville go on sale Saturday, October 17 through Ticketmaster.
Here are Blake's new tour dates:
2/18 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena 2/19 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 2/20 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 2/25 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 2/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 2/27 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center 3/3 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum 3/4 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 3/17 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center 3/18 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena 3/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
CMABrettEldredge manages to hang out in the crowd at his concert without getting mobbed thanks to a clever disguise. The wacky singer puts on a long, curly wig to take on the persona of his alter ego, Xander, going out to mingle with his fans. The disguise works very well.
Brett tells People, "Xander has hippie hair and doesn't look anything like me when I put the wig on. People will ask me about my hair while wearing a T-shirt [with my name on it]."
Xander doesn’t come around all the time, though. Brett adds with a laugh, "He shows up when I'm drinking."