Luke Bryan will participate in the Lionel Richie tribute taking place at the upcoming Grammys. The homage will also feature appearances from John Legend, Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor. According to a presser, the group of stars will perform a medley of solo Richie hits, as well as songs from the Commodores.
Billy Currington will headline Country On The River 2016. Currington isn't the sole headlining act however. He joins Kid Rock and Lee Brice as a Country on the River 2016 headliner. Additionally, the Eli Young Band, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols,Eric Paslay, the Swon Brothers, Granger Smith, LoCash are added.
Keith Urban accepted the Artist Humanitarian Award as part of the Country Radio Seminar's annual festivities in Nashville. During his acceptance speech, the country superstar mused on the importance of community in country music. "One of the questions I get asked a lot is, 'What is country music?'" Urban said from stage. "There's always so many answers to that . . ."
Sugarland star Kristian Bush has revealed his signing with BBR Music Group. The deal brings Bush to the firm as both a recording artist and publishing songwriter. They will release the follow-up to his most recent solo album, which dropped in 2015. "As both a recording artist and a songwriter, I am honored to be a part of the BBR Music Group / Magic Mustang family," Bush says.
Dolly Parton has remodeled the Lumberjack Feud Dinner Theater in Tennessee and plans to rename it Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show. Parton purchased the attraction back in June 2015. "Since its opening in June 2011, Lumberjack Feud has been well accepted by the guests," Parton says. "We believe it has a great future here, and I'm excited to get started!"
Kacey Musgraves has opened up about rash of copyright infringement surrounding her lyrics. The country star shared a photo of a sign showing some of her lyrics in what she calls a "major western wear" store. "Heads up! This sign was found being sold in a major western wear chain. (It's now pulled off the shelves) but it, along with SO MANY other countless items . . ."
Taylor Swift has joined the growing list of performers at the 2016 Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy revealed the news in a commercial for the awards show that aired during Super Bowl 50 and also confirmed the news via a tweet. According to USA Today, Swift will be opening the show with a song from her latest album, 1989, but not one that's up for an award.
A newly discovered species of tarantula has been named after none other than Johnny Cash. The new spider was discovered by researchers at Auburn University and Millsaps College and the research team says they named the all-black spider for the original Man in Black. "I'm a huge Johnny Cash fan. But I didn't go into this searching for something I could name after him."
Chase Rice released his new dubstep-inspired track "Whisper." This is the country singer's first offering from his upcoming record, which is the follow-up to 2014's Ignite The Night. "Ignite the Night was great for us, and it opened a lot of doors, both creatively and professionally," Rice says in a press release.
Billy Currington will, for the first time, headline his own tour. Beginning in San Antonio on February 19, the Summer Forever Tour will see Currington zig-zagging across North America, along with support act Kelsea Ballerini. "It feels awesome," Billy tells The Boot.
Keith Urban has opened up about his relationship with wife Nicole Kidman and says she is his "great love." Speaking with theboot.com, he revealed that she is the woman he's waited for his whole life and that she helped him become a better man. "[She's] the one I've been looking for and the one I've been preparing for, or life has been preparing me for, anyway," Urban gushes.
Scotty McCreery and Sara Evans are among the country artists to undergo changes in their record labels early in 2016. McCreery has been removed from the website of Universal Music Group, while Evans is one of five artists to leave Sony Music Nashville. "I enjoyed being on Mercury Nashville / Interscope, and I appreciate all the great people who worked hard on my behalf . . ."
Thomas Rhett has announced that he will release the cut "T-Shirt" as the newest single from his latest album Tangled Up. "I couldn't be more pumped that country radio jumped all over 'T-Shirt' because I have wanted to put it out since my first record," Rhett says. "Everyone has been in that fun 'honeymoon' phase of dating, which is what this song is all about."
Rodney Atkins has revealed that he is currently writing music for a new third album. The new release will follow his 2011 effort Take A Backroad, and speaking with theboot.com, he said he's currently "writing like crazy." "We've been writing a whole bunch, working on outside tunes as well. I do a lot of the stuff at home," Atkins tells The Boot.
Charles Kelley continues to tease the release of his upcoming solo album The Driver with the release of the music video for "Southern Accents." The video sees the Lady Antebellum member performing the cut with his band atop the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles. "Southern Accents" is a cover of the title track to the 1985 album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.